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Boise Dental Tips For Replacing Your Toothbrush

Boise Dental Tips For Replacing Your Toothbrush

Boise Dental Toothbrush Recommendations

When it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, it’s essential to brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, avoid high sugar foods/drinks, and get regular dental checkups with your Boise dentist.

However, even if you follow all these basic steps, you may be inadvertently causing damage by not replacing your toothbrush on a regular basis. That’s why Summit Dental would like to take a closer look at the importance of your toothbrush in today’s blog post.

Why Brushing Your Teeth Is Important

First, and foremost, let’s cover the basics. Why is brushing your teeth so important? Well, brushing works to remove plaque – the sticky, thin coating that covers your teeth that comes from food, beverages, and saliva. Since plaque is filled with bacteria, it needs to be removed regularly through brushing and flossing. If it’s not, plaque will harden into tartar and eat away at the enamel of your teeth while damaging your gums in the process, leading to gingivitis. Keep in mind that plaque can be removed at home but tartar can only be removed during a professional teeth cleaning at Summit Dental.

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When  you brush your teeth, it’s important to use the right toothbrush that allows you to reach all the teeth in your mouth. This includes the molars located in the very back of your mouth. Even more, it is just as important to choose a toothbrush with the right type of bristles.

Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush (both are fine), you will want to make sure it has soft-bristles with rounded tips. Medium or hard-bristled toothbrushes can be overly abrasive which can cause injury to your gums and tooth enamel. Furthermore, you should always look for the ADA (American Dental Association) approval on a toothbrush before you purchase it. If you are unsure what toothbrush is best for you, talk to your Boise dentist at Summit Dental for their recommendation.

Replacing Your Toothbrush

Once you get the best toothbrush for you and schedule regular teeth cleanings, it’s important to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months. Why? At the end of three months, the bristles of your toothbrush begins to fray, reducing their effectiveness.

Last but not least, you should always purchase a new toothbrush if you’ve recovered from being sick. You don’t want these germs to collect on your toothbrush, further infecting you. You’ll also want to rinse your toothbrush after every use and store it in a vertical position where the bristles can dry thoroughly. Never store it in a closed container where bacteria can grow and fester.

Summit Dental Teeth Cleanings

When it comes to scheduling a professional teeth cleaning, contact the Boise dentists at Summit Dental by filling out our online form or call us at (208) 345-8962 today.

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Boise Dental Sealants & Your Children’s Teeth

Boise Dental Sealants & Your Children’s Teeth

Boise Dental Sealants

Practicing good dental hygiene habits is essential when it comes to preventing tooth decay. However, teeth are intricate and complex. Because they vary in shape and size it can be difficult to clean them thoroughly. This is especially true for molars because they are not only uneven but more susceptible to cavities because they are the main “chewers” in the back of your mouth.

A great way to protect your child from developing cavities on their back molars is to have sealants applied to these teeth. Dental sealants are a thin, protective layer your Boise dentist adheres to the chewing surface of molars to prevent bacteria and food particles from lodging in small crevices. This, in turn, prevents cavities from forming and are known to reduce tooth decay by nearly 80%. Keep in mind, however, dental sealants are no substitute for at-home care like regular brushing and flossing.

At Summit Dental, our Boise dentists recommend children get dental sealants when their permanent molars have fully grown in. Teenagers and adults who don’t have any signs of tooth decay can also get sealants as well to help prevent future cavities.

Cavity Prevention

According to the Mayo Clinic, tooth decay occurs most often in the pits and fissures of your child’s back teeth (molars). These are the areas of teeth that your Boise dentist will apply sealants to reduce the number of cavities that form in these high-risk areas.

Keep in mind that dental sealants should be applied to your child’s teeth shortly after their permanent teeth have come in. This is typically between the ages of 5-10 years old. This treatment procedure is completely painless and is done at our Summit Dental office by the same friendly staff that your child is already familiar with from previous appointments.

A Simple Solution

At any given time, your child’s mouth is full of bacteria that, when combined with certain food or drink particles can produce acids that eat holes in their teeth (cavities). Sealants are a simple solution that prevents this process from happening.

As a quick and completely painless procedure, dental sealants are applied by painting an acidic gel onto the surface of your child’s teeth to rough it up and create a greater surface area for a sealant to adhere. Your child’s teeth will then be rinsed and dried before the actual sealant is applied. Last, a special blue light will be used to harden and set the dental sealant.

