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Welcome to the Team: Tinika

Dear Soho Dental Family,

Please give a warm Soho Dental welcome to the latest addition to our growing family. Our new Dental Hygienist, Tinika would be happy to see you for your next cleaning at our Spadina location.

Tinika is a Registered Dental Hygienist graduate from George Brown College (2014). Prior to completing her dental hygiene studies she additionally attended George Brown College in 2009, completing and being certified as a Level II Dental Assistant.

Tinika has an ambitious drive to challenge and develop herself within the field. Throughout her career she has gained valuable experiences and expanded on her dental skillset working in non-traditional dental settings such as within the hospital; as well as a clinical instructor, teaching upcoming students pursuing careers in the dental hygiene field.

She highly values client experience and focuses her work ethic to deliver pleasant oral health and guidance experiences at each dental visit. Earning a reputation for her thorough and comfortable scaling techniques.

“I’m excited to join the Soho Dental team and to learn about the unique personalities of my colleagues and diverse urban clientele in the community,” says Tinika. “I hope to continue developing my passion and expertise in the dental industry!”

Looking to schedule your next cleaning appointment? Please call or email us today to schedule your appointment!

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Composite Restoration

Composite Restoration: Dental Word of the Day

Bonded Composite Restorations are the safest, most biocompatible and conservative way of restoring decayed, fractured and/or worn teeth; returning the tooth back to health, and function as well as providing a highly aesthetic appearance.

Composite Restorations are versatile tooth-coloured filling materials composed of strong plastic and glass particles that are used by our dentists or dental therapists to seal deep fissures, fill cavities, and sometimes restore extensively broken down teeth.

Excitingly these restorations may be used as less invasive alternatives to more traditional crowns and inlays which require the more extensive preparation of teeth and can be used to make cosmetic changes to teeth.

Treating dental decay and replacing old fillings

After removing decay or the old filling and preparing the tooth, the restoration is bonded to the tooth, layer by layer, using a special strong LED light source to set the material. When the process is complete, the restoration is shaped and polished. A hermetic seal to the tooth is important and is made possible by carefully keeping the prepared tooth dry, and with the use of special dental adhesives.

Replacing large fillings

These kinds of restorations are frequently used to restore extensively filled, fractured or very decayed teeth as well as to reduce the likelihood of the tooth fracturing in the future.

Our aim is to always try and restore teeth with bonded tooth-coloured fillings when they will provide the best chance of success.

Therefore, we recommend these kinds of restorations in situations where there just is not enough sound tooth structure left for placement of a bonded filling. The choice of using an Onlay as opposed to a Crown for restoring your tooth is that it allows for a more natural tooth to be retained.


Interested in a better smile? Get in touch with Soho Dental and schedule your next appointment!


Article originally appeared at: https://www.dawoodandtanner.co.uk/

Author: Danwood & Tanner


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how to brush your teeth

How to Brush Your Teeth Better, Starting Today

Even if you have a great visit to the dentist, you may hear that you’re not brushing ‘properly’, that you should switch to a softer brush, consider going electric. In short, when it comes to teeth brushing, you may be doing it wrong.

According to the Canadian Dental Association, which covers the basics of proper brushing on their website, we should be brushing our teeth for two to three minutes, at least twice a day; yet, a recent Statistics Canada survey found that fewer than three in four Canadians brush that often. Plus, the sheer amount of choice available these days when it comes to toothbrushes can be challenging to navigate — for starters: manual or electric, bamboo or plastic handles, microfine or firm bristles, and nylon or silicone heads (and that’s before adding in optional accessories such as dental floss, water flossers, and tongue scrapers).

To help us improve our daily teeth-brushing routine, avoid common dental pitfalls, and navigate the crowded oral-care tools landscape, we reached out to dentist Dr. Andrea Gelinas of Gelinas Dental Studio and Toronto-area periodontist Dr. Dara Lee for their top tips and must-haves. Here are their teeth-brushing dos and don’ts, tips for using the newest tools properly, and expert product recommendations.

