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4 Boise Dental Steps To Your Best Smile Restoration

4 Boise Dental Steps To Your Best Smile Restoration

If you have things you don’t like about your smile, a best smile restoration might be just what you need to help regain self-confidence and proper function of your teeth. With a smile makeover, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group can walk you through all the steps needed for the cosmetic and restorative treatments you need. With a plan in place, a best smile restoration doesn’t have to be a daunting process!

The Consultation

Before getting started, your Boise dentist will consult with you and provide you with an examination to assess the health of your teeth and gums. Any problems, such as tooth decay will be addressed first to ensure the success of your best smile restoration.

The Plan

Next, your Boise dentist will go over the goals you want to achieve and provide you with information on what you can expect before, during and after treatment. Together, you will create a specific plan to help address all your oral health needs and the goals for your smile.

The Preparation

Once you have completed the consultation and have a plan in place, your Boise dentist will prepare you for treatment. This can include molds of your teeth or other applications. Doing so will set the stage for your necessary, individual treatments.

The Treatment

Once you have reached the treatment phase, your Boise dentist will begin the necessary procedures to restore your teeth. Depending on your desired outcome, you may receive implants, crowns, veneers, or other options. After treatment, you will have the smile you’ve always wanted.

Summit Dental Group

At Summit Dental Group, our Boise dentists provide patients throughout the Treasure Valley with the cosmetic and restorative dentistry services they need. If you would like to get the ball rolling on a best smile restoration, contact us at (208) 345-8962 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Modern Advancements in Boise Dental Technology

Modern Advancements in Boise Dental Technology

Ever wonder what it would have been like to have a bad tooth a couple of hundred years ago? Not fun, that’s for sure. Back then, if you had a broken or infected tooth, you had little choice but to find someone experienced enough to pull it.

Although dentistry has existed in some form or another for thousands of years — a practice first demonstrated by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks — modern dentistry as we know it has only been around since the mid-1800’s. With advancements in today’s technological world, however, modern dentistry has made some pretty impressive leaps and bounds over the past few decades. That’s why Summit Dental would like to provide you with the following important Boise dental treatments we offer that your ancestors would be jealous of.

Painless Boise Dentistry

Even though dentistry has been practiced for thousands of years, doesn’t mean it was painless. In fact, it was often the complete opposite. However, pain associated with visiting your Boise dentist is a thing of the past. Not only does Summit Dental Group offer comfortable dental chairs and a relaxing environment, we provide local anesthesia with advanced techniques to provide our patients with comfortable, painless dental procedures. This makes it safer and easier to undergo specific treatments while saving you unwanted stress and anxiety.

Digital X-Rays

Unlike traditional X-rays, digital X-rays are faster, and safer since they contain up to 90% less radiation. When a patient gets a digital X-ray, an image is received by a computer in a matter of seconds. Your Boise dentist can then zoom into the image to better assess your oral health and find even the smallest problematic areas.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a remarkable solution for those with uneven smiles. Available for adults and teenagers alike, these clear, removable braces are designed to eliminate spacing issues and crowded teeth while simultaneously being nearly invisible to the naked eye. As a popular advancement in modern dentistry, people are able to achieve the smile they’ve always wanted without the look, feel and hassle of traditional metal braces.

Boise Dental Implants

Boise dental implants are a wonderful, permanent option for anyone missing one or more teeth. No matter if a tooth was lost due to decay or injury, advancements in today’s dental technology make dental implants a desirable option. During a Boise dental procedure, an implant is inserted into the jaw where it acts as the foundation for an artificial tooth (crown) to be permanently attached. Once in place, dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth.

Boise Teeth Whitening

At Summit Dental, we offer in-office teeth whitening treatments to improve your smile by 10 shades. In just a single appointment, you can achieve a bright white smile you’ll love to show off. During this time we will apply a layer of protection to your lips and gums to help prevent any discomfort or irritation before applying our special whitening treatment to help you achieve the highest level results.

Same Day Crowns

In the past, if you needed a crown, your Boise dentist would take an impression mold of your tooth before sending it off to a lab to have a crown created. During this time, two or more weeks would go by where you would have to wear a temporary crown before returning to your dentist to have a permanent crown fitted. Same day crowns, however, are exactly what their name implies. Utilizing advanced CEREC technology, your Boise dentist has the ability to create a custom crown that fits your tooth and place it the same day it was created.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are another great option for repairing chipped, cracked, stained or broken teeth. As thin porcelain shells that cover the front of the teeth, veneers can also be used to disguise gaps and improve your bite. During your Boise dental office visit, the surface layer of your tooth is removed to make room for the veneer. The veneer is then color-matched to your teeth and cemented into place with an ultraviolet light.

