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

 

April=Oral Cancer Awareness Month

This Sensor Helps You Watch What You Eat

Scientists at the Tufts University School of Engineering in Medford, MA have invented a sensor that helps you monitor what you eat. Until recently, the ability to accurately track your daily food intake has been fairly unreliable. This device is a 2mm square that can bond to the surface of your tooth.  At the moment it will only collect information on your salt, glucose and alcohol consumption however they are hoping they will be able to detect a whole array of chemicals and nutrients in the future. They also say that with the ability of picking up chemicals in saliva, they may be able to rate stress levels well.

I haven’t been to the dentist in 10 years. What can I expect?

Wow! Is it 2018 already? Where did the years go? Today we all live very busy lives. The years seem to pass so quickly and we often don’t realize that it may have been 10 years since we last saw a dentist. Although some may have stayed away on purpose, others had every intention to book an appointment but forgot.

Here at Innovation Drive Dental in Woodbridge we welcome all new patients, whether it has been 10 years, 5 years or even 6 months since last seeing a dentist. One of the first things we ask after a patient books a new appointment is how long it has been. The question is not meant to judge, but we know if someone has been away for a while they will often need more time to ask any questions they may have, to discuss the treatment options and often just to feel comfortable in the new setting.

Innovation Dental highly recommends that the first appointment is booked as a New Patient Exam with the doctor. We prefer not to jump into a cleaning right away, for may reasons.  This is an easy and painless appointment as it is purely diagnostic and gives the patient the time to discuss with the doctor any of their concerns. This appointment reintroduces the patient to what dentistry has to offer today with all the modern technology and the knowledge of caring staff and clinicians. A Complete New Patient exam involves:

1.       Introduction and medical history is taken

2.       A pre-op blood pressure measured

3.       A full set of digital x-rays are taken (very low radiation as compared to old style x-rays)

4.       An intra-oral and extra-oral examination is done

5.       An oral cancer screening is done using a Velscope (a special light is shone in your mouth) http://www.velscope.com/velscope-technology/overview/

6.       Charting of the teeth (any existing work you have had done as well as any potential treatment you may need done)

7.       Measurement of bone levels

8.       Intra-oral photos of all the teeth for visual records and future comparison

9.       Discussion and Treatment plan (Q&A)

This appointment can take up to an hour and is very educational and informative. We like to book a cleaning after the New Patient Exam as not all cleanings are the same, and not everyone needs the same cleaning. The Doctors at Innovation Dental feel that treatment should be individualized to the patients needs. If it has only been a few months then you may be ok with one appointment to finish, but some patients may require 2 or more cleaning appointments with freezing (if needed).

If it has been a long time for you, one tip would be to floss a lot before you come in, even if it makes your gums bleed, as this will get them used to being touched below the gum line and may be less uncomfortable at your first cleaning appointment.

At Innovation Dental in Woodbridge we strive to be the dentist you will NOT stay away from or forget to book back with.  We make seeing a dentist or hygienist as enjoyable as a dental visit can be………and those are big shoes to fill……..ask any of our patients! https://www.rateabiz.com/reviews/innovation-drive-dental-woodbridge-on/614cbb39035a2c8916915ab8bc93c688/summary

Chances are you do not have oral cancer, but wouldn’t you like to know for sure? Oral cancer screenings are done at Innovation Dental.

Do these images below look familiar to you? Are you experiencing blisters, noticing unusual lumps or bumps, crust formations or white and red areas on the tongue, lips, gums or other area of the mouth that will not go away? These might all be signs and symptoms of oral cancer. Most non-cancerous lesions resolve within 10-14 days. If they do not resolve, you may need a thorough oral cancer screening examination. At innovation dental drive in Vaughan, we have the latest technology in oral cancer screening called the Velscope. Dr. Corey Shulman and Dr. Jennifer Shulman provide cancer screening as part of every initial examination. Whether you are new to the office or are an existing patient, our dentist and hygienist are always checking for any abnormalities at every visit. These lesions can become life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Give us a call today to book your new patient examination and have your oral cancer screening done!

SCREENING AT HOME

Some simple tasks you can add to your daily routine.

  • CHEEKS AND LIPS: Pull back both cheeks and lips and check the tissues for any lumps, bumps, white spots, red spots, cracks and blisters.
  • TONGUE: Stick out your tongue and check for any abnormalities once again. Don’t forget to check underneath the tongue as well. Note: You can use a piece of tissue to help grab hold of your tongue
  • PALATE: Lift your head back and check the roof of your mouth for any abnormalities
  • TONSILS AND THROAT: If you have a tongue depressor, that can aid in detection. Stick your tongue out and firmly press down as far back as you can reach. Look at the tonsils and throat for any abnormalities.

