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How To Choose a Dentist

May 22, 2018

When deciding on a new service provider – hairdresser, chiropractor, esthetician or contractor, chances are you don’t make a decision based solely on advertising or how fancy their website it. Chances are you ask people that you trust for their opinions. Chances are – you look for reviews online to see what other people’s experiences are like. When choosing a dentist – why wouldn’t you do the same?

Make sure you know your dental health benefits before looking around!

What to look for:

Cost: After you’ve figured out your dental health benefits, it’s important to make sure that the dentist you’ve chosen will assist you with your insurance and help you discover what is covered and what is not? Do they offer multiple payment methods? If your insurance requires referrals to specialists, can the dentist you chose provide this for you? Keep in mind that dental costs vary by practice.

Location and Office Hours: Make sure that the location is close to your home or your work to make it easier for scheduling appointments and showing up on time. Make sure that it’s open on the days and at the times you would likely come in.

Services and Qualifications: Does the office offer a wide range of dental services, making it more convenient for you to have comprehensive dental care? The office should be able to provide you with a list of services that they offer and the dentist’s qualifications, and about the dentist’s training.

Emergency Care Services: Ask what happens if you have an emergency either during regular office hours or outside of it. Dentists should not refer you to a hospital emergency room. You should be able to contact your dentist or a suitable substitute by phone or answering service if you have a problem.

Personal Comfort: One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a dentist. Does that person make you feel comfortable? Are you able to explain your symptoms and ask questions about procedures? Would you feel comfortable expressing your fears and anxieties and asking for pain meds?

Things you can ask friends & family about their dentists:

  • How long do you sit in the waiting room?
  • Are the staff members courteous?

Before you make a decision, Google your dentist and check their RateMD.

Sedation Dentistry for Nervous Patients

March 26, 2018

If you cringe at the thought of being in the dentist’s chair – you’re not alone. Many people are nervous about dental procedures and treatments. If you’ve avoided visiting the dentist because of fear or anxiety, then sedation dentistry (a.k.a sleep dentistry) is the solution for you.

With the use of sedative agents, individuals are able to receive the required treatments without the anxiety and fears that come along with dental procedures.

There are many sedation options available to you – ranging from laughing gas (where you can still drive yourself home after) to conscious iv sedation, to general anaesthesia. From very young children to anxious adults, sedation is used to make everyone’s dental visit as comfortable and calm as possible.

It’s important to have a positive and relaxing dental experience. Sedation dentistry can help you remove the fear and anxiety that you associate with dental visits, and get the proper dental care that you need.

High levels of fear and anxiety about the dentist, and traumatic dental experiences are not the only reasons an individual would consider sedation dentistry. You are also a candidate for sedation dentistry if you have a sensitive gag reflex, sensitive teeth, difficulty numbing the area of treatment, or a complex dental condition.

For your comfort, sedation is available for any dental procedure, from cleanings and fillings to crowns and root canals.

If you require sedation dentistry to be comfortable, please call 905.637.5463 (KIND) or (289) 319-7869.

Why only dream of a beautiful smile, when you can dream while getting a beautiful smile

When should you take your child to the dentist for the first time?

January 25, 2018

Getting your child comfortable with the dentist’s office and oral hygiene is equally as important as getting the checkup itself.

We recommend bringing your child in for their first visit within 6 months of their first tooth coming in, as tooth decay and plaque can start to show. Your child’s baby teeth will fall out but they still need care. Even though you can’t see them, your child’s adult teeth are growing underneath.


Mother’s milk, formula, cow’s milk and fruit juices all contain sugars.

Babies may get early childhood tooth decay from going to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice.

If your baby absolutely requires a bottle for bed, use water instead.

The first visit is meant to accomplish 3 things.

  • First, it’s meant to familiarize your child with the dentist’s office, allowing him or her to explore and become more comfortable. The dentist will only take a look at a child’s teeth once he or she is at ease.
  • Once trust is established, the tools used in dentistry will be introduced in an attempt to remove the fear associated with these items.
  • Lastly this visit allows the dentist to do a quick exam, looking for evidence of tooth decay. The dentist will check the child’s gums, jaw, and bite looking for any problems that may affect the teeth, or speech.

People who start proper oral hygiene habits early tend to:

  • End up with fewer cavities and gum infections
  • Increase their overall oral health
  • Gain a positive dental outlook (are less afraid or nervous of dental processes)
  • Have increased self-confidence

Check out 10 Ways To Make Brushing Fun For Your Child for some helpful ideas!

At Desired Smiles we are known for our unique Dental Program for children. It’s designed to educate children about oral hygiene and dental processes in an encouraging and relaxed way.

We offer three types of appointments for kids. Each child’s program is customized specific to their needs, age, developmental abilities and level of anxiety. We work with kids in a fun and captivating way. Contact us to learn more or book your appointment!

Tips for the parent:

Dentists are trained in describing dental procedures and processes to children in a non-threatening way.

