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April 14 - maboucheensante.com: Everything You Want to Know About Oral Health

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maboucheensante.com:
Everything You Want to Know About Oral Health


Montreal, April 14, 2014 – The Ordre des dentistes du Québec is launching the English version of its maboucheensante.com site today, with the goal of offering the public a source of quality information on health and oral care. The portal, launched last fall, is the centrepiece of the Order’s new advertising campaign now going strong on television, radio and the Web.

The dynamic, user-friendly site designed for the general public is overflowing with useful information and practical tips. The Mouth 101 section, as its name indicates, provides basic information on oral health, but there are also sections aimed at specific age groups: children, teens, adults and seniors. There are video clips, too, on subjects such as cavities, tooth whitening and gum disease.

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec

The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,900 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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2014

April 1 - Oral Health Month 2014: The Ordre des dentistes du Québec emphasizes the importance of taking care of your mouth

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Oral Health Month 2014:
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec emphasizes the importance of taking care of your mouth


Montreal, April 1, 2014 – April is Oral Health Month. The Ordre des dentistes du Québec wants to take the opportunity to remind people of the connections between dental health and general health, and to encourage them to take care of their mouths and teeth. 

Parents have an essential role to play in this regard. “Good dental habits start at home,” says Dr. Barry Dolman, President of the Order. “It’s up to parents to teach their children good habits right from the beginning. That includes brushing their teeth, ideally after every meal, and flossing daily.”

Maintaining good dental health also means regular checkups by a dentist, regardless of one’s age.

The Order is offering the public a source of quality information on health and oral care with its maboucheensante.com website, a user-friendly portal packed with useful information. The portal, launched last fall, is the centrepiece of the Order’s new advertising campaign on television, radio and the Web, in April.

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec

The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,900 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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March 19 - The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Marks World Oral Health Day 2014

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The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Marks
World Oral Health Day 2014


Montreal, March 19, 2014 – On March 20 every year, World Oral Health Day is a time to highlight the importance of oral health and its links with general health. An initiative of the World Dental Federation, this year’s WOHD recalls the direct impact of good dental health on daily life. Hence the theme, “Celebrating healthy smiles.”

“It goes without saying that we have to think about our oral health every day,” explains Dr. Barry Dolman, President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec. “But it’s important to take the time to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth, too. That’s why we have World Oral Health Day.”

“The Order wants to offer the public a source of quality information on health and oral care with its maboucheensante.com website, a user-friendly portal packed with useful information. The portal, launched last fall, is the centrepiece of the Order’s new advertising campaign on television, radio and the Web, until April 13. Watch and listen for it!

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec

The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,900 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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2014

March 17 - The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Launches a Campaign To Put a Spotlight on Its Maboucheensante.com Website

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The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Launches a Campaign
To Put a Spotlight on Its Maboucheensante.com Website


Montreal, March 17, 2014 – Today the Ordre des dentistes du Québec launched the next phase in its advertising campaign, this time introducing the general public to its maboucheensante.com website, an essential reference for oral health.

The campaign will run from March 17 to April 13. It includes two humorous 30-second television spots in which people display a surprising level of knowledge about oral health, thanks to everything they’ve learned from the maboucheensante.com site. The spots will appear on 10 French-language networks. There will also be a radio message in English and Web banners published on sites popular with the general public. An English version of the website will be available soon.

“For the Ordre des dentistes du Québec, it is important that Quebecers have access to a source of quality information about oral health and oral care,” explains ODQ President Dr. Barry Dolman. “With this initiative the Order is continuing its mission of increasing awareness, by inviting everyone to visit maboucheensante.com, a user-friendly portal packed with valuable advice.”

In the television spot, the profession is symbolized by a dentist's lamp and its benevolent glow. The campaign was designed by the Über agency.

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec

The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,900 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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February 5 - L’Ordre des dentistes appuie la décision de Trois-Rivières de dire oui à la fluoration de l’eau potable (French Only)

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L’Ordre des dentistes appuie la décision de Trois-Rivières
de dire oui à la fluoration de l’eau potable


Montréal, le 5 février 2014 – L’Ordre des dentistes du Québec se réjouit de la décision prise récemment par le conseil municipal de Trois-Rivières en faveur de la levée du moratoire sur la fluoration de l’eau, imposé depuis le printemps 2013. Trois-Rivières devient ainsi la première grande ville du Québec à participer au programme national de fluoration de l’eau.

