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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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Replacing a Crown with the Zeiss Extaro 300 Dental Microscope

The wonders that this Zeiss Extaro 300 Electronic Microscope can accomplish never cease to amaze us at Soho Dental in Toronto, incredible resolution and accuracy make our work not only fun, but also more accurate, and even easier! Stop by Soho Dental Toronto and check out this amazing piece of technology!

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Replacing a Defective Crown with the Zeiss Extaro 300 Electronic Microscope at Soho Dental Toronto

The wonders this Electronic Microscope can accomplish never cease to amaze us at Soho Dental, incredible resolution and accuracy make our work not only fun but more accurate and even easier! Stop by Soho and check out this amazing piece of technology!

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Veneers and Composite Bonding

Sometimes very conservative treatment can reap significant changes. In the before picture our patient had two composite veneers (bonding) placed on the lateral incisors during youth. The bonding had changed colour and our patient was ready to improve her overall smile.

I replaced the composite veneers with porcelain to ensure a better colour match between the veneered teeth and its neighbours. I also lengthened the teeth slightly with the veneers to make them more in proportion to the two central incisors.

The bonding on the left central incisors was beginning to show its age. This was simply replaced with new bonding but in doing so I evened out the edges of the two central incisors.

The treatment was simple but the resulting change is quite noticeable. We made a pretty smile just a little bit prettier!

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Dr. Haji Wins “Restoring Smiles” Award

Thank you to Restoring Smiles and Dr. Tina Meisami ⁣

I was quite taken by surprise to receive an award for my work with Restoring Smiles. It has been an honour and privilege to be a part of an amazing team of dentists and volunteers who want to give back. ⁣

Restoring Smiles provides free dental services to women who have survived domestic violence. Patients self-identify as survivors of domestic abuse, and all are currently living in shelters or supportive housing.⁣

Restoring Smiles’ goal is to eliminate pain, restore function and proper speech, and to some degree, alleviate the emotional trauma that arises as a result of domestic violence. The group provides dental treatment as a concrete and real way to help end our patients’ experience with domestic violence and to support her recovery process.⁣

Please visit their website for more information about the organization and ways to help. https://www.drbmeisamifoundation.com/about/restoring-smiles/

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Dawson Study Club

Dentists & Lab Techs in the Toronto area – The Dawson study club is starting another year and we’re welcoming new members! I am truly honoured to lead this great group this year.

Our current members are talented and have spent considerable energy developing some pretty amazing skills. It’s really exhilarating to have an open discussion on how each one of us approaches a case!

I decided to become a study club leader in order to promote a better way to do dentistry and to create a supportive environment. The Dawson Academy has taught me a way to give patients superior treatment in a relaxed, predictable way. I hope you’ll consider joining! You can find out more information by messaging me directly.

Dr. Feisel Haji

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Acidic Diets and Tooth Erosion

Sugar isn’t the only culprit when it comes to tooth decay. High levels of acid in everyday foods and drinks can be just as harmful. From oranges to wine, high-acid foods and drinks can wear away your teeth, causing decay, sensitivity and discoloring. But that doesn’t mean you have to strike all acidic foods and drinks from your diet. The way you consume these items can lessen their damage on your teeth.

What is tooth erosion?

When the enamel, or protective surface of your teeth, wears away, it exposes the underlying material, called dentin. This leaves your tooth vulnerable to plaque and bacteria, which cause decay.

What causes tooth erosion?

Calcium is a key ingredient in building strong teeth. Unfortunately, exposing your teeth to acid can leach calcium from your enamel, causing this protective surface to break down. Acid can come from many sources, including the following:

  • Wine. Whether you choose red, white or rosé, drinking wine will soften your enamel.
  • Fruit juice. The most acidic options include lemon, cranberry, orange and apple.
  • Citric fruits. Snacking on oranges, lemons and limes can wear down your teeth.
  • Candy. No sugary sweets are good for your teeth, but pay extra attention to avoid sour gummies and candies.
  • Sugar. Even though sugar itself does not contain high levels of acidity, it promotes the growth of acid-creating bacteria in your mouth, creating an acidic environment.
  • Stomach acid. Vomiting and reflux also can cause serious tooth damage when stomach acid comes into contact with your teeth. If you suffer from an eating disorder, acid reflux or a related condition, seek professional help.

What are some signs of tooth erosion?

Acid wear may lead to serious dental problems. It is important to notice the signs of tooth erosion in its early stages (sensitivity and discoloration) before more severe damage occur, such as cracks, pain and decay.

  • Sensitivity. As your teeth’s protective enamel wears away, you may feel a twinge of pain when you consume hot, cold or sweet food and drink. As more enamel is worn away, teeth become increasingly sensitive.
  • Discoloration. Teeth can become increasingly yellow as the thinning enamel layer exposes the underlying dentin.
  • Rounded teeth. Your teeth may have a rounded or “sand-blasted” look.
  • Transparency. Your front teeth may appear slightly translucent near the edges.
  • Cracks. Small cracks and roughness may appear at the edges of teeth.
  • Cupping. Small dents may appear on the chewing surface of the teeth, and fillings may appear to be rising up out of the tooth.

What can I do to prevent tooth erosion?

Follow these tips to reduce the effects of acid on your teeth.

  • Eat with meals. Instead of snacking throughout the day, save acidic foods for mealtimes. This will reduce their contact with your teeth and help neutralize the acid by eating it with other foods.
  • Wash down with water. Sip water alongside or after the acidic food or drink to wash it out of your mouth.
  • Use a straw. If you drink acidic beverages, reduce their contact with your teeth by using a straw and finishing the drink quickly, instead of sipping over a long period of time.
  • Look for low or no-sugar drinks. Read nutrition labels to keep down your sugar consumption and consider options like water, tea and coconut water.
  • Wait before brushing. Acid softens your enamel, so brushing immediately after eating or drinking high-acid foods or drinks can actually cause damage. Wait at least half an hour and then start brushing. In the meantime, you can always rinse your mouth with tap water.
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