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    • 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.

     

     

    • 30 JUL 14
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    Carbonated Soft Drinks Erode Tooth Enamel

    Soda or Pop? By Any Name, It’s Trouble for Your Teeth
    It’s called Soft-drinks“pop” in the Midwest and most of Canada. It’s “soda” in the Northeast. And it goes by a well-known brand name in much of the South. But however they say it, they’re talking about something that can cause serious oral health problems – carbonated soft drinks.

    Soft drinks have emerged as one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay, affecting people of all ages. Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contributing to the formation of cavities. In extreme cases, softer enamel combined with improper brushing, grinding of the teeth or other conditions can lead to tooth loss.

    Sugar-free drinks, which account for only 14 percent of all soft drink consumption, are less harmful. However, they are acidic and potentially can still cause problems.

    We’re Drinking More and More
    Soft drink consumption in the United States has increased dramatically across all demographic groups, especially among children and teenagers. The problem is so severe that health authorities such as the American Academy of Pediatrics have begun sounding the alarm about the dangers.

    How many school age children drink soft drinks? Estimates range from one in two to more than four in five consuming at least one soft drink a day. At least one in five kids consumes a minimum of four servings a day. Larger serving sizes make the problem worse. From 6.5 ounces in the 1950s, the typical soft drink has grown to up to 20 ounces today.
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    ren and adolescents aren’t the only people at risk. Long-term consumption of soft drinks has a cumulative effect on tooth enamel. As people live longer, more will be likely to experience problems.

    What to Do
    Children, adolescents and adults can all benefit from reducing the number of soft drinks they consume, as well as from available oral care therapies. Here are some steps you can take:

    • Substitute different drinks: Stock the refrigerator with beverages containing less sugar and acid such as water, milk and 100 percent fruit juice. Drink them yourself and encourage your kids to do the same.
    • Rinse with water: After consuming a soft drink, flush your mouth with water to remove vestiges of the drink that can prolong exposure of tooth enamel to acids.
    • Use fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse: Fluoride reduces cavities and strengthens tooth enamel, so brush with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash also can help. The dentists at Personal Care Dentistry can recommend an over-the-counter mouthwash or prescribe a stronger one depending on the severity of the condition. They also can recommend a higher fluoride toothpaste.
    • Get professionally applied fluoride treatment: Your dental hygienist can apply fluoride in the form of a foam, gel or rinse.

    Soft drinks are hard on your teeth. By reducing the amount you drink, practicing good oral hygiene, and seeking help from your dentist and hygienist, you can counteract their effect and enjoy better oral health.

    SOURCE: Colgate

     

     

    • 25 JUL 14
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    Cool Off Your Summer with a Visit to a Water Park

    Minnesota Has Lots of Water Park Options – Both Outdoors and Indoors

    The end of July and August feature some of the hottest temperatures in Minnesota in the summer. So why not take a day – or a weekend – to cool off and have a fun day with your family? Check out our list of indoor and outdoor water parks in Minnesota that includes links to more information on each water park. Most of them are located in the Twin Cities, including the nation’s largest indoor water park. So if you don’t want to drive to the Wisconsin Dells for a weekend, or you just want a water park you can visit for a couple of hours, you’ll probably find an option in our extensive list. Enjoy the water!

    INDOOR WATER PARKS

    water_park_of_americaWater Park of America

    Radisson Hotel, Bloomington, Minnesota

    The nation’s largest water park, the Water Park of America is located adjacent to the Radisson Hotel near Bloomington’s famous Mall of America. Encompassing 70,000 square feet of aquatic adventures, the park’s main attraction is a massive, 10-story tall suite of water slides that together cover more than a mile. The series of slides include an enclosed, clear acrylic tube slide that shoots family-sized rafts downwards for 100 feet. The park also boasts the state’s first surf simulator, a wave pool for surfboarders. Other features include a long lazy river ride, an activity pool and the Fort Snelling play area for smaller children where a massive 500-gallon bucket dumps water every two minutes and 15 seconds on the giggling children below.

    For more information: http://www.waterparkofamerica.com/

     Waterpark at The Depot

    Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, you’ll enjoy all The Depot Waterpark has to offer in downtown Minneapolis. From the three-story, indoor/outdoor water slide to the video arcade to the secluded northwoods whirlpool area, this urban venue is a perfect weekend highlight for your little ones and will keep them entertained for hours.

