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Will Fluoride Toothpaste Prevent Tooth Decay?

Does your choice in toothpaste really matter? Yes. In fact, choosing the right toothpaste is one of the most important oral health decisions you can make! The American Dental Association recently affirmed what dentists have been saying for a long time — fluoride toothpaste prevents cavities! As a dentist, I’m here to tell you that […]

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Did Your Smile Survive the Boise Holidays?

Between Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day (coming up soon), most people have consumed a lot more sugar lately than they do during most of the year. While the occasional treat isn’t harmful, we’ve seen an increase in the number of cavities in our Boise dental practice. This trend is reflected nationwide, among nearly every age, […]

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Give Them a Reason to Smile

Christmas shopping can fill us with both measures of joy and anxiety. We worry about finding the perfect gift, all the while being bombarded with ads and discounts for things that will most likely fill the attic in months to come. This season, consider a new way to say “Merry Christmas”! Why not give your […]

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Experiencing Pain After a Root Canal? What does it Mean?

Root canals are never a subject that has people thinking rainbows and lollipops. Most people don’t know much about root canals except for “horror stories” they’ve heard. Contrary to popular belief, infection within the root of the tooth is actually what’s to blame for the pain, not the root canal procedure itself. So, the root […]

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The Adventures of a Dead Tooth

It’s a crime scene most dentists don’t like looking at. It’s very dark with ugly shades of yellow, gray, and black covering what was once, pearly white. The roots are rotted, the enamel eroded. It had so much life left. But, in the end, decay and a deep cavity got the best of it and […]

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Brushing with Bacteria? You Could Be!

According to research conducted at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, solid-head power toothbrushes retain less bacteria compared to hollow-head toothbrushes. Results of this study were published in an August issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene. The Dirty Truth The research shows that up to three thousand times more bacteria grew […]

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12 Significant (and quirky) Facts That Make Flossing Essential!

We all know that flossing is important, yet only 49 percent of Americans floss daily, and 10 percent don’t even floss at all! We as dentists find this unfortunate because flossing is even more important than brushing (and takes less time!) when it comes to preventing tooth loss, cavities, and periodontal gum disease. Diving Right […]

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Taking the Bite out of Bruxism

Over 60 million Americans grind their teeth at night. Grinding, gnashing, or clenching your teeth is a condition known as bruxism. Most of the time, we are doing this while we sleep and are completely unaware of it, which is known as sleep bruxism. This type of bruxism is considered a sleep-related disorder, and usually […]

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Three Common Dental Myths… Busted!

Sometimes, the best way to learn something is to bust the myths about it. When it comes to dentistry, all kinds of myths are circulated that can actually be quite harmful for people’s health if they come to believe them. That’s why we’ve compiled three of the most common dental myths and busted them! Read […]

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How Vitamin D Can Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Most of us probably know that vitamin D is an essential part of our overall health. Vitamin D is created through sun exposure to the skin, and it does a number of amazing things for your body. One of the most important benefits of vitamin D is the way it boosts your immune function by […]

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