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  • What to do When You Need Emergency Dental Care in Roseville, MN

    Many things can cause a dental emergency. More often than not, trauma to your mouth is the leading cause. In this scenario, you could end up with severely cracked or chipped teeth that must be treated right away. But, you may also just wake up one day with intense pain in your mouth that won’t go away and inhibits your ability to eat or drink. Here, the cause of your emergency could be tooth decay or an infection. 

    Regardless of what’s caused your problem, you need to seek out emergency dental care in Roseville, MN. If you’re unsure what to do, then here are a few simple steps to follow:

    Contain the problem as best as you can

    First of all, you have to try and contain your dental emergency as best as you can. If your mouth is bleeding, then try and keep a clean cloth or tissue on it to soak up the blood and stop the flow. If you’re in pain, then take some type of pain relief medication to help soothe the discomfort and make life more manageable while you wait for treatment. 

    Act as quickly as possible

    If you need emergency dental care in Roseville, MN, then you have to act soon. Don’t waste time, pick up the phone and give Personal Care Dentistry a call. We will have a brief conversation where we ask the extent of your problem. Give us as many details as you can, so we understand what’s wrong and can get to work as soon as you arrive. The longer you wait for treatment, the worse a problem can become.

    Keep any parts of your teeth that have come off

    A lot of emergency dental care revolves around chipped teeth – or teeth that have been knocked out. If this has happened to you, then we advise you to try and keep the tooth and bring it to your appointment. Clean it, then preserve it in a clean container – preferably with liquid inside to provide the tooth with moisture. One top tip is to put your tooth in milk as this does an excellent job of preserving it. The reason we ask you to keep the tooth is that we might be able to re-attach bits that have been chipped off. At the very least, we can use it to help model our own restoration. 

    Stay calm

    The final step is to remain calm. It can be nervewracking when you suffer trauma to your mouth or have another type of dental emergency. Loads of thoughts may be running through your head, but take a deep breath and relax. You’ve given our team a call, and your emergency dental care will be happening soon. You’re in the safest possible hands, so there’s no need to worry. No matter the problem, we will provide the perfect solution to free you of any pain and sort out any issue. 

    So, if you need emergency dental care in Roseville, MN, then these are the steps you need to follow. Give us a call right now, and we can book you in for an emergency appointment at our clinic.

  • My Life Behind the Lens

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The images on the walls at Personal Care Dentistry were all photographed by Dr. Walter Hunt, founder of the clinic. We thought you might like to know a bit more about Dr. Hunt’s passion for photography and the nature scenes he captures in his own words. Enjoy!

    At the age of 10, I discovered the venerable Brownie camera. It seems like I had always been interested in taking photos, but when I got that Brownie, my interest went from a pastime to a hobby. I was hooked and that was more than half-a-century ago! I was completely self-taught, and much of my teaching came from looking through a view finder, whether it was my original Brownie camera or my current Nikon D800 digital camera. I read everything I could get my hands on as my hobby progressed to a real passion for capturing the world around me through a camera lens.

    Eventually I came across a set of three books on photography by the master of black and white images, Ansel Adams. The three volumes The Camera, The Negative, and The Print were published in 1983 and presented a compilation of his life’s work and the intricacies of taking an idea and translating it into a stunning photograph. I first came across his three-volume set in 1985, and it has formed the foundation of my photography for almost three decades. Adams’ usage of the zone system to capture the world around him resonated with me, and over time I adopted his way of looking at things around us that we can capture on camera.

    I am constantly observing the world around us nature is my specialty and love, as you can see from my images and trying to look beneath the surface image we tend to see and find a layer below the surface that can capture our imagination and bring depth to the composition. Many people who have been with me when I am taking photographs tell me that the images and scenes that they walk right past seem to catch my attention and camera. The images captured are often surprising to them and I often hear You see things in nature that I just don’t see until I look at your photos.

