Dr. Rafif Tayara

DDS, CES, Ped. Dent
Specialist Pediatric Dentist, Canada
Children’s Dental Center, Dubai

Brought up as a child in Montreal (Canada) but from Lebanese origins, Dr Tayara trained in Pediatric Dentistry both at St-Justine Children’s Hospital in Montreal and at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut.

She’s an international Oral Health Speaker and lecturer, as well as the Middle East Ambassador for one of the oldest oral healthcare Scandinavian brand Jordan.

She lived and worked in Montreal, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai and gathered an extensive experience of 16 years in treating children from all roads of life. She had the privilege of treating a huge diversity of healthy and sick kids from all over the world, in different healthcare systems and private and public settings.

Coming from a multicultural background, she is fluent in French, English and Arabic. Her passion for languages made her study Italian and Portuguese. She says, “This brings me closer to my little patients and families I treat”.

She currently practices at Dr Michael’s Children Center, offering quality specialized pediatric dentistry, nitrous oxide sedation and Oral Rehabilitation under General Anesthesia, using the most updated techniques and most proven behavior management approaches.

She’s also a proud mother of 8 year-old twins. “I can truly relate to parents’ struggles when it comes to raising kids in an expat environment. I enjoy sharing parenting tips with my little patients’ parents on a daily basis”.

Besides pediatric dentistry, her passion includes dancing and traveling the world whenever she needs a break to change perspectives.

Follow her on Instagram @doctortayara to see her day to day stories with patients, helping them have a healthy happy smile for life.

Professional Affiliations

  • European Association of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Association of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Society of Lebanese Pediatric Dentists
  • Lebanese Dental Association (LDA)
  • UAE Medical Association
  • Emirates Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Medical Credentialed Pediatric Dentist at Operation Smile

Key Achievements

  • Award of Academic Excellence, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Canada-Lebanon, Montreal, Canada, 2007
  • Editorial Consultant for the Journal of Lebanese Dental Association, 2014-2016

Publications & Lectures

  • Importance of Perinatal oral health and the role of physicians: Beautiful Smiles training program, published and given in association with the family medicine department / Pr. Mohamud Verjee, Cornell University, Qatar, 20th May 2017, at the Primary healthcare corporation, Doha, Qatar
  • Dental Trauma: Lecture at Qatar Pediatric Emergency Medicine Conference / Sidra Hospital, Qatar, 7th – 8th January 2017
  • Oral Health Module Advisor, Healthy Generation Program, Generation Amazing, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Doha, Qatar, November 2016
  • IPE: An initiative to introduce oral health to senior medical students at WCM-Q; Mohamud A. Verjee, MD, CCFP, FCFP – Family Physician & Rafif Tayara, DDS, CSS – Pediatric Medical Dentist, 1st Middle eastern conference on Interprofessional Education, Qatar University, December 2015
  • Essentials of Pediatric Oral Health procedures: Pre-conference course AEEDC 2015, Dubai, UAE
  • Current techniques in Pediatric dentistry: A practical course: A full-day pediatric dentistry course given on 2nd February 2014, during the DWDM – Dubai World Dental Meeting, Dubai, UAE
  • Zirconia crowns in pediatric dentistry, AEEDC, Dubai, 6th February 2014
  • Challenges in pediatric oral healthcare, AEEDC, Dubai, 5th February 2014
  • R. Tayara. Tooth talk for diabetic children. Dialeb 2013
  • R. Tayara. Psychological management of children and young adolescents. Speaker at the scientific dental conferences – November 2011, accredited by HAAD (Health Authority of Abu Dhabi), Faculty of Medicine, UAE University, UAE
  • R. Tayara. Management of epileptic children in pediatric dentistry. Speaker at the scientific dental conferences – June 2011, accredited by HAAD (Health Authority of Abu Dhabi), Faculty of Medicine, UAE University, UAE
  • R. Tayara. Management of epileptic children in pediatric dentistry. Speaker at the Beirut International Dental Meeting – September 2010, Beirut, Lebanon
  • R. Tayara, H. Buithieu. Infectious Endocarditis: Guilty or Not? Poster presentation presented at the Annual Congress of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, May 2007, San Antonio, Texas, USA

