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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.

 

 

Earlier this summer we explained what a crown is and why it might needed. For Dr. Johnson and Dr. Kenny to create a great fitting crown, extra steps are required. Here is what to expect when you come in for those appointments:

First, the assistant will take a mold of your tooth before any work is done. This mold will allow your temporary crown to be made. If the tooth is broken, don’t worry! We have pre-made crowns on hand, but our assistants can really work some magic to create a great temporary crown even if the tooth is broken. The assistant will also take this time to review your medical history, the treatment plan and take a blood pressure reading before the doctor comes in. The doctor will get that tooth numb, just like they do for fillings.

Next, the doctor will trim down the top and sides of the tooth to allow enough space for the lab to fabricate a crown to fit properly over your existing tooth. Depending on why your tooth needs the crown, the doctor may need to do what is called a build-up. This means material is being added back to the tooth to have enough solid structure for the crown to be cemented on. After the doctor is happy with the shape of the tooth, he will place some special cord just under the gum line. You may feel some pressure while the cord is being placed, but this insures a great impression for the lab and will be removed after the impression is completed.

The impression is up next. This is what the lab needs to make the crown custom-fit to your mouth. Thankfully we can utilize our scanner to take these impressions digitally and send the scans directly to the lab. At this point the doctor is done! The assistant will take over and make your temporary crown and go over any necessary after-care instructions.

When you return for the permanent crown, it is typically a much shorter appointment. Best of all, rarely does the doctor need to numb up the tooth! The assistant will remove the temporary crown and try in the permanent crown. The doctor will check it over making sure the fit is perfect before cementing it into place. We recommend nothing to eat or drink for 1 hour after your appointment, but then you’re good to use it like a regular tooth!

With the holidays just around the corner we can’t help but think of all the delicious foods that go along with these fun gatherings. Many of the traditional dishes are high in sugar but this Cauliflower Stuffing recipe from www.foodfaithfitness.com is a great alternative to lighten up the meal:

Ingredients:

1 ½ tbsp olive oil

1 c. diced onion (about half a large onion)

1 c. chopped celery

1 ½ tbsp mince garlic

6 c. cauliflower, cut into small, bite-sized florets

2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced, plus additional for garnish

1 tsp poultry seasoning

½ tsp ground sage

½ tsp sea salt, plus more to taste

½ tsp black pepper, to taste

½ c. low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

Directions:

1) Heat olive oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add in the onion, celery and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is golden brown and tender, about 8 minutes.

2) Reduce heat to medium and stir in cauliflower. Cook until the cauliflower just begins to soften and brown, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.

3) Add in the parsley, poultry seasoning, sage, salt and pepper and cook one minute.

4) Stir in the broth, cover and cook until the cauliflower is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

5) Season with salt if needed, garnish with additional parsley and enjoy!

Find the full recipe here: https://www.foodfaithfitness.com/cauliflower-low-carb-paleo-vegan-stuffing/

 

This year we went all out in preparation for Halloween!

Our Patient Care Coordinator, Nicki, used her mad crafting skills and made custom pumpkins to greet our patients in the waiting room!

“Fangs” for Your Visit, Trick or Teeth and Will Clean Teeth for Candy were our favorites! 👍

We also created a “Super Tooth Fairy” for the Cook Endodontics pumpkin contest! 🎃

 

And…..we had a costume contest for our team! There were so many great costumes, but Allie, one of our Hygienists, won (by Facebook vote) with her “Operation” costume (bottom right picture)!

Did you know that babies are at risk of getting cavities while they’re still using a bottle? Unfortunately, there is a type of cavity commonly seen in dental offices called “baby bottle decay” and occurs when the teeth are exposed to frequent sugary liquids. As a parent you want to do what’s best for your child and may not realize that milk, formula and juices are all hidden sources of sugar that can cause damage to those brand new teeth.

