Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

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The purpose of this article from Love Your Smile in Kelowna is to debunk some of the most common myths about sedation dentistry.

Myth #1: With Sedation Dentistry, You Are Completely Unconscious

Some dental patients are not only afraid of receiving treatment; they also fear the thought of not being in control. We offer different levels of sedation, but none of the sedation options put you completely to sleep.

Myth #2: Dental Sedation Should Only Be Used For Extensive Dental Treatment

Anxiety-free dentistry is completely safe. Many nervous sedation dentistry patients request sedation for routine exams and procedures.

Myth #3: Most Dental Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Sleep Dentistry

Some insurers do cover sedation. Check with your provider for details about your benefits.

Myth #4: Sleep Dentistry Is Still Experimental

Dentists have been safely providing sedation for many years. We meet all the requirements advised by the American Dental Association. We offer two types of sedation!

  1. Oral Conscious Sedation: You take a prescribed sedative before your appointment. It makes you sleepy, but you won’t sleep. You will need someone to drive you to and from our office.
  2. IV Sedation: A deeper level of sedation, this can be monitored and controlled by your dentist and the effects are felt almost immediately. You will feel relaxed and drift into a sleep-like state, where you will be unaware of the procedure.

Sedation dentistry from Love Your Smile in Kelowna is a boon to people with dental anxiety. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 have benefitted from it. We also offer complete general dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Love 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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5 Ways To Prevent A Cracked Tooth

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Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and costly to repair. In this post from Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.

  • Avoid chewing on hard things. Patients should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky.
  • Beware pitted fruits. That peach may be soft, but, if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.
  • Protect your teeth. It is essential to care for your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where your mouth can be struck. If you enjoy lacrosse, hockey, snowboarding, or any physically strenuous activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.
  • Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Locate a pair of scissors to open a package or cut the price tag off a new piece of clothing. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.
  • Avoid grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding not only wears teeth down, it can lead to a cracked tooth. If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, talk to us so we can address the problem.
  • Get regular dental check-ups and cleanings. We can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. We may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. Repair these cracks early, before more damage ensues.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health. Patients in Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to us for complete general and restorative dentistry services. Contact us today!

Contact Love 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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Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

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Here is important news for anyone who cares about their dental health: gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is associated with heart disease. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, gum disease is easy to treat if it is caught in the early stages.

What warning signs should you be looking for?

  • Bleeding gums
  • Tender, swollen, or reddish gums, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  • Sudden changes in your bite or your teeth
  • Loose gums or teeth
  • A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

Even if you aren’t seeing any of these symptoms, keep brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis. We recommend twice each day. It’s the best way to maintain dental health and prevent gum disease. Regular check-ups are also important.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer gum disease treatment. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to our practice for complete general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Love 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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Can Cosmetic Dentistry Create Perfect Smiles?

Cosmetic Dentistry Gives Kelowna Residents Perfect Smiles

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we use cosmetic dentistry to create positive changes to the smiles of our patients every day. The resulting smiles are beautiful, and as near to perfect as they can be!

While creating beautiful smiles is our goal with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it isn’t always simple. The overall objective is to ensure the health and function of our patients smiles, along with their appearance.

Our teeth are subjected to a lot of wear and tear, and even the brightest smiles can become dull over the years. Our cosmetic dentistry toolbox includes things like in-office teeth whitening, which takes about an hour, and a professional-strength, take-home whitening kit.

If your teeth have unsightly chips or cracks, cosmetic dentistry can address them with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth to produce a smile your friends will envy.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can all be drawn together into a smile makeover that leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. Cosmetic dentistry brings out your very best!

To find out what cosmetic dentistry from Love Your Smile in Kelowna can do for you, call our office to schedule an appointment. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also some to us for general dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Love 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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Total Tooth Restoration

Total Tooth Restoration

Cosmetic dentistry is really coming into its own. Trend-watchers say that more and more people are choosing it every day to restore their teeth and improve their smiles, with the procedures available at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

We all want to look our best. But cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about looking good; it is good for your dental health. For example, straight teeth in the correct position are easier to care for, and make for a healthier mouth. That probably explains why clear braces are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry options; they can straighten your teeth, and are almost undetectable as you wear them.

Clear braces are not, of course, the only cosmetic dentistry option. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular procedures out there. A lot of people try to get whiter teeth at home, and there is a nearly bewildering selection of over-the-counter whitening products on the market. But none of them – not toothpastes, strips, or gels – can match the power of professional-grade teeth whitening.

Also in demand are porcelain veneers. They can completely transform the appearance of your smile, and like other cosmetic dentistry, are minimally invasive. A thin layer of tooth enamel is removed before veneers are permanently attached to your teeth. After that, you’ve got a mega-watt smile.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures from Love Your Smile in Kelowna can restore your beautiful smile! Find out why people from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 trust us with their smiles! We also offer complete general dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Love 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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What’s On Your Dental Wish List?

What Is On Your Dental Wish List?

Would you like to improve your smile? At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we use cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve smiles every day. If you’re not satisfied with your smile, rest assured there is a procedure for you.