Summit Dental Group

These advancements in modern dentistry have made a wonderful impact on the dentists at Summit Dental Group and our patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (208) 345-8962 today. By utilizing new and advanced technologies, we will make your visit with us as comfortable and efficient as possible!

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Happy Mother’s Day From Summit Dental!

Happy Mother’s Day From Summit Dental!

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom – Henry Ward Beecher

This Mother’s Day, Summit Dental Group would like to take the time to celebrate all the many wonderful mothers in our lives. She is the one who not only gave us life, brushed away tears when we got hurt but helped each of us become the person who we are today.

Not only have our mothers nurtured and protected us over the years, but they have inspired us as well. In fact, there is no greater teacher than a mother when it comes to the classroom we call life. While a national holiday to celebrate our mothers is a nice way to honor them, there is, however, no way can we ever repay them for the unconditional, and undying love they have provided us.  

Nonetheless, Mother’s Day is an important day that provides us with the opportunity to stop what we are doing and take a moment to let our mothers know just how much they mean to us. Whether its a handful of dandelions, a bouquet of roses, or even a quick phone call, the time we take to provide our mothers with the honor they deserve, shows them that we love them just as much as they love us.

The dentists and staff at Summit Dental would also like to say “thank you” to all the great Treasure Valley moms out there for being so wonderful during their child’s Boise dental visits. While they say “a mother’s work is never done”, we want you to know that even if it’s driving your kids to regularly scheduled appointments, or just providing support by hanging out in the waiting room during your child’s treatment, it’s mother’s like you that light up our office!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sincerely,
Summit Dental Group

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Why Boise Dental Exams & Cleanings Are Important

Why Boise Dental Exams & Cleanings Are Important

The team here at Summit Dental Group is committed to helping patients throughout the Treasure Valley, offering state-of-the-art cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatment services.  While all the procedures we offer are helpful, we do believe in the basics, which is why we think regular Boise dental exams and cleanings are so important when it comes to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.

The Essential Basics

When it comes to good oral health, you won’t go wrong by sticking to the basics. This means addressing things like tooth decay and gum disease with a focus on preventative care. As the cornerstones of general dentistry and routine dental visits, they should never be taken for granted. That’s why it’s so important to visit your Boise dentist every six months for a regular exam.

Dental X-rays & Diagnostics

During a routine Boise dental exam, a patient can expect to undergo x-rays and basic diagnostics to check for hidden dental abnormalities. This allows our dentists to get a better look at your teeth and gums in order to recommend an effective treatment plan. Early detection of problems can save our patients from unnecessary pain, discomfort, and money. X-rays should be taken every few years depending on your medical history and risk. Keep in mind that dental x-rays are completely safe because the amount of radiation exposure is very minimal.

Routine Cleanings

Another crucial part of a regular dental visit is a routine 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.

Check Your Teeth & Gums

Once your teeth have been cleaned, your Boise dentist will then check your teeth and gums carefully. This allows us to note any cavities that may be forming as well as any other underlying issues that can affect your oral health.

Future Treatment Options

Lastly, a consultation is done to discuss treatment options, allowing you to make an informed decision and proceed with the best course of treatment recommended by your Boise dentist. Treatment options can include filling a simple cavity or a more major dental procedure like a root canal. This will allow you and your dentist to address any risks and benefits while clearing up any concerns that you may have about a future treatment option.

Helpful Tips for Preventive Care

A routine exam and cleaning is a wonderful time for your Boise dentist to offer some helpful tips for preventative dentistry and advanced dental care. This can include pointing out issues with your oral hygiene techniques or recommending ways to prevent serious dental problems from developing based on your current needs and concerns.

Summit Dental Group

As a practice, Summit Dental 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 to 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.

For more information about the cosmetic and restorative dentistry services we offer, contact Summit Dental at (208) 345-8962.

 

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Boise Dental Health & Tooth Extractions

Boise Dental Health & Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction is a process in which a tooth is removed from the mouth. As one of the most common dental procedures, it is only recommended if your Boise dentist cannot save the tooth.

If you’re worried you may need a tooth extraction, it’s important to make an appointment at Summit Dental. Before performing an extraction, our Boise dentists will determine whether or not it’s possible to save your tooth and will identify any other oral health problems you may have, thereby preventing further issues.

As to whether or not you specifically need an extraction, only your Boise dentist can determine whether it’s necessary. However, we’d like to provide you with the following reasons a person might need a tooth extraction.

Decay & Infection

Cavities, infections and other periodontal diseases can affect the health and integrity of your teeth. If left untreated, it may provide cause for a tooth extraction.

When caught early, a dentist can repair a cavity and stop further damage with a dental filling. However, if a cavity goes untreated, it will spread and further damage a tooth’s structure to where a filling won’t be possible. At that point, your Boise dentist may have to remove the tooth.

Infections are another common cause of a tooth extraction. When an infection occurs in the pulp of a tooth, your Boise dentist will treat it with a root canal. However, if a root canal is unsuccessful and the infection continues, you may have to have the tooth removed.

Periodontal diseases are another cause for a tooth extraction. That’s because they affect the gums and tissues surrounding the teeth. If receding gums or loss of bone structure is determined, the ability to maintain your teeth can become compromised, making it necessary to remove a tooth or multiple teeth.

Damage

It’s unfortunate, but accidents are known to happen. When a tooth undergoes a specific amount of trauma, they may be too damaged to save. Splintered and broken teeth, for example, often require a tooth extraction. Even if your Boise dentist can repair the damage, it’s still possible that a tooth might not recover from the trauma. In that case, a tooth extraction will be recommended.

Crowding

Crowding teeth is another common problem that can cause the need for a tooth extraction. Crowding occurs when there isn’t enough room in the jaw for the teeth in a person’s mouth. Sometimes crowding happens due to the growth of wisdom teeth or when a child’s adult teeth come in faster than their mouth grows. In cases such as these, your Boise dentist may be able to correct the crowding problem with a tooth extraction. Keep in mind that wisdom teeth often become problematic because they tend to grow in at odd angles or become impacted, threatening the teeth around it.

Summit Dental

If the Boise dentists at Summit Dental notices that a tooth has become decayed or compromised during an exam, we may recommend an extraction. While we promise to always explore other ways to save your tooth, we will only perform an extraction to maintain the integrity of your smile and keep the rest of your teeth healthy. If you do need an extraction, rest assure this dental procedure is completely painless and routine in our office, so you can feel confident that you’re in good hands. If you would like more information about tooth extractions or would like to make an appointment, contact us today at (208) 345-8962.

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The Benefits of Boise Dental Implants

The Benefits of Boise Dental Implants

While advancements in restorative and cosmetic dentistry have improved dramatically over the years, tooth loss still remains a significant problem for people throughout the Treasure Valley. In fact, many people over the age of 35 have at least one or more missing teeth. That’s why the dentists at Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the benefits of Boise dental implants because they not only mimic the natural tooth structure, they provide lasting cosmetic and restorative benefits.

Why Your Boise Dentist Recommends Dental Implants

Boise dental implants are one of several treatment options people have after tooth loss. However, they are often the very best solution for those with missing teeth. In fact, nothing restores the health, beauty, and functionality of your smile better!

Boise Dental Implants Mimic the Natural Tooth Structure

Dental implants are the only treatment option that rebuilds a missing tooth from the root up. Every dental implant is composed of three components:

  • The Dental Implant – a fixture that is physically embedded below the gum line which replaces the root of a tooth.

  • The Abutment – a connector that is placed on top of the dental implant to help hold and support the crown.

  • The Crown – A dental prosthesis that looks and acts like a functional tooth that helps you speak and chew.

Together, these elements will allow you to eat, speak and smile with complete confidence. Even biting into a fresh, crisp apple or chewing a delicious steak is possible with this comprehensive Boise dental solution. Because they mimic a natural tooth, brushing and flossing are also easier than ever and you can smile confidently knowing they will last you a lifetime.

Maintain Youthful Volume with Boise Dental Implants

Over time, people with tooth loss will experience a sunken, drawn facial appearance. This is because the jawbone eventually diminishes as the body sends important nutrients to other places in the body where they are more needed. However, a dental implant acts as a prosthetic root to ensure efficient blood flow and stimulation keeping the jawbone healthy and strong. People with Boise dental implants will enjoy a youthful facial structure as they age —  no matter how many teeth they have lost and replaced.

