Busy moms (& dads) throughout the Treasure Valley know life can be a circus act trying to balance carpools, playdates, errands, and jobs. Its also just as hard to find time for ourselves during all this hustle and bustle of everyday tasks often making it harder to remember to care for our teeth and gums.
Below are some important tips from your Boise dentist to help incorporate proper Boise dental hygiene into your daily schedule:
Drink plenty of water. Keep a water bottle on hand. Staying hydrated has multiple health benefits, including weight loss, and flushing out toxins, while boosting productivity in addition to clearing the mouth of unwanted bacteria.
Always be prepared. Keep travel-sized Boise dental items like a toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash in your purse or bag. Other handy items to have are hand wipes, deodorant, bandages and sunscreen. You never know when having them can help to prevent a minor disaster.
Keep healthy snacks within reach. Instead of relying on a vending machines or a empty calorie drive-thru’s when you’re running low on energy, keep the following stashes of healthier options in your purse or car:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Non-perishables like nuts, pretzels, seaweed snacks, popcorn, and healthy protein bars
- Snacks with 20 grams of protein, low sugar, and few ingredients
Use fluoride rinses. A nightly fluoride rinse strengthens teeth, reducing the risk of Boise dental cavities.
Drink sugary beverages with a straw. Your Boise dentist recommends using a straw when drinking sugary beverages like soft drinks so that the sugar you doesn’t come in contact with teeth. Finishing it off with a couple swallows of water will also help to wash away the sugar from your mouth as well.
Chew gum. Sugar free gum with sugar substitute Xylitol helps to kill bacteria in the mouth following meals. It also helps to pull food particles from the teeth while promoting saliva flow to help neutralize acids.
Educate your children. Make sure your kids know about smart eating choices while practicing good Boise dental habits. By educating them they will feel more encouraged to maintain healthier lifestyles.
This Halloween, little ghost and goblins around the Treasure Valley will try to collect as much treats and candy and they can. Keep in mind that it’s not just our little ones that enjoy all these treats! Nearly 80% of parents admit to sneaking their children’s Halloween candy as well… But did you know that some candies have the potential to do more damage to teeth than others?
Your Boise dentist wants you to know that when it comes to candy, it’s important to choose a treat that melts and disappears quickly. The longer teeth are exposed to sugar, the longer bacteria can feed on it, which produces cavity-causing acid that can quickly start to cause expensive Boise dental problems.
In fact, your Boise dentist says that the best way to protect teeth from decay this Halloween while still enjoying the treats is to have candy in small portions at limited times, such as after a meal, as dessert, or at regular snack times. This helps kids to avoid snacking on candy periodically throughout the day. It’s also extremely important that kids keep up on their Boise dental health by brushing their teeth or at least rinsing with water after eating sweets. *Keep in mind that high sugar diets are not only detrimental to your Boise dental health but your overall health as well.
While no sweets are good for teeth, there are however some that are less harmful than others. Below are some of the best and worst treats for teeth according to your Boise dentist on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the least harmful:
- Sugar-free candy and gum with xylitol
Sugar-free foods don’t contain sugar that can feed on the bacteria in the mouth and produce decay-causing acids. Gum and candy with xylitol may actually help to protect teeth by reducing the acids produced by bacteria while increasing saliva to rinse away excess sugars and acids.
- Powdery candy (such as sugar straws)
Sure, powdery candy is PACKED with pure sugar. However, powdery candy dissolves quickly and doesn’t stick to teeth.
- Chocolate (such as candy bars)
Everyone loves chocolate including your Boise dentist! The good thing about chocolate is that it dissolves quickly in the mouth and can be eaten easily which decreases the amount of time its sugar stays in contact with the teeth. Not to mention the calcium some chocolates contain can actually help to protect tooth enamel. However, chocolate with fillings, such as caramel and nuts, is a lot more harmful for teeth than the plain variety.
- Hard candy (such as lollipops or mints)
Hard candy is especially tough on teeth because it tends to be sucked on at a leisurely pace for an extended period of time. In addition, chomping down on hard candy can increase your risk of chipping or breaking a tooth!
