Sauk Centre Family Dental            

320-352-4141

 334 Main Street South.   Sauk Centre, MN 56378 

Dr. Jason Bjerketvedt, DDS

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4 Tips to Help Your Child at the Dentist

Posted on April 7, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (3)

The best time for your child's first visit is 2 1/2 to 3 years old.  Of course if you have a concern, at any age, don't hesitate to come to our office.  But we find the most success and cooperation occurs around the age of 3.  Here are our best tips for parents to try to ensure a successful 1st visit.


1. Lead By Example

Parents that brush and floss, have children that brush and floss.  Parents that talk positivly about their dental visits have children that have postive dental expirences.


2.  Don't Say The Word "Hurt"

Your child has no idea what to expect at his dental visit.  Please do not but the possiblity of pain into his mind.  Our team has ways of explaining a dental cleaning, a filling or an extraction to you child in a kind, pleasant, age appropriate way.  Your child may surprise you!  In fact we have had children fall asleep during fillings and children that need giggle breaks during a cleaning.


3.  Read All About It.

Check out books at the library that explain what happens at the dentist.


4.  Bring Your Child In To "Help"

We love it when parents bring their child in to their dental checkups.  We often have them sit right next to Mom and help find sugar bugs.  If they can see Mom is having fun, their visit will be more successful.


5 Things You Can Do to Help Sensitive Teeth

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)


 

1. Check Your Brushing Muscles.

Using a lot of force when brushing or scrubbing too hard causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. This exposes the sensitive, softer, root surface. Plaque is soft and can be removed with a tissue, no need to be aggressive with the tooth brush.

 

2. Switch Up Your Tooth Paste.

Sensitive toothpaste is awesome. It coats the teeth in an ingredient that prevents the tooth from absorbing the cold sensation. You have to use a full tube in order for it to work- so don’t give up if it doesn’t work instantly. Also as long as the tube says “Sensitivity” somewhere on it, it has the right ingredient in it.

 

3. Ask Your Significant Other.

Ask your significant other if they hear you grinding your teeth together at night. Grinding and clenching puts a lot of side to side force on the teeth. Teeth are great at withstanding up and down force, but not side to side. This results in wear in the tooth and increased root exposure. Having your dentist make you a hard night guard can protect your teeth and reduce further wear and sensitive root exposure.

 

4. Floss and Shine Up.

Flossing and regular dental cleanings remove plaque and bacteria buildup. When bacteria sits on and around the teeth it makes them sensitive. By getting that off your teeth, sensitivity will be reduced. Floss for 2 weeks straight and you can make a huge difference in gum sensitivity.

 

5. Did You Just Have Dental Work? Give It Time.

Imagine removing part of your thigh bone and then putting plastic in it. It probably would take some time to heal and feel normal; same thing with the teeth. When a filling is placed the bad part of the tooth is removed and a filling is placed to restore the tooth. It can take 6 months and even up to a year for the tooth to feel normal.

 

Sauk Centre Family Dental News

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

As Dr. Jim Wachlarowicz closes his practice, it is my hope that I can continue with his legacy to serve you and your family’s dental needs. Dr. Jim and I have a good working relationship and similar dental beliefs and practices. I truly hope to earn your trust and promise to work with you .

 

Sauk Centre Family Dental is very happy to be part of the Sauk Centre community. Our family is eager to meet your family, and hopeful for the opportunity to serve you. We provide up to date, professional, and friendly dental care. You also will see some familiar faces at Sauk Centre Family Dental as many of Dr. Jim’s team members have joined our team!

 

As a dentist, I always say prevention is worth an ounce of cure, so it is my goal to educate patients and prevent problems from arising. With use of our new technology, I can show you exactly what I see and help you decide the best course of treatment. It is my job to explain and show you what the treatment plan is, but ultimately, it is your mouth and the final decision is always yours.

 

I hope you will give me and my team a chance to meet you and discuss your dental needs. We are all committed to providing you and your family excellent dental care and we are looking forward to seeing your smile.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Jason

 

 

Why is a White (or Composite) Filling Recommended?

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (1)

• Less healthy tooth needs to be removed to place a white filling. A white filling is bonded, or sealed to the tooth.  A silver filling (or an amalgam filling) is not. A larger part of healthy tooth needs to be removed to lock the filling in place. (see picture below)


• Less cracking involved overtime with a white filling. With a silver filling, like most metals, allows for expansion and contraction. So when eating/drinking the silver filling flexes and then pulls on the tooth. This pushing and pulling creates cracks in the tooth.

• White fillings match to tooth. With several shade colors to choose from, a white filling can match perfectly.

• White fillings harden instantly. It takes up to 24 hours for a silver filling to set up enough to eat on it.

• White fillings seal to the edges of the tooth and do not leak. Silver fillings, like most metals, will leak or corrode over time.

• White fillings are kinder to the environment. A special disposal system is needed to properly “throw away” scrap silver filling.

Any Reason a White Filling Wouldn’t Be Recommended?

• If someone isn’t able to stay open, a white filling isn’t recommended. In order to seal the filling in place, the dentist needs to keep the tooth super dry. One drop of saliva and the filling won’t stick.

Why Does My Insurance Cover Silver Fillings Better Than White Fillings?

