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  • 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

  • A Teenage Smile Without The Metal

    No One Will Know You Are Wearing Braces In Boise

    Many adults want to look younger by straightening their teeth but having a mouthful of obtrusive teenager-style metal braces is not exactly what they had in mind.

    If you are not pleased with your misaligned teeth, you may be interested to hear about the new, discrete straightening techniques now available for people of all ages. Custom invisible braces that are worn over teeth are now available in Boise.

    Your busy lifestyle will not be hampered because invisible braces are so straightforward and convenient. The comfortable aligners allow you to eat anything you want and caring for your teeth will not become cumbersome. When you smile, nobody will know that your teeth are gently being straightened.

    Another improvement in orthodontia is the tieless braces system. Known by the brand names of Damon Braces and Damon Clear, this proprietary system features a sliding mechanism instead of bands or clips. If your dentist or orthodontist doesn’t believe you are a good candidate for invisible aligners, you can still be discrete with this type of system.

    Modern orthodontia and cosmetic dentistry truly works miracles to create younger, more vibrant smiles. If you have delayed orthodontic treatment because of the perceived inconvenience and obtruseviness of traditional metal braces, we hope today’s post has provided vital details that will help you make an informed decision.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, our friendly team has been providing and stunning smiles since 1981. If your teeth have problems in addition to misalignment, schedule a consultation to learn about veneers, dental implants, white fillings and gum contouring
    Some of the most popular treatments at Blaisdell Family Dentistry include porcelain veneers, prepless veneers, and teeth whitening. Whatever your dental needs are, we will create a personalized, custom treatment outline for you.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Using Nature As Our Guide At Blaisdell Family Dentistry In Boise

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    Lynn R. Blaisdell at Blaisdell Family Dentistry performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with significant problems) into beautiful smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to determine if you will still look like yourself.

    The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell uses nature as a guide – nature at its best – when improving smiles. It is important to bring multiple components into harmony when designing a an extraordinary smile makeover. Here are a few:

    • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
    • Tooth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
    • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
    • Tooth Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
    • Gumline – shape and color
    • Face Shape and Bone Structure
    • Skin Tone
    • Lips – color, shape, size
    • Age
    • Gender

    This list is not comprehensive, but gives you an idea of the complexity. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

    But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are devoted to the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to communicate with Drs. Blaisdell about your current smile and the beautiful smile you desire.

    Excellence in Dentistry

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Has Your Child Visited A Dentist?

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    Hello, Idaho! Today’s Blaisdell Family Dentistry blog is for new parents. We know that your child’s health and safety is your top priority. That’s why you baby-proof your home, serve healthy foods, and buckle them tightly in their car seat before you pull out of your driveway.

    I’m Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell. I want to remind parents that oral health is an intrinsic component of overall health. Teeth and gum condition can affect speech development, nutrition, and self-confidence. I recommend that parents promote healthy teeth from birth–even before your son’s or daughter’s first tooth erupts.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we maintain a kid-friendly environment so our youngest patients look forward to dental check-ups and never develop the fear of dentists that was more common in generations past. I love working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life and I can assure you that my friendly staff will help your child have a positive experience.

    We recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the visit, we can discuss pediatric dental issues such as fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, orthodontia, and dental sealants. Dental sealants are composed of a plastic material that is applied to children’s teeth. The sealants bond to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures and protects the enamel against acids and plaque.

    Boise children’s dentists also advise Idaho parents about pacifier use, thumb-sucking and other habits that can affect your child’s tooth development and oral health. Remember to call us immediately at 208-922-6902 if your child (or any member of your family) experiences a tooth injury.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • Blaisdell Family Dentistry Patients Have A Choice In Dental Fillings

    Boise Dental Patients Want A Choice In Dental Fillings

    With all the talk of smile makeovers involving veneers, porcelain crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces, sometimes the traditional dental filling is overlooked.

    If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, cosmetic dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Today, let’s talk about dental fillings.

    Most people have a few fillings in their mouth. When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way dentists restore the tooth to its previous, intact condition.

    Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us remember.

    Cosmetic dentists and dental labs have been working to formulate filling materials that are more cosmetically pleasing to their patients.

    The filling material of choice is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.

    Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even when the chewing load is great.

    I’m Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell and I work hard to make sure each patient feels comfortable during their dental visit. I’ve practiced dentistry since 1981, and I find it especially rewarding when my patients experience renewed confidence after a smile makeover.

    Whether you are interested in replacing metal fillings with composites, or if you want to discuss tooth whitening and veneers, our staff would be happy to answer any questions you have.

    Call 208-922-6902 today to schedule an appointment with Blaisdell Family Dentistry!

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry: 208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Help! My Crown Came Off!

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    You are chewing an apple and hear an odd sound. Then, something in your mouth feels wrong. One of your crowns has popped off. Chances are, the crown (which cost you hundreds of dollars) can be re-cemented.

    What do you do when your dental crown comes off?
    It’s essential that you take the following steps:

    Don’t Swallow It!
    This may seem like a no-brainer, but we are mentioning it because it is crucial. Carefully take it out of your mouth. If you accidentally swallow it, you will have some extra issues that aren’t pleasant.

    Look Carefully
    Inspect the crown and your tooth. If there is damage to either, Drs. Blaisdell will need that information. Which brings me to number 3:

    Call Blaisdell Family Dentistry
    We will schedule you an appointment immediately and guide you on whether you should use temporary cement to re-attach the crown until you can get into Blaisdell Family Dentistry and have it permanently re-cemented.

    Clean Gently
    Use a toothbrush to cautiously clean the crown and the vulnerable partial tooth.

    Handle With Care
    While waiting for the crown to be re-cemented, avoid substances that are chewy, sticky, or crunchy.

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry: 208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • You Won’t Miss The Metal With Invisible Braces

    You Won't Miss The Metal With Invisible Braces In Boise

    Hello! Welcome to my Boise dentistry blog. Do you have crooked teeth? Do you wish you would have had braces as a kid, but feel it is too late now? Maybe you feel self-conscious about smiling with a mouth full of metal. I have good news for you: at Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we offer invisible braces.

    The main advantage of invisible braces is that it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn, but the results are definitely noticeable!

    Don’t let the absence of metal fool you. The clear removable aligners effectively correct the alignment and crowding problems that can affect the overall health of your teeth.

    My name is Lynn R. Blaisdell of Blaisdell Family Dentistry. My staff and I want you to feel great about your smile.

    Please call my Boise office today at 208-922-6902 to schedule an orthodontic consultation. Your oral health is important, so make sure you are getting the regular exams and cleanings you deserve. Here at Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we provide the highest possible standard of dental care.

    Don’t let crooked teeth prevent you from the smile you deserve, ask us about Invisalign clear braces today!

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry: 208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709