We're Turning TWO!

We're Turning TWO!

It's been TWO WHOLE YEARS since we welcomed the first patients to Penz Dental Care. We want to thank you for your support. It's no doubt—we couldn't have done it without you!

Enjoy a Treat + Win an Electric Toothbrush

Help us celebrate! Come by the office on Tuesday, September 18 between 3:00-6:00 p.m. 

  • Grab delicious cookies from Desserts by Danna and a coffee on us

  • Enter to WIN an Oral-B electric toothbrush

No need to RSVP, just drop by and say hello! We will draw a winner for the electric toothbrush on Facebook Live after the event. Best of luck—and thank you for your continued support!

An Easier Way to Pay

An Easier Way to Pay

Paying your Penz Dental Care invoice just got easier! 

We are pleased to introduce a new feature for our patients—the ability to pay your bill online anywhere, anytime. Simply visit www.penzdentalcare.com and click on "Pay Your Bill" at the top of page. 

This feature is made possible through our partners at Best Card, a merchant service business backed by the Minnesota Dental Association for it's simple, secure, and trusted payment solutions.

We hope this feature will make paying your bill easier. As always, we thank you for your business! 

Take Five: Sports Safety Tips for National Facial Protection Month

Take Five: Sports Safety Tips for National Facial Protection Month

Calling all MVPs, team captains, full roster players, practice squads, coaches, teachers, and parents/caregivers. Five of the nation’s top dental associations want to remind everyone to play it safe during recreational and organized sports to help prevent serious, painful facial injuries that can take the fun out of the game. Take five, and take in these five simple safety tips…

Dr. Penz talks teeth with preschoolers

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Fun Fact: Did you know the average three-year-old has 20 teeth? Dr. Penz visited his daughter’s preschool class to talk about this and other fun facts for Children’s Dental Health Month. Dr. Penz discussed brushing and flossing, healthy foods for teeth (and not so healthy foods) , and going to the dentist.

Making dental health fun is important—thanks for all of the work that you do as parents and teachers to keep kids interested and healthy! 

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Sipping, Snacking, and Tooth Decay

Sipping, Snacking, and Tooth Decay

Source: American Dental Association 

Many parents across the country will issue a common refrain at dinnertime tonight: “You’d better eat that―it’s good for you!” There’s another old favorite in the parental arsenal of dietary admonitions: “Don’t eat that—it’ll rot your teeth!”

Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices ― from fresh produce to sugar-laden processed convenience meals and snack foods. What children eat and when they eat it may affect not only their general health but also their oral health.

Americans are consuming foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than ever before. It’s clear that junk foods and drinks gradually have replaced nutritious beverages and foods for many people. For example, the average teenage boy in the U.S. consumes 81 gallons of soft drinks each year! Alarmingly, a steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can ruin teeth, especially among those who snack throughout the day. Common activities may contribute to the tendency toward tooth decay. These include ―grazing habitually on foods with minimal nutritional value, and frequently sipping on sugary drinks.

When sugar is consumed over and over again in large, often hidden amounts, the harmful effect on teeth can be dramatic. Sugar on teeth provides food for bacteria, which produce acid. The acid in turn can eat away the enamel on teeth. Almost all foods have some type of sugar that cannot and should not be eliminated from our diets. Many of these foods contain important nutrients and add enjoyment to eating. But there is a risk for tooth decay from a diet high in sugars and starches. Starches can be found in everything from bread to pretzels to salad dressing, so read labels and plan carefully for a balanced, nutritious diet for you and your kids.

Reduce your children’s risk of tooth decay:

  • Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.
  • Limit between-meal snacks. If kids crave a snack, offer them nutritious foods.
  • If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless – Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid.
  • Monitor beverage consumption – Children should make healthy beverage choices such water and low-fat milk.
  • Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits.
  • Schedule regular dental visits.

We're Turning 1!

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We're Turning 1!

We saw our first patients at Penz Dental Care on September 13, 2016. As we celebrate our one-year anniversary, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the past year and thank those who have been along for the ride.

