• 15 OCT 14
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    Can Gum Be Good For Your Teeth?

    Chewing Sugarless Gum Can Actually Help Prevent Tooth Decay

    You can’t go past a cash register in a convenience store, pharmacy or grocery store these days without running into a display rack of chewing gum. It’s a perennial American favorite. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American consumes 1.8 pounds of it, on average, each year.

    Woman chewing gumYou might think that, like most candy, chewing gum can only do damage to your teeth, but the surprising truth is that there is such a thing as gum that is good for your teeth. In fact, recent clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

    The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.

    Sugarless gums are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. Because these sweeteners, unlike sugar, are unsuitable as fuel for cavity-causing bacteria, the number of bacteria decreases, leaving your mouth a safer place for your teeth.

    Some gum manufacturers are also beginning to add a substance called Recaldent, which is said to remineralize and harden tooth enamel, making your teeth stronger and less likely to suffer from tooth decay.

    However, don’t let chewing sugarless gum replace brushing and flossing. It’s not a substitute. The dentists at Personal Care Dentistry still recommend brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning plaque from between your teeth once a day with dental floss or other interdental cleaners.

    With all these options waiting at the checkout candy rack, it is easier than ever to satisfy your sweet tooth and protect it from cavities at the same time. The next time you are in the mood for a sweet treat, why not bite into a piece of sugar free, cavity-fighting, or enamel-strengthening gum that is good for your teeth instead of a sugar-filled candy?

    Your teeth will thank you.

    SOURCES: American Dental Association and Colgate

    • 13 OCT 14
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    Delicious Recipes for Fall Gatherings

    Personal Care Dentistry Team Provides Some of Their Favorite Fall Recipes Guaranteed to Warm You Up


    venison-chili-ck-780398-lWild Bill’s World-Famous Indiana Red “Chili with an Attitude”

    From Nancy L., Dental Assistant

    ¼ cup canola oil

    2 ½ pounds coarse-ground chuck

    1 ¼ pounds round steak, cut into ½ inch thick dice

    ¼ cup hot chili powder

    1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin

    ½ tablespoon paprika

    ¾ tablespoon garlic powder

    ¾ tablespoon black pepper

    1 ½ tablespoon salt

    ½ tablespoon sugar

    ¾ cup beer

    ¾ cup water

    3 cups tomato sauce

    6 cups diced tomatoes

    6 cups cooked dark red kidney beans with broth

    1 ¼ cups diced onions

    3/8 cup diced green bell pepper

    In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium heat and brown the meat. Mix the spices, salt, sugar, beer, and water together, and then add to the pot with the meat and oil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, beans and broth, onions, and bell peppers. Simmer for 4 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

    Place the chili pot into an ice bath to cool. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

    Before serving, remove the film of oil floating on top of the chili and discard. Reheat the chili and serve. Serves 12.


    IMG_4241Nessa’s Chicken Noodle Soup

    From Jaynessa C., Dental Assistant

    4 carrots peeled and diced

    4 celery stalks diced

    I medium onion

    2 tbls. butter

    1 rotisserie chicken pulled apart

    12 cups of water

    12 bouillon cubes

    Pepper to taste

    1 – 2 tbls. of basil

    1 – 2 tbls. of oregano

    3 bay leaves

    ½ package of wide egg noodles

    In a large pot add butter to sauté carrots, celery, and onion for about 5 – 10 minutes until tender.

    Add the rest of the ingredients except the noodles – let it simmer for 30 – 45 minutes.

    Cook noodles in a separate pot according to the package directions. Once noodles are done, cold shock them with cold water. Let cool for 5 – 10 minutes, then add to chicken pot. Let simmer for another 10 minutes and serve.

    Salt and pepper to taste.




    • 10 OCT 14
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    Mouth Guards Can Prevent a Lifetime of Difficulties for Athletes

    full1_0_26Athletes Are 60 Times More Likely to Suffer Harm to Their Teeth without a Mouth Guard

    Imagine what it would be like if you suddenly lost one or two of your front teeth. Smiling, talking, eating—everything would suddenly be affected.

