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Everything You Need to Know about Root Canals

April 10, 2018

Woman in dental chair giving thumbs upWhen you hear the words root canal, you probably don’t feel all warm and fuzzy inside. In fact, even the bravest dental patients feel a little anxious when we mention a root canal. In this post, we’ll walk you through answers to some of those questions we hear most often about root canals, including the big one – does root canal therapy hurt?
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Dentist in North York Urges Six-month Check-ups

September 12, 2016

See your Dentist in North York every six months for a check-up and cleaning. Dr. Shem-Tov says these are crucial to best oral health.You see your primary care physician once a year for a routine physical examination. So, why does the American Dental Association and your dentist in North York, Dr. Eli Shem-Tov, advise oral exams and cleanings twice a year? Reasons vary, but the philosophy is the same: keep teeth and gums clean,  and prevent big problems from happening.

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North York, Ontario dentist discusses bad breath

May 19, 2016

Have you been told your breath smells? Your family dentist, Dr. Eli Shem-Tov at North York Dental, discusses the signs of and remedies for bad breath.Your North York, Ontario dentist oversees every aspect of your oral health, including how your breath smells. Learn the reasons for bad breath, or halitosis, and how to effectively treat them. (more…)

What Causes Cavities? What are the Signs of Tooth Decay?

December 7, 2015

what causes cavitiesIf there’s one most popular question in dentistry, it’s got to be about cavities: what causes them? And what are the signs you might have one? The answers are simple enough — keep reading to learn more from your dentist at North York Dental, and watch as your oral and overall health improve.

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Your North York, Ontario family dentist urges his patients to floss daily

July 20, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-482744025Flossing helps prevent accumulation of tartar, and also gum disease, cavities and bad breath. In addition to regular exams and cleanings, North York, Ontario family dentist Dr. Eli Shem-Tov recommends daily practice of this simple at-home hygiene discipline for children and adults of all ages.

Dentists across North America agree that preventive dental care is more than oral examinations, x-rays and hygienic cleanings. Dr. Eli Shem-Tov, family dentist of North York Dental teaches patients that while in-office care is indispensable, brushing and often neglected flossing are key to a dazzling, long-lasting smile.

Get a check-up with your dentist in North York, Ontario twice a year

The Canadian Dental Association maintains that twice yearly check-ups and cleanings promote excellent oral health and catch any developing problems at their earliest stage. During an oral exam, Dr. Shem-Tov:

 inspects teeth for signs of decay and gums for periodontal disease
 performs periodontal probing to assess the depth of gum pockets
 looks at restorations such as fillings, crowns, fixed bridgework for signs of breakdown
 sees how teeth bite together
 does a fast and painless oral cancer assessment

The hygienist scales plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces and at the gum line to prevent decay and gum disease. She also polishes the teeth for a shiney clean. Check-ups and cleanings provide the dental care provider and patient opportunity to discuss concerns, treatment goals and the best way to take care of teeth and gums at home.

Carryover hygiene to the home

Besides twice daily brushing, your best dentist in Toronto, Ontario wants all his patients, both children and adults, to floss their teeth daily. Whether using waxed or plain floss, thin or thick, the important thing is consistency. Flossing every day removes bacteria-laden plaque and food residue from between the teeth, reducing the chances of tooth decay and gum disease (periodontitis).

Gum disease loosens teeth and leads to puffy, red infected gums. In its worst stages, gum disease causes tooth loss, and gum and bone recession. Overall health worsens, too, as research indicates that periodontitis plays a role in heart disease, stroke, dementia, pregnancy complications and a host of other serious health issues.

So, here’s how to floss:

1. Unwind an 18” length of floss from the dispenser. Wrapping one end around the middle or index finger of each hand, pull the floss taut between your thumbs.
2. Starting on the top arch, gently move the floss back and forth between each tooth. The key word here is “gently,” because you don’t want to cut or abrade tender gum tissue with the floss.
3. Work your way between all teeth, top and bottom. Pay extra attention to the very back molars on each arch. Move the floss with up and down strokes to thoroughly clean the interdental spaces.
4. Rinse your mouth well with water.

Research indicates that some people floss before they brush their teeth, and others floss after brushing. The timing doesn’t seem to matter as long as you floss carefully each day.

Your North York, Ontario family dentist is a wealth of information

Dr. Eli-Shem-Tov and his staff welcome your questions about dental hygiene or any other dental topic–from general and restorative dentistry to implant restorations and root canal therapy. They encourage patient input and questions. Would you like to set up a consultation? Contact the North York, Ontario office today for an appointment.