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Why does my dentist need my medical history?

You may be wondering why you need to fill out health history forms for your dentist. You already have those to your primary doctor. And why are they so detailed? There is a reason all of your doctors, including your dentist, ask for all of that information. The more information we have, the better your care will be and we can avoid aggravating other issues.

Your health condition isn’t the same now as is it was five years ago, and it won’t be the same five years from now. If you don’t update your medical history with your healthcare providers there’s no way of them knowing about these important changes. If you have any changes to your health including surgery, pregnancy, or any new health condition, share them with your entire medical team.

Some Important Information to Share

Having access to your current and previous health conditions can only help our dental office in Rosemount provide you with the best care that we can. Since there is such a strong connection between overall health and oral health, it’s important to provide us with as much information as possible, even it doesn’t appear to affect your mouth.

Some conditions we should absolutely be aware of include:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart problems
  • Joint replacements
  • Pacemaker
  • Smoking
  • Medications taken

Why Medications?

We will also ask about what medications you take regularly, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines as well as herbal supplements. Why do we need to know this? Having a record of medications available will help us in the event that we need to prescribe you something so that nothing interacts. Many medications list dry mouth as a side effect. Dry mouth not only increases the risk for cavities, it can also lead to gum disease. Even though both of these conditions are treated easily in the early stages, they can lead to more significant problems in the future including a root canal or even tooth loss if left untreated.

Our dental office collects health history of each and every patient so that we can provide individualized care. We also make sure that all medical information is kept secure and private. If you have questions about our privacy policy or why we ask for certain information, don’t hesitate to ask one of our team members. We’re happy to help.

Don’t lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars in dental benefits…

As the end of the year is quickly approaching, we want to remind you to use any unused insurance or flexible spending account benefits before they expire. Your policy most likely allows for an annual dollar amount of dental treatment, (often between $1500 – $2000) but if you don’t use your coverage by December 31st, you will dollar-signlose that money forever. The dental insurance benefits that you paid for do not carry over to the next year. If you have a flexible spending account for healthcare, that usually expires on December 31st also.

If you currently have needed treatment, or if you’re just due for a dental hygiene visit, it is important to for you to come in for your dental and overall health. Dental problems tend to get worse over time, so we would like to encourage you to take full advantage of your insurance benefits and call Christina at our front desk at (651) 322-7373 to schedule an appointment now. To help you get the treatment you need, our office will do a complimentary benefit check for you, and we will submit all paperwork to your insurance company for you. Taking care of this now allows you to get the treatment you need while maximizing the benefits you still have. We are concerned about keeping your out of pocket costs to a minimum and it would be a shame to lose that money forever.

Although our treatment suggestions for you are always based on your needs and are never dictated by what your insurance policy pays, our experience has shown that careful planning can help you maximize your benefits. Our goal for each patient is to help you enjoy good oral and overall health, and to maintain an attractive smile. We want to provide the necessary treatment that will enhance the quality of your life and take full advantage of insurance coverage for which you have already paid. You may also have something in your smile that you would like to change, and we are here to help.

Surprisingly, many patients with dental insurance and flexible spending accounts lose thousands of dollars each year because they don’t use their benefits before they expire. Each year insurance companies make millions of dollars on these patients by keeping their unused insurance dollars as profit. The bottom line: What the patients do not use, they lose. We do not want this to happen to you. Give us a call today and together we will make sure you are in excellent dental health.

We look forward to seeing you again and sharing some of the new ways we have available to provide you with superior dental healthcare.

Summit Dental Profiled in Rosemount Town Pages

Below is the cover photo of the article from the Rosemount Town Pages profiling Summit Dental. We are excited to be a part of the community and look forward to getting to know more of our neighbors. Please read the article by clicking on the link below.

Summit Dental staff includes hygienist Brooke Mulville, Dr. Kristin Nelson and front desk Christina Sunde. The staff also includes another hygienist, Katie and dental assistant Emily.