    Mouth guards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Knowing how to prevent injuries like these is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities.

    When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouth guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. In fact, studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.

    There are three types of mouth guards: 

    Custom-fitted. These are made by your dentist for you personally. They are more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, they usually offer the best fit.

    Stock. These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don’t fit very well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.

    Boil and bite. These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.

    The best mouth guard is one that has been custom made for your mouth by your dentist. However, if you can’t afford a custom-fitted mouth guard, you should still wear a stock mouth guard or a boil-and-bite mouth guard from the drugstore. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.

    A properly-fitted mouth guard may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouth guard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries.

    Talk to your dentist at Personal Care Dentistry about selecting a mouth guard that will provide the best protection. Although mouth guards typically only cover the upper teeth, your dentist at Personal Care Dentistry may suggest that you use a mouth guard on the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth too.

    If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during any contact sports.

    Some tips for caring for your mouth guard:

    rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste;

    occasionally clean the mouth guard in cool, soapy water and rinse thoroughly;

    transport the mouth guard in a sturdy container that has vents;

    never leave the mouth guard in the sun or in hot water;

    check for wear and tear to see if it needs replacing.

    SOURCE: American Dental Association


    • 01 OCT 14
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    Fun Tools to Help Your Kids Keep Their Teeth Healthy

    Teach Your Kids How to Brush and Floss Properly and Have Them Take This Fun Interactive Quiz!

    Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits early can lead to a lifelong healthy smile. Healthy kids grow into healthy adults, so make brushing and flossing and oral hygiene fun for your child.  Below you will find illustrations of proper brushing and proper flossing. Print them out and post them where your child brushes their teeth to remind them of the proper way to brush or floss.

    And to get them excited about keeping their teeth healthy, have them take an interactive quiz created by the American Dental Association titled “To Tell the Tooth.” Al Smiles, the game host, presents questions related to healthy teeth. Kids can choose the correct answer from the four choices. Get it right and make Al smile!

    How to brush How to floss 2


    • 26 SEP 14
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    Minnesota Apple Orchards Offer Great Family Fun

    Take a Look at These 15 Apple Orchards in the Twin Cities Area

    If you’ve never taken your family for a half-day or day trip to an apple orchard in Minnesota, then you’re really missing out on some wonderful family fun. There are more than 100 apple orchards in Minnesota, and many of them are in the Twin Cities area. Apple picking season goes until late October.

    apples“Apple orchards provide many ways to engage families and children of all ages,” notes Minnesota Grown Spokesman Paul Hugunin.” It’s a wonderful way to introduce kids to how delicious fresh picked produce can taste! Many orchards also offer fresh apple cider, pumpkins, fall raspberries and fun fall activities like hay rides, crop mazes and petting zoos.”

    Most growers report apple varieties are ripening slightly later than typical, due to the late spring. According to Charlie Johnson, President of the Minnesota Apple Growers Association, the 2014 crop will be good for growers and consumers, despite the especially harsh winter. “Many varieties will be as big, or bigger, than last year. The harsh winter weather has affected some varieties, in some orchards, but most producers have come through the winter with an excellent crop!”

    Minnesota is known for flavorful apple varieties specifically bred to thrive in our climate. This includes University of Minnesota cultivars such as the Zestar!, Honeycrisp, SweeTango, Haralson and Sweet Sixteen.

    We’ve compiled a list of 15 of the best apple orchards for family fun in the Twin Cities area. Also below are links to three websites that feature lists and maps for just about every apple orchard in Minnesota.

    Enjoy the fall and we hope to see you taking part in a Minnesota tradition!

    Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown offers a free statewide guide to more than 100 apple orchards.


    Orange Pippin is a comprehensive resource for apples and orchards.


