The Perfect Little Smile

The Perfect Smile

Picture Day is often both a blessing and a curse; it helps parents and children build lasting memories and gives kids something to look forward to during an otherwise mundane school day, but one bad outfit choice or awkward blink at the wrong moment can ruin everything.

Here are some tips and tricks that we think can help you and your kids achieve the perfect Picture Day smile:

 
Floss chewing gum compact mirror comb

On the morning of the school picture, send your child to school with floss (in string or stick form), some chewing gum, a compact mirror, and a comb. Remind your child to check their teeth before they head down to have their picture taken because all it takes is one piece or parsley or one popcorn kernel to spoil their smile.

 
Practice their smile

Have your child practice their smile in front of a mirror a couple of days before pictures are scheduled to occur. Kids are often self-conscious about having their picture taken by strangers, so do your best to help get them comfortable by bringing your cellphone with you and taking a bunch of warm up pictures with them first. Bonus points if you join in the fun and have your child take some pictures of you too.

 
Have a back up outfit ready

Have a back up outfit ready. Accidents happen and the last thing you want is for your child to get to school and to spill applesauce all over themselves just prior to having their picture taken. Ensure your child brings a spare shirt and a spare pair of pants with them just in case. This also helps if your child has last minute outfit regret but is unable to go back home to change.

 
Confidence and comfort

And speaking of outfits - don’t force your child to wearing something they don’t want to wear or feel uncomfortable in. It will show on their face and in their composure and will be immortalized in their school picture forever. Work with them to find an outfit you’re both happy with.

 
No major changes the morning of

Remember to make any major changes to your child’s appearance the night before or the morning of! Yes, this includes impulsive hair cuts and, depending on your child’s age, experimenting with hair dye. As adorable as your child might look with bangs, the morning before Picture Day really isn’t the time to unleash your scissors on them.

Your Perfect Smile

Grin and bear it: your smile is something that’s universally recognized as a symbol of happiness, regardless of where you live or the language you speak. Not only is your smile an indication of your demeanor, but it can affect those around you, too. Have you ever tried smiling at a stranger? It’s completely contagious -- try it!

Between selfies, making a good first impression, and even winning over your boss, your smile contributes to all of ‘em.  Here’s how to perfect your winning smile:

Practice!

You’ll feel a little silly practicing different smiles in the mirror (only if you get caught), but it’s important that you feel confident and a bit sassy in the smile you wear everyday. And a great way to feel confident in your grin is to know what it looks like! Your perfect smile  should be comfortable enough that you can hold it for an hour. If it hurts, it’s probably slightly forced. So turn on some happy jams, head to your mirror, and you’ll find the no-cheese please smile before you know it.

 
Take Care of Those Pearly Whites

Nothing says camera-ready like a white, healthy smile. As kids, we have our parents to remind us to take care of our teeth, but as adults, chances are your mom is not calling you twice a day to remember to brush AND floss (including those teeth way at the back!). Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning, rinse with water after drinking red wine or eating a sugary treat, and try to use a straw when drinking coffee or tea.

 
From the words of Tyra: Smize

Ahh, yes. The smize, which is smiling with your eyes. Ever wondered why we are blessed with crows feet as we get older? From all the smiling! Turns out Tyra was right-- smiling should be a combined effort with your mouth and eyes. When you show off your grin, pay attention to how your eyes feel. If they feel slightly squinted and the muscles around them are contracting, you’ve nailed it!

 
Laugh [often!]

The most genuine smiles are those that emerge during laughter. Next time you’re posing for a photo, think of something that makes you chuckle and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how the picture turns out. No untagging required!

 
Rock it!

Now that you’ve found your best smile, rock it as often as possible! In the shower, on the phone, at the grocery store--we promise you’ll notice an extra pep in your step.

How To Take The Perfect Selfie #NoFillings

Step 1 Find Your Light

Natural light is your best friend, so if you’re inside, stand near a window and away from any harsh yellow artificial lighting (looking at you, changing room lights). If you can’t find natural light and need to use the flash, here’s a Kardashian approved trick: hold a white piece of paper or a napkin near your face to offset the glare. If you’re outside, embrace a grey day! Bad weather makes for good pictures, and any shots taken in the ‘magic hour’ (an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset) will be...well, magic.

