12 Things Dentists Want You To Know

1) You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep. If you skip flossing from your regular oral hygiene routine you miss out on cleaning over 1/3 of your tooth.

2) Dentists screen for more than just cavities. Last year an estimated 4700 Canadians were diagnosed with oral cancer. Here at Innovation Drive Dental we offer a Velscope exam with every new patient exam in hopes of easing your worried mind.

3) Soda is not the only drink that destroys teeth. Drinks high in sugar like fruit juices, energy drinks and sports drinks are also culprits. If you chose to continue drinking these, remember to wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth to prevent damage to your enamel.

4) Dental cleanings are not just glorified tooth brushing. We use professional instruments that allow us to properly remove tarter and calculus, a cement like form of hardened plaque.

5) Oral exams are a must at least once a year. Did you know that gum disease may increase your risk of heart disease?

6) Let your dentist know of your dental fears. We want your dental visit to be as enjoyable as possible. Here at Innovation Drive Dental we always do our best to make our patients feel comfortable.

7) We are not judging you. No matter how long it has been since your last dental visit, we’re just happy you have taken the steps and you have booked your dental appointment. Call us at 905-264-0333 to schedule your next dental appointment.

8) We’re not here to take your money. We follow the Ontario Dental Association Fee guide. All our fees are the same across the board in Ontario. Some procedures (like cleanings) may cost more based on the amount of time required to properly clean your teeth.

9) Baby teeth need fillings too. Some of those baby teeth stay in the mouth until you are 12/13 years old. We also want them to stay healthy as they are holding the spots for your permanent teeth. Neglecting oral health in the early years can lead to serious problems with permanent teeth, gums and even speech. The Ontario Dental Association recommended bringing your child in for their first visit at 1 year old.

10) According to the Canadian Dental Association, bleaching your teeth doe not weaken them. We offer in office Zoom Whitening and take home bleaching options here at Innovation Drive Dental.

11) Childhood tooth decay has decreased in the last 40 years. This us because three quarters of Canadians now visit the dentist at least once a year. Did you know that you can look into options such as Healthy Smiles if you do not have dental coverage with your work?

12) There are also some government programs that offer dental care programs for seniors as well. Contact your local dental association to find out if you’re eligible.

10 Natural Home Remedies for Your Mouth That Just Might Work

Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can creep up on you overnight or can be a lingering chronic problem. At Innovation Dental in Vaughan we see patients with tooth pain every day.  There are many reasons for the pain, and often a thorough exam is required to diagnose properly. But, temporary relief is often needed until the permanent treatment can be done. Patients are often looking for natural home remedies to help with the pain or sensitivity. Here are some things to try.

#1. Clove Oil or Ground Cloves

Use finger pressure or a dry tooth brush and rub the oil or a paste made with ground cloves and water onto the affected tooth. Leave to dry. Do not rinse out. Reapply 2-3 times a day.

#2. Garlic or Onions

Although this will not do any wonders for your breath, studies have shown that garlic and onions have properties that can help with tooth sensitivity. Slice the garlic in half and rub on the sensitive area (normally along the root surface right at the gum line) continuously for about 5 minutes. Repeat 2x a day.  You may want to rinse or us some mouth wash after……just saying! 😊

#3. Hard Liquor (ie. Whiskey or Vodka)

This is an age-old remedy that has been used long before analgesic medications.  As with the above remedies this is a temporary solution and will not be a cure for a serious tooth problem. Liquor has been known to provide some tooth numbing which in turn gives some pain relief.  It is not recommended that you swallow the liquor, just rub on the affected tooth with a soaked cotton ball, avoiding the gum area as you can get a chemical burn on the gums.

#4. Acupressure Points

There are many pressure points on the body that have been shown to give some tooth pain relief. These are not recommended for pregnant patients. Refer to the link below. http://www.modernreflexology.com/acupressure-points-to-relieve-toothache/

#5. Tea Bag

The tannic acids found in regular tea bags can help with clotting when the gums or bone are bleeding after a surgical extraction by constricting the blood vessels.  Wet the tea bag and squeeze out excess water. Place over the affected area and bite down applying pressure on the site.

Overall Mouth Health

Daily routine care at home including brushing and flossing has always been and still remains the gold standard of oral health care. It is also equally as important to see your dentist for routine check ups and cleaning.

#6. Salt Water Rinses

Warm salt water rinses are often recommended after invasive dental procedures such as surgery, extractions and deep cleaning.  Salt water rinses, included in your daily routine has been shown to be antiseptic and can reduce the amount of bacteria living in your mouth.

#7. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling means swishing oil back and forth in your mouth which in turns pulls bacteria from on and in between your teeth into the oil so that it can be spit out. This has been shown to vastly reduce the cavity causing and plaque bacteria. Use 1 tbsp of coconut or other oil and swish back and forth in mouth vigorously for 20 minutes. Then spit into a disposable cup and throw out. It is not recommended to spit into the sink and the oil can solidify at room temperature and block the drains.

#8.  Snacking on Sesame Seeds

This can act as a natural dental scrub. Chew for a few minutes without swallowing and follow with brushing  the seed against the teeth with a soft brush.  This is good for stain, plaque and tarter.

#9. Fruit and Fruit peels

Rub the teeth with the inside (the white side) of an orange, citrus or banana peel or with crushed strawberries and then brush as usual.  The peels contain d-limonene that is often found in commercial whiteners. You do need to be cautious as they can also be acidic and cause some enamel erosion. Thus, it is not recommended to do this too often. Studies have show that this is more effective towards fresh stains than old stain and better for smoke stains rather than tea.

#10. Activated Charcoal

You can remove stubborn stains, plaque and get your whole mouth clean by brushing with powdered activated charcoal. Dip your wet tooth brush in the powder and brush for 3 minutes as usual. Rinse out a few times as your tongue will look black as well.


