How Dental Assistants Ensure Quality Dental Care

Kelowna Dental Team

Choose Your Smile in Kelowna would be a very different place if it weren’t for the skilled dental assistants who work here.

In this post, we would like to highlight the importance of these specialists who don’t always get the credit they deserve. Dental assistants not only make your dental appointment more pleasant, they make it effective, efficient, and safe.

You, the patient, are prepared for treatment by dental assistants. During care, the assistants speed things along by passing instruments, taking x-rays, holding devices, and recording essential information.

We think most dental patients would agree that anyone who helps shorten their time in the dental chair deserves recognition!

Keeping the dental office clean and sterilizing instruments are other vital duties handled by dental assistants. What would we do without them?

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we are committed to excellence in dentistry, but we couldn’t do it without our dental assistants. Services include restorative dentistry, and be sure to ask us about smile design. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Infancy Through Childhood: Instill Good Brushing Habits

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At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, new parents are sometimes surprised by our recommendations on infant oral care. They should begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge. After all, brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to decay as older teeth.

Parents should use a warm damp cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth. As more teeth come in, it becomes more critical for the teeth to be brushed after each meal, or at least twice a day.

The selection of a toothbrush is important in order to make brushing time as pleasant as possible. A soft-bristled brush is best. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are useful. Also, there are circle and triangular-shaped brushes that allow your toddler to walk around with their brush with less chance of injury in case of a fall.

If your child can’t tolerate the taste of toothpaste, it’s okay to brush without it for a while. The goal is to remove food debris that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.

When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is vital to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most kids don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.

Until the child is old enough to properly brush his or her teeth, they should receive adult supervision and guidance. Instilling the proper brushing and flossing procedures will reap lifelong benefits. While it may seem that supervising them is time-consuming, remember that it’s creating a daily habit that will guard their health. Also, dental expenses related to poor oral hygiene will be avoided.

Your child’s first dental visit should be within six months of the first tooth appearing and no later than their first birthday. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we offer complete children’s dentistry, and advocate preventative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment for your youngster today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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The Not-So-Obvious Benefits Of A Smile Design

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A smile design can be transformative for anyone who has been embarrassed by their smile for years. It’s not just about looking younger. A smile design from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna can improve your life in ways you might not imagine.

How can a smile design transform your life?

1. It shapes the way you are perceived by others.

Anyone who smiles often and easily is usually regarded as an energetic problem solver.

2. It lifts the mood in social situations.

When you candidly smile, it is contagious. It enhances the mood in any setting and eases tension when needed.

3. You will feel more confident.

When you quit focusing on hiding your teeth, you have the strength to concentrate on ways to realize success in personal and professional pursuits.

A smile makeover is an investment in yourself that you will always be happy with!

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we improve smiles with smile design every day. Our services include children’s dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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5 Critical Things To Know About Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we are longtime advocates of preventative dentistry.

Here are five critical things you should know about gum disease:

  1. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage such as tooth loss.
  2. Practicing proper oral hygiene and having 6-month dental exams are the best way to prevent periodontal disease.
  3. Periodontal disease can occur without the presence of tooth decay.
  4. Almost half of all 30+ adults have gum disease.
  5. In some cases, periodontal disease produces no noticeable symptoms.

Risk factors for periodontal disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene (especially failing to floss), genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we believe preventative dentistry is the best medicine. If you’re having any dental issues remembe we offer second opinions. Call for an appointment with us today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Protect Young Smiles For Active Kids

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At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, children’s dentistry is central to our practice. Do you have a youngster playing sports? We remind you that soccer, baseball, football, and basketball can be very dicey for your child’s teeth.

Football is a contact sport, yet has a relatively low rate of tooth injuries compared to other contact sports. Why? Football players are instructed to wear a mouth guard and a helmet. Mouth guards are inexpensive, but worth their weight in gold!

If your child participates in a contact sport and does not wear a mouth guard, we recommend that you get them one and make sure they wear it. They are available at most athletic supply stores. Some dentists make individually-constructed athletic mouthguards that deliver even better protection than the one-size-fits-all brands.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, our children’s dentistry maintains your youngster’s dental health. We also offer smile design services. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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A Reason To Smile

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At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we continue to achieve fantastic results with our one-of-a-kind smile design.

There are a lot of folks out there who are not pleased with the appearance of their smiles. Their teeth may have grown a little dull over the years, or there may be gaps between some of them. There may be a chip from a long-ago accident.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with any of these imperfections if you don’t want to. Cosmetic dentistry offers a range of procedures that can improve any smile.

