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May Office Update

May 18th, 2020

Happy May to all our wonderful patients! Through this unusual and crazy time, Amundson Dental has remained open for urgent and emergency appointments only--but as of May 18th, our team will be back to take great care of you. Please call our office to schedule your appointment with us.

Our office is doing everything to ensure the safety and health of both our team and our patients. We have had impeccable infection control since the AIDS epidemic, and our team is on top of the protocols. We are here to listen to your needs and fears and strive to be our best to keep you safe. Our facility has had an air exchanger for over 20 years that replaces air from the inside with fresh air 4 times per hour. In addition, we recently added a system to compliment that which removes 96% of bacteria, mold, and viruses from the air. Before appointments, we ask patients to practice good oral hygiene, monitor temperature at home, and call our office when you arrive to ensure social distancing.

Our team has missed being in the office but we’ve kept busy by trying new recipes, getting outside when possible, and exercising! Kim shared one of her favorite dishes she made while at home. Here’s the recipe so you can try!

Cajun Jambalaya with Chicken, Sausage & Ham

◾2 lbs Smoked Sausage, chopped in bite-size pieces
◾3 Chicken Breast, diced raw
◾1 lb cooked Ham, chopped
◾3 medium Onions, chopped
◾1 bunch Green Onions, chopped
◾2 TBSP minced jarred Garlic
◾1 tsp dried Thyme
◾1 tsp dried Basil
◾1/2 TBSP Black Pepper
◾1/2 TBSP White Pepper
◾1/2 TBSP Red Pepper Flakes
◾5 1/2 cups of Chicken Broth
◾2 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
◾*A bottle of Louisiana Hot Sauce at the table for each person to add to their own bowls


-Preheat your Dutch oven on the stove over high heat.
-Spray with Pam and toss in your Smoked Sausage.
-Stirring constantly with a metal spatula for 5 minutes.
-Next, add the diced chicken breast and continue stirring constantly until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
-After chicken is cooked through, reduce heat to medium.
-Add the green and white onions. Continue Stirring.
-After 5 minutes, add the ham and garlic. Cook for 2 more minutes.
-Next, add the thyme, basil, black pepper, white pepper, and red pepper flakes.
-Stir together then cover the pot with a lid and turn the heat OFF. Let it sit for 2 hours.

This is your Jambalaya base. After it has rested and cooled and the flavors have had time to meld together, you can then add your chicken broth and rice and finish preparing it, or you can refrigerate ‘the base’ until ready to finish it! We made ours as soon as the 2 hours were up.

-Add the chicken broth to the pot and bring to a rolling boil.
-Add the rice and parsley, reduce the heat to medium and gently break up the rice.
-Using the metal spatula, continue to ensure that the rice is not sticking to the bottom of the pot; this is very important!
-Continue to scrape the pot so that no rice sticks to the bottom.
-After 5 minutes, reduce heat to the lowest possible setting and simmer, covered, for at least 25 minutes.
-Do not remove the cover while the rice is steaming.
-Serve with a salt shaker and a bottle of Louisiana Hot Sauce on the table. Enjoy!!!!

We can’t wait to reconnect with all our patients soon! Stay safe and healthy.


How Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Overcome Dental Anxiety

May 13th, 2020

Putting off your dental visit to Amundson Dental Associates because of fear or anxiety only increases the potential for tooth decay or gum problems. At our office, Dr. Roger and Scott Amundson and our team offer solutions that allow you to relax, without any pain, so you can keep your mouth healthy. Our solutions can help with many different anxiety issues for both adults and children.

Help with minor anxiety

Nitrous oxide is an excellent choice for most patients. Sometimes referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide can be regulated to provide you with the amount of sedation you need. When used before a local anesthetic, the injection will not be uncomfortable and you should not notice any pain during your procedure.

If you plan to use nitrous oxide, you can drive yourself to your appointment. In most cases, you will be fine to drive after your treatment: the sedation wears off quickly. Nitrous oxide can also be used along with other sedation techniques to produce a higher level of sedation.

Oral sedatives are available in a liquid or pill form. If you experience moderate anxiety levels, you can be given a tablet to take before your appointment. This type of sedation will be beneficial in relieving the anxiety that can build before your procedure. However, if you choose this method, you cannot drive yourself to your appointment.

Help with major dental anxiety

If you experience extreme levels of stress and anxiety about dental treatment, you may wish to discuss deep sedation or general anesthesia. With these techniques, you will be barely conscious or unconscious during your procedure. You will not feel discomfort or pain. Once you have experienced dentistry with a sedation technique, your anxiety level may decrease on its own.

People are not born with the fear of a dental exam. Unfortunately, most anxiety issues are due to a bad dental experience or childhood trauma. Sometimes anxiety comes from listening to the tales of others, who may have exaggerated their story. Talk to Dr. Roger and Scott Amundson and our team about your dental concerns or fears. Let us help you so you can get the dental care you need for a healthy mouth for life.

For more information about overcoming dental anxiety, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roger and Scott Amundson, please give us a call at our convenient Grand Forks office!

Are Your Beverage Habits Hurting Your Teeth?

May 4th, 2020

Are Your Beverage Habits Hurting Your Teeth?

