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Emergency Dental Care: If You’re In Pain, Don’t Wait‎

Are You Prepared?

As if this time of year isn’t hectic enough without having to deal with power outages and damages to personal property from falling trees, branches and ice. It’s difficult to be prepared for the unexpected. We immediately begin wondering what we could have done differently, or in the case of damage, will our insurance pay for anything. Best Dentist in Oshawa

A short drive around any neighbourhood in the GTA will give you a glimpse of both the beauty and brawn of an ice storm. Icicle-laden trees that turn the landscape into a magical, winter wonderland on one street then a savage scene of tree carnage and it’s collateral damage on another.

Dr. Sam's backyard ice rink

Dr. Sam’s backyard ice rink

Nobody plans for a tree to fall on their car during a storm or the power to suddenly disappear while baking holiday goodies. Last week, one of our dental assistants was paying close attention to Environment Canada’s warning about this storm and expected there to be some loss of power. Although her family stocked up on groceries and water then took inventory of their emergency supplies, they waited a day too late to bring their generator home from their cottage. They were stranded without power like everyone else. Too little, too late – despite their best intentions.  Root Canal Oshawa

So, how does one ensure that they know all the risks and better prepare for emergencies? The internet is chalk-full of emergency preparedness guides. Public Safety Canada has a great website to help keep your family out of harm’s way at http://www.getprepared.gc.ca. There’s no better time than now, while this present crisis is upon us, to start thinking ahead.

At Your Smile Dental Care we believe that a little bit of foresight and an ounce of prevention can go a long way in avoiding emergencies of a dental nature. Although a dental emergency can happen anywhere, at any time, it seems that dentists are especially busy during the holiday times throughout the year.

And while a toothache or broken filling is sure to occur late at night, over the weekend or during holidays and vacation time, regular preventative dental care every six months is still  the best way to diagnose and treat dental issues before they become emergency situations. In most cases, a toothache doesn’t happen over night – it is usually a long time in the making. Our goal is to detect dental problems when they are small and simple to fix.

Being prepared for the holidays also means being wise about food choices. If you have a particular tooth that you know is weak, it’s difficult to avoid using it while chewing. All it takes is contact with a hard food item at the right angle and you’ve got yourself a dental emergency. If you have not been able to arrange a dental visit before the festivities begin then try your best to forgo the crunchy raw veggies, and the hard candies and nuts until you can arrange an appointment.

The Ontario Dental Association also has a great website that you can use as your guide to dental emergencies. Click on the link below: 26-12-2013 5-18-16 PM

As 2013 comes to a close we would like to thank our patients for choosing Your Smile Dental Care for you and your family’s dental care. We look forward to another wonderful year together!

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 Dr. Sam Axelrod & Associates


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The 10,000 Hour Rule

A patient of ours recently did some number crunching and concluded that I have put in over 60,000 hours practicing dentistry. According to the ten thousand hour rule in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “The Outliers” that would put me well beyond the masters level.

For me, dentistry is an art form and smiles are my reward. As a new graduate knows, many hours go into refining one’s technical and human relation skills with true mastery taking years to perfect. The profession of dentistry is not just my occupation, it is my passion. With over 32 years of experience, I have learned what it takes to give you an incredibly good looking smile – one that you can be proud of.

When it comes to success, it seems that there are some people who get all the breaks while there are others, as with an athlete of Olympic calibre, who possess a certain degree of innate genetic talent. One can’t help but sympathize, however, with the child who diligently takes care of their teeth, avoiding sweets and still has cavities – compared to their gene-winning sibling with the lackadaisical approach who has none.

The common thread in any true success story is the amount of sheer determination and hard work that someone is willing to put into reaching their goal. While there may be no one true blueprint for success, adopting good habits and routines can develop into a pattern that brings you closer to realizing your goal.

You only have to floss the teeth you want to keep.

You only have to floss the teeth you want to keep.

It may sound counter-productive that dentists should want to see their patients cavity-free, but I really do want people to work towards mastering their oral hygiene skills and having great dental check-ups! ­Taking care of your teeth does not require a huge investment in terms of time, effort or equipment. The ten thousand hour rule does not apply here and your only start up cost involves a toothbrush, some toothpaste and two minutes of your time, albeit, 3 times a day. This will get you off to a good start. With some further consideration, you may decide to take the plunge and add some floss once a night to your daily routine. And, of course, the platinum level of success involves some changes to your food choices, meal frequencies and other risk factors. Your Smile Dental Care Instructions:

Outliers are those who have been given opportunities then had the strength and presence of mind to seize them. The health of your teeth and gums are vital to your quality of life, and the appearance of your smile may impact your level of confidence, so why wouldn’t you want to look after your mouth? If you know and understand what it will take to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime then why not take advantage of the opportunities to do so?

Even though I have  gone well over that magic 10,000 hour number, I am always looking for ways to improve your patient experience, and, in doing so, change your life in a positive way. At Your Smile Dental Care we are never finished learning and improving. We still spend many hours each year attending conferences and continuing education seminars. We especially love our in-office “lunch and learns” where we get a hands-on opportunity to try all the latest and greatest products that dentistry has to offer our patients.

Never hesitate to call us if you have any concerns or questions.  Success is a combination of many factors and we are here to help you in any way we can. (905) 576-4537

Until next week…Keep Calm and Smile On!
Dr. Sam Axelrod


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YOUR SMILE says a lot about you….

Your smile is one of your most important facial features and can make a lasting impression!