We Keep It In The Family

#wekeepitinthefamily With Christina getting ready to welcome a baby girl, we welcome Stephanie (Christina’s cousin) to Innovation Dental. Come in and meet Stephanie. She will be joining us while Christina is on maternity leave#innovationdrivedental #wewillmissyou#cousindentalhygienists

Did You Know?-Cold Sores

Cold sores are blisters on the lips and are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) type 1. Did you know that 90% of all people get a cold sore once in their life? Following the initial blister, your body may develop antibodies, after that 40% of the population are likely to have recurring blisters. The blisters are generally brought on after a fever, colds or in times of stress when our immune system is down. Cold sores are spread by kissing, sharing of utensils, glasses, lip balms, etc. Once the virus has entered your body, it can take up to 20 days after exposure for the cold sore to appear. The sores then normally last 7-10 days and are considered contagious until they crust over. Because of this, we recommend rescheduling any dental appointments until you are no longer considered contagious.

Cavity Culprits

In Today’s Parent January/February 2018 there was an article on cavities in children. Did you know that between 2010 and 2012 almost 30,000 children underwent day surgery to restore decayed teeth? The reason for the day surgery is that most children under the age of 5 cannot sit still in the dental chair for longer periods of time or because of their fear of the dentists. Some parents and professionals think it is easier to have all treatment done at once (while sedated) so that they do not traumatize the child from future dental treatment (like your regular cleanings and check-ups). While there are many factors to the development of childhood caries (like the level of fluoridation in the water, diet, and one’s socioeconomic status), the main cause is that you have the cavity-causing bacteria known as streptococcus mutans/strep mutans in your mouth. We are not born with these bacteria, it is normally passed onto us from a parent through sharing of utensils, food, or when parents may clean their child’s pacifier in their own mouth after it has fallen on the floor. It is best to be mindful and try to avoid doing all of the above. However, once the bacteria have been passed onto the child, please do your best to keep their teeth clean. Remember to brush twice a day, try to floss once a day (especially if their teeth are coming in close together), reduce sugar intake (if they are eating something chewy or sweet, we recommend rinsing with water afterwards). While brushing and flossing may be a difficult task (especially for younger kids) this should be non-negotiable as the outcome of not keep up with oral hygiene could be much worse than your daily fight to get them to do this. The Canadian Dental Association recommends bringing your child for their first visit at 1 year old (or when their teeth have started to erupt). Please contact us at Innovation Drive Dental at 905-264-0333. We would be happy to meet your little ones for their first HAPPY VISIT 😊

What’s Your Toothbrush Telling You? How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Does your toothbrush look like this?

Or this?

This toothbrush is telling you that it has done its job and it’s time to move on.  At Innovation Drive Dental in Woodbridge our patients come for their cleaning appointments every 3 months, 4 months, 6 months or some choose to come once a year. These cleaning frequencies are prescribed by Dr. Shulman and our amazing hygienists based on the amount of tarter buildup, bleeding caused by gum inflammation, and amount of bone loss you might have.  But, this frequency is not what is recommended when it comes to how often you should change your tooth brush. At Innovation Dental we give out soft toothbrushes at the end of each hygiene appointment (anything firmer than soft can cause tooth damage). Far too often we find patients wait until their next appointment to get a fresh toothbrush, but please note, these toothbrushes should be replaced approximately every 3 months.  Aggressive brushing and scrubbing will not only cause wear to your teeth which in turn can lead to tooth sensitivity, but it will also cause your toothbrush to splay earlier causing it to be less effective if you continue to use it. This goes for both a manual tooth brush and the brush heads for an electric toothbrush. If you have recently been sick, it is recommended to either replace or sterilize your toothbrush. Dipping your toothbrush head into a pot of boiling water for 10-20 seconds or placing your toothbrush in the dishwasher are good ways to sterilize.

You can read more about this at:  https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/why-oral-b/electric-toothbrushes/when-to-change-toothbrush-or-head

High Blood Pressure/Hypertension

Blood Pressure Readings: An ideal blood pressure reading is 120/80. The top number is your Systolic Reading this indicates how much blood is pressuring your arteries while your heart is beating. The bottom number is your Diastolic Reading this indicates how much blood is pressuring your heart in between heartbeats. Higher readings can mean your blood is not pumping properly, this could be putting stress on your arteries. When numbers are higher you may want to discuss with your physician and monitor your readings. Here are some examples as to why you may have high blood pressure.  While there are 5 reported below, other reasons such as smoking, family history of hypertension, race, gender, and age.

1) Stress: Stress causes your hormones to go a little crazy, this may put pressure on your heart. Longer periods of stress may also lead to excessive eating and drinking which will also impact your blood pressure

2) Salt: Salt causes the body to retain water. When there is an excess of water in your body it can apply pressure to your blood vessels which can elevate your blood pressure readings. Make sure to always read nutrition labels. Keep on the lookout for hidden sodium.

3) Sedentary Lifestyle: Lack of exercise and movement can cause our hearts to become lazy. This can affect our blood pressure. If you work in a sedentary environment, remember to stand up and walk around. Try to get in 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week.

4) Alcohol Consumption: Excess drinking has been shown to have an affect on the central nervous system and then the heart and blood pressure as a byproduct. If you want to drink occasionally remember to follow standard health guideline. One drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.

5) Weight Gain: When you are overweight, you put more stress on your heart, thus leading to higher blood pressure levels. When you lose the pounds, your blood pressure reading tends to go down as well.

If you are interested, you can try out the DASH Diet recommended by Dr. Oz… https://www.doctoroz.com/feature/dash-diet-guide


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