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The Facts About Wisdom Teeth

The Facts About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth get their name because they are the last teeth in your mouth to develop and grow in (erupt). Often times the eruption of a wisdom tooth takes place during late teen years or for people in their early to mid 20’s, which is why they are often referred to by a Boise dentist as the age of “wisdom” – hence the name.

While once extremely useful, wisdom teeth serve very little purpose. In fact, in most cases, people rarely have room for them to grow in! The reason for this is because our diets have changed as we’ve evolved as humans. Food that we once ate was very course which caused our teeth to break & wear down so fast that they would take up less space in the jaw over time. Because food was so hard to chew, they were often lost at an early age which created more room in the mouth for wisdom teeth when they came in.

As the last set (third) of molars to grow in, wisdom teeth develop in the bones of the upper and lower jaws.  Typically people develop four wisdom teeth one on the upper and lower sides of the mouth. While not all people develop a full set (some only have one, two or three), wisdom teeth often become impacted (covered by gum or bone) which may lead to emergency wisdom teeth removal by a Boise dentist.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Boise

Erupting wisdom teeth can grow in at various angles in the jaw including horizontally which can lead to a variety of Boise dental symptoms. On/off pain is typically the most common. Partially emerged wisdom teeth are also extremely prone to infection as they are the hardest teeth to clean even with a professional Boise teeth cleaning, and often times become a magnet for bacteria.

Your Boise dentist may suggest wisdom teeth removal if they are causing you:

  • Pain
  • Repeated Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Damage to Nearby Teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Extensive Tooth Decay

While not all people need a Boise wisdom teeth removal. It depends heavily on whether or not there is enough room for them to grow in. Being able to keep your wisdom teeth also depends on whether or not you are able to properly care for them. However, people often choose to have a Boise wisdom teeth removal upon the recommendation of their Boise dentist while they are young in order to prevent any potential problems that may arise should they grow in. If you are experiencing any problems or symptoms due to the eruption of wisdom teeth, it is important to schedule a Boise dental exam, and talk with your Boise dentist about their wisdom teeth removal options.           


Important Reasons To Visit Your Dentist Even If Your Teeth Feel Great

Important Reasons To Visit Your Dentist Even If Your Teeth Feel Great

Your smile is important to us at Summit Dental! Even if your teeth look and feel great its important to check in with your Boise dentist for a Boise dental exam every six months in order to keep your smile healthy & happy while maintaining optimal oral health. At Summit Dental, our Boise dentist is proud to offer preventative procedures to ensure your there are no small problems that could quickly turn into much bigger & more expensive problems down the road.

Preventive dentistry helps to avoid things like cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. Gingivitis, periodontitis, enamel loss, and cavities can all be avoided or easily treated with proper dental care, and regular Boise dental exams. Children in particular benefit from visiting their Boise dentist regularly because prevention allows their newly developing teeth to grow in healthy and strong. Adults also benefit from preventative dentistry because it helps them to maintain their real teeth longer without the need for extractions or expensive dental restorations.

Hidden Issues Only Your Boise Dentist Can Find

Besides visiting your Boise dentist to prevent any potential Boise dental problems that may arise, another good reason is to check for hidden issues in your mouth that you may not even realize you have. There are a number of things to keep watch out for. Bacteria, tartar, and cavities are often times found in between teeth where they can remain undetected. If left untreated, cavities and decay get worse over time, requiring extensive, and often unwanted treatment that can cost more to have fixed than it would have to prevent. During a routine, Boise dental exam, our team of dentists will not only provide you with a Boise teeth cleaning but will be able to check your fillings and best smile restorations to make sure everything is in good shape.

Preventing problems before they start is essential in maintaining a healthy smile. Many times you can’t see or feel a variety of Boise dental problems until its too late. With proper dental hygiene, everyone can greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental problems while reducing the risk of secondary problems caused by poor oral health. This, in turn, can reduce the risk of secondary problems. Schedule regular Boise dental checkups and Boise teeth cleanings today to ensure the overall health of you & your mouth!


