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    • 12 DEC 17
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    10 Great Stocking Stuffers for a Happy Smile

    Skip (or at least go easy) on the candy and the chocolate this year when you’re filling the holiday stockings for your loved ones. Instead of a stocking full of sugar, why not add some of these healthy – and sometimes funny – oral health stocking stuffers that are sure to bring a smile to the faces of your family and friends.

    Tootbrushes With Character

    Colgate offers toothbrushes featuring Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePantsor Transformers.

    Fun and Yummy Toothpaste Flavors

    Whether you like the taste of watermelon or strawberry  – or even cupcakes or bacon – there are toothpaste flavors for just about everyone.

    Organize Your Oral Hygiene

    Cleverly designed to hold virtually anything – from toothbrush and toothpaste in the bathroom to pens and pencils on a desktop – this eye-catching organizer is a great conversation-starter.

    Travel In Style with the Wisp

    The Wisp is ideal to throw into backpacks or briefcases for on-the-go freshening. This mini brush head cleans the surface of teeth.

    Cool Covers for Your Toothbrush

    The DenTek Animal Toothbrush Cover provides a fun, engaging and sanitary way for kids to protect their toothbrushes. It’s also cute!

    Sugar-Free Gum

    Try sugar-free gum with xylitol this year. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. Xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. And that’s good news if you want to chew gum but not worry about creating cavities.

    Crocodile Dentist – A Grouchy Friend With a Serious Toothache

    This classic game with a serious bite is great fun for ages 4 and up. Stuff it in a stocking and play it later that day for a unique break from the usual holiday festivities.

    Ice Cubes Your Guests Will Remember

    Gain a smile from a friend when you get them this great conversation starter and fun party gimmick. These denture-shaped ice cubes make a great gift for the gagster in your life.

    Lights and Timers On A Toothbrush

    These toothbrushes are fun and functional for your kids. The Firefly Ready Go Brush flashes for 60 seconds. It goes from green, to yellow, and then to red to encourage brushing and so kids know when to stop. It’s available in Darth Vader, Yoda and Hello Kitty versions. You can find it at stores like Walgreens and Walmart.

    Put Some Teeth on Your Fridge

    These unique magnets are guaranteed to draw a smile from your family and friends when they open the fridge. Featuring five white teeth and one gold tooth.

    Enjoy your stocking-stuffing this holiday season. If you include some of the items from this list, you’re sure to bring a smile to your family and friends. Enjoy!

     

    • 01 DEC 17
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    Help Us Deliver The Best Christmas Ever to a Needy Twin Cities Family

    Personal Care Dentistry has joined the BCE Movement to help deliver The Best Christmas Ever to a very deserving Twin Cities family who are raising their own kids along with several adopted children. They need help this holiday season both financially and with holiday gifts for all the kids. These are folks who would literally give the clothes off their backs to help other people less fortunate. The husband and wife have been putting their own needs aside to assure these children have a home.  The children they have adopted have come from extremely abusive homes and troubled lives in which some now have many health problems and mental issues. They have taken them in to assure they have a loving home and someone who cares and loves for them. Because of this large family of 12 they now have, they have a hard time paying normal every day  bills and have suffered without many needs so that they can provide a roof over their heads.

    We are asking our patients to help us “pay it forward” by helping this deserving family have a very merry Christmas.

    Patients and friends of Personal Care Dentistry can help out two ways: 1) choose one or more gift tags from the giving tree at Personal Care Dentistry, purchase the gift or gifts noted, and drop them off at Personal Care Dentistry, or 2) go to the giving page for Team Christmas Spirit (that’s our team) and make a cash donation with your credit card or Paypal account. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to help this Twin Cities family in need.

    We have a “wish list” put together by folks who know the family. You’ll find these gifts also listed on the giving tree at Personal Care Dentistry. All help is greatly appreciated. Any dollar amount works for the gift cards listed. Thanks in advance!

     

    Boy– Age 15

    • Vikings tickets
    • Under Armour gift card
    • PlayStation store gift card
    • Basketball hoop
    • Sporting goods store gift card
    • Dungeons and Dragons player’s handbook
    • Vikings jersey or sweatshirt, size adult XL
    • Lids gift card

     

    Girl – Age 12

    • Jelly cat unicorn
    • 14k gold ball post earrings
    • H&M gift card
    • Hair salon gift card
    • Fishing pole/tackle
    • Figure skates size 8.5
    • Craft store gift card

     

    Boy – Age 9

    • Fishing pole/tackle
    • LEGO sets or LEGO store gift card
    • Under Armour gift card
    • DC or Marvel action figures (the Flash)
    • Archery set with target (not compound bow)
    • Sporting goods store gift card
    • Hockey skates size 6.5 or 7
    • Board games for ages 9+

