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What’s in your Prenatal Vitamins?

AUTHOR Dr. Shulman  |  TAGS dental health while pregnant health canada healthy baby prenatal vitamins vitamin d vitamins


What’s in your Prenatal Vitamins?


When choosing a prenatal vitamin make sure you do your research. They are not all created equally. Recently a study was featured on CTV news that showed that women that took prenatal vitamins with higher doses of vitamin D had children with healthier teeth that were 50% less likely to discolour or have enamel breakdown.  Health Canada recommends pregnant women take between 600IU-4000IU per day.  Furthermore, women who take high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy have a greatly reduced risk of complications, including gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and infection

Make sure you read the labels and choose well. Some of the more common brands have the minimal requirements but some of the higher priced organic products do contain more, and some actually contain less. Centrum Prenatal has 600IU (https://www.centrum.ca/products/centrum-prenatal) , Jamieson Prenatal

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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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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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Athletes at Risk of Poor Oral Health

AUTHOR Dr. Shulman

Just because someone is athletic and fit does not mean that they are healthy. Healthy is defined in many ways and there are many systems in the body that need to be healthy, including the mouth. Here at Innovation Dental in Woodbridge we see many healthy patients that do not have a healthy mouth. According to a recent study many elite athletes have oral and dental issues. As much as 49% of those studied had untreated tooth decay and 77% had inflamed gums, even though they had very good hygiene habits.  Most reported regular brushing and flossing.  

What they discovered was that athletes consumed a lot of sugar in the form of sports gels, bars and drinks. Although these products can provide some needed energy during workouts and training, such products often contain up to 35 g of sugar. That is 9 teaspoons! Gatorade contains 21g, Powerade contains 21g, and these can be higher in the gels and some bars.  Make sure you check the labels and possibly choose the lower sugar alternatives.

What is more concerning is that the teens and children are starting to consume these products, sometimes it is even their drink of choice. Here at Innovation dental in Vaughan we discuss diet as a big contribution to tooth decay, and the diet contains a lot more than candy.  Sports drinks and sweet fancy coffees seem to be the new

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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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Why do I need Fluoride?

AUTHOR Natalie

Why do I need Fluoride?


Many patients ask this common question when visiting our office, the short answer is to prevent cavities and reverse early signs of decay. Fluoride works by neutralizing the acidity in your saliva,  in order to minimize  or eliminate attacks the tooth structure after each meal. Fluoride can also help reduce sensitivity in  recessed areas in the mouth where the root of the tooth is exposed.


Which Fluoride is best for me?


There are options of Fluoride treatment in office that include:

  • Foam tray application
  • Fluoride rinse
  • Fluoride paint on varnish


Every application Is  decided on each patients age, needs, and risk assessment. Each method is different and varies in cost but your hygienist will be able to tell you which option best suits your needs.


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