Everything that passes your lips has an impact on your teeth, including what you drink. Not only can certain drinks stain your teeth, but their overall acidity can also soften tooth enamel, which can make your teeth more sensitive and vulnerable to cavities. If you’re trying to live a healthier life, discover how what you drink might be hurting your teeth and what could be better instead.


You probably already know that soda is bad for your waistline. It’s also terrible for your teeth because it contains high amounts of two of the worst things for your teeth: acid and sugar. Some sodas contain more than the recommended daily intake of sugar in just one bottle. Plus, many sodas contain citric or phosphoric acid to make them taste good. However, these acids can wear down the enamel protecting your teeth.

Fruit Juice

Many people think fruit juice is a healthier alternative to soda. However, some fruit juices contain just as much sugar as a bottle of soda. Plus, the majority of fruit juices are concentrated, which means you’re exposing your enamel to more acid than if you ate the fruit in its natural form. If you simply can’t give up your glass of fruit juice, look for options low in sugar. You can also lessen the potential damage from the acid and sugar by pouring a glass that’s half juice and half water.

Vegetable Juice

If you’re looking for a drink that’s healthier than fruit juice, turn to vegetable juice. When you’re making or buying vegetable juice, be sure to limit the amount of fruit in the juice, since more fruit equals more sugar in the drink.

Dark, leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, are the best vegetables to include in your drink because they have high amounts of calcium that can boost enamel health. They also contain vitamin B, which can help fight against gum disease. If you need a little sweetness in your vegetable juice, look for ones that have a small amount of juice from carrots or apples, which are healthy in moderation.


If you want to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, consider selecting a red wine instead of a white wine. White wine is more acidic, so it has an easier time destroying your enamel. Of course, red wine is notorious for staining your teeth. To help reduce the amount of staining over time, rinse with water after you have your wine.


Different types of teas can have a different impact on your teeth. Some research suggests that drinking green tea could have a positive effect on decay prevention and gum health. Brewed teas usually have a pH above 5.5, which makes them safer for your enamel. On the other hand, many iced teas have a very low pH that’s around 2.5 to 3.5, which means they’re acidic enough to cause damage to your enamel. Plus, some iced teas contain high levels of sugar.


If you’re looking for the best drink for your teeth, turn to water. A simple glass of water offers a variety of health benefits. First, it helps clean your teeth by washing away leftover food, acids, bacteria, and sugars that can lead to cavities. It can also help restore the pH balance in your mouth, and it has no calories. Plus, staying hydrated helps your body increase its saliva, which contains minerals that protect teeth from decay.

Sparkling Water

Sparkling water might not seem like a bad beverage choice since its main ingredient is water. However, these drinks can have low pH levels between 2.74 and 3.34. This gives your average bottle of sparkling water more erosive potential than orange juice. Therefore, it’s something you should avoid if you’re trying to live healthier and protect your teeth.


Milk is another great beverage option for a healthy smile. Milk is rich in calcium, which can help strengthen teeth and bones. Plus, like other dairy products, milk contains a protein called casein. Casein can help fight tooth decay by strengthening your tooth enamel. Additionally, milk contains phosphorous, which can actually help repair and strengthen tooth enamel that has dissolved from exposure to acid.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks are marketed as a great way to replace vitamins and minerals lost during a workout. However, some sports drinks can contain up to 19 grams of sugar, which is more than some sodas. Even worse, sports drinks are high in sodium, with some bottles having just as much salt as a bag of chips. This combination of sugar and sodium means sports drinks can easily damage your tooth enamel and give you an unhealthy number of calories.

Not every beverage choice is bad for teeth. Now that you know which drinks to avoid and which drinks to consume, you can take better care of your mouth and show off that beautiful smile.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

April 29th, 2020

Many patients experience anxiety during dental appointments. Dr. Roger and Scott Amundson and our team want to help you overcome any fear you may feel when you come to your regular visits.

If you know you suffer from anxiety during your dental checkups, nitrous oxide sedation, popularly known as “laughing gas,” may be helpful during your next appointment. Nitrous oxide can be used during many types of dental procedures.

It has a sweet odor and taste, and gets mixed with oxygen when supplied through a mask. The effects typically kick in within a few minutes and leave you feeling calm and relaxed.

Nitrous is helpful because you will stay conscious and able to move and answer questions the doctor may ask you. The drug is also convenient because the effects go away within a few minutes after the mask is removed.

Nitrous oxide is not dangerous for your body when it’s combined with oxygen. It is non-addictive and non-allergenic. When used properly, nitrous oxide reduces anxiety, while allowing continued communication between the patient and dentist during a procedure. It can also help alleviate pain or discomfort during your exam.

You should know that nitrous oxide may cause nausea in up to ten percent of patients. This drug is not recommended for people who suffer from certain medical conditions. We recommend discussing this method with Dr. Roger and Scott Amundson if your dental anxiety begins to interfere with your appointments.

We want all our patients to feel comfortable during their care. Talk with Dr. Roger and Scott Amundson at your next appointment to find out if nitrous oxide is the right option for you. If you have questions regarding nitrous oxide, call our Grand Forks location and we’ll be happy to answer them.


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