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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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Choosing the Best Dentist in Boise, Idaho

Choosing the Best Dentist in Boise, Idaho

Are you looking for one of the best dentists in Boise to help with your smile? Searching for a new dentist can be a challenge, especially since there are hundreds of dentists to choose from in our area. However, knowing what to look for can help you shorten the list. That’s why Summit Dental Group has put together a few reasons you might want to schedule an appointment with us!

Voted Best Treasure Valley Two Years in a Row!

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. Ans 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!” – Idaho Statesman

After being honored as Boise’s #1 Dentist for two years in a row, Summit Dental has once again made the nomination list for the 2017 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!

Our Boise Dentists Value Experience & Continuing Education

All dentists are qualified to work on teeth based on their completion of dental school and a residency program. What sets our Boise dentists apart from the rest, however, is the experience they gain through their commitment to continued growth and education.

Check out our amazing team of Boise dentists to learn more about each one:

Carson Mooney, DDS In 1991, Carson graduated from Boise High School, then went to Pepperdine University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. In 2001, Carson earned his Doctorate of Dental Science from Creighton University and was privileged to return to Boise to practice with his longtime friend and mentor, Dr. Pierce. Carson practiced for 5 years as an associate for Skip and became a partner in Summit Dental Group in 2006. Dr. Mooney is a former President of the Southwest Idaho Dental Society and a current member of the American Dental Association and the Idaho State Dental Association.

Robert Studebaker, DDS – Dr. Studebaker attended Creighton University for dental school and graduated Cum Laude in 2005.  While in dental school he received his class award for pediatrics and endodontics.  After dental school, Rob returned to Idaho and completed a one-year residency program in advanced general dentistry with Idaho State University.  He has served as president of the Southwest Idaho Dental Society and is a member of the Idaho State Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

Lance Ritchie, DDS – Lance graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Linfield College in 2002, and a Doctorate of Dental Science from Creighton University in 2007. He also completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Idaho State University, where he received additional training in the placement of dental implants and complex case management. Dr. Ritchie is a member of the American Dental Association, the Idaho State Dental Association, and a participating member in the Boise Spear Study Club.

Zach Richardson, DDS – Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Zach graduated from Capital High School in 2004. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science at Carroll College in Helena, MT while competing on the collegiate football team. Zach then went on to graduate at the top of his class with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Currently, he is an active member of the American Dental Association and Idaho State Dental Association and enjoys staying up-to-date on all the latest trends and dentistry techniques by attending various continuing dental education courses each year.

Summit Dental Offers a Variety of Services

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, and knowing how crucial this is in 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.

Schedule an Appointment with Us!

There are a number of good reasons why the Boise dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and front office staff at Summit Dental Group are considered the best of the best in the Treasure Valley. In addition to focusing heavily on patient comfort and service, our team of dedicated dental professionals has years of experience that bring a tremendous amount of value to our patients and practice.

Want to learn more? Contact Summit Dental at (208) 345-8962 today!

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Everyday Factors that Can Ruin Your Smile

Everyday Factors that Can Ruin Your Smile

First impressions are everything and your smile is the first thing people notice. That’s why it’s important to maintain healthy, beautiful teeth. However, brushing, flossing and visit your downtown Boise dentist regularly may not be enough. That’s why it’s important to take into account some of the everyday factors that can ruin your smile and put a serious damper on your oral health.  

Sports & Energy Drinks

While sports and energy drinks have become increasingly popular over the past decade, it’s important to remember that they can wreak havoc on your teeth. High in sugar and acidic components, many of these drinks can wear away tooth enamel,  leaving you vulnerable to cavities, tooth discoloration, and sensitivity. This, in turn, can result in costly, Boise dental repairs down the road.

Tobacco

Smoking not only turns your teeth yellow but causes a number of potentially life-threatening problems. Using any form of tobacco (smoking, chewing, etc.) can harm not only your overall health but your teeth and gums in a variety of different ways. In fact, tobacco use can cause throat, lung, mouth cancer and even death. Other side effects include increased acid levels, gum inflammation, tooth decay and tooth loss.

Wine

While there may be some health benefits to having a glass of wine, it’s important to note that regular wine consumption can also harm and stain your teeth. As with sports and energy drinks, wine contains high levels of acid that can harm tooth enamel. If you’re a regular wine drinker the dentists at Summit Dental Group suggest cutting back your intake, taking small sips and rinsing with water when you are done drinking.

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.

Dieting

Restrictive diets and poor eating habits can harm your teeth by depriving you of essential vitamins and nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. When dieting, it’s important to make sure you are getting enough folate, B vitamins, protein, calcium and vitamin C – all of which are essential for healthy teeth and gums. Poor nutrition can also put a damper on your immune system making you vulnerable to infections like periodontal disease.

Over-Whitening

Teeth whitening is the #1 requested cosmetic service today. However, over-whitening can cause translucent, and unnatural looking teeth. That’s why it’s important to talk with your downtown Boise dentist when you want to enhance your smile. While regular teeth cleanings can help remove many external stains while promoting good oral health, your Boise dentist can go over what is appropriate concerning your whitening expectations and goals.

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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Boise Dental Tips For Preventing Acid Damage

Boise Dental Tips For Preventing Acid Damage

Everyone knows that sugar is damaging to your teeth. But how does sugar actually do the damage? It may be interesting to know that the main culprit isn’t the sugar itself, rather it’s the acid it produces. When you eat or drink something sugary, the bacteria in your mouth begins to feed off the sugar creating acid that eats away at your tooth enamel.

The good news? Your mouth is constantly working to fight acid damage. In fact, the saliva in your mouth contains important minerals like calcium and phosphates that work to naturally repair your teeth. While adequate saliva is a good thing, it can’t protect your teeth singlehandedly…

That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental would like to provide you with the following tips to help minimize the effects of acid damage:

  • Cut down on sugary drinks like juice and soda. While it may be hard at first, it’s important to reduce your intake of sugary drinks and replace them with water or dairy-rich products that help to protect and strengthen teeth.
  • Drink with a straw. It’s okay to indulge in a sugary drink every so often. When you do, however, it’s important to use a straw to prevent sugary liquids from making contact with your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water helps to rinse and wash away acid leftover from certain foods and drinks more quickly.
  • Wait to brush. While it may seem like a good idea to brush your teeth right away, it’s important to wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking acid rich foods. The reason? Acid softens your enamel and brushing your teeth can wear it away even further.
  • Prevent stomach acid from entering the mouth. If you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux or frequent vomiting, it’s important to talk with a doctor about treatment to prevent these conditions from interfering with your oral health.

Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential when it comes to preventing and catching tooth decay caused by acid damage. For more information on ways to prevent or treat acid damage contact Summit Dental 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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