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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!

 

We Are Expanding To Serve You Better!

April 12th, 2015

Dental Office Expansion Project

Starting this week, we are beginning an expansion project that will maximize our ability to care for you and your family. When complete, the expansion will bring our capacity from nine state-of-the-art patient care rooms to 11. The new space will allow us to schedule appointments for you and your family in a more timely fashion and ensure that we remain responsive to the dental needs of all of our patients.

Each new patient room will offer you the same Boger Dental experience you’ve come to trust with some additional benefits, such as greater privacy or the option of a closed environment that may be more comfortable for some patients.

During the expansion, construction crews will be hard at work around the clock to complete our expansion as quickly as possible. During the day, some patients may experience additional noise, but we will work hard to make your appointment as relaxing and comfortable as possible. We appreciate your patience in advance.

This new space was designed with you and your family in mind, and we look forward to unveiling our newly expanded space very soon! For updates, visit our Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (763) 564-7707.

 

Feel Inspired By Mouth Painter, Mariam Paré

April 8th, 2015

HOW OFTEN DO WE PAUSE to appreciate our own amazing gifts and abilities? It’s easy to take things that come easiest for granted. Mariam Paré’s inspiring story not only gives us courage and motivation to be our best, but it helps put life into perspective.

Paralyzed By A Bullet Wound, Mariam’s Life Changed In An Instant

Mariam, a promising 20 year old painter, dreamed about all the things her artistic future held. Today, 18 years after a tragic event that changed her life, she’s painting just as she dreamed—but she’s doing it a little differently than she imagined.

Mariam paints with her teeth, patiently and precisely clenching brushes between them as she continues to express her remarkable artistic gift.

We Can All Take Lessons In Showing Gratitude

First, let’s all be grateful for our healthy mouths and teeth. For all the things they do for us… Speaking, chewing, nourishing, smiling, and in Mariam’s case, even painting—let’s be grateful for our healthy smiles and show our appreciation by taking great care of them.

Second, we are grateful for you—our valued patients. Without your support and friendship we couldn’t do the things we love to do each day. We treasure the trust you place in us. We’re honored when you recommend us, or refer one of your friends or coworkers. Always let us know how we can best serve you.

Were you also inspired by Mariam’s story? Please share your thoughts with us below. Thanks.

5 Common Canker Sore Triggers To Avoid

April 2nd, 2015

CANKER SORES ARE SELDOM SERIOUS, but they can drive us crazy! These small, shallow ulcers pop up in our mouths and on the inside of our lips unexpectedly and sometimes take days to heal. The good news is that they’re fairly easy to prevent, once you understand their triggers.

5 Common Triggers To Avoid

  1. Stress – Stress can weaken your immune system, making it easy for canker sores to form and irritate your mouth.
  2. Tissue Injury – If you already have cuts or scrapes inside of your mouth (from biting your cheek, for example), you’re more vulnerable to canker sores.
  3. Foods – Foods that are high in acidity like strawberries, tomatoes, pineapples and lemons can trigger canker sores. Sour candies are also a common culprit.
  4. Dental Appliances – Having braces or ill-fitting dentures could also cause canker sores, since it increases opportunities for irritation in your mouth.
  5. Sickness – If you already have an infection in your body, the chances are higher for canker sores.

Some Simple Remedies

Once you learn your triggers, canker sores become much easier to avoid. Limit problematic foods. If braces are irritating your mouth, ask for more dental wax, or have the trouble-spots checked. If stress is contributing to canker sores, try stress-reduction techniques.

After checking your triggers, if you find that you’re still getting frequent canker sores, check your oral care routine.

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid irritating oral tissue.
  • Try using toothpaste that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
  • Rinse your mouth each day with salt water.

Do you have any personal remedies and tips that help your canker sores? Share below! We’d love to hear them and pass them along.

Thank you for being such wonderful patients and friends. We appreciate you!

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

Numb Lip? Fillings Keep Small Problems From Becoming Big Ones

March 25th, 2015

YOU’RE RETURNING TO WORK after your dental appointment with a numb lip, thanks to a filling! We know it can be annoying. A filling may not be welcome news, but they’re often an important part of your preventative care plan, and much preferable to the alternatives!

If you’re ever been tempted to postpone getting a filling, think about this:

Decay Leads To More Decay… Until It’s Stopped

When decay erodes part of your tooth, fillings help us seal off and cover the compromised area. We place fillings because once a tooth starts to get decay, it’s very likely the decay will progress.

  • A cavity indicates that the area is decay-prone, whether that’s due to chewing habits, cleaning habits, or the bacterial climate.
  • Cavities can create crevices in your mouth that trap plaque and food particles, encouraging further decay.
  • The tooth’s outer enamel layer is much stronger than the inner, dentin layer. If decay breaches the enamel, it can progress dramatically, leading to severe pain and permanent tooth damage.

Fillings Need To Be Maintained, And Sometimes Refreshed

Occasionally, we may recommend that you replace a filling. The materials used in fillings can break down and weaken over time, which can lead to further decay and damage. During a replacement, we make sure that there’s no decay under the filling, and that the area is not compromised.

