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Meet Dr. Logan



Name: Logan V.
Occupation: Dentist
Number of years with MNFD: 1

Hometown:  Appleton, WI

Family/Pets?
I come from a family of five.  My father is a dentist in Appleton, WI and my mom was an RN.  I am the oldest child and have two younger sisters.  One of my sisters is currently a dental hygienist and the other is studying to become a nurse.
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to become a police officer.  My neighbor when I was growing up was a police officer and I always looked up to him and what he did for the community.  Plus who doesn’t like catching bad guys?
 
What was your first job?
My first job was my lawn care and landscaping business I started when I was 12 years old.  It consisted of a few neighborhood lawns and landscaping jobs that supported my 12-year-old lifestyle quite well!
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
I really enjoy the outdoors and all activities included.  My parents have a cottage in northern Wisconsin that I enjoy visiting in the summer time.  Madison and the surrounding areas are beautiful with so much to explore.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
My favorite sport to watch is defiantly football.  I also enjoy playing football, however my favorite would have to be rugby.
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
Carelessness of others.
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
I really enjoy country music and my favorite artist at the time was Luke Bryan.
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? My parents cottage in Northern Wisconsin.
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List: Skydiving
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a pretty good shot with archery equipment.  I was on the archery team in college and competed at a national level.
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Drawing
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I really enjoy construction and building new things.  I have helped my dad renovate two cottages and we are currently in the process of finishing an off-the-grid cabin.
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
The office culture and the people that I work with.  We love to joke around with one another during the day which keeps the day moving by quickly and makes for a better patient experience overall.

Meet Kristi



Name: Kristi B.
Occupation: Front Desk Coordinator
Number of years with MNFD: 1.5 years

Hometown: Potosi, WI

Family/Pets? Live with my boyfriend and we have a dog named, Que
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? Dog groomer
 
What was your first job? Dog caretaker at a dog boarding and breeding business.
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
Hiking/exploring new areas and trails with my boyfriend and dog
Coloring
Watching movies
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
To Watch: Football and college basketball
To Play: Softball and Volleyball
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve? Negative attitudes
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
Didn’t really have one. I enjoyed listening to all different kinds of music so had a lot of bands that I liked.  
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
The cabin up north my family rents every summer for a week. It is on a very small lake and there aren’t many people around. It’s a very relaxing week because we all get to just hang out and don’t have any plans or schedules to follow.
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List: Visit Giraffe Manor in Kenya
 
Do you have any hidden talents?  I play piano
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Drawing/Crafty things
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I threw a perfect game one of my last games in high school softball.
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
The coworkers. When you get along with your coworkers like we do it makes coming into work enjoyable.
 

Meet Lindsay



Name: Lindsay L. 
Occupation: Dental Assistant 
Number of years with MNFD: 1 year

Hometown: DeForest 

Family/Pets? Fiance Brian and dog Doc
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? School Teacher 
  
What was your first job? milking cows 
  
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 - hanging out with friends and family
- motorcycle rides with Brian
- tractor pulls 
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? football 
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve? bad drivers  
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school? Shania Twain  
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Nashville  
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List: Travel to Maine  
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
 I don't have any hidden talents.. I'm boring! 
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
 I tend to be clumsy.  I'd like to be less clumsy. 
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
 I'm allergic to cows 
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
I enjoy working with patients and helping them feel confident about their smiles and create a comfortable environment for them.

Meet Christina



Name: Christina K. 
Occupation: Dental Assistant 
Number of years with MNFD: I started February, 2018

Hometown: Dane, WI 

Family/Pets?
 I have two sisters (Miranda & Melinda) and three kitties (Bowser, Electric Blue, and Daenerys).  
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?

 A Chef and then a Neuro-psychologist
 
What was your first job? 
 Papa Murphy's 
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  

 Make-up, knitting, snuggling fuzzy animals, video games, and going to the gym... sometimes.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?

 To play, volleyball.  I don't watch sports. 
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
 People being dishonest and disrespectful. 
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?

 Ariana Grande, Beach Boys, Kendrick Lamar, and Beyonce. 
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? 
 Killarney, Ireland 
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:

 Travel to Iceland, Greece, Japan, and Cambodia. 
 
Do you have any hidden talents?

 I'm good at applying make-up
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Crocheting 
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?

 I grew up working on my grandparents farm with my dad and sisters. 
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
 I get to do something different every day; it's never boring. 

2018 Great Halloween Candy Buy-Back

 Avoid scary tooth decay & surprise our troops with treats this Halloween!

You're invited to our Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back event!  Following Trick-or-Treating, stop into Madison No Fear Dentistry during working hours the week of November 5th to sell back your extra candy ($1 per pound of candy up to $5/child).  Donations are also welcome!!  All candy is donated to Operation Gratitude and shipped to our troops serving overseas. 

We will collect unopened candy (no nibbles, please!) on Monday, November 5th - Friday, November 9th.  The first 100 kids to participate will also take home a goodie-bag with coupons to local haunts (Kehl School of Dance, Swim West, Infinity Martial Arts, Apple Wellness, Blue River Chiropractic, Culvers). 
 
Not only does this program provide support to troops stationed overseas, but it also encourages children to adopt healthy dental and eating habits! 
Hours: Halloween Candy Buy-Back: 
Monday, Nov 5: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday, Nov 6: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday, Nov 7: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday, Nov 8: 7:00AM - 4:30PM
Friday, Nov 9: 7:00AM - 3:00PM

 
             
                                                   
 

Team Member Spotlight: Jasmine



What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

What is your favorite TV show? "Friends!" 

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why? Kelly Quam... self explanatory :) 

What is your guilty-pleasure? seeing movies in the theater. 

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?  my phone 

What is your most memorable birthday?  My third birthday-my little brother was born.

What was the last book you read? "The Girl on the Train" 

What/who makes you laugh out loud?  All of my hilarious co-workers at Madison No Fear Dentistry! 

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress? go to the gym

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Butter Pecan

What is your proudest moment?  having my son, Drey

What is currently playing in your car?  96.3 Star Country

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? boating on Lake Wisconsin 

What is your favorite season and why?  Fall!  I like the cooler weather and pumpkin EVERYTHING.

How would you spend a million dollars? save it for a rainy day...

Donate Your Toothbrush

 

For about 38 years, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) has lead a community effort to prevent homelessness and end hunger.  In 2017, 18,000 households visited their food pantry which resulted in 1.3 million pounds of food distributed.  Another 121,000 pounds of clothing were given out to those in need.   

We are proud to partner with this organization and start a new initiative to assist in ongoing oral health care needs.  At your next dental appointment, you will have the option to donate your toothbrush to MOM instead of taking it home with you.  Please consider giving back if you don't need an extra toothbrush or if you have an electric toothbrush.  



When you give to support your neighbors through MOM, you touch the lives of so many in the community.  

Thank you for your generosity!

Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride for Cavities

Take the Fear out of Cavities with Madison No Fear Dentistry

by Betsy Stern, published on Madison Moms Blog

There’s no getting around the fact that many people are anxious about dental visits – and little ones are especially prone to feeling frightened. Madison No Fear Dentistry has made it their mission to make visits a positive experience for ALL, especially their littlest patients. From blankets and eye masks to TV screens with Netflix, they truly go above and beyond to make each visit as comfortable as possible. So it’s no surprise that they have found another way to help their youngest patients deal with one of the most traumatic parts of dental care: CAVITIES.

Madison No Fear Dentistry is now offering a new type of treatment for cavities, and it is FAR less invasive and traumatic than traditional methods. Silver Diamine Fluoride is a topically applied medicine that can help “pause” cavities, stopping the progression of decay. This is a great option for little ones that may not be able to cooperate/tolerate traditional numbing and filling techniques.
 

Here are a few quick details about Silver Diamine Fluoride:

WHAT IS IT:
It’s a topically applied liquid medicine that is scrubbed onto cavities.
 

HOW IS IT APPLIED:

It is applied with a small brush over the infected tooth. The liquid stays on the tooth for one minute and then is rinsed off. That’s it!
 

