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3 Secrets to Make Flossing Simpler

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Benefits of Flossing

Dentists say flossing is as important as brushing your teeth to prevent gum disease, cavities and bad breath. These problems are caused by an accumulation of harmful bacteria and plaque, resulting from particles of food that get trapped between the teeth and under the gum line, where toothbrushes can't reach.


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10 Things You Didn’t Know Your Dentist Was Doing at Your Check-up

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Dental Check-up

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then your mouth is the window to your body. You might assume that when you go for your routine dental check-up, your dentist is simply looking for signs of cavities, but there’s far more to a dental examination than you’re probably aware of.


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Why are Mouthguards so Important?

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Coeur d'Alene Mouthguards

Mouthguards play a crucial role in providing protection for adults and children against dental injuries during sporting activities at all levels. Millions of people suffer tooth loss each year in the U.S. as a result of sports-related accidents. Many of these injuries could have been prevented simply by wearing a mouth protector.


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Tips for Finding a Good Dentist Near You

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Dentist Near Me

Choosing a dentist is an important decision that will have a significant impact not just on your oral health but on your overall wellbeing. Issues in the mouth can increase the risk of serious medical conditions such as heart problems and diabetes. So, a key step in finding a good dentist near you is to look for one that demonstrates an understanding of how oral health impacts the rest of your body. But what else should you be doing when trying to track down the right dentist for you?


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Dental Implant vs Bridges: How to know what’s best for you.

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Dental Implants vs Bridges

If you have lost a permanent tooth or teeth due to an injury, periodontal disease, or other reasons, you have several options to consider for replacement. The easiest, it would seem, is to do nothing. This is the least advisable option in the dental field because it is important to replace a lost tooth to maintain maximum function, maintain alignment of surrounding teeth, and to preserve a healthy smile. Let us tell you about the better options you should consider!


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Diet and Dental Health: What to eat and what to avoid

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Diet and Dental Health

You are probably aware that guzzling soda and drinking those sugary Starbucks Frappuccinos aren’t particularly good for your dental health. But how much thought do you give to the effects of your diet on your teeth? Practicing healthy eating habits isn’t just helpful for your waistline, it also ensures that your teeth stay strong and cavity-free.


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Happy Fourth of July

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Happy Forth of July

Every year, Americans all over the world celebrate the birth of the country and its independence on the Fourth of July. There are countless ways that people celebrate and they range from community parades and large scale gatherings to concerts, fireworks displays, and smaller scale celebrations among family and friends. For some people, July 4th is synonymous with baseball, while for others it is all about the beach of barbecues. However you celebrate, you can be sure that red, white, and blue is visible everywhere throughout the area.


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I can't stop grinding my teeth! How can a dentist help?

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Teeth Grinding

Dr. John Coburn will tell you that while you are sleep, your mouth may be very active. If you find yourself waking up with headaches, facial pain, neck aches, or a sore jaw, you may have tooth grinding, a condition we also call bruxism.

We see many people who experience some extent of tooth grinding, but a very small percentage of the population actually experiences symptoms severe enough to warrant visiting a doctor. If you continually experience any of the symptoms listed above, we encourage you to give us a call at our Coeur d'Alene office so that we may be able to diagnose and treat the problem.


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Pregnancy: What should I know about my oral care?

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Flossing

Dr. John Coburn and our team at Ideal Family Dentistry know this is an exciting time as you anticipate the arrival of your new little one. We want to take this opportunity to provide you with some important information pertaining to your oral health during pregnancy. Just as the rest of your body is changing, the amount of bacteria in your mouth also changes. Scientists don’t understand all the reasons why, but during pregnancy, your mouth is more susceptible to bacterial complications that could result in increased risk for gingivitis or periodontal disease. What researchers do know is the change in hormones creates a more favorable environment for gum infections and diseases when you are pregnant.


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DIY Cures for Bad Breath

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Bad Breath

Are you afraid to open your mouth because you have bad breath? You’re not alone bad breath or Halitosis happens to everyone, at one time or another. If you have chronic bad breath there could be a number of reasons, including:

  • Gum disease
  • Sinus problems
  • Bacterial infection in your mouth
  • Stress
  • Strong odor from something you ate
  • Dry mouth

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