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2233 North Hamline Ave.
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Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-0655
  • COVID-19 Update: Welcoming You Back Safely

    We are pleased to welcome our patients and entire staff back to Personal Care Dentistry after the last several months of limited services because of COVID-19. A few things might look and feel different but we continue to provide the quality service that we have been delivering to our patients since 1977.

    At this time cleaning will be provided but due to CDC recommendation we will not be completing either deep cleanings or polishings. We will continue to monitor the CDC recommendations and in the near future update patients as needed. 

    Any patients that have been rescheduled due to COVID-19 are on a list and we will be calling you to follow up for reappointments. Please be patient with us during this transition back to the office. 

    We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during the past two months and look forward to seeing “The World’s Greatest Patients”! 

    Our safety procedures will include:

    We continually monitor and follow the recommendations of the CDC, ADA & Minnesota Board of Dentistry.

    All patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms during their appointment confirmation call. When  they check in at the clinic, they will be asked to complete and sign a screening form and a disclosure form.

    We ask that if you are not feeling well that you reschedule your appointment.

    Patients are requested to wear a mask into the clinic prior to and after dental treatment.

    Only patients will be allowed in the clinic – family must wait outside. Exceptions are the parent of a child who has an appointment and elderly or disabled patients who need assistance from a care giver.

    When arriving at the clinic there is a hand sanitizer station outside our office front door. Please use it. 

    All patient’s temperatures will be taken with a no-touch thermometer at check in by a front desk staff member.

    The front desk staff will be in masks.

    There will be an $11 charge for each patient for Personal Protective Equipment (most insurance is covering this); if it is included in your insurance adjustments will be made on your behalf.

    The waiting room has been reconfigured for social distancing.

    Computer keyboards in the waiting area will have plastic covers that will be sanitized after every patient use. In addition, all pens and clipboards will be wiped down after each use.

    Common areas will be wiped down routinely throughout the day.

    All doors will be kept open to reduce having to touch door handles.

    Bottled water, coffee and tea have been removed.

    There are no magazines in the waiting room.

    Play area has been closed.

    Patient flow will be circular to keep traffic in the hallways to a minimum and reduce face-to-face hallway contact.

    All care team staff will be in personal protective equipment (PPE), including Level 3 masks and safety glasses or face shields.

    Our team members only come to work if they are 100% healthy. Each one will have their temperature taken when they come to PCD.

    Personal Care Dentistry has purchased a washer and dryer which will be onsite and each care team member’s scrubs will be washed/dried at the end of each day or more frequently as necessary.

  • Aftercare For Your Recent Tooth Extraction

    When you have dental surgery, it’s not something that you can just get over instantly. Your body needs some downtime and there are certain things you need to follow in order to get better and back to normality as soon as possible. Here are some tips for caring for yourself after a tooth extraction:

    Take It Easy

    The first rule and probably the most common when it comes to any type of surgery or procedure is to take it easy. You might need to take a few days off on the couch or at least stop anything you’d usually do on a daily basis that might cause injury or cause too much strain on the body. Try to take each day as it comes and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. The more you try and do your normal routine, the more you could be hindering your recovery process and possibly having to revisit the dental practice. Remember that rest is important whenever your body has been put in physical strain, surgery being one of them.

    Follow The Aftercare Advice

    Every dental procedure or extraction will have some aftercare advice that your dentist will likely recommend. When it comes to tooth extraction aftercare, there’s likely to be a number of steps you’ll need to take to ensure that the recovery process goes as it should and that whatever has been done, completely heals. Follow this advice to the letter and don’t simply dismiss or ignore it. Your dentist is giving you this information for a reason, and it’s worth taking it seriously.

    Eat Soft Foods

    You’ll often have dental procedures where you might not be able to eat solid foods for a certain amount of time and just to be safe, it’s worth taking it easy when it comes to your food intake. Any type of dental procedure is worth restricting your food intake to soft foods or fluids just in those initial recovery periods. By avoiding solid foods, you reduce the risk of stitches coming undone or knocks to teeth or areas that are still healing. This can be especially the cause for tooth extraction.

