The Benefits of Drinking Enough Water

While it is often recommended that you should drink 8 glasses (250ml per glass) a day, the actual amount of required water is recommended on an individual basis. Several factors that affect these recommendations are weight, the climate where you live and how often you exercise. A telltale sign that you are lacking in the “hydration department” is the colour of your urine. The clearest sign showing you that properly hydrated is a transparent yellow or a pale colour. If you find that your urine is a darker yellow, you should up your water intake 😊

The many benefits of staying hydrated

1) More energy: Water helps keep up a steady flow of nutrients into your cells.

2) Feeling strong when you work out: Water helps your muscles maintain the right balance of electrolytes like sodium, potassium and magnesium to function properly. Without water, you are more prone to cramping.

3) Less overeating: A study from the University of Illinois involving more than 18,000 adults found that when people increased their daily water intake by 250 to 750ml (on top of the liter they drank on average), they consumed as many as 205 fewer calories a day.

4) Memory improvement: While there is no definitive research stating that hydration helps adults and their memory, studies have found that memory and attention improve in children after they have some water.

5) Combating cold symptoms: There’s a reason your doctor tells you to drink more when you are getting sick. As your body launches its attack against germs, your cells need to be properly hydrated to maintain that effort. Drinking water also helps loosen mucus, which keeps your nose and throat moist.

6) You’ll keep things regular: You can reduce the risk of constipation by staying hydrated.

If you find it difficult to remember to drink water, I recommend buying a reusable bottle (I love my S’well, pricey but worth every penny). You can fill them up on the go! Or if water isn’t your drink of choice, try sparkling or fruit-flavoured water. That added touch may be just what you need 😊

 

***Full article found in July/August 2018 Readers Digest***

Back To School Lunch Ideas

 

We’re heading into our third week of school! Can you believe it? As things start to settle down and routines start to kick in, parents are still often left scrambling for healthy and kid acceptable lunch ideas. Here are some yummy ones that your child will love!

Monday: Turkey and Cheddar Roll Up, Fresh Berries, and Yoghurt

Tuesday: Hummus, Pita Bread, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Sliced Oranges

Wednesday: Cheese Quesadilla, Guacamole, Salsa, Tortilla Chips and Slice Strawberries

Thursday: Pasta Salad, Cheese String, Made Good Granola Bars (these are nut free, have veggies hidden in them and they are always a hit), Raspberries

Friday:  Bagel and Cream Cheese, Yoghurt, Baby Carrots and Fruit Snacks

While this is only a sample, it’s super easy and if you are looking for some more great ideas I love to search on Pintrest. If you’re a really creative parent with lots of time on your hands, check out things.my.kids.wont.eat on Instagram. Good luck this school year!

Christina’s Baby Shower

Last night we celebrated our beautiful mommy to be Christina at Villaggio Ristorante in Kleinburg. It was a night full of laughter, good food and fun. We are so looking forward to welcoming Christina’s little girl into our hearts and dental family. Thank you to Madeline’s daughter Jessica for the gorgeous cake!

Have An Amazing Long Weekend! SMILE BIG!

3 Quick Tips To Improving Your Dental Routine

Daily brushing and flossing your teeth are the two things that most dental professionals recommend at your regular visits and checkups, but did you know there are a few more things you can do to achieve great breath and a healthy smile?

1) Brush your tongue. Did you know many new toothbrushes contain a tongue cleaner on the back of the bristles? After you have finished brushing use the back end of your tooth brush to scrub your tongue and the inside of your cheeks. If you don’t have a tongue cleaner on the back of your brush, you could purchase a tongue cleaner at your local pharmacy or just use your toothbrush to do the dirty work.

2) Gargle before brushing. It’s best to gargle before brushing your teeth. The swishing helps loosen plaque on your teeth making it an easier job for your toothbrush. It is also beneficial to rinse beforehand because when you rinse after your brush, it actually removed the fluoride from your teeth and defeats the fluoride purpose.

3) Brush the right way. You should be brushing your teeth at a 45-degree angle as opposed to brushing parallel to your teeth. This helps get into the crevices and below the gum line better. You should also be replacing your toothbrush every 3 months or after you have been sick.

Don’t forget, it is still recommended to see your dentist at least twice a year (unless you it has been recommended you come more frequently). Call us at Innovation Drive Dental today at 905-264-0333 to schedule you check-up!

10 Facts about Saliva….Tidbits about Spit

Spit may be disgusting but it is one of the most interesting bodily fluids we have.

  1. Humans produce 1-2 litres of saliva per day.
  2. Saliva is 98% water, but it contains many important substances, including electrolytes, mucus, antibacterial compounds and various enzymes. One of the enzyme found in saliva is amylase that breaks some starches down into maltose and dextrin and starts the digestive process.
  3. The water in your saliva comes from your blood.
  4. Saliva production becomes increased while eating or preparing to eat , or even watching or smelling food being cooked. Saliva production is reduced when you are stressed, nervous or frightened. Chewing sugar free gum with xylitol increases saliva production which is actually good for your teeth. Certain diseases and medicines can affect how much saliva you make. If you do not make enough saliva, your mouth can become quite dry. This condition is called dry mouth (xerostomia).Dry mouth causes the gums, tongue, and other tissues in the mouth to become swollen and uncomfortable. Germs thrive in this type of setting. A germy, dry mouth leads to bad breath
  5. Your spit contains your entire genetic blueprint.
  6. Humans have 3 major pairs of salivary gland in the mouth that produce all your saliva. Parotid (in the cheeks), Submandibular( near the lower jaw) and Sublingual ( under the tongue).
  7. The antibacterial compounds found in saliva, and enzyme called Lysozyme, can provide a constant protective shield against various pathogens and bacteria that attack the gums, teeth and throat. Unfortunately, saliva production drops dramatically at night, which is why most bacterial growth in the mouth occurs while we sleep, leading to the dreaded “morning breath” and the morning plaque film on teeth.
  8. Optimal pH for saliva is about 7.4. The lower your pH value below 7.0, the greater your degree of acid stress. Food and drink change the pH of saliva. Age may be a factor also, as children have an average saliva pH of 7.5, while adults tend to be more acidic, with a saliva pH as low as 6.5. The pH level in the mouth affects the health of our teeth and gums and is a good indicator for our general health. Regulating the pH in the mouth will also help reduce the bacteria in our mouths, thereby reducing our risk for cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. Bacteria feed off sugars that are commonly found in sucrose (table sugar), glucose, fructose, lactose, and cooked starches. Foods such as candies, sodas, pastas, animal proteins and breads, and even natural fruits, give bacteria in the mouth more fuel to produce lactic acid which is the acid that causes tooth decay.
  9. There are many diseases or illnesses that can be passed on through “swapping spit”…aka kissing. Aside from the common cold or flu, one can contract Herpes (HSV 1), Syphilis, bacterial Meningitis, Infectious Mononucleosis, Gingivitis and cavities.
  10. Saliva helps wounds in the mouth heal faster than wounds elsewhere on the body.

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.