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Happy Birthday, Katie!

May 7th, 2015

Happy birthday Katie

Today is Katie’s birthday, one of our fantastic Dental Assistants here at Boger Dental. With her energy, enthusiasm and compassion for people she makes a real difference in the lives of those she services, so we want to take a minute to highlight her and let her know how special she is!

How are you celebrating your birthday this year?

I will be at Boger Dental from 6:30-5 with my work family and then spending the evening having a picnic with my son.

What is the best birthday present you have ever been given?

When I turned 16, my parents bought me a 1997 four-door white Grand AM!

What is on your bucket list for the coming year?

This year, we are going on a family vacation to Florida to do Disney, Lego Land and soak up some sun on the beach.

Do you have an inspirational quote you would like to share?

“Just because something isn’t happening right now for you doesn’t mean it won’t happen.”

Celebrating Ten Years. Thank You, Moriah!

April 27th, 2015

Moriah helps dental patient with financial optionsWow, how time flies! This week we are celebrating having Moriah on our team for ten years.

Moriah joined the Boger Dental Team back with Dr. Steve when we were at our old location in Crystal, MN. Since, then Moriah has helped to develop the financial programs that we extend to our patients to help make receiving top-notch dentistry both comfortable and affordable. With her caring and compassionate personality, our patients benefit from her expertise in making choices for themselves and their family’s dental health care.

“Ten years is hard to believe,” reflects Dr. Chad Boger. “Moriah has worn many hats over her years at Boger Dental and her versatility helps us provide great customer service.”

Thank you, Moriah!

Please help us congratulate and thank Moriah on our Boger Dental Facebook page!

Physicians Are Putting Renewed Focus On Oral Exams

April 25th, 2015

Patient bed

YOUR MOUTH TELLS US A LOT… Even when you’re not speaking. It tells us if you have been brushing and flossing. It also provides clues about your overall health.

Dentists have been aware of this for a long time. Lately, an increasing number of general practitioners are also putting a renewed focus on oral evaluations during health checkups.

Significant Links Between Oral Health & Systemic Diseases

Studies show links between oral health and comprehensive health. Our mouths can affect the health of the rest of our bodies. For example, periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to complications with diabetes, and pre-term labor in pregnant women. There is also a high correlation between poor oral health and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.

When Your Physician Says, “Say Ah”

A traditional evaluation at the beginning of your doctor’s appointment is termed “HEENT” (head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat). Recently, health professionals have been pushing for a modification to that standard evaluation, changing it to “HEENOT” instead (head, ears, eyes, nose, oral cavity, and throat).

During oral exams, health professionals can catch signs of potential systemic conditions. They can also evaluate oral health and send up a red flag if it’s time for that patient to see a dentist in order to improve oral health.

Don’t Skip Routine Dental Checkups

The fact that your doctor is checking your oral health is not an excuse to skip your regular dental appointments. At Boger Dental, we are professionals in dental and oral care, and regular maintenance from our team helps keep you healthy. Be sure that each time your physician checks your mouth, they will find it happy and healthy.

If you have any questions about your oral health, please contact us! We love talking with you.

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

Top image by Flickr user Subconsci Productions used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Cosmetic Vs. Therapeutic Mouthwash

April 22nd, 2015

SWISH, GARGLE, SPIT – simple, right? Mouthwash is usually seen as an addition to your oral health, the cherry on top of your hygiene routine. But are you using the right kind, and are you using it correctly?

Cosmetic Mouthwashes Mask Bad Breath

Most people think all mouthwashes do the same thing, but there are key differences you need to know! Cosmetic mouthwashes only serve to mask bad breath and leave your mouth with a pleasant taste – like a mint but with fewer calories.

Therapeutic Mouthwashes Attack Plaque

Therapeutic mouthwashes serve clinical purposes, like attacking bacteria and plaque, or strengthening teeth with fluoride. When buying therapeutic mouthwash, look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the bottle. Products that feature this logo have been evaluated by experts and meet specific standards for safety and effectiveness.

