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I’d like to introduce you to….

I have known Mary-Anne for most of my dental career. We first met about twenty years ago, when she was a representative for Ivoclar and I was an associate in a suburban practice. Over the years Mary-Anne has offered her talent and skills to many other dental companies. Her passion, commitment and dedication was always at the forefront.

As dentists, we all know how important it is to have support. Mary-Anne has always supported her dentists. She understands us and our unique psychology.

Beyond that however, Mary-Anne has supported me in many other aspects of my life. She has listened to my many rants, cared for me in my fragile moments, advised me when I needed guidance and reassured me that she is always there if I need her.

I am fortunate to have her my life. I am even more fortunate to be able to call her a very dear friend. Thank you Mary-Anne for your kindness and friendship. ❤

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Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth

Dental hygiene, good diet and regular checkups make for pearly whites, expert says

The beginning of a new school year is usually a big transition, as lazy summer mornings are quickly replaced by mad dashes to the bus stop.

But a pediatric dental expert warns that your children’s tooth care shouldn’t be lost in the mix.

“In the hustle and bustle of back-to-school, dental care often falls by the wayside,” Gretchen Henson, program director of advanced education in pediatric dentistry in the department of dental medicine at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., said in a hospital news release.

There are some steps children and parents can take to help ensure their teeth stay healthy and cavity-free:

  • Brush before breakfast. There is little time to spare on most school mornings. Sometimes kids eat their breakfast on the way to school. It’s not necessary to wait until after breakfast to brush. This will help ensure kids brush their teeth before heading off to school. “The goal is to prevent the pH of the mouth from dropping to an unsafe zone since cavities form in an acidic environment,” said Henson. “Studies show that if we brush before we eat, the mouth’s pH will not dip low enough to form cavities.”
  • Don’t micromanage. Some parents tell kids to hold off brushing until after they’ve fixed their child’s hair. Allow children to brush their teeth while their hair is being done so no time is wasted and teeth are clean.
  • Consider diet. School meals may contain processed and sugary foods. Parents who pack their child’s lunch should focus on sending perishable items, such as fruits and vegetables, that will provide children with healthy alternatives.
  • Don’t overthink it. A little variety is nice, but there is no harm in giving kids the same lunch each day if it means it will be healthier. For example, cutting fruits and vegetables, and adding hummus and pita bread is healthy and convenient.
  • Consider shelf life. Packaged foods that can sit on the shelf for a long period of time, such as crackers and pretzels, contain starch. Starch coats the teeth and can breed cavity-causing bacteria. Since kids may get these snacks at school, parents should avoid adding them to their pantry at home. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables or dried fruits like raisins.
  • Choose water. Juice often contains more sugar than children should have in an entire day. This sugar can coat the teeth, promoting tooth decay. Sugar can also lead to an afternoon crash, which interferes with schoolwork. Instead of juice, give kids fruit and teach children to drink water.
  • Be safe. Kids participating in organized sports should wear mouth protection. This is particularly true if they play soccer, baseball and basketball. Children should also always wear a helmet when riding bicycles or scooters. Helmets should also be worn when roller skating or rollerblading.
  • Seek help. Children who fall on their face should visit the nurse and the dentist. Sometimes issues can develop slowly. A minor problem could actually affect the root of a tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out it must be replaced within 30 minutes. Never scrub a tooth that has fallen out, even if it looks dirty. This could kill its root.
  • Don’t expect pain. Cavities in children don’t hurt until they become infected. So, some children with cavities may not complain about tooth pain.
  • Be careful about braces. Dental care for those with braces is even more important. It can be tough to brush around braces and plaque can build up, leading to permanent damage. Teens often wear braces and hormonal changes that take place during adolescence can alter bacteria in the mouth.

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Author:  Mary Elizabeth Dallas

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Extaro 300

A close up video look at the #Extaro Dental Microscope in use at Soho Dental in Toronto by Dr. Feisel Haji.

This incredible ultra high tech dental microscope by Extaro allows us to complete ultra accurate work, and help you build the best possible smile for life!

#Dental #Dentist #SohoDentalToronto #DrFeiselHaji

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When do we consider veneers instead of bonding?

Meet “Carol”. Carol was concerned about the appearance of her front teeth. She had previous bonding in the past which had stained and chipped. The two lateral incisors are also dark when compared to the other teeth. 

In order to improve Carol’s smile, we needed to mask the darkness of the lateral incisors and lengthen them in order to achieve pleasing proportions. The two front teeth also had to be narrowed very slightly in order to balance the smile. With the changes needed in the colour and shape of the teeth, in addition to the fact that the teeth already had bonding that was failing, I decided that veneers were the best treatment option for Carol. 

How do I determine the correct proportions? Before we started any treatment, I took a series of photographs and study models in order to plan Carol’s treatment.  I then let Carol try out the proposed changes with temporary veneers

Temporary veneers are a very important part of the treatment because they allow me to fine tune the way the future veneers will look, feel and function during speaking and chewing. The front teeth have a very precise position in the mouth in order to look and feel good and the temporary veneers help me determine that position. 

The picture of the veneers is a few years after the original picture was taken. Carol has been speaking, chewing and smiling with these veneers for some time now. I wonder if Carol realizes how much she makes me smile when she comes in for her cleanings

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Soho Dental Instagram Post

I can see clearly now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Being 50 feels exactly like being 49. Well almost like 49. I quickly realized that I could no longer see things very close to me. As a dentist, I really like to see things that are close me. Enter progressive lenses! The first few weeks are dizzying but perseverance pays off with the ability to see near and far. This makes me very happy. I’m told that this makes my patients very happy as well. 😄 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Thanks to Dr Heeney and her team @spadina.optometry for fitting me with these stylish frames. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Soho Dental Instagram Post

These rings support the bands that we use create the correct form when placing a tooth coloured filling. We try to recreate the original tooth anatomy so that your filling looks, feels and functions naturally. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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@ Toronto, Ontario

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