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March 29, 2022
How long do you wear a Perio Protect Tray™?

In taking a holistic dental approach in West Kelowna, we strive to provide treatments that are as minimally invasive and as highly effective as possible for long-term results. That's why at Health & Beauty Dentistry, we treat conditions like gingivitis and periodontal gum disease in West Kelowna with noninvasive Perio Protect Trays™ . Perio Trays™ are designed with a customized sealing […]

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February 14, 2022
Can TMJ be fixed permanently?

When you are living with a TMJ Disorder, you are most likely in pain for most of the day, every day. Living in pain is not living at all. Since most TMJ Disorders are caused by dental problems, yes - your bite is the culprit, West Kelowna dentist Dr. Shauna Palmer is able to provide effective TMJ Treatment. How […]

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January 10, 2022
When should you get an oral cancer screening by a holistic dentist in West Kelowna?

Thanks to advancements and developments in technology, oral cancer screening is now available, safe, and effective. The Velscope Oral Cancer Screening System incorporates fluorescence visualization technology to help detect abnormal tissue growth. They cost $50 and take only 3-5 minutes. It’s important to note that the Velscope System is not a diagnostic device. It’s used to detect […]

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December 27, 2021
Is ozone therapy in dentistry safe?

Ozone therapy is a holistic way to treat various dental conditions.  Ozone consists of three oxygen atoms bonded together. That one extra atom creates a gas with negatively charged particles. Why is this important? It’s because viruses, bacteria, and fungi are positively charged. Therefore, the ozone cancels out (kills) the organisms that cause many health issues, […]

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November 15, 2021
Can your gums recover from periodontal gum disease?

What is periodontal (gum) disease? Periodontal gum disease can cause permanent damage to the bone and gums surrounding the roots or the teeth. It starts with plaque spreading and growing in the gum line. This plaque harbors harmful bacteria which creates toxins and then irritates and inflames the gums. At this point, the bacteria penetrate the […]

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October 21, 2021
Are you looking for a CPAP alternative in West Kelowna?

Do you snore? Does your partner snore? If you suffer from snoring you may find that you are waking up each day feeling tired and listless, unprepared to start the day ahead. If your partner is snoring you may wake up feeling exactly the same way. Snoring also may be a sign you have sleep apnea […]

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September 20, 2021
Can a dentist help with sports?

It’s that time of year – many of the fall sports are in play with back-to-school and most of the winter sports are getting ready to rev up! Dentistry is a vital part of dental health for all athletes and can help with dental emergencies and also prevent them from happening in the first place. Sports always require higher […]

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August 28, 2021
Why are white fillings better?

With the advent, and now the affordability of, composite fillings, more people are asking their dentists to provide them with tooth-coloured fillings. In fact, some people even ask their dentists to remove their old amalgam fillings and replace them with white fillings. In my practice, I avoid using amalgam filling material completely. But I’m also […]

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July 28, 2021
How does holistic dentistry work?

A normal trip to the dentist for most of us often includes the usual routine. It starts with an examination and hygiene treatment, perhaps some x-rays, and typically concludes with a discussion on your oral care. But what if we told you a trip...

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June 28, 2021
What is the maximum age for braces?

What is the maximum age for braces? Age is not a limitation for braces. People well into middle age and beyond can get braces if their oral health is good (no gum disease) and the integrity of their jaws and teeth overall is strong. A more important question to ask is what kind of braces should […]

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May 28, 2021
Does my partner have sleep apnea?

If your partner keeps you awake snoring at night, it may be more serious than you think. What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a common disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked while you’re sleeping. The less […]

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April 5, 2021
Are you looking to improve your dental hygiene in West Kelowna? Dr. Shauna Palmer can help!

How important is your dental hygiene? Regular, semi-annual check-ups, beginning when your first teeth poke through your gums, will achieve better oral health. The earlier we can help you take care of your teeth, the less time you need to spend here. And the more time you get to spend doing things you want. In […]

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February 25, 2021
What anti-snoring device is the best?

Do you suffer from bad sleep? If you suffer from a sleep-related problem like chronic snoring or sleep apnea, you’re most likely always exhausted. Fortunately, a snoring device or an oral sleep appliance can help alleviate your symptoms and lead you on the road to restful nights and happy days.   A simple snoring device can change […]

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January 25, 2021
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a relatively common disorder that is characterized as pauses in your breathing. It can also be classified as shallow, superficial breaths while you sleep. The pauses in your breathing can last from a couple of seconds to a few minutes. As an example, during an hour of sleep, you can stop breathing anywhere […]

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November 25, 2020
Wondering what’s causing your neck pain? It could be your teeth

Do you feel like your entire life revolves around dealing with severe neck pain? Are you frustrated because no one has been able to figure out the source of your problem? What is causing this persistent strain that literally is 'a pain in the neck'? If this sounds familiar, then it may interest you to […]

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October 25, 2020
Can TMJ cause facial pain?