REMEMBER: Preventative measures can be life saving.

WHAT DEFINES NORMAL AND ABNORMAL

Most patients ask the question, what exactly am I looking for? We at Innovation Dental in Woodbridge can help you understand the difference between normal and abnormal tissue.

Normal tissue

Normal areas present itself with uniform, symmetrical tissue pattern. Usually pinkish or brown in colour depending on ethnicity.

Abnormal tissue

Abnormal tissue can appear to be different in colour, either white or red areas. They usually come in irregular patterns, although that may not always be the case. Lumps or bumps can also be a sign. Sometimes they can be asymptomatic or symptomatic, therefore pain can not always be a good indicator. Below are some examples of some abnormal tissue patterns:

THE VELSCOPE

Here at Innovation Dental serving patients throughout Vaughan, Brampton, Woodbridge and Toronto, use the VELscope screening system which uses fluorescence light in order to enhance any abnormalities in the mouth. Below is a visual to help understand the non-invasive screening procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Facts on Fluoride

 

  • Stops or even reverses decay process (keeps the enamel stay strong by preventing loss of minerals) and reduces sensitivity
  • Can find in drinking water from community water supply, toothpaste, mouthwash, tablets, drops
  • Dentist’s provide rinses, varnishes, gels
  • No scientific evidence that fluoridated water has causes disease or illness
  • Fluoridated toothpaste alone is not enough, that’s why we need other sources
  • Fluoride + children: children under age of 3, guardians should consult dentist prior to using fluoridated toothpaste (over use of fluoride during tooth development can lead to fluorosis)
  • Fluorosis are very faint white spots that appear on the tooth (does not affect the function or health of the tooth, only appearance)
  • Areas of fluorosis are actually more cavity resistant

Fluoride Varnishes

  • Applied only by professionals
  • Agents painted on teeth after cleaning
  • Hardens on tooth and stays on for 4-6 hours then brushed off, releasing fluoride gradually over months
  • Great for children due to less gagging and less swallowed

Fact: healthy gums do NOT bleed

Stress induced oral health conditions

Here are some conditions that can be caused by stress: 

Cold sores and Canker sores

Mostly caused by stress. If the lesion doesn’t heal within a 2-week period, it can be a sign of oral cancer. Call us for an oral cancer screening!

TMD Temporal Mandibular disorder

Most often, TMD is known as clenching or grinding(bruxism). It is usually a subconscious habit occurring during sleep. It results in jaw joint irritation, tooth sensitivity, cracked/bent teeth, wearing teeth, headaches, facial muscle pain, and neck pain. Call us for a consultation for a night guard or other treatment interventions of the worn dentition!

Increased cortisol levels 

This is caused by stress which induces the bodies inflammatory process. Increased inflammation leads to increased gingivitis. Regular/routinely cleanings are important to help reduce infection/inflammation. Book your cleaning appointment today!

Happy Victoria Day!

Wishing all our wonderful Patients a Happy and Safe Victoria Day Long Weekend!

Daily habits that are good for your health but bad for your mouth!

 

We all try to brush our teeth twice a day, and eat healthy foods as often as possible, but somethings that we think are actually good for our health, are not the greatest for our teeth. Here are some examples:

Brushing before you eat

When you eat acidic foods, such as oranges and apples, they tend to soften your enamel. When your enamel is soft and you use something abrasive on them, it will remove some of that enamel and leave your teeth feeling very sensitive. That is why it is recommended to brush your teeth before you eat something acidic, so that your enamel is still strong and won’t be removed.

Chewing on ice

A lot of people like chewing on ice as it is low in calories, and on a hot day, it can cool you off. However, it does have its downsides. Ice is very hard and can cause damage to your teeth, like cracks and chips. It can also cause jaw issues if chewed on for a long period of time. So always be cautious!

Sipping your wine

Some wines tend to have their health benefits, for example red wine. It can help with lowering your cholesterol and heart disease, but it is also acidic. Sipping your wine means more exposure to acid little by little, and this can ruin the enamel on your teeth. Try to mix some water with your wine, one sip of wine, on sip of water, to relieve the amount of acid exposure on your pearly whites.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!