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

How do Jaws become Misaligned?

Various factors can cause jaws to shift, putting strain on the surrounding muscles in our mouths.  Some of the causes of jaw misalignment are tooth loss, mouth breathing, whiplash, genetics, arthritis or even a slight blow to the head.

People are not aware that unconscious habits such as jutting their chins forward, clenching their teeth when they are angry or even biting down on a pencil or pen can put additional strain on the teeth and jaws.  This can cause premature wear and tear on the teeth as they are not designed for this destructive habit.

Jaw problems can also occur in children due to poor oral habits. The most common cause is thumb sucking in children beyond four years of age.  Thumb sucking can push their growing teeth out of position by molding their upper palate with their thumb or fingers.  This creates narrow arches and cross bites. Fortunately, this is a habit that many children leave behind when their permanent teeth come in.

With a narrow upper arch in both children and adults the tongue positions itself on the floor of the mouth so when they swallow they push their tongue against the teeth that do not meet in order to create a closed space.  The tongue is one our most powerful muscles and the sheer strength of its thrusts when swallowing can prevent children/adult from developing or having a normal bite.

Be mindful and develop good habits by:

  • Be more conscious of your mouth position
  • Your tongue should rest lightly at the junction of the upper teeth and gum tissue and the lips should rest lightly together
  • The head should also be in a upright, balanced and in a relaxed position

“Remember, lips together, teeth apart, tongue in place”.

To help you be more aware of the tension in your jaws or face your can do a “facial scan”.

Close your eyes and ask yourself these questions:

  • Are my face muscles tense or relaxed?
  • Are my teeth touching together lightly or tightly?
  • Are my jaws hanging loosely with lips together and teeth apart?
  • Where is my tongue sitting? Is it sitting at the floor of my mouth?
  • Are my cheeks pulled into the sides where my teeth connect? Or, do I chew my cheeks as an unconscious habit?  (often this will create a white horizontal line on the inside of the cheek)

By understanding and being more aware of your oral habits you can take ownership of your mouth and your dental health.

Nutritional Deficiencies Your Dentist Can Detect

The average person visits their dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and check-up, and these are appointments you don’t want to miss as we not know there is a connection between your oral health and your overall health.  Inflammation in the mouth and inflammation in the body are correlated.  When this goes unchecked, this inflammation can show up in the form as heart disease, stroke, and other chronic inflammatory diseases.

Your mouth is a window to your overall health. Nutrition plays a critical role. Very often, when something flares up, loosens, or looks different in your mouth, it is your body’s way of asking for some type of nutrient it doesn’t have enough of.

  • Calcium: loose teeth, premature tooth loss, softening of teeth, bleeding gums.
  • Magnesium: inflamed gum tissue.
  • Vitamin B2:  Shiny red lips, sore tongue.
  • Vitamin B3: Red and/or swollen tip of tongue with dry smooth edges, general mouth pain.
  • Vitamin B6: Sore burning mouth, smooth tongue.
  • Vitamin B12: Bad breath, bright red tongue with fissures, loss of taste, dry mouth, numbness and bleeding.
  • ***Sores at the edge of the mouth may mean you are lacking in Vitamin B2, B3, B6 and B12***
  • Lack of Vitamin C or A: Bleeding gums, lowered immune response, infections in the mouth (ie. Yeast), impaired taste.
  • Vitamin D: Softening of teeth, increased bleeding, and yeast infections
  • Zinc: Loss of sensation in the tongue, loss of taste, dry mouth and susceptibility to gum disease.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet will make you feel better, increase your energy level, is good for your dental health and will make you smile more often!

Contact our office at 905-264-0333 to schedule you appointment in the New Year! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Google Investing in Spoon That Can Steady Tremors by 76%-Breakthrough

Shirin Vala, 65, who is an essential tremor patient, uses a Liftware Spoon to eat without spilling at her home in Oakland. Google is throwing its support behind the spoon, which senses a shaking hand and make instant adjustments to stay balanced.

Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.

Of course these spoons (don’t call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling.

The technology senses how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay balanced. In clinical trials, the Liftware spoons reduced shaking of the spoon bowl by an average of 76 per cent.

“We want to help people in their daily lives today and hopefully increase understanding of disease in the long run,” said Google spokesperson Katelin Jabbari.

Other adaptive devices have been developed to help people with tremors — rocker knives, weighted utensils, pen grips. But until now, experts say, technology has not been used in this way.

“It’s totally novel,” said UC San Francisco Medical Center neurologist Dr. Jill Ostrem, who specializes in movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors.

She helped advise the inventors, and says the device has been a remarkable asset for some of her patients.

“I have some patients who couldn’t eat independently, they had to be fed, and now they can eat on their own,” she said. “It doesn’t cure the disease, they still have tremor, but it’s a very positive change.”

Google got into the no-shake utensil business in September, acquiring a small, National Institutes of Health-funded startup called Lift Labs for an undisclosed sum.

Google co-founder’s mother has Parkinson’s

More than 10 million people worldwide, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s mother, have essential tremors or Parkinson’s disease. Brin has said he also has a mutation associated with higher rates of the Parkinson’s and has donated more than $50 million US to research for a cure, although Jabbari said the Lift Labs acquisition was not related.

Lift Lab founder Anupam Pathak said moving from a small, four-person startup in San Francisco to the vast Google campus in Mountain View has freed him up to be more creative as he explores how to apply the technology even more broadly.

