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Thank You

Thank you to our Soho Dental Family⁣!

A sincere thank you to our Soho Dental Family⁣!
The month of July has been busy and exciting for us all here at Soho Dental. We have been adapting to our new reality and embracing the protocols that are designed to keep us all safe. ⁣
Many things remain the same. The dentistry and the needs of our patients remain the same. Our instrument sterilization and room sanitization procedures remain the same. Yes, even before the pandemic, we had to assume that everyone we were seeing could be potentially infectious, so our infection control procedures have always been at a very high standard. ⁣
What has changed is how we manage the number of people at the clinic, both staff and patients. We have extended our business hours to ensure better patient flow. We screen everyone that we see at the clinic for treatment to ensure they are screening negative for symptoms. We screen ourselves each day. We ensure that masks are worn by everyone in all areas of the clinic. Patients are asked to remove their masks only when seated in the dental chair and treatment is about to commence. ⁣
I have been so impressed and grateful for your response, our patients. We have had no issue with compliance to the new protocols and I am humbled and grateful for all the kind words and support that we have received.⁣
We are currently providing our full range of services including dental cleanings. Erinn, Lindsay or Kris will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have and to get you booked into our schedule for your dental needs.
To all our patients who have seen us this month, I wanted to offer a very sincere thank you. Thank you for your trust in our ability to offer dental care safely during these unique times. Our best wishes for your good health always! ⁣
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Making it work!

The return to work has had many challenges. There has been a lot of focus on all the PPE we need. Working with the extra PPE has required a great deal of adaptability but it is doable.

The other challenges are also formidable. Social distancing in the office amongst staff and patients has meant that we have had to rework our schedule and adapt to a longer work day. I cannot thank my staff enough for being able to pivot so quickly.

Wearing a mask all day long is tiring. What I find most difficult is trying to communicate with my patients with a mask. It is incredible to realize how much we rely on facial expressions (and our smiles) to communicate with others.

In the end, we are making it work. Our patients have been fantastic at adapting to the new protocols! Every day that passes seems like we are getting closer to establishing the new normal.

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Dentist and Hygienist working side by side!

Those of you who came to Soho Dental this week for your appointment may have noticed that our hygienist, Tony, was seeing patients and providing a much needed service. ⁣

In Ontario, dentists and hygienists have their own regulatory colleges and there has been a lot of attention lately about the differences in their respective guidelines. ⁣

However, at Soho Dental we have always and continue to work harmoniously as a team, respecting the guidelines of both our colleges. ⁣

We will let the colleges figure it out. In the meantime, I’m so proud of the professionalism that my hygienists Tony, Michelle, Nikkita and Lisa have shown in rising above the “noise” in order to continue to work together as team for the benefit of our patients. ⁣

Bravo team Soho!

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We are happy to be back!

Our Dear Soho Dental Family,⁣

Thank you for your support and patience over the last few months. We are open and ready to see you for your dental needs. We are prioritizing urgent care first but we will soon be ready to see our patients for all services. We are currently pre-booking appointments for cleanings as well. Please email us to pre-book. ⁣

Everyone’s safety is our priority. You will notice changes in your experience but not to worry, we will walk you through it. Looking forward to seeing you soon! ⁣

Sincerely,

Dr Haji and the team at Soho Dental⁣

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This is when Dentists will Re-open in Ontario and what to expect

When will dentists reopen in Ontario is a question many are wondering as the lockdown continues in the province.

Dental offices are already opening up in Canada’s western provinces, but in Ontario, they’ll remain closed for the foreseeable future, so better keep flossing.

The Provincial government has yet to make an announcement on when dentists will be allowed to offer their regular services once more.

Amidst PPE shortage concerns, dental offices have already reopened in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, with British Columbia to follow suit mid-May.

Meanwhile dentists in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia await news from health officials as to when they can start offering non-emergency services, which include the following:

  • cosmetic dental procedures, including teeth whitening
  • routine dental cleanings and preventive therapies
  • recall examinations and routine radiographs
  • orthodontic procedures other than those to address acute issues (e.g. pain, infection, trauma)
  • extraction of asymptomatic teeth
  • restorative dentistry, including treatment of asymptomatic carious lesions
  • But that doesn’t mean you can’t currently get any of these non-essential treatments already — you’d just be putting yourself and others at risk.

