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14
Oct
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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09
Sep
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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22
Jul
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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24
May
Doggie tooth brushing

AUTHOR Dr Jennifer Shulman

Just as we at Innovation Dental in Woodbridge recommend brushing your baby’s teeth early your Vet will recommend starting to brush your pup's teeth between the ages of eight and sixteen weeks. This is vital to the health of his teeth and starting out this early will make it much easier for him to get used to this daily activity. That's right, you should be brushing your pup's teeth every day before bedtime, just like you do your own.

Begin by putting some dog-specific toothpaste on the brush and letting him lick it off. Then, you can put the toothbrush with toothpaste on it in your dog's mouth and try a few strokes. After seven to 10 days, you might be able to start brushing your dog's teeth.

What You Need to Brush Your Dog's Teeth: A soft, clean toothbrush. You can buy a dog toothbrush at a pet store, or you can use a human toothbrush with soft bristles, but only use toothpaste for dogs.

Without brushing, plaque can build up, putting your dog at risk for bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. It can also cause painful infections. Severe infection can spread, causing life-threatening conditions.

It's ideal to begin home care when your pet is young however, it is never too late to start.

There are many different methods to prevent dental disease and to assist with dental hygiene at home, some of which include:

  • Regular brushing
  • Treats and chews
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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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