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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.

An individual’s health can be severely impacted if they do not maintain a healthy oral cavity. One of the most common health effects directly related to the health of the oral cavity is malnutrition. People with many missing teeth and constant dental pain typically eat less than individuals that have most of their teeth. Malnutrition has been shown to lead to increased chances of dementia and/or depression and severe illness.

Other less well-known health issues that can be caused by poor oral health include:

Endocarditis: The infection of the internal lining of your heart valves or chambers. The bacteria that cause the infection come from various areas of your body, including bacteria that colonizes in your mouth.

Cardiovascular disease:  This is an area of constant research. Currently, it is suggested that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke may be associated to inflammation and infection that oral bacteria can cause.

Pregnancy and birth complications: Periodontal disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.

Pneumonia: Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.

Here are a couple of ways you can protect your oral health:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily using a soft bristled brush and fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Use alcohol-free mouthwash to help remove food debris
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months
  • Schedule routine dental check-ups and cleanings
  • Limit sugar in your diet
  • Avoid tobacco use

Often in the dental office we hear “I have TMJ”. TMJ actually refers to the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint located on both sides of the jaw and attaches the jaw to the rest of the skull, so we hope you have TMJ! However, when a person has a problem with the joint it is called temporomandibular disorder or TMD for short.

It is very common for people to have a popping or clicking of one or both of these joints, as long as there is no pain associated we recommend just monitoring for changes.

However, if you are experiencing pain with regular jaw movement don’t hesitate to have your dentist check the joints. You may also experience frequent earaches, stiffness in the jaw muscles or a change in how your top and bottom teeth fit together. They may recommend having a custom night guard made and seeing a chiropractor or physical therapist to work with the joint and facial muscles.

If all of these options have been tried the next step is to set up an appointment with an oral surgeons who specializes in treating TMD.

Almost anyone who has dental work that needs to be done knows there is a chance that they will be “numbed up” by the dentist. But a common misconception people have is that they will get Novocaine as the numbing agent. Movies, television, and popular culture has Novocaine implanted in our minds as the only thing dentists use to get people numb.

Dentists no longer use Novocaine to numb patients, but rather products like Lidocaine and Septocaine. Novocaine is no longer used due to the increased time it takes to work, how long it is effective and its chances of causing allergic reactions.

Lidocaine and Septocaine are our preferred anesthetics due to their faster onset time, longer acting time and very minimal chance of allergic reactions. Both are clinically safe and provide a level of numbness beneficial to both patients and the dentist. Common side effects of Lidocaine and Septocaine are numbness (could last for a couple hours), drooling and bad taste (very bitter tasting stuff).

We are so excited to have Dr. Kenny join Saving Smiles!

Dr. Kenny grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. He went to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for his undergraduate degree followed by the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics in Iowa City. Dr. Kenny is a member of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Kenny enjoys long walks with his fiancée Sarah and their 2 dogs (a Golden Retriever named Buike (Boo-key) and a Dachshund named Theodore), being at the lakes, spending time with friends and family and he is an avid University of Kansas Jayhawks fan.

Please help welcome Dr. Kenny at your next visit!

 

We are excited to announce that Jacque has joined our team of Assistants!

Jacque grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a degree in Dental Assisting. Her favorite part of being a Dental Assistant is helping people every day and meeting new people.

She is married and has 3 kids: Talayna (3), Arissa (1.5) and Koen (6 months). She has 2 dogs – Smokey and River. Jacque enjoys spending time at the lake with her kids and doing craft projects. She volunteers with Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue by helping with events and fostering dogs.

Please help us welcome her on your next visit!

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