Be Proactive In Your Dental Care

Don’t postpone getting a filling if it’s recommended. Protect your oral health by being proactive. Save time and money by fixing the problem while it’s still small.

Let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns about the care that we recommend for you and your family. We value our relationship with you and we want to be sure that you’re always comfortable and happy with your service.

Thanks for being our patients and friends!

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

Boger Dental Is A Finalist In Plymouth Magazine’s Best Of 2015

March 24th, 2015

Best of Plymouth MN

We were excited to learn that Plymouth residents have again voted for us an asset to their community in the dental category! Thank you, Plymouth, for your continued confidence in us to provide for your dental needs!

We take that privilege seriously and work hard each day to provide a caring, comfortable and personalized dental experience. From our comprehensive care and comfort amenities, to the time we take to train our dental team to be sensitive to people with dental fears, to a variety of sedation dentistry options, we work hard to make a trip to the dentist a pleasant experience.

To see the list of finalists for all categories, click here.

A Healthier Mouth = A Healthier Heart?

March 18th, 2015

Healthy Mouth

OUR BODIES ARE ECOSYSTEMS where a change in one area affects other areas. This connection is becoming clearer as scientists continue examining the links between oral health and cardiovascular health. Recent studies suggest that taking care of your gums through great oral hygiene could cut your risk of a heart attack or stroke!

Important Links Between Gum Health And Heart Health

Inflammation caused by gum disease could contribute to an increased risk for heart problems. The mouth is the gateway to the body, and gums that are infected or bleeding provide easy access for bacteria to get into the bloodstream. Once inside, certain types of bacteria cause low-level inflammation of blood vessels without causing a full-blown blood infection. Because of this, treatment is very difficult once the bacteria have become established. The constant low-level inflammation can induce atherosclerosis–the hardening of arterial walls–and lead to blockages.

Mom Was Right—An Ounce of Prevention…

Beyond diet and exercise, it’s hard to know what to do to prevent heart disease. However, gum disease and tooth decay are completely preventable!

  • Brush twice daily for two minutes, gently massaging the gums.
  • Floss once daily.
  • Brush or rinse with water after eating or drinking.
  • Don’t miss your regular cleanings and check-ups with us.

As such studies continue, it’s likely more evidence will be found linking gum disease and heart disease. In the meantime, there are already enough reasons to take charge of your oral health! Establishing good dental hygiene habits now and sticking to them will help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and a host of other problems.

Stay Healthy For The People You Love

We’re proud to assist you in your pursuit of comprehensive, lasting health. We look forward to seeing you during your next visit.

Thank you for allowing us to be your lifelong health partner. We appreciate you!

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

How Endurance Training Can Harm Your Teeth

March 16th, 2015

MOST OF US TAKE OUR teeth for granted. Yet, think about how important the functions your mouth performs for you. Your mouth and teeth are the gateway for breathing, eating and drinking. The long digestive process begins in your mouth. The demands of endurance training, as well as the substances you put in your mouth, impact the healthy function of both your teeth and your entire body. Turns out that endurance athletes are particularly susceptible to dental erosion and its far-reaching effects on our bodies.

We take for granted that regular brushing alone is enough to keep us healthy. Or, perhaps it’s too expensive or inconvenient to go to the dentist regularly. However, the evidence is overwhelming that oral health is a crucial element in overall health, well-being and athletic performance at all levels.

Two Main Causes of Dental Erosion

There are two main reasons why endurance athletes are at increased risk for dental erosion: consuming sugary sports drinks and nutrition and heavy mouth breathing.

Sugary Sports Foods


Frequent small sips of sports drink or other sugars while training, spares muscle glycogen, but negatively impacts your teeth. Sugar consumption increases acid producing bacteria that begins the cascade of potential problems. Most sports drinks also contain phosphoric or citric acid which further erode tooth enamel. A compromised tooth is now more susceptible to bacterial build up, leading to a list of potential dental problems: plaque, cavities, gingivitis, inflammation, unresolved infection, periodontitis, etc.

However, sugary sports drinks were not the main cause of dental erosion.

Full Body Effect


If left unchecked, prolonged bacterial build up in your mouth will negatively impact how your whole body functions and performs. Advanced dental erosion has been implicated in many disease states, such as: osteoporosis, pneumonia, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Long, hard training for days, weeks and years can leave your immune system stressed. Add to this an increased bacterial load in the mouth and your immune system struggles to keep up with demand.

Steps to Improve Your Oral Health

You can improve your oral health while continuing to enjoy and thrive with your endurance training and racing, even reverse or eliminate current problems. Here are action steps you can take:

Brush and floss daily

See your dentist for check ups 2 to 3 times each year
If you have any nagging tooth pain or unresolved dental problems, get this taken care of right away
If you need ongoing specialized care, look for a sports dentist in your area
Using a Sonicare toothbrush, water flosser (Water Pik) and Listerine will improve your oral health dramatically (in addition to brushing and flossing)
Decrease your consumption of sports drinks and other sugary sports foods. Rinse your mouth with water after consuming sugars. There is a time and place for these foods during hard training blocks and races. Work to reduce them during easy and short sessions. Instead, drink plain water or coconut water. You can also add electrolytes.