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Wisdom Teeth 101: Common Signs You Need An Extraction

Wisdom Teeth 101: Common Signs You Need An Extraction

While most people will need a wisdom tooth extraction during their lifetime, not everyone will develop their wisdom teeth at the same time. Likewise, not all people experience the same symptoms when a wisdom tooth needs to be removed. As a result, it’s important to recognize the warning signs that may indicate you need a wisdom tooth extraction to avoid the need for an emergency Boise dental visit.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be time to seek wisdom tooth removal:

Common Signs You Need An Extraction

Pain or Swelling

As wisdom teeth develop, it’s not uncommon to experience pain or swelling. Pain or swelling can indicate an infection that can affect your overall health if left untreated. While some people notice jaw sensitivity, others may feel a constant dull pain. In either of these scenarios, it’s important to visit your downtown Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group for an immediate exam.

Difficulty Eating

Pain while eating is another common warning sign for a wisdom tooth extraction. If you find it difficult to chew or swallow, it may be time to visit your Boise dentist to find out if you have an impacted wisdom tooth. Likewise, food and bacteria can build up between a wisdom tooth and its neighboring molar causing pain due to decay or infection.

Sinus Issues

While it’s not something we’d normally associate with a wisdom tooth, sinus issues can develop when an extraction is needed. As a wisdom tooth and its roots develop on the upper jaw, they can push and rub against the sinuses putting pressure on them. This, in turn, can lead to sinus pain, pressure, headaches, and congestion.

Inflamed Gums

Often when a wisdom tooth develops, it can create a flap of gum tissue that resides next to the tooth. This gum tissue can trap small food particles and bacteria. This can cause pericoronitis (an infection near the wisdom tooth) causing the tissue around the tooth to become hard and inflamed. Symptoms of pericoronitis include painful, swollen gums, a bad smell or taste in the mouth, discharge from the gum near the tooth, swelling on the affected side of the face and swollen lymph nodes. As a rather serious issue, pericoronitis must be treated by your Boise dentist.

Do I Have to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?

If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to consult with your downtown Boise dentist about the best method for extraction. In some cases, the tooth will emerge just enough that it can easily be removed at our Summit Dental office. However, an impacted wisdom tooth may need to be surgically removed. If this happens, we will refer you to an oral surgeon to best meet your individual needs.

If you’re experiencing any oral discomfort and aren’t sure whether or not wisdom tooth is the main culprit, call us at (208) 345-8962. We can help diagnose the problem with a thorough exam to help you decide on the best treatment option.

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Boise Dental Tips to Boost Your Oral Health

Boise Dental Tips to Boost Your Oral Health

Everyone wants a healthy, beautiful smile. That’s why good oral hygiene is important. Not caring for your teeth will not only affect your appearance, it can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems as well. That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the following oral hygiene tips.

Proper Brushing

One of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile is to keep your teeth clean. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day will help remove food particles left behind from eating and prevent acid buildup. However, if you are unable to brush your teeth throughout the day, it’s important to thoroughly rinse your mouth with water after eating to minimize the breakdown of food particles that cause the buildup of tooth decaying bacteria.

Flossing

We all know that flossing can seem like a chore and many of us often forget after brushing. However, flossing is an important step to help you remove leftover food particles between your teeth and other substances that brushing cannot. Flossing allows you to reach deep where the bristles of a toothbrush simply cannot reach. At Summit Dental Group, we recommend flossing at least once a day.

Avoid Tobacco

Tobacco can not only stain your teeth, it can cause lung and mouth cancer as well. By abstaining from tobacco you will not only avoid countless side effects, your breath will smell better too. Smokers often mask the smell of their breath using mints, gum, and candies. The overuse of many of these products can often double the amount of damage caused by tobacco.

Cut Down on Sugary Drinks

Everyone knows that sugar is damaging to your teeth. But how does sugar actually do the damage? It may be interesting to know that the main culprit isn’t the sugar itself, rather it’s the acid it produces. When you drink large amounts of juice and soda, the bacteria in your mouth begins to feed off the sugar creating acid that eats away at your tooth enamel.

Keep in mind that it is ok to indulge in a sugary drink every so often. However, when you do, it’s important to wait to brush your teeth. While it may seem like a good idea to brush right away, you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking acid rich foods. The reason? The acid in fruit juice and soda softens your enamel and brushing your teeth can wear it away even further.  

