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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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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: 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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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 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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Boise Dental Tips For Recognizing Gum Disease

Boise Dental Tips For Recognizing Gum Disease

Your Boise dentist will tell you that healthy teeth depend on healthy gums. Gum disease is a common condition that can range from simple inflammation to significant tissue and bone loss. However, with proper dental hygiene and professional Boise dental treatments, you can manage gum disease while improving your health and saving your teeth in the process. That’s why Summit Dental would like to provide you with the following indications of gum disease.

Recognizing Gingivitis

A mild form of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that’s caused by bacteria. While bacteria in the mouth is normal, it can build up with mucus and food particles causing plaque to form. Without adequate Boise teeth cleanings, plaque can harden into tartar which can inflame the gums. With gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen, and tend to bleed easily.  

Recognizing Periodontitis

When gingivitis goes untreated it can turn into periodontitis. This causes an inflammation of the gums that cause them to pull away from the teeth. The pockets between the gums and teeth can then become infected. Bacteria can also enter the bloodstream. Eventually, teeth can loosen and fall out. They may also need to be removed to prevent additional problems.

Other Gum Disease Symptoms

If you suspect you have gum disease or if you have the following symptoms, it’s important to visit your Boise dentist:

  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Bleeding caused by brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding Gums
  • Loose or sensitive teeth

Treating Gum Disease

Dental hygiene is a critical part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. That’s why it’s important to brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your Boise dentist for regular cleanings and exams. Even if you do have gum disease, it can be reversed with proper care. At Summit Dental we can provide you with a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planning for those who suffer from gum disease. During this treatment, tartar is scraped from the tooth below and above the gum line. Bacteria and other rough spots are also removed. Medications may be prescribed or mouthwashes may be recommended to limit and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. In severe cases, surgery may be required and teeth may need to be removed.

Summit Dental Group

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

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Teaching Kids About Boise Dental Health

Teaching Kids About Boise Dental Health

Parents throughout the Treasure Valley have probably tried every type of motivation — reasoning, nagging, threatening, and even bribery — to get their kids to do things that are good for them. This includes eating vegetables, doing their homework, and brushing their teeth.

Boise Dental Care Is Important

Good Boise dental care is about more than a beautiful smile. First and foremost, it contributes to our self-confidence — and what parent doesn’t want their child to feel happy, confident, and proud of themselves?

What you may not realize, however, is that good Boise dental health greatly contributes to their long-term overall health. Poor dental health is directly linked to diseases including diabetes, obesity, and even heart disease. That’s why it’s important to encourage your children to take care of their teeth. Doing so will set them up for a lifetime of good dental and whole-body health.

Focus On The Big Picture By Starting Early

The best way to teach your child about their dental health is to start early. When they are babies, it’s important to wipe their gums with a soft, wet washcloth after feedings. Once their teeth start to come in, make sure to brush them at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and water.

Around the age of two, a child can start to learn to brush their teeth on their own. However, it’s important that they don’t use fluoride toothpaste until they learn not to swallow it. You can also have them start flossing around the same time. If they haven’t visited their Boise dentist yet, now is the time to make an appointment!

While children don’t have the coordination to brush and floss their teeth like an expert, the key is to teach them by building good Boise dental habits early in life.

Help Them Understand The Basics

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss every day
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit their Boise dentist regularly

Make it fun!

What parent hasn’t been able to turn a boring or unpleasant chore into something fun like a game? We all have! Below are a few ideas if you need some inspiration to make it more fun:

  • Use a sand timer to see who can brush their teeth the longest. Whoever wins gets a sticker!

  • Kids like to feel like they have choices — so let them pick out a toothbrush at the store with their favorite character on it or a toothpaste flavor they want to try.

  • Give plenty of praise and rewards — just not candy.  

Summit Dental Group

Good oral hygiene at an early age is the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. That’s why there is no substitute for the time you spend with your children while teaching them the fundamentals of caring for their teeth and gums.

At Summit Dental Group, we are here to help. When you bring your child in for a visit, let us know if there are any concerns or issues you’d like to discuss. We promise to make sure your child’s smile is healthy while providing them with a positive, friendly and age-appropriate dental experience each and every time they come to visit us.

If you would like more information about ways to boost your child’s Boise dental health or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (208) 345-8962 today!

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Boise Dental Tips for Seniors

Boise Dental Tips for Seniors

As we get older, it’s easy to think that parts of our bodies will simply “wear out”. This is especially true when it comes to our teeth. However, nothing can be farther from the truth. By taking care of your teeth and gums, you can maintain a healthy mouth well into your senior years. Not only will you be able to eat delicious foods and smile confidently, you’ll set your body up for better overall health. That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the following dental tips for seniors.

Brush and Floss Often

First and foremost, it’s important to brush and floss at least twice a day. However, as you age, your teeth and gums require a little extra time and attention. After the age of 50, plaque can build up quickly and be more difficult to get rid of. That’s why you may want to start brushing your teeth after every meal. You should also brush your teeth when you wake up and before you go to bed.

Be Gentle on Your Gums

Healthy gums are an important part of a healthy body, regardless of your age. But it’s important to be gentle on your gums when taking care of them. Gum recession can cause the root surfaces of your teeth to become exposed. This can increase sensitivity and make them more susceptible to decay. That’s why you should always use a soft-bristle toothbrush when you brush.  

Clean Dentures Daily

Just like your teeth, dentures need to be cleaned daily. Cleaning your dentures will remove food particles and dental plaque while preventing stains. However, they cannot be cleaned with normal toothpaste. Toothpaste is abrasive and can damage dentures. That’s why you should always use a product specifically designed for dentures.

Watch for Side Effects of Medications

Many medications come with side effects that affect the mouth. One of the most common issues is dry mouth. Dry mouth cannot only accelerate tooth decay but cause gum disease as well. Without saliva to wash away plaque and neutralize acids, it’s important to keep an eye out for any changes to your teeth or gums. Always contact your Boise dentist if you notice any changes.

Drink Lots of Water

Drinking lots of water comes with numerous health benefits. Especially for your teeth and gums. Water helps rinse away and dilute acids produced by sugars and bacteria in your mouth. This, in turn, will help prevent cavities and tooth decay while making it easier for you to swallow.

Visit Your Boise Dentist Regularly

As you age, the nerves inside your mouth become less sensitive. That means you may have dental issues without even realizing it. Seeing your Boise dentist for regular cleanings and oral exams is important for maintaining your oral health into your senior years. Make sure to schedule an appointment at Summit Dental every six months or more frequently if you’re experiencing regular dental issues.

Contact us at (208) 345-8962 today!

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