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Dr. Natalie Archer Helps Educators as Dental Office Design Consultant

Dr. natalie archer - dental office design consultant

Natalie Archer DDS has shared her knowledge and experience as a pandemic dentist with the architect team at Diamond Schmitt and the builders at Walsh Canada who’re working together to upgrade George Brown College’s WAVE Dental clinic to be the market leader and a true innovator in dental education.

WAVE stands for Wellness, Applied Research and Visionary Education and this venue really is a model of efficiency. Completed in 2012, the WAVE Dental Clinics are where students from the Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Denturism, and Restorative Dental Hygiene programs put theory into practice. The clinic offers oral health care services to the public including health and dental history, an assessment of teeth and gums, dental x-rays, teeth cleaning, preventive services, fabrication of complete or partial dentures, repairing and realigning dental devices, and fillings.

But as you can see in the 2019 photo below, WAVE oral health training facility was like most other educational settings, a clinical classroom where multiple treatments occur with faculty supervision. Covid-19 changed the landscape.

WAVE dental clinic in the health facility - 7500 sq feet of open concept dental care pre pandemic
Pre pandemic, WAVE Dental Clinic at George Brown was an open-concept classroom.

The pandemic wreaked havoc across the dental business world, and impacted education, making WAVE’s wide open teaching labs limited. That’s because dental hygienists have power tools which use high frequency sound and pressurized water to dislodge debris from teeth. This is an example of an aerosol-generating procedure (AGP) in which high concentrations of misty water droplets are spawned and because there is the possibility that such droplets may contain infectious viral particles, certain precautions must be taken to remove them from the atmosphere. Hence all AGP treatments are rapidly transitioning to glass-enclosed environments where the atmosphere can be more effectively cycled through air filters.

Governing bodies such as the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) and the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) mandate that aerosol generating procedures must occur in operatories which can contain the resultant aerosol. This requires floor-to-ceiling walls and a door (or other barriers) remain closed during and after such procedures. George Brown College worked with Walsh Canada, and Brad McCallum the Senior Project Manager worked with Natalie Archer DDS who shared her recent experience, having just created four new operatories at Archer Dental Rosedale which are glass-enclosed VIP dental pods. Natalie streamlined their proposed dental office design layouts and gave her opinions on how to best equip and manage AGP-suitable dental clinics in this unique educational environment.

Walsh Canada is contracted to deliver a ready-to-use dental clinic consisting of twenty-four dental operatories and support spaces, including medical device sterilization, storage, and administrative spaces. The new dental clinic will have raised flooring, interior glazing (windows) to allow open viewing from suite to suite, millwork, and all necessary equipment to support aerosol generating procedures that require enclosed spaces.

Accommodating this major Canadian college’s advanced special equipment and tailoring spaces to their unique needs is sure to make Dr. Archer even more knowledgeable and valued as a subject matter expert in dental office design.

Archer Dental Little Italy Launches During the 2018 Taste of Little Italy Street Festival

a mariachi band rehearses in front of Archer Dental Little Italy

Last Friday night was a very special evening for everyone at Archer Dental as we officially launched our new location at 564 College Street.  Archer Dental Little Italy was born in a blaze of Italian pizza, prosecco and Paparazzi photos!  The dentists, dental hygienists, our dental office administrators (plus their families and friends) and several other notable guests all gathered on site to raise a glass to the future.

Joanne, Natalie, Adrianna, Vanessa at Little Italy Launch Party

This was a VIP, invite-only affair. Outside the office was red carpet with silver stanchions and red velvet ropes.  Nothing says exclusive event like ten feet of bright red carpet.  Our formal Launch Party even had a burly bouncer checking RSVP invites at the door.

The red carpet attracted past and present Archer Dental patients from across the city. People who were not on the official RSVP list, but who could prove they were friends of Archer Dental were allowed to enter and join in the celebrations.

VIP guests asking for invtes RSVP

Early in the evening, we had a stream of media mavens, bloggers and lifelong patients.  In the picture below, you can see that the Taste of Little Italy street festival is just getting underway outside as Christina Paruag of FemEvolve health and wellness magazine prepares to chat with Dr Natalie Archer.

