Category Archives: General Dentistry

  • Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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    People that experience dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common diagnosable mental condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously.

    Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be difficult, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a jet or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.

    A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of falling into a vicious cycle of declining oral health.

    Fear causes the person to abstain from dental checkups for years. When a minor dental issue (like a small cavity) advances until it hits a nerve and leads to pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

    At this point, the necessary remedy is a major procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The process reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some people end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

    Experts believe that the prevalence of dental phobia may be as high as one in four men and women. Are you one of them?

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we want to help apprehensive patients successfully overcome or at least manage their apprehension so they can withstand twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the most effective way to protect teeth and gums.

    If you haven’t had a dental examination in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can speak with Drs. Blaisdell about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).

    If you are terrified about going to the dentist, there is hope. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to schedule a consultation today.


    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, ID


  • Preventive Dentistry At Blaisdell Family Dentistry

    tooth decay pictures at Are you a Boise area parent of young children? Do you want them to develop better oral hygiene habits than you did when you were young? Perhaps you have a beautiful smile and want to prevent tooth decay. Many Boise people have a mouth full of fillings and don’t want to add another one to their collection.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care.

    Your first step toward dental health begins with a prevention consultation with Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell.

    Nampa dental patients of all ages need to start with an exam to determine their current status. Your dental condition is influenced by your dietary habits, previous dental work, physical health, medications, lifestyle and family history. After a comprehensive analysis, Lynn R. Blaisdell can establish a decay prevention plan just for you.

    A prevention plan is a multi-faceted approach designed to maintain optimum dental health. It involves affordable preventative services at Blaisdell Family Dentistry. Twice-yearly exams reveal early problems before they progress. Deep cleanings prevent a multitude of serious dental issues for our Meridian and Sun Valley patients who faithfully keep their regular cleaning appointments.

    Oral health cannot be maintained solely in our office. Daily brushing and flossing is essential. A healthy diet is necessary and will deliver benefits to your whole body – not just your teeth.

    If you suspect you have a cavity or gum disease, call us at 208-922-6902 before it gets worse. We can successfully treat your current problems and restore your dental health. In addition, we will set you on the path toward a healthier future.

    We provide the highest quality general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry including veneers, crowns, root canals, and teeth whitening.


    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, ID


  • Does My Dentist Care About My Diet?

    Nampa Preventive Dentistry When people in the Boise area think of diet and oral health, they typically think about the damage sweet drinks can cause to teeth. While it’s true that these dangerous sugars cause increased acidity in the mouth and lead to tooth decay, soda and sugary-fruit drinks are only part of the trouble.

    The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in Boise and Meridian.

    If your body is lacking in essential nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These dangerous infections can lead to gum disease.

    A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

    While this is an excellent resource, vital dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call Blaisdell Family Dentistry at 208-922-6902 and schedule a check-up with Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell to see if your diet is affecting your teeth.

    When you eat a balanced diet and feel your best, you’ll want to look your best, so be sure to ask our friendly staff about state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry procedures such as cosmetic dental smile makeovers and same day restorations.

    We provide the highest quality general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry including veneers, crowns, root canals, and teeth whitening.


    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, ID


  • Multi-Procedure Dental Visits In Boise

    Multi-Procedure Dental Visits in Boise If you are planning extensive cosmetic dental work, you may be wondering whether to do it all at once or one procedure at a time over an extended period. Here are some factors to look at:

    In the long run, it is less pricey to do it all at once. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we are able to complete several procedures in one visit. We know that complete smile transformations are a significant investment for most Boise residents. We would be happy to discuss affordable dentistry financing options. Call us at 208-922-6902 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

    With the latest materials and state-of-the art cosmetic dental techniques, healing is speedier than in the past. However, some procedures such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants may require a healing period.

    It is easier physically and psychologically to have the fewest possible visits to your Boise dentist. You should also look at how your dental visits and necessary healing periods will affect your employment and family life. You will have less down time if you receive several procedures at once.

    Aesthetic Results
    While we routinely achieve great outcomes when doing a smile makeover in steps, multiple porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

    Sedation Dentistry
    When you come in for a smile analysis, we can discuss oral sedation dentistry. Many cosmetic dental patients benefit from this safe and effective solution for pain and anxiety management. Conscious sedation is especially useful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

    We provide the highest quality general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry including veneers, crowns, root canals, and teeth whitening.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho


  • Gum Health Affects Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

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    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we are concerned not only with the condition of your mouth, but also with how it impacts your complete physical health and general well-being.

    Today’s post looks at the connection between diabetes and oral health and may be of interest to Boise residents with diabetes as well individuals who are trying to reduce their risk factors.

    Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related troubles for those affected.

    Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.

    “We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH1

    Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health impacts the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.

    “Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”2

    If you have diabetes, it is important that you see a dentist regularly and are devoted to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other critical practices. Moreover, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.

    If you don’t have a dentist and live in the greater Boise area, I invite you to call us at 208-922-6902. We will complete a thorough examination and one of my hygienists will treat your teeth and gums to a professional dental cleaning. Then we will create a useful plan for improving and maintaining your dental health for life. I can be a key member of your healthcare team and will work with your medical doctor, if needed.

    1Angelo Milone, “Does periodontal disease cause type 2 diabetes?,” Endocrine Today, November 2008,, accessed August 12, 2015
    2“Diabetes and Oral Health Problems,” American Diabetes Association, September 18, 2012,, accessed August 12, 2015


    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, IS


  • The Tea And Teeth Question

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    What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?
    Why, Denis, of course.