Dental sealants are a wonderful way to prevent cavities before they form. Even more, they typically last for several years before they need to be reapplied. Your Boise dentist at Summit Dental will check your child’s sealants during their regular bi-annual checkups.

Furthermore, many dental plans cover this preventative dental procedure, so it’s important to check with your insurance provider. Even if it’s not a covered service, dental sealants will save you considerable money compared to the treatment of fillings and other restorative procedures.

Summit Dental Group

From regular checkups to teeth cleanings to dental sealants, Summit Dental has your child’s best interests in mind. Our family dental practice is always accepting new patients throughout the Treasure Valley and look forward to meeting you and your little ones to ensure their teeth are healthy and protected for years to come. Contact us by filling out our online form or call us at (208) 345-8962 today to schedule an appointment.

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Summit Dental Voted Best Boise Dentists in Boise Weekly’s “Best of Boise” 2019 Awards!

Summit Dental Voted Best Boise Dentists in Boise Weekly’s “Best of Boise” 2019 Awards!

“There were dozens of nominations in this category this year; but once more, Best of Boise voters put Summit at the top of the list. Readers had particular praise for Dr. Zach Richardson: “Dr. Zach listens so well, he always provides some humor, and he’s particularly great with kids. His extensive knowledge also makes me feel well cared for.” Extra praise goes to Summit’s team of professionals who have traveled to Cambodian villages to provide much-needed care as part of International Medical Relief.”

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From all of the dentists and staff at Summit Dental Group, we would like to extend a huge “THANK YOU” to all of our wonderful patients who voted for us! We are so grateful and honored to have earned your business and respect over the years!

As a practice, we are overjoyed at having won Best Local Dentists Office in Boise Weekly’s “Best of Boise Awards four years in a row! Our dentists believe that preventative care and education are extremely important to optimal Boise dental health. We focus on thorough exams and checking the overall health of your teeth and gums. Not only are we concerned about the beauty of our patients smile, but 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!

For your next Boise dental visit, give us a call at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment with the friendliest Boise Dentists in the Treasure Valley! We try our best to make each visit fun and enjoyable for all of our patients!

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Tooth Sensitivity & Your Boise Dental Health

Tooth Sensitivity & Your Boise Dental Health

Boise Dental Tooth Sensitivity

Whether it’s a hot cup of coffee or a cold ice cream treat, these enjoyable foods can become a painful experience for those who suffer from tooth sensitivity. If you happen to be the one to experience this uncomfortable, sharp sensation when eating or drinking the foods you love, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common Boise dental issues throughout the Treasure Valley. In fact, almost 50% of the population in the United States suffers from it. At Summit Dental Group, we know this condition can be both painful and annoying. That’s why we’d like to help with the following information about tooth sensitivity and ways to ease the pain.

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental condition that causes people to experience pain and discomfort when their teeth come in contact with certain substances and temperatures. This includes certain foods and hot or cold drinks. In some cases, things like sour foods and cold air can also trigger unwanted discomfort. Generally, tooth sensitivity is sharp and sudden but short-lived.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Teeth are made up of three main sections. The hard, outermost layer is the enamel that is responsible for protecting the inner parts of your tooth. Directly beneath the enamel is your dentin, a soft tissue that contains thousands of microscopic tubes and channels that lead to the pulp of your tooth. The pulp is the innermost part of your tooth with contains thousands of nerves and blood vessels.

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel of your tooth becomes worn or your gums begin to recede thus exposing your dentin. When the dentin of your tooth is exposed to certain elements, the microscopic tubes within your dentin allow hot, cold, and acidic substances to reach the highly sensitive nerves inside your tooth’s pulp. This, in turn, causes sharp pain and discomfort.

Below are a few factors that can contribute to tooth sensitivity:

  • Brushing too hard.
  • Eating acidic foods.
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth.
  • Plaque buildup
  • Excessive whitening treatments.

Ways To Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

Fortunately, tooth sensitivity can be reduced through several different methods. At Summit Dental, our Boise dentists often suggest:

  • Using a desensitizing toothpaste. You can find several different brands of desensitizing toothpaste in your local grocery store. Look for the ingredient potassium nitrate which helps to block the microscopic tubes within your dentin. If you’re unsure which toothpaste to use, ask your Boise dentist for a recommendation.
  • Avoid highly acidic foods and drinks that attack and soften your enamel. Once your enamel becomes damaged, it’s irreversible.
  • Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth. These bad habits can slowly deteriorate your enamel. If necessary, speak with your Boise dentist about using a mouthguard to prevent further damage.
  • Use an enamel strengthening mouthwash to help maintain and repair your enamel.