     

    Girl – Age 9

    • Nintendo Switch
    • American Girl store gift card or doll outfits
    • Calico Critters sets
    • Build-a-Bear
    • Matchbox cars
    • Fishing pole/tackle
    • Target gift card
    • Art set
    • Justice gift card

     

    Boy – Age 7

    • Karaoke machine
    • Kids iPod with over the ear headphones
    • Big blocks
    • Work bench play set
    • Cleaning supply play set
    • Breyers Toy farm
    • Salon play set (hair brush/fake scissors/salon chair,etc.)
    • Water table

     

    Girl – Age 6

    • Minnesota Wild tickets
    • Make up set
    • Play jewelry/dress up
    • Art set
    • Arts and crafts kits
    • San Jose Sharks sweatshirt youth small
    • Breyers horse play set
    • LEGO friends
    • Star War toys
    • Cow girl boots size 13

     

    Boy – Age 4

    • Seuss books
    • Pre-school/kindergarten activity books
    • Beginner reading books
    • Breyers horse play set
    • Kitchen play set
    • Youth hockey skates size 9
    • Toy cars
    • Animal toy figures
    • Board games for ages 4+

     

    Mom

    • Set of matching dishes
    • Anne Taylor Loft gift card
    • IKEA gift card

     

    Dad

    • Vinyl records (The Who, Robert Plant, Larry Norman, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Led Zeppelin, Rat Pack Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas, Tom Petty, Black Sabbath, The Eagles)
    • Guitar Center gift card
    • Menard’s gift card
    • Macy’s gift card

     

    • 30 NOV 17
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    Help Us Deliver The Best Christmas Ever to a Needy Twin Cities Family

    Personal Care Dentistry has joined the BCE Movement to help deliver The Best Christmas Ever to a very deserving Twin Cities family who are raising their own kids along with several adopted children. They need help this holiday season both financially and with holiday gifts for all the kids. These are folks who would literally give the clothes off their backs to help other people less fortunate. The husband and wife have been putting their own needs aside to assure these children have a home.  The children they have adopted have come from extremely abusive homes and troubled lives in which some now have many health problems and mental issues. They have taken them in to assure they have a loving home and someone who cares and loves for them. Because of this large family of 12 they now have, they have a hard time paying normal every day  bills and have suffered without many needs so that they can provide a roof over their heads.

    We are asking our patients to help us “pay it forward” by helping this deserving family have a very merry Christmas.

    Patients and friends of Personal Care Dentistry can help out two ways: 1) choose one or more gift tags from the giving tree at Personal Care Dentistry, purchase the gift or gifts noted, and drop them off at Personal Care Dentistry, or 2) go to the giving page for Team Christmas Spirit (that’s our team) and make a cash donation with your credit card or Paypal account. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to help this Twin Cities family in need.

    We have a “wish list” put together by folks who know the family. You’ll find these gifts also listed on the giving tree at Personal Care Dentistry. All help is greatly appreciated. Any dollar amount works for the gift cards listed. Thanks in advance!

     

    Boy– Age 15

    • Vikings tickets
    • Under Armour gift card
    • PlayStation store gift card
    • Basketball hoop
    • Sporting goods store gift card
    • Dungeons and Dragons player’s handbook
    • Vikings jersey or sweatshirt, size adult XL
    • Lids gift card

     

    Girl – Age 12

    • Jelly cat unicorn
    • 14k gold ball post earrings
    • H&M gift card
    • Hair salon gift card
    • Fishing pole/tackle
    • Figure skates size 8.5
    • Craft store gift card

     

    Boy – Age 9

    • Fishing pole/tackle
    • LEGO sets or LEGO store gift card
    • Under Armour gift card
    • DC or Marvel action figures (the Flash)
    • Archery set with target (not compound bow)
    • Sporting goods store gift card
    • Hockey skates size 6.5 or 7
    • Board games for ages 9+

     

    Girl – Age 9

    • Nintendo Switch
    • American Girl store gift card or doll outfits
    • Calico Critters sets
    • Build-a-Bear
    • Matchbox cars
    • Fishing pole/tackle
    • Target gift card
    • Art set
    • Justice gift card

     

    Boy – Age 7

    • Karaoke machine
    • Kids iPod with over the ear headphones
    • Big blocks
    • Work bench play set
    • Cleaning supply play set
    • Breyers Toy farm
    • Salon play set (hair brush/fake scissors/salon chair,etc.)
    • Water table

     

