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What’s So Special About Toothpaste?

What’s So Special About Toothpaste?

One of the easiest ways to maintain good oral health is to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and to visit your downtown Boise dentist for routine cleanings and exams. But have you ever wondered what toothpaste is made of and how it works? Not only does toothpaste freshen your breath and leave your mouth feeling clean it is one of best lines of defense when it comes to preventing tooth decay.

How Toothpaste Works

Abrasives
Toothpaste is made up of mild abrasives that help combat the growth of bacteria while preventing the buildup of plaque. When you brush with toothpaste, the abrasives work to remove microorganisms and leftover food particles while polishing the surface areas of your teeth. Many toothpaste brands also contain ingredients like triclosan and Xylitol that go the extra mile to prevent the growth of plaque-producing bacteria. Not only does plaque cause tooth decay it can also lead to more dangerous Boise dental issues like periodontal disease.

Fluoride
Fluoride is another key ingredient found in toothpaste. As the bacteria inside your mouth feeds off of leftover food particles, it leaves behind an acidic byproduct that causes tooth decay. This is a fancy way of saying that the acid on your teeth causes cavities. Fluoride works to not only strengthen your teeth but reduce the growth of bacteria and acid-related damage.

Flavoring and Sweetening Agents
With a variety of brands to choose from, toothpaste comes in an assortment of different flavors. While flavoring doesn’t do much to fight bacteria or the buildup of plaque, it does, however, provide it with an appealing flavor. This, in turn, helps increase the odds of a person brushing their teeth 2-3 times a day.  

Summit Dental Group

Many adults think that brushing and flossing their teeth is the best way to maintain good Boise dental health. However, it’s impossible to have a healthy mouth if that’s all you do. While brushing is important, it doesn’t remove everything that gets left behind. That’s why it’s important to visit your downtown Boise dentist for regular teeth cleanings and exams.

If it’s been awhile since your last Boise teeth cleaning, don’t delay. Give Summit Dental a call at (208) 345-8962 to set up an appointment!

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Boise Dental Care During Pregnancy

Boise Dental Care During Pregnancy

Good oral health is an important part of staying physically healthy. Even more, it is especially important during pregnancy. Not only does good oral health protect a mother, it also protects an unborn child as well. Unfortunately, however, many expectant mothers put off routine Boise dental visits due to the fear that it is unsafe. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Boise Dental Health & Pregnancy

As your body changes during pregnancy so does your oral health. While scientists don’t understand all the reasons for this change, they do know that pregnancy can make your mouth more susceptible to gingivitis or periodontal disease. Hormonal changes can also create a more favorable environment for bacteria to grow causing tooth decay while you are pregnant.

Is Routine Boise Dental Work Safe during Pregnancy?

Yes. General care that includes regular dental exams or a professional teeth cleaning are safe for expectant mothers. On the other hand, when it comes to restorative Boise dental work such as crowns and bridges or root canal therapy, your Boise dentist may recommend a treatment plan to prevent a condition from progressing.

Are Boise Dental X-rays Safe During Pregnancy?

While X-rays are considered generally safe, your Boise dentist may recommend postponing any annual exam X-rays until after the birth of your baby. If an X-ray is required in the case of an emergency, the American College of Radiology reports that a single diagnostic X-ray does not have enough radiation to harm a developing fetus. If by chance you do need an X-ray during your pregnancy, every precaution will be made to maintain the health of you and your baby during your Boise dental visit.

Making Your Boise Dental Visit More Comfortable

  • Be sure to inform your Boise dentist & hygienist that you are pregnant.
  • Delay any elective procedures until after your baby is born.
  • Postpone all non-emergency procedures until your 2nd trimester or after the birth of the baby.
  • Uncross your legs while sitting in the Boise dentist chair for optimal circulation.

Summit Dental Group

Never skip a routine Boise dental visit due to pregnancy. If you have any questions related to your dental health before, during or after pregnacy stop by our office or give us a call at (208) 345-8962 today. At Summit Dental Group, we look forward to caring for the health you and your future little one!

 

 

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Summit Dental Group Has A Job Opening For A Dental Assistant!

Summit Dental Group Has A Job Opening For A Dental Assistant!

Dental Assistant
Summit Dental Group

Compensation: DOE
Employment Type: Full-Time

Summit Dental is seeking a dental assistant to join our team immediately! We are looking for an individual who is enthusiastic, personable, highly motivated and willing to work hard for a wonderful team. The candidate needs to possess a variety of assisting skills including expanded functions abilities under the direct supervision of our dentists.

Requirements:

– Working knowledge of Dentrix software
– Ability to float to front desk services as needed
– Customer service mentality
– Excellent communication skills

Summit Dental Group offers a friendly work environment with a cohesive team. The benefits of our office include:

– Competitive pay
– 401k
– Paid time off
– Vacation time
– Health insurance
– Disability insurance

There is a reason we are considered the friendliest Boise dental practice in the Treasure Valley. If you would like to be a part of our amazing team please contact our office.

Please email your resume to: info@summitdentalboise.com

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Don’t Wait Until It Hurts To Visit Your Boise Dentist

Don’t Wait Until It Hurts To Visit Your Boise Dentist

Patients throughout the Treasure Valley often don’t visit their downtown Boise dentist until something chips, breaks, or hurts. However, waiting until something hurts is a terrible idea because it often results in expensive repairs that could have been prevented.