    The Apple Journal has an extensive list of orchards.


    Aamodt’s Apple Farm, Stillwater

    Bagged and pick-your-own apples, cider, bakery with pies and more, bratwurst, tractor-pulled wagon and kiddie train rides, hay bale maze, goat pen, and pedal tractors and trikes for little kids. Plus an added bonus is St. Croix Vineyard has a tasting room a few steps from the apple barn at Aamodt’s.

    Phone: 651-439-3127


    Afton Apple Orchards, Afton

    Bagged and pick-your-own apples, fall raspberries, pumpkins, wagon rides, 15-acre corn maze, straw bale maze, straw mountain, tire hill, petting farm, “train” rides and bakery stocked with pies, pastries and jams. Phone: 651-436-8385


    Apple Jack Orchards, Delano

    A cheerful, family-run orchard, with lots of varieties of apples, including the latest University of Minnesota apple, SweeTango. There’s lots of things to do for children, like a play area, petting zoo, and wagon rides all week, and entertainment and live music are added at the weekend.

    Phone: 763 972-6673


    Anoka County Farms, Ham Lake

    This farm has plenty of things to do, to turn apple picking into a full family day out. Hay rides, corn maze, petting zoo, food for sale, pony rides, pumpkin patch, and all the classic fall farm entertainment.

    Phone: 763-427-0000


    Applewood Orchard, Lakeville

    Bagged and pick-your-own apples, fall raspberries, 8-acre corn maze, hedge maze for kids, wagon rides, haystack and store with baked goods and jams.

    Phone: 952-985-5425


    Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm, Belle Plaine

    Lots of fall attractions at this popular farm include pick-your-own apples, petting zoo, maze, restaurant, and an annual scarecrow festival. Take a tractor ride out to the apple orchards to pick your own apples. There is an admission charge for some attractions at the farm.

    Phone: 952-873-3654


    Fireside Orchard and Gardens, Northfield

    This apple orchard, about 40 minutes south of Minneapolis, also grows plenty of Halloween pumpkins, and has a collection of vintage tractors to admire.

    Phone: 507-663-1376


    Homestead Orchard, Maple Plain

    Claiming to be the oldest, and largest apple orchard in the area, with 8,000 trees. As well as Homestead Orchard’s vast apple orchard, there is also a pumpkin patch, plus a petting zoo, free hayrides, jumping castle and straw pile. Fall fun at its finest. (Note: They don’t have a website, but you can find them on Facebook and on Yelp).

    Phone: 763 479-3186


    McDougall’s Apple Junction, Hastings

    McDougalls, in a scenic St. Croix Valley location, has pre-picked apples for sale, as well as a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, a children’s playground, grilled apple brats, rides and a corn maze.

    Phone: 651-480-4701


    Minnesota Harvest Apple, Jordan

    Not just apples at this orchard: this farm has a petting zoo, playground, pumpkin patch, a corn maze, horse rides, live music and seasonal entertainment plus apples galore.

    Phone: 952-492-2785


    Minnetonka Orchards, Mound

    This apple orchard is a popular destination with lots of attractions, hayrides, playground, seasonal events and entertainment. Minnetonka Orchards has an entrance charge, but only at the weekends, so the thrifty can save by visiting during the week.

    Phone: 763-479-3191


    Natura Farms, Marine-on-St. Croix

    Pick your own apples at Natura Farm, as well as other seasonal produce like red raspberries and grapes.

    Phone: 651 433-5850


    Pine Tree Apple Orchard, White Bear Lake

    Bagged apples, pumpkins, corn maze, pony rides, live music and bakery stocked with pies, caramel apples and more.

    Phone: 651-429-7202


     Pleasant Valley Orchard, Taylors Falls

    The orchard offers sweeping views of the St. Croix Valley in full fall dress. Apple shed, vintage barn, lots of apples, bakery items and gift shop, pick-your-own weekends, hayrides, farm animals, kid’s corral, nature trail, and picnic area.