*If these general methods don’t seem to help, you may want to talk with your dentist about the following Boise dental treatments:

  • Dental bonding, crowns, or inlays. These methods can repair flawed or damaged areas of a tooth that is causing the sensitivity.
  • Root canal. If nothing else works, a root canal can help ease the symptoms of tooth sensitivity.

Summit Dental Group

Tooth sensitivity can not only be painful, it can become a huge hassle. Fortunately, our team at Summit Dental Group can help quickly relieve the painful symptoms of tooth sensitivity through a wide variety of safe and effective methods. For more information, contact us by filling out our online form or call us at (208) 345-8962 for an appointment.

 

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Teaching Kids Good Boise Dental Habits

Teaching Kids Good Boise Dental Habits

Establishing Healthy Boise Dental Habits

Before they even talk, babies learn how their teeth affect the overall comfort of their mouth. Even happy babies cry when they are teething. However, they quickly learn to enjoy new flavors and textures as their teeth grow in. Furthermore, as children grow, their smile gives them the confidence they need to make new friends. That’s why it’s important for parents to teach their kids how to care for their teeth when they are young, so they can develop healthy lifelong habits.

Dental Care For Infants

Once your baby is born, it’s important to start caring for their gums since saliva is filled with bacteria. To do this, you can use a soft piece of cloth or damp gauze to wipe your infant’s gums. When your babies first tooth comes in, it’s important to start brushing it with a drop of non-fluoridated toothpaste using a small, soft toothbrush in circular motions.

As your toddler grows additional teeth, you can gradually introduce flossing. However, you should practice extreme care not to pull the floss against your child’s gums. Instead, use a gentle back and forth motion to help loosen leftover debris.

Visit Your Boise Dentist

Baby teeth are not just temporary teeth. They are also saving places for their permanent teeth once they come in. That’s why it’s important to visit your Boise dentist early when a child is approximately 12 months old or when their first tooth comes in. Doing so will ensure that his or her teeth are growing in properly while making your child familiar with the process.

At Summit Dental Group, we can show you gentle brushing and flossing techniques to enhance your ability to provide your child with adequate dental care at home. Your Boise dentist will also remind you to avoid giving your child too much juice or sweet substances that cause cavities.

Regular dental visits will also notify you of any other oral health conditions your child may have.

When your child becomes slightly older and is able to spit out the toothpaste without swallowing it, you can introduce them to fluoridated toothpaste as they learn to care for their own teeth. Furthermore, it’s important to take your child to visit their Boise dentist at least twice a year for bi-annual cleanings and checkups. Your dentist can also advise you about your local water supply and whether or not your child needs fluoride drops to help prevent tooth decay.

Teaching Good Dental Habits

Children enjoy doing things that make them feel grown up. Below are a few fun ideas to help them learn a healthy dental regimen.

  • Create a morning and bedtime routine that includes brushing and flossing your teeth as a family.
  • Create fun contests like who can spit their toothpaste suds the closest to the drain.
  • Have your child to watch you brush and floss your teeth.
  • Allow your child to practice flossing their teeth as you supervise.
  • Create the fun habit of swishing and spitting out water after meals.

Last but not least, it’s important to practice healthy eating habits with your child. Try to avoid sugary foods and drinks to prevent cavities while making wiser choices like yogurt, cheese, milk, fruit, and nuts.

Summit Dental Group

Developing healthy dental habits with your kids at a young age is a great way to maintain sparkling, white smiles that last a lifetime. Practicing routine at-home dental care, monitoring your child’s oral health, praising their efforts, and visiting the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group every six months can help kids develop exceptional dental health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, fill out our online form or call us at (208) 345-8962.

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Visiting Your Boise Dentist During Pregnancy

Visiting Your Boise Dentist During Pregnancy

It’s not unusual for women in the Treasure Valley to have concerns about visiting their Boise dentist when they are pregnant. Being overly cautious is a part of protecting you and your baby. The good news, however, is that routine dental exams are very safe during pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant, her body is high in hormones. Often, these hormones can cause the gums to swell and teeth to become sensitive. Getting a routine exam at Summit Dental will help pregnant women prevent infection and discomfort from these conditions.

