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We will be providing you with various informational pieces, such as information on our green dental office located in Richmond Hill, information about Dr. Sahar Rakhshanfar, as well as other educational pieces. If you have any questions please contact us at (905) 508 2244

Keeping dental cost down

Did you know that regular scheduled appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist can save you money in the long run? Have you said to yourself “well nothing hurts so why should I go to the dentist”? The answer is simple really the sign of serious pain or discomfort in your teeth means there is something seriously wrong and it has been festering for some time now. This is a sign that there is tooth decay, also known as a cavity which is so deep inside the tooth it has now reached the nerve of the too...
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Snap, Crackle, Pop: is that your Jaw?

Clicking or popping could mean trouble that is if it comes from your jaw. Joint sound is one of the most recognized signs of temporomandibular disorders, commonly referred to as TMJ. While not all jaw sounds necessarily point to TMJ, it could be an early sign and always should be checked out by your dentist. The temporomandibular joint are the points at which the lower jaw ( the mandible) attaches to the skull. They are among the most complex joints in the human anatomy. If you place your fingers on the sides of...
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Low Vitamin D Levels Could Raise Cavity Risk For Children

Some babies may be starting in a trail position with regards to their dental health. A Canadian study indicates that low levels of vitamin D in pregnant women may increase the possibility of their children developing cavities. The lack of vitamin D may result in problems with enamel, which directly results in an increases in cavity risk. Enamel starts to form when the fetus is in the womb and deficiency of vitamin D during pregnancy can certainly have an adverse impact on a baby’s oral health before the t...
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Caring For Your Childs Teeth

Though you lose them early in life, your primary teeth, also called baby teeth, are essential in the development and placement of your permanent teeth. Primary teeth maintain the spaces where permanent teeth will erupt and help develop proper speech patterns that would otherwise be difficult; without maintenance of these spaces, crowding and misalignment can occur, resulting in more complicated treatment later. Baby teeth also are primers for teaching your child good oral care habits. It is important to take care o...
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Alberta dentist who purchased John Lennon’s tooth hopes to clone him

A dentist in red deer, Alberta is hoping a tooth he purchased for over $30,000 that once belonged to John Lennon will contain enough DNA to clone the musician. The dentist says when cloning technology is advanced enough to replicate humans, he would raise the clone as his own son, get him guitar lessons. Dr. Zuk purchased the tooth from Lennon’s former housekeeper at an action in 2011. The Beatle was reportedly close with the housekeeper and gave her the molar, which had been describes as a “yellowy, b...
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Oral Cancer

Oral cancer refers to all cancers of the oral cavity, which includes the following:  lips, tongue, teeth, gums (gingiva), lining inside the lips and cheeks (labial mucosa and buccal mucosa), floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth (palate), area behind the wisdom teeth.  Most oral cancers are located on the sides of the tongue, floor of the mouth and lips. Incidence and Survival Rates Oral cancer represents approximately 2.3 % of all cancers in Canada.  In 2002, these cancers accounted for more than 3000 n...
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Laser Bacterial Reduction

We are constantly learning and striving to advance the standard of patient care in our office.  As such we have recently added a new procedure to your routine cleaning care to help fight periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects approximately 80% of adults and is a growing epidemic in our society.  Understanding of this disease has increased greatly over the last few years.  We now know that Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection in the pockets around the teeth.  As such, we now not only tr...
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Crowns

Each of your teeth depends on the others to help you eat and speak.  When one or more are damaged, the health of the others can be threatened.  It may become hard for you to chew, or the appearance of your smile may change.  If you are having problems with one or more of your teeth, a crown can help restore normal function. A crown, sometimes referred to as a “cap”, is an artificial covering cemented over an existing tooth that has been specially prepared by your dentist.  Your dentist may recomm...
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Women’s Oral Health

Patient Fact Sheet As a woman, you have unique oral health needs. Changes in your body, lifestyle and medications may affect your oral health. A well-balanced diet and regular dental check-ups are also vital to both good oral health and overall health. There are several ways in which changes to your body can affect your oral health: Puberty The surge of hormones during puberty may increase blood circulation in the gums. Your mouth may become more sensitive to irritants such as plaque, and this can lead to ...
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Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is an advanced stage of gum disease causing damage to the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. How does it happen? When plaque is NOT removed by brushing and flossing it migrates below the gum tissue and calcifies into tartar. Gums then may become red, swollen and start bleeding. Under the gum tissue (not visible to the eye) the bone that is supporting the tooth starts to break down. What are the signs of periodontal disease? At the start, you may notice ...
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Facts About Oral Cancer

