Ontario Dental Association

Ontario Dental Association

March 31, 2006 13:43 ET

Ontario Health Minister and Almost 50,000 Kids Kick Off Oral Health Month

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 31, 2006) -

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Almost 50,000 elementary school children gathered in gymnasiums across Ontario this morning for the launch of the annual Brush-a-Mania oral health program sponsored by the Rotary Club and the Ontario Dental Association (ODA).

The Honourable George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long Term Care kicked off the month long program today at St. Anselm Catholic School in Toronto, accompanied by Dr. Steve Goren, Past-President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA).

"It is very important that children learn about oral healthcare while they are young because oral health is such an important component of overall health," said Dr. Goren. "This event is fun and it helps instil habits that will benefit them throughout their lives."

Brush-a-Mania is just one of the ODA's educational activities during Oral Health Month this April. Community events around the province will build awareness about the importance of oral health for all ages.

Over 149 schools are participating in this year's Brush-a-Mania program which is designed for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. The highlight of the event is a three minute "brush off" which took place in all participating schools at exactly 10:20 a.m. this morning.

Founded in 2001, Brush-a-Mania is an annual program designed to promote oral health and awareness among young children. Its purpose is to educate and motivate children, and to bring together dentists, Rotarians, teachers and parents to create a celebration around proper oral health care.

The Brush-A-Mania Program

The students track their brushes for the entire month of April in the classroom and at home in their booklets. Each student receives a toothbrush and a Brush-a-Mania booklet containing activities and games, as well as, a take home chart for them to mark off their daily brushes. Students who complete the program receive a loot bag containing sugarless gum, stickers and a Brush-a-Mania Club Member certificate.

About The Rotary Club

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 29,500 Rotary clubs in 163 countries. The Don Mills Rotary Club was the original partner for Brush-a-Mania. http://www.donmillsrotary.ca/brush.htm

About The Ontario Dental Association

The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) and its 6,200 members are committed to providing exemplary oral health care. The ODA is a voluntary professional association representing more than 80 percent of Ontario dentists. As Ontario's primary source of information on dental health and the profession, the ODA has been enhancing public awareness of the importance of oral health since 1867. The ODA works with health-care professionals, governments and the private sector to attain the highest possible quality standards of health care for Ontarians.

Visit the ODA Web site: www.oda.on.ca.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Dental Association
    Catherine Perdue
    (416) 922-3900 Ext. 2257 or 1 (800) 387-1393 Ext. 2257