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  • Why You Should Fix Your Child’s Crooked Teeth

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    Parents want what’s best for their children, but some can’t always provide everything their children need when the family budget is tight. If your child has crooked teeth and you are on the fence about braces, we encourage you to read this post.

    1. A beautiful smile with straight teeth boosts your child’s self-esteem.

    Young children with crooked teeth may not notice that anything is wrong, but eventually they will realize that their teeth don’t look right. Straight teeth make the whole face more pleasing and attractive. If your child is self-conscious about an unattractive smile, he or she will be reluctant to smile. A serious demeanor could affect the way he or she is treated by peers.

    2. Crooked teeth can bite.

    If you suspect that your child’s bite is not aligned, we invite you to make an appointment with Blaisdell Family Dentistry. Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell can evaluate your child’s bite and make recommendations to see a specialist if required.

    3. Crooked teeth can affect normal speech development.

    4. Correcting a child’s teeth with orthodontia is quicker and easier when the jaw is young and flexible.

    5. Crooked teeth can cut down your child’s power to eat a healthy diet.

    Misaligned teeth can make chewing and eating difficult. Children need a variety of foods but may miss out on important nutrients if they can’t chew raw vegetables or meat, for example. If your child only eats soft foods, his/her jaw may not develop normal size and strength.

    6. Misaligned teeth can damage the gums and underlying bone.

    7. If crooked teeth cause malocclusion (bad bite), problems with TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) can result.

    TMD is a dangerous condition affecting the jaw joint.

    8. It’s easier to clean teeth when they are straight and uncrowded.

    When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes difficult to make vital daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, problems with plaque build-up, cavities, and gum disease generally result.

    9. If the child’s crooked teeth are not corrected while they are young, the problems may compound and become worse with age.

    Severely crooked teeth typically affect well-being and quality of life. For example, chewing problems can lead to ulcers, and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.

    10. There are many new types of braces.

    Ceramic, self-ligating, and lingual (invisible) braces are some of the new orthodontia options. In some circumstances, invisible braces can be just as effective at adjusting teeth as the traditional type.

    To find out if your child needs braces, schedule a consultation at Blaisdell Family Dentistry by calling 208-922-6902.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Fun Floss Facts

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    You probably believe that the most critical aspect regarding flossing is simply to do it every day. We agree. However, many people find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish or solidify the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire. Let’s explore some of the most common types of dental floss.

    Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is ordinarily made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less pricey, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

    Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is often referred to as “glide” floss.

    Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is useful to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

    Dental tape is nylon floss in the form of a wide, flat ribbon. Many Blaisdell Family Dentistry patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

    For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to speak with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this essential habit just because you’re having your teeth corrected!

    A good person to give you counsel about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at Blaisdell Family Dentistry, our skilled hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth brightening and veneers.

    Call us today at 208-922-6902 for your appointment! You can also visit us on the web at http://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/about-blaisdell-family-dentistry/.

    Source:
    “The Different Types of Dental Floss,” Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-p-connelly-dds/dental-floss_b_1643933.html, accessed on September 17, 2013

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

    Affordable Boise Dentistry Sedation When I discuss sedation dentistry with new patients, I encounter many misconceptions. The purpose of today’s dentistry article is to de-bunk some of the most common myths about dental sedation.

    Myth #1: With Sedation Dentistry, You Are Completely Unconscious

    Some nervous dental patients are not only afraid of receiving treatment; they also fear the thought of not being in control. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we offer different levels of sedation, but none of the sedation options put you completely to sleep. With oral sedation you are relaxed but not totally knocked out. When we need to ask a dental sedation patient a question during the treatment, the patient is able to hear, understand, and respond.

    Myth #2: Dental Sedation Should Only Be Used For Extensive Dental Treatment

    Anxiety-free dentistry is completely safe. Many nervous sedation dentistry patients request sedation for routine exams and procedures.

    Myth #3: Most Dental Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Sleep Dentistry

    Some Idaho dental insurers do cover sedation. Check with your insurer for details about your Idaho dental insurance benefits.

    Myth #4: Sleep Dentistry Is Still Experimental

    Cosmetic dentists have been safely providing sedation for many years. Blaisdell Family Dentistry meets all the requirements advised by the American Dental Association. Millions of Americans and thousands of Idaho dental patients have safely received sedation for dental treatment.

    For more information about anxiety-free dentistry, contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry at http://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/about-blaisdell-family-dentistry/ or 208-922-6902 today to schedule a sedation consultation.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Dental Check Up — How Often?

