How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is one of the best things you can do for your dental health. You’ve probably heard us say that more than once, at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

Not many patients like to admit it, but studies show that some people have a hard time working regular brushing into their daily schedule. If that sounds like you, please keep reading. We’ve got five tips to help turn brushing into a habit.

  1. In Plain Sight. Leaving your toothbrush where you’re sure to see it will remind you. In a cup on the bathroom counter, or in a holder just by it, are tried-and-true techniques.
  2. Find a toothbrush you like. Leaving it in plain sight is part one. Part two? A toothbrush you like! A brush with a comfortable handle can be a pleasure to use.
  3. Toothpaste, too. There’s a wide selection of toothpaste out there. You may want something specific, like a sensitive-teeth paste, or one that whitens. Just make sure you like the flavor, and that it contains fluoride. Read the label!
  4. Make it fun! Making it enjoyable is a great motivator. You like your toothbrush and toothpaste. Now, how about listening to your favorite music when you brush? Or brushing while you watch TV or listen to a podcast?
  5. Put it on your to-do list. A lot of us are motivated by lists. Having a to-do list of daily activities might encourage you to pick up the brush and clean those teeth. It can be satisfying to check off another item on your list.

That’s five. We have more! Set an alarm. Brush in the shower. Right after breakfast. Right before bed.

Whatever works! At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we stress preventative dentistry, and want all our patients to have clean teeth and healthy gums. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 see us for regular checkups, smile design, 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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Pregnancy And Oral Health

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Pregnancy is a happy time for most women. But even as you anticipate bringing new life into the world, it’s important to be aware that pregnancy can bring certain dental health risks. We can help you with them at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

Before you press the alarm button, let us clarify: being pregnant does not automatically mean your dental health will be at risk. But more than ever, you should brush and floss your teeth without fail, and see us for a checkup.

There is a link between gum disease in pregnant women, and babies being born prematurely with a low birth rate. Premature birth puts babies at risk for many conditions, including cerebral palsy and poor eyesight.

The good news? You are less likely to experience these issues if you enter pregnancy already having good dental health.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride
  • Floss thoroughly
  • Have regular dental checkups

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, be sure to tell us at your next appointment. We may want to take certain precautions, like delaying your next round of x-rays.

There’s a lot to learn about when you’re expecting, and that includes protecting your dental health with preventative dentistry! At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we we have helped women in Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6. Services include children’s dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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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Are You Smiling?

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The importance of brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is something we emphasize to all of our patients. Along with regular checkups and cleanings at Love Your Smile in Kelowna, it’s the best way to maintain your beautiful smile.

A good dental hygiene routine, something you do every single day without fail, is essential to your dental health. It’s related to your overall health, too.

Should you brush your teeth before you floss, or after? We’re asked that from time to time. According to one survey, there’s about a fifty-fifty split of opinion on which is better, with a slight edge going to those who brush first. We think you should do whichever you prefer. Just be sure to do both!

Are there aspects of your smile you would like to improve? Smile design can give your smile an upgrade. Available procedures include:

  • Porcelain veneers. Thin shells of medical-grade ceramic cover any flaws.
  • Bonding. A composite resin is shaped on your teeth to repair damage or improve appearance.
  • Dental implants. Missing one or more teeth? Dental implants look and  function like the real thing.
  • Teeth whitening. For the most dazzling smile possible, nothing beats professional teeth whitening.

Are you smiling? At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we hope so, but if not, smile design can help! People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also keep smiling with our preventative dentistry. 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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Bright And Healthy Smiles

Bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull and yellow ones: you won’t get much disagreement there. Everybody likes to see a pleasing smile, and having beautiful teeth is also healthy for your self esteem. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we create bright and healthy smiles every day with smile design.

We use cosmetic dentistry to create positive changes to your smile. We can close unsightly gaps and brighten your smile with porcelain veneers, or replace old silver fillings with white fillings that blend seamlessly with your teeth.

A great smile is a huge asset. It’s how we express a range of emotions without saying a word. Our goal is to draw your teeth and facial structure into harmony, so that you are able to present the world with the best possible you.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, smile design can improve your smile. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for complete general dentistry. Call our office to chedule 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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3-Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or tooth decay? Please give us a call at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

This blog post offers three steps to take before you arrive at our office.

  1. Analyze your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
    When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can take a look at your habits and ascertain what is holding you back, if anything.
  2. Identify any pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
    Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is needless with the technology and expertise available these days. Usually there are uncomplicated solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
  3. Identify and explain what you want your smile to look like.

If you can describe your ideal smile, we can determine how to create it. There are many possibilities for smile transformation, as well as maintenance.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we offer complete general dentistry services. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to our office for restorative dentistry. Call 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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Preventative Dentistry At Love Your Smile

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At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we do everything we can to keep the teeth and gums of our patients clean and healthy. In other words, we really stress dental health: how to get it and how to keep it. One of the best approaches is with preventative dentistry.