Eat Calcium-Rich Foods

Calcium plays an important role in maintaining a healthy mouth. Not only is it essential for your bones but your teeth as well. That’s why it’s important to drink mmilk andto eat calcium-rich foods like yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products. Keep in mind that other vitamins are also necessary when it comes to maintaining the health of your gums and teeth.

Visit Your Boise Dentist

Last but not least, you should visit your downtown Boise dentist at least twice a year. When you stay up-to-date on your checkups and cleanings, you’re not just checking off an item off your to-do list, you’re taking a big step towards maintaining a healthy smile.

If you would like more information on ways to boost your oral health call us at (208) 345-8962. Our Boise dentists would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a complete exam and cleaning to help you maintain the natural beauty of your smile.

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The Risks of NOT Replacing a Missing Tooth

The Risks of NOT Replacing a Missing Tooth

According to the American College of Prosthodontics, tooth loss is a common issue that affects over 178 million people in the United States. At Summit Dental, we understand the many issues that can attribute to a missing tooth. These include tooth decay, injury, and gum disease just to name a few. However, regardless of the reason, the impact on those with missing teeth is often significant. That’s why we’d like to take the time today to provide you with a deeper understanding of the risks you take when you don’t replace a missing tooth.

Increased Chance of Bone Loss

One of the most significant risks of not replacing a missing tooth is bone loss. Bone loss occurs when the roots of a missing tooth are no longer embedded into the jawbone, leaving behind a void. When this happens, the jawbone can slowly deteriorate over time. However, bone loss isn’t the only risk of not replacing a missing tooth. A missing tooth can actually increase the chances of losing neighboring teeth where the tooth was lost. Over time, this can affect your facial appearance as it can gradually change the shape of your mouth, making it appear sunken.  

To make matters worse, a missing tooth can also increase the chances of you developing gum disease where a tooth once existed (or) cause tooth decay in neighboring teeth.

Reduced Ability to Eat Certain Foods or Speak Clearly

In addition to affecting your appearance and oral health, other risks of not replacing a missing tooth include the reduced ability to eat certain foods or speak clearly. Depending on where a tooth is lost, it may become difficult to talk or chew certain foods. Additionally, you may overcompensate by using other teeth, putting more stress on them in the process that can later result in expensive Boise dental bills.

Reduced Self-Esteem

With all the risks listed above, there are additional side effects that come with missing teeth. While you may not be able to see these effects on the outside, you can certainly feel them on the inside as they can have a serious impact on your life.

People with missing teeth often smile less or avoid eating and speaking in public. This not only affects your social life but your relationships and professional life as well. Aside from hiding a missing tooth, gum disease can also cause you to develop chronic bad breath. Depending on your age, personal life and relationship status, the risks of not replacing a missing tooth can really add up if you’re not confident enough to smile, eat or speak in front of other people.

Replacement Options

At Summit Dental, we understand the potential risks of not replacing a missing tooth (or teeth). That’s why we want to make sure you know there are a variety of replacement options to help. Options to consider include dentures, crowns and bridges, and Boise dental implants. Highly recommended Boise dental implants are sturdy, durable and tend to last much longer than any other option.

In addition to these benefits, Boise dental implants can also help preserve your jawbone and prevent bone loss as the titanium post used will eventually fuse to your jawbone over time. Not only do Boise dental implants look and feel like real teeth, they are a low maintenance option that can help restore your confidence as well.

Contact Summit Dental Group

There is no question that a missing tooth (or teeth) can be a stressful situation. However, your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group can help you discover the many replacement options available to fit your budget and lifestyle. We understand the many risks of not replacing a missing tooth and want you to understand why it’s important not to wait to have it fixed. There is no reason your oral health should suffer when we can easily restore your beautiful smile.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (208) 345-8962 today!

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Responding to Boise Dental Emergencies

Responding to Boise Dental Emergencies

If you’ve ever had an accident where you’ve injured your teeth or gums, you may have experienced a dental emergency. That’s why it’s important to stay educated in order to prepare for a worst-case scenario so you can apply first aid before heading to your Boise dentist for more comprehensive treatment.

Responding to Dental Injuries

Seeking emergency dental services when an accident happens can determine whether or not a tooth can be saved. By understanding what you should in an emergency, you can also prevent infection or making a wound worse, especially if you can’t get into your Boise dentist right away.   

