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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Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Plaque can appear in any mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be with daily brushing and flossing. Because of that, it is essential to visit the Choose Your Smile dentist in Kelowna twice a year, for regular cleanings and checkups.

If your teeth have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you have a sweet tooth, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this:

Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, and always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will become that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.)

This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that eats away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process – that is, daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

Given enough time, plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease. If you’re seeing us twice a year we’ll catch it in its early stages, when treatment is easiest. But regular brushing and flossing is usually enough to head it off entirely. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we also offer 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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Help For Nervous Patients

Sedation Dentistry in KelownaConsider the following scenario: You are stretched out in a chair at the dentist’s office when a bright overhead light turns on, and you see latex-gloved hands moving toward your open mouth. Your heart begins to race and your palms are sweaty. If so, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

Sedation dentistry benefits nervous dental patients every day. Moderate sedation aids in all types of dental care such as root canals, dental implants, and wisdom teeth removal.

If you are planning to undergo extensive restorative or cosmetic dental work, sedation may permit the dentist to perform multiple procedures in a single visit while you remain calm.

At Choose Your Smile, we offer two options: oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative, and IV sedation, administered intravenously. Both are effective; you’ll need a ride home afterward.

If you’re coping with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, sedation dentistry allows you to get the work you need to maintain your dental health. We also provide 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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Are All Carbs Created Equal?

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Kelowna

Did you know that making small changes to your diet can improve your dental health? It’s true! And at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we are working to improve the dental health of each of our patients on a daily basis.

Most people are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and, left unchecked, gum disease. It’s quite a domino effect.

Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At Choose Your Smile, we continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another important way people can improve their oral health is to get plenty of calcium: 800mg a day for men, and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and harmful gum disease for dental patients, but wise eating supports healthy teeth and gums.

Choose Your Smile in Kelowna offers a full menu of general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule an 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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