Now its time for an Archer Dental Video Rewind: This clever video was made a few years ago, and we thought to bring it back, and post it on the blog because it shows so many of the different dental services we provide, and it so nicely imagines all the different patient needs that are accommodated at all three Archer Dental locations in Toronto every single day.
Each of the seven characters has real personality and different oral health requirements, and so in this respect the video could be showing ‘a day in the life’ at any one of our three dental clinics.
Nelly is nervous and gets laughing gas to help her through her treatment. We think it’s terrific how the cartoon graphics depict Nelly dreaming of puppy dogs wearing sweaters while getting her teeth cleaned. The voice over narrator laughs a little when she introduces Noah who can wear his propellor beanie during a pediatric dentistry appointment. Harry’s single origin coffee bean obsession is a terrifically creative way to introduce the need for teeth whitening and making ‘Insta-worthy’ social media profile pictures. Stunt double Donna noticed her smile was going off-track and so she received 3D digital scan of her teeth and a little course correction with an orthodontic treatment and Invisalign. William needs wheelchair compatable dental services. Grandma Gertrude chooses Archer Dental for her sensitive teeth and relaxes on lavender scented pillows while watching Netflix. Lucha Lucas gives his all in the ring (nevermind the boxing goves as we all know Lucha is always wrestling and never boxing), but when he loses a tooth he receives a dental implant from Archer Dental.
We love this little video, and we hope you enjoy it too.
On Wednesday the 12th of June 2019, at approximately 1:00 pm in the afternoon, a speedy bicycle courier transported a freshly constructed flipper (a temporary bite device made from denture acrylic that resembles the patient’s gums, and supports the replacement tooth) between Archer Dental’s two downtown Toronto dental clinic locations. It’s a great ride that glimpses the city on a busy day.
The one-way cross-town trip takes seventeen and a half minutes to complete and shows congested intersections, public transit and life in the downtown core of Canada’s biggest city. The bike courier who supplied the video told us he could have done the ride in half the time, but instead of going all out, he stuck to the bike lanes and obeyed the signal lights. The ride begins at Archer Dental Rosedale (600 Sherbourne St) in Bloordale Village, and the courier takes a direct route west along Gerrard St through the University of Toronto campus (where you can see the Graduating Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremonies occurring) all the way west along the College St bike lanes right to Archer Dental Little Italy (564 College St) If you are a cyclist you will enjoy the speed (and he makes no huffing and puffing sounds!) and if you are from out of town you will enjoy seeing the urban scenery and faces of the residents as the camera zooms past.
On Tuesday, Jan 22nd 2018, Toronto dentist, Dr. Natalie Archer appeared on Season 2 Episode 7 of the CBC daytime TV talk show, The Goods to share some quick facts about bad breath and the medical condition known as Halitosis. Even more importantly, Dr. Archer told the live studio audience and thousands of home viewers what they can do to help the situation if they’re among the 35% to 40% of all Canadians who struggle with bad breath.
With charismatic hosts and good audience interaction, the show is easy to watch and an effective teaching tool. In the ten-minute sequence, the in-studio audience gets their chance to vote ‘true’ or ‘false’ with coloured wooden paddles before Dr. Archer definitively answered a series of dental related questions. Dr. Archer’s replies were full of interesting and useful information and that, along with the audience participation, added drama and intrigue to what might have otherwise been a less exciting segment.
Wide shot of The Goods TV studio with Dr Natalie Archer discussing bad breath – courtesy of CBC, The Goods
Brushing and flossing regularly is your best defense against bad breath. True or False?
As you can probably guess, this is True, and almost the entire audience guessed this and waved their TRUE paddles. Careful, methodical, twice-daily brushing and flossing is the primary method of combating bad breath and keeping human mouths clean. And there’s a reason dental hygienists all tell their patients to floss regularly; flossing is one of the best ways to remove food particles from in between teeth. When food remains anywhere in the mouth, bacteria will break down the material creating a sulfur-like compound that gives off a fermented, bad-breath smell (aka. Dragon Breath or really bad morning breath). This is the reason why Dr. Archer recommends that patients floss their teeth before they brush for best results.
Dentists recommend using 10 inches of floss when cleaning teeth? True or False?
Dr Archer shows why ten inches of floss is not enough! Photo courtesy of CBC, The Goods
False. Ten inches is not enough! You need sixteen inches of floss or more to ensure you use a fresh part of the waxy thread between each tooth (so the cord won’t transfer food particles or plaque to other teeth as you clean). A great way to measure is to pull floss the length of your arm, from finger tips to elbow.
At this point one of the hosts asked about the value of Flosser Pics, the plastic spike with a little more than a centimeter of floss in a bow at the end. Are these valuable oral hygiene aids? Interestingly, Dr Archer is not the World’s biggest fan of these tiny plastic innovations. While she praised their ubiquity and convenience, she reinforced the notion that old school flossing with 16 inches of fresh dental floss twice a day remains the best choice for optimal oral heath.
Sugar-free gum is one of the best ways to combat bad breath temporarily. True or False?
True. Sugar-free gum, if chewed for five minutes or less, is a great way to freshen your breath. They keyword here is temporarily because this is not a long-term solution. Indeed, Dr. Archer recommends disposing the gum after only five minutes. The gum works because it stimulates the mouth’s own salivary glands, and for this reason, gum is better than candy or mints.
Dr Archer explains why babies always have fresh breath, photo courtesy of CBC, The Goods
Why do babies and even toddlers never have bad breath? Babies don’t have bad breath because their mouths are full of saliva that helps keep their breath fresh. Anything adults can do to increase their saliva flow is beneficial, and so, conversely drinking alcohol or even using an alcohol-based mouthwash just before you retire for the evening is a terrible practice. Its detrimental to your salivary system and such alcohol-scorched mouths may end up drier, and potentially smellier in the morning than if they had not gargled before bed.
Bad breath sufferers can’t smell their own stinky breath. True or False?
True. In so many cases people just get used to all their own smells, and so will find it difficult to detect if they themselves have bad breath, especially as they get older. Asking a trusted friend seems to be the best way to get this critical unbiased information, and yet many people are too embarrassed to ask. The longer you ignore the problem, though, the worse it can get.
Persistent bad breath smell is usually a sign that something else is wrong, and more complicated dental issues exist in the sufferer’s mouth; these people should be examined by professionals.
Dr. Natalie Archer Returns to Rogers TV for a segment on Downright Domestic about Bad Dental Habits. Learn about things that you do that maybe you should think twice about! Here are the dates/times it will air on Rogers TV:
Archer Dental is proud to participate in the Random Act of Kindness Day for 2014 which is being held on Friday November 7th. View the video to learn more about this family and how our story began. Search online for Archer Dental to donate or learn how to submit your story.