Boise Dental Implants Are A Sound Financial Investment

While Boise dental implants come at a higher initial cost than other traditional replacement options they are a sound financial investment that will pay for themselves over time. Other options like crowns or bridges will require upkeep and eventual replacement as they age. Dental implants, however often last a lifetime without the need for expensive upkeep or replacement.

Want to Know More About Boise Dental Implants?

At Summit Dental Group, people throughout the Treasure Valley trust our Boise dentists for their tooth replacement solutions. Our extensive expertise and compassionate approach equal unparalleled dental implant care. We invite you to contact us today at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment to discuss whether or not dental implants are the right treatment option for you.

 

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Boise Dental Health & Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Boise Dental Health & Wisdom Tooth Extraction

No one looks forward to having a wisdom tooth removed. People often envision the process as scary and painful. However, nothing could be further from the truth. That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the following information about what you need to know when preparing for this procedure.

Extraction is a Common Boise Dental Procedure

Approximately 85 percent of people in the Treasure Valley need to have a wisdom tooth removed at one point or another. As a common Boise dental procedure, wisdom tooth extraction is a basic process to remove one or more of your third molars. These teeth are located at the top and bottom of the back of your mouth. As the last teeth to erupt, wisdom teeth usually develop between the ages of 17-25. Keep in mind that while most people develop wisdom teeth there are a lucky few who don’t.

Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Oral Health Problems

When wisdom teeth develop, they can often become problematic and can cause oral health problems. These include infections, cysts, tumors and damage to other nearby teeth and gums. Infection can also spread and cause problems to vital organs such as the heart and kidneys if left untreated.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Isn’t Painful

Wisdom tooth extraction isn’t a painful process. Instead, it is a surgical procedure that’s done using local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia depending on your individual needs. This will ensure you will not experience any pain during the extraction process.

Problems With Wisdom Teeth May Be Asymptomatic

Even if you don’t experience any pain or swelling in the back of your mouth doesn’t mean you have problem-free wisdom teeth. In fact, there are many cases when problems develop without any symptoms. The best way to avoid these is to have your wisdom teeth regularly checked by your Boise dentist. Only then you will you know for sure whether or not your wisdom teeth are healthy or if they should be removed.

Ways To Ensure A Speedy Recovery

Recovery time is based on an individual basis. However, there are ways to ensure a speedy recovery after a wisdom tooth extraction. These include avoiding strenuous activity during the healing process, smoking, and sucking on straws after the procedure. You will also need to be gentle when you brush your teeth, especially near the extraction area.  

Summit Dental Group

Whether or not you will need a wisdom tooth extraction depends on the advice of your Boise dentist. Good dental health is an important part of maintaining and caring for your wisdom teeth as they are located in the very back of your mouth and are harder to clean. If you are one of the lucky few that gets to keep your wisdom teeth, it’s very important to undergo regular Boise dental exams and x-rays in order to catch any signs of trouble.

If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction or to schedule an appointment with your Boise dentist, contact us at (208) 345-8962 today.

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Boise Dental Myths & Misconceptions

Boise Dental Myths & Misconceptions

At Summit Dental Group, our Boise dentists love helping patients from around the Treasure Valley achieve healthier, brighter smiles. Whether you need preventative dental care or a best mouth restoration, you can trust us to provide you with the most advanced dentistry options.

We are always accepting new patients. In fact, we love sitting down with you to discuss your smile goals and provide you with the best oral health care tips. The more information you have about your smile, the better your chances are of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. That’s why we’d like to provide you with a list of dental myths we’ve debunked that may be hurting your oral health.

Dental Myths Debunked


Flossing isn’t important, and if your gums bleed, you should avoid it.  Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is a no-brainer, however, if you don’t floss you’ll miss those hard-to-reach areas that brushing fails to clean. Flossing helps to remove unwanted food particles in between teeth and build up plaque — which can often lead to gum disease. If your gums tend to bleed after brushing and flossing, it’s usually a sign that you need to be more diligent about your home dental care. Although it may seem best to avoid flossing, doing so will actually increase your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay.

