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Winter is not only a season; it is a state of mind.

We remember a few years back when one of our patients told us about a family who were not only new to Canada, but would also soon be new to snow. While most of us were reluctantly gearing up for the first snowfall, this family was eagerly awaiting its arrival.

Still, like most of us, they must have been caught off-guard when, after enjoying a record-breaking, snowless, November that year, they were met with that bone-chilling, windy weather the second week of December. Imagine what the reaction is of many newcomers to snow this winter! It’s possible some are already saving up their money to return home.

Be what it may, winter is the one time of year that affords us the luxury of settling down to hibernate and spend more time with our family.  It is a much needed interruption into our busy lives as its bitter winds whip us homeward to thaw in warm comforts. Despite the hectic rush of December, it’s difficult to deny that winter is truly a blessing and soon the time will begin to feel as though it is passing slowly. In Canada, the respite from the other seasons is the true beauty of this grand design!

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Although some of us find it refreshingly cool, crisp, and invigorating
winter air isn’t enjoyed by everyone.

For some people, cold air can cause more than just bone chilling shivers, it can trigger sharp pains in the teeth as well.  Even snuggling up to the steaming comfort of a hot cup of cocoa is a pleasure denied to many. While we all, on occasion, may experience temporary sensitivity in our teeth after eating or drinking something cold, it is important not to ignore the signs of a dental related problem.

If the pain you are experiencing tends to linger for a while after eating or keeps you from enjoying your favourite foods, we are here to help determine the extent of your problem and help bring you some relief.  Whether it’s just suggesting certain toothpaste, a proper brushing technique, or replacing an old filling, we can help identify the cause of this type of pain before it becomes more severe.  The Canadian Dental Association has a great website where you can get information on a wide range of dental related topics. Visit their website  using the link below:

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Dr. Sam Axelrod & the Your Smile Dental Team
Oshawa (905) 576-4537
Toronto (416) 783-3533
yoursmiledentalcare.com


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Don’t Be Left in the Dark!

Last month’s black out left many of us scrambling around the house in the dark looking for candles, propane, extra blankets and a number of other supplies that we all should have on hand. Some people were surprised to learn that they would have to go through their home insurance for issues one would understandably assume would be taken care of by hydro. Insurance limitations would, no doubt, compound the problem.

From time to time, we have people who come into our office unfamiliar with the terms of their own individual or company insurance coverage. Any number of levels of coverage can be purchased through an insurance company so, there are literally thousands of plans with their own varying limitations.  Even though dental insurance may seem confusing, it is important to understand the benefits you are entitled to in order to eliminate disappointment if payment for necessary treatment is only partially covered or not covered at all.

InsuranceIf you find yourself in the dark about your insurance coverage, give us a call today. We can call your insurer, and if they permit the disclosure of  benefit information to us, then we can get a general overview of the terms of your policy.

We believe that you deserve to receive the maximum reimbursement to which you are entitled to under the terms of the policy that you pay premiums for and will work diligently to make this happen as quickly as possible.

At Your Smile Dental Care we provide the following assistance with respect to dental insurance:

1. Verifying your coverage by calling your dental benefit provider
2. Submitting cost estimates to your insurer before treatment begins
3. Explaining your benefit limitations
4. Tracking estimates of yearly benefit allowance
5. Filing and billing of your dental claim (assignment of benefits) to your insurer for treatment services provided *
6. Protecting your oral health by promoting treatment options that best suit your individual needs.

We consider our relationship with you to be of primary importance and will always make our recommendations to you based on what we believe is the very best treatment for you regardless of your insurance coverage. As professionals, we are obligated to treat you and not your insurance plan. As a concerned partner in your dental well-being, we do not want to compromise your care based on restraints placed by an insurance company. Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal dental care, while understanding that your level of coverage is often a key factor in your decision making process.

Most dental offices will have a policy regarding the use of dental insurance in their practice. *You can find ours here:
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We believe that prevention is still the best treatment, however, emergencies do happen. Nobody likes unexpected surprises during a difficult time, and although dental plans are a valuable benefit to help offset some of the costs associated with your individual dental care, knowing what your plan covers before your dental appointment will help you prepare for your portion of the costs.

At Your Smile Dental Care we are a family-oriented dental office and, as such, treat our patients as we would our own family members. Although your benefits are a contract between you and your insurer, with your cooperation, we try our best to make the process as problem-free as possible. For more information about dental insurance in Ontario we recommend that you visit the Ontario Dental Association’s website:

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Investing in the Future

Saving your Bite – One Tooth at a Time

Looking back, it is absolutely amazing that only a generation ago, people thought that tooth loss and dentures were an inevitable part of aging. In this day of prevention, our Team at Your Smile Dental Care do all that we can to avoid tooth loss and the impact it can have on dental health. With modern advances in dental technology, it’s not often we find a tooth we can’t save.

Although we can now restore teeth that even twenty years ago might have seemed untreatable, now and again we encounter a situation that necessitates the removal of a tooth.

Our teeth really do take a beating. We put them through all manner of abuse, so it is not surprising that some teeth do not last a life time. In dentistry, we are literally on the front lines of this battle to keep teeth. When a patient comes to us with a tooth that is so broken down that we can’t treat it, we feel badly that they did not come to see our dentists sooner. Early detection and intervention of tooth disease is critical and we cannot help but feel saddened when we are faced with the prospect of having to pull out something as personally important as one’s teeth.

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Thankfully, all  is not lost!

At Your Smile Dental Care, our experience, expertise and care come together to keep you smiling with satisfaction using the latest techniques in dental implants. Titanium posts implanted into the jawbone are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are inserted into the jaw eventually fusing and becoming one with the bone. From there any number of dental appliances can be attached giving you the feel of real teeth and a secure solution to loose-fitting dentures.

Dental implants are well becoming the wisest choice in replacing missing teeth considering the long term benefits that come from having secure, functional, and attractive teeth. They have an impressive long term success rate and have become the new standard of care in replacing missing teeth. When considering your investment options for the future – dental implants are an investment in which the returns can be enjoyed for a lifetime!

With over 30 years of clinical success, Dr. Axelrod’s patients continue to enjoy this long lasting solution for missing teeth.

Your Smile - CopyGet a new, improved smile sooner than you think!

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and enjoy food again with comfort and confidence,
call us today at:

(905) 5SMILES (576-4537) 


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2014: Find your happy!

Eat better, lose weight, join a gym, quit smoking…..

This is the time of year people usually turn their thoughts towards new plans for the new year. Setting goals by way of a new year resolution helps us plan our course of action for the upcoming year.

I suppose there’s something about a new year that makes us take stock of our lives and determine to make some concrete changes going forward. By definition, the word resolution implies that there is a problem that needs to be solved and most likely one that you’ve already met face to face many times. This is probably why most new year goals are abandoned as quickly as they’re set – if the solution were simple you would have found it already!

07-12-2013 8-26-16 AMThere’s a whole industry behind self-improvement and while there’s no shortage of people and books willing to show the way towards a better you, we soon come to realize that the pursuit of happiness is much more than a better job, a new relationship or an improved diet. Eventually, we reassess our expectations, our ideals and our ability to come to terms with the things we can not change. We pick and choose our challenges and reconsider what really makes us happy.

Our quest for happiness is a noble one. We know that a truly rich person is a happy one and that happiness doesn’t just feel good – it’s also good for you! There’s even a positive, hormone-releasing bio feedback that occurs when you put on your smile and try to feel happy even when you’re not in a good mood. Doing something that makes another smile has tremendous payback value – sort of your own little bio feedback.

The good news is that happiness can be learned and the benefits of finding your happy place are endless. So this year why not just ask yourself, “What would make me happier?” It may sound selfish, but a happier you extends well beyond your own physicality and eventually embraces the world around you. Our attitude plays a big part in the world we create for ourselves and our happiness should not depend on the things that we have no control over.

Whatever your happy is, Dr. Sam Axelrod and his amazing team at Your Smile Dental Care hope you find peace and contentment and that your year ahead is truly something to SMILE about. If you are still searching for a new year resolution perhaps you’ll consider something that’s both healthy and absolutely free –  Your Smile!

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