 
Step 2 Compose Your Shot

The Rule of Thirds is a nifty trick professional photographers use to get perfectly balanced shots - and it works for selfies, too. Turn on the ‘grid’ function on your smartphone and you’ll see your screen is broken into three sections, with 4 intersecting lines. Try lining up your face (especially your eyes) with one of the intersections for your next selfie. People’s eyes are naturally drawn to those points, plus it will make your picture look more balanced. Selfie win-win!

 
Step 3 Watch Your Back

Do a quick double-check of your background while composing to make sure it’s more ‘inspirational and artsy’, less ‘should have cleaned up my room’. White space is clean and classy, a soft pink is very hot right now, or selfie in front of an amazing view to show off your adventurous side!

 
Step 4 Work Your Angles

Experiment with angles to play up your absolute favourite features: a high angle is universally flattering, so hold your camera a little higher than your face when selfie-ing. Experiment with turning your shoulders a little to the left, then a little to the right, working with your natural light (which you’re in because you read point 1) to find the angles at which the light hits your face in the most flattering way. Use your front-facing camera and you’ll soon find the angle that makes you feel fabulous!

 
Step 5 Show Your Smile

Your smile is the main attraction of your selfie, so take good care of it all year round! Schedule regular check ups with your dentist every 6 months, brush and floss regularly, take your oral hygiene seriously, and rinse with water after enjoying staining liquids like red wine or coffee. That way, when the selfie urge strikes, your pearly whites will be ready to go!

 
Step 6 Snap Your Selfie

You’re probably holding your camera with one hand, so here’s a quick iPhone selfie hack: the volume buttons also take a picture, which makes it easier to take a steady picture than using the shutter release on-screen. Then just smile - think of your favourite inside joke or scene from a movie to help you have a relaxed, natural smile - and snap away! Take a couple shots to be on the safe side, or use Burst Mode if your phone has it - then, you can pick your absolute favourite!

 
Step 7 Pick Your Filters

Instagram has some easy-to-use editing tools to take your selfie to the next level - not only do they have a variety of filters, but you can edit your photos for lightness, saturation, and sharpness. There are also editing apps to give you that celebrity glow by fixing blemishes and flyaways. While these apps are not necessary, the best selfies are all about confidence; if a quick post-production fix helps you post with more confidence, then you do you. #NoJudgement

 
Step 8 Share Your Masterpiece

You’ve composed, taken, and crafted the world’s best selfie - post your work of art and share your smiling face with the world!

 

So, You're Getting a Cavity Filled…

First things first - don’t panic! 90% of the population have cavities, so a filling is a very common procedure. We’re going to walk you through the steps so you know exactly what you’re in for - because (as they say) the best defense is a good offence.

 
Step 0 Be Prepared

Some quick tips for getting psyched up for a cavity filling:

  1. Proactivity! Be consistent with regular brushing and flossing, before, during, and after your filling.
  2. Prying! Ask your dentist as many questions as you can before the procedure: do they have cameras so you can see what’s going on? What kind of anaesthetic do they use? Do they have a flavoured numbing gel you can use?
  3. Paperwork! Make sure your dentist has all your insurance information on file, so you don’t have to do paperwork with a numb mouth.
  4. Put Your Feet Up! Try your best to relax when you get there. Try breathing techniques, meditation, or establishing a ‘stop’ signal with your dentist in case you need to take a break. But avoid self-medicating, as it might interfere with dental anaesthetics.
 
Step 1 Get Comfortable

Settle in the chair and do whatever you need to get comfortable (within social norms;). Chat with your dentist before you have wads of cotton in your mouth; ask if you can listen to music (load your phone with your favourite jams or podcasts, or the dentist might provide headphones), and some offices are even offering Netflix so you can catch up on some streaming! But maybe stay away from Little Shop of Horrors...

 
Step 2 Topical Numbing Gel

Real talk: this is the needle bit, but it looks worse than it is. No one wants to see a needle coming at their gums, but thanks to the numbing gel you won’t feel any pain. Just breathe deeply, close your eyes if you want, crank some Beyoncé, and it’ll be over before you know it.  

