A commonly asked question in a dental office is whether or not amalgam restorations are safe. Amalgam is a restorative material made up of silver, mercury, tin and copper. Recent studies have shown that the placement of amalgam restorations releases a minute amount of mercury vapour into the body, especially when chewing. If there were risks, they would have been observed during the 150 years that this material has been in use. One must remember that although people with amalgam restorations are receiving small amounts of mercury, we are also exposed to mercury through foods we eat, water, and the air we breathe. Here at Innovation Dental we do not place amalgam restorations. We use tooth coloured composite resin fillings. We do this more for esthetics; we are not against the placement of amalgam fillings. We are more than happy to replace silver fillings with composite if a patient requests this or if it is needed, but we feel comfortable leaving amalgam restorations in your mouth if they are stable and doing the trick. If you have any other questions regarding dental amalgam feel free to ask one of the dentists or visit:Read more
As the weather begins to cool down and the wind begins to blow we get patients coming in complaining of tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is when the Dentin of our teeth becomes exposed to the environment. Sometimes our teeth react to hot, cold, sweets, and pressure. The exposure of dentin can be cause by several different factors- wearing of your enamel, decayed teeth (cavities) or root exposure. At times your sensitivity may be relieved simply by brushing with your toothpaste for sensitivity (Sensodyne, Colgate pro-health). If your sensitivity is not generalized and certain teeth are causing the discomfort you can try rubbing your toothpaste for sensitivity on your teeth nightly for a minute without rinsing. These are some simple cures to tooth sensitivity, but they do not always work for everyone. If you are experiencing sensitivity, come visit the Dentists at Innovation Dental so that they can assess your situation and discuss further treatment to help you and your sensitive teeth!Read more
Although you may not want to hear it, our mouths are flowing with bacteria and despite what you may think, the overall health of your mouth affects your overall health.
These bacteria cause oral diseases such as gingivitis (inflammation of your gum tissue) and periodontitis (inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support your teeth). Research shows that an unhealthy mouth may also cause diseases such as: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory problems.
Cavites and gum disease have been linked to poor sleeping habits, as well as beahvioural and developmental problems in children. Studies are examining the connection between pre-term, low birth babies and their mother’s oral health.
Practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day, floss daily, eat healthy and be sure to have regular check-ups with your dentist. If you notice any problems with your gums or teeth, be sure to contact your dentist right away, because a healthy mouth is an investment to your overall health.
Visit Health Canada for more information.Read more
It seems that more often than not people wait for pain before seeking treatment from a dental professional.
This is usually the case when people are:
- fear the dentist
- lack of funds
Did you know that a root canal with crown work costs about the same as having five cavities filled?
The filling work is also far less invasive than root canal treatment or extraction. Make sure to visit your dentist regularly to maintain a healthy mouth and avoid unexpected dental costs, you won’t be sorry.Read more
SepBack to School
School starts today! We hope you all enjoyed your summer and got caught up with some rest and relaxation.
When packing up your child’s lunch, try to think of healthy “teeth friendly” snacks and avoid cariogenic (producing/promoting the development of tooth decay) foods.
Foods that are less cariogenic include: vegetable, fruits, dairy products and grain products. Some examples are: slice of cheese, glass of milk, baby carrots, sliced apples. These snacks should be chose over foods high in sugar such as candy, cookies, fruit drinks and soft drinks!Read more
AugVELscope and Oral Cancer
Come to our office and experience the leading newest form of oral cancer detection. This tool uses a blue spectrum light and causes the mouth to fluoresce when something abnormal is detected.
A recent study at the University of Washington has provided insights into VELscope’s potential. A number of mucosal abnormalitlies were detected when using the VELscope during a routine exam. These abnormalities included:
- Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
- Inflammation from a variety of causes
- Squamous papillomas (benign tumors, common in HPV patients)
- Salivary gland tumours
In Canada, oral cancer is the 13th most common cancer. Oral cancer can be successfully treated if it is caught at an early stage.Read more
Have you jumped on the Marie Kondo bandwagon yet? At the start of 2019 Netflix released the series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. Based on her best-selling book “The Life-Changing Method of Tidying Up”, this series guides us on how to properly declutter and organize our living space while keeping items that only bring us joyRead more