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Travel Safe This Holiday!

travel safe this holiday.The holiday season is full of a lot of traveling for millions of people. It is important to make smart preparations to travel save, with less stress. Your Meridian family dentist has some helpful travel tips to consider.

Check Your Flight

No matter where you are flying, it is important to check your flight often. Delays are common this time of year so it is important to pay attention to flights to make sure you won’t have unexpected delays or cancellations. If you have a plane coming from a city with snow in the forecast, you are likely going to have a flight canceled or delayed. You can find some weather travel apps to help you keep track of travel plans this holiday season.

Watch Traffic and Weather Forecasts

If you are planning to travel this time of year, check on weather patterns. Drivers need to be capable of handling snow travel in certain areas of the country. Consider getting snow tires on your vehicle and consider moving your travel days up to reduce the amount of traffic you will need to deal with as you travel.

If you are driving, make sure you fill up on gas before you leave and pack snacks and water. In case you are stuck in traffic, you want to make sure you have enough to eat and won’t run out of gas. You should also pack a hat, gloves, jumper cables, and a first aid kit in your car–just in case. It’s better to be over-prepared than be caught in a blizzard with no way to keep warm!

Charge Devices

A lot of travelers find themselves trapped in the airport for several hours due to delays. If you have electronic devices, make sure they are fully charged and bring a charger with you. Bring something to read in case your layover is longer at the airport and your device is out of battery. Having something to occupy your time will make the delay seem shorter.

Pack Essentials

Before you leave, try packing several days in advance so you do not forget certain things such as toothpaste and a toothbrush. Failure to keep your teeth and gums healthy on vacation could land you in the Meridian cosmetic dentist chair quickly due to stains and receding gums. Gums are vulnerable to bacteria growth, and it’s common to see a rise in bacteria during the holiday season.

If you have any dental problems, get them fixed with one of the best dentists in Meridian before you leave for the holidays. Not only does it allow you to use up your insurance benefits before the end of the year, it can perfect your smile just in time to share it with your loved ones this year! Schedule an appointment with us today!

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Pumpkins are Good For Your Teeth!

Pumpkins are actually good for your teeth!

The time of year full of holiday cheer is fast upon us. Fall is in full swing, and with Thanksgiving coming soon, there will be lots of great food to go around. One of the best and most popular fall ingredients is pumpkin. There are so many yummy things to make using pumpkin including pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. Whatever your favorite pumpkin recipe is, or whether you like pumpkin at all, you can’t deny it is a staple of the season both in decorations and in the culinary arts.

Did you know that pumpkin can also be good for your health and specifically for your teeth? At Millennium Family Dental, we love to educate our patients on how to make great choices related to their dental health. We also like to help our patients incorporate fun, tasty foods into their diet that can help their teeth, too. Diet is such an important part of dental and overall health. Pumpkin is great for teeth because it is so nutrient dense, and it also contains many vitamins and minerals. Also, pumpkin is low in calories, so what’s not to love?

What Makes Pumpkin Good For You?

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, pumpkin is packed with lots of good stuff. 1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin has 40 calories and 1.8g of protein. Along with being low in calories and high in protein, 1/2 cup of pumpkin also contains 3g of fiber. This means eating pumpkin can make you feel full longer.

Pumpkin is also full of vitamins and minerals. 1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin accounts for the full daily intake of Vitamin A and 20% of the daily intake needed for Vitamin C. Also, pumpkin is rich in many other great things including potassium, manganese, copper, and more.

How Does Pumpkin Help Your Teeth?

Since pumpkin has calcium, it can be good for bones and teeth. Also, pumpkin contains magnesium which is great for tooth enamel. It works like calcium, but in some ways even better, to create tooth enamel that will resist decay.

Remember, however, that pumpkin flavoring and spices don’t have the benefits that real pumpkin does. So don’t load up on the pumpkin pie!

If you need some help getting started, here are two recipes that your Meridian family dentist loves to get you started eating pumpkin and getting all the health benefits.

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is here! And so are those tricks and treats, although there are considerably more treats than tricks. That’s why your family dentist in Meridian wants to give you some tricks to keep your teeth healthy during treat season. Even if your little ones dress up as superheroes for the night, their teeth still need protecting. So arm yourself with these tips and have a happy Halloween!Your Meridian family dentist wishes you a happy halloween!

  1. See the Dentist

    First and foremost, make sure you visit Millennium Family Dental regularly to get your teeth cleaned and catch problems early.

  2. Timing is Everything

    When you eat a meal, your saliva production is at its peak, and saliva helps to fight the acid-causing bacteria. If you eat your sweets right after a meal, your saliva production will be on pointe and you’ll minimize the harm of the sugar.

  3. Water Saves the Day

    Any time you’re able to drink a lot of water, it helps to wash your mouth and flush bacteria away. If you can help it, fluoridated water will be even more helpful for your teeth and make them stronger! Along this line, avoid those sugary drinks. All that sugar makes your teeth and gums much more vulnerable to disease, so stick with the water this holiday season.

  4. Keep Snacks Healthy

    If you’re a snacker, don’t reach for the extra Halloween candy. Eating candy during the day with no other food to mitigate the sugar on the teeth is bad news! Any time you have candy sitting on your teeth you’re increasing your risk for cavities.

  5. Meals, not Candy

    Choose healthy meals to eat that fill you up and don’t make you want or “need” a snack later. The more you can avoid the sweets, the sweeter your visit to the dentist will be!

  6. The Right Stuff

    If you can avoid gummi and hard candies, you’ll be better off. Hard candy tends to stay in the mouth longer, increasing the effect of the sugar. Gummi candy tends to stick between the teeth easier, making for more opportunity for bacteria growth.

  7. Maintenance is Key!

    As usual, brush your teeth at least twice per day and always follow up with flossing! Brushing can’t quite get between the teeth, but flossing will save the day.

Come see your cosmetic dentist in Meridian and get all the tricks you need for a healthy mouth.

Happy Halloween!

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Why You Should Brush Your Tongue

Learn why you should brush your tongueAt Millennium Family Dental, we do everything we can to give our patient’s high quality care and help them make the best dental choices. Great dental health starts with daily habits. Going to the dentist for checkups and cleanings is important but there is more to a healthy mouth then that. Regular brushing, flossing, and eating healthy food is essential to keeping up good oral hygiene.

As your Meridian dentist, we want to give you tips and information on how to have the healthiest teeth possible. Plus, we know how important it is for our patient’s to have a beautiful smile that gives them self-confidence. Brushing your teeth regularly leads to whiter teeth and a healthier mouth.

Why Should I Keep My Tongue Clean?

There is more to brushing your teeth than just brushing and flossing twice a day. It is also essential to brush your tongue. This is because a lot of bacteria lives on it and keeping your tongue clean will fight bad breath and also help your oral health.

The tongue is a hotbed of bacteria. Because of the uneven surface, it makes it easy for bacteria to hide and dwell there. To reduce bacteria, you need to scrape it off using a toothbrush or tongue scraper. While your tongue can’t get cavities, it is important to keep it clean and reduce bacteria in your mouth. It is not enough to just rinse your mouth. The bacteria on the tongue tends to stick on the surface and can only be removed by scraping/brushing it off. The bacteria, if left unchecked, can lead to tooth damage. Plus, who wants bad breath? Why not get ahead of that by brushing your tongue twice a day, too?

How Do I Clean It?

It is easy to clean your tongue. All you need to do is brush back and forth, brush it side to side, and then rinse with water. Don’t worry about brushing too hard as you don’t want to break skin or hurt yourself.

Contact Us Today!