To name just a few:

Dental implants can replace missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like the real thing. They are one of the wonders of modern dentistry.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are affixed to the front of your teeth. They are great for covering chips and cracks that detract from your smile.

Clear braces from Invisalign can straighten your teeth without the bother of metal brackets. They’re worn like an athlete’s mouth guard, can be removed for meals, and are so subtle that people standing just a few feet away might not realize you’re wearing them.

Smile design from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna can transform any smile! We also offer a full range of restorative dentistry procedures, and many other services. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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The Guide To Veneers

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It’s easy to see why so many of our patients at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna love porcelain veneers. Veneers correct a multitude of flaws and deliver brilliant results.

If you would like to improve your smile with porcelain veneers, you want a trusted dentist with extensive experience performing this treatment. The porcelain veneer procedure is more complicated than you may realize.

A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin shell (about .5mm or 1/64 inch) that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. Each one is custom made for each tooth. Veneers cover chips, cracks, and stains, and can also improve the shape, size or length of a tooth.

While preparing a tooth for a veneer is less invasive than other procedures, it is not reversible. A thin layer of enamel must be removed to make room for the veneer. Thus, the tooth can never be restored to its original condition.

Veneers are usually placed on the most visible teeth –  front and center, so to speak. They’ll be on display every time you open your mouth. This is definitely a procedure you want to get right the first time!

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer porcelain veneers are part of our smile design. We also offer many other services, including restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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The Tea And Teeth Question

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Here’s a riddle from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna: What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea? Why, Denis, of course.

Lame jokes aside, a common concern for patients is stained teeth. In this blog post, we’ll talk about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages, including tea.

Over time, tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Daily oral hygiene is vital.

Between cleanings, rinse with water after drinking tea. Be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, you may want to consider profeswsional teeth whitening. At Choose Your Smile, we offer in-office Zoom! Whitening, a light-activated procedure that can whiten your smile in just one office visit. We also have highly effective DayWhite take-home trays.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we can transform yellow or dull teeth. We believe in preventative dentistry to maintain your dental health. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Which Type of Toothbrush is Best?

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It may surprise you to know that some people have strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best: manual or electric. Is there one better than the other? At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we think it really comes down to how you brush, not what type of brush you use.

Electric toothbrushes have been around since the 1960s. They first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have come a long way since then. With the modern electric toothbrush, there is a lot of choose from.

Those earliest electric toothbrushes did not have rechargeable batteries; you had to plug them in. That wasn’t really much of an issue, unless you like to walk away from the sink while you brush.

Rechargeable batteries are standard in most modern electric toothbrushes. In fact, they have features that those 1960s inventors probably never dreamed of. Some models have:

  • Timers, so you can make sure you brush at least two minutes
  • Digital alerts, to remind you it’s time for a new brush head
  • Pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard
  • Multiple brush head capability, so different types fit
  • Variable brushing features like pulsing and oscillating capability

Sonic

And then there’s the sonic toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes take electric brushes to a whole new level. Toothbrush manufacturers consider them a subset of electric brushes, but we think they are in a class by themselves.

Sonic toothbrushes can deliver up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to an ordinary electric toothbrush, which deliver between 2,500 and 7,000 strokes per minute. That’s quite a difference. For some people, that’s over the top. But people who love them say that sonic toothbrushes out-perform any other type of toothbrush you can find.

But remember this: a manual toothbrush used properly does a fine job cleaning your teeth. You can always take it to the next level, but with a manual toothbrush you’re good to go.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we want each of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. Our services include restorative dentistry and smile design. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Focusing On The Top 3

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There are three dental health issues that affect millions of people. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we want all of our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. If any of these common issues affect you, we can do something about it.

In a survey of fifteen thousand people from all walks of life, health researchers asked about problems with teeth and gums.

The top three answers were:

  • Tooth pain
  • Difficulty with chewing
  • Dry mouth

Tooth Pain. When a tooth hurts, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong. The most likely cause of tooth pain is a cavity, but it’s not the only one. It could also be a sign of gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.

Difficulty With Chewing. This too may indicate a cavity, but again, there could be other problems. There may be enamel erosion, a cracked tooth, or recessed gums. It can be serious, because eating certain foods may be difficult. If you avoid them you could be missing out on important nutrients that your body needs.

Dry Mouth. This, in fact, was the most common issue cited in the survey. It isn’t just a matter of being thirsty all the time. Chronic dry mouth can indicate poor saliva flow. This, in turn, can indicate a systemic condition, or a side effect from prescription medications. Poor saliva flow makes you more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, call us at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna right away to schedule an appointment. We’ll see what’s going on. Our services include preventative and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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