Dr. Chad Boger recently accepted recognition from Jody and Angelica from Ready, Set, Smile for his volunteer work for the Minneapolis schools.
Every year, Boger Dental participates in the Smiles for Life campaign. Our practice donates all of the proceeds from whitening products and procedures from March to June each year to the Smiles for Life charity. In turn, half of the proceeds are given back to local charities within the community.
Losing baby teeth is a rite of passage for kids and one significant step to becoming a grown up. So, what do you do when your child loses a tooth? We'll walk through oral health care for kids, when and why they lose teeth, and aftercare.
The American Association of Cosmetic Dentists says that “virtually all Americans (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset.” While teeth whitening is becoming more and more popular, most people tend to get their teeth whitened due to discoloration. Still, there are quite a few who use special occasions to invest their money into a brighter smile! Here are four special life events where you might want to consider having your teeth professionally whitened.
While cosmetic dentistry is an elective procedure, you’re going to want to know the costs before signing up to have something fixed. Whether you opt to do one cosmetic procedure or a couple of them, it’s important to know what the determining factors for the price may be, how much each treatment will cost, and whether your insurance will pay for cosmetic procedures.
For many people, going to the dentist can be a frightening and uncomfortable experience. Luckily, our friendly and talented staff of dental assistants will assure that you will be comfortable and well-taken care of in a relaxed environment. We recently sat down with one of our dental assistants, Crystal, to learn a little more about her and her role at Boger Dental.
Summer is almost over, and that means school is right around the corner! That also means you’ll want to make an appointment at Boger Dental for a back to school checkup for your child. Here is why your child should visit the dentist before school and the four ways you can have a successful appointment with the dentist.
Acquiring a beautiful smile seems to be easier and less costly with every passing year. As consumer demand for that “Hollywood” smile is on the rise, this attention to having the best smile is a huge factor in driving people to utilize cosmetic dentistry for elective treatments. Here are a few top trends and advancements towards this industry with new materials, technology, and procedures that are redefining the world of cosmetic dentistry and a perfect smile.
Teeth can become stained or discolored from a wide range of reasons. Food, drinks, medications, tobacco usage, and more can all stain the enamel of your teeth, giving them a yellowish tint. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry option to help alleviate any stress caused by discolored teeth.
There are a lot of options out on the market for teeth whitening. Walk down the dental aisle at your local store and you’ll see plenty of at-home choices. Some of those at-home products can be questionable, meaning they may or may not work. So, how do you ensure you get whiter teeth without the hassle? Professional teeth whitening is the way to go. Come to Boger Dental, and we’ll make sure you get a brighter smile with Zoom! Advanced Power™.
Discolored, cracked, or chipped teeth can make a person lose their self-confidence. For years the thought of cosmetic dentistry offered rumors of cost, inaccessibility to all, and the difficulty for most to benefit from the full range of procedures.
Nowadays, the misconceptions and myths of cosmetic dentistry are now demystified. Keep reading as we debunk three myths about cosmetic dentistry!
Music in Plymouth 2018 will be held on Wednesday, July 11th at the outdoor Hilde Performance Center!
With a great schedule of live music and entertainment, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser for the whole family.
Finding a hygienist you know and trust is a key factor in maintaining great oral health. To show you how wonderful our team is, we recently sat down with one of our dental hygienists, Meghan Schrempp, to learn a little more about her and her role at Boger Dental.
We have 1 month left for our 2018 Smiles for Life season! Don't miss out on whitening your teeth and helping a child restore their smile and improve their life.
At Boger Dental, we’re very passionate about this charity event each year. We have a CRAZY challenge if we meet our goal. See Dr. Chad’s video message to learn what that challenge is …
ADHD. It’s one of the most common mental disorders affecting children today, affecting approximately five percent of kids, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
ADHD can show up in different ways - an inability to focus, hyperactivity, and taking impulsive actions without considering their broader consequences. It can make life extremely difficult for children (and the 2.5% of adults it’s estimated to affect too).
Do you wake up tired every day? Do you snore loudly? Have others observed that you sometimes stop breathing during sleep?
These are just a few of the symptoms of sleep apnea, a “potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts,” according to Mayo Clinic.
According to Mayo Clinic, “Dry mouth is caused when the salivary glands in the mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet.”
