Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease in British Columbia

Gum disease is more common than you might think. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we see patients with gum disease almost every day. It’s a serious matter, but can usually be avoided with regular brushing at home, and preventative dentistry.

Some people aren’t even aware they have it until we see it during a checkup. It’s a treatable condition, although the earlier the diagnosis the better.

Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gums. It is usually the result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis, there is a build-up of plaque, which hardens into a substance called tartar. That’s why we recommend our patients brush and floss twice a day. It’s the best way to prevent plaque from building up.

No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we want to see our patients on a regular basis – twice a year, in most cases.

Risk Factors

In addition to poor oral hygiene, risk factors for gum disease include:

  • Smoking, which is the most significant
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Certain illnesses, like AIDS, and their medication
  • Medication that reduces the flow of saliva

The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums

The type of treatment for gum disease depends on the extent of the condition. Part of the treatment might include behavioral changes, like giving up smoking. And it is essential that the patient adopts good daily dental care.

Anyone can get gum disease, but preventative dentistry at Love Your Smile in Kelowna can help keep your gums healthy. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for clear braces and all their dental health needs. Schedule an appointment 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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Bad Breath Is No Fun

Bad Breath Is No Fun For Kelowna Residents

This post from Love Your Smile in Kelowna takes on an unpleasant topic: bad breath.

Imagine you are starting a new job and are going to meet with your new boss for the first time. Confidence is key to your success. As you reach out to shake the extended hand your broad confident smile exposes rows of pearly white teeth, yet when you open your mouth to exchange greetings you worry about bad breath.

Perhaps your breath is not as pleasant as you had hoped. Bad breath is a worry, and a possible embarrassment for many people. Regular dental checkups at Premier Dental & Oral Health Group can help alleviate your concern over bad breath.

The technical term for bad breath is halitosis. Many behaviors and health conditions can cause or exacerbate halitosis. One of these factors is the food you eat. Onions and garlic are both known for having a potent effect on your breath.

Brushing and flossing daily is a critical step in curing bad breath. Food particles can build up in your mouth and foster bacteria which can cause bad breath. This not only includes the food particles that may get stuck between your teeth, but also the food that collects around your gums or on your tongue. Brushing and flossing daily can help reduce the number of food particles that stay in your mouth and cause bad breath.

Other factors to think about include dry mouth, tobacco use, and health concerns such as infections.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, your dental health is always our top priority. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to us for general and restorative dentistry, and know they can trust us with their smiles. Schedule an appointment 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 For 3 Types Of Tooth Stains

Kelowna Teeth Bleaching

If your smile could use some brightening, what are you waiting for? Professional teeth whitening at Love Your Smile in Kelowna is the easiest way to improve its appearance.

It is important to realize that not every smile responds the same to teeth whitening. The degree of whiteness attained and the treatment time necessary depends on the type of stains being treated.

  • Extrinsic stains are on the surface of teeth, and the easiest to remove. They are caused by the usual suspects: coffee, tea, wine, cola, smoking and the natural aging process.
  • Intrinsic stains form from the inside out but are visible through the enamel. They can be lightened, but it may take a bit longer.
  • Combination: Some people have both extrinsic and intrinsic staining. As we age, our teeth change – regardless of how well we take care of them. Enamel thins and the dentin underneath fades and yellows.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we have long experience with teeth whitening. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to our office for restorative dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment 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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Missing Pieces In The Mouth?

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A missing puzzle piece may not ruin a jigsaw puzzle, but a missing tooth can be very unsightly and ruin your smile. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we have dental implants that can restore a smile.

A missing tooth can cause more than an unpleasant appearance. When a tooth and its root are gone, the teeth on each side of the gap begin to rotate. This can result in trouble eating and even speaking.

To make matters worse, the missing tooth root can also lead to bone recession. The jawbone is stimulated and kept healthy by biting and chewing action. When the root isn’t there anymore, the bone actually begins to recede. This leads to a shrunken appearance in the face.

Dental implants can solve this. An implant is a post that is inserted in the jaw. These posts are usually made of medical-grade titanium, which is ideally suited to fusing with human bone. Once it does it forms a solid foundation for the artificial tooth it will support.

Dental implants have been hailed as one of the most important advances in dentistry, and they’re available at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry. Please call our office to schedule an appointment 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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It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

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The goal of preventative dentistry is to maintain oral health so that no restorative dental work ever becomes needed. That is always what we aim for at Love Your Smile in Kelowna: avoiding dental fillings and other issues.

Brushing your teeth and flossing is the best means of preventing problems. It is also important to get your teeth cleaned and examined twice a year.