À l’instar de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, de l’Association dentaire canadienne et des autorités québécoises de santé publique, l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec considère que la fluoration de l’eau est une mesure de santé publique efficace, sécuritaire et peu coûteuse pour contrer la carie dentaire chez les personnes de tous âges.

À cet égard, et dans le but d’améliorer la santé dentaire de tous les Québécois, l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec encourage l’utilisation du fluor et donne son appui aux organisations qui ont pour objectif de promouvoir la fluoration des eaux auprès des municipalités du Québec.

À propos de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec

L’Ordre des dentistes du Québec regroupe plus de 4 800 dentistes. Sa mission est d’assurer la qualité des services en médecine dentaire par le respect de normes élevées de pratique et d’éthique et de promouvoir la santé buccodentaire auprès de la population du Québec.

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2013

May 24 -The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Announces the Recipients of its 2013 Hommage and Honneur Awards

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The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Announces the Recipients of its 2013 Hommage and Honneur Awards

Montreal, May 24, 2013 –On May 26, Dr. Barry Dolman, President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ), will present the Order’s 2013 Prix Hommage to Dr. Denys F. Ruel at a special President’s evening to be held in conjunction with the Journées dentaires internationales du Québec. At that time, Dr. Dolman will also award the Order’s very first Prix Honneur to Jean-Pierre Léger, President and CEO of Groupe St-Hubert.

Caring for vulnerable patients Dr. Denys F. Ruel was chosen to receive the 2013 Prix Hommage because of his continuing commitment to prevention and oral health promotion and his remarkable work with the most vulnerable members of society.

Dr. Ruel holds a Doctor in Dental Medicine (1983) degree and a specialized graduate diploma in public dental health (2004) from the Université de Montréal. He was in private practice until 2011, and then joined the dental clinic of the Centre Jeunesse de Montréal. For over 10 years now, with the help of dentistry students, he has been offering dental care for homeless youths and HIV-positive patients served by the Jeanne-Mance CSSS.

A member of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec and the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), Dr. Ruel is also a clinical teaching assistant and lecturer at the Université de Montréal. He has received numerous awards, including the Oral Health Promotion Award from the CDA, in 2006. He has contributed to many scientific articles dealing in particular with dental health among seniors and homeless young people.

Since 2007, the Prix Hommage of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec has been awarded to recognize the exceptional contribution by an ODQ member to the development of the profession, in keeping with the Order's mandate to promote dental health and public protection. As the recipient of the ODQ’s 2013 Prix Hommage, Dr. Ruel will receive a blown glass sculpture evoking the different materials used in dentistry, including gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizing both the future and excellence.

A health pioneer The members of the ODQ Board of Directors are pleased to announce that the Order’s very first Prix Honneur will go to Jean-Pierre Léger, President and CEO of Groupe St-Hubert. The award recognizes the business leader’s efforts to improve Quebecers’ health, in particular his decision to offer a smoke-free environment to St-Hubert customers starting back in 2005, long before it was a legal requirement.

While this decision seems self-evident today, it must be remembered that at the time it was controversial and quite daring. Mr. Léger’s courage reduced the exposure of Quebecers everywhere to second-hand smoke, a recognized health hazard.

The Order’s Prix Honneur, awarded for the first time this year, is intended to honour non-ODQ members, firms or non-profit organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to improving Quebecers’ health, in view of the close links between overall health and oral health. As the recipient of the 2013 Prix Honneur, Mr. Léger will receive a blown glass sculpture.

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,800 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

À propos de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec
L’Ordre des dentistes du Québec regroupe plus de 4 800 dentistes. Sa mission est d’assurer la qualité des services en médecine dentaire par le respect de normes élevées de pratique et d’éthique et de promouvoir la santé buccodentaire auprès de la population du Québec.

