Your Dental Questions
We provide answers to your frequently asked dental questions.
What are Dr. Tamo’s credentials?
Dr. Tamo graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and completed her Cosmetic Dentistry residency at New York University. She also taught dentistry for over 20 years in the University of Toronto’s Department of Prosthodontics. For more information, visit her Meet the Dentist page.
How do you sterilize your instruments?
Your health is very important. Our practice adheres to the standards of cleanliness and sterilization set by the Canadian Dental Association. All of our instruments (including drills and handpieces) are either disposable or heat sterilized in an autoclave after each use. Treatment rooms are thoroughly disinfected after each patient. In addition, we wash our hands with antimicrobial soap, and wear fresh gloves and masks for each patient. Staff and patients wear safety glasses during the procedures.
Are dental x-rays safe?
The world of dental technology is always changing and it's important to stay ahead of the curve. Our practice offers modern digital x-ray equipment to help accurately diagnose patients and to reduce the amount of radiation each patient is exposed to. Digital dental x-rays utilize very low doses of radiation. With adequate safety procedures in place, there is very little cause for concern.
Do you accept my insurance?
If you have dental insurance, we will gladly submit your claims for you electronically so that you will receive prompt reimbursement. Payment is due at the time of service.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, cheques, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and debit cards. We also offer financing through iFinance Canada. Click here to learn more.
Do you offer sedation dentistry?
Developing a close relationship with a dentist you trust can relieve most dental anxiety. For many procedures, music from our iPods and Dr. Tamo’s calming manner will allow you to feel comfortable during your appointment.
Noise cancelling head phones are available for a nice quiet appointment.
For lengthy procedures and for our patients who experience great anxiety, we are happy to provide an oral sedative to help you relax as we complete your dental work. Dr. Tamo can discuss this option with you in greater detail.
When should I first bring my child to the dentist?
You and your child will surely enjoy your visits to our child friendly office. We usually schedule a first full appointment for our pediatric patients around age three. During the appointment, we will acquaint your child with our office and dental instruments. Our gentle approach will help your child develop excellent oral health habits and feel confident about trips to the dentist. Please feel free to schedule your child for an “orientation visit” with you at your own hygiene appointment any time after age one.
Do you accept referrals? New patients?
Of course! Our practice is devoted to comprehensive dental care that's infused with kindness and integrity, and it's always wonderful to learn that patients have enjoyed our services so much that they've referred family and friends.
We're happy to see new patients at our practice. A referral is the highest compliment we can receive and helps our practice grow. Your family and friends are always welcome!
What can I do at home to improve the health of my mouth?
If swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath, or persistent decay trouble you, our team of hygienists will assess your diet and oral care habits. They will design a custom care plan to improve your oral health. You are not entirely healthy until your mouth is healthy! Good oral hygiene is essential to good overall health.
What should I do if I am having a dental emergency?
If you are an existing patient with a dental emergency, please call our office for immediate assistance. After hours, the Dental Emergency Service is available at 1650 Yonge St. They can be reached by calling (416) 485-7121.
Children with dental emergencies should be taken to the Hospital for Sick Children, Emergency Department.
Do you offer evenings or weekend appointments?
One Saturday per month from September to April is set aside as “Superhygiene Day.”
With four hygienists working, we can accommodate the entire family all at once. We do this so that we can accommodate patients who have difficulty attending during our normal business hours. No evening appointments are offered.