With children, an extra layer of protection comes with dental sealants. Sealants are a thin plastic covering, generally used on the chewing surface of the molars. These teeth are especially susceptible to trapped food particles, and are also the hardest ones to brush. The goal of a sealant is to guard a tooth against decay, which is always preferable to filling a cavity.

Despite efforts to keep children’s teeth healthy, many children develop several cavities during their childhood years. Since the rate of tooth decay commonly declines with age, if teeth remain intact during childhood, there is a better chance that these teeth can stay healthy for decades.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we provide more than just dental fillings. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to keep your smile beautiful. And we encourage second opinions if you’ve ever got any questions about recommended procedures. Schedule 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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Beware Of Hidden Sugar

preventative dentistry in V1Y 8B7At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we advise our patients to watch their sugar intake to prohibit cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as conspicuous as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in grocery stores and school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice

Do the math: when shopping at markets or health food stores, carefully assess food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly realize how much sugar an item contains.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. We are providers of general and cosmetic dentistry. Come see 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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Teeth: What Have They Done For You Lately?

Kelowna Cosmetic Dentistry

This post from Love Your Smile in Kelowna goes to the heart of what dentistry is all about: the function of healthy teeth.

The shape of each of your teeth gives a clue to what it does. The incisors, or your front teeth, are sharp. They need to be because their job is to cut food and their curvature helps move food inside the mouth.

Behind the incisors, you find the canine teeth. Their roots go far into the jaw bone because they are designed to hold onto food and tear through it.

Premolars, found just behind the canines, are flat on the surface. This allows them to crush your food as you chew. And, finally, in the very back are the molars. They are large and have nice, flat chewing surfaces that help them to grind food down into smaller, more digestible pieces.

Now that you know a little more about your teeth, we hope you are motivated to take great care of them. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer comprehensive dental services including general and dental aesthetics. Schedule 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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Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, the dentist at Love Your Smile in Kelowna reminds you that you can form a new habit to benefit your oral health in 10 seconds.

Here are six ways to add important dental care to each day, in 60 seconds or less.

Find a better place for your toothbrush.
Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will permit air drying and can curb the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

Leave the floss on the counter.
If you want to build consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember that commitment.

Swish.
If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse. You can swish away bits of food and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.

Smile in the mirror.
Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Examine gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.

Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will curb discoloration.

Call Love Your Smile.
A short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation with us. During your appointment, we will examine your teeth for far more than 10 seconds and help keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

At Love Your Smile Dentistry in Kelowna, we can answer questions about dental aesthetics and general dentistry, and all the other services we offer. Make an appointment 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


Nearly Invisible: Clear Braces in Kelowna

Clear Braces - Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for Kelowna AdultsAre you considering braces to straighten your teeth? Love Your Smile in Kelowna offers several varieties of braces. The current menu of orthodontic treatments requires a whole new glossary.

Lingual Braces and Invisible Braces

These are sometimes described as ‘braces behind the teeth.’ These braces can be just as effective at realigning adult teeth as the traditional ‘metal and wires’ kind but are almost completely hidden. Many adults and teens who straighten their teeth choose this type of orthodontia.

Traditional and Clear Retainers

When the braces have moved the teeth into place, the patient may need to use a retainer to keep them there. There are several types of retainers available. The time-tested Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them from shifting. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in the upper mouth (palate) or lower mouth.

Clear retainers are newer on the orthodontic scene. They cover the teeth like a see-through glove and do not need metal bows or clasps. Some retainer wearers believe clear retainers are more comfortable than Hawley retainers.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer metal braces, and clear braces from Invisalign. We’ll help you determine which are best for your bite. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry, including popular services like teeth whitening. Make 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

 


Your Kelowna Dentist Does More Than Fill Cavities

Bad Breath Treatment Kelowna

Most people know that they can go to their dentist for toothaches, cleanings, and bleeding gums. And cosmetic dentistry is getting more popular, almost by the day. But the team at Love Your Smile in Kelowna reminds you there are some lesser-known oral concerns that we can help you with.

Dry mouth, technically called xerostomia, is caused by a lack of saliva and can be quite uncomfortable. It also makes dental patients more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. Common causes of dry mouth are medications and medical conditions. Make sure you bring a list of current medications with you to your appointment.

Bad breath is usually a result of bacteria build-up in the mouth, and regular trips to your dentist can help you keep your mouth clean and the bacteria count within a sweet-smelling range. Do you have good oral hygiene and still have bad breath? Then your dentist can help you discover the source of your halitosis.

We also perform oral cancer checks when we examine patients. Oral cancer is much harder to treat if it is not detected early.

As you can see, we do a whole lot more than fill cavities. And as a science-based profession, we encourage you to get a second opinion if there is even the slightest doubt about something.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, it means a lot that you trust us with your dental health. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and a full range of other services.

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