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Looking to Ward off the Flu? Start by Brushing Your Teeth

By Craig Smith
October 20, 2016

Flu season is upon us again, and it seems like everyone is looking for the magic bullet to give their immune system that competitive edge over the irritating virus. Part of the reason that the flu is so contagious is that it is spread primarily through aerosolized droplets of moisture, which can either enter directly ... read more

Happy Birthday Dr. Smith

By Craig Smith
October 13, 2016

This week Dr. Smith turned 55 years young! Thanks to everyone who posted birthday wishes for Dr. Smith on our Facebook page. We sure had a fun time celebrating with him here at the office and wanted to share a couple of pictures from the day. We thought it would be fun to clearly designate ... read more

How Sweet It Is

By Craig Smith
October 6, 2016

With an increasing number of people trying to avoid sugary foods and drinks in order to maintain good oral and overall health, natural sugar substitutes have become more widely available. One such natural sweetener, xylitol, is added to foods and drinks, as well as toothpastes and mouthrinses. While it has positive benefits, there are some ... read more

Choosing and Caring for Your Toothbrush

By Craig Smith
September 29, 2016

Your toothbrush is the most important item in your oral health toolkit. But with such a wide variety available, how do you choose the brush that’s best for you? And once you’ve made your selection, how do you care for and clean your toothbrush? Learn how to improve your oral health care habits by properly ... read more

Understanding Endocarditis

By Craig Smith
September 22, 2016

Endocarditis is a rare, life-threatening inflammation of the lining of the heart muscle and its valves that is caused by a bacterial infection. Although it can occur in anyone, it is much more likely to occur in people who have certain heart conditions and in those who’ve had endocarditis previously. If you are at high ... read more

Toothy Coloring

By Craig Smith
September 15, 2016

There’s a simple, fun, free activity available that has a proven track record of reducing anxiety and promoting focus and mindfulness. It can serve as the perfect activity to unwind after a long day of work, or the perfect activity to participate in as a family to facilitate conversation and connections. What is it? Coloring! Coloring ... read more

Easing Dentistry-related Anxiety

By Craig Smith
September 8, 2016

Going to the dentist can cause anxiety, and that’s a normal reaction. You can overcome this fear by educating yourself and talking with your dentist and our dental team. Read on to learn more about dental anxiety and what you can do to overcome your fears. Why do people experience dentistry-related anxiety? There are many causes ... read more

Athletic Mouthguards

By Craig Smith
September 1, 2016

To avoid injuries to your mouth while you’re playing sports, talk to your dentist about getting an athletic mouthguard made just for you. What is a mouthguard? A mouthguard is a flexible appliance that is worn during athletic and recreational activities to prevent injuries to your mouth and face, such as split lips, broken teeth, ... read more

Dental Sealants

By Craig Smith
August 1, 2016

Have you ever noticed how uneven the chewing surfaces are on your back teeth? That’s because these teeth (your molars) have pits and grooves. Though these pits and grooves help grind food, they also can make it easier for cavities to develop. Cavities occur when acid breaks down the hard, protective enamel surface of the tooth. Plaque ... read more

Invisalign Elite Provider

By Craig Smith
July 1, 2016

Boise cosmetic dentist, Dr. Craig Smith of A Reason to Smile, along with Align Technology (the makers of Invisalign invisible braces), announce that Dr. Smith was recently recognized as Idaho’s first and only Elite Invisalign provider. Dr. Smith is the most experienced Invisalign provider in the state of Idaho and is among the top 3% ... read more

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