    Girl – Age 6

    • Minnesota Wild tickets
    • Make up set
    • Play jewelry/dress up
    • Art set
    • Arts and crafts kits
    • San Jose Sharks sweatshirt youth small
    • Breyers horse play set
    • LEGO friends
    • Star War toys
    • Cow girl boots size 13

     

    Boy – Age 4

    • Seuss books
    • Pre-school/kindergarten activity books
    • Beginner reading books
    • Breyers horse play set
    • Kitchen play set
    • Youth hockey skates size 9
    • Toy cars
    • Animal toy figures
    • Board games for ages 4+

     

    Mom

    • Set of matching dishes
    • Anne Taylor Loft gift card
    • IKEA gift card

     

    Dad

    • Vinyl records (The Who, Robert Plant, Larry Norman, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Led Zeppelin, Rat Pack Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas, Tom Petty, Black Sabbath, The Eagles)
    • Guitar Center gift card
    • Menard’s gift card
    • Macy’s gift card

     

    • 29 NOV 17
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    What’s Involved in Becoming a Dentist?

    One of our patients recently asked us what it takes to become a dentist. We gave them a quick answer – classroom education, real-world internships, rigorous testing and a desire to help others – but thought we might provide a more complete overview in our blog.

    So here is what it takes to become a dentist.

    Dentists complete eight years of college, including earning an undergraduate degree and graduating from a dental school. Getting into dental school is not easy. Often, less than 10 percent of the applicants each year are admitted. To apply, you have to earn an undergraduate degree (usually in the basic sciences) and pass the DAT – Dental Admissions Test. Most dental schools require a heavy class load when you are an undergraduate in biology, chemistry, physical science and organic chemistry. Plus you have to have an outstanding GPA as an undergraduate and multiple letters of recommendation.

    Most dental schools are four-year programs. Schools either award a DDS, known as a doctor of dental surgery degree; or a DMD, a doctor of medicine in dentistry degree. The two degrees are the same, according to the American Dental Association. Typically, the first two years of dental school are focused on coursework and the second two years are focused on hands-on clinical training treating patients. Most students in dental schools have thousands of hours of patient experience by the time they graduate.

    To officially become a dentist after dental school, a student needs to take and pass a series of examinations. The National Board of Dental Examinations (NBDE) issues a two-part written test every hopeful dentist needs to pass. Additionally, Minnesota has a clinical examination requirement that needs to be met before a dentist can practice there along with the Minnesota Jurisprudence Examination covering the statutes and rules of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.

    Finally, licensed dentists in Minnesota must take 50 hours of professional development courses to keep their clinical skills sharp and to stay current with recent advances in the profession.

    At Personal Care Dentistry, both Dr. Walter Hunt and Dr. Teo Baylon are graduates of the University of Minnesota dental school. Dr. Kyle Hunt is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Chicago) dental school.

     

    SOURCES: Colgate.com, Mykoolsmiles.com, Minnesota Board of Dentistry

    • 14 NOV 17
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    7 Thanksgiving Tips That Will Keep Your Teeth Happy

    Thanksgiving dinner is an all-day event at many homes, with the “main meal” in midafternoon followed by “grazing” the rest of the day and evening.  Much of what you consume that day isn’t all that healthy for your oral health. But these seven tips on making smart choices on what you eat – or serve – will help your teeth and gums stay happy and healthy this Thanksgiving.

    Sugar? Reduce It!

    From sweet potatoes covered in a marshmallow topping to pumpkin pie loaded with whipped cream, Thanksgiving can be a sugary delight for those with a sweet tooth. But remember when you are loading up your plate that bacteria love feeding on sugar and creating cavities. If you are hosting Thanksgiving, switch from using sugar to xylitol or erythritol. Both sweeteners don’t cause cavities. And don’t forget to reduce your portions and drink plenty of water to wash the sugar out of your mouth.

    Beware the Starches

    Cornbread and stuffing are also loved by bacteria that produce acids that lead to cavities. The starches convert to sugar when you eat them, and that’s what the bacteria feed upon. Reduce your portions of starches this Thanksgiving – swap them for more protein and vegies – and drink lots of water.

    Bright Colors Equal Stained Teeth

    If you like foods and drinks that are brightly colored, just remember that they can lead to dull-looking enamel on your teeth. So if you consume lots of red wine, cranberry sauce, cherry or blueberry pie, and coffee, your odds of stained enamel will rise. Reduce or skip those bright foods this year, drink lots of water, and schedule one of your two annual dental hygiene visits for the week after Thanksgiving!

