This winter we are collecting food donations for the Rosemount Family Resource Center to help all who are in need of food this year. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food donation between now and December 30 in to Summit Dental. In return for your generousity, we will enter you into a drawing for a $50 Visa Gift Card. Each food item you bring in earns you a chance to win. The drawing will be held on January 6, 2015. Please help us support those in need in our wonderful community. More information about the Rosemount Family Resource Center can be found at: https://www.360communities.org/index.php/tag/rosemount-family-resource-center/
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 lose 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.
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.
To help you whiten your teeth and look your best for spring, we are offering a sale on our custom teeth whitening. For only $129, we will make custom fitting teeth whitening trays that fit your teeth exactly and provide you with a Pola Advanced Tooth Whitening System take home kit. This system offers the least amount of tooth sensitivity of any brand of teeth whitener available and achieves great results! Best of all, you only have to whiten your teeth for 30 minutes each day for 10-14 days, compared to the “old” bleach systems that force you to wear the bleach trays over night for 2 weeks.
Call us at 651-322-7373 or email us at: [email protected] to set up your quick 20 minute appointment to get started on whiter teeth for spring.
Dr. Nelson and the team at Summit Dental are often asked by parents how to care for their children’s teeth. In this article, Dr. Nelson answers some of these questions.
In children, teeth should be cleaned as soon as they emerge. By starting early, your baby gets used to the daily routine. A soft washcloth wrapped around your finger can substitute for a brush when teeth first appear. Ask us when you should switch to a toothbrush. We typically suggest waiting to use a regular brush until four teeth in a row have come out. An infant toothbrush can be used as soon as the teeth appear.
Here are some tips for taking care of your child’s teeth:
- Choose a small, child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush. Soaking the brush in warm water for a few minutes before brushing can soften the bristles even more.
- We recommend using only plain water for brushing up to the age of 2. This is because young children swallow toothpaste and swallowing too much fluoride may lead to tooth discoloration in the developing permanent teeth.
- At age 2, start using a fluoride-free toddler training toothpaste.
- Once a child can consistently spit out all of their training toothpaste without ever swallowing it, start using a fluoride toothpaste. This can be as early as 3 years old, or as late as 6. Ask us if you have any questions. Do check the manufacturer’s label; some toothpastes are not recommended in children under age 6. If a toothpaste is to be used, squeeze out about a green pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste onto the toothbrush.
- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day – in the morning and just before bed. Spend 2 minutes brushing, concentrating a good portion of this time on the back molars. This is an area where cavities often first develop.
- Replace the toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, or sooner if it shows signs of wear. Never share a toothbrush with others.
- Start flossing your child’s teeth once a day as soon as two teeth emerge that touch. The use of floss sticks or picks instead of regular string floss may be easier for both you and your child.
- Ask us about your child’s fluoride needs. We recommend an in office fluoride treatment at least once per year.
- Ask us about dental sealants. These are thin, plastic protective barriers that fill in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting them from tooth decay. We will recommend these for cavity-free molars once they start erupting, around the age of 6 or 7.
When Should Children Brush and Floss on Their Own?
Most children lack the coordination to brush or floss their teeth on their own until about the age of 6 or 7. Up until this time, remember that the best way to teach children how to brush their teeth is to lead by example. Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene. If you child is interested in brushing his own teeth, great! Allow him to brush first, then follow by brushing his teeth for him. This helps kids learn how to brush well and you can help them learn the areas they are missing when they brush on their own. Plus, the teeth are all brushed very well using this method.
Any other questions? We are always here to help! Call or email and we are happy to talk with you about your child’s dental health needs.
Sources: American Dental Association, WebMD
We are excited to announce our latest contest! During the months of January, February, and March, anyone who “likes” our Facebook page will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card! Just “like” our page and we will take care of the rest.
The winner will be chosen on April 1, 2014.
Congratulations to the Crawford Family!
The Crawford family are the winners of a 51 inch Samsung flat screen TV that we gave away in our 2013 fourth quarter refer-a-friend contest. Participants could enter the contest 3 ways: by referring a new patient, “liking” us on Facebook, or writing a review on Google Plus. Thank you, Crawford Family, for being great supporters of Robinson Dental Excellence! We love patients like you!
Look for our upcoming contest for first quarter 2014! If you “like” our office on Facebook, we will enter you to win a $100 VISA gift card. The drawing will be help on April 1, 2014.
Thank you to everyone who came to our Halloween Candy Buy Back to donate their extra Halloween Candy! It was so fun to see everyone. The donated candy will be sent this week to operation Gratitude, who then packages it and sends it to our hard working military troops overseas. What a great show of thanks to those serving our country! Our event was a success, and we are excited to be sending the candy to our troops.
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: