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article imageTooth decay doesn't take a vacation when kids go to camp

By KJ Mullins     Jul 7, 2010 in Health
The Ontario Dental Association is asking parents not to forget the toothbrush and floss when they pack their kids' camp bags this summer.
Kids may be dreaming of swimming and hanging out with friends during camp this summer, but the ODA is hoping parents will remind their children that good oral hygiene habits aren't on vacation.
Dr. Lynn Tomkins, President of the ODA, said in a press release, "Tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma in children."
Packing a new toothbrush, floss and fluoride toothpaste that the kids helped pick out is a step in the right direction.
Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months.
Flossing covers 35 percent of your tooth surface a toothbrush can't reach, between your teeth and below your gum line.
Dr. Tomkins says, "A painful cavity is the quickest way to dampen summer fun while away at camp. Have fun this summer. Don't forget to write home, and don't forget your teeth!"
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