Frequently Asked Questions for Your Boise Dentist
What Is a Dentist?
A dentist is a specialist who has been trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Dr. Crump and Dr. Edminsten, your Boise dentists, have completed many years of medical schooling in order to practice dentistry. After schooling, a dentist can receive either a DDS or DMD degree. DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and DMD stands for Doctor of Dental Medicine. Some doctors specialize in pediatric dentistry as well, which means that they work with children from infancy up through their teenage years. There are other specializations that a dentist may go to school for:
- Oral and maxillofacial (includes pathology, radiology, and surgery)
- Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
- Endodontics (specialization in root canals)
- Periodontics (specialization in gum disease)
- Prosthodontics (specialization in dental implants)
What Is Dentistry?
Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of disorders and diseases of a patient’s teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. Dentistry performed properly is necessary for complete oral health, and it has a significant impact on the health of a patient’s entire body.
Are Regular Dental Cleanings Necessary?
Here at Boise Family Dental Care, we know how busy life can be. Fitting a dental appointment into your busy schedule seems to be one of the most difficult things you have to do. Proper oral hygiene can be difficult to maintain. Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing after every meal will keep many oral hygiene problems away, but not all.
Scheduling a cleaning at Boise Family Dental Care in Boise, ID twice a year is highly recommended to maintain proper oral hygiene and catch problems before they become costly and painful.
Do I Need to See a Dentist Even If My Teeth Feel Fine?
It’s very important to schedule regular cleanings here at Boise Family Dental Care. Our dentists recommend twice a year. There are many problems that can exist without us knowing. Not only can we identify problems before they become painful and expensive, but we can also help to keep your smile looking fantastic. We know how important it is to feel comfortable with your smile. This is why we offer many treatments to help improve patient aesthetics.
What’s a Dental Cleaning Like at Boise Family Dental Care?
Sixth-month cleanings are recommended for proper oral hygiene. At Boise Family Dental Care, an appointment will include a full oral examination, oral cancer exam, professional X-rays to catch cavities, and a full cleaning by our amazing hygienists. Your cleaning will remove tartar, debris, and plaque from your mouth.
The dentist will coordinate with your hygienist and recommend a treatment plan for any problems that are found. We’ll also recommend any aesthetic and cosmetic treatments to improve your smile.
Please call our office at (208) 291-6794 to schedule an appointment or if you have any additional questions.