Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin

208 461-2600 or Email Me Anytime

351 West Iowa • Nampa, Idaho 83686

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Beyond the floss!  

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Click HERE to watch Dr. Hamblin’s “Beyond The Floss” video. 

I’ve been practicing dentistry for 20 years now, that’s quite a while.  

And while I strongly believe the treatment that I provide greatly improves the quality of life for my patients I am often frustrated, that I cannot do more.  

You would think that in today’s amazing world of science, research and knowledge that we would have a simple cure for cavities and gum disease.

And if you thought that you would actually be correct.  

There is a simple cure, at least one that is easy to understand.  But while the cure is simple, the application is much more difficult, and no, I’m not talking about flossing.  

This goes way beyond the floss and addresses the root cause of tooth decay and gum disease.  So are you ready to go with me to where no dentist has ever taken you before?  Are you ready to get past brushing and fluoride treatments and visits to the dentist.  Are you ready to go beyond the floss?  

The most effective, scientifically proven way to stop dental decay and periodontal disease is by changing your DIET!

OK, I lost about 95% of my readers, but for those of you who are left, this is going to be fun.  

We KNOW that a bad diet causes decay!  We know that!  The question is how do we change?  Real change requires two things, education and motivation. Our goal, our mission is to provide these for you.    

Now at this point, you may be asking, can a dentist provide nutritional counseling for their patients? Isn’t that a medical issue?  

Well according to the American Dental Association and code D1310, “Nutritional counseling for control of dental disease” is defined as “Counseling on food selection and dietary habits as part of treatment and control of periodontal disease and caries.”

There you have it!  If you want to know what you can do with your diet to help prevent decay and gum disease, we can help you!  

If you want to lose weight and prevent disease, you will need to talk to your doctor. It is well established that the changes that are good for your teeth are also good for your body, so there may be some overlap. The objective of our treatment is to help you with your teeth.   

This is uncharted territory for me.  I am not aware of any dental office, or any program that has ever been put into place to address nutritional counseling in an effective way in a dental office. But even though it not the typical area of emphasize for our profession, I feel that I can no longer ignore the detrimental effects of a poor diet on the dental health of my patients, and of my friends and my family.  

So look forward in the future for further information on this exciting subject.  

Thank your time, and keep flossing!  

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-Dr. Hamblin

Wait for it…

WARNING: if you are afraid of the dentist, the following article may contain content that could make you a bit nervous. If this is the case, you should call our office immediately and ask about sedation. If, on the other hand, you are interested in what really can be done to greatly improve your experience with dental anesthetic, then please continue reading.

Getting numb is generally considered the least favorite part of a dental appointment. It is the potential of discomfort that scares people, the fear of what might happen. I have discovered, however, that things usually go better for the patient than they expect.

One of the most common responses that I hear after getting someone numb is, “that wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be!” That phrase is music to my ears, it is my mission to hear it as often as possible.

So what is the secret to comfortable anesthetic? Several things actually, but today, I want to talk about topical anesthetic!

Just for clarification, topical anesthetic is the numbing gel that is applied in your mouth at the place where the anesthetic will be given. It’s purpose is to numb the skin to make the injection more comfortable. Now there are a couple of keys to making sure this gel has maximum effect.

The most important is time. The medication needs about 2 minutes in order to work. Doesn’t seem like much, but in a busy office, I am often tempted to cheat, as I am often in a hurry.

To make sure that your topical has the best effect, we do something very simple, yet very effective. We use a timer. We have these little sand timers in the office that we give out to kids to time their brushing. These work perfectly for our topical anesthetic, so when you see that timer, you can rest assured that the topical will be working to maximum effect.

There are many other things that we do here at Brookside to help you have a better experience. I am looking forward to sharing some of these ideas with you in the near future!

Happy Flossing!

Whitening with braces on.

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                   I have been whitening my teeth for several years now. Recently, when I started my orthodontics, I did not want to stop whitening! I really want to share my experience and my go-to product with you all! I must admit, I was a little skeptical at first (as was everyone else that saw me bleaching)! So, I got in contact with one of our representatives.

