• 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
  • Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush?

    Periodontal Disease Can Lead to Bone Loss

    Simple Tips to Prevent OUCHPeriodontal Disease From Progressing

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

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

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

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

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

    Prevent periodontal disease by implementing the following habits:

    • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

    • Floss regularly to remove plaque from between the teeth

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

    • Don’t smoke

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

    Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

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

    Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in the Twin Cities

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

    fireworks-2THE BIG SHOWS

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

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

    AND MANY, MANY MORE

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

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

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

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

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

    Chaska: Fireworks in McKnight Park starting at dusk.

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

    Cottage Grove: Fireworks at dusk in Kingston Park.

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

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

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

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

    Elk River: Fireworks at dusk in Lions Park.

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

    Hastings: Fireworks display at dusk at Hastings Country Club.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SOURCE: The Current

  • Does Tea Stain More Than Coffee?

    The 7 Worst Foods and Habits That Stain Your Teeth

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

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

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

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

    The Top Teeth-Staining Foods and Beverages

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

    Tips to Minimize Stained Teeth

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

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

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

    Source: WebMD and Personal Care Dentistry

  • I Was Built to Be A Dentist

    Dr. Kyle Hunt Joins Personal Care Dentistry Practice

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

    Personal-Care-Dentistry-Kyle-Web-240x300I grew up in a dental household my dad (Dr. Walter Hunt) founded Personal Care Dentistry in 1977, and my mom (Michelle) worked as a dental hygienist for many years, notes Kyle. In fact, Kyle began helping out in the practice when he was just 10 years old.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Crowns Are For More than Kings and Queens

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

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

    A crown is needed in the following situations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SOURCE: WebMD and American Dental Association

  • Take Your Family Mini-Golfing This Summer

    These Courses In The Twin Cities Feature Everything From Pink Kangaroos to Original Sculptures

    Looking for something new to do this summer with your family? How about that age-old favorite, mini-golf? Here’s a list of courses in the Twin Cities that the whole family can enjoy. These courses have waterfalls, streams, windmills, castles, original sculptures and pink kangaroos. And that’s just for a start. See you on the courses this summer!

     ADVENTURE FALLS MINI GOLF BIG BACK YARD

    Address: 572 Bench St., Taylors Falls

    Info: 651-465-7831, taylorsfalls.com

    Admission: $6.50 adults, $5.50 ages 12 and younger

    Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

    Description: An 18-hole course with a pond, stream, waterfall and mill with a water wheel, plus a club house built with recycled barn wood. This retro rustic course is adjacent to the Drive In Restaurant, which has been serving hamburgers and root beer in frosted mugs along the St. Croix River since 1956.

    science-museum-golf-200x300BIG BACK YARD

    Address: Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

    Info: 651-221-9444, smm.org

    Admission: $5 plus museum admission of $13 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger

    Hours: Reopens for season June 21; 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, through Labor Day

    Description: EarthScapes Mini Golf offers a lesson in how rain, runoff and rivers change the landscape. Whack your golf balls through sewer pipes, across drainage basins or down a concrete slope molded to look like the eroded gullies of Badlands National Park. The nine-hole course is part of the Science Museum’s outdoor exhibit space, the Big Back Yard.

     

     

     

    Mini-golf-photo-300x201BIG STONE MINI GOLF

    Address: 7110 County Road 110, Minnetrista

    Info: 952-472-9292, bigstoneminigolf.com

    Admission: $8 adults, $7 ages 8 and younger

    Hours: 11 a.m. until sundown daily through September (weather permitting)

    Description: Artist Bruce Stillman is still adding holes to the quirky course he opened in 2003 on a farm just west of Lake Minnetonka. He’s up to 14, each meticulously landscaped around his sculptures and the few odd elements, such as an upside-down 1950s Chris Craft boat. Putt across a field of plump stone pumpkins or through steel sunflowers. Then feed the goats and roast marshmallows by the Stonehenge fire pit.

