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    This post from Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna focuses on a problem that many people experience – bad breath.

    Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most frequent cause is poor oral hygiene. Often, halitosis arises midday arising from not brushing teeth between meals. Small food parts on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the unpleasant odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

    While poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of halitosis, many factors can contribute to or worsen the issue. The best remedy is regular, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be needed depending on the cause(s).

    For example, a salivary gland issue or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

    Most Common Causes of Bad Breath:

    Poor oral hygiene
    Inability to brush between meals
    Gum disease or tooth decay
    Smoking
    Braces
    An infected root canal
    Diabetes
    Kidney failure
    Liver problems
    Infection
    Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
    Dieting
    Age
    Crooked teeth
    Ear, nose, throat issues
    Tonsil issues
    Constant breathing through the mouth
    Specific foods: garlic, onions, horseradish, etc.
    Some prescription medications
    Ill-fitting dentures

    To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

    Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
    Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
    Use a tongue spray or scraper
    Use antimicrobial mouth rinse
    Chew sugarless gum
    Brush and floss after each meal
    Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
    Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
    Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out
    Talk to your doctor or dentist if bad breath continues despite proper oral hygiene

    Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with the dentist.
    At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we provide skilled dental care with general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

    250-860-8900

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     

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    Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

    Kelowna Dental Implants

    Plaque can appear in any mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be with daily brushing and flossing. Because of that, it is essential to visit the Choose Your Smile dentist in Kelowna twice a year, for regular cleanings and checkups.

    If your teeth have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you have a sweet tooth, watch out.

    The plaque process goes something like this:

    Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, and always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will become that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.)

    This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that eats away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process – that is, daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

    Given enough time, plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease. If you’re seeing us twice a year we’ll catch it in its early stages, when treatment is easiest. But regular brushing and flossing is usually enough to head it off entirely. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we also offer general dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

    250-860-8900

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     

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    It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

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    The goal of preventative dentistry is to maintain oral health so that no restorative dental work ever becomes needed. That is always what we aim for at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna: avoiding dental fillings and other issues.

    Brushing your teeth and flossing is the best means of preventing problems. It is also important to get your teeth cleaned and examined twice a year.

    With children, an extra layer of protection comes with dental sealants. Sealants are a thin plastic covering, generally used on the chewing surface of the molars. These teeth are especially susceptible to trapped food particles, and are also the hardest ones to brush. The goal of a sealant is to guard a tooth against decay, which is always preferable to filling a cavity.

    Despite efforts to keep children’s teeth healthy, many children develop several cavities during their childhood years. Since the rate of tooth decay commonly declines with age, if teeth remain intact during childhood, there is a better chance that these teeth can stay healthy for decades.

    At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we provide more than just dental fillings. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to keep your smile beautiful. And we encourage second opinions if you’ve ever got any questions about recommended procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

    250-860-8900

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     

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    How Bright Can You Shine?

    Affordable Kelowna Cosmetic Dentistry

    Do you want brighter, whiter teeth? Most people notice their teeth dull as the years go by. But foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth at any age. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we can do something about that with cosmetic dentistry.

    Or can you do it on your own? Over the counter products like whitening strips or toothpaste may slightly lighten stains, but for a truly dazzling smile, it takes professional-grade materials.

    If you have dental veneers, bonding, or bridges, teeth whitening bleach will not impact the stains and your whitened natural teeth may make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At Choose Your Smile we can advise you about new dental work, including veneers or bondings, if these have discolored with age.

    Brushing after meals can help prevent staining. But immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks, just rinse your mouth with water. Brushing before the acids are neutralized or washed away can break down enamel.

    In-office teeth whitening takes about an hour and bleaches teeth to a whiter-than-ever brilliance. Professional take-home whitening kits are also available and can produce fantastic results over time.

    For more information about teeth whitening, contact Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. We also offer general dentistry.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

    250-860-8900

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     

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    Help For Nervous Patients

    Sedation Dentistry in KelownaConsider the following scenario: You are stretched out in a chair at the dentist’s office when a bright overhead light turns on, and you see latex-gloved hands moving toward your open mouth. Your heart begins to race and your palms are sweaty. If so, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

    Sedation dentistry benefits nervous dental patients every day. Moderate sedation aids in all types of dental care such as root canals, dental implants, and wisdom teeth removal.

