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Happy Birthday, Jamie!

July 28th, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jamie

Today We Celebrate Jamie!

Actually, any day would be appropriate to celebrate all that she brings to our dental practice, but today is her BIRTHDAY!

How else can we describe Jamie except that she is a ROCK STAR! When you call our office with a question about your recent appointments or about submitting your insurance claims, Jamie is often the calm, friendly person on the other end of the line with a consistently cheerful demeanor. Like she is on the phone, Jamie is a reliable team member too, always ready to lend a hand.

Jamie joined our Boger Dental team back in January of 2013. She had earned her Associates degree as a medical administrative secretary from Winona Technical College and had worked in various dental practices, ranging from smaller private practices to a large group practice handling all aspects of front office patient services. If you have questions in the future about maximizing your dental insurance benefits, learning more about treatment estimates, or finding out about options for budgeting your dental care, she can help you.

In her free time, Jamie enjoys taking in a Twins game or two each season, camping and cooking with her family, and scrap booking with friends. We asked her a few questions so that you can have the chance to get to know her a little better.

How are you celebrating your birthday this year?

“I will be packing a picnic lunch and heading to Elm Creek to swim with my kids. That evening we will probably enjoy dinner on the grill or out somewhere with my kids and husband.”

What is on your bucket list for the coming year?

“Currently, I volunteer at my son’s school one to two times a month and I am searching for other opportunities to volunteer and possibly get my children involved as well.”

Do you have a favorite quote or an inspirational thought to share?

“Stay Hungry, Stay Humble, Stay Grateful With What I Have.”

Any message you would like to share with your team and/or patients?

“I have enjoyed my 2 ½ years at Boger. We have amazing patients here in this office who bring so much joy to our day. I am very fortunate to work with so many experienced and knowledgeable professionals. I thoroughly enjoy all of you and your bright smiles each day.”

Want To Wish Jamie A Happy Birthday, Too?

Please join us in serenading Jamie with good wishes on her big day. Just click on the button below to be redirected to our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for your kind words. We adore her and we know you, our patients, do too!

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Detours On Plymouth I-494 & Hwy 55 Start July 28

July 27th, 2015

If you live anywhere near the Twin Cities Metro, you are well aware of the road construction happening in the area. Well, starting on Tuesday, July 28, the I-494 project will be going into its next phase. We want to give you this heads up because this will likely have an affect on your trip to our dental office now through early September. And, you know us! We are all about making your trip to the dentist as comfortable and pain-free as possible!

Important Information To Make Your Trip to Boger Dental Less Hectic

  • Southbound I-494 to Hwy 55 Will Be Closed
    Detour: Northbound I-494, westbound County Road 9/Rockford Road and southbound I-494; or southbound Hwy 169 to I-394.
  • Hwy 55 to Southbound I-494 Will Be Closed
    Detour: Eastbound County Road 6 and Hwy 55

 

Thank You For Planning Ahead!

We appreciate your taking a minute to take a look at the road changes and leaving a few minutes early. That helps make your drive a little more enjoyable and it also helps us keep our schedules on time so we can give you the attention and care you deserve when you arrive.

For more information, call our office at (763) 546-7707. We will be happy to help you navigate your way. We also post updates on our Boger Dental Facebook wall. You can read more about the I-494 project on the MnDOT website.

Drive safely and we will look forward to seeing you again soon!

Plymouth 494 55 Detour Map

 

Random Acts of Inspiration

July 26th, 2015

tooth brushing quoteEvery once in awhile we find random thoughts, drawings and inspirational thoughts drawn on the white board in the kids area of our reception area. WE LOVE THAT!

This week, Moriah spotted another anonymous inspiration shared by a patient. Whoever you are, “Thank You!”

Do you have an inspirational thought to share? Click here to post it to our Facebook wall.

