Everyone wants a healthy, beautiful smile. That’s why good oral hygiene is important. Not caring for your teeth will not only affect your appearance, it can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems as well. That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the following oral hygiene tips.
One of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile is to keep your teeth clean. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day will help remove food particles left behind from eating and prevent acid buildup. However, if you are unable to brush your teeth throughout the day, it’s important to thoroughly rinse your mouth with water after eating to minimize the breakdown of food particles that cause the buildup of tooth decaying bacteria.
We all know that flossing can seem like a chore and many of us often forget after brushing. However, flossing is an important step to help you remove leftover food particles between your teeth and other substances that brushing cannot. Flossing allows you to reach deep where the bristles of a toothbrush simply cannot reach. At Summit Dental Group, we recommend flossing at least once a day.
Tobacco can not only stain your teeth, it can cause lung and mouth cancer as well. By abstaining from tobacco you will not only avoid countless side effects, your breath will smell better too. Smokers often mask the smell of their breath using mints, gum, and candies. The overuse of many of these products can often double the amount of damage caused by tobacco.
Cut Down on Sugary Drinks
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 drink large amounts of juice and soda, the bacteria in your mouth begins to feed off the sugar creating acid that eats away at your tooth enamel.
Keep in mind that it is ok to indulge in a sugary drink every so often. However, when you do, it’s important to wait to brush your teeth. While it may seem like a good idea to brush right away, you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking acid rich foods. The reason? The acid in fruit juice and soda softens your enamel and brushing your teeth can wear it away even further.
Eat Calcium-Rich Foods
Calcium plays an important role in maintaining a healthy mouth. Not only is it essential for your bones but your teeth as well. That’s why it’s important to drink mmilk andto eat calcium-rich foods like yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products. Keep in mind that other vitamins are also necessary when it comes to maintaining the health of your gums and teeth.
Visit Your Boise Dentist
Last but not least, you should visit your downtown Boise dentist at least twice a year. When you stay up-to-date on your checkups and cleanings, you’re not just checking off an item off your to-do list, you’re taking a big step towards maintaining a healthy smile.
If you would like more information on ways to boost your oral health call us at (208) 345-8962. Our Boise dentists would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a complete exam and cleaning to help you maintain the natural beauty of your smile.
According to the American College of Prosthodontics, tooth loss is a common issue that affects over 178 million people in the United States. At Summit Dental, we understand the many issues that can attribute to a missing tooth. These include tooth decay, injury, and gum disease just to name a few. However, regardless of the reason, the impact on those with missing teeth is often significant. That’s why we’d like to take the time today to provide you with a deeper understanding of the risks you take when you don’t replace a missing tooth.
Increased Chance of Bone Loss
One of the most significant risks of not replacing a missing tooth is bone loss. Bone loss occurs when the roots of a missing tooth are no longer embedded into the jawbone, leaving behind a void. When this happens, the jawbone can slowly deteriorate over time. However, bone loss isn’t the only risk of not replacing a missing tooth. A missing tooth can actually increase the chances of losing neighboring teeth where the tooth was lost. Over time, this can affect your facial appearance as it can gradually change the shape of your mouth, making it appear sunken.
To make matters worse, a missing tooth can also increase the chances of you developing gum disease where a tooth once existed (or) cause tooth decay in neighboring teeth.
Reduced Ability to Eat Certain Foods or Speak Clearly
In addition to affecting your appearance and oral health, other risks of not replacing a missing tooth include the reduced ability to eat certain foods or speak clearly. Depending on where a tooth is lost, it may become difficult to talk or chew certain foods. Additionally, you may overcompensate by using other teeth, putting more stress on them in the process that can later result in expensive Boise dental bills.
With all the risks listed above, there are additional side effects that come with missing teeth. While you may not be able to see these effects on the outside, you can certainly feel them on the inside as they can have a serious impact on your life.
People with missing teeth often smile less or avoid eating and speaking in public. This not only affects your social life but your relationships and professional life as well. Aside from hiding a missing tooth, gum disease can also cause you to develop chronic bad breath. Depending on your age, personal life and relationship status, the risks of not replacing a missing tooth can really add up if you’re not confident enough to smile, eat or speak in front of other people.
At Summit Dental, we understand the potential risks of not replacing a missing tooth (or teeth). That’s why we want to make sure you know there are a variety of replacement options to help. Options to consider include dentures, crowns and bridges, and Boise dental implants. Highly recommended Boise dental implants are sturdy, durable and tend to last much longer than any other option.
In addition to these benefits, Boise dental implants can also help preserve your jawbone and prevent bone loss as the titanium post used will eventually fuse to your jawbone over time. Not only do Boise dental implants look and feel like real teeth, they are a low maintenance option that can help restore your confidence as well.
Contact Summit Dental Group
There is no question that a missing tooth (or teeth) can be a stressful situation. However, your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group can help you discover the many replacement options available to fit your budget and lifestyle. We understand the many risks of not replacing a missing tooth and want you to understand why it’s important not to wait to have it fixed. There is no reason your oral health should suffer when we can easily restore your beautiful smile.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (208) 345-8962 today!
Everyday cleaning is an important part of keeping your teeth and mouth clean and free of damaging bacteria. Brushing and flossing are the most important weapons against tooth decay, but going the extra mile to give your mouth a full, and thorough cleaning can help get rid of tough plaque or other lingering problems. While regular Boise dental cleanings are recommended, it’s good to give your mouth a thorough cleaning on your own in between those cleanings. Not sure how? Below are some simple tips to help you out:
Upgrade your Toothbrush
If you’re still using a regular toothbrush, think about investing in an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque, stuck food and other debris while boosting your prevention of gingivitis. Some electric toothbrushes may be more expensive than others depending on the addition of timers and sensors but these things aren’t really necessary. For a full mouth clean, make sure to brush for a full two minutes at medium pressure.
To be honest, most people only brush the fronts and backs of their teeth. According to your Boise dentist, you really need to do more than that. Take the time to brush the fronts and backs as well as the tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth. Mouthwash is also helpful at preventing plaque buildup and bad breath. *Be sure to be extra gentle when brushing the roof of your mouth as this area can easily be rubbed raw.
Drink more water! Soda, coffee, tea, and wine can all stain your teeth. Juice is slightly better but the sugar it contains can easily eat away at the enamel if consumed in excess. If you do choose to drink your favored beverage, try drinking a glass of water along with it to help avoid damage to your teeth.
And as always…
Visit your Boise dentist for a thorough examination and Boise teeth cleaning. In addition to using specialized tools to remove any plaque, your Boise dentist can also spot any potential problems or cavities. While daily cleaning are irreplaceable when it comes to your overall Boise dental health, regularly deep cleaning any buildup of bacteria and plaque is also a great way of preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other potential problems. If you have any on-going concerns or questions about your teeth, your Boise dentist at Summit Dental can offer professional advice that’s specific to you.
Tight-lipped? Don’t be embarrassed!
Are you one of those people who cover their mouth when they laugh? Do you keep your mouth closed when someone takes a picture of you? Have you been hiding unsightly teeth for years? Boise cosmetic dentistry can help you flash a genuine smile to be proud of! At Summit Dental, your Boise dentist offers a wide variety of best smile restoration procedures for a list of reasons you may be shy about when it comes to your smile.
Wouldn’t it be great to have the confident smile you’ve always wanted?
Many of our patients start with a Boise teeth cleaning or whitening treatment in order to boost a brighter smile. If you happen to have one or more missing teeth, other options to improve your smile can include: Boise tooth implants, veneers, Boise crowns and bridges, enamel shaping, bonding, and more!
Your Boise dentist at Summit Dental is passionate about providing you with healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. If you would like to know more about the best smile restoration process, give us a call at 208.345.8962 and our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you may have. Schedule an appointment today! We look forward to developing a custom treatment plan to help you transform your smile into something you’ll never want to hide!
Imagine yourself waking up the morning of your Boise teeth cleaning appointment. *Gasp* Suddenly you realize you haven’t brushed your teeth since yesterday morning, and to make matters worse you haven’t had your teeth flossed since your last appointment over six months ago! You run to the bathroom to brush and floss your teeth before brushing and flossing your teeth again… As an extra measure you even swish around some mouthwash . Phew!
Since your teeth suddenly feel extra clean, and you have a minty fresh taste in your mouth, you feel confident about heading to see your Boise dentist, ready to show him just how well you take care of your teeth. After sitting you down in the dentist chair he looks you in the eye with a friendly smile, and asks how often you remember to floss.
Since you’re not technically lying, you confidently tell him, “Why I flossed just this morning!”
Your Boise dentist then nods his head, and begins cleaning your teeth. As he works at removing stains and plaque from around your teeth you wonder if he bought your response. Here at Summit Dental, we believe in telling our patients the truth, so here it is: he didn’t.
Your Boise dentist can tell how often and how well you brush and floss based on the overall appearance and health of your teeth. While your Boise dentist was probably just trying to be nice, he knew very well that you were lying. In fact, even if you floss every couple of weeks it won’t remove the plaque that builds up over time. While a quick floss helps to remove large food particles, flossing daily helps to reduce the microscopic food and bacteria particles that build up over time that form around your teeth and below your gums.
In the end, don’t let the fact that your Boise dentist is a certified tooth detective stop you from visiting us! We’ve all heard the saying, “practice makes perfect” right? The same thing applies to brushing and flossing your teeth. The more you practice the better you get at it. If you need some additional lessons on how to brush or floss correctly, just ask us. Its our job, and we’re happy to show you the right way so you can avoid the pain from doing it wrong while saving you the embarrassment of having to fib at your next Boise teeth cleaning appointment!
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.
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.
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.
Depending on your best smile restoration procedure, there are a variety of options to choose from when consulting with your Boise dentist about restoring damaged teeth.
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Traditionally dentists had no choice but to use metal fillings and crowns. A crown is used to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Materials used to cap teeth include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Bridges span the space where the teeth are missing, and are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. As with crowns, bridges have often been made with the same materials. Until now…
Summit Dental now offers the breakthrough technology of the CEREC. CEREC crowns can restore stability to your mouth without compromising the health and beauty of your smile. The CEREC system allows your Boise dentist to fashion and produce an attractive, durable crown, inlay, or onlay in just one visit.
Unlike other materials, ceramic porcelain is often preferred because it’s strong, and much more attractive. Porcelain dental crowns not only provide a better natural color match than any other crown but are more suitable for people with metal allergies. Ceramic and porcelain crowns are the number one choice for the best smile restoration of your front teeth.
The CEREC machine used by Summit Dental generates high-quality dental restorations with the aid of 3D computer technology. By creating a 3D image of your tooth, the CEREC machine generates a model of your custom crown. During this procedure you can listen to music, relax, and wait while the CEREC unit mills the restoration. Your Boise dentist will then place the final crown before you leave the office.
Not every situation is right for an inlay or onlay, but your trusted Boise dentist will assess your problem and determine the best solution for you. By utilizing the CEREC machine, only one appointment is necessary to complete the restoration. During your visit, your tooth will be prepared by removing any tooth decay or filling and is cleaned. After that a digital impression is made. This image is converted into a 3D computerized model of your tooth, which is used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once your Boise dentist is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. The CEREC machine then creates a custom inlay or onlay for you.
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Restoring a smile depends heavily on what you want or need. Do you have missing teeth? Decayed or chipped teeth? Do you simply want whiter teeth? All these factors play into what kind of procedures the Boise dentists at Summit Dental will use.
For the best smile restoration, our Boise dentists use a combination of veneers, crowns or implants to give you an award winning smile but ultimately it’s up to you to care for it. Listed below are some tips and guidelines for the procedure your Boise dentist might suggest.
Caring for your teeth after whitening
There are several rules to follow after a teeth whitening procedure. A tooth whitening procedure removes a protective layer of your tooth called the acquired pellicle during your Boise teeth cleaning or whitening process. While removing this layer doesn’t result in any permanent enamel loss, it does however take twelve to twenty four hours for the barrier to fully develop once again. New stains are then easily developed over the next 48 hours after your procedure.
It is important NOT to consume dark or yellow staining substances. Don’t smoke, avoid coffee/tea, red or other colored beverages, lipstick, and various fruits and veggies such as tomatoes, and berries. In addition, do not use any colored toothpastes, gels, or colored mouthwashes for at least 48 hours.
Veneers & Crowns
Veneers are very strong but also brittle. Caring for your veneers is almost identical to caring for your teeth normally. Avoid biting your fingernails, chewing on ice, or using your teeth to open food or drink packages. Furthermore, brush, and floss your veneers routinely with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste as suggested by your Boise dentist.
You should also return to your Boise dentist for regular professional maintenance. Porcelain veneers require being polished with a specially formulated, non-abrasive paste, and should be inspected for any problems or damages.
While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember to practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly. Like veneers avoid biting on hard surfaces such as ice, popcorn hulls, etc.
Boise tooth implants are very durable, and last many years. They require the same “maintenance” as real teeth, including brushing, flossing and regular Boise dental check-ups. Below are some guidelines for the initial recovery of post-surgical implant placement, and the replacement tooth:·
- Take prescribed pain medication as needed for pain.
- Take all prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.
- Drink only clear liquids; a soft diet is recommended for the first few days.
- Use an extra-soft toothbrush twice daily to clean pre-existing teeth or other implants, being careful to avoid the surgical incision area.
- Clean between teeth once a day throughout the entire mouth except at the surgical site.
- If recommended, use saltwater rinses or non-alcohol antimicrobial mouth rinse two times daily.
Replacement tooth home-care guidelines
- Brush twice daily with low-abrasive toothpaste.
- Floss regularly.
- If recommended, use inter-dental brush, rubber tip, soft picks or water irrigation one to two times daily.
Have more questions about smile restoration? Stop by our Boise dentist office for a consultation, or leave us a comment or question below.
4 Things to Do After a Dentist Visit
So you got a few hours off from work for your Boise dentist visit, and you want to wait for the anesthetic to wear off a little more before you head back to the office. Here are some things you can do after your visit!
1. Get Some Ice Cream
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Just north of our office is the amazing Goody’s Soda Fountain, where you can get old-fashioned homemade ice cream and sundaes. If you are more of the frozen yogurt type, head to Blue Cow just southeast of us. Looking for more desserts? Check out this article for more of our favorite dessert places.
2. Go to the Park
If you’ve got kids with you, walk across the bridge over the Boise River to Ann Morrison Park. Bring a picnic blanket and lay out in the sun if you are tired, and let your kids run around the grassy areas. You can also follow the Boise River just a little bit south to the Julia Davis Park, which has beautiful gardens, a playground, and a duck pond.
3. Go to a Movie
If you don’t want to lounge on the couch at home, you can relax and watch the latest releases at the Regal Boise Downtown Stadium. More of an indie moviegoer? The Flicks is located just on the edge of Julia Davis Park. Watch a movie on one of its four screens, or rent an indie movie to take home.
4. Visit a Museum
If you are feeling energetic and curious, take advantage of your time off and visit one of the many museums in the downtown area. Within the Julia Davis Park, there are three museums: the Idaho State Historical Museum, the Black History Museum, and the Boise Art Museum. Go just two blocks north, and you’ll find yourself at the Basque Museum.
Where would you go if you had some free time after a dentist visit?