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The Necessary Qualities of A Great Pediatric Dentist

December 12, 2013

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Dental work is important for all members of the family, but it is especially important that children get good dental care. The following are just some of the possible qualities you might want to look for when selecting a pediatric dentist for your family:


  • The dentist should love children. When you work with kids all day long, it takes a true love and appreciation for them to be able to do the job right. A whole unique set of skills is required when working with kids and the added work and stress requires a true love and understanding.
  • He or she should be very patient. A pediatric dentist needs to be patient when dealing with a  child who is scared or uncooperative.  A pediatric dentist must never yell or try to intimidate a child into doing something.
  • The dentist needs to be authoritative. Authoritative does not mean scary, but rather it means being someone who can give instructions that children will pay attention to and follow. Just as the child knows the parents are in charge at home, the child needs to understand and believe that the dentist is in charge in their office.
  • Pediatric dentists should be compassionate. Children are timid and they are easily hurt, frightened, and intimidated. The dentist needs to be able to adjust to the mood, feelings, and actions of the child. It can be helpful to look for a pediatric dentist who is a parent themselves.
  • The dentist needs to look kind and approachable. Children are very susceptible to appearances, tone of voice, and other mannerisms. With children, their first impressions of the experience are the ones that often last and a dentist that can be seen as a friend is a great way to start off the experience.

Sedation Dentistry Has Many Benefits for Dental Procedures

November 16, 2013

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Sedation is a widespread part of a number of dental procedures including root canals or wisdom tooth extractions. However, sedation is becoming increasingly common and is often given to individuals who suffer from anxiety or phobias that are too severe to get routine checkups or minor procedures done.

Sedation is generally divided into one of four categories as follows:

Oral Sedatives

Oral sedatives can be given to a patient before the procedure and help to mellow and calm the individual. These can be useful for someone who has panic attacks or other fear and anxiety issues when going to the dentists.  These help calm the person and relax them and it also keeps them conscious and alert during the procedure. Oral sedatives provide no pain relief, so so form of local anesthetic will also need to be administered.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Similar to oral sedatives, these are given in a liquid form through an IV and allow for continuous levels. These are commonly used in long or involved procedures that can take a good bit of time. Like oral sedatives, this method does not provide pain relief, so a form of anesthetic must be administered. 

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

This is the most common type of inhalation sedation, and goes by the more common name of  laughing gas. Nitrous Oxide is used to bring about a state of relaxation and calmness. A local anesthetic is needed to eliminate pain. Laughing gas is commonly used for quick procedures or minor dental work done on children and youth.

General Anesthesia

This technique of dental sedation makes use of anesthetic with the goal of rendering the patient unconscious. With this method of sedation, the patient is unaware of anything happening around them and cannot communicate, respond, or move during the procedure. 

 The American Dental Association “supports the right of appropriately trained dentists” when done by a professional and experienced dentist, saying that general sedation is a safe and effective treatment when properly administered.

Invisalign is Available from your Cosmetic Dentist in North York

October 25, 2013

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If you suffer from crooked teeth as an adult, you might worry that you are going to have to wear the traditional metal braces that your friends wore when you were a teenager or that your child might even be wearing right now. Luckily, if you see our cosmetic dentist in North York, you might find that you qualify for Invisalign, the clear aligners that make wearing braces much more palatable. These invisible braces are removable aligners that are custom tailored to fit your mouth and the exact problem that you are experiencing with your teeth.


There are a variety of issues that Invisalign can help correct, including:


  • Teeth with large gaps
  • Incorrect bites including over, under and open bites
  • Crowded mouths
  • Crossbite


Each of these situations is different and requires unique changes. As your cosmetic dentist in North York, we will determine the exact changes that your mouth needs and put you on a schedule to have your aligners changed every two weeks in order to have gradual results that last. In general, you will have to come in for a visit every six weeks in order to see the changes that your aligners are making and to ensure that you are making the progress that we expected.