 
Step 3 Anesthetic

Real talk: this is the needle bit, but it looks worse than it is. No one wants to see a needle coming at their gums, but thanks to the numbing gel you won’t feel any pain. Just breathe deeply, close your eyes if you want, crank some Beyoncé, and it’ll be over before you know it.  

 
Step 4 Rubber Dam and Bite Block is Inserted

Your dentist will insert a rubber dam or cotton rolls to keep your tooth isolated and dry, so now is not the time for small talk. They’ll also insert a bite block to prop your mouth open, so you can relax your jaw.

 
Step 5 Removal of Decay

Your dentist will use a hand-held dental tool to remove any decay. It’s going to make noise and look a bit scary - but it’s totally painless, so don’t fret! Your dentist might use an intraoral camera to show you what’s happening, so you can satisfy your cavity curiosity.

 
Step 6 The Filling

It’s time to fill ‘er up! Your dentist will likely use a composite filling; a mixture of acrylic resin and powdered glass that’s easy to match to the colour of your teeth, giving you a more natural smile. They might also use a metal amalgam, which is easier to work with and more cost effective - but silver, and therefore much more noticeable.

 
Step 7 The Filling Part Two

Once your dentist has selected and placed the filling, they use an etching material to remove any bacteria and the (delightfully-named) smear layer. Now it’s time for a quick rinse and dry before re-wetting with a desensitizing agent.

 
Step 8 The Filling The Final Chapter

Your dentist will finish the filling process by placing a flowable type of composite material onto your tooth. They’ll start adding layers bit by bit, building up the filling then carving and etching to create the natural shape of a tooth. It’s basically sculpture - your dentist is creating a tiny tooth work of art!

 
Step 9 Tooth is Cleaned and Dried

This one is pretty straightforward…your dentist will use the air gun pictured on the left to clean and dry your tooth!

 
Step 10 Curing Light

Your dentist will use a blue light to ‘set’ the filling: it polymerizes the composite material, hardening it.

 
Step 11 Smoothing and Filing

At this point, your dentist is going to do everything possible to make the filling feel and look like a natural tooth. They’ll polish the filling, using specially shaped implements to bring out the curves and grooves, then use special polishing cups and stones to make everything silky smooth.  

 
Step 12 Bite Test

To make sure the grooves of your new filling nestle snugly into the grooves of your other teeth, the dentist will use articulate paper to do a quick bite test.

 
Step 13 Filling Adjustments (if necessary)

On the off chance your filling isn’t sitting quite right, the dentist might pop back in to make some adjustments with the polisher. But, a good dentist will get the bite right 99.9% of the time, so this step might not be necessary.

 
Step 14 Your Beautiful Smile!

Your dentist might take an intraoral photo so you can see your tiny tooth work of art for yourself, and then you’re free to go and smile a little wider with your brand new filling!

 

April is also Oral Cancer Awareness Month

oral cancer awareness month

We’ve been celebrating Oral Health Month but there’s an illness we think it’s important to focus on this April - Oral Cancer.

So what signs and symptoms should you be on the lookout for?

If you notice patches on your lips or on the inside of your mouth, if you have a sore on your lips or mouth that doesn’t heal, if you have loose teeth, difficulty swallowing (or pain when swallowing), a lump in your neck, or experience numbness in your lower lip and chin, it’s time to schedule an immediate visit with a health care professional. Two other potential symptoms to be aware of are difficulty wearing your dentures and/or a persistent earache.

Oral cancer can originate anywhere in your mouth and throat and most oral cancers start with flat cells (that form the aforementioned patches) that cover the surface of your mouth, lips, and tongue.

People who use tobacco, consume alcohol heavily and have been infected with HPV, or have a personal history of oral cancer have a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Other risk factors include sun exposure, diet, and betel nut use.

Just like with all cancers, the key to survival is catching it as soon as possible. This is why it’s vitally important to visit both your dentist and your doctor on a regular basis and to stay on top of your check ups.

