Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s: Keep Those Gums Healthy!

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If you need another reason to keep your gums as healthy as possible, read this post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.

A bacteria called Porphyomonas gingivalis contributes to chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Researchers concluded:

“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable.

Risk factors for periodontal disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

This study should dispel the misconception that oral health is somehow separate from physical health.

It is critical to see your dentist regularly to keep your gums healthy (as well as your teeth). To schedule a periodontal disease exam, call Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. Our services include gum disease treatment and general dentistry. Make an appointment 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

The research study, “Porphyromonas gingivalis in Alzheimer’s disease brains: Evidence for disease causation and treatment with small-molecule inhibitors,” can be found at Science Advances. http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/1/eaau3333

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Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth

Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth, Kelowna

In this post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we will be discussing the often misunderstood subject of wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are sometimes called the third molars because they are even farther back in the mouth than the two sets of regular molars we all have. These four teeth usually erupt when a person is eighteen or nineteen.

Many dentists recommend that wisdom teeth be removed to prevent misplacement in the mouth.

If a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully erupt, it may cause an opening in the gums that can attract bacteria and become infected. Some wisdom teeth are so misplaced that they can actually cause problems with the jaw bone. Both of these conditions can cause severe pain.

If you are in the Kelowna area and are wondering if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, call Choose Your Smile to schedule an appointment. We can assess the condition and placement of your wisdom teeth and discuss a treatment plan. We also offer general dentistry services. Make an appointment 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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Cosmetic Dental Artistry

Cosmetic dentistry is part science and part art. At Choose Your Smile Dentistry in Kelowna, we create positive changes to your teeth and to your smile.

In order to achieve an attractive, yet natural looking result, we do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. In order to create a balanced look, the facial shape and coloring is taken into account. The patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle all influence the plan. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan.

Smile enhancement through cosmetic dentistry can have dramatic results in your overall appearance. Even one procedure, such as teeth whitening, can make a big difference in how you see yourself.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear over the years. But cosmetic dentistry from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna can restore your smile to its youthful appearance. Other services include general dentistry. Call for an appointment 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

 


Keeping You Comfortable

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At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we make every effort to keep our patients comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not only talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are dedicated to your peace of mind at Choose Your Smile:

1. We don’t judge you. We have devoted our careers to promoting dental health and creating beautiful smiles.

We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental trouble. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. Your comfort is important to us.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more prevalent than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some individuals get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

Sedation dentistry allows you to relax through your appointment. There are different levels of sedation, and we’ll determine the one that is best for you.

4. We communicate with you.
 Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your critical questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to call us at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. Don’t put your dental health at risk! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment 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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Your Unique Smile, Only Better!

Kelowna Extreme Smile Makeover

If you are unhappy with your smile, you don’t have to live with it. With cosmetic dentistry from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we can make positive changes to your smile.

When we design a smile, we carefully analyze the macroesthetics (larger facial characteristics and relationships between bone structure, tooth size, and shape) and microesthetics (more delicate features such as tooth shade and degree of translucency). There is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Each smile design is as unique as you are.

Whether you have chipped teeth, yellow enamel, a broken dental bridge, or even missing teeth, there are procedures to fix your issues. You can have a smile that you will be proud to show off.

A smile makeover at Choose Your Smile typically involves two or more procedures. These may include porcelain veneers, tooth implants, crown lengthening, dental bonding, and teeth bleaching.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, even one cosmetic dentistry procedure can make a big difference. We also provide general dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment 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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Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

Mission tooth implant supported dentures

Not everything was better back in the good old days. Take dentures: they’ve been around for generations and have improved many lives, but implant-supported dentures from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna are proving to be a superior option.

Traditional dentures can impede many essential functions. You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures curtail their ability to taste and/or chew.

Implant-supported dentures are dentures anchored to dental implants, which are titanium posts placed in the jaw. There are two types: removable and permanent. No adhesive is required for either system.

With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. Additionally, they are usually less pricey than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants necessary and other factors.)

Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the needed amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning. Countless Kelowna patients who have traded in their traditional dentures report that their implant anchored dentures have greatly improved their life.

Implant-supported dentures from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna can be life-changing. Call our office to find out more. Other services include 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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A Ginormous Cavity?

Kelowna Cosmetic DentistryWhen we repair a tooth with a cavity or some other damage at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, the procedure the dentist chooses depends on the location of the problem. We’re talking tooth-specific locale here.

If there is a chip, crack, or tooth decay on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often created to restore the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

The inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from natural teeth. The inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not lead to tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • Strengthen the tooth and guard against further decay or damage

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, the services available include 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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Is Your Child Protected?

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How do you maintain oral health? The first things that come to mind are probably brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna twice a year. You might also list diet factors such as limiting sugary drinks and getting enough calcium.

When people are quizzed about preventative dental care, they rarely mention athletic mouth protection. But it’s a biggie.

Don’t Be a (Grim) Statistic

Did you know that over five million people per year experience tooth injury playing sports? Many of those injuries cause a tooth to be completely knocked out. Ouch!

Not only is it painful and traumatic, but a knocked-out tooth is also time-consuming and costly to restore.

An Indispensable Part of Your Sports Gear

An inexpensive mouth guard can protect teeth during sporting activities. At Choose Your Smile, we advise our patients to include mouthguards as an essential part of their sports gear. That’s right. Your mouthguard should be in your duffel along with your basketball shorts and water bottle.

Mouthguards work:

Beginnin in 1962, high school and collegiate football players were required to wear face guards and mouth protectors. Since then the rate of orofacial injuries in football has fallen to about one-half of pone percent.

Dental health authorities recommend parents have children use mouthguards for all organized sports. That means gymnastics, skiing, and lacrosse—not just basketball, football, and wrestling.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we want the best in dental health for all our patients. Our services include 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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Starting Chemo? How Are Your Teeth?

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If you are scheduled for cancer treatment due to a recent diagnosis or relapse, oral health is probably not your first priority. However, the team at Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna, we urge you to give some attention to your teeth to prevent or minimize common cancer-related dental complications.

According to research, cancer treatment often takes a heavy toll on dental health.

Common Complications of Chemotherapy and/or Radiation

  • Inflammation of the mucous membranes
  • Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
  • Mouth dryness (increases risk of cavities)
  • Poor nutrition due to eating difficulties
  • Mouth pain
  • Oral bleeding
  • Lifelong risk of tooth decay
  • Loss of elasticity of masticatory muscles (may make opening mouth difficult)
  • Bone recession due to decreased blood flow
  • Tooth loss

We extend to our dental patients battling cancer our sincere hopes for your successful treatment.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we wants to help you maintain oral health before, during, and after your cancer treatment. We offer comprehensive preventative and restorative dental services including general and cosmetic dentistry.

“Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can Do,” National Institutes of Health, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/CancerTreatment/OralComplicationsCancerOral.htm, accessed on May 27, 2014

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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Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

Kelowna tooth brushing tips

You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and go through it. But the team at Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna asks: are you doing it right?

Actually, a lot of people make mistakes when they brush their teeth. You may need to tweak your routine to better sustain your oral health and guard your smile from cavities and gum disease.

Here are useful tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
You probably want to get it over with and go to bed. But brushing your teeth takes time and attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how swiftly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes. It can also be useful to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By adjusting your routine, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s difficult to clear away the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily propagate and start the decay process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people impair their enamel or gums because they brush too vigorously with a hard brush. We counsel patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is horrible to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air—even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and allow it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think fluoride is only for children. Not true. Your enamel is consistently under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

So there you have it, five tips for improving your dental health regimen! Here’s one more: see us at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your next 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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