Craig R. Smith, DDS

Licensed General Dentist
2803 Bogus Basin Rd, Boise, Idaho 83702

Call: 208-343-1393

Hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30-4:00

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National Dental Hygiene Month

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Disney Magic Timer App

Want to make brushing more fun with your kids?

Try out the Oral-B Disney Magic Timer App. 

 

-Happy brushing! 

       -A Reason to Smile 

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This is just a friendly reminder that we appreciate all the fathers that we treat here at A Reason to Smile !!!  😀 
Chalkboard design greeting card for Father's day.

 

 

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Nutrition & Oral Health

 

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We at A Reason to Smile  know that a healthy, balanced diet is important to living a healthy life.  But did you know that eating patterns and food choices play a big part in preventing tooth decay and gum disease? Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than tools for eating.  The mouth is the first contact point where your body receives nutrition. What you put in your mouth not only affects your general health but it affects your teeth and gums. 

 Foods That May Harm Dental Health

Sugary candies and sweets often leave a sticky residue in your mouth. If you eat sweets, be sure to rinse your mouth out when the treat is gone. Some candies, like lollipops, caramel, jelly beans, and hard candies adhere to the teeth, making it more difficult for saliva to wash away those sugars. When sugars remain on the teeth bacteria thrive.  These bacteria then create acids which are harmful to your teeth. If you choose to eat sugary snacks its best to eat them as a dessert after a main meal, rather then “grazing on skittles or M &M’s all day long! 

When it comes to starchy, refined carbohydrates, (foods like chips, bread’s and pastas), most of these foods linger in your mouth break down into sugars that the bacteria feed on. This then leads to acid production which causes tooth decay.  

Drinks likes soda’s, juices and sports drinks contain a high amounts of sugars. Sodas contain phosphorous and carbonation which wears away the enamel on your teeth. Moderation is best!

Foods That Benefit Dental health 

Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens and almonds, are foods that can benefit your teeth thanks to their high amounts of calcium and other nutrients they provide. Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs are the best sources of phosphorus. Both of these minerals play a critical role in dental health, by protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel.

Fruits and vegetables are good choices for a healthy smile since they are high in water and fiber, which balance the sugars they contain and help to clean the teeth. These foods also help stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from teeth and helps neutralize acid, protecting teeth from decay. Many contain vitamin C (important for healthy gums and quick healing of wounds) and vitamin A (another key nutrient in building tooth enamel).

Water, particularly fluoridated water, is the most tooth-friendly drink.

Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Cavities

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes to remove sugars and food particles from your teeth. 
  • Floss daily
  • Limit between-meal snacking.
  • Keep added sugar in your diet to a minimum by making wise food and beverage choices.
  • Include dairy, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and water in your diet—they all play a role in your dental health.

The USDA recommends 

  • Fruits and vegetables- Combined, these should cover half your plate at meals.
  • Grains- At least half of the grains you eat should be whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
  • Dairy– Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods most often.
  • Protein– Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Vary your protein choices to also include eggs, beans, peas and legumes. Seafood is also a great source of lean protein.

For more information on eating right visit www.eatright.org 

 

 

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2015 Patients’ Choice Award

Top Dentists in Boise, ID 2015
Dr. Smith is pleased to have been awarded as a top Dental practice with some of Boise’s best Dentists.
Verified by Opencare.com
 
In case you’re unfamiliar with Opencare’s ranking, it’s an annual review that evaluates over 98 Dentistry offices in Boise, based on patient reviews from Yelp, Google, RateMDs, Yellow Pages, Opencare and many other review sites.

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Tooth Trauma Q & A

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Dental emergencies can happen at any time. Injuries of the mouth can cause a lot of discomfort and should be treated right away. Always give us a call as soon as possible! 

What are dental emergencies and how can you avoid them?

A dental emergency is when your tooth breaks, cracks, becomes loose, or is  knocked out completely.  Sometimes even a dental crown can come off your tooth. You can injure your lips, gums, or cheeks.  Many of these emergencies can be avoided by taking some simple precautions such as wearing a mouth guard while you are playing sports or avoiding hard foods that may crack or break your teeth. 

What should you do if you knock out your tooth? 

Your tooth will have its best chance of surviving trauma if you see us within one hour of the incident, so always call immediately and we will get you in! Always handle your tooth by the crown of the tooth, not by the root. When you touch the root you compromise the cells that are necessary to re-attach your tooth to the bone. Gently rinse the tooth, do not scrub!

Place the clean tooth between your gums and cheek to keep it from dehydrating. If that is not possible,  wrap it in a clean cloth or gauze and place it in milk or saline.  If your child were to knock out a baby tooth, the tooth should not be re-implanted.  However, you should visit us to make sure that there is not a portion of the tooth remaining in the mouth. 

What should you do if the tooth is pushed  out of position? 

If your tooth is loose and pushed out of position please give us a call and schedule an emergency appointment. In the mean time you can try to re-position the tooth to its normal alignment using light finger pressure, just don’t force it! 