    Phone: 651-257-9159


     Whistling Well Farm, Hastings

    Bagged and pick-your-own apples, mums, pumpkins, a chicken coop to explore and a shop stocked with local honey, jams, corn shocks, gourds and fall decorations.
    Phone: 651-998-0301



    SOURCES: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Orange Pippin, Star Tribune, Apple Journal

    • 24 SEP 14
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    Are All Power Toothbrush Heads Created Equal? No!

    Research Study Finds Up to 3,000 Times the Bacterial Growth on One Type of Power Toothbrush Head

    A recent study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry found that solid-head power toothbrushes retain less bacteria compared to hollow-head toothbrushes.

    In fact, the lead author of the study noted that microbial counts were lower in the solid-head toothbrush group than in the two hollow-head toothbrush groups in 9 out of 10 comparisons. The results of the study are published in the August issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

    woman using toothbrush“Toothbrushes can transmit microorganisms that cause disease and infections,” noted Donna Warren Morris, R.D.H., M.Ed., a professor at the UTHealth School of Dentistry and the lead researcher in the study. “A solid-head design allows for less growth of bacteria and bristles should be soft and made of nylon. It is also important to disinfect and to let your toothbrush dry between uses. Some power toothbrushes now include an ultraviolet system or you can soak the head in mouthwash for 20 minutes.”

    The study was conducted over a three-week period where participants brushed twice daily with one out of three randomly assigned power toothbrushes. Participants used non-antimicrobial toothpaste and continued their flossing routine throughout the study, but refrained from using other dental products like mouthwash.

    “The packaging on most power toothbrushes won’t distinguish between a hollow-head and a solid-head design,” Morris said. “The best way to identify a solid-head design is through the connection to the body of the power toothbrush. Naturally, there will be some space to connect the two parts but a significant portion will be solid, up to the bristles or brush head.”

    During the study the brush heads were exposed to five categories of oral microorganisms: anaerobes and facultative microorganisms, yeast and mold, oral streptococci and oral enterococci anaerobes, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium species.

    The article also states that there is no present or published study that has demonstrated that bacterial growth on toothbrushes can lead to systematic health effects, but as Morris stated, several microorganisms have been associated with systemic diseases.

    “We do know and there are studies that have linked Fusobacterium to colorectal cancer. Some of these other bacteria have been linked with cardiovascular disease,” Morris said. “There is a high association with gum disease and cardiovascular disease. Researchers have been able to culture the same bacteria around the heart that causes gum disease. ”

    SOURCE: Science Daily

    • 17 SEP 14
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    State of the Art Quality

    3-D Imaging Boasts Many Benefits  for Personal Care Dentistry Patients

    We live in a fast-paced and busy world where much focus has been put onto our personal health.  It’s not just about what we consume and how much we exercise, but the other choices we make regarding our health.  Radiation and its’ effects on our bodies has been a growing concern.  How much time we spend in the sun and how we protect our skin are just the beginning.  Your dentist, too, can take precautions regarding your radiation exposure.

    PDC Proofs for Web-4The GALILEOS 3-D dental imaging system used by Personal Care Dentistry provides patients with the highest level of safety by ensuring the lowest effective dose while taking x-rays and scans.  This state-of-the-art machine combines the highest resolution, 3-dimensional scan with the patient’s safety in mind.  This 3-D scan quickly and accurately reveals the anatomic structures beneath the surface which in turn makes diagnosis and treatment planning much simpler and more accurate.

    This advanced technology was developed in Germany in conjunction with Siemens Medical.  The GALILEOS is touted to be the “most studied and researched method available for dentistry.”  A clinic with this technology offers convenience and flexibility to the patient at an affordable price.  With a long-standing history in the medical community, GALILEOS technology and expertise blow the competition out of the water.