According to the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), there are many dentists still offering non-emergency treatments, despite warnings from health officials and the RCDSO.

“The College sought legal advice and confirmed that we do not have the legal authority to close dental offices… we are limited to “strongly recommending” that all dental offices close.”

With the novel virus predominantly being spread through respiratory droplets, those in the dentistry practice and anyone seeking their care are particularly at risk of infection.

Currently, dentists in Ontario should only be offering emergency services, which are for the following:

  • Trauma, such as an injury to the mouth and face
  • Severe infection, such as an abscess or swelling, especially if compromising the patient’s airway
  • Bleeding that continues for a long time
  • Dental pain that can’t be managed by over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil
  • The RCDSO has compiled a list of dental practices offering emergency services across Ontario.

Like all other retailers, services, and businesses when they reopen in Ontario, dentists and healthcare workers will continue to uphold the same precautionary measures like wearing PPE like gloves, protective eyewear and clothing, masks, and wash their hands accordingly.

In the meantime, make sure to call your dentist so they can arrange a passive screening, and don’t try to schedule a teeth whitening session just yet.

Article originally appeared at: https://www.blogto.com/city/2020/05/when-will-ontario-dentists-reopen/

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Masks Tips from Dr. Feisel Haji from Soho Dental Toronto

This Informative video will help you learn the proper usage of masks, why they are used, and how they help keep both patient – and doctor, safe during ANY dental visit, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Haji explains why masks help, how they work, and why they are such an important tool not just during your dental visits, but also during “day-to-day” life in period.

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Dr. Haji to Panel at Zeiss EXTARO 300 Dental Microscope Webinar

A Game Changer for Dentistry Ergonomic design and breakthrough visualization modes for improved treatment outcomes with EXTARO 300 Dental Microscope

When? Friday May 15th, 5PM-6PM (EDT Time)

ZEISS Canada invites you to attend his new virtual dental educational event.

Understand the optimal use and applications of advanced microscopes in dentistry and the advantages of the ZEISS EXTARO Dental Microscope, the latest offering in the category.

A dental microscope can help improve productivity, performance, and well-being at work. Prevent chronic neck and back problems by assuming the right posture during treatments.

Learn about improved microscopic visualization, shadow-free illumination, and fluorescence visualization modes that are playing an ever-increasing role in improving clinical outcomes for patients.

You will find out how ZEISS EXTARO Dental Microscope can now help you to better communicate treatment information through high-quality photos and videos. Transfer images and video easily to improve the perception and impact of your outcomes with patients.

Our Panelist

Dr. Feisel Haji, principal dentist and practice owner at Soho Dental in Toronto, has been passionately providing comprehensive dentistry to his patients for 23 years. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1996, Dr. Haji is also a scholar and alumni member of the Dawson Academy of Advanced Dental Study. He is a strong advocate of ergonomics and microscope dentistry in general dental practice.

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Sunrise

Waiting for Sunrise

Waiting for Sunrise 🌞

Photography has always been a passion of mine. I love the process, thinking about composition, colour and light and trying to capture those elements in a shot to convey my message.

I woke up very early to take this photograph. It was quite dark. It was cold. However, with time, the sun did rise and it was spectacular. The warm colours of the morning sunrise eclipsed everything that came before it.

The crisis that we are facing has cut through race, culture, socioeconomic status or any other division that we would wish to impose. It has made us realize our commonality as a global community and demands that we consider this in order to recover.

Let us all do our part. Social distancing, checking up on family and friends, ensuring that our elders have food and the support that they need. Let us ensure that we all meet at the other end stronger in body, mind and spirit.

The sun will rise.

 

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Dr. Haji Explains His First Impressions of the Zeiss Extaro 300

Dr. Feisel Haji of Soho Dental in Downtown Toronto, Ontario – explains not only his first impressions of working with the incredible Zeiss Extaro 300 Digital Dental Operating Microscope, but also explains some of its most amazing features and benefits for both Dentist and patient.

Watch the whole video here: https://www.zeiss.com/meditec/int/c/zeiss-extaro-300-first-impressions-of-dr-feisel-haji.html

Article originally appeared at: zeiss.com

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Restoring a Cavity Using the Zeiss Extaro 300 Dental Microscope

Restoring a Cavity in Between the Teeth Using Augmented Vision and the Zeiss Extaro 300 Electronic Digital Microscope at Soho Dental in Toronto. A true wonder of technology!

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