    For more information: http://www.thedepotminneapolis.com/water-park.php

    Safari Island Community Center Indoor Waterpark

    Waconia, Minnesota

    Enjoy a wild and watery expedition at the Safari Island Community Center Indoor Waterpark and Fitness Center. Splash in the indoor waterpark zero-depth entry pool and 175′ slide, lap pool with 1 meter diving boards and pool basketball hoops and spa. After your swim enjoy one of the many additional amenities including Lion’s Den 4-level indoor play structure, Iron Forest fitness center, Rainforest Trails indoor track, Gorilla Ridge 4 court gymnasium and batting cages.

    For more information: http://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/4673/safari-island-community-center-indoor-waterpark-and-fitness-center

    venetian_indoor_water_parkVenetian Indoor Water Park

    Holiday Inn and Suites, Maple Grove, Minnesota

    Set within the grounds of the Holiday Inn and Suites in the Maple Grove area in northwest Minneapolis, The Venetian Indoor Water Park provides a Mediterranean-themed environment that’s particularly warm and welcoming. A small-scale venue, the 25,000 square-foot park features four water slides, two of which are four stories high. The Bambini Piscina is designed especially for young children, with a beach-entry pool with three slides, two water guns and numerous floor geysers. Older children will enjoy playing water basketball in the activity pool. The ceiling of the indoor park is designed to recreate the starry sky of Venice at night.

    For more information: http://www.venetianwaterpark.com/

     Wild Woods Indoor Water Park

    Holiday Inn, Elk River, Minnesota

    The Wild Woods Indoor Water Park is part of the Holiday Inn at Elk River resort. The Western-themed park features a Log Walk where kids can test their balance before tumbling into a pool. The 30,000 square-foot park includes three four-story tube and body water slides, a lazy river and both an activity pool and a zero-entry pool. Buddy’s Playland is designed for smaller children, with a beach-entry pool complete with aquatic toys and activities.

    For more information: http://www.hielkriver.com/waterpark/

     Big Splash Indoor Water Park

    Arrowwood Resort and Conference, Alexandria, Minnesota

    Tons of water fun await you in this huge 38,000 square foot Minnesota indoor waterpark at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, Minnesota. This waterpark features three exhilarating 4-story slides that twist and turn and take you on a journey inside and outside the waterpark, “Lazy River” floating inner tube ride, tropical whirlpool spa, lily pad waterwalk, basketball shoot out, children’s play fort with water blasters, and geysers all topped off with “Calypso Cabana” the 500-gallon splash bucket!

    For more information: http://www.arrowwoodresort.com/waterpark/

    Edge Indoor Water Park at the Edgewater Resort

    Edgewater Resort, Duluth, Minnesota

    The Edge Indoor Water Park features a tropical theme and the park includes a volcano that explodes every few minutes. The highlight is the 45-foot-tall Tiki Tumbler slide complex with body slides and tube slides. Among The Edge’s unique attractions is its Vortex Pool, which offers a disorienting variable speed current. Other attractions include the Giant Lava Hot Springs spa, and the Paradise Playground interactive water play center.

    For more information: http://www.duluthwaterpark.com/waterpark/

     Paul Bunyan Indoor Water Park

    Arrowwood Lodge Brainerd, Minnesota

    High technology is the theme of the Paul Bunyan Indoor Water Park. Located within the 100-room Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, the park’s main attraction is its tube slide that features an array of holographic images, video and sound effects. Made from a clear acrylic material, riders on the slide can view sun shining over the structure in summer and snow falling in the dead of winter. The 30,000 square-foot park also has a lazy river and a zero-entry pool with an interactive, aquatic tree house play area.

    For more information: http://arrowwoodbrainerdlodge.com/activities/waterpark/

     OUTDOOR WATER PARKS

     Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center

    Apple Valley, Minnesota

    Drop slides, tube slides, a lazy river and swimming pool are featured in this community waterpark.

    For more information: http://www.ci.apple-valley.mn.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/37

     Battle Creek Waterworks

    Battle Creek Regional Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Families will enjoy a shallow water pool with interactive water play equipment, separate activity pool with lily pad walk and swim area, and a three-story twisting waterslide with plunge area. They also offer a children’s hands-on sand play area and adults the chance to relax and sun bathe on the deck or lawn areas.