    Acidic Foods and Drinks Are Tough On Enamel

    The enamel on your teeth does not like acid because it softens it, giving bacteria a better chance of causing cavities. Major culprits are wine and cranberry juice because of their high acidity.  Reduce the impact of the acid with sips of water and bites of non-acidic foods. Be sure you don’t brush for at least 30 minutes after eating highly acidic foods because your toothbrush bristles can damage your softened enamel.

    Fill Your Plate with a Rainbow

    Be sure to fill your plate with an array of vegetable that are brimming with vitamins and minerals. You’ll get lots of Vitamin C from red and orange vegetables and tons of calcium from leafy green vegetables. Vitamin C helps your gums and calcium creates strong teeth. Plus,chewing raw vegetables produces lots of saliva to wash away bacteria. The fibrous strands of celery are particularly good for dental health because they help clean between teeth.

    Go Nuts This Year

    Nuts contain calcium and minerals that strengthen and remineralize teeth. The chewing of hard, crunchy nuts also produces extra saliva, which fights germs and prevents decay.

    And Don’t Forget the Water – And Tea

    Tap water contains fluoride which reverses damage to enamel caused by acids. Green and black tea kill bacteria, thus fighting cavities. Make the tea with tap water and you reap a double benefit. Plus, water and tea give you a chance to wash away the acids created by sugary and starchy foods.

    Sources: MouthHealthy.org (American Dental Association), DeltaDental.com, Colgate.com

    • 07 NOV 17
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    8 Mouthwashes You Can Make at Home

    Do you know what’s in that mouthwash you just gargled with that you purchased at the store? Often it will include alcohol, along with a blend of chemicals that you’ve never heard of and aren’t sure how they impact your health. If you want to avoid those chemicals, an alternative that is better for your mouth (and body) and easier on your wallet is to make your own mouthwash.

    Here are some wonderful recipes for making your own mouthwash at home.

     

    Three-Ingredient Mouthwash

    Ingredients:

    1 cup of filtered water

    1 teaspoon of baking soda

    3 drops of peppermint essential oil

    Instructions:

    Add all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake very well. This can be kept in the bathroom and does not require refrigeration. Shake well before each use.

     

    Grandma’s Disinfecting Mouthwash

    Ingredients:

    1 cup of filtered water

    2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

    Instructions:

    Mix the ingredients together in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well before each use. This will keep forever right on your bathroom countertop.

     

    Herb-Infused Mouthwash

    Ingredients:

    2 cups of filtered water

    ½ ounce of whole cloves

    1 ounce of Oregon grape root

    1 ounce of rosemary sprigs

    Instructions:

    Boil the water and then add all remaining ingredients to the water. Boil for one minute, then turn off the fire and cover the pot. Allow herbs to steep in the water overnight. Strain out the herbs with a piece of cheesecloth in the morning and store in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well before each use and store in the refrigerator. This will keep 7 to 14 days in the refrigerator.

     

    Simple Hydrogen Peroxide Whitening Mouthwash

    Ingredients:

    1-part hydrogen peroxide

    1-part filtered water

    Instructions:

    Don’t make a large batch of this solution. Try one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon of water, for example. Mix in a ceramic or glass container (such as a glass or coffee cup) and use immediately. Swish in the mouth for 30 seconds and then spit it out. Do not swallow, and do not save any extra solution.

     

    Sweet-Smelling Essential Oil Mouthwash

    Ingredients:

    1 cup of filtered water

    20 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Best choices are cinnamon, clove, wintergreen, peppermint, or tea tree oil

    Instructions:

    In a glass container with a tight fitting lid, combine all ingredients and shake well. Always shake well before each use. This mixture will keep on the kitchen counter or bathroom counter forever.

     

    Super Citrus Oil Mouthwash

    Ingredients:

    2 cups of filtered water

    2 teaspoons of calcium carbonate powder

    1 teaspoon of xylitol crystals

    10 drops of trace mineral liquid

    10 drops of peppermint essential oil

    5 drops of lemon essential oil

    3 drops of wild orange essential oil

    Instructions:

    In a mason jar, or other similar container with a lid, stir together the xylitol crystals and the calcium powder. Add the essential oils and liquid minerals. Stir again to be sure everything is well combined. Add your water and stir. Close the lid and shake for 1 minute. That’s it! How easy was that?! You can find all these ingredients in your local natural or health food store or online. Store this in the refrigerator (it keeps for 2 to 3 weeks) and shake well before each use.

    Xylitol is a natural sweetener proven to have a positive effect on tooth and gum health.  It is recommended by many dentists and is now a popular ingredient in natural toothpaste, gum and mouthwash.  It will also improve the taste and even the effectiveness of your mouthwash.