Over the years we have created many beautiful new smiles. One patient in particular made a lasting impression on us. And,  although she has long since retired and moved back to her beloved country, her story reminds us of how important first impressions are!

This patient had recently lost her upper management job due to downsizing, but with the help of her vast network of friends and colleagues she quickly landed several job interviews. Equipped with  years of  experience, she was confident that she possessed the skills employers were looking for and was certain she would have no trouble securing a job offer. She was surprised, however, to be still jobless 4 months later!

Interestingly enough, this patient was also attending to a matter she had been wanting to do for years – making her dream smile a reality!  Her first visit to us was for a smile correction consultation. After being the first dental office in Oshawa to show her an after makeover simulation photo of what her teeth could look like with a few simple cosmetic dental procedures, she was convinced more than ever to begin her smile makeover. During her first dental appointment , she began discussing her recent job situation – or lack thereof!  As she confidently listed off her job skills and past experiences, we realized that she was overlooking the very thing that brought her to us in the first place – her smile!

Hiding your smile

Hiding your smile?

She rarely smiled and when she did she had a habit of placing her right index finger over her lips in a “shhh!” manner. Now, as dentists, we see this hand over the mouth gesture from time to time and most always in patients who are ashamed of their broken down or misaligned teeth. The habit becomes such a natural reaction that a person may not even realize they are doing it. Some people even grow moustaches to hide their teeth – not a option for women – not even in Movember!

A smile that needs some improvement should never dissuade an employer from hiring the most suitable candidate for a position. However, not smiling or hiding your smile with hand gestures may convince a potential employer that you lack the self esteem to handle the pressures of a job.  And few, if any employers, will admit that good dental aesthetics is often a mandatory requirement in an occupation that is regarded as prestigious or where an employee will likely represent the “face” of their company.

A down-to-earth, genuine smile is never so important as when you are trying to create a positive first impression during a job interview. We all know that an attractive smile is a great social asset and enhances a person’s facial features, but it can also increase your business opportunities as well. A strong, confident smile can empower you.

Smile with Confidence!

Smile with Confidence!

We are fortunate at Your Smile Dental Care to see renewal and rejuvenation all throughout the year. You don’t have to wait until you are in the limelight to give your smile new life.

Call us to arrange a cosmetic consultation appointment where you can share your dreams of a new smile with us. From whitening to veneers to implants, we are here to help you smile with confidence again. Let us show you how easy it can be to create a gorgeous, comfortable smile.

Call us today at:
(905) 5 SMILES
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We believe that real beauty comes from within, but being in the “Smile Business” we wonder how important do YOU think a person’s smile is? Can it make or break that all-important first impression? Share your comment below!


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Do your teeth deserve royal treatment?

Everybody would like to feel like a king or queen now and again wouldn’t they? Well, we think your teeth are special and we would like to see you enjoy them for a lifetime. This may require you to have a crown – Fit for a Tooth!

Why has my dentist recommended a crown for my tooth?

As you age your teeth age too. When cavities, large fillings, trauma and even normal chewing habits cause your teeth to breakdown over time, your dentist can give it a new lease on life by advising that a protective, artificial, covering called a dental crown or cap be placed over the tooth. A crown is tooth-shaped and fits over a weakened tooth to protect it from further deterioration or fracture. A crown is recommended after root canal treatment and is also placed over dental implants.

So, what’s involved?
Normally, you will require two dental appointments to complete a crown procedure. Your first visit is the preparation stage where a thin layer is removed from all sides of your tooth creating a space to allow for the crown to fit properly. In some instances, a tooth may be fractured or have areas of decay which may have to be repaired first with filling material to better support the new crown.

Next, to make sure that the crown will fit precisely, the dentist makes a model (impression) of your tooth using a putty-like material and a plastic, temporary cap is inserted to protect the newly prepared tooth. The impression is then sent to a lab where a dental technician makes an exact replica of your tooth and from that a custom-fitted, permanent crown is made.

On your second visit the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is placed. If necessary, it may have to be adjusted to achieve a proper fit and bite. If all is satisfactory, your dentist will permanently cement the crown in place.

Can’t I just get another filling instead?
Crown are the most suitable treatment for a tooth that has already been weakened to the point where it is no longer strong enough to support a filling long term.  Restoring a tooth with just a filling instead of a crown may cause the tooth to fracture beyond repair and unfortunately, the tooth has to be removed.

Yippee! Now that I have a crown I can’t get any more cavities!
Wrong! It is important to remember that your real tooth is still underneath this crown. Dental crowns do not prevent cavities from occurring. Plaque can still collect at the edge of the crown where it meets your tooth. Without proper oral hygiene and good dietary habits, the bacteria in the plaque can still cause decay. Your new dental crown will need to be examined at your regular dental checkups to make sure it is still fitting properly, that it is being kept cleaned and to ensure that the surrounding gum tissue is healthy.

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How long will my crown last?
The longevity of your crown depends largely on how well you take care of your teeth , on the amount of wear and tear your teeth are subjected to, your dietary habits, and the health of the supporting tooth and gum. Typically, a crown should last 5-15 years. A well-cared for crown can last many years to prolong the life of your tooth!

It may not be the kind of crown you were hoping for, but at Your Smile Dental Care we will still give you the royal treatment and provide your tooth with the attention it deserves by encircling it, covering all it’s flaws and restoring it to it’s full glory! And if you have a UFC fighter in you – Yes, we do gold too!

Does Your Smile need some TLC? Call us today and we’ll help you “Pick your Bling!”

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(905) 5 SMILES