    When is the last time you had a dental check-up? Most individuals need a dental check-up every six months. If you have a higher risk for oral diseases, we advise you to receive an examination every four months.

    Welcome to Blaisdell Family Dentistry

    Lynn R. Blaisdell, DDS, of Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise is accepting new patients. If you do not currently have a dentist or are not happy with your provider, we invite you to learn about our practice and meet our team. We are sure that you will like what you find. Many patients entrust us with their dental health and we appreciate the relationships we have with them.

    Give us a call at 208-922-6902 to make an appointment. You can also visit our website at http://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/ for more information about our services.

    Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

    Most people are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene habits, or are plagued with medical conditions that affect your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category. It is important to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked soon.

    I analyze many factors to determine the quality of your oral health. I want you to have the healthiest teeth possible so that you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life. The philosophy ‘”Ignore it and it will go away,” does not apply to a tooth or gum problem. 

    Call 208-922-6902 to schedule a check-up. We hope to hear from you soon.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Dental Veneers: 7 Fast Fixes For Boise Smiles

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    Hi! Welcome to the Blaisdell Family Dentistry dental blog. Today we are focusing on fabulous veneers, which are used extensively in cosmetic dentistry.

    Dental veneers (also called laminates) are custom made to permanently cover the front part of one or more teeth. Wafer-thin, super-strong veneers can correct a variety of problems including:

    1. Chips
    2. Cracks
    3. Stains
    4. Teeth that are misshapen
    5. Teeth that are too short
    6. Teeth that are misaligned
    7. Gaps between teeth

    When you get veneers, your dentist will first make a model of your teeth. Then, a dental technician uses the model to create the veneers. In some veneer procedures, a small amount of the enamel from the face of the tooth has to be removed so the veneers can be placed. In such cases, the procedure is irreversible.

    If you are in the Sun Valley area and are looking for a family, general or cosmetic dentist, give Blaisdell Family Dentistry a call. My name is Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell and I have been practicing advanced dentistry in Boise, Idaho since 1981. The art and science of cosmetic dentistry is my passion.

    Please call 208-922-6902 and a member of our friendly staff can answer any questions you have about veneers, teeth whitening, invisible braces, sedation dentistry, pediatric dentistry, general dental care, or smile makeovers.

    The following website was used as source material for this blog:
    http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on February 12, 2013

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment

    Boise Pediatric Dentistry Wishing for a whiter smile but not sure how to get it? New to tooth whitening jargon?

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we educate patients on the variety of teeth whitening protocols; from whitening trays to teeth bleaching to opalescence whitening. We do smile bleaching every day.

    Toothpaste Can’t Erase All Stains

    Almost every toothpaste claims to lighten teeth, but as we age our teeth gradually turn yellow or gray, despite all the whitening toothpastes we use repeatedly. Tooth enamel, while one of the toughest substances in the body, is porous. Over time, the food and drinks that come in contact with our teeth lead to staining and discoloration. You probably have already observed that a toothbrush cannot clean these microscopic pores.

    Powerful Peroxide

    Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are the two main smile whitening ingredients. They can penetrate the outer layer of your teeth to clear away the build-up and help restore the original color.

    Call Blaisdell Family Dentistry at 208-922-6902 to schedule an appointment and we will explain the difference between these tooth bleaching ingredients and how they may affect your smile whitening results.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • What Is A Frenectomy?

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    Have you ever heard of a person being “tongue-tied” or “lip-tied”? As dental professionals, we care about the health of your mouth as a whole, not just your teeth. When a tongue- or lip-tie is present, some problems may arise that we at Blaisdell Family Dentistry can help with!

    Why Do Lip- And Tongue-Ties Occur?
    A lip- or tongue-tie occurs when a thin tissue in the mouth called a frenum is overgrown. There are two kinds of frena in the mouth, labial (lip), frena, and the lingual (tongue) frenum. The labial frena can be found in the center of the lips, connecting the inside of your upper and lower lips to the gum tissue. You can see the tongue frenum by looking in the mirror and lifting your tongue up to touch the roof of your mouth.
    The purpose of the frenum is to limit certain muscle movements to prevent tissue damage. When the frenum tissue is excessive, however, it has the potential to do more harm than good.