HOW DOES IT WORK:

The silver acts as an antimicrobial and helps kill the bacteria in the cavity while the fluoride helps promote remineralization of the tooth.
 

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST:

It typically lasts between 6 weeks and 3 months and then would need to be reapplied.
 

WHY USE SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL METHODS:
There are a number of reasons this treatment is a good option. Some children are too young/frightened to sit still while their mouth is numbed and the cavity is filled. This treatment could buy time, even years, without the cavity getting worse.  Or, perhaps someone has multiple cavities that can’t all be treated in one sitting. This can help stop the decay and prevent the cavity from getting worse before it can be fixed.
 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?:

One treatment costs around $100.
 

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS:

Silver Diamine Fluoride will stain the tooth black.
 

DOES IT WORK FOR ADULTS, TOO?

Yes! This treatment can be used on anyone, and adults choose this option for a variety of reasons. For example, if someone has a lot of cavities, this can help spread out the cost and the treatment over time while stopping the damage from getting worse.


Team Member Spotlight: Amanda



What is your favorite holiday?
While I love Halloween, Christmas is my favorite holiday.  I love the magic of the season and spending time with my family.  I appreciate the celebration of love and joy of the holiday.

What is your favorite TV show?
As a mom, I don’t get a lot of adult TV time.  I do try to stay up with “This Is Us” and “Blindspot” episodes.  I am watching “World of Dance” currently. 

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with my grandparents again.  I miss them dearly. 

What is your guilty-pleasure?
I like “Ink Master” which is a tattoo competition show. 

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?
I always want to have my phone available in case of an emergency with my child. 

What is your most memorable birthday?
When I turned five, I came home from school and my mom made a birthday cake into a Barbie dress! 

What was the last book you read?
For my kid: Scooby Doo team-up with Batman
For me: The Mortal Instruments series

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
My husband or my sister...  for very different reasons though   

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
Getting outside and spending time in nature

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
I LOVE a hot-fudge Sunday from Culvers. Otherwise, I would usually choose Cookies n’ Cream. 

What is your proudest moment?
My proudest moment was the natural water-birth of my son.  It was so empowering and life changing to become a Mama <3 

What is currently playing in your car? NPR

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
I enjoy camping with my family and going swimming with my son. 

What is your favorite season and why?
Fall is my favorite season: the warm sun with the cool breeze, the changing colors of leaves, campfires, Hawkeye football season, and Halloween

How would you spend a million dollars?
First, I would pay off our mortgage and complete a couple remodeling projects in our home.  Then, I would buy a new pop-up camper and plan a couple trips to travel abroad. 
 

Team Member Spotlight: Kristina



What is your favorite holiday? Memorial Day

What is your favorite TV show? Fixer Upper

What is your guilty-pleasure? Reading fiction

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?
Closing all of the closet, bathroom, & bedroom doors, so my dog has less options for mischief.

What is your most memorable birthday? 30

What was the last book you read? Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines

What/who makes you laugh out loud? My husband and co-workers

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress? Reading

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate with crunchy, chocolaty things inside

What is currently playing in your car? “You Bet Your Garden” podcast

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? Garden

What is your favorite season and why? Summer for warm weather and flowers

How would you spend a million dollars? If I had to spend it, I would buy a little farm with gorgeous scenery

 

Team Member Spotlight: Kristi




What is your favorite holiday?
 Christmas as I love getting together with friends and family!

What is your favorite TV show?
 Friends.  It is my go-to show anytime I need a laugh. 

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
 My Grandma Joyce... she passed away when I was pretty young and would love to get to talk to her again. 

What is your guilty-pleasure?
 Culvers chicken strips & cheese curds

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?  My phone

What is your most memorable birthday? 
On my 24th birthday, I got to be in my friend's wedding and celebrate with her and all my high school friends.

What was the last book you read?
 "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
 My family!  They're the craziest people I know, and it's always a great time when we're together. 

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
 I enjoy hanging out at home watching movies with my boyfriend and dog.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Birthday Cake!

What is your proudest moment? 
 My proudest accomplishment is throwing the perfect game during one of my last games in softball.  It is something I put a lot of work into and felt good to have it pay off. 

What is currently playing in your car?
 It depends on the day, but usually country music. 

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
 Boating and being out on the water.

What is your favorite season and why?
 I love summer and being outside with lots of fun events to go to. 

How would you spend a million dollars?
Traveling!  Australia is one of my top places I want to visit.  I also want to go cage diving to check that off my bucket list. 

Team Member Spotlight: Lisa

 
 
 
What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas.  What is there not to love? - great hymns and songs, lights on the tree, sentimental ornaments, good food, friends and family.
 
What is your favorite TV show?
I do not actually watch current TV- I solely watch Netflix.  While I enjoy sci-fi/fantasy, crime dramas, superhero shows, and other 'nerdy' shows, my current 'tv' favorites include episodic educational shows/documentaries like: Planet Earth(BBC), Ken Burns Civil War, and How the States Got their Shapes.
 
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
The American comedic actor, Don Knotts - because it would definitely be an entertaining meal from his interesting voice to his comedic expressions, gestures, and gags.
 
What is your guilty-pleasure?
The song, "Party in the USA" sung by Miley Cyrus. Love to hate it, and hate to love it.
 
What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?
My EpiPen -gotta love the allergies.
 
What is your most memorable birthday?
I have had MANY memorable birthdays.  Being a twin, I have always shared my birthday, so, to me, the most memorable and meaningful birthday is the most recent one where I get to be with my twin now that we have grown older and live in different states. 
 
What was the last book you read?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Yes, I love the HP series.
 
What/who makes you laugh out loud?
My nearly five-year-old nephew. 
 
What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
Lap swimming, painting, and spending time with by boyfriend, Brian. 
 
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip.
 
What is your proudest moment?
College graduation after completing 2 separate majors and a minor.
 
What is currently playing in your car?
The American roots band, Dustbowl Revival
 
What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Going hiking and stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking at Devil's Lake.  
 
What is your favorite season and why?
Autumn.  I love the colors and the smell of the crisp, cool air outside.
 
How would you spend a million dollars?
While I would rather keep working and SAVE all of the money in a high interest account for when I retire in 30+ years, if I had to spend all of it, I would:
- Buy/build a small, off the grid home with the latest conservation materials to live minimally with the smallest environmental impact.
- Donate a portion to church, humane societies, and other causes.
- Pick up more expensive hobbies like working with stained glass, glass blowing, etc.
- Set up a college fund for my nephew.
- Take a few extra vacations with my family and boyfriend
 

Member Spotlight: Carly



What is your favorite holiday?
International Pancake Day

What is your favorite TV show?
Game of Thrones

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
Cleopatra, I would love to hear her side of historical events.

What is your guilty-pleasure?
Animated Disney movies

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?
My phone. I’d be lost without GPS.

What is your most memorable birthday?
On my 22nd, a bunch of friends and I spent a weekend in the Dells.

What was the last book you read?
Currently working through the “Wheel of Time” series

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
All my friends and my boyfriend (I laugh easily)

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
Hot chocolate and a television marathon/good book

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate chip cookie dough

What is your proudest moment?
Placing at National’s for Irish dance

What is currently playing in your car?
Justin Timberlake’s new music

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Enjoy the outdoors with friends: hiking, festivals, breweries, etc.

What is your favorite season and why?
I love fall! Sweaters, hot apple cider, apple orchards and color changing trees; what’s better than that?!

How would you spend a million dollars?
I would pay off my student debt and would travel to all the places I still need to see

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Team Member Spotlight: Lindsay



What is your favorite holiday?
 Christmas - love all the lights and getting to spend time with my family

What is your favorite TV show?
 Fuller House or Nashville

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
 My family and my boyfriend because they mean the most to me.  Family time is very important to me!

What is your guilty-pleasure?
 Listening to older country music.

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?
 My cellphone... it's how i keep in touch with my family. 

What is your most memorable birthday?
 My 24th and 26th birthday are about the same. 