    Over the course of the last couple of years, I have enjoyed almost as much as taking the photos the editing of my photos. That’s because of the quickly evolving digital editing software that is available and incredibly robust and intricate in its application to photography. Software like Adobe Photoshop often allows me the ability to bring to life what I see in nature in terms of form, texture and light. For me, it is an artistic expression that I truly enjoy as part of the photographic process. I tried painting in oils for awhile, but kept coming back to taking photos and manipulating them digitally.

    Lately, I have been using the Nikon D800. I started with a Nikon F100, and having been using them for decades. I really enjoy shooting digitally, because spending hour after hour in the darkroom processing my film and making prints was something I never could afford to do in terms of time. Running a busy dental practice generally got in the way of significant darkroom time.

    I hope you enjoy my images. They have brought much joy and happiness to me through the years and I am honored to share them with you!

    And if you would like to see what I have shot most recently, like my Photos by Skeet Facebook page.

  • Tips to Keeping Your Smile Bright For a Lifetime

    Keep your family’s gums and teeth healthy for a lifetime by following these 10 tips for good oral health. You’ll help them keep their smiles bright, avoid toothaches and cavities, and even improve their overall health.

    Good oral hygiene can be maintained by spending a few minutes each day on flossing and brushing, along with making smart choices about what you eat and drink. In fact, just about all gum disease and tooth decay can be prevented with proper oral hygiene. Additionally, recent research has linked gum disease to other health issues, including an elevated chance of heart disease.

    Here’s 10 tips to help your family maintain good oral hygiene from their early years to retirement and beyond.

    Begin at an early age. Your child’s first tooth will appear around six months, and that is when you should start your child’s dental care. Start by wiping their teeth with a clean, damp cloth or an extra-soft toothbrush. Once they reach the age of 2, let them try brushing their teeth themselves while you supervise. If you begin when they are young, you can help your child not be one of the 50 percent of kids between 12 and 15 who have cavities.

    Get sealed. Dental sealants are thin protective coatings that your dentist applies to your child’s back teeth to prevent decay. A good time to do this is when you child’s permanent molars come in, which is usually around 6.

    Be a friend to fluoride. The good news is that three out of four citizens of the United States drinks water that is fluoridated. But if you drink mainly bottled water, you’re skipping the fluoride, and missing out on the enamel-strengthening fluoride provides. Most toothpastes and mouth rinses have fluoride in them, and you can ask your dentist about having fluoride applied to your teeth the next time you are in for a visit.

    Practice a 2+1 regimen. Get in the habit and stay in the habit of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Plus, be sure to switch to a new toothbrush every three months.

    Be a swisher or a chewer After meals, swish your mouth with an antibacterial rinse and/or chew sugar-free gum. The antibacterial rinse will kill bacteria in your mouth, and they are the initial culprit in the formation of a cavity. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva to your mouth, and saliva washes away that dreaded bacteria and the acids they produce.

    Use a mouth guard. If you have a son or daughter playing contact sports, then invest in a custom-fitted mouth guard to ensure their future oral health. Your dentist can make a custom fitting and order a mouth guard for them at an affordable cost.

    Give up the tobacco. Tobacco and good oral health do not go well together. Smoking or chewing tobacco inevitably leads to stained teeth and boosts your risk of gum disease and oral cancer. If you use tobacco, stop. If you don’t use tobacco, don’t start.

    Be a smart eater. Your teeth and gums will love you if you eat a healthy diet. Your gums and teeth will get all the nutrients they need if you stick to a well-balanced diet heavy on whole foods. And eat fish the omega-3 fats found in fish have been shown to reduce inflammation, which will lower your risk of gum disease.

    Say no to sugary foods. The bacteria in your mouth (remember them) love sugar, because they consume it and then produce acids. Those acids attack your tooth’s enamel, which can lead to tooth decay. Two sugar-filled items to really avoid are sugary drinks (soft drinks and fruit drinks), which you tend to sip and thus raise the acid levels in your mouth for an extended period of time, and sticky candies, which attach to your teeth.

