Quirky Dental Facts From The Kelowna Dentist

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At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we lighten up from time to time, and share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • A five thousand year old Sumerian text attributes tooth decay to “tooth worms.”
  • Before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. So did blacksmiths! How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling!
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools. (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey. There is no evidence that it worked.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.

At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find first rate dental care and a caring team of dental professionals. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and sedation dentistry.

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

 


Raise Your Dental IQ: Gum Disease in Kelowna

Raise Your Dental IQ

There are many things we can do in Kelowna to prevent gum disease and improve our oral health. One simple lesson involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But, don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. Dental problems occur when the balance of bacteria becomes unhealthy. This is where brushing and flossing come into play. Like your mother always said, brush and floss your teeth every day (and twice is best).

When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. We recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, and even bad breath.

A regular routine of brushing and flossing your teeth, along with twice-a-year visits to Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, will go a long way toward preventing gum disease. Early signs of gum disease include bleeding when brushing. If you think you might have gum disease, do not delay: call us for an appointment, and if necessary, we’ll begin gum disease treatment. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

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

 


Happy With Your Kelowna Dentist?

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Do you have a dentist? If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current one, we invite you to visit Choose Your Smile to meet with us and discuss your dental needs. You don’t have to choose us, but we encourage you to find a dentist you like!

Our approach to dentistry emphasizes you, the patient. Our first priority is exceeding expectations. It’s essential that we t become familiar with each patient, which is why your first consultation may take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

We want to know how are you doing. We’ll ask bout the current condition of your teeth and gums, what your fears and expectations are, and whether you have financial concerns about your visit. We understand that each patient has a unique set of circumstances.

At Choose Your Smile, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dentistry is necessary, we always recommend the most conservative procedures. We discuss your options and consider the long term consequences of each treatment.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, we can help. This is an umbrella term that includes dental implants, crowns, and teeth whitening, among other procedures. Miracles are possible with cosmetic dentistry.

Choose Your Smile is a no-pressure practice, and we encourage all our patients to get a second opinion about whatever we may discuss during your visit. Please call us to book a consultation. We’re confident you will feel good about choosing Choose Your Smile for your dental care.

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

 


Teeth Whitening in Kelowna: A Popular Procedure

Teeth whitening is quickly becoming one of the most popular dental procedures in Kelowna. It seems that everyone is whitening their teeth to help their smiles look younger and brighter.

Many men and women are turning to over-the-counter solutions to whiten and a brighten their smiles. It may seem like the path of least resistance, but there can be disadvantages to this approach.

There are pitfalls to using these over-the-counter product to whiten your teeth. Here is some basic advice on teeth whitening from Choose Your Smile:

First, we encourage you to visit our office before starting a tooth whitening system. Dr. Stephen Malfair can help you determine whether your teeth can be safely and effectively whitened. He can also recommend the teeth whitening solutions that will work best.

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products will provide varying degrees of efficacy. If used incorrectly they can lead to problems, including tooth sensitivity, over-whitening, damage to tooth enamel, and uneven coloration.

Most manufacturers of teeth whitening product recommend that you visit your dentist if things go wrong. We recommend the opposite: talk to us first, to help you avoid any problems in the first place. An ounce of prevention, after all, is worth a pound of cure.

Our caring team is available to discuss your options and check your teeth. We want to make sure you will get the best possible teeth whitening results available in Kelowna.

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

 


Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your Kelowna Diet Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern for our local Kelowna dental patients. As your Dr., I’m passionate about helping you care for your teeth and keep them healthy. Everyone in the Kelowna knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your local Kelowna dental practice is also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

We usually forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of local Kelowna foods to include in your diet include foods rich in vitamin B such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is essential to healthy teeth because it aids in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum.

Just as certain diet choices in the Kelowna area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be dangerous. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars – especially soda and energy drinks – are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes, and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth in the Kelowna area, contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair at 778-478-3693. We would love to hear from you.

-Dr. Stephen Malfair

 

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

 


Dental Questions? Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair Has Answers

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Everyone has teeth, and smart people want to take care of their teeth. However, many men and women need a place where they can review basic principles of dental health and get straightforward information about restorative and cosmetic dental procedures such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and veneers.

The Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair dental blog is your source for this helpful oral care information.