It’s better to use a hard toothbrush vs a soft one.  People often think a hard-bristled toothbrush will clean their mouth better. However, a hard-bristled toothbrush can actually wear down your enamel or cause damage to your gums. Instead, you should always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth. It’s also important not to brush in a hard or aggressive way. Plaque doesn’t require a hard-bristled toothbrush to be removed and hard brushing can damage your gums, causing them to recede. In truth, people often forget to replace their toothbrush as often as they should. At Summit Dental group, our Boise dentists recommend getting a new toothbrush every 3-4 months (or when the bristles become worn). We also recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Boise teeth whitening treatments can be harmful. There is some truth to the dangers of many over-the-counter, and DIY teeth whitening treatments because they have the potential of causing damage to your teeth and gums. This is because many of these products or home remedies have different ingredients and come in a variety of strengths. There’s also room for human error when trying to whiten your smile on your own. However, a professional Boise teeth whitening treatment at Summit Dental won’t hurt your teeth or cause gum damage. However, there may be a little sensitivity afterward but it won’t cause any prolonged harm. Our Boise dentists would never suggest a treatment that would compromise the health and integrity of your smile.

Sugar causes tooth decay. While excessive sugar consumption is never recommended for your oral or overall health, it’s not the direct cause of tooth decay. In fact, it’s actually the acids left behind by sugar that are to blame. Sugar and carbohydrates produce acids. When those acids combine with the saliva in your mouth, plaque is formed. Preventative dental care includes brushing or rinsing your mouth with water after eating sugary foods. Keep in mind, however, that if you don’t tend to eat a lot of sugar, you can still develop tooth decay if you don’t practice good oral hygiene.

Everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed.  Think of wisdom teeth like your appendix or tonsils. They don’t currently serve much of a purpose like they once did at one point in our existence. In fact, most dentists agree that not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. However, wisdom teeth can become a problem if they erupt or start to decay inside your mouth. These problems can severely impact nearby healthy teeth causing pain or lead to jaw infections and cysts. If your wisdom teeth are causing you problems or pain, it’s important to seek out the professional advice of your Boise dentist as soon as possible to have them examined or removed.

Summit Dental Group

Anytime you hear something new or what is good or bad for your smile, it’s best to bring it up to your Boise dentist at your next exam and teeth cleaning. We can provide you with the best and most accurate information to help you maintain optimal dental health. Not only are we concerned about the beauty of our patient’s smile, we are also concerned about the overall health of our patients. If you would like more information or want to schedule an appointment, contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 today.

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Boise Dental Guide For Choosing The Best Oral Hygiene Products

Boise Dental Guide For Choosing The Best Oral Hygiene Products

For most of us, dental hygiene is often high on our list of priorities. We make sure to brush and floss our teeth daily while visiting our Boise dentist for checkups and cleanings. Since we all desire a healthy, white smile, we all know it’s important to prevent things like cavities and gum disease. However, with so many dental hygiene products on the market, it can often be difficult to know which ones are right for you. With every television commercial telling us something different, it can be tough to decipher the advertisements and get to the facts. That’s why Summit Dental would like to provide you with the following guide for choosing the best dental hygiene products for you.

FLOSSING

Water Flossers

A water flosser is used to shoot pressurized water into the mouth to rid it of unwanted food particles, bacteria, and plaque from between teeth while massaging the gums. Since there is no scraping against your gums, water flossing can often be a good choice for those with gum sensitivity. It can also be a good oral hygiene tool for those with braces or other Boise dental work like crowns and bridges. While a water flosser can be much more expensive compared to a traditional pack of floss, it will last longer. However, water flossing may not remove all unwanted plaque from your teeth. You will also need access to a power outlet and plenty of water to fill the machine which can make it difficult to use while traveling.

Traditional Floss

Traditional floss has been around since the 1800’s and is still considered one of the best products to use for dental hygiene. The string works to remove bacteria, plaque, and unwanted food particles from between teeth and the gum line that brushing does not. Traditional floss is also affordable, easy to control and portable. However, it can be difficult to reach areas in the back of the mouth. It can also cause minor bleeding and gum sensitivity — especially if it’s not used on a regular basis.

TOOTHBRUSHES

Electric Toothbrush

An electric toothbrush has become increasingly popular over the past decade for a variety of good reasons. Studies have shown that people who use an electric toothbrush develop less plaque and are at a lower risk of developing gum disease. They are also very easy to use and are a great option for children and adults who have trouble brushing their teeth completely. However, an electric toothbrush does come with some caveats. Because it’s electric, it must be charged which makes traveling with it a chore. It’s also much bulkier than a manual toothbrush and can be expensive to replace.

