You only get one set of teeth to last a lifetime (not counting the baby teeth that you lost when you were a child), but unfortunately teeth don’t always last that long. When teeth are chipped, cracked, or broken it can have a significant impact on your daily life—affecting everything from your ability to chew and bite properly to the aesthetics of your smile. Left untreated, broken or chipped teeth could also lead to decay or infection deep inside your tooth. The dentists at Caring Smiles can restore a broken tooth so it functions normally and looks great.
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Despite advances in cancer treatment over the last few decades, the five-year survival rate for oral cancer has not changed significantly because many patients do not get diagnosed until the cancer is in a more advanced stage. Regular oral cancer screenings by a trained dentist remain the best way to detect and diagnose this disease in the early stages when treatment can have the biggest impact, which is why our doctors and team offer oral cancer screenings at every checkup. If you notice a cut or sore that doesn’t heal, or a lump or bump that doesn’t go away, call Caring Smiles to schedule an appointment immediately.
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A smile is one of the first things that many people notice about you, but if your teeth are crooked you may not have the confidence to show off your smile. Crooked teeth can also impact your ability to bite and chew properly, which can lead to nutritional issues and other oral health problems. Fortunately there are plenty of options available today to help correct crooked teeth, even without the use of braces. Contact Caring Smiles today to find out more about Invisalign clear braces, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding.
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Tooth decay is a serious problem, and left untreated it can lead to painful cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, and even tooth loss. The first sign of decay is often pain and sensitivity in your tooth, so if you notice a problem, don’t wait to call the dentist. Delaying treatment may result in the need for more extensive (and expensive) treatment later down the road. The dentists in Boise, Idaho at Caring Smiles can diagnose and treat decay with white fillings, dental bonding, and crowns, implants, or oral surgery in more severe cases.
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If those pearly whites are not looking quite as “pearly” or “white” as you might like, there are many options to get brighter and whiter teeth. Tooth discoloration and stains can come from a variety of everyday habits, including food, drinks, and tobacco. Stained or discolored teeth can make you feel self-conscious when speaking and smiling, while whitening can provide you with an instant boost in your confidence. There are plenty of options available to get whiter and brighter teeth, so call Caring Smiles today to learn more.
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Fear of visiting the dentist is real, and whether you suffer only from mild anxiety when you think about getting a checkup or your fear is so severe that you have avoided dental treatment for years, it’s important to know that there are options to help you relax and feel at ease during your appointment. One of the most significant advances in dental treatment in recent years is the use of sedation dentistry in Boise, Idaho. Using medication that helps patients relax, the team at Caring Smiles can provide you with comprehensive treatment while avoiding fear and anxiety that can make your dental appointment impossible otherwise.
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Deep inside each of your teeth is a soft substance called pulp. It contains blood vessels and tissues that nourish teeth when they are growing, but over time can become infected from bacteria. Avoiding treatment for an infected nerve can lead to irreversible tooth damage and eventually tooth loss. Once the pulp has become damaged, it breaks down and creates an environment where bacteria can multiply. Removing the infected pulp through a root canal procedure can help you avoid an abscessed tooth, swelling, bone loss, and other issues associated with infection. Root canals in Boise, ID are a simple procedure that can help preserve your natural tooth and avoid the problems associated with tooth loss.
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A gap between your teeth is often a source of self-consciousness, and beyond just the aesthetic problems you might encounter, these gaps can also lead to improper bite or pain in your teeth and jaw muscles. If you are worried that the only way to correct gaps is with braces, rest assured that there are plenty of other alternatives today that can fill in small and large gaps between teeth without any orthodontic treatments. Our doctors and team can help you learn about all the options available, including the costs and long-term effects, so you can choose the one that’s right for you.
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Having extra gum tissue can lead to a variety of problems for patients, including painful inflammation in the gums, bleeding during flossing, and the embarrassment of a “gummy smile” that makes you self-conscious about showing off your teeth. If you notice that your gums are bleeding a lot when flossing, it could be a sign of periodontal (gum) disease and should be checked immediately by a dentist. There are also periodontal treatment options to help reduce the amount of visible gum tissue in your mouth so you can have more confidence in your smile and reduce the chances of inflammation and infection in the gums.
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When your teeth are not all the same size it can lead to a host of problems, not the least of which is often self-consciousness about your smile. A smile is one of the first things people notice when they meet someone, so having misshapen teeth could impact your social interactions, your ability to get a job, and other aspects of your daily life. In addition improperly shaped teeth can cause pain and problems with your bite, which can lead to sore jaw muscles and other problems biting and chewing. Dental crowns, bridges, veneers, bonding, and other treatments are simple ways to treat misshapen teeth and many of these things can be done in just one or two appointments. Call Caring Smiles today to learn more.
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If you are missing one or more teeth it could have serious and long-lasting consequences for your mouth and your overall health. The root of your tooth is connected to the bone, and when you lose that tooth, you often experience bone loss that can lead to jaw problems and the loss of other surrounding teeth. In addition, having a gap in your smile can cause other teeth to move around, which can affect your bite and your ability to chew and speak properly. Finally, missing teeth can have a significant impact on your self-esteem and can make things like social situations and getting a job much more difficult. Talk to the dental team at Caring Smiles to learn about advances in dentistry that can help you get a beautiful, healthy smile back.
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Facial piercings, like tattoos, have become one of the ways that people express individuality and personality. While it may seem like something that is cool and reasonably safe (especially since millions of people, including many celebrities, have facial and oral piercings), there are many risks associated with this type of body art. Piercing the tongue, lips, cheeks, or uvula (the tissue hanging down at the back of your throat) can lead to infection when moisture in your mouth mixes with bacteria and creates an ideal situation for bacteria to thrive. Oral piercings may also interfere with your ability to chew, swallow, and speak properly, so think twice before you get that piercing in these delicate areas.
Playing sports is a fun way to stay healthy and spend time with friends, but sports are also one of the leading causes of tooth loss for children and teens. If you are planning to play contact sports such as football, basketball, baseball, or hockey, or you participate in outdoor activities such as bicycling, skateboarding, or riding scooters, it’s important that you protect your teeth with a mouthguard and/or a helmet. If you do suffer from a sports injury to your mouth or teeth, it’s important to seek dental treatment immediately—many teeth can be saved and minor damage repaired if you get treatment right away. Custom-fit and off-the-shelf mouthguards are available; talk to Caring Smiles today to find out more.
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