    See your dentist regularly. Make sure to see your dentist every six months for a hygiene visit and a check-up. That way, any plaque that you haven’t been able to remove will be removed, and any signs of decay will be spotted. Your dentist will also check for any signs of oral cancer or gum disease, and if you are grinding your teeth.

    SOURCE: WebMD

     

  • These 9 Foods Can Be Tough on Your Teeth

     

    Your teeth can be seriously impacted by what you eat and drink. Here’s a list of 9 foods and beverages that you should either avoid or consume in moderation. You’ll notice that some of the 9 are pretty obvious chewing ice has never been a good idea while others will provide a surprise.

    Hard candies are tough on teeth

    You might be a fan of hard candies, but because they are packed with sugar, constant sugar exposure can damage your teeth. Plus they can break or chip a tooth if you decide to chew on them. Instead of reaching for a handful of hard candy, grab a piece of sugarless gum.

     Ice is best for chilling, not chewing

    Is ice good for your teeth? After all, it comes from water and contains zero sugar or additives. So the answer is yes unless you decide to chew on that cube or chunk of ice. Then you’ll expose yourself to damaging your teeth enamel or creating a dental emergency. So the next time you put ice in your drink, let it do what it’s supposed to do chill your beverage and skip the chewing.

    Be careful of citrus

    The enamel on your teeth can erode if frequently exposed to foods and beverages that contain citrus. The acid in the citrus is the culprit, and the impact it can have on enamel can make your teeth more prone to decay. If you like citrus drinks and fruit, there’s a simple method to reduce the impact of the acid in citrus on your mouth. Drink a glass of water while you are eating that orange or grapefruit and rinse your mouth out after you have a glass of orange juice.

    Coffee can be a problem

    Coffee and tea can be healthy beverages if you avoid adding tons of sugar. Unfortunately, that’s what many of the coffee drinks at places like Starbucks and Caribou are chock-full of. Plus coffee and tea that are caffeinated can dry out your mouth (remember, saliva washes away bacteria which cause cavities) and stain your teeth. If you do decide to regularly drink coffee or tea, be sure you’re drinking lots of water and keeping the add-ons under control.

    Don’t get stuck on sticky foods

    If you like a healthy snack, then dried fruit can be a winner. Unfortunately, they are often quite sticky which can be a problem since sticky foods remain on your teeth much longer than other food types. Be sure to rinse with water when you finish those sticky foods and of course, carefully brush and floss to remove anything still sticking to your teeth.

    If it goes crunch, it might be a bad munch

    Potato chips are a wonderful habit for many people. The combination of the crunch and the flavor are hard to beat. But all that starch in a potato chip can get trapped in your teeth, which is the first step on the road to cavities. So be sure to brush and especially floss after you eat chips. That way, you’ll avoid leaving food particles that will become plaque.

    Switch water for soda

    Did you know that the bacteria that create plaque love sugar? They use the sugar to produce acids that go after the enamel on your teeth. Which means that if you are drinking lots of sugary soda or other drinks, then you are helping those plaque bacteria attack your teeth. Plus the carbonation in soft drinks including diet sodas is acidic and negatively impacts your teeth. So the next time you want to reach for a soft drink, think twice. And if you do decide to consume a soda, keep a glass of water handy and alternate between the soda and the water.

    Keep a handle on alcohol consumption

    Many people don’t realize that alcohol dehydrates your body and reduces the saliva in your mouth. Remember, saliva is good because it helps wash away cavity-causing bacteria. Long-term consumption can reduce saliva flow even when you aren’t drinking. Heavy alcohol use can also boost the risk of mouth cancer.

    Beware of sugary sports and energy drinks

    Powerade, Gatorade, Red Bull, Monster lots of people use them to boost athletic performance or as a pick-me-up during a busy day or evening. Unfortunately, sports and energy drinks also share a common main ingredient sugar. There is also a lot of research that says that sports drinks are in most cases unnecessary for someone engaged vigorous physical activity. A better solution would be to drink water instead!