Oral cancer refers to all cancers of the oral cavity, which includes the following: lips, tongue, teeth, gums (gingiva), lining inside the lips and cheeks (labial mucosa and buccal mucosa), floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth (palate), area behind the wisdom teeth. Most oral cancers are located on the sides of the tongue, floor of the mouth and lips. Incidence and Survival Rates Oral cancer represents approximately 2.3 % of all cancers in Canada. In 2002, these cancers accounted for more than 3000 new ca...
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Nutrition And Oral Health

You may be able to prevent two of the most common diseases of modern civilization – tooth decay and periodontal disease by improving your diet. Decay results when the hard tissues of our teeth are destroyed by acid products from oral bacteria. Certain foods and food combinations are linked to higher levels of cavity-causing bacteria. Although poor nutrition does not directly cause periodontal disease, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is more severe in patients whose diet doe...
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Nursing Bottle Tooth Decay

Many parents are surprised to learn that the nursing bottle can pose a very particular threat to young teeth. When teeth first come in, they are not yet perfectly hardened and are very susceptible to decay. If the nursing bottle is left in an infant’s mouth for a long period of time, particularly at bedtime, and if the bottle contains anything but plain water, rapid decay can occur. The amount of saliva produced decreases when a child is asleep. This allows these sugars to pool around the teeth. The mouth’s...
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Healthy Snack Ideas

Milk or Chocolate milk Yogurt Apples Carrots & Celery sticks Other fruits & vegetables Cheese Nuts & Seeds Air popped popcorn Whole grain breads & cereals Peanut butter UNHEALTHY SNACKS: Gum with sugar Suckers Hard Candy Soft sticky sweets that get stuck in the mouth like Toffee Raisins Rolled – Up fruit snacks Pop FOR TODDLERS: It is not a good idea to put your child to bed with milk or juice – sugars in both will stay in the mouth...
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Essentials For Denture Wearers

The first few days – You’re in good company. More than 5 million Canadian adults (about one in four) wear dentures! With a positive attitude and approach to denture care, wearing dentures can become as natural and easy as putting on and taking off shoes. While you are sure to become comfortable with your dentures, wearing them for the first time may seem challenging. It might take some time just to get used to the feel of the denture in your mouth. You may experience some irritation or even soreness at f...
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Fluoride Treatments for the Life of Your Teeth

Do you need fluoride? There are a number of reasons why someone may require a fluoride treatment. There are a number of conditions that result in increasing the probability of developing cavities. These factors must be evaluated for each person individually to determine whether or not they would benefit from fluoride treatment. If any of the following statements apply to you then you may benefit from a specific fluoride therapeutic program that can help you keep your teeth for life. No fluoride in your drink...
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Halitosis Questionnaire

Describe your problem with halitosis. When did it first begin? Have family members or friends commented about your breath? When does your bad breath occur? Does anything make it better? Worse? What do you think is the cause of your bad breath? Are you experiencing any exceptional emotional stress at this time? Do you feel that you have a problem with other body odours? Do you have a bad taste in your mouth? Does your food have an uncharacteristic taste? Does your mouth often feel dry? Do you have any il...
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Endodontic Treatment – Root Canal

Understanding Root Canals – you can save your natural teeth with endodontic therapy …Root Canal Treatment Root canal therapy fits under the special dentistry area known as endodontics. Endodontics literally means dentistry within the tooth itself. The procedure treats disorders of the pulp (the soft tissue inside the crown and roots made up of blood vessels, nerves and lymph vessels that keep your tooth nourished). It restores your tooth to a comfortable state by removing the damaged tissue and replacing it ...
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Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bad Breath What is bad breath? Most of us have had bad breath some time or another. It may be barely noticeable or strong enough to turn people off. Bad breath can spoil your self-confidence and cause embarrassment. Halitosis or bad breath is caused by Volatile Sulphur Compounds (VSC) which are produced by bacteria that live in the mouth. What causes bad breath? There are many causes of bad breath. Morning breath is a common problem most of us experience. Foods suc...
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Bruxism: Teeth Grinding

Bruxism: What and Why? Bruxism (grinding) affects millions in North America each year. According to the American Dental Association, approximately 95% of Americans experience bruxism at some point in their lives. However, only about 15 % of people have a regular habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaws. Without treatment, grinding seriously damages the tooth surface, leaving the dentition vulnerable to fractures, erosion, and even changes in facial appearance. Most people grind or clench their t...
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Burning Mouth Syndrome

What is burning mouth syndrome? Burning mouth syndrome (called BMS, for short) is a common problem. People with BMS often feel like they burned their mouth with hot coffee. They may also have a dry mouth, or a bitter or metallic taste in their mouth. Both men and women can get BMS; however, it is especially common in women during or after menopause. What causes BMS? For many years, doctors thought that psychological problems, like depression and anxiety, were the cause of BMS. There are now thought ...
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Can I Have Whiter Teeth?