If you want to learn more, visit the Oral Cancer Foundation’s Website here: http://oralcancerfoundation.org/events/oral-head-neck-cancer-awareness-month/

 

Oral Health Month

april oral health month

April is Oral Health Month and we think it’s the perfect time to take stock of your overall dental health and to create some attainable goals for yourself moving forward:

  1. Has it been  6 months or more since your last dental check up? That’s a sign that it’s time to book your next appointment.

  2. Are you flossing and brushing your teeth daily? Chances are you’re doing one or the other fairly consistently but not both.

  3. Do you try to incorporate as many healthy foods into your diet as possible and are you aware of the potentially negative effects that some of these healthy foods can have on your teeth (consuming too much lemon, for instance, can wear down your enamel)?

  4. What can you do to improve your oral health routine? Whether it’s following up on suggestions your dentist has given you in the past or making the choice to take better care of your health as a whole, April is a wonderful time to take control of your physical and mental wellbeing!

Want to book an appointment online? Just click here for our Runnymede location and here for Rosedale!

A Day in the Life at Archer Dental

Ever wondered what goes on at Archer Dental outside of your appointment? Here are some highlights from our Archer Dental instagram account (where we aim to give you a firsthand look at what life is really like in our dental offices).

This is our Runnymede location:

And this is our Rosedale clinic. No matter where you live in the city, we want to make sure our offices are accessible to you.

No matter where you live in the city, we want to make sure our offices are accessible to you.

We treat patients of all ages and backgrounds:

We do our absolute best to make sure our practice is completely accessible:

And we’re constantly thinking about how we can improve things to help serve you better.

So from our team to you at home:

Thank you and be sure to check us out on instagram!

'Spring Cleaning' For Your Oral Health

With Spring only a couple of weeks away, we think it’s the perfect time for you to give your oral hygiene routine a thorough make over!

 

Here’s our checklist to help you stay on top of your dental care:

  1. Get a new toothbrush. We recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, and mid March is the perfect time to pick a new one up.

  2. Check the expiration date on your oral hygiene products. Just how long have you been holding onto that bottle of mouthwash or that denture cleaner? Give the label a good check to make sure everything is still in good standing (while you’re at, why not check the labels of any other medications you may be keeping in your bathroom cupboard as well?)

  3. Book a cleaning. You should be coming in for a cleaning, at minimum, every six months. Now’s the time to check your calendar and make sure you’re up to date.

  4. Freshen up your breath. Stock up on (sugar free) chewing gum and mints and make sure you’ve always got some on hand in your backpack, purse, or wallet. You never know when you’re going to need them.

  5. Prevention is the best medicine. If you’ve noticed anything about your oral health that seems abnormal or off, make a note of it and see if it changes or gets better. Make sure you book an appointment with your dentist if things get worse or don’t improve!

The Real Meaning of Oral Health

For most people, the term oral health probably means ‘brushing your teeth’, ‘flossing’, and ‘going to the dentist.’ That definition of oral health isn’t wrong, necessarily, it’s just not complete.

This year, we want to help our patients learn that oral health is so much more than just going through the motions of your personal hygiene routine; It’s about being proactive and thinking ahead.

The phrase ‘New Year, New You’ is cliche but that doesn’t mean it lacks merit. Now is the time to take control of your health. Good oral health doesn’t just mean being free from gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, or oral cancer - it means being able to go about your day without pain or discomfort that stops you from living life to the fullest.

Are you happy with your smile? Do you think you’re doing everything you can to keep your teeth and mouth happy? Now is the time to ask yourself if you’re truly satisfied with the state of your dental care or if there’s more that can be done to improve your quality of life.

Dental New Years Resolutions that Everyone Should Stick To

Whether you're a believer in new years resolutions or not, there are a few things that everyone should be focusing on this year in regards to their oral health:

Brush Every Day

It might be tempting to skip brushing your teeth after a night out on the town or on a lazy Sunday morning, but it's a bad habit that can quickly spiral into something more serious. Skipping brushing your teeth every once in a while isn't the end of the world but when it starts to become a habit, it can pose a real problem to your overall oral health. No matter how tired you are, force yourself to keep brushing your teeth and to make it a regular part of your routine.

Floss Regularly

Flossing can be a bit of a pain to remember on a daily basis but it's such a vitally important part of your dental hygiene routine. If the traditional long string style of floss is unappealing to you, there are a number of other styles (like floss sticks) you can try out that make flossing quickly and efficiently a breeze.