There’s no single perfect toothbrush for everyone

“I think it’s about finding the right thing for you. Because not everyone is going to like every product,” says Dr. Gelinas. For example, you may prefer a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush over a plastic one because of environmental concerns, or look for an ultra-fine brush if you have gingivitis or gum recession — but those same models might not be relevant for someone else.

For Dr. Lee, both electric and manual toothbrushes are good options “provided they are used properly,” and replaced on a regular basis when the bristles are worn out. Electric toothbrushes can reach hard-to-access areas and can be simpler to use, says Dr. Lee, whereas with manual toothbrushes you’ll have better control over pressure but need to focus more on technique. “[An electric brush] is already oscillating to clean away the plaque in the area…you just have to hold it there and let it do a lot of the work for you, and then move on to the next tooth,” says Dr. Lee.

Adjust your brushing style to your tool or device

Both Dr. Gelinas and Dr. Lee emphasize that proper brushing techniques for electronic toothbrushes differ than those for manual ones. “Where people use [electric toothbrushes] incorrectly is when they move it around too much like they used to with their manual toothbrush, and then you can risk putting excess pressure and causing gum recession,” says Dr. Lee.

“The electric brushes with those small oscillating heads, they oscillate at anywhere between 45,000 and 65,000 times a minute, so you actually don’t need to move them,” says Dr. Gelinas. “At that speed…you should be moving [the head] from tooth to tooth, but you don’t necessarily need to do any movement while you’re on the tooth.”

When using a manual toothbrush, Dr Gelinas recommends holding your brush at a 45-degree angle instead of perpendicular to your tooth, “Hold that at 45 degrees down toward the gum. This way, some of the bristles are going a little bit underneath the gum line, and you can either go back and forth or in a bit of a circular motion.”

Brush your gums

According to Dr. Lee, a common mistake that people make is forgetting to focus on their gums, too, when they are brushing their teeth, “This can leave plaque along the gum line which can then buildup and cause gum disease.”

Be gentle

“As a periodontist, I see a lot of patients or referrals for patients with gum recession which is often caused by brushing too hard — either with a hard toothbrush or improper brushing technique where they’re scrubbing their teeth horizontally,” says Dr. Lee. “This can cause the gums to recede and the roots to become exposed.”

Dr. Gelinas suggests avoiding medium and firm bristles on toothbrushes, which can be abrasive, and also cautions against brushing too hard — both can contribute to gum recession. But you don’t have to get an extra soft or Microfine brush unless you have a specific need for them. “Those extra, extra soft bristle brushes are perfect for patients [with generalized gum recession]. If you’re someone that doesn’t have any recession and things are generally healthy, and you were to use a brush like that, you’re probably not going to feel like things are as clean and fresh as we want them to be,” says Dr. Gelinas.

Shop around for the electric toothbrush features that are important for you

There are countless electric toothbrush manufacturers and models on the market, and they all offer slightly different features and benefits. According to Dr. Lee, Oral B and Sonicare are the most common brands in this category. “Both are good; I would suggest looking for one that includes a pressure sensor so that it will let you know if you are pushing too hard,” says Dr. Lee, adding that some brands also offer different brush heads for various requirements — for example, a specially-designed head for individuals with braces or one with softer bristles for sensitive gums.

Dr. Gelinas prefers the Quip electric toothbrush (for its subscription concept, sleek look and “more gentle movement”) and recommends keeping things simple when it comes to other electric options. “If you’ve got the toothbrush that’s got a million different gadgets and attachments and this and that…it’s just not necessary. At some point you have to draw the line,” says Dr. Gelinas. She does like that many electric toothbrushes have built-in timers, which can help ensure that you’re brushing long enough.

With regards to the new crop of electric toothbrushes with silicone bristles, such as the ones from Foreo, Dr. Gelinas notes that current research shows that plaque removal is the same between nylon bristles (the standard material) and silicone, making the latter a good option to consider. “The fact that they’re really soft [and less abrasive] is a huge bonus,” says Dr. Gelinas.