    Brush Carefully

    Brushing your teeth is an essential part of keeping your oral health nice and healthy. With that in mind, it’s worth brushing your teeth carefully and being very cautious about how you brush your mouth. Think of the affected area and navigate slowly around it. Have patience, and if you’re concerned, then it’s worth speaking to your dentist about how to make sure you’re doing it right. No one wants to be in a situation where they’ve bumped something, and you’re bleeding profusely. That’s no fun to deal with, especially at the end of a day! Be wary of how you’re brushing your teeth but also keep in mind that the teeth need to be cleaned properly to keep them clean.

    Whenever you have dental surgery, whether it’s tooth extractions or root canals, make sure you are following the advice given to you both before and after the surgery. If you have any more questions about aftercare for a tooth extraction, please give us a call at (651) 636-0655.

  • Signs You Might Have a Dental Emergency

    Dental problems are something that you don’t want to be dealing with too often over your lifetime. If you’re faced with persistent problems, then you need to address them immediately, just like any other health problems. There are occasions where you might need emergency dental in Roseville MN, and here are some signs to look for:

    Pain In The Gums Or Teeth

    Pain is something that you might feel in your mouth occasionally, and usually, this is sensitivity at most. However, if you’re getting pain in your teeth or gums that is proving to be a regular thing, then you need to see a dentist. This is something that might go away, but that doesn’t mean the problem goes away. It could become more of an underlying problem further down the line and so much so that it causes significant issues such as a loss of teeth. Your oral care is very important to the rest of your body and can impact it in different ways.

    Bad Breath

    No one likes to have bad breath, and neither should others have to endure it when they’re speaking to someone with a less than fresh breath. It’s worth noting that bad breath doesn’t come from just your teeth and poor hygiene in that respect, it can also come from bacteria on your tongue and around your gums. It’s worth introducing dental floss and mouthwash to your brushing routine and see whether that makes much of a difference. You should also try and brush your teeth after you’ve eaten so that food isn’t just sitting in your mouth, especially when it’s pungent. 

    Loss Of Teeth

    An emergency dental situation should be most obvious when your teeth are falling out. Loss of teeth can be terrifying, but it’s worth remembering that there are options out there, should you need to explore options. If you’re losing teeth or your teeth feel loose, then it’s worth booking in an appointment with our practice. The best thing to do is not panic, keep hold of the tooth if you can, and then your chosen dentist can help discuss the paths to go down depending on your circumstances and needs.

    Bleeding Of The Gums

    Gums are just as important as your teeth, and it’s important that you monitor your gum health. If they’re too pale or too dark, then there could be some problems lying within your gums, and that’s not good for the stability of your teeth. Bleeding gums can sometimes occur when you have brushed your teeth or gums too hard, but if it’s persistent bleeding, it’s worth checking to see that this isn’t something you need to be concerned about.

    Dental problems are serious, and it’s important you follow up any concerns you might have, despite whether they’re big or small. They’re just as important as any other health concern. If you’re worried and you are in the Roseville area, it’s worth reaching out to us about emergency dental.

  • Lost Tooth? Try a Dental Implant in Roseville, MN

    Losing teeth at any age can be heartbreaking and stressful at the same time. But never fear, there are a lot of options out there when you find yourself in a situation where you have lost one or more of your adult teeth. Here are some options to consider when you’re faced with the difficult decision of losing your teeth or having to get rid of them due to decay.

    Get Dental Implants

    Dental implants are something you’d consider getting if other tooth replacement options like dentures, for example, aren’t suiting your needs and wants. The implants are a permanent fixture in your mouth, whereas dentures are temporary. It’s worth noting that dental implants are a lot more expensive and so it’s important to consider the financial implications and to ensure that you are able to afford the implants. The dental procedure is surgical and involves fixing the artificial roots of the implants into the bone, rather than the gums. This procedure helps relieve pain, restores chewing ability, and improves your facial tissue.

    Try Partial Dentures

    Dentures have a certain stigma attached to them that they’re for a certain age and that they can also look less like your natural teeth. However, a lot has changed over the years, materials have improved, and some has the design and technology of dentures. Partial dentures are worth getting if you’ve only got a specific area of tooth loss, and they can be made to look like the teeth that are remaining. They’re also different to dentures in that they’re removable.

    Consider Bridges

    Bridges are pretty much what they say on the tin. They are usually made of porcelain that sits on metal and fits over existing teeth. They solve many of the issues that implants do and are another option for patients. It’s all dependent on what your needs and circumstances are. Cosmetic bridges can help improve your speech as well as improving your smile. This procedure can usually be done in two visits, so it can be a quick solution if you need a quick turnaround. Dental bridges can also last between 8 to 15 years, so it’s certainly an option to consider.