There are many benefits of wearing Invisalign aligners as opposed to traditional braces, of which the most important is the ability to not have to limit your food intake. The aligners get removed before you eat, which allows you to enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about them getting stuck in your braces. The aligners also get removed while you brush and floss, which enables you to reach all areas of your teeth to help remove all bacteria and plaque from your teeth. This eliminates the risk of tooth decay or gum disease as a result of poor oral health habits.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry in North York

October 12, 2013

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If going to the dentist has you experiencing panic attacks, you are not alone. Many people suffer from fear when it comes to going to the dentist. If your fears keep you from keeping your regular dental appointments, it could cause you harm not only to your oral health, but also your overall health. Today, one of the most common ways to handle this anxiety is with sedation dentistry in North York. Talk to us about your fears and we will help you determine the best way to handle them to allow you to have your dental procedures completed.


There are several types of sedation that can be used; the type that we use depends on the level of your fear as well as the procedure that is being done. The most common forms of sedation dentistry in North York include nitrous sedation and oral sedation. Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas and effectively relaxes patients while they are in the dental chair. The gas is harmless and only affects you while it is on, as soon as we disengage it, you snap out of your relaxed state. Oral sedation, on the other hand, is a pill that you take an hour or so before your procedure. This type of sedation will leave you feeling relaxed for several hours, not just while you are in the dental chair.


There are many reasons that you might want to use sedation dentistry in North York. The most common reason is to alleviate the anxiety that you feel while having dental procedures completed. There are other more physical reasons that it might be a viable choice for you including difficulty with your gag reflex, sensitive teeth and gums or the need for very serious dental procedures that will likely cause pain and be a difficult procedure. 

Taking Advantage of the Latest Technology in General Dentistry

September 28, 2013

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Oral hygiene has definitely changed over the years. Yes, dentists still recommend you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, but the tools you have at home have drastically improved. These improvements range from more powerful toothpastes to more effectively shaped toothbrushes, oral care has never been easier in the home. Even what you drink is a powerful way to help fight cavities.  However, some of these improvements in oral technology have led to an unfortunate increase in people not going to the dentist for regular checkups.

Regardless of at-home technology, regular dental visits are still essential for overall oral and body health. Many people don’t realize that health problems that start in the mouth can eventually affect the whole body. Not visiting the dentist can even lead to social issues caused by calamities such as bad breath. Toronto general dentistry has many options to help keep your teeth clean and your oral health strong.

Advances in at-home dental care aren’t the only changes in the dental industry over the last few decades. Things at the actual dentist have changed as well. If you’ve been going to the dentist for awhile, surely you’ve noticed the many changes, including more comfortable settings. Luckily, North York Dental has all of the latest technology to help keep your mouth clean and your oral health strong.


Our dentists don’t just grab the newest technology and shove it into your mouth. We study and test everything before using it. Since dental hygiene is such an important part of overall health, we want to make sure you always get the best that can be offered. When you come to our Toronto general dentistry practice, you are getting the premier experience offered in oral care. By using the best tools in the industry, we give you the best smile possible. 

Comfortable Dentistry for You and Your Family

September 15, 2013

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Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be painful. In fact, it shouldn’t cause discomfort at all. Unfortunately, some people don’t go to the dentist simply because they are afraid of the experience. By neglecting this important part of their hygiene, these people are setting themselves up for major health problems in the future. Luckily, there are solutions for anyone who is apprehensive about going to the dentist. With our Toronto family dentistry, you will find an environment that makes you glad you came to get your teeth cleaned.

At North York Dental, we make sure your experience is relaxed and comfortable. Our offices provide peaceful and beautiful scenery to admire and focus on while we care for your teeth. Enjoy watching flocks of birds and lush landscapes from a comfortable seat. If nature isn’t your thing, we also have DVD players and flat-screen TVs to keep you focused on the things you love rather than on what we’re doing inside your mouth. Our job is to clean your teeth. Your job is just to relax.