- TMJ joints can be strained therefore, pain can be felt in the eyes, ears, mouth, forehead, cheeks, tongue, teeth, throat, and jaws. Commonly referred to as 'Facial Pain'. Why talk to a dentist about facial pain? It might ... be your bite! Everything wears out. So do your teeth. When your teeth are misaligned because of […]

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September 25, 2020
Why does TMJ make my ear hurt?

Your TMJ Joint (temporomandibular joint) is close to the auditory canal, so pain and inflammation in your TMJ can transfer to the ear. Ear ringing (also know as Tinnitus) can also be an effect of a TMJ disorder. Because inflammation of TMJ dysfunction occurs in the temporomandibular joint and muscles near the ear, the inflammation caused by […]

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August 25, 2020
Why does my jaw ache on one side?

Do you suffer from jaw pain? If you do, you’re not alone. Millions of people experience these symptoms because of a condition called TMJ disorder, or TMD for short – temporomandibular disorder. Jaw pain is often caused by jaw misalignment. This causes jaw pain because of the strain that’s placed upon the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments […]

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July 25, 2020
Can TMJ cause migraines?

Reports have shown that the impact of migraines is a major imposition in an individual’s productivity and lifestyle. If you suffer, you may take significant time away from work, it could hinder your job performance when you are there, it can place restrictions on your daily activities and they disrupt relationships. In the States alone, […]

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June 25, 2020
Is TMJ Disorder serious?

Every person has a TMJ (temporomandibular joint). Not every person has a TMJ Disorder. When you experience TMJ symptoms like: Pain or tenderness of your jaw Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints Aching pain in and around your ear Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing Aching facial pain Locking of the joint, […]

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March 25, 2020
How do dental veneers work?

If you’re ashamed of your teeth, you don’t have to be. You can fix their appearance with dental veneers. Made of thin shells of ceramic materials, they are permanently bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are custom-made and custom-colored so you, or anyone else, won’t be able to tell the difference between them and your […]

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March 5, 2020
What’s the difference between a dental crown and a bridge?

Simply put, a dental crown is applied when there is some sort of structural issue with a tooth, like if the tooth is cracked or fractured. Teeth may also require crowns after a root canal has been done. A dental bridge, on the other hand, is used when one tooth or multiple teeth are missing and are best described as several […]

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February 25, 2020
What is the best whitener for your teeth?

Unique custom-made whitening trays allow you to enhance your teeth’ colour, in the comfort of your own home using Zoom gel. At-home teeth whitening results are effective. The treatment period usually lasts four to six weeks. It is recommended to do touch up treatments approximately 1 day per month to maintain the whiteness.  How does teeth […]

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January 25, 2020
What are dental implants?

The dental implant is inserted into the jawbone, and then the false tooth also called a “pontic”, is attached. Made of titanium or zirconium (for more biologic metal-sensitive patients) which blends well with bone, implants create a strong support structure that will hold your false tooth to your jaw – for the rest of your life. Once […]

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December 25, 2019
How can I improve my smile with a smile makeover?

The way you feel about yourself is revealed in how you present yourself. A healthy, beautiful smile improves your appearance, letting your confidence and passion shine through. Thanks to advancements in cosmetic dentistry, you can dramatically improve your smile in a reduced stress environment and in an efficient manner. Often there are cosmetic treatments that can fit into […]

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July 25, 2019
What is a root canal and why do I need root canal treatment?

Endodontic (root canal) treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may […]

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June 25, 2019
What are white fillings?

A composite resin is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide). Introduced in the 1960s, dental composites were confined to the front teeth because they were not resilient enough to resist the pressure and wear generated by the back teeth. Since then, composite white fillings have been considerably improved and can be successfully placed […]

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May 25, 2019
What causes a broken tooth?

A number of injuries or ailments can lead to a broken tooth. Some common causes include a fall, a physical injury, and chewing a piece of hard food. Some people are more prone to broken teeth than others, and common risk factors including grinding teeth, poor dental health, and previous cavities.

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August 21, 2018
Jaw Pain After Root Canal: What can be done to ease the pain

Quite often, people who come into my West Kelowna dentist office experiencing a lot of pain end up needing root canal treatment. They have a cracked or broken tooth or deep decay that has damaged the nerve of the tooth. To provide the patient with relief, we have to remove the nerve tissue. This procedure […]

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