Not Your Mother’s Jewelry: 5 Reasons Tongue Piercings Are Dangerous

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In this post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we’ll get right to the point. While tongue, cheek, and lip piercings are popular and even commonplace, there are lots of reasons to keep piercings where they belong—in your ears. Here are five really good ones:

  1. Excessive drooling—YIKES!
  2. Chipped teeth
  3. Infection (some even in places you wouldn’t think can get infected)
  4. Hypersensitivity to metal
  5. Nerve damage

Drooling

Lip and tongue piercings may make you look cool and edgy. They may express your personality and creativity. But they can cause frequent drooling. That may not be the look you’re going for.

Chipped Teeth

Having any metal in your mouth can chip your teeth. It could  happen while eating, drinking, or sleeping.

Do you already have a tooth that’s weakened? These cracks can then be repaired before further damage or decay occurs.

Infection

Beware of infection. When it comes to oral piercings, you have to really watch the pierced area. Your mouth is teeming with bacteria. Upon piercing anything in your mouth, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream. Neglecting proper brushing habits can lead to infection. So can touching the piercing with dirty hands.

Hypersensitivity or Allergic Reaction to Metal

Many people love body jewelry. But too much of a good thing (like metal) can be bad. Having metal piercings can lead to hypersensitivity to any metal in your mouth, such as silverware. This is problematic for most people.

There is also the risk of an allergic reaction at the piercing site. If you know of a sensitivity to certain metals, you can get your piercing in a metal you aren’t allergic to. But you are still at risk of the other hazards discussed here.

Nerve Damage

Finally, there’s the risk of permanent nerve damage. If the previous dangers don’t convince you, this one should. Experiencing a numb tongue is usually temporary. But in extreme cases, it can be permanent

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we understand the popularity of oral piercings. But fashions change, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Our services include children’s and restorative 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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Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

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Here at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we approach all your oral health needs from two separate angles—what we can do in our office and what you can do at home.

For example, tooth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. Here in the office there are safe and effective methods for whitening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening techniques are also safe and effective and sometimes more affordable.

Additionally, we guide you regarding food and drink choices that can influence your whitened smile. Be aware of staining substances such as coffee, tea, tobacco and soda. We understand that eliminating these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change. Nor do we expect it.

Awareness and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary beverage can cut down on the contact your teeth have with it and help neutralize the acids. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can negate the results of teeth whitening.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, your dental health is always our top concern. We emphasize preventative dentistry and offer smile design. Call for 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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Dental Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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There is no doubt that a healthy, pleasing smile positively affects one’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. You can get a beautiful smile at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

Research has shown that smiling also helps reduce stress, increase productivity, and express empathy. But if you are troubled by dental problems, then you may feel insecure about your smile. A smile makeover is the solution to your issues.

What changes do you want to see in your smile?

There is no need to feel helpless. There is always a solution. Straightening teeth, fixing chips, replacing missing teeth, re-shaping teeth, and lightening teeth are only some of the changes that we can perform. If you have a problem, we will help you find the solution.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna our services include restorative dentistry. Call for 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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Patient-Centered Dental Care

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At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we are committed to providing patient-focused dental care of the highest standard.

Our caring professionals can assist you. You could be our next success story!

What is patient-focused care?

A check-up with no cavities? A remarkable smile? A crown that looks as natural as the surrounding teeth?

It could mean all those things and many more.

For a child, dental success could be defined as a childhood free of cavities. Learning daily oral hygiene. Plus gaining an understanding of why it’s important.

What about a teenager who is hesitant to smile because of crooked teeth? The solution is a successful course of orthodontic treatment. The result is a beautiful smile that boosts confidence.

What about the man who suffered dental trauma in an accident? Patient-focused care could be dental implants that restore oral health and tooth function.

For a woman with tetracycline stains but otherwise healthy teeth, patient-centered care may be as easy as fast in-office same-day tooth whitening.