One of the best ways to prepare for an emergency is to have a first aid kit ready to go. In addition to the necessary materials of a standard first aid kit, it should include the following materials meant specifically for oral injuries:

  • Gauze to stop bleeding
  • Mouthwash to help clean wounds
  • Toothpaste or denture adhesive to temporarily hold lost crowns or fillings in place
  • A small cup or a special kit to preserve a knocked-out tooth

In the case of a knocked-out tooth, a person should be seen by a Boise dentist as soon as possible. If you don’t happen to have a first-aid kit on hand, you can simply fill a small cup with water or milk and use it to transport the tooth to the dentist.

When to See Your Boise Dentist

Not all injuries to the mouth warrant a visit to the dentist. However, it’s important to see your Boise dentist right away if teeth are loose, broken, or have become dislodged. With immediate dental care, teeth in these situations can often be saved. Without professional dental treatment, the chances of losing them greatly increase.

Lost crowns, fillings and bridges should also be promptly attended to. In the meantime, however, you can use toothpaste or denture adhesive to hold them in place. Other minor injuries such as lacerations, bruises, tears or cuts can be treated at home unless stitches or other special care is required where it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Contact Summit Dental Group

Keep in mind that no matter how hard we try to prepare for a worst-case scenario, accidents do happen. In the case of a dental emergency, contact your Boise Dentist ASAP. At Summit Dental, we can provide you with over-the-phone recommendations as well as schedule an appointment depending on the severity of your dental emergency.

 

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Boise Dental Tips For Protecting Your Toddler’s Teeth

Boise Dental Tips For Protecting Your Toddler’s Teeth

As adults, we all know how important it is to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Too many parents, however, often overlook the importance of teaching their children good oral habits during the toddler years. During these impressionable years, children between the ages of 2-5 learn and develop lifelong habits that will help them throughout their daily lives. That’s why it’s vital they learn how to care for their teeth and gums at an early age.

At Summit Dental, we believe preventative care and education are extremely important when it comes to maintaining optimal Boise dental health. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for helping your child develop healthy dental habits that will last a lifetime.

Toddler Dental Care

By the age of three, a child will have developed a full set of teeth. While they will eventually lose and replace these teeth with permanent ones, now is the perfect time to teach them good skills and habits.

During this age, there are many things you can do to help your child develop good Boise dental habits. Keep in mind that many of these habits go beyond basic brushing and flossing and extend to a healthy diet which not only keeps their teeth and gums healthy but their whole body as well.

Dietary Tips

After eating a meal or a snack it’s important to have your child drink water. Doing so will help rinse away leftover food particles between brushing and flossing. Sugar, as we all know, is bad for our teeth. However, many people don’t realize that you don’t have to eat candy to produce harmful acid that wears down your teeth. Most foods eventually break down into sugar causing it to stick on teeth producing acid and bacteria. Healthy snacks like cheese, on the other hand, help balance the alkalinity in the mouth breaking down harmful acids naturally.

Brushing and Flossing

With so many varieties to choose from, it’s important to find a toothpaste with a flavor your child likes. This will help encourage them to brush their teeth more frequently. Once they get the hang of it, you will find they will enjoy brushing their teeth on their own. However, it’s important to supervise to make sure they are getting it right and show them what improvements need to be made.

*Another fun tip is to get plaque disclosing tablets that color any areas where they forgot to brush their teeth. As they brush away the color, they’ll know exactly how clean their mouth is!

Regular Boise Dentist Visits

Regular Boise dental visits are just as important for kids as they are for adults. In fact, they may even be more essential. Like we stated before, your child will eventually lose their baby teeth. However, it’s important to make sure that going to the dentist is a fun part of their routine to help prevent any fears they may have associated with the dentist.

If you’re ready to start your child off on the right foot and want more information regarding your child’s Boise dental care, call Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment today!

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Choosing the Best Dentist in Boise, Idaho

Choosing the Best Dentist in Boise, Idaho

Are you looking for one of the best dentists in Boise to help with your smile? Searching for a new dentist can be a challenge, especially since there are hundreds of dentists to choose from in our area. However, knowing what to look for can help you shorten the list. That’s why Summit Dental Group has put together a few reasons you might want to schedule an appointment with us!

Voted Best Treasure Valley Two Years in a Row!

