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Its wedding season! Have you scheduled your annual dental exam?

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How often do you visit your Boise dentist?

Regular Boise dental exams are an important part of preventative health care. Dr. Robert Studebaker recommends that most children and adults should see their Boise dentist for a regular cleaning and check-up approximately every six months. During a dental exam your Boise dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and identify any underlying oral health problems as well as evaluate your risk of developing tooth decay.

Why Boise teeth cleaning and exams are important

Regular Boise dental exams help to prevent future problems while protecting your overall oral & general health. It gives your Boise dentist the opportunity of detecting any problems before they become serious while providing you with tips on caring for your teeth in the long run.

During your Boise dental cleaning, plaque and tartar deposits that have built up on the teeth over time are removed. Because your mouth uses saliva to wash away bacteria, it also contains calcium and other substances that build deposits on the teeth. Over time these calcium deposits build up causing the right conditions for bad bacteria to thrive next to the gums. Cleaning polishes the surface of the tooth so that bacteria are then unable to stick to them, and you have a better opportunity of keeping your teeth clean at home with regular brushing, and flossing.

In honor of this summer wedding season among other special events, Summit Dental also offers custom bleach trays for optimal teeth whitening. Boise teeth whitening is the No. 1 requested cosmetic service today. With a Boise teeth cleaning, many external stains can be removed while promoting good oral health while a professional teeth whitening Boise treatment can help you look and feel your best at your next major event!

Bright, white teeth are a classic characteristic of a beautiful smile. Teeth darken over time because of genetics, food and drink (especially red wine, coffee, tea and mustard), tobacco use and other factors.

If the color of your teeth makes you feel self-conscious or reluctant to smile, we can help you. Everyone deserves a smile they can be proud to share, and a teeth whitening Boise treatment at our Treasure Valley office can help you achieve a smile you will love.

What to expect at your Boise teeth cleaning

During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will:

  • Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene by discussing any problems you have or medications your taking.
  • Take dental X-rays
  • Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease.
  • Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement.
  • Check your bite and jaw for problems.
  • Remove any stains or deposits on your teeth.
  • Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques for your teeth or dentures.
  • Assess how much fluoride you’re getting.

 

   

 

 

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Understanding Gum Disease

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What is Gum Disease? What causes it?

Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissues around your teeth. Often times gum disease is painless and can go undetected in those that rarely visit their Boise dentist for a Boise teeth cleaning. While everyone suffers from gum inflammation (gingivitis) at certain times in their life (caused by excess plaque forming on the teeth) it is important to note that not all inflammation develops into gum disease (periodontist).

It’s important to visit your Boise dentist for routine exams and cleanings as an excess in plaque build-up can lead to gingivitis. An early symptom of gingivitis is bleeding of the gums when brushing your teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious issue called periodontist (gum disease). Periodontist causes the inner layer of gum tissue and bone to pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These pockets then collect debris and can easily become infected.

Warning Signs & Symptoms

While many times gum disease can go undetected without any painful symptoms it’s important to prevent gingivitis or periodontal disease by practicing good oral habits and visiting your Boise dentist for a regular exam and Boise teeth cleaning. In some people gum disease often only affects certain teeth like molars. Often times the symptoms of periodontal disease are often subtle but there are still warning signs you should look out for:

  • Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Reoccurring bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Changes in dental work or the way your teeth fit together

Risk Factors

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Genetics
  • Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
  • Hormones or pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Medications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives

Treatment

There are a variety of treatments for gum disease ranging from nonsurgical therapy to restoration surgery depending on the stage of the disease and your overall health.

Non-surgical Treatments for Gum Disease:

  • Professional Boise teeth cleaning
  • Scaling and root planningA deep-cleaning, nonsurgical procedure removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line.

Surgical Treatments for Gum Disease:

  • Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery
  • Bone grafts
  • Soft tissue grafts
  • Guided tissue regeneration
  • Bone surgery

Prevention is the key. Prevent gum disease with regular Boise dental checkups and exams are very important. Treatment methods depend greatly on the type of disease and how far it has progressed. Practicing good dental health habits are essential at preventing periodontal disease. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss regularly, exercise, eat a balanced diet and schedule regular Boise dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/g/gum-disease

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-disease-treatments

 

 

 

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Bad Breath (Causes & Treatment)

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What is Bad Breath & What causes it?

