Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Three Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth by Choose Your Smile - Dr. Stephen Malfair

Flossing can be a bit of a chore. It takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful. It’s no wonder our team at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna are constantly reminding our patients to ‘brush and floss!’

Flossing is crucial. You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing.’ It just isn’t going to happen, and for two critical reasons. Here they are:

1. Bad Breath

Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our appearance, and we are all aware of how that can affect our relationships.

When we meet new individuals, speak with others in close quarters, or greet a partner, bad breath is on our mind. We worry about how bad breath affects first impressions.

It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about.

Flossing is a great way to help you avoid bad breath.

Flossing helps prevent plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.

To minimize your chances of being caught with bad breath, floss every day.

2. Cavities

When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, tooth decay can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.

Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t get and cleans away plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.

Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we advise that you floss every time you brush your teeth. At the very least, we encourage you to floss every day before you go to bed. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule 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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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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Starting Chemo? How Are Your Teeth?

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If you are scheduled for cancer treatment due to a recent diagnosis or relapse, oral health is probably not your first priority. However, the team at Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna, we urge you to give some attention to your teeth to prevent or minimize common cancer-related dental complications.

According to research, cancer treatment often takes a heavy toll on dental health.

Common Complications of Chemotherapy and/or Radiation

  • Inflammation of the mucous membranes
  • Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
  • Mouth dryness (increases risk of cavities)
  • Poor nutrition due to eating difficulties
  • Mouth pain
  • Oral bleeding
  • Lifelong risk of tooth decay
  • Loss of elasticity of masticatory muscles (may make opening mouth difficult)
  • Bone recession due to decreased blood flow
  • Tooth loss

We extend to our dental patients battling cancer our sincere hopes for your successful treatment.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we wants to help you maintain oral health before, during, and after your cancer treatment. We offer comprehensive preventative and restorative dental services including general and cosmetic dentistry.

“Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can Do,” National Institutes of Health, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/CancerTreatment/OralComplicationsCancerOral.htm, accessed on May 27, 2014

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.

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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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An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

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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

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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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Fun Floss Facts

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You probably believe the most important thing about flossing is to do it every day. Guess what? We agree! However, many people find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire. And the team at Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna agrees with that, too.

Let’s discuss some of the most common types of dental floss.

  • Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is frequently made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less pricey, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.
  • Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is generally referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is beneficial to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

  • Dental tape is nylon floss in the shape of a wide, flat ribbon. Many Choose Your Smile patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to ask about flossing. You don’t want to break this important habit just because you’re having your teeth aligned!

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we encourage regular brushing and flossing, as well as six-month dental checkups. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Give us a call 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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Keep Holidays Healthy For Your Teeth!

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Who doesn’t love the holidays? For the team at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, it’s probably our favorite time of year! They’re a time to take a break from your regular routine and spend time with friends and family.

If you’re not careful, though, holiday celebrations can take a toll on your dental health. They ordinarily involve delicious food, drinks, and sweets that can put you at risk for tooth decay and other issues.

As you navigate the holiday dessert tables, settle upon something special that you don’t usually see during the rest of the year. This will help you to stay satisfied without overdoing the sugary stuff. Also, it’s helpful to have a glass of water with your dessert so you can take a drink after you finish and rinse some of the sugars from your teeth to protect your enamel.

Steer clear of hard candy that stays in your mouth for a long time, and be careful of extra-sticky candy that binds to your teeth. (Especially if you have a dental bridge, veneers, or braces!)

Don’t overlook your dental health routine when your schedule is busier than normal. Regardless of the season, it’s vital to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once per day (ideally, at night before going to bed).

The team at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna wishes Happy Holidays to everyone! We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

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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Save Your Breath

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This post from Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna focuses on a problem that many people experience – bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most frequent cause is poor oral hygiene. Often, halitosis arises midday arising from not brushing teeth between meals. Small food parts on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the unpleasant odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

While poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of halitosis, many factors can contribute to or worsen the issue. The best remedy is regular, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be needed depending on the cause(s).

For example, a salivary gland issue or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

Most Common Causes of Bad Breath:

Poor oral hygiene
Inability to brush between meals
Gum disease or tooth decay
Smoking
Braces
An infected root canal
Diabetes
Kidney failure
Liver problems
Infection
Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
Dieting
Age
Crooked teeth
Ear, nose, throat issues
Tonsil issues
Constant breathing through the mouth
Specific foods: garlic, onions, horseradish, etc.
Some prescription medications
Ill-fitting dentures

To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
Use a tongue spray or scraper
Use antimicrobial mouth rinse
Chew sugarless gum
Brush and floss after each meal
Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out
Talk to your doctor or dentist if bad breath continues despite proper oral hygiene

Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with the dentist.
At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we provide skilled dental care with general and cosmetic 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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