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

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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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You Won’t Miss The Metal With Invisible Braces

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Clear braces are here to stay! Clear braces bring your teeth into proper alignment but without any conspicuous metal brackets. When the treatment is finished you are left with a beautiful new smile. Clear braces are available at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

Clear braces are sometimes called invisible braces. The proper name for them is “aligners.” They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. You wear a series of them to put pressure on your teeth, which is what brings them into alignment. Each set of aligners is worn from one to two weeks before you go to a new set. The new set changes the alignment slightly, so that in time, you have an ideal bite.

To get the best results from clear braces, they must be worn for at least twenty-two hours each day, although that time may vary slightly from one patient to the next. The total number of aligners each patient needs varies, too.

Some of the benefits of clear braces:

  • They’re inconspicuous. People standing just a few feet away from you may not even realize you’re wearing them.
  • They are removeable. As noted, they must be worn most of the time. But you can take them out for meals and for flossing and brushing before bed.
  • No metal in your mouth!

Remember, the goal of aligners, or any braces for that matter, is to ensure your top and bottom teeth fit together properly. It may be tempting to remove them sometimes, but it is in your best interest to wear your aligners for the recommended time. That usually includes while you sleep.

To find out whether clear braces from Invisalign are right for you, please call us at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for our complete restorative dentistry. 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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The Mark Of The Perfect Dentist

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Looking for a new dentist? It’s easy to find one. A quick Google search, an online review or two, and you’ll have a short list of possibilities. The trick, of course, is finding the right dentist –one you’re happy with, and will stick with for years to come. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we’re proud to have lots of happy patients and positive online reviews.

Are there certain qualities you should you look for? Many factors  come into play. Do you choose the dentist nearest your home? By experience and education? Or maybe because a friend recommended the practice?

What To Look For

It may not be an exact science. But here are some of the things we think you should look for when trying to find a dentist:

  • A Good Listener. Whether it’s a general dentist, a pediatric dentist, or some other specialty, a good dentist will listen to your concerns and address any issues you might raise.
  • Sharing Information. A good dentist is always ready to explain what’s going on with your dental health. Any issues you might have should be explained in plain language.
  • Conservative. Not every smile needs to be corrected; not every cavity needs to be filled right away. A good dentist will take a conservative approach to treatment, and always do what is best for you.
  • Continuing Education. Dentistry is complex, and always changing. A good dentist is committed to staying on top of innovations and developments. A desire and willingness to improve is a trait to look for.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we want all our patients to be happy with our work, and strive for excellence in dentistry every single day. Our patients come from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 for our preventative and children’s dentistry. We would love to see you in our office for a cleaning and checkup soon!

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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The Love Your Smile Guide To Dental X-Rays

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Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? This post from Love Your Smile in Kelowna takes a look at the various types of dental X-rays.

Panoramic

These pictures help us see everything in one image: the total upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit. They are useful for evaluating jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.

Bitewing

Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always required but impossible with a visual exam. They also help us evaluate the jaw bone.

Periapical

These are similar to bite wings but they can get a more detailed picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are generally used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.

Full-Mouth Series

This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.

Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to our office for preventative dentistry and smile design, and much more! Call to 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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Not Your Mother’s Jewelry: 5 Reasons Tongue Piercings Are Dangerous

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In this post from Love 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 Love 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 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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