What Patients Say

"Being a mother of a stubborn independent baby girl who refused always to brush her teeth was the most annoying thing in life! But doctor Rafif made the brushing teeth a fun activity for ivy where now I enjoy brushing teeth with her when ivy puts her as an idol tooth fairy to impress her with her white teeth! Doctor Rafif life is always better when your around." –Self-verified patient of Dr. Rafif Tayara

"My two kids have been going to Dr Michaels Clinic for the last 3 years, and the results and the experience was excellent. The staff and the dentist, Dr Rafif, are very respectful and pleasant to my kids. Dr Rafif and the dental assistants have an excellent bedside manner. I highly recommend this place." –John Donnelly

"A very professional clinic throughout. Dr Rafif put my son at ease throughout his checkups as previously he has found going to the dentist quite daunting. Administration and booking procedures from the reception team is always on point. I won’t be thinking of branching outside this clinic for as long as I’m in Dubai. Thank you, Dr. Michael’s!" –Natasha Khan

"My young daughter considers Dr. Rafif as one of her best friends. :) .... I’m really taken back by the personal effort and touches done by the dentists and their team in making this such a great dental Center." –Sharmaine GabrieL

"I just wanted to share the experience I had with Dr. Rafif. I have a 4-year-old daughter Serena and a 2-year-old son Sami.

Serena and Sami had a great experience. Dr. Rafif was awesome and made them feel totally at ease. Taking time to explain in a playful way made my stubborn children totally enjoy the process!

Although Sami was scared at the beginning, Dr. Rafif managed to make him feel comfortable, never predicted it would be that easy! When they were done, Dr. Rafif gave them toys which made them very happy.

What amazed me the most was when both my kids said, 'I want to come back here and my daughter added Dr. Rafif is my friend.'

I felt super comfortable and I will gladly visit twice a year as per Dr. Rafif’s recommendations without getting heartache! Thank you, Dr. Rafif, for all the tips your provided and the excellent experience for the children and me." –May Sayed, Mum of Sami & Serena, Public Speaker - Dubai, UAE

"Kamronbek been having his front tooth issue since he was 1.5 years old. We found out that due to fall his one front tooth came with gap in it (fusion), which obviously got decayed and he had the root canal done that early. Since then Kamronbek visited different dentists but we never found the one he could fully trust.

When we visited Dr. Rafif Tayara the first time I was sure that Kamronbek would be fine, however my panic started right before the second visit because I was sure that Kamronbek will refuse sitting on chair and especially open the mouth for the tooth extraction (that only front tooth troubling us with dark color and sharpness for almost 2 years).

To my astonishment Kamronbek entered Dr. Rafif’s room while I was getting my coffee at the very welcoming reception and was already sitting on the chair and chatting with Dr. Rafif when I followed them.

All this time and even later after the appointment I remained shocked from such fun and quick tooth extraction of a toddler who is not even 4, who is drama king and never trusts people he meets for second time only.

I can assure that Dr. Rafif is that Tooth Fairy who is loved and waited by the children. Honestly, she could magically build the friendship with Kamronbek and was able to bring that pleasant dental experience that will stay in his memory. I totally and sincerely recommend dr. Rafif and sure she is Kamronbek’s very own dentist for long future!" –Nilufar, Dubai, UAE

"Leah’s first dental check-up was a total success! No cavities, healthy gums and everything is fine despite all the candy she had during the summer holidays in Lebanon. Thank God! Dr. Rafif is such a sweetheart, she is so friendly with kids, very calm and explains everything in detail. She advised me not to give Leah milk before she sleeps, use toothpaste with fluoride also eat healthy and stay away from candy and sugar to maintain healthy teeth! The clinic itself is so clean and big from the inside and I loved the bikes in the garden and all the toys that kept the kids entertained while waiting!" –Malak Mansour, Dubai, U.A.E.

Dr. Rafif Tayara

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Milk teeth are often neglected in today's world and it's common for parents to think of not treating their child’s caries, thinking they will eventually fall. To unlock those myths, we are welcoming Dr. Rafif Tayara to help us get some real answers: How do we take care of our children's little pearly whites? What are the best practices to prevent oral health disease for children and to prevent dental phobia in growing teens? What are the updates in the cosmetic world of pediatric dentistry.

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