     

    SOURCE: American Dental Association

     

  • We Truly Care About the Patients We Treat

    Brandy Fulton is the Treatment Plan and Financial Coordinator at Personal Care Dentistry and if that sounds like a big job, that’s because it is. Her primary role is to keep Personal Care Dentistry’s schedule full, but she is also intensely driven to get patients the care and treatment they need.

    Brandy brings a trove of experience to the practice that is matched by her desire to help people achieve the highest level of oral healthcare. Her love of dentistry started when she was growing up outside of Pittsburgh in Irwin, Pennsylvania. In high school I attended a career day field trip and was fascinated by dental practice. My passion is in the medical-dental profession, she says. I’ve been in the dental field since graduating from dental assisting school and have enjoyed many roles in the profession. Brandy also served eight years in active duty with the Air Force and has been stationed in Colorado, Germany, New Mexico and Minneapolis. After active duty, she spent another 12 years serving our country in the Air Force reserves.

    She also worked at a large dental center for 18 years before coming to PCD in 2010. Her role in the office is varied from designing treatment plans and quoting services to coordinating payment plans. Brandy manages accounts receivable, collections, insurance statements and works diligently to resolve billing issues, but her favorite part of the job is working directly with patients. I love my position here and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, states Brandy adding, The best part of my job is working one-on-one with people. I want patients to have a positive experience with the dental care they receive and with financial options. I am an advocate for our patients and I want them to know that no treatment is too big or too small for payment options.

    Brandy’s affable nature and caring disposition endear her to the people she works with. I love what I do and I think that really comes out. I try to find a commonality with individuals and I enjoy getting to know new faces and catching up with our existing patients, she says. We truly care about the people we work with and the patients we treat. It’s not just lip service.

    Knowledge is the key work attribute for Brandy and continuous learning is just part of her job. The more I know, the more valuable I am to my employer, coworkers and patients. I am always learning. It’s empowering and humbling at the same time, notes Brandy. I figure if I’ve learned something new today, I’ve earned my paycheck.

    As part of her growing knowledge base Brandy is helping to coordinate cross-training within the office as she continues to work closely with the front desk. Cross-training becomes very important if one area gets overwhelmed another staff member can pick up the ball and run with it. And there is no ‘How do I do this or that’ if someone is out of the office.

    When asked about future goals Brandy says, I want to continue learning, becoming more valuable and doing a great job. Ongoing training is important and I hope to elevate that within the practice. I want to exceed expectations and drive Dr. Hunt’s vision.

    Outside of the office Brandy enjoys cooking, reading and gardening. I also work out at the YMCA every day and I love golfing in my woman’s league. Brandy and her husband enjoy traveling with their adult son and teenage daughter as well. We’re a very close family and vacation together. My husband talks about retirement, but I’ve got a few more good years left in me here at PCD, she jokes

  • Periodontal Disease Is Not Something You Want in Your Mouth

    Here’s Four Simple Tips to Stop Periodontal Disease

    Did you know that nearly 50% of all Americans have some form of periodontal disease (also called gum disease)? If you are among those 50%, then you should be paying attention to how to get rid of it in your mouth. If you are not careful, periodontal disease can lead to bone loss.

    So what is periodontal disease? “Peri” means around, and “odontal” refers to teeth. Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. These include the gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone. The three stages from least to most severe are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. In its most mild form, the disease can be seen as inflammation of the gum tissue. In more severe cases it results in major damage to soft tissue and bone, and can even lead to loss of teeth. Whether you are dealing with bleeding gums or bone loss, you can take action to prevent periodontal disease from progressing.

    What Causes Periodontal Disease?

    One of the biggest culprits of periodontal disease is inadequate brushing and flossing. Both are important in getting rid of plaque-causing bacteria from the mouth. Additional risk factors include diabetes, other illnesses, use of certain medications, hormonal changes in women and genetic susceptibility. The best way to avoid periodontal disease is by maintaining good oral health.

    What Are the Stages of Periodontal Disease?

    The first stage is gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. Warning signs include red and swollen gums that may bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that can be remedied by regular brushing, flossing and cleanings by your dental hygienist. Gum disease at this stage does not include bone and tissue loss.

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

    How Do You Prevent Periodontal Disease?

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

    Prevent periodontal disease by implementing the following habits:

    Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

    Floss regularly to remove plaque from between the teeth

    Visit your dentist every six months for your routine check-up and cleaning

    Don’t smoke

    Pay attention to these four easy tips, and you will have healthy and happy gums and teeth and a winning smile. And periodontal disease won’t be a problem for you.

    Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

  • Dental Care for the Entire Family

    We love treating entire families at Personal Care Dentistry. Our care team members are equally adept at providing dental services to 4-year-olds as they are to those kids’ grandparents. At Personal Care Dentistry, we provide high-quality, affordable dental care in a gentle, compassionate atmosphere. We believe in the Golden Rule of Dentistry we treat all of our patients the way we would want our family to be treated.

    So make an appointment for one of your kids, or a parent, or a grandparent  – or yourself to experience the unique care at Personal Care Dentistry.

    Here’s what some of our patients have said about us after their appointments:

    Excellent Work With My 8-Year-Old E.E.

    My 8-year-old needed 4 small cavities filled. Dr. Teo was able to do all of them in one quick appointment. Both she and her assistant were professional and took great care of my son.

    High Quality Service – Maria W.

    Service was amazing and perfectly kid-friendly for my son with autism!!! Highly recommended!

    My 6-Year-Old Was Very Nervous But He Forgot All About Being Scared – Adrianne H. 

    My 6-year-old daughter was very nervous about going to the dentist for the first time. The staff was so nice and personable she forgot all about being scared. We got in fairly fast and we will be back. I enjoyed the atmosphere so much I made an appointment for myself. I highly recommend this office to anyone looking for professional, fast and friendly service. I cannot forget to mention the high-end coffee and cool play area for the children!

    Awesome Dentist Carol M.

    This is one of, if not the BEST dentist in the Twin Cities. The dentists, hygienists and support staff are all totally competent and very friendly. I’ve taken my children here since they were young. 

    Positive Experience for Our Entire Family! Olia H.

    Warm environment, welcoming staff, professional high quality service. Personal Care Dentistry makes going to the dentist a positive experience for our entire family! Thank you Dr. Hunt & Team!! 

    Excellent Service! Paulo M.

    Genuinely friendly, professional and they provide unquestionable quality service. The quality of work Dr. Hunt provides is of the highest level you can get, I’m totally satisfied and my family as well.

    Wonderful Experience! Steve K.

    Have had terrible luck finding a Dentist I can actually look forward to coming back too. Well I found them, sending my family there as well. Thanks guys!!!

    Trusted Service and the Best Team Geoff B.

    My family has been coming to Personal Care Dentistry for as long as I can remember, and have always been treated with great care and expert work.

    Professional and Friendly! Sarah S.

    I’ve been looking for a new dentist and found Personal Care Dentistry. Went in for a cleaning and was very impressed! All of the staff, from the front desk to the hygienist to the dentist were all very friendly, professional, and caring. They were very considerate and understanding of my needs. They took their time and I didn’t feel rushed. My kids were seen here too for the first time and they were excellent with them. My kids loved it! Will definitely be making Personal Care Dentistry my new dental home.

  • I Want Our Patients to Know I Genuinely Care

    Tiffanie Apple | Dental Assisting Team Leader

    Tiffanie Apple is the Dental Assisting Team Leader at Personal Care Dentistry, but her role goes far beyond that title. She has been with the practice since 2007, starting as a floating dental assistant at the same time as Personal Care Dentistry’s first major expansion. As the practice grew, so did her role. She eventually became one of Dr. Walter Hunt’s main Dental Assistants and eventually took the reins as Team Leader.

