Category Archives: Family Dentistry

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

    Boise Cosmetic Dentistry

    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

  • 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

  • Has Your Child Visited A Dentist?

    Boise Kid

    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

  • Keeping Kids Smiling At Blaisdell Family Dentistry

    Dentistry For Child Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise serves patients of all ages and provides general dentistry for children. Our friendly staff takes special care of our youngest patients to make sure they are comfortable and safe.

    A little extra patience with our child patients is vital. We understand that going to the dentist can be a bit frightening for a child, so we make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings, and always invite mom or dad to join them in the room. We make sure they understand the necessary procedures and answer their questions.

    Children’s dentistry requires more than just comfort, however. We understand how children’s dentistry differs from the treatment for older patients. If you have questions about cleaning your baby’s teeth, talk to us about thumb sucking, dental sealants, fluoride supplements, tooth protection for kids’ sports, and orthodontia, call 208-922-6902 today to schedule a consultation.

    The American Dental Association recommends that children see a dentist when their first tooth erupts or around one year of age. By starting regular dental visits at the toddler age and teaching proper hygiene, we can help you reinforce vital oral care habits and lifestyle choices that will produce strong and healthy teeth.

    In addition to children’s dentistry, Blaisdell Family Dentistry offers:

    • teeth whitening
    • family dentistry
    • porcelain veneers
    • dentures

    We are currently accepting new patients of all ages. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry: 208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • 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 https://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
    https://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
    https://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/about-blaisdell-family-dentistry/