15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as vital as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription drugs can increase your risk of cavities.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of youth between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated dental caries.
  7. Heartburn can be damaging for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as damaging for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team recently used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. http://www.businessinsider.com/laser-stem-cell-tooth-tissue-regeneration-2014-5#ixzz3fzlosJDMTooth
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

I am Dr. Stephen Malfair of Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair. I hope you have found today’s post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about your amazing teeth and some of the lesser-known risk factors for decay.

I am accepting new patients at my Kelowna dental practice. I am dedicated to preventative dentistry and lifelong oral health. I advise my Kelowna patients about Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants and Sedation Dentistry. In addition, I offer a full menu of cosmetic dental services. If you are seeking a dentist in the Kelowna area, I invite you to schedule an appointment to meet me and my caring team.

 

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778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


Filtered Kelowna Water And Oral Health

Filtered Kelowna Water And Oral Health

A simple way for Kelowna residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventative.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

 

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and is benefiting your teeth.

I’m Dr. Stephen Malfair, an experienced Kelowna dentist. I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 778-478-3693 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the Kelowna area since 2004, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Kelowna, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

 

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

 


White Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Kelowna Hello! Welcome to the Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair dental blog. If this your first visit, we hope you find useful information about our outstanding Kelowna dental practice. If you have read some of our previous articles, we are glad you checked back with us. We post new articles regularly.

My name is Stephen Malfair, DDS. I have been practicing dentistry in Kelowna since 2004. Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair is a full-service dental office located at 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna. In addition to providing comprehensive examinations and deep cleanings for patients in the Kelowna area, we perform all types of tooth restorations.

When a tooth has decay or has been damaged, a dental restoration is needed to restore the tooth to its previous intact condition. A dental filling is one of the most common and well-known types of restorations. A dental filling is used to repair decayed or damaged tooth surfaces. Most people have a few fillings in their mouth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with nearly-invisible fillings that are tooth colored. These fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old silver fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly and relatively inexpensively by getting rid of the metal.

If you would like to replace your amalgam fillings, call us at 778-478-3693 to schedule a consultation. We are currently accepting new patients and would be happy to show you around our Kelowna dental office and introduce you to our friendly team.

Smile – it increases your face value!

 

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

 


Debunking Dental Myths

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Today’s Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair blog post focuses on three dental-related myths prevalent in the Kelowna area.

All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth
We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately. For example, sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.

You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway
Healthy primary teeth serve several important purposes. They allow the child to eat and speak properly. They retain proper spacing of teeth. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.

Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal
We will let the American Associate of Endodontists explain this one:
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.1

At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, we provide accurate answers to all of your dental questions.

If you are interested in Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening or Porcelain Veneers, call us today to schedule an appointment.

1“Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain,” American Associate of Endodontists, http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/myths-about-root-canals-and-root-canal-pain.aspx, accessed June 4, 2014

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Dental Veneers

Emergency Dental Care

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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 Sealants Prevent Cavities For Kelowna Kids

Choose Your Smile - Dr. Stephen Malfair Sealants Prevent Cavities For Kelowna Kids Your child’s first dental exam at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair should occur when the first teeth are in, usually between six months and one year of age. During your child’s first check-up at our Kelowna office, we can discuss sealants, a clear layer of plastic applied to the grooved surfaces of the teeth.

Sealants protect the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the crevasses where food particles can get caught and breed harmful bacteria They are especially effective in the back teeth where most cavities occur.

The application process takes only one short visit at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair. The teeth are cleaned, dried, and then liquid sealant is applied to teeth and hardened: it’s quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.

Sealants are covered by most British Columbia dental insurance plans. For parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some British Columbia dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair typically recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.

If properly cared for, Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair sealants can last for many years, protecting your child during the most cavity-prone ages.

Diligent oral hygiene and refraining from biting into hard objects are essential and will help the sealants last longer. Stephen Malfair will survey the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair if needed.

Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair dental visits are important for pediatric dental health. For more details about sealants, contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair today.

We work hard to exceed your expectations.

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 8B7

 


Dr. Malfair Knows When A Simple Problem Can Become Serious

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Today in the Kelowna family dentist blog we are going to discuss those small irritations in the mouth that have the potential to become big problems.

Injuries, sores, or inflammation in the mouth can be very uncomfortable. These non-specific irritations, called stomatitis, have many different causes. They may be cause by cold sores, gum disease, or biting the inside of your mouth. They may also be cause by the irritation that results from broken teeth or braces.

In fact, any inflammation of the membranes in the mouth can be classified as stomatitis. Stomatitis can affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even to fall asleep at night. These pests can really have an impact on the lives of Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 residents!

The good news is that most of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. However, there is a possibility that a viral or bacterial infection can occur, so it’s important to let your Kelowna dentist know about these sores. Even if there are no complications, your dentist can help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

Hi, my name is Dr. Stephen Malfair. I take care of patients in the Kelowna area at my comfortable and friendly Kelowna dental office. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, give us a call at 778-478-3693.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, dental bonding, and dental implants.

We hope to see you in our Kelowna office soon!

The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
“Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed on September 11, 2013

 

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

 


3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you “gotta do”. At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, we understand that. But we encourage you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty items on your to-do list.

Twice-yearly dental exams are crucial for keeping your smile in ideal shape!

“But my teeth feel fine.”
We’ve heard this excuse. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental problems can be progressing without you being aware of it.

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in danger.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any deterioration.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.1 Dr. Malfair will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is essential.

After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Malfair will detail what is required moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful! Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Stephen Malfair at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair will ensure you avoid extreme dental problems.

1http://oralcancerfoundation.org/

 

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 8B7

 


Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

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Body piercings are a common form of self-expression seen around Kelowna. Today’s post is for those who currently have an oral piercing or are considering one.

Since this is a dental blog, I am sure you expect us to raise all sorts of alarms warning of the dangers of piercings. You are right. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious problems with not only your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. These piercings can bring about tooth damage, cavities, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone recession, compromised immune system function and, in rare cases, death.

In general, any oral piercing is going to open you up to an array of harmful oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can bring about difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing issues. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve deterioration, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also ensue.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Chips, cracks, and enamel erosion compromise their stability and shorten their life span.

Complications with some piercings arise by the introduction of hepatitis and herpes simplex viruses, and even more complications have occurred with bacteria entering the bloodstream and eventually lodging in the heart valve. In rare cases, such infections are fatal.

Though not technically a piercing, some British Columbia people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is detrimental for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal needed. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

Dr. Malfair encourages patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their health at risk. However, if you have an oral piercing and plan to keep it, we guide you to have consistent dental cleanings and check-ups at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair in Kelowna. We will set up a schedule for regular visits so we can discover and fix problems in their early stages before they become more extreme. Do not wait if you suspect you may have a dental or physical trouble. Call 778-478-3693 ASAP.

Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair is located at 1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301 in Kelowna. We serve the Kelowna, Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 communities with superior dental care.  We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about Teeth WhiteningSedation DentistryCosmetic Dentistry and Dental Implants. 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 8B7

 


3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

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Hi. I’m Dr. Stephen Malfair, an experienced dentist in Kelowna. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health, and today I would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your Mission, V1Y 8B7, or V1W 3C6 dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair is located at 1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301 in Kelowna. We serve the Kelowna, Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 communities with superior dental care.  We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about Teeth Whitening, Sedation Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Implants.

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

 


Are You Benefiting From Fluoridated Water?

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Question: What outstanding community-based voluntary health measure has done the most to prevent tooth decay in the U.S. in the past 70 years?
Answer: Municipal water fluoridation!

Fluoride is a tooth’s best friend because it strengthens the enamel and can reverse demineralization. That’s why there is fluoride in toothpaste and fluoride treatments are performed during routine teeth cleanings at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair and other dental practices across the country.

Most water that comes from natural sources contains fluoride along with many other vital minerals. In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first city to adjust the fluoride level in its municipal water supply to improve the dental health of its citizens. Since then, hundreds of U.S. communities have voluntarily adjusted the fluoride in their water supplies to recommended levels, delivering beneficial dental benefits to millions of Americans.

This is from The Centers for Disease Control:

“Community water fluoridation is not only safe and effective, but it is also cost-saving and the least expensive way to deliver the benefits of fluoride to all residents of a community. For larger communities of more than 20,000 people, it costs about 50 cents per person to fluoridate the water. It is also cost-effective because every $1 invested in this preventive measure yields approximately $38 savings in dental treatment costs.”1

How do you know if your municipal water supply in British Columbia is adjusted for the optimum fluoride level? Check your water bill for the phone number of your local water district and call their office. They can give you specifics on the levels of all the minerals in your water and whether the fluoride levels are adjusted to recommended levels for dental health.

British Columbia families with wells can have their water tested at a laboratory. Contact your local health department for details on where to get your water tested.

If you have children and your Kelowna municipal water supply does not contain the recommended level of fluoride, you may want to give your kids fluoride supplements. The fluoride will strengthen the primary teeth that have already erupted and also the adult teeth that are forming. Your Kelowna pediatrician or family doctor can prescribe fluoride supplements.

If your child hasn’t had a dental exam in a while, call Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair at 778-478-3693 to schedule a pediatric dental exam. We are committed to ensuring that our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable.

Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair is located at 1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301 in Kelowna. We serve the Kelowna, Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 communities with superior dental care.  We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about Teeth Whitening, Sedation Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Implants.

To read more about community water fluoridation, see http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/basics/index.htm

1“Fluoridation Basics,”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/basics/index.htm, accessed on March 30, 2015

 

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-478-3693

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1890 Cooper Rd Ste 301
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 8B7