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 #1 Dentist in the Best of Treasure Valley Awards for the second year in a row! 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 at Summit Dental Group! We try our best to make each visit fun and enjoyable for all of our patients!
“Best of Treasure Valley voters know that Summit Dental Group takes dentistry to new heights. The team of dentists, hygienists, assistants and front-office staff all work together to provide patient visits that are fun and enjoyable. And yes, Summit believes you can enjoy going to see them. From routine exams to crowns and bridges, Summit’s goal is to have you leave their office with a smile!”
Summit Dental would like to announce that Dr. Skip Pierce has retired from our practice as of December 16th, 2015. Skip was a wonderful addition to our dental office and always took wonderful, professional care of our patients and their families. As a compassionate and caring person devoted to his family and his practice, Skip was known for treating his patients like family while having improved the quality of dental care within the Treasure Valley community for over 40+ years. It is because of Dr. Pierce that three of our current dentists: Carson Mooney, Lance Ritchie, and Zac Richardson all decided to go into the field of dentistry having once been young patients of his own.
Dr. Pierce began practicing dentistry in 1974 having graduated from the University of Idaho in 1969 and the University of Washington Dental School in 1974. Dr. Pierce is a former president and member of the Idaho State Dental Board as well as a former president and member of the Idaho Delta Dental Insurance Board. Skip was also a Boise school board member for 12 years, as well as a one time board member of the YMCA.
Everyone at Summit Dental Group feels incredibly grateful for having worked with him and for the service and opportunity Dr. Pierce provided to so many while enriching everyone’s life that had contact with him in the process. He will always be remembered as a hardworking, committed, and friendly person. He is a true example to look for and follow. We will all truly miss his wonderful presence in our office and we wish him all of the best in his retirement!
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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!
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After being honored last year as Boise’s #1 Dentist, Summit Dental has once again made the nomination list for the 2016 Best of Treasure Valley Awards! We are so grateful and honored by our wonderful patients for the nomination, and would like to extend a HUGE “Thank You” for your support!
Voting is now open and runs through 4/24! Winners will be announced in June! Click the following link to be taken to the Idaho Statesman’s voting page:
After being honored last year as Boise’s #1 Dentist, Summit Dental has once again made it to the top 10 nomination list for the 2016 Best of Treasure Valley Awards! We are so grateful and honored by our wonderful patients for the nomination, and would like to extend a HUGE “Thank You” for your support!
Click the following link to be taken to the Idaho Statesman’s nomination page. Voting opens 3/24 and runs through 4/24! Winners will be announced in June!
4 Things to Do After a Dentist Visit
So you got a few hours off from work for your Boise dentist visit, and you want to wait for the anesthetic to wear off a little more before you head back to the office. Here are some things you can do after your visit!
1. Get Some Ice Cream
Image via Flickr by nan palmero
Just north of our office is the amazing Goody’s Soda Fountain, where you can get old-fashioned homemade ice cream and sundaes. If you are more of the frozen yogurt type, head to Blue Cow just southeast of us. Looking for more desserts? Check out this article for more of our favorite dessert places.
2. Go to the Park
If you’ve got kids with you, walk across the bridge over the Boise River to Ann Morrison Park. Bring a picnic blanket and lay out in the sun if you are tired, and let your kids run around the grassy areas. You can also follow the Boise River just a little bit south to the Julia Davis Park, which has beautiful gardens, a playground, and a duck pond.
3. Go to a Movie
If you don’t want to lounge on the couch at home, you can relax and watch the latest releases at the Regal Boise Downtown Stadium. More of an indie moviegoer? The Flicks is located just on the edge of Julia Davis Park. Watch a movie on one of its four screens, or rent an indie movie to take home.
4. Visit a Museum
If you are feeling energetic and curious, take advantage of your time off and visit one of the many museums in the downtown area. Within the Julia Davis Park, there are three museums: the Idaho State Historical Museum, the Black History Museum, and the Boise Art Museum. Go just two blocks north, and you’ll find yourself at the Basque Museum.
Where would you go if you had some free time after a dentist visit?
We Need Your Help!
We have recently added two new fish to the Summit Dental Family. They are unique looking (tie-dye-esque) mandarin fish and we need help naming them. Please comment on this blog or visit our Facebook page and let us know what you think we should name them. We are at a loss….. Thanks in advance for the ideas! We’ll let you know what we land on.
We found this image online and were immediately intrigued! This chart breaks down spending on health for Americans way back in 1997. What do you think about the numbers? Do you think the percentages have shifted today?
Percent distribution of 1996 health expenses by type of service. Image via U.S. Department of Health
Dental Care at 7 Percent of Total Medical Expenses
Back in the 1990s, it looks like dental care came in at just under ten percent of national health expenses. The highest percentages—37 percent and 32 percent respectively—were held by inpatient care and ambulatory care. Of course, another study taken by the U.S. Department of Health in 2004 estimated that only 43 percent of Americans went to the dentist at all, so that may be affecting the numbers.
Are Your Dental Visits Preventative or Diagnostic?
This same 2004 study by the Department of Health also found that more people (89 percent of people, in fact!) made a diagnostic appointment (that is, to solve a problem or pain) than a preventative appointment (where a dentist checks to see that teeth are healthy and cleans them to keep them healthy longer). Hopefully in the last ten years patients have come to recognize more and more the importance of preventative care—then you never get to the diagnostic point!
What Do You Pay Out of Pocket?
While the biggest national medical expense was for inpatient care, most people paid less than two percent out of pocket, which gives inpatient care a fairly expensive price tag. Dental care however, was paid out of pocket about half the time (51 percent). And that was back in the 1990’s. With new health care laws requiring that children’s preventative dental care be included in coverage, Americans are looking at even more coverage for dental care in the coming years. That preventative care includes “teeth cleaning, X-rays and fillings, and medically necessary orthodontics,” according to the Washington Post.
How do you think your medical expenses pile up in a pie chart? Is your biggest expense inpatient care? Medication? Supplies? Let us know at your next preventative appointment!
Dr . Ritchie, Jen and Kellie from our Summit Dental team are volunteering to provide dental treatment to Cambodian islanders. So proud of our staff! They are joinging a group of volunteers from International Medical Relief this September to provide care to those in need. Help us out by buying a t-shirt to support the cause, donating online and attend our “Beers for Brushes” event hosted by Crooked Fence Brewery in Boise.
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Watch Dr. Ritchie talk about the trip on Channel 6 news! http://www.kivitv.com/goodmorningidaho/Local-dentist-heading-to-Cambodia-to-offer-free-dental-care-219563981.html
International Medical Relief has been invited by the Cambodian government to treat a population of nearly 2,000 islanders who have not had access to healthcare since the Khmer Rouge ended in 1979. September 7th-15th they will be treated by volunteers– a team of doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, etc. for the first time in nearly 34 years!
Purchasing a T-shirt will help the cause!! *AVAILABLE IN SIZES SMALL – XL* See flyer below. Donations can be accepted at our office in Boise. Thanks in advance for all of your help!
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