Dry mouth can create serious oral health issues, since saliva is necessary to wash away food, neutralize bacteria’s acid, and protect against tooth decay.
But what causes dry mouth? How do you know if you have it? And more importantly, how can you treat it?
In this post, we'll cover the causes, symptoms, and effects of dry mouth, as well as your treatment options.
We hear time and time again how much our patients enjoy working with our staff here at Boger Dental. To showcase how great our team is, we want to share our employees' stories who have a real passion for what they do.
We recently sat down with one of our dental hygienists, Micah Hallock, to learn a little more about her and her role at Boger Dental.
Micah Hallock, Dental Hygienist
Hometown: Mound, Minnesota
In the last several years, Invisalign has become an increasingly popular alternative to metal braces. Why? Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners, so you can enjoy a beautiful smile as you enhance your oral health.
At Boger Dental, we provide Invisalign for a number of patients each year, and our expertise has earned us the designation of Invisalign Preferred Provider.
Tax Day this year is Tuesday, April 17th. According to Business Insider, the average refund in Minnesota this year is $2,432. What will you do with that money?
One of your best options? Investing in yourself - and specifically, your smile.
Dental implants are one of the most technologically advanced solutions for missing and damaged teeth today. However, you may be wondering, are they safe?
Here are some statistics about dental implants, plus their advantages over other solutions, and what to expect if you choose dental implants.
It’s that time of year - spring is just around the corner, and easter candy is everywhere.
If you’re stocking up easter baskets, or just enjoying the treats of the season, here are our top 3 tips for taking care of your teeth.
If you have a missing or damaged tooth, you want a solution that gives you a durable, beautiful smile. If you’re looking at your options, you’ve probably heard of dental implants.
But what are dental implants, exactly? Are they common? Safe? Right for you?
Here are 5 myths about dental implants, plus the facts about how they work, look, and feel. Read on to learn if dental implants may be right for you.
So, you’ve decided that a dental implant is the best way to care for your missing or damaged tooth. Implants are one of the most advanced options available in dentistry today. Although the process usually takes at least six months from start to finish, it is well worth the time and investment.
What can you expect during the process? How long will each stage last? Get the answers to all your questions below.
If you suffer from TMJ disorder, the pain and discomfort can be overwhelming. If your bite is misaligned, you may also be doing irreversible damage to your teeth and jaw.
You need a solution. But many TMJ treatments available today merely mask symptoms without addressing the underlying causes of your pain.
If you've tried everything but the pain persists, neuromuscular dentistry is your best option for a long-term solution with proven results.
What is neuromuscular dentistry? We get this question all the time, so we've put together this post on what it is, what makes it different, and how to tell if it's the right option for you.
Dental implants are one of the most medically advanced solutions for missing and damaged teeth available today. However, deciding to get dental implants is a big decision. Before you commit, you probably have a few questions you want answered.
Here’s our guide to life before and after dental implants. You’ll learn common reasons people choose dental implants, what it’s like to have them, and ways to tell if they’d be right for you. Finish reading and still need more information? Just check out our Complete Guide to Dental Implants.
Recently, Boger Dental’s very own Dr. Chad Boger was named one of Mpls.St.Paul's Top Dentists again in 2018.
If you have a cracked or broken tooth, a dental implant can be a great solution. One of the biggest advantages? They can last a lifetime, rarely need to be replaced, and integrate fully into your jaw to function almost identically to a real tooth.
Wondering what sets them apart? Here are 5 advantages of dental implants that make them a great dental solution.
Splints are usually the first stage of treatment for TMJ disorders. Wearing a splint helps your dentist find your optimal bite, a process that usually takes at least 3 months. Splints can also be used as a long-term treatment to make your best bite permanent.
There are many different types of splints available today. So, which option is right for you?
Here are 5 of the most common splints, and what they’re best for.
If you suffer from TMJ, it can be difficult to find a good dentist.
With a wide variety of treatment options available today, and a variety of different standards, how can you find a dentist to meet your needs and is up on the latest in training?
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a dentist for TMJ.
Do you suffer from constant headaches? Does it hurt when your bite fits together? If so, you may have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ, TMJD, or TMD.
How do you know if TMJ is the cause of your pain? If you display a few of the following TMJ symptoms, it’s probably time for treatment.
Happy Holidays from team at Boger Dental!
