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Why floss?!

Here is a fascinating article about why flossing is SO important!

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ask/dr-paster/dr-zorba-paster-why-you-should-be-flossing/article_7cac78ac-cf8b-11e1-ad40-0019bb2963f4.html

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Dental Emergencies FAQ

Here is a bunch of commonly asked questions courtesy of http://www.mouthhealthy.org about common dental emergencies:

Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Here are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them. For all dental emergencies, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Most dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for emergency patients so be sure to call your dentist and provide as much detail as you can about your condition. If the accident occurs when your dental office is not open, visit your local emergency room.

Question: What do I do if I knock out my tooth?
Answer:
For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, or in milk. Get to your dentist’s office right away.

Q: What if I crack my tooth?
A:
For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down. See your dentist as soon as possible.

Q: If I bite my tongue or lip, how do I treat it?
A:
If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress. See your dentist if the swelling doesn’t go down within the next day or two.

Q: How do I treat a toothache?
A:
For toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Do not put aspirin on your aching tooth or gums; it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.

Q: What if I think my jaw is broken?
A:
If you think your jaw is broken apply cold compresses to control the swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.

Q: How do I remove an object that’s stuck in my mouth or teeth?
A:
For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with a sharp or pointed instrument. See your dentist if you are unable to remove it and/or if it causes swelling and/or bleeding.

Q: How can I avoid a dental emergency?
A:
There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:

  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities. 
  • Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth. 
  • Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.

Facebook Contest!

Have you heard? We are having a contest! You could win a $30 gift card just by “liking” our page on Facebook (facebook.com/affiliateddenitsts) and by leaving a comment or recommendation on our wall! The only restriction is you must be a current patient at one of our clinics.  The contest ends 8/1/12. Good luck!

Meet Dr Smith

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Dr. Maggie Smith is a graduate of Creighton University and Marquette University School of Dentistry. When asked what was the driving force behind her decision to become a dentist, Dr. Smith said, “… I enjoy the opportunity dentistry gives me to think critically, even analytically, about a patient’s care, what their needs or wants are, and of course, the results. I enjoy meeting and talking to people, which makes what I even more fun, and, every day, different. Dentistry is a challenge I really enjoy.” 

Hear what our patients are saying about Dr Smith:

“I was highly impressed by Dr Smith, who not only was kind and gentle during my exam, but also personable and knowledgeable.  She made sure to answer all my questions to my satisfaction.  I feel comfortable and happy having Dr Smith as my regular dentist!”

“Dr. Smith did a fine job!”

“Dr Smith replaced a filling yesterday and removed the cavity underneath. The cavity was deeper than expected, but I thought Dr Smith did a terrific job.”

 

Mission of Mercy 2012!

Last week our very own Dr Maggie Smith and her assistant Julie, hygienist Judy, and a few others of our wonderful staff volunteered their time at Mission of Mercy 2012, which was held at the Alliant Energy Center!

Not sure what Mission of Mercy is? Read on!

Originating in Virginia and spreading throughout the United States, the WDA Foundation and WDA Mission of Mercy dental program has provided $2.9 million in free dental services and treatment through more than 5,700 patient visits since 2000.

A successful MOM event focuses on:

~Providing free, critical dental care with a high priority on treating patients in pain and with infections.
~Raising public awareness of the barriers to dental care faced by low-income adults and children.
~Challenging patients, policymakers and dental professionals to work together to make viable and bipartisan “Healthy Choices” that will improve Wisconsin residents’ oral health.

The Wisconsin MOM program provides care to the uninsured, the under-insured and anyone who otherwise has difficulty getting to a dentist.

Meet Dr Gustavson

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Dr. Mark Gustavson earned his B.A. in Chemistry at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and was the recipient of the J. Raymond Gill Award for Excellence in Clinical Prosthodontics. After dental school he completed a general practice residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The residency focused on full mouth reconstructions in fixed and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Gustavson has moved to Madison with his wife, Katie and children, Tyra and Cullen.

Hear what our patients have to say about Dr Gustavson:

“Dr. Gus[tavson was] terrific. I don’t think I’ve ever had a positive experience with a dentists office before my appointment at Associated. ”

“I’m a huge wimp and Dr. Gustavson and his assistant, Jean, were absolutely wonderful! Very caring, gentle and listened to and answered my concerns.”

“Dr. Gustavson and Jean make such a wonderful team. I have been a patient for the last 5 years I have been in Madison. I always appreciate how welcome and comfortable they make me feel. They make me laugh too, and I always leave the office smiling.”

“Mark Gustavson — positive, genuinely concerned, straight-forward and encouraging.”

Here is an article packed with great implant information. Do you have any questions about implants? Comment here and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!

the right smile

Dental implants are stronger and more durable than their restorative counterparts such as bridges, partials and dentures.  And from an esthetic standpoint, they look and feel more natural, some of which is due to the progress made in their biocompatible development.  Implants offer the patient a permanent solution to tooth and continued bone loss. Additionally, implants may be used in conjunction with other restorative procedures for maximum effectiveness in that a single implant may serve to support a dental crown replacing a single missing tooth. Implants can also be used to support a dental bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth, and can be used with complete dentures, both standard and mini implants to increase stability and preserve bone structure.

Procedural advancements, including the development of the above mentioned “mini” implants, mean that a larger population than ever before are finding themselves candidates for dental implants.  

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