Consider a water flosser, maybe a tongue scraper too

Also a good adjunct to include would be water flossers like the one from Waterpik. Flossing should always be done in addition to brushing. But a water flosser is especially helpful for those who have difficulty flossing harder to reach areas, so that you’re still cleaning between the teeth where the toothbrush doesn’t reach.

“You already should be making sure, at minimum, that you’re brushing and flossing and using a tongue scraper — it’s so easy and takes seconds,” says Dr. Gelinas. “Everyone forgets about this massive piece of surface area that’s in your mouth that just harbours a ton of bacteria.” A tongue scraper can also help improve bad breath, according to Dr. Gelinas.


Article originally appeared at: https://www.cbc.ca/

Author: Truc Nguyen

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Dental Anxiety

Nervous About Going to the Dentist? Try These Tips to Ease Dental Anxiety

You know you’re supposed to visit your dentist regularly, but getting that appointment on the calendar can be tough – and not just because of your busy schedule.

Whether it’s the sterile smell, the buzzing and drilling sound in the background, or the thought of someone being up close and personal in your mouth, going to the dentist can be unpleasant and stress-inducing. In fact, as many as one in three people report experiencing anxiety about dental appointments.

If that sounds like you, there are ways to minimize and manage your unease, says dentist Betty Haberkamp, DDS, MAGD, D. ABDSM.

What are dental anxiety and dental phobia?

Dental anxiety is when you have uneasiness or worry about an upcoming dental appointment. But if you’re panic-stricken or terrified at the thought of a dental cleaning or procedure, that could be a sign of dental phobia.

People with a dental phobia do everything possible to avoid going to the dentist – perhaps only going when extreme pain forces them to. They know that this fear is irrational but are unable to do much to change it.

Other signs of dental phobia include:

  • Trouble sleeping the night before a dentist appointment.
  • Nervous feeling that gets worse in the dentist’s waiting room.
  • Getting to the dentist’s office but being unable to enter.
  • Crying or being physically ill at the very thought of visiting the dentist.

If dental phobia keeps you from going to the dentist, you might benefit from working with a behavioural health provider.

Common reasons people fear going to the dentist

There are a number of reasons people avoid the dentist. They include:

  • A painful or unpleasant past experience: Dental fear often starts in childhood. It could stem from an unpleasant or painful past experience at the dentist, or from horror stories people hear from others or the media. Thanks to the many advances in dentistry made over the years, most of today’s dental procedures involve considerably less pain and often none at all.
  • Fear of needles: When it comes to dental procedures, many people are terrified of needles. Others fear that the anesthesia won’t work on them, or that it won’t kick in before the procedure begins.
  • Embarrassment: Whether they let a toothache linger for too long or feel embarrassed about their teeth, some people fear being judged or shamed by their dentist. Or they might feel afraid of getting bad news.
  • Loss of control: Many people are uncomfortable with the dentist or hygienist working so physically close to their face. Others feel self-conscious or out of control when they’re sitting in a dentist’s chair with mouth wide open, unable to see what’s going on.

What to do about dental fear and anxiety

If you’re wondering whether you should talk with your dental provider about your fears and worries, the answer is definitely yes.

If your provider knows what your fears are, he or she can better work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.

Here are some strategies to help you cope:

  • Ask your dental provider to explain what’s happening at every stage of the appointment or procedure so that you can mentally prepare for what’s to come.
  • Establish a stop signal, such as raising your hand, to let your provider know that you’d like them to stop what they’re doing immediately. Use it if you become uncomfortable, want to rinse your mouth or need to catch your breath.
  • “If sounds are the issue, we frequently tell people to use earbuds to listen to their favourite music,” Dr. Haberkamp says. “We’ll tap them on the shoulder if we need their attention.”
  • If your anxiety is severe, your dentist might recommend using nitrous oxide gas or IV sedation to help calm it.

