Ideal Family Dentistry Dental Blog

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

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

Guy Smiling

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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How do I make my child’s diet safe for his or her teeth?

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Cute Baby

The food you feed your child can have a lasting effect on his or her oral health. In fact, diet plays a major role in whether a child develops cavities and decay, which can lead to many dental visits and potential tooth loss. So what should you feed your child to ensure he or she has a healthy smile for life?


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Four Tips for Soothing a Toothache

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Dental Flosser

Whether it’s a dull and throbbing ache or a sharp pain, toothaches can come in many different forms. Chances are you’ve had the discomforting experience once or twice in your life. It’s the type of experience that nobody wants to have, because a toothache can be as annoying as fingernails scratching a chalkboard.


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Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Cute Girl

Millions of people, around Coeur d'Alene and beyond, wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so they can show their spirit for the holiday and avoid getting pinched. While it may be easy for you to throw on a green shirt, sport a St. Patrick’s Day button, or wear a pair of emerald-hued shoes, if you’re an avid St. Patty’s Day enthusiast you may want to try something different this year. Dr. John Coburn thought of a few ideas that will help you take your holiday spirit to the next level:


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Good Nutrition Leads to Healthy Mouths

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Mom and Daughter

At Ideal Family Dentistry, we know the most common oral health diseases are tooth decay and periodontal disease (or gum disease), and both are among the easiest to prevent. One of the most common ways we recommend to boost your oral health is by improving your diet, because you (and your mouth) truly are what you eat. A healthy diet can lead to a healthy mouth and body, while an unhealthy diet can lead to the exact opposite.


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Dangers of Alcohol and Oral Health

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Woman

We often have patients who ask, “Can drinking alcohol affect my oral health?” There are, in fact, a few reasons why that martini may not be good for your pearly whites.

In addition to creating an overly acidic environment in your mouth, alcohol severely dehydrates oral tissues because of its desiccant and diuretic properties. Because alcohol saps oral tissues of their moisture so readily, saliva glands can't keep enough saliva in the mouth to prevent dry mouth. In addition, saliva contains antibacterial properties that inhibits growth of anaerobic bacteria, a destructive type of oral bacterial responsible for tooth decay, gingivitis, chronic bad breath, and periodontitis.


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