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14
Apr
Black stain on kids teeth

AUTHOR Dr Jennifer Shulman

Black staining of teeth due to Chromogenic (coloured) bacteria can be a source of poor self-esteem for patients, especially children. It looks like pigmented black lines along the gumline. This type of stain seems to be more prevalent in children. It is due to the presence of a form of bacterial plaque living in the child’s oral environment. Children that are prone to this usually outgrow it as their adult teeth erupt. The bacteria native to the oral environment does change over time.

The best and only way to get rid of this black staining is good oral hygiene. This requires both diligent home care and regular dental visits. Colonization of plaque bacteria can occur within 24 hours of brushing and within 72 hours this colonization irreversibly adheres to your tooth surface...Hence brushing in an interval of 12 hours can help in preventing this colonization. Consistent strict oral hygiene measures like brushing twice daily and flossing are the only way to prevent staining due to bacteria. Regular visits to your dentist can also keep a check on staining issues. These stains do polish off with dental prophylaxis, but they do come back…. so home care is the only way to keep it at a minimum until the next dental visit.

Other causes of tooth staining, aside from chromogenic bacterial staining, include habits like smoking, betel

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04
Apr
Easter Egg Hunt

AUTHOR Dr. Shulman

 

Some egg-citing ideas

With the kids being home so much these days, constant snacking is turning up to be a bigger issue than before the COVID lockdown or school at home. Today's kids are definitely not treat deprived. Easter seems to be so much about chocolate and candy that it is almost not a treat anymore. Instead, we should consider filling big plastic eggs with things that are not candy.  Here are some great ideas I have heard of from my patients over the past few weeks.

  • Eggs filled with notes for a special outing or walks with Mom or Dad, ie: some one-on-one time
  • Eggs filled with jewellery, lip balms, nail stickers, toy cars,
  • Eggs filled with sugarless gum
  • Puzzle piece scavenger hunts
  • Eggs filled with money
  • Eggs filled with glow in the dark stars to decorate kids rooms
  • Nail polish or certificates for a home spa day
  • COCO Floss , coloured floss sticks or travel size toothpaste ( had to put in a dental suggestion..lol)
  • gift cards  like Roblox or Vbucks
  • Air pods...that's right Air pods

Hope everyone enjoys their long weekend and stays safe. The weather is beautiful to get outdoors.

Happy Easter from your friends at Innovation Drive Dental in Woodbridge.

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18
Dec
Oral Health holiday Gift ideas

AUTHOR Dr Jennifer Shulman  |  TAGS Dentist Woodbridge, Dentist Vaughan, Dentist Kleinburg, Dentist Brampton, Dentist Bolton, Woodbridge Dentist, Vaughan Dentist, Brampton Dentist, Kleinburg Dentist, Bolton Dentist, Woodbridge Dentistry, Vaughan Dentistry, Kleinburg Dentistry, Brampton Dent oral health gifts

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Have you made your holiday gift list and checked it twice? If you’re still shopping around for your child, give a gift that promotes oral health for lasting benefits beyond the holiday season.

For toddlers, teens, and children in every stage in between, here are just a few ideas of dentist-approved gifts that reinforce good oral habits:

  • For children of any age: Fun flavoured toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, soft picks or other interproximal cleaners, or electric toothbrushes 

  • For toddlers: how-to children’s books and DVDs that make dental hygiene fun

  • For pre-teens and teens: an electric toothbrush, clear braces, or the hottest trend in floss...a subscription from cocofloss https://cocofloss.com/

  • For the child with a sweet tooth: dark chocolate, sugar-free gum and lollipops, trail mix

  • For the athletic child: a mouthguard

Helping your child grow

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13
Nov
Wisdom teeth issues as an Adult

AUTHOR Dr. Shulman

Most people associate wisdom teeth with late teens and young adults. They start to develop and grow-in between 18 and 25 years of age. Patients feel that if they have had no issues by the time they turn 30 they are "out of the water ".  As dentists, we know that this is just not the case. We see patients with wisdom tooth concerns at all ages. These teeth are very far back in your mouth and keeping them clean is very difficult. Wisdom teeth are more likely to get cavities than other teeth just due to the fact that cleaning them may be close to impossible. As dentists we struggle to get a successful filling in the wisdom teeth as well, so often they are recommended to be removed rather than restored. For those patients that have decided to keep their impacted wisdom teeth, it is important to follow them with regular xrays, as widom teeth can burrow a hole into the tooth infront of if from underneith the bone. This will ultimately result in the unfortunate loss of a healthy tooth, which could have been prevented.

