Ideal Family Dentistry Dental Blog

Get tips & tricks to maintaining your optimal health & educate yourself on the latest dental treatment trends.

Healthy Summer Foods

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Summer Foods

It’s summer—that wonderful time of year when fresh and delicious produce abounds. Dr. John Coburn will tell you that your teeth, gums, and tissues all rely on an appropriate mix of vitamins and minerals to maintain good oral health no matter what time of year. In previous studies, nutrients in fruits and vegetables such as dietary fiber, potassium, and antioxidants have all been associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and cancers, including oral cancer.


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Why should I have my child’s wisdom teeth removed?

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Wisdon Teeth

The wisdom teeth are the last of the permanent molars to emerge from the gums. This can occur as early as age 17 or as late as 21. Though some teens and young adults experience a completely normal tooth eruption with ideally aligned molars that pose no health threat, this is not the case for everyone.

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), wisdom teeth must meet specific criteria to avoid a required extraction. These guidelines include:

  • Completely erupted and non-impacted
  • Completely functional
  • Painless
  • Free of decay
  • Disease-free
  • Capable of being properly cleaned

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Memorial Day

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service. Originally known as Decoration Day, this solemn day has been marked on calendars since the end of the American Civil War as a day to commemorate both the Confederate and Union soldiers who fought and died in the war.

Marking the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, wreaths, or other tokens has been practiced throughout history, but it wasn't until the mark of the end of the Civil War that a special day was decided upon as the one to spend in remembrance. By 1890, every state in the country was observing Decoration Day. It wasn't until 1967 when the name formally changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day, in order to encompass all fallen American soldiers in all wars and conflicts. In June of 1968, Congress moved the official date of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May in order to create a three day weekend.


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Is sleep apnea linked to cancer? Studies say, ‘Yes’.

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Sleep Apnea

Recently, multiple studies have concluded that people with sleep apnea, a disorder that causes snoring, fatigue, and dangerous gaps in breathing at night due to throat muscles collapsing, are five times more likely to develop cancer. In fact, one of the studies found that people with the most severe forms of sleep apnea had a 65 percent greater risk of developing cancer of any kind.

Researchers believe this could be due to the body lacking enough oxygen, a condition known as hypoxemia. When people are deprived of oxygen, their bodies react by producing more blood vessels, which can feed cancer cells, and as a result cause tumors to grow and spread.


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Wishing all our moms a happy Mother’s Day!

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Woman

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there." - Robert Browning

We would like to take this moment to thank all the great moms out there for being so great during their child’s visits to Ideal Family Dentistry. Whether it’s driving their kids to regularly scheduled appointments or for “being there” while their child is treatment, the moms who come to our office are all stellar individuals, so Dr. John Coburn and our entire staff would like you to know that we appreciate you all!


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Are you a candidate for dental implants?

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Dental Implant Couple

When you are missing teeth, it is critical to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can be challenging, as well as uncomfortable. Missing teeth can also destabilize your bite. Dental implants are a great option for replacing teeth that are missing or are badly diseased. A dental implant at Ideal Family Dentistry offers relief, support, and stability to your bite, and often, implants are the most natural and effective option available.


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Earth Day

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Earth Day

The idea for Earth Day was the brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin. He envisioned an Earth Day that would be a kind of environmental teach-in. The first Earth Day celebration took place on April 22, 1970, and a surprising 20 million people participated on that day. Ultimately, it became the largest organized celebration in US history.


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Tips for Managing Oral Pain

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Oral Pain

Experiencing tooth or oral pain is not fun. If you cannot get to Ideal Family Dentistry right away, the pain may even seem to increase. The old saying that a tooth will stop hurting once you get to a dentist is not that far from true. However, there are many tips you can try to relieve your oral pain until you can see Dr. John Coburn.


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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

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What is oral cancer?

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. If you have been putting off a visit to our Coeur d'Alene office, now is an excellent time to schedule one. Regular visits to Ideal Family Dentistry can be the first line of defense against oral cancer, by identifying early warning signs of the disease, or helping you with preventive care tips to lower your chances of developing it.


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