Ideal Family Dentistry Dental Blog

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November Marks National Diabetes Awareness Month

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Diabetes is a chronic disease that increases the risk for many serious health problems, including severe gum disease. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and it’s a great time for us at Ideal Family Dentistry to remind our patients that the way you care for your teeth at home doesn’t just affect your oral health; keeping your mouth healthy is vital to your overall health, too.

Diabetes is the result of a deficiency, or lack of the hormone insulin to properly transport glucose (blood sugar) to the cells throughout the body. According to the American Diabetes Association, the most common types of diabetes are Type One (90-95 percent of cases), Type Two (five percent), and gestational or pregnancy diabetes. Women who have had gestational diabetes have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing diabetes, mostly Type Two, in the ten to 20 years following their pregnancy.

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Halloween: Candy, costumes, and more!

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

All Hallows' Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is a yearly event celebrated on October 31, and one that is anticipated by the young and young at heart all over the world. Some scholars claim that Halloween originated from Celtic festivals that honored the dead or that celebrated the harvest, while others doubt that there's any connection at all to Samhain (a Gaelic harvest festival.) Regardless of its origin, our team at the general office of Dr. John Coburn hopes that Halloween is fun and enjoyed by all of our awesome patients!

Trick or treat?

In North America, Halloween is predominantly celebrated by children who dress up in costumes, which range from scary to cute, who then go around the neighborhood knocking on doors asking "trick or treat", and they are given candy in return. Trick-or-treating is a time honored tradition, and though many parents groan at the pounds and pounds of candy collected by youngsters and fear for the health of their teeth, there are a few things you can do to help their teeth stay in great shape until the candy is gone:

  • Limit the amount of candy they can consume each day
  • Have them brush their teeth after eating candy
  • Avoid hard, chewy candies as they can stick in hard to brush places
  • Keep candy out of sight to reduce temptation
  • Don't buy candy too far in advance to limit pre-Halloween consumption
  • Help or encourage your children to floss

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Start 2016 off with Good Dental Health!

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

With the holidays over and a fresh, New Year upon us, it is a great time to see what improvements we want to make in our lives. Often our New Year’s Resolutions revolve around diet and exercise, losing weight, and improving our overall health. Taking care of your teeth and making sure that you are getting proper dental care will help to ensure that you accomplish more of your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions, keeping you happier and healthier.

Good dental health improves quality of life

Although your mouth is only a small part of your body (although some have bigger mouths than others) the effect it can have on your quality of life is startling. It may not seem like it when everything is fine, but the moment that there is discomfort, you become painfully aware, so to speak. From pain when eating to continual nagging pains, problems with your teeth make the most basic tasks difficult. And when left for long periods of time, tooth damage can become permanent, costing much more to repair and taking much longer to treat.

The other aspect of your dental health is your appearance and self-esteem. Your smile says a lot about you, as well as your personality and confidence. A big, bold smile exudes confidence. When you try to hide your smile, or are less willing to show off your teeth, it can make you appear uncomfortable or closed off. Making sure that your smile looks and feels great will help you show your best self and boost your self esteem.

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Dental Implants - Are they right for you?

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

When a tooth is missing or damaged, there are some options for helping to improve your smile and your dental health. Whether you are young or old, if you have one missing tooth or many, you want to have a good, long-term solution. If this is you, dental implants may be a great solution to your dental needs.

Dental ImplantDental implants are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body, surgically placed in the upper and lower jaw. The implants act as an anchor that provides stability for replacement teeth. Replacement teeth are placed on the implant to match your natural tooth color, as well as the shape and size of your teeth.

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Thanksgiving And Your Teeth

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday. It is a time to gather with friends and family and enjoy some amazing food (usually we enjoy this too much!). And while we can be thankful for all the things that we have, our bodies, and our teeth, have a little less to be thankful for after the big meal.