Before the year is over, we’re celebrating a great collection of dental blogs in 2017. Here are the top 10 most popular posts of 2017.
From 3 Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Bridges to What to Expect at Your Sedation Dentistry Appointment, you’ll gain the insight you need to make the best decisions possible for your dental health.
When you’re thinking about foods to avoid during the holidays, you’re likely focusing on calories — and neglecting to think about your teeth. But many holiday foods are absolute nightmares for your pearly whites and if you’re not careful, you could leave the season with stained teeth and unnecessary cavities.
Here are 6 holiday foods and drinks to avoid or enjoy in moderation, plus 4 healthier options that your mouth will thank you for.
Dental bridges offer a natural-looking, permanent solution to replace missing or damaged teeth. They are a more traditional alternative to dental implants. According to Colgate, dental bridges may be a better option than implants “if the neighboring teeth have large fillings and need crowns or caps in the future.”
You should always talk to your dentist to find the option that’s right for you. If you decide that a dental bridge is your best option, here are 3 frequently asked questions you’ll want the answers to.
When you are faced with a missing tooth, there are a few options you can consider to restore your smile. Modern dental prosthetics offer a variety of viable solutions for people, regardless of their age and budget.
Many people choose dental implants because they provide a high-quality, lasting solution to missing teeth. No more embarrassment. Never worry about it again. You will achieve a beautiful, top of the line result and care-free function for the rest of your life!
Are you self-conscious about stained or discolored teeth?
You may have tried at-home strategies like eating foods that promote a healthy smile. However, if you want the best results, professional teeth whitening is your best bet.
Invisalign is quickly catching on as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Wondering if it could be right for you? Here are five advantages Invisalign has over traditional braces, plus five common issues it is used to fix.
Dental bonding is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure because of its affordability and low time commitment. But when is dental bonding the right solution for your teeth?
Here are three times when your dentist may recommend dental bonding, plus what to expect at your appointment, and how to care for your smile.
Are you self-conscious about a minor overlap in your teeth? Do you need to repair a small chip or crack? Have you considered dental recontouring?
Dental recontouring is ideal for patients who would like to improve their smiles without surgery or lengthy procedures.
If you are considering restorative and cosmetic dentistry for decayed or damaged teeth, you have a lot of options.
Whether you’re interviewing for a job, on a first date, or in another new situation, making a good first impression is crucial.
So, how do you make a good first impression? A lot has to do with how you approach the conversation. Do you make eye contact? Is your handshake firm? Are you prepared for your initial meeting with subject matter knowledge or insightful questions? Can you practice active listening?
Another key? Starting off with a smile.
Maybe you need to schedule a few complex procedures for a single visit. Maybe you have trouble saying “ahh” wide enough for the dentist. Or maybe you struggle with dental anxiety or white coat syndrome.
What are the advantages of sedation dentistry? We asked Erin, a patient who recently chose IV sedation for her dental procedure. Here’s what she said:
Maybe you live in dread of going to the dentist. Maybe you need a root canal, but don’t want to experience the procedure. Maybe you have several complex procedures to schedule, and can’t seem to find the time.
For Molly*, going to the dentist had been a stressful experience since she required emergency oral surgery as a young child. She could barely manage going to the dentist for her regular checkups, and when the dentist told Molly she would need surgery to remove her wisdom teeth, she panicked. She knew that the surgery would be necessary to prevent the wisdom teeth from growing and damaging several nearby nerves, but she didn’t think she could handle the stress of another dental surgery.
It can be easy to feel sheepish about dental anxiety, especially when there are some people who minimize how you feel when it’s time to go to the dentist. It can sometimes be hard for people to relate, which can result in hurtful remarks.
You worry about seeing the dentist to the point that you reschedule appointments or just never make them. You suffer from a toothache for weeks because the thought of seeing a dentist makes you feel sick. If these statements describe how you feel about seeing the dentist, you may be a great candidate for sedation dentistry. However, you may have some concerns about the safety or types of sedation.
You may have done a quick Google search for a dentist nearby or simply called your insurance company to to find your current dentist. What you may not realize is that you’re not stuck with the dentist you’ve chosen if they aren’t a good fit, especially if you have dental anxiety.
For some people, going to the dentist is nothing more than an inconvenience that they don’t look forward to, but go because it means a clean and healthy smile. For others, just making a dental appointment can be extremely stressful.