                           

Contrary to popular belief, wisdom teeth can just start hurting even later in life. Many people get misdiagnosed with

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08
Oct
How Do I Select the Best Dentist Near Me

AUTHOR Dr Jennifer Shulman  |  TAGS dentist near me Dentist Woodbridge, Dentist Vaughan, Dentist Kleinburg, Dentist Brampton, Dentist Bolton, Woodbridge Dentist, Vaughan Dentist, Brampton Dentist, Kleinburg Dentist, Bolton Dentist, Woodbridge Dentistry, Vaughan Dentistry, Kleinburg Dentistry, Brampton Dent

                                                                                 Finding a New Dentist in Kitchener: A Crash Course by Dr. Kyle Hornby         

How do I choose a dentist near me? There is a dentist office in every plaza. Which one do I choose? Studies have shown that most people google business or product before deciding if it is right for them. Reviews have a lot of merit. As a business owner, we take these reviews very seriously. It is one of the best compliments for someone to write an unsolicited review. But, as much as reading reviews are important, word of mouth referrals are also a great way to find a dentist. Speak to your neighbours or the other parents at school drop off or pick up, or at the other local businesses you attend. Furthermore, you can post a question on the local social

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22
Sep
Why do I need to tell my dentist that I have lip or cheek fillers?

AUTHOR Dr Jennifer Shulman

Dr. Shulman and the whole team at Innovation Dental in Vaughan feel that it is very important for dental treatment to be individualized to the patient's needs.  We spend our first appointment with you getting to know you and finding out what exactly your needs are. This is why we have a very detailed new patient form and ask a lot of questions and discuss many aspects of your oral and medical health at our New Patient exam. One of the questions we may ask is if you have or have had any dermal fillers in your lips or cheeks, or around your nose. Please know that we are not trying to reveal any secrets or question your choices. There are very important medical reasons for that question. Canadians are embracing this noninvasive method of turning back the clock on youth. It is a highly sought-after procedure and very successful.  Thus, as dentists, we are seeing more and more of our patients that have had this done or are planning on doing so in the near future.

Many dental procedures involve pulling or retracting the lips and cheeks for visual access to treatment sites as well as protection of the tissues from dental instruments. Most dermatologists or certified injectors will recommend delaying your dental appointment for at least 2 weeks after having dermal fillers placed to reduce the risk of moving the fillers from the site of injection. Of course, this is only for elective dental treatment. An emergency dental issue should not be delayed but be

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03
Sep
I only floss on Fortnite

AUTHOR Dr Jennifer Shulman  |  TAGS Dentist Woodbridge, Dentist Vaughan, Dentist Kleinburg, Dentist Brampton, Dentist Bolton, Woodbridge Dentist, Vaughan Dentist, Brampton Dentist, Kleinburg Dentist, Bolton Dentist, Woodbridge Dentistry, Vaughan Dentistry, Kleinburg Dentistry, Brampton Dent floss fortnite instagram tiktok

Dance moves have changed a lot over the years but one move that became a worldwide phenomenon is “the floss “. Back In the summer of 2016 a kid on Instagram pioneered the move he coined “the floss” shortly after the world had just mastered the “dab” and the “twerk”. Today you still see this move all over Instagram, TikTok, and Fortnite. As dentists, this is not a new term for us but it has taken on a whole new meaning. Today if we ask our adult, or over the age of millennial patients “Do you floss? “, the most common reply is “no or not as much as I should”. But, if we ask any child, teen or millennial patient “Do you floss?”, the answer is always “of course! “ as they jump out of the chair and begin to swing their arms left and right around their torso in the opposite direction to their hips.

Dr Shulman: “not exactly what I was asking but hey.....you are a mighty good flosser. Keep up the good work!”

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