My name is Dr. Stephen Malfair, and I know that many of my dental patients have concerns and questions about their oral care. That’s why I include hot-button dental issues in my blog such as:

Smile Makeovers
Sealants
Invisible Braces
Toothbrush Care
ADA Seal Products
Tooth Protection
Gum Contouring
Dental Implants

I hope that this information will help you make enlightened decisions about your oral care and any cosmetic dentistry procedures you may be considering. If you are in the Kelowna area and in need of a professional, family-friendly dental office, call my practice, Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, at 778-478-3693.

 

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

 


7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

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 “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Benjamin Franklin coined this phrase in the 1730s as advice for fire safety. However, like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of modern Kelowna life, particularly dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some of the most important guidelines are highlighted here.

1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush. They can be purchased at any Kelowna, British Columbia area drugstore.

2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.

3. Wear a protective mouthguard whenever you are engaged in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged. This includes many Kelowna recreation league and school sponsored sports.

4. Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!

5. Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a dangerous Kelowna fashion that you’ll want to avoid.

6. Stay away from snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.

7. Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

My name is Dr. Stephen Malfair
. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair has been serving the Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 area since 2004. If you are in the market for an exceptional dentist, we invite you to contact us at 778-478-3693 so we can make an appointment for you.

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/preteens-and-teens/, accessed on February 21, 2013

 

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

 


Persistent Dry Mouth?

The Choose Your Smile - Dr. Stephen Malfair Guide To Dry Mouth

Many residents in our community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious issue. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to severe health problems.

Kelowna people should not take their saliva for granted. Your saliva plays a vital role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to carry out this task your body may not be getting vital nutrients needed to stay healthy.

Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi.
This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many Kelowna residents don’t realize that many of the foods we eat are very acidic and our saliva helps counteract those acids in our mouths.

I am Stephen Malfair and my staff and I at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair have been treating xerostomia since 2004. I recommend cutting back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. I also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.

Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. Consult your Kelowna physician if you are taking medication that is causing your dry mouth.

Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older.
778-478-3693

Looking for a gentle family dentist who focuses on preventative dentistry?  I invite you to come visit my practice at 301-1890 Cooper Rd in Kelowna. My caring team at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair make sure you have a pleasant experience whether you visit us for a cleaning and exam or a complete smile makeover.

Our dental menu includes teeth bleaching, crowns and bridges, veneers, short term braces, oral cancer screenings, inlays/onlays, cosmetic dental bonding, and sports dentistry.

Your beautiful smile starts with healthy teeth.

 

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

 


Get On Top Of Your To-Do List by Calling Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair

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Is it time to get your life back in order? Call it Spring Cleaning. Call it a Hard Reset.  I like to call the small and simple tasks “cling-ons.” Refill a prescription, change your furnace filter, get your oil changed, replace the lightbulb or make a dental appointment–you get the picture.

If you’ve been pushing dental work onto the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way and move on to your other tasks. Call 778-478-3693 to set up a consultation. Once and for all determine your dental needs and create a uncomplicated, amazing, all-encompassing plan.

Here at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair we see patients for many smile adjustments including the following:

Sedation Dentistry
Porcelain Veneers
Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth Whitening
Dental Implants

Dr. Stephen Malfair strives to provide exceptional service to our incredible patients in Kelowna, British Columbia. At your consultation feel free to ask about veneers, implants, invisible braces, bridges and all things dental. We answer cosmetic dentistry questions all day long and Dr. Malfair knows how to clearly explain the pros and cons related to various treatment plans.

Since 2004, Kelowna patients have enjoyed having Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair nearby, ready to provide cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants.

Move through your to-do list today – change your oil, check. Replace that lightbulb, check. Make a dental appointment, check. It feels great.

 

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

 


Rather Have A Root Canal?

Kelowna Endodontics Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our patients and many report minimal discomfort.

Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is no worse than getting a filling from your dental professional.

Our goal is to help our root canal patients avoid the necessity of endodontic treatment by providing essential dental care. However, if root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth, we provide the most advanced endodontic treatment in British Columbia

How do you know if you need a root canal? You should speak with your Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair dental professional immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some endodontic patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is important to visit your endodontic dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

Call Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, at 778-478-3693 to schedule an appointment.
  We are committed to the highest standard of dental care.

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