Read The Instructions

As with any health product, make sure you thoroughly read the instructions – yes, even for mouthwash! Here are some important things to note:

  • Some products recommend diluting before use. (Again, check the label!)
  • Most mouthwashes are not recommended for children under seven.
  • Rinsing right after a meal helps to inhibit bacteria growth and bad breath.
  • Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after using a fluoridated mouthwash. This gives the fluoride more time to strengthen your teeth.

Mouthwash Doesn’t Replace Other Oral Health Habits!

Regular brushing and flossing are far more important than using mouthwash. Mouthwash is not a substitute for the more important dental care habits.

If you have a specific issue, like periodontal disease, chronic bad breath, or tooth sensitivity, talk to us about it! We may recommend a specific therapeutic mouthwash for you. Other times, problems we address with mouthwash can be a sign of a larger issue. If you have any questions, ask us below, or talk with us about it next time you visit.

Thank you for being our patient and friend!

Top image by Flickr user colink. used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Please Be Aware Of Road Work On I-494

April 22nd, 2015

Avoid road work traffic jams in Plymouth, MN

It’s summer road work time again! When you are coming to Boger Dental for your appointments, please keep in mind that 494 is undergoing improvement projects which could affect your route.

Before you head out, you may want to check the DOT website for updates on road and exit closures.

We hope that this helps to avoid any unnecessary headaches for you. If you have any questions, give us a call at (763) 546-7707. We look forward to seeing you when you arrive!

Happy Birthday & Anniversary, Heidi!

April 22nd, 2015

Boger Dental Office Manager

Today we celebrate, Heidi, our dedicated and hard-working office manager. “Over the past year she has helped our team grow in many ways,” says Dr. Chad. “She fills in where and when the team needs her and she has good ideas of how to help us improve as a team.”

So we asked Heidi a few questions about her big day and here’s what she said:

How are you celebrating your birthday this year?

I will be at work with fabulous people.

What was your best birthday present ever?

Another day with my family.

What is on your bucket list for the next year?

More education and travel.

Now that you are another year older and wiser, do you have a favorite quote or an inspiration thought to share?

“The key to change… is to let go of fear.” – Rosanne Cash

 

So, happy birthday and one-year anniversary, Heidi! We wish you a great day and we look forward to learning from your leadership in the coming year! Thank you for all you do to make a visit to Boger Dental a comfortable and efficient experience for our patients.

To learn more about Heidi and our team, visit our team page.


Smiles For Life Update

April 19th, 2015

Smiles For Life Update

Dr. Chad just got word from the Crown Council that out of the gate Boger Dental is again one of the leading fundraisers for the Smiles For Life campaign. So far this year, thanks so to the participation of our patients, together we raised $5200 for children’s charities.

To ramp up the momentum, as a team we have challenged ourselves to whiten 50 smiles by May 1st. If we don’t meet our goal, some poor members of our team are going to have to take a pie to the face! Currently we are at 35 cases. Just a couple of weeks left! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page, Twitter feed or Instagram on May 1st to see if we can reach our goal!

For those of you have whitened your teeth for charity, THANK YOU! For those of you who would still like to participate, there is still plenty of time. The campaign will run until the end of June.

Please consider participating and telling your friends about this great cause!

For more information, please call our office at (763) 546-7707.

What Emoji Describes Your Dental Visit To Boger Dental?

April 17th, 2015

Use Emoji To Describe Your Dental Visit to Boger Dental

If you are an iPhone user, you will notice that your latest system update included a whole slew of NEW EMOJI for texting.

What Is An Emoji?

Emojis are the ideograms used in text and electronic messages. You may know them as ’emoticons’ or “smileys.”