North York Dental offers full Toronto family dentistry services, and we are experts at keeping everyone relaxed regardless of age. Since dental health is a key aspect to your overall health and appearance, we want to make sure that everyone in your family is covered. No matter what services or procedures you need, we can perform them in an atmosphere that allows you to keep your mind and body at ease.

Toronto general dentistry doesn’t have to be a difficult or traumatic experience. With North York Dental, you can count on getting an experience that will make you excited for your next visit. After all, there’s not much better than a beautiful white smile and the feel of squeaky clean teeth.

Teeth straightening without the pain and embarrassment of traditional braces: Is Invisalign the option for you?

June 7, 2013

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Are your teeth not as straight as you would like them to be? Have traditional braces been on your mind but you dread the pain and embarrassment of the bulky brackets and wires and a painful process? Dr. Shem-Tov and the professionals at North York Dental can offer patients a variety of ways to improve the appearance of teeth without the use of conventional metal braces. Dr. Shem-Tov can recommend a variety of cosmetic procedures, such as bonding, porcelain veneers or the Invisalign system.

Invisalign clear braces are a clear alternative to traditional braces that offer patients the option of teeth straightening without all of the downsides of standard braces. Using a sequential series of custom-made, clear, removable trays, Invisalign aligners straighten the teeth gently and effectively with little to no pain or discomfort. Mouth abrasions caused by the wires and other metals from conventional braces are a major reason that many people avoid straightening their teeth altogether. The Invisalign system is not only more comfortable than traditional braces, but also more effective and visually pleasing.

Invisalign patients can also expect fewer doctor’s visits as adjustments are not needed. Your dentist will simply create custom made aligners for you which will correct the teeth. Typically, visits are suggested every 4-6 weeks to check on patient’s progress and update aligners. The dentists at North York Dental use 3-D computer imagining technology in order to design a complete comprehensive treatment plan for all of their patients. From the initial dentition position, to the final desired result, our professionals will create a custom made experience, from start to finish.

Invisaligns allows patients to floss and brush as usual, so there is less chance of tooth decay and cavities as you might find with those who go the traditional route with braces. Conventional braces do not just hinder proper dental hygiene; they can also lead to yellowing of the enamel on the teeth. With the Invisalign system, there is nothing directly or permanently stuck to the surface of the teeth. The trays are removable and not permanently placed on the teeth. The ability to remove the trays are a major advantage to adult patients who may feel they are “too old” for the look and feel of conventional braces. Invisaligns are clear so they are not seen by others but they are also removable, allowing patients to eat and drink as they please. There is no worry of getting food stuck in the wires of braces, because there are no wires.

Call the office of North York Dental at (416) 494-7878 to get an evaluation and find out if Invisalign is the clear choice for you. 

Non-Evasive and Mercury Free Filings from North York Dental

May 31, 2013

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Silver amalgam fillings, which are made up of about 50% mercury, have been used by dentists for more than 150 years to fill cavities, but are these filings safe? 

More commonly known as “silver filings,” silver dental amalgam fillings have traditionally been used because they are stronger and less expensive than other options, but the risk may far outweigh the benefits. The mercury used in “silver fillings” is elemental mercury, which is a silvery, colorless, odorless liquid that gives off a vapor at room temperature. When “silver fillings” are put in, these fillings are constantly emitting vapors breathed in daily. The amount is low, but health officials recommend using alternative materials for those seeking treatment for cavities or tooth decay. According to Health Canada, “Liquid elemental mercury, commonly found in household thermometers, thermostats and barometers, quickly forms a poisonous, colorless and odorless vapor when spilled. If inhaled, this vapor is rapidly absorbed through the lungs.” In addition, “at higher concentrations, mercury vapor can cause damage to the mouth, respiratory tract and lungs, and can lead to death from respiratory failure. Long-term exposure to low concentrations causes symptoms similar to those of methyl mercury.”

If these facts are concerning to you, Dr. Shem-Tov and North York Dental can provide a safe and long lasting option for dental fillings. At their office, patients are provided with the latest and most advanced alternatives available. One of those options is bonded ceramic-based composite of resins. Composite resin is a mixture of microscopic glass and ceramic particles which are dispersed in a plastic resin that is then bonded to the teeth. The material can be shaped, molded, and sculpted to fit any shape or contour of the tooth, resulting in a strong, sealed bond.