What was the last book you read?
 Dairy Queen

What/who makes you laugh out loud? 
 My boyfriend and my brother :)

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
 Watch movies in my sweats

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
 Chocolate with Reese peanut butter cups on top. 

What is your proudest moment?
 My proudest moment is going back to school at 25 and graduating on the Dean's List for Dental Assisting. 

What is currently playing in your car?
 90's country (which is the best in my opinion)

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
 I enjoy going to tractor/truck pulls with a cold beverage. 

What is your favorite season and why?
 Summer because there's always a county fair or tractor pull to go to with family and friends. 

How would you spend a million dollars?
I would give some of it to charity and make sure my family is taken care of financially. 

The Link Between Bad Oral Hygiene and a Sore Throat



The Link Between Bad Oral Hygiene and a Sore Throat
by Sally Phillips

Having a sore throat is inconvenient and certainly not comfortable, especially if linked to a sore tongue. Bad oral hygiene isn't the first cause that comes to mind when dealing with a sore throat, but it can actually be one of the main causes. In fact, bad oral hygiene has a series of detrimental effects on health, causing cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, halitosis and tonsillitis.
Mouth ulcers are also a common reason for a painful throat and tongue. They may be caused by cuts from sharp foods, a bacterial infection and canker sores, and easily affect the soft tissues inside the mouth. This condition is not only unpleasant but will also prevent you from getting the correct nutrition from your food.

Signs and Symptoms
If you're suffering from a sore throat due to dental or oral irritation, you will typically show some or all of the following symptoms:
  • pain and difficulty swallowing
  • swollen tongue
  • sensitivity to hot or cold foods
  • blisters containing fluid
  • red or white spots on the throat or tongue
  • fever or chills
  • sweating
However, a sore throat can have various causes, such as viral infections, bacterial infections, other irritants and certain chemical treatments and symptoms may be similar. In these cases, the best thing to do is contact your doctor in order to know what cure is best for you.

How to Treat a Sore Throat
When a sore throat is due to bad dental hygiene, the first step is to take better care of your teeth. Aim to brush your teeth at least twice a day to prevent periodontal disease and reduce plaque. Floss every day and rinse your mouth daily with a specific mouth sore rinse, which typically cleans and soothes ulcers and other mouth irritation. Quitting smoking can also greatly improve your oral health. Improving your dental hygiene should eliminate the causes of your sore throat and promote long-term healing.
 
Several home remedies can also help you deal with the situation and soothe your sore throat and mouth. As well as the ideas below, remember to try to reduce stress, eat well, and look after your oral hygiene.  Gargling with lukewarm water mixed with salt and turmeric powder is an excellent home remedy which will give your sore throat some relief. Another popular remedy is honey, which is known for its natural antibacterial properties that can quickly heal inflamed tissues: adding honey to a cup of herbal tea or hot water is a soothing natural cure for a sore throat. Another option is to add honey to the juice of half a lemon in hot water. However, remedies involving honey, lemon, or juice should be used sparingly, as too much sugar can cause cavities. Honey can be employed as a one-time solution, but it is best to turn to other remedies to avoid harming your teeth in the long run.

By improving your dental hygiene and experimenting with these simple home remedies, your sore throat should clear up within a week. Maintaining a correct dental care routine will ensure the health of your teeth and gums and help you be a healthier person in the long run.
 

Xylitol’s Oral Health Benefits: A Sweet Alternative


 

Xylitol’s Oral Health Benefits: A Sweet Alternative


Sugar substitutes come and go all the time, and most of us are used to hearing about the latest and greatest sugar alternative for the new sugar-free snack. But who has ever found a sugar alternative that dentists actively recommend as good for our teeth? That might be unheard of — until now.

Xylitol, a sweetener derived from birchwood, has been growing in popularity over the last decade in the health food community, and has crept into the medical field as well. Studies from dental associations, such as the California Dental Association, have been proving that the sweetener xylitol has some powerful benefits for your teeth. They even recommend that patients consume up to 5 grams per day.

But why? What is xylitol and how does it help your teeth?

Before we get into that, let’s step back and look at the cause of cavities and poor oral health.
 

The Cause of Cavities


Cavities and tooth decay are caused by bacteria in the mouth. These tiny little organisms are capable of destroying even the prettiest pearly whites. When you eat food that contains sugar (sucrose), the bacteria in your mouth consume it — and are suddenly filled with energy. They begin to multiply and produce acid, causing the pH of your mouth to shift dramatically to an environment balanced for their health, rather than the health of your mouth. This acid destroys the calcium and phosphate bonds in your teeth. If enough of these minerals are leached away, the result is a cavity.
 

How Xylitol Protects Your Teeth


So, where does xylitol come in?

Unlike other sweeteners, xylitol isn’t a sugar. Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from fibrous plants (particularly birchwood). Xylitol does not break down like sugar, and acts as a pH neutralizer, bacteria inhibitor, and stimulates distribution of minerals to your teeth.
 

pH Balancer


Unlike other sweeteners that send your pH whirling off kilter, xylitol acts a pH balancer. It is sweet, but it’s not a sugar. Research has shown that a mere five minutes of exposure to a 100% xylitol-sweetened product can neutralize acids and return the pH of the mouth back to its optimum level.

People who consume a lot of acidic foods and drinks (think energy drinks, sports drinks, soda, candies, and sweets) usually see a big dip in the pH of their mouths — and bodies as a whole. When pH is out of balance, essential minerals are pulled out of the enamel of the teeth, which leads to softened enamel and tooth decay.

Xylitol helps saliva become more alkaline, raising the concentration of basic amino acids. Additionally, the pH of the plaque in your mouth rises as well — and that’s a good thing! A higher pH helps plaque be removed more readily. Additionally, when the pH goes above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in your saliva will begin to repair those parts of your enamel that have weakened.
 

Inhibits Bacterial Growth


The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar. When xylitol enters the mouth, the bacteria identify it as a food source and bring it through their cellular walls for fuel. But, when they do, they discover they’ve pulled in the unusable molecule xylitol phosphate. Over time, the xylitol builds up inside the bacteria cell, blocking the bacteria’s digestive function and its ability to produce acid. As they are unable to consume fuel or multiply, the number of bacteria within the mouth decreases over time, falling as much as 90%.

Additionally, the neutralized pH of the saliva and the inhibited activity of the bacteria means that they are no longer able to stick to the surface of teeth as well. The result? Less plaque, and less chance of cavity development.

The California Dental Association observes that,

“Over time with xylitol use, the quality of the bacteria in the mouth changes and fewer and fewer decay-causing bacteria survive on tooth surfaces. Less plaque forms and the level of acids attacking the tooth surface is lowered."
 

Reduces Demineralization


Low salivary flow is a concern for many patients. Salivary flow plays an important role in depositing calcium and phosphates onto the enamel of the teeth. Both minerals are vital to tooth health. Without adequate saliva in the mouth, the teeth don’t receive the quantity of nutrients necessary to remain healthy and cavity-free.

Xylitol helps here too. It stimulates the salivary glands, and in so doing increases the amount of saliva in the mouth. This allows the minerals to be deposited, and, as an added bonus, relieves the discomfort of a dry mouth.
 

How to Get Your Daily Dose


You can find xylitol in many products at your local health food store. Our favorite brand at Apple Wellness is Xyloburst. Xylitol candies and gum are one of the best ways to get a daily dose of xylitol, while also satisfying those pesky sugar cravings — just without the sugar! These candies are sweet, without the bite of stevia or the molasses flavor of agave. The taste is, well, just like a normal sugar.

Xylitol can also be purchased as a sweetener to be added to breads, pastries, dressings, and other dishes. In fact, you can use xylitol as a replacement for sugar in every recipe except for those that use sugar to help yeast rise.

Of course, xylitol in any form isn’t a replacement for a healthy oral care routine and regular dental exams. So, keep your biannual checkups on the calendar. But, rest assured that when you visit, your dentist will exclaim over the health of your teeth.

