Category Archives: Family Dentistry

  • Toothbrush Tantrums: When Your Child Won’t Brush

    Getting kids to brush Boise

    Your child’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, are just as essential to their health, speech development, and self-esteem as their permanent teeth. Some Boise parents we meet at Blaisdell Family Dentistry hold the misconception that the care of primary teeth is secondary to adult teeth, since they will eventually fall out.

    The truth is that the twenty primary teeth lay the foundation for the health of adult teeth and a beautiful smile. Taking care of these teeth is very important!

    A dislike for brushing is understandable. A parent takes a pokey bristly thing, smears some minty paste on it, puts it in their mouth and scrubs their teeth with it. No wonder it doesn’t appeal to some toddlers and children. Sometimes the battle grows to the point that parents want to give up the struggle until their child is older. Don’t!

    If it is difficult to get your child to brush willingly, Dr. Blaisdell has several suggestions.

    If the toothpaste is the issue, brush with a smaller amount or even without it, at first. The goal is to remove food particles that will lead to plaque and bacteria, eventually causing tooth decay. Toothpaste is not required for removing food particles. Fluoride is important, however. If your water is not fluoridated, talk to Dr. Blaisdell about fluoride supplements.

    Take your child to the store and have him or her pick a new, soft-bristled toothbrush. Maybe buy two, so your child has some control in picking which toothbrush to use each time he or she brushes.

    Let your child do the brushing, then review and brush the areas that might have been missed. Have your child with you when you are brushing your teeth. Let your son or daughter know that everyone needs to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Invite your child to look in the mirror and brush at the same time.

    To develop the habit, keep the time short and slowly lengthen the sessions. Brush heads are hard with bristles that poke. Toothpaste may seem “hot” to some children. Teaching your child that brushing is non-negotiable is the critical first step. After it has become part of the routine, add time by singing songs or brushing your teeth at the same time. Some Idaho parents have had success with setting a timer.

    Compliment your child on their outstanding effort in taking care of themselves. Be sure to preserve a positive attitude. Let your child know that you love their beautiful smile and want it to always be shiny white. Positive reinforcement and establishing a routine are vital parts of childhood dental brushing. We want children to be passionate about a habit that will influence their health throughout their life.

    If your child continues to struggle with brushing, you may think about sealants. Sealants are beneficial protective barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. A sealant aids in preventing food particles from lodging in difficult places to brush – ordinarily in the pits and grooves in the molars in the back of the mouth.

    Call 208-922-6902 to schedule an appointment to talk to Dr.Lynn R. Blaisdell about your child’s oral hygiene or any other concern.

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Dr. Blaisdell Knows When A Simple Problem Can Become Serious

    canker sore treatment Boise

    Today in the Boise family dentist blog we are going to discuss those small irritations in the mouth that have the potential to become big problems.

    Injuries, sores, or inflammation in the mouth can be very uncomfortable. These non-specific irritations, called stomatitis, have many different causes. They may be cause by cold sores, gum disease, or biting the inside of your mouth. They may also be cause by the irritation that results from broken teeth or braces.

    In fact, any inflammation of the membranes in the mouth can be classified as stomatitis. Stomatitis can affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even to fall asleep at night. These pests can really have an impact on lives!

    The good news is that most of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. However, there is a possibility that a viral or bacterial infection can occur, so it’s important to let your Boise dentist know about these sores. Even if there are no complications, your dentist can help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

    Hi, my name is Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell. I take care of patients in the Boise area at my comfortable and friendly Boise dental office. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, give us a call at 208-922-6902.

    Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, dental bonding, and dental implants.

    We hope to see you in our Boise office soon!

    The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
    “Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed on September 11, 2013

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Boise Endodontics

    Boise Endodontics Have you ever heard the phrase “I’d rather have a root canal” to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our Boise dentistry patients and many report minimal discomfort.

    Boise root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many Idaho root canal patients, the procedure is no worse than getting a filling from your Blaisdell Family Dentistry dental professional.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, our goal is to help our Nampa, Meridian, and Sun Valley root canal patients avoid the necessity of endodontic treatment by providing important dental care. However, if root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth for one of our greater Boise area root canal patients, we provide the most advanced Boise endodontic treatment in Idaho

    How do you know if you need a root canal? You should talk to your Blaisdell Family Dentistry dental professional immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some Boise endodontic patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is essential to visit your local Boise endodontic dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

    Call Blaisdell Family Dentistry, at 208-922-6902 to schedule an appointment.
      We are passionate about the highest standard of dental care.