Christina Paruag - FemEvolve magazine

Amico’s Pizza catered the food, twice; they served Italian meatballs and their signature deluxe pizzas.  The first load appeared at seven o’clock and was followed by another delivery at eight.

Archer Dental Launch Party - spicy Italian meatballs

Below is Dr Grant Yiu with Dr Natalie Archer and some of the extended staff and service providers. Our youngest guest is also pictured here as Grant’s daughter, Mia, stayed up well past her bed time!  Archer Dental Little Italy is a family friendly practice with a focus on kids; read about our Shoot the Tooth archery game booth held during the 2018 Taste of Little Italy street festival.

Archer Dental admin

We love kids.  Archer Dental Little Italy is located near two busy schools: Clinton Street Junior Public School at 460 Manning Ave teaches Kindergarten to Grade 6, and St Francis Assisi Catholic School is located at 80 Clinton Street and is also Kindergarten to Grade Eight. We hope families will find and use our newest location on College Street.

A Mariachi Exclamation Mark Ended the Evening

Around nine pm, a fully costumed and properly equipped mariachi band showed up and serenaded guests with classics, “Cielito Lindo”, “Guantanamera”, “Mexico Lindo Y Querido” and “Cuando, Cuando, Cuando”; they were the real deal, and so it was a terrific surprise when guests learned that one of the troubadours is an Archer Dental staff member!

Mariachi band plays at Archer Dental Little Italy launch Party during Taste of Little Italy

Everyone was dancing and enjoying the upbeat musical stylings of the mariachi band.

Dental Hygienists at Archer Dental Little Italy Launch

The mariachi entertained our guests for twenty minutes as the perfect end to an already incredible night.

Marachi band at Archer Dental little Italy

Come visit us anytime at Archer Dental Little Italy, 564 College St, and keep your eyes open for our anniversary party during next year’s Taste of Little Italy festival.

Dr. Archer Tackles Halitosis on CBC talk show, The Goods

Dr natalie Archer of Archer Dental on CBC The Goods, 22 jan 2018

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 CBC studio for The Goods, audience interaction on dental issues Halitosis

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 Natalie Archer holds ten inches of flass to show its not enough floss to properly clean teeth

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 Natalie Archer of Archer Dental in Toronto on CBC daytime television show, The Goods

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.

Voted Best Dentist in Toronto by NOW Magazine

NOW Magazine reader’s have voted Dr. Natalie Archer as Best Dentist in Toronto! In early spring 2013, NOW launched their annual Best Of Series – a campaign that seeks to find the best of the best in Toronto; including everything from Best Restaurant to Best Art Gallery to Best Dentist. The public was asked to nominate those they felt were deserving of being recognized as the best in their industry. Very kindly, supporters of Dr. Natalie Archer nominated her in the category of Best Dentist in Toronto.

In late June, NOW announced the short-list of nominees for Best Dentist which included Dr. Archer and the voting opened up to the public. Voters had until September 25th, 2013 to cast their ballot and today, November 7, 2013, it was announced that Dr. Archer won the award for Best Dentist in Toronto!

NOW Magazine Celebrates Best Of Toronto Winners with an Honourary Breakfast

Dr. Archer and her team attended a celebratory breakfast at the NOW offices in downtown Toronto on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

The team was treated to some delicious treats and presented with a beautiful plaque in honour of their win.

Thank You from Dr. Natalie Archer and Team

Dr. Archer would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who voted her Best Dentist! The Archer Dental team is so grateful to be awarded with this amazing honour. We appreciate the time each and every one of you took to cast your vote and are truly humbled to be named Best Dentist.  We are committed to advancing dental care in our changing world and will continue to provide excellent patient-centred care using a responsive approach.

Dr. Natalie Archer Continues to Work Hard for Toronto

Did you know Dr. Archer is working hard to “Take the Bite Out of Elder Abuse”? Dr. Archer will continue to serve Toronto through her Dental Elder Abuse Response (D.E.A.R.) Project which is funded by the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The project aims to raise awareness and ultimately prevent dental elder abuse and neglect.