    As you can see, there are many things we can do to better our health.  We can eat right and exercise, but let’s not forgot the other ways to protect ourselves.  GALILEOS 3-D imaging provides both the doctor and patient with many benefits.  Check out the following benefits of using this 3-D scan technology:

    • Lowest patient dose of radiation
    • Provides increased accuracy in diagnosis and treatment planning
    • Patient convenience – no need to go elsewhere for the scan
    • Captures more anatomical structure than other machines

    Source: Sirona.com


    • 11 SEP 14
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    Your Child’s First Dental Visit

    What to Expect and How To Prepare Your Child for That First Visit
    dad with daughterThere can be a lot of fear and anxiety involved in a patient’s first dental visit – especially if they are a young child. The American Dental Association recommends a child’s first visit be at the age of 1. You may be wondering “why so young?” The first visit is more or less for parent education. A lot happens developmentally speaking in the first few years of a child’s life. Addressing concerns and questions before problems arise is vital in the oral health of the child.

    A child will typically get their first cleaning around the age of three years old. The first visit is very important in establishing the tone for future visits. Parents should be sure that any talk about the dentist is positive and non-threatening manner. A lot of a child’s anxiety comes from experience and what the parents are feeling.

    Some people think because a child will lose their baby teeth that they don’t have to worry much about taking care of them. This is not true at all. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it is very important to keep primary (or “baby”) teeth in place until they are lost naturally. The primary teeth are important for many reasons including:

    • Helping children chew properly to maintain good nutrition
    • Involvement in speech development.
    • Helping save space for permanent teeth.
    • Promoting a healthy smile that helps children feel good about the way they look.

    “Many people don’t understand how important their children’s baby teeth are to lifelong oral health,” says Ken Sutherland, DDS, senior dental consultant at Delta Dental. “There’s a continuing need for more education to teach practices, such as proper techniques for brushing and flossing, that will ensure lifelong oral health. The first dentist visit is a great opportunity for parents to learn how best to care for their children’s teeth.”

    Calming Dental Visit Jitters

    If you begin taking your children to the dentist around the time the first tooth erupts, then they are probably too young to be nervous. But if you’ve waited until your child is older (for example, two years), then he or she may have some anxiety at the time of the first visit.

    What’s the best way to prepare your child for the whirring machinery, sharp instruments and a stranger telling him or her to “open wide”?

    • Give your child a sneak preview. Take your child with you for your next checkup to see you having your teeth examined and cleaned.
    • Learn more about it. Lots of books and online resources are geared toward teaching children more about dental health and dentist visits. Delta Dental’s children’s web site www.mysmilekids.com has stories and fun activities to help children learn about their teeth.
    • Play around. Take turns being the dentist and the patient with your child. Examine each other’s teeth with a mirror or use your fingers to count each other’s teeth so that your child will be familiar with the feel of a dentist examination.
    • Timing is everything. Plan plenty of time so that the dental visit isn’t rushed, and make sure your child is well-rested before the visit so that he or she feels relaxed and comfortable.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s oral health please contact Personal Care Dentistry at 651-636-0655.

    SOURCES: American Dental Association and Delta Dental

    • 03 SEP 14
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    How Can You Maintain Good Oral Health?

    Visiting Your Dentist Regularly is a Necessity If You’re Serious About Your Oral Health

    PDC Proofs for Web-12Maintaining good oral health on your own is not enough to avoid all dental problems. It is recommended that you visit your dentist once every six months. Just because your teeth appear clean doesn’t mean there aren’t problems beneath the surface. Issues are often present with no pain or discomfort until the problem is at an advanced stage.

    Most people think a six -month check-up consists of polishing the teeth and the doctor stopping in to address concerns. There is so much more that goes on at those check-ups than meets the eye. Dentists are highly educated and trained to detect and diagnose problems at early stages to prevent their advancement. .

    So what happens at a check-up?  The following will explain why it is so important to make it to your regular dental visits.