A new year, a new name

Dr. Nelson and Team Sponsor Border Bolt 5K at Shannon Park Elementary

Dr. Kristin Nelson and her team sponsored the Border Bolt 5K at Shannon Park Elementary on October 27th. The event was a fundraiser for the District 196 school. Dr. Nelson participated in the health fair where she gave away water to the thirsty racers along with tooth brushes. She also had a drawing for a Sonicare Toothbrush for one lucky winner. We enjoyed meeting many people from the community at the event and hope to see you again.  Enjoy some photos of the event below:

2013 Halloween Candy Buyback

Halloween candy buyback

Learn How to Floss the Right Way to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Do you know how to floss properly? Surprising enough many people don’t floss the right way. Watch this video to make sure you are taking care of your teeth the way you are supposed to! Here at Robinson Dental Excellence we like to see happy healthy teeth and gums! 🙂

Welcome back Brooke!

Booke with family

We are excited to welcome Brooke back to the office after taking a few weeks off. She and her husband Nate had a healthy, beautiful baby boy, Kylan, in May. We are so happy to have you back in the office Brooke! You were missed by all.

 

AAPD Reminds Parents to Brush Children’s Teeth Two Minutes

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the authority on children’s oral health, is encouraging parents and caregivers to enjoy a happy Halloween by simply brushing their children’s teeth for two minutes, twice a day.

In time for back-to-school season, the AAPD joined with the Ad Council, as part of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Health Lives, to launch a historic nationwide campaign designed to encourage parents and caregivers to modify their children’s oral health behaviors through low-cost, preventive strategies. Campaign media partners include Sesame Workshop, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, My Kazoo! and many others.

According to AAPD President Dr. Joel H. Berg, “This first-of-its-kind campaign unifies dozens of dental organizations around a common message and raises the awareness of children and their parents about the importance of oral health, which is critical, and desperately needs attention on Halloween, and every single day of the year.”

In order to properly prepare for the Halloween holiday, AAPD urges parents and caregivers to visit the campaign’s website http://2min2x.org/ for key recommendations and tips on maintaining healthy teeth on this holiday and throughout the year:

  • Keep Kids’ Mouths Healthy: Parents and caregivers should help or watch over their kids’ tooth brushing abilities until they’re at least 8-years-old.
  • The Right Toothbrush: Kids should use a soft toothbrush that allows them to reach all areas of their mouth.  Remember to replace toothbrushes every three-four months and even sooner if the bristles are worn out, or if your children have been sick.
  • Attack Plaque: Plaque is a sticky film of germs that forms on teeth and gums after eating. Plaque that’s not removed by brushing twice a day can lead to cavities.
  • Visit a Dentist: It’s important to visit your dentist regularly your whole life, starting no later than age one. Seeing a dentist regularly is important for good oral health as dentists can detect small problems before they become bigger and more painful problems.
  • Floss Your Teeth: Kids should clean between their teeth once a day, every day, with floss or flossers to remove plaque and food where a toothbrush can’t reach. Children’s teeth can be flossed as soon as two of their teeth touch each other.
  • Use Fluoride: Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter and occurs naturally in water and some foods. To help protect teeth from cavities, fluoride is added to dental products like toothpaste. Children two years of age or older should always use a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Baby Tooth Decay Is Real: As soon as teeth appear in your baby’s mouth, it’s possible for your baby to develop cavities. It is important to keep your baby’s gums and teeth clean to prevent tooth decay, even in baby teeth.
  • Prevent Kids’ Tooth Decay: You can prevent tooth decay for your kids by lowering the risk of your baby getting the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Make sure you take good care of your baby’s teeth – this reduces the number of bacteria in your baby’s mouth.
  • Nutrition: A balanced diet helps your children’s teeth and gums to be healthy. A diet high in natural or added sugars may place your child at extra risk for tooth decay
    • A sugary or starchy food with sugar is safer for teeth if it is eaten with a meal, not as a snack. Chewing during a meal helps produce saliva which helps wash away sugar and starch.
    • Sticky food’s, like potato chips, raisins and other dried fruit and candy are not easily washed away from your kid’s teeth by saliva, water or milk, so they have more cavity-causing potential.
    • Talk to your dentist about serving foods that protect your kid’s dental health.

In fact, AAPD has revised its Policy on Dietary Recommendations for Infants, Children, and Adolescents, which can be located at http://www.aapd.org/media/Policies_Guidelines/P_DietaryRec.pdf.

For more helpful tips to ensure that your family enjoys a fun and healthy Halloween, please visit http://www.aapd.org.

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