Time For A Cleaning?

Words of wisdom from our Hygienist!

Ever wonder why we get our teeth cleaned every 6 months? You may be thinking “well, it’s because that’s what my insurance covers and I want to get my money’s worth from them!” or maybe you’re thinking “I want white teeth and fresh breath”. Either way, the answer lies somewhere in the middle, plus more. The real reason it’s recommended to have your teeth cleaned at least 2x a year has many answers. Here are my top 3.

First and foremost, it’s to remove any hard debris (calculus or tartar) from your teeth. You may be wondering why I’m talking about a math course here. Let me assure you that is not the kind of calculus I’m referring to. Everyone knows the fuzzies that build up on our teeth when it’s time to brush. You know, that yummy carpet feeling? And then we brush and most of it goes away, right? Not exactly. Minerals in our saliva combine with any debris left behind (let’s face it we’re all human and miss spots, right?) and create a hard, calcified substance that sticks to the teeth like glue.  Once this occurs toothbrushes and floss cannot remove it. The only thing that can remove calculus is our lovely dental hygienists instruments. Now you’re probably thinking, “so why is this calculus stuff bad?”. When calculus forms it is extremely porous. This means that bacteria can make a lovely new home in your mouth where they can’t be touched. Additionally, the combination of calculus and bacteria cause our gums to get inflamed and, well, angry! This is part of the reason why your gums bleed when you floss or brush for the first time in a while.

Answer number 2: the inflammation process. The inflammation process causes gums to be puffy, red, and sensitive. Sometimes removing calculus during a cleaning can even make teeth temporarily sensitive because we’re taking off the blanket (calculus) that’s covering it. The inflammation process is basically your lymphatic system sending white blood cells to the affected areas to try and heal this “infection”. As you can imagine, having your body constantly trying to fight off an infection it really wears it down and effects its ability to fight off other infections in other parts of your body.

And finally, answer number 3. Remember that bacteria that we spoke about before? Well since those lovely little guys are in your mouth 100% of the time any time we swallow our saliva we are, inherently, also swallowing bacteria. Of course, there are good bacteria as well as bad just like anywhere else on our bodies. The difference here it that the bad bacteria in your mouth have been linked to a host of other systemic issues. Some examples include: heart disease, stroke, diabetes etc.

And if all those reasons are not enough to convince you to be diligent about your cleanings. Yes, we polish and it helps take away stain. And yes, cleaning that bacteria out will help with freshen breath. Convinced yet? I hope so! Schedule an appointment today!!!

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Sharpen Your Pencils!

Sharpen Your Pencils!

Elisa, our hygienist, is wanting to redecorate her office and we need your help.

Please choose from one of these pictures, color it and bring it into our office, post it to Facebook and tag us (@advantagedentalmeridian) or email it to us by October 22nd. We will be displaying many of them in her operatory.  The winner will receive a great gift basket and honorable mentions will receive movie tickets!

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Broken Tooth

Usually when a tooth breaks off at the level of the gums, the only option is to extract it and then replace it with an implant or a bridge.  Both of these options are expensive.  If the root is in good shape and long enough, a procedure called P.E.T. (Partial Extraction Technique) may work to save the tooth at a much lower fee.  When feasible, the tooth is loosened, pulled partly out and sutured in place.  After 8-12 weeks of healing, a root canal is performed and then it is ready for a crown.  If you have a broken tooth – call us to find out if this procedure could benefit you.

This tooth was broken.  You can see that the broken tooth is below the gum line.

This picture was taken 10-9-17.

 

 

 

 

 

This is the same tooth on
1-10-18.  Notice that the tooth is solid and ready for a crown.

 

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No School Dates!

With summer break over and school just starting the idea of getting kids into the dentist gets put on the back burner.  For many parents the ideal is to schedule dental appointments on days when the kids do not have school.

We looked into the School District Calendars in the valley and wanted to make you aware of some dates the kids would be out of school.  We would like to accommodate our patients.  We will be staying open on these days with hopes that we can see our young patients.

October 4th
October 25th
November 19th and 20th
January 2nd and 3rd
January 21st
February 18th.

Below are the school year calendars for these districts.

Boise School District Calendar 2018-2019
West Ada Traditional Calendar 18-2019
Kuna School Calendar
Nampa School District Calendar

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Time For A Giveaway!

For any new patient referrals and new patient self-referral, we will be having a drawing  on the 4th of July! For every new patient referral you will be entered into the drawing. There will be 2 different packages you can pick from if you are the winner. One of them is the Village gift card and the other is the downtown Boise gift card valued at $150.  Come visit us before the 4th of July!!

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Referral Give Away

For any new patient referrals and new patient self referral, we will be having a drawing November 1st- December 31st! For every new patient referral you will be entered into the drawing. There will be 2 different packages you can pick from if you are the winner. One of them is the Village gift card and the other is the downtown Boise gift card valued at $150. Drawing will be held January 1st 2018.


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Another Letter From the Troops

Here is another letter we received from the troops who received candy from our candy trade in.  It is great to hear about them and what they are doing.  Thanks again to all who contributed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Wonders of Technology

We have a fantastic and very high tech tool in our office that you should know about! It is a laser! This fantastic technology can help us treat so many dental issues.  It can be used to painlessly kill bacteria under the gums to help heal gingivitis and gum disease.  It can also be used to stop the pain of canker sores and rapidly heal and reduce the pain of oral cold sores.  We can even treat facial muscle pain caused by TMJ problems.  This amazing and multi-use tool is available any time you visit our office and treatments are quick and painless.  The best part is it is affordable!

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