Article Contributed by Apple Wellness

 

How to Prevent Weight Loss in Seniors Caused by Oral Health Problems


Photo by Peter Kasprzyk on Unsplash

How To Prevent Weight Loss in Seniors Caused by Oral Health Problems
by Sally Phillips

Aging comes with the deterioration of bones, muscles, and one’s dental health. While seniors are at risk of chronic diseases of the mouth and tooth loss, it appears that oral health problems are also some of the top factors that contribute to involuntary weight loss in older adults.

In a study involving a hundred elderly patients, it was found that general oral health problems were the cause of significant weight loss within one year. Moreover, it was revealed that poor dental health had more impact on involuntary weight loss among the elderly than any other factor such as household income, age, or nutrient intake. Apart from eating healthfully and exercising, seniors should make it a point to take care of their teeth to prevent involuntary weight loss or malnutrition.

Dangers of involuntary weight loss among the elderly
Studies have shown that involuntary weight loss among seniors aged 65 and older can lead to gastrointestinal disease, psychiatric conditions, and an increased risk of death. Poor oral health is just one of the reasons why seniors lose weight, but other factors such as medication effects, emotional problems, lack of access to food, and loss of ability to feed oneself can also contribute to significant weight loss. While these factors may be more challenging to tackle, one thing that the elderly can do to prevent this from happening is to take care of their oral health.

Common dental health concerns among seniors
If you’re a senior, one of the things that you may have to deal with is tooth loss. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 27.27% of seniors over the age of 65 have no remaining teeth. Meanwhile, those who do have teeth have an average of 18.90 remaining teeth. Seniors are also at risk of developing cavities and gum disease, with the latter being linked to other health problems such as heart disease.

You’ll also notice that your teeth look discolored, and you may or may not experience having bad breath due to a dry mouth. This can be caused by taking certain medications, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 commonly used medications can contribute to dry mouth. The good news is that there are several things that you can do to prevent these health concerns or manage them if you’re already experiencing them. Here are some tips on how to take care of your teeth and mouth to prevent involuntary weight loss.

Practice good oral hygiene
Seniors should brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day to reduce plaque and prevent periodontal disease. Use a fluoride toothpaste and try using a fluoride rinse at least once a day.

Increase oral hydration
To prevent bad breath, seniors should ask their doctor if their medication can be switched for one that doesn’t cause dry mouth. You should also drink plenty of water and try chewing sugar-free gum. You may also want to decrease your alcohol intake or avoid it altogether as alcohol can dehydrate your body, and it also a risk factor for oral and throat cancers.

Avoid consuming food or beverages that stain the teeth
Some of these include red wine, soda, tea, coffee, candy, and sweets. Instead, eat cheese, which increases saliva in the mouth to keep it hydrated. Seniors can also have yogurt, apples, leafy greens, and celery, which are all good for dental health.

Visit your dentist on a regular basis
It’s crucial to visit your dentist no matter if you’re wearing dentures or if you still have a complete set of natural teeth. Having regular professional care will help to maintain the health of your teeth and mouth, and your dentist can also ensure that your dentures fit properly at all times.

Follow these tips to take care of your oral health to prevent involuntary weight loss. Having healthy teeth can lead to better overall health and a good quality of life in your golden years.
 

Welcome Dr. Logan to Madison No Fear Dentistry

Dear Valued Patients,

It is with great excitement that I welcome Dr. Logan Van Hoof to our practice.   He will be joining us this summer! 

As our practice continues to grow, I realize I need more help with my own patients.  To continue to give the best service possible, Dr. Logan and I will now be working together.  At Madison No Fear Dentistry, we always strive to provide the best experience for the patient, and this will allow us to continue to do so. 

I have been fortunate enough to partner with Dr. Caitlin, Dr. Kevin, and Dr. Bob over the last few years.  Our doctors will continue to collaborate together as a team.  I have the utmost confidence in the quality of care that Dr. Logan will provide and believe the transition will be seamless as he mirrors our values and our mission. 

I’ve personally known Logan since he was born, so I can attest to his character.  When I asked him to share his feelings about joining our practice, this is what he had to say: “I am very excited to be a new addition to the exceptional dental team at Madison No Fear Dentistry.   I look forward to building relationships with the patients, staff, and community of Madison.  Working together with the team, I look forward to providing you with a great dental experience.”

We are honored to have you as our patients and to serve you and your family.

Sincerely,
Dr. David Ducommun 

DAIS Supply Drive












From April 17th - May 11th, we will be collecting supplies for DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services).  Their mission is to empower those affected by domestic violence and advocate for social change through support, education, and outreach.  DAIS provides eight comprehensive intervention, education, and prevention programs to victims of domestic violence and to members of our community, including the only emergency domestic violence shelter in Dane County.
 

In 2015 alone, the shelter served 542 adults and children and provided over 19,000 nights of shelter to survivors of domestic violence.  Your donations to DAIS will directly impact the lives of DAIS shelter residents by providing them with the day-to-day items they need. 

 

We are collecting donations from the DAIS Wish List.  You can drop your donation at our collection box located at the Madison No Fear Dentistry office.

Downloadable wish list: DAIS-Wish-List-2017.pdf

"I still have moments of being scared, flashbacks of horrible things that happened in my life.  But seeing that picture today made me realize that I did more than just survive.  I see a brave woman doing everything in her power to protect her children and make them happy.  Someone at DAIS told me I could do it, and I did!  I don't know where I'd be without any of you." - DAIS Client




 

Team Member Spotlight: Raquel



What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas! The whole month of December really!

What is your favorite TV show?
The Amazing Race! When my husband and I watch it we always pick which challenges we would do.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
My husband’s grandpa who passed before I was able to meet him. I hear so many good things about him and how we would have gotten along so well. I’m told that my husband is a lot like him.

What is your guilty-pleasure?
Vegging out on the couch with lots of junk food and Netflix.

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without? Sunglasses

What is your most memorable birthday?
The weekend of my 31st Birthday my husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago. We went to a couple museums, stayed at the Hard Rock and hit up IKEA on the way home.  I love surprises!

What was the last book you read?
It depends on which room of my house I’m in. I’m reading the Harry Potter series, How to stop worrying and start living and a book about the Biltmore House.

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
My co-workers and my husband.

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
Soaking up the sun, reading a good book, and crafting.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie dough with Oreos.

What is your proudest moment?
When my husband and I bought his family farm. We got married on the property and I think it will be awesome to raise our family on the property.

What is currently playing in your car?
Mostly country music, but I like to listen to just about anything.

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Going on motorcycle rides, soaking up the sun, cook outs with friends, really spending any time outside.
 
What is your favorite season and why?
Summer, I really don’t like being cold.

How would you spend a million dollars?
I would probably pay off our house, take a long trip and invest most of it.
 

Team Member Spotlight: Dr. Kevin



What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
 
What is your favorite TV show?
My current favorite show is Game of Thrones; my favorite show of all time is Always Sunny. 
 
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
My beautiful wife, Katelin, because she is amazing.........    and Johny Rzeznik.  

What is your guilty-pleasure? 
Watching the Bachelor.   

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?  My phone

What is your most memorable birthday? #28

What was the last book you read?
"The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
Honestly, most of the people in my life-coworkers, family, friends  

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress? Golfing
 
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? 
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Smash Blizzard from D.Q.
 
What is your proudest moment? My wedding day
 
What is currently playing in your car? Lumineers
 
What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? Golf
 
What is your favorite season and why?
Fall because of the colors and the weather
 
How would you spend a million dollars? Traveling!
 

Meet Brandi




Name: Brandi C.
Occupation: Front Office Coordinator
Number of years with MNFD: 2 years 

Hometown: Edgerton, WI

Family/Pets? Husband, 6 sisters, crazy dad to keep track of...  no time for pets
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? Teacher
 
What was your first job? Housekeeper at a hotel 
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
Spending time with my godchildren and watching Packer and Badger games.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? I like to watch football and play volleyball.
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
That's tough as I have a lot!  Probably chewing loudly or slurping your drink 
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school? Outkast
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? 
I haven't been many places, but Florida with my sister and her family.
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:Go to Italy, Rome, Tuscany
 
Do you have any hidden talents? 
No, I don't even have any not hidden! LOL
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Singing 
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I'm very shy until I get to know you, and I really enjoy being sarcastic.   