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May 24 - Les dentistes et les membres de leur équipe
se donnent rendez-vous aux Journées dentaires internationales du Québec (French Only)

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Les dentistes et les membres de leur équipe se donnent rendez-vous
aux Journées dentaires internationales du Québec

Montréal, le 24 mai 2013 – Le congrès annuel de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec, connu sous le nom des Journées dentaires internationales du Québec (JDIQ), aura lieu cette année du 24 au 28 mai au Palais des congrès de Montréal. Organisé par l’Ordre des dentistes, cet événement annuel de formation continue, le plus important congrès dentaire au Canada avec plus de 12 000 participants, est le rendez-vous annuel des dentistes québécois et des membres de l’équipe dentaire. Les représentants des médias sont invités à y prendre part.

Un programme scientifique relevé
Le programme scientifique des JDIQ 2013 propose plus de 105 conférences et ateliers animés par quelque 120 conférenciers en provenance du Canada, des États-Unis et d’Europe. Le programme de l’événement peut être consulté sur le site Web de l’Ordre au www.odq.qc.ca, dans la section Congrès.

Place aux nouveautés
Lieu de convergence de tous les intervenants de l’industrie dentaire, le salon des exposants vaut également le détour. Près de 250 exposants répartis sur 100 000 pieds carrés y présenteront une vaste gamme de produits, de matériaux, de services et de solutions à la fine pointe de la technologie.

À propos de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec
L’Ordre des dentistes du Québec regroupe plus de 4 800 dentistes. Sa mission est d’assurer la qualité des services en médecine dentaire par le respect de normes élevées de pratique et d’éthique et de promouvoir la santé buccodentaire auprès de la population du Québec.

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April 22 - L’Ordre des dentistes du Québec plaide
pour la fluoration de l’eau potable en commission parlementaire (French only)

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L’Ordre des dentistes du Québec plaide
pour la fluoration de l’eau potable en commission parlementaire

Montréal, le 22 avril 2013 – Présent, plus tard aujourd’hui, devant la commission parlementaire sur la fluoration de l’eau potable pour y déposer un mémoire, l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ) incite les autorités gouvernementales à établir rapidement de nouvelles mesures, dont la fluoration de l’eau, en vue de favoriser la santé buccodentaire des Québécois.

Accompagné de la Dre Josée Bellefleur, vice-présidente de l’ODQ et spécialiste en dentisterie pédiatrique, du Dr André Lavallière, président de l’Association des dentistes de santé publique du Québec, du Dr Guy Maranda, administrateur de l’ODQ, et de Me Caroline Daoust, directrice générale de l’ODQ, le Dr Barry Dolman, président de l’ODQ, livrera un plaidoyer pour des actions rapides de fluoration de l’eau au Québec.

« Le Québec accuse un sérieux retard au chapitre des mesures de prévention en santé buccodentaire, indique le Dr Barry Dolman. Les Québécois sont les Nord-Américains les plus affectés par la carie. Or, on peut prévenir, ou du moins minimiser l’apparition de la carie par la fluoration de l’eau potable, une mesure universelle dont l’efficacité a été confirmée par des recherches scientifiques fiables. »

La fluoration a reçu l’appui des plus prestigieux organismes nationaux et internationaux liés à la santé, dont l’Organisation mondiale de la santé. L’organisme Centers for Disease Control and Prevention la considère comme une des dix plus importantes mesures de santé publique du XXe siècle. Forts de ces appuis, les États américains ont ainsi mis en œuvre des programmes de fluoration de l’eau qui ont donné des résultats tangibles. Alors que moins de 3 % de Québécois ont accès à l’eau fluorée, 72 % des Américains et 76 % des Ontariens en bénéficient.

L’Ordre des dentistes a récemment annoncé la création d’un comité sur l’accès à la santé buccodentaire dans le but de proposer des solutions en vue d’améliorer la santé buccodentaire des Québécois, conclut le Dr Dolman. La fluoration de l’eau est un pas vers cet objectif. Nous espérons que le gouvernement prendra la décision d’instaurer cette mesure si importante pour la population québécoise. »

À propos de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec
L’Ordre des dentistes du Québec regroupe plus de 4 800 dentistes. Sa mission est d’assurer la qualité des services en médecine dentaire par le respect de normes élevées de pratique et d’éthique et de promouvoir la santé buccodentaire auprès de la population du Québec.

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April 4 - The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Presents Its New Committee
on Access to Oral Healthcare

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The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Presents
Its New Committee on Access to Oral Healthcare

Montreal, April 4, 2013 – This morning, the Ordre des dentistes du Québec made an important announcement concerning the issue of access to oral healthcare. Following extensive discussions with stakeholders in the field of dentistry, the Order decided to create a Committee on Access to Oral Healthcare.

