Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin

208 461-2600 or Email Me Anytime

351 West Iowa • Nampa, Idaho 83686

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Hello everyone! 
Last week I wrote a blog about xylitol (read about it below if you haven’t already). I was really intrigued by how it prevents tooth decay! I figure that we all try our best when it comes to our oral health. We floss and brush regularly, use mouth wash, however we may still get tooth decay. So, I learned about a product we carry in our office called Spry that contains xylitol.

We all chew gum, use mints, toothpaste and mouth wash.
Why not use products that will aid in preventing tooth decay?

Spry has a wide range of different products and flavors that will appeal to every individual.

Spry Gum & Spry Mints
are 100% xylitol sweetened. Available in: Cinnamon, Lemon, Peppermint and Spearmint flavors.

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-Spry Toothpaste

is low abrasive with 25% xylitol. In peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon Flavor
(available with and without fluoride).

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 -Spry Oral Rinse:

Is formulated with 25% xylitol and it contains low alcohol content.

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 I hope that you all enjoyed looking through these pictures and learning about xylitol and Spry.
It is YOUR time to enjoy a full spectrum of affordable oral health products containing xylitol.

What Causes Bad Breath?

By Dr. Cody Eaton
            Did you know that according to the Talmud from the 5th century A.D. a marriage may be dissolved if one of the partners has oral malodor? Halitosis, the technical term for bad breath, is a common occurrence among many people. In theory, if a patient is healthy and has good oral hygiene, there shouldn’t be any bad breath or spouses running away. So let’s take a whiff below!

            We all find ways to get rid of bad breath. We might avoid garlic or cheese before a date. Others make sure they brush and floss their teeth and use mouth rinses as often as they can. It is also common to find people buying breath freshening products such as gum, mints, Binaca spray, etc. Some products are effective at killing the bacteria or fungus causing the bad breath, while other products are only good at covering up the bad breath like an air freshener. It is obvious that we don’t want to have bad breath or else we wouldn’t be spending $1 billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone! But keep in mind that 25% of those who think they have bad breath actually don’t have it at all.

            So how do we address bad breath without sounding halitophobic? The simplest and best way is to find the source of the cause, which may involve the dentist to help with the diagnosis in order to properly eliminate it.

            First, let’s rule out “morning breath” and mouth odor caused by food and drinks, which technically are not considered true halitosis even though they are unpleasant to your schnoz. These types of odors are only temporary and just because your spouse complains about it doesn’t make it true halitosis.

            The most common cause of halitosis is bacteria and fungus that have accumulated within the mouth, throat, and nasal cavity. Past your lips lies the perfect environment that is warm and moist which creates a breeding ground for odor-emitting microorganisms to flourish. Routine oral care at home in addition to the use of ADA approved mouth rinses can help remove the plaque and tarter that harbor the bacteria that cause bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. Also at the dental office we can clean the hard-to-reach areas with special instruments that provide more benefits than just keeping your mouth feeling fresh. Be sure to read our recent blog on Xylitol and its benefits.

            Other causes of bad breath are from an external source such as smoking or alcohol. For some smokers, having that bad breath is a motivator to quit smoking. If you’re thinking of quitting smoking, realize that your breath AND the health of your mouth and body can benefit tremendously by removing this habit. Alcohol causes bad breath when your body metabolizes it and converts it to ketones, which are exhaled and the quantity can be measured by a breathalyzer.  

            About 85% of the time halitosis is caused by sources within the oral cavity, but 15% of cases are caused by systemic factors such as other diseases or conditions in your body. Bad breath that began without any obvious reason may be the first sign that something in your body is abnormal. This may include uncontrolled diabetes, COPD, chronic dry mouth, pneumonia, sinus infections, postnasal drip, strep throat, lung cancer, gastric reflux, liver and kidney problems, and many other conditions. Your dentist and physician will be able to help you with a proper diagnosis.
            To summarize, routine oral care at home and seeing your dentist regularly is the best place to start. 

 

 

Preventing Tooth Decay With Xylitolxilitolo-contro-carie

Hello everyone! Imagine being able to eat something delightful that is in turn good for your teeth… enjoying fresher breath and healthier feeling teeth while decreasing tooth cavities. I know I would absolutely love that. It almost sounds too good to be true-but it’s not.

This amazing product is known as xylitol. It comes from the fibrous parts of plants with a sweet taste that is in my opinion-identical to sugar. Xylitol has a low glycemic index of 7 (compared to sugar’s 83) and is low in calories. It can reduce cavities by 80%. Knowing that really intrigued me to do further research into it, especially because it is something that we sell here in our office. It is more than just a delicious low calorie substitute. It won’t cause an overproduction of insulin like table sugar can. It inhibits the ability of the cavity causing bacteria to adhere to the surface of your teeth, which in turn prevents the the build up dental plaque.

