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Want To Get Rid Of Bad Breath?

May 23rd, 2017

WE ALL KNOW THAT FEELING… you wake up in the morning to sun shining, birds chirping and happily lean over to your significant other to say hello! Instead you are greeted by the horrible smell of morning breath. Or maybe you run into friends after work and suddenly become conscious of that bad taste in your mouth.
We’ve all been there! Unfortunately, bouts of halitosis, or bad breath, are pretty much inevitable. Today we’re going to explain why that is, what causes that nasty smell and what you can do to keep bad breath at bay!

It All Starts With Bacteria

We’re not the only ones who need to eat to stay alive, so do the bacteria living in our mouths. When they snack on whatever’s left behind from our last meal, they release foul-smelling odors as a by-product, causing bad breath.

What you can do: Clean your teeth after every meal by brushing and flossing. This will eliminate food debris and bacteria from your mouth and prevent bad breath. Braces can trap a lot of food in them, so you may be more susceptible to bad breath during orthodontic treatment if you don’t clean your teeth frequently and properly. A clean mouth, is a fresh mouth!

Choose Breath-Friendly Foods And Beverages

Keep in mind that certain foods and beverages can make bad breath more likely, such as sugary foods and drinks, garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol.

What you can do: Choose breath-friendly foods and beverages! Water washes away food debris and increases saliva flow in your mouth, protecting your teeth and mouth from bacteria. Healthy food choices such as carrots, celery and apples are high in water content and actually work as a natural toothbrush, scrubbing plaque bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth. Remember to cut these foods up into smaller pieces so as not to risk breaking any of your brackets!

Good Oral Hygiene Can Reduce Morning Breath

Morning breath seems to be an especially pungent offender. Why is this? It’s mainly because of dry mouth. During the day, saliva works to wash away food debris and keep bacteria in check. When we sleep at night, however, our saliva production goes down, causing our mouths to become dry and allowing bacteria to proliferate. If you sleep with your mouth open, it can be even worse.

What you can do: To make your morning breath less offensive, follow a good oral hygiene regimen. By brushing and flossing your teeth before bed, you’re giving bacteria less food to munch on, which will help your breath be better in the morning.

In addition, we highly recommend cleaning your tongue by either brushing it or using a tongue scraper, since this is where most bad breath-causing bacteria are found. Another tip is to keep water by your bedside. When you wake up at night, take a drink! Keeping your mouth moist will combat the spread of those smelly bacteria.

We’re Here For You

For the most part, bad breath is manageable. If you feel like your halitosis is severe however, especially if you follow the steps above, it can be a sign of something more serious such as gum disease, diabetes, sinus problems, gastric reflux or liver or kidney disease. If this is the case, we may refer you to a health care provider. If you have any more questions, let us know. We are here to serve you!

Our patients’ smiles make it all worthwhile!

4 Fun Apps To Improve Your Oral Hygiene

May 2nd, 2017

OUR SMARTPHONES are never farther than an arm’s length away and help us do everything from track our calendars to track our calories. Today, we want to show you the wonders they can do for our daily hygiene routines with the help of these apps!

Dental Expert

We may only see you twice a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a “dental expert” by your side every day. The Dental Expert app acts as a patient’s guide to understanding different dental procedures. This app includes a frequently asked questions answered by actual dentists. It also has sections discussing myths vs. facts and things that can improve your smile.

Brush DJ

Brushing for two minutes, twice a day is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. It can sometimes be hard to keep track of the time, so why not get some help from your favorite songs with Brush DJ!

Brush DJ is a free app that will play 2 minutes of music from your music library. It also has a visual display guiding you on where to brush and for how long. Brush DJ also lets you set reminders to change your toothbrush, floss and go to regular dental appointments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoILstdnLHs

Chomper Chums

Getting your child excited about brushing their teeth can sometimes take a bit of creativity. Luckily, Chomper Chums® has you covered. Chomper Chums is a dental hygiene focused app designed to help parents teach children proper brushing techniques while keeping them engaged and entertained.

Children earn rewards within the app for brushing their teeth which they then use to buy food or drinks for their virtual Chomper Chums pet. Don’t worry though, this is a free app and no actual money is used to buy their virtual pals’ treats! The app encourages children to choose healthy food for their on-screen friends as well, so they learn about healthy eating choices in addition to building better oral hygiene habits.

BracesHelp

BracesHelp is an iPhone app for people who have or are considering getting braces. This app has helpful tips, videos and pictures on how to care for braces. It also has information on what to do if you are having troubles with your braces. If used in conjunction with tips you receive during your regular orthodontic appointments, you will have all of the help you need on your smile-makeover journey.

My Orthodontist


My Orthodontist is your Dr. Laura personalized app that lets you track your orthodontic appointments, fill out paperwork, access your images and xrays and view patient education videos that Lineberry Orthodontics has tailored just for your treatment. You also will find lots of useful information about our office and social media links. If you haven't signed into your personal app, please call our practice and we'll send you a link!

Have You Used One Of These Apps?

