Taking care of your oral health means more than just brushing regularly and avoiding sugary foods. For the best care, it’s essential to see a dentist every five to six months for a checkup and cleaning. The first step in doing all this is to find a dentist you are comfortable with and then arrange an appointment.

Dr Leslie GriesdorfWhen it comes to choosing a dentist, it helps to take your time. The following are some of the things to consider according to former Toronto dentist Dr. Leslie Griesdorf.

Location and working hours

Choose a dentist that works in your neighborhood or close to work. This will make it easier to schedule an appointment and be there on time. Also, make sure that the office operates during hours when you are available.

Professional accreditation

Each state maintains a dental board (and/or dentistry website) that lists all accredited dentists and tracks their work history and claims. As a patient, search the online reviews and practice history to see what other people have to see about the dentist.


Does the dentist offer various payment options or accept insurance? If your health care plan permits specialist referrals, can the dentist facilitate it?

Additionally, various practices will charge differently, so get as many estimates as possible to see which suits your pocket. Even with health insurance, you may have to meet some costs out of your pocket.

Emergency help

Find out if the dentist can offer emergency services should you have one, either after office hours or during the weekends. A good dentist should be able to see you during an emergency rather than refer you to the local hospital.

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf is a former dentist who lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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When you call time on your job and decide to retire, you might be at odds over what to do with your life. Work and family may have been the only things you’ve known for a while, and so it’s time to shift gears. What’s certain is that you want to enjoy life after working hard. That is why you need to be healthy and have a host of activities lined up to make this time special. Leslie Griesdorf, who retired as a dentist in 2004, has some experience in life after retirement.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf
Dr Leslie Griesdorf

Make good use of your knowledge/skills

While you don’t want to go back to the 8-5 lifestyle, it’s important to remain productive in retirement. Many retirees take this time to work on goals that are big picture type goals, which usually means being a volunteer or working part time. A retired financial executive can assist the church raise funds, a magazine editor can teach English at the community college, while an administrative executive can serve on the local school board.


Many retirees look forward to traveling when they retire. Indeed, seeing the world helps lower stress levels, exposes them to cultures, and improves their outlook on life. While health issues can get in the way of long travel, it is important to take the time and see new places.

Trying new things

When it comes to enjoying retirement, it’s not always about staying productive as much as it is about doing the things you enjoy. Life after retirement might be the best time to do the things that bring a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment in your life.

Since retiring, Dr. Leslie Griesdorf has more time to trade in stocks, dine out with family, and catch up on America’s history through the History Channel.

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