     

    Super Simple Mouthwash

    Ingredients:

    1 cup of filtered water

    4 teaspoons of baking soda

    4 drops of tea tree essential oil

    4 drops of peppermint essential oil

    Instructions:

    Add all ingredients to a mason jar or similar container with a lid. Shake very well. Use about 2 tablespoons of this mixture each day, the same way you would use mouthwash for super white teeth and fresh breath. The baking soda will usually settle to the bottom of the container after a few hours, but don’t worry, this is normal. Simply shake well before each use.

     

    Cinnamon and Honey Mouthwash

    Ingredients:

    2 organic lemons, juiced

    ½ tablespoon of cinnamon powder

    1 teaspoon of baking soda (not baking powder!)

    5 teaspoons of raw, organic honey

    1 cup of warm water

    Instructions:

    Using a mason jar or similar type of container with a tight fitting lid, add all ingredients in the order given. Be sure the water is very warm as it needs to melt the honey. Close the lid and shake for one minute. Store in the refrigerator and use two tablespoons as a mouth rinse.

    As with any mouthwash, be sure not to swallow during use. Happy gargling!

     

    Sources: GreenMedInfo.com, DIYnatural.com, TheAlternativeDaily.com

    • 01 NOV 17
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    Top Tips to Choosing the Best Toothbrush for Your Smile

    How do you decide what is the best toothbrush for your oral health needs? Do you go with a favorite color? Maybe the type of bristles – soft or hard? How the toothbrush feels in your hand when you are brushing?  Or the cost? All of those are important (even the color of your toothbrush) because you want to be sure that you are doing everything possible to encourage you to brush twice a day. Remember, if you are brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, you will end up spending about 1,000 hours during your lifetime brushing your teeth. You definitely want to give yourself every opportunity to make those hours as enjoyable as possible.

    Here are some simple tips to give you the best “toothbrush experience” possible:

     

    When Should You Buy a New Toothbrush?

    As soon as the bristles on your toothbrush begin to look worn or frayed, buy a new one. That usually happens every three months if you are brushing regularly. Remember, a worn-out toothbrush isn’t helping to keep your teeth clean. After an illness replace your toothbrush because germs can linger and make you sick again. Also, if you can’t remember the last time you changed your toothbrush, it’s probably time for a new one.

     

    The Parts of a Toothbrush – Bristles, Head Shape and Handle

    Bristles: Soft is Safe

    Most dentists agree on using a toothbrush with soft bristles and to brush gently. You may think that scrubbing your teeth with a stiff-bristle toothbrush will improve your oral health, but you’re probably wrong. Instead, you’ll end up damaging your teeth and gums. How? The hard bristles will cause gum tissue to pull back from teeth, which can expose the tooth root and lead to increased sensitivity to heat, cold or certain foods and drinks. Plus the hard bristles will create damage to enamel on teeth, which can leave them exposed to cavity-causing plaque.

    Head: Size Matters

    Consider the toothbrush’s head shape when selecting your tool of choice. Some toothbrush shapes will suit some mouths better than others. Make sure the head allows your toothbrush bristles to comfortably reach your back molars, as some brush heads may be too large or wide. Brush in front of the mirror to make sure you cover every tooth. If it doesn’t, swap your toothbrush for one that does.

    Handle: Get a Grip

    The handle of the brush should be long enough to hold comfortably. It should neither be too thick nor too thin to hold. Some toothbrushes today have wide handles. This helps you control the toothbrush better. So, choose a toothbrush with a handle that is long enough and wide enough for you to use.

     

    Do You Go Cheap on What You Pay for Your Toothbrush?

    Five no-name toothbrushes in a package may seem like a steal at a handful of pennies each, but consider the risks. Seeing as you put a toothbrush in your mouth two or more times per day, it’s worth going with a reputable manufacturer. If you buy a cheap toothbrush, you may be getting a product could be from a manufacturer who doesn’t care about safety or efficacy. Plus, the toothbrushes could be made of inferior or unsafe materials. Bottom line, cheap toothbrushes are better suited for cleaning grout than oral hygiene.

     

    Why Is the ADA Way Important?

    Buy toothbrushes that have the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. A company earns the ADA Seal for its product by producing scientific evidence that the product is safe and effective. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates the evidence according to objective guidelines for toothbrushes.

     

    Does Color Matter?

    Sure it does if color is important to you. Using an icky-colored toothbrush won’t motivate you to brush twice a day. Buy one that has a color attractive to you!

     

    The Bottom Line on Selecting Your Toothbrush

    At the end of the day, the best toothbrush is the one you’ll actually use. That means the toothbrush handle should fit comfortably in your hand and the toothbrush head should feel comfortable in your mouth and be able to reach every tooth surface. Look for the ADA Seal, your assurance that the product has been objectively evaluated for safety and effectiveness. 

     

    Sources: The American Dental Association (ADA)

    • 25 OCT 17
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    9 Tips to a Teeth-Friendly Halloween

    Halloween Treats Don’t Have to Create Chaos in Your Child’s Mouth

    Halloween is less than a week away, and children are looking forward to trick-or-treating for bags of candy that they can munch on for many months this winter. All that sugar doesn’t have to equal a mouth full of cavities and a visit to the dentist in 2018.

    Have your children follow these 9 simple tips for a mouth healthy Halloween:

    Before trick-or-treating, make sure to eat a well-balanced meal. This will lower the chances of filling up on empty calories and cavity-causing sugar.

    Avoid chewy and sour candy options. Chewy candies can easily get stuck in the crevices between teeth, making it nearly impossible to wash it all away. Gummies and caramel have the potential to dislodge fillings, crowns, space maintainers and orthodontic appliances. Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down the enamel on your teeth.

    Look out for hidden sugars and starches. Glucose, fructose and honey that appear in foods such as cereal bars, flavored yogurts, fruit bars, pureed fruit pouches and juices can be just as destructive on children’s teeth. Snacks such as pretzels, with starches that stay in the mouth longer, can also lead to cavities.

    Establish a “treat time.” Snacking on candy over a long period of time can be more harmful for your children’s teeth. Limiting candy time will help you restrict the amount of candy consumed and protect their teeth from too much sugary contact. This ritual “treat time” may last long after Halloween and help promote healthy thinking about treats.

    Pick a certain number of treats. After your children get back from trick-or-treating or a party, go through their bags of Halloween candy together. Tell them to each pick a certain number of treats (whatever number you decide, based on factors such as age) treats they want the most. Letting children help decide what is a reasonable amount of candy to keep has benefits beyond good oral health.

    Get the unpicked treats out of sight. You can donate them to a food bank, save them for future “treat times” or freeze them if you can’t bear to throw them out.

    Choose best options for a sweet treat. These include sugar-free gum and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants like tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids that can inhibit bacteria from sticking to the teeth, preventing infections in gums and battling tooth decay. Sugar-free gum made with xylitol promotes the growth of tooth-protective, non-acidic bacteria which can make it nearly impossible for bacteria and plaque to form.

    Swish with water. Let’s face it – most kids don’t look forward to Halloween for the sugar-free gum and dark chocolate. And that’s OK. If kids are indulging in any kind of candy, ensure they drink plenty of water after eating the treat.  Encourage them to swish the water around in the mouth to help dislodge particles that can get stuck onto tiny teeth. Decorate a Halloween-themed reusable water bottle to encourage your child to drink lots of water.

    Reinforce good brushing and flossing habits. The best way to protect your kid’s oral health from sugary sweets is to brush and floss regularly. This is especially important following your “treat times!”

    Sources: AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), WebMD

    • 18 OCT 17
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    All Crowns Are Not Created Equal

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

    You’ve probably heard about dental crowns. But do you know what oral health problems necessitate a crown and what types of materials you have to choose from when the crown is made?

    You will probably need a dental crown in the following situations:

    The damage to your tooth is so severe that it can’t be fixed by filling it with an amalgam or composite material

    Your tooth’s appearance is an issue and the placement of a crown can improve the shape, color and in some cases the alignment of the tooth

    Your tooth is weak due to decay

    You have a cracked tooth – which a crown can protect

    Your dental bridge needs help being held in place

    You have a dental implant that needs to be covered

    So how is a permanent dental crown placed? Once a patient is evaluated and a decision is made to use a dental crown to address the patient’s oral health need, the tooth that will be receiving the crown is “prepped”. This involves 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.

    An impression is taken and a “temporary” crown is fabricated after the tooth is “prepped”. The temporary crown is placed on the tooth 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.

    What Materials Are Used for 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.

    All-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

     

    • 11 OCT 17
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    Do Your Teeth Love Dark Chocolate?

    Cocoa Beans Are Full of Antioxidants That Benefit Your Mouth and Teeth

     

     Are you one of the 50% of Americans who consume chocolate daily? If you are, here’s some good news – dark chocolate is actually good for your teeth and mouth. That doesn’t mean every kind of chocolate (i.e. milk chocolate) is going to benefit your oral health. But dark chocolate can actually prevent tooth decay.

    How? First, you need to know that it’s the cocoa bean that contains the oral health “goodness” – not the chocolate itself – so the closer the chocolate is to the cocoa bean, the happier your mouth will be.

