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Boise Dental Teeth Damaging Habits

Boise Dental Teeth Damaging Habits

At Summit Dental, we know you care about the health of your teeth. You work hard to take care of them by brushing and flossing every day and visiting us for regular cleanings and exams. However, there are simple habits that can damage the integrity of your smile. That’s why we’d like to provide you with the following bad habits that many people throughout the Treasure Valley have that can ruin their teeth.

Chewing On Ice

While ice cubes help keep our drinks cool and refreshing during the summer, ice can potentially harm and even crack your teeth if you chew on it. Innocent enough, chewing on ice can actually cause tiny cracks in your teeth to develop which can turn into much bigger, more expensive problems down the road.

Biting Your Nails

Biting your nails not only puts you at risk of ingesting harmful bacteria and viruses, it can also chip your teeth and distort your jaw placement. While it’s a hard habit to break, doing so will provide you with healthy nails, while keeping you and your teeth healthy.

Using Your Teeth As Tools

We’re all guilty of using our teeth as tools when we don’t have scissors nearby. Unfortunately, using your teeth to open packages, bottles, or bite off tags can break or chip your teeth while damaging your current dental work.

Smoking

Smoking is an unhealthy habit that poses serious risks to both your Boise dental and overall health. Not only can nicotine hurt the enamel of your teeth, the smoke from cigarettes contains thousands of dangerous chemicals that can damage healthy cells and cause cancer.

Drinking Soda

People throughout the Treasure Valley typically enjoy drinking a can or more of soda a day. However, soda and other carbonated drinks can be very bad for your teeth. Like lemons, they contain acid and sugar that can damage the enamel of your teeth and cause tooth decay.

Brushing Aggressively

While it’s important to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, it can hurt your smile if you’re doing it too aggressively. Brushing and flossing too hard can erode your teeth and result in damage to your gums that can, in turn, cause them to recede. That’s why it’s important to be gentle when you floss and brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, not a hard or medium one.

Summit Dental Group

At Summit Dental, we understand how easy it can be to develop bad habits that can hurt your smile. However, once you identify them, they can be just as easy to break. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (208) 345-8962 today. Our dedicated team of Boise dentists would be more than happy any questions you may have while ensuring your smile is bright and healthy.

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Has Your Toddler Had A Boise Dental Exam?

Has Your Toddler Had A Boise Dental Exam?

If you have a toddler who hasn’t visited their Boise dentist yet, we invite you to make an appointment with us at Summit Dental Group. Our family dentistry believes that preventative care and education are extremely important to optimal dental health and welcome people of all ages.

The best time to make an appointment for your toddler is when their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. While this may seem a bit early, it is the best way to get them started on a path to lifelong dental health.

What Will Happen During Their Boise Dental Appointment?

While you may have some anxiety when it comes to your child’s first Boise dental visit, keep in mind that their checkup is usually short and involves very little treatment. Instead, think of it as a friendly meet and greet for your child. In fact, most of the time parents are invited to sit in a nearby chair and hold the hand of their child during their Boise dental examination. You can, however, choose to wait in the reception area so that a relationship can be built between your child and their Boise dentist. Really it’s up to you and your dentist.

During the exam, your Boise dentist may or may not have your child’s teeth cleaned but will check all of your child’s teeth for decay while looking for any potential problems and assess the need for fluoride depending on where you live and how much they are exposed too. Your Boise dentist will also educate you on how to care for your little one’s teeth and discuss dental development issues as well as answering any questions you may have.

After the first visit, your Boise dentist will suggest a schedule of follow-up visits. Typically dentists call for visits every six months depending on the oral health of your child.

Why Is Preventative Dental Care So Important?

According to a variety of national studies, more and more toddler aged children are getting cavities. In fact, many children are showing signs of tooth decay as early as age two. For children with an increased risk for dental problems, it’s important they receive a dental examination as early as possible. Below are some of the risk factors associated with tooth decay:

  • Sleeping with a bottle.
  • Drinking juice regularly throughout the day.
  • Abnormal tooth development.
  • Thumb sucking.
  • Tooth grinding.
  • Parents with significant tooth decay.
  • Other physical/oral health problems.

When you bring your child in, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental will analyze the condition of his or her teeth and identify and potential problems. Even more, it’s just as helpful for a parent to be educated of proper oral hygiene for their child. You can also learn more about some of the preventative services we offer, such as Boise dental sealants that can protect your child from cavities and tooth decay for up to 10 years.

Summit Dental Group

Make an appointment with our Boise dentists and bring your questions. Summit Dental Group in Boise provides family dentistry services as well as popular cosmetic dentistry services like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Contact us at (208) 345-8962 today!

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Boise Dental Tips For Camping Season

Boise Dental Tips For Camping Season

Living in Idaho, we all enjoy spending time outdoors during the summer while exploring all the beautiful spaces our great state has to offer. Whether you’re off to the lake, camping in the mountains with the kids, or heading out on the next big adventure, caring for your teeth can easily become an overlooked task while traveling. However, maintaining your Boise dental health this summer can be easy with just a little planning.

  1. Pack a Travel Size Toothbrush and Toothpaste – While it may seem obvious, many people forget to add these things to their checklists. With all the food, camping gear, and necessities going through your mind as you pack, a toothbrush and toothpaste are often a basic need that’s likely to be forgotten.
  2. Dental Floss – Flossing your teeth should never be a chore you take a vacation from. It’s just as important to do daily during your trip as brushing. Also, there is also nothing worse than getting something caught in your teeth and you don’t have any. Even worse, if you don’t pack it, you’re more likely to try and improvise with other things that may damage your teeth and gums.
  3. Bottled Water – Whether you’re boating on a lake, or camping in the mountains, it’s important to pack more water than you think you’ll need. Not only is it important to stay hydrated but you will need it for personal hygiene as well!