What to do when your kids are afraid of the dentist

If you’re a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in making your child’s first visit to the dentist a positive experience. It’s normal for them to be fearful of the unknown, or of being away from you. They might express these fears by crying or throwing a temper tantrum.

To help the visit go more smoothly:

  • Tell your child about the visit and answer their questions with simple, to-the-point answers. If they have more complex or detailed questions, let the dentist answer them. Pediatric dentists and hygienists are trained to describe things to children in easy-to-understand and non-threatening language.
  • Don’t tell your child about any unpleasant dental experiences you’ve had. If you act anxious, your child might pick up on that and feel anxious too.
  • Stress to your child how important it is to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Make sure they understand that the dentist will help them with this.
  • Get your child an age-appropriate book where the characters go to the dentist for the first time. “The book introduces some of the things that they will see at the dental office,” Dr. Haberkamp says.
  • Don’t promise a reward for going to the dentist.

It will also help to let your child’s dentist know if they’re especially fearful. A dentist who treats children will know how to cope with your child’s anxieties and ease their fears.


Article originally appeared at: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/

Author: Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic


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Soho Dental’s Second Location is Coming Soon!

To Our Soho Family,

We are ecstatic to announce that Soho Dental is opening a brand-new second practice located in Toronto’s trendy Annex area. The second location will serve new and existing patients, providing the best possible dental care in a calm, relaxing, and inviting setting. The new practice is expected to open by the end of August!

The new location is in the heart of the vibrant and established community of Seaton Village in Toronto. The area is currently experiencing an extraordinary change at the site of the former Mirvish establishment. We are so pleased to be in the midst of this change and to have the opportunity to serve members of the Seaton Village community.

In the early seventies, the area was instrumental in serving immigrant communities. Therefore, the location holds personal significance as a reminder of my family’s history and an acknowledgement to the struggles of establishing a life in a new country.

Furthermore, the location is easily accessible by the subway system at Bathurst station. This provides access for our many patients who have moved away from the downtown core. We look forward to welcoming new patients as the location grants an easy commute from all corners of Toronto.

We look forward to being able to better serve new clients and our existing Soho Dental family at our two beautiful locations!

Stay tuned for more information!

In the meantime, the Soho Dental team is still ready to serve you at our Spadina location. Schedule your next appointment by emailing info@sohodental.ca or call us at 416-340-SOHO (7646).


Dr. Haji and the Soho Dental Team


We are very excited to serve new and existing patients at our second location. Click the photos below for your sneak peek of the new location!

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5 Tips to Prevent Gum Disease If You Have Diabetes

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, has been called the fifth complication of diabetes behind heart, nerve, kidney and eye disease. Gingivitis is simply the inflammation of the gums around your teeth caused by plaque buildup.

So, why are you more at risk for developing gingivitis if you have diabetes? Diabetes educator Sue Cotey, RN, sheds some light on this question.

Gum disease begins with bacteria build up on and around your teeth that extend into the gums. Cotey says there is no difference between the bacteria in the mouth of someone with diabetes compared with someone without diabetes. “The reason gum disease is worse if you have diabetes is because you have a greater inflammatory response to this bacteria,” she explains.

Why gum disease makes it more difficult to control blood sugars

If you develop gum disease and it’s left untreated, it can lead to something called periodontitis, or an erosion of your jaw bone. This, in turn, can lead to loose teeth and damage to the gums. People with uncontrolled diabetes tend to get periodontitis more often than the average person or those who keep their diabetes under control.

Some signs that you have gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen and/or bleeding gums.
  • Loose or sensitive teeth.
  • Persistently bad breath.

If you have diabetes and have moderately advanced periodontal disease, it can be more difficult for you to control your blood sugars. “You may need deep cleaning, antibiotics or even oral surgery depending on how advanced the gum disease is,” Cotey says.