    The key to cocoa beans is that they contain three mouth-helping ingredients – tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids. Each of these is a type of antioxidant that benefits your mouth and teeth. Tannins are what give dark chocolate it’s slightly bitter taste and are responsible for the sweet’s dark pigments. More importantly, they help prevent cavities by inhibiting bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Polyphenols limit the effects of bacteria, meaning they work to neutralize the microorganisms that cause bad breath, prevent infections in your gums and battle tooth decay. Flavonoids work to slow tooth decay, among other things.

     

    Of the three kinds of chocolate (dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate), dark chocolate is the least processed and closest to the cocoa bean, which makes it the healthiest option of the three. For best results, the chocolate should be around 70 percent cocoa. You should be able to find tooth-friendly dark chocolate at your local grocery store, and many bars advertise their cocoa percentage clearly on the label. Also, in case you needed another perk, dark chocolate contains less sugar than other varieties, so it’s slightly better for your waistline, too.

    So how, exactly, is dark chocolate good for your teeth? There’s a bacterium in your mouth called oral streptococci, which produces acid that eats away at your tooth enamel. The antioxidants in dark chocolate prevent the bacteria from turning into damaging acids by acting as a sort of antibacterial compound. Also, the cocoa butter coats your teeth and prevents plaque from sticking to them.

    Dark chocolate has four times more antioxidants than green tea.

    Because chocolate has tons of antioxidants (about four times that of green tea), it can not only inhibit the production of plaque but also reduce inflammation in the body and work to prevent periodontal disease, a symptom of which is swelling of the gums. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can also enter the bloodstream and cause heart disease and other cardiovascular problems, so periodically consuming dark chocolate is beneficial to your heart health as well.

    It’s important to remember, however, that munching on a piece of dark chocolate is not like downing a plateful of veggies. It has some important health benefits, but it’s far from a healthy food. Like any confection, dark chocolate should be consumed in moderation. It still contains ample amounts of sugar and fat, each of which comes with its own set of health issues. Also, like all chocolates, dark chocolate isn’t exactly low in calories. The recommended intake is 1 ounce per day, which is equal to about six Hershey Kisses (don’t worry, they’re available in a dark variety). Even this small amount, however, contains as many as 150 calories, and since it tastes so good, it’s hard not to indulge.

    So get your hands (and teeth) on some dark chocolate today to enjoy what is arguably the most delicious but still beneficial food on the planet. Just remember to practice portion control so the health risks associated with an expanding waistline don’t overshadow the benefits to your pearly whites.

    Source: TLC

    • 27 SEP 17
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    Dental Emergency? Helpful Tips to Manage the Situation

    If you have a tooth knocked loose – or even knocked out – do you know what to do to deal with the emergency before you can get in to see a dentist? Here are some helpful tips that could make a difference in whether or not you save – or lose – your tooth.

    Tooth That’s Been Knocked Out

    If you have one of your teeth actually knocked out, it’s a dental emergency that requires immediate action. If you follow these steps, the odds of your dentist being able to actually reinsert and preserve your tooth are increased immensely.

    Pick up the tooth by its crown (the top of the tooth).  Be sure you don’t touch the tooth’s root(s).

    Rinse the tooth very gently – with warm water – to make sure that it’s clean. You don’t want to scrub the tooth or remove any tissue attached to the tooth. Don’t forget to close the sink drain so that you don’t lose your tooth down the drain.

    Gently place the tooth back into the socket, if possible. Once you have it back in the socket, bite down while holding the tooth gently.

    Place the tooth in a small container of milk (not water) if you can’t put the tooth back in the socket.

    Immediately call your dentist to make an appointment to see him or her as quickly as possible. This will give you a much greater chance of saving your tooth (if you have also done the steps above). The longer you wait, the less chance of the tooth remaining viable to be re-implanted in the socket.

    Tooth That Is Loose

    For a tooth that has been knocked loose – or out of alignment – you should call the dentist right away to get in for an appointment as soon as possible. Then see if you can put the tooth back in its original position using your finger with minimal pressure (don’t try and force it). Bite down to keep the tooth from moving. Once you get in for your appointment, your dentist may want to splint the tooth to the adjacent teeth (the teeth on each side) to keep it stabilized.

    Dental Emergency Preparedness Kit

    You never know when a dental emergency might happen – they never seem to be predictable. If you are prepared and avoid panic, the chance of saving that knocked out or loose tooth increases immensely. Keep a small first aid kit (dental-focused) in your car and one in your house in an easy-to-find location. Each kit should contain the following:

    Small container with a lid
    Name and phone number of your dentist
    Acetaminophen – not aspirin or ibuprofen because they can act as a blood thinner and cause excessive bleeding during a dental emergency.
    Gauze
    Handkerchief

    Follow these tips and your odds of saving that lost or loose tooth will be much better. And you won’t have to worry about getting an expensive implant eventually to replace the tooth!