 

The Link Between Osteoporosis And Gum Disease

July 8th, 2015

WHAT DO OSTEOPOROSIS and gum disease have in common? Bone loss! For anyone with gum disease, osteoporosis, or both… it’s important to know about the correlation between these two conditions.

How Does Gum Disease Cause Bone Loss?

Are you surprised to hear that gum disease can contribute to bone loss? The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, rarely affects bone structure. But if it progresses to advanced periodontitis, then the infection spreads beneath the teeth to destroy connective gum tissue AND supportive structure in your jaw.

Those With Osteoporosis May Have 85% Greater Periodontitis Risk

A recent study showed an alarmingly high correlation between low bone density and gum disease risk. Bone density was measured using a FRAX score (fracture risk assessment tool). Even disregarding common risk factors like age, smoking, or diabetes, it was shown that patients with osteoporosis have an 85% greater likelihood of periodontal disease.

More research is needed to find the reason for this correlation. However, one factor is important to note: advanced gum disease degrades bone mass in the jaw. For those with already-low bone mass, thanks to osteoporosis, the risk is even greater. Gum disease can very quickly cause a lot of damage.

We’re Looking Out For Your Whole-Body Health

So, if you have gum disease, along with other possible risk factors for osteoporosis, don’t be surprised if we ask you the last time you had a checkup with your doctor. After looking at a dental x-ray, we may recommend that you have your bone health assessed.

In the meantime, take good care of your teeth. Gum disease can be worrying, but it’s preventable with good personal care habits and frequent visits with our team.

The relationship between osteoporosis and gum disease is just one example of the mouth-body health connection. The more we learn, the more we see that what happens in your mouth doesn’t just stay in your mouth. Dental health has an effect on your entire body.

Let us know if you have any questions about your dental health. We’re honored to be your partners in oral health care.

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

Crazy Things People Believe About Toothaches

July 2nd, 2015

HAVE A TOOTHACHE? Wear these fish bones around your neck, repeat a chant, and drop a few pears into the river!

Sounds ridiculous, right? But those are toothache remedies you’d hear during the Middle Ages! You can imagine how frustrating it must have been for our ancestors with tooth pain—they were willing to try anything for relief! Modern dentistry has swept away many bizarre superstitions—however, some people still believe dangerous myths about toothaches and how to cure them.

Different “Cures” From Different Cultures

There are a lot of unusual methods for relieving toothaches we’ve gathered from various cultures (both ancient and modern) around the world. One common belief was that dental pain was caused by a “tooth worm” that had burrowed its way inside a tooth. To coax the worm out, people would inhale smoke, smear their teeth with honey, and swish with all kinds of disgusting rinses. Others include:

  • Putting both stockings on one foot.
  • Driving a horseshoe nail into your house’s front door lintel.
  • Spitting out bread by an anthill, and as the ants carry it away the pain will leave.
  • Complaining to a pear tree about your toothache.
  • Vowing to never comb your hair on a Friday or shave on a Sunday.

Though these may seem absurd, let’s not be too quick to judge—there are still plenty of false beliefs about toothaches today!

Modern Toothache Myths

There are several causes of dental pain including cavities, gum disease, infection, and chipping. These three tips will help debunk some common myths that could stop you from getting the treatment you need:

  1. Do not put aspirin on your tooth. Aspirin does nothing to relieve pain when applied topically, and could result in a nasty acid burn on your cheek and gums.
  2. A toothache DOES NOT mean you will lose the tooth. There are treatments that can save even badly infected teeth.
  3. If pain is off-and-on, you still need a checkup. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. It shouldn’t be ignored.

Don’t Wait To Visit Us If You Have Pain

Trust Our Practice For Solutions

Nobody should have to live with dental pain. Our practice is focused on the latest treatments to not only relieve toothaches, but to create healthy and resilient smiles, so you can get back to living your life. Don’t let one more day of dental discomfort go by without contacting us.

We cherish our relationship with you as our valued patients and friends!

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