    For more information: https://parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/parks/Pages/waterworks0505-1465.aspx

     Bunker Beach

    Bunker Hills Regional Park, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

    Bunker Beach is 8.5 acres of fun and is Minnesota’s largest outdoor waterpark. Included are a wave pool generating 3-foot waves; six waterslides (four tube, two body slides); an adventure pool for children of all ages; a 900-foot lazy river winds that around the big island; two 10-foot Aqua Climb walls and two water basketball hoops; a wiggly water walk that requires you to balance, walking across the pool on lily pads, while hanging on to a suspended cargo net; sand play area; and a sand volleyball court.

    For more information: http:/www.bunkerbeach.com/

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACascade Bay

    Eagan, Minnesota

    Cascade Bay is the largest outdoor municipal waterpark in the Upper Midwest, featuring plenty of family fun at an incredibly affordable price. Whether it’s tumbling down Twin Falls, braving the Typhoon and Hurricane water slides or floating around the Lazy River as you rumble through its Rocky Rapids, you’ll quickly discover that when it comes to water parks, Cascade Bay it the place to play! There is a nine-hole mini-gold course located next to the waterpark.

    For more information: http://www.cityofeagan.com/index.php/cascade-bay

     Como Park Regional Pool

    Como Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota

    This completely new water park in St. Paul features a lap pool, a diving pool, a wading pool with small slides, a climbing wall and a Lazy River you can float down on inflatable doughnuts. And an added bonus is its proximity to the Como Park Zoo and Como Park.

    For more information: http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=2664

    Highland Park Aquatic Center

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    This aquatic center features a 50-meter, 8-lane lap pool; a children’s activity pool; prehistoric whale bone splash pad; aquatic climbing wall; two drop slides, and a two-story water slide

    For more information: http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?nid=2665

     Jim Lupient Water Park

    Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    The Jim Lupient Water Park features three large water slides and a tube slide (must be 42” or taller), log water walk, interactive spray features, lap swimming lanes, and zero depth entry at one end for accessibility. The park theme is a rock quarry and features items designed to look like a quarry by incorporating stone, foam play quarry equipment and foam logs. There is also a separate spray pool for the younger kids that is completely accessible, as well as colorful shade structures, outside shower towers, lots of seating, a grassy sun-bathing area and concessions. Covered shelters with seating for 15 people are available for reservation and are completely accessible.

    For more information: http://minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=364

     North Commons Water Park

    Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    The water park features three-story tall speed and loop water slides. A shallow playground pool with geysers and gadgets is perfect for young children to splash in safely. ”Funbrellas” provide areas to escape the sun and stay cool on hot summer days. A picnic area, concession stand, water fountains and restrooms ensure that kids and families enjoy a full day of summer fun in comfort.

    For more information: http://minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=365

     Shoreview Community Center

    Shoreview, Minnesota

    Come experience this tropical themed waterpark with activities designed for all ages. Enjoy Shipwreck Beach, a zero-depth play area that features a shipwreck boat slide, interactive splashing palm tree and challenging and fun water walk. In the main pool, play water volleyball,  slam-dunk a basketball or climb aboard one of the giant floating sea creatures that provides hours of family fun. Riders of the three-story “Shark Attack” waterslide will be able to experience a one-of-a-kind jukebox system.  Riders will be able to choose from over 100 songs and enjoy a custom light and music show while they twist and turn down the thrilling slide. Adults can escape from the bustle of the waterpark and relax in an adult-only whirlpool and on a patio area.

    For more information: http://www.shoreviewcommunitycenter.com/waterpark

    Soak City Waterpark

    Valley Fair, Shakopee, Minnesota

    Soak City Waterpark is included with admission to Valleyfair amusement park. In 2009, the name Whitewater Country was retired and the park was renamed Soak City and expanded with the addition of the Breakers Bay wave pool. The newly expanded three and half acre Soak City waterpark features body slides, speed slides, a four-person family raft ride and interactive water play area. Besides the new wave pool, the park’s largest attraction is Hurricane Falls, a 70-foot tall, four-person family raft ride.

    For more information: https://www.valleyfair.com/things-to-do/soak-city-waterpark

    St. Louis Park Outdoor Aquatic Park

    St. Louis Park, Minnesota

    Features water playground with geysers and splash toys; 25-meter lap pool; two drop slides; two winding water slides that are nearly four-stories high; wet sand playground; and aqua obstacle course.