The committee will hold vast, province-wide consultations on questions related to access to oral healthcare, conduct an in-depth analysis of the situation and suggest concrete, fact-based solutions. It will present its findings in April 2014, to mark Oral Health Month.

The Committee on Access to Oral Healthcare will be chaired by Dr. Peter C. White, a Director with the Ordre des dentistes and a well-known professional practising in the Gaspé. He will be joined by Dr. Paul Allison, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University, and Dr. André Lavallière, consulting dentist with the Direction de santé publique of the Eastern Townships. The Committee will also benefit from the expertise of two other members, one of them representing the public, and will consult groups of citizens and special interest groups. Members of the general public will be invited to contribute to the Committee’s work through the Order's website and other activities to be announced later.

“I was very pleased to accept this mandate from the President of the Order,” said Dr. White. “With the support of Drs. Allison and Lavallière and others who will join us in these consultations, we hope to be able to make significant improvements to our dental healthcare system.”

The President of the Order, Dr. Barry Dolman, added: “Quebecers enjoy healthcare that, while not perfect, ranks among the best in the world. Our system is now faced with growing problems of accessibility, however, especially when it comes to oral healthcare. The committee we have introduced this morning is the result of a proactive approach by members of the Board of Directors of the Order, for whom improving access to care is a priority.”

At present, an estimated 30% to 50% of Quebecers do not visit a dentist on a regular basis, for economic, social, geographic and cultural reasons. “The Order sees the Committee’s work as a  way of boosting access to care for this proportion of the public, without sacrificing their right to a diagnosis and treatment plan established by a dentist, the only professional capable of doing so,” concluded Dr. Dolman. “We hope that large numbers of Quebecers will take part in these consultations and in so doing, will help improve everyone’s oral health.”

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,800 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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March 21 - Oral Health Month: the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
Teams up with Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert

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Oral Health Month: the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
Teams up with Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert

Montreal, March 21, 2013 – To mark Oral Health Month 2013, the Ordre des dentistes du Québec and Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert are joining forces to remind Quebecers that oral hygiene and healthy habits go together.

From March 25 to April 7, a message about oral health (“Bon appétit! Remember to take good care of your teeth.”), signed by both the ODQ and St-Hubert, will be stapled to the bags used for all Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert take-out, drive-thru and home delivery orders.

With this campaign the Order and Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert want to make family meals a chance for parents to talk about healthy habits, like maintaining good oral health.

“When it comes to dental health, good habits start at home,” says Barry Dolman, President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec. “It’s up to parents to teach their children good habits, starting at a very young age. That means brushing their teeth, ideally after every meal, and flossing daily.”

“St-Hubert is a business that cares about its customers’ health,” says Jean-Pierre Léger, President and CEO of Groupe St-Hubert and President of Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert. “For example, we led the way by banning smoking in all our restaurants starting in 2005, back when people were still debating the dangers of second-hand smoke. That’s why we’re pleased to join with the Ordre des dentistes to promote oral health, an important part of everyone’s general health.”

Visit the Order's Website at www.odq.qc.ca for enlightened advice on how to maintain optimal oral hygiene.

The Order reminds everyone that dentists are the only oral health professionals trained to make a diagnosis and advise people on all the appropriate treatment. Ask your dentist!

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,700 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

About Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert
Founded in 1951 in Montreal, Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert Ltée. restaurants are located in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick and serve over 35 million meals every year. St-Hubert has a long tradition of innovation, and constantly strives to meet its customers' needs.

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January 7 - The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Launches a Campaign
Highlighting the Profession

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The Ordre des dentistes du Québec Launches a Campaign
Highlighting the Profession

Montreal, January 7, 2013 – The Ordre des dentistes du Québec is launching a new radio and television advertising campaign to inform Quebecers of the unique role dentists play in helping them maintain their oral health.

“This is the first phase of an integrated communication campaign in keeping with our mission of increasing public awareness,” explains Dr. Barry Dolman, President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec. “The campaign focuses on dentists’ important role in Quebecers’ lives.”