    What does a cleaning with a hygienist consist of?
    Updating your health history if necessary. Talk to your hygienist about any changes in your health including pregnancy, surgery, medication changes, illness, etc.
    Tell your hygienist if you have any pain or areas of concern regarding your oral health so that these issues can be addressed.
    If necessary, the hygienist will take x-rays. X-rays are a great tool in detection of problems not visible to the naked eye.
    The hygienist will strip your teeth of calculus, stains and tartar. This is known as a cleaning or prophy.
    The hygienist may “probe” your gum tissue to test the depth of the pockets. This is important in preventing gum disease and bone loss.
    The hygienist will then floss and polish your teeth.
    The hygienist may offer a fluoride treatment and other services or products he/she deems necessary.
    What does an exam consist of?

    • The doctor will check for cavities and broken fillings and crowns.
    • They will then check the condition of the gum tissue and assess your overall oral hygiene.
    • The doctor will check the soft tissues for ulcerations and other lesions.
    • The doctor may check the jaws and the muscles associated with them.
    • Finally, concerns are addressed and recommendations are made. 

    When is the last time you visited your dentist?  Call Personal Care Dentistry today and catch up on your check-ups!

    Source:  Dentalwisdom.com


    • 27 AUG 14
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    Worried About Paying for Dental Care?

    You Have A Wide Array of Options at Personal Care Dentistry


    photo of moneyWith or without insurance, you can easily obtain the dental care you need today! Finances should not have to come between you and your dental health.  However, we understand that even if you have dental insurance, some treatments can result in out-of-pocket dental expenses. Dental treatment can be even more difficult for patients who lack dental insurance.

    That is why we offer a variety of payment and financing options. As a courtesy, we file dental claims for our patients who have dental insurance, and we even have financial options for those who do not have insurance. Here are some of the options available:

    Quality Dental Plan

    Knowing that traditional dental insurance premiums are expensive, and that insurance benefits are extremely limited, we have partnered with Quality Dental Plan to create a comprehensive and customized membership program that will cover all of your preventive care, like cleanings, x-rays and exams, at 100% in our practice. And QDP members also receive valuable benefits on restorative care, like fillings, crowns and implants…even cosmetic dentistry! In today’s economy, we know that paying out of pocket can be prohibitively expensive, so we have forged this alliance to ensure that our patients have the kind of dental benefits they want and need.

    Insurance Plans

    Personal Care Dentistry accepts most plans offered by the following dental insurance providers:

    • Cigna
    • Aetna
    • GEHA
    • Health Partners
    • MetLife
    • Delta Dental
    • Premier Dental Group
    • United Concordia
    • DenteMax
    • Humana
    • Guardian
    • NOTE: This is only a partial list.  Please call us to discuss you insurance coverage and how Personal Care Dentistry can assist you. 


    Easy Financing Options

    We also are pleased to offer financing opportunities through the health services credit cards CareCredit and Chase Bank Healthcare Finance. CareCredit is a personal line of credit that can be used for various healthcare treatments and procedures – not just dentistry. CareCredit offers no-interest financing to qualified applicants, and payment plans with low, fixed interest rates. Call us or visit the CareCredit website to learn more. Credit applications for either of these health services credit options are quick and easy to complete. Simply fill out the application and we will call it in for you. Call us at 651-964-3711 or visit the CareCredit website for complete offer details at http://www.carecredit.com/?dtc=N355&Phrase=carecredit

    • 13 AUG 14
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    Gingivitis Is Not a Word You Want to Get to Know

    guy-with-tooth-painThis Form of Periodontal Disease Can Lead to Inflammation and Infection…And Worse

    Gingivitis is a word that many people have heard, but not a lot of people know what it is or why you don’t want it in your mouth. Why? Because gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease that produces inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets (alveolar bone).

    Gingivitis is due to the long-term effects of plaque deposits on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky material made of bacteria, mucus, and food debris that develops on the exposed parts of the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth decay.