Xylitol was discovered by a German chemist in the 19th century and is extracted from the Birch tree. It has also been found in fruits and vegetables. Xylitol is safe for those on a sugar-controlled diet to consume due to being a natural sweetener that doesn’t interfere with blood sugar levels.  

I hope that you learned something new with this post! 
Try xylitol out for yourself, and let us know what you think about it! 

-Rahela

Digital X-ray

DSC_0514It’s incredible how far digital x-rays have come since implementing them in our office April of this year! The clarity of our newest digital sensor allows us to see even small cavities and tooth defects. Our patients appreciate the lower dose of x-ray exposure, and we are excited to progress as technology advances! 

BruxZir-Amazing New Crowns.

 

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a very informative course in Portland, OR; on the latest updates in dental materials. The most interesting thing to me was: information on a new material called BruxZir that is being used to make crowns. It is much harder than materials we have previously used, as this video link shows. I am excited to start using this material in my office, and already have sent three cases to the lab! We also had a very nice day on the OR coast, the weather was amazing. -Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin.

 

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Dirty Dash August 2014.

From the inside of the office, to the outside of the office, our assistants always stick together.
Brookside Dental Assistant Trio. 

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 The assistants competed in the Dirty Dash in August. It was definitely a team effort, challenging them to stick together and help each other through all of the dirty obstacles. We think their team name “#dirtyteeth” was dental appropriate (ha ha). 

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Color Run 2014

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Fun office event! We all participated in the Color Run that took place in Boise August twenty-third!

How To Brush Your Teeth

This is a simple, yet very important question: How do you brush your teeth? If you asked 100 people this question, you would probably get 100 different answers. Everyone who brushes their teeth (or doesn’t brush their teeth!) will develop unique habits and techniques in which they think is the best way to take care of their oral health. Unfortunately, in most instances they fall short of utilizing proper oral hygiene, otherwise dentists would cease to fill any more cavities caused by tooth decay.

Let’s jump right into it. If you researched proper oral hygiene techniques published by the American Dental Association and other credible sources, you would find the same philosophy: the more effective you are at removing plaque from every surface of your teeth on a routine basis, the lesser the chance cavities will form. Certain types of bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease harbor in dental plaque and feed off the sugar found in your food. This means the longer that plaque and bacteria stay on your teeth, the greater the chance tooth decay and gum disease will occur. Here are some basic oral hygiene instructions that you should utilize on a daily basis:

-Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which needs to be replaced every three months or immediately after a sickness such as strep throat.

-Use an adequate amount of fluoride toothpaste as directed.

-Gently brush for a minimum of 2 minutes in small circular motions with the bristles angled 45˚ to the gumline, and then occasionally “sweeping” away from the gumline for more effective plaque removal. Not only does brushing for 2 whole minutes provide adequate time to brush all the surfaces of every tooth, but allows sufficient time for the fluoride in the toothpaste to effectively remineralize the enamel. It is also suggested to time yourself to make sure you have brushed long enough.
-Brush a minimum of 2 times a day; once after breakfast and once right before you go to bed. However, it is optimal to brush additionally throughout the day after meals and snacks.

-Floss between all teeth and allow the floss to slide under the contact and gumline so it’s partially wrapped around the tooth being flossed.

-You can also use a mouth rinse such as Listerine or ACT only as an adjunct to oral hygiene, NOT as a replacement to what was listed above.

-Utilize any additional instructions and products provided by your dentist or hygienist at routine dental check ups that accommodate your needs.

You will discover that after a period of time of being diligent about taking care of your teeth with the techniques shown above that you will see positive results. Bad breath can be eliminated, teeth will appear whiter, and your gums will bleed less while brushing and flossing. Once you become accustomed to how your mouth feels when it’s clean and healthy, you will develop a lifelong healthy habit of good oral care.

Happy Brushing!

-Dr. Eaton

Prevent!

Prevention is the name of the game in dentistry.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a patient say, “well, it’s not bothering me right now so I am going to leave it alone”.  Why is it that people understand their cars so much better than their teeth?  Would you ever say, “my car isn’t having any problems so I am not going to change the oil””?  Nope, no one says that.  No one!

Imagine if you waited until your car broke down from lack of an oil change.  What kind of damage would be done?  How much would it cost to get the car fixed?  You would likely need to have the engine replaced.

Now, let’s take this one step further.  If you had to have the engine replaced, who would you blame?  The mechanic?  Would you say, “I hate mechanics because they charge so much and I always need a new engine whenever I go in.  That is why I don’t go to the mechanic!”

We in the dental field must be terrible at educating the public because I have heard this philosophy literally thousands of times in my 22 years of dental practice.  So, let me set the record straight, once and for all.

Most dental problems do not hurt or have any other symptoms until they become a major problem!

Take home message, do NOT try to diagnose your own dental problems.  It’s a very bad idea.

Do you know what the biggest difference between your car and your teeth?  You can get a new car, but you only get one set of teeth!

Every six months, get them checked.  Just do it.  It is the best preventive investment you will ever make.

Dr. Hamblin

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

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