10 “Who Knew” Dental Facts

1)      Flossing can increase your life expectancy. True or False?

True.  By flossing daily, you can gain an additional 6 years! How? Poor oral hygiene may lead to inflammatory gum diseases and heart disease. By flossing, we rid our mouths of these disease-causing bacteria.


2)      What percentage of adults are afraid of the dentist?

More than 80% of adults experience some degree of dental fear. And more than half say this fear may keep them from seeing the dentist


3)      Chewing gum is bad for your teeth. True or false?

False. Most dentists give gum the thumbs up-as long as it’s sugarless. Chewing gum stimulates saliva flow, which helps protect your teeth against decay-causing bacteria.


4)      Toothpaste has an expiry date. True or false?

True. Any toothpaste containing fluoride must carry an expiration date and typically it’s two years after the manufacturer date. After this date, fluoride in the toothpaste loses its ability to brush away bacteria in the mouth and protect against cavities.


5)      What is the hardest substance in the human body?

Enamel, the outer protective layer of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body.


6)      It’s OK to keep your toothbrush near the toilet as long as it doesn’t fall in. True or False?

False.  A spray of bacteria from flushing the toilet can travel up to a distance of SIX FEET!


7)      Your teeth are one-of-a-kind just like your fingerprints. True or False?

True.  Tooth prints are unique to each individual, and nobody has an identical set, not even identical twins.


8)      If you are right-handed, the right side of your mouth will be the dominant chewing side. True or False?

False.  Chewing side preference has not been found to be related to an individual’s dominant hand side.


9)       It’s OK to throw dental floss in the toilet. True or False?

False. You should not throw your floss in the toilet. Dental floss is non-biodegradable and when flushed, it wraps around small clogs and tangles them into bigger ones.


10)   How often should you replace your toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, if it starts to show signs of wear or if you have been ill.

Oral Piercings… How Safe Are They?

While one may consider oral piercings a way of self expression, they must also consider the possible complications and problems that may arise.

When it comes to oral piercings, more dental professionals would not recommend it. Like any injury, one may expect pain, swelling, infections and scar tissue formation, these are only primary problems. With oral piercings, secondary infections may arise and they can be very serious.

If you, or your child are considering an oral piercing, please read below and consider every possibility before making your decision.

What exactly is an oral piercing?

An oral piercing is a piercing anywhere in, or around the mouth. They usually consist of a stainless steel, gold, titanium, plastic or nickel rings or barbells.

What problems can an oral piercing cause?

Problems depend on the area of the piercing. In most cases, tongue, lip, or below the tongue piercings can cause chipping of the teeth, it is recommended that you use plastic jewelry as this may be less damaging.

Tongue piercings, or piercings below the tongue are most prone to serious infections because both these areas have high blood supply. Infections of these areas can be very dangerous because if swelling occurs, one may chance an obstructed airway, which may be life threatening.

Nerve or muscle damage is another problem that can arise. While not usually serious or permanent, it may be unnerving to the individual.

Labret piercings constantly rub against the opposing gum tissue which causes receding gums and root exposure. The root surfaces of our teeth are more susceptible to decay.

Other complications include: bad breath, drooling, and problems with chewing and swallowing.

What are the best precautionary measures?

–          Make sure that your tattoo/piercing parlor is clean and sterile

–          Ensure the practitioner performing the service is experienced and practices using proper infection control.

–          Disinfect your oral jewelry properly and brush it like you brush your teeth.

–          If close to the teeth, use plastic at the ends of your jewelry to prevent tooth chipping.

–          Seek immediate attention from your family doctor or dentist if you experience anything out of the ordinary (swelling, pain, excessive bleeding, or infection)

–          See your dentist for regular check-ups so that they can monitor the piercing and any potential damage to the teeth and gums.

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4 Teeth Damaging Habits


  1. Chewing Ice: This is one habit to quit in order to prevent tooth damage. Chewing ice can cause gum damage or broken teeth. In some cases, teeth are so badly fractured that they may require more major treatment. If it’s the crunchiness of the ice that keeps you chewing, try chewing on a baby carrots or an apple. (A possible cause of chewing ice may be anemia, if you find yourself chewing on a regular basis, see your family doctor).
  2. Using teeth as scissors (I’m definitely guilty of doing thisL): This nasty habit can lead to tiny divots in your teeth, which in turn, can lead to bigger cracks and/or fractures. When in doubt, USE SCISSORS!
  3. The improper use of toothpicks: If used properly, a toothpick is a great tool for removing food from in between teeth, but if you use it too aggressively, you risk hurting your gums, or breaking the pick off in between your teeth.
  4. Chewing of foreign objects:  The only thing that belongs in our mouth is food, so stop chewing on your pens! These objects may be fun to chew on, but they can lead to unnecessary and expensive treatment.