    Joking aside, a common concern for Sun Valley patients can be stained teeth. I’m Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell of Blaisdell Family Dentistry. Today, let’s talk a little bit about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea.

    Over time tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Thorough daily rituals of oral cleaning are valuable for this. Tartar (which forms if the plaque remains on the teeth for over 24 hours) on the other hand will need to be removed in office during a teeth cleaning appointment. Either way, between cleanings a wise method for avoiding tea staining is to rinse with water after drinking tea or to eat something and then to be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

    If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, there is always teeth whitening as an option. Our other services include:
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    The cost of living is going up in Sun Valley, Nampa, and Meridian. Come in Boise and let us share our competitive pricing, financial options and superb service with you. Cosmetic dentistry may be less expensive than you think.

    Our specialty is cosmetic dentistry. A popular service in our office is dental implants. We would love to do sedation dentistry if that appeals to you. Veneers, dental implants, crowns, partials.

    Now you know that tea doesn’t have to stain teeth permanently. What’s your next question?

    Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell & Dr. Craig Blaisdell

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho

  • Blaisdell Family Dentistry: Calming Root Canal Fears

    Idaho Dentist Calms Root Canal Fears In Boise, Idaho, a dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful and scary place. Blaisdell Family Dentistry located at 8877 W Hackamore Dr Boise, Idaho 83709 tries to discourage that image with a friendly staff and qualified dentists. However, endodontic therapy, a dental procedure commonly known as a root canal, still carries a strong association with pain that sometimes keeps people from regularly visiting the dentist and tending optimally to their oral health.

    When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, a qualified dentist in Idaho can clean the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection from the inside of the tooth. Your qualified dentist will then seal the tooth to prevent further decay and finish by applying a crown or filling. This is the process and purpose of a root canal. The process can be completed, typically, in just a few visits to your Idaho dental practice. In many cases, a root canal procedure is a better option than removing the infected tooth since it allows you to keep your natural tooth.

    Teeth that are more prone to requiring a root canal procedure in the state of Idaho are cracked or chipped, have received repeated dental procedures, have been damaged by trauma to the face, or are suffering from deep tooth decay. Wearing a mouth guard can help prevent damage sustained to teeth and practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as daily flossing and brushing, coupled with regular dental visits, can reduce the possibility of needing a root canal.

    Though a root canal can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to your local dentist in the Boise, Idaho area is essential and can relieve much of your anxiety. Root canals are often not painful, and for many people the pain of the infection experienced beforehand is worse than any pain that might be experienced during the procedure.

    If you are looking for a trusted and experienced dentist in the Boise, we invite you to give Blaisdell Family Dentistry a call at 208-922-6902 to schedule a consultation.

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  • Peace Of Mind At Blaisdell Family Dentistry

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    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.

    Here are four ways we are passionate about your peace of mind at Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise:

    1. We don’t judge you. Drs. Lynn R. and Craig Blaisdell have devoted their professional careers to promoting oral health and creating beautiful smiles.

    The thoughtful dental team at Blaisdell Family Dentistry is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental issue. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

    2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to oral conscious sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. Drs. Lynn R and Craig Blaisdell is a pro at administering barely noticeable injections.

    3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more common than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some patients get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

    Sleep dentistry (oral conscious sedation) not only assists in pain management, it allows you to sleep through your appointment. There are different levels of sedation, so you don’t have to be completely unconscious unless you want to be. If you would like more details about sedation, call 208-922-6902 to schedule a consultation. We can review the different levels of oral conscious sedation so you can settle upon the one that is best for you.

    4. We communicate with you.
     Our dentists have established a reputation as effective and professional communicators. Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your vital questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you look at it for a while. There is no rush.

    If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give the team at Blaisdell Family Dentistry a try. Neglecting your oral health has serious consequences. Call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.

  • Why You Shouldn’t Dread Going To The Dentist

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    If you are afraid of the dentist and have not had a check-up in years, today’s post is for you. Good news! Dentistry in the Boise area and around Idaho is nothing like it was when you were a kid. (Even if you’re still a kid, we invite you to keep reading.)

    There Is No Reason to Avoid Dental Visits
    First off, if you need dental treatment, oral sedation dentistry allows you to sleep during the procedure. There are several levels of sedation – you can remain conscious or take a trip to la-la land. Schedule a consultation with Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell for more vital information about sedation dentistry.

    If you have a bad memory of hurting for days after a procedure, relax. Improved painkillers, lasers, and advanced techniques have reduced the pain experienced by Blaisdell Family Dentistry patients. If you need extensive treatment, we will create a pain management plan to ensure that you remain comfortable.

    You Won’t Be Here All Day
    Drs. Blaisdell can perform procedures much quicker with today’s extremely precise dental instruments. Healing times for oral surgery are also much shorter.

    You don’t have to live with gaps in your smile, sore gums, stained teeth, or a toothache. We can take care of all your dental issues. We will help restore your oral health to improve your quality of life and prevent dental issues from affecting other parts of your body.

    Today’s Boise dentistry is not your father’s dentistry. We invite you to discover why you shouldn’t avoid the dentist any longer.

    We look forward to meeting you. Call Blaisdell Family Dentistry today at 208-922-6902.

  • Filtered Boise Water And Oral Health

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    A simple way for Boise residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

    Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

    If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.


    Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

    I’m Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell, an experienced Boise dentist serving the Nampa, Meridian, and Sun Valley areas. I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 208-922-6902 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

    We have been serving the Boise area since 1981, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Boise, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

    Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell
    Blaisdell Family Dentistry
    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise Idaho