We are SO honored to have won the 2020 United Way of Cass-Clay Best NEW United Way Campaign award! We love to partner with United Way to help our community and create a better tomorrow for all of us! We couldn’t have done it without the support of our whole team and are so thankful for how generous they all are!
We had another team retreat this month! We think it is so important to step away from the day to day and work on team building – with a little bit of fun!
Dr. Kenny coordinated a puzzle challenge, Danielle presented on updated day to day office processes, the United Way of Cass Clay surprised us with our nomination for a Live United Award and we all were able to learn how to throw an axe thanks to Rough Cut Social!
We can’t wait for our next day of team building fun!
It was our 10th birthday on January 14, 2021! It’s so crazy how time has flown by and how the practice has grown over the years!
In January of 2011, Dr. Marvin Ugland sold his practice to Dr. Johnson. Then in the fall of 2017, James F. Johnson, DDS was officially renamed to Saving Smiles Dentistry. In January of 2018, Dr. Johnson helped another fellow dentist, Dr. James Colbert, begin his journey to retirement. With that, Fargo Family Dentistry became a part of Saving Smiles Dentistry, and our team grew! Then in June of 2019, Saving Smiles Dentistry welcomed Dr. Kenneth Bartholomew to the practice as a second doctor.
In December, we had three groups of team members join Hope Blooms in putting together flower arrangements for those in our community. Hope Blooms is a non-profit whose focus is “inspiring hope, happiness & emotional healing through repurposed flowers.” They have delivered these flowers to schools, assisted living facilities, and hospice.
We don’t need to reiterate how difficult this past year has been with the pandemic. “It’s really important to lift one another up during these difficult times and as a community, I feel like we do this very well,” Scheduling Coordinator Kaelin said.
Dental Assistant Jacque chooses to volunteer in our community because of how much she cherishes her family. “I want my kids to grow up in a community where people help each other,” she said.
Our team loves to volunteer throughout the year and Saving Smiles encourages the team to give back to the community when they can. “Volunteering is a great way to get to know your community and the people that live there,” Dental Hygienist Kim said. “There is always a need somewhere and donating my time helps to give me a sense of purpose by serving those around me.”
Dental Assistant Lisa agrees that volunteering is important. “There are a lot of health benefits found with those who volunteer and give back,” she said. “I hope the act of kindness becomes contagious.”
Our team chose Hope Blooms because two of our values align with their mission: compassion and community. “I love that Hope Blooms repurposes flowers to show gratitude and beauty to members of our community,” Dental Assistant Kelly said. “It minimizes waste and brightens someone’s day. Win-win!”
Dental Hygienist Allie enjoyed giving back and being able to let her artistic side shine. “I appreciate the concept [of Hope Blooms]….It was fun to be able to be creative in a way I am usually not,” she said. “It is a great way to help brighten people’s day and spread joy.”
The team members who were able to volunteer with Hope Blooms enjoyed bringing beauty and kindness to the community. “It makes me happy when I can help others and brighten their day,” Dental Hygienist Bailee said. “One small act of kindness can make someone’s day, especially if they are feeling down.”
If you have interest in giving back in a safe and fun way, learn more about Hope Blooms here: https://www.hopeblooms.org/.
November is the perfect time to think about all the things we are grateful for, especially after how challenging this year has been. Our team is thankful for the support we get to spend time giving back to our community. The best way for us to show our gratitude is by helping make the world a better place.
Saving Smiles Dentistry became a Marquee Sponsor for the Historic Fargo Theatre this fall. By making a donation, we were able to have our name on the Fargo Theatre Marquee. Our team wanted to help support the survival of this 94-year-old non-profit because we appreciate how they have been able to connect people in our community through film, history and performing arts.
Our assistants recently volunteered with Toothbrush Ministries’ Brush ‘N Learn event. This organization focuses on helping others have basic self-care items. Our team members were able to go into Head-Start programs (fully masked) to help educate youth on oral health. It was important for our team because we know that if these children are educated on dental hygiene when they are young, these habits will follow them into adulthood.
One of our hygienists recently joined the Heart and Soul Community Café in preparing 500 sack lunches to members of our community with food insecurities. Heart and Soul Community Café is a non-profit that serves locally-grown fresh food. This is important to our team because we know how important diet is for oral health.
We also partnered with the United Way in their Live United, Give United campaign last week. We were a match sponsor for their online and drive-thru event. United Way focuses on reducing hunger and homelessness, preparing children to succeed, helping people be independent and lifting people out of poverty.
With Thanksgiving on the horizon and knowing that it will look different from previous years’ holidays, we have continued to remind ourselves just how thankful we are for so many things; especially being a part of our community.
The health and safety of our patients and team has always been a top priority. We are closely following the CDC and ADA safety recommendations, as we know how important it is to keep up with your routine dental care.
We recommend that you do not delay your regular dental visits as they provide an essential role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing and treating oral diseases which can affect your systemic health. Teeth are unable to heal themselves, so if you have a dental problem and it is left untreated, it will become more painful and require more extensive procedures. Your dental hygienist is considered a prevention expert as they will educate you on ways to improve your oral health.
We understand that you may feel anxious about visiting your dental hygienist. We hope to ease your mind as we are taking some additional precautions:
1. We are asking patients and staff members to stay home if they are sick.
2. We are asking patients to check-in from their vehicles to help limit the number of people you may come into contact with while you are here.
3. We are doing temperature checks and have a sanitation station at the door.
4. We are requiring all staff to wear proper PPE and our patients to wear masks.
Please feel free to call our office 701.237.4297 if you have additional questions regarding our safety precautions or visit our website at https://www.savingsmilesdentistry.com/covid-19-response/.
When you think of going to see your dental hygienist, what comes to mind?
Most people think of a teeth cleaning. One of the most important responsibilities of your hygienist is that they are checking the overall health of your mouth.
They do a thorough evaluation of teeth, gums, tongue and bone. Hygienists also take x-rays so they can check for any problems in places that are not easily visible, such as between teeth and under fillings and crowns. They educate about good nutrition and ways to keep your mouth healthy. The cleaning itself involves removing plaque and calculus above and below your gum line, followed by thoroughly polishing and flossing your teeth.
We recommend visiting your hygienist 2-4 times a year. They can help maintain your health and catch any issues before they become bothersome. In turn, this could help you save time and money.
October is National Dental Hygiene Month and our team wanted to share with you a few ways that you can help observe this special month with them:
One of our fabulous hygienists, Kim, brought in some fabulous Pumpkin Brownie Muffins and we wanted to share the healthy fall recipe with you!
Pumpkin Brownie Muffins
76 calories, 10 g carbs, 1 g protein, 4 g fat, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar
1 box (approximately 18 oz.) chocolate cake mix
1 can 15 oz. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup chocolate chips