    For more information:  http://www.stlouispark.org/aquatic-park.html

    Wild Mountain

    Taylors Falls, Minnesota

    Family fun fills the day at Wild Mountain’s outdoor waterpark. Water activities include four waterslides, a lazy river and Wild Adventure Island. Also at the park you’ll find one of only two Alpine Slides in Minnesota, Formula K Go-Karts and Junior Go-Karts for the youngest drivers.

    For more information: http://www.wildmountain.com/

    • 23 JUL 14
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    The Top 10 Foods for Your Teeth

    Eating the Right Foods Can Build a Good Foundation

    Did you know that eating the right foods can do as much good for you as regular brushing and flossing? Did you realize that some food and drink will not only help keep your teeth in shape, but also feed them, too? Don’t forget, our teeth are irreplaceable and we cannot do without them. So snack on some fruits and vegetables while we count down the top 10 foods to benefit your dental health.

    green_tea_pot1.    Green Tea has a well-deserved reputation for providing many benefits. With teeth, green tea offers up natural antioxidant compounds that prevent plaque from accumulating, therefore reducing the risk of cavities and bad breath. Some green teas also contain fluoride that can further prevent tooth decay – check the label before you buy.

    2.    Dairy products such as milk and yogurt are low in acidity and sugar making them great choices to quench your thirst or have as a healthy snack. This is good news for both tooth erosion and tooth decay. Milk is rich in calcium, which means you are fortifying teeth and bones while refueling during the day.

    3.    Cheese is another dairy product with significant dental benefits. Being high in phosphate and calcium, cheese promotes healthy teeth. It also balances the pH in your mouth, produces more saliva, rebuilds tooth enamel and kills the bacteria that cause tooth cavities and gum disease.

    4.    Fruit is great for your teeth especially when eaten in whole, raw form. It keeps down plaque and massages your gums. Choose the fruits rich in Vitamin C, which holds our body cells together. If you are short of Vitamin C, your gums may become tender and more susceptible to gum disease.

    super-broccoli5.    Vegetables are another good idea if you are trying to build a good foundation for your teeth. Broccoli, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin are rich in Vitamin A from which tooth enamel forms. If you eat them raw you will get more Vitamin A, as well as clean your teeth and massage your gums.

    6.    Onions are rich in powerful anti-bacterial sulphur compounds, which kill the bacteria that harm your teeth and gums. If you can stand the stinky side effects, eat onions raw for best results.

    7.    Celery is another great friend of the dentist. Eat it raw and it will not only massage your gums, but clean your teeth. It will also induce the production of more saliva that will neutralize the bacteria that cause cavities.

    8.    Sesame seeds, which are best combined with bread and rolls, dissolve plaque and help build tooth enamel. The tasty seeds are also rich in calcium, which will keep your teeth and jawbone healthy.

    eggs9.    Proteins like beef, chicken, eggs and turkey are rich in phosphorus. Calcium combines with phosphorus and Vitamin D to produce our teeth and bones. Make sure you get enough protein to keep your teeth healthy, and reduce decay.

    10.    Water is not only the gift of life. When you rinse with water, it cleans your mouth so that your saliva can nourish your teeth, hydrates your gums, and helps wash away trapped food particles that can create plaque.

    Source: Dental.Net Print        

     

    • 16 JUL 14
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    The Facts about Whitening Your Teeth

    The Right Whitening Program Can Take Years off Your Teeth

    Who doesn’t want a picture-perfect smile? After all, it is typically one of the first things you notice when meeting someone. Like dieting and skinny jeans, teeth whitening has become a trend – although it looks as if it’s here to stay for a long tie. Whitening has become a front runner in routes taken to “improve” one’s appearance.

    perfect-teeth-300x199There are many ways to improve your smile. Brushing and flossing daily are the easiest ways, and routine cleanings and check-ups are also important. But to keep one’s smile white you must be careful of what you eat and drink. And if all that brushing and flossing can’t eliminate all those stubborn stains and yellowing on your teeth, then whitening is a definite route to a great smile. Personal Care Dentistry offers a range of whitening options such as custom-made bleach trays and clinical strength hydrogen peroxide gel bleach that you cannot get over the counter.

    So once you decide to have your teeth whitened, what happens? During the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth after making sure your teeth are free of plaque and tarter. From this impression a custom mouth tray is made specifically for your mouth to fit like a glove. This ensures that each surface of the tooth gets bleached properly. On your second visit your dentist will show you how to apply the gel to the bleaching tray and place it into your mouth.