    Excellence in Dentistry

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Why Do You Need A Local Boise Dentist?

    dentist-floss-for-youOur practice, Blaisdell Family Dentistry, offers family dentistry, general dentistry and many cosmetic dental services. If you have a family and are looking for a family dentist, give us a call at 208-922-6902.

    If you live in the Boise area, it is wise to choose a local dentist for your family dentist. It will be easier and more convenient for every member of your family to come in for regular examinations and cleanings. Most busy parents don’t need the added inconvenience of a long commute to a dental appointment. And what if you experience a dental emergency? A neighborhood dentist who knows your family is best equipped to handle unexpected dental needs.

    In addition to basic preventative dental health services such as fluoride treatments, routine x-rays and oral hygiene, we offer porcelain veneers, prepless veneers, and teeth whitening. You can reach Blaisdell Family Dentistry at 208-922-6902.

    Boise parents with infants and toddlers often seek information about thumb-sucking, the health of ‘baby teeth,’ x-ray safety, and fluoride supplements. Parents with older children are often concerned about sealants, tooth protection for sports, tooth straightening, and dental financing.

    We look forward to answering all of your questions. You can learn more about Blaisdell Family Dentistry at http://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/about-blaisdell-family-dentistry/- Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell & Dr. Craig Blaisdell

  • Children’s Dental In Boise

    Children’s Dental in Boise For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday. The AAP now advises Meridian and Sun Valley parents to take their toddler to their family dentist before their first birthday, or about six months after their first tooth appears.

    Why? Prevention, prevention, prevention! Sadly, Nampa dentists find advanced tooth decay in very young children.

    High-risk children should be seen as early as possible. Following are some of the risk factors:

    • Sleeping with a bottle
    • Drinking juice continually during the day
    • Abnormal tooth development
    • Thumb sucking
    • Tooth grinding
    • A mother with significant tooth decay
    • Other health problems

    To talk to us about your child’s oral health, call 208-922-6902. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we pamper our youngest patients and their Boise parents. We would love to serve you with the most advanced dental care in Boise.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry
    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise , Idaho 83709
    http://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/dental-services/
    208-922-6902

    A popular procedure is dental implants, and many of our patient may not know that we offer sedation dentistry.

  • 5 Cavity Basics For Boise

    Boise Cosmetic Dentist

    Some of the most popular dental topics discussed in Nampa and Boise relate to cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening, veneers, and dental implants. However, the desire to avoid cavities is still the main reason Meridian and Sun Valley residents visit their dentists, so today the Boise dental blog is going to highlight the 5 things you need to know about cavities.

    1. Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities.

    2. Factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

    Frequent eating
    Consuming sugary beverages
    Oral bacteria
    Poor dental hygiene

    3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your Nampa, Meridian, or Sun Valley dentist today for an appointment.

    4. Cavities are more common among children, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

    5. Avoiding cavities is simple. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right and avoid snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

    If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Boise area, give Blaisdell Family Dentistry a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around Boise since 1981. We can also answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as gum contouring and smile makeovers.

    Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell
    Blaisdell Family Dentistry
    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    208-922-6902
    http://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/about-blaisdell-family-dentistry/

  • Sealants Prevent Cavities For Boise Kids

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry Sealants Prevent Cavities For Boise Kids Your child’s first dental exam at Blaisdell Family Dentistry should occur when the first teeth are in, usually between six months and one year of age. During your child’s first check-up at our Boise office, we can discuss sealants, a clear layer of plastic applied to the grooved surfaces of the teeth.

    Sealants protect the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the crevasses where food particles can get caught and breed harmful bacteria. They are especially effective in the back teeth where most cavities occur.

    The application process takes only one short visit at Blaisdell Family Dentistry. The teeth are cleaned and dried, and then liquid sealant is applied to teeth and hardened: it’s quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.