  • Before the appointment, try not to share personal experiences unless they were positive.
  • Explain to them where they are going and talk about it in an excited manner rather than a nervous one
  • Remind them that dentists are there to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.

Check out How To Get Your Child Ready For Their First Dentist Appointment for more tips!


It is important to start the oral hygiene process young, as the younger a child is when they’re exposed to new routines, the more likely they are to continue them into adulthood.

back to school dentistry

Why You Should Head Back to the Dentist Before Heading Back to School

August 17, 2015

When summer is starting to wrap up, it’s time again to prepare your children for another school year. Whether they are going to school for the very first time, or are returning for their final year before graduating, you want to make sure you have done everything to get your children ready for the year ahead. One thing you should be sure to include on that back to school checklist is a dentist appointment.

The start of a new school year is a great opportunity for parents to get all check ups completed, and have an up-to-date record of their children’s health. There is no better way to start the school year off right, than with better dental care habits and a routine that will keep your child healthy and happy.

We believe you’re never too young to take care of your teeth; which is why we offer three different types of Children’s Dentistry appointments to get your children on the right track:


This one-hour session, suited for children ranging from 2 – 6 years old, is meant to engage them about dentistry and dental care through play. This appointment uses puppets, models, microscopes, and tablets to give your child an interactive learning experience. Through this learning and engagement, the goal is to not only make them comfortable in the dental office, but to also encourage and motivate children to care for their teeth while at home, and continue to make healthy choices to promote dental health.

The self-care appointment also includes a dental hygiene appointment, a cleaning, and a check-up from Dr. Heidary.


While the self-care appointment helps children to feel more comfortable in the dental office, the prep appointment works to develop coping strategies so your child can feel more in control during their regular dentist appointments. During this 30 minute session, children “play dentist” by practicing dentistry on puppets using the tools and procedures that will be used in their own appointment.

As children often don’t get the chance to engage with the actual tools before an appointment, or aren’t walked through the procedures of a regular check-up, this prep appointment helps to alleviate the fear of the unknown during their future appointments.


Different from the self-care and prep appointments, the specific dental treatment appointments are where parents are encouraged to get involved. These treatments are based on the individual child’s age, needs, and coping abilities. The goal of these appointments is to create an easy, and stress-free experience for the child. These appointments are 30 minutes each.

Children’s Dentistry

Each child’s program is customized to their specific needs, with the goal to create a fun, engaging way to learn about dentistry and their own oral health. Those who participate in the children’s dentistry program are more prepared for dental treatments, and we hope they will get fewer cavities, gum infections, and have fewer dental-related phobias and issues due to their familiarity and positive outlook on their dentistry experience.

General Dentistry

If your children are a bit older, they may already be familiar with the treatments and practices of the dental office, or aren’t quite suited for the Children’s Dentistry program. If that is the case, they should be receiving regular check-ups and appointments to maintain their healthy gums and teeth well into their adult years.

At any age, we will put together a customized preventative oral health program to give you a healthy smile for life. This program includes proper brushing and flossing tips, as well as information such as foods to avoid to best care for your oral health.


At Dr. Walter Heidary Family Dentistry, we have programs and appointments to suit children of all ages, as well as yourself. Be sure to contact us to book your back to school dentist appointments!

How to Get Your Child Ready for Their First Dentist Appointment

July 2, 2014

You and your child are both nervous because that time has come, it’s time for your child’s very first visit to the dentist. There are several ways of making the trip go smoothly for both you and your child.

Start Young

The younger a child is before they’re exposed to new experiences, the easier it will be for them to adjust.

Keep it Simple

Don’t try to overcomplicate your first dentist trip with your child. Explaining too much in depth can lead to more questions and potentially cause fear in your child. It’s easier to tell your child that they’re going to get their teeth cleaned than try to tiptoe around what happens when they get a cavity.

Let their dentist explain what will happen. Dental professionals know the language to use when talking to children about their teeth, cavities, and things that may cause them pain.

Use Play to Teach

Kids learn a lot from play, like how to handle new experiences. Teach them about going to the dentist by playing dentist with them. You can have them come into a make believe waiting room, then both make your way to the washroom to brush your teeth together. Activities like this help bring familiarity to a dentist visit with your child.

Avoid Bribery

Luring children to the dentist with sugary treats is not only counter-productive, it will make it difficult for them to form good hygiene habits or even want to go to the dentist later in life.

Instead, set an example for your children. If you’re excited to go to the dentist, they will be too.

Emphasize the Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

By emphasizing good habits you can help your children prevent cavities, keep their teeth clean, and avoid unnecessary pain when visiting the dentist! Teach your child independence and make them proud of their smiles.

Address Your Own Feelings

You don’t want to pass on your own phobia of the dentist to your kids. If you tend to get nervous going to the dentist, you can read our tips to calming down before a visit. You may have to embrace a positive attitude, despite your unease for your child’s sake.

A smile is contagious, so pass yours on to your child when you visit the dentist!

Already visited the dentist with your child? Share your experience and advice with us below!