His team works at the search giant’s division called Google(x) Life Sciences, which is also developing a smart contact lens that measures glucose levels in tears for diabetics and is researching how nanoparticles in blood might help detect diseases.

‘If you build something with your hands and it has that sort of an impact, it’s the greatest feeling ever.’– Anupam Pathak, Lift Lab founder

Joining Google has been motivating, said Pathak, but his focus remains on people who are now able to eat independently with his device. “If you build something with your hands and it has that sort of an impact, it’s the greatest feeling ever,” he said. “As an engineer who likes to build things, that’s the most validating thing that can happen.”

Pathak said they also hope to add sensors to the spoons to help medical researchers and providers better understand, measure and alleviate tremors.

Shirin Vala, 65,, has had an essential tremor for about a decade. She was at her monthly Essential Tremor group at a San Ramon medical clinic earlier this year when researchers developing the device introduced the idea and asked if anyone was interested in helping them.

As it was refined, she tried it out and gave them feedback. And when they hit the market at $295 apiece, she bought one.

Without the spoon, Vala said eating was really a challenge because her hands trembled so hard food fell off the utensils before she could eat it.

“I was shaking and I had a hard time to keep the food on a spoon, especially soup or something like an olive or tomatoes or something. It is very embarrassing. It’s very frustrating,” she said.

The spoon definitely improved her situation. “I was surprised that I held the food in there so much better. It makes eating much easier, especially if I’m out at a restaurant,” she said.

What does your tongue reveal about your health?

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Your tongue can help diagnose general health issues just by looking at it. It’s shape, colour, texture, bumps, and indents can tell you more about your health than you would expect, let’s just say… your tongue is kind of a road map to what is going on in your body.

Tongue Colour

A healthy tongue: pink in colour with a light white coat on it, medium thickness with no cracks, ulcers or teeth marks.

A bright red tongue: A red tongue normally indicates a lack of nutrients in the body, normally Vitamin B and Iron. In children, a strawberry/raspberry coloured tongue can be the early signs of Scarlett fever or Kawasaki disease.

A pale tongue:  You are probabley lacking Haemoglobin, the iron-containing protein found in red blood cells.  A pale tongue can also suggest bacteria, dead cells, and debris are wedged into your papillae. In some cases, a white tongue may be a sign of anemia or oral thrush (yeast infection).

Purple or bluish tongue: This can mean that fluid and blood are not circulating properly.  A purple tongue is common in people who suffer from high cholesterol, heart problems, and chronic bronchitis.

Black and hairy tongues: This is caused by an overgrowth of papillae trapping bacteria and other debris. While this is normally harmless and short lived, it is normally found in individuals with poor oral hygiene, or who excessively use tobacco, antibiotics or stomach medications (Pepto-Bismol).

A bright red tongue tip can indicate psychological stress.

Tongue Texture

When you run your finger on your tongue, it should feel a bit hairy.

A smooth tongue: Could be a nutritional deficiency. Map like patches can be a sign of a vitamin B deficiency or an irritation brought on by alcohol or some foods.

A wrinkled tongue:  While harmless, grooves in your tongue may cause irritation when eating spicy foods, and can prevent your tongue from steering clear of bacteria.

Sores and bumps on your tongue:  Bumps on your tongue can be an apthous ulcer (canker sore), or even an allergic reaction to food or medication. However, lesions that appear thick with a hard surface (often found on the side of the tongue) could be a sign of Leukoplakia. Leukoplakia is common in people with weakened immune systems caused by HIV or the Epstein- Barr virus. Sores and bumps can also be a sign of cancer. These kinds of sores should be examined by a doctor right away!

Dry tongue:  This could be caused by the swelling of your salivary glands which in turn result in a lack of saliva production.  A dry, furry tongue indicates too much mucous in your system. Keep an eye out for a constant dry tongue; this can be a sign of Sjorgren’s syndrome, a debilitating immunological disorder.

Tongue Coating

A tongue’s coating can reveal a healthy or unhealthy digestive system. A healthy digestive system would reveal a thin whitish tongue coating, yet an overburdened system would result in a thicker coating of the tongue.

Dehydration will cause a shiny, red, wet tongue, and when there is no coating of the tongue, this could be a sign of exhaustion in the body.

Chewing gum and migraines

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Chewing gum. Your child’s favourite addiction. Did you know that gum-chewing may be the culprit of your child’s headache/migraine? Dr. Nathan Watemberg of Tel Aviv university-affiliated Meir Medical center published his findings in Pediatric neurology.

While typical triggers of headaches in adolescents are stress, tiredness, heat, video games, noise, sunlight, smoking, missed meals and menstruation, Dr. Watemberg noticed that many patients who reported headaches were daily gum chewers.

For this study, Dr. Watemberg observed 30 patients who had chronic headaches/migraines and chewed gum daily (for at least an hour and up to 6 hours a day). He asked them to stop chewing gum for a month and recorded the results. After a month of not chewing gum, patients reported that their headaches/migraines went away completely or that they experienced a decrease in the frequency and severity of their headaches. To test the results, the participants started chewing gum daily again for 2 weeks. Each of them reported the return of their symptoms within days.

Dr. Watemberg concluded that chewing gum puts stress on the TMJ (the joint where the jaw meets the scull) causing migraines and headaches. He says his findings can be put to use immediately.  Doctor’s can advise their patients, teenagers with chronic headaches, to simply stop chewing gum. This can provide them with a quick and effective treatment and prevent the need for expensive tests and medications.