    CAPTAIN’S COURSE MINIATURE GOLF

    Address: 1360 Civic Center Drive., Eagan

    Info: 651-675-5577, cascadebay.com

    Admission: $2 for nine holes, $4 for unlimited golf (with paid pool admission)

    Hours: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily

    Description: Splash around in Cascade Bay Water Park and then play nine rounds on Captain’s Course, a naturalistic course with brick-edged greens, a wood bridge and water.

    centennual-lakes-golf-300x122 CENTENNIAL LAKES PARK

    Address: 7499 France Ave. S., Edina

    Info: 952-833-9580, centenniallakespark.com

    Admission: $5 for nine holes, $9 for 18 holes

    Hours: 10 a.m. to sunset daily through Labor Day

    Description: As one of the few courses played on real grass, Centennial Lakes Park may have it right when it rejects the mini golf label and calls itself “golf in miniature.” The 24-acre park features a putting course with sand traps, gardens and ponds. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

    EAGLE LAKE YOUTH GOLF CENTER

    Address: 11000 Bass Lake Road, Plymouth

    Info: 763-694-7695, eaglelakegolf.com

    Admission: $6 adults, $5 ages 8-17; $2 second round

    Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. through early snowfall. (Call for fall hours.)

    Description: This traditional 18-hole miniature golf course is in Three Rivers Park District’s Eagle Lake Regional Park, next to the regulation-size courses where the park runs summer youth golf programs.

    goodrich-golfGOODRICH GOLF DOME MINI GOLF

    Address: 1815 Van Dyke St., Maplewood

    Info: 651-777-0500, goodrichgolfdome.net

    Admission: $6 adults, $5 ages 15 and younger, $4.25 seniors

    Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; closed Monday-Tuesday

    Description: No frills, plenty of sunshine and a chance to get competitive on this 18-hole course, inside a chain-link fence next to Maplewood’s big driving range dome. There’s a small patio with picnic tables.

    GOONY GOLF OF SPRING LAKE PARK

    Address: 1066 County Highway 10 N.E., Spring Lake Park

    Info: 763-786-4994, goonygolfmn.com

    Admission: $8 for 18 holes; $4 for second round; $13 for three rounds

    Hours: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. (Call for spring and fall hours.)

    Description: Goony Golf is as goofy as it sounds, with giant creatures looming over two 18-hole courses. Hit a ball up a ramp and into the pouch of a pink kangaroo or tee off under a green dinosaur. There’s also a third course for serious golfers, a video arcade and water wars.

    LILLI PUTT

    Address: 1349 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids

    Info: 763-755-1450, lilliputt.net

    Admission: $8 adults, $5 kids shorter than 42 inches

    Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily through mid-September

    Description: A fake rock castle is a highlight at Lilli Putt, which has been in business for more than 50 years. The 18-hole course includes a waterfall, a little stream and adjacent go-carts and bumper cars.

    links-at-Dred-Scott-300x197THE LINKS AT DRED SCOTT MINIATURE GOLF

    Address: 10820 Bloomington Ferry Road, Bloomington

    Info: 952-941-2444, linksminigolf.com

    Admission: $7 adults, $6 ages 12 and younger and seniors (cash or checks only)

    Hours: 3-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday June through Labor Day

    Description: If a Japanese garden were turned into a golf course, it might look something like The Links, with its rock borders, pools, waterfalls and undulating Astroturf and grass. This course boasts a more-natural look and no kitsch.

    MALT-TEES MINI GOLF & MALT SHOP

    Address: 6335 Portland Ave., Richfield

    Info: 612-861-0668, cityofrichfield.org/index.aspx?page=240

    Admission: $7.75 adults, $6.25 ages 6-17 and seniors

    Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Labor Day, hours vary into October

    Description: Eighteen holes and eight flavors of ice cream. What’s not to love? Putt your way through and then buy a malt to enjoy under a patio umbrella. There’s often live music in the band shell next door.

    PUTT’ER THERE

    Address: 1300 Midway Parkway, St. Paul

    Info: 651-488-0277, putterthere.com

    Admission: $2.50 for nine holes, $5 for 18 holes (cash or check only)

    Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Labor Day

    Description: Putt’er There has been in Como Park for more than 50 years. A vintage streetcar doubles as the clubhouse, and the course includes an old-fashioned windmill, fountains, water traps and a castle. Play the front nine holes or all 18.

    mIni-golf-walker-art-300x199WALKER ON THE GREEN: ARTIST-DESIGNED MINI GOLF

    Address: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

    Info: 612-375-7697, walkerart.org/calendar/2014/walker-green-artist-designed-mini-golf

    Admission: For nine holes: $12 adults, $10 students, $9 ages 7-12; for 18 holes: $18 adults, $15 students, $13.50 ages 7-12 (free 6 and younger)

    Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, through Labor Day

    Description: The Walker Art Center asked artists to design 18 holes next to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. There are garden-gnome obstacles affixed to twirling rods like an oversized foosball game and holes that look like a giant gumball machine, a ping pong table, a cemetery with gravestones and even a toilet. That last one is a nod to the infamous urinal that Dada artist Marcel DuChamp submitted to an early 20th-century art exhibit.