    Sealants are covered by most Idaho dental insurance plans. For Boise parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some Idaho dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. Blaisdell Family Dentistry ordinarily recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.

    If properly cared for, dental sealants can last for many years, protecting your child during the most cavity-prone ages.

    Diligent oral hygiene and refraining from biting into hard objects are essential and will help the sealants last longer. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell will inspect the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair if needed.

    Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly Blaisdell Family Dentistry dental visits are vital for pediatric dental health. For more details about sealants, contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry today.

    Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell
    Blaisdell Family Dentistry
    Serving Boise since 1981

    Excellence in Dentistry

  • Child-Friendly Boise Dentist

    Child-Friendly Boise Dentist

    It’s a question that many parents in Boise debate: When should I take my child in for their first dental appointment? The answer may be a little earlier than you think.

    The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist around twelve months of age. This happens to be about the time when the first teeth tend to erupt.

    Some Nampa, Meridian, and Sun Valley parents may wonder why dental visits are needed so early in their child’s life. Not only will your Boise dentist want to clean your child’s teeth and apply fluoride, it’s also important for small children to get used to seeing the dentist.

    Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your Boise child is less likely to require braces or other restorative or cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.

    If you have a child that is apprehensive about visiting Blaisdell Family Dentistry, you might want to bring them in a few days before to visit the office. Call us at
    208-922-6902 to set up a time for your child to see our comfortable practice and meet our friendly staff.

    We’re Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell, a gentle, child-friendly Boise dentist. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry we offer:

    Porcelain veneers
    Prepless veneers
    Teeth whitening
    Dentures

    Thanks for visiting our Boise dental blog, and contact us today for all your dental needs!

    Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell
    Blaisdell Family Dentistry
    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    208-922-6902

  • Boise Children’s Dental Care And Thumb Sucking

    Open Bite For years, Boise parents have been warned that thumb-sucking can cause future dental problems for their thumb-loving toddlers. One of these problems is a type of malocclusion called an open bite.

    An open bite occurs when the front teeth in the lower and upper jaw have been moved forward – often to the extent that they do not meet when the mouth is closed. In most cases, an open bite has been caused by thumb sucking, but pacifiers and tongue thrusting can also move teeth out of alignment.

    Tongue thrusting refers to an abnormal swallowing action in which the tongue is pushed forward during swallowing. Normally, the tongue is on the roof of the mouth and the teeth closed completely when swallowing. A tongue-thrusting habit can develop due to factors other than thumb sucking, though this is a common cause. Allergies, large tonsils, tongue size, jaw angle, muscular problems, frequent sore throats, and anything that makes swallowing difficult can result in a tongue-thrusting habit.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we diagnose bite problems in young Boise dental patients, including underbites, overbites, crossbites, and open bites. If dental treatment is started early in a child’s life, many bite issues and their associated problems can be prevented.

    Call Blaisdell Family Dentistry at 208-639-0489 to schedule a dental examination for your toddler or child. If you need dental treatment for your child and do not have dental plan insurance, talk to us about financing options.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care in the greater Boise area. Because our friendly staff puts our youngest patients at ease, your child can grow up without fearing visits to their Boise family dentist.

  • Excellence In Family Dentistry At Blaisdell Family Dentistry

    Excellence In Family Dentistry At Blaisdell Family Dentistry

    Welcome to the Blaisdell Family Dentistry family dentistry blog. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we are proud of our legacy of dental excellence. If you are interviewing family dentists in Boise, Nampa, or Sun Valley, we invite you to visit us at Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise.

    Our dental service menu includes general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services for every member of the family.

    We create a pleasant dental experience for our youngest patients at Blaisdell Family Dentistry. We want to make sure they look forward to visits and never develop dental anxiety.

    If you have toddlers and young children, we can guide you in pediatric oral care, sealants, and fluoride treatments.

    If you have older children and teens, in addition to general dentistry, we provide emergency dentistry, custom sports mouth guards, and wisdom teeth removal.

    Hundreds of Blaisdell Family Dentistry patients  have dramatically improved their smiles with the marvels of cosmetic dentistry.

    Smile makeover techniques and materials are better than ever and some procedures can be completed in just one visit!

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we treat you like family. To schedule an exam and cleaning, call us at 208-639-0489.