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Our Dentists Will Help Prevent Gum Disease

May 16, 2014

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Our mouths are full of harmful bacteria which when combined with mucus and other particles form a sticky, colorless plaque that rest on our teeth. Brushing and flossing help rid ourselves of this plaque however plaque that isn’t removed may then harden. This forms a type of tartar that a toothbrush cannot clean. This is the origination of gum disease, which thousands of Canadians suffer from every year.

Periodontal disease or gum disease can be as simple as gum inflammation or can turn into a serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst of cases, teeth may be lost.

At North York Dental, we understand that your health not only depends on your teeth but on the well being of your gums as well. We don’t want to see you have to lose your teeth because of gum disease or worse. Recent studies across the country have shown that people who have gum disease are at greater risk for more serious problems, such as heart disease or diabetes.

Dr. Shem-Tov and our team of trained professionals will work with you to properly address your gum disease and work to stop it in its’ tracks. We offer in office therapy with Atridox Injectable Antibiotic as well as minor gum surgery should either of these options be necessary for your treatment.

There many risk factors that play into whether gum disease may be in a person’s future. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease. The hormonal changes often found in women, diabetes, certain over-the-counter medication that cause a reduction in saliva flow, and there’s genetic susceptibility – these are all common risk factors associated with gum disease.

Gum disease is commonly developed when the plaque we outlined above begins to build up along and underneath the gum line. Typically signs of this aren’t visible until individuals are in their 30s or 40s.

The best way to guard against gum disease is to keep your teeth and gums healthy through brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride based toothpaste, flossing to remove plaque from between the teeth, and by visiting the dentist regularly for a professional cleaning.

Symptoms include bad breath that won’t go away, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, or receding gums or longer appearing teeth. If you have one or more of these symptoms then there is a large possibility that you are in the midst of developing a form of gum disease if you don’t already have it.

At North York Dental, we can work with you to take preventative measures to ensure that this doesn’t escalate into a more serious problem. We have written materials that we distribute among our patients to assist them in their education on the condition, We will work to ensure that it is properly diagnosed and that it is treated immediately.

Don’t let it go untreated. We can help. Contact North York Dental today to get an assessment on your teeth to find out if you’re at risk for developing gum disease in your future.

Dental Implants: The Procedure and Benefits

May 9, 2014

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The ability of dentists to use dental implants has revolutionized the care and treatment of a wide range of dental needs. A dental implant basically is an artificial tooth that is anchored in your mouth and is used to support false teeth to replace missing or damaged ones. Dental implants are commonly used by people who have lost one or two teeth for any number of reasons but who have otherwise healthy teeth.


Endosteal (in the bone): This type of implant is by far the most common. With this sort of set up, each individual implant that is secured into the jaw bone holds the prosthetic teeth that are used to replace the missing ones. This style of implant is common with patients who have partial bridges already or those who have removable dentures.

Subperiosteal (on the bone): These types of implants are generally used for those who cannot use Endosteal implants and they are placed on top of the jaw. They are secured in place with metal framework and a series of posts poke through the gums and are used to hold the replacement teeth.


The process of replacing missing teeth is a team effort that involves you, your dentist, and the oral surgeon who will be performing the procedure. You will work together to determine what is the best course of action for you and what will work best for you right now and in the long term. There are three basic procedures that can be done:

Single Tooth Replacement – If only a single tooth is missing, one implant with the accompanying tooth crown can replace it and fill the gap.

Several Teeth Replacement – If several teeth are missing in a row that need to be replaced, implant-supported bridges or a set of false teeth that are fused together and secured as one solid piece can replace them.

Total Teeth Replacement – If all of your teeth are missing or need to be removed, then you will be going with full bridge work or dentures to replace the teeth.


As is the case with your real teeth, oral care and hygiene go a long way in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. Just because you have implants does not mean you can ignore their care. You must still brush and floss and care for the implants as you would your regular teeth. This keeps them looking great and working as they should.

Advantages Of Hiring A Family Dentist

April 25, 2014

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There are many common fears people have about going to the dentists. However the benefits you gain from having a family dentist far outweigh the often irrational fears that may exist. It is time to realize that you should not be afraid of the dentist and here are some common fears and why they should not stop you from getting the care that you and your family needs.

1 Fear of the instruments used vs getting the right treatment

Sometimes, what freaks people out about going to the dentist is the equipment used. Drills, scrapers, needles, they all seem so terrifying. One thing that can help patients overcome this fear is to talk with the dentist about the tools and equipment that will be used. Your dentist wants to help you keep your mouth healthy and keep you pain-free, so learning to feel comfortable around these instruments can go a long way in helping you feel relaxed and letting the dentist do his or her job.