Cut Down on your Sugar Consumption

While too much sugar has negative effects on your entire body, it's unrealistic to expect anyone to cut it out completely. Try reducing your intake as much as you can and the next time a craving hits, reach for an apple or a banana instead of an over-processed sugary snack. If you find you're still struggling with sugar cravings, there are a number of healthier substitutes you can try ranging from honey and maple syrup to stevia.

The Doctors of Archer Dental

We love getting to know our patients during their appointments so we thought it was only fair to return the favour!

We recently launched a new page on our website called, 'The Doctors of Archer Dental' and we’re proud to share a little bit about ourselves with you.

Dr. Shannon Hobbs

Appearing on television shows such as The Social, Dr. Hobbs is an active member in the dental professional community.

Dr. Shael Markin

With a background in engineering, Dr. Shael Markin brings a hands-on scientific approach to dentistry. Shael is excited about the future of dental technology, and as a cutting edge dental office so is Archer Dental!

Dr. Eli Filliotis

Dr. Filliotis talks about how she brings her scientific background to the job and the importance of prevention. This is a dentist that clearly loves her job.

You can check out our website to learn more about our 3 dentists and our 4 dental hygienists (Lala, Krista, Mary, and Tina)

We Won Now Magazine's 'Best Toronto Dentist' Award for 2016!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we’re the winner of Now Magazine’s Best of Toronto ‘Best Dentist’ award for 2016!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, who is currently or has been a patient of ours, or who referred other patients to our practice. We are truly grateful for all of you and appreciate your loyalty and dedication.

In honour of this award, we’ve put together a little ‘Thank You’ video:

We honestly could not do it without you. Thank you again!

Hogtown Wrestler, The Lover, gets a Custom Sports Mouth Guard

In October 2016, Archer Dental was thrilled to positively impact the professional sports world in Toronto when we made a custom sports guard (an athletic mouth guard) for a charming Indy wrestler named The Lover (whose wrestling outfit is adorned with pink hearts and the slogan, 'I put the harm in charm!')

The Lover arriving at Archer Dental

The Lover arriving at Archer Dental

The Lover is on the roster as a regular contender at Hogtown Wrestling in Toronto and, in his own words, he’s in-it-to-win-it ('it' meaning a championship title). Like everyone else on the roster, he wants to wear the Hogtown Wrestling Championship Belt and be called 'The Champ'.

The Lover doesn't mess around with match fixing politics, nor does he deliberately call out opponents or make any enemies in the ring; He's too busy obsessing over his own good looks in any mirror or camera lens he can find. The Lover is a very good looking muscular man and he knows it!  He also has nice teeth that he wants to keep safe from flying elbows, head butts and face plants. This is a huge part of the reason why we were so happy to help him create a sports guard that would protect his teeth and keep his smile intact!

The Lover's Sports Guard

The Lover's Sports Guard

Remember a sports guard only covers the top teeth, unlike a full mouth guard which is applied to the whole mouth. The purpose of the sports guard is to act as a shock absorber for the mouth, and to protect the front teeth from excessive force - like being thrown face first into a wrestling mat, or a ring rope post.  The sports mouth guard also protects the athlete’s head and brain from concussion.

If the blow is delivered onto the mouth area, the device also keeps athletes’ lips and tongues safe from being cut on their upper teeth.  This is safety apparel that every professional wrestler should employ and something we are offering the league at discount pricing – (if you’re an athlete reading this and want the same deal, just contact us and tell us your story).

Dr. Archer with the Lover during the fitting

Dr. Archer with the Lover during the fitting

When high performance athletes visit our dental office and order a custom sports guard rather than a full mouth guard, it's because they want the liberty to speak or call out during the game without having to remove a physical speech impediment, and The Lover has a lot to say both inside and outside the wrestling ring.

Custom made sports guards can come in any colour – they are individually designed to fit the athlete’s mouth and so are very comfortable to wear.

To get the custom fit, The Lover visited our Rosedale dental office twice. The first encounter was only 15 minutes long as staff members took an impression of his upper teeth using a quick setting polymer gel.  Then we sent him away and told him to come back a week later (he brought a full camera crew with him to document the occasion!)