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
Being able to come to work in a positive environment.  Everyone truly loves their job and the people that work here! 

Meet Jasmine



Name: Jasmine S.
Occupation: Dental Hygienist
Number of years with MNFD: 2 years

Hometown: Pewaukee, WI

Family/Pets? My husband Mike and 11 year old Sheltie, Colby and 1.5 year old Golden Retriever, Leonard. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a veterinarian as a kid, but once I grew up I realized that didn’t mean playing with puppies all day so I changed career paths.

What was your first job?
I worked as a cashier at Pick n’ Save

What are your hobbies and interests?
I love going to concerts, traveling, and hanging out with my awesome coworkers! 

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
Favorite sport to play would have to be volleyball, and to watch definitely the Packers.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people are dishonest or disrespectful

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
Dashboard Confessional Jason Mraz and John Mayer

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I just love traveling, so anywhere I can get to is my favorite vacation spot. The last vacation we took was to Scottsdale, AZ, and it was pretty amazing.

Name one thing on your bucket list?
Meet Ellen DeGeneres or at least be in the audience at her show.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Sadly, no

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
I would like to think I have some rhythm…but deep down I know that’s not entirely true…so I would have to say dancing
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I was a model for Oshkosh B’gosh and other store ads as an infant until I was 5 or 6. They must have known I would only grow to be a whopping 5’4" so they pushed kindergarten instead of pursing my modeling career ;)

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
I love how welcoming and helpful all of my co-workers have been. I feel like I have grown so much as a hygienist since I’ve started.
 

Meet Dr. Bob



Name: Bob Holsen
Occupation: Dentist

Number of years with MNFD: 2+ years

Hometown:  Oconomowoc, WI

Family/Pets? Hadley 5, Bree 2, newborn Collette 
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? Professional baseball player
 
What was your first job?
Referee at the YMCA (unless you count cutting my grandma’s lawn)
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
Packers/Brewers/Badgers/Bucks. Golfing and fishing, basketball, boating, and working out.  I'm a DIY enthusiast….don’t leave me alone in Home Depot!
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? Basketball to play, and football to watch
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?  Bad drivers
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?  Alabama
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Riviera Maya
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List: Visit Washington DC
 
Do you have any hidden talents? I can juggle
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Guitar. Dancing if you ask my wife…
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?  I really like the movie Pitch Perfect…the first one
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?  Enjoying going to work every day.
 

 

Meet Erin



Name: Erin R.
Occupation: Front Desk Coordinator
Number of years with MNFD: 2 1/2 years

Hometown: Edgerton, WI

Family/Pets?
My husband Ross and I got married in April 2018.  We love to spoil our pup, Kinsale. 
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
My parents told me that when one of my brothers was being born in the hospital, when we went to the cafeteria, I told them “I want to be a food server.”
 
What was your first job? A “food server” at Ray’s Family Restaurant in Edgerton.
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
I love doing photography! I have big travel dreams (I want to go all over, really), and l’m a huge fan of going to concerts (especially Taylor Swift)
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
I will always cheer on an UW sport!
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
Certain sounds drive me crazy, like chewing and loud breathing.
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school? Was and still is Taylor Swift!
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Ireland
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List: I would like to go cliff jumping
 
Do you have any hidden talents? No
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Drawing and painting. I’d love to be able to do either of them as a way to relax. I would also like to learn how to enjoy running!
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I have been told I am pretty quiet, but I can be unexpectedly witty.
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
Everyone is so friendly and welcoming! I felt like a part of the family before I even started working here.
 
 

Meet Hillary




Name:  Hillary Y.
Occupation: Registered Dental Hygienist
Number of Years at MNFD:  3.5 years

Hometown: Born in Rockford, IL; grew up in Machesney Park, IL

Family/Pets? 
Most of my family is still in Rockford, Dad- Jim, Mom- Becky, Step Dad- Ken, Older Sister- Stephanie, and my Niece Holly.  I also have an older brother- Tim who lives in LA. My in-laws are in New Orleans.  Here in Madison, it is my husband Sean, cat Ahmad, dog Rue, and I.  

What did you want to be when you grew up? 
I wanted to be an orthodontist when I was younger.  However, that changed when I learned how long you have to attend school.  So Dental Hygienist sounded even better to me because I get to transform smiles in one or two appointments instead of several years.

What was your first job? 
I worked at a grocery store named Save A Lot.  I stayed at that place for 7 years! Shout out to the Save A Lot crew, they all became like family to me.  (One was even my sister)  The atmosphere there was much like it is here at MNFD. 

What are your hobbies/interests? 
My biggest hobby is starting new hobbies and not following through with them.  I have stuck with a few over the years though which are golfing, reading, trying new beer, and relaxing with my boyfriend and cat.

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
Favorite to play is Frisbee.  Favorite to watch is Hockey.  I’m a huge Blackhawks fan.  I worked for their farm team, The Rockford Icehogs, for 3 seasons as a cheerleader/ promotional team leader.  My second most watch sport is probably Soccer, because it’s my boyfriend’s favorite sport. 

What is your biggest pet-peeve? 
I am very laid back as a person, so getting on my nerves is very difficult. About the only thing that really ruffles my feather is when I come across stupid drivers, I become a different beast.

What is your favorite band(s) in high school?
Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is, Amber Pacific, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.  I looked forward to warped tour every year. 

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I have two of those, Cedar Point which is an amusement park in Ohio, and New Orleans, LA.  They both are so much fun no matter how many times you experience them. There is always a new place to see.

Name one thing on your Bucket List:  
Perform as a back-up dancer; either on stage with a famous artist or in a music video. 

Do you have any hidden talents?  
I can hula hoop for hours at a time without dropping it.  I even learned how to do fun tricks like turning while hooping.  I am still working on a few skills.

What are you really bad at, that you’d love to be great at?
I wish I was great at cooking.  I wouldn’t say I am really bad at it now, but unless there are instruction on a box or I have a recipe to follow directly, I will probably mess it up.

What is something about you that might surprise us?
I have a Molar Bear tattooed on my foot.  If you don’t know what it is, Google it!

What is your favorite part of working at MNFD?
Everyone who works here is so friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable.  I’ve learned something from everyone I work with, and no one will ever turn down the opportunity to help another person, whether it’s a coworker or a patient.
 

Meet Kelly



Name: Kelly Q.
Occupation: Dental Assistant
Number of years with MNFD: Since February 2016

Hometown: Dane

Family/Pets?
Husband: Luke and two dogs: Nova & Maya. Parents: Karen & Bill, and two older sisters:Tonya & Stacy.   
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
 A dentist!  In first grade when we had to pick a career and learn more about it, I was dead set on being a dentist.  
 
What was your first job?
 First job was milking cows and raking hay.
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 Hanging out with friends and family.  I also enjoy being outside doing something.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
 I love to watch Packer football, but I am all about playing tennis. 
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
 When people chew with their mouth open
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
 Anything country... except the Zac Brown Band.
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Clearwater, FL 
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
 To run a half marathon
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
 Milking cows
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
 Singing!
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
 I'm very competitive at anything I do.
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
 My co-workers.  They're very helpful and make going to work fun and easy! 
 

Patti's Farewell

I wanted to take this time to say good-bye, to let everyone know why I loved working at Madison No Fear Dentistry so much, and to explain why you haven’t seen me lately.

It was my privilege to work with such a great team at MNFD.

It all started in March of 2010 when I was invited for an interview at the Old Chicago restaurant, only to find Dr. Ducommun and five other team members there to interview me. The jokes and laughter started almost immediately; I jumped right in and gave it right back. When I left the restaurant that night, I knew I wanted to work with this group of people. I was so excited when Dr. Ducommun called and invited me to be a part of his team.

There is so much I could say about Madison No Fear Dentistry, so I will try and keep this to a minimum.

