Your Dentist Office’s Favorite Fall Activities

We have asked around the office, and here the most common responses for favorite fall activities in our wonderful city!

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch. Thankfully we have several large pumpkin patches to choose from in the area, and most if not all offer additional activities aside from picking your perfect pumpkin. Most offer some form of hay ride and corn/straw maze.
  2. Pick apples in an orchard. While apples from the grocery store are much easier to acquire, there is something magical about going to the orchard yourself to hand pick your own apples!
  3. Walk/ride along the greenbelt. The greenbelt is always beautiful, but during the fall it sports perfect weather, phenomenal views, and amazing smells. The crunchy colorful leaves and crisp fall air make this
  4. See the changing trees from Tablerock. Boise is named the city of trees for a reason and in the fall Tablerock is one of the best places to see all the colorful trees stretching across the treasure valley.
  5. Visit a haunted house. This isn’t for everyone, but many people thoroughly enjoy the jumps and scares provided by the many local haunts.
  6. Make a fall recipe. Whether it be homemade rootbeer, pumpkin pies and cookies, or apple crumble, fall has some of the best desserts of any season! Do you agree?

What are your favorite fall activities? There are so many more, we know we have only scratched the surface! Comment your favorites here on our website, on our facebook page, or our BRAND NEW  Twitter page. Who knows, we might even start a new fall tradition :)

Dental Emergencies!

Dental Emergencies, Brookdale Dental Boise, Dr. Eric Barney

We all try to avoid Dental Emergencies as much as possible, right? But still, accidents do happen. It’s important that you know what to do in these situations, because it could mean saving you a tooth and a lot of pain! So we want to give you a heads up. Here is some advice on how to handle some of the most common dental emergencies:

Knocked Out Permanent Adult Tooth – Find the tooth and keep it moist at all times! If you are able to, try and place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If this isn’t possibly, put the tooth in your mouth, between the cheek and the gums. If you have milk near by, you can also soak it in that. Then call Dr. Barney and get to our office immediately!

Cracked Tooth – Immediately clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water. Then find a cold compress and hold it on your cheek next to the cracked tooth to help eliminate any swelling. Then give us a call!

Deep Bite in Tongue or Lip – Gently clean the area with a water and apply a cold compress. Then give us a call!

Severe Tooth Aches – Clean out your mouth by rinsing with warm water. The use floss to gently remove any food caught between the aching teeth. Please do not put Asprin on your aching tooth or gums. Then, once again, give us a call!

Objects Stuck in the Mouth – Attempt to remove the object with floss. Please do not try and remove it was sharp, pointed instruments as this has the potential to cause even more harm to the mouth. If floss cannot remove the object, give us a call!

If we didn’t make it clear enough above, please never hesitate to give us a call if any of these things happen to you. Dr. Barney and the rest of our staff here at Brookdale Dental in Boise are always happy to take care of you, and all of these emergencies should never be taken lightly! Our phone number is (208)373-0018.

While accidents will always happen, here are some helpful tips on how you can prevent tooth/mouth injuries:

  • Always wear a mouth guard when participating in highly physical sports or recreational activities.
  • Avoid chewing ice, pop corn kernels, or hard candies.
  • Never try and tear or cut things with your teeth! Just use the scissors.








It’s a new year which means it’s time to make new goals!

Did you know 27% of Americans lie to their dentist about how often they floss their teeth according to this survey. Flossing is the most beneficial method for protecting yourself against Periodontal (Gum) Disease. So maybe we should all consider adding a new flossing goal to our list this year!

Did you know there is a correct way to floss your teeth? Check out the following tip:

“In order for flossing to do its job, you have to guide the floss along the natural curvature of the tooth, downward and below the gumline. Most of us simply slide the floss up and down horizontally between our teeth which completely misses the fundamental objective of flossing.” (For the full article and more detailed information, click here).

Even flossing (correctly) just 2 or 3 times a week has it’s definite benefits. So this year when our hygienist’s at Brookdale Dental ask you if you’ve been flossing regularly, you won’t have to lie!

To schedule a routine cleaning please visit our website, or give us a call at (208)373-0018!

Sidenote: We still cannot believe this crazy Boise weather! We hope all of our patients are staying nice and warm and that you’re all surviving these snowy days!