Concerns About Dental Work

Unless it’s an emergency, the American Dental Association recommends that pregnant women in their first trimester should avoid any elective dental treatments. These include cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening. While the risk is very minimal, these procedures should be held off until the second trimester. Furthermore, most doctors recommend that pregnant women avoid any extensive dental work during their third trimester unless it is absolutely necessary.

Dental X-Ray Safety

Dental x-rays are a standard part of an examination. However, if you are pregnant and not suffering from any pain or dental condition, it’s possible to put off dental x-rays until the birth of your baby.

If by chance, you do experience a dental emergency during pregnancy, it is safe to get a dental x-ray. Why? Dental x-rays have a very low radiation level and the American Dental Association has not found any evidence of dental x-rays causing any harm to an unborn baby. As an extra precaution, however, your Boise dentist will provide you with an x-ray blanket for additional protection.

Dental Care During Pregnancy

Pregnant women don’t have to avoid any specific type of toothpaste or mouthwash. However, it is always recommended (for everyone) to try not to swallow any of these products. It’s also important to use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for adequate cleaning.

If you are one of the unlucky few to experience teeth sensitivity during pregnancy, you can change to a specialized toothpaste during this time. If sensitivity becomes too much to handle, a trip to your Boise dentist can help with this issue. It’s also recommended that pregnant women increase their calcium intake during this time to keep their teeth and bones strong.

Last but not least, you should also be using a soft bristle toothbrush if you are pregnant. During pregnancy, the gum tissue surrounding your teeth can swell and become sensitive. A soft-bristled toothbrush will help ease any discomfort you may feel when brushing your teeth.

Summit Dental Group

Practicing good dental care is very important during pregnancy. To learn more about what you can do to benefit your overall dental health while expecting, contact us by filling out our online form or call us at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment.

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The Important Benefits of Boise Teeth Cleanings

The Important Benefits of Boise Teeth Cleanings

Boise Teeth Cleaning Benefits

One of the most important treatments you can get at Summit Dental is a professional teeth cleaning. Why? Before any other treatments are provided, a thorough dental cleaning will likely be administered first. That’s why we’d like to provide you with the following information about why teeth cleanings are so important and their benefits.

What Goes Into A Teeth Cleaning

Your dental hygienist will first do a visual check of your teeth and gums to see if there are any problems that need to be discussed with your Boise dentist. After that, your teeth are cleaned and polished with special dental tools that specially designed to remove plaque and tartar. 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.

Why Teeth Cleanings Are Important

Even with regular brushing and flossing, you can’t remove hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth. Furthermore, 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.

Additional Teeth Cleaning Benefits

  • A dental hygienist can remove superficial stains that discolor your teeth, brightening your smile in the process.
  • Regular teeth cleanings will help to prevent gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.
  • Regular teeth cleanings can detect early signs of oral cancer thus lowering your risk.
  • Getting your teeth cleaned helps to reduce your chances of heart attacks and strokes due to the link between your cardiovascular system and your dental health.
  • During a professional teeth cleaning, your Boise dentist can detect and treat any problems existing dental work like fillings, crowns, and bridges.

More Reasons Visit Your Boise Dentist

There are a wide variety of additional benefits to visiting your Boise dentist for regular checkups and teeth cleanings. Your dentist will also check for oral cavities, soft tissue damage, and tooth problems. Your dentist can also check the alignment of your teeth and jaw and suggest treatments for those with TMJ disorder and to prevent enamel erosion due to grinding your teeth.

Summit Dental Group

Even if it’s been a while since you last saw your Boise dentist, now is a good time to contact Summit Dental Group. Give us a call at (208) 345-8962 or fill out our online form today to schedule a professional teeth cleaning.

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Debunking Popular Boise Teeth Whitening Myths

Debunking Popular Boise Teeth Whitening Myths

Teeth whitening isn’t reserved for the rich and famous anymore. In fact, people throughout the Treasure Valley are looking for ways to make their teeth whiter and brighter. Visit any local Walgreens or grocery store and you will find multiple shelves filled with teeth whitening products. Even more, there are endless blogs and websites containing information about DIY or “natural” teeth whitening treatments.

The truth is, however, that many of these products and DIY remedies are ineffective and even dangerous. Why go through the hassle of wasting your hard earned money or damaging your teeth and gums when you can visit your Boise dentist for a safe, affordable treatment? That’s why Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the following list of common myths about teeth whitening.