And these little icons are everywhere! “Emoji are a great way to add personality to a text-based conversation,” says Jeremy Burge, the founder of website Emojipedia. If you are looking for a good laugh or the meaning of a particular emoji, take a look at his catalogued list of descriptive icons.

Which Emoji Describes Your Latest Trip To Our Office?

We hope that your memories of your latest visit to our dental office are positive and maybe even funny. Let us know! We would love it if you would take a moment to find which Emoji best describes your last visit to Boger Dental. Click here to visit our Facebook page to share your emoji.

How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

April 16th, 2015

MODERN DENTISTRY, fluoride treatments, and preventive care alone can’t stop tooth decay when our diets are filled with sugar!

Sugary Foods Cling To Our Teeth And Cause Cavities

When sugar clings to teeth, bacteria feeds off of those sugars, producing an acid byproduct that wears away tooth enamel.

Studies repeatedly find that as sugar consumption increases, so do cavities. The World Health Organization’s 2014 study found that in one population, when daily caloric intake of sugar increased from 0% to 5%, the amount of tooth decay doubled.

Cut Sugar Intake In Half

After the study, The World Health Organization cut their recommendations for sugar consumption in half, from 10% of our daily caloric intake, to 5% (and ideally, less). Currently, the average American gets 12-15% of his or her daily calories from sugar—and America isn’t even the highest consumer of sugar worldwide!

Beware Of Hidden Sugars


How do you cut back on sugar? In addition to cutting back on sweets, it’s important to be aware of hidden sugars in our diets. Even a “nutritional” food can be packed with sugar! On our food labels, sugar goes by numerous aliases, including:

  • Molasses & Maltose
  • Corn syrup, Malt & Dextrose
  • Sorghum syrup

This list is only a sampling. Keep an eye out for anything ending in “-ose,” “sugar,” or “syrup,” and educate yourself on more alternate names here.

3 More Tips For Cutting Back On Sugar

  1. Read labels, and check for hidden sugars.
  2. Cook more at home so you know exactly what’s going into your food.
  3. Cut back on soft drinks, fruit juices, granola bars, yogurt, and sugary cereal in addition to regular sweets.

A Healthier Diet = A Healthier Mouth

You don’t need to cut out sugar entirely to have healthy teeth. That’s why brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are so important! Let us know if you ever have any questions about your oral health. We’re passionate about helping you have a healthier, happier lifestyle!

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

Top image by Flickr user Tom Page used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Happy Birthday, Becca!

April 13th, 2015

happy birthday becca

 

Today is Becca’s birthday, one of our fantastic Treatment Coordinators here at Boger Dental. She has been a part of our team for over five years. With her energy, enthusiasm and compassion for people she makes a real difference in the lives of those she services, so we want to take a minute to highlight her and let her know how special she is!

How are you celebrating your birthday this year?

I spent my birthday weekend coaching my daughters volleyball team (with my twin sister) on Saturday. We tag team a goofy group of 14 year old young ladies, that I adore. We got a win, so that was a great gift from them! My husband made us steak dinner when we got home that night. We typically celebrate our day together and our husbands and kids have come to realize that is just how it will be. Yesterday, we just had a lazy day and I made dinner. I love to cook, so it was perfect!

What is the best birthday present you have ever been given?

Last year I got a new bike. I love it and it is a great way to spend time with my kids. We love to ride on trails near our home, but we also take them to the lake and there are beautiful trails there as well!

What is on your bucket list for the coming year?

This year, I would like to plan a family vacation to the beach. We just built a home a couple of years ago and had a baby. The baby is now 2 and I think she would be able to enjoy a trip to the beach with her big sister and brother. I would just love to see all of us enjoying some down time together.

Do you have an inspirational quote you would like to share?

My inspirational thought is attached in a pic as well. My life may not be everybody’s norm, but it is mine. I have a great husband, 3 wonderful kids and family and friends that love me. As I get older I realize that the flowers on my path are the ups and downs that you go through in life and without them I would not be a strong person. Enjoy every moment!