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Happy Halloween! Halloween Giveaway Spooktacular, Woodbridge Dentist, Dentist in Woodbridge,

Happy Halloween! Halloween Giveaway Spooktacular, Woodbridge Dentist, Dentist in Woodbridge

Good Luck and Good Bye Stacey!



Today we say farewell to our amazing hygienist Stacey as she embarks on her journey into motherhood! We wish you all the best! We can’t wait to find out if it’s going to be a boy or a girl! We have our guesses!


The One Who Invented Trick or Treat by Shel Silverstein

“Yes, I invented “Trick or treat”
So you could fill your mouth with sweets-
Candy bars and lemon drops,
Marshmallow and Tootsie Pops,
Butterscotch and bubble gum.
Hold out your hand – they’ll give you some
Chocolate kisses, Jujubes,
Sourballs and jelly beans.
Have a cake – some cookies too.
Take a couple – grab a few
Peppermint Sticks and Mary Janes, 
Licorice whips, and candy canes,
Slurp some soda, munch a pie,
Don’t let those M&M’s go by,
Chew that toffee, munch those treats,
Get that caramel in you teeth.
Then come see me, I’ll be here- 
I’m your friendly dentist, dear. “




Halloween is just around the corner and we want to see YOUR spooktacular Halloween costumes! The winner of our Halloween contest will win not one, but TWO Sonicare Kids Electric toothbrushes

1) ” Like” our Facebook page: Innovation Drive Dental

2) Share our contest page on your Facebook wall

3) Upload a picture of you in your Halloween costume for one additional entry (optional)

This contest ends Friday November 7th @ 12:00pm (e.s.t). 


Just click on the link https://apps.facebook.com/my-contests/qmfoln

Welcome Dr. Jaclyn Altman, Periodontist

We are happy to announce to you, that we are now offering the services of Dr. Jaclyn Altman , Periodontal Specialist to all of our existing patients. Our goal has always been and continues to be your comfort and convenience.

Therefore, Dr. Altman has agreed to be our onsite Specialist and she will be available to all of our patients for consultations and the treatment of:

•Periodontal disease

•Surgical placement of Implants

•Periodontal Surgery

We have reserved one Thursday a month for Dr. Altman from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm for your convenience.

If you are in need of any of the above mentioned treatment or are currently seeing someone for any of these conditions, Dr. Altman can see you in the comfort of our office where all of your records are easily accessible.

Should you need more information, please, don’t hesitate to call our office, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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.

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Fear of x-rays? Fear not!










Expectant Mothers’ Periodontal Health Vital to Health of Her Baby



In the October 2013 issue of Dental Teamwork, an article was written about how a mother’s overall oral health can also affect the health of her baby.

When a woman becomes pregnant, she knows how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure the health of her baby; it is now highly recommended that expectant mothers maintain their periodontal health as well.

Periodontal disease is a chronic, bacteria-induced inflammatory condition that attacked the gum tissue, and in worse cases, the bone supporting the teeth. Tenderness, redness, swollen/bleeding gums are all signs of periodontal disease. These signs, especially during pregnancy, should not be ignored and may require treatment from a dental professional.

Research has indicated that women with periodontal disease may be at risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes like low-birth weight and pre-term babies. Babies with a birth weight of less than 5.5lbs may be at risk of long-term health problems such as delayed motor skills, social growth and learning disabilities.  Similar complications are true for babies born 3 weeks before their due date. Because of this, we encourage pregnant women to take care of their oral health with regular dental cleanings during their pregnancy.

Chewing gum and migraines


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.