What is the Right Age to Start Bringing Your Child to the Dentist?

Children and the dentist I get asked this question a lot at the clinic and rather than addressing it in our “Ask Dr. Archer” section, I thought I would dedicate a post to this particular topic.

I tell my patients that there is no particular age that they should start bringing their children into the clinic. It is better to gauge by when the child is interested.

I suggest that my clients bring their child along when they are coming in for their own dental appointment, that way the child can see what's going on, and we can let him or her take a seat in our big red dental chair. Kids love it!

If they get in the chair, great. If they're comfortable enough, then we can take a look inside their mouth and just count their teeth. If not, it's not a big deal. Without the pressure of doing anything serious, they will be much more likely to be excited about visiting the dentist the second time around for their own visit, and hop right into the chair.

All of us here at Rosedale Family Dental Care clinic pride ourselves on making going to the dentist an exciting experience for children. We have a 'treasure chest' at the office that is filled with goodies for children to dig through when they are finished their appointment, and it's a big hit. Our goal is to ensure that every child's dentist visit is positive, fun and rewarding.

Did you like visiting the dentist as a child? Growing up, I loved going to the dentist, but then my uncle was my dentist, so he made it a fun experience for me. He may even have inspired me to be a dentist today. I'm proof that not all kids hate the dentist. Who knows, if you're son or daughter enjoy the experience enough, it may inspire them to be a dentist as well.

- Dr. Natalie Archer

Ask Dr. Archer: What To Do When Your Child Knocks A Tooth Out

As a mother, you hear a lot of horror stories of children knocking their teeth out. My first thought is always, 'thank goodness it wasn't my child!,' and then immediately the dentist in me thinks, 'I hope they knew what to do when it happened!' Which leads me to this post. Today, I thought I would share with you what to do when your child knocks out one of their teeth.

What to do if you lose a tooth

Of course, when something like this happens, your common sense judgement should be to make sure your child is safe. Once you've established that they are OK, and haven't sustained any other serious injuries, you can then start to follow the guide below.

Step-by-Step Guide of What to Do When Your Child Knocks a Tooth Out:

  • Find the tooth
  • Do not try to scrub the tooth clean
  • Rinse the tooth in milk or the child's own saliva
  • If you and your child are comfortable doing so, place the tooth back into the socket hole, gently
  • If you are not comfortable doing this, keep the tooth in milk or in the child's mouth
  • Go to a dentist immediatelyThe sooner you receive treatment, the better the prognosis

Has your child ever knocked out a tooth? Did you use the milk trick? I'd love to hear your story, if only so that other parents can learn from it.

-Dr. Natalie Archer

Ask Dr. Archer: How Important is Flossing?

How important is flossing, really? I have metal retainers on the backs of my teeth from when I had braces, so flossing is a pain. I hate doing it. I brush my teeth religiously, twice a day, so does the fact I avoid flossing really matter? Sincerely,

Frustrated

make sure to get the back teeth when flossingFlossing is very important!

Flossing not only removes those little particles between the teeth that your toothbrush can't remove, but it keeps your breath fresh and odour free as well. Although you might not enjoy doing it, floss gets down into the spaces between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach and removes plaque accumulations. If you don't floss, those accumulations stay in-between your teeth which can cause cavities and bad breath. Not flossing is not healthy for your teeth, gums or mouth, especially over long term spans.

How to floss correctly is important

It is important to floss once a day. It can take a bit of practice to learn how to do it correctly, but before you know it, you can floss your teeth in a minute. Invest that initial time to learn and have our dental hygienist, Kim or Dr. Archer teach you how to use floss correctly.

If you have a fixed retainer, you may want to try a product called superfloss. It is super-fast and user friendly. Again, we provide generous samples to our patients and encourage you to integrate these little tools and practices into your daily oral regime.

Another great prduct to try is Glide floss for teeth that are really tight together. It does just what is says -glide.

I hope after reading this that the next time you brush your teeth, you take a moment to floss as well and give it the time it deserves.

Happy flossing!

 

-Dr. Archer

Ask Dr. Archer: What Happens to Our Teeth as We Age?

Aging causes loss of moisture throughout the body, including in our mouth. Less saliva production in the mouth to wash away bacteria makes us more vulnerable to decay, infections, and periodontal or gum disease.

your teeth as they ageCosmetic solutions for aging teeth

Even if you have always taken good care of your teeth, you may have noticed that your gums are receding or that your teeth have yellowed or grayed over the years. As we age, our teeth become discoloured, thinner, and more prone to breakage. While these are completely common occurrences, there are cosmetic solutions available to treat aging teeth.

Teeth Whitening

  • As we age the outer layer of tooth enamel wears down exposing the underlying layer which is yellower. Food and drink as well as smoking can cause discoloration. There are a number of methods to whiten teeth, both professional and do-it-yourself kits.
  • Bleaching teeth is not like colouring your hair where you have to repeat the applications every four to six weeks, however professional bleaching products are significantly stronger in concentration, customized for your tooth shape and arch and thus are more effective and offer the most satisfaction for patients wanting a quick brighter long lasting whiter smile. We've had many patients that tried do-it-yourself whitening, but said they were more satisfied with the whitening they received at the dentist.

Teeth Veneers

  • Veneers can hide discolouration, small breaks, cracks or crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are custom fitted to your teeth and permanently attached to them. The procedure is costly, but they are the most natural and longest lasting solution to unattractive teeth. The turnaround time is also very fast and we can usually deliver you veneers within a week.