Whitening Toothpaste is Effective

Many nationally recognized brands sell so-called whitening toothpaste that is often sold at a higher price than their standard toothpaste. Don’t waste your hard earned money. They simply don’t contain the necessary chemicals needed to effectively whiten your teeth. Furthermore, even if they do, they need to remain in contact with your teeth for an extended period of time. Since most people brush their teeth in a matter of minutes, any whitening ingredients in your toothpaste simply won’t have enough time to start working.

Store-Bought Whitening Kits Work

In addition to whitening toothpaste, there are many store-bought teeth whitening kits available these days. Contrary to popular belief that you don’t need to visit your Boise dentist to whiten your teeth, these kits simply don’t work. Why? They don’t contain the same quality ingredients used in the whitening solutions found at Summit Dental. Even if they do, they aren’t as strong as professional treatments making them ineffective.

Furthermore, if you use these kits to whiten your teeth on your own, you run the risk of damaging your gum tissues. When you trust your Boise dentist, however, you can rest assured your safety is our top priority and that you’re in good hands.

Crowns & Fillings Can Be Whitened

Before any whitening treatment, your Boise dentist will evaluate your mouth for any materials that won’t respond to whitening. These include porcelain crowns and composite fillings. If these things don’t show when you smile, then there is little concern. However, if you have a porcelain crown in the center of your smile, it won’t change color like the rest of your teeth. That’s why you should never go it the DIY route. At Summit Dental, we can help whiten your teeth and replace any dark crowns or fillings with modern materials to make your smile brighter.

Acidic Fruits Can Whiten Your Teeth

Natural advocates often suggest rubbing your teeth with oranges, lemons, strawberries, and other acidic fruits to whiten your teeth. Doing so, however, will not remove unwanted stains. In fact, the acidic ingredients of these fruits can actually damage your tooth enamel if it’s left on your teeth for extended periods of time. Considering you can’t get your enamel back, it’s best to just avoid these DIY teeth whitening practices.

Baking Soda & Peroxide Can Whiten Your Teeth

Two of the most commonly used substances for DIY teeth whitening are hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. While hydrogen peroxide can be used as an oral rinse (upon the recommendation of your Boise dentist) baking soda is a highly abrasive substance that can permanently damage your tooth enamel. Hydrogen peroxide can also cause gum irritation and damage. Gum injury sustained from home remedies can also increase your risk for infection which can come with severe consequences.

Summit Dental Group

As it is with any health-related dental services, prevention is always preferable to treatment. You can prevent tooth discoloration by limiting your consumption of staining foods and drinks, brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, and getting professional teeth cleanings. If you still need a teeth whitening treatment, however, it’s best to visit your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group.

Our experienced professionals will evaluate your teeth and make recommendations depending on your individual needs. If you would like more information, contact us by filling out our online form or calling us at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment.

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Reasons Why Your Boise Dentist May Recommend A Dental Extraction

Reasons Why Your Boise Dentist May Recommend A Dental Extraction

Boise Dentist Recommendations For Extraction

A dental extraction is when a tooth is removed from its place in the gum and bone of your jaw. Compared to many other dental procedures, an extraction can sound intimidating and even a little scary. However, at Summit Dental Group, we believe that education and understanding of the reasons that may warrant a tooth extraction will help ease your mind if you’ve been told by your Boise dentist you need to have a tooth removed.

When is Tooth Extraction is Recommended

Only your Boise dentist can recommend the best course of action related to a tooth extraction. Unless it’s an emergency situation, an extraction will be based on a thorough examination and comprehensive evaluation of your dental health.

For more complicated extractions, Summit Dental Group will refer you to a skilled oral surgeon. These cases can include severely impacted or damaged teeth. Below are some reasons your Boise dentist may recommend a tooth extraction.

Damage

If a tooth has been damaged due to an accident or trauma, it may not be possible to repair it. If this is the case, an extraction may be the only option.

Infection or Decay

A severe infection or decay that affects the pulp of a tooth can be a reason for extraction, especially if an infection doesn’t respond to antibiotics. In certain cases regarding gum disease, a tooth may need to be removed if the root is exposed or has become damaged.

Impaction or Overcrowding

Wisdom teeth are a common extraction because they often can’t push through the gum or if a patient’s jaw is too small to accommodate them without crowding other teeth. In these cases, extraction is often recommended by your Boise dentist, especially if they are impacted, turned at odd angles or affecting the bit and chewing ability of a patient. Furthermore, teeth may need to be extracted for functional or cosmetic reasons.