The news is covered with stories of people who went to the doctor for pain relief and became addicted to narcotics to the point that they are abusing illegal drugs once they’re no longer able to get the prescription medication. This may have you gritting your teeth, and just trying to ignore your dental pain. You can get dental pain relief safely by talking with your dentist about medications.
It’s far too easy to look in the mirror and not like what you see, especially when it comes to your teeth.
If you have an intense reaction to having to go to the dentist, you're not alone. So what can you do about it?
You left your recent dental appointment feeling as though you may need a second opinion on your proposed dental treatment. It may be "just a feeling" you have, but you're not alone among dental patients. In fact, a poll on Angie’s List found that 44 percent of respondents wished they would have sought a dental second opinion, but a whopping 75 percent have never pursued a second opinion for their dental treatment.
Everything is in order to get a handle on your TMJ disorder and take your life back. So, what’s stopping you from going through with the treatment plan? For many people like you, it’s just two words: dental anxiety.
You knew it was coming: the TMJ diagnosis that explains the discomfort and pain in your jaw you’ve been enduring. You understand that your TMJ disorder treatment may include bite adjustment, orthodontics, restorative dental work, or surgery. You’ve even found a local dental office with hours that are so convenient that you won’t have to take time off of work.
If you're suffering from TMJ but find yourself procrastinating about taking the next steps in your treatment, you may be suffering from a different kind of uncomfortable disorder: dental anxiety or even white coat syndrome.
We always hear about foods we should avoid eating. But good news! There are foods that actually promote a healthy mouth and a whiter smile!
Our hearts go out to our kids when they’re ill. We want to help them feel better faster. That’s why there are many over-the-counter (OTC) medications for kids that help relieve cold, flu, and allergy symptoms. But do these syrups affect your child's dental health?
Feeling nervous about going to the dentist? You’re not alone. One in every five people feels enough anxiety about visiting the dental office that they delay important treatments.
Advancements in dental technology and sedation dentistry 一 and even an increase in gentle dentistry practices 一 hasn’t changed the rate of general dental anxiety in the past 50 years. So what causes some people to be wary of going to the dentist?
There is a lot of talk about radiation -- from the sun, minerals in the soil, household appliances, and also dental x-rays. It is wise to be cautious about the amount of radiation that you are exposed to, so fortunately you take ease in that the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of dental x-rays is extremely small, especially with our digital x-ray technology. Our hygienist, Michelle Sensat, has done some interesting research about dental x-rays.
Together We Can Make A Difference For Our Neighbors!
This holiday season we are partnering with Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) to help provide holiday meals for families in Plymouth, Wayzata, Orono, Long Lake, Hamel families that are served by IOCP.
We want to give a special shout out to our local CherryBerry here in Plymouth, MN! Thank for sending us the coupon gift cards to hand out. We appreciate your special treats to reward our littlest patients, like Logan, for their good dental health care habits. She was pretty happy about it, too! @CherryBerryPlymouth
If you are ready for a challenge for the chance to win one three very cool, family-friendly prizes, then you'll want to learn more! Prizes include:
At the start of the 2015 Smiles For Life campaign, the Boger Dental team promised our patients that if we reached our goal that we would take a pie in our faces. Thanks to our awesome patient community, we not only reached this year's goal, but exceeded it! Since 2008, together we have raised $180,277 for children's charities.
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!
We Did It!
Our goal this year was to raise $20,000.00 for the Crown Council Smiles for Life campaign. Not only did we meet our goal, but THANKS TO YOU, we exceeded it! Our grand total raised for 2015 is $20,580.00!
We are in the final two weeks of this year's Smiles For Life campaign! So far, we have raised $15,900 thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our awesome patients. In fact, look what we got in our email today. Boger Dental is holding strong at #7 as one of the campaign's top contributors! Most importantly, we learned that the Smiles For Life campaign has passed the $1,000,000 mark for kids' charities for the 17th straight year!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Calling All Yellow Smiles!
Let us help you whiten your teeth and together we can brighten the lives of children in need! We are kicking off our 11th annual Smiles For Life campaign. Thanks to the generosity of our patients, so far over the past decade we have raised $203,189 for locally-based children’s charities.
