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Boise Dental Teething Tips For Your Baby

Boise Dental Teething Tips For Your Baby

Teething isn’t an enjoyable experience for babies or their parents. While some babies’ teeth will erupt without any problems, it can be a long and painful process for others. Aside from providing your child with plenty of TLC, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental want to provide you with the following dental tips to help care for your little one’s mouth during the teething phase.

The Signs And Symptoms Of Teething

It’s normal for your child to be rather fussy and irritable when he/she finally starts teething. Some common symptoms are a decrease in appetite, increased drooling, and difficulty sleeping. It’s also normal for them to develop a slight temperature increase while teething. However, high-grade fevers are not normal. If your baby seems overly cranky or has a high fever, it’s important to take them to the doctor.

Teething is different for each child. While the average time for teeth to appear is around 4 – 6 months, teething can begin anywhere between 3 – 12 months.

Keep Your Child Comfortable With These Boise Dental Tips

While your baby may seem inconsolable while teething, below are a few Boise dental tips to help soothe and ease their pain:

  • Massage their gums. Counter pressure helps to ease teething pain.

  • Give your baby teething rings or toys. Even a simple chilled washcloth can help. Chewing helps soothe a baby as counter pressure helps to relieve pain. However, it’s important to never freeze toys or rings. Instead, you can simply refrigerate them to keep them cool.

  • Relieve pain. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about pain relief if your little one seems to be having a difficult time. The appropriate dosage of Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be beneficial especially during painful teething episodes.

Keep in mind that while teething can be tough, it’s an important milestone just like crawling, walking, and talking. It shows that your little one is on the right developmental track!

Take Proper Care Of Teeth As They Appear

The ADA recommends taking your child to visit their Boise dentist as soon as their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday. Once teeth start to appear, you can also start brushing. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush your child’s teeth twice a day. Since babies and toddlers have not yet learned to not swallow toothpaste, you should only use water at this stage. No toothpaste is necessary unless recommended by your baby’s Boise dentist.

We’re Here To Help From The Very Beginning

Good oral care starts at the very beginning of your child’s life. At Summit Dental Group, we’re here to help you every step of the way! If you have any questions concerning infant oral care or teething, call or make an appointment with us today. Baby teeth may be small but they’re important! Our dentists and dedicated group of staff can’t wait to see your little one’s bright smile!

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A Helpful Guide To Easing Your Boise Dental Anxiety

A Helpful Guide To Easing Your Boise Dental Anxiety

Many people throughout the Treasure Valley avoid visiting their Boise dentist because they suffer from dental anxiety or are ashamed of their smile. However, it’s important to understand that dental anxiety is a very commonly shared fear. That’s why Summit Dental Group would like you to know you are not alone while providing you with the following helpful techniques to overcome your dental anxiety.

Understanding Boise Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety affects thousands of people and it’s easy to understand why. You aren’t visiting your Boise dentist for fun. In fact, fear of pain or general embarrassment can produce unwanted anxiety in the calmest of people. The important thing, however, is to recognize that these fears are very common and that dentists encounter this fear with people every day.

While dental anxiety is an internal fear, it’s not all in your head. Anxiety can lead to a faster heart rate, difficulty breathing, tension in your muscles, and many other physical symptoms. While it’s important to learn to cope with your dental anxiety, it’s also just as important to understand that it is a real issue and that your feelings are valid.

Coping Techniques

With that being said, dental anxiety does have to be subdued in order to maintain optimal oral health. In fact, it’s important for everyone to get the quality dental care they need to eliminate pain and prevent or treat serious tooth or gum issues. Below are a few helpful techniques you can use to help you deal with your Boise dental anxiety.

  • Talk about your fears. Vocalizing your fears or writing them down can help you recognize what scares you. By exploring your anxiety, you may find the things that cause it less concerning.
  • Find a good Boise dentist. Some dentists in the Treasure Valley are better than others when it comes to keeping patients calm. You may need to find a dentist office that offers a variety of helpful distractions such as movies and music.
  • Don’t go alone. Taking someone with you that you trust can help keep you calm with their reassuring presence. However, it’s important your friend or family member doesn’t suffer from their own dental anxiety.
  • Practice mindfulness. When you start to feel yourself becoming anxious, counter these feelings of fear by taking deep breaths and focusing on what’s around you. Often, if you counter the anxiety through breathing you will reduce other physical symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat.
  • Inform your dentist.  At Summit Dental, we help patients of all ages who are affected by dental anxiety. By informing your dentist of your fears, we can help provide you with all the information you need about your procedure while ensuring a pleasant experience.

