Many of the patients who visit Love Your Smile in Kelowna have questions about cosmetic dentistry. There is some reliable information online, but there are many questions that only a dentist can answer.
New improvements in cosmetic dentistry have made it safe, affordable, and worth your consideration if you want to improve your smile and look younger.
Cosmetic dentistry is all about making positive changes to the appearance of your teeth and smile, while at the same time complementing the integrity of your dental health. We use it to improve the colour of your teeth, fix any flaws, and even replace missing teeth.
The procedures we offer do more than just improve the appearance of your smile. Many of the available treatments can address specific issues, like an improper bite.
Pregnancy is a happy time for most women. But even as you anticipate bringing new life into the world, it’s important to be aware that pregnancy can bring certain dental health risks. We can help you with them at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.
Before you press the alarm button, let us clarify: being pregnant does not automatically mean your dental health will be at risk. But more than ever, you should brush and floss your teeth without fail, and see us for a checkup.
There is a link between gum disease in pregnant women, and babies being born prematurely with a low birth rate. Premature birth puts babies at risk for many conditions, including cerebral palsy and poor eyesight.
The good news? You are less likely to experience these issues if you enter pregnancy already having good dental health.
Brush your teeth twice a day
Use toothpaste with fluoride
Have regular dental checkups
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, be sure to tell us at your next appointment. We may want to take certain precautions, like delaying your next round of x-rays.
There’s a lot to learn about when you’re expecting, and that includes protecting your dental health with preventative dentistry! At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we we have helped women in Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6. Services include children’s dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!
Most people visit the dentist about once each year. Some go as long as five years between visits. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we recommend a checkup every six months.
Here are six great reasons to visit us more frequently.
1. Oral Cancer Detection
That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people think about the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Patients with oral cancer have a far better prognosis when it’s detected early. Note that tobacco users have a substantially higher risk of developing oral cancer.
2. Cavity Damage
Unfortunately, almost everyone gets cavities. If cavities are caught when they are small, they aren’t difficult (or pricey) to fix.
The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early and the damage requires a serious fix. Cavities are one of the reasons many people avoid the dentist. Getting a tooth filled used to be painful. Not anymore.
3. Gum Disease
Gum health is a part of an overall dental health. We will check your gums and treat gum disease, if need be.
4. Bad Habits
Bad habits can have a negative influence on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you deal with habits so they don’t become destructive.
5. Deeper Problems
X-ray technology allows us to detect potential problems before they become visible. Many issues can be fixed before damage occurs.
6. More Than Just Teeth
We are concerned about more than your teeth. We care about your overall physical health, and are trained in the anatomy around your mouth, including your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. We always check for signs of trouble.
But we never lose sight of your dental healt at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. Our patients come to us from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 for restorative and children’s dentistry, and much more. Schedule your next checkup with us today!
What constitutes a dental emergency? The dictionary says an emergency is an unforeseen crisis requiring immediate action. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we think that’s about as good a definition as you’re going to find.
Here’s a quick summary of five common dental emergencies:
A broken or chipped tooth. This certainly meets the standard of an emergency. Whether it’s the result of an injury, or because of brittle teeth, a broken or chipped tooth could lead to unwanted consequences if it is not treated promptly.
Jaw injuries. If you’ve broken your jaw then a trip to the emergency room is probably in order. But a dentist should also be in the loop. He or she will evaluate your oral cavity and teeth to see whether they have also sustained damage.
Severe toothache. The sooner treatment for a severe toothache begins, the better. A bad toothache could indicate tooth decay, and there could be infection that threatens the tooth. The sooner treatment begins, the better the chances of saving the tooth.
Bleeding gums. This may indicate gum disease. As with a toothache, prompt treatment is best. When it is caught and treated in its earliest stages, gum disease is curable. If is also preventable with brushing and flossing twice a day.
Knocked out tooth. If you have a tooth knocked out, time is of the essence. Make a beeline for the nearest urgent dental care. If it is treated within an hour there is an excellent chance the tooth can be saved.
At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, emergency dentistry is an important part of what we do. People come to our office from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 for complete restorative dentistry services, and much more. Call for an appointment with us today!
The common household toothbrush. Every home has at least one, and at Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we hope our patients are all brushing their teeth after each meal. Regular brushing and flossing are still the most important things you can do for your dental health.
It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But when you’ve got a healthy immune system, they pose no threat.
That said, a few common-sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting your toothbrushes.
Be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.
Bacteria like a moist environment, so store your toothbrush upright so it can dry completely between uses.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will keep your risk for gum disease, cavities, and bad breath low.
At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, your dental health is our top priority every single day. Services include restorative dentistry and smile design. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!
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:
Infection (some even in places you wouldn’t think can get infected)
Hypersensitivity to metal
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.
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.
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.
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!
Visiting Love Your Smile in Kelowna for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months may seem inconvenient sometimes, but you may benefit in ways you’d never imagine.
A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.
Not only that, but brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower your risk of heart disease. The study says that people who brushed less than twice a day, and for less than two minutes, were three times as likely to have heart issues than those who brushed at least twice, and for at least two minutes.
A cardiologist who was not associated with the study said it’s possible that those who are attentive to their dental health may simply be more health conscious overall.
Still, researchers believe it strengthens the notion that there is a clear link between your dental health and your overall health.
At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we encourage all our patients to brush their teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, and to floss, too. It’s the best way to keep cavities at bay. Our services include restorative dentistry and smile design. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!
If you feel tooth sensitivity when you sip coffee or bite into ice cream, Love Your Smiles in Kelowna is here for you.
Millions of Americans cope with sensitive teeth. Problems with hot and cold foods and drinks are one of the most common complaints. Tactile issues – biting or chewing hard foods – is another.
Fortunately, many cases of sensitive teeth respond to special sensitivity toothpastes. There is a lot to choose from, and most toothpaste brands include a line for this issue. Lots of people report good results in as little time as a week or two.
Even if you’re in that lucky group, you should have your sensitive teeth checked by a professional. One of the most common causes of sensitive teeth is enamel erosion, which can expose the dentin. Believe it or not, aggressive brushing or using a hard-bristle toothbrush can lead to enamel erosion, which is why we always recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Other causes of sensitive teeth include:
Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
Bruxism (tooth grinding)
The most important thing is to talk to us about it at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. We’ll advise you on treatment. Our services include restorative dentistry and smile design. Call for an appointment today!
Here at Love 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 Love Your Smile in Kelowna, children’s dentistry is central to our practice. Do you have a youngster playing sports? We remind you that soccer, baseball, football, and basketball can be very dicey for your child’s teeth.
Football is a contact sport, yet has a relatively low rate of tooth injuries compared to other contact sports. Why? Football players are instructed to wear a mouth guard and a helmet. Mouth guards are inexpensive, but worth their weight in gold!
If your child participates in a contact sport and does not wear a mouth guard, we recommend that you get them one and make sure they wear it. They are available at most athletic supply stores. Some dentists make individually-constructed athletic mouthguards that deliver even better protection than the one-size-fits-all brands.
At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, our children’s dentistry maintains your youngster’s dental health. We also offer smile design services. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!
Love Your Smile is a full-service dental practice led by Dr. Stephen Malfair, a skilled and compassionate dentist. Anyone can visit our convenient office in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia for top-quality dentistry services and personalized patient care.https://drmalfair.ca/