Even worse, many dental issues like periodontal (gum) disease or tooth decay won’t cause any pain until they’re in an advanced stage which often requires a complex treatment plan. By being proactive about your preventative care appointments, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group can detect and prevent many issues with less invasive treatment options.  

Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health

It’s now a well-accepted fact that there is a direct link between your Boise dental health and your overall health. In fact, most studies suggest that the bacteria and inflammation that causes gum disease also contributes to other major health issues like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. That’s why maintaining your oral health is an important step to protecting your overall health.

The Importance Of Preventative Care

Preventative dental care is the same as any other kind of preventative medicine. By taking care of minor problems ahead of time, you will avoid bigger, much more expensive and painful problems down the road. Even better? The dentists at Summit Dental Group are here to help with all your Boise dental needs to prevent unwanted problems.  

Our preventative dentistry services include:

  • Comprehensive patient exams
  • Boise dental X-rays
  • Boise teeth cleanings
  • Patient education
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Injury protection
  • Routine dental visits

Benefits of Preventative Dental Care

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy isn’t the only reason you should maintain preventative Boise dental care. Below are some additional benefits to think about.

Save Time & Money – Routine dental exams and Boise teeth cleanings are relatively cheaper compared to the cost of major dental procedures. By investing in preventative dental care, you will not only save money but time spent in the dentist’s chair for major corrective procedures.

Avoid the Dentist – Don’t like going to the dentist? By maintaining your preventative dental care appointments, you will only have to visit our office twice a year while avoiding things like drills, shots, and pain.

Avoid Secondary Problems – Boise dental problems often get worse before they get better, especially when left untreated. By maintaining preventative dental care, you will not only keep your teeth and gums healthy, you will avoid minor problems that can turn into major problems down the road.

Summit Dental Group

As a practice, Summit Dental Group believes 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, 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.

Call us at (208) 345-8962 today!

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4th Of July Boise Dental Tips

4th Of July Boise Dental Tips

Happy 4th of July from everyone at Summit Dental Group! As we celebrate our nation’s freedom with parades, picnics, BBQ’s, and fireworks, it’s important to remember not to cut it short when it comes to maintaining good oral health. That’s why we’ve put together the following list of Boise dental tips to keep your smile as bright as the fireworks while keeping your celebrations as joyful as possible.

Eat Healthy Foods

While can be tempting to indulge in chips and other salty snacks, it’s important to choose options that are not only healthy but taste good as well. Make sure to load up on fruits and veggies and eat calcium-rich foods like yogurt and cheese to help maintain good oral health while keeping unwanted calories at bay.

Drink Water

4th of July celebrations mean plenty of time outdoors. To help beat the heat, make sure to drink plenty of water instead of sodas and sports drinks to keep you hydrated. Drinking water also helps to rinse away leftover food particles that stick to teeth while preventing acid buildup and the growth of bacteria in the process.

Chew Sugarless Gum

Like any other holiday, daylong snacking is a common theme during Independence Day celebrations. To help keep your teeth healthy and clean, make sure to chew some sugarless gum to help remove leftover food particles and stimulate saliva production.

Don’t Use Your Teeth As Tools

This may sound like common sense but it happens more than you think. When people lack the proper tools, they often resort to using their teeth to open packages or even drinks. Unless it involves chewing food, you should never, EVER use your teeth as tools.

After The Celebration

Once the 4th of July celebrations have passed, make sure to visit your downtown Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group. We can help make sure your smile is as healthy as possible with a post-holiday appointment. Call us at (208) 345-8962 today!

Wishing Everyone A Safe, Happy, And Healthy Independence Day!!!

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Preventing Tooth Decay With Boise Dental Sealants

Preventing Tooth Decay With Boise Dental Sealants

As parents, you’ve probably heard about Boise dental sealants but you may be unfamiliar with some of the small, yet important details that go into them. That’s why at Summit Dental Group, we’d like to give you the low-down and provide you with the important facts you need to know to help protect your child from cavities and tooth decay.

What Are Boise Dental Sealant?

Boise dental sealants are a thin coating applied to the grooves of your child’s back teeth to help prevent the penetration of bacteria, sugar, germs and other cavity-causing substances. At Summit Dental Group, our Boise dentists will apply what looks like a thin layer of white nail polish on the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. Sealants specifically protect the chewing surfaces of the teeth where cavities commonly start.

How Are They Applied?

Sealants are quick, easy and painless. There is no numbing or drilling required. Once your child’s teeth are cleaned and dried by a hygienist, an adhesive layer is painted onto the teeth followed by the sealant which resembles white or clear nail polish. Only a small amount is needed  to cover the grooves of the teeth. Once the sealant has been applied, your Boise dentist will harden it using a special LED light.

How Do Sealants Last?

When applied correctly, Boise dental sealants can last up to 10 years! While it’s not uncommon for sealants to chip away over time with regular wear and tear, most sealants will last for a number of years to protect your child from unwanted cavities and tooth decay. During every checkup, your Boise dentist will take the time to evaluate the integrity of the sealant and offer to re-apply it as needed.

Our Take On Sealants

Sealants are a wonderful way to protect your child’s teeth. As an added benefit, sealants far outweigh the burden of having to get a filling. All in all, sealants are an excellent way to save you time, money and the stress of having to make unwanted Boise dental appointments for costly treatments. They are easy and quick to apply and can be done at your next checkup appointment without any extra tips to our office. Call us today at (208) 345- 8962 to set up your child’s next checkup and see if your child needs sealants!

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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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