When it comes to addressing your individual needs, you may need to try a combination of these things in order to calm your nerves completely.

Summit Dental Group

At Summit Dental, our dentists will work with you to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. We understand that dealing with dental anxiety isn’t easy but it is necessary. There are many things we do that are critical to maintaining your dental and overall health. If you haven’t visited a dentist in a while, contact us by filling out our online form or giving us a call for a consultation today.

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How Dieting Can Affect Your Dental Health

How Dieting Can Affect Your Dental Health

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Did you know that some of the foods and drinks you consume to lose weight can affect your teeth? That’s right, many of the things you consume while on a diet contain high levels of acid which can eat at your enamel, cause discoloration, and lead to gum recession. The same goes for many different cleanses, juices, and shakes that contain very high levels of acid. These acids can, in turn, lead to sensitive teeth, tooth decay, and gum damage.

That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the following information concerning your teeth and dieting.

Soft Drinks

In addition to staying away from an abundance of acid-based foods and drinks, it’s very important to know how harmful diet sodas truly can be. People around the Treasure Valley often choose diet sodas in order to avoid the sugar and calories in regular soda. However, you may not realize that these sodas contain high acid levels that can cause major damage to your teeth. In fact, when patients consume diet soda, their teeth are constantly being exposed to high levels of acid. Because of this, drinking too much soda of any kind can lead to oral health problems in the near future.

Other Foods & Drinks

Popular energy and sports drinks contain high levels of acids. However, it’s important to note that energy drinks like Monster and Redbull are especially harsh on teeth compared to sports drinks like Gatorade. Many salad dressings that contain vinegar can also be highly acidic, which can cause people to have bad tooth retention.

Preventing Tooth Damage

So, how are you supposed to avoid damaging your teeth while dieting? At Summit Dental Group, our Boise dentists try to educate our patients of the products they eat and drink and how often they are consuming them.  Furthermore, in order to get the best advice on how to care for your teeth, it’s important to talk with your dentist about the type of diet you may be on. Healthy teeth are just as important as a healthy body. If you have any questions regarding the effect your diet may be having on your oral health, make it a point to ask early on.

Summit Dental Group

If you would like to learn more about the Boise dental services we offer, contact Summit Dental Group by filling out our online form, or call us at (208) 345-8962 today.

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Boise Dental Tips To Preventing Gum Disease

Boise Dental Tips To Preventing Gum Disease

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Every time you eat and drink without properly brushing and flossing your teeth every day, you leave behind harmful bacteria that eats at your teeth and gums. That’s why the dentists at Summit Dental Group recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. When bacteria gets left behind on your teeth, it forms into a sticky film called plaque which can lead to tooth decay and gingivitis. That’s why we’d like to provide you with the following Boise dental tips to preventing gum disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

One of the leading causes of gum disease is prolonged exposure to plaque and tartar. However, these things can be prevented by brushing and flossing after meals. Brushing helps to remove them from your teeth and gums, thus protecting against gingivitis. Flossing is just as important because it helps to remove things between teeth that a toothbrush may have missed. Even if you are unable to brush and floss your teeth after every meal, it’s important to swish your mouth with water to help remove bacteria and leftover food particles.

Untreated Gum Disease

Gingivitis is recognized by red, swollen, and sensitive gums. However, gingivitis is usually very treatable. When visiting your Boise dentist for regular teeth cleanings, we can advise you on the best hygiene practices to care for your gums. This can include brushing with a sensitive toothpaste, flossing regularly, and using medicated mouthwashes. Failing to treat gum disease, however, can lead to periodontitis.

Symptoms of Periodontitis

If bacteria is left to fester in your mouth, it will cause damage to your teeth and gums. As a part of our natural immune system process, our bodies will attempt to fight off these bacteria colonies by breaking down the bone and connective tissues in our mouths. This can cause some serious and very painful symptoms including:

  • Inflammation
  • Receding gum line
  • Pockets behind your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Infected abscesses

Furthermore, several studies have shown a link between gum disease and our cardiac health. That’s why it’s very important to visit your Boise dentist if you are experiencing any inflammation, bleeding gums, or any other symptoms of gum disease.

