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Boise Dentist Blog

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

Tips to Reduce Your Child's Dental Anxiety

Tips to Reduce Your Child's Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is prevalent among young children and, in many cases, can stem from an adult's own dental fears (whether you recognize them or not). If left unmanaged, going to the dentist can become an unpleasant ordeal for children. But it doesn't have to be that way!

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Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

Parents often have questions about dental sealants and if they are a good option for their child. Why Dental Sealant May Be Necessary Teaching your child to brush and floss properly (and regularly) can take some time, but it doesn't take long for harmful plaque and bacteria to damage teeth.

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Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth

A dental epidemic is brewing, and it's called Xerostomia, or "Dry Mouth". It sounds innocuous enough, and perhaps that is why many people affected by the problem fail to treat it, or detect it altogether. But it's nothing to scoff at, especially considering that extreme cases of this widespread problem include difficulty swallowing, speaking, and in some instances, bacterial or fungal infection.

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Teens and Oral Health

Teens and Oral Health

Teenagers and Oral Health Challenges The back to school season makes life crazy for everyone. How does this affect oral health for teenagers? It’s a crazy time! With so much to think about, it’s important that proper and thorough brushing and flossing is not lost in the morning routine.

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Managing Your Child's Dental Anxiety

Managing Your Child's Dental Anxiety

Tips to Manage Your Child's Dental Anxiety Dental anxiety is prevalent among young children and, in many cases, can stem from an adult's own dental fears (whether you recognize them or not). If left unmanaged, going to the dentist can become an unpleasant ordeal for children.

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Dealing with Bad Breath

Dealing with Bad Breath

Dealing With Bad Breath If you've dealt with morning breath, or struggle with bad breath throughout the day, here are some likely reasons behind it and ways to banish it once and for all. Causes of Bad Breath The freshness of your breath can be influenced by a number of factors, which is probably what makes it so hard to keep halitosis at bay.

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How to Choose and Care for Your Toothbrush

How to Choose and Care for Your Toothbrush

Choosing the right toothbrush, caring for it, and knowing when to replace it are all important components of achieving and maintaining good oral health. The following post provides some tips and recommendations for choosing and caring for your toothbrush.  Choosing the Right Toothbrush The toothbrush aisle at any store can be overwhelming, making it difficult to find exactly what you're looking for.

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Pregnancy and Dental Care

Pregnancy and Dental Care

Pregnancy and Dental Care Several of my patients have approached me recently with questions concerning dental care during pregnancy. Some of the common questions that arise are: Is dental treatment safe during pregnancy? Will anesthetics, medications, and x-rays be harmful to the baby?

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Reducing Dental Costs

Reducing Dental Costs

Five Ways to Reduce Dental Costs Receiving regular dental care is important to maintaining your oral and overall health. However, many people avoid visiting the dentist as often as they should because of money. This is often counterproductive because preventive dental treatment can actually reduce healthcare costs in the long run.

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Sugar Consumption and Dental Health

Sugar Consumption and Dental Health

Sugar Consumption and Dental Health Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has waged war on excess  sugar consumption. In his new documentary, Jamie's Sugar Rush, he highlights the "devastating" effects sugar consumption is having on people's dental health. Of particular concern is how sugar is negatively impacting children's' oral health.

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