    Full Set Dentures

    And finally, you have the more traditional option when it comes to tooth loss, and that’s full dentures. Again, a lot has changed, and dentures can look a lot more real than false. Obviously, a lot of care is needed to maintain the appearance of the dentures, and as long as you keep up with the care, no one will even be aware that you have them. Dentures are a more affordable option to other alternatives, so it’s worth considering if your other options are out of the budget.

    Whether it’s dental implants or dentures, don’t see losing your teeth as the end of the world. You can book yourself in with us today for an initial consultation to discuss your options and to figure out what the best direction is for you to take. If you are in Roseville, MN or the surrounding areas, give us a call at (651) 636-0655 for more information.

  • 5 Natural 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. A bonus is most of the ingredients – if not all – are available online.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Plaque-Fighting Turmeric Solution

    Ingredients:

    • 10 mg of turmeric extract
    • ½ cup of water

    Instructions:

    Use 10 mg of turmeric extract dissolved in a little less than a ½ cup of water. A drop or two of peppermint oil can be added for flavoring; alternatively, you can just stir a little turmeric powder into warm water. Either will result in an outstanding mouthwash for treating inflamed gums and even relieving a toothache.

    Since ancient times, turmeric has been used for remedying oral ailments, among other therapeutic applications too numerous to count. Studies have shown that using turmeric as part of a mouth cleansing solution can be more effective than a chemical mouthwash. The curcumin in turmeric acts to disrupt the cycle of dental plaque formation.

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

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

  • An Update On COVID-19 From Personal Care Dentistry

    These past weeks have been challenging ones. We know like all of us, you are focused on keeping your families safe while balancing your daily life. COVID-19 has every one of us in protective mode.

    We have suspended all hygiene services and all non-emergency dental procedures until some time in May. We are taking these measures as part of our efforts to protect your health and the health of our employees, and based on advice from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. We have been contacting patients who had hygiene dental visits scheduled before then to reschedule their appointments.

    However, we will be accepting dental emergencies. We will have a small dental care team available to help you if you’ve cracked or lost a tooth, if you have an infection, or a sudden onset of pain in your gums or mouth. We are seeing emergency patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we are seeing emergency patients from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an emergency appointment, please call our office between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (651) 636-0655 and we will work to get you scheduled for an appointment. We WILL NOT be accepting walk-in dental emergencies – you MUST CALL and make an appointment. In addition, one of our staff members will be monitoring a cell phone until 9 p.m. on weekdays and on the weekend for dental emergency calls after hours.

    Wishing you the best in the weeks ahead,

    Dr. Walter Hunt, Dr. Kyle Hunt, Dr. Andrew Heinisch and the team at Personal Care Dentistry

  • Considering Braces? Check Out Invisalign’s Clear Aligners

    If you’re considering braces to straighten your teeth and enhance your smile, then the Invisalign system is one you should take a long look at as an option. Invisalign clear aligners feature custom-made sets of trays that slowly move your teeth into the desired position.

    Unlike traditional braces, which feature lots of metal and are VERY noticeable, Invisalign clear aligners are nearly invisible. They fit nice and snug over your teeth, slowly shifting your teeth in whichever direction they need to go to straighten out – vertically or horizontally. In fact, Invisalign clear aligners can even rotate your teeth into the proper position.  They can accomplish that seemingly impossible goal because they are designed to use just the right amount of force in the right place at the right time.

    The Invisalign clear aligner system works by having you change regularly (usually weekly) to a new set of aligners. At Personal Care Dentistry, each set of aligners is part of a custom treatment plan developed and mapped by Dr. Andrew Heinisch, our Invisalign expert.

    If you think the Invisalign clear aligner system might be an option for you, we have answers below to the questions we most often get from patients about the system.

    Why Choose Invisalign?

    For many people, it’s the way Invisalign clear aligners look when they are wearing them. Called “invisible braces”, they are computer-manufactured and slide comfortably over your teeth for optimal fit. You remove them when you eat, drink, brush or floss. And unlike wire braces, there isn’t a need for regular wire tightening, and you can avoid the irritation to your teeth and cheeks that you get from wire braces.