Summit Dental Group

Preventing tooth decay and gum disease starts with proper oral care. By visiting Summit Dental Group for your regular teeth cleanings, you will ensure your mouth and smile is clean and healthy. Schedule an appointment today by filling out our online form or call us at (208) 345-8962.

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Boise Dental Tips For Replacing Your Toothbrush

Boise Dental Tips For Replacing Your Toothbrush

Boise Dental Toothbrush Recommendations

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

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

Why Brushing Your Teeth Is Important

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

Boise Dental Recommendations

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

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

Replacing Your Toothbrush

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

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

Summit Dental Teeth Cleanings

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

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Boise Dental Sealants & Your Children’s Teeth

Boise Dental Sealants & Your Children’s Teeth

Boise Dental Sealants

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

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

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

Cavity Prevention

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

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

A Simple Solution

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

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

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

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

Summit Dental Group

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

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Teaching Kids Good Boise Dental Habits

Teaching Kids Good Boise Dental Habits

Establishing Healthy Boise Dental Habits

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

Dental Care For Infants

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

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

Visit Your Boise Dentist

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

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

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

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

Teaching Good Dental Habits

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

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

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

Summit Dental Group

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

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Boise Dentist: Common Causes Of Bad Breath

Boise Dentist: Common Causes Of Bad Breath

Bad breath is a problem that most people experience at least once in their lifetime. But for some, bad breath is something they struggle with daily. That’s why Summit Dental would like to help you identify the many common causes of bad breath and provide you with the following tips to treat them.

Poor Dental Hygiene

There are many strains of bacteria that can cause bad breath. Even worse, the mouth is the perfect environment for them to grow, especially when plaque and food debris aren’t properly removed. That’s why it’s important to maintain proper dental hygiene to prevent bad breath from happening. This includes brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once a day. You can also use a tongue scraper to help remove additional bacteria and food debris from your tongue for extra freshness.

Oral Disease

Bad breath can also be caused by infection, tooth decay, and gum disease. Signs to look out for include tooth pain and bleeding or puffy gums. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to visit your Boise dentist as soon as possible to get treated properly.

Diet

Certain foods that you eat can cause unwanted bad breath. It’s that simple. Even worse, the odors can linger long after you’ve eaten them. These include onion, garlic, and other smelly foods that enter your bloodstream and proceed to your lungs once they are digested thus affecting how your breath smells. If you suspect the foods you eat are the cause of your bad breath, you may want to try eliminating them temporarily to see if that helps.

Dry Mouth

Saliva by nature helps to hydrate and cleanse your mouth. When saliva is low it can lead to bad breath. This is especially common in the morning when the mouth dries out during sleep. Other causes of dry mouth include the regular use of certain medications. If you notice any symptoms of dry mouth, it’s important to talk with your Boise dentist to see what solutions they can offer. Even more, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Smoking

Smoking is known to cause many serious diseases including lung and oral cancers. Even more, it can cause unwanted bad breath by reducing the flow of saliva and promoting gum disease. That’s why it’s important to quit smoking (and tobacco use in all forms) to ensure your dental and overall health.

Summit Dental Group

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment to find a solution for your bad breath, contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962. Our Boise dentists would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and assess the overall health of your teeth and gums.

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Boise Dentist Tips: How To Reduce Dental Anxiety

Boise Dentist Tips: How To Reduce Dental Anxiety

We’ve all experienced it to one degree or another. It’s time for a visit to your Boise dentist and anxiety sets in. While dental anxiety can be distressing, it’s something completely normal that many people throughout the Treasure Valley struggle with. However, letting this anxiety go can be a challenge for anyone who experiences it. That’s why Summit Dental would like to provide you with the following tips and guidelines to help ease your dental anxiety.

Dental Anxiety Signs & Symptoms

Dental anxiety can be felt well before an appointment with your Boise dentist is scheduled. It can include a general sense of dread, panic, and fear at the mere mention of getting your teeth cleaned. This type of anxiety can be further increased as your appointment approaches or as you are sitting in the waiting room. While there is no main reason why people experience these feelings of anxiety there are a few things to help you and it all starts with one simple step.

Relief Starts With Communication

The first step to overcoming your dental anxiety is acknowledging that you have it in the first place. While this isn’t always easy for those who experience anxiety, it’s important to inform your Boise dentist that you struggle with it. Many patients throughout the Treasure Valley can go years without visiting their dentist due to their apprehension.