    If you are planning to undergo extensive restorative or cosmetic dental work, sedation may permit the dentist to perform multiple procedures in a single visit while you remain calm.

    At Choose Your Smile, we offer two options: oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative, and IV sedation, administered intravenously. Both are effective; you’ll need a ride home afterward.

    If you’re coping with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, sedation dentistry allows you to get the work you need to maintain your dental health. We also provide general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

    250-860-8900

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     

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    Are All Carbs Created Equal?

    Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Kelowna

    Did you know that making small changes to your diet can improve your dental health? It’s true! And at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we are working to improve the dental health of each of our patients on a daily basis.

    Most people are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

    All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and, left unchecked, gum disease. It’s quite a domino effect.

    Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

    At Choose Your Smile, we continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

    Another important way people can improve their oral health is to get plenty of calcium: 800mg a day for men, and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

    Diet alone will not prevent cavities and harmful gum disease for dental patients, but wise eating supports healthy teeth and gums.

    Choose Your Smile in Kelowna offers a full menu of general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

    250-860-8900

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     

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    Beware Of Hidden Sugar

    preventative dentistry in V1Y 8B7At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we advise our patients to watch their sugar intake to prohibit cavities and other health problems.

    If you are trying to reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as conspicuous as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in pixie stix.

    Here are some foods found in grocery stores and school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

    • Ketchup
    • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
    • Salad dressing
    • Breads, buns, rolls
    • Spaghetti sauce
    • Protein bars
    • Granola
    • Canned soup
    • Peanut butter
    • Yogurt
    • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
    • Antacids
    • Cough drops
    • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

    Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

    raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice

    Do the math: when shopping at markets or health food stores, carefully assess food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly realize how much sugar an item contains.

    At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. We are providers of general and cosmetic dentistry. Come see us today!

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

    250-860-8900

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     

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    Crown Or Veneer?

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    Choose Your Smile in Kelowna offers multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures for creating remarkable smiles. Two of the most popular are dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

    Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.

    A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth. Ceramic laminate is used to create durable veneers. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold.

    Crowns and veneers are both affixed to the tooth with a special adhesive. Both are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel. Veneers come in two types: traditional, which require the removal of a thin layer of the patient’s tooth enamel, and prepless, which don’t.

    Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but dental crowns are often a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can fix the shape of a tooth, repair a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

    Crowns and veneers are among the cosmetic dentistry procedures available from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. Schedule a consultation with us today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

    250-860-8900

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     

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    Teeth: What Have They Done For You Lately?

    Kelowna Cosmetic Dentistry

    This post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna goes to the heart of what dentistry is all about: the function of healthy teeth.

    The shape of each of your teeth gives a clue to what it does. The incisors, or your front teeth, are sharp. They need to be because their job is to cut food and their curvature helps move food inside the mouth.

    Behind the incisors, you find the canine teeth. Their roots go far into the jaw bone because they are designed to hold onto food and tear through it.

    Premolars, found just behind the canines, are flat on the surface. This allows them to crush your food as you chew. And, finally, in the very back are the molars. They are large and have nice, flat chewing surfaces that help them to grind food down into smaller, more digestible pieces.

    Now that you know a little more about your teeth, we hope you are motivated to take great care of them. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer comprehensive dental services including general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

    250-860-8900

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     

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    Calming Root Canal Fears

    British Columbia Dentist Calms Root Canal FearsA dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful place. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we try to discourage that image with a caring staff. Even so, hearing they need a root canal can strike fear in the most courageous of our patients.

    Root canals, known formally as endodontic therapy, still carry a strong association with pain. It doesn’t need to be that way. Root canals are performed on infected teeth, which can cause a great deal of pain. The root canal doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.

    When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, we clean the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection from the inside of the tooth. We then seal the tooth to prevent further decay, and finish by applying a crown or filling.

    The process can be completed, typically, in just a few visits. In many cases, a root canal is a better option than removing the infected tooth since it allows you to keep your natural tooth.

    Though root canals can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to the team at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna can relieve much of your anxiety. We can provide sedation dentistry to get you through a root canal or other procedure. Call us today to schedule your next checkup.

    Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

    250-860-8900

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

     

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