In her 25 years of being a diabetes educator, Cotey says she has seen firsthand the relationship between gum health and diabetes management. “I’ve witnessed on multiple occasions that when people with diabetes see the dentist and address any current issues related to gum disease or inflammation, their blood glucose levels respond almost immediately,” says Cotey.

5 tips to avoid gum disease

Follow these tips to steer clear of gum disease:

  1. Avoid acidic drinks like soda, energy drinks and water with lemon. These can erode the enamel of your teeth, which can lead to decay.
  2. Floss daily between each tooth, sliding up and down and back and forth gently to avoid bleeding.
  3. Brush your teeth and gum line for two full minutes, two times each day. Use a soft bristle brush using gentle strokes and make sure you reach all of your teeth. The goal is to get rid of plaque buildup. To do this, vibrate your brush across the tooth surface, the gum line and your gums.
  4. Remember to gently brush your tongue for a few seconds, too, to get rid of bacteria.
  5. See your dentist at least once a year and report any of the signs mentioned above immediately.

Other oral concerns if you have diabetes

People with diabetes are also more likely to have a dry mouth due to elevated blood glucose or medications. To avoid dry mouth, Cotey recommends chewing sugar-free gum, using a mouth gel or eating some sugar-free candy to stimulate saliva production. “If these don’t help, talk to your dentist for recommendations,” she says.

And if you’re into having a super white smile, you’re in luck! Cotey says many over-the-counter teeth whiteners are mild enough to be used by people with diabetes too.​


Article originally appeared at: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/

Author: Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic

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Invisalign - Dr. Haji

Braces or Invisalign?

Invisalign Is the Clear Alternative

Are you considering having your teeth straightened? Maybe you’re wondering about your options and are stuck because you know you don’t want traditional braces.

Have you heard about Invisalign? In many cases, Invisalign is superior to traditional metal braces. With the availability of Invisalign, you have a better alternative, and there really is no good reason to go with braces over Invisalign.

Here are a few things you should know before you make your decision?

Is Invisalign Less Noticeable than Braces?

There’s no doubt that people will notice that you are wearing metal braces. You just can’t hide those conspicuous brackets and wires. Fortunately, Invisalign is nearly undetectable, and most people won’t even know that you are wearing the clear, plastic aligners.

How Easy is Invisalign to Wear?

With braces, each metal bracket has to be bonded directly to your teeth. This is an uncomfortable process that can take several hours. Invisalign aligners are easy to slip on an off. Once your custom fit aligners are created in the lab, you can put them on in just a few seconds and start straightening your teeth right away.

Are They Comfortable?

The metal on traditional braces can irritate the soft tissue inside your mouth, and the wires can sometimes poke. Often you will need to use dental wax to prevent irritation. Invisalign clear aligners eliminate the need for metal, wires, and wax!

The treatment process with Invisalign is more comfortable too. In order to achieve results, traditional braces need to be tightened every four to six weeks, which is not a pleasant feeling. After each tightening your teeth will feel sensitive and may even ache for a few days. With Invisalign, you get a new aligner every six weeks. It is custom fit for you to be as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

What about Eating with Invisalign?

When you’re wearing braces it can be hard to eat crunchy or chewy food, and food becomes stuck in the braces. Your Invisalign aligners can be easily removed for eating and drinking, and they are easy to put back in as soon as you’re finished.

How Complicated is Oral Hygiene?

It is not easy to floss with braces, so plaque can build up around the brackets, putting you at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can easily brush and floss like normal, with no additional risk for decay or disease.

Does it Take Years for Invisalign to Work?

Most patients have braces for 18 months, and some up to six years. Not only is it time consuming, but treatment that takes that long can end up being very expensive. We can usually complete Invisalign treatment in about one year – sometimes more time and sometimes less depending on the individual.

What Happens When Treatment is Finished?

With traditional braces, the brackets have to be removed (usually with pliers – ouch!) and then the glue/cement has to be filed off. Again, not a very pleasant experience, and also very time consuming. With Invisalign, once your teeth are properly straightened, the aligners can be removed immediately.