WE KNOW SOME OF YOU DON’T LIKE TO FLOSS. You may be surprised to hear us say, “we understand!” Flossing each day can be difficult. Perhaps you have sensitive gums, your mouth is small, or you feel like floss wrapped around your fingers cuts off your circulation. There are lots of seemingly good reasons not to floss—and as you can imagine, we’ve heard them all.
SHOWING YOUR TEETH WHEN YOU SMILE makes a huge difference in your confidence and appearance. Beautiful teeth make us all feel more approachable, better prepared, accepting of others, younger, and more attractive. Studies even show that 70% of people believe that a beautiful smile can make someone more attractive than does wearing makeup!
CAVITY PREVENTION IS A CONTINUOUS QUEST. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help fight tooth decay. The obvious ones including brushing, flossing and regular checkups. Another great way to fight cavities is the application of topical fluoride treatments.
HORMONAL CHANGES CAN AFFECT nearly every part of our bodies—including the mouth and gums. If you, or someone you love, is experiencing sore, swollen, extra pink or bleeding gums it may be a result of such changes. Studies show that changing hormones particularly affect women’s periodontal health.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Bisphenol A and Dental Materials
Council on Scientific Affairs Statement
CHICAGO (April 2013) — Bisphenol A (BPA) has been present in many consumer plastic products and food packaging since the 1960s.1 Some studies have suggested that BPA may have adverse health effects, which has raised concerns about its widespread use.
The food industry uses BPA in the manufacture of hard plastic bottles and the lining that coats metal cans used to hold foods and beverages. Bisphenol A also is found in many other hard plastic products (like toys and plastic tableware). In 2012 in response to a petition from the American Chemistry Council, the FDA removed regulatory authorization for BPA as an additive in baby bottles and spill-proof cups. The FDA stated that this action was not based on safety concerns but rather on the manufacturers’ representation that the industry no longer used BPA in those items.2 BPA is also present in the environment from the release of industrial and household wastes. To a lesser extent, dental materials used to treat and prevent caries can contribute to very low-level BPA exposure for a few hours after placement.3,4,5
BPA might be found in dental composites and sealants for two reasons: 1) it’s a by-product of other ingredients in dental composites and sealants that have degraded, and; 2) it’s a trace material left-over from the manufacture of other ingredients used in dental composites and sealants. ADA research, confirmed by direct communications from dental material manufacturers, indicates that BPA is not used as a formula ingredient in dental materials.
As a product of the degradation of the material in the oral cavity: Composite resins are formulated from a mixture of monomers that are commonly based on bisphenol A diglycidyl ether methacrylate (bis-GMA). Some composite resins may contain other monomers, in addition to bis-GMA, that are added to modify the properties of the resin. An example is bisphenol A dimethacrylate (bis-DMA). Bis-DMA-containing materials can release very small quantities of BPA, because bis-DMA is broken down by salivary enzymes.
As a trace material: BPA is used in the production of other ingredients found in many dental composites and sealants. Bis-DMA and bis-GMA are both produced using BPA as a starting ingredient, so residual BPA, which was not chemically converted into bis-DMA or bis-GMA, is likely present in trace amounts in any dental material containing these ingredients.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides scientific guidance on issues that affect the health of Americans, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides advice and recommendations on dental product safety. A 2008 report prepared by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the HHS states that, “Dental sealant exposure to bisphenol A occurs primarily with use of dental sealants [containing] bisphenol A dimethacrylate. This exposure is considered an acute and infrequent event with little relevance to estimating general population exposures.”6 The NTP reported that bisphenol A in food and beverages accounts for the majority of daily human exposure.6 In 2012, the FDA reiterated that “recent studies provide reason for some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.” However, the FDA “recognizes substantial uncertainties with respect to the overall interpretation of these studies and their potential implications for human health effects of BPA exposure. These uncertainties relate to issues such as the routes of exposure employed, the lack of consistency among some of the measured endpoints or results between studies, the relevance of some animal models to human health, differences in the metabolism (and detoxification) of and responses to BPA both at different ages and in different species, and limited or absent dose response information for some studies.”1 Based on this conclusion, the FDA continues to provide for the use of BPA in dental materials, medical devices and food packaging.