    The amount of time you must wear your bleaching trays depends on how badly your teeth are stained, as well as the concentration of the bleaching gel used. This process can vary from a few minutes to a few hours. It is recommended that you whiten two weeks for 30 minutes a day for optimal results. Tooth sensitivity may occur but Personal Care Dentistry provides patients with alternative bleach for those with sensitivity issues.

    Older-couple-smilingHome whitening can last anywhere from a few months to a few years and the degree of whitening changes from one person to another. This in part depends on the original condition of your teeth, specifically how stained they were, as well as the strength of the bleaching gel used. Also, in large part it depends on your eating, drinking and smoking habits, as no teeth whitening solution will result in a permanent color change of your teeth and it won’t prevent future staining.

    Contact Personal Care Dentistry today and ask how you can get started. Whitening your smile can take years off your teeth and make you look and feel younger. Bleaching your teeth is an easy and affordable way to boost your confidence and start smiling again!

    In the meantime follow these simple steps to avoid stains:

    • Use a whitening toothpaste
    • Brush and floss daily
    • Avoid drinking coffee, red wine, tea and sports drinks
    • Avoid eating berries, sweets and deep colored sauces
    • Don’t smoke
    • Use a straw with cold beverages
    • Swallow promptly when consuming stain-causing foods and beverages
    • If you do consume food and drink that may stain your teeth, keep a glass of plain water handy and take a drink between sips or bites of the stain-producing food or beverage you are consuming
    • 09 JUL 14
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    Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush?

    Periodontal Disease Can Lead to Bone Loss

    Simple Tips to Prevent OUCHPeriodontal Disease From Progressing

    You may be surprised to hear that many Americans have some form of periodontal disease. The disease in its most mild form can be seen as inflammation of the gum tissue. More severe cases include major damage to soft tissue and bone, even tooth loss. Whether you are dealing with bleeding gums or bone loss, you can take action to prevent periodontal disease from progressing.

    Inadequate brushing and flossing causes gum disease. Both are important in removing plaque-causing bacteria from the mouth. When brushing and flossing become a pastime, gum disease moves in. Risk factors include diabetes, use of certain medications, hormonal changes in women, other illnesses, and genetic susceptibility. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is by maintaining good oral health.

    root-planing-scalingGingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Signs include red and swollen gums that may bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that can be remedied by regular brushing, flossing and cleanings by your dental hygienist. Gum disease at this stage does not include bone and tissue loss.

    Periodontitis presents itself when gingivitis is not properly addressed. The inflammation has now moved from just being in the gums to being around the tooth. Gum tissue moves away from the tooth and forms pockets of infection. If periodontitis is not treated the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth can be destroyed.

    Prevention is key in avoiding any disease including periodontal disease. Taking care of yourself now will help in preventing problems down the road. Good oral health is more than fighting bad breath and having clean teeth. It is a reflection of your self esteem and how you take care of the rest of your body. Get a jumpstart on prevention and keep yourself looking and feeling young and healthy!

    Prevent periodontal disease by implementing the following habits:

    • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

    • Floss regularly to remove plaque from between the teeth

    • Visit your dentist regularly for your routine check-up and cleaning

    • Don’t smoke

    man_wife_smilingFollow those simple tips, and you will have healthy gums, happy teeth and a winning smile. And periodontal disease won’t be a problem for you.

    Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

    • 03 JUL 14
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    July 3-5 Will Feature Colorful and Noisy Celebrations Across the Metro Area

    Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in the Twin Cities

    The Twin Cities metro area will have no shortage of festivities this Independence Day, so we’ve created this guide to some great places to see fireworks (and often music, too) from July 3-5.

    fireworks-2THE BIG SHOWS

    St. Paul: Due to the recent flooding, St. Paul has moved its July 4 fireworks show to the mall at the State Capitol. The mall will open to the public at 8 p.m. and the fireworks are set to begin at 10 p.m.

    Minneapolis: Downtown Minneapolis will once again host the annual “Red, White, and Boom” celebration over July 3-4 along the Mississippi River, with live music, food, fireworks and more. July 3 will feature a performance by Bomba de Luz and a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Nicollet Island Amphitheatre, starting at 7 p.m. July 4 will include multiple live performances and activities, culminating in a fireworks display along the Riverfront at 10 p.m.

    AND MANY, MANY MORE

    In addition to the big shows in St. Paul and Minneapolis, many communities will feature fireworks displays of their own to celebrate the Fourth. And many of them are pretty spectacular in their own right. All events take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted.

    fireworks-3Apple Valley: Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East. DJ Sounds at pre-fireworks party, which begins at 5 p.m.