The D.E.A.R. Project does the following:

  • Teaches seniors, dentists, caregivers and families to recognize dental elder abuse and neglect issues.
  • Develops educational materials and tools on the link between oral health and elder abuse and neglect.
  • Forms a network of dentists and people concerned about dental elder abuse and neglect across Canada.

Currently, Dr. Archer and the D.E.A.R. Team are working hard to develop educational materials, deliver workshops and raise awareness to fight dental elder abuse! Check back soon for more updates on the D.E.A.R. project!

The Day After Halloween: Advice from Dr. Natalie Archer

Dr. Natalie Archer on the day after Halloween….

Here we are November 1st, the day after Halloween. Our little trick-or-treaters have been door to door for their treats, gone through all their candy to find their favourite sweets and now are likely asking you at least a few times a day if they can have “just one more” sugary treat!

It’s inevitable that most all of our children love to eat their Halloween candy! But, as a Toronto Dentist, I see an influx of cavities and other oral health issues in children after this spooky time of year.

Dr. Natalie Archer explains how cavities are formed…

When your child enjoys a sugar-filled food or drink, the bacteria in the plaque on the teeth mix with the sugars in the candy to make an acid. The acid in turn attacks the tooth enamel. If the plaque is not removed daily, then the enamel gets soft and a cavity is formed. The longer and more often sugar is on the teeth, the more damage it can do to your little one’s smile.

It’s so very important for parents to limit their child’s candy intake and to really stick to a strict oral health routine. As a parent myself, I know it can be a challenge to get our children to brush and floss on a regular basis, so I would like to share with you some tips on how to keep those smiles healthy long after October 31st.

Dr. Natalie Archer’s Tips for a Healthy Post-Halloween Smile:

  • Limit the number of times a day your child eats sugary foods between meals. Serve snacks that will not harm your child’s teeth, such as vegetables, cheese, nuts or seeds.
  • Try to eat sugary treats at the end of mealtime while there is still plenty of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps to wash away the sugars and acids.
  • Drink a glass of water after eating a Halloween treat, this help wash away some of the sugars and acids.
  • Avoid soft, sticky treats that get stuck between teeth and are more difficult to brush and floss away.
  • Always have your child brush and floss before going to bed and if possible, after eating a piece of candy.

For those with braces…

I often get parents of children with braces asking me if they can still eat Halloween candy? My answer is “Of course!” however, extra care must be taken. First off avoid nuts, popcorn, tortilla chips, hard candy, caramel and other chewy candies in order to keep their braces safe and intact. Usually, a plainer type of chocolate bar is okay. After enjoying a treat, be sure to pay extra special attention to those braces – brush and floss! Alternatively, you can have your child “trade-in” their candy for another something special, like going to a movie, a small toy or new book.

Following these simple tips and moderating the number of sugary treats your child consumes, should keep everyone happy, healthy and cavity-free!

*Written with reference to the Canadian Dental Association website.

Toronto Dentist, Dr. Natalie Archer, Appears on Rogers Daytime Toronto

On March 29, 2013, Toronto Dentist, Dr. Natalie Archer, appeared on Rogers Daytime Toronto to discuss the importance of oral hygiene, especially as we grow older, with host Val Cole.

Dr. Archer outlines oral health tips that those of all ages can implement to ensure their oral hygiene stays at its best as we grow older. Dr. Archer explains that the mouth is the primary portal to the body and must be clean and infection-free in order for us to have a healthy body.

Check out the simple tips that you can start to incorporate into your oral care routine today!

Five Simple Oral Hygiene Tips

  1. Gargle with warm salt water to clear your mouth of bacteria.
  2. Floss your teeth at least once a day. If you have trouble flossing, use specialized flossing tools to help.
  3. Brush your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush at least twice a day.
  4. Drink lots of water and eat foods like celery, carrots and oranges to increase the salivary flow rate.