    Sources: MouthHealthy.org (ADA), YourDentistryGuide.com

    • 13 SEP 17
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    8 Reasons Why Our Patients Love Going to the Dentist

    If you’re looking for a dentist in the Roseville area who blends the latest technology with a gentle touch in a warm, caring and compassionate atmosphere, then Personal Care Dentistry is just the place for you. Here’s 8 reasons why our patients love going to Personal Care Dentistry (and actual patient reviews about each reason):

     

    The Golden Rule

     At Personal Care Dentistry, we care for our patients the same way we would care for our families – with compassion, respect and the highest quality. For 40 years, we’ve blended the latest technology with a gentle touch in a warm, caring atmosphere. It’s why we consistently receive outstanding reviews from our patients.

    “Always so friendly and they truly care. This is coming from a person who really does not like going to the dentist. They have changed that.” – Sharon L.

     

    Same Day Care

     If you chip or crack a tooth, or suffer some other dental emergency, Personal Care Dentistry is the place to call. We have four decades of providing high-quality same day dentistry.

    “Woke up with a bad tooth ache and they got me in that morning and got it taken care of. Always polite and friendly people who make you feel at ease.” – Andrew H.

     

    Award Winning

     Our never-ending quest for excellence in dental care has resulted in a chest full of awards from fellow dentists and consumers, including:

    ‘Top Dentist’ by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine for 4 consecutive years;

    ‘Top Dentist’ by Roseville Review readers for 8 years;

    ‘Top Dentist’ by Minnesota Monthly for the last two years;

    Angie’s List Super Service award for four consecutive years.

    “The staff at Personal Care Dentistry is unlike any other health care clinic I have ever visited. They are always helpful, kind, and compassionate. They make going to the dentist something to look forward to!” – Kayla S.

     

    Care for All Ages

     Our patients know that they can bring their entire family – from 3-year-olds to grandparents – for dental care at our clinic. We’ve been treating families since 1977 with genuine, state-of-the-art care.

    “My 3-year-old son has high anxiety about the dentist. I decided to take him to Personal Care Dentistry because my husband and I are both patients and love all of the staff. My son’s hygienist at PCD was amazing with him. She was warm and funny while still being professional. She made the entire time enjoyable and did a great job cleaning his teeth. Not one tear and all smiles. Dr. Kyle came in to check on him and also did a great job putting him at ease. Personal Care Dentistry is excellent and is now our entire family’s dentist office.”  – Michelle M.

     

    Our Dental Care Team

     Our dentists, hygienists and front desk staff receive consistently high reviews from our patients. Our care team members are all dedicated to providing the very highest quality care possible to our patients.

    “Great experience! It’d been like 7 years since my last cleaning so I was a bit nervous about how this was going to go. The staff was super friendly, professional, and welcoming. No judgement, no lecture – just great care and supportive encouragement to return and maintain a regular cleaning schedule. I will definitely be returning in spring! Jenna and Dr. Kyle are the best!” – Gail H.

     

    Timely & Efficient Care

     Our waiting room is usually empty – not because of a lack of patients, but because we get them into our treatment rooms as quickly as possible! At Personal Care Dentistry, we recognize that your time is valuable and our care team works tirelessly to be perceptive to our patient’s busy schedules and provide quick, quality care.

    “This practice is a perfect balance between friendly providers and efficient and thorough procedures. I was in and out in 45 minutes – it made me appreciate the practice’s provider protocols.” – Beth A.

     

    We Know How to Handle Dental Anxiety

     If you’re one of the 50% of Americans who fear going to the dentist, then Personal Care Dentistry is the place for you. We cater to patients with dental anxiety of fear by providing trusted, non-judgemental care in a warm, gentle, compassionate atmosphere. We take the time to listen to you and help you overcome your anxiety.

     “I have pretty high anxiety about visiting the dentist and had a wonderful experience here both times. The staff was understanding and caring, while thoroughly explaining what was happening. Would highly recommend this practice.” – Ryann S.

     

    Early Morning & Evening Appointments

    Whether you’re an ‘early bird or night owl,’ we can accommodate you. We open as early as 6:30 a.m. and stay open as late as 8 p.m. We are dedicated to making sure our services are as easily available as possible.

     “I always try to get an early appointment. It’s such a great start to my day to see everyone so happy and cheerful at 6:30 a.m. I always look forward to my visit because it makes the rest of my day happy and cheerful too!” – Bob H.