Keeping Smiles Healthy at School

Keeping Smiles Healthy at School

Between early morning drop-offs & establishing homework schedules with your kids this fall, keeping their teeth healthy while they’re at school may not be your #1 priority. While it may seem like a mundane task, packing an apple instead of a fruit roll-up or cookies in their lunch can help boost your child’s oral and overall health in addition to keeping unwanted cavities and unexpected Boise dental bills at bay.

Boise dentist, Dr. Robert Studebaker warns that too much sugar can cause bacteria in the mouth to generate acid which over time wears away enamel causing tooth decay (cavities). While kids love their sweets, moderation is important. Overconsumption can not only hurt their teeth but provides an addicting, temporary jolt for kids that is typically followed by a sugar “crash” leaving them hungry, and lethargic which isn’t how you want your kids to feel during afternoon classes.

Instead, your Boise dentist at Summit Dental recommends the following Boise dental recommendations to help keep smiles healthy before, during, and after school:

  • After breakfast, or before leaving for school, have your child thoroughly brush their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste to remove the buildup of problem causing bacteria in their mouth accumulated overnight while sleeping. Brushing after breakfast (or any meal) not only removes leftover food particles but helps to eliminate bad breath (halitosis) as well.
  • Fill your child’s lunchbox with healthy foods and snacks. Whole grain breads, lean meats, nuts, cheese, apples, or bite-sized carrots are not only healthy but help to clean the teeth and gums naturally. Remember that old saying “an apple a day helps to keep the doctor away”? The same goes with your Boise dentist.
  • If their school allows it, send your child to school with a couple sticks of sugar-free gum to chew before and after lunch to help stimulate saliva to buffer acid and dislodge leftover food particles stuck in between teeth.
  • Children with extensive Boise dental work such as braces or removable retainers should take care to brush their teeth and rinse any dental appliances after every meal in order to keep their teeth happy, and healthy.

In the end, make sure to schedule a Boise dental visit during the school year for a checkup & regular Boise teeth cleaning. Ask your Boise dentist about protecting your children’s teeth from cavities with options like sealants – a thin coating of translucent material that acts as a barrier to cavity-causing bacteria.



What To Do If Your Child Loses a Baby Tooth at School

What To Do If Your Child Loses a Baby Tooth at School

This autumn, families everywhere are falling back into the routine of going back to school. While we are all getting used to early morning drop-offs, and after-school homework schedules, what happens during school hours is usually out of our hands. Once the school bell rings, certain things are bound to happen, including the loss of a baby tooth.

If your child does in fact lose his or her first baby tooth at school, don’t worry! Most likely a celebration will be provided by the teacher and their classmates in light of reaching this mini-milestone as long as your child is prepared for the possibility.

Normally, most children lose their first baby tooth around the age of 5 or 6, but it can happen any time between the ages of 4-8 which leaves a high probability they might experience losing a baby tooth during class time.

Provide them with Boise dental information

Prepare your child for the possibility of losing a baby tooth by explaining why we lose our teeth and how it feels or what will happen so they’re not afraid or caught off guard. By now your child has most likely visited their Boise dentist for a Boise dental checkup or Boise teeth cleaning. If they don’t already know, start off by explaining to your child that we all develop two sets of teeth, our primary (baby) and secondary (permanent) teeth. Normally, permanent teeth will begin to grow in around the age of six (except for wisdom teeth) in a addition to their 12-year molars.

Teacher Alert!

If they happen to lose a baby tooth while in school, have your child notify their teacher. Not only will a teacher provide comfort & a tissue, they might indulge your child by taking a photo while providing them with a prize, and tooth-shaped carrier or baggie to bring the tooth home.

Boise Dentist Reward Ideas

Next, don’t forget to have your child put their tooth under their pillow at night for the tooth fairy to find! Aside from money there are other fun ways to reward your child. In addition to a couple of quarters (or dollars), your Boise dentist, Dr. Robert Studebaker would suggest leaving a fun, new toothbrush or other Boise dental care prize! In the end, make sure to care for your child’s overall dental health by establishing good brushing and flossing habits in addition to scheduling a Boise dental checkup every six months.


