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  • Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

    Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental troubles during pregnancy. Today’s post contains important information for expectant Boise mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

    Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning handled by one of the experienced dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes.

    The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

    If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment today by calling 208-922-6902. Once the baby is here, it will probably be harder for you to make time for a dental visit.

    If you receive dental treatment at Blaisdell Family Dentistry during your pregnancy, be sure to inform our team that you are expecting. This will affect decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

    Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can lead to cavities. If you are eating many small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

    Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle influence your baby. It is vital that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific guidance for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we take special care of our patients who are expecting.


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    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho


  • Boise Dental News: What To Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

    Boise Dental News: What To Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction For the 65 percent of Boise adults who develop wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Blaisdell Family Dentistry generally recommends removal. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth, nerves and, due to their awkward positioning, can increase risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Furthermore, they often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.

    Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common problem for most Boise teens and young adults who discover them. This can cause a harmful infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.

    After removal, Blaisdell Family Dentistry recommends Boise wisdom teeth extraction patients carefully follow the instructions given.

    Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.

    Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens to you, it is critical that you communicate with us ASAP.

    Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell recommends an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if infection is present.

    Keep in mind that many problems can be avoided if the Boise patient has his or her wisdom teeth removed when Drs. Blaisdell advises. This is a case where a “let’s wait and see” approach can cause problems.

    To schedule a dental exam or a wisdom teeth consultation, contact our dental practice near Nampa today.

  • Teeth Whitening: Do It Right

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    As the years go by, our teeth naturally lose their luster. Dark colored foods and drinks speed up the process, but even people who avoid coffee, wine and cola are not immune to yellow or gray teeth. Want to brighten up your smile? Have you considered tooth whitening? Teeth whitening at Blaisdell Family Dentistry is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to look younger and more attractive.

    Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

    Though some Blaisdell Family Dentistry teeth whitening patients experience a little short-term sensitivity, most experience no pain at all.

    There are several different methods for whitening teeth but each uses a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have accumulated in the microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

    DIY Whitening Products
    First of all, the strips, mouthwashes and paint-on whiteners use a lower concentration of whitening agent than in-office methods. They rarely remove all of the stains on your enamel. If you have gum disease, cavities, crowns, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell recommends first visiting your dentist for a teeth whitening consultation. You are always better off having teeth whitening performed by a professional. This will protect your existing restorations and ensure the best possible results.

    Don’t assume that tooth whitening offered at Boise mall kiosks is risk-free. The industry is largely unregulated and the staff often have little dental training. Do you really want to take chances with your smile?

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we are currently accepting new patients at our Boise office. My friendly team of skilled dental professionals would love to serve you with porcelain veneers, prepless veneers, teeth whitening, dentures, or family dentistry. You can schedule an appointment by calling 208-922-6902. Excellence in Dentistry


    Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell
    Blaisdell Family Dentistry
    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho 83709

  • An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush, Boise

    An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush Boise

    Today in our Boise dental blog we will highlight some of the simple things you can do with your toothbrush to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

    One of the most important habits Boise residents can form is to always allow their toothbrush to completely air dry between uses. The best way to let the toothbrush air dry is by placing it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up. This method of storage is much better than sticking it away in a drawer since it will take longer to dry in there.

    Also, when you travel away from the Nampa, Meridian, or Sun Valley area, make sure your toothbrush is dry before you seal it away in a travel container.

    A good strategy for Boise residents to make sure their toothbrush has ample time to dry is to buy two toothbrushes at your Boise drugstore. Then alternate between the two so each has time to fully dry out between uses.

    And Boise dental patients should remember to replace their toothbrush (or toothbrushes) every 3-4 months, or sooner if they’ve had a cold!

    Hi. I’m Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell, a dentist in Boise. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry we offer the following services:

    porcelain veneers
    prepless veneers
    teeth whitening

    We are currently accepting new Boise patients and the friendly staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

  • Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

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    Here at Blaisdell Family Dentistry we approach all your dental needs from two separate angles – what we can do in our Boise office and what you can do at home. For example, tooth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. Here in the office there are safe and effective methods for lightening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening methods are also safe and effective and sometimes more affordable.

    Additionally, we advise you regarding food and drink choices that can affect your whitened smile. Be aware of staining culprits such as coffee, tea, tobacco and harsh sodas. We understand that avoiding these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change. Nor do we expect it.

    Awareness and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary drink can cut down on the contact your teeth have with such substances. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can lead to stronger staining and discoloration.

    If you are interested in making improvements to your smile and creating a more confident appearance for your professional career or personal relationships, please pick up the phone and contact the incredible staff at Blaisdell Family Dentistry today 208-922-6902. Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell, DDS, takes pride in providing friendly care and expertise when treating patients.

    Come discover the personal attention with teeth whitening, the patient and steady hand with dentures, the wise and thorough instruction relating to porcelain veneers. Once you’ve scheduled a consultation, make the easy drive to 8877 W Hackamore Dr Boise, Idaho 83709 and settle in for guidance that will make your daily oral care and lifestyle choices productive and meaningful.