Teeth Whitening and Cosmetic Dentistry The least damaging and most conservative way of making your teeth whiter is by bleaching. Contrary to what most of us believe, brushing your teeth harder with a more abrasive toothpaste will not make them whiter. It will make them turn darker faster. The intrinsic colour of your teeth or your normal tooth colour is related to the colour and thickness of the enamel and dentin as well as to the types of food you eat. The thinner the enamel, the darker your teeth are in ap...
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Dental Implants and Proper Care – Dr Sahar Rakhshanfar, DDS

What is a Dental Implant? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root inserted in the mouth usually involving a two-step procedure. First, a small titanium screw or surgical post is placed beneath the gum into the jawbone. This is always done under local anaesthesia in the dental office. Then a few months following the placement, an abutment or post which will hold the tooth in place is attached to the screw. Finally, a crown, or replacement tooth is attached to the abutment after all healing is complete. Implant...
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Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular option for replacing lost teeth. If you are missing a tooth, it should be replaced in order to restore your smile, regain your chewing ability and prevent other teeth from shifting. Your dentist may recommend replacing your lost tooth with a dental implant. They are an alternative to bridges, partials or dentures. Implants are comfortable, attractive and can look and feel like natural teeth. They will preserve the level of the bone and eliminate the negative results of tooth loss....
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Cracked Tooth Syndrom

Your Guide to Cracked Teeth With their more sophisticated procedures, dentists are helping patients to keep their teeth longer. People are living longer and exposing their teeth to many more years of crack-inducing habits, such as clenching, grinding, and chewing on hard objects. These habits make our teeth more susceptible to cracks. Some cracks are not a problem and can exist for years without any negative consequences. Other cracks, especially those next to fillings, can eventually cause a portion of your t...
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Commonly Asked Questions About Those Important Baby Teeth

WHY ARE BABY TEETH SO IMPORTANT? AREN’T THEY JUST GOING TO FALL OUT ANYWAY? Baby teeth are important for a number of reasons. They are vital in helping your child to eat and to speak properly. Although the first baby teeth are usually lost about six years of age, others won’t fall out until your child is twelve years old! That is a lot of chewing. Your child needs them for smiling! It is important for a child to develop a good self-image. You would not want your little one to be embarrassed about their a...
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Dry Mouth

If you are suffering from a dry mouth, you are not alone. One of the most common complaints in the dental office is that of a chronically dry mouth. In fact, about one in every four adults experience the symptoms associated with this problem. A dry mouth is caused by the improper function of the saliva producing glands. Common causes of dry mouth are medications, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, stress and depression, diabetes and kidney dialysis, rheumatoid conditions and old age. Medications known to cause d...
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Endodontic Retreatment – Root Canal Retreatment

Root canals are generally successful but in a small percentage of cases a second root canal may be required. This is called retreatment. A tooth may not heal as expected after initial treatment because narrow or curved canals could not be accessed during the initial procedure; complicated root canal anatomy went undetected; the placement of the crown or other restoration was delayed following the endodontic treatment; the restoration did not prevent bacterial contamination to the inside of the tooth. In other ca...
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Protecting Your Teeth From Decay

What causes tooth decay? Food Particles are inevitably left in the mouth and on the surface of your teeth after eating and drinking. The bacteria in your mouth devour the food and a byproduct of their feast is acid. This acid can create a cavity in the tooth’s enamel and progress deeper into the tooth. Left untreated, the cavity can cause considerable pain and destroy the dentin and pulp. Diet and nutrition play a major role in oral health and the incidence of tooth decay. An adult can develop new decay at any...
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North Hill Dental Center

Family Dentist Richmond Hill

9993 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 1T9

Phone: (905) 508 2244
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North Hill Dental Center is conveniently located at the southeast corner of Yonge and Major Mackenzie in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
North Hill Dental Center proudly serves the surrounding areas of Richmound Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan, Maple Purpleville, King City, Gormley, Greensborough and Markham.