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The Negative Effects Smoking Has On Your Boise Dental Health

The Negative Effects Smoking Has On Your Boise Dental Health

While we all know the negative effects smoking can have on our physical health leading to conditions like lung cancer, people often don’t realize the negative effects it has on their dental health. In fact, those who smoke are at an increased risk of developing various complications and are more likely to need restorative dentistry treatments to repair their teeth and gums.

At Summit Dental Group, our Boise dentists can explain how and why smoking affects your dental health. With preventative care and education, we hope to help those who smoke cease this potentially harmful habit. That’s why we’d like to provide you with the following information about the negative effects smoking has on your dental health and why you should consider kicking this bad habit.

How Smoking Affect Your Dental Health

Most people know that smoking affects the appearance of their teeth. Tobacco of any kind stains teeth, causing them to become discolored. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only effect smoking causes. Smoking can lead to much more serious problems than superficial, cosmetic consequences. Smoking leads to serious dental health problems because it impairs blood flow and interferes with normal cellular functions (cancer) in the soft tissues of the mouth.

Additional Effects of Smoking

By impairing blood flow and interfering with cellular functions, smoking can have a wide variety of serious effects on a person’s dental health. These include the following dental health complications:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Halitosis
  • Tooth loss
  • Gum recession
  • Gum disease
  • Plaque and tartar build-up
  • Oral cancer
  • Delayed Healing

The Benefits of Quitting

The good news for patients who smoke is that it’s never too late to stop. In fact, the body has the incredible ability to recover after a bad habit has been stopped. For example, current smokers are up to 6x more likely to develop gum disease compared to past smokers who are tobacco-free. Even the process of cutting down has shown a decrease in the harmful effects smoking has on your dental health.

We understand that despite the benefits of quitting smoking, the process can be much easier said than done. However, we urge our Treasure Valley patients to do their research and talk to their doctor about tools and medications that can help them achieve their goal. These include gums, patches, and lozenges along with other remedies such as hypnosis.

Summit Dental Group

At Summit Dental Group, we want all of our patients to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. That’s why we provide a full range of restorative and cosmetic dental services that aid our patients in achieving this goal. To learn more about the dental services we offer, contact us at (208) 345-8962 today.

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Replacing Missing Teeth With Durable Boise Dental Implants

Replacing Missing Teeth With Durable Boise Dental Implants

Implants? Crowns? Veneers? Invisalign? As dental technology has expanded over the years, so has the vocabulary. Modern dentistry has advanced to provide residents throughout the Treasure Valley with a wide variety of solutions to address almost every possible dental problem.

In the past, if a patient in the Treasure Valley had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, Boise dentists would regularly suggest dental crowns or bridges because they were the best option at the time. Today, however, Boise dental implants have proven to be a superior solution for most Treasure Valley patients. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for certain patients. Below are some of the additional advantages of dental implants compared to traditional crowns and bridges.

Longevity – Boise dental implants are strong, durable, and permanent and with proper care, they can last a lifetime.

Natural Look – Boise dental implants are fabricated to have the same shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. Even better, if your original tooth had aesthetic issues like chips or stains, the implant crown will provide you with an attractive, natural-looking tooth without any issues.

Natural Function – Boise dental implants function like natural teeth allowing for normal eating, drinking, and speaking.

Convenience – Unlike other dental options like dentures, Boise dental implants don’t require any special adhesives, rinsing, or removal. Instead, you care for them just like you would your normal teeth.

Independence – With a missing tooth, a Boise dental implant is treated individually. This means your adjacent teeth won’t be damaged as with traditional bridges. This independence allows your nearby teeth to remain intact.

Summit Dental Group

If you are interested in learning more about Boise dental implants, contact the team at Summit Dental Group in Boise, Idaho at (208) 345-8962 to schedule a consultation. We provide a wide variety of cosmetic and family dentistry services.

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Summer Vacation Boise Dental Accidents

Summer Vacation Boise Dental Accidents

Here in the Treasure Valley, summer is filled with fun, endless activities. These include swimming, playing at the park, bike riding, hiking, camping, boating, trampolines, and more. It also means that dental accidents are more prone to happen. That’s why it’s important to take precautions and be prepared with the following advice in case a Boise dental accident occurs.

Toothache

If you find yourself with an unwanted toothache, try brushing and flossing your teeth gently to remove any stuck food particles that may have gotten wedged somewhere and rinse with warm water. Still sore? Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Don’t, however, place anything hot directly on your gums or teeth. Also, you may want to stick with soft foods until you are able to visit your Boise dentist to have the cause of your toothache examined.  

Broken Tooth

If you happen to break a tooth, it’s important to control any bleeding with a bit of gauze and some light pressure. If the injury is painful, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever mentioned above to help make you feel more comfortable. Until you are able to visit your Boise dentist, you will want to avoid any hard foods and apply dental wax over any sharp edges to protect your cheeks, tongue, and gums. The same advice applies if you have a broken filling or crown.  

Knocked-Out Tooth

If you find yourself suddenly missing a tooth, the most important thing you can do is try and find it. Rinse the tooth gently in cold water (don’t scrub or use soap), and avoid touching it by the root. If the tooth is permanent, immediately try replacing it in the socket and hold it there using a clean washcloth. However, it’s important to know that you should not replace a baby tooth – doing so can damage the developing tooth below. If the above isn’t an option, place the tooth in a clean container with milk or cool water. Either way, it’s important to get to your Boise dentist ASAP. The faster you act, the better your chances are of saving the tooth.

Oral Injury & Bleeding

If you find yourself with a more serious oral injury and there’s bleeding, it’s important to gently rinse your mouth warm water and find the injury source. Then apply gentle pressure with some gauze to help stop the bleeding. If you can’t get the bleeding to stop, head to your local emergency room if your Boise dentist is unavailable.

Summit Dental Group

Keep in mind that no matter how hard we try to prepare for a worst-case scenario, accidents do happen. In the case of a dental emergency, contact Summit Dental at (208) 345-8962. Our dedicated team of professionals can provide you with over-the-phone recommendations as well as schedule an appointment depending on the severity of your dental emergency.

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Has Your Toddler Had A Boise Dental Exam?

Has Your Toddler Had A Boise Dental Exam?

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

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

What Will Happen During Their Boise Dental Appointment?

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

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

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

Why Is Preventative Dental Care So Important?

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

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

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

Summit Dental Group

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

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Boise Dental Tips For Camping Season

Boise Dental Tips For Camping Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From all of the dentists and staff at Summit Dental Group, we would like to extend a huge “THANK YOU” to all of our wonderful patients who voted for us! We are so grateful and honored to have earned your business and respect over the years!

As a practice, we are overjoyed at having won Best Local Dentists Office in Boise Weekly’s “Best of Boise” Awards! Our dentists believe that preventative care and education are extremely important to optimal Boise dental health. We focus on thorough exams and checking the overall health of your teeth and gums. Not only are we concerned about the beauty of our patients smile, we are also concerned about the overall health of our patients. Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full mouth restoration, or anything in between, Summit Dental Group will provide exceptional care as we restore and enhance the natural beauty of your smile!

For your next Boise dental visit, give us a call at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment with the friendliest Boise Dentists in the Treasure Valley! We try our best to make each visit fun and enjoyable for all of our patients!

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Get A Full Mouth Makeover With A Best Smile Restoration

Get A Full Mouth Makeover With A Best Smile Restoration

Countless people throughout the Treasure Valley look for aesthetic solutions to the concerns they have with their smile. With recent advancements in cosmetic and general dentistry, solutions have only gotten better. At Summit Dental Group, a best smile restoration is one of our most popular procedures. It’s more of a process, really – one in which we get a full understanding of the look and feel you desire, and create a step-by-step plan to achieve those goals. When we do this, your smile is more refined and often becomes one of your most favorite facial features. At the same time, several other additional benefits can be attained.

Resolved Boise Dental Problems

One of the primary reasons for wanting a best smile restoration may be to correct cosmetic concerns. Function may also be restored along the way. For example, crowns and bridges can be placed to repair damage or correct shape. In doing so, the coverage can strengthen the overall durability of your mouth. A best smile restoration may also involve dental implants to replace lost teeth. Crowns, bridges, and dental implants are positive Boise dental treatments that lend to both the beauty and overall integrity of your smile.

Other problems might also be discovered during the pre-treatment process that may require restorative care in order to achieve the intended goal of a beautiful smile that lasts. In the event that a cavity is found, a tooth-colored filling is capable of hiding any evidence of tooth decay. In most cases, teeth can be sealed while preventing bacteria from causing further damage in deep crevices. Damage or other concerns on the surface of front teeth can be corrected with porcelain veneers or a professional teeth whitening treatment. Veneers are small porcelain shells that are placed on the front of your teeth making them one of the most impactful parts of a smile makeover. They are also capable of restructuring the entire smile by perfecting proportions between the teeth, gums, and lips.

When a patient consults with one of our Boise dentists about a best smile restoration, we don’t just seek to make teeth brighter or straighter. The ultimate outcome we strive for is to correct aesthetic and oral health concerns that make you feel at home with your smile.

Your smile should reflect your character and how you feel about yourself on the inside. Let the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group help you achieve this goal. Contact us at (208) 345-8962 today to schedule your best smile restoration consultation.

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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: 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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Reasons Not To Be Nervous About Boise Dental Implants

Reasons Not To Be Nervous About Boise Dental Implants

Over the years, Boise dental implants have gained popularity for their life-like appearance and longevity. These qualities are attributed to a titanium post embedded in the jawbone. Because titanium acts like a natural affinity to bone, new cells grow and adhere to the dental implant over time, making a strong, durable connection.

Of course, dental implants require implant surgery — a prospect many people get nervous about when choosing this replacement option. However, implant surgery is a routine treatment that causes very little discomfort in the trained hands of your Boise dentist with a very high success rate.

That’s why we’d like to provide you with the following reasons Boise dental implants are nothing to be nervous about:

Treatment Is Precisely Planned

Dental implant surgery is a relatively minor procedure. Your Boise dentist will map out all the placement details ahead of time. For complex situations, an X-ray or CT image will be used as a surgical guide to determine the exact location for each implant before an incision is made to create a small channel to hold the implant.

Treatment Can Be Performed With Local Anesthesia

Dental implants are usually easier to undergo than a tooth extraction. As long as you’re healthy enough for that procedure, you shouldn’t have any problem with implant surgery. Using a local anesthetic, your Boise dentist will numb the implant area and surrounding tissues while you remain conscious. If, however, you have any anxiety, our dentists can provide you with a sedative or anti-anxiety medication before the procedure.

There’s Minimal Discomfort Afterward

Thanks to advanced implant techniques and a pre-planned surgical guide there will be very little tissue disruption. Incised tissues will be stitched normally with self-absorbing sutures. In most cases, a mild anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen will be used to relieve discomfort unless a stronger pain reliever is needed.

Keep in mind that dental implants heal fairly quickly with a very high success rate. After a few weeks, your Boise dentist will attach a permanent crown to the titanium post. Once in place, you’ll have a fully functional and confident smile to last a lifetime.

Summit Dental Group

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to speak to a Boise dentist about dental implants, contact Summit Dental Group today at (208) 345-8962. We would be more than happy to evaluate your dental health, answer any questions you may have, and discuss your available treatment options.

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