A lot of the food we eat on Thanksgiving has a lot of sugar. Pies, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and many other baked goods are some of the main culprits, but you also should be aware of all the soda and juices that can contain a substantial amount of sugar. This not only leads to loosened belts, but large amounts of sugar can lead to increased tooth decay. This isn't to say that you shouldn't eat any of these things, but you may want to take it a little easy, and make sure that you brush and floss particularly well on the big day.


Although we don't think of this as much, many bright foods or beverages that are consumed during Thanksgiving can cause staining that takes away from that smile you are so thankful for. Drinks like coffee, tea, or red wine may cause staining and darken your bright smile. To help avoid staining, you may want to rinse your mouth out with warm water to help prevent those colors from staining your teeth. If you do suffer from teeth staining, you can always call and schedule an appointment for a teeth whitening session to help brighten your smile.

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Flossing - Techniques, Tips, and Technology

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

We all know how important it is to floss our teeth, but how many people are actually doing it? A survey from 2013 shows that only 50% of Americans floss daily, 31% who floss less than daily, and 18.5 percent who do not floss at all.

While brushing your teeth twice a day is good for your dental health, flossing gets to the areas of your teeth that a toothbrush does not reach. Did you know that by not flossing, you are leaving as much at 40% of your teeth surfaces untouched and uncleaned? Flossing helps to clear plaque buildup between teeth and helps to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Proper Flossing Technique

Step 1

Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.

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Back To School Promotion

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Summer is winding down and it's almost time for BACK TO SCHOOL! To help you prepare for the upcoming school year, we have lots of backpacks filled with school supplies and a voucher for a FREE kid's dental exam & cleaning. We will be giving one away each day until they are all gone! Act now to get your before we run out!

Back to School

To enter to win:

1. LIKE Ideal Family Dentistry's Facebook page
2. SHARE this Facebook post
3. COMMENT on this post

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Free Teeth Whitening Promotion

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

It's time to reward yourself for getting through another school year!

Now that school is out, it is the perfect time to catch up on a visit to the dentist. If you're looking for a new dentist for your children, or if you've been putting off their much needed visit, we are offering a new patient promotion for both kids and parents.

If you are a new patient at Ideal Family Dentistry, bring in your child for their first exam and cleaning and an adult will get one free teeth whitening session. You can even schedule your whitening when you schedule your child's appointment. With gentle, compassionate dental care for from Dr. Coburn and his amazing staff, you can make sure that your kids are in good hands.

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity by calling us at (208) 664-4831 and ask us about our new patient promotion. Schedule an appointment for you and your children today. We look forward to seeing you!

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Dental Care

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

Being healthy is more than exercise. It's more than just eating right. Being healthy means that you have to take care of yourself and make good daily choices that will ensure your health. Good dental health is no different. Making good choices daily will add to your overall health and give you a better self-image. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent expensive treatments and dental work in the long term.

What is preventative dental care?

Preventative dental care means taking care of your own teeth to ensure that they stay healthy. Doing this helps to ensure that you avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and other dental problems. Good daily dental care includes brushing and flossing at least twice a day. You should also have regular checkups with your dentist to identify any potential problems and take care of them immediately. We recommend scheduling a visit every six months to provide a thorough cleaning and exam to ensure that your teeth receive proper care.

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Children's Dental Care

Dr. John Coburn, DMD

As a parent, you spend a lot of time and energy in taking care of your children. From the time you wake up, you make sure that they are taken care of properly. From feeding them, brushing teeth, getting dressed, getting them to school, homework, activities, cleaning up, and putting them to bed, you spend a lot of time taking care of your children. You do this because you want to make sure your children are both healthy and happy. You also do all of this because building good habits helps kids make better decisions and have a better opportunity to succeed in the future.

Preventative Care

Visiting your dentist regularly and good dental health habits is crucial to providing good care for your children. Instilling healthy habits early on in life helps children avoid painful and lengthy treatments in the future. Visiting the dentist regularly helps children to avoid this pain, as well as the fear and dread of visiting the dentist office. Most dental procedures could be avoided by preventative care and regular checkups.

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