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Patient Testimonials

A Note from our dentist

I have been asked many times: Why do I care about how my patients are feeling?

One of my earliest memories of dentistry was Dr. Stringham’s drilling away and me screaming because it hurt!  He would say, trying to be funny, “I hear a fire engine.” My unspoken response was always “Are you crazy? That’s me!”  When a new dentist finally moved into town I was so glad that not only did he get me numb, he gave me laughing gas. Dental appointments were no longer stressful.  When I decided to become a dentist, I promised myself that no patient would have to go through what I did as a child. Read More…

Featured Services

Whether you are new to Meridian, Kuna, Nampa or Boise, or are just looking for a new family dentist, Advantage Dental Center can take care of your dental wants and needs.

Smile True

SmileTRU aligners are clear repositioning trays that will give you the smile you’ve always wanted without having big metal brackets on your teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth.  You can reclaim the use of your that space and your confident smile.

Family Dentistry

From the very young to the young at heart – we offer many services at our dental office to accomidate you at any stage of your life.

Dental Fear

Many people have a fear of the dentist. You are not alone.  See what we can do to put you at ease and make your visit more comfortable.

Recent Blog Posts

Do It Yourself Extractions

How do you pull your teeth? After 25 plus years in dentistry.  I have heard of many innovative methods of baby tooth removal.  Our dentist's, Dr Richins', first experience was when his father placed a string on his tooth and a doorknob.  His dad then slammed the door...

Laser that Canker Sore – Update

Last year we publised an article about using a laser to treat canker sores.  Last month we had a patient who was struggling with them and he came to us. This is his story: Warning, this tale is not for the weak of heart. Imagine taking a small drink of water and out...

One Clever Tooth Fairy

We love the Tooth Fairy.  It seems there are many different Fairy traditions all over the world.  In some countries kids will throw their lower teeth on the roof and their upper teeth on the ground to encourage the new permanent teeth to grow in that direction.  Other...

Giving Blood

Dr Howell is a great Orthodontist that we trust and refer our patients to.  He is sponsoring a blood drive.   If you are a person that likes donating blood here is your chance.  Go to redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor key "HOWELL" to schedule an appointment. ...

A Present From A Patient

We had a young patient in our office a couple of times.  The first time was for a new patient exam and the next was for fillings.  She is such a sweetheart she drew a picture for her dentist.  Dr Richins was very grateful for the picture     She knew Dr...

Lasers in Dentistry – Laser that Canker Sore!

 Why do we get canker sores and how long do they last? Canker Sores can come from a variety of different things: citric fruits, nuts, stress, biting your cheek, cutting your gums, or spicy foods have been known to cause canker sores.  They can hurt for 7 to 10 days...

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Frequently asked questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions our dentist has received from patients.  Questions like what is decay, why do I need a crown and is a tooth worth saving? Read for yourself…

Hygiene Highlights

Our hygienist gives plenty of wonderful advice. However, once we leave the dentist office, it’s hard to remember everything. Here are some suggestions for many of the common patient concerns we often hear about.

Using The Latest Tech

Technology is a wonderful thing, and advancements are being made in dentistry often. Dr Richins, our dentist, spends a lot of time researching new technology to be sure he serves his patients in the best way possible.