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.

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.

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

What Should Be Done When A Tooth Is Knocked Out

The other day we had a patient (who happens to be a teacher) running late for her dental appointment. When she arrived at the office she informed us that one of her students had their tooth knocked out during gym class. She was busy writing up an incident report and that was why she was late. When Dr. Shulman asked what protocol was taken to ensure the life of the tooth, the teacher informed her that no protocol was taken; they were not told what to do when an event like this took place.

So, here it is…

What should be done when a tooth is knocked out (permanent/adult teeth only)?

  • Make sure to handle the tooth carefully. Try to hold the tooth by the crown (the white part), the root (pointy part) of the tooth is soft and can be easily damaged. Try not to touch the root if possible.
  • If the tooth is dirty, try to rinse it with milk (if available) if not, you can use lukewarm water. Do not scrub.
  • Gently rinse mouth and, if possible, try to position the tooth back into the socket (this should be done within 5 minutes) and then bite down on a clean towel/paper towel to put pressure on the tooth and keep in place.
  • If you are unable to get the tooth back in, the tooth should be kept moist. Your best bet is to place the tooth in a cup of milk (if readily available). If there is no access to milk, spit into a cup and let the tooth sit in saliva, or you can place the tooth in your mouth beside your cheek.
  • Go see your dentist immediately (this should be done within an hour of the incident). The tooth can be saved, but time is of the essence. When a tooth is knocked out, the nerves and blood vessels are damaged as well. Because of this, the tooth will require root canal treatment.

What will be done once you have arrived at the dental office?

  • Your dentist will assess the state of your tooth, gums and bone and take an x-ray. Depending on the impact, there is a possibility of bone fracture in your mouth.
  • They will then try to reposition the tooth in the correct place.
  • A root canal may be done immediately, or your dentist may choose to wait depending on what they see.
  • For best result, your dentist will splint your tooth to the neighbouring teeth using a wire and some composite (filling material). This acts like a cast. It holds the tooth in place and prevents unwanted movement so that your bone can start to reattach to the tooth. You will be placed on antibiotics to prevent infection.
  • You dentist will want to monitor the health and progression of this tooth weekly for about 6-8 weeks and then at your regular 6 month check-up.
  • If the tooth is not salvageable your dentist will discuss options to properly replace your missing tooth and get your beautiful smile back ☺

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!