According to the CDC, dental caries remains the most common chronic disease of children 6 to 19 years of age—4 times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years.7 Untreated cavities can cause pain, dysfunction, absence from school, poor appearance and can lead to the spread of infection—problems that greatly affect a child’s quality of life. The utility of composite resin materials for both restoring dental health and preventing caries is well established, while any health risks from their use are not. The ADA fully supports continued research into the safety of BPA; but, based on current evidence, the ADA does not believe there is a basis for health concerns relative to BPA exposure from any dental material.
The ADA is a professional association of dentists committed to the public’s oral health. As such, the ADA supports ongoing research on the safety of existing dental materials and in the development of new materials. Based on current research, the Association agrees with the authoritative government agencies that the low-level of BPA exposure that may result from dental sealants and composites poses no known health threat.
1. Bisphenol A (BPA). U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm064437.htm accessed January 11, 2013.
2. Indirect Food Additives: Polymers. A Rule by the Food and Drug Administration on 07/17/2012.https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/07/17/2012-17366/indirect-food-additives-polymers accessed January 11, 2013.
3. Joskow R, Boyd Barr D, Barr JR, Calafat AM, Needham LL, Rubin C. Exposure to bisphenol A from bis-glycidyl dimethacrylate-based dental sealants. J Am Dent Assoc. 2006;137:353-62.
4. Fleisch, A.F., Sheffield, P.E., Chinn, C., Edelstein, B.L., and Landrigan, P.J. (2010). Bisphenol A and related compounds in dental materials. Pediatrics. 2010;126(4):760-768.
5. Kingman A, Hyman J, Masten SA, Jayaram B, Smith C, Eichmiller F, Arnold MC, Wong PA, Schaeffer JM, Solanki S, Dunn WJ. Bisphenol A and other compounds in human saliva and urine associated the placement of composite restorations. J Am Dent Assoc . 2012;143(12):1292-1302.
6. National Toxicology Program. Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction. Monograph on the Potential Human Reproductive and Developmental Effects of Bisphenol A. NIH Publication No. 08-5994, September 2008.
7. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing Dental Caries with Community Programs. 2010 http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/dental_caries.htm accessed January 11, 2013.
A few of our patients have asked about a controversial article surrounding root canals. An article was published stating that teeth with root canals are linked to terminal cancer. There is no valid research linking root canal teeth to disease elsewhere in the body.
Smiles For Life: Whiten Your Smile and Help a Child
At Boger Dental we have started our whitening campaign, which runs from March 1 thru June 30. We are proud to sponsor Smiles for Life again this year. 100% of our proceeds go directly to Smiles for Life and the Ronald McDonald Charities. We have 2 methods of whitening your teeth, you can set up an hour in-office Boost! whitening appointment or a 20 minute appointment to have impressions for take-home trays. We have discounted our fees to $540 (Boost!) and $200 (Opalescence trays). Please call our office at #763-546-7707 or email us at email@example.com
We had a very successful candy trade in at Boger Dental. We collected 110 pounds of Halloween candy from our "trick or treaters"! Thank you to our Boger Dental Team for helping with those brave children ready to hand over their candy for cash! Dr. Chad Boger and Dr. Joe Madden donated $220 to those children, along with a goodie bag including toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and lip balm. We would like to personally thank Lori Lorence, Lorelle Eng, and Enisa Gluhic for coming in on Saturday to help out with this event.
A big thank you to our Boger Dental team that supported the 3rd Annual Walk/Run for the Twin Cities. The event is sponsored by The Oral Cancer Foundation. Dr. Chad Boger, Dr. Joe Madden, Michelle Sensat and Natalie Christiensen graciously took time out of their weekend to support this wonderful cause. At Boger Dental, we are at the forefront of detecting oral cancer. We have the distinct advantage of seeing much more than a physician would be able to detect. Generally, we are seeing patients 2-4 times per year versus an annual physical visit to your physician. At each dental hygiene visit, both your Dentist and Dental Hygienist are completing a thorough oral cancer screening. If we do see a lesion that looks suspicious, we are working very closely with the referring oral surgeons to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible.