How should you handle a chipped or fractured tooth?

There are different types of tooth fractures.  Sustaining a severe fracture may mean that your tooth has been traumatized to a point that  it can not be saved. Fortunately, we can save most fractured teeth! 

If you are to fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling.  Also, take some ibuprofen or aspirin for pain, and give us a call right away to schedule an appointment. We will always provide you the best care possible! 

What should you do if the tissue in your mouth is injured?

Injuries inside your mouth include tears or cuts, puncture wounds, and lacerations to your cheeks, lips or tongue. Any wound in your mouth should be cleaned with warm water. You should contact us as soon as possible. If you cannot see us you should go to the hospital.

For more information about dental emergencies please give us a call at the number given below. 

A Reason to Smile 
Craig R. Smith, D.D.S
Phone: 208-343-1393
Location: 2803 N. Bogus Basin Road
Boise, ID 83702 
 

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Happy Mothers Day!

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Today we would like to share with you how pregnancy affects your mouth and how to care for your dental needs before, during, and after pregnancy. 

Research continues to show that overall health and oral health coincide, so it’s especially important for you to maintain good oral hygiene throughout your pregnancy. Visiting your dentist will allow us to assess your oral condition and map out a dental plan for the remainder of your pregnancy.

 

How Pregnancy affects your oral health

Don’t just skip your cleaning because you are pregnant. Now more then ever, regular exams are very important.  

Pregnancy brings a change in oral health and hormones, especially increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, which are linked to plaque buildup on teeth. Plaque that is not removed can cause gingivitis and swollen gums that are tender and prone to bleed. Most pregnant women experience gingivitis to some degree, but it doesn’t usually surface until the second trimester.

If you had gingivitis before becoming pregnant, your condition will likely be aggravated; untreated gingivitis can lead to a more serious problem — periodontal disease and even bone loss. 

These oral problems have been linked in many research studies to preeclampsia, low birth weight of the baby and premature birth. Expectant women should seek immediate treatment for periodontal disease in order to reduce the risk of pre-natal and post-natal complications.

Before Pregnancy

Try to make a dental appointment before becoming pregnant. This way you can get a cleaning, x-rays, and a through examination of your oral health before your planned pregnancy.

During Pregnancy 

You should continue your cleanings!! Always tell your dental hygienist that you are pregnant and if you are taking any medications or supplements. Tell us if you notice any changes in your oral health.   

The first trimester of your pregnancy (the first 13 weeks) is the time in which most of the baby’s major organs develop, Because of this we recommend routine dental care be deferred until the 2nd trimester. However if you have a dental emergency, don’t wait! Infections in the mouth can be harmful to you and your baby. Call us immediately and we’ll  work to provide the best possible care for you while also looking out for your baby. 

If you have postponed seeing us during your first or second trimester, the third trimester is the time to have a dental checkup to ensure that your mouth is healthy. By visiting us at this time, we will be able to advise you on what you can do to prevent oral heath problems after your baby is born.

Dental Emergency’s  

You should receive treatment if it is necessary to ease your pain, prevent infection or decrease stress on you and your baby. we will consult with your obstetrician if there are questions about the safety of medicines or anesthesia.

After Pregnancy 

Always continue with your regular cleanings after your baby is born! It is just as important now for you to care for your oral health. A great way to teach your child the importance of dental care is to bring him or her with you when you come for your regular check up. When they see mom and dad with the dentist it greatly reduces any fears they may have. Your example will be the most powerful tool to keep them smiling!  Our goal is to keep you and your child happy and healthy for a lifetime of smiles! 

 

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Welcome to our Invisalign page! ocamApril is oral cancer awareness month! 

With a lot of things that go unnoticed,  oral abnormalities are one of them.  Early symptoms of these abnormalities are asymptomatic, meaning you don’t feel any discomfort.

We take preventive measures to keep your mouth healthy. There have been many occasions that we catch abnormalities in their premature stages and we are able to direct patients to a specialist to have it resolved.  

Our trained team takes proactive measures to preform an oral cancer screening at each of your visits to our office.  Click on the following link for a 6 step self-guided oral cancer exam; the very same steps we follow to ensure you are enjoying the benefits of a healthy mouth.  

**(CLICK HERE FOR STEPS) **

 

 

 

 

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Retainers: 7 Steps to Proper Care

viveraThese 7 tips will help you maintain proper care of your retainers. Proper retainer care will help your retainers last longer.

 

  1. Wear your retainers all of the time, except when eating or brushing.
  2. When your retainers are not in your mouth, ALWAYS keep them in your retainer case.
  3. Do not wrap retainers in a paper towel or napkin, this is the easiest way to lose them.
  4. Do not place loose retainers in your pocket, this is the easiest way to break them.
  5. Keep your retainers away from pets, dogs LOVE them.
  6. Clean your retainers by holding them carefully and brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  7. Do not place retainers in the microwave or in boiling water.

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Retainers: Proper Care

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