2. Fear of the dentist vs  trusting the dentist

It is not always the case but often times dentists are very down to earth and serious. This can come across as being uncaring, cold, or harsh – which makes feelings of uneasiness even greater. But you need to remember that some people just come across that way and it is nothing personal. Your family dentists is the person you turn to for your oral care and they are the ones who can help you when something goes wrong – from a loose tooth to cavities to oral injuries. It is important to have a good family dentist on call that you feel comfortable with and can trust.

3. Fear of the pain vs relieving the pain

No one likes to feel pain. Even with local anesthesia, there can still be pressure and discomfort. And if you have a phobia of needles, getting the shot of anesthesia can be bad enough. It can help to talk to the dentists about your fears and concerns. Most family dentists know people have these fears and there are things they can do to help you through these times and overcome the fear. The pain you face from neglected oral issues can far outweigh the slight discomfort of having the work done.

4. Fear of the unknown vs being in the know

Humans by nature fear change and the unknown. Going to a dentist and not knowing what they will find or what work may need to be done is perhaps the most terrifying thing about the visit. Talk to your dentists about what needs to be done, what can be done, what you want to have done, and make sure you take an active part in the process. It can help alleviate some of that uncertainty and lessen the fear. When you talk to the dentist you can see how much they do care about you, your family and your dental needs.

Choosing the Right Dental Care Clinic for Your Family’s Dental Needs

January 22, 2014

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What Kind of Dentist is Best? 
Not all dentists have the same services and can provide the same care for you and your family. Doing a little research can make this process much easier and help reduce the amount of time you will have to spend looking for the right dentist. If you need surgery search for one the will do oral surgeries and if you have kids, make sure the dentist you choose is comfortable working with kids.

Check the Credentials 
Advertisements and web pages can say anything so you need to make sure you check all references that are given and do your research to make sure all information given is accurate and up to date.

Check Insurance Acceptance and Payment Options 
No dentist or dental procedure will do you much good if you can’t afford to pay for it. In tough economic times it is important to make sure your insurance policy is accepted by your dentist. If you do not have insurance you need to make sure what payment plans are available so you can pay and get your work done.

Location and Hours 
No matter how great a dentist is, if you cannot make it to the office during office hours, it is not much of a benefit to you. Be sure you see what the office hours of operation are and take the time to figure out if you will be able to make appointments with your normal schedule for work, school, or family activities.

Drop By for a Visit 
Stopping by the office for a surprise visit can be a great source of insight. Check to see what the office is like, how clean and well organized it is. Everything can seem fine, but a face to face visit and talk with the dentist or staff can be the final deciding factor.

Set Up A Consultation 
When you stop by for a visit, check with the receptionist for a time when you can have a consultation with the dentist. Many offices offer the first meeting for free or at a reduced price. See what the policy is and what options are available for you.

Check for Additional Services 
Make sure you check with your new dentists to see what other services they offer. What is the policy for x-rays, cleanings, fillings, crowns, and surgeries? Getting this information beforehand can help you make plans and make your final decision in an informed way.


Find Out the Waiting List for an Appointment 
One of the biggest problems people have when they are searching for a new dentist is the wait time. Some dentists have only a certain period of time where they can take new clients. The waiting list for new patients can be quite long sometimes and this can be very frustrating, especially when you are looking for a dentist because of a medical emergency. So start now and don’t wait until you actually need a dentist.

How to Take Care of Your Brand New Porcelain Veneers

January 10, 2014

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How do I take care of veneers? This is a common question many dental patients have and it is an important question that needs to be answered. After going through it all and paying for the new veneers it is important to know how to take care of them. These are just some of the tips you need to keep in mind so you can keep your veneers looking bright and new and beautiful.

Avoid Certain Food and Beverages
Some foods and drinks really need to be avoided when possible so they do not mess up your porcelain veneers. Drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine and foods like chocolate, citrus, and soda can stain or erode your veneers. It is not logical to expect people to avoid these foods totally, but it is important to limit their consumption and to try and clean your veneers after eating such foods.

Avoid Abrasive Toothpastes
For teeth, abrasive toothpaste and those with harsh cleaners and whiteners can work well. However, with veneers, these can damage the surface and destroy the look and appearance of the veneers you spent so much time and money on. Stuck with regular toothpaste or those that are designed for use with dental implants such as veneers. To further take care of your new smile without causing any damage, use a soft bristle toothbrush each time, every time.

Clean Properly
Unless you are given other directions by your dentists, you should use general oral hygiene with your veneers. You will still need to brush and floss just as you would with your regular teeth. Mouthwash can also help keep the veneers looking bright and clean. Talk with your dentist to make sure you fully understand how to take care of your new veneers and keep them looking great.

Protect Your Mouth
Just as you would take care to protect your mouth from injury you need to be just as careful with the veneers. If you play sports or engage in any activities where you might get hit in the mouth or otherwise damage your mouth, then take care and take the necessary precautions to protect your veneers.

Veneers are becoming more and more popular, along with the technology, but even the best veneers need a little TLC to keep them looking great for years to come. Take care of your veneers and keep looking sharp!

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. 

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