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Need Another Reason to Break the Nail-Biting Habit? How about Your Oral Health?

Are you a nail biter who is tired of the habit? You may think it’s just you, but it’s not; some estimates indicate that between 20 and 30 percent of adults in the US bite their nails.

Nail biting is commonly associated with anxiety or tension, but that’s not always the case. Frustration, boredom, intense concentration and even hunger are also motivating factors. While you may want to stop biting your nails because it hurts and looks unattractive, many studies indicate a relationship between nail biting and an increase in dental and general health issues.

What’s Under Your Nails

You may wash your hands frequently throughout the day, but under your fingernails is ...

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Deep Cleanings for Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

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Keeping your smile healthy and attractive starts with prevention. If you brush, floss, and visit the dentist for your semi-annual dental cleanings, you may never have to worry about developing gum disease.

But your life is busy, and it’s all too easy to let dentistry fall to the bottom of your to-do list. A few missed appointments and an at-home hygiene routine that gets a little too relaxed can quickly undo all your efforts, and you may find yourself facing gum disease.

Gum Disease 101

Gum disease develops in two stages:

Gingivitis

This is the earliest and mildest stage of gum disease. Bacteria-filled plaque and tartar that isn’t removed with correct brushing or professional cleanings ...

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Should You Try to Clean Your Own Teeth with Pro Tools? (Hint – NO!)

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The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly visits to your dentist for exams and professional cleanings. This interval allows your dentist to periodically check your teeth and gums to stay ahead of decay and periodontal disease.

It doesn’t seem like a huge time commitment – we’re talking a couple of hours every year. But if you fear dental visits, those couple hours a year are a couple of hours too many. You know you should take better care of your teeth, so you may be tempted to take matters into your own hands, which is not a good idea.

DIY Dental Hygiene Kits

Recently, a popular coupon site promoted a ‘dental hygiene kit’ to ...

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Improve Your Nutrition for Your Best Oral Health

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Your dentist or hygienist may have explained the importance of proper nutrition to support good oral health. You know that one thing you must avoid is sugar, but that’s only part of the picture.

Every day we learn more about the effect that oral health has on the body, it’s clear that there’s a lot more involved with a healthy diet than avoiding sugar. It’s also critical to understand all the pieces that make up a picture of “good nutrition” so you can make appropriate choices.

Beware of Hidden Sugars

Bacteria that lead to decay prefer sucrose, which is found in table sugar, honey, and corn syrup. But fructose, lactose, and glucose all ...

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Kudos to the Hygienist!

We hired a new hygienist last year. And it is quite the process. There are several hygiene schools around with no shortage of graduates. A multitude of people are relocating to Boise and hygienists are no exception. Every week hygiene resumes cross my desk. So finding a hygienist is not a problem. Finding a great hygienist is a treasure hunt.

To make a long hire short: we hired Jacque.

Let me explain why:

Integrity, Excellence, Service are our practice core values, and Jacque has them in spades. Not just once in a while. Not eighty percent of the time. All the time. Jacque can treat the last patient of the day with as ...

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From Flossing to Dental Implants

Flossing and Dental Implants | Atlantis Dental Care

Only about 12% of Americans floss. Hard to believe? Not so much. It’s boring. But if you want to keep your own teeth instead of dental implants, crowns or bridge work, then it is absolutely essential.

Flossing with twigs has been around since prehistoric times. But it was in 1815: American dentist, Dr. Levi Spear Parmly who introduced the idea of using waxed silken thread as floss. Too bad he wasn’t able to share it with his contemporary George Washington. Would have prevented those horrible and carved wooden dentures. If only we had a time machine to go back and provide President Washington some implants to hold his dentures, then we ...

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Gum Disease can be Sneaky

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What is Gum Disease?

Gingivitis or Gum Disease is an infection of the gum tissues. Periodontitis or Jaw Bone Disease occurs when the bone holding your teeth becomes infected and dissolves away. These diseases can affect just a few specific teeth or your entire mouth. They can range from early, mild (non-painful) stage to an advanced very damaging and painful condition with loss of teeth, and bacteria that affect your heart and other areas of body. Gum Disease in Boise Idaho is sneaky. Well, it’s sneaky everywhere, but maybe even more in Boise. I see lots of it.

A new study involving over 3,500 people discovered that almost half of all ...

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