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Baby's First Trip to the Dentist

 During a baby's dental exam, the caregiver often holds the baby in his or her lap and leans the child back while the dentist does the exam. 

During a baby's dental exam, the caregiver often holds the baby in his or her lap and leans the child back while the dentist does the exam. 

Eight-month-old Lucy's first teeth are in, which means she gets to take a seat in the dental chair!

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association recommend a child's first dental visit should occur within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than the child's first birthday. More about what to expect at your child's first dental appointment in this post.  

 All done! Time to choose a prize.  

All done! Time to choose a prize.  

Need to get your child in for a check up?

We offer complimentary first dental exams for children under three years of age. Schedule your child's appointment today: call (507) 258-3300 or fill out this form.

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Are You Ready for Fall Sports?

Mouthguard FB LIVE

Did you know?

  • An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard (American Dental Association)? 

  • A custom made mouthguard is much less expensive than treatment for a sports related dental injury, which could cost thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the patient. 

  • While these injuries don’t happen often, when they do happen they are almost 100% preventable by wearing a custom made mouthguard.

Join us on Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. as we talk about sports injuries and how to prevent them. We'll be LIVE with Becky Montpetit, owner of Rochester MN Moms Blog, on their Facebook page. Plus, one lucky follower will WIN a custom made athletic mouthguard! 

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5 Tips for Dealing with Children's Tooth Trauma

5 Tips for Dealing with Children's Tooth Trauma

Tooth trauma can be scary, but you can help your child through it with a little knowledge.

Follow these steps if a tooth falls out:

  1. Stay calm. As you know, children look at their parents' reaction when they're scared. If you freak out, they freak out. 
     
  2. Is the tooth a baby tooth or a permanent tooth? If it's a permanent tooth, rinse the tooth with water and put it back in the socket. If it's a baby tooth, leave the tooth out and seek help from your dentist. 
     
  3. Grab some low fat milk. If you're not comfortable putting the permanent tooth in, rinse it with water and place it in a clean container with cold skim milk. Studies show lower fat content in the milk is preferable.
     
  4. Seek help from a dentist as soon as possible (within 30 to 60 minutes is best). 
     
  5. Emergency on the weekend or after hours? Call us at (507) 258-3300 and leave a message. We'll call you back ASAP.

Accidents happen. Remember to stay calm and save some skim milk in the fridge, just in case. ;-)

3 major takeaways from the sports dentistry conference

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3 major takeaways from the sports dentistry conference

Academy for Sports Dentistry

Hello everyone! I recently attended the annual meeting for the Academy for Sports Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. It's an event that I have wanted to attend for years. Being a former high school and collegiate-level athlete, sports have always interested me. Now that I've turned in my cleats for a dental drill, caring for athletes' dental health is a natural fit. 

3 MAJOR TAKEAWAYS

  1. Dental sports injuries can lead to lifelong dental problems that are painful and expensive. While oral/facial injuries in sports don't happen often, when they do, most could be prevented if the athlete had been wearing a custom-fit mouthguard made by a dental professional. Studies show that "boil-and-bite" style mouthguards are not effective in preventing injuries. Unfortunately, these are the most accessible and least expensive option, which means most of our young athletes are probably wearing them. If you or your children are in contact sports, make sure they are ready for the field, court, or rink by getting a custom mouthguard made just for them.
     
  2. The acidity level of beverages consumed by young athletes (and the rest of us!) is damaging to teeth. Did you know that even bottled water can be acidic? Two major water bottle distributors increase the acidity of their water to improve the flavor. Acidity erodes enamel and creates an environment that cavity-causing bacteria thrives. Tap water and milk are your best options.
     
  3. If a tooth falls out, rinse it with water and put it back in the socket. If you're not comfortable doing that, rinse the tooth with water and place it in a clean container with cold milk (skim is preferred). Seek help from a dentist as soon as possible (within 30 to 60 minutes is best). 

Do you have questions about how to care for your teeth while playing sports? Ask me about a fully customized mouthguard, acidic beverages, or tooth trauma. I'm happy to help!

-Dr. Penz

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