    Source: Pioneer Press

     

  • Blending the Latest Technology With A Gentle Touch

    Personal Care Dentistry Has Been Delivering Compassionate Care for 37 Years

     100-DISCOUNT-300x225Do you have a cavity that needs attention? Maybe a chipped tooth that could use some help? If you do, then Personal Care Dentistry would like to offer you a $100 voucher toward your dental care to test-drive our clinic. Since 1977, the team at Personal Care Dentistry has been treating patients like they were family – with compassion, respect and excellence. Our family of dentists, hygienists and office staff blend the latest technology with a gentle touch in a warm, caring atmosphere. Our never-ending quest for excellence in dental care has resulted in Dr. Walter Hunt, D.D.S., the founder of Personal Care Dentistry, being named ‘Top Dentist’ by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine for 4 consecutive years and voted ‘Top Dentist’ by the Roseville Review for the last 7 years.
    The dentists and staff at Personal Care Dentistry provide a wide array of oral health procedures, including:

    • Gentle cleanings
    • Nonsurgical gum care
    • Lasting crowns and bridges
    • Dentures and partials
    • Periodontal treatment
    • Cosmetic whitening, bonding and veneers
    • TMJ solutions
    • Implants
    • Root canals and extractions
    • Invisalign clear braces

    Personal-Care-Dentistry-Web-3-300x200Personal Care Dentistry, located in Roseville at 2233 Hamline Avenue North, Suite 320, recently expanded their clinic to take up the entire third floor of the office building they are in. They now have more than 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art treatment facilities for their care team to provide the very best care possible.

    Many of our patients have been coming to us for decades, notes Zach Hunt, Clinic Administrator at Personal Care Dentistry. They truly feel we are an extension of their family and that they can always depend on us to provide excellent care based on compassion, respect and personalized service. Our motto is ‘We Serve the World’s Greatest Patients’ and we take that approach with each of our patients. Personal Care Dentistry was recently awarded the Angie’s List SuperService Award for the third consecutive year.

    Personal-Care-Dentistry-Web-2-300x200According to Dr. Hunt, We take the time to really listen to our patients and provide close, personal attention to best customize their care. I know the kind of care that I demand as a patient, and that is the kind of care that I strive to provide. I call it ‘Golden Rule Dentistry.’ It is a philosophy shared by all of our staff members.”

    Zach Hunt notes that Personal Care Dentistry offers both same-day emergency appointments and early morning and evening appointments. The clinic opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. during most weekdays.

  • How Does Growing Older Impact Your Teeth?

    What You Can Do To Keep Your Smile Young as You Age

    Older-couple-smilingGiven all the chewing, crunching, biting, and gnashing they do, our teeth are surprisingly resilient. Still, everyday wear and tear and the natural aging process take a toll.

    Here’s what happens to teeth as we age — and what you can do to keep your teeth strong and sparkling for a lifetime.

    Preventing Acid Erosion

    By far the biggest threat to teeth is sugary and starchy food. These carbohydrates ferment, causing the bacteria in the mouth to produce acids. Those acids can quickly eat away at the enamel of teeth.  As a result, this creates tiny pits where tooth decay can form.

    What You Can Do:

    • Go easy on sugary foods, especially carbonated soft drinks and sports drinks.
    • Avoid frequent snacking, which causes acid levels in the mouth to remain high over an extended time.
    • If you get a craving for something sweet, chew sugarless gum. Chewing increases saliva production, which helps cleanse the mouth and neutralize acidity.
    • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and floss daily. Daily dental hygiene reduces bacteria levels in your mouth.
    • See your dentist every six months for a regular checkup that includes removing plaque buildup.

    Preventing Mechanical Wear and Tear on Your Teeth

    Contrary to what many people assume, teeth do not become more brittle with age, according to the American Dental Association. Unfortunately, dentists see patients all the time who have cracked or chipped a tooth biting down hard on something like an olive that still has a pit or a kernel of unpopped popcorn. Teeth that have fillings or root canals are particularly vulnerable.

    Another problem that causes wear and tear is the habit of grinding or clenching teeth. Called bruxism, it is frequently caused by stress or anxiety. Over time, bruxism can wear down the biting surfaces of teeth, making them more susceptible to decay.