The Lover with his completed Sports Guard

The Lover with his completed Sports Guard

The thick plastic device was created out of a cement mould made from the hardened polymer gel impression we took of his teeth. He chose the colour pink to match the hearts on his black spandex suit.

It's important to note that all sports mouth guards should be replaced after 18 months or two ‘seasons’ of play because they can wear down over time, making them less effective as a damage mitigating agent from harmful blows.

Replacement sports guards are especially important for adolescents because their mouths continue to grow as their teeth develop into adulthood. Many athletes who play different sports order new mouth guards from Archer Dental every six months as part of their routine dental check-up.

You can read about The Lover’s last match and get a better understanding of the #HogtownPro live wrestling events in general in the last report, What Happened at Socktoberfest in Super Wonder Gallery, 01 Oct 2016.

The Lover pays a visit to Dr. Natalie Archer to pick up his custom mouth guard from Archer Dental. www.Hogtownwrestling.com

 

 

 

Things College and University Kids Do That Nobody Else Understands

There’s nothing quite like going off to College or University for the first time. Joining the adult world can be scary, so it’s no surprise that most students find creative ways to adapt to living away from home and being separated from their parents for a huge chunk of the year. Here’s a list of our favourite things College and University kids do that nobody else understands.

1. Just because they’re broke and sleep-deprived doesn’t mean they don’t want to go all out during the holidays. Here are some of our favourite examples of College and University students decking the halls in some rather creative ways
2. Rather than expanding their recipe repertoire, a lot of students choose to get gourmet on some dorm classics. Check out these classy Kraft Dinner Mac'n Cheese and Ramen Noodle dishes.

3. Between going to class, having a social life, doing homework, and getting enough sleep, it can be hard for most students to find time to actually study. So while we may not agree with cramming for an exam until the night before a big test, we can (somewhat) understand why it happens.

And of course, here's the one we consider the most relevant:

4. We know that it can be a bit daunting to find a new dentist but that doesn’t mean you need to keep scheduling appointments with your childhood dentist out of town.

The next time you feel a cavity coming in, we think you’ll find it much less stressful to book an appointment with a dental office located near your school as opposed to having to travel home on short notice (especially if your home is more than an hour away from campus).

 

 

 

Our Thoughts on the latest Flossing News

Dr. Archer being interviewed by CTV News Channel about the latest flossing developments

Dr. Archer being interviewed by CTV News Channel about the latest flossing developments

There's been quite the bombshell in the dental world this week - the American government has downgraded the importance of flossing based on the findings of a number of different medical studies.

So while American dentists will no longer be obligated to vouch for the importance of flossing, what about their Canadian counterparts?

The Canadian Dental Association does not agree with the findings and still emphasizes the need for all patients to keep flossing. They believe that it remains one of the most effective ways to reach plaque, bacteria, and food that's hidden between the teeth that a toothbrush simply cannot reach.

There is a method to flossing that must be followed for maximum health benefits and gingivitis prevention. At Archer Dental, we believe that everyone should be flossing in a C shaped motion in order to truly clean the spaces between the teeth. We believe that regular flossing does make a profound difference in a patient's overall oral health and helps prevent dental diseases down the road.

Click here to watch Dr. Archer's interview with CTV News Channel.  

ETA (as of August 4th 2016): Here's a link to Dr. Archer's interview with Global News regarding the importance of continued flossing.

Now Magazine - Best Toronto Dentist Award 2016

It’s that time of year again! NOW Magazine is having their annual ‘Best of Toronto’ awards and Archer Dental is thrilled to be nominated for 'Best Dentist' for the fourth year in a row!

Voting closes on September 16 and we’d be honoured if you’d take the time to vote for us.

Patient feedback means a lot and we’re constantly updating and improving our services based on your thoughts and opinions. Polls like this one are important because they remind us that we have to keep upping our game and doing our best to provide the best service possible for our patients.

A link to the poll is here. Just scroll down until you see 'Best Dentist'.

Thank you so much for voting!