There are many advantages to using ceramic fillings over “silver filings,” beyond the issue of health concerns. Appearance wise, ceramic is the natural color of your teeth, so there is no more worry about unsightly, dark filings being seen. Bonded ceramic composite resins also seal better, insulating the tooth against temperature sensitivities, as well as preventing further damage or decay. Because resin is bonded, the seal that is made will reduce the chance of leakage, common with “silver filings.” Ceramic is also easily repaired, should repairs be needed.

If you are in need of filings, or filing replacements, North York Dental has the healthy, mercury-free, option for you.  

Sedation Dentistry makes Your Visit to the Dentist Easy

April 26, 2013

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Visiting the dentist can be a stressful or scary experience for many. As a result, some people have missed regular visits, while their dental health suffers. Others may have shied away from seeking out cosmetic dentistry for problems they want to fix, because of fear or anxiety associated with dentists.

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) defines oral health to be “a state of the oral and related tissues and structures that contribute positively to physical, mental and social well-being and the enjoyment of life’s possibilities, by allowing the individual to speak, eat and socialize unhindered by pain, discomfort or embarrassment.” Is fear or anxiety of the dentist keeping you from maintaining proper oral health? If so, Dr. Shem-Tov and the professionals at North York Dental can help with their various options for sedation, to fit the needs of their patients. Patients can choose from either oral sedation or nitrous sedation.

Perfect for the dental phobic patient, oral sedation entails taking medication that is prescribed to the patient to relieve and reduce anxiety. The patient simply takes the medication immediately before coming in for the dental appointment. If patients choose this option, someone will need to drive the patient to the dental office. During the procedure, vital signs will be monitored as the patient relaxes in a sleep-like state. For some, nitrous oxide can cause nausea or dizziness. For some, the feeling is simply uncomfortable. Oral sedation is a great option for patients who have these worries.

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a gas that is fed through a tube to which a nasal hood is attached and placed on the nose. After the air is fed through the tube, simply breathe normally. Nitrous Oxide has no color or smell. After about five minutes of breathing in the gas, a calming feeling will spread throughout the body.

According to Dental Fear Central (www.dentalfearcentral.org), there are many advantages to nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous sedation works incredibly quickly, reaching the brain in as little as 20 seconds. After just 2-3 minutes, the relaxation and pain numbing effects begin to kick in. The depth of sedation can also be altered, so there is no fear of “overdosing.” No injection is required and patients can drive themselves to and from the office.

Either option can be administered to patients to make their visit one that is stress-free and enjoyable. DO not let anxiety or fear keep you from achieving your optimal oral health. 

Diagnodent: Pain Free Prevention for Your Next Toronto Dentist Appointment

April 17, 2013

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How does your Toronto dentist find a cavity? If you experience pain, you may go in and ask in regards to a specific tooth. If you are in for a general annual check-up, your dentist may be able to visually spot those dark and decaying areas on the teeth.  But how does your dentist know the size of the cavity?


Hidden decay within the teeth is the root of all cavities but the professionals at North York Dental offer an innovative and pain free way to detect those hidden areas before the cavity decays the structure of the teeth, from the inside out.


X-rays and probing to explore the surface of the teeth are traditional ways that dentists detect cavities or decaying areas. However, these techniques are limited and insufficient, especially when the cavity may be in its early stages. Diagnodent is an option that addresses these limitations of traditional techniques. Diagnodent uses laser assisted technology to detect cavities’ existence and size. The hand held device scans teeth with laser light searching for any problems on and in the teeth: no matter how small. The device then signals an audible sound to alert your dentist to the problem area.


The major advantage of this early detection system is prevention. Dentists in Toronto using this technology are now able to detect cavities, or potential cavities, in young children, preventing serious cavities that require painful fillings.

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