              I asked her to give me the “Chemistry of Bleaching”.  She educated me in regards to the process of whitening and how it works! “When you are whitening your teeth you do not bleach extrinsically (outside), you bleach intrinsically (inside). Your stains are on the inside of your teeth, not the outside. The bleach works as the ingredients penetrate the tooth and spreads throughout. It does not matter if you have a bracket placed on the surface of your tooth because you bleach from the inside, it then shows on the outside!” Monica (Field Sales Consultant with Ultradent).

                    Opalescence Go trays are what I have been using to whiten my teeth since I have had my braces on, I love the product quality and the ingredients that are in the trays. A few of the main ingredients include: Hydrogen Peroxide, Xylitol and Fluoride. These ingredients work to: Whiten the teeth, prevent bacteria from adhering to the teeth and around the brackets, eliminate any bacteria that may be around the brackets and prevent the teeth from becoming sensitive! Those ingredients all work together in different ways to make your smile glisten and give you a shot of confidence!

If you have braces on and would still like to whiten your teeth, give us a call and we will help you out! I have loved having a white smile with braces on and would love for you to also be confident with your braces on as well. Happy Bleaching!

-Rahela

 

What Causes More Accidents Than Drunk Driving?

sweet dreamsWhat causes more accidents than drunk driving?  Sleepy driving.  And what is making people sleepy?  In many cases it’s poor sleep health.  How do you know if you have poor sleep health?  What does this have to do with the dentist?

These are some of the questions that were answered at the course attended last weekend in Seattle on sleep health, and that I hope to answer over the next couple of months on this blog.  

First, what does the dentist have to do with sleep health?  Sleep problems can easily be screened during a dental exam.  It’s as simple as that.  An average patient that spends 2 hours / year in the dental chair with the 2 annual cleanings.  A large portion of that 2 hours is spent peering down at the mouth and throat where signs of poor sleep health can be obvious to those who are trained.  

The tongue is a prime example.  The shape and position of the tongue can be a major factor affecting the amount of oxygen you get at night.  The following illustration shows the different shapes of the tongue and throat that can contribute to sleep problems.  These problems can easily be discovered by dental health care providers who have had the proper training.  

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Do you have good sleep health?  A simple screening process completed with a trained dentist can help answer this question.  

Sweet dreams!  

Dr. H.

Steps to Sterilization

Our office recently went to an infection control class. A lot of different things were said and advised. Some things such as: Cleaning and sterilizing instruments, keeping the ops. clean, washing hands before and after patients amongst many other things. There are many great things that we learned and have been so excited about that we started implementing them into our office. 
There are many different approaches that we have and take in order to help minimize our patients risk of infection. There is one in specific that stands out to me and that I would like to share with you today! That is our cassette reprocessing cycle. There are five steps that we take with great caution. 

DSC_0790First Step: Cleaning of the cassettes- through an Ultrasonic. 
The ultrasonic removes all microscopic particles. 

DSC_0815Second Step: Wrapping of the cassettes.
All cassettes are wrapped and marked with external indicator tape.
Before the sterilization process begins, lines on tape are white. 

DSC_0836Third Step: Sterilization of the Cassettes. 
After the sterilization process, the indicator lines on the tape will darken. 

DSC_0844Fourth Step: Maintaining a Sterile Storage for the Cassettes. 
Sterilized cassettes are stored in a manner that reduces the potential for contamination. Cassettes are not opened until point of use. 

DSC_0856Fifth Step: Quality Assurance. 
Sterility assurance of processed instruments are verified weekly. 

-Rahela. 

The Blood In Your Gums Goes To Your Heart!