    Her interest in dentistry was sparked as a junior in high school when she took an Investigating Careers class. I always loved going to the dentist and thought about a career as a hygienist, says Tiffanie, who interned at an orthodontics practice her senior year. I was really drawn to Dental Assisting and liked the variety of responsibilities that role encompassed, she says. This brought Tiffanie to Century College where she learned the foundational skills needed for the career and in 2005 graduated with an Associate’s Degree as a Licensed Dental Assistant.

    Tiffanie’s professional career didn’t initially start at Personal Care Dentistry – she spent a year at another dental practice where the environment was vastly different. It felt like a factory just churning out patient after patient. I’m lucky to work here now and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else, she says.

    While her training, title and main role at Personal Care Dentistry is as the Dental Assisting Team Leader, she has become a versatile member of the care team. I love teaching, coaching and helping my staff, but I also support the Hygiene Team and other departments, says the multi-tasking Tiffanie, adding, I truly enjoy working with our patients as well and find it incredibly rewarding.

    Every day I strive to go above and beyond for the people we serve. They’re like family.

    Her outlook on patient care is one that echoes throughout the office. I make sure people are not just treated like a number. We have an amazing personality and culture here. Providing excellent care and building relationships with our patients are the most important things. The best way I can treat people is simply by being myself. I want our patients to know I genuinely care, she says. I hate seeing people in pain and do everything I can to help them and support the doctors.

    Tiffanie strongly advocates harmony in the office stating, I want staff to feel comfortable coming to me and I’m often the mediator for them. I can’t stand conflict and negativity. Another of her roles is staffing where she looks at candidates who possess a combination of applicable skills and affable nature. When I am helping hire an assistant I want to make sure that they can work, grow and be comfortable in our environment while truly caring about our patients, she says.

    Tiffanie poetically describes working with the practice’s principle doctor and founder as, A dance. I need to know what Dr. Walter Hunt is thinking and anticipate his needs. I become an extension of him.

    I’m passionate about my responsibilities and helping others.

    Outside of work Tiffanie spends time with her husband and two daughters enjoying the outdoors by fishing and camping. Her personality can be described as caring and passionate with an adventurous, fun and bubbly disposition. When asked what her future goals are Tiffanie says, I want to continue teaching, coaching, assisting and growing personally. Ultimately, I want to do whatever it takes to spread Dr. Hunt’s practice.

  • Call Personal Care Dentistry When You Need Emergency Care

    Call Personal Care Dentistry for Same-Day Care

    When you have a dental emergency, waiting for an appointment is not often an option you want to consider. That’s why Personal Care Dentistry offers emergency – or same day – care! Our team and facility is equipped to help you deal with your dental emergency. If you’re in pain, don’t wait for a regular appointment, just call (651) 636-0655 to see how we can help you at our office in Roseville.

    Here’s what some of the patients who came in for same-day care had to say about their experience at Personal Care Dentistry:

    Love Personal Care! – Andrew H.

    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.

     

    Dr. Hunt and Staff are Always Friendly, Accommodating, and Technically Skilled – David H.

    Lost a filling and damaged tooth at 10:00 PM Tuesday evening, called Personal Care Dentistry at 6:30 AM the next day, set up a 10:00 AM appointment with Sue, and had my tooth repaired by 10:30 AM. My experience on this occasion was the same as it has been for the past 15 years that I have been a patient with Personal Care Dentistry. (My wife has been a patient for 20 years, and she recommended Dr. Hunt to me, and our children are patients as well.) Dr. Hunt and his staff are always friendly, accommodating, and technically very skilled; and I leave my appointment extremely satisfied with the work done, and feeling that these folks genuinely care about their patients. I recommend Dr. Hunt and Personal Care to all my family and friends; they work with you as partners in your dental health.

     

    Wonderful Experience – Ted K. 

