Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s: Keep Those Gums Healthy!

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If you need another reason to keep your gums as healthy as possible, read this post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.

A bacteria called Porphyomonas gingivalis contributes to chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Researchers concluded:

“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable.

Risk factors for periodontal disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

This study should dispel the misconception that oral health is somehow separate from physical health.

It is critical to see your dentist regularly to keep your gums healthy (as well as your teeth). To schedule a periodontal disease exam, call Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. Our services include gum disease treatment and general dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

The research study, “Porphyromonas gingivalis in Alzheimer’s disease brains: Evidence for disease causation and treatment with small-molecule inhibitors,” can be found at Science Advances. http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/1/eaau3333

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Keeping You Comfortable

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At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we make every effort to keep our patients comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not only talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are dedicated to your peace of mind at Choose Your Smile:

1. We don’t judge you. We have devoted our careers to promoting dental health and creating beautiful smiles.

We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental trouble. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. Your comfort is important to us.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more prevalent than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some individuals get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

Sedation dentistry allows you to relax through your appointment. There are different levels of sedation, and we’ll determine the one that is best for you.

4. We communicate with you.
 Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your critical questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to call us at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. Don’t put your dental health at risk! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Choose 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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Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

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Not everything was better back in the good old days. Take dentures: they’ve been around for generations and have improved many lives, but implant-supported dentures from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna are proving to be a superior option.

Traditional dentures can impede many essential functions. You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures curtail their ability to taste and/or chew.

Implant-supported dentures are dentures anchored to dental implants, which are titanium posts placed in the jaw. There are two types: removable and permanent. No adhesive is required for either system.

With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. Additionally, they are usually less pricey than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants necessary and other factors.)

Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the needed amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning. Countless Kelowna patients who have traded in their traditional dentures report that their implant anchored dentures have greatly improved their life.

Implant-supported dentures from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna can be life-changing. Call our office to find out more. Other services include general dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Choose 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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A Ginormous Cavity?

Kelowna Cosmetic DentistryWhen we repair a tooth with a cavity or some other damage at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, the procedure the dentist chooses depends on the location of the problem. We’re talking tooth-specific locale here.

If there is a chip, crack, or tooth decay on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often created to restore the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

The inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from natural teeth. The inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not lead to tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • Strengthen the tooth and guard against further decay or damage

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, the services available include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Choose 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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Is Your Child Protected?

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How do you maintain oral health? The first things that come to mind are probably brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna twice a year. You might also list diet factors such as limiting sugary drinks and getting enough calcium.

When people are quizzed about preventative dental care, they rarely mention athletic mouth protection. But it’s a biggie.

Don’t Be a (Grim) Statistic

Did you know that over five million people per year experience tooth injury playing sports? Many of those injuries cause a tooth to be completely knocked out. Ouch!

Not only is it painful and traumatic, but a knocked-out tooth is also time-consuming and costly to restore.

An Indispensable Part of Your Sports Gear

An inexpensive mouth guard can protect teeth during sporting activities. At Choose Your Smile, we advise our patients to include mouthguards as an essential part of their sports gear. That’s right. Your mouthguard should be in your duffel along with your basketball shorts and water bottle.

Mouthguards work:

Beginnin in 1962, high school and collegiate football players were required to wear face guards and mouth protectors. Since then the rate of orofacial injuries in football has fallen to about one-half of pone percent.

Dental health authorities recommend parents have children use mouthguards for all organized sports. That means gymnastics, skiing, and lacrosse—not just basketball, football, and wrestling.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we want the best in dental health for all our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Choose 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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Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

Kelowna tooth brushing tips

You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and go through it. But the team at Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna asks: are you doing it right?

Actually, a lot of people make mistakes when they brush their teeth. You may need to tweak your routine to better sustain your oral health and guard your smile from cavities and gum disease.

Here are useful tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
You probably want to get it over with and go to bed. But brushing your teeth takes time and attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how swiftly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes. It can also be useful to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By adjusting your routine, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s difficult to clear away the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily propagate and start the decay process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people impair their enamel or gums because they brush too vigorously with a hard brush. We counsel patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is horrible to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air—even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and allow it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think fluoride is only for children. Not true. Your enamel is consistently under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

So there you have it, five tips for improving your dental health regimen! Here’s one more: see us at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment.

Contact Choose 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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The Prevalence of Gum Disease

Here is a statistic that should make everyone sit up and take notice: nearly half of all people over the age of thirty have some form of gum disease. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The good news is that it is treatable. Gum disease treatment is available at Choose Your Smile Dentistry in Kelowna.

Those statistics refer specifically to periodontal disease, the more advanced form. In its earlier, milder stages, gum disease is called gingivitis.

Gum disease 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 twice a year.

Risk factors for developing 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 a patient gets 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.

The stark truth is that anyone can get gum disease. But there is hope; the earlier it is detected, the sooner treatment can begin. Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna provides gum disease treatment, as well as general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7


You Won’t Be Out Cold (Unless You Want To Be!)

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Does your heart start pounding at the mere thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you see a dental practice? At Choose Your Smile Dentistry in Kelowna, we can help with sedation dentistry.

Many people who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration care chose to use sedation. Though the terms ‘sleep dentistry’ and ‘oral conscious sedation’ are often used interchangeably, they are not identical. At Choose Your Smile, we offer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation.

Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives, which we provide, are taken about an hour before your scheduled procedure. These help most patients achieve a deep level of tranquility. They do not usually result in complete unconsciousness. But you will be extremely drowzy. Because of this, you’ll need someone to drive you to the appointment, and home afterward.

IV Sedation
IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery. As the name suggests, they are administered intravenously. You’ll be in a deep state of relaxation; most patients are oblivious to what is happening in their mouth. IV sedation is often used for procedures such as root canals and wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure smile transformations.

For more details about sedation dentistry, call Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. Our services include general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today,

Contact Choose 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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An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush Kelowna

In this blog post from Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna, we will highlight some of the simple things you can do with your toothbrush to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

One of the most important habits you can form is to always allow your toothbrush to completely air dry between uses. The best way to let the toothbrush air dry is by placing it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up. This method of storage is much better than sticking it away in a drawer since it will take longer to dry in there.

Also, make sure your toothbrush is dry before you seal it away in a travel container.

A good strategy for making sure your toothbrush has ample time to dry is to buy two of them. Alternate between the two, so each has time to fully dry out between uses.

Also, replace your toothbrush (or toothbrushes) every 3-4 months, or sooner if you’ve had a cold!

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we want each of our patients to have the best dental health possible. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Choose 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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The Gift Of Oral Health

The Gift Of Oral Health In Kelowna

Many of our patients at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna wonder why, with all the advances in dentistry, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss.

It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world, but don’t let that fool you. These tools are your best friends to prevent cavities, plaque build-up, and gum disease!

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an essential part of everyday oral hygiene.

Brushing, which should be done at least twice a day, can be done capably with any type of toothbrush. There is no need to pay a bundle for a fancy electric toothbrush. Just brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes making sure to reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is critical for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. Some patients wonder whether it’s better to floss before or after brushing. You can make a case for one or the other, but we think the most important thing is that you do both.

At Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Choose 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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