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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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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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12
Nov
What Are Tonsil Stones- and How do you get rid of them?

AUTHOR Dr. Shulman  |  TAGS bad breath dental exam diy diy tonsil stone removal tonsil stones

What are Tonsil Stones- and How Do You Get Rid of Them?

 

    

Tonsil stones, also called tonsilloliths, are areas of hard yellow-white calcification, located on or within the tonsils. Some people are aware of them but many people don’t even know they have them. They can range in size, and can cause the tonsils to swell or become infected. Patients main concern is that they often give off a bad odor, and cause bad breath.

Your tonsils are made up of crevices, tunnels, and pits called tonsil crypts. Different types of debris, such as dead cells, mucus, saliva, and food, can get trapped in these pockets and build up. Bacteria and fungi feed on this buildup and cause a distinct odor. Overtime the debris hardens. Tonsils stones are more common in patients with poor dental hygiene, large tonsils, chronic sinus issues or tonsillitis. Some symptoms of tonsil stones can include:  bad breath, difficulty swallowing, ear or throat pain, ongoing cough, swollen tonsils, or white or yellow debris on the tonsils. Here at Innovation Drive Dental in Vaughan, we have seen many patients who have tonsil stones and if they are

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18
Sep
Can biting my nails affect my teeth

AUTHOR Dr. Shulman

                                                                                                    

As with many habits, nail biting can be a hard habit to break. Some kids start this very young and continue into adulthood, and some people start only as an adult. Often it is the consequence of nerves, stress or anxiety. Not only is the habit problematic for the hands and nails it can also pose a problem for the teeth and mouth. Our hands harbour numerous bacteria as we touch things throughout the day…money, handrails, steering wheel, elevator buttons etc. If we are constantly putting our hands in our mouth we are more susceptible to catching viruses and bacterial infections. At innovation Dental in Vaughan we have seen many patients come into the office with worn, chipped or broken teeth from biting their nails. More surprisingly we often find slivers of nails embedded in the gum tissue or damage to the tissues from sharp or jagged nail edges. The habit can also lead to pain in the jaw joint or popping noises… or actually move teeth overtime.

It is best to try to

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16
Nov
Teething

AUTHOR Sharise

Teething. Glorious, glorious teething. It happens to all of us but as a parent, life can be quite difficult and upsetting when your little one’s teeth buds start to erupt.

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