Give Millennium Family Dental a call to learn more about dental hygiene habits and how to keep your mouth healthy. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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Protect Your Teeth This Summer

Summertime is here! Maybe you think of watermelon at picnics, baseball games, or backyard barbecues. Or maybe you’re planning an adventure with the family. Perhaps you or your kids are playing on a variety of sports teams. But do you also consider the damage summer activities can do to your teeth? And we’re not talking about sun damage (we’re cosmetic dentists, not dermatologists!). Injuries to the mouth are quite common. They can go with summer adventures and sports, like a ball to the face, a blind jump off the diving board, or a trip-and-fall next to the picnic table. We know you don’t want to wear a mouth guard 24/7, but the absence of mouth guards during sports can cause teeth to get cracked and broken all summer long. Fortunately for teeth all over Meridian, we are here to save the day—and smiles!Protect your teeth this summer with our family dentistry's helpful tips.

How Your Meridian Cosmetic Dentist Can Help

As one of the best family dentist practices in Meridian, we’re here to help your pearly whites stay healthy and happy for all those summer photo ops. When playing sports, remember the difference a mouth guard can make. Sometimes also called mouth protectors, they can help to cushion a blow to the mouth and protect your teeth, gums, and jaw. Your upper teeth are generally farther forward than your lower teeth, so they are at greater risk. They have a bigger chance of breaking, cracking, and getting knocked out. Your lower teeth are usually protected by the top teeth.

Millennium Family Dental specializes in cosmetic dentistry and can help, should an accident happen. Our doctors can repair emergency tooth loss, as well as cosmetic issues, like cracks or misalignment. When these injuries cause pain, chewing problems, speech impairments, or embarrassment, don’t hesitate to let us help! Bridges can fix tooth loss by adhering a pontic (the replacement tooth) between two other teeth using crowns on the adjacent teeth (a “bridge”). For cracked, broken, chipped, or worn down teeth, a crown placed over the visible part of the tooth can make it look healthy again. Many minor injuries and cosmetic mishaps can be easily fixed with veneers, making all your teeth the same shade and size.

From veneers and implants to bridges, crowns, and dentures, we can make sure your pearly whites stay picture perfect so that you always want to smile! If you experience tooth damage, call Millennium Family Dentistry today.

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How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

Standing in the toothpaste aisle in the grocery store can be overwhelming. Why are there so many choices and what are the differences between them all? Which one is right for me? Oral hygiene can ward off a host of diseases, so it’s important we choose the one that is best for our mouth. Your dentists at Millennium Family Dental in Meridian can help. Finding the right toothpaste can be a headache. Let us help you find the right one for your needs!

When trying to choose the right toothpaste, it’s hard to know if we should look at the price, or if we should attempt to read the ingredients. Most of us are not chemists and probably don’t know what the ingredients are or what they do. It feels a little like our oral hygiene isn’t quite in our own hands. We want our toothpaste to clean our mouth, but we’ve also got other things to look out for. Depending on the make-up of our mouth and the food and drinks we consume, different toothpastes will be right for different people. Let’s look at some of the important features of toothpaste and the cool things they can do.

Finding the Right Toothpaste

  • Sensitive Teeth

    Some teeth are sensitive. The cause can come from worn tooth enamel, tooth decay from acidic drinks, broken teeth that reveal dentin, and loose fillings. To find a toothpaste that helps with sensitivity, look for 5 percent potassium nitrate. It blocks receptors that tell your brain the cold or hot is painful. It also helps to let the toothpaste sit on your teeth for a while (you can spit, but don’t rinse for 20 minutes).

  • Gum Disease

    If gum disease is a worry for you, it’s less about the toothpaste and more about how you brush. Plaque that gets stuck near your gums is the cause, so making sure you gently brush everywhere twice a day is the trick.

  • Teeth Whitening

    Want whiter teeth? Most regular toothpastes won’t have much of an effect. Instead of having your dentist bleach your teeth, specialized toothpastes that have calcium peroxide and carbamide peroxide which, when mixed, do a pretty good job.

  • Organic Toothpaste

    What about organic and natural toothpastes? Are they as effective? Sure, they can be. Just make sure that it is FDA-approved and that it contains a fluoride ingredient.

Contact Millennium Family Dental Today!

For more information and a personalized recommendation, schedule an appointment with one of the best dentists in Meridian and we’ll help you determine the right toothpaste for you.

