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    • 26 SEP 14
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    Minnesota Apple Orchards Offer Great Family Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.minnesotagrown.com/member-directory/?categories=11959

    Orange Pippin is a comprehensive resource for apples and orchards.

    http://www.orangepippin.com/orchards/united-states/minnesota

    The Apple Journal has an extensive list of orchards.

    http://www.applejournal.com/mn02.htm

    Aamodt’s Apple Farm, Stillwater

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

    Phone: 651-439-3127

    https://www.aamodtsapplefarm.com/

    Afton Apple Orchards, Afton

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

    http://www.aftonapple.com/

    Apple Jack Orchards, Delano

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

    Phone: 763 972-6673

    https://www.applejackorchards.com/

    Anoka County Farms, Ham Lake

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

    Phone: 763-427-0000

    http://www.anokacountyfarms.com/

    Applewood Orchard, Lakeville

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

    Phone: 952-985-5425

    http://applewoodorchard.com/applewood1/

    Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm, Belle Plaine

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

    Phone: 952-873-3654

    http://emmakrumbees.com/apple-orchard/

    Fireside Orchard and Gardens, Northfield

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

    Phone: 507-663-1376

    http://www.firesideorchard.com/

    Homestead Orchard, Maple Plain

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

    Phone: 763 479-3186

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/homestead-orchard-maple-plain

    McDougall’s Apple Junction, Hastings

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

    Phone: 651-480-4701

    http://apple-junction.com

    Minnesota Harvest Apple, Jordan

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

    Phone: 952-492-2785

    http://minnesotaharvest.net/about-us/

    Minnetonka Orchards, Mound

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

    Phone: 763-479-3191

    http://www.minnetonkaorchards.com/

    Natura Farms, Marine-on-St. Croix

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

    Phone: 651 433-5850

    http://www.naturafarms.com/

    Pine Tree Apple Orchard, White Bear Lake

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

    Phone: 651-429-7202

    http://www.pinetreeappleorchard.com/

     Pleasant Valley Orchard, Taylors Falls

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

    Phone: 651-257-9159

    http://www.pleasantvalleyorchard.com/

     Whistling Well Farm, Hastings

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

    http://whistlingwellfarm.com/

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SOURCE: Science Daily

    • 17 SEP 14
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    State of the Art Quality

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Source: Sirona.com

     

    • 11 SEP 14
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    Your Child’s First Dental Visit

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

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

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

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

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

    Calming Dental Visit Jitters

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

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

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

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

    SOURCES: American Dental Association and Delta Dental

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Source:  Dentalwisdom.com

     

    • 27 AUG 14
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    Worried About Paying for Dental Care?

    You Have A Wide Array of Options at Personal Care Dentistry

     

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

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

    Quality Dental Plan

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

    Insurance Plans

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

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

     

    Easy Financing Options

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    The following raise your risk for gingivitis:

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

     

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

    What Are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?

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


    How Do You Treat Gingivitis?

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

    How Do You Prevent Gingivitis?

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

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

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

    Source: ADAM Medical Encyclopedia

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

    All Carbohydrates Can Impact Oral Health

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    • 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.
    Child
    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