Best of Treasure Valley voters know that Summit Dental Group takes dentistry to new heights. The team of dentists, hygienists, assistants and front office staff all work together to provide patient visits that are fun and enjoyable. Ans yes, Summit believes you can enjoy going to see them. From routine exams to crowns and bridges, Summit’s goal is to have you leave their office with a smile!” – Idaho Statesman

After being honored as Boise’s #1 Dentist for two years in a row, Summit Dental has once again made the nomination list for the 2017 Best of Treasure Valley Awards! We are so grateful and honored by our wonderful patients for the nomination, and would like to extend a HUGE “Thank You” for your support!

Our Boise Dentists Value Experience & Continuing Education

All dentists are qualified to work on teeth based on their completion of dental school and a residency program. What sets our Boise dentists apart from the rest, however, is the experience they gain through their commitment to continued growth and education.

Check out our amazing team of Boise dentists to learn more about each one:

Carson Mooney, DDS In 1991, Carson graduated from Boise High School, then went to Pepperdine University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. In 2001, Carson earned his Doctorate of Dental Science from Creighton University and was privileged to return to Boise to practice with his longtime friend and mentor, Dr. Pierce. Carson practiced for 5 years as an associate for Skip and became a partner in Summit Dental Group in 2006. Dr. Mooney is a former President of the Southwest Idaho Dental Society and a current member of the American Dental Association and the Idaho State Dental Association.

Robert Studebaker, DDS – Dr. Studebaker attended Creighton University for dental school and graduated Cum Laude in 2005.  While in dental school he received his class award for pediatrics and endodontics.  After dental school, Rob returned to Idaho and completed a one-year residency program in advanced general dentistry with Idaho State University.  He has served as president of the Southwest Idaho Dental Society and is a member of the Idaho State Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

Lance Ritchie, DDS – Lance graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Linfield College in 2002, and a Doctorate of Dental Science from Creighton University in 2007. He also completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Idaho State University, where he received additional training in the placement of dental implants and complex case management. Dr. Ritchie is a member of the American Dental Association, the Idaho State Dental Association, and a participating member in the Boise Spear Study Club.

Zach Richardson, DDS – Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Zach graduated from Capital High School in 2004. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science at Carroll College in Helena, MT while competing on the collegiate football team. Zach then went on to graduate at the top of his class with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Currently, he is an active member of the American Dental Association and Idaho State Dental Association and enjoys staying up-to-date on all the latest trends and dentistry techniques by attending various continuing dental education courses each year.

Summit Dental Offers a Variety of Services

At Summit Dental Group, we believe that preventative care and education are extremely important to optimal dental health. We focus on thorough exams, checking the overall health of teeth and gums, and knowing how crucial this is in preventing dental disease. Not only are we concerned about the beauty of our patient’s smile, we are also concerned about the overall health of our patients. Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full mouth restoration, or anything in between, Summit Dental Group will provide exceptional care as we restore and enhance the natural beauty of your smile.

Schedule an Appointment with Us!

There are a number of good reasons why the Boise dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and front office staff at Summit Dental Group are considered the best of the best in the Treasure Valley. In addition to focusing heavily on patient comfort and service, our team of dedicated dental professionals has years of experience that bring a tremendous amount of value to our patients and practice.

Want to learn more? Contact Summit Dental at (208) 345-8962 today!

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Boise Dental Tips For A Wedding Smile Makeover

Boise Dental Tips For A Wedding Smile Makeover

Wedding season is just around the corner! Between finding the perfect venue, picking out your dream dress, and hand selecting the perfect flower arrangements, planning a wedding is no easy feat. In fact, it can be quite stressful! While a bride has a number of things to worry about before her big day, stressing about her smile shouldn’t be one of them.

At Summit Dental, we know every bride wants the perfect smile on her wedding day. A wedding smile makeover can fix imperfections like missing, broken or chipped teeth, and unwanted stains. That’s why we’ve put together a list of treatment options to guarantee your smile will shine on one of the most important days of your life.

Treatments & Procedures

The treatments and procedures included in your wedding smile makeover will vary depending on your individual needs and concerns. At Summit Dental, we will provide you with a detailed treatment plan custom tailored to your specific needs. Some of the treatments we offer as part of a wedding smile makeover include, (but aren’t limited to):

Boise Teeth Cleaning

A regular Boise teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist is recommended to remove tartar that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing. There are some areas of the mouth that are difficult to reach with a regular toothbrush and floss. A professional Boise teeth cleaning includes tooth scaling and tooth polishing. If there is a large amount of tartar buildup, sometimes other instruments are used also to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. It is recommended that teeth be professionally cleaned at least one to two times per year. More frequent cleaning may be necessary if other dental or oral problems are present.

