Mallory A. Stechishin, DDS

About Mallory A. Stechishin, DDS

Dr. Stechishin provides high-quality, personalized care to each and every patient who comes to our office! She always makes sure patients feel relaxed and comfortable, and that they are properly informed and educated about their treatment options. Born in Michigan, Dr. Stechishin was raised and finished high school in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She then completed her Bachelor of Science Undergraduate education at the University of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada, and went on to attend Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia. She then practiced for one year before moving to California in 1987. Dr. Stechishin was an associate for 2 years in San Jose before opening the first practice of her own. She faithfully served the Silicon Valley community from 1990-2013 and specialized in providing Cosmetic, General, and Family Dentistry. Then, in 2013, she opened an office in Carmel, CA, which she still runs to this day! In 2008 she started another private practice in Indian Wells, CA, with an emphasis placed on Geriatric Dentistry, Cosmetic Veneers, and Teeth Whitening. In mid-2019, she sold her Indian Wells location and began practicing in our wonderful Ft. Bragg community! Dr. Stechishin has lived in Los Gatos, California since 1987 with her husband Stefan Kowalow, and having no children has allowed them to travel to various regions of the great state of California, enriching their lives and clinical experience. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Stechishin loves horses and horse racing (she owns thoroughbreds and is a California-licenced thoroughbred owner). In her free time, she also enjoys swimming, scuba diving, tennis, golf, art, music, and especially international travel!

Night Guards for Teeth Grinding

Protective Dental Night Guards in Fort Bragg, CA
Custom-fitted night guards to protect teeth from nighttime grinding (bruxism).
Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of teeth. It’s a fairly common habit with about 1 in 3 exhibiting the behavior, yet most don’t even realize they’re affected. Many times it occurs while sleeping at night, usually due

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Adult Fluoride Treatments

Topical Fluoride Treatments in Fort Bragg, CA
No matter your age, fluoride helps prevent cavities, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
Fluoride helps create healthy teeth, and it’s not just for kids—adults need fluoride too! Every day, acidic foods and drinks threaten to erode tooth enamel. Bacteria as well, can produce acid and dissolve the enamel on

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Chronic Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Dry Mouth Can Be Harmful
Oral health includes a healthy flow of saliva.
Dry mouth (also called xerostomia) is usually just a short term symptom of dehydration. However, if reduced saliva flow becomes a chronic issue, it can lead to more serious dental problems. That’s because saliva coats teeth to provide a protective layer against bacteria,

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The Good News About a Root Canal

Root Canal Therapy Halts Pain
Many patients associate “root canal” with pain. In fact, this procedure is about pain relief.
Toothache/tooth pain is commonly due to the buildup of pressure inside an infected tooth. When the nerve is damaged, conventional fillings won’t stop the pain. The answer is to remove the nerve within the tooth without

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Coping With Dental Fear

We Have Suggestions
It’s normal to have some level of anxiety about going to the dentist, especially if you’re expecting bad news. For many others, however, this anxiety rises to the level of fear/phobia. These patients may experience advanced signs of stress such as shaking, confusion, heart palpitations, or changes in blood pressure. Unfortunately, this

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Tooth Tips For Babysitters

Helpful Tips For Babysitters (And Parents!)
A sleepless child is a babysitter’s nightmare. To keep babies or young children sleeping soundly (and safely) keep these tips in mind:
Bedtime Fussing? Could Be Teething.
If the baby is under three and fussing, it could be teething pains. You can ease some of the discomfort by rubbing the baby’s

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Nutritious Food Groups

For a Healthy Diet
These nutritious foods can build health, ward off disease, and taste wonderful!

Fatty fish—broiled, baked or grilled—may lower triglycerides and blood pressure, increase good cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of clotting.
Whole grains are full of fiber, flavor, and texture. They may lower your risk of heart disease, Type II

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Grow Older with Your Teeth

As we grow older, it’s natural for changes in our mouths, gums, and jawbone to occur. However (thanks to preventive dentistry) people nowadays are keeping their natural teeth longer and longer.
Prevent Tooth Loss as you Grow Older
Neglect is the main cause of tooth loss, and most problems can be prevented with a simple regimen

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Do You Have TMJ Pain?

Helping You Solve TMJ Pain
Some 10 million people suffer from some form of TMJ Disorder: from clicking or popping whenever they yawn, to intense migraine-like pain in the area around their ears. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge between your jaw and skull. The bone and muscles permit your jaw to move—not just up

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Chronic Inflammation & Gum Disease

Gum Disease may be a sign of systemic inflammation
Unlike acute inflammation (your body’s defense against illness or injury) chronic inflammation simultaneously heals and destroys tissue. It’s what happens when the immune system doesn’t know when to stop and often leads to such diseases as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and gum disease.

Dentally speaking,

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