    Invisalign is a Serious Commitment

    Like all braces, Invisalign is a big commitment. You should ideally be wearing your Invisalign clear braces 22 hours a day, every day. That means you’ll have two hours a day to remove them for eating, drinking and cleaning (unlike wire braces which are permanent).

    Issues with Invisalign Braces

    There are a a couple of areas of concern that patients sometimes mention when they use the Invisalign system. These include a slight lisp for some people, which generally goes away after a week or two. Kissing can be problematic, say some patients, but it’s often a bigger deal to the person wearing the braces rather than their partner. Finally, you will have to change your eating and drinking habits while using Invisalign clear braces, since you should remove them before eating or drinking. You need to brush before you put them back in your mouth.  

    How Long Does the Invisalign Treatment System Take?

    Treatment duration varies by patient, but it usually takes between 22 and 30 aligner variations to achieve the desired result. This generally takes from six months to a year, but you’ll begin to notice results as soon as several weeks after you start.

    Caring for Your Aligners

    We usually recommend brushing your aligners with the toothpaste you are already using. You can also use cleaning tablets offered by Invisalign, or a mild denture cleaner. If you have wire braces, keeping your teeth clean is much more difficult. 

    Whiten While Using Invisalign

    If you want whiter teeth while straightening your teeth with the Invisalign system, go for it! You can do both at the same time – just ask your dentist for the details. 

    After Invisalign

    Once you finish your course of treatment with the Invisalign system, you’ll need to wear a retainer at night to keep your teeth in place.

    Sources: Colgate.com, WebMD, YourDentistryGuide.com, RealSelf.com

  • Swollen Gums in Roseville, Minnesota

    People will often overlook their gums when they are thinking about their dental health. It can be easy to assume that this part of your mouth will look after itself, though this isn’t always the case.

    Living with swollen gums can be very uncomfortable, and a lot of people never search for the treatments they need to fix this sort of issue, leaving them to suffer with discomfort for a very long time. Thankfully, here at Personal Care Dentistry, we have everything you need to start working towards fixing issues like this.

    What Causes Swollen Gums?

    There are a lot of different things that can cause your gums to swell. It can be hard to tell what you’re up against without seeing a dentist, as recognizing the signs can often be an impossible process with an expert eye.

    • The Way You Brush: Brushing your teeth is crucial, as it ensures that your teeth are able to stay clean, making it harder for things like cavities to form. If you are too rough with your brushing, though, you can cause your gums to swell and bleed, resulting in a lot of discomfort. Choosing a brush with soft bristles can help with this.
    • Gum Disease: Alongside the way you brush, gum disease is also a major player when it comes to swollen gums. Conditions like gingivitis aren’t too hard to treat and aren’t considered severe, but they can still result in swollen gums. Periodontitis is a lot more serious and can be harder to treat. Gum disease often becomes a problem when people don’t practice proper dental hygiene.

    How To Solve Swollen Gums

    It’s well worth visiting your dentist when you notice that your gums are swollen. Our expert team can assess your mouth, ensuring that your gums are in the best possible shape, while also helping you to figure out what might be causing the swelling.

    Whether you have gum disease or are simply using the wrong brushing techniques, the solution to solving your swollen gums will usually involve simply improving your oral hygiene. Working hard to brush your teeth twice a day, using mouthwash, and flossing after meals can all contribute to a cleaner mouth.

    Alongside the work you do to keep your mouth clean, you can also look at a range of different dental procedures to help you out. A scale and polish will remove plaque and tartar, while also removing bacteria from your mouth. In more extreme cases of gum disease, root planing may need to be done, and this involves cleaning under the gums to keep them healthy.

    Our team of expert dentists have a lot of experience working with gum disease and gum swelling. This sort of condition doesn’t have to rule your life, and the solutions can be much easier than you might expect, but it’s always worth talking to your dentist to make sure that you’re doing the right thing. Our friendly team will always be happy to offer advice and push you in the right direction.

  • Tooth Extraction Aftercare in Roseville, Minnesota

    Having a tooth extracted can be a scary procedure. A lot of people don’t know what to expect, and will have ideas in their mind of an agonizing process.

    Thankfully, the reality of a treatment like this is much kinder, and most people don’t suffer too much when they’ve had a tooth removed. Of course, though, for the next few days after a procedure like this, you’re going to need to be very careful. Recovering properly will involve some time and patience, along with taking the right actions.