 

The Many Smiles of Archer Dental: Who We Are and What We Offer

Does the thought of going to the dentist make you break out in a cold sweat? Are you fed up with being unable to find a dental professional who’s able and (willing) to adapt to your needs?

 

At Archer Dental, patient comfort is at the very forefront of our minds. Here are some of the specialized services we’re pleased to offer each and every one of our patients:

Nervous Patients: Going to the dentist can be an anxiety-inducing experience! The staff at Archer Dental understand the importance of ensuring patients are as comfortable as possible while their teeth are being looked after. Nervous patients are encouraged to ask about using laughing gas at their next appointment to help calm their nerves and reduce stress.

Relaxing lavender scented pillows and access to Netflix are also available for all patients!

Children's DentistryArcher Dental welcomes patients of all ages, but we also do our best to offer specialized services for children. Whether your child is coming in for a standard cleaning or they’re being fitted for their first retainer, we’ll make sure to do whatever we can to keep them comfortable (there’s also the incentive of a toy at the end of the appointment to help them get through it).

SMS/Text Confirmation of Appointments: People are busy! Not everyone has the time for a phone call to confirm an upcoming appointment. That’s why Archer Dental is pleased to offer text confirmation instead. We’ll send you a message to remind you of your upcoming appointment; All you have to do is shoot us back a quick message to confirm.

Orthodontics and InvisalignWhether you decide to go old school with standard braces and orthodontics or opt for something slightly more modern (and less visible) with invisalign, we can guarantee you’ll be thrilled with the end results. Goodbye crooked teeth, hello perfect smile!

Focus on Accessibility and Comfort: Accessibility is a very important issue for us and we believe that everyone should have easy access to our services. Our Runnymede location is completely wheelchair accessible (including a wheelchair compatible dental chair).

Archer Dental is also dedicated to providing the most accessible and comfortable care possible for older patients who are often in need of more assistance.

Dental Implants: We do our best to help you preserve your existing teeth, but sometimes the best option for patients is to go with dental implants. We work with you to find the solution that best fits your life (and that will give you the most confidence).

Whitening: Teeth whitening is always a popular service. No matter what your reasons for needing a whitening, we’ll make sure you look your best!

For a more complete list of our services or if you have questions, please feel free to contact us at either of our locations:

Archer Dental Rosedale - 416-964-0010

Archer Dental Runnymede - 416-763-2000

 

Dementia and Dental Care

While you might not typically associate mental health with dentistry, it’s vitally important for older patients with Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease to receive proper oral care.

Let’s start with some statistics about Dementia patients in Canada:

  1. One in five Canadians aged 45 and older provides care to a senior in their life with long-term health problems.

  2. 747,000 Canadians were living with Dementia in 2011

  3. Over 72% of Alzheimer’s patients are women.

And here are some statistics regarding oral care in elderly patients (or those with existing health conditions that can affect their oral health):

  1. Nearly ⅓ of older adults have tooth decay that is left untreated.

  2. Half of the people 75 years and older have tooth decay.

  3. People with diabetes are 15 times more likely to lose their teeth.

  4. People 65 and older are the least likely group to go to the dentist or use other dental services.

Now imagine what happens when those two groups of statistics overlap? The negative consequences on a patient's oral health have the potential to be devastating.

You might think that Dementia won’t affect your family (or yourself), but with figures like the ones above, it’s time to start educating yourself just in case. The sooner you’re able to provide proper treatment and care for older patients with Dementia, the better for them and for your family.

Here are some techniques to help you recognize the signs of Dementia:

Identify

Examine your loved one’s behavior objectively - are their problem behaviours actually harmful or just unusual? Do your best not to intervene or correct situations that aren’t actually damaging.

Look for Patterns

Pay attention to the timing - when does the problem occur? What happened just before? What time of day and year? You should also look for patterns in location - what did the environment look, sound, and smell like? Was your loved one in a new place or were there any changes to their environment?

Ask ‘Why?’ rather than ‘What?’”

Understand the why of what your loved one is doing. Look for any outside stress that might be causing the action and keep an eye out for potential behavioural triggers.

If you believe that your loved one is suffering from Dementia and is unable to care for themselves properly, seek help for them as soon as you can.

