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    Want Whiter Teeth?

    Whiter Teeth for Kelowna Teeth whitening has become very popular as an affordable, manageable way to enhance your smile with little effort and no pain.

    Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair can help you understand your options for teeth whitening and the effects you may expect from various teeth whitening options.

    Over-the-counter whitening systems can give varied effects, with many users not happy with over-the-counter teeth whitening products.

    Your cosmetic dentist can help you whiten your teeth effectively and obtain professional results. If you are ready to try a teeth whitening product, please give us a call at 778-478-3693 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

    Our caring staff would love to answer any questions you have about general, cosmetic, restorative, or pediatric dental treatment. Here are some of our services:

    Cosmetic Dentistry
    Dental Implants
    Sedation Dentistry
    Teeth Whitening
    Porcelain Veneers

    If you are searching for quality, friendly dental care in the Kelowna area, call us here at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair. We are currently accepting new patients at our comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office. Our experienced staff is committed to providing superior dental care to our valued patients.

     

    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

     


    Let’s Make A Plan

    personalized dental treatment plan Kelowna

    When you are enthusiastic about reaching a goal, the difference between success and failure often comes down to whether or not you follow a plan. Occasional effort is rarely effective.

    Do you have a goal to improve your smile? Perhaps you have not thought much about your teeth in the past, but lately have observed problems. These troubles can be purely aesthetic such as tooth staining or an urgent threat such as gum disease.

    Do you have an objective for your smile?

    • Reverse gum disease
    • Whiten your teeth and prohibit future staining
    • Replace missing teeth
    • Straighten misaligned teeth
    • Repair cracked teeth
    • Prevent tooth loss
    • A complete cosmetic dental smile makeover

    Here at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, we are passionate about customized patient-focused care. This means that we design a personalized treatment plan for every single patient; after all, each patient is unique. Age, lifestyle, current status of oral health, overall physical health, and risk factors are all taken into account.

    Ready to get started? Schedule a consultation by calling 778-478-3693. We will discuss your goals and concerns with you, carry out an extensive examination, and explain your options. You will leave with all of your questions answered and a personalized dental treatment plan.

    Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair is located at 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna, British Columbia. Our services include sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and dental implants.

     

    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

     


    Is Grandpa Smiling?

    elderly oral health Kelowna

    How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population?

    The Good News:

    The rate of tooth decay in the elderly has decreased in the past thirty years.1

    The Bad News:
    25% of persons age 65+ have no remaining teeth2
    Nearly 20% have untreated tooth decay3
    10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
    There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
    Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

    Clearly, there is room for improvement. What essential conditions will improve the oral health of age 65+ Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three required components:

    • Improved oral health education for the elderly
    • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
    • Increased access to dental care1

    At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair in Kelowna, we are dedicated to providing our elderly patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care that addresses the special challenges that affect seniors. These challenges include difficulty brushing and flossing due to arthritis, dry mouth caused by prescription medications, tooth sensitivity, bone recession, and complications due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

    We want our elderly patients to not only have a healthy smile, but a beautiful one as well. Many of our senior patients have elected to improve their smiles with procedures such as crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and tooth whitening. The majority of our cosmetic dental smile makeover patients are thrilled with their new smile and report that it has improved their life immensely. They feel happier, more attractive, and more confident in social settings.

    The caring team at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair  provides the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental care for Kelowna area patients of all ages including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and sedation dentistry.

    1“Periodontal Disease in Seniors (Age 65 and Over),” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/PeriodontaldiseaseSeniors65over.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

    2Oral Health for Older Americans,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult_oral_health/adult_older.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

    3Dental Caries and Tooth Loss in Adults in the United States, 2011–2012,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db197.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

     

    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

     


    Helping Kelowna Love Dental Visits

    Helping Kelowna Love Dental Visits

    It’s no secret that many people dread going to the dentist. Everyone knows it and despite your best efforts, even your Kelowna area dentist knows it. But when you start visiting your dentist for the latest cosmetic dental treatments, you may find that you LOVE going to the dentist!

    Dentists in the Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 areas have so many procedures and advanced materials at their disposal to make your smile as beautiful as it can be. Dental crowns, veneers, implants, teeth whitening, bonding, inlays and onlays, and short term braces are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures.

    Many residents are surprised to find that most of these procedures are more convenient than they supposed and more affordable than they expected.

    I’m Dr. Stephen Malfair a dentist in Kelowna, and I want to help you love your dental visits and love your smile. I’ve practiced dentistry since 2004, and I find it especially rewarding when my patients find renewed confidence after a smile makeover.

    At my Kelowna practice we offer cosmetic dentistry, Dental Implants, and Sedation Dentistry. If you have any questions, the caring staff here at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair would be happy to answer them and schedule an appointment to see what cosmetic dentistry procedures would be right for you.

     

    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

     


    6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist In Kelowna

    V1W 3C6 cosmetic dental and tooth implants

    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?

    Kelowna affordable family dentist

    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

     


    Less Is More In Dentistry

    Kelowna affordable family dentist

    There are momentous new developments in British Columbia dentistry: stronger, natural-looking materials; improved techniques; more effective diagnostic methods; and more precise instruments. Combine these with the experience and expertise of Dr. Stephen Malfair and you’re left with less of what used to make people dread going to the dentist.

    Less Pain
    Improved painkillers, lasers, and industry-leading techniques take the pain out of dental procedures.

    Less Inconvenience
    Laser dentistry, which employs powerful beams of light, has significantly minimized the time required to complete dental treatment.

    Less Time Needed To Heal
    Laser dentistry reduces recovery times for procedures such as dental implants, root canals, smile redesigns, and other types of oral surgery.

    Less Risk
    The overall success rate of many dental procedures, including dental implants, has increased.

    Less Loss of Healthy Tooth Structure
    Dental procedures such as decay removal, inlays, porcelain veneers, and crown restoration can be performed with less loss of healthy tooth structure.

    Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, a well-respected local practice is located 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna. We are currently accepting new Kelowna area patients to our state-of-the-art facility. We offer advanced general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about Teeth Whitening, Sedation Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Implants. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 778-478-3693 to schedule an exam, cleaning or consultation.

     

    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

     


    15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

    suprising tooth facts Kelowna

    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.

     

    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

     


    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

     


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