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Will AI Change Dentistry?

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

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to revolutionize the field of dentistry, offering numerous benefits and applications that can transform patient care and treatment outcomes. AI algorithms have the potential to significantly enhance diagnostic capabilities by analyzing large volumes of dental data. This technology enables dentists to accurately diagnose conditions such as cavities, periodontal disease, oral cancers, and temporomandibular joint disorders, leading to early intervention and improved patient outcomes.

In addition to diagnosis, AI plays a crucial role in precision treatment planning. By analyzing historical patient data, treatment outcomes, and scientific research, AI systems can provide evidence-based recommendations for procedures, material selection, and restoration techniques. This technology helps dentists optimize treatment protocols, improve orthodontic procedures, and enhance prosthetic design and placement, resulting in more precise and effective treatment plans.

The integration of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) with AI is revolutionizing dental education, treatment planning, and patient communication. VR simulations allow students to practice dental procedures in a virtual environment,

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Famous Personalities with Famous Smiles

AUTHOR Dr Shulman

 The Enigmatic Smiles of Famous Personalities: Discover the Secrets Behind Their Winning Grins

A captivating smile has the power to light up a room, leaving a lasting impression on everyone who sees it. While each person's smile is unique, there are certain famous personalities whose radiant grins have become iconic. In this blog, we'll delve into the enigmatic smiles of some well-known individuals and explore what makes their smiles truly remarkable.

Julia Roberts:

Known as the "Queen of Smiles," Julia Roberts possesses a captivating grin that has become her trademark. Her megawatt smile is characterized by its broadness and perfectly aligned teeth. Roberts' smile showcases a natural charm, conveying warmth and approachability. Many credit her memorable smile to her well-maintained dental hygiene and regular professional dental care.

Tom Cruise:

Tom Cruise, one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors, is renowned for his charismatic smile. Cruise's smile is characterized by his perfectly aligned teeth and a captivating gleam. It is said that the actor has undergone orthodontic treatment to achieve his stunning smile. Dental professionals suggest that Cruise's dental care routine, including regular teeth whitening and dental check-ups, plays a vital role in maintaining his pearly whites.



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"The Tooth Hurts: A Humorous Guide to Keeping Your Mouth Healthy"

AUTHOR Dr. Jennifer Shulman

"Smile! It's time to brush up on some dental humor and learn how to keep those pearly whites shining bright. We all know that taking care of our teeth is essential, but it doesn't have to be a boring chore. So, grab your toothbrush and get ready to laugh your way to good oral health!"

  1. The Flossophy of Life: "Flossing is like a dance for your teeth. You have to get in there and boogie to remove all those pesky food particles. Remember, flossing isn't just for show—it's the secret to a healthy smile. So, embrace your inner flossophy and groove your way to dental success!"

  2. Toothbrush Tango: "Choosing the right toothbrush is crucial. Think of it as a partner for your teeth in the dance of oral hygiene. Opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles and a handle that fits comfortably in your hand. Trust me, you don't want a toothbrush that leads you into a tangled tooth tango!"

  3. The Art of Toothpaste Squiggles: "Squeezing toothpaste onto your brush is an art form. Some people go for the swirl, while others prefer the zigzag. Whatever your style, just remember to use a pea-sized amount and go easy on the squiggles. You don't want your sink looking like a modern art masterpiece!"

  4. The Mythical Creatures of Plaque: "Plaque is like a mythical creature that sneaks into your mouth while you sleep. It's a sticky,

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The top 10 must haves in your weekly groceries... From a Dentists POV

AUTHOR Dr Shulman

When it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, what you eat can have a big impact. A balanced and nutritious diet benefits your overall health, but also keeps your teeth strong and free from decay. In this article, we'll look at the top 10 foods to eat for healthy teeth and gums.

  1. Cheese: Cheese is an excellent source of calcium, essential for strong teeth and bones. It also contains casein, a protein that neutralizes acids in the mouth that cause tooth decay.

  2. Leafy Greens: Leafy greens like spinach and kale are high in calcium, as well as other critical nutrients like folic acid and vitamin K. These nutrients help to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent gum disease.

  3. Apples: Apples are high in fibre, which Read more

Receeding Gums

AUTHOR Dr. Jennifer Shulman

Gum Recession: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Gum recession is a common dental problem that occurs when the gum tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth begins to pull back or wear away, exposing the tooth's root. If left untreated, this disease can lead to sensitivity, discomfort, and even tooth loss. To stop further harm to your teeth and gums, it's critical to seek treatment from a dentist as soon as you think you have gum recession.

Here, we'll discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for gum recession.

Causes of Gum Recession

Gum recession can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

1. Brushing too hard: Overbrushing or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can cause the gum tissue to wear away, leading to gum recession.

2. Periodontal disease: If left unchecked, this bacterial infection of the bone and gums that support your teeth can result in gum recession.

3. Genetics: Some individuals may be more genetically predisposed to gum recession.

4. Hormonal alterations: Gum decline is more likely to happen if there are hormonal alterations during pregnancy or menopause.

5. Tobacco use: Smoking or using other tobacco products can make tooth recession more likely.

6. Grinding or clenching your teeth can place undue strain on the gums and cause recession.


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Weekend Fireworks

AUTHOR Dr. Jennifer Shulman

Have fun this long weekend enjoying the fireworks. As beautiful as they may be, fireworks can be dangerous and scary for many. Never let a young child play with sparklers unattended. The stem gets really hot and the sparks fly off and can burn skin quite severely. Consider a glow stick instead for the very young. Make sure all fireworks are fire marshal-approved, and the person lighting the fireworks should wear fitted clothing, gloves and safety glasses. There should always be a water source nearby, such as a bucket or a hose.