The spots will remind viewers that dentists are there at key moments in our lives to look after us and the health of our teeth and mouths. For four weeks starting January 7, a 30-second television spot will be aired on 10 general and special-interest French-language networks, mostly during prime time. The campaign will also include English ads on four radio stations.

The tagline for the ads will be “Dentists. Doctors who put a spotlight on your oral health,” clearly positioning dentists as doctors of the mouth. In the ad, the profession is symbolized by a dentist’s lamp and its benevolent glow.

After the initial run in January, the campaign, designed by the Über agency, will be brought back to TV from March 25 to April 7.

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,800 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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2012

October 23 - Halloween and Healthy Teeth:
Some Tips for Combining Fun and Good Dental Hygiene

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Halloween and Healthy Teeth:
Some Tips for Combining Fun and Good Dental Hygiene

Montreal, October 23, 2012 –It’s hard for children to resist all those tempting sweets they collect when they go trick or treating. Here are a few tips for parents, so their children can enjoy Halloween while looking after their teeth.

Sweets and dental health
Halloween doesn’t have to mean cavities. The first thing to understand is how sugar acts on teeth. Whenever children – or adults, for that matter – eat sweet food or drink sweet liquids, particles remain on and between their teeth. This increases the risk of developing cavities.

If these particles aren't removed by brushing and flossing, bacteria in the mouth transform the sugars in these particles into acids. These acids attack the tooth enamel and over time create a cavity.

Practical advice for avoiding cavities
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec recommends that parents fight the negative consequences of eating sweets by following some good dental hygiene practices.

Here are some tips for protecting children’s teeth at Halloween:

  • Avoid soft, sticky sweets that get stuck between the teeth, like caramels and gummy candies.
  • Eat sweets after a meal. There is more saliva at that point, which helps to neutralize some acids that attack the teeth and eliminate excess sugar.
  • Have your children brush their teeth after eating sweets. Otherwise, give them a glass of water, as that will dilute some of the sugars and acids.
  • Make sure they floss and brush their teeth before bedtime.

Feel free to consult your dentist with any questions about your oral health. Dentists are doctors in dentistry. They are the only oral health care professionals qualified to provide a diagnosis and advise you on all the appropriate treatment.

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,800 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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June 13 - Dentists Denounce Their Exclusion from the Quebec Health Record

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Dentists Denounce Their Exclusion from the Quebec Health Record

Montreal, June 13, 2012 –The Ordre des dentistes du Québec finds it unacceptable that during the detailed study of Bill 59, section 66 was adopted without including dentists among the providers authorized to access the Quebec Health Record, the databank on Quebecers’ health information.

Section 66 provides that physicians, pharmacists, nurses and midwives, among others, will have access to the Quebec Health Record – while dentists, who are authorized to prescribe medications and carry out many different dental acts, will not.

Since the Quebec Health Record was created to provide better care and to help health professionals co-ordinate their efforts in treating patients, the reasons for this flagrant exclusion are unclear.

“The Minister of Health and Social Services is taking an arrogant attitude toward dentists by refusing to include them in this Bill and not considering them as front-line medical providers, even though they diagnose and treat serious illnesses, in addition to being involved in major emergency care in hospitals. Moreover, the Order has been collaborating with the Minister for five years now, to ensure that dentists would be part of this initiative,” stated Dr. Barry Dolman, President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec.

On May 9, the Ordre des dentistes filed a brief with the Committee on Health and Social Services, which is in charge of the parliamentary proceedings. In its brief, the Order noted that the oral procedures performed by dentists are far from simple.

Before performing any procedure, dentists must establish a diagnosis and prepare a treatment plan taking account of many factors, including the patient’s general health, warning signs of certain illnesses and the condition of the patient’s bones, gums and teeth. They must also be informed of all the medications taken by the patient, since some of them can delay healing, provoke hemorrhaging (like Coumadin, an anticoagulant) or prevent bone resorption, like the bisphosphonates used in treating certain cancers and in preventing osteoporosis. Dentists prescribe medications, operate on patients under sedation and diagnose many serious diseases, including oral cancer.

“Nearly 5,000 health professionals offering front-line services to patients every day will not be able to benefit from this initiative, although it is intended to facilitate and improve health care for Quebecers,” noted Dr. Dolman. “This lack of judgment is an insult to our profession and creates two categories of health professionals: those the Minister considers important and those he chooses to ignore, like doctors in dental medicine.”

