If you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums, it’s essential to go beyond brushing and flossing your teeth. Regular dental visits are necessary, and should be scheduled at intervals, like every four months. Through regular visits, the dentist can address any potential issues before they become full-blown emergencies. Former dentist Dr. Leslie Griesdorf often encouraged his patients to schedule regular appointments for the following reasons.

Dr Leslie GriesdorfOral examination

The purpose of an oral exam is to check your teeth for any decay or indications of disease. The checkup also includes an examination of the gums to ensure there aren’t any issues that can cause gum disease.


Once the dentist is done with an oral examination, they will check the teeth and perform cleaning to remove any tartar or plaque. Because a toothbrush might not reach all areas of the teeth, dental cleaning removes any plaque buildup that often causes decay. The dentist will then complete cleaning by polishing and running dental floss through the teeth spaces.


Should the dentist come across any issues like cavities, he/she will fill them. Filling ensures that these cavities don’t persist to become complicated issues that require complex procedures like root canal or tooth extraction.

Oral hygiene education

With much of the checkup done, the dentist will want to review your oral hygiene techniques. He/she will make recommendations based on his assessment and give advice on how you can maintain good oral health and the types of foods to avoid.

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf is a former dentist who resides in Ontario. He likes to spend time with family and engages in car repairs.


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.


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. Dr. 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.

Getting into Shape – Weight Worry

For many people engaged in an exercise program or weight-loss regimen, a big part of their day includes stepping on to the scale. The reason that this can be problematic, however, is because often the weight of your body is a poor indication of your muscle to fat ratio.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf
Dr Leslie Griesdorf

In fact, muscle weighs much more than fat, so it is more than possible for you to end up weighing more than you originally did at the start of your fitness program. This is not indicative of being out of shape, or that your program isn’t working. It only means that you are losing fat and replacing it with heavier and denser muscle tissue. Often people fail in their exercise program because they step on to the scale and see a lack of progress, which makes them lose motivation and eventually, just stop working out altogether. This is foolish because many different factors can effect what you see when you step on the scale.

Things like how much fluid you are drinking, how much you have sweat, and your fat to muscle ratio can change your weight on the scale. The important thing to remember is that it is not how much you weigh that determines your fitness level, but how much you can perform and how much stronger you have become. That is why it is always better to gauge your progress by noting how much more weight you can lift, or how much longer you can hit the treadmill.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a professional dentist who also works out four times a week to stay in good shape and general health.

Karate – The Origin

Karate became established as a fighting system and discipline of self-improvement in Okinawa Japan many years ago. This came about because there were many trade relationships and routes established between Japan and China during the Ming Dynasty. Along with many exchanges of goods, came naturally the exchange of ideas and disciplines as well.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf
Dr Leslie Griesdorf

This introduced the Japanese residents of the Ryukyu Islands to many different forms of Chinese martial arts. Many Chinese families began to move to Okinawa in order to integrate and share culture. This created a community that shared a vast variety of many scientific and art-based Chinese cultures, including martial arts. What would further increase the study of karate was a policy set by the Okiawa king, one in which banned all use of weapons. This encouraged the development of unarmed combat training techniques to be developed.

It was in the fires of Okinawa and the political turmoil of the time that karate would begin to be forged. The earliest styles of karate are a composite of many other disciplines, including Shuri-te, Naha-te, and Tomari-te. Though each version had slight technical variations and different principles, they all had generally the same purpose. Thanks to many legal restrictions on weaponry, as well as the integration of cultures, karate would develop into a powerful martial art that employed many different styles, solidifying into its own signature discipline that we all know and respect today.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a karate disciple who has recently earned the honor of receiving a brown belt.

Modern Dentistry – Pierre Fauchard

Many are unaware that dentistry did not become its own separate field of study until around the 1600s. In fact, no law was passed requiring qualifications to be dentists until around the 1850s. Despite this, many advancements that led us to modern dentistry were done before this time. A French surgeon by the name of Pierre Fauchard is credited as the brave pioneer who led us into modern day dentistry. This is thanks to his many contributions, including the usage of dental prosthetics, dental fillings, and the refinement of many crude tools that were used in dental procedures. Fauchard would even be credited with coming up with the concept of braces. Though they were fashioned with gold at the start, it was Fauchard who discovered that the position and posture of teeth could be corrected with the use of wires to guide the teeth. Early braces used linen or silk threads to fasten these braces.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf
Dr Leslie Griesdorf

Around the 1700s, Fauchard’s contributions to the science and discipline of dentistry were made concrete by his creation and publishing of the book, “The Surgeon Dentist”. In this text he includes things such as the basic function and anatomy of the oral cavity, as well as numerous techniques and operations to remedy dental diseases and disorders.

Fauchard’s many contributions to the world of dentistry would dub him the “father of modern dentistry” by historians and dentists alike. Without his many contributions and careful distinction of dentistry from other forms of surgery, many of the advanced techniques and processes we have today, may not have ever existed.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a retired dentist who loves to examine the history of the field.

Dentistry – Various Treatments

Dentistry is a science and discipline that mostly covers issues related to the oral cavity, including not just the teeth, but the soft tissues within. Many oral diseases exist that have plagued the population since the beginning of time. In fact, dental disease and disorders are known to occur very frequently, and all across the globe. These issues are even more common in poor countries that are not so socio-economically fortunate as Western countries where there is less availability to dental professionals, as well as a lack of education on proper oral maintenance and hygiene.

Most dental treatments are carried out with the purpose of preventing or treating either tooth decay, or gum disease. They are the most common issues that arise, as well as the most concerning when it comes to overall health of the patient. Many common treatments for teeth include surgical extraction of damaged teeth, as well as scaling and root planing, and root canals. Most of these are done when a tooth has been damaged beyond repair or sustained an infection or decay that has killed the tooth and is causing nerve damage underneath.

In the United States, dentists are required to take at least three years of an undergraduate study in college, though most complete an entire bachelor’s degree. Commonly, this general education is followed by an additional four years of study to be considered a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dentists must acquire additional schooling for things like implants, certain surgeries, and patient sedation.

Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a retired dentist who has performed many procedures over the course of his career.