I genuinely felt like part of the family from the first day I started. I’ve never had such a great leader with a mission statement that he truly lives by on a daily basis: “earning trust and loyalty through great experiences.”  What I’ve learned and what I’ve observed others learning from this mission is how to open ones’ heart and feel safe enough to be who you are without fear of judgment. This is why it was beyond difficult to leave such a great place.

From my wedding a few years ago to the passing of my father last summer, I have shared such a huge part of my life with this team and with the patients that I have been so privilege to get to know over the years.

I have the highest level of respect for Dr. Ducommun and how he runs his practice. The way he always builds the team up and empowers them to grow and learn through positive reinforcement, not with power or intimidation.  This creates an atmosphere which immediately is felt the moment you step in the front door. 

Where did I go? My husband is self-employed selling food processing equipment for a German company, Kronen.  Fortunately, he has been very successful and really needed more help, so I decided to be his assistant. It is going well, and I am headed to Germany for some additional training and to meet the rest of the staff at the corporate office!

I want to thank the Madison No Fear Dentistry team and all our patients for all the great memories that I will forever hold in my heart.
 
With warming blessing,
Patti Quandt

 

Answers to Your Sleep Apnea Questions

What are the signs and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Snoring affects millions of people every night, but it could also be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway by the soft tissues and tongue can occur.  If this period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds, it is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a medical condition with serious long-term effects. 
Other symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea may include: excessive daytime sleepiness (which may cause you to fall asleep at work or even while driving), morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, acid reflux, dry mouth, waking up throughout the night gasping for air (you may also have chest pain or shortness of breath), difficulty staying asleep, or high blood pressure.   Many people also suffer from mood swings such as depression or irritability, anxiety, or even attention deficit disorder.
 

What are the medical implications if it is not treated?

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, an estimated 18 million Americans have Obstructive Sleep Apnea and do not receive enough oxygen during the night endangering their health. With 80% - 90% of sufferers remaining undiagnosed and untreated, it may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease including arrhythmias and heart failure, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Stroke, diabetes, car accidents, or even death. 
 

What are treatment options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

If you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, it is important that you are getting treatment every night and are regularly monitored to ensure it is working effectively.  Traditionally, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a machine that provides a constant stream of air though a mask you wear while you sleep is prescribed. 
If you are not wearing or are unable to wear a CPAP, we can provide a comfortable and effective alternative.   A properly fit and custom made oral appliance keeps your airway open and allows you to breathe easily.
 

What makes our appliance different from many others?

In order to treat your condition, we must first properly diagnose your sleep disorder.  To differentiate between mild snoring, and the more serious Obstructive Sleep Apnea, we perform an at-home sleep study.  This portable sleep monitor will export your sleep data and breathing patterns which a licensed physician will analyze and prescribe the proper treatment based on your individual results. 
Our highly trained clinicians will fabricate a custom fit appliance that is made specifically for your needs based on the above reports.   We use a patented “accufit” liner allowing the appliance to be customized for a much more personalized and comfortable fit while permitting small movements of the jaw (TMJ) and uninhibited oral breathing.  This also means if you have future dental work, you will not need to have a new appliance made saving you future expense.  Many people with Sleep Apnea also suffer from nighttime clenching or grinding of their teeth, and we are able to fabricate an appliance that is suitable to treat both disorders at once.  However, every case is different and treatment depends on your individual needs; we are happy to discuss the best option for you.

Meet Jasmine



Name: Jasmine P.
Occupation: Dental Assistant
Number of years with MNFD: 2 years

Hometown: Prairie Du Sac, WI

Family/Pets? My six year old son, along with a huge wonderful extended family! 
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
 A stay-at-home mom.
 
What was your first job?
 Life guard at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 Cooking, family activites, boating, downhill skiing, anything with my awesome friends and my son Drey. 
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
 Badger basketball and Green Bay Packer football.
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
 Insensitivity to other's feelings. 
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
 Luke Bryan
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Warm = Cozumel, Mexico
Cold = Breckenridge, Colorado
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
Travel to Germay
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order.. does that count? :)
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Sports and singing
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
 I was a cheerleader and on dance team in high school. 
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
 Everyone here is so nice and welcoming...  Great work environment and a ton of fun! 
 

Meet Lacey



Name: Lacey M.
Occupation: Dental Assistant
Number of years with MNFD: 8 1/2 years

Hometown: Dane

Family/Pets? None 
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? Teacher and a dolphin trainer 
 
 What was your first job? Babysitting 
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 Spending time with my family. I like to shop and decorate my house.   
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
 My favorite sport to play is softball.  My favorite to watch is Packer football.  
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
 Laziness and people that are super pokey. 
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
 I like country music... any good band is fine.  I'm not too picky. 
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
 Anywhere warm and tropical.  I love being in the sun and taking mini excursions. 
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
 It would be terrifying, but I think it would be cool to swim with a shark- in a cage though- not out in the open.
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
 Not really, but I wish I did!  I think I'm an okay singer ;)
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Traveling more out of my comfort zone - trying new places.
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
Not many people know that I am a farm girl.  I feed calves everyday for my family dairy farm.
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
Helping people feel more confident/relaxed in the dental chair, hoping each time they come back they are more relaxed and less terrified of the dentist. 
 

Meet Dr. Dave



Name: Dave Ducommun
Occupation: Dentist
Number of years with MNFD: 18

Hometown: Sun Prairie, WI

Family/Pets? My wife: Chris. Three children: Marissa, Lexi, and Josh.  Grace, our teddy bear
  
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I have wanted to be a dentist since 7th grade
 
What was your first job? Paper route, de-tassel corn
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
Farming, ATV, fishing, guns, Piloting, RC airplanes, drones, mechanical things
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
GB Packer football, Badger Football and Basketball
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?  
Selfishness, endangering others, arrogance
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
Boston, Aerosmith, Rush
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Hawaii
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
Machu Picchu!
 
Do you have any hidden talents? I can fix things!
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Basketball and other object sports
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I am VERY concerned about the environment of our planet and what humanity is doing to it!
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
I LOVE THE PATIENTS AND THE TEAM!  THERE IS NOTHING THAT I WOULD RATHER DO FOR WORK!
 
 

LANAP Frequently Asked Questions

Are you considering Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure™ (LANAP™)?  Below are some common questions we receive about the procedure.  With these technological advances, we are able to offer a "NO cut.  No sew.  No Fear." alternative to traditional gum surgery.  Please give us a call if you would like more information about the laser procedure. 


Video animation of LANAP procedure:

The LANAP protocol is a patient friendly, minimally invasive treatment for gum disease. Using the PerioLase, dentists must be trained to perform this FDA cleared laser gum disease treatment.



1.  Q: But my doctor said he'd have to pull my teeth because they are so loose, and I don't want to do that.
A: We have been able to save a lot of teeth that other dentists wanted to extract.  We have had great success in saving teeth that were to be extracted.  There is nothing better than your own natural teeth.  We can schedule a complimentary consultation for you!

2. Q: How much more is the laser?  I've been told by my Periodontist that it is expensive...
A: The laser is comparable to the fee for conventional periodontal surgery.  It is not more because it is new technology.  Our fee has actually been less than some of the offices using the conventional technique. 

3. Q: How will I feel after the laser surgery?
A: You may experience some ache, throbbing, or soreness.  The doctor will then prescribe some antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory to take care of any discomfort you may experience.

4. Q: How many appointments will I need?
A: Usually two treatment visits and a couple of post-operative visits.  The doctor will then prescribe visits with a hygienist every three months to keep up what s/he has started.

5. Q: I only need a cleaning.  That is all I have ever needed and had.  Can the laser do cleanings?
A: Yes, we do laser cleanings in the office.  Our hygienists has been using the laser for almost 4 years now. 

6. Q: Will my insurance cover this?
A: We do not use any special codes because it is a laser.  We u se the same codes that every office uses so coverage will not differ.

7. Q: Do you offer financing?
A: We offer Care Credit Financing.  It is a credit card for medical as well as dental services.  It is easy to qualify for, and if you would like, we can send you an application.