Preventative dentistry – or preventive, as some say – combines good dental hygiene at home with regular visits to our office. The goal is avoiding gum disease, tooth decay, and enamel wear.

Twice A Year

As a rule of thumb, we recommend a dental appointment every six months. At each visit, one of our hygienists will inspect and clean your teeth. We may take x-rays, too.

The dentist also does an inspection of your teeth and gums. If there is any new decay we’ll fill it. We’ll also check for any signs of gum disease.

Brush and Floss

At home, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing at least once. Brushing is easily the most important part of preventive dentistry. Use a toothpaste with fluoride, and has the American Dental Association seal on the tube. Use a soft-bristled brush, and replace it every three months or so.

Flossing your teeth every day is how you clean out the spaces between your teeth. There’s no way a toothbrush can get the gunk that builds up there. If you have any questions about flossing, ask our hygienist for some tips at your next checkup.

Prevention is always the best medicine! At Love Your Smile in Kelowna our patients come from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 for preventative dentistry, as well as complete restorative dentistry services. Schedule your next 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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3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we are big advocates of good dental health, and really promote regular brushing and flossing. Since we’re a dental practice that should come as no surprise!

Many of our patients bring questions with them to their checkups, like which toothpaste to use or proper tools and techniques. We think that’s great, since educating patients is an importnat part of what we do. Some of our answers are as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

We strongly recommend gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It will clean your teeth and massage your gums. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Visualize your mouth in four sections and spend a good 30 seconds in each one. Get the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently brush the gums. Be sure to pay attention to the far side of the back tooth. It’s never visible but can collect food and allow tooth decay to begin.

Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening. You’ll remove any debris the toothbrush couldn’t get.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult if you aren’t home for the midday meal. To maintain good dental hygiene, brushing is priority one.

There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth. Choose the flavor you like best, but be sure it has fluoride.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, the dental health of each of our patients is always our top priority. Services include complete general dentistry. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to our practice for our smile design. Call for your next checkup 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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Floss Pick Facts

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At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we urge all our patients to keep their teeth as clean as possible. But we know a lot of them want convenience. That’s why so many use floss picks instead of conventional dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are affordable and can be used more discretely than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true, floss picks are, in fact, a step below regular floss when it comes to effectiveness.

One of the issues with floss picks is that they can’t curve around teeth, which is necessary for thorough plaque removal.

What to do? If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. Carry them in your purse or backpack. But try to use regular dental floss, too, especially at the end of the day.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to our office for preventative and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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Trouble Getting Numb For Dental Treatment?

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For most of us, getting a cavity filled may not be the highlight of the day. But thanks to modern anesthesia, like what we use at Love Your Smile in Kelowna, it’s really just an inconvenience.

Some people, though, are resistant to local anesthesia like lidocaine. That makes what is ordinarily simple, like filling a cavity, a real challenge: the tooth needs to be fixed, but the level of pain can go off the charts.

The patient may be filled with local anesthestic, but for them, it’s like it’s not even there. A slow response to lidocaine is fairly common, and a second injection usually takes care of it. But sometimes it just doesn’t work.

There has been research into this but no conclusive findings. Some theorize that the tissue in certain people doesn’t absorb anesthesia the way it does in most. Another possibility is that some of us have nerves in slightly different places than in most. But no one knows for sure.

All of this is cold comfort to anyone who who has trouble getting numb for dental work. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please let us know at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. We will find a solution. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to us for preventative and restorative dentistry, and much more. Call 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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How To Choose A Dentist

Choosing A Dentist In Kelowna

When you’re looking for a new dentist, you don’t want to pick one simply because their office is near where you live. You shouldn’t rule one out for that reason, either. What are thing things you should consider? Love Your Smile in Kelowna has some tips for you to consider.

  • Emergency care. Does a practice you’re considering provide it? This is definitely something you’ll want to know before you need it.
  • Family and friends. The people you know are an excellent resource for finding a new dentist. They can tell you about the practice they go to: does the dentist answer all your questions and explain treatment options? Do they keep you waiting on appointment day? How far in advance to you have to schedule an appointment?
  • Your current dentist. If you’re moving to a new town, ask your current dentist whether they have a recommendation for where you’re moving to.
  • Location. Like we said, you don’t want to pick a new dentist just because their office is close by. Yet that is something to consider. Not only that, is the office easily accessible with plenty of parking?
  • Online reviews. You can’t be too careful. If you get some recommendations, be sure to check them out on Google Reviews and Yelp.

Choosing a new dentist is something you want to do carefully. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we’re proud of our track record of satisfied patients and online reviews. Our services include restorative and emergency dentistry, and people from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 trust us with their smiles. Call to schedule a checkup 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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