Hearing loss is another common injury from fireworks, second to burns. Earplugs are a wise choice for anyone while watching fireworks. The sound can be very loud for children so ear mufflers are highly recommended. If ringing in your ears or muffled hearing persists more than 24 hours after, have your hearing checked.

The loud bang noises can often trigger a fight or flight effect in our fur babies. They may show signs of anxiety by panting, shaking or hiding. It is best to keep your dog inside, try a calming wrap and try to desensitize them with treats. Plan to take them out for an early potty break so that you don't need to go out during the loud noises in the neighbourhood.

**Please note: The August Civic Holiday is not a designated fireworks day and residents are not permitted to set off fireworks on their property unless they have obtained a permit from Toronto Fire Services. Fireworks are not permitted in

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Options for teeth whitening

AUTHOR Dr. Jennifer Shulman

Tip of the Day: Teeth Whitening

1. If you buy the product from a drug store, the percentage of whitening ingredients is no higher than what is allowed by health Canada for over the counter sale.

2. If you order online product through amazon or Instagram, there is no control over what is in the product and whether it is approved by Health Canada.

3. Teeth Whitening products that are controlled are only available to purchase by a dental health care professional, so if the technician is not a dental health care professional please ask where the product is purchased and if is approved by Health Canada.

4. Dental care has one of the highest standards in IPAC and sterilization so be wary of teeth whitening done in a beauty salon or in someone's home. Please ask how everything is cleaned and sterilized.

5. Whitening works best on teeth that are free of plaque and tarter. Please don't waste your money whitening dirty teeth. Please see your dental professional first to make sure the teeth are cleaned and free from any tooth decay.  Whitening teeth with open lesions is a contraindication.

6. Teeth whitening is a luxury service that seems to be very popular. The prices vary depending on the product used and the service provided as well. It is true that is more expensive to get your teeth whitened by your local dentist than by your local lash technician, but what we do know is your dentist is very qualified to do

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Fear of Going to the Dentist?

AUTHOR Dr Jennifer Shulman

It may not be easy for everyone to simply go to the dentist. Fear is one of the main reasons people keep away. Don’t let your fear of the dentist hold you back from regular checkups and cleanings. Your oral health is an important part of your overall health.

If you are fearful, just know you are not alone. Some common dental fears can include:

  • Association with a negative past experience. Some patients had traumatic childhood treatment or treatment in another country that may not be the same as we do here in Canada. Asking some questions about procedures or freezing options may help ease your fear.
  • Fear of the noises of the tools either the dentist or hygienist may use. Unfortunately, these tools do make some noise, but bringing noise-cancelling headphones with some music often helps.  We do have tv’s mounted in each treatment room as a good distraction. Choosing a less busy time can minimize the noises in the office.
  • Fear of Pain.  With the many advances in dentistry today, many procedures are substantially less painful and often can be done with little to no freezing or just topical anaesthetic.
  • Fear of injections or fear that the injection will not work. Needle phobia is a real thing. We will do our very best to make you as comfortable as possible…we are very good at what we do. We will hold your hand. It is true

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Back to School Covid Style

AUTHOR Dr Jennifer Shulman  |  TAGS back to school covid style best dentist in vaughan best dentist in woodbridge

At the end of the day, every family must do what is best for them. As a Health  Care professional and parent of three children myself, I can tell you what I think about going back to school for the 2021/2022 year. Whatever it will look like, our children need it. Kids require a good EDUCATION, with SOCIAL INTERACTIONS, AND REGULAR ROUTINE. I am sure I am not alone when I say that last year the kids had no sort of routine. Online school lead to very late bedtimes, working in PJ’s while laying in a dark bedroom, and snacking and eating constantly throughout the day. I know my kids did not even get dressed, shower or brush their teeth until late in the day or not at all. And I heard this over and over again from my patients. This was evident in their oral hygiene.

Here are my two cents:

  1. Everyone that can get vaccinated should get vaccinated. It is safe and effective. We need to protect ourselves, our loved ones who are too young to get the shot and our community so that schools can remain open.
  2. Mental health and social well being are as important if not more important than education. Dealing with a subpar education this year is nothing compared to dealing with a child with mental health issues for the rest of their lives.
  3. Routine makes for a well-rounded individual. Children need to learn in person so that they are forced to pay attention, focus, put down their phones,  socialize with others and make friends,

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Is your Pool water staining your teeth?

AUTHOR Dr Jennifer Shulman

Nothing is more refreshing than playing around in a swimming pool on a hot day. Some people visit their local community pool or participate in backyard swim and BBQ afternoons. Many children are involved in camp programs that include daily swimming lessons and open swim. If you are lucky enough to have your own pool, you may plunge in daily when temperatures are at their highest. Unfortunately, there are some downfalls to having regular exposure to swimming pool water. Besides drying out your skin and turning your hair green, you may not be aware; it can actually promote tooth erosion or tooth staining.


“Researchers at New York University (NYU) and The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) have both reported that prolonged exposure to unbalanced pool water can result in tooth stains and the erosion of tooth enamel.  Also, The American Journal of Epidemiology published the results of a survey of close to 750 competitive swimmers, from 1986 to the present. About 39 per cent of them had experienced tooth enamel erosion and stains”.

Swimming pools need to be kept at a pH level of about 7.5. If that level increases to more than 7.8 ( pH to high) , the water is in an alkaline state. Studies show that when children and adults swam for more than six hours each week in an alkaline pool, they were at a higher risk for developing stained teeth. Unsightly stains appear as a result of the high pH water combined with

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