- Chewy candy (such as caramels or gummies)
Chewy, sticky treats are particularly damaging because they are high in sugar, and spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to (and in between) teeth, and are more difficult for saliva to break down.
Everyone has their own one-of-a-kind smile! However, your teeth may have become stained or discolored over the years, leaving you feeling self-conscious about your appearance, especially when it comes to smiling for photographs. Instead, wouldn’t it feel nice to smile freely knowing that your teeth are white and free of discoloration? One of the simplest and most effective treatments your Boise dentist can offer to help improve the appearance of your smile is a professional Boise teeth whitening.
Its pretty obvious that one of the most important benefits of a Boise teeth whitening treatment is getting a brighter, whiter smile. When you choose a professional treatment rather than an over-the-counter treatment found at your local drug or grocery store, you can remove years of stains without spending a lot of money ( & time) on products that only offer minimum results. No matter how hard you’ve been on your teeth with stain-causing foods or drinks, your Boise dentist can help your smile look new with a profession Boise teeth whitening treatment.
Your confidence suffers when you don’t feel good about your smile. Having whiter teeth can help boost your self-esteem, while showing off your smile to make a better impression in both your personal and professional lives. Another benefit of a Boise teeth whitening treatment is that whiter teeth help you to look younger! Imagine fast, and effective results when you visit your Boise dentist for a professional Boise teeth whitening treatment instead of choosing those expensive and often ineffective over-the-counter treatments.
Better Oral Hygiene
While having whiter teeth doesn’t automatically lead to better Boise dental health, since it doesn’t reverse tooth decay or other issues, it does however have a positive effect on your well being! When you feel better about your smile, you’re more likely to invest time in brushing, flossing, and visiting your Boise dentist regularly to keep your pearly whites in pristine condition. During your regular Boise dental visits, don’t forget to ask your Boise dentist about ways to maintain your Boise teeth whitening results, such as avoiding certain foods, and drinks that stain your teeth.
Proper Boise dental care is important at every age, especially in our senior years. Seniors are at greater risk for developing Boise dental health issues but they can however do things to prevent these issues with proper at-home care in conjunction with professional Boise dental services to help maintain the health & look of their smile.
Boise Dental Care Tips for Seniors
Proper Boise dental care is a lifelong commitment. Think about it. People who take care of their teeth since childhood are less likely to have major oral health problems in the long run. However, it’s never too late to practice proper Boise dental care. Below are some basic tips to help you maintain a healthy smile:
- Brush at least twice a day: Brushing your teeth helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day for a full two minutes and make sure to brush along the gum line and the back of your teeth as well.
- Floss everyday: Flossing is one of the most effective ways to prevent gum disease. Floss at least once a day, every day.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months: Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months to ensure effective brushing.
- Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash: Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce the risk of gum disease.
- See your Boise dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings: See your Boise dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings at least once every six months. Regular Boise dental exams are important for catching damage at the earliest stages while professional cleanings help reduce plaque and tartar build-up.
- Don’t neglect denture care: If you have dentures, it’s important to practice special care. Avoid brushing your dentures with toothpaste because it may be too abrasive. Instead, use a denture cleaner or mild dish soap for your dentures, and use toothpaste to brush your tongue and gums.
Popular Treatments for Seniors
Even with proper Boise dental care, it’s not uncommon for seniors to experience general wear on their teeth. Fortunately, there are many treatments that can restore teeth affected by general wear or more serious issues. Popular treatments for seniors include:
- Boise teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Boise crowns and bridges
- Boise dental implants
- Root planing and scaling
Call us today to schedule a consultation!
Your Boise dentist wants you to know that missing teeth can do more than affect the look of your natural smile…
Missing teeth also lead to additional Boise dental problems since the surrounding tissues try to heal and adjust to the structural change. In fact, your Boise dentist says that the bone where a missing tooth used to be can start to shrink and adjacent teeth then start to shift, throwing off the natural balance of your bite. In addition, Boise dental patients with missing teeth frequently have difficulty eating certain types of food and may even notice changes in their speech patterns.
All in all, people living with missing teeth can eventually compromise your daily quality of life!
Fortunately there are options!
Your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group will perform a thorough exam and discuss your Boise dental goals and concerns before making a recommended treatment action for a tooth replacement. Boise dental implants are now considered the gold standard for tooth replacement and can provide many Boise dental patients with a durable, natural looking and functional prosthetic tooth that can last a lifetime with proper Boise dental care.
Boise crowns and bridges and dentures are also great options for patients needing several or all of their teeth replaced. Boise dental implants can also be used to secure your Boise crowns and bridges or dentures, alleviating the need for daily adhesives and other problems associated with slippage. If you have missing teeth, schedule a consultation with your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group to discuss your options because Boise dental health is an important part of overall good health!
For parents of children who play sports, it’s imperative that precautions are taken to prevent any damage from occurring your little athlete’s teeth and mouth. According to your Boise dentist, injuries to the face that affect a child’s teeth or gums occur fairly commonly, especially for children who play extreme physical sports (like football or soccer). Nearly 80% of all Boise dental injuries affect one or more of the front teeth resulting in gum damage as well. These types of injuries then affect your child’s ability to smile, eat, drink, and talk.
Sport related injuries rank #1 for tooth and mouth injuries for children & teenagers causing approximately 40% of all Boise dental injuries to these age groups. To prevent a sports related injury, your Boise dentist suggest considering the following:
- Mouth Guards: Offering the most effective way of preventing a sports related injury when participating in a sport is by wearing a mouth guard. The use of a mouth guard helps to provide additional protection to your child’s teeth in order to prevent cracking, chipping, breaking, or a knockout if they are struck in the face.
- Face Cages: A face cage offers additional protection against blunt force trauma to the face and mouth. Face cages help to prevent anything from directly striking the face during a sports related activity, and work especially well for children who play ice or field hockey.
- Helmets: Although a helmet won’t directly protect the Boise dental health of your little athletes teeth or gums, it does however protect the head, and can help to prevent concussions.
Fortunately for those who happen to suffer from tooth loss as a result of a sporting injury, knocked out teeth can be repaired or replaced. If you or your child find yourself in a Boise dental emergency situation due to a sports related injury, it’s important to seek out the help of your Boise dentist within an hour of a tooth becoming displaced. If the tooth is knocked out, carefully rinse off any debris, and place it back into the socket. However, if you are unable to reinsert the tooth, hold it in your mouth until you can reach our Boise dental office. If you have no other option, make sure to store the tooth in a shallow cup of milk until arriving at Summit Dental Group.
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School is officially back in session! Are you struggling with the morning rush? Between waking the kids up, getting them ready, and making them a healthy breakfast before sending them off on the school bus, there’s not a minute to waste in the morning. Below are some helpful tips from your Boise dentist to help make sure that brushing their teeth is a part of you kids morning routine:
Brushing before (or) after breakfast. Lots of parents encourage their children to brush their teeth first thing in the morning because it’s a good way to make sure it gets done. A good way of doing this is by telling your kids its time to “wake up their teeth”. However, you may choose to have your children brush their teeth after breakfast as a way to eliminate food particles left in their mouths after eating. Whether you decide they should brush their teeth before or after breakfast, make sure to stick to the routine because it will eventually become a normal, regular Boise dental habit that they won’t even think twice about doing…
Floss. While it’s always a good idea to floss in the morning to get rid of germs & bacteria that develop overnight when your children are sleeping, it can take up time they don’t have in the morning. If this is the case your Boise dentist suggest making sure flossing becomes an important part of their bedtime routine when your family isn’t feeling so rushed.
Brush before homework. As parents, we all know how teenagers can wait until the last minute to complete a dreaded homework assignment. To keep up on their healthy Boise dental routine, your Boise dentist suggests having them brush their teeth before starting their homework assignment.
Stay true to bedtime. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that toddlers ages 1-3 years need at least 12-14 hours of sleep each night; preschoolers ages 3-5 years need 11-13 hours of sleep each night; and school-aged children 5-12 years of age need at least 10-11 hours of sleep each night. These hours spent sleeping help to ensure healthy mental and physical development. Your Boise dentist suggest making sure your little ones make it to bed on time. This is also a great way to keep on track with their bedtime routines (like brushing their teeth). When their nighttime schedule is off or running late, important aspects of their bedtime routine can be forgotten or disregarded completely.