Category Archives: General Dentistry

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

     

  • Discover Why Patients Trust Their Smile To Blaisdell Family Dentistry

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    Hi, I’m Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell. Practicing dentistry at Blaisdell Family Dentistry is enjoyable and rewarding. I appreciate the relationships I have formed with my valued patients who trust me to care for their teeth.

    My current patients: thank you personally for allowing me to serve your dental needs. I know you have many other choices for dentistry in the Boise area.

    Kudos to my talented dental team and dedicated administrative staff who keep my friendly practice running smoothly and allow me to focus on what I do best.

    Visiting this blog for the first time and need an experienced dentist? I hope you will consider my practice. Learn more about our services and philosophy here, or call 208-922-6902 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

    I have been keeping smiles healthy and performing smile makeovers since 1981. Each one of my smile redesign patients values their new smile almost as much as I value their support.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry provides a full array of cutting-edge cosmetic dental procedures available, including teeth whitening, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, gum contouring, and crown lengthening. If you don’t make it a point to keep up with the ever-evolving world of dentistry, you might not be aware of newly-available procedures.

    We offer a variety of effective treatments for crooked teeth, gum disease, discolored teeth, and any other dental malady you can imagine. Ask us about exciting advances in children’s cavity prevention, laser dentistry, cold sore removal, same day restorations, early decay detection, and oral cancer screening.

    Again, thanks for visiting our Blaisdell Family Dentistry website. Enjoy your day!

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry: 208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics

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    Blaisdell Family Dentistry patients use the word “cavity” often when discussing oral health practices. Along with teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, cavities are a hot topic.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry we think it’s great that people in the Boise area are so conscious of their teeth, and we feel that having a better understanding of exactly what a cavity is will help them take better care of their pearly whites.

    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. Different factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

    Frequent eating
    Consuming sugary beverages
    Oral bacteria
    Insufficient tooth brushing and flossing

    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 Eagle, Meridian, or Sun Valley dentist today for an appointment.

    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 veneers and dental implants.

    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

     

  • 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:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, ID
    83709

     

  • Preventive Dentistry At Blaisdell Family Dentistry

    tooth decay pictures at https://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/ 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:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, ID
    83709

     

  • 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:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, ID
    83709