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Senior Health & Boise Dental Treatments

Senior Health & Boise Dental Treatments

Proper Boise dental care is important at every age, especially in our senior years. While seniors are at greater risk for developing oral health issues, there are things you can do to prevent issues from developing with proper at-home care and professional Boise dental services. Doing so will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums for many years to come.

Adapting For Change

As any Boise dentist will tell you, it’s important to pay special attention to our teeth as we get older. During our 50’s, 60’s and 70’s there is a variety of age related circumstances that can affect the overall health of our teeth and gums. Some of these include:

  • Normal wear and tear that include cracks, chips and old fillings
  • Damage due to grinding and clenching
  • Medications and dry mouth
  • Decreased bone density
  • Decreased ability to care for teeth

So what can you do to prevent unwanted issues from developing? The answer is a lifelong commitment to at-home care while visiting your Boise dentist twice a year for preventive exams and cleanings. Doing so will provide you with a better chance at maintaining healthy teeth and gums as you age while avoiding dental emergencies and losing teeth.

Popular Treatments for Seniors

Even with proper dental care, it’s not uncommon for seniors to develop issues that warrant the help your downtown Boise dentist. Fortunately, many of the treatments we offer can restore your teeth to their original glory while preventing more serious issues from developing.

Treatments include:

  • Boise teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Boise crowns and bridges
  • Boise dental implants
  • Root planing and scaling

Summit Dental Group

If you’re a senior and would like more information about the preventative and restorative treatments we offer, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. With over 35+ years of experience helping patients throughout the Treasure Valley, we offer advanced treatment options combined with an incredible staff that’s ready to help!

Contact us at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

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To Pull or Not to Pull? A Common Boise Dental Question…

To Pull or Not to Pull? A Common Boise Dental Question…

There was a time in our history when the only solution for a damaged or problematic tooth was to pull it. This was when there were only barbers or doctors to pull teeth. Eventually, dental schools were established and the dental profession was born. This is when we began to understand the nature of dental diseases, and preventative/restorative measures began to take place.

Today, however, people have the ability to visit their downtown Boise dentist and enjoy the benefits of preventing issues that require special care. In fact, pulling a tooth due to disease or decay has become the last resort option. That’s a true paradigm shift!

To Pull or Not to Pull…

Going back to the original question, there are a variety of reasons that may warrant the removal of a tooth. Some of these include:

  • Severe Decay (or) Trauma
  • Problematic Crowding
  • Baby Tooth Removal
  • Problematic Wisdom Teeth
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease
  • Dentures

However,  it’s important to remember that once they are gone, they are gone. That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group believe that preventative care and education are the keys to maintaining optimal dental health. Prevention can help you avoid an unwanted tooth extraction and if you do have a problem, restorative dentistry is inexpensive at the early stages of disease or decay. The catch? You have to schedule regular Boise dental visits twice a year for bi-annual checkups and cleanings.

During these visits we focus on thorough exams, checking the overall health of your teeth and gums. By catching any oral health issues early, they will be far easier to treat than by waiting. Visiting your Boise dentist as a preventative step, rather than waiting to have a tooth pulled will save you time, money and discomfort in the long run.

Summit Dental Group

Regular dental cleanings and checkups can do more than keep your smile attractive. They can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums over a lifetime. If you do need to have a tooth pulled for whatever reason, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental will explore all other restorative options first before making that final decision. When we do pull a tooth, however, you can feel confident that you’re in good hands. We will provide you with a comfortable, painless procedure and help you decide what dental options will work best to replace your missing tooth.

If you have any questions about whether or not you should have a tooth pulled, or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our Boise dentists, contact us at (208) 345-8962. We would be more than happy to help!

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Back-to-School Boise Dental Tips

Back-to-School Boise Dental Tips

Every parent wants their child to look and feel their best when they head back to school. That’s why we buy them new outfits, shop for school supplies and schedule haircuts. However, it’s important not to forget one major detail in order to keep them happy and healthy. Back-to-school time is the perfect time to schedule a routine Boise dental visit while incorporating good oral habits into your child’s daily routine.

Schedule Regular Boise Dental Visits

Visiting your downtown Boise dentist twice a year is important for all school-age children. During this period of their lives, there are great changes happening in their mouth with losing baby teeth and their permanent teeth growing in. Another one of the most common issues associated with kids this age is tooth decay. If left untreated, it can develop into a worsening problem that can affect your child’s ability to eat, speak, sleep and learn.

Establish Healthy Brushing Habits

It’s important for children to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. A good way to incorporate this daily routine is to have them brush their teeth in the morning before school and at night before they go to bed. By maintaining routine brushing and flossing habits, you will ensure your child develops the skills they need to maintain a healthy teeth and gums as they grow older.

Limit Your Child’s Intake of Candy and Sweets

Children everywhere love candy and sugary treats. However, the sugary residue left behind not only increases harmful levels of acids inside their mouth but increases their risk of developing cavities and tooth decay. Instead of packing candy or cupcakes into their lunches, fresh fruits and nuts can be used as a healthy alternative when it comes to limiting your child’s intake of harmful sugar.

Practice Sports Safety

Many children love to participate in sports and other after-school-activities. In order to protect our kids, parents go to great lengths to make sure they have all the appropriate equipment to keep them safe. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard while participating in sports is essential when it comes to protecting your child’s teeth and preventing unwanted dental emergencies from happening.

Contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental exam and start the new year off with a great smile!

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Six Boise Dental Myths Busted!

Six Boise Dental Myths Busted!

Throughout history, there have been some pretty crazy misconceptions when it comes to dental health and dentistry. While many of these myths have been dispelled over time as silly superstitions, there are, however, many Boise dental myths that persist. That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group would like to separate fact from fiction in today’s blog by taking a look at six of the most enduring modern dental myths.

My teeth look and feel fine. I don’t need to see my Boise dentist.

Not only can looks be deceiving, you may not feel any pain from an undiagnosed problem until it’s too late. That’s why it’s important to visit your downtown Boise dentist at least twice a year for bi-annual checkups and cleanings. Oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease can develop slowly and catching them early can help prevent them from turning into expensive, painful problems down the road.

My parents never had any major dental problems. Neither will I.

While genetics do play a small role in determining how healthy your teeth will be, it really all depends on how well you care for your teeth as you age. The best way to prevent problems from developing is to brush and floss your teeth regularly and visit your downtown Boise dentist regularly.

Brushing my teeth can hurt my enamel.

Unfortunately, it is possible to damage your enamel if you use a hard bristled toothbrush. However, worse problems can occur if you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly. That’s why it’s important to use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently clean your teeth, mouth, and gums at least twice a day. Doing so will NOT harm your enamel in any way.

Chewing gum is a good substitute for brushing my teeth.

While chewing sugar-free gum between meals is a helpful way to freshen your breath and increase the production of saliva, it’s no substitute for brushing your teeth. In order to remove harmful plaque and debris, brushing is an important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Dental procedures are unsafe during pregnancy.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is especially important during pregnancy. Changes in hormone levels can cause inflammation of the gums which can lead to gingivitis. In fact, studies have shown a direct link between gum disease and preterm, and low-birth-weight babies. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, tender gums that are prone to bleeding. That’s why it’s important to visit your downtown Boise dentist for regular checkups when you are expecting.

Baby teeth don’t need much care.

Unfortunately, many people believe this common dental misconception. However, baby teeth play an important role in how your child’s permanent teeth will develop. Neglecting to take proper care of them can cause unwanted problems with their overall health and future teeth. As your child grows it’s especially important to teach them good oral hygiene habits as these habits will stick with him or her over the course of their life.

Summit Dental Group

At Summit Dental Group, our Boise dentists understand there are a variety of factors that can affect the health of your smile. If you are unsure about whether a certain habit, dietary choice or element of your daily routine may be affecting your oral health, call us at (208) 345-8962. Our dedicated team of dental professionals would be more than happy to set up an appointment and answer any questions you may have.

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What’s So Special About Toothpaste?

What’s So Special About Toothpaste?

One of the easiest ways to maintain good oral health is to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and to visit your downtown Boise dentist for routine cleanings and exams. But have you ever wondered what toothpaste is made of and how it works? Not only does toothpaste freshen your breath and leave your mouth feeling clean it is one of best lines of defense when it comes to preventing tooth decay.

How Toothpaste Works

Abrasives
Toothpaste is made up of mild abrasives that help combat the growth of bacteria while preventing the buildup of plaque. When you brush with toothpaste, the abrasives work to remove microorganisms and leftover food particles while polishing the surface areas of your teeth. Many toothpaste brands also contain ingredients like triclosan and Xylitol that go the extra mile to prevent the growth of plaque-producing bacteria. Not only does plaque cause tooth decay it can also lead to more dangerous Boise dental issues like periodontal disease.

Fluoride
Fluoride is another key ingredient found in toothpaste. As the bacteria inside your mouth feeds off of leftover food particles, it leaves behind an acidic byproduct that causes tooth decay. This is a fancy way of saying that the acid on your teeth causes cavities. Fluoride works to not only strengthen your teeth but reduce the growth of bacteria and acid-related damage.

Flavoring and Sweetening Agents
With a variety of brands to choose from, toothpaste comes in an assortment of different flavors. While flavoring doesn’t do much to fight bacteria or the buildup of plaque, it does, however, provide it with an appealing flavor. This, in turn, helps increase the odds of a person brushing their teeth 2-3 times a day.  

Summit Dental Group

Many adults think that brushing and flossing their teeth is the best way to maintain good Boise dental health. However, it’s impossible to have a healthy mouth if that’s all you do. While brushing is important, it doesn’t remove everything that gets left behind. That’s why it’s important to visit your downtown Boise dentist for regular teeth cleanings and exams.

If it’s been awhile since your last Boise teeth cleaning, don’t delay. Give Summit Dental a call at (208) 345-8962 to set up an appointment!

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Boise Dental Care During Pregnancy

Boise Dental Care During Pregnancy

Good oral health is an important part of staying physically healthy. Even more, it is especially important during pregnancy. Not only does good oral health protect a mother, it also protects an unborn child as well. Unfortunately, however, many expectant mothers put off routine Boise dental visits due to the fear that it is unsafe. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Boise Dental Health & Pregnancy

As your body changes during pregnancy so does your oral health. While scientists don’t understand all the reasons for this change, they do know that pregnancy can make your mouth more susceptible to gingivitis or periodontal disease. Hormonal changes can also create a more favorable environment for bacteria to grow causing tooth decay while you are pregnant.

Is Routine Boise Dental Work Safe during Pregnancy?

Yes. General care that includes regular dental exams or a professional teeth cleaning are safe for expectant mothers. On the other hand, when it comes to restorative Boise dental work such as crowns and bridges or root canal therapy, your Boise dentist may recommend a treatment plan to prevent a condition from progressing.

Are Boise Dental X-rays Safe During Pregnancy?

While X-rays are considered generally safe, your Boise dentist may recommend postponing any annual exam X-rays until after the birth of your baby. If an X-ray is required in the case of an emergency, the American College of Radiology reports that a single diagnostic X-ray does not have enough radiation to harm a developing fetus. If by chance you do need an X-ray during your pregnancy, every precaution will be made to maintain the health of you and your baby during your Boise dental visit.

Making Your Boise Dental Visit More Comfortable

  • Be sure to inform your Boise dentist & hygienist that you are pregnant.
  • Delay any elective procedures until after your baby is born.
  • Postpone all non-emergency procedures until your 2nd trimester or after the birth of the baby.
  • Uncross your legs while sitting in the Boise dentist chair for optimal circulation.

Summit Dental Group

Never skip a routine Boise dental visit due to pregnancy. If you have any questions related to your dental health before, during or after pregnacy stop by our office or give us a call at (208) 345-8962 today. At Summit Dental Group, we look forward to caring for the health you and your future little one!

 

 

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Preventing Tooth Decay With Boise Dental Sealants

Preventing Tooth Decay With Boise Dental Sealants

As parents, you’ve probably heard about Boise dental sealants but you may be unfamiliar with some of the small, yet important details that go into them. That’s why at Summit Dental Group, we’d like to give you the low-down and provide you with the important facts you need to know to help protect your child from cavities and tooth decay.

What Are Boise Dental Sealant?

Boise dental sealants are a thin coating applied to the grooves of your child’s back teeth to help prevent the penetration of bacteria, sugar, germs and other cavity-causing substances. At Summit Dental Group, our Boise dentists will apply what looks like a thin layer of white nail polish on the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. Sealants specifically protect the chewing surfaces of the teeth where cavities commonly start.

How Are They Applied?

Sealants are quick, easy and painless. There is no numbing or drilling required. Once your child’s teeth are cleaned and dried by a hygienist, an adhesive layer is painted onto the teeth followed by the sealant which resembles white or clear nail polish. Only a small amount is needed  to cover the grooves of the teeth. Once the sealant has been applied, your Boise dentist will harden it using a special LED light.

How Do Sealants Last?

When applied correctly, Boise dental sealants can last up to 10 years! While it’s not uncommon for sealants to chip away over time with regular wear and tear, most sealants will last for a number of years to protect your child from unwanted cavities and tooth decay. During every checkup, your Boise dentist will take the time to evaluate the integrity of the sealant and offer to re-apply it as needed.

Our Take On Sealants

Sealants are a wonderful way to protect your child’s teeth. As an added benefit, sealants far outweigh the burden of having to get a filling. All in all, sealants are an excellent way to save you time, money and the stress of having to make unwanted Boise dental appointments for costly treatments. They are easy and quick to apply and can be done at your next checkup appointment without any extra tips to our office. Call us today at (208) 345- 8962 to set up your child’s next checkup and see if your child needs sealants!

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Wisdom Teeth 101: Common Signs You Need An Extraction

Wisdom Teeth 101: Common Signs You Need An Extraction

While most people will need a wisdom tooth extraction during their lifetime, not everyone will develop their wisdom teeth at the same time. Likewise, not all people experience the same symptoms when a wisdom tooth needs to be removed. As a result, it’s important to recognize the warning signs that may indicate you need a wisdom tooth extraction to avoid the need for an emergency Boise dental visit.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be time to seek wisdom tooth removal:

Common Signs You Need An Extraction

Pain or Swelling

As wisdom teeth develop, it’s not uncommon to experience pain or swelling. Pain or swelling can indicate an infection that can affect your overall health if left untreated. While some people notice jaw sensitivity, others may feel a constant dull pain. In either of these scenarios, it’s important to visit your downtown Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group for an immediate exam.

Difficulty Eating

Pain while eating is another common warning sign for a wisdom tooth extraction. If you find it difficult to chew or swallow, it may be time to visit your Boise dentist to find out if you have an impacted wisdom tooth. Likewise, food and bacteria can build up between a wisdom tooth and its neighboring molar causing pain due to decay or infection.

Sinus Issues

While it’s not something we’d normally associate with a wisdom tooth, sinus issues can develop when an extraction is needed. As a wisdom tooth and its roots develop on the upper jaw, they can push and rub against the sinuses putting pressure on them. This, in turn, can lead to sinus pain, pressure, headaches, and congestion.

Inflamed Gums

Often when a wisdom tooth develops, it can create a flap of gum tissue that resides next to the tooth. This gum tissue can trap small food particles and bacteria. This can cause pericoronitis (an infection near the wisdom tooth) causing the tissue around the tooth to become hard and inflamed. Symptoms of pericoronitis include painful, swollen gums, a bad smell or taste in the mouth, discharge from the gum near the tooth, swelling on the affected side of the face and swollen lymph nodes. As a rather serious issue, pericoronitis must be treated by your Boise dentist.

Do I Have to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?

If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to consult with your downtown Boise dentist about the best method for extraction. In some cases, the tooth will emerge just enough that it can easily be removed at our Summit Dental office. However, an impacted wisdom tooth may need to be surgically removed. If this happens, we will refer you to an oral surgeon to best meet your individual needs.

If you’re experiencing any oral discomfort and aren’t sure whether or not wisdom tooth is the main culprit, call us at (208) 345-8962. We can help diagnose the problem with a thorough exam to help you decide on the best treatment option.

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Responding to Boise Dental Emergencies

Responding to Boise Dental Emergencies

If you’ve ever had an accident where you’ve injured your teeth or gums, you may have experienced a dental emergency. That’s why it’s important to stay educated in order to prepare for a worst-case scenario so you can apply first aid before heading to your Boise dentist for more comprehensive treatment.

Responding to Dental Injuries

Seeking emergency dental services when an accident happens can determine whether or not a tooth can be saved. By understanding what you should in an emergency, you can also prevent infection or making a wound worse, especially if you can’t get into your Boise dentist right away.   

One of the best ways to prepare for an emergency is to have a first aid kit ready to go. In addition to the necessary materials of a standard first aid kit, it should include the following materials meant specifically for oral injuries:

  • Gauze to stop bleeding
  • Mouthwash to help clean wounds
  • Toothpaste or denture adhesive to temporarily hold lost crowns or fillings in place
  • A small cup or a special kit to preserve a knocked-out tooth

In the case of a knocked-out tooth, a person should be seen by a Boise dentist as soon as possible. If you don’t happen to have a first-aid kit on hand, you can simply fill a small cup with water or milk and use it to transport the tooth to the dentist.

When to See Your Boise Dentist

Not all injuries to the mouth warrant a visit to the dentist. However, it’s important to see your Boise dentist right away if teeth are loose, broken, or have become dislodged. With immediate dental care, teeth in these situations can often be saved. Without professional dental treatment, the chances of losing them greatly increase.

Lost crowns, fillings and bridges should also be promptly attended to. In the meantime, however, you can use toothpaste or denture adhesive to hold them in place. Other minor injuries such as lacerations, bruises, tears or cuts can be treated at home unless stitches or other special care is required where it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Contact 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 your Boise Dentist ASAP. At Summit Dental, we 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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Boise Dental Tips For Protecting Your Toddler’s Teeth

Boise Dental Tips For Protecting Your Toddler’s Teeth

As adults, we all know how important it is to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Too many parents, however, often overlook the importance of teaching their children good oral habits during the toddler years. During these impressionable years, children between the ages of 2-5 learn and develop lifelong habits that will help them throughout their daily lives. That’s why it’s vital they learn how to care for their teeth and gums at an early age.

At Summit Dental, we believe preventative care and education are extremely important when it comes to maintaining optimal Boise dental health. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for helping your child develop healthy dental habits that will last a lifetime.

Toddler Dental Care

By the age of three, a child will have developed a full set of teeth. While they will eventually lose and replace these teeth with permanent ones, now is the perfect time to teach them good skills and habits.

During this age, there are many things you can do to help your child develop good Boise dental habits. Keep in mind that many of these habits go beyond basic brushing and flossing and extend to a healthy diet which not only keeps their teeth and gums healthy but their whole body as well.

Dietary Tips

After eating a meal or a snack it’s important to have your child drink water. Doing so will help rinse away leftover food particles between brushing and flossing. Sugar, as we all know, is bad for our teeth. However, many people don’t realize that you don’t have to eat candy to produce harmful acid that wears down your teeth. Most foods eventually break down into sugar causing it to stick on teeth producing acid and bacteria. Healthy snacks like cheese, on the other hand, help balance the alkalinity in the mouth breaking down harmful acids naturally.

Brushing and Flossing

With so many varieties to choose from, it’s important to find a toothpaste with a flavor your child likes. This will help encourage them to brush their teeth more frequently. Once they get the hang of it, you will find they will enjoy brushing their teeth on their own. However, it’s important to supervise to make sure they are getting it right and show them what improvements need to be made.

*Another fun tip is to get plaque disclosing tablets that color any areas where they forgot to brush their teeth. As they brush away the color, they’ll know exactly how clean their mouth is!

Regular Boise Dentist Visits

Regular Boise dental visits are just as important for kids as they are for adults. In fact, they may even be more essential. Like we stated before, your child will eventually lose their baby teeth. However, it’s important to make sure that going to the dentist is a fun part of their routine to help prevent any fears they may have associated with the dentist.

If you’re ready to start your child off on the right foot and want more information regarding your child’s Boise dental care, call Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment today!

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