Archive for August 2014

Love Your Smile!


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Calling Mom & Dad! With all the back-to-school hustle and bustle of shopping, doctors’ appointments, books for your kids, etc., don’t forget about your own dental confidence in the process! If you’re unhappy with your smile, a Boise dentist at Summit Dental can help you create the confidence boosting change to your teeth that you’ve been looking for.

Improve your appearance, self-esteem, and confidence! While we all feel like we know a beautiful smile when we see one, in reality there is no such thing. Everyone is different. Restoring a beautiful smile depends heavily on what you want or need. Do you have missing teeth? Decayed or chipped teeth? Do you simply just want whiter teeth? All these factors play into what kind of procedures your Boise dentist at Summit Dental will use.

Boise teeth cleaning & whitening

For those with healthy teeth and good oral hygiene, teeth whitening can be a great way to lift stains and brighten a smile. Stains and discolorations are all-too-common dental problems. Regular oral exams and cleaning can ward off stains but sometimes a whitening treatment can provide you with the bright smile you’ve been looking for.

A good rule of thumb is that the color of your teeth should match the whites of your eyes. Talk with your Boise dentist about what preferred whitening method they suggest. With a Boise teeth cleaning, many external stains can be removed while promoting good oral health.

Custom Veneers & Crowns

A great smile can boost your self-confidence and allow the “real you” to shine through! Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic solution for smile imperfections such as gaps, stains, chipped or crooked teeth. Veneers are custom-designed translucent porcelain coverings that are adhered to the front of a tooth’s surface. Not only are porcelain veneers resistant to staining, they create the effect of a permanently whiter smile!

Porcelain crowns are another way of giving you a beautiful, natural-looking smile, and are often the ideal solution to restoring severely damaged teeth by covering the entire surface of the tooth.

Boise Tooth Implants

When it comes to replacing whole teeth, Boise tooth implants are very durable, and last many years. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge for a natural look. They require the same “maintenance” as real teeth which includes brushing, flossing and regular Boise dental check-ups.

In Conclusion…

A best smile restoration at Summit Dental will allow your Boise dentist to makeover your smile, no matter the reason—giving you a more beautiful, and youthful look. Having a gorgeous grin also increases your confidence, and helps you make more social and work connections. We can use a variety restorative and cosmetic dental options to make your enamel whiter, fix chips, cracks and gaps, straighten misalignments, and repair broken and misshapen teeth. Contact us today for your best smile restoration!



Homecoming & Back-to-School Pictures!


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Imagine, you’re wearing a beautiful new dress or tux, ready to outshine your peers when suddenly the photographer say’s “smile!” You panic. Will the seismic space between your front teeth show? Are your teeth yellow or damaged? Will your uneven smile forever mar the published yearbook photos for all to reminisce?

Homecoming doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Schedule a Boise dental checkup! From a Boise teeth cleaning to whitening to your best smile restoration, Summit Dental is here to help you obtain the smile of your dreams when it comes to looking your best for the big day!

Boise Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants a brighter smile when it comes to taking important photos. When it comes to whitening, there are over-the-counter whitening strips that are good to use when you need a little whitening boost but when you have significant discoloration or discoloration on the sides of the teeth, strips like these will not be sufficient.

For your best smile restoration, it’s important to consult with your Boise dentist about your preferred whitening method as they are best qualified to answer any treatment questions or expectations that you may have. Keep in mind that normally, a Boise teeth cleaning is sufficient at removing many external stains while promoting good oral health but you’ll need to cut back on staining foods like coffee, soda, berries, and sauces.

Your best smile restoration before the big day

As with whitening there are also several options for improving the appearance of chipped, broken, cracked or spaced teeth:

  • Veneers are a popular choice that are thin, custom-made shells that cover the front side of a tooth, and can be used to treat spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped, damaged, or slightly crooked.
  • Crowns may be needed if porcelain veneers won’t do the trick. A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. Crowns can restore a tooth’s shape, size and strength and/or improve its appearance. Crowns cover the visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Last but not least…

Exfoliate your lips and have your teeth polished the day before the dance. As there will be lots of smiling for your sweetheart photos make sure you lips as well as your teeth are in tiptop shape. The night before the big even, apply some petroleum jelly to the lips and gently rug with an old toothbrush or damp cloth. This will leave you with soft, smooth lips that will be ready for any shade of lipstick color.  In addition, visit your Boise dentist a few days or weeks before the event to have them polished for your best “bling bling” smile! Have fun!