8. Q: How do I know this will work?  I had surgery 5 years ago, and I now need it again."
A: The doctor can answer all of your questions regarding treatment.  We offer a complimentary consultation so you can have all your questions answered.  You can meet the doctor and staff and have a demonstration of the laser performed for you. 

Meet Amanda



Name: Amanda B.
Occupation: Marketing Director
Number of years with MNFD:  7 ½ years

Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa

Family/Pets? Husband Aaron and son Jackson (Jax).  Most of my extended family still lives in Iowa including my twin sister.  

What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was little, I loved to write, so everyone thought I would be an author.  However, I really wanted to be a professional choreographer.
 
What was your first job?
I was an assistant dance teacher until I was old enough be an Dance Instructor.  I also worked at Younkers Department Store through high school and college.     
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
I love photography.  I also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: camping, hiking, canoeing.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
I’ve played volleyball for a number of years.  However, it is now more recreational than competitive.  
I love watching college football…  Go Hawks!  and I'm a lifelong Cubs fan!  
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve? Insincerity or narcissism: both are pretty intolerable to me.
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
I was really into punk and ska music (Rancid, Millencolin, Goldfinger, Less than Jake, NOFX, Reel Big Fish).  However, I would have to say Weezer was a favorite.  I even got to see them in concert with my best friend!    
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Italy was always my dream vacation, and I was fortunate enough to go there for my honeymoon.  Otherwise, Devil’s Lake will always have a fond place in my heart as I have a lifetime of memories there! 
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List: to see the Northern Lights  
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m a decent artist although I haven’t taken the time lately to create. 
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
I really wish I could speak another language. 
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I danced for over 20 years and have performed at half-time shows, a cruise ship, and even Disney! 
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
I believe in our mission and appreciate working for a company that puts people as their first priority.  My awesome co-workers help too :)
 
 

Meet Kristina



Name: Kristina B.
Occupation: Financial Coordinator & Team Developer.
Number of years with MNFD:   7 1/2

Hometown: Antigo, WI

Family/Pets?
My Mom and Dad live in Antigo, my sister lives in Arizona, and my husband Tim and I live in Stoughton with our two Blue Heelers.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A movie set designer that’s why I went to school for interior design. 

What was your first job?   When I was 14, I got a job at a flower shop

What are your hobbies/interests? 
I have an organic vegetable garden and an Etsy shop where I sell my original artwork. 

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? Wakeboarding and surfing

What is your biggest pet-peeve? When people interrupt me when I’m talking

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?  No Doubt

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Hawaii: I’ve been to all the islands and I was married there.

Name one thing on your Bucket List: A vacation in Greece

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can fit everything I need for a vacation in one regular backpack.  I have been perfecting this skill over the years I love the freedom it gives me when I travel.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Singing

What is something about you that might surprise us?  
I just started learning how to play guitar.

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
The fun environment we laugh a lot every day!
 
 

The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Madison No Fear Dentistry Builds Little Free Library

The Little Free Library has a rich history in the Madison community inspired by a tribute to honor a loved one while encouraging neighborhood engagement.   It was founded to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations.  With a message like this, how could we not get involved? 

Madison No Fear Dentistry is proud to support The Little Free Library initiative as a means to give back to our patients while building a literacy-friendly neighborhood.  We are excited to share our own Little Free Library with the community! 




 Please feel welcome to stop by and take a book or leave a book.  According to the Little Free Library, “These little book exchanges are about community connection, just as much as they’re about books and literacy,” and we couldn’t agree more.   
 


To learn more about The Little Free Library, visit http://littlefreelibrary.org/
 

Navigating Your Insurance Coverage with Your Dentist

Insurance coverage plays a big part in whether you decide to move your dental care to our office, so it is no surprise that it's one of the most frequently asked questions.  It is challenging to give a generic"yes" or "no" answer as it is dependent on each individual's policy.  Since every patient's coverage varies, we will provide some broad information which will hopefully give you insight into how we work with the insurance companies.   

Do you accept my dental insurance?
The answer is most of the time, yes!
We are an "in-network" provider with a couple specific insurance companies: WEA and Delta Dental at the PREMIER level.  However, we still file claims to almost all the other insurance companies at the out-of-network level to provide you with the best possible coverage available. 

Please ask for a FREE Benefits Check!
If you would like to know how much your insurance will pay at our office, call our front desk at 608-836-5700.  We will require some basic information from you (name, birthday, insurance company, group number, and ID number) in order to complete the complimentary benefits check.  Once we have your specific coverage information, we will call you back with the detailed overview.

What does "in-network" mean (verses an out-of-network insurance plan)?
In-Network is an extra benefit to the patient.  We have negotiated a discount with Delta Dental and WEA which in turn passes the savings on to the patient.  Insured individuals usually pay less when using an in-network provider.  Out-of-Network coverage means the patient is fully responsible for everything the insurance company does not cover.
 
The following insurance plans pay $0.00 at our office which means a patient with one of these insurances policies will be responsible to pay the full price out of pocket:
  • Medicare
  • Momentum
  • American Dental Plan
  • Badger Care
  • Forward Health
  • GHC
  • Physicians Plus
No insurance? No problem!  Check out our Insurance Page to learn about other available discounts. 

Whether you have insurance or not, it is still important to see a dentist every 6 months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.  Prevention is always best! 

The Importance of Dental X-rays and Your Protection from Radiation



Why do you need dental Xrays?
Dental examinations help to diagnose disease before it becomes hazardous to your health.  An important component to your regular exam includes routine dental X-rays.  This allows the dentist to detect problems that cannot be seen by the naked eye including: loss of bone (periodontal disease), cysts, decay between the teeth, and tumors (cancerous and non-cancerous).
 
According to the Wisconsin Dental Association, by using an X-ray to make certain no pathology is present, the dentist can help save the patient time, expense, pain, money, and possibly avoiding additional treatments in the future.  In some cases, when dental x-rays show the location of cancerous growths, it can be responsible for saving a life.
 
Preventing X-ray Radiation Exposure
While X-rays remain an important diagnostic tool, many patients may be concerned with radiation exposure.  However, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) has found exposure associated with dentistry actually represents a minor contribution to the total exposure from all sources.  Both the American Dental Association along with the NCRP conclude radiographs can help the dental practitioner evaluate and definitively diagnose many oral diseases and conditions.
 
The FDA is encouraging dental professionals to make a simple switch to "faster" X-ray film to further reduce your radiation exposure.  At Madison No Fear Dentistry, we offer digital radiography which means even less exposure to radiation than the traditional X-rays, even those at the fastest film speed. 
 
X-ray Apron with Thyroid Protection
We also take preventative measures to ensure the safety of our patients while protecting them from any potential exposure.  In accordance to the recommended guidelines, we still drape the patient in a lead apron featuring a thyroid shield.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the lower front of the neck that secretes hormones into the blood and is carried to every tissue in the body.  The thyroid hormone helps the body use energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs functioning properly.   

According to a publication released by the American Thyroid Association in 2013, the thyroid is among the most “susceptible sites to radiation-induced cancer.”  However, the prognosis of thyroid cancer is excellent especially for patients younger than 45 years of age and those with small cancers.

Prevention is always better than treatment.  By actively preventing disease and decay through regular home care, professional dental cleanings, and routine comprehensive exams with X-rays, patient and dentist together will be able to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
 

Meet Dr. Caitlin

Name: Caitlin K.
Occupation: Dentist
Number of years with MNFD: I started in July 2012 after graduating from Marquette School of Dentistry.

Hometown: Fort Atkinson, WI

Family/Pets? My husband, Karam. We got married in August, 2014.  My son, Bowie, born September 27, 2018.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a chef, I love to cook.

What was your first job? Beverage cart server at a golf course.

What are your hobbies/interests?
Cooking, going for bike rides, and spending time with my family.

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?  
I love watching football and always cheer for the Packers.  My husband and I also go to all the Badger Hockey home games.  

What is your biggest pet-peeve? Clutter, I’m kind of a neat freak.