Man years ago a silver filling was the only option. Thankfully, dental technology has evolved and progressed. Unfortunately, dental insurance companies have not. With new innovation, we feel, a white filling is a superior option. The white filling material in itself is more expensive. For that reason dental insurance doesn’t cover the cost as well. Your insurance company will never see your teeth. Insurance want the cheapest way to repair your teeth. We want the best way to repair your teeth.

 

Do I Have Dry Mouth?

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Saliva is amazing and acts as a super hero to each of your teeth. Saliva plays a very important role in keeping your teeth healthy. Saliva neutralizes acid in your mouth, increases your ability to taste food, cleanses, prevents infection and controls bacteria in the mouth. Saliva protects, washes your teeth and prevents cavities. You truly can’t have too much saliva and probably won’t give it much thought unless you don’t have it. Without it, problems can arise.

How Do I Know If I Have Dry Mouth?

Short answer: You’ll know!

Symptoms of dry mouth

• Sticky mouth- which can make it difficult to swallow and speak

• Thirst

• Burning or tingling of the tongue

• Dry, red tongue. Tongue may even have a smooth or glossy look to it

• Bad breath

• Increase in cavities, especially areas where the teeth and gums meet.

I Have Dry Mouth. Why?

Most likely it’s due to prescription medication. So many medications have side effects and a common one is dry mouth.

Other reasons for dry mouth could be:

• Diseases and infections (Diabetes, Arthritis, high blood pressure)

• Medical treatments (radiation and chemo)

• lifestyle (smoking, chewing tobacco, mouth breathing)

• Age

Why Is Having a Dry Mouth Such a Big Deal at the Dental Office?

Like mentioned above, saliva protects the teeth. So without saliva to wash away bacteria and food, you are more at risk for cavities, gingivitis, thrush and can even make wearing a denture difficult.

How Do I Treat Dry Mouth?

Since medications are a main cause of dry mouth, discuss with your medical doctor and determine if an alternate medication could be used. If not, there are some products over the counter that can be used to manage dry mouth symptoms. Common products are Biotene, Oasis and ACT. These products come in forms of toothpastes, gums, lozenges, rinses, gels, etc.

If decay is a recurrent problem for you due to the dry mouth, Fluoride Treatments, Prescription dry mouth toothpastes, and more frequent dental visits are things we can do. Other things to try: increase your water intake, chew sugar-free gum, and get an electric toothbrush – all are proven to increase and stimulate saliva flow.

 

Bad Breath and Your Tongue

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (2)

Bacteria Target: The Tongue

You brush and floss every day, but you are missing a huge part of oral hygiene if you neglect your tongue. Your tongue is a giant target for bacteria and a major cause of bad breath! The tongue is covered with taste buds and in between the taste buds are valleys. Those dips, valleys and crevices are the perfect spot for bacteria to hide, grow and multiply.

Is your tongue a different color other than pink?

Whatever you are putting in your mouth will feed the bacteria. When that bacteria settles in the crevices of the tongue, it stays put. If not removed, food, tobacco and beverages will stain the bacteria. The bacteria will continue to grow in the crevices of the tongue and the now “longer” bacteria will catch more stain, resulting in a funny colored tongue, bad breath and reduce the ability to taste.

How do I clean my tongue?

Think a rinse will work? Think again. This bacteria is stuck in crevices on the tongue and continue to grow and thrive unless that bacteria is scrubbed out by bristles.

It is recommended to brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth.

• Brush back and forth

• Brush side to side

• Repeat as necessary until the bacteria coating is gone

• A tongue cleaner is a good tool to use if the bacteria coating is really stubborn.

 

Bad Breath Still a Problem?

If your tongue is clean and your still notice bad breath, come see us. The problem may be more involved- tooth decay, infection, sinus issues, dry mouth, to name a few.


 

 

4 Tips to Help Your Child Have a Good Dental Visit

Posted on March 15, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (4)

1. Talk the Talk
Discussion is a huge part of preparing your child for a successful dental visit. At any age, you want to talk about why you brush and floss your teeth. (Something as simple as: “We brush and floss to get rid of sugar bugs.” Is a good place to start.) You also want to discuss what happens at a dentist and why it is so fun! Even if it isn’t your favorite place to be, creating a positive image for your child will help him or her.
 
2. Parent First, Child Second
At around 2 ½ to 3, we feel is the best time for a first visit. Younger than that, we are not able to do a whole lot and older than that teeth may have larger problems, that could’ve been avoided. However, if at any time you see a concern, please contact us.) We find it helpful if Mom or Dad schedules their dental cleaning appointment first and the child goes right after. We like to involve the children with Mom or Dad’s visit. They sit close to Mom, are able to see into her mouth, help find sugar bugs and even use the magic straw to catch water in Mom’s mouth. If they see how much fun Mom and Dad are having getting their teeth cleaned, typically they have fun too!
 
3. Bye Mom and Dad, I’m Brave
Part of having successful dental visits, depends on the relationship we are building with your child. We want to get to know your child! After a time or two of having a parent back with them, we have found that when children come back on their own, the appointment goes better, more treatment is accomplished and the relationship between the child and the dental professional is established. This not only empowers your child, but also fosters responsibility on the child’s part to take care of their own teeth.
 
4. Consistency
Make dental visits a priority. When your child is familiar with going to the dental office, they will know what to expect and soon it will be no big deal and they will look forward to getting a new tooth brush and picking out a prize. And we look forward to not only caring for your child’s teeth, but also finding out about how their t-ball game went, what instrument they’re playing in school and how their drivers test went.
 


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