Consider someone with several missing teeth who can only eat soft foods. Patient-focused care could mean natural-looking implant-anchored dentures that allow the patient to eat steak for the first time in years.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we treat a wide variety of dental issues. We offer preventative and restorative dentistry. Call for 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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How Dental Assistants Ensure Quality Dental Care

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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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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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Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

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While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of bad breath, many factors can contribute to or intensify the condition. One of these is the lack of saliva or xerostomia, which we discuss in this post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

Saliva and Oral Health
Saliva moistens the teeth and gums and helps clean away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel durability. Immunoproteins in saliva suppress the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby safeguarding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This guards against tooth decay and infections.

Many people suffer from dry mouth once in a while; perhaps when they are feeling anxiety or stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have sporadic periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can bring about additional oral and physical health problems.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we can help. Our services include preventative and restorative dentistry. 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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Dental Crowns Solve Dental Dilemmas

Cosmetic Dental Solutions in KelownaA dental crown is a strong, natural-looking permanent tooth restoration that covers the top of the damaged tooth. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we use dental crowns to solve a number of dental dilemmas.

Crowns can remedy the following issues:

  • A broken tooth with decay
  • An ill-fitting existing crown
  • A decayed tooth that has lost a considerable amount of tooth structure
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that causes bite misalignment

Before we can attach the crown to your tooth, we must prepare the area. We remove decay, if any, and shape the tooth to receive the crown. Then a mold is taken of the prepped tooth and surrounding teeth. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it until you return to receive the permanent restoration.

Dental crowns from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna are good for many issues. We offer restorative dentistry, and a full range of other services. Call to schedule an apopintment 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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Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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Water flossers have been around for more than fifty years. During that time there have been at least that many studies on their effectiveness. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we present what is known about water flossers, and whether they’re any better than ordinary string floss in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues.

First of all, the main benefit of standard dental floss – string floss – is that it passes easily between the teeth to remove food debris and plaque. It is easy to use, inexpensive, readily available, and a very efficient way of removing plaque.

On the down side, some people find it hard to reach certain areas of the mouth with string floss, like way in back. It can cause minor bleeding, and gum sensitivity. People with agility issues may find it hard to use.

Water flossing

Water flossers use pulsing water to clean between teeth and along the gum line. A special machine directs a jet spray that can be very effective. They too are easy to use, and in addition to cleaning your teeth can also massage the gums.

They’re also great for people with braces and other dental work. The stream of pulsing water makes it easy to get those areas that are harder to reach with string floss. They are also an excellent solution for people with agility issues.

On the other hand, water flossers can be expensive. You need to find a place to store them when not in use. And they require electricity.

The Bottom Line

It isn’t necessarily an either/or situation. The best dental health routine at home may well be to floss, brush, and water floss (not necessarily in that order). The sequence in which these are done comes down to your personal preference. To put it another way: whatever works!

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we think the most important thing, by far, is that you establish a dental health routine that you practice every day. We also like to see you for a cleaning and checkup in our office every six months. We offer preventative 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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9 Tips For Preventing Gum Recession

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Unfortunately, gum disease is very common. It is also a treatable condition at  Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

There are simple and very effective ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you keep them healthy, you will only need to visit us for cleanings and checkups.

  1. Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline. Brush away the particles of food. Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough.
  2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. It loosens the debris that always gets wedged in, along with any plaque that is building up.
  3. Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, using a mouth rinse can halt plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong. Remember that fluoride mouth rinses are not the same as mouthwashes. Mouthwashes have alcohol and are designed to freshen breath. (But they can exacerbate dry mouth which can cause other problems.)
  4. Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A sensible diet provides the nutrients needed (Vitamins A and C, in particular) to keep teeth and gums healthy.
  5. Skip cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may lead to oral cancer. That includes E-cigs and vapors.
  6. Be aware that certain medications can also threaten a healthy mouth. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants and heart medicines. If your medications are affecting your dental health, let us know.
  7. Exercise preventive care and schedule regular checkups — the best way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.
  8. Talk to us about dental issues such as old, broken fillings or crowded teeth.
  9. If you grind your teeth, ask us about ways to guard them.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. Our services include gum treatment and restorative dentistry. Call for 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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