    What Problems Can Arise As The Result Of A Tongue-Tie?
    A tongue-tie restricts the tongue and prevents it from moving freely. Tongue-ties may be moderate, resulting in only small inconveniences like not being able to lick an ice cream cone. In some cases, however, they cause severe impairments such as:

    • Difficulty nursing as an infant and eating later in life
    • Speech impediments
    • Pain and discomfort
    • Periodontal issues, such as receding gums
    • Tongue thrust and bite misalignment

    A lip-tie refers to a frenum that attaches too far down on the gum. The possible complications of a lip-tie are somewhat similar to those who are tongue-tied. An overgrown labial frenum can:

    • Cause pain and discomfort
    • Make it difficult for children to keep their teeth clean
    • Complicate nursing
    • Lead to periodontal issues, such as receding gums
    • Result in misaligned teeth and bite (usually gap teeth)

    A Frenectomy Helps Alleviate Tongue- and Lip-Ties
    A frenectomy is a simple procedure that can be performed by dental professionals where excess tissue on the frenum is removed. Before performing a frenectomy, several factors are taken into account, including the possibility that the condition may correct itself over time.
    We’re Here To Answer Your Questions
    If you’re concerned about a possible lip-tie or tongue-tie in yourself or your child, schedule an appointment at Arbor Lakes Dental today. We’d be more than happy to answer your questions and together, we’ll determine the best way to move forward!
    Thank you for trusting us with your oral health concerns!
    The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Children’s Cavities Are Not “Just A Part Of Growing Up”

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    Today’s dental blog focuses on a preventative treatment often used to help impede the development of cavities in children.

    Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for our young children.

    Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. Family dentists most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.

    Parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many kids develop cavities even before they start kindergarten!

    It is vital that our local parents start regular dental visits early for their toddlers and young children. The American Dental Association advises that a child’s initial dental exam take place soon after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the toddler’s first birthday.

    Dental sealants protect teeth without decay (primary prevention) and also prevent tooth decay from getting worse (secondary prevention).

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we take special care of our young dental patients. We want each child’s dental visits to be pleasant and painless so they will never develop a fear of the dentist. We advise parents on the specific dental issues associated with each stage of childhood. Ask us about fluoride, sports mouthguards, and orthodontic treatment.

    I am Lynn R. Blaisdell of Blaisdell Family Dentistry. I don’t believe that childhood cavities are unavoidable. Call my office at 208-922-6902 to schedule a dental exam.

    I provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for people of all ages. My office is located at 8877 W Hackamore Dr in Boise. You can learn more about my practice at https://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/about-blaisdell-family-dentistry/

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

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    Improving your oral hygiene doesn’t have to take a lot of time. In fact, you can establish a new habit to benefit your oral health in 10 seconds. I’m Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell with Blaisdell Family Dentistry, writing to offer my patients 6 uncomplicated ways to add important dental care to each day in 60 seconds or less.

    Find a good place for your toothbrush.
    Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will allow air drying and can slow the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

    Leave the floss on the counter.
    If you want to build consistency, you’ll need a plan. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it you’ll remember that commitment.

    Swish.
    If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and rinse away food particles after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but it will do the trick if the alternative was no time spent swishing.

    Smile in the mirror.
    Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Inspect gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed food particles and staining or other concerns.

    Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
    Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. Less than 10 seconds and a habit that will lessen discoloration.

    Call Blaisdell Family Dentistry.

    10 digits, 10 seconds, a short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation with me and my friendly staff. Call 208-922-6902 so we can examine your teeth for more than your initial 10 seconds and help you to have the smile you can be proud of.

    For families throughout Boise, cosmetic dentistry–teeth whitening, crowns, chipped teeth and even braces–all have their place in improving a smile. Why not let us improve yours?

    We can answer questions about the cost of cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or sedation dentistry. Trusted since 1981 to promote healthy smiles and educated hygiene, we will take care of all your needs including: teeth whitening, family dentistry, porcelain veneers, dentures, prepless veneers and everything in between.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Blaisdell Family Dentistry On Jaw Bone Deterioration

    Boise Jaw Bone Deterioration Hello friends of Blaisdell Family Dentistry! Today’s post focuses on jaw bone health.

    To remain dense, your jaw bone needs to be consistently stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure attached to the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates the bone surrounding the root.

    In some cases, tooth extraction is the only possible treatment for our patients with tooth damage beyond repair. However, we make every effort to preserve the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the original root structure begins to recede.

    Fortunately, tooth implants provide a new, artificial root which keeps the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant consists of a strong titanium post which is placed in the jaw bone. It replaces the original root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.

    After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and meshed with the implant, a post is inserted into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss with a very high success rate.

    For more specifics about dental implants, call Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell at 208-922-6902. The friendly team at Blaisdell Family Dentistry provide world-class dental treatment for patients in Boise and the surrounding areas.

    Excellence in Dentistry

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709