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. These exams are important in preventing future problems like bad breath & gum disease while giving your Boise dentist the opportunity of detecting any problems before they become more serious.

Boise Teeth Whitening

Many people consider white teeth to be an attractive feature of a smile. Teeth whitening is a common procedure many brides request. At Summit Dental Boise, we provide multiple methods for a whitening treatment.

  • At-home tray whitening– This procedure involves the patient wearing a custom dental tray for approximately 30 minutes per day, while at home until desired results occur.
  • Crest Professional White Strips– These white strips are 4 times stronger and faster than the store bought brand Crest White Strips.

Boise Dental Implants

If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants are often a superior option compared to traditional treatments such as bridges or partial dentures. Implants are permanently placed in the jaw and do not require any special cleaning procedures besides normal brushing and flossing. They are similar in form and function to natural teeth and can replace one or more damaged or missing teeth.

Boise Dental Veneers

If you have Boise dental problems like tooth discoloration, uneven teeth or gaps between your teeth, a beautiful smile on your wedding day can seem like an unreachable goal. However, thanks to porcelain veneers your smile can get a mini-makeover in as little as one or two office visits to your downtown Boise dentist.

Dental veneers are used to repair chipped, broken, cracked, or discolored teeth. A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that is bonded over the top of a damaged tooth to resolve any unwanted aesthetic issues. Veneers are also used to help close gaps between teeth or reform oddly shaped teeth as well.

Boise Crowns and Bridges

If a tooth is cracked, damaged or has a large filling that has failed, a crown is the preferred method of restoration. A crown is essentially used to cap, or completely cover a tooth. Crowns can be made by a dentist to match the color of the patient’s tooth, giving a natural look, and restoring the normal function of the tooth.

Like crowns, a dental bridge is also a method of restoration. However, a bridge is used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or other dental implants.

Schedule Your Visit Today

Look and feel your best on your wedding day with the cosmetic dentistry solutions at Summit Dental Group. Our Boise dentists can’t wait to show you what a dramatic difference our state-of-the-art dentistry services can make in your smile. You’ll not only look amazing in your wedding photos; you’ll radiate with confidence knowing your teeth look naturally flawless on your big day.

Want to learn more or to schedule an appointment? Contact us at (208) 345-8962

 

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Everyday Factors that Can Ruin Your Smile

Everyday Factors that Can Ruin Your Smile

First impressions are everything and your smile is the first thing people notice. That’s why it’s important to maintain healthy, beautiful teeth. However, brushing, flossing and visit your downtown Boise dentist regularly may not be enough. That’s why it’s important to take into account some of the everyday factors that can ruin your smile and put a serious damper on your oral health.  

Sports & Energy Drinks

While sports and energy drinks have become increasingly popular over the past decade, it’s important to remember that they can wreak havoc on your teeth. High in sugar and acidic components, many of these drinks can wear away tooth enamel,  leaving you vulnerable to cavities, tooth discoloration, and sensitivity. This, in turn, can result in costly, Boise dental repairs down the road.

Tobacco

Smoking not only turns your teeth yellow but causes a number of potentially life-threatening problems. Using any form of tobacco (smoking, chewing, etc.) can harm not only your overall health but your teeth and gums in a variety of different ways. In fact, tobacco use can cause throat, lung, mouth cancer and even death. Other side effects include increased acid levels, gum inflammation, tooth decay and tooth loss.

Wine

While there may be some health benefits to having a glass of wine, it’s important to note that regular wine consumption can also harm and stain your teeth. As with sports and energy drinks, wine contains high levels of acid that can harm tooth enamel. If you’re a regular wine drinker the dentists at Summit Dental Group suggest cutting back your intake, taking small sips and rinsing with water when you are done drinking.

Pregnancy

Taking care of your teeth and gums is especially important during pregnancy. Changes in hormone levels can cause inflammation of the gums which can lead to gingivitis. In fact, studies have shown a direct link between gum disease and preterm, and low-birth-weight babies. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, tender gums that are prone to bleeding. That’s why it’s important to visit your downtown Boise dentist for regular checkups when you are expecting.

Dieting

Restrictive diets and poor eating habits can harm your teeth by depriving you of essential vitamins and nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. When dieting, it’s important to make sure you are getting enough folate, B vitamins, protein, calcium and vitamin C – all of which are essential for healthy teeth and gums. Poor nutrition can also put a damper on your immune system making you vulnerable to infections like periodontal disease.

