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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What to Expect at Your Child's First Dental Appointment

What to Expect at Your Child's First Dental Appointment

What to expect at your child's first dental visit?

Dr. Penz will examine your child's teeth, gums, and mouth. His goal is to help maintain good oral health and to prevent problems from becoming serious, by identifying and treating them as soon as possible.

When should I bring my child for the first dental visit?

The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say that the first dental visit should occur within six months after the baby's first tooth appears, but no later than the child's first birthday.

Sometimes children are nervous or don't want to open like Sophie in this picture. That's okay and perfectly normal. We say a lot of "ahhhh" during those appointments! ;)

Join the Team!

Join the Team!

Penz Dental Care is Hiring 

Penz Dental Care is recruiting energetic, outgoing, and detail-oriented people. Join Dr. Matt Penz to create an environment that focuses on quality patient care, top-notch service, building relationships with our patients and community, and of course fun!

OPENINGS INCLUDE:

DENTAL ASSISTANT (part-time)

Seeking energetic, hard-working, detail-oriented dental assistant to join our general dental office. Candidates must be professional, organized, positive, and possess extraordinary interpersonal skills. Must be a team player with a willingness to jump in and help wherever needed.  

Penz Dental Care offers a positive work environment with modern technology, equipment, and decor in a convenient 2nd Street SW location. We have digital x-rays and charting with Open Dental software. Patient comfort is a top priority--patients can enjoy our massaging dental chairs and under-knee pillows while receiving a variety of dental services. 

Position includes competitive wages, dental benefits, and paid holidays. Approximately 25 hours per week with option to add hours in the future.

TO APPLY

To be a part of our growing practice, please send your resume and cover letter describing why you are interested to kate@penzdentalcare.com by Wednesday, June 7. Please note that all inquiries are confidential. Thanks!

Homegrown Penz Dental Care Places Relationships and Trust at Center of Business Plan

Homegrown Penz Dental Care Places Relationships and Trust at Center of Business Plan

Youthful, patient-focused dentist Dr. Matt Penz has come home to Rochester to make his mark on the community. Penz and his wife, Kate, are sticking to their identity and core values and working to build their new practice, Penz Dental Care, patient by patient.

Every aspect of Penz Dental Care hinges around relationships and building trust in the community. It starts with the office itself. “I wanted people to feel like they were coming into a comfortable, homey, friendly environment,” Penz explained.

When walking into the Penz Dental Care office along 2nd Street SW, visitors are greeted with a cheery, bright blue and white waiting room with refurbished wood paneling and the Penz modern, tooth-like logo emblazoned on the wall. Plump couches, coffee, and HGTV help to mitigate any dental anxiety patients may be experiencing. Kate Penz herself mans the front desk and is the first point of contact. There are even massaging dental chairs to set the practice apart and help put patients’ minds at ease.

Penz says that dentistry is a very personal craft. He and his wife strive to make real human connections with their patients. “I didn’t want patients to feel like a number,” he explained.

 

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Want a Straighter Smile?

Want a Straighter Smile?

Penz Dental Care offers Invisalign--a series of clear retainers that help straighten teeth to improve their appearance and function. Invisalign is a great option for patients who want to enhance their smile but are not interested in traditional fixed braces with brackets and wires.

Popularity of adult orthodontic patients has increased in recent years. The American Academy of Orthodontists found a 14 percent increase in the number of adult orthodontic patients from 2010 to 2012. More adults appear to be seeking ways to improve their smile and function of their teeth than ever before. 

A big reason for the increase is technology advancements that allow for more esthetic alternatives to traditional metal braces. In addition to Invisalign, less noticeable orthodontic options include clear braces and braces placed on the back side of the teeth. 

Want to straighten your smile? Ask us about it today!

 

Dealing with Dental Anxiety

Dealing with Dental Anxiety

By Dr. Matt Penz

“Nothing personal Doc, but I HATE coming to the dentist!” 

I hear this phrase almost every day, and I understand the reasoning. It’s not everyone’s favorite place to be. That’s why I make a point to get to know my patients on a personal level. The goal is to build a trusting relationship with them as their dental care provider. If there’s trust, patients will feel less anxious while sitting in the dental chair. 

A comfortable environment helps ease anxiety, too. Patient comfort is top-of-mind at Penz Dental Care—we have a friendly staff, our waiting room feels more like a living room than a dental office, and patients always enjoy our massaging dental chairs!

 

Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health

Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health

Did you know: Oral health is important to your overall health! 

Your mouth is full of bacteria, which must be removed with proper brushing, flossing, and rinsing. If it’s not, it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, inflammation, and infection. 

Poor oral health can affect the rest of your body—it’s linked to cardiovascular disease, pre-term birth, and low birth weights. The reverse is also true. Medical conditions such as diabetes, HIV, and osteoporosis can affect the health of the mouth and supporting structures of the teeth. 

For your oral health and your overall health, it’s important to visit a dentist two times per year!

 

How to Care for Your Children's Dental Health

How to Care for Your Children's Dental Health

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

The health of your child’s baby teeth is important to us at Penz Dental Care! Baby teeth help your child eat healthy foods, maintain space for the permanent teeth, and help them talk and smile. 

Tips for caring for your child's smile:

  1. Never put baby to bed with a bottle. Prolonged exposure to sugars, especially at night when saliva flow is decreased, creates an environment for cavities to develop.
     
  2. Be careful of foods that appear healthy but are really sticky and high in sugar. Examples include raisins, dried fruit, whole grain crackers, and granola bars. A balanced diet from a variety of food groups and limit snacking between mealtimes can help protect their teeth from decay.
     
  3. Bring your child to the dentist before his or her first birthday. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children to be seen by a dentist once their first tooth comes in and no later than their first birthday. During this visit, we check for cavities and development, as well as discuss how to care for your child's teeth. It should be a fun, positive experience and a great way for your child to get comfortable seeing the dentist!
     
  4. Help your children brush their teeth two times per day. For older children who like to brush themselves, make sure you check for completeness. Fluoride toothpaste should be used as soon as the first tooth comes in. A smear or “grain of rice” amount of toothpaste is appropriate until the age of three, then use a pea size amount from ages 3-6 years old.

Follow these tips and your child will be on track for lifelong dental health!