Or, do you know of other great dental apps for your smartphone or tablet? Comment and share below! And if you decide to try out one of the apps above, let us know how you like it!

We love giving our patients the resources to not only better educate them about their oral health and hygiene, but to make it fun! If you have any questions about these apps or other dental health topics, please feel free to reach out on social media or give us a call!

We appreciate you, our valued patients and friends.

Top image by Flickr user Brad Flickinger used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Have You Considered Invisalign®?

April 19th, 2017

IF YOU WANTED TO STRAIGHTEN your teeth back in the day, you really only had one option–traditional metal braces. The science of orthodontics has evolved significantly in recent years, allowing our patients to have a variety of different options when it comes to how they would like to have their teeth straightened and what is most convenient for them. Today, we want to talk about Invisalign®!

Invisalign Treatment Provides Many Benefits

Not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign, but if you are, it may be a great option to achieve your dream smile!

As the name implies, Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, allowing you to go throughout your daily activities with most people being unaware that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment! The aligners are custom-made for you, ensuring a perfect, comfortable fit.

Of course one of the best perks of choosing Invisalign is being able to eat whatever you want! Because you can take your aligners off while eating and drinking, you don’t have to worry about staying away from the foods that you love. Invisalign trays also don’t affect your oral hygiene routine like traditional braces do. You can brush and floss as you normally would!

You also won’t have to worry about getting used to metal brackets that may cut into your cheeks and lips at the beginning of treatment or during sporting events. With Invisalign, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

And even though we love to see you, patients with Invisalign generally need to come in less frequently than our other orthodontic patients. If you have a busy schedule but still want to improve your smile, Invisalign might be just the thing for you!

Dr. Laura has been an Invisalign provider for over ten years, and was the first provider in Idaho to reach Elite Status! She spends a lot of time treatment planning her Invisalign patients to ensure the results are just as perfect as they would be with braces. Invisalign usually takes less time than traditional braces if worn correctly. We offer many financing terms to make Invisalign affordable. After all, we want you to have a say in how your achieve your beautiful smile!

Dr. Lineberry is also an Invisalign Teen Provider, because Invisalign isn't just for grown ups! You've probably heard from friends that with braces you won't be able to eat anything (that's not really the case). However, with Invisalign Teen aligners, you can eat whatever you want! Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, which means you can go ahead and eat all the things you love without worrying about breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band. Jolly Ranchers, Jerky and Jumbo Caramel Apples. They're all ok! Just brush your teeth right away after a snack, clean your aligner and put it back in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIV_FbgdVkA

Talk To Us About Invisalign and Invisalign Teen

We want your orthodontic treatment to reflect your unique smile, lifestyle and personality. Call us today to discuss any questions you might have about Invisalign or any of the other treatments we provide at our office!

Thank you for choosing our practice. We absolutely love our patients!

Paying For Orthodontic Care: A Guide To Your Options

March 21st, 2017

WE DON’T SIMPLY straighten teeth and correct bites at our practice—we educate our patients! From the moment you walk through our door to the moment you schedule your next appointment, we’re prepared to guide you through each step of your visit.
One topic we are often asked about is paying for your orthodontic care. Straightening your teeth doesn’t have to clean out your wallet, so today we want to provide you with all of the information you need to know when you’re scheduling your orthodontic consultation. Orthodontics is considered one of the best deals in dentistry! You're new smile will be worth every penny.

We Have Payment Options To Suit Your Needs

Orthodontic Insurance

Invisalign® is a covered service if you have an orthodontic benefit! May people mistakenly believe that their orthodontic benefit does not cover Invisalign® but that is a myth. If you have orthodontic coverage, your benefit allows Dr. Lineberry to use the type of braces she feels will best fit your needs, including Invisalign®.

We work with all major insurance providers in both our Boise and Mountain Home orthodontic offices, and are contracted with many plans, including:
•Delta Dental®
•Blue Cross Blue Shield
•MetLife
•Blue Cross®
•Cigna®
•Tricare®
•UnitedHealthcare
•Guardian®
•United Concordia

These are just a few of our contracted providers. Ask us about your orthodontic insurance plan! Our staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your orthodontic benefit.

Government Plans

Currently, we do accept both Medicaid and Idaho Smiles for orthodontic treatment. Dr. Lineberry will submit records to your plan for approval to proceed with treatment. If Idaho Smiles does not approve for orthodontic treatment, we do offer other payment plans to make your treatment affordable.

Financing Options

We offer a discount for full payment at the time treatment starts, but for those not wanting to pay in full, we have several different payment options. We accept most major credit cards in both our Boise and Mountain Home orthodontic offices and we offer low- and no-interest financing options through the CareCredit system. We also are able to set up reoccurring payments with your bank or credit card, so you'll never have to worry about missing a payment.

Bright, Healthy Smiles Are Priceless

Whichever option you choose, we are committed to providing our patients with quality, personalized care. If you have any questions about payment for your orthodontic care or if you’re curious about specific treatment pricing for yourself or someone you care about, feel free to give us a call. We’d love to help you receive the care you need at the price that fits your budget.

Thank you for continuing to place your trust our practice.