    We’re going to explore the tooth extraction aftercare you will have to go through, but, first, it makes sense to look into the reasons for having a tooth extracted in the first place.

    Why Have A Tooth Extracted?

    As teeth can’t heal themselves, damage which they receive in day to day life is usually permanent. A dentist can work to correct this, but this will involve adding to your teeth with synthetic materials, rather than encouraging them to heal by themselves.

    In extreme cases of conditions like gum disease, the roots and other important parts of your teeth can rot and deteriorate. Alongside several other conditions, this is one of the major reasons people will need to have their teeth extracted, and this is something your dentist will need to assess.

    Tooth Extraction Aftercare

    The work which goes into aftercare for a tooth extraction is often a lot more than the procedure itself. You need to make sure you heal properly, while also managing the pain and avoiding infections. You can find some examples of the tools your dentist will use to work towards this below.

    • Painkillers: While the procedure itself isn’t too uncomfortable, the lasting impact of a tooth extraction can be quite painful. Your dentist will supply you with some strong painkillers to help with this, and it’s well worth taking all of them, as this will make the healing process a lot more comfortable.
    • The First 24 Hours: The first 24 hours after the extraction are the most crucial to the recovery you experience. It’s worth leaving the gauze your dentist puts in place for at least 3 to 4 hours, as this will help to form the initial clot which will stop the wound from bleeding. Along with this, you should also avoid using straws or moving around too much, all the while working hard to keep your clot in place.
    • After 24 Hours: It won’t take long for bacteria to form in your mouth after this procedure. This makes it worth making a salt solution to rinse your mouth after the first 24 hours, as this will help to keep your wound clean without having to use foul tasting chemicals.

    It won’t take too long for your mouth to heal, but it’s well worth taking all of your dentist’s advice during this time. You should also work hard to see them as often as possible after the procedure, ensuring that the healing is going according to plan, while also giving them the chance to look for any other issues which may have formed.

  • Tips for Dealing with a Dental Emergency

    If you lose or crack a tooth, do you know what to do to increase your chances of saving the tooth? We have some useful tips to help your odds of success.

    Tooth Knocked Out?

    If one (or more) of your teeth are knocked out, follow these five tips to help you cope with the situation successfully.

    1. Be sure to pick up the lost tooth from the top, which is the crown. Avoid touching the bottom of the tooth, which is the root area.

    2. Gently rinse off the tooth. You want it to be as clean as possible, but don’t scrub it or take away any tissue attached to the tooth.

    3. If possible, place the tooth gently back in its socket. Bite down slowly while holding it in place.

    4. If you are unable to put the tooth back in its socket, place it in a small container filled with milk.

    5. As soon as possible, get in touch with your dentist and get an appointment that day. The longer you wait for your dentist to re-implant the tooth, the lower the chances of it being successful.

    What If A Tooth Becomes Loose?

    The first step is to call your dentist immediately to make an appointment as soon as possible. Before your appointment, gently try to move the tooth back to its original position. Don’t force it! Bite down to keep the tooth from moving further.

    Have A Chipped or Cracked Tooth?

    If you chip a tooth, it isn’t as severe of a dental emergency as if you lose a tooth. But be careful when eating so that you don’t damage the tooth further. And make an appointment in the next week or so to have your dentist fix the problem before it becomes more severe.

    But if you happen to crack a tooth, consider it a dental emergency. The problem is that the fracture may go to the inside of the tooth and do major damage. Here’s what you should do if you fracture a tooth:

    1. Clean your mouth out by gently rinsing thoroughly with warm water.

    2. If the fracture is caused by facial trauma, apply a cold compress to the area to minimize any swelling.

    3. Take acetaminophen (not aspirin) according to the packaging directions to alleviate pain.

    4. Never apply a painkiller to the gum because it can burn the gum tissue. This includes Orajel, which often is marketed for these types of procedures.

    An X-ray will be needed in order for your dentist to properly diagnose the condition of your tooth. If the pulp is not damaged, the tooth might only need a crown. If the soft tissue inside of the tooth (the tooth pulp) is damaged, your tooth may need a root canal. If the tooth cannot be saved, your dentist will inform you of the various alternatives for replacing missing teeth, such as implant-supported restorations and bridges.

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