6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist In Kelowna

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There is nothing that influences your smile as much as your eating habits. Develop good eating habits and your dentist will smile down on you too.

1. Rinse after eating
Rinse your mouth with a drink of water or brush your teeth after a meal.  Folks who snack all day long prolong tooth exposure to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top.

2. Avoid sugary gum

Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and spoil your hard earned healthy gums. If you are one of the many Kelowna gum chewers, do your teeth a favor and go sugarless.

3. Avoid sticky foods
Sticky foods have a habit of clinging to your teeth with stronger chances for decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even dried fruit can be problematic for your smile. Brushing doesn’t always remove the obstinate particles.

4. Consume nutritious foods
A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system sturdy and able to fight infection.

5. Consume cheese
Cheese contains calcium and protects from acid that breaks down tooth enamel. (It’s important not to go overboard as cheese is high in fat.)

6. Avoid acidic foods
Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Minimize direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.

If you have concerns about enamel damage that’s already taken place on your teeth, need help with crooked, chipped or missing teeth, or just need to get in for a check up, call Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair in Kelowna today. 778-478-3693

We’ll answer your questions about Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, and Sedation Dentistry. We know braces, veneers, dental implants, oral sedation, and the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Kelowna can bring up questions and concerns. Dr. Stephen Malfair helps alleviate those worries and brings you to a place of knowledge and power. Make an appointment to discuss your dental goals.

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair: 778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 


Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

Kelowna Oral Dentistry I’m Stephen Malfair DDS of Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair in Kelowna. My patients often ask me if chewing xylitol gum is an effective substitute for tooth brushing and regular dental exams.

Before I answer that question, let me tell you a little bit about xylitol:

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually beneficial for your teeth.

Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated that xylitol impedes the growth of the bacteria that initiates cavities. It also diminishes plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many of my patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For my patients that experience frequent dry mouth, I recommend xylitol gum or mints to stimulate saliva production while safeguarding against cavities.

Now, back to the golden question. Is xylitol gum just as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing your family dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental problems before they start. If you postpone dental visits until you feel pain, you risk losing teeth and most certainly will require more extensive treatment than if the trouble was caught earlier.

Is it time for a dental exam? Call us at 778-478-3693 to book an appointment. Our caring team is waiting to take care of all your dental needs.

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair: 778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 


Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s examine some details about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when correctly brushing.

Working up a good foam is accomplished by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming aids in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are ideal for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may notice tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in severe cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Furthermore, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:
Wet soft bristle toothbrush
Use fluoridated toothpaste
Brush at 45 degree angle
Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
Cover every surface of every tooth
Swish around in mouth before spitting out
Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, a highly-regarded dental practice. We are passionate about dental education and confident smiles for all.

Dr. Malfair has been serving Kelowna area families since 2004.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic services we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

We work hard to exceed your expectations.

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair: 778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 


The Choose Your Smile Guide To Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth usually come in between ages 16 and 24. Wisdom teeth are not always troublesome, but it is important to learn as early as possible whether your wisdom teeth are coming in sideways or otherwise impacting your other teeth.

Checking your wisdom teeth in Kelowna is a simple and painless process, and can save you trouble down the road.

Our practice, ‘Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, works with patients of all ages, and our caring staff can help you determine whether your wisdom teeth will need to be extracted. We can also help you determine whether your wisdom teeth will require advanced care, or if a simple procedure can solve the problem.

Wisdom teeth can be painful, and we don’t like pain at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair. It’s our goal to give you the best care and attention when checking your wisdom teeth. We will keep you relaxed and comfortable.

If you are in the Kelowna area and need to have your wisdom teeth examined, call us at 778-478-3693 to schedule an appointment. Our  dental practice is located at 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna. We also service the greater Kelowna area.

We offer cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry along with a full array of general and family dental services. Let Stephen Malfair examine your wisdom teeth and help you make a healthy decision for your future.

We work hard to exceed your expectations.

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 


Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the particular location can be hard to discover.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become inflamed and infected, it can affect the teeth.

In acute cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also take place. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most prevalent type of oral abscess originates in the pulp of the tooth and is ordinarily caused by cavities.

When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually lead to pain.

An abscess can cause total tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.

If an abscess damages the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection?
Sinus pain generally manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will most likely feel a sharp shot of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both problems – an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

Call Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair is you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. If it’s a sinus infection, your doctor can help you. This is a situation where you need counsel from both your dental and medical care provider.

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7


Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair In Kelowna Is Accepting New Patients

Kelowna Teeth Whitening Hello, I am Dr. Malfair.

Whether you are one of our patients, or a blogosphere visitor, welcome to my dental blog.

My dental practice is called Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair and is located at 1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301 in Kelowna, British Columbia. I have been practicing dentistry since 2004. Since opening my cosmetic dental practice, I have seen a lot of changes in dental techniques and tooth restoration materials, however, my commitment to the highest quality of care and personal attention to my patients has not changed.