Teeth Bonding or Dental Bonding

  • Teeth Bonding uses a plastic resin to repair the tooth. This procedure is much shorter and less expensive than porcelain veneers.

Potential Complications

In every procedure, complications or side effects can occur. The best thing you can do is to ask questions and inform your dentist of any health problems you may have, even if they don't seem relevant before having any type of procedure done. We can then inform you with your best options so you are fully informed and understand what we can deliver to you.

-Dr. Archer

Rosedale Family Dental Care | Toronto Dental Clinic

On Tuesday, I introduced you to our dental team. Today, I thought I would tell you a bit about the clinic and our philosophy. Toronto Dental ClinicRosedale Family Dental Care is a boutique dental clinic, providing patient focused dental care. We are professional, proficient and personable with all of our patients. We take a conservative approach to dentistry. Any recommendations are made on sound scientific evidence.

We provide the treatment that you need for a healthy smile including:

Our clientele are mainly from the downtown Toronto area and are made up of working professionals and moms and dads with busy schedules. If this sounds like you, and you're looking for a dentist that will work with your schedule, you've come to the right place.

We ensure that all of our patients are promptly brought in at their scheduled appointment time, because we respect that your time is important to you.

To book an appointment:

Rosedale Family Dental Clinic located in Toronto

Rosedale Family Dental Care, located at 600 Sherbourne Street, Suite 808 Toronto, ON, M4X 1W4

Ask Dr. Archer

“Ask Dr. Archer” is a chance for you to email me your dental questions. I'll be answering as many of your emails as possible, every Wednesday. Consider this Q&A feature as a way to relieve the anxiety and tension that you may experience when thinking about visiting the dentist, or other dental worries. You can also send me your questions on Twitter using the hastag #AskDrArcher or, if you need more than 140 characters, you can post your questions on our Facebook page.

Here's our very first round of questions:

Are you afraid of needles?Q: I'm petrified of needles. How do you deal with patients like me?

A: You're not alone if you suffer from this common "needles" worry. Over 20 million people are terrified of needles.

As trivial as needle phobia may seem, this is nothing that I take lightly. Aside from causing major stress and dental anxiety, fear of needles may prevent patients like yourself from seeking the medical and dental care you need.

I believe we all fear needles to some extent -- who wants to be poked with sharp pointy things?

As a dentist and one who has completed  education in conscious sedation dentistry, intravenous sedation, nitrous oxide dentistry and treated the most fearful in a specialty practice I  understand fearful patients and at our office we spend the time it takes to earn your trust and make your visit as positive, effective and pleasant as possible without significant or expensive interventions.  When booking your appointment and when we first meet please apprise of this so this can be easily noted in the chart and in this way we can  allot extra complimentary time to ensure you obtain the best chairside manner.  You may also want to consider speaking with your doctor about anti-anxiety medication. We can review this with you as well.

Knowing the true cause of your fear will make it easier for you to address your phobia and get the dental care you need, though it does take a lot of time, patience and courage to treat any phobia. I have built a practice of families and referrals of loved ones who have been so nervous to obtain any dental care.  We have made positive change in the dental visits of many nervous patients one patient at a time.  We  will take the time necessary to make your experience positive and effective and pleasant and affordable.

Thank you for your submissions so far. Keep the questions coming!

Happy flossing!

The Rosedale Family Dental Care Team

Meet the Rosedale Family Dental Care Team

Dr. Natalie Archer

Dr. Natalie Archer: In between her duties as Vice President of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, running a family dental clinic and a geriatric dental centre, being a wife, and mother to two children, Dr. Archer is currently learning how to blog, facebook, and tweet.

SandraSandra, Dental Assistant & Office Coordinator: She was born and raised in Toronto. She has been working in the field of dentistry for about 5 years and is currently finishing her dental hygiene requirements. When not in the office she enjoys cooking, traveling and being around her friends and family. .

To schedule an appointment, visit rosedale.dental@hotmail.com or call 416.964.9070

Hello World from Toronto Dentist, Dr. Natalie Archer D.D.S.

Dr. Natalie ArcherYou are reading the very first Rosedale Family Dental Care blog post! As a dentist, this 'social media landscape' is new territory for me. In between maintaining a family dental practice and a geriatric dental clinic, my duties as Vice President of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, being a wife, and mother to two children, I'm in the process of learning the in's and out's of blogging, Facebooking, and tweeting. It's taken a while to get this blog rolling, but finally the preparation is paying off and here I am, writing my first post.

Whether you're a patient, a colleague, or just someone that happened upon this blog by accident, welcome! While the main focus of this blog will be on the professional aspects of being a dentist and to provide dental news and information, I'm sure that my personal experiences as a parent and a working mom will find their way into some of my posts as well. Ultimately, I hope that this blog will serve to ease any apprehensions you may have about visiting the dentist, as well as showcase the Rosedale Family Dental Care philosophy which is:

"Pursuing excellence and trust in patient centered dental care"

This blog is also going to be a chance for me to address your dental questions directly. I will be answering as many of your questions as I can every Wednesday, in our “Ask Doctor Archer” section. Feel free to email all of your dental questions to drarcher.social@gmail.com There will also be a variety of contests and giveaways happening on the blog, so be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter groups to stay on top of them all!

As one of Toronto's first dentist bloggers, I am looking forward to seeing this blog blossom. I hope that it will help you engage with me and the clinic and ease your mind about receiving dental care. So don't be shy, and send us your questions and comments. We'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading, and happy flossing!

Dr. Natalie Archer