    Blaine: Fireworks display at 10 p.m. at the National Sports Center.

    Bloomington: Fireworks at dusk on July 3 at the Normandale Lake Bandshell, preceded by performances from Jonah and the Whales and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

    Canterbury Park: Fireworks show at dusk on July 3, preceded by a performance from The Irresistible.

    Chaska: Fireworks in McKnight Park starting at dusk.

    Coon Rapids: Fireworks display at 10 p.m., along with performances by Shag both at 7 p.m. and after the fireworks. July 4.

    Cottage Grove: Fireworks at dusk in Kingston Park.

    Delano: Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. on July 5 at Central Park.

    Eagan: Fireworks show as part of annual Funfest starts at 10 p.m. Performance by Rock Godz will also take place from 8:30-midnight.

    fireworks-1Eden Prairie: Fireworks at 10 p.m. in Round Lake Park, preceded by a performance from the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band.

    Edina: Fireworks at 10 p.m. in Rosland Park.

    Elk River: Fireworks at dusk in Lions Park.

    Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka: Wolverines Big Band performance at 6 p.m. followed by airshow and fireworks at dusk.

    Hastings: Fireworks display at dusk at Hastings Country Club.

    Lakeville: Performance by the Castaways at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at Lakeville North High School at 10 p.m.

    Marine on St. Croix: Fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 3 in the Village Square.

    Mendota Heights: Fireworks at dusk on July 5 at Mendakota Country Club.

    Minneapolis: Fireworks along the Mississippi at 10 p.m. as part of “Red, White, and Boom” festivities.

    Prior Lake: Live bands and food trucks. Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Mystic Lake Casino.

    Richfield: July 4 at 10 p.m. at Veteran’s Park.

    Roseville: Fireworks at 10 p.m. as part of Roseville’s “Party in the Park.” located in Central Park. Live music before the fireworks.

    Stillwater: Fireworks will take place along the St. Croix River at around 10 p.m. The St. Croix Jazz Orchestra will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pioneer Park.

    White Bear Lake: At Memorial Beach: live music from the Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band at 8 p.m., Flyover at 8:30, fireworks at 10 p.m.

    Woodbury: Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Bielenberg Sports Center. Performance by Maiden Dixie at 7 p.m.

    SOURCE: The Current

    • 02 JUL 14
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    Does Tea Stain More Than Coffee?

    The 7 Worst Foods and Habits That Stain Your Teeth

    And Three Simple Tips to Minimize Their Impact on A Beautiful Smile

    Determined to keep those pearly whites their whitest? If you do, then you want to be sure to use a set of simple tips to reduce the ability these 7 foods and habits have to stain your teeth.

    coffee-cup-and-beansAs you might imagine, intensely colored foods and beverages tend to be the biggest offenders. The color in these foods and beverages comes from chromogens, intensely pigmented molecules with an unfortunate penchant for latching on to dental enamel. But the presence of chromogens isn’t the only thing that determines the staining potential of foods and beverages.

    Acidity is another factor. Acidic foods and beverages — including some that are not brightly colored — promote staining by eroding the dental enamel, temporarily softening teeth and making it easier for chromogens to latch on. And finally, a family of food compounds known as tannins promotes staining by further boosting chromogens’ ability to attach to enamel.

    The Top Teeth-Staining Foods and Beverages

     

    red-wine1. Wine. Red wine, an acidic beverage that contains chromogens and tannins, is notorious for staining teeth. But white wine, too, promotes staining. In a study conducted recently at New York University School of Dentistry, teeth exposed to tea were stained more severely if they previously had been exposed to white wine.

    2. Tea. Like wine, the ordinary black tea most people drink is rich in stain-promoting tannins. Dentists say it’s a bigger stainer than coffee, which is chromogen-rich but low in tannins. Herbal, green, and white teas are less likely to stain than black tea.

     

    MH_soda3. Cola. Acidic and chromogen-rich, cola can cause significant staining. But even light-colored soft drinks are sufficiently acidic to promote staining of teeth by other foods and beverages. According to leading experts, carbonated beverages have similar acidity to battery acid.

    4. Sports drinks. Recent research has found that highly acidic sports drinks can soften tooth enamel — setting the stage for staining.

    6. Sauces. Soy sauce, tomato sauce, curry sauce, and other deeply colored sauces are believed to have significant staining potential.