Bad breath. Everyone gets it. It can spoil close moments or cause embarrassment in others. It can be the result of many different factors ranging from everyday foods we eat to poor dental habits among signs of more serious medical issues.

In most cases, bad breath is an unfortunate side-affect of foods being broken down in the mouth. Garlic or onions for example are main culprits when it comes to stinky breath. Brushing and flossing help but the odor from these types of foods tend to stick around until your body has successfully processed them.

Another cause of bad breath is from poor dental habits. Brushing and flossing teeth daily prevents food particles from remaining in your mouth which promotes bacterial growth between teeth, gums and on the tongue. Smoking or chewing tobacco products are also a cause for bad breath. Not only are these products unhealthy but they also happen to stain teeth, irritate gums, and reduce your ability to smell & taste your favorite foods.

What Health Problems Are Associated With Bad Breath?

In rare cases, bad breath can also be a warning sign of something much more serious. If you suffer from bad breath consult with your Boise dentist at your next Boise teeth cleaning to discuss treatment options. The first key to good oral health is the prevention of periodontal (gum) disease. Other causes of bad breath can include poorly fitted dental applications, yeast infections or dry mouth (xerostomia) among sinus, throat, or lung infections.

Tackling Bad Breath – Prevention & Treatment

While treatment of bad breath depends on the cause it’s a good idea to practice good oral health habits to ensure the overall health of your mouth. Below are some tips to help tackle your bad breath issues:

  • Brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis. Brushing your tongue or using a tongue cleaner also helps remove bacteria and buildup from eating and drinking.
  • See your Boise dentist regularly to ensure your Boise dental work is properly fitted and cleaned.
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Drink plenty of water to help wash bacteria from your mouth among other health benefits.
  • Chew sugarless gum to stimulate the production of saliva to help wash away unwanted bacteria.
  • Keep in mind that while mouthwash may temporarily hide bad breath odors, it does not treat the underlying cause.
  • Natural remedies include chewing on mint or parsley.

In conclusion, if you’re concerned about what’s causing your bad breath, make an appointment to see your Boise dentist. Regular checkups allow your Boise dentist to detect any problems such as gum disease, dry mouth, or medical disorders.

Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling a regular professional Boise teeth cleaning are essential to reducing bad breath issues. Don’t forget to brush at least twice a day and floss regularly!

 

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A Flossing Guide to Better Health

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Why Flossing is so important

For your best smile restoration, brushing isn’t enough. Ask your Boise dentist at your next Boise teeth cleaning, and Dr. Robert Studebaker will tell you that while floss may seem like a simple piece of string, it is an important tool at preventing bacterial buildup that leads to problems like cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.

Flossing also removes food particles trapped between your teeth and gums that tooth brushes can’t reach while boosting your overall health by lowering the chances of developing gum disease which compromises your immune system leading to problems like heart disease and other major problems throughout the body.

While ideally you should be flossing after every meal, keep in mind that during the night, your salivary flow is very low which promotes bacterial growth while you sleep. Floss every morning and before bed each night to remove any food particles between your teeth from eating throughout the day.

What kind of floss should you use?

Just by going to the dental aisle of your local drugstore, you’ll see there are several varieties of floss to choose from. When it comes down to a specific brand keep in mind no floss is more effective than another when it comes to cleaning your teeth. It all comes down to what type of floss you prefer, and feel comfortable using when it comes to your daily regimen. No matter what type you choose, flossing helps to promote clean teeth and remove food particles and bacteria.

ADA Approved: Flossing Tips & Pointers

  • Start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, the rest around the other middle finger.
  • Grasp the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, and use a gentle shoeshine motion to guide it between teeth.
  • When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C shape to follow the contours of the tooth.
  • Hold the floss firmly against the tooth, and move the floss gently up and down.
  • Repeat with the other tooth, and then repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth, “unspooling” fresh sections of floss as you go along.
  • Boise dental crowns & bridges & Boise tooth implants should brushed and flossed like any natural tooth.
  • Flossing before you brush is also a good idea. The fluoride from the toothpaste has a better chance of reaching between the teeth. Don’t skip flossing because you think your mouth is clean after simply brushing.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget to floss the backs of your last molars. Gum disease & decay often occur in the back teeth.

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