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!

Why Diabetes Matters for Your Mouth

The Dental Connection to Diabetes
The first symptoms are often oral problems
More and more, we realize there’s a relationship between infections in your mouth and inflammation caused by diabetes. And neglecting one makes the other worse!

Make sure your blood glucose is controlled. If you have diabetes, uncontrolled blood glucose makes you more susceptible to

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Smile with Confidence

Confidence & Self-Esteem Through Dentistry
The Psychology of Teeth, Imperfections, and Self-Esteem
Studies show that good-looking people receive preferential treatment over others. We may not like it, but it’s human nature to perceive physically attractive individuals as more intelligent, likable, and honest.

So who decides who’s attractive? It’s partially determined by cultural norms, however, self-esteem also plays

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Dentures so Natural Looking…

Only Your Dentist Knows For Sure!
With so many advances in modern dentistry, fewer people need full dentures. But for those that do have missing teeth, dentures and partials are more natural-looking and discreet than ever. We can customize a complete restoration to fit your appearance (including considerations for skin, hair, and eye color) or

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Find Relief for Sensitive Teeth

Do You Have Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity can range from a mild annoyance to sudden severe pain. Most often triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods, those with the condition may or may not have visible cavities or damage present. That’s why it often takes a dentist to determine the cause. If you’re suffering

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Dental X-rays: Get the Real Picture!

Critical for Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
X-rays help pinpoint problems and avoid further complications.
People are often concerned that they’re receiving too much radiation from X-rays, so it’s important to understand why the benefits of X-rays (taken at reasonable intervals) far outweigh the concerns!

The purpose of X-rays is to pinpoint problems and avoid further complications. Without

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Should You Use Mouthwash?

The Answer is… Maybe!
Mouthwash, or mouth rinses, are primarily used to remove food debris after brushing and flossing. They provide a pleasant taste, freshen the breath, and (depending on the active ingredient) can also protect against plaque & bacteria, periodontal disease, and/or cavities.

So should everyone use mouthwash? Not exactly. Some people who use it

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Does Gum Disease Hurt?

Periodontal Disease Can Be Painless
One of the reasons gum disease is such a problem is that it progresses gradually, often with no pain during the initial stages.

So how can you tell if you’re affected? Have a look at some of the symptoms:

Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing – No amount of bleeding

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Suffering with Dental Fear?

You can overcome it, and we’ll help you do it!
Can’t bring yourself to schedule that next appointment? You may be busy, you may be a born procrastinator, or you may suffer from unwarranted dental fear. If so, you’re not alone… millions stay away each year for just that reason.

Everyone in our practice understands dental

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Developing Good Habits

To Protect Children’s Teeth
Food & Drink
Eating and drinking habits are the biggest factors in preventing childhood cavities. But, just as important as what children eat, is when they eat it.

To encourage positive eating habits and prevent cavities, limit eating time to 4 or 5 periods during the day (rather than continuous snacking). By reducing

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TMJ Symptoms

Know the Warning Signs!
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the connecting joint between the jawbone and skull. When muscles, jawbone, and teeth all operate properly, biting and chewing is coordinated to be smooth and pain-free.

Sometimes, however, things can get “out of whack.”

When teeth don’t line up properly in the upper or lower jaws,

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