     

     

     

    blueberries5. Berries. Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, grapes, pomegranates, and other intensely colored fruits (and juices, pies, and other foods and beverages made from them) can cause stains.

    7. Sweets. Hard candies, chewing gum, popsicles, and other sweets often contain teeth-staining coloring agents. If your tongue turns a funny color, there’s a good chance that your teeth will be affected, too.

    Tips to Minimize Stained Teeth

    Ironically, many of the foods and beverages that stain teeth are loaded with antioxidants, which, of course, have key health benefits. So if you’re worried about stained teeth, you might want to cut back on these foods and beverages rather than cut them out entirely. In addition, consider taking steps to minimize the contact between your teeth and stain-promoting substances. Here are several suggestions:

    • Use a straw. Sipping beverages through a straw is believed to help keep teeth-staining beverages away from the teeth — the front teeth, in particular. No, you’re probably not eager to use a straw for coffee or wine. But it shouldn’t be too much trouble to use a straw for cola, juices, and iced tea.
    • Swallow promptly. Swallowing stain-causing foods and beverages quickly is also believed to help protect teeth from stains. Obviously, it’s important to chew foods thoroughly before swallowing. And gulping can, of course, cause choking. But don’t retain things in your mouth for long periods of time. In other words, savor flavors — but not for too long.
    • Swish with water. It’s not always convenient to brush your teeth after having something to eat or drink. Even when it is, it might be better not to: dental enamel is highly vulnerable to abrasion from tooth brushing for up to 30 minutes after the consumption of an acidic food or beverage. So it’s safer simply to swish with water — and brush later, once the enamel has had a chance to re-harden. Another way to remove stain-causing substances without brushing is to chew sugarless gum after eating or drinking.

    And don’t forget the importance of brushing and flossing daily and be sure to see a dentist periodically — and to avoid smoking or chewing tobacco. These long-term strategies, combined with the simple tips we’ve mentioned, should keep you smiling for years to come.

    Source: WebMD and Personal Care Dentistry

    • 30 JUN 14
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    I Was Built to Be A Dentist

    Dr. Kyle Hunt Joins Personal Care Dentistry Practice

    Dr. Kyle Hunt’s recent graduation from the dental school at the University of Illinois (Chicago) is the culmination of more than 8 years of college – it’s the outcome of several decades of being immersed in a “dental family.” And Kyle, who recently joined the practice at Personal Care Dentistry, couldn’t be happier about the outcome.

    Personal-Care-Dentistry-Kyle-Web-240x300“I grew up in a dental household – my dad (Dr. Walter Hunt) founded Personal Care Dentistry in 1977, and my mom (Michelle) worked as a dental hygienist for many years,” notes Kyle. In fact, Kyle began helping out in the practice when he was just 10 years old.

    “He would come in with me to help out with emergency patients on weekends,” recalls Dr. Walter Hunt. “He would hand me the instruments as I was working on a patient.” Eventually, Kyle worked for a full summer at Personal Care Dentistry, helping out where he was needed.

    But his decision to follow in his father’s footsteps didn’t take place until his sophomore year at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he majored in chemistry. “I had thought about being a medical doctor, but I liked the creative aspect of dentistry. Plus, I feel like I have pretty good hand skills and I felt confident working with patients, which I learned from watching my dad.”

    According to Kyle, “My Dad never pushed me into dentistry. He has always told me, ‘do what makes you happy, don’t worry about what I do.’ He was hands off in my decision to become a dentist but I could also see the impact he was making on people’s lives  – and how much his patients and staff appreciate him.”

    Kyle chose the University of Illinois because of the large numbers of patients that the college’s student intern clinics treated. He was one of just six out-of-state students who were accepted in the 2010 entering class out of 1,200 applicants. “I knew I would get a lot of opportunities to provide dental care to patients when I was there, and it turned out that way. In fact, the U of I clinics saw more dental patients than any other college in the country when I was there.”

    In the 2 1/2 years that Kyle interned in the U of I clinics, he was able to work on many cases and gained a variety of clinical experiences due to his persistence in seeking out patients that needed complex dental care. Kyle believes in fact, that due to the large patient population, he completed more complex procedures than he would have anywhere else in the country.

    “Watching my Dad work in private practice gave me the confidence and understanding to seek out and treat the more complex cases in school,” Kyle notes. “The fact that I watched my Dad do dental procedures helped my speed immensely as well.”