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,700 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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April 11 - A Closer Look at a Recent Article on Dental X-Rays

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A Closer Look at a Recent Article on Dental X-Rays

Montreal, April 11, 2012 – The Ordre des dentistes du Québec wishes to make a few points about an article entitled “Dental X-Rays and Risk of Meningioma,” published in the Cancer journal. Its conclusions have been widely reported by Quebec media recently.

The article, by epidemiologists from Yale University, concluded that dental x-rays could increase the risk of a meningioma, a benign brain tumour. The Ordre des dentistes questions the validity of some of the parameters in the study on which the article is based.

For instance, the researchers maintain that dental x-rays are the most common artificial source of exposure to ionizing radiation for people living in the United States, a form of radiation that is a known risk factor for certain brain tumours.

In fact, ionizing radiation associated with dental x-rays represents no more than 3% to 5% of the artificial radiation to which people are exposed, with the other 95% coming from medical x-rays.

The Order wishes to remind everyone that how often a person needs dental x-rays depends on his or her oral health and that the decision of whether or not to take x-rays depends essentially on the dentist’s clinical judgment, following an examination of the patient. Such decisions are never made in advance.

Remember that dentists are the only oral health professionals trained to make a diagnosis and establish a treatment plan. You should consult your dentist with any questions concerning your oral health.

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,700 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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March 30 - The Ordre des dentistes Launches an Oral Health Campaign Aimed at Teens

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The Ordre des dentistes
Launches an Oral Health Campaign Aimed at Teens

Montreal, March 30, 2012 – As it does every year, the Ordre des dentistes du Québec is marking Oral Health Month, in April, with a province-wide national awareness-building campaign. This year’s campaign, on the theme “Une belle bouche, c’est cool!” (A healthy smile is cool!), is aimed at teens ages 12 to 18 and addresses four subjects of interest to them: tooth jewellery, teeth whitening, energy drinks and mouth guards.

Dr. Barry Dolman, President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec, explains: “Adolescence is a crucial time when it comes to acquiring and maintaining good oral hygiene and healthy habits. It’s also a time when we want to try everything. So it’s important that our young people and their parents have the reflex to consult a dentist on any matters affecting their oral health, whether it’s a question of the risks related to certain fashions or habits, or ways of better protecting their mouths and teeth.”

The Order is speaking directly to teens, in co-operation with Cool! magazine, through a contest on the magazine’s Facebook page. Every week in April, fans of the page will be invited to enter a draw by reading a short text on one of the four campaign subjects and answering a question. A winner will be chosen every week and two grand prize winners, drawn from all entries, will receive an iPad and an Xbox Kinect.

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents over 4,700 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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January 16 - A Routine Visit to Your Dentist Could Save Your Life

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A Routine Visit to Your Dentist
Could Save Your Life

Montreal, January 16, 2012 – As a partner of Quebec Tobacco-Free Week, from January 15 to 21, the Ordre des dentistes du Québec is committed to making the anti-smoking cause a priority, in particular by adopting the position statement suggested by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

“Every evening as I walk home along St. Paul Street in Old Montreal, I am astonished at the numbers of young Quebecers in the prime of their lives standing outside the local bars and restaurants on the sidewalk smoking,” says Dr. Barry Dolman, President of the Order.

“With four children and two grandchildren, I am fortunate that no one in my family smokes, but I realize that we have a long way to go to break this habit in many Quebec families.”

Dentists are ideally positioned to speak to patients who smoke and inform them of the effects of smoking on their oral health. They can also counsel them about different ways of stopping smoking and on the free resources available to them.

But more important still, dentists are university-trained professionals with the skills to detect early signs of oral cancer in patients during routine check-ups.

We don't tend to hear much about oral cancer. But there are several places in the mouth and throat where it can appear, for instance on the tongue, lips, palate, salivary glands and tonsils.

The earlier oral cancer is discovered, the better the chance of survival. Eight out of ten individuals (80%) survive if oral cancer is detected early, as compared with only two out of ten (20%) if it is detected at an advanced stage.

So make a good resolution for 2012: Visit your dentist on a regular basis and stop smoking today!

About the Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Ordre des dentistes du Québec represents 4,730 dentists. Its mission is to ensure the quality of dental services by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, and to promote oral health among Quebecers.

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