If you’re the victim of any of these habits, feel free to give us a call at 905-264-0333. We would be more than happy to fix you up J


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The Pain Free Dental Visit

Today, a visit to the dentist is not as scary as it used to be. Dentistry has come a long way, and here at Innovation Drive Dental we offer a spa like atmosphere with the most up to date technology. You should no longer fear the dentist, as we are here to keep your teeth shining and your mouth (and body) healthy.

Do you fear the dentist because of the discomfort you’ve experiences during a cleaning appointment? Nowadays, you do not have to feel anything at all! If you are used to squirming and moaning in the hygiene chair, fear no more, we will offer both topical and local anaesthetic to ensure your cleaning is as comfortable as possible. However, please remember that the discomfort you’re experiencing may be caused because of overall neglect to your oral hygiene in the first place. You should be brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing your lovely hygienist twice a year (more often in some cases).

If you fear the dentist because of previous filling experiences, and you hate the sound of the dental drill, we have TVs with Bell Expressvu in all of our operatories to occupy your mind.

If you are feeling any kind of discomfort, overdue for a cleaning, or new to the area, give us a call at 905-264-0333 to experience our spa like dental office for yourself!

12 Other Uses for Dental Floss (Flossing your teeth is still the #1 use)

1) Line drying clothing: Using super-strong floss is a great choice to hang dry your clothes. Just attach it to 2 stationary objects and you’re good to go!

2) Replace a shoe lace: Have you ever been out and about when all the sudden you realize your shoelace has ripped? If you have dental floss on you, you can use it as a shoe lace replacement until you have the time to buy a new one.

3) Support climbing plants:  Plants like roses, cucumbers and tomatoes normally need the help of scaffolding to help them grow upwards. Try using floss. Create a trellis by tying the floss in a ladder pattern.

4) Hang things around the house: No explanation needed.

5) Make a dream catcher: Use different coloured floss for this DIY fun art project.

6) Remove sticky photos:  Older photos tend to stick to the pages in photo albums. To prevent damaging the photo in the process of removing it from the album, use a piece of floss and gently slide it between the photo and the album page.

7) Remove cookies from a cookie tray: Do the same thing you would do for removing sticky photos. This time, use the floss between the cookie and the cookie tray and then gently slide the cookies onto a serving plate.

8) Slice cake: You’re on a picnic and forgot to bring a knife along…Don’t worry! If you have floss on you, it should do the trick. Hold the floss tight and slice away!

9) Make a hair tie

10) Lock your luggage: Instead of using zip-ties, try using some dental floss.

11) Use it to sew: Floss is very strong and makes an excellent thread. Keep it nearby in the case of any rips or tears while participating in outdoor activities like camping and hiking.

12) Quiet a dripping faucet: If your faucet is leaking, try tying a piece of floss at the spout and let it hang down into the basin. This allows the water to slide down the floss and prevents the annoying sound of dripping.



Apthous Ulcers, otherwise known as Canker Sores, are recurrent ulcers within the mouth.  They normally appear between the ages of 10 and 20 years old, and are most common in women.

Although there is no direct link to the cause of these ulcers, it is believed that certain foods (citrusy or acidic fruits and vegetables), stresses, vitamin deficiencies (folic acid and B12), and immune problems may be a somewhat cause.

There are three categories of apthous ulcers. 1)Minor, 2) Major and 3) Herpetiform.

1)Minor Apthous Ulcers:  80% of all cases, no larger than 2-8mm in diameter, last 10-14 days, no scarring left.

2) Major Apthous Ulcers: 10-15% of all cases, larger than 10mm in diameter, last 2-8 weeks, potential of scarring.

3) Herpetiform Apthous Ulcers: 5-10% of all cases, multiple ulcers ranging between 2-3mm, usually painful, no potential of scarring.

While most people do not experience any discomfort and no treatment is required, topical analgesics and anesthetics have been prescribed for those who experience pain. If sores occur frequently, you should see a doctor to rule out any possible underlying systemic disorders.


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The Componeer™ shells come in a variety of different sizes to ensure the perfect fit for each tooth. These shells can be used to restore a single tooth, or your whole smile.

Unlike porcelain veneers, Componeers™ are economical and efficient. They save the patient money and the dentist time and extra expenses.

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If you think Componeers™ are a good solution for your smile insecurities, give the office a call at (905) 264-0333and we would be happy to get you in for a FREE consultation.