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Boise Dentist Blog

The professional blog of Doctors Dan Bruce, Steve Bruce, Rosa Pothier and Rob Ririe

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

We believe that being part of the community means giving back, also. Below are some of the organizations we support or have supported through the donation of our services: Centennial High School Girl's Basketball Program Bishop Kelly High School The College of Idaho Senior Solutions Give Kids a Smile St.

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Amazing Tooth Story from Ireland

Amazing Tooth Story from Ireland

In the world of dentistry (kind of), I came across an interesting story about a man who had lost his sight due to an explosion at an aluminum plant in Ireland 2 years ago. His cornea was scarred so bad that repair or transplant was impossible.

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Lead in Dental Lab Work Made in China

Lead in Dental Lab Work Made in China

A recent story in the news and on the ADA website reports the findings of a dentist who tested dental work done in China. The dentist found unacceptably high levels of lead in a crown (210 ppm) and bridge (160 ppm), although the report does not mention where the lead was found (in the metal portion of the work or in the porcelain shading).

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Boise Laser Dentistry

Boise Laser Dentistry

Doctors Steve Bruce, Rob Ririe and Dan Bruce are in the process of being certified in the use of diode laser therapy after completing a certification course. Diode lasers can be used for many procedures, including removal of excess tissue, biopsies, frenectomies, canker sore treatment, cold sore treatment, periodontal treatment and treatment of sensitive teeth.

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Laser dentistry for soft tissue & periodontal therapy

Laser dentistry for soft tissue & periodontal therapy

Doctors Steve Bruce, Rob Ririe, and Dan Bruce have recently been certified in laser therapy. Lasers are used to treat periodontal conditions and perform common soft tissue procedures such as removing excess soft tissue, correcting "gummy smiles," removing fibrous tissue, and frenectomies, often using only topical anesthetic.

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Give Kids a Smile!

Give Kids a Smile!

The Bay Pointe location of our office participated in the annual Give Kids a Smile event on February 1st. Numerous sponsors donating dental products and many dentists around the country came together to treat underserved children. Our office, with the help of Dr.

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Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease

Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease

Over the past few years there has been a lot of information in the news reporting the link between periodontal disease, tooth loss and cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease refers to the hardening of the arteries and can result in heart attack or stroke.

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Tooth Whitening Options

Tooth Whitening Options

We have received a number of questions lately about tooth whitening, such as: will it be sensitive, how long will it take, how white will my teeth get, how is whitening at the dentist different from over-the-counter whitening products? These are all good questions and we wanted to give a little insight to help make your decision.

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New Antibiotic Prophylaxis

New Antibiotic Prophylaxis

As of April 2007, the American Heart Association guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis were changed to include only those patients at greatest risk for bacterial endocarditis. This means that if you needed antibiotics prior to dental treatment in the past, it is a good idea to speak with your physician to see if prophylaxis is still necessary.

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Preventative

Preventative

Cleanings Plaque, or the sticky film of bacteria that cover your teeth, is the primary causative factor of gum disease and caries. When plaque stays on the teeth for long periods of time and interacts with saliva calculus (tartar) forms. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day is an important factor in reducing the amount of disease-causing plaque.

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