Article originally appeared at: https://www.drmatthewswilmington.com/ 

Author: Dr. Brian Matthews


Do not hesitate to contact our office for any questions about Invisalign. Helping you smile is what we love to do! ⁣

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Dr. Janine Koutsaris

Meet Your Dentist: Dr. Janine Koutsaris

To Our Soho Family,

What a crazy year and a half it has been for all of us during this pandemic! Although we continue to work hard to meet all oral health needs of patients throughout this time, we haven’t been able to meet all of you face-to-face. Even patients who have come by the clinic are greeted by team members covered in masks and extra PPE! Therefore, we want to formally introduce our Associate Dentist, Dr. Janine Koutsaris; who many may be meeting for the first time as you return to the clinic.


Dr. Koutsaris joined our Soho Dental team in September 2019. Her fascination with dentistry began in 2011 while shadowing in a dental clinic during her undergraduate studies in Kinesiology. As a result, Dr. Koutsaris pursued the career by enrolling at University College Cork in Ireland as a dental student. During this time, she gained clinical experience treating patients in a hospital setting.


As a former competitive gymnast, Dr. Koutsaris has always been passionate about combining dexterity and meticulousness to create something beautiful. Furthermore, dentistry is a career that combines her knowledge of the human body, her passion for art and creation, and all things teeth to help bring a beautiful and pain-free smile to all her patients.


Transparency and dental education are two key values of Dr. Koutsaris’ treatment process. All of her patients can expect a collaborative exploration of their oral health. This means reviewing clinical results together and formulating a treatment plan that best fits the needs of the patient. In other words, Dr. Koutsaris hopes to foster an environment where patients embrace dentist visits and feel comfortable asking questions about their oral health.


Dr. Koutsaris has been a remarkable addition to our Soho team. She believes the best part of her work is interacting with our Soho team and the patients around her. The trust and kindness that our patients show daily are what make her job fun and enjoyable. 


“As a healthcare worker during the COVID pandemic, I strive every day to do my part in keeping my community safe. This has meant implementing many changes in the clinic (i.e. so much PPE that most of our patients have never seen my face!), but also to our everyday lives, where isolation at home has been a real challenge,” states Dr. Koutsaris. “Keeping the mind and body healthy has been so crucial in preventing burnout during the pandemic, and for me, that means exercising and outdoor walks as much as possible.”


When Dr. Koutsaris is away from the office she enjoys spending time outdoors with her little chihuahua, Koodo. You may often find her on a park bench, reading a good book and enjoying the good weather.


Dr. Koutsaris is always eager to accept new patients and hopes to see you at your next appointment. She is available from Monday to Thursday and one Saturday a month.

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Bonding and Porcelain Veneers

Our patient’s orthodontist was really thinking about the final outcome. Instead of closing all the spaces at the end of treatment, he allowed equal spaces to remain in front of and behind the lateral incisor teeth.

This allowed the smaller lateral incisors to be restored in correct proportion to the central incisors resulting in a well balanced smile.

The worn edges of the central incisors were restored with composite resin (bonding). The lateral incisors were restored conservatively with porcelain veneers.

It is always so rewarding to finish a case when the journey has been long. In this case it was the orthodontics that took the longest amount of time. However, the effort is well worth the reward of seeing our patient smile.

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April 9th, 2021 – Update From the Soho Dental Team

Our Dear Soho Dental Family,

As we continue to face the challenges of the pandemic, we wanted to wish and your loved ones the best of health and resilience during this difficult time. As a reminder, dentistry has been recognized as an essential service and we continue to see our patients for their dental needs, as we did during the last lock down declared by the provincial government.

Your health and safety remain our priority as we continue to stay vigilant and follow the strict safety protocols that have been recommended by Public Health of Ontario and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. These measures have kept our patients and staff safe since we returned to work last June.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental care during this time.


Dr.Haji and your Soho Dental Team

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