    When it comes to hygiene and healthy teeth we are a practice that wants to see you as little as possible. (It’s not that we don’t love you – we just want you to have a healthy smile!) If we only see you twice a year for regular checkups then we’ve done our job. Check out our website at or come in for an evaluation and recommendations.

    Drs. Blaisdell provides the full spectrum of dental services from cosmetic dentistry to dental implants to sedation dentistry. And we welcome patients from all over the area, from Boise to Sun Valley and from Nampa to Meridian.

    Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell
    Blaisdell Family Dentistry
    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho 83709

    Excellence in Dentistry- Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell & Dr. Craig Blaisdell

  • Dental Implants In Boise

    Dental Implants in Boise The best permanent tooth replacement treatment available to Boise people who are missing teeth are dental implants.

    A dental implant is a metal (ideally titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the rod. Titanium is amazingly strong and extremely well tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection. In fact, most Boise implant dentists are not familiar with any such cases.

    Tooth implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Are you a good candidate for tooth implant surgery?

    Because the metal rod is anchored into the jaw bone, it is essential that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell can determine if you do.

    Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proved to be successful for Meridian people of all ages. Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell provide comprehensive dental care for every member of the family.

    There are a few medical issues that may affect your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these conditions does not necessarily mean implant dentistry cannot work for you; discuss any health issues with Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell during your implant consultation.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry is located at 8877 W Hackamore Dr in Boise. Call 208.922.6902 to schedule an implant consultation.

  • When Style And Oral Health Collide in Boise

    When Style And Oral Health Collide in Boise

    Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Boise, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. We’re  Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell, dentists serving the Nampa, Meridian, and Sun Valley areas. When our patients ask us about the safety of oral piercings, we make sure they understand the possible consequences.

    First, Boise residents should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Chewing, swallowing, and speaking can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

    Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my Boise dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Boise who thinks drooling is attractive.) Chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible results.

    Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Sun Valley, Meridian, and Nampa residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, sensations never return. An injured nerve can also affect facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

    Do you really want to risk looking like a stroke victim for the rest of your life?

    If you’ve read through this and you’re still sure a tongue bar or lip piercing is for you, please consult your Boise area dentist so they can help you make the safest decision possible for your dental health. If you are looking for a dentist around Boise, our friendly staff here at Blaisdell Family Dentistry would be happy to schedule an appointment for you. We offer prepless veneers, teeth whitening, dentures, and more!

    We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call today!

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

  • 2010 Christmas Wish Story

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    Christmas Wish received at Lite FM on Tuesday, December 7, 2010.

    My son is 34 years old and slightly challenged. I have always taken care of him but I was laid-off permanently from my office job over one year ago and we have been struggling ever since. I have recently taken a job as a caregiver for an 84 year old lady. It doesn’t pay much but we get to live with her free which relieves the stress of having to pay rent. I have found that it is difficult to get a job at my age. Every single one of Josh’s teeth is bad. He is in pain much of the time, he can’t eat most foods (his teeth break off) and he is embarrassed to smile. Terry Reilly Dental pulled a few of his teeth for free but now we have to pay. They did a workup and he needs all of his teeth on the top and 7 teeth on the bottom pulled with dentures and a partial. The cost will be $2,400.00 and they want that pain in full up front before they will even start the work. They might as well be asking for a million dollars. Josh has no income and we barely survive on my pay. We are living on $800 per month. I have contacted regular dentists and they tell me to apply for Care Credit. My credit is shot since I lost my job and I don’t qualify. I have tried every agency in the county, I have even written to the mayor and the governor. There is no help out there for my son other than Terry Reilly Clinic at their discount. I cry at night trying to think of ways to come up with the money to help him be out of pain. It breaks my heart. I have been fighting for a year to get him help that we can afford. This is it. God bless your station for helping the less fortunate. I am crying right now at the happy possibility of my son getting the help he so desperately needs. I am at my wits end… I just don’t know where to turn. Please, I am begging you for my son.


    Blaisdell Family Dentistry along with Excel Dental Lab provided the dental care that Josh needed without any cost to the patient or family. Josh now has the capability to eat a normal healthy diet and loves to smile. Every time he comes into our office he has one HUGE smile on his face, which we love to see!!


    What is a root canal? Underneath your tooth’s outer enamel and within the dentin is an area of soft tissue called the pulp tissue. While a tooth’s pulp tissue does contain nerve fibers, it is also composed of arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and connective tissue. Each tooth’s nerve enters the tooth at the very tip of its roots. From there, the nerve runs through the center of the root in small “root canals,” which join up with the tooth’s pulp chamber.

    Why do I feel pain? When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to a deep cavity or fracture, the blood supply to the tooth may be lost and the tooth pulp may die. Damaged or dead pulp causes increased blood flow and activity in the tooth’s cells. Pressure may build within a tooth that cannot be relieved, causing pain that is commonly felt when biting down, chewing, or consuming hot or cold foods and drinks.

    Why might I need treatment? Without treatment, the infection will spread and bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate, possibly causing the tooth to fall out. Pain usually worsens until you are forced to seek dental attention.