Traditional Toothbrush

Like traditional floss, a manual toothbrush still does a good job of keeping teeth and gums clean. A manual toothbrush is also a relatively cheaper and more reliable compared to its electric counterpart. Not to mention your Boise dentist will provide you with a new one each time you visit Summit Dental for an exam and cleaning. They also come in a variety of color and size choices depending on your individual needs and preferences. With a manual toothbrush, there is no need to worry about charging it or replacing batteries and is small enough to travel with comfortably. However, with a manual toothbrush, you will have to do all the work and use proper techniques to clean teeth effectively.

SO WHICH IS BETTER?

Determining which oral hygiene product is best depends on your personal preference. Simply put, what feels better for your mouth? Do you prefer the ease of a water flosser and an electric toothbrush or do you prefer the traditional and affordable options of floss and a manual toothbrush? Even with constant dental studies performed, there is no real winner. Instead, each of these products will do the job well. The most important thing is consistency and visiting your Boise dentist on a regular basis to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

SUMMIT DENTAL GROUP

It’s important to spend a little time researching the oral health care products you use to maintain the long-term health of your teeth and gums. 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, knowing how crucial this is to 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.

If you are looking for safe, effective oral health care services, contact us at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment.

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Boise Dental: The Truth Behind Oral Health Care Products

Boise Dental: The Truth Behind Oral Health Care Products

We’ve all seen the advertisements and television commercials for oral health care products that claim to make your smile healthy and beautiful. These include whitening strips, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and chewing gum. Even more, many of these products are easy to find at your local grocery store and come in a variety unique flavors while promising fast results. However, many of these products can actually be harmful to your teeth over time. That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental would like to keep you informed and educated about the truth behind many of these popular over-the-counter oral health care products.

Over-The-Counter Whitening Strips

Whitening strips come in a wide variety of brands and promise fast, easy results. Easily applied they claim to whiten your smile in a few as two weeks. The truth behind whitening strips is that they contain hydrogen peroxide, which works to whiten your teeth by penetrating the porous enamel. Hydrogen peroxide then produces oxygen that reacts with the discolored enamel of your teeth to chemically change it, providing you with temporary results. However, this chemical reaction can weaken the outer layer of your enamel, causing it to erode over time. In some cases, the damage done can be permanent. Teeth can also become darkened and more susceptible to staining than they were before.

It is far better to seek out a teeth whitening treatment from a Boise dental professional. Your Boise dentist will check your teeth to ensure they are healthy and that discoloration isn’t the result of something far more serious than staining. Whitening under the supervision of a Boise dentist can also prevent burns and other potential damage that many over-the-counter products can cause.

Whitening Toothpaste

Using a whitening toothpaste may seem like the easiest way to control unwanted stains. However, whitening toothpaste can also cause permanent damage your teeth. That’s because many kinds of whitening toothpastes contain tiny abrasive particles that remove stains by scratching the outer surface of your enamel. After scratching away the stained layer of your teeth the layer below the stain starts to appear whiter. However, this can result in the loss of enamel which can lead to tooth decay and other expensive Boise dental procedures. That’s why you should always consult with your Boise dentist about what toothpastes they suggest using and more importantly the safe teeth whitening treatments they provide.

Hard-Bristled Toothbrushes

Some people think that a hard-bristled toothbrush is a perfect tool for obtaining a whiter, brighter smile. However, they can actually damage your teeth. While toothpaste is already somewhat abrasive, adding the harsh scrubbing of a hard-bristled toothbrush can further scrape away your enamel. Additional damage can also be caused if you brush your teeth soon after eating or drinking something acidic. Acid softens the enamel of our teeth making the top layer much more susceptible to erosion. That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental always suggest using a soft-bristled toothbrush for the best and safest results.

Chewing Gum

Some brands of chewing gum use xylitol instead of sugar as their main ingredient. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can help prevent cavities and reduce plaque. However, there are some negative effects of chewing gum on a regular basis. For people that chew gum in excess, sticky residue can be left behind making your teeth the ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Gum can also potentially pull out fillings while stressing the jaw over time. Instead of chewing gum, you may want to consider the occasional sugar-free breath mint to help freshen your breath while increasing bacteria-fighting saliva production.

Summit Dental Group

It’s important to spend a little time researching the oral health care products you use to maintain the long-term health of your teeth and gums. 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, knowing how crucial this is to 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.

If you are looking for safe, effective oral health care services, contact us at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment.

 

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