    If you do not remove plaque, it turns into a hard deposit called tartar (or calculus) that becomes trapped at the base of the tooth. Plaque and tartar irritate and inflame the gums. Bacteria and the toxins they produce cause the gums to become infected, swollen, and tender.



    The following raise your risk for gingivitis:

    • Poor dental hygiene
    • Certain infections and body-wide (systemic) diseases
    • Pregnancy (hormonal changes increase the sensitivity of the gums)
    • Uncontrolled diabetes
    • Misaligned teeth, rough edges of fillings, and ill-fitting or unclean mouth appliances (such as braces, dentures, bridges, and crowns). Use of certain medications, including phenytoin, bismuth, and some birth control pills


    Many people have some amount of gingivitis. It usually develops during puberty or early adulthood due to hormonal changes. It may persist or recur frequently, depending on the health of your teeth and gums.

    What Are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?

    • Bleeding gums (blood on toothbrush even with gentle brushing of the teeth)
    • Bright red or red-purple appearance to gums
    • Gums that are tender when touched, but otherwise painless
    • Mouth sores
    • Swollen gums
    • Shiny appearance to gums

    How Do You Treat Gingivitis?

    The goal is to reduce inflammation. The best way to do this is for your dentist or dental hygienist to clean your teeth twice per year or more frequently for severe cases of gum disease. They may use different tools to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. Careful oral hygiene is necessary after professional tooth cleaning. Any other related illnesses or conditions should be treated.

    How Do You Prevent Gingivitis?

    Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gingivitis. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist at Personal Care Dentistry to show you how to properly brush and floss your teeth.

    Special devices may be recommended if you are prone to plaque deposits. They include special toothpicks, toothbrushes, water irrigation, or other devices. You still must brush and floss your teeth regularly. Antiplaque or anti-tartar toothpastes or mouth rinses may also be recommended.

    Regular professional tooth cleaning is important to remove plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing. Personal Care Dentistry recommends having your teeth professionally cleaned at least every 6 months.

    Source: ADAM Medical Encyclopedia

    • 06 AUG 14
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    Is Sugar the Only Food That Causes Cavities?

    All Carbohydrates Can Impact Oral Health

    potato_chips-t3Many people assume that only sugar causes cavities. Reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet, and you are safe from cavities. That’s actually not correct. You see, cavities occur as a result of tooth decay, and tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy are left on the teeth. So exactly how does that deliciously wonderful slice of bread that you had this morning turn into a tooth-killer cavity? It’s really a quite simple (and deadly) process that involves five steps:

    1. You eat something containing carbohydrates (remember, both sugar and starches fall into this category).
    2. Bacteria that live in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids.
    3. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth.
    4. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth.
    5. Once the enamel is dissolved, holes form in the teeth and are called cavities, or caries.

    However, the real issue is not the amount of sugar or starch in a particular food, but how long it tends to remain on your teeth. For example, some of the most damaging foods are those that mash into the tops of the molars at the back of the mouth and don’t dissolve quickly — like gummy candy or starchy chips and crackers. Lollipops, juice, and soda are also major offenders since they douse teeth in sugar for minutes at a time.

    glass-of-waterTo reduce the impact of carbohydrates on your teeth and to head off the five-step process that leads to cavities, try these simple approaches:

    • Water, water and more water. Drink water with every meal and be sure to actively swish it around your mouth at the end of the meal. This will wash away the acids that formed and help remove debris.
    • Chew a piece of sugar-free gum at the end of your meal – it helps produce saliva, which aids in naturally cleaning your teeth, and it also will often remove food debris from the meal.
    • Avoid really sticky foods that stay on your teeth for hours.
    • Brush twice a day and floss daily.
    • Make sure to drink water with fluoride to strengthen your teeth – this is especially important for kids.
    • Give your kids calcium-rich cheese. It is a great cavity-fighting snack, since it can actually stimulate the flow of saliva (a natural tooth cleaner) and neutralize the mouth acids that wear away enamel.