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Rotary’s “Brush-a-mania” Safeguards Kids’ Teeth

April 1, 2011 – Toronto –The Honourable Margarett Best, Ontario Minister of Health Promotion and Sport, was on hand at ARS Day School to kick off the Don Mills Rotary’s 11th annual “Brush-a-mania” program, part of April Oral Health Month in Ontario.

Students at the school were handed toothbrushes, toothpaste, and brochures and given hints on proper brushing techniques. The event ended with a two-minute mass “Brush-Off.” Minister Best was joined by Ontario Dental Association President Dr. Lynn Tomkins, Brush-a-mania Chair Dr. Raffy Chouljian, and Rotary District 7070 Governor Ted Morrison in bringing the message “two times a day for two minutes” to the kids who attended.

“Encouraging children to develop healthy oral hygiene habits early in life is very important. Developing healthy habits such as brushing and flossing regularly, choosing healthy snacks and limiting sugar and salt will set the course for a much healthier future,” says Margarett Best, Ontario Minister of Health Promotion and Sport.

During Brush-a-mania, dentists in different parts of the province will visit up to 50 participating schools in similar events to teach kids how to take good care of their teeth. Since it began, Brush-a-mania has reached over 400,000 students.

“What’s great about Brush-a-mania is it promotes oral health among young students in a fun way, while giving them a chance to interact with dentists outside their offices,” says Chouljian.

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Sponsors include: Rotary Clubs of Toronto—Don Mills and Toronto-Eglinton; Toronto Academy of Dentistry, Colgate, Tippet Richardson, TD Canada Trust, RBC, and Shaw Group of Dental Laboratories.

For more information:
Dr. Raffey Chouljian: dr.chouljian@utoronto.ca, office: 416-752-1143; cell 416-618-2348
Jaan Koel, Koel Communications: jaan.koel@primus.ca; 647-991-6774
http://brushamania.ca/