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Why Does My Dentist Take My Blood Pressure?

The average American adult visits their dentist more often than their doctor. These dental cleanings are the perfect opportunity for your dentist to take your blood pressure. Why? For over two decades, studies have shown a link between dental health and cardiovascular wellness. Dental problems like gum disease can contribute to hypertension, or high blood pressure. These problems can lead to more serious issues like heart failure.

When you visit Millennium Family Dental, ask your dentist to take your blood pressure.

Why is it Important for My Dentist to Take My Blood Pressure?

By tracking your blood pressure, your dentist can determine if you suffer from hypertension. On average, adults with high blood pressure are completely unaware they have it. If not treated, it could lead to more serious health issues. Heart failure, stroke, sexual dysfunction and vision loss all share one thing in common: hypertension.

What Steps Can I Take To Prevent High Blood Pressure and Gum Disease?

Daily healthy habits will diminish the risks associated with high blood pressure. It will also lower your risk of dental problems like gum disease, which links to heart issues.

  • Have a Healthy Diet

    n a culture of fast food and quick fixes, it may seem challenging to maintain a wholesome diet. Begin today by making small changes to what you eat. For instance, cut out processed and refined sugars and replace them with fruits and natural sweeteners like honey. Start eating more fiber and vegetables, which are filling and provide you with essential vitamins and nutrients.

  • Don’t Smoke or Use Tobacco Products

    A smoking habit can increase your chances of getting gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss. If you have tried quitting before with no success, speak with your doctor about available treatments.

  • Brush and Floss Daily

    Brushing twice a day and flossing are basic but essential practices to reducing tartar and plaque build up.

Having your dentist take your blood pressure at your dental cleanings is an important factor in monitoring your health. Research continues to show a significant link between heart health, periodontal disease, and health. With that in mind, regular dental visits and cleanings will support your efforts to wellness. Come visit us at Millennium Family Dental, one of the best dentists in the Meridian area.

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St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Cleaning

To get ahead on your spring dental cleaning, schedule an appointment with Millennium Family Dental.With spring in the air, your mind might be filled with everything from chores around the house to the luck of the Irish. Unfortunately, when it comes to dental care, you need more than luck to keep your teeth clean and beautiful. This St. Patrick’s Day, Millennium Family Dental wants to challenge you to make regular dental exams a part of your spring cleaning routine.

Benefits of Preventive Dental Care

Preventive dentistry is about more than checking your teeth for cavities. During preventive checkups, your teeth will be carefully cleaned to remove tartar that can’t be removed with a toothbrush. During your exam, our skilled dentists will also check your mouth for the signs of oral cancer or other systemic health problems. These early screenings can help you to stay healthy and happy, as well as treat dental problems early. When dental issues are treated proactively, you can save a tremendous amount of time and money—not to mention avoiding the sting of dental pain.

Makeover Your Smile This Spring

If you are looking for a great way to refresh your smile this spring, consider cosmetic dentistry in Meridian. Our cosmetic dentists offer a wide range of procedures to improve the look of the teeth, including cosmetic dental bonding, teeth whitening, contouring, dental bridges, crowns, dental implants, and even orthodontic procedures, such as Invisalign. Invisalign in Meridian uses a series of clear aligners that are designed specifically for your smile, helping you to straighten your teeth without the embarrassment of living with a mouth full of wires. Visit with one of our friendly dentists today to talk about which cosmetic dental procedures could improve your smile.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Is it time for your next dental checkup? Schedule an appointment with Millennium Family Dental. Our incredible team will take excellent care of you from the moment you call to make an appointment, and our patient amenities will make your next dental appointment relaxing and convenient. Our dentists are currently accepting new patients, so schedule your next visit today—before your luck runs out.

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What to do if You are Scared of the Dentist

Millennium Family Dental offers Sedation Dentistry for patients with dental anxiety.

Dental anxiety is a common condition as nearly 40% of people have some kind of dental anxiety and 15% of people will avoid the dentist at all cost, choosing to suffer with periodontal disease or cavities rather than see the dentist. One woman even claimed that she would rather give birth than go see the dentist. Even if your dental anxiety isn’t that extreme, it can be hard to work up the courage to visit the dentist. Here are some tips to help ease your dental anxiety.