    What You Can Do:

    • Avoid chewing ice and other very hard foods.
    • Double-check to make sure that pitted foods have no pits before you bite down on them.
    • See your dentist regularly. He or she can spot cracked or broken fillings that may weaken teeth. Your dentist will also check for signs of bruxism. Your dentist may recommend a mouth guard that can be worn at night to prevent grinding.

    Preventing Stains on Your Teeth

    Older-person-smilingCertain foods — especially coffee, tea, and red wine — can stain teeth. Tobacco, both smoked and chewed, also discolors teeth. Because stains typically form where there is organic build-up, or plaque, on teeth,  it’s important to have them removed as part of a regular checkup.

    What You Can Do:

    • Avoid foods that stain teeth.
    • Brush regularly to remove plaque buildup, which will help your teeth resist stains.
    • Have your teeth cleaned professionally every six months. Your dentist or dental hygienist can remove plaque and tartar that a toothbrush can’t reach.

    Preventing Gum Problems

    By far the biggest threat to healthy teeth is gum disease. The risk of gum problems increases with age, especially as pockets form at the gum line where bacteria can grow. Left untreated, bacterial infections can cause inflammation that damages connective tissue and even bone, leading to tooth loss.

    What You Can Do:

    • Brush and floss regularly to remove bacteria.
    • For added protection, use an antibacterial mouthwash.
    • Go to your dentist for a regular checkup every six months. This is particularly important for detecting gum disease early.
    • Since gum disease is an inflammatory process, eating foods that suppress inflammation may help. Growing evidence suggests that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help dampen inflammation. Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish, fish oil, and flaxseed.

    Preventing Dry Mouth as You Age

    Dry mouth can drastically increase the risk of decay and gum problems. A healthy flow of saliva helps clean teeth and neutralize acids that otherwise eat away at the tooth enamel. However, more than 800 different drugs cause dry mouth as a side effect, and many of these are medications people take as they get older, according to the American Dental Association.

    What You Can Do:

    • A drop-off in saliva levels can very quickly cause problems. So at the first sign of dry mouth, talk to your doctor.
    • A change in prescriptions may help alleviate the problem. If not, your doctor may recommend chewing sugar-free gum. Gum increases saliva flow.
    • Saliva-like oral mouthwashes are also available.

    SOURCE: WebMD

     

  • Personal Care Dentistry Patient Remembers Those Who Have Served

    James Kindler Has Written About Generals and Privates in the U.S. Armed Forces

    DSCN7315-Copy-300x225My first published article was titled, “A Friendly Wager with Ulysses S. Grant,” which was published in The Numismatist in April of 1999 and then earned the Heath Literary Award in 2000.  Between 2007 and 2010, I worked closely with the eminent, blue-blooded Richard B. Mather to edit, ghost write, and produce the single volume of his autobiography and his father’s biography that is titled, William Arnot Mather, American Missionary to China, and Richard Burroughs Mather, Professor of Chinese.

    Between 2011 and 2013, I authored and compiled a 326-page biography of a 94-year-old World War II veteran, who landed on Utah Beach during Operation Overlord in 1944, took part in the various battles and military operations in France and Germany (the Battle of Fôret de Parroy, the Battle of the Bulge, the Battle of the Rhine, the Liberation of Dachau, and the Occupation of Germany, including Berchtesgaden), and was deployed there through the end of 1945.

    In April of 2014, I authored, compiled, and completed another book on General Grant, and I am currently working on a narrative and pictorial history of V-E Day on May 8, 1945.

    My background? Before I became a registered university student, I completed a two-year electronic technician program in the early 1970’s and worked full-time as an electronic technician from the fall of 1972-1999.  During that period of time, I also became a full-time university student, with majors in both chemistry and Chinese. After earning a bachelor’s degree in 1983, I then went on to finish two master’s degrees (one in Chinese in 1993 and the other in Japanese in 1994). The following year, I was admitted into the PhD program at the University of Minnesota, where I pursued a dual doctorate in classical Chinese and Japanese.

    Up until 1999, I was working full-time at Pratt & Whitney, the American aerospace manufacturer with global service operations, until business and manufacturing operations in the Twin Cities were moved to Hartford, Connecticut, in early 2000. After Pratt & Whitney, I became a translator in an elite Chinese to English translation team and was active with them between 2000 and 2012, when the translation group was disbanded.