The common household toothbrush. Every home has at least one, and at Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we hope our patients are all brushing their teeth after each meal. Regular brushing and flossing are still the most important things you can do for your dental health.
It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But when you’ve got a healthy immune system, they pose no threat.
That said, a few common-sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrushes.
Be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.
Bacteria like a moist environment, so store your toothbrush upright so it can dry completely between uses.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will keep your risk for gum disease, cavities, and bad breath low.
At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, your dental health is our top priority every single day. Services include restorative dentistry and smile design. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!
People with chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this ailment. If you’re among them, don’t hesitate to bring it up at your next appointment with Love Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna.
There are several possible causes of bad breath, including some that are often overlooked:
Poor oral hygiene
Bacteria on dentures
Food particles on tonsils
We can help you with this distressing issue. If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the least complicated types to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.
People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to wash away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.
Some people brush after each meal to prevent food debris from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, this is really good for your dental health!
Dental patients are more informed than ever before and it’s not surprising that much of their knowledge about dentistry is gleaned from online sources. Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it helps with living a healthy lifestyle. We caution our friends and neighbors in the Kelowna area, however, not to take online dental information at face value. As the saying goes, trust but verify.
Misconceptions about medical treatment in general and dentistry in particular began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous, but the web has accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.
Some of the most prevalent dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.
In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid necessary dental treatment because of something they encounter online. We encourage our patients to discuss all areas of concern with the team at Love Your Smile. You can count on us for accurate information and quality care.
At Love Your Smile, we are enthusiastic about keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Our motives are straightforward and transparent. You can’t always determine who operates and funds online dental sites, so be careful out there!
Today’s post is for new Kelowna parents. It contains helpful guidance about caring for baby’s and toddler’s teeth.
How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wipe their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. We do not recommend any toothpaste for infants.
When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended. Young children rarely spit after you brush their teeth, they swallow. When your child’s teeth start to appear, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.
When should my child see a dentist for the first time?
We recommend that parents to take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is vital for their oral health and also to help them become comfortable with a dentist from an early age.
What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call your dentist to make an appointment. Some practices will let you come in without a pre-scheduled appointment for dental emergencies. Rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Don’t put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it. How can I prevent my toddler from getting cavities?
Have your child get their first dental check-up before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears.
Have your child get a dental check-up every six months or more frequently if your dentist advises.
Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to protect enamel.
If your child sucks his/her thumb after the age of three, meet with your dentist or pediatrician.
If your child grinds his/her teeth, seek guidance from your dentist or pediatrician.
Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
If your child has special medical conditions, seek further direction from your pediatric dentist.
If you have acute tooth decay, seek additional advice from your pediatric dentist.
Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
Follow your dentist’s advice regarding dental sealants.
Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is important.
Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper protocols are followed. The diagnostic advantage greatly outweighs the almost non-existent risk of dangerous radiation exposure.
If child’s baby teeth are widely spaced, does that mean their permanent teeth will be too far apart?
No, this is normal and does not necessarily mean that their permanent teeth will be spaced too far apart.
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 Love 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 Love 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
2“Oral 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
3“Dental 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
If you have a toddler who has not been to a dentist, we urge you to consider making an appointment today by calling Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair at 250-860-8900.
The best time to start dental check-ups for young children is when their teeth first appear. This may seem a bit early, however it is a great time to become acquainted with preventative dentistry options such as sealants and fluoride supplements. Your dentist can assess the health of your child’s teeth before problems begin and it’s also helpful for parents to get a refresher course on proper oral hygiene for young children.
My name is Stephen Malfair of Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday. If you have questions about pediatric dentistry, please give us a call at Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair.
Children with an increased risk of dental problems should receive a dental examination as early as possible. Here are some of the risk factors:
Sleeping with a bottle
Drinking juice continually during the day
Abnormal tooth development
A mother with significant tooth decay
Other health problems
Bring your questions to our caring staff at Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair. We are located at 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna, British Columbia. You can reach us at 250-860-8900. We want your child to have a healthy smile right from the start and enjoy a lifetime of oral health.
Love Your Smile is a full-service dental practice led by Dr. Stephen Malfair, a skilled and compassionate dentist. Anyone can visit our convenient office in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia for top-quality dentistry services and personalized patient care.https://drmalfair.ca/