At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, my caring staff and I provide a full menu of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services. If you are looking for a gentle kid-friendly pediatric dentist or a smile design specialist, I invite you to schedule a consultation. We are committed to making each visit as quick and pleasant as possible.

Some of the industry-leading services we offer are tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, safe tooth whitening, and invisible braces. Ask us about sealants, dental implants and complete smile transformations. You can find more specifics about our services at http://drmalfair.ca/blog/.

If you have British Columbia dental insurance, call my office to see if we are contracted with your provider. If you don’t have dental insurance, call us at 778-478-3693 for information on our rates and smile makeover financing options. Budgeting for regular cleanings and checkups can ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life.

What could be a better investment?

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7


What Can Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair Do For You?

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Hello, and welcome to the Kelowna dental health blog. My name is Dr. Stephen Malfair and I want to tell you about our Kelowna practice, Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair. We work hard to keep our patients satisfied. Our most popular services are:

Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental Implants
Sedation Dentistry
Teeth Whitening
Porcelain Veneers

We serve residents in the Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 area from ages 35 to 65. Our caring staff is there to help you get the healthiest teeth possible.

Along with healthy teeth, many of our Mission and V1Y 8B7 patients want to know more about popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, and more!

A combination of cosmetic dental treatments can remedy every problem to achieve your dazzling smile!

If you live in the Kelowna area and would like to see what Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair has to offer, give us a call at 778-478-3693. We are currently accepting new dental patients!

We are located at 1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301 in Kelowna, British Columbia and we have been serving the dental patients of the V1Y 8B7 and V1W 3C6 area since 2004. We can’t wait to make you our next satisfied patient.

Contact us today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7


Top Reasons To Visit Your Kelowna Dentist

Visit Your Kelowna Dentist Top Ten Reasons To Visit Your Local Kelowna Dentist:

  1. Check Up; it’s time, and this is the best way to avoid dental problems.
  2. Clean Up; our dental hygienist is ready to give you a super clean smile.
  3. Brush Up; if it has been a while since your last dental visit, it’s probably time to come in to learn about the new options we have for dental care.
  4. Avoid Pain; if you have dental pain and have been putting off a trip to the dentist, come in now. We specialize in relieving dental pain.
  5. Fillings; we can find and fill all your dental cavities in almost no time at all. This will help you avoid more painful problems down the road, and helps ease some of those sensitivities to hot and cold.
  6. Prevent Gum Disease; we can assess the health of your gums and suggest treatments or practices that are available to help you improve the health of your gums.
  7. A Whiter Smile; We can help. We have tooth whitening options available that will brighten your smile and make your teeth whiter.
  8. Tooth Replacement; If you are missing a tooth, we can help restore your smile with the latest in tooth replacement technology.
  9. Cosmetic Dentistry is something everyone is considering to make improvements to their smile. We can help you assess the options and learn more about the possibilities of cosmetic dentistry.
  10. Confidence; Nothing brings you more confidence than a bright and beautifully healthy smile.

I’m Dr. Stephen Malfair of Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair in Kelowna, British Columbia. Give us a call at 778-478-3693.

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 


Protect Those Nooks And Crannies

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Dr. Stephen Malfair is committed to the prevention of dental caries, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Preventative dentistry – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist – are indispensable for keeping your smile bright and free of tooth decay. There are some places, however, where enamel weakening can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.

The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most problematic area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for dental caries to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

While brushing frequently is important, an additional safeguard against dental caries is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier that Dr. Malfair can apply. The sealants are placed over the top of each tooth, to impede bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.

Many Kelowna parents obtain sealants for their children and teens, and many adults in the Kelowna area are having them applied to help fight dental caries and protect enamel. After sealants are applied, they will be examined at each visit and reapplied as required.

Are they cost effective? Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative services that may be necessary in the future. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.

To preserve a healthy smile, follow these important steps:

Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every few months
Brush with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste after each meal
Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy
Visit Dr. Malfair at least once a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined
Consider having sealants to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places

People all over the Kelowna area trust Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair in Kelowna for their family’s dental care. Dr. Malfair, DDS, specializes in:

Call today for an appointment at 778-478-3693 and trust the caring team at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair to help keep you smiling.

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 


Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

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1. Dentures are not the only replacement selection for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a more effective option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has important implications. Dental implants can prohibit bone recession that frequently occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can provide patients the near-normal ability to talk and chew.

2. There are more than one kind of denture. Most individuals are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some remaining teeth. Partial dentures can be permanent in the mouth or removable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The critical factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can strengthen existing bone in some patients. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen Malfair to find out if you are a good candidate.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice appropriate oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no natural teeth left, it’s indispensable that you have biannual dental examination. Optimal oral health is an integral component of overall physical well-being. Dr. Malfair will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.

Dr. Stephen Malfair, one of the most experienced and skilled dental professionals in the Kelowna area, has expertise with many tooth restoration procedures. Call 778-478-3693 today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7