THIS YEAR OUR DENTAL team donated to one of the many families in Minneapolis that were not able to provide Christmas gifts. Our cheerful little elves purchased and wrapped up gifts for mom, dad, and children. We do hope we are able to spread a bit happiness for this one family this year!
EVER WONDERED HOW THE PRESSURE of the human bite stacks up against the bone-crushing pressure of a hyena bite? We may not have the power some creatures have—but the complexity and precision of the human bite is simply remarkable.
Our Jaws And Teeth Balance Force And Precision
To demonstrate this delicate balance for yourself, try this… Pop a peanut M&M in your mouth and eat the chocolate around the nut, leaving the nut intact. Then, chew the nut. There’s a big difference in the pressure exerted when biting through the chocolate, versus biting through the nut. Also think about the coordination happening between your jaw muscles, brain, tongue, teeth and mouth to make this happen! Amazing.
Or, try this one… Bite into a fresh carrot. The force needed to do so is enough to crack your tooth enamel—yet, your jaw slows down in time to spare damage to your teeth. Our jaw control is sophisticated enough to “brake” and adjust pressure mid-bite!
The Human Bite Is Extremely Efficient
Humans have less jaw muscle mass than gorillas and chimpanzees. However, this reduced mass doesn’t mean reduced strength. It indicates increased efficiency. In fact, the design of the human jaw makes it 40-50% more efficient than a primate’s. Pound for pound, humans exert more biting force than big apes.
You can click on the image below to read more about bite studies:
Caring For Your Teeth And Jaw
Our jaws may be able to withstand lots of pressure, but our teeth are more fragile. Remember to be careful when chewing hard things like nuts and hard candies.
Here’s A Creature With A Crazy Strong Bite
If You’re Having Problems With Your Jaw, Let Us Know
Like any complex system, our jaws can develop problems. If your jaw seems unusually sore too much of the time, if it locks up, seems to be contributing to headaches, or if you’re having any other concerns, let’s visit about potential causes and remedies.
We’re not only concerned with your teeth—we’re interested in your complete oral health.
Thanks for being our valued patients and friends.
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FOR BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, dental care can be challenging. In some cases, limited coordination can make brushing and flossing tricky. In other cases there may be less access to professional care. Some patients may experience high anxiety levels too.
Medications that lead to dry mouth can also contribute to dental care challenges.
But despite these challenges, everyone deserves a healthy smile. Here are three tips for helping patients and caregivers:
1. Let Us Help
A dental office can feel overwhelming to those with special needs. But you know that regular preventative care training is essential—especially for patients and caregivers who may need instructions about specialized home care. Let us know what we can do to help.
2. Utilize Special Tools If Needed
The average toothbrush may not be ideal. Look into alternative options that can help.
- Electric toothbrushes can sometimes do more with less effort.
- Modifying a toothbrush with a gripping tool is often very helpful.
- A water pik can be more comfortable and a fun alternative to flossing.
- If you’re cleaning someone else’s mouth, a floss pik can make it much easier.
3. Simple Preventative Habits
Certain simple habits can curtail dental risks, especially when thorough, daily dental care is difficult.
- Minimize snacks, especially starchy, sugary ones. Opt for crisp fruits and veggies.
- Reduce soft drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks. These have lots of acid and sugar that can harm teeth.
- Drink water regularly, and rinse after each meal or snack.
We Know That Each Patient Is Unique
When we talk about special needs, we recognize we’re addressing a very diverse group from elderly men and women with Alzheimer’s disease, to children with developmental disabilities. We know each patient who comes through our door has different challenges.
Please consider us your go-to resource. If we can’t accommodate your exact needs, we will do everything we can to advise you and point you in the right direction. Please call to visit with us about your specific needs. Or, if you know someone who could benefit from this post, please pass this information along.
Thanks for the trust you place in us. We appreciate you.
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WE HAVE BEGUN our Hat & Mitten Drive for Homeward Bound of Plymouth this year! We are asking our patients, friends, and teammates to donate any new, unwrapped winter wear item to this fantastic organization. We have partnered with the Plymouth location again this year and would like to wrap our Christmas tree in the warmth of your donations. Their Plymouth facility would like hats, mittens, scarves for teenagers to adults. Please join us at the office and help us decorate our tree. This is a wonderful non-profit organization who serves our community for those who cannot serve themselves. We will collect items until Monday, December 22. We will also give away an oral hygiene goodie bag for each donation that is brought into our office. If you should have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE LEGEND OF THE TOOTH FAIRY has been around for ages. But you may not recognize the winged pixie you know and love from these old traditions…
Originally, Parents Hid Children’s Teeth
Centuries ago in Europe, parents buried their child’s lost tooth in a “tooth garden”. This was believed to prevent an evil witch from stealing the tooth and casting a spell on the child! The same superstition spread around the world. Early American settlers placed children’s teeth in flowerpots. Some people even believed that swallowing the tooth was the best way to protect children from evil.
The Tooth Mouse Helped Children’s Teeth Grow Strong
Another interesting idea was that if an animal swallowed the child’s tooth, that child’s new adult tooth would resemble the teeth of the animal that swallowed it! This superstition evolved into the story of the “tooth mouse”—a French story in which a fairy turns into a mouse and hides under an evil king’s pillow. To save the queen, the mouse proceeds to knock out all of the king’s teeth while he sleeps!