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Recently I attended a class on gum disease and heard a statement that really caught my attention. The speaker was talking about how important it is that we use language that patients understand and not big term words that just go right over their heads. She said that when she is talking about gum disease she says,
“The blood in your gums goes to your heart.  If there is an infection in your gums, it will spread to your heart.  We need to treat this infection”.
To me, this statement seemed to be a little too strong, a bit too basic, and just way too obvious. I mean seriously, everyone knows this right? Everyone understands that periodontal disease affects your health and that today there is a vast amount of evidence and studies and proof that connects gum disease with other health problems.  This is common knowledge is it not?    
Then, suddenly, it just hit me. No, my patients don’t understand that the infection of gum disease will spread to their entire body and affect their total health!  If they did, they would happily and anxiously accept our treatment recommendations! This is often not the case in our practice. We have many patients who want only the cheapest cleaning, the one that insurance covers 100%. Over the years, this has been one of the most frustrating and discouraging facts about my practice. Why don’t people choose health?
Suddenly, here right before me was the answer! Because we have not communicated clearly what is going on. Once an individual understands what is happening, they gladly choose health over illness!  Who wouldn’t?      
Our most excellent instructor that day provided some very easy and effective tips for getting this message across.  I was motivated enough by what she had to say that I have hired her to come into my office and train my staff on how to help patients achieve better health.
Even though we have just begun, the results have already been amazing. There is an excitement in the office that I haven’t felt for a long time!  I am excited about health and wellness, and I finally understand how to effectively encourage others down this pathway.  
In the months to follow it is my plan to outline specifically how the gums are connected to the rest of your body, and what you can do to keep that connection healthy.  

-Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin D.M.D. 

Sugar Consumption and Health

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“So what’s up with the empty soda bottles?” is a frequent question I hear as patients are laying back and looking to the right while receiving treatment in the dental chair. The display has been there for over five years and it still gains the attention of new and long-term patients, alike. The empty bottles filled with the actual sugar amounts found in soda really bring to light the “sweetness” of the situation. Most people consume soda or energy drinks without realizing just how much sugar is really in there.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams (6 tsp) of added sugars daily for women, and a maximum of 37.5 grams (9tsp) daily for men. The recommended maximum for children ages 4-8 is only 12.5 grams (3-4tsp), and 21-33 grams (approx. 6 tsp) for pre-teens and teenagers. Added sugars are defined as sugars and syrups added to beverages or food during processing or preparation not naturally occurring. The average American consumer has almost 20 teaspoons per day of added sugars… so where is all that sugar coming from?

“Regular softdrinks are the No. 1 source of added sugars in Americans’ diets, “according to the American Dental Association. (ADA.org). A 12 ounce can contain 8 teaspoons of sugar-waning a femail who consumes only one per day has already exceeded her recommended daily limit of 6 teaspoons, and a male has almost reached his limit of 9 teaspoons.

“So what’s the big risk if I am consuming too much added sugars” you may ask…

1.) Increased risk of dying from heart diseases.

-According to a major study published online (JAMA Internal medicine, April 2014).

2.)Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
(being overweight and consuming too many calories from any source).

-According to American Diabetes Association, it is recommended people limit surar added drinks to help prevent type 2 diabetes (diabetes.org).

3.)Immune system suppression.
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“Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria.
This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing a couple of sugary drinks” (webmd.com).

4.)Increased risk of tooth decay.

-Cavity causing bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars and release acid for up to 20 minutres after eating or drinking. This effect weakens the enamel and can cause cavities over time.

Here are some suggestions to help you reduce your “added sugar” daily intake,
resulting in a healthier body and stronger teeth:

-Read the nutrition facts label on what you eat or drink.
Consider the daily maximum added sugar recommendations, women-25 grams and men 37.5 grams daily.
Stay in your range.
-You are a soda drinker, consider cutting back and only having it with a meal,
instead of sipping on it for a long time.
-Add water to your daily intake of fluids. According to mayoclinic.org adequate intake of fluid for men is approx 13 cups daily, and 9 cups daily for women.

-Cheryl

Waves of Anxiety

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Recently I was caught on camera trying to avoid getting overtaken by a cold Oregon ocean wave. Sometimes the waves can catch you off guard. Even if you feel safe wandering out farther and farther, if you are not careful, you will get wet. Dental problems can also catch you off guard. So what is it that keeps patients from being prevention minded by seeking consistent preventive care (regular cleanings)?