We are proud to announce the reintroduction of our Children's Brushing Reward Program at Boger Dental! Your children will be rewarded with a chance to win a prize each month by simply getting a report from the Dentist that they are cavity free. During each dental visit with their dental hygienist your child not only leaves with a clean teeth, but a chance to win an assortment of prizes, such as movie tickets, Skyzone passes, Pump It Up passes, or a new Sonicare toothbrush. If your child receives a good oral hygiene report from their Dental Hygienist and the Dentist does not find any cavities, they can enter their name into our monthly drawing! Children aged 3-12 years old are eligible for our program. If your child wins, we will notify the parents via phone or email of the fantastic news! We would love to share the winner's photo on our"Kid's Korner"display, so we would need to get permission from the parents to showcase their child's hard work. We welcome you to take a look at this display when you are in for you next visit to Boger Dental. Your children's oral health is our number one priority when they are at our dental office and we strongly believe each child deserves to be recognized for their above and beyond work at keeping their teeth and gums healthy and cavity free ! If you have any questions regarding our new program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We had the opportunity to have two of our charitable organizations come to our office last week to give them our donations for 2013. On the left is our dental team with Smile Network International, who are our international partner. On the right are our Doctors with Ronald McDonald House Charities, who are our local partner. As a team, we donated over $20,000 to these two wonderful partners. Our dental team worked very hard to gain these donations from our patients and for that we say thank you! Not only do our patients benefit with a brighter smile, they help underserved children benefit from a healthier smile. 100% of our patient donations go directly to the children who need dental care. Smile Network International organizes dental groups that travel around the world to correct children with cleft lip/palate deformities. Ronald McDonald Care Mobile travels locally to underserved children who would otherwise not receive any dental care. Boger Dental is honored to be a part of both these organizations and look forward to future opportunities that our dental team may be a involved in. Please take a look at what these organizations are doing to better the dental health of our underserved populations. www.rmhc-um.org and www.smilenetwork.org
Boger Dental has always been a dental practice that exceeds patient expectations. Part of exceeding those expectations is continuing our dental education routinely. Our dental hygiene team became certified in Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy back in 2005. We went through a rigorous didactic and clinical course in order to begin using this advanced technology to treat gingivitis and periodontal disease.
The statistics on bulimia are startling. About one and a half million people in the United States suffer from bulimia. About 13% of all high school girls and 4% of all college-aged women suffer from bulimia.
We would like to thank all of our wonderful patients who contributed toward our efforts of raising $21,700 this year for our Smiles for Life promotion! We couldn't be happier with this generous amount to present to two organizations: Smile Network International, founder Kim Valentini. Smile Network International funds surgical missions and provides necessary supplies needed to repair birth defects, with a focus on cleft lips, cleft palates and other conditions requiring surgical intervention such as burns, tumors or other genetic defects. And to, The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile – a dental clinic on wheels – provides dental care to under-served children in the 14-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. The money you generously donated goes directly to these two wonderful organizations. Lorelle Eng, one of our hygienists, worked with The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and knows firsthand how thankful this organization is for our help each year. We have exceeded our goal every year with Smile Network International and we cannot thank you all enough for your help. We will plan to post pictures of our team presenting the $21,7000 check to Kim Valentini very soon for you all to see.
We had the privilege to attend a fundraising event May 17, 2013 for Teammates for Kids Foundation. This event raised money for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Child Life Zone. Their St. Paul hospital will begin breaking ground for this fabulous facility in October 2013. This will be the ninth facility built in the United States.
The Smile Network hosted a fabulous gala in April 2013. Many from our team were able to attend this event at ARIA in Minneapolis. Boger Dental has been a part of The Smile Network for many years. This organization does a wonderful job serving underprivileged children around the world with cleft lip/cleft palate surgical correction. At Boger Dental each spring we donate 100% of our teeth whitening procedures through our Smiles for Life promotion that begins in March and goes through June. If you have an interest in learning more about whitening your teeth, please call #763-546-7707 or email email@example.com
Touching Lives Through Smiles
Plymouth, MN is a wonderful place to live: award-winning schools, a variety of restaurants and shopping, beautiful public parks...and easy accessibility to great health care options. Plymouth Patch.com is conducting a poll and asking Plymouth-area residents to share your opinions about your favorite stores and services.
Tonight we had the opportunity to serve as a team again at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis. The menu of the evening was a taco bar with watermelon, lemonade and cookies for dessert. We had the privilege to serving several families but, as is always true, we were the ones that benefitted the most from the evening. It is a valuable experience to work together as a team outside of our daily work routines together. And,if you can do something that can help another, that is really a cool thing.
