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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.

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30
Aug
Dental Myths People Actually Believe- Part 1

AUTHOR Michelle

Lemon water or apple cider vinegar daily is not bad for your teeth.

 

Fact is, this is NOT TRUE.

While lemon water and apple cider vinegar may help with gut health, they may have detrimental effects on teeth which are irreversible. The truth is that frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time.

It's also a myth that brushing straight after gets rid of the damage, as it actually makes things worse. Brushing immediately after eating or drinking high-acid foods, may strip enamel that has been softened by acid. So even though a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it's not always the best choice for your mouth. Make sure to drink plenty of plain water.

BOTTOM LINE: The acid in lemon or apple cider vinegar may weaken dental enamel and lead to loss of minerals that may cause tooth decay. Wait at least half an hour after consuming high acidic foods or drinks, and then start brushing. In the meantime, you can always rinse your mouth with tap water.

 

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25
Oct
Why You Always Get Sick In The Fall

AUTHOR Sharise

The leaves are starting to fall, the warm summer weather is cooling down with a cool brisk breeze and BAM you’ve come down with a nasty cold. There is a reason for this. The first being more people tend to hang around indoors as opposed to the summer when people spend majority of their free time outside.

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18
Oct
Matcha Tea

AUTHOR Sharise

Every year it seems there is a new craze in the food and drink industry. This year all the hype is about Matcha Tea. Matcha tea is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. While we all caught onto the green tea hype years ago because of its heightened amount of antioxidants (a substance that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism), it is said that one cup of Matcha Tea is comparable to three cups of green tea.

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04
Oct
Binge Drinking

AUTHOR Sharise

Binge drinking is on the rise. More than 15% of Canadians are regularly bingeing and this is causing problems to relationships and their overall health. Here are some warning signs that you (or someone you might know) is a binge drinker

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03
Oct
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

AUTHOR Sharise

Dry mouth is a condition where our mouths produces less saliva than normal. It is very common in seniors and it affects approximately 1 in 5 Canadians. When we have low salivary flow, it can increase our chances of cavities and gum disease.

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21
Sep
The Benefits of Drinking Enough Water

AUTHOR Sharise

While it is often recommended that you should drink 8 glasses (250ml per glass) a day, the actual amount of required water is recommended on an individual basis. Several factors that affect these recommendations are weight, the climate where you live and how often you exercise.

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14
Sep
Back To School Lunch Ideas

AUTHOR Sharise

We’re heading into our third week of school! Can you believe it? As things start to settle down and routines start to kick in, parents are still often left scrambling for healthy and kid acceptable lunch ideas. Here are some yummy ones that your child will love!

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