Over-Whitening

Teeth whitening is the #1 requested cosmetic service today. However, over-whitening can cause translucent, and unnatural looking teeth. That’s why it’s important to talk with your downtown Boise dentist when you want to enhance your smile. While regular teeth cleanings can help remove many external stains while promoting good oral health, your Boise dentist can go over what is appropriate concerning your whitening expectations and goals.

At Summit Dental Group, our Boise dentists understand there are a variety of factors that can affect the health of your smile. If you are unsure about whether a certain habit, dietary choice or element of your daily routine may be affecting your oral health, call us at (208) 345-8962. Our dedicated team of dental professionals would be more than happy to set up an appointment and answer any questions you may have.

 

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Boise Dental Tips For Preventing Acid Damage

Boise Dental Tips For Preventing Acid Damage

Everyone knows that sugar is damaging to your teeth. But how does sugar actually do the damage? It may be interesting to know that the main culprit isn’t the sugar itself, rather it’s the acid it produces. When you eat or drink something sugary, the bacteria in your mouth begins to feed off the sugar creating acid that eats away at your tooth enamel.

The good news? Your mouth is constantly working to fight acid damage. In fact, the saliva in your mouth contains important minerals like calcium and phosphates that work to naturally repair your teeth. While adequate saliva is a good thing, it can’t protect your teeth singlehandedly…

That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental would like to provide you with the following tips to help minimize the effects of acid damage:

  • Cut down on sugary drinks like juice and soda. While it may be hard at first, it’s important to reduce your intake of sugary drinks and replace them with water or dairy-rich products that help to protect and strengthen teeth.
  • Drink with a straw. It’s okay to indulge in a sugary drink every so often. When you do, however, it’s important to use a straw to prevent sugary liquids from making contact with your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water helps to rinse and wash away acid leftover from certain foods and drinks more quickly.
  • Wait to brush. While it may seem like a good idea to brush your teeth right away, it’s important to wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking acid rich foods. The reason? Acid softens your enamel and brushing your teeth can wear it away even further.
  • Prevent stomach acid from entering the mouth. If you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux or frequent vomiting, it’s important to talk with a doctor about treatment to prevent these conditions from interfering with your oral health.

Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential when it comes to preventing and catching tooth decay caused by acid damage. For more information on ways to prevent or treat acid damage contact Summit Dental at (208) 345-8962. Our dedicated team of dental professionals would be more than happy to set up an appointment and answer any questions you may have.

 

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Boise Dental: The Causes & Treatment of Bad Breath

Boise Dental: The Causes & Treatment of Bad Breath

We’ve all been there. At the most inopportune time, someone tells us we have bad breath. While embarrassing, bad breath doesn’t need to haunt your memories. In fact, it’s completely treatable in almost all cases. However, in order to keep bad breath from happening, it’s important to understand what causes it and how to treat it.

Causes of Bad Breath

Poor Boise Dental Health

Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is an essential way to remove food particles left over from eating. Leftover food particles not only cause bad breath but other issues like gingivitis, and cavities as well. It’s also important to visit your downtown Boise dentist for regular cleanings to remove any plaque or tartar buildup for a minty fresh, clean mouth.

Food Choices

Delicious foods with strong odors like garlic and onions are often the cause of bad breath. By allowing leftover food particles such as these to remain in your mouth, they will start decompose, emitting an unpleasant odor. In order to indulge in your favorite foods while preventing bad breath from happening, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth immediately after eating. Another suggestion? Avoid certain foods with strong odors when you have a planned social engagement like a date, etc.

Dehydration

Another common cause of bad breath is dehydration. Without proper hydration, your mouth cannot produce enough saliva to neutralize acids and rinse the mouth. While there are some medications and diseases that can cause chronic dry mouth, it may be helpful to chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production and drink plenty of water.

Treating Bad Breath

At-Home Methods

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss after eating and before bed
  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • Use mouthwash
  • Clean your tongue
  • Drink plenty of water

Professional Help

If at-home treatments fail to eliminate your bad breath, an underlying issue like an infection or something more serious may be the cause. In that case, it’s important to visit your downtown Boise dentist. At Summit Dental Group, we can help you determine the cause of your bad breath and treat it if necessary. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (208) 345-8962.

 

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