Dr. Archer at PSW Forum: Tips and Tricks for Dementia and Oral Care

Dr. Archer was thrilled to present at the PSW Forum of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. The theatre was packed with a passionate and dedicated group of personal support workers from across the city, and Dr. Archer was proud to share her passion for dental care as a human right.

Oral health is essential and often forgotten. Simply brushing someone's mouth twice a day improves their self confidence, ability to eat and ability to communicate. With some patients, brushing can be challenging, but should never be forgotten. Dr. Archer presented some simple tips and tricks to the PSW Forum. Here are some highlights:

Did you know that the number one cause of death in long-term care facilities is acquired pneumonia? Increasingly research is showing that acquired pneumonia is caused by poor oral health and buildup of plaque. It's time to take a stand - let's not forget that proper, regular brushing can save people's lives!

Questions from the Audience:

Q: What about people who are clenching hard and making it very difficult to brush?

A: You only need a little space to get in there. Buckle up and do it - you can't ignore someone's oral health without putting them in serious risk of infection. Of course start with giving a gentle cheek rub, always approach with a smile and with kindness, but if absolutely nothing is working don't give up. Try to start a conversation, often patients will open their mouths enough to get an mouth prop in or even a popsicle stick. Once you have a bit of leverage, brushing becomes possible. A mouth prop is also a great way to prevent the patient from biting - because your safety is always first.

Q: What about sponges? Do they work as an alternative?

A: I'm not sure who introduced sponges into the oral health care system but unfortunately they have stuck around. If you want to see if sponges work, dedicate yourself to this for three days. Take a sponge, and only use that sponge to clean your mouth. Don't cheat - don't brush - and see how you feel after three days. Can you even stand beside someone and have a conversation? Sponges don't work - don't use them.

Q: What about mouthwash?

A: Warm water with salt has the same effectiveness. Mouthwash can often be very drying - and for patients with dry mouth - we want to avoid that at all costs. It's also difficult to prevent swallowing. It can work as something to dip the toothbrush into for the flavour but overall I would not suggest mouthwash. I don't even use it personally.

Q: What about brushing the tongue?

A: Unless it's completely impossible, I try to get the patient to brush their own tongue. It's very hard to prevent gagging when you are brushing someone's tongue. Unless there are deep grooves in the tongue, it's usually not a huge concern and good brushing will encourage a healthy tongue.

Q: I actually have a tip. I was volunteering and working with children who have developmental disabilities. One technique that worked very well is I allowed the children to brush my teeth while I brushed their teeth. Doing this was a lot of fun and it allowed the children to open up and relax.

A: I'm glad you brought this up, thank you. This is a great idea and I've seen this work with patients as well!

View this video with amazing tips on oral health for personal support workers and family members.

For more resources and information, see Archer Dental's helpful video and the International Caregiver's Association's website:

Review from a Happy Customer

We just love hearing from happy customers! We recently received the following thoughtful review on LinkedIn from Silvia de la Fe Gonzalez. If you would like to leave a review about the service you received at Archer Dental, please visit our Rosedale or Runnymede Yelp pages.

Dr. Natalie Archer — A Distinctive Dentist for Our Times

Knowledgeable. Innovative. Accomplished. Diligent. Passionate. Creative. Compassionate.

These are the words that best describe Dr. Natalie Archer — my dentist. When you walk into her technically modern dental office what immediately summons your attention is the care, warmth and thoughtfulness with which you are greeted by staff. It clearly speaks to Dr. Archer’s commitment to managing a dental practice that has at its centre the value she places on all her patients.

The décor, imaginatively chosen, immediately makes you relaxed — whether it’s the gentle music playing in the background or the waterfall located in the reception area. Patients are seen in a timely manner based on a carefully planned schedule. You are invited into a comfortably designed chair that makes you perfectly at ease.

Each staff member has a special role and task to play in the assessment of patients before Dr. Archer sees you. Dr. Archer, a chic dresser, reviews all the tests and records and explains what you need in clear language and caring tone.

If you look around each office you will instantly know that she is not only deeply caring about her patients and practice, but also about the needs of the most vulnerable in our community who are not able to receive dental care.
Silvia de la Fe Gonzalez