Understand Why You’re Afraid

The first thing to do if you have dental anxiety is to try to figure out where it stems from. Once you pinpoint the cause, you can more easily determine a solution. Common causes of dental anxiety include:

  • Fear of loud noises such as a dentist drill
  • A traumatic dental visit in the past
  • Media portrayals of the dentist
  • Fear of losing control
  • Parents who also had dental anxiety
  • Fear of pain

Talk to the Dental Staff

When you come in for a visit, let our staff know that you experience anxiety. We will do all we can to help you feel comfortable during your visit. It may even be helpful to do a “test visit” where you stop by the office just to chat, rather than have dental work done to help you feel more comfortable with our staff. When you are in the dentist’s chair, ask our staff to explain what they are going to do before they do it, and establish code words or gestures that mean you need to take a break.

Bring a Friend

It is always nice to see a familiar face, and we will allow you to bring a friend to your annual checkup to ease your anxiety. They can sit with you in the waiting room and even come back to the dentist’s chair in most cases.

Listen to Music

If it is the loud noises often associated with dentistry that cause you anxiety, feel free to bring your favorite tunes to help you relax.

Sedation Dentistry

If you’re still anxious, perhaps you can try sedation dentistry in Meridian. This can help even the most anxious patients relax in the dentist’s chair. There are many different levels of sedation dentistry, so talk to Dr. Gerard or Dr. Smith to see what is right for you.

If you’re looking for one of the best dentists in Meridian, you’ve come to the right place. Our staff does everything in our power to help ease your fears and make your dentist visit as pleasant as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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Cosmetic Dentistry in Meridian

cosmetic dentistry in meridianAre you embarrassed about your smile? If you are, you might find it hard to talk or smile normally, which can impact your life. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry services offered by Millennium Family Dentistry in Meridian, ID can help you to feel better about your look—and protect your overall dental health.

The Powerful Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Although many people assume that cosmetic dentistry is all about looks, the fact of the matter is that it can actually help you to keep your smile clean and healthy, too. When teeth are crooked or the gum tissue is overgrown, the teeth can be difficult to brush and floss properly, which can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. Other cosmetic issues, such as dental stains or inflamed gum tissue, can actually be indicative of other dental problems. Because cosmetic dentistry goes hand in hand with restorative dentistry, early care can prevent long term problems or even tooth loss.

Cosmetic Dental Procedures Offered in Meridian

To help your smile to be as beautiful and healthy as possible, Dr. Smith, Dr. Gerard, and Dr. Pieper offer a variety of cosmetic dental procedures, including:

  • Invisalign®

    The Invisalign® system uses a series of clear, customized acrylic trays to move your teeth into place. In addition to taking less time than traditional braces, Invisalign retainers are completely removable and only need to be worn 22 out of 24 hours a day, which means you will be able to remove your retainers before you eat, give that important speech, or go on a quick date.

  • Teeth Whitening

    Dental enamel is porous, which is why the teeth tend to accumulate stains over time. If your teeth are dingy or yellow, consider teeth whitening in Meridian to make them look clean and healthy again.

  • Dental Veneers

    Dental veneers are tooth-colored and tooth-shaped wafers that are cemented to the fronts of your teeth. Veneers can be used to correct the surface texture, shape, length, or color of your teeth.

  • Dental Crowns

    If teeth are severely damaged, covering the entire visible exterior of the tooth might be the best option. If this is the case for you, dental crowns can be used to correct the look of your teeth. Dental crowns also restore structural integrity to the tooth and take advantage of your natural dental root.

Make Your Meridian Cosmetic Dentistry Appointment Today!

If you would like to improve the look and feel of your teeth, don’t hesitate to schedule your consultation today. With years of experience, and eye for detail, and a dedication to their patients, the dentists of Millennium Family Dentistry can help you to enjoy a smile that looks brand new.

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