Eventually, Teeth Were Exchanged For Coins
As the tooth mouse tradition grew, children began putting their teeth into their shoes. While they slept, the mouse exchanged the tooth for a coin or two. Many cultures still hold to the tooth mouse tradition, but in others, the tradition morphed from a mouse to the magical tooth fairy!
The “Making” Of A Tooth Fairy?
Do You Have A Favorite Tooth Fairy Memory?
What was YOUR experience with the tooth fairy when YOU were young? What traditions have you held on to with your own family? We’d love to hear them. Please comment below, or on our Facebook page!
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TONGUES ARE REMARKABLE ENGINEERING WONDERS. They help us nourish ourselves and clean our teeth. They’re a vital part of our oral and whole body health. How do we keep them clean and healthy?
Brush Your Tongue Daily
Your tongue hosts up to 10,000 taste buds. It also harbors billions of bacterium. That oral bacteria can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Brushing our teeth isn’t enough. We should be gently brushing our tongues every day while we’re in there!
Tongue Scrapers Can Be Helpful Too
Many patients find that tongue scrapers are more effective for them than simply brushing their tongues with their toothbrush. This can be really helpful in fighting bad breath too. More details in this short video…
Tongue scrapers can reduce the presence of volatile sulfur compounds significantly (caused when amino acids and bacteria interact). Tongue scrapers can also help reduce build-up in the back of your throat caused by a sinus infections or allergies. Just be gentle when you scrape.
The Benefits Of Keeping Your Tongue Clean
- Some people believe that by reducing the amount of bacteria we swallow in our saliva all the time, we can stay healthier.
- A cleaner tongue can actually make food taste better!
- When your tongue is cleaner, your entire mouth—including teeth and gums—stays cleaner.
- It’s a great line of defense against bacteria-caused halitosis!
Give Your Tongue The Respect It Deserves!
We love being your complete oral health partner. Dental health not only requires caring for your teeth, but caring for your gums and tongue as well. If you have questions, please let us know.
Thanks for your trust in our practice.
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ONCE AGAIN, WE ARE graciously accepting donations of new hats, mittens and scarfs for Homeward Bound in Plymouth. http://www.hbimn.org/
Since 1973, Homeward Bound has provided quality and innovative services to support children and adults with disabilities in leading more fulfilling lives.
Our mission is providing innovative & life-enriching services for children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities.
Homeward Bound serves children and adults with a variety of disabilities, but we have the unique capacity of meeting the needs of those with the most severe and profound disabilities.
We currently operate 18 residential homes and an in-home program. Our homes span the communities of Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, Robbinsdale and St. Louis Park.
We serve over 100 people, ages 14-75+, from a variety of races, religions and ethnicities.
Homeward Bound is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and is supported by donations from community organizations, businesses, foundations and individuals.
If you would like to donate this year, please bring by your unwrapped items to Boger Dental. Our Christmas tree is decorated and ready to receive more gifts for this wonderful organization. We will accept donations until Monday, December 22nd.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us email@example.com
MILLIONS OF CHILDREN TODAY aren’t receiving basic, recommended dental care designed to detect and prevent disease. In fact, various surveys conclude that over half of children and adolescents did not visit a dentist in the past year.
Preventative Care For Children Is Essential For Lifelong Health
Childhood caries are the #1 chronic infection in children—AND they’re preventable! Through regular cleanings, topical fluoride treatments to strengthen teeth and dental sealants to shield tooth surfaces, tooth decay can be dramatically reduced.
If children don’t visit the dental office until decay is advanced—causing pain and damage—they’re much more likely to associate the dental office with fear and pain. Children build lifelong patterns based on these experiences. They may grow up to avoid the dentist, despite pain and damage that occurs as a result of neglect.
Think About The Kids You Love…
Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, an aunt, uncle, neighbor, coworker or friend… We all have children we care about in our lives. Do those children visit the dentist every six months? Are they educated on the best ways to care for their oral health? Are they protecting their teeth from tooth decay with fluoride and sealants?
Help Protect Those You Love Through Education
Protect children’s smiles and oral health! If there’s anything that we can do to help, give us a call.
Thank you for allowing us to be your trusted partners in health. We appreciate you!
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DR. CHAD CELEBRATES HIS 40th birthday at his favorite place surrounded by all of his favorite people….BOGER DENTAL! His wife, Shayla surprised him with bouquets of balloons in his operatories and a wonderful birthday cake!
We all wish him an incredible year ahead with his family, friends, and business! You are an exceptional Dentist to work with and look forward to many exciting years ahead.
Boger Dental Team
Welcome to fall Boger Dental patients: We are excited to offer our patients a great savings on Invisalign orthodontics! If you have any interest in straightening your teeth without all the metal, please contact our office for an incredible offer.
Sure, there are other options out there for straightening your teeth, but none offers the level of comfort, convenience and confidence that you’ll find with Invisalign®. And no matter what stage you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how our cutting-edge approach to treatment has minimal interference in how you live, but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.
We are offering over $700 off the cost of Invisalign! All you need to do is contact our office for a complimentary Invisalign consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have plenty of patients and team members who have transformed their smiles with Invisalign and you could be next with this fantastic offer!