    What is root canal therapy? Root canal therapy is a procedure that removes damaged or dead pulp. The canal is reshaped and filled with gutta percha, a rubber-like material, to prevent recontamination of the tooth. The tooth is then permanently sealed.

    What is involved in root canal therapy? If your general dentist recommends a root canal, he or she will perform the treatment or refer you for treatment to an endodontist, which is a specialist who treats injuries, diseases, and infections of the tooth pulp.

    A space is created into the tooth’s pulp chamber, which, along with any infected root canal, is cleaned of all diseased pulp and reshaped. Medication may be inserted into the area to fight bacteria. Depending on the condition of the tooth, the crown may then be sealed temporarily to guard against recontamination or the dentist may immediately fill the canals.

    Temporary fillings are usually removed and the pulp chamber and canals are filled on the next visit. If the tooth is still weak, a post may be inserted above the canal filling to help rebuild the tooth. Once filled, the area is permanently sealed. Finally, a gold or porcelain crown is normally placed over the tooth to strengthen its structure and improve is appearance.

    How will I feel after treatment? There may be some inflammation around the gum tissues, which may cause discomfort for a few days. This can be controlled by an over-the-counter pain reliever. A follow-up visit to your dentist will help him or her review how the tissue is healing. From this point on, brush and floss regularly, avoid chewing hard foods on the treated tooth, and see your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and examinations.

    Are there options to root canal therapy? The only alternative to root canal therapy is to extract the tooth; however, this alone can cause the surrounding teeth to move, resulting in a bad bite. Though a simple extraction may be perceived as less expensive, the empty space left behind will require an implant or a bridge, which ultimately can be more costly than root canal therapy.


    Myth 1: The consequences of poor oral health are restricted to the mouth

    Expectant mothers may not know that what they eat affects the tooth development of the fetus. Poor nutrition during pregnancy may make the unborn child more likely to have tooth decay later in life. “Between the ages of 14 weeks to four months, deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, protein and calories could result in oral defects,” says Carole Palmer, EdD, RD, professor at TUSDM and head of the division of nutrition and oral health promotion in the department of public health and community service. Some data also suggest that lack of adequate vitamin B6 or B12 could be a risk factor for cleft lip and cleft palate formation.

    In children, tooth decay is the most prevalent disease, about five times more common than childhood asthma. “If a child’s mouth hurts due to tooth decay, he/she is less likely to be able to concentrate at school and is more likely to be eating foods that are easier to chew but that are less nutritious. Foods such as donuts and pastries are often lower in nutritional quality and higher in sugar content than more nutritious foods that require chewing like fruits and vegetables,” says Palmer. “Oral complications combined with poor diet can also contribute to cognitive and growth problems and can contribute to obesity.

    Myth 2: More sugar means more tooth decay

    It isn’t the amount of sugar you eat it is the amount of time that the sugar has contact with the teeth. “Foods such as slowly dissolving candies and soda are in the mouth for longer periods of time. This increases the amount of time teeth are exposed to the acids formed by oral bacteria from the sugars>” says Palmer.

    Myth 3: Losing baby teeth to tooth decay is okay

    It is a common myth that losing baby teeth due to tooth decay is insignificant because baby teeth fall out anyway. Palmer notes that tooth decay in baby teeth can result in damage to the developing crowns of the permanent teeth developing below them. If baby teeth are lost prematurely the permanent teeth may erupt mal-positioned and require orthodontics later.

    Myth #4: Osteoporosis only affects the spine and hips

    Osteoporosis may also lead to tooth loss. Teeth are held in the jaw by the face bone, which can also be affected by osteoporosis. “So, the jaw can also suffer the consequences of a diet lacking essential nutrients such as calcium and vitamins D and K,” Palmer says. “The jawbone, gums, lips and soft and hard palates are constantly replenishing themselves throughout life. A good diet is required to keep the mouth and supporting structures in optimal shape.”

    Myth 5: Dentures improve a person’s diet

    If dentures don’t fit well, older adults are apt to eat foods that are easy to chew and low in nutritional quality, such as cakes or pastries. “First, denture wearers should make sure that dentures are fitted properly. In the meantime, if they are having difficulty chewing or have mouth discomfort, they can still eat nutritious foods by having cooked vegetables instead of raw, canned fruits instead of raw, and ground beef instead of steak. Also they should drink plenty of fluids or chew sugar-free gum to prevent dry mouth,” says Palmer.

    Myth 6: Dental decay is only a young person’s problem

    In adults and elders, receding gums can result in root decay (decay along the roots of teeth). Commonly used drugs such as antidepressants, diuretics, antihistamines and sedatives increase the risk of tooth decay by reducing saliva production. “Lack of saliva means that the mouth is cleansed more slowly. This increases the risk of oral problems, “ says Palmer. “In this case, drinking water frequently can help cleanse the mouth.”

    Adults and elders are more likely to have chronic health conditions like diabetes, which are risk factors for periodontal disease (which begins with an inflammation of the gums and can lead to tooth lose). Type 2 diabetes patients have twice the risk of developing periodontal disease of people without diabetes. Furthermore, periodontal disease exacerbates diabetes mellitus, as meticulous oral hygiene can help improve diabetes control,” says Palmer.

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