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How to Choose a Local Dentist

By: Karli Willden Local dentists are plentiful in nearly every city across the United States. With so many seemingly good options to choose from, it may be hard to come to a final decision as to which dentist might be best for you and your family. Having a good dentist can make all the difference in your overall experience. Below are a few good indications a local Idaho Falls dentistry is ...

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What is Bruxism?

Idaho Falls Dentist

Bruxism/Occlusal Guard Are you clenching or grinding your teeth at night or during the day? Do you wake up with a sore jaw?  You may be experiencing what is called Bruxism and we have a solution for you.  Dr. Machen may recommend an appliance that can be worn during your sleep called an Occlusal Guard.  There are two different types of appliances that can be worn with the same successful results. Appliances ...

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What to Expect at Your Dental Cleaning

Idaho Falls Dental Cleaning

Teeth Cleanings (Prophylaxis) At Machen Family Dentistry we have two Registered Dental Hygienists who perform teeth cleanings for adult and children. Teeth cleanings are also referred to as a prophylaxis. Our hygienists are trained to evaluate bone levels and evaluate if there is any infection of the gums or bone supporting the teeth. After assessing the health of the gums, and if diagnosing that the patient is healthy the hygienist then ...

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Pediatric Dentistry

  Qualified Pediatric Dentist At Machen Family Dentistry in Idaho Falls, ID we strive to make your child’s experience at the dentist positive, fun, friendly, and to let them know how special they are.  Dr. Machen was invited onto the Honors program in pediatric dentistry and completed advanced studies in pediatric dentistry.  She received the certificate of Merit from the American Academy of Pediatric dentistry and knows the importance of your child’s ...

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Teeth Whitening Basics

Idaho Falls Teeth whitening

One of the first things you notice about people is their smile.  When you meet someone with a beautiful natural bright smile, it catches your attention.  Here at Machen Family Dentistry in Idaho Falls, ID we can help you achieve your best and brightest smile.  Whether you are self-conscious of your smile or just want to maintain your already white smile.  A professional whitening system is a great way to ...

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Cavity Reduction Protocol

Dental Cavity Prevention

Cavities are caused by three main things: bacteria, a susceptible tooth, and a sugar source. We are attempting to control those factors so that we significantly reduce the cavities in your mouth. You have been prescribed Chlorhexidine and Sodium Fluoride gel. The Chlorhexidine rinse is used to kill bacteria in your mouth. The Chlorhexidine rinse is to be used once daily for 2 weeks initially and then one week out of ...

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Postoperative Instructions

Idaho Falls Oral Surgery

General Instructions: For the first 24 hours following surgery you should be as inactive as possible.  Use this day to care for your mouth and follow these instructions carefully. Keep the gauze firmly in place for 1-2 hours.  Do not change the gauze unless it is dislodged.  Frequent changing will only increase the bleeding. Do not rinse the mouth or spit for 24 hours.  After the first day, gentle rinsing with warm salt ...

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