Okanagan Smiles is a Kelowna dental practice owned and operated by Dr. Jonathan Visscher and his wife Dr. Debra Matson, who, having earned their Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Southern California, have practiced in California and the U.S. Territory of Guam.
During their extensive travels throughout the Americas and Asia, they became licensed and practiced in different countries. Due to their passion to provide dental care to under serviced areas, Drs. Visscher and Matson have also traveled with the non-profit organization New Reality International to provide oral and dental care professionally. Naturally, as a native of the Okanagan Valley, Dr. Visscher was eventually drawn here and the couple decided to make Kelowna their new home where Okanagan Smiles was born.
I don’t know about you, but in the past as my dental appointment has inched closer, a certain anxious shiver has always run down my spine. This isn’t to say my recent experiences have been terrible or traumatizing, however, instantly I am reminded of the nauseating smell, the high pitch screech of the drills around me and pain…always pain. That is why I was so surprised when I walked into the waiting room at Okanagan Smiles. Trembling, I poked my head around the corner and astonishingly I was not met with that familiar fear inducing odor, but rather a warm, inviting aroma. I sat down and was greeted by the receptionist, offered a beverage and for the first time in a dentist’s office, I was at ease.
Soon enough it was time for my appointment and as we moved through the reception into the examination room, I was happy to see state of the art equipment, comfortable chairs and television to keep me distracted. Shortly I was greeted at my chair by Dr. Debra Matson, the clean and relaxed environment keeping me at ease.
As this was my first visit to this Kelowna dental clinic, I was subject to a full complement of low impact digital x-rays and photographic images of my teeth in order to gain a complete understanding of my current oral health, set a baseline and record everything of importance. I was asked about any and all concerns I had and we went over my scans in order to locate any areas that required attention before they became an issue for me. Then we scheduled in the procedures to bring me to where I needed to be.
With all the tension behind, it is easy to see that a dental appointment can genuinely be a very relaxed and enjoyable experience. The qualified professionals dedicated to your oral health and comfort, truly put you at ease while state of the art equipment ensures the very best and painless results.
In addition to all basic oral health services, Okanagan Smiles also offers an impressive range of optional and aesthetic treatments; composite fillings, Botox, Invisalign, bridges, crowns, dentures and partial dentures, extractions, tooth canal treatment, implants, soft tissue laser, periodontal treatment, as well as porcelain veneers.
Whatever your needs may be, the Kelowna dentists and hygienists at Okanagan Smiles are surely prepared to help you in their state of the art practice.
Swing by and check out their beautiful office located centrally at 101-2149 Springfield Road, across from Orchard Park Mall, Kelowna.
5 Ways to Guarantee a Healthy Smile!
1. Snack Less
Did you know that acid-producing bacteria cause decay and gingivitis? The bacteria have a 2-hr window of activity after you feed them. Snacking or sipping coffee throughout the day will keep them active longer, causing more cavities than in someone who doesn’t snack as often.
2. Regular Check-Ups!
Dental exams are important not only to check up on how you’re brushing, but to catch decay before it spreads to the nerve and starts to hurt. Oral cancer is on the rise and can be detected by looking and feeling your oral tissues.
Also, many cancers metastasize to the jawbone first and that can be caught with x-rays of the bone surrounding the teeth. Right now, the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population is those under 45 who do not smoke!
3. Avoid Sticky/Sugary Snacks
Sticky foods stay on your teeth longer thereby increasing the amount of tie the bacteria are feeding. The longer they are fed the more acid they produce and the weaker your enamel becomes.
4. Brush Your Tongue!
Bad-breath-causing bacteria reside in the forest of taste buds on the top of your tongue. Stay kissable by brushing here too!
5. Baby Bottle Decay
Nothing makes us sadder than seeing kids who have been to bed with a bottle in their mouths. Bathing the baby teeth in milk or juice softens their enamel causing decay on their front teeth which spreads to other teeth and adult teeth when they come in. Let’s keep our kids healthy and send them to bed with freshly-brushed teeth!
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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