    I had a dental emergency and they were able to see me quickly and took care of everything quite promptly. Very friendly staff really makes a difference. Highly recommend.

     

    Children’s Dentist: Everyone Genuinely Cared About my Son – Karen B. 

    Over the weekend my son fell and almost knocked his two front teeth out. After a long trip to the ER we were instructed to see a dentist first thing Monday morning. When I called and explained the situation PCD made an appointment time for him within just a couple of hours. We were greeted with smiles as always. I just love this office. Everyone you cross paths with once you walk through the doors goes out of their way to be kind to you. I’ve never experienced another business like PCD. I absolutely love it here. The hygienist played with my son, let him pick a toy, and patiently showed him how things worked in his exam space. She and Dr. Kyle patiently listened to him tell stories. None of the appointment felt rushed or like we were merely being fit into a busy day. Everyone genuinely cared about my son. Even the original woman I had made the appointment with stopped us on our way out to see if he was ok. I will always bring my family to PCD. It is hands down the best dentist I’ve ever been to! I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a dentist in the Twin Cities area!

     

    Always Very Happy with the Care I Received – Jeff P.

    I was able to get in on short notice to repair a broken tooth. Entire staff was very friendly, professional and efficient. I have been a patient here for 6 years since moving to St. Paul, and have always been very happy with the care that I have received there.  November 28, 2016

     

    Best Emergency Service! – Rachel P.

    I have been going to Personal Care for several years, and never had to use their emergency service until Thanksgiving, I am so grateful they have it, as they were able to get me started on antibiotics right away! They were able to get me in on Monday and I had the most enjoyable root canal (as much as one could be enjoyed anyway)!

    Great! – Tim B. 

    Had to get in last minute with a broken tooth before the holiday, they were able to squeeze me in and provide excellent service.  November 23. 2016

    Extremely High Quality and Diligent Service Lonnie B.

    I have been a patient for over 25 years and have had nothing but wonderful results and things to say about Dr. Hunt and his team. My visit yesterday was an emergency root canal (not feeling too good). But, as always, I had absolutely a wonderful experience. I was greeted very nicely by a very friendly and helpful Lynn. Understanding my situation with a son getting married this weekend, my emergency was all handled in the same day by an always excellent Dr. Hunt and his very capable assistant Tiffany. They went to work right away and I could not be happier with the diligence shown from the time I walked in the door to getting the emergency handled to walking out the door with a cup of coffee. Thanks so much. Lonnie.

    First Impressions Mean So Much – I Would Recommend Them, Without Reservation Mark V.

    I had damaged a tooth over the weekend and was in serious need of some emergency work. Made a call to Personal Care Dentistry and they were able to get me in fairly quickly. The reception staff was courteous and friendly and the new patient paperwork was simple and straightforward. My wait in the waiting room was pleasantly brief and was able to get in exam chair within minutes. The dental assistants were friendly and professional. The dentist was also pleasant and professional. There was no scolding over the condition of my teeth…no lectures, etc. The dental team did their preliminaries smoothly and efficiently and a course of action was quickly formed. I was appreciative of them administering pain relievers and numbing agents right away before anything else, because the pain I had been experiencing was an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. They explained the actions they were going to take, asked if I had any questions, and throughout the whole procedure kept asking for feedback to make sure my experience was as painless as possible. They were able to take care of the critical things within the space of an hour and a half. All in all, and truthfully, it was the most pleasant, positive and relatively painless visit I have ever had to a dental office. The rooms were light and airy and comfortable. Interestingly enough, on a side note, my neighbor also happened to be there. That speaks something given the size of the community. Based on this first personal experience with this office, first impressions mean much no matter the trade, I would recommend them, without reservation.

  • Mouth Guards Can Prevent a Lifetime of Difficulties for Athletes

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

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

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

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

    There are three types of mouth guards: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Some tips for caring for your mouth guard:

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

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

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

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

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

    SOURCE: American Dental Association