Back-to-School Checkup


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Send your child to school this year with a healthy mouth!

Schedule a dental checkup for your child

With back-to-school shopping lists, class schedules, and doctor appointments, don’t overlook a dental checkup for your child. A Boise dental exam is an important part of preventative health care, and should be a regular part of back-to-school preparations. During a dental exam your child will receive the following:

  • Boise teeth cleaning & evaluation
  • Dental X-rays or other diagnostic procedures
  • Include application of sealants or fluoride treatments
  • Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques
  • Take dental X-rays or, if necessary do other diagnostic procedures

Cavities & Fillings

More than one-half of all children between the ages of five to nine years old have had at least one cavity or filling. How your Boise dentist treats the tooth decay depends on what they find. Fillings may be needed to repair mild decay while severe decay may require Boise crowns & bridges, root canals or extraction.

A filling is a substance that replaces a decayed or broken part of a tooth. Crowns are used to repair teeth that are broken or have too much decay. Summit Dental is proud to offer the technology of CEREC digital impressions to make dental restorations easier, faster, and even more accurate.

Tooth decay and cavities can be avoided if children receive regular Boise dental checkups in addition to practicing healthy oral cleaning habits. Sealants are also a great way of protecting your child’s teeth from decay by preventing bacteria and food particles from residing on the teeth. Typically sealants last several years but need to be checked during regular Boise dental exams.

Mouth guards

Taking part in athletic activities is a big part of going back to school this fall. Not only does exercise provide a host of well-documented health benefits it also comes with the risk of injury. You wouldn’t let your child play football without a helmet or padding right? Protect their teeth as well! Lower their chances of injury with a protective mouth guard.

Mouth guards help cushion blows to the face associated with various sports, and minimize the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face and jaw. Typically mouth guards cover the upper teeth and are a great way of protecting the soft tissues of the tongue, lips and cheek lining. Your Boise dentist can help evaluate and determine what kind of mouth guard will work best, and protect your child’s teeth.

Preventative Care

Practice healthy toothbrush & flossing habits with your child. The ADA recommends having your child brush their teeth at least twice a day in order to remove food and plaque that contains bacteria and causes tooth decay and cavities. In addition to brushing, have your child floss daily, eat a healthy diet and replace their toothbrush every three to four months. Don’t forget to schedule their regular Boise dental checkup!


What to Expect At Your Child’s First Boise Dental Visit


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When it comes to your child’s first Boise dental visit, you may have some questions regarding when to visit and what will happen. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should visit a dentist by his or her first birthday or within six months after their first tooth comes in.

What will happen during their Boise dental appointment ?

While you may have some anxiety when it comes to your child’s first Boise dental visit, keep in mind that their checkup is usually short and involves very little treatment. Instead, think of it as a friendly meet and greet for your child. In fact, most of the time parents are invited to sit in a nearby chair and hold the hand of their child during their Boise dental examination. You can however choose to wait in the reception area so that a relationship can be built between your child and their Boise dentist. Really it’s up to you and the dentist.

During the exam, your Boise dentist may or may not have your child’s teeth cleaned but will check all of your child’s teeth for decay while looking for any potential problems, and assess the need for fluoride depending on where you live and how much they are exposed too. Your Boise dentist will also educate you on how to care for your little ones teeth and discuss dental development issues as well as answering any questions you may have.

After the first visit, your Boise dentist will suggest a schedule of follow-up visits. Typically dentists call for visits every six months depending on the oral health of your child.

Introducing your child to your Boise dentist

While you may be worried about your child fussing during their Boise dental visit, you may be surprised at how accepting your little one can be when the dentist examines their teeth. Many young children actually enjoy the attention and novelty of the visit.

As the parent, you play a key role in how your child will react. Children often perceive a parents anxiety which can make them scared of the dentist themselves. It’s important to prepare and educate your child of their visit and what they can expect from the experience. If you provide them with confidence, your child will feel more relaxed with the dentist or hygienist.

Explain before the visit that the dentist is a friend and will help keep their teeth healthy. Add that the visit will be fun, and answer all their questions positively without using scary words or experiences. A good rule of thumb is to read them a story about a character that had a good dental visit.

Another good idea is to ask another adult to come with you. It’s also best not to bring other children along as you will want to be free to talk comfortably with your Boise dentist and focus on what they suggest when it comes to your little ones dental health. Make sure to bring an extra diaper and snack for your child so they are comfortable and happy. A favorite toy or blanket also helps. By doing so you show your child that the Boise dentist office is a comfortable and safe place for them.