Here is a sampling of what we can do to improve your smile:

  • Teeth Whitening: Is there anyone who doesn’t want whiter teeth? The results from professional teeth whitening are superior to those of any product you can buy at the store. You’ll have gleaming teeth and a fabulous smile!
  • Porcelain Veneers: Medical-grade porcelain shells are custom-fit to your teeth. They cover chips, cracks, gaps, and other imperfections. They aren’t permanent, but when properly cared for will last about ten to fifteen years.
  • Dental Implants: These marvels of modern dentistry are titanium posts inserted into your jaw, where they fuse with the bone. An artificial tooth is mounted onto the post. Implants look and function like natural teeth.
  • Dental Crowns: Crowns are often placed on top of a decayed tooth, or after a root canal or other procedure. They protect and stabilize what is left of the original tooth. They too look and function like a natural tooth.

These and other procedures can restore the appearance and functionality of your teeth. So what’s on your dental wish list? At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, and have improved the smiles of people from all over Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6. We also offer restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Love 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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Why Is Dry Mouth Risky For Your Teeth?

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Kelowna Dental Patients?

A condition known as dry mouth is fairly common, and has some common causes. It can be really uncomfortable, and can also pose a threat to your dental health. Here is some information from Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, which is pronounced zero-STO-me-ah. Some of its causes include:

  • Medications: It’s a common side effect of some drugs, which is a really good reason to read the labels.
  • Lifestyle Choices: Physical exertion coupled with improper hydration can result in dry mouth. So can smoking or chewing tobacco, and alcohol. That includes alcohol-based mouthwash; another good reason to read labels.
  • Aging: Estrogen, for example, drops in women after menopause, which may be linked to dry mouth.
  • Asthma: Inhalers can result in dry mouth. So can mouth breathing, which is often seen in people with asthma.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Dry mouth is, in fact, a symptom of diabetes.

Dry Mouth and Dental Health

One of the key functions of saliva is washing food debris from the mouth, and fighting the bacteria that cause cavities. A reduced saliva flow leaves you vulnerable to tooth decay, as well as gum disease, difficulty with swallowing, and a condition called burning mouth syndrome.

The most obvious solution to dry mouth is to drink more water. That often does the trick, but not always.

You can also avoid salty foods, beverages with caffeine and/or alcohol, and smoking.

Another good idea is to try artificial saliva. You can find it in most drug stores, and it comes in several forms, including an oral spray, swabs, dissolving tablets, and gel.

Above all, be sure to tell us about it at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. We can make a recommendation that is best for you. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 trust us with their dental health, and come to our office for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Love 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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Dental Crowns At Love Your Smile

Dental Crowns at Love Your Smile - Dr. Stephen Malfair in Kelowna

Dental crowns have been used in dentistry for many decades. There is even evidence that ancient civilizations experimented with early forms of crowns. Today, dental crowns are a versatile restoration at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

Dental crowns – also called caps – cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. They are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury, restore the original shape of a tooth, or sometimes, simply to improve its appearance.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

The material used is determined by several factors. If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Love Your Smile in Kelowna. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 trust us with their dental health, and also come to us for dental implants. Contact us today!

Contact Love 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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The Unsung Heroes Of Dentistry

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At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we know that the dentist is the first person that comes to mind when thinking of dentistry. However, our team is made up of several crucial members, all of whom work in tandem to make your experience as comfortable and successful as possible.

So, while we are proud to be led by the innovative Dr. Malfair, this post will focus on the unsung heroes of our profession.

Front Desk Staff

Our patient service professionals are the first people you see when you come to our office. We know coming to the dentist can be a stressful experience.

This is why our front desk staff is trained to communicate directly and empathetically. The last thing you need when visiting the dentist is the added stress of an uncooperative staff member.

Dental Assistants

The dental assistant is the office professional that assists our dentist during dentistry procedures. They also have a role in preventive education, make temporary crowns, and remove sutures, to name a few of their integral roles.

Dental Hygienists

These professionals are responsible for the preventive portion of patient treatment. This includes, but is not limited to, oral prophylaxis, oral cancer screening, periodontal screening, and oral hygiene education. Our dental hygienists will give you any and all care information that you need, leading up to or following a procedure.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we would not be able to work our dentistry magic without these important team members. Our team is ready to add you to our list of satisfied clients. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Love 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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Whitening vs Bleaching At Love Your Smile

Whitening vs Bleaching At Love Your Smile - Dr. Stephen Malfair In Kelowna

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that we provide almost daily at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. Everyone, it seems, would like to have a brighter smile.

And why not? A whiter smile boosts self confidence and can take years of wear and discolouration away.

Since modern dentistry offers a vast list of cosmetic options, we know it can be hard to distinguish between different procedures. In order for our patients to stay informed, we have put together a simple comparison between teeth whitening and teeth bleaching. The terms actually describe two different procedures.

Teeth whitener consists of any over-the-counter product used to remove stains from tooth enamel. Toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and cost-effective, and can improve teeth with continued, regular use. They’re a good choice for anyone with sensitive teeth and gums.

The term “bleaching,” however, refers to a teeth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. For best results, teeth bleaching should be administered by a dentist. The results tend to be far superior than any over-the-counter product.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we have brightened countless smiles with professional-grade teeth whitening. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to us for whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services. Request an appointment with us today!

Contact Love 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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