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Should Adults Continue Fluoride Treatments?

July 11th, 2018

Many adults wonder if they should continue to receive fluoride treatments. Our team at Amundson Dental Associates wants to set the record straight about the usefulness of fluoride treatment for adults.

There are several reasons fluoride treatments could be beneficial to you as a grownup. If you have a high risk for cavities, topical fluoride applications can cut down on that risk.

If you’re experiencing gum recession that’s softening your enamel, fluoride treatments can slow down that process. Fluoride treatments may also protect expensive restorative work on crowns or bridges that may be adversely affected by plaque.

In addition, fluoride can also protect teeth in adults who have orthodontic braces or who sometimes neglect to keep up with daily oral hygiene regimens such as flossing and using mouthwash.

Do you have sensitive teeth? Consuming foods that are highly acidic or using teeth-whitening products can lead to irritated gums. Fluoride treatments remineralize your enamel and reduce sensitivity.

If you’ve undergone radiation treatment for cancer, fluoride can help restore any dry-mouth damage that may have developed during that time. Saliva acts as a buffer against the foods we eat, and without enough of it you may be more likely to get cavities.

In general, fluoride treatments are not always necessary for adults, but they can be beneficial to your overall oral hygiene depending on your situation. If you fall into one of the general areas listed above, ask about a fluoride treatment during your next visit at our Grand Forks office.

We can also go over your options to treat other issues you may experience in terms of your oral health. Until then, make sure to take care of your teeth properly and use toothpaste or mouthwash that contains fluoride on a regular basis.

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4th, 2018

Happy Independence Day from Dr. Roger and Scott Amundson and team! The Fourth of July celebrations in America may have changed a lot over the years, but there is no doubt that we Americans love to celebrate the anniversary of our country's independence! Today we're devoting the Amundson Dental Associates blog to some fun facts about the Fourth!

  • My, how we have grown! This year the United States Census Bureau estimates that our country has 313.9 million residents celebrating the Fourth of July this year, but back in 1776 there were just 2.5 million members of the country.
  • Our country loves to show how proud that we are of our independence. Did you know that there are 31 United States places with the word “Liberty” in their names? The state of Iowa actually has four towns with the word Liberty in the name: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty, and West Liberty.
  • The United States loves Fourth of July food! It is expected that around 150 million hot dogs are eaten on the Fourth each year. One of the Fourth's most popular sides, potato salad, goes just perfectly with the hotdogs and hamburgers that are standard Fourth of July fare. Some people choose potato chips instead, but we wouldn't have such a plethora of potatoes if not for the prodigious production of the states of Idaho and Washington -- they provide about half of all the potatoes in the United States today!
  • Americans love celebrating the Fourth outdoors: About 74 million Americans fire up their BBQ grill every Fourth of July.
  • The Chinese contribution: Did you know that Americans have spent more than $211 million on fireworks that were imported from China?

No matter how your family chooses to celebrate the Fourth, stay safe, take precautions, and don't forget to brush after your fabulous Fourth feast!

Happy Fourth of July from Amundson Dental Associates!

July 2nd, 2018

One of the most beloved summer holidays is approaching and we are ready for it! We’re excited to celebrate the great country we live in. Living in a rural community, we feel lucky to have so many activities surrounding our small towns. Around this time of year, we usually have many parades, hill climbs, street dances, and fireworks to enjoy.

Kim, Dr. Roger Amundson’s wife, says one of her favorite Independence Day memories is celebrating the holiday in the 1960’s by roasting marshmallows and hot dogs. The best part? Enjoying a Coke straight from that classic glass bottle.

Speaking of roasting delicious meals, we thought we’d share our favorite easy recipe for the grill because it’s not only perfect for this holiday, but also for the summer!

Shish Kabob Marinade

1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Bring all ingredients in a medium saucepan to a boil over medium heat and let cool slightly.  

2. Cut beef or pork tenderloin into 1 1/2 chunks and marinate for at least 4 hours.  

3. Skewer meat along with cut peppers, onions, small tomatoes and partially cooked small potatoes if desired.  

4. Grill for approximately 10 minutes.  Enjoy!

If you end up making these shish kabobs, don’t forget to upload a photo and tag us! We’d love to see how you recreate this delicious recipe.

While we’ll be celebrating America this Wednesday, we know Canada Day just passed and want to say that we appreciate our Canadian neighbors, particularly those from Winnipeg, Manitoba. We absolutely love it when they come to our city to shop and play, and they are always welcome.

We hope you all have a happy and safe Fourth of July with family and friends!

What are the benefits of Invisalign®?

June 27th, 2018

A popular option for straightening teeth at Amundson Dental Associates, Invisalign can be a great method for improving your smile, and can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and more.

Invisalign, which is different from traditional braces, works by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners in order to eventually move your teeth into their ideal positions. Patients typically swap aligners approximately every couple of weeks.

At Amundson Dental Associates, we have lots of experience using this technology to give our patients the beautiful and healthy smile they’ve always wanted. During your initial visit at our Grand Forks office, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want, and brushing and flossing are easier. Invisalign’s aligners are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during your treatment. And, no metal and wires usually means you spend less time at our office getting adjustments. With Invisalign, you can view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete!

Depending on the severity of the problem, Invisalign treatment may take anywhere from three to 18 months to complete. You should be aware that Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces in treating bite problems, teeth that are lower or higher than others, or severely overcrowded teeth. Both teens and adults are now great candidates for Invisalign, so we invite you to contact our Grand Forks office to set up an initial consultation and learn more on how Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve always wanted!

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