Identifying the Problem with Mouth Pain

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Not feeling well lately? Do you find yourself waking up to tooth or gum pain? Don’t underestimate how important a Boise dental care exam can be when it comes to mouth pain. Depending on the cause, immediate treatment might be the answer when it comes to preserving your smile and protecting your overall health.

While we know that sometimes a trip to your Boise dentist can be a stressful thought, it’s worse to delay treatment when it comes to potential Boise dental problems. Find out what’s really going on in your mouth. Chances are, the truth (in most cases) will probably be less scary than what you’ve imagined.

Common Causes of Oral Discomfort

Cavities – Cavities are holes that form when acids eat through the outer layer of a tooth’s surface. When caught early, they are easily treated but if left untreated can become infected requiring a root canal or extraction. If your tooth is crying out for help, don’t ignore it! Schedule an appointment with your Boise dentist today!

Gingivitis/periodontal disease – Not only does plaque cause cavities when it builds up on your teeth, your gums can suffer as well. Plaque promotes bacterial growth which can in turn inflame your gums. Aggravated gums are then prone to infection. If bacteria is able to invade the pockets that form between the gums and your teeth, your tooth loses stability which can lead to major problems.

TMJ disorder – Your occlusion is the alignment of your bite. If your jaws are aligned properly, your teeth fit together as they should and you can eat or chew without discomfort. Unfortunately, an overbite or underbite can lead to malocclusion. Long-term malocclusion can then lead to problems with jaw joint pain (TMJ). TMJ pain can be felt on either side of the face, as well as in front or slightly below the ears.

Bruxism – Chronic teeth grinding is another habit many people suffer from. Most people clench or grind at night. During a Boise dental exam, your Boise dentist will be able to recognize the signs of Bruxism, like worn enamel and receding gums. If your wake up in the morning with sore teeth and jaws, your most likely grinding your teeth at night.

Canker sores – Also known as an Aphthous ulcer, cankers sores are known to cause general discomfort but rarely lead to any serious problems. While it’s always important to discuss any dental problems with your Boise dentist, canker sores can easily be relieved with over-the-counter canker sore or pain medication like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.


Celebrities & their Best Smile Restorations

Celebrities & their Best Smile Restorations

Just because someone’s famous doesn’t mean they’re immune to seeking out proper dental care. In fact, at some point during their lives they had their now pearly whites either fixed or enhanced by means of cosmetic dentistry. Below are some good examples of celebs we love that would have looked quite differently today if they hadn’t sought out a best smile restoration:

1. Tom Cruise – Who can forget this young hunk from the wrong side of the tracks in “The Outsiders”? While his part as Steve Randle definitely helped jump start his movie-making career, his teeth at the time didn’t live up to movie star standards. Actually, it wasn’t until his “Mission Impossible” days that he upgraded to a full set of veneers. While our Boise dentist would like to take credit for his transformation, it was probably Nicole Kidman who finally convinced him to seek out his best smile restoration.

2. Jim Carrey – Who can forget the infamous Lloyd Christmas from our favorite “Dumb & Dumber” movie? This rubber-faced comedian famously sported a chipped front tooth which he later revealed was real. In fact, he chipped his tooth while in detention during his youth in grammar school and was sent home with the broken tooth in an envelope. For his role as Lloyd Christmas he later removed the cap in order to make his character even funnier.

3. Victoria Beckham – Once upon a time, “Posh Spice” from the “Spice Girls” had what some people might call as the “British Snaggle”. In fact, her teeth look a whole lot different now than they did at the beginning of her pop singing career. Her best smile restoration probably included what our Boise dentist would recommend as a little cosmetic dentistry.

4. Ed Helms – In the 2009 smash hit comedy, “The Hangover” Helm’s tiger stealing character “Stu” loses a tooth after taking a punch from Mike Tyson. In reality Helms actually pulled out what our Boise dentist would say was a dental implant by having the crown broken off and post unscrewed from the implant!

