Jul 27

CHANGE

Change is good.

Especially when you need a quarter to complete your transaction for that treat you’ve been craving.

Change is also good when you finally get to retire and enjoy your family…as in the case of our office manager, Lynnae, who retired this May.

Enter in a new change to the front desk area, Deanna a fun, vivacious new face to greet you warmly when you enter the office.

Change is good with our new Hygienist, Heather a 2012 University of Minnesota graduate.

It’s great to have a new perspective and a fresh set of eyes to complete your care here.

Another change is Kim, our new dental assistant.

She is a fun and energetic addition to our family.

Not all things are changing…

Dr. Englund, Sandy and Jodi are still here… It’s good to mix the change up a bit.

We complement each other well and have fun with one another which can make your experience here more enjoyable.

In Summary, CHANGE is good.

Notice our changes here and have a great dental experience along the way.

Hope to see you soon!

Oct 30

Happy Holidays!

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This is the season we call:

The Season of Re-cement.
Usually at this time of year; Halloween through Christmas
those great tasting, gooey, sticky candies are everywhere!
You know, you can’t have just one!
And those candies are just waiting to pull off your crown.
Just the other day, my husband, popped in a Tootsie Roll;
Bit down on it, made an awful face and spit the candy on the counter
with his shiny white crown in it.
I gasped! He said “ are you upset that my crown came off?”
I said “NO!, I’m upset you spit that on my clean counter!”
So, as a friendly reminder
save yourself some time, money and aggravation.
Think twice before you give into your sweet tooth.
But, if you forget and pull your crown out
Make up a good story on how it came out.
(I’ve already heard the candy story!)

Cheers!

Jodi

Your friendly dental assistant..

Jul 31

BUT, I HAVE DENTAL INSURANCE!

If you are fortunate enough to have dental insurance, PLEASE come prepared with your current insurance information. Having the correct and current information will help make getting your dental bill paid in a timely manner, and avoid service charges (no one likes those!).

What we need from you:

  • Group number.
  • Patient identification number.
  • Where to send the dental claim.
  • Policy holders name.
  • Policy Holders date of birth.

So, you don’t have an insurance card?

HERE’S WHAT TO DO:

Talk with your Human Resource representative and get your information from them (that’s why you have them).

Try going online and looking for the information, via your dental carrier.

Can’t you (meaning the dental office) call and get my dental information?

No! Due to the HIPAA privacy act our office can’t retrieve your info via the phone or internet.

Feb 24

Is it just me?

Is it just me or does anyone else notice those little white flossers on the ground in parking lots?

My family is annoyed with me because, I’ve made it into a game.

How many little white flossers can I find on the way into the store?

My record is 4 flossers.

Being in dentistry, I’m conflicted…Should I be grossed out that there are little white flossers on the ground ?

Should I be happy that someone probably flossed their teeth ?

Or, are people that ” floss on the run” litter bugs?

Did the flossers fall out of their pockets? The same pocket that they store their keys and used kleenex’s?

Did they just toss them to the ground because they were done flossing?

I guess I am glad people floss their teeth.

Maybe, when I hand out the little white flossers, it should come with directions like this…FLOSS DAILY,when finished…THROW THEM INTO THE TRASH not on the parking lot..

Jodi

Dr. Englund’s assistant

Jan 23

This Month Marks 29 Years as Dr. Englund’s Dental Assistant!

It was brought to my attention the other day. I am OLD.
I think old is a state of mind.
Although, my body doesn’t snap back as fast as it did when I first started working here
at 21 years old… but, it does snap back …eventually.

When I think about it, when I was 21, I was naive.
I have learned so many things in my years working here.
Like how to care for a variety of people. From young kids, to old people (like me).
And, all the things that make an office run.

So, as I thought about it more…
I would much rather have OLD me working with you than, young me.

As a whole, when I added up the years that Dr. Englund and the staff here have
worked in patient care, It comes to 219 years combined! THAT’S AMAZING!
Think of all the people we have cared for!

In conclusion, I’d much rather have someone who’s been around
The mouth a few times… over, a new kid on the block.

– Jodi, LDA

Jodi & Dr. Englund

Oct 14

Do you have a dry mouth?

The technical term for dry mouth is Xerostomia. This problem is quite common and is caused by a variety of medical conditions and medications. Dry mouth can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss!  To prevent dry mouth, try using the following helpful hints!

  • Sip cool water throughout the day.
  • Use sugar free candy or gum to stimulate saliva flow.
  • Restrict caffeine, alcohol and tobacco intake.

Try commercial saliva substitute/stimulants such as:

  • Saliva Sure tablets.
  • Biotene toothpaste, mouthwash and gel.


We carry both of the above products in our office!  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

Article written and submitted by our Registered Dental Hygienist, Sandy!

Sep 10

Which toothpaste is best for your child?

Which toothpaste should you choose?

Patients always ask us “Which toothpaste is best for my child?” There are a multitude of choices out there and it can be overwhelming to try to figure out which toothpaste is the best choice for your child. Below are our recommendations for choosing a toothpaste for your child.

Kids under the age of 3: Choose a non-Fluoride toothpaste (Kids will swallow anything, except vegetables and we don’t want them swallowing fluoride.) A good choice to use is Orajel My Way, Fluoride-Free toothpaste.

Kids over the age of 3: Choose Crest or Colgate brands formulated just for kids.

Both of the toothpastes listed above have a great flavor and are not as strong as adult toothpastes.

REMEMBER: Use only a pea sized amount on your children’s toothbrush and be sure to monitor them while they are brushing to make sure they don’t swallow the toothpaste or paint your bathroom cabinets with their brush!

Happy Brushing!

Jodi, LDA
Dr. Englund’s Dental Assistant

Jan 11

Children’s Dental Health Month 2013

Osseo Smiles is proud to take part in Children’s Dental Health Month!

Every year in February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health.

Part of Children’s Dental Health Month is the Give Kids a Smile program, sponsored by the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA).  Give Kids a Smile is a charitable program that provides free care to low-income children in need. This year’s two-day, statewide event will be held on Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2, 2013. A few clinics plan to provide care on alternative dates. The Association is committed to doing what it can to make quality care accessible to every child in Minnesota.

Click here for a list of the dental offices participating in this year’s Give Kids a Smile.

Osseo Smiles will not be participating in this year’s Give Kids a Smile program and instead will be celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month and raising awareness by visiting childcare centers, preschools, and elementary schools to put on a fun presentation and talk to children about the importance of taking good care of their teeth.

Osseo Smiles is proud to take part in National Children’s Dental Health Month!  If you would like one of our team members to come to your school and speak to your students about dental health, or if you ever have questions regarding dental home care for your own children, please give us a call at (763) 425 – 8200.

Apr 18

Dentistry is an Artform

Dentistry is an artform and Dr. Englund is a true artiste.

All of our patients know that Dr. Englund is a fabulous Dentist but what you may not know is that he is also an incredibly talented photographer.  In fact, all of the framed photographs displayed throughout our office were actually taken by Dr. Englund.

“Dr. Englund has an eye for design and can see the beauty in almost anything”  – Jodi, LDA

Dr. Englund’s eye for design not only allows him to take great photographs but is also extremely advantageous when he is practicing dentistry.

Dr. Englund takes everything into consideration when he treats his patients.  He has the unique ability to zero in, yet still see the big picture.  Dr. Englund sees teeth as his canvas, making sure every filling is precisely polished and every crown precisely fit.

“His dentistry absolutely reflects his artistic talents.  That’s what makes him so special.” – Sue, RDH

Next time you visit Osseo Smiles, be sure to check out our custom artwork.  You’ll find it on all of our office’s walls and in all of our patient’s mouths!