What was your favorite band(s) in high school? Garbage. Horrible band name, but a pretty good band.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? I went to Paris with my husband two years ago and I can’t wait to go back!

Name one thing on your Bucket List:
Learn to speak French fluently. I am currently taking classes. “Bonjour! Comment ça va?”

Do you have any hidden talents? I have won a couple of limbo contests in my day.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
 I have a terrible sense of direction and always get lost when driving somewhere new.

What is something about you that might surprise us?  
Since I was born my nickname has been Kiki and all my friends and family call me Kiki☺

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
All the amazing people I get to work with and the new people I meet every day. All these relationships make coming to work a pleasure! 
 

Meet Mike



Name: Mike G. 
Occupation: Registered Dental Hygienist.
 Number of years with MNFD: I started working here in August of 2006.
 
Hometown:
I grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois and later moved to Clarendon Hills, Illinois.
 
Family/Pets?
I will be married to my wife Teresa for 20 years on Feb 25th. We have a house full of pets that keep us busy: two cats, Oliver and Maggie, and two birds, Buster and Bella.
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I was split between careers in health care or engineering.
 
What was your first job?
My first job was at Osco Drug during high school. I also ran my own landscaping and lawn care business in the summer, which eventually turned into home repair as well. For a number of years, I owned and operated Badger Remodeling. Our primary focus was on residential remodeling including custom millwork and cabinetry. However, I briefly did some commercial projects. My largest commercial project was a complete tear out and remodel of a periodontal office in Milwaukee.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
My favorite sport to watch is football. I love watersports especially skiing, wakeboarding, and barefooting. I think my favorite water toy is the sky ski. For years, one of our favorite water toys was our parasail. Although it was a long time ago, I was in the water ski show for about 12 years. During that time, I skied just about every different act in the show. I guess looking back my favorite thing was jumping (although I will say some of the landings were my least favorite part). I also enjoy biking, snow shoeing, cross country and downhill skiing.
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?

I don’t know that I had one favorite band. It was the 80’s. I listened to a lot of different music.
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot is our family cabin in Northern Wisconsin. We spend as much time as possible there.
 
Name one thing on your bucket list:
I started taking flying lessons in college, but did not finish. Someday when I have time, I would like to do that again.
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
I am completely ambidextrous; I can do almost everything equally well with both hands.
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be good at?
Making time for myself... I have a bad habit of getting myself into projects to help other people. Someday, I may decide to make recreational time for myself.
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
Many people may already know this about me, but in 2013, I let myself get up to almost 300 pounds. In just under a year, I was able to lose 92 pounds and have successfully stayed under my goal weight for the last year!
 
What is your favorite part of working at MNFD?
My favorite part of working here is the interaction with my patients. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping people who have so much anxiety about dental treatment that they require sedation for treatment. Many of these people have such great experiences that they eventually actually look forward to, and enjoy coming into see us.
 
 

Gum Disease and Your Heart: What You Need to Know

February is Heart Health Month! 


February is American Heart Month, a national initiative dedicated to preventing heart disease and stroke by empowering everyone to make heart-healthy choices. Did you know that there is an association between gum disease and heart disease?  Many studies show an association between gum disease and several serious health conditions–including heart disease–even after adjusting for common risk factors. 
 

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Below are some of the most important things you can do to avoid gum disease and maintain good oral health (including prevention of tooth decay or cavities):

  • Brush teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.

  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.

  • Visit Madison No Fear Dentistry regularly for oral examinations and professional cleanings.

Healthier mouths can mean healthier hearts,
and we want you to know that we are here to support you.

 

If you suffer from heart problems, here are some things to remember when it comes to your dental care:

  • Provide us with a complete list of the names and dosages of all the drugs you are taking for your heart condition (as well as any other prescription or nonprescription drugs that you may be taking). This will help us decide on the best treatment course for you, including the appropriate medications to use for dental procedures.
  • Give us the name and phone number of your doctor(s) in case we need to speak to him or her about your care.
  • If you are particularly nervous about undergoing a dental procedure because of your heart condition, talk with your dentist and heart doctor. Your doctor(s) and our staff can provide you with information and work with you on strategies for controlling dental pain and easing your fears.

Please reach out to us with any concerns or questions.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Meet Raquel



Name: Raquel B.
Occupation: Front Desk Coordinator
Number of years with MNFD: 5 1/2 years

Hometown: Edgerton, WI

Family/Pets? Husband, Nick, daughter Milo, and two pups, Mya & Hattie

What did you want to be when you grew up? A Marine Biologist

What was your first job? A cashier at Piggly Wiggly when I was 15

What are your hobbies/interests?  Boating

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? PACKERS FOOTBALL... I don't miss a game! 

What is your biggest pet-peeve? People who choose to be unhappy.

What was your favorite band(s) in high school? Brittney Spears

Where is your favorite vacation spot? The Smokey Mountains.  My heart belongs there. 

Name one thing on your Bucket List: To travel the U.S. in a R.V. without an exact destination or timeline

Do you have any hidden talents? ...They're deeply hidden apparently...

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Singing, but my husband would say cooking.

What is something about you that might surprise us?
I'm crazy about Christmas!!  It's my favorite time of the year!

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
Getting along with my co-workers and getting to know patients
 

 

Meet Dr. Kevin



Name:  Kevin DeGroot
Occupation:  Dentist
Number of years with MNFD: 5 years

Hometown:  Green Bay, WI

Family/Pets?   My beautiful, loving, and tolerant wife, Katelin and my amazing baby boy, Isaac.  

What did you want to be when you grew up?  Dentist

What was your first job?  Bus boy at Old Country Buffet

What are your hobbies/interests?  
Avid sports fan – Packers, Marquette Basketball,  Badger Football.  Hunting.  Biking to farmer’s market. 

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? Watch = Packer’s football.  Play = Basketball

What is your biggest pet-peeve?   Gum smackers.

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?  Goo Goo Dolls

Where is your favorite vacation spot?  Domestically = New York City.  Overseas = Italy

Name one thing on your Bucket List:  Go to a Brewers playoff game.

Do you have any hidden talents?   I can eat 26 crab rangoons in one sitting.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?  Singing

What is something about you that might surprise us?   One of my guilty pleasures is watching the Bachelor.

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?  
I love the wonderful relationships we have with our patients and each other.
 

Meet Lisa



Name: Lisa F
Occupation: Registered Dental Hygienist
Number of years with MNFD: 4 years and 3 months

Hometown: New Ulm, MN

Family/Pets?
My parents and twin sister live in MN, my brother, his wife, and my two nephews live in the Milwaukee area. No pets of my own, but I enjoy my time with my boyfriend’s golden retriever.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A ballerina from ages 4-7, a teacher from 8-14, then a dentist from 15-21, and then a dental hygienist

What was your first job?
Preparing mass college mailings-folding letters, stuffing envelopes, licking them shut, and putting mailing labels on…very repetitious.

What are your hobbies/interests?
Theater, movies, drawing and painting, hiking and canoeing, going on adventures with my boyfriend, Brian, and spending time with family and friends.

What is your biggest pet-peeve?  When people aren’t thorough in what they do.

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
Anything on the radio… No favorite, but now I love anything and everything folk and bluegrass.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
A cottage on Fish Lake (near Wautoma, WI)

Name one thing on your Bucket List:
I’m hoping to see the Northern Lights one day. 

Do you have any hidden talents?
Not necessarily a talent, but I have double jointed thumbs.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Cooking…honestly, I can bake desserts no problem, but cooking is the worst.  Although, I will say I am getting much better.

What is something about you that might surprise us?
When I was a kid, I thought that life was a musical- that everyone broke into song and knew the same dance steps. I would stand on the picnic table and sing at the top of my lungs like Ethel Merman.  Time have changed, and I don’t sing by myself in public anymore, but I secretly still wish that life was a musical.

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
Being able to help my patients with their oral care in such a happy and caring environment!

Nutrition, Teeth, and Good Health by Thomas McGuire, DDS

When most people think about good nutrition, they assume that the only important thing is what's in their food.  Well, chew on this: Teeth - that's right, teeth! - