Category Archives: Dental Health

  • Are All Carbs Created Equal?

    Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Boise

     

    Did you know that making small but critical changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

    Most patients are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

    All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

    Another vital way you can improve yourr oral health is to get the proper amount of calcium (800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50). Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

    Diet alone will not prevent cavities and detrimental gum disease for dental patients, however, wise eating encourages healthy teeth and gums.

    We’re accepting new general and cosmetic dental patients in the 83709 zip code area. I encourage you to call 208-922-6902 today to schedule an exam and cleaning.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. For more specifics, call today to schedule an appointment.

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry: 208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Bad Breath Is No Fun

    Bad Breath Is No Fun For Boise Residents Imagine you are starting a new job in Boise and are going to talk to your new boss for the first time. Confidence is key to your success. As you reach out to shake the extended hand your broad confident smile exposes rows of pearly white teeth, yet when you open your mouth to exchange greetings you worry about bad breath.

    Perhaps your breath is not as a pleasant as you had hoped. Bad breath is a worry and possible embarrassment for many residents of Boise, Idaho, from ages 2 to 102. Regular dental checkups at Blaisdell Family Dentistry can help alleviate your concern over bad breath. We have been addressing bad breath since 1981.

    The technical term for bad breath is halitosis. Many factors can cause or contribute to halitosis. One of these factors is the food you eat. Onions and garlic are both known for having a potent affect on your breath. Simply observing the foods you eat here in Boise can result in a change in your breath.

    Bad breath ordinarily originates in your mouth. Transient bad breath can be resolved through eating or brushing, and is a temporary condition usually associated with a dry mouth. Persistent bad breath can be a serious problem affecting as much as 25 percent of our Boise residents. Persistent bad breath can be caused by dry mouth, and is made worse when food is not cleared away properly.

    Brushing and flossing daily is a key step in curing bad breath. Food particles can build up in your mouth and foster bacteria which can cause bad breath. This not only includes the food particles that may get stuck between your teeth, but also the food that collects around your gums or on your tongue. Brushing and flossing daily can help reduce the amount of food particles that stay in your mouth and cause bad breath. Regular visits to Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise can also reduce or eliminate the progression of bad breath.

    Other factors to examine include dry mouth, tobacco use, and detrimental health concerns such as infections. Come visit Blaisdell Family Dentistry located in Boise, Idaho; we’ll provide you with information about bad breath in a professional environment. Give us a call at 208-922-6902 to set up an appointment.

    Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell & Dr. Craig Blaisdell

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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    Too tired to touch a toothbrush. We’ve all been there.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise and Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell are committed to helping patients throughout the Sun Valley, Eagle, and Meridian neighborhoods to maintain balanced hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance.

    On our blog today we are offering two fabulously quick ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.

    Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
    After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that simple.

    Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
    Another convenient and easy approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.

    Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.

    We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will cut down buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.

    Some smile problems can be prevented and some just can’t. We are happy to help with teeth whitening, family dentistry, porcelain veneers, dentures, or prepless veneers. Come see our comfortable office at 8877 W Hackamore Dr in Boise, Idaho 83709 and we’ll help with any dental issues we can.

    Cosmetic dentistry enhances a smile in several ways – straightness, coloration, conformity, and natural feel. Cosmetic dentistry helps our valued patients talk clearly, smile freely, and eat comfortably. A consultation with Drs. Blaisdell can open your eyes to the unique possibilities for your dazzling smile. Contact us at 208-922-6902 for an appointment or visit our website http://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/about-blaisdell-family-dentistry/.

    If we each do our part to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, then all of us can sleep at night.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • 3 Behind-The-Scenes Dental Advances For Idaho

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    Sun Valley dental patients who have undergone a smile redesign are probably aware of the latest cosmetic dental procedures popular in the Boise area. These include metal-free fillings, porcelain veneers, invisible braces, implant-anchored dentures, and inlays/onlays.

    Today’s Sun Valley dental post focuses on some nifty dentistry advances that are used behind-the-scenes to benefit Sun Valley dentists and dental patients alike.

    Digital imaging is not just for Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest, many cutting-edge Idaho dental offices use digital X-Rays. Realtime digital images help Boise dentists more easily spot and treat oral problems including emerging cavities and bone recession. Digital X-Rays require far less radiation exposure and are easier to store and access.

    Pinpoint-precise Diode lasers are used in myriad procedures including crown lengthening, root scaling, biopsies, root canals, teeth whitening, oral lesion removal, and treatment of dental decay. Laser procedures are easier on the patient and require shorter healing times.

    CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) are used for many restorative procedures in Sun Valley including in-office inlays/onlays and same-day crowns. Boise dentists who offer dental implants can use CAD/CAM technology in every phase of the dental implant procedure. CAD/CAM is used in Idaho dental laboratories to fabricate crowns, bridges, veneers, and ceramic braces.

    The future of dentistry is here today. I’m Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell. Blaisdell Family Dentistry is located at 8877 W Hackamore Dr in Boise. We can be reached at 208-922-6902. Ask us about:

    porcelain veneers
    prepless veneers
    teeth whitening
    dentures
    family dentistry

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Aching Jaw?

    Aching Jaw In Boise?

    Hi. I’m Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell, and today in the Boise dentist blog, I want to look at some of the conditions that may result in jaw pain.

    Jaw pain may be caused by sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses, and when these tissues are inflamed, the sinuses exert pressure on surrounding areas. If the inflamed sinus is near the jaw, pain in the jaw joint may result. This commonly happens with a cold or allergies.

    Many of my Boise patients who come to me with jaw pain have some type of dental issue, such as an infection, or a problem in the temporomandibular joint (also known as TMJ).

    The source of jaw pain can easily be identified at your Boise dental office, and treatment can begin from there. But remember, jaw pain shouldn’t be ignored.

    If you are looking for quality dental care around the Nampa, Meridian, or Sun Valley areas, please consider Blaisdell Family Dentistry. I am located in Boise and have been serving the greater Boise area since 1981. If you have any questions about oral health or cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or dental implants, give us a call today at 208-922-6902.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry offers:

    porcelain veneers
    prepless veneers
    teeth whitening
    dentures

    And so much more! Whether you need a routine dental check up or are considering a smile makeover, contact our friendly staff today!

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Soda Spells Double Trouble For Boise

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    Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems that these days it’s the dietary villain of choice. Today in the Blaisdell Family Dentistry dental blog, we are going to give you yet another important reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

    For dental health, soda deals a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

    Sugar is bad for your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to cavities. This is especially harmful to kids and teens because their enamel is not fully developed.

    Some people think that they can avoid issues because they opt for diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.

    Soda consumption can also result in teeth staining. If your teeth are already stained from soda or anything else, call 208-922-6902 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

    Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or dramatically reduce your soda consumption to improve your dental health. Also, keep your kids away from soda as much as possible so their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

    Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water right after you have soda and brush more often (but wait a half hour after you drink your soda so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

    My name is Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell. I provide advanced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the Boise area. If you have any questions about general or cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at 208-922-6902.

    Call for your appointment today!

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

    Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental troubles during pregnancy. Today’s post contains important information for expectant Boise mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

    Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning handled by one of the experienced dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes.

    The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

    If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment today by calling 208-922-6902. Once the baby is here, it will probably be harder for you to make time for a dental visit.

    If you receive dental treatment at Blaisdell Family Dentistry during your pregnancy, be sure to inform our team that you are expecting. This will affect decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

    Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can lead to cavities. If you are eating many small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

    Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle influence your baby. It is vital that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific guidance for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we take special care of our patients who are expecting.

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

    Boise Dental Patients Take Care Of Your Toothbrush!

    The common household toothbrush. Every Boise home has at least one, and hopefully all Boise residents are brushing their teeth after each meal. While cosmetic dentistry and a complete smile makeover seem to be all the rage these days, daily brushing is still the most important thing you can do for your oral health.

    It has been said that each toothbrush can contain millions of bacteria. But don’t worry, those bacteria come from our mouths, which harbor equal amounts of bacteria. For a person with a healthy immune system, these bacteria pose no threat.

    However, a few common sense tips might keep any unnecessary germs from affecting the toothbrushes of Eagle, Meridian, and Sun Valley dental patients.

    First, be sure to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the toilet lid before flushing. Each flush of the toilet releases a spray of bacteria into the air, so it’s best to just eliminate the spray.

    Next, since bacteria like a moist environment, store your toothbrush upright and without a travel case so that it can dry completely between uses.

    The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Brushing and flossing are the key to good oral health, and doing both each day will keep Boise dental patients’ risk for gum disease, cavities, and bad breath low.

    Keep your smile bright by visiting Blaisdell Family Dentistry regularly and practicing proper oral hygiene.

    Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell has been a dentist in the Boise area since 1981. We can answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and clear braces.

    Call to schedule an appointment today!

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • 5 Simple Ways To Avoid A Cracked Tooth

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    Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and expensive to repair. Today’s post in the Blaisdell Family Dentistry dental blog contains an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.

    1. Avoiding a cracked tooth means avoiding chewing on hard things. Mind-blowing, right? Eagle and Meridian dental patients should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Also be careful with pitted fruits – that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.

    2. It is essential to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where your mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, Sun Valley Rec Center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.

    3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.

    4. Most people know that grinding your teeth is detrimental, but did you know that it can lead to a cracked tooth? If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, speak with your Boise dentist so you can address the problem with stress reduction techniques and/or a mouth guard. Frequent headaches or jaw pain can usually be attributed to nighttime teeth grinding.

    5. Lastly, make sure that you visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. Your dentist may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. These cracks can then be repaired before further damage or decay occurs.

    If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available for cracks, small and large. Veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, inlays/onlays, fillings, and dental implants are all used to repair or replace damaged teeth.

    My name is Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell and I provide exceptional dental care in Boise. My practice, Blaisdell Family Dentistry, offers the following services:

    porcelain veneers
    prepless veneers
    teeth whitening
    dentures

    And more! If you live in the Boise area, and are seeking a friendly, experienced, and gentle dentist, please give us a call at 208-922-6902.

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • 4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Boise Dentist

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    We all go to our Boise dentist for check-ups and toothaches, but there are other less-obvious issues that your dentist can help you with. Today, we would like to talk about some of the most common oral conditions that should be discussed with your dentist.

    1. Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath is usually caused by bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating cavities. Discuss it with your dentist who can help you overcome this problem. (All of your friends will thank you.)

    2. Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very uncomfortable and can predispose dental patients to a host of issues such as dental caries and gum disease. Some Boise residents experience it because of prescription medications or chronic diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment

    3. Jaw Issues. If you have a clicking jaw or jaw discomfort, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist ASAP! These symptoms can be signs of a harmful oral issue.

    4. Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth (or if your partner tells you that you’re doing it in your sleep!), discuss it with your dentist. A simple mouthguard can preserve your teeth. If you have suffered damage from grinding such as fractured or chipped teeth, we will give you specifics about restorative dentistry.

    I’m Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell of Boise,
    and I want my patients to come to me with all of their oral concerns. Call 208-922-6902 today to schedule an appointment.

    Excellence in Dentistry -Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell & Dr. Craig Blaisdell

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709