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Our entire team was able to find a day that worked to get out of the office, kick back and learn the fine art of hand lettering from Jenna with Memories by Meyers. Jenna had us practice our cursive writing and then gave us some good pointers on creating beautiful letters. She also selected a quote for our team to letter on water colors. How fitting for the Saving Smiles team was “There is always a reason to Smile”. 🙂

Check out the very talented Jenna here: https://www.facebook.com/MemoriesByMeyers/

 

 

 

In a previous post, we talked about ways that we can help ease the anxiety of going to the dentist. Nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas) was at the top of the list:

“This safe relaxing agent is breathed in through a mask that takes you to your happy place. Nerves are calmed. Teeth are taken care of, and you’re on your way.”

So, here are more details on what you need to know about laughing gas:

Nitrous oxide is a colorless and odorless gas that helps patients relax and become indifferent to discomfort. It is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose. It works extremely fast and its effects are reversible. It doesn’t put you to sleep or take the place of local anesthetic.

Once your teeth are taken care of and the nitrous oxide has been turned off, you are placed on 100% oxygen for 5 to 10 minutes to purge the gas from your system. This helps you become alert and awake.

Nitrous oxide is safe for children and is often the preferred method of sedation for treating children. It is recommended that people with some conditions, such as first trimester of pregnancy and COPD, avoid the use of nitrous oxide. It is also recommended that you do not use nitrous oxide on an empty stomach. Possible side effects include headache, shivering/sweating, nausea and fatigue.

Have more questions? Give our office a call!

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Have you ever worried that you have bad breath? Some people waste time worrying, when their breath is fine. Others have terrible breath, and have no clue. Bad breath, or halitosis, can be embarrassing. Stocking up on gum, mints and mouthwash are only a temporary fix. The real root of the problem can be from poor dental health or health problems.

What causes bad breath? Here are a couple of the main sources:

  • Food – the breakdown of food can increase bacteria
  • Eating onions, garlic and other spices
  • Tobacco use
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Medications
  • Other mouth, nose and throat conditions/infections

 

How do you fix it?

  • Brush your teeth and tongue after eating
  • Brush and floss every morning and night
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months
  • Use mouthwash
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Go to the dentist at least twice per year
  • Stop smoking and using chewing tobacco products

 

If these suggestions don’t work, ask your dentist for help.

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No one likes having impressions done. It is like having a mouth full of playdough. However, they are necessary for many procedures such as crowns, bridges, implants, dentures and the list goes on.

Our office is excitedly awaiting the arrival of one of the most state of the art digital machines available, the 3Shape Scanner by Trios. The intuitive nature of the device and ease of use make it much faster than traditional impression techniques as well as more comfortable for patients.

This will now replace 90% of the impressions we take. It has the ability to digitally scan the teeth and soft tissue with a highspeed camera to capture hard and soft tissue and render color. The scans can be immediately uploaded to the dental lab. The lab can then begin the fabrication process much faster, thus reducing our turn around time to deliver crowns and implants to patients. Because of the accuracy of this machine and the elimination of human error, there are fewer remakes of restorations and prosthesis.

Watch the following video to learn more: https://www.3shape.com/en/products/trios/intraoral-scanners

 

 

 

 

Did you know we have a No Cavity Club?

Patients that have their teeth cleaned and do not have any cavities are entered into a drawing. Each month, an adult wins either an electric toothbrush or an air flosser (their pick) and a kid wins a $25 gift card to Target! We hope to pick your name next!

Saving Smiles has been gearing up for the golf season with “cavi-tees” and molar ball markers!

Dr. Johnson golfed at the 10th Annual “Open Wide” Open scramble put on by WE Ortho and benefitting the Red River Valley Dental Access Project and the Saving Smiles “Tooth Fairies” golfed at the United Way of Cass-Clay 2018 Women United Golf Scramble!

We love being able to have a fun time while supporting great causes in our community!

We hope that we don’t see too many patients this summer with a “hole in one”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Johnson has always shared his love for Star Wars with others. That is why he again reserved an entire theater for the premiere night of the latest Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story. He invited friends, family, patients, colleagues, those involved in the Big Brother Big Sister program and other ticket winners to enjoy the first showing of the movie on the Ultra Screen. Some attendees dressed as Star Wars characters and Dr. Johnson even rocked his R2D2 suit jacket. Dr. Johnson said that Solo was definitely his favorite of the last four movies, so he was very glad to be one of the first to see it! Until the next Star Wars movie is released – May the Force be with you!

 

 

We are so excited to announce that we have added Rylee to our team of hygienists. She is a recent grad of the dental hygiene program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead. She loves educating people about how and why they should improve their oral health. Please help us in welcoming Rylee to the team during your next visit to the office!

We fully embraced all of the awesome Fargo Marathon events this year! We made custom Saving Smiles shirts and had participants in the dog run, kids run, 5k and 1/2 marathon! What a fun community event to be a part of. Kuddos to the Fargo Marathon team for all of their planning and execution of an amazing week of fun! We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Dr. Johnson’s passion for Star Wars is always a reason for us to celebrate May the 4th Be With You. This year we were given the opportunity to serve in the dining room at Salvation Army. It was a wonderful experience and so fun to get out of the office and give back to the community. Our team dressed in Star Wars gear and Jane even wore a Darth Vader mask! We hope we can partner with them to volunteer again, even if it isn’t on Star Wars day.

Learn more about the Salvation Army’s volunteer opportunities here:

http://salvationarmynorth.org/community/fargo/community-pages/volunteering-8/