No matter where your summer adventures take you this summer, practicing good Boise dental habits is a must. If you find yourself unable to brush and floss your teeth for a few hours, it’s important to keep in mind that rinsing your mouth out with water, and chewing sugar-free gum can help remove food particles in your mouth while reducing the growth of unwanted bacteria. Either way, you look at it, you will thank yourself in the long run when you take a little extra time this summer taking care of your teeth & gums. Just because you may be roughing it, doesn’t mean you have to be rough on your teeth!

At Summit Dental we love all the happy, healthy Treasure Valley smiles out there. We strive to provide you with the very best Boise dental care, and wish you all a wonderful summer!

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Boise Dental Hygiene & Teeth Cleanings

Boise Dental Hygiene & Teeth Cleanings

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums. That’s why the dentists at Summit Dental Group would like to go over the following two key components to your oral hygiene regimen: at-home daily care and regular Boise dental office cleanings. Both must be completed diligently to prevent unwanted oral health issues from developing.

At-Home Daily Care

It’s imperative to brush and floss your teeth daily. Keep in mind that it’s just as important to use a soft toothbrush to avoid damaging your teeth and gums. Take the time to brush in small circles, holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. You should also brush for at least two minutes to make sure all the surfaces of your teeth are cleaned.

To floss properly, you can use basic dental floss by wrapping it around your middle fingers while grasping it between your index finger and thumb. While your middle fingers will maintain a firm grip on the floss, you can use your index fingers and thumbs to guide the floss gently between your teeth. Make sure to use an up-and-down sweeping motion and to floss below the gum line as well as along the sides of your teeth. You’ll also want to ensure that you floss between all the teeth in your mouth, even the hard to reach ones as best as you can.

Even better, there are a wide variety of flossing tools that can help you floss if you have trouble with basic string floss. These include waterpiks, soft gum flexible picks, and toothpick like flossers.

For children, it is especially important to teach them good oral hygiene practices as soon as possible to develop a lifetime of good dental habits. Encourage your child to brush as soon as he or she is comfortable handling a toothbrush. For smaller children, you will need to help them brush their teeth until they can effectively do it on their own.

Boise Dental Office Cleanings

Unfortunately, maintaining good dental hygiene practices at home isn’t enough to prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Daily at-home care must be supplemented with Boise dental office cleanings which will remove plaque and tartar which cannot be removed through regular brushing and flossing. The Boise dentists at Summit Dental recommend that you visit our downtown office at least twice a year for regular checkups and teeth cleanings. In the meantime, if you feel you may be developing a cavity or require treatment for gum disease, you may need to come into our office sooner.

During a routine dental cleaning, your Boise dentist will examine your teeth to identify any potential problem areas. X-rays will also be taken periodically to detect more serious oral health issues in the early stages of development. During this time, you may also be screened for oral cancer and checked for any TMJ problems.

Summit Dental Group

At Summit Dental Group, our Boise dentists provide comprehensive services for patients in Boise and throughout the Treasure Valley. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (208) 345-8962 today. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have while providing you with a healthy, beautiful smile in the process.

 

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Boise Dental: Signs Of An Abscessed Tooth

Boise Dental: Signs Of An Abscessed Tooth

Even when we take good care of our teeth by brushing and flossing daily and seeing our Boise dentist for regular cleanings and exams, accidents can happen that put us at risk for an abscessed tooth. Recreational sports or even something as innocent as biting down hard on a popcorn kernel can cause a chip or fracture in a tooth, which can then lead to an infection. If a dental infection isn’t treated, it can eventually lead to an abscessed tooth. That’s why Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the following signs of an abscessed tooth in order to seek vital attention in a timely manner.

Signs Of An Abscessed Tooth

Contact your Boise dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  1. Pain while chewing. Pain can quickly escalate and can range from mild to excruciating. Shooting pain is often a good sign of an abscessed tooth.

  2. Swollen, tender gums. Gum ddiscomfort isanother good indication of an abscessed tooth. As an abscess forms, pus can develop beneath the gum line causing pain, bleeding, and discomfort. Even worse, swelling can spread to your jaw, neck, and glands if left untreated.

  3. Bad foul breath. Persistent bad breath that doesn’t go away can be a sign that an infection is present in your mouth.

  4. Fever. When your body is attempting to fight off an infection, it will raise your temperature. A fever is a very strong indication of a dental problem that has progressed into an abscessed tooth.

Caring For An Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth will not go away on its own. If you experience any of the symptoms above, it’s important to make an appointment with your Boise dentist. At Summit Dental Group, we will examine and pinpoint the source of your dental pain, and discuss your treatment options. These can include antibiotics, incision, and drainage, a root canal or tooth extraction.

However, if you are experiencing extreme pain, high fever, or trouble breathing, it’s important to go directly to the nearest emergency room. Infections such as an abscessed tooth can quickly become serious if they are allowed to progress far enough where medical intervention is needed.

Never hesitate to make an appointment with your Boise dentist if you suspect you have an abscessed tooth. Prompt treatment is important to both your dental and overall health. If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Summit Dental at (208) 345-8962 today.

 

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Summit Dental Group Voted Best Dentists Office in Boise Weekly’s “Best of Boise” 2018 Awards!

Summit Dental Group Voted Best Dentists Office in Boise Weekly’s “Best of Boise” 2018 Awards!

“Once more, BW readers have placed Summit at the peak. The dental group has four dentists, eight hygienists, six dental assistants and six front office staff. The team promises to take care of the entire family’s dental needs, from preventative maintenance to periodontal services. Extra kudos to the professionals at Summit who have provided treatment in Cambodian villages 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! 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, 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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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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