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Why floss?!

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



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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.

Meet Dr Smith



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.”


Meet Dr Gustavson


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.”