Signs a Tooth May Need To Be Extracted

At Summit Dental, this is one of the most common questions our Boise dentists get asked. Even the common practice of removing a wisdom tooth isn’t always necessary, and a toothache doesn’t automatically mean a tooth should be extracted. That’s why a thorough evaluation of a patient’s mouth is necessary to determine the best course of action.

Below are some common signs that may indicate whether or not a tooth should be extracted:

  • Severe tooth pain.
  • Pain with eating or drinking.
  • Jaw pain or stiffness.
  • Swollen gums.
  • Gum disease.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your Boise dentist as soon as possible.

What to Expect From a Tooth Extraction

With modern techniques and local anesthesia, the extraction of a tooth is nothing to fear. In fact, having a tooth removed often causes no more discomfort than having a cavity filled.

Upon the recommendations of your Boise dentist, there should be no complications from a tooth extraction. These often include resting for at least 24 hours after the procedure and limiting your activity for a few days to allow your mouth to heal. Often we will recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen or Tylenol. However, we may choose to provide you with a prescription depending on your individual needs.

Normally, the extraction site will heal completely within a month or so. After that, your Boise dentist can start preparing for a restoration like a dental implant. Restorations can help prevent your teeth from shifting that can affect your bite and ability to eat or speak down the road. These can include implants, bridges or partial dentures.

Summit Dental Group

If you suspect you have a tooth that may need to be removed, contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 or fill out our online form to make an appointment. Our goal is to make your smile more beautiful while preserving the health and integrity of your natural teeth. With us, an extraction is a last resort option. That’s why we take the time to advise you on the various treatment options available to protect and preserve the function of your teeth.

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Boise Dentist Tips For Spotting & Treating Gum Disease

Boise Dentist Tips For Spotting & Treating Gum Disease

Many adults in the Treasure Valley have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is an oral condition that ranges from an inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to more serious problems like periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.

Gum disease is caused when the bacteria that is naturally present in your mouth combines with mucus and leftover food particles to form a sticky film called plaque. If plaque isn’t removed, it can harden into tartar. This tartar then attacks the enamel of your teeth and the tissues below the gum line.

If gingivitis isn’t treated it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis can then result in significant damage to the bone and soft tissues supporting your teeth. In this scenario, bacteria can also enter your bloodstream and spread to other parts of your body which can result in additional health problems.

Symptoms Of Gum Disease

Gum disease can affect people of any age. However, people in their 30’s and 40’s are especially susceptible. Early detection of gum disease is crucial for effective treatment. However, you may not experience any signs or symptoms because many of the early stages of gum disease are painless. Below are some signs to look out for:

  • Loose Teeth – Teeth can become loose if there is an infection beneath the gum line. As the problem persists, the gum pockets become deeper.
  • Sensitive Teeth – Tooth sensitivity can be a sign of gum disease. This is because the underlying surface of a tooth loses the protection afforded by the outer enamel.
  • Bad Breath – Bad breath that doesn’t go away or a bad taste in the mouth can be a sign of gum disease caused by an accumulation of plaque on the teeth.
  • Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums – Inflammation caused by gum disease can cause your gums to bleed or become red, swollen or tender. However, gingivitis isn’t painful for everyone suffering from the condition.
  • Receding Gums – Gum recession can be a sign of periodontitis when the surrounding tissues of the teeth erode or pulls back, exposing more of a tooth or its roots.

Preventing Gum Disease

Gum disease can be prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. Visiting your Boise dentist at Summit Dental for regular checkups and cleanings can also help you fight gum disease.

Treating Gum Disease

Dental hygiene is a critical part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. That’s why it’s important to brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your Boise dentist for regular cleanings and exams. Even if you do have gum disease, it can be reversed with proper care. Gingivitis can often be treated with minimally-invasive options such as a professional dental cleaning and antibiotics.

At Summit Dental we can provide you with a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planning for those who suffer from gum disease. During this treatment, tartar is scraped from the tooth below and above the gum line. Bacteria and other rough spots are also removed. Medications may be prescribed or mouthwashes may be recommended to limit and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. In severe cases, surgery may be required and teeth may need to be removed.

Summit Dental Group

It’s important to pay attention to your oral health and visit your Boise dentist regularly to prevent gum disease. If you suspect you have gum disease, contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 or fill out our form online. With treatment, we can provide you with healthy gums, healthy teeth and natural, beautiful smile you can be proud of.

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