We have all new patients rate their anxiety on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst. The vast majority of the answers fall on one end of the spectrum or the other. It’s either at the low end, 1-2 or at the high end, 9-10.

Whenever I see those high numbers, I make it my personal mission to discover the reasons behind the anxiety. I have discovered that there are many different reasons why people are anxious about dental treatment. I always ask the patient what it is they don’t like about the dentist, and then I sit quietly and LISTEN to the response. Here are a few of the most common.

Hate needles, hate the drill, don’t get numb, always get cavities, bad dental experiences in the past, costs too much, don’t know what the dentist is doing, don’t like things in my mouth, gag easily…I think you get the picture.

I will usually sit with a new patient for 5-10 minutes and ask questions until I feel that I understand what it is that specifically bothers the patient. Once I discover the source of the anxiety, I then will come up with a plan specific to the needs of of the patient to help them overcome their anxiety and I am careful to write this plan in their chart so that I never forget it.

Do you want a plan to help overcome your anxiety? I have helped literally 100’s of patients move from avoidance and fear (9-10) score to security and confidence as regular dental patients with healthy teeth. Don’t believe it? Read some of our testimonials. 

So don’t get your feet wet, and don’t let dental problems catch you off guard. We can change your feelings about dental treatment and keep you from drowning in the waves of dental disease.

-Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin, DMD. 

Sensitive Teeth

Causes and Treatments

When drinking a cold drink or having a sugary sweet treat, do you get those “zingers” that make your toes curl? You may have a common tooth problem called “sensitive teeth”. Tooth decay, cracks in teeth, worn down teeth and fillings as well as exposed root surfaces are some common reasons for sensitivity. 

Our teeth above the gum line are covered with a substance called enamel and is the strongest substance in the body. The roots of your teeth below the gum line are covered in cementum, not enamel. The layer underneath enamel and cementum is called dentin and is not as strong as the other layers.

Dentin contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes). When your gums recede and the cementum is exposed, the tubules allow heat and cold, or sticky sweet or acidic foods to stimulate the nerves in the tooth and can register as pain or discomfort. Sometimes, just berating in cold air can cause this discomfort.

Good oral hygiene and thorough cleaning of the teeth help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease and pain from sensitive teeth. Regular checkups are important to detect if your sensitivity is from decay, gum disease or other contributing factors in order for us to help you treat the sensitivity in the early stages.

Here at Brookside Dental, if we find that your sensitivity is caused form recession alone, we may recommend desensitizing toothpaste which contains ingredients that help with blocking the sensation from traveling from the tooth surface to the nerve. Sometimes we combing treatments with some in office treatments. We have very good results with a material we use that “seals” the root surface and gives relief for as long as six months.

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We love being able to provide this for our patients because of the results and relief it gives to our patients.
We have many tools up our sleeves to help you with your particular concerns.

-Rita RDH. 

Dose of Xylitol

Hello all!
We have been talking a lot about Xylitol! We started off two weeks ago introducing Xylitol, and its amazing benefits. Last week we discussed the main product that we carry in our office “Spry” that contains xylitol. Today I would like to talk about the dosage of xylitol one can intake per day.

Xylitol changes the amount of saliva and the acidity of it, it helps keep the teeth and the mouth cleaner. Due to it changing the acidity levels in your mouth, it then prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth, which then prevents dental caries. 🙂

Having five exposures throughout the day will make that difference. So what exactly is “five exposures”? It would be something like this: Brushing your teeth twice a day with Spry toothpaste, doing an oral rinse after brushing in the morning and having mints/gums spread through out the day (two mints or two gums is equivalent to one exposure). One can definitely change it up to his or her preference. If you don’t want to use the oral rinse and prefer to have mints instead, that is also ok. So Spry up with Xylitol and PREVENT caries by doing the things you are already doing!

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Office Hours

Office Hours:
8:00 – 5:00 Monday-Thursday
9:00-12:00 Friday's
Call: (208) 461.2600 or email for an Appointment

Office Location

Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin, DMD
351 West Iowa
Nampa, Idaho 83686