It is recommended to never put a young child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup with anything other than plain water. While asleep, the body produces less saliva so when exposed to liquids with right before bed or after they’ve laid down for a nap or for the night offers the perfect time for cavities to begin forming on teeth.

Get your infant used to their mouth getting cleaned by wiping the gums with a warm washcloth. As soon as teeth erupt introduce brushing with a kid-size toothbrush and small circular motions on the teeth. Before the child is old enough to spit you can use a fluoride-free toothpaste but make the switch to fluoride toothpaste as soon as you trust they won’t swallow the extra toothpaste.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s teeth please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Johnson, Dr. Kenny or the Saving Smiles Dentistry team.

It’s hard to believe we’re already thinking about 2019 coming to an end, but we want to remind you that with most dental policies, any benefits not used by December 31 are gone with the new year.

If you’re overdue for a cleaning or haven’t had a chance to schedule the dental treatment recommended at your last visit, please call us to get those appointments scheduled. Our schedule fills up quickly this time of year and we’d hate for you to have to wait until next year to get your dental needs taken care of.

Our office is now open Fridays and we also have Dr. Kenny to help get our patients taken care of before we ring in the new year! Don’t be the person who forgets to use their insurance benefits and flex money, and then loses them! Call our office today (701) 237-4297.

As pumpkin-flavored treats and drinks come back into season this fall, keep in mind that most contain a great deal of sugar. However, consuming pumpkin in its natural form can actually be good for your oral health.

Pumpkin is high in magnesium which helps to strengthen enamel on teeth. It also contains Vitamin A, C and Zinc which promote gum health. Enjoy this delicious and healthy pumpkin soup recipe:

 

 

 

Ingredients:

6 cups of chicken or vegetable broth

1½ teaspoons salt

4 cups pureed pumpkin

1 medium-sized onion

½ teaspoon thyme

1 clove garlic

5 whole black peppercorns

½ cup heavy whipping cream

Sprigs of fresh parsley

Instructions:

Chop up the onion and mince the garlic. Heat the stock in a pot on the stove, adding the salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic and peppercorns. Once the broth starts boiling, lower the heat and simmer without a lid. After 30 minutes, pour the contents of the pot into a food processor and blend until smooth. (You may have to split it up into small batches.) Once everything is blended, return the liquid to the pot on the stove and simmer for another half hour, stirring in the heavy cream. For flavor and color, add a sprig of fresh parsley while serving.

Have you completed all of your back-to-school shopping for the kids? With the hustle and bustle of the school year beginning, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of our custom sports mouth guards.

A custom fitted mouth guard made in our office helps protect not just the teeth but also the jaw, in case of an accident. Our mouth guards provide a more comfortable, less bulky fit as well as better protection when compared to generic “boil and bite” options available in sporting stores. Not only will your kids protect their teeth but they will be able to choose from a selection of colors!

For your convenience, the custom-fitted mouth guards are made right here at the office and only cost $38.00. These guards only require a quick 10-minute appointment for our staff to take your child’s impression and are usually ready for pick-up in just a couple of days.

Please call us today to get your child’s 10-minute appointment scheduled!

Want to know why we are one of the best dental offices for you? Starting after Labor Day, we will be one of the few dental offices in Fargo open on Fridays!

You spoke and we listened! In order to better serve you, we now have availability on Fridays. September 6th 2019 will be the first official Friday we are open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Call us now to schedule as our Fridays are already starting to fill up!

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

Tiff graduated from MSUM in Moorhead, MN with her Bachelor of Arts in English and Mass Communications. She grew up an Army brat but graduated from West Fargo High School. She has spent the last 12 years managing hotels and is excited about finding her spot in the world of dentistry as she loves to see people be their best selves!

Tiff and her boyfriend, Ron, enjoy spending time with people they love. They love camping, watching TV shows and visiting breweries wherever they travel to (they are hoping to make it to breweries in all 50 states!) When Tiff isn’t spending time with her friends and family, she can be found reading a good book or meditatively coloring while drinking a delicious cup of coffee.

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