    While working on his dental degree, Kyle sent photos of his work to his dad so he could critique his efforts. “We discussed cases for the entire four years while he was in dental school,” says Dr. Walter Hunt. “During breaks he followed me from room to room as I treated patients.”

    Dr. Walter Hunt is excited to have Kyle join the practice. “He shares the Personal Care Dentistry  approach to patient care and embraces our practice’s central philosophy  – what I call the ‘Golden Rule Dentistry.’ I know the kind of care that I demand as a patient, and that is the kind of care that I strive to provide. It is a philosophy shared by all of our staff members.”

    “Joining Personal Care Dentistry is an amazing opportunity for me,” says Kyle. “I feel very fortunate because this will advance my skills much quicker than if I had joined a different practice and not been able to take advantage of my dad’s mentorship.”

    What motivates Kyle as a dentist? “To help people,” he says. “To use the skills I have and will continue to develop to help people be more confident in their smile and their oral health, and to make sure every patient I see is treated with compassion and excellence.”

    “I’m proud to follow in my Dad’s footsteps and I think he’s pretty excited about it too,” says Kyle with a smile. His father and the founder of Personal Care Dentistry, Dr. Walter Hunt, smiles in agreement.

    Concludes Kyle, “I guess I was built to be a dentist!”

    • 25 JUN 14
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    Crowns Are For More than Kings and Queens

    When Are Crowns For Your Teeth Necessary and What Are Your Options?

    When you’ve got a bad tooth and your dentist suggests that you need a crown, the options that you are presented with can often be mind-boggling. In this week’s blog, we’ve tried to give you an overview of what types of oral health problems call for using a crown and the types of materials you have to choose from when the crown is made.
    SMILESo what exactly is a crown? For many years, it was what royalty wore (and still do in some countries like England). But in the dental world, a crown is a covering that goes over a tooth and is known as a type of dental restoration.  Crowns can be fabricated with various types of materials, from metals to porcelain.

    A crown is needed in the following situations:

    • Damage to a tooth is so severe that it cannot be fixed by placing an amalgam or composite restoration (a filling).
    • The appearance of the tooth is less than desirable and the placement of a crown can improve the shape, color and in some cases the alignment of the tooth.
    • To protect a weak tooth due to decay.
    • To protect a weak tooth that has been cracked.
    • To hold a dental bridge into place.
    • To cover a dental implant.

    There are several steps involved when placing a permanent crown.  The doctors at Personal Care Dentistry will evaluate the patient’s needs and decide what is best for the patient.  If a crown is necessary the doctor will proceed by “prepping” the tooth that needs the crown.  This step entails removing any decay and preparing the tooth for its permanent crown.  This may include fabricating a build-up if there is not enough healthy tooth surface left to hold and stabilize the new crown.

    crown-procedure1-300x118An impression is taken and a “temporary” crown is fabricated after the tooth is “prepped”.  The temporary crown is seated while the permanent crown is being made in the lab.  Once the crown is finished, typically 1 to 2 weeks, the patient will return to get the permanent crown cemented into place.

    So what are the different types of materials used in crowns?

    Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent teeth primarily as a temporary measure. The crown protects the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made from another material. They are often used with children’s primary teeth. The crown covers the entire tooth and protects it from further decay. When the primary tooth comes out to make room for the permanent tooth, the crown comes out naturally with it.

    Metals used in crowns include gold alloy, palladium, nickel or chromium. Compared with other crown types, less tooth structure needs to be removed with metal crowns, and tooth wear to opposing teeth is kept to a minimum. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest in terms of wear down. Also, metal crowns rarely chip or break. The metallic color is the main drawback. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.

     Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be color matched to your adjacent teeth (unlike the metallic crowns). However, more wearing to the opposing teeth occurs with this crown type compared with metal or resin crowns. The crown’s porcelain portion can also chip or break off. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look most like normal teeth. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth.

    dental-crownAll-resin dental crowns are less expensive than other crown types. However, they wear down over time and are more prone to fractures than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

    All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide better natural color match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and they wear down opposing teeth a little more than metal or resin crowns. All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth.

    Temporary versus permanent. Temporary crowns can be made in your dentist’s office, whereas permanent crowns are made in a dental laboratory. Temporary crowns are made of acrylic or stainless steel and can be used as a temporary restoration until a permanent crown is constructed by a lab.

    SOURCE: WebMD and American Dental Association