Whether you are getting a regular cleaning, checkup, or necessary treatment, it’s important to mention your anxiety at the start of the appointment. Why? The dentists at Summit Dental Group are compassionate about your feelings and want to accommodate you as much as possible to ensure you feel comfortable thus lessening your fears in the future.

How Your Boise Dentist Can Help

Your Boise dentist can help aid in reducing your feelings of dental anxiety in many ways. Once we are aware of the issue, we can provide you with updates on what we are doing throughout any procedure with us. We will also take the time to ask how you are doing and whether or not we need to stop and take a moment’s break to help you relax. This helps many patients evaluate their treatment and reduce their dental anxiety.

Ask A Friend Or Family Member To Come With You

Aside from talking to your Boise dentist about your anxiety, you can ask a friend or family member to come with you. At Summit Dental Group, we don’t want you to feel alone. With the added support of a loved one, those dealing with anxiety are more able to keep their appointment with us which in turn keeps their smiles healthy and beautiful. Even more, many people realize after their treatment that their visit wasn’t as bad as they originally feared. The best part? Once you stand up to anxiety, many feelings of anxiety will subside once you go through the experience.

Summit Dental Group

While there is no one-size-fits-all-solution for dental anxiety, you don’t have to feel like you are alone or jeopardize your oral health by avoiding your dentist out of fear. As we covered above, it all starts with simple communication, a helping hand from a trusted loved one, and the kind support of our Boise dentists. At Summit Dental Group, we offer both quality communication and quality care around your dental anxiety. Contact us today to see how we are different and to schedule an appointment today.

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The Gross Truth About Skipping Boise Dental Cleanings

The Gross Truth About Skipping Boise Dental Cleanings

It’s pretty common for people in the Treasure Valley to put off their Boise dental cleanings because they either forget or they are trying to save money. In fact, more than ⅓ of U.S adults haven’t visited their dentist in the past year.

Dental cleanings, however, are a surprisingly easy and affordable form of preventive care. Even more, once you make regular visits to your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group, the more likely your teeth will become whiter and healthier in the process.

Eliminate The Guessing Game

Before a teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist will use a small mirror to inspect your mouth. This allows them to look for issues like gingivitis and oral cancer.

No one wants to learn that they have major issues with their oral health that need fixing. However, the sooner a problem is discovered, it can be remedied. Treatment can also be much less extensive and expensive rather than if a problem is left ignored. What’s more, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental will work with you to provide you with the individualized care you need. By being honest with your dentist, you can replace any anxiety you may feel with certainty and a game plan to fix any issues.

Maintain A Beautiful Smile

At home, we take the time to brush and floss to keep our teeth clean and healthy. Doing so removed any gunky film that’s formed when bacteria mixes with leftover food particles that can compromise your tooth enamel and lead to unwanted cavities.

When we fail to remove plaque from our teeth, it can harden into tartar. Tartar is a rough, porous substance that forms at the base of your teeth near the gum line. Along with being gross to look at, tartar can cause receding gums and gum disease.

Because tartar bonds like cement to our teeth, it needs to be professionally removed with special dental tools. A professional dental cleaning will remove plaque and tartar as well as any trapped food particles.

Enjoy Better Breath

Bad breath. We’ve all encountered this unpleasant phenomenon in others, but often we are unable to detect our own case of halitosis. If your mouth is loaded with bacteria, the kind that fosters gum disease, you are likely walking around with bad breath.

Admit it. We’ve all experienced bad breath. By getting a professional teeth cleaning and caring for your teeth in between appointments, you won’t only stave off cavities and gum disease, you will also enjoy the benefits of fresher breath. This, in turn, will make people want to be closer to you rather than farther away.

Caring For Your Teeth

At Summit Dental, we recommend visiting our office at least 2x a year to keep your teeth healthy and looking their best. In between visits, it’s important to care for your teeth at home by:

  • Brushing your teeth 2x a day.
  • Flossing at least once a day (at bedtime) to remove plaque and leftover food particles.
  • Replacing your toothbrush every 3 months or when you’ve been sick.

If it’s time for your next teeth cleaning, we invite you to contact us at (208) 345-8962 today to make an appointment. Our individualized services and care environment is something to smile about. See you soon!

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