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Did you know that March 26th is National Spinach Day?

Most of us remember Popeye and his love of spinach! It started as a government campaign during the Great Depression to promote spinach as a meat substitute since it is so rich in iron.

However, did you know that it is also high in calcium? Calcium is one of the key minerals that helps to build strong enamel for teeth which helps prevent decay. It also plays an important role in making the jaw bone healthy and strong to hold teeth in place. Spinach contains folic acid, a type of B vitamin that has numerous health benefits, including gum health.

Although we cannot guarantee that eating spinach will give you superhuman strength, we still recommend following Popeye’s lead and adding it to your diet. If you struggle adding this leafy green into your diet, try adding a handful into your next salad or smoothie.

We had our first team retreat in early March to step away from the day to day, work on team building and have a little fun!

One of our first tasks was to split up into small teams and build the tallest structure with the items on our tables, all in three minutes. It was fun to see the collaboration in each of the teams! Dr. Johnson, Tiff, Nancy and Bailee were the winners, having the tallest structure when the buzzer went!

We can’t wait for our next day of team building!

To continue our celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we wanted to bring awareness to the importance of cavity prevention in children. Did you know that cavities are the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years?

Children with tooth decay are more likely to have ear and sinus infections and have an increased chance of developing other chronic problems, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

For this reason, we highly recommend children to have the fluoride varnish applied every six months at their hygiene appointment while they are developing good oral health habits. Fluoride is a natural mineral that works to harden the enamel which aids in cavity prevention.

If you have any questions on ways you can encourage your children, don’t hesitate to ask at your next visit or give us a call at 701.237.4297!

Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month?

It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the importance of dental health. We often hear about kids refusing to brush and that “baby teeth fall out anyway.”  However, the habits started at a young age can continue through adulthood.

Before baby teeth even start coming in, you can get your baby used to having their mouth touched by using a warm damp washcloth or disposable mouth wipes designed specifically for young children to wipe the gums once or twice a day.

As teeth begin to come in, a toothbrush designed for small children should be used with just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste under parental supervision or a non-fluoridated toothpaste until they are able to spit to gently clean the teeth and gums at least twice a day on their own.

It is also important to floss between baby teeth to prevent cavities where the toothbrush bristles can’t reach. There are floss picks available in fun colors and flavors designed especially for a kid-size mouth.

Baby teeth play an important role in children learning to chew properly, speak clearly and actually help guide permanent teeth into the proper position when the time comes. If you have any questions about taking care of your child’s, teeth please don’t hesitate to ask at their next dental visit.

As we dive into 2020, most of us are starting to think about our New Year’s Resolutions. A good number of us are focusing our goals this year on trying to be happier and healthier. Have you considered your oral health to be an important part of that goal?

Floss and Brush for 2 Minutes, Twice Daily

Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing once a day is instrumental in keeping yourself healthy. This protects your teeth from decay and gum disease. Only flossing can remove the plaque that builds between teeth and below the gum line. Diseases of the mouth can affect the rest of your body; i.e. gum disease can be linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and even premature births.

Drink More Water

We have all heard that we should drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day. It is common knowledge that it aids in weight loss, helps prevent kidney damage and delivers oxygen throughout the body. People tend to forget that it has benefits for your oral health as well. Drinking water, especially with fluoride, is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to prevent cavities as it washes away left over food and residue that cause decay. It also dilutes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth that wears away enamel which can lead to decay.

Conquer Your Dental Anxiety

Seventy-five percent of adults in the United States are estimated to suffer from some form of dental anxiety. In some cases, this means that people are not visiting their dental office twice a year as recommended. We suggest twice a year because it allows the dentist to monitor oral health, which can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. Take the first step and make an appointment for a cleaning. This will be a great introduction to the team at our office and we are excited to help you achieve better oral health!

SMILE More

Smiling at another person releases endorphins in your brain. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pain. This can lead to an increase in your own self-esteem as well as helping others feel better about themselves. By smiling at others, you will ignite a positive environment. Which in turn, will make you want to take better care of yourself and will help you to focus on your smile. By focusing on your smile, it will be easier to follow each and every one of these steps to achieve greater oral health in 2020!

If you had an appointment in November or December, we want to thank you for your patience with our construction zone, especially while in the waiting room! We were able to modify our existing layout to create an additional operatory that allows Dr. Johnson and Dr. Kenny to treat more of our patients each day.

A big shout out to Olaf Anderson, our Henry Schein Dental team, Jessica Watcher Art for the beautiful piece of art and of course Dan Francis Photography for the photos! We hope to see you soon and that you get to experience our new space!

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, The Rise of Skywalker. He invited the team, his 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. His son James was finally old enough to attend this year!

Some attendees dressed as Star Wars characters and Dr. Johnson even rocked his R2D2 suit jacket. Dr. Johnson said that this was definitely his favorite of the latest movies, so he was very glad to be one of the first to see it! Until the next Star Wars event – May the Force be with you!

Our Christmas party was so much fun this year! 🎄 We had a photo booth, ate, played games (including spit on your neighbor and heads or tails) and had a white elephant exchange. So many laughs and such a great time!

Topping the list of white elephant gifts included a screaming goat, a stocking wine purse, a creepy doll, a bad floral arrangement and a toilet paper gun! We can’t wait until next year to see what white elephant gifts make it back to the party!

Kudos to the Crooked Pint for their hospitality! 😀

We are so excited to have Nancy join the Saving Smiles team!

Nancy has been a Registered Dental Assistant for 35 years. She graduated from NDSCS in Wahpeton, but has lived most of her life in the Valley City area. She is excited to be living in Fargo closer to her grown daughters and their families.

Nancy enjoys trying new recipes, going to the gym, taking her dog for walks and spending time outside when the weather is warm. Her favorite parts of being a Registered Dental Assistant are getting to know patients of all ages, being a part of a dental team and continually learning new advancements in the dental field.

We had SO much fun helping The Great North Pole make the holidays a time of laughter and love for the nearly 900 families they will be serving this year! 😀💙🎄 Liz and Danielle “shopped” 🎁 for families, Danielle, Jacque and Allie spent time helping dispatch deliveries to families and Dr. Johnson and his family got to “play” Santa and actually deliver goods to families! 🎅

The Great North Pole is a 100% volunteer run organization serving Cass and Clay counties. During the 2019 “Week of Giving”, they had over 1750 volunteer opportunities! Learn more about The Great North Pole and how you can get involved with the amazing things they are doing for our community by checking out their website: https://www.thegreatnorthpole.org.

 

 

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