Yesterday was our beloved Mariann's birthday. You surely recognize Mariann by her smile and graceful style. She is appreciated by many for her cheery, optimistic personality, how she is always willing to lend a hand, and her sincere concern for each patient who comes through our doors and entrusts us with their dental care. Please help us celebrate by posting your reply on our Boger Dental Facebook page to this question:
Tiger Oaks Publishing hosted a "Best of Plymouth & Maple Grove" this past Tuesday night to reveal the results of surveys conducted respectively by Plymouth Magazine and Maple Grove Magazine. It was a beautiful night out at Rush Creek Golf Club with a silent auction to benefit two worthy organizations that serve our communities, Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners and CROSS Food Shelf.
Two sure signs of a healthy dental team are the longevity of the group and the tenure of its members. At Boger Dental in Plymouth, we have been fortunate to bring together and retain some fantastic dental professionals over the years. Several of our team members have been with us for over ten, 15 and 20 years. Melissa Polansky has been a faithful member of the Boger Dental for 25 years now. We are grateful for her loyal dedication to our dental practice and the high standard she sets patient service by our administrative team.
You have probably heard about the controversy stirring around the study published by the American Cancer Society on April 10th that claims to have made a connection between dental x-rays and brain tumors. It is being covered by all of the news stations, from CBS News to the Huffington Post. Those kinds of claims not only make headlines but caught the attention of our team here at Boger Dental and our professional peers, as well. So, after careful review, we offer our patients this insight to help find perspective about the study's findings and implications.
It's that time of year again! For the sixth year in a row, Boger Dental is participating in the Smiles For Life campaign. Thanks to the generosity of our fabulous patient community, we have been able to raise more than $100,000 for children's charities that help seriously ill, disabled, and underprivileged children in our Plymouth, MN community and around the world.
In conjunction with National Children's Dental Health Month, hygienists and dental assistants from Boger Dental in Plymouth will be visiting a number of classrooms throughout the local community to help emphasize the importance of good dental health habits.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) disorder often takes years to fully develop and can affect several muscles in the body. Most people struggle with TMD at least to some extent, however there are several symptoms that indicate a call for treatment.
Dental veneers can improve your smile and be an effective alternative to full dental crowns. Dental veneers are a thin shell generally made of porcelain. This shell is bonded to the tooth to improve shape and the color of teeth. The veneer is like a front covering and usually only covers the top and front of the tooth. Veneers can actually be used to reform an entire smile by:
By using an alternative compound, we can protect our patients while maximizing quality.
LVI Global (LVI) for Advanced Dental Studies proudly announces the completion of Full Mouth Reconstruction- Essential Tools for Finalization of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation program by Dr. Chad Boger. This six day, live-patient treatment program focuses on teaching dentists to deliver comprehensive dental care to their patients through full mouth reconstructive principles combining their occlusal and restorative training.
Hello! Welcome to the Boger Dental blog. If this your first visit, we hope you find useful information about our Plymouth cosmetic dentistry practice. If you have read some of our previous articles, we are glad you checked back with us. We post new articles regularly.
At Boger Dental, from March through June, Dr. Steve Boger and team are participating with dentists in MN and across the country to raise money for seriously ill, disabled, and underprivileged children here in Plymouth and around the world.
My name is Steve Boger. Thanks for visiting our Smiles For Life blogsite and helping us make a difference in childrens' lives both locally, and around the world. Here at Boger Dental we're so pleased this year to be working with our local charity partner, Smile Network International in Minneapolis, to provide this opportunity for our neighbors in Plymouth—as well as in surrounding areas like Minneapolis, Maple Grove, and Wayzata—to have their smiles professionally whitened with 100% of the proceeds going to kids' charities.
The Boger Dental Tooth Fairy and team members made visits to preschools and elementary schools throughout the Plymouth, Wayzata, Golden Valley, Chanhassen and St. Louis Park communities spreading the news about the importance of good dental care.
Welcome to the blog of Boger Dental. Here we post articles that we hope will be useful and informative about a variety of dental services. Boger Dental has been serving the Plymouth, MN community and people of all ages with their dental needs. You will find a variety of dental services here from kid-friendly, family care to exquisite smile designs, representing the most advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques. Our goal is to create and maintain beautiful and healthy smiles for a lifetime.