Remember, while you’re probably happy to hear that celebrities are in reality people like you and me, you too can have an Oscar-winning smile by simply brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting your Boise dentist. Broken or damaged teeth? Our Boise dentist has you covered. Make an appointment today to discuss your best smile restoration!


What Your Car and Teeth have in Common

What Your Car and Teeth have in Common

Minor Problems Turn into Costly Repairs

As a car owner, you probably already know how much a hassle it can be to keep it maintained. You also probably know how important it is to maintain your car so you don’t get stranded on the side of the road. In addition, minor problems that cost little money to fix can turn into expensive problems if left ignored.

The same goes for your teeth. We all want a perfect smile right? We also want a healthy smile. By taking care of your teeth & practicing proper oral hygiene small imperfections or dental problems can be easily fixed by scheduling a regular Boise dental exam.

Maintenance Requires Tune-ups & Boise Dental Exams!

We all know that routine maintenance like changing your oil, refilling your fluids and rotating your tires are an important part of extending the life of your automobile. Your teeth are just as important! Care for your teeth by scheduling a regular Boise dental exam!

Got a cracked or broken tooth? Consider scheduling a best smile restoration exam. Your Boise dentist will then be able to help you decide what kind of treatment would work best for you and your budget. From Boise crowns and bridges to other Boise cosmetic dentistry options, Summit Dental can help you fix minor problems before they turn into big ones!


Like cars, teeth require a bit of upkeep. It’s easy but requires some effort. While teeth are durable, little problems often turn into big ones when they are ignored. Taking proper care of them can make them last a whole lot longer. While there are a variety of Boise dental options to repair your teeth like Boise tooth implants, and Boise crowns and bridges, keep in mind that unlike your car, you can’t trade your natural teeth in for new ones. You only get one set of organic teeth. Take care of them, and they’ll take care of you!


How to make brushing fun for your kids

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No matter what your age, brushing can be boring. Unfortunately its one of those chores we have to do but don’t necessarily want to do. In fact, when it comes to a child, brushing their teeth can be quite mundane making it easy for them to forget or (gasp!) avoid…

At Summit Dental, our Boise dentist recommends taking the chore out of brushing your teeth by making it more engaging with the following tips & tricks to spice things up a bit. In the end there’s nothing worse than hearing the bad news that comes along with your child not brushing his or her teeth at their next Boise dental checkup.

Update Their Gear

We all know how it feels when we buy a new pair of shoes. As soon as we get out of the store we can’t wait to wear them and show them off. The same goes with toothbrushes. While our Boise dentist doesn’t suggest you go overboard on expensive toothbrushes, you can however take you child to pick out their new toothbrush. There are a variety of kinds with age appropriate themes and characters to choose from. The same goes with toothpaste and floss as well. Just by letting them pick out their own gear will boost some excitement when it comes time to brush!

Switch things up

Change their routine! If you can make it fun, chances are your kids are more apt to brush. Simply by changing the routine, you take the routine aspect out of it. Our Boise dentist suggests the following things you can try:

  • Encourage them to brush with the hand opposite of the one they usually brush with.

  • Have them floss before they brush.

  • Introduce a timer.

  • Reward them with prizes (stickers, etc.)

Set a challenge

Find out what they really want – it can be big or small! Our Boise dentist suggests making a challenge for your kids to brush for X amount of days in order to reach that reward. For a short challenge, suggest an ice cream date if they brush and floss their teeth every day leading up to it. For a bigger challenge reward them with a new toy they’ve been asking for if they brush and floss their teeth daily every day for a month. Not only does a challenge make the process less mundane, it teaches them about working towards, and reaching a goal.

Visit your Boise dentist for regular checkups and a Boise teeth cleaning

A regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. Regular Boise dental checkups and a Boise teeth cleaning are essential to maintaining proper oral hygiene, and overall health. Keep in mind that your children practice what they learn. If you don’t brush and floss regularly or visit your Boise dentist, it is unlikely your children will either.

Good luck, and have fun!


Its wedding season! Have you scheduled your annual dental exam?


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How often do you visit your Boise dentist?

Regular Boise dental exams are an important part of preventative health care. Dr. Robert Studebaker recommends that most children and adults should see their Boise dentist for a regular cleaning and check-up approximately every six months. During a dental exam your Boise dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and identify any underlying oral health problems as well as evaluate your risk of developing tooth decay.

Why Boise teeth cleaning and exams are important

Regular Boise dental exams help to prevent future problems while protecting your overall oral & general health. It gives your Boise dentist the opportunity of detecting any problems before they become serious while providing you with tips on caring for your teeth in the long run.

During your Boise dental cleaning, plaque and tartar deposits that have built up on the teeth over time are removed. Because your mouth uses saliva to wash away bacteria, it also contains calcium and other substances that build deposits on the teeth. Over time these calcium deposits build up causing the right conditions for bad bacteria to thrive next to the gums. Cleaning polishes the surface of the tooth so that bacteria are then unable to stick to them, and you have a better opportunity of keeping your teeth clean at home with regular brushing, and flossing.

In honor of this summer wedding season among other special events, Summit Dental also offers custom bleach trays for optimal teeth whitening. Boise teeth whitening is the No. 1 requested cosmetic service today. With a Boise teeth cleaning, many external stains can be removed while promoting good oral health while a professional teeth whitening Boise treatment can help you look and feel your best at your next major event!

Bright, white teeth are a classic characteristic of a beautiful smile. Teeth darken over time because of genetics, food and drink (especially red wine, coffee, tea and mustard), tobacco use and other factors.

If the color of your teeth makes you feel self-conscious or reluctant to smile, we can help you. Everyone deserves a smile they can be proud to share, and a teeth whitening Boise treatment at our Treasure Valley office can help you achieve a smile you will love.

What to expect at your Boise teeth cleaning

During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will:

  • Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene by discussing any problems you have or medications your taking.
  • Take dental X-rays
  • Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease.
  • Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement.
  • Check your bite and jaw for problems.
  • Remove any stains or deposits on your teeth.
  • Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques for your teeth or dentures.
  • Assess how much fluoride you’re getting.






Understanding Gum Disease


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What is Gum Disease? What causes it?

Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissues around your teeth. Often times gum disease is painless and can go undetected in those that rarely visit their Boise dentist for a Boise teeth cleaning. While everyone suffers from gum inflammation (gingivitis) at certain times in their life (caused by excess plaque forming on the teeth) it is important to note that not all inflammation develops into gum disease (periodontist).

It’s important to visit your Boise dentist for routine exams and cleanings as an excess in plaque build-up can lead to gingivitis. An early symptom of gingivitis is bleeding of the gums when brushing your teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious issue called periodontist (gum disease). Periodontist causes the inner layer of gum tissue and bone to pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These pockets then collect debris and can easily become infected.

Warning Signs & Symptoms

While many times gum disease can go undetected without any painful symptoms it’s important to prevent gingivitis or periodontal disease by practicing good oral habits and visiting your Boise dentist for a regular exam and Boise teeth cleaning. In some people gum disease often only affects certain teeth like molars. Often times the symptoms of periodontal disease are often subtle but there are still warning signs you should look out for:

  • Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Reoccurring bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Changes in dental work or the way your teeth fit together

Risk Factors

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Genetics
  • Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
  • Hormones or pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Medications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives


There are a variety of treatments for gum disease ranging from nonsurgical therapy to restoration surgery depending on the stage of the disease and your overall health.

Non-surgical Treatments for Gum Disease:

  • Professional Boise teeth cleaning
  • Scaling and root planningA deep-cleaning, nonsurgical procedure removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line.

Surgical Treatments for Gum Disease:

  • Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery
  • Bone grafts
  • Soft tissue grafts
  • Guided tissue regeneration
  • Bone surgery

Prevention is the key. Prevent gum disease with regular Boise dental checkups and exams are very important. Treatment methods depend greatly on the type of disease and how far it has progressed. Practicing good dental health habits are essential at preventing periodontal disease. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss regularly, exercise, eat a balanced diet and schedule regular Boise dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.