Summit Dental Updates


June 13, 2021 Uncategorized

Congratulations on Your Retirement, Deb!

Rosemount dental hygienist

After 32 years of practicing dental hygiene, Deb will be retiring on June 24th, 2021. Deb has enjoyed her years of providing dental care to the Rosemount community and getting to know all of her patients.

It saddens the Summit Dental team to see her go, but she will be enjoying her retirement traveling to the East Coast to visit family. Also, spending time with her kids and grandchildren who live right down the street! She is excited to spend more time baking, playing pickleball and exercising.

Deb, we appreciate your hard work and will miss you!


-The Summit Dental Team











March 5, 2021 Uncategorized

We appreciate you! Spring has sprung and here at Summit Dental, we are celebrating by bringing our patients straighter smiles and whiter teeth for less! From now through the end of May we are offering $500 off comprehensive Invisalign treatment, and $75 off custom whitening trays. With offers of ZERO down and low monthly payments, we can help everyone enjoy the benefits of a well-aligned, beautiful smile! Call us to schedule a FREE consultation and see what Invisalign can do for you!

Dr. Nelson and Dr. Ford are both trained and certified Invisalign providers, and use the latest in technology with the iTero scanner to ensure you get great results!

Our offers now through May 31 are:

  • Coupon 1—$500 off full Invisalign orthodontic treatment / $300 off “GO” Invisalign treatment
  • Coupon 2– $75 off custom whitening (Regular price $225, Sale Price $150)

Call us at 651-322-7373 or reply to this email to schedule your FREE Invisalign consultation, or appointment to have bleach trays made!

January 18, 2021 Dental Health

Dental savings plans or dental discount plans can be an excellent alternative if you don’t have dental insurance. Sometimes they can be better than insurance for some individuals as well. Each person can look at their expected needs and costs under an insurance or a dental savings plan to see what is best for them. At Summit Dental, we offer the Summit Smiles Plan with our costs and discounts clearly listed on our site.

So what are some of the key differences between insurance and a dental savings plan?

Dental savings plans differ from dental insurance mainly because they do not pay any dental expenses for you. Instead, they provide discounted prices from your dentists that you chose. There are generally no deductibles, no waiting periods, and no annual maximums.

What additional benefits are included in the Summit Smiles Plan?

For the most complete description, review our full details on the Summit Smiles Plan page. However, our plan offers a few key additional benefits that many plans do not have:

  • We offer one low annual fee
  • Our plans include preventative visits in that fee plus a 15% discount on most other services
  • Our plans have no claims or paperwork to submit
  • We have quick and immediate enrollment with no credit checks

If you have any additional questions, feel free to call our email our patient care coordinators. They are happy to answer your questions and find which solution works best for you.

September 26, 2019 Uncategorized

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.

September 26, 2019 Uncategorized

Just a reminder to all of our fabulous patients;
Please contact us, or your insurance to see if you have insurance benefits left for the year. Use them before you lose them!

November 25, 2014 Uncategorized

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:

food drive

November 19, 2014 Dental News and Events

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.

April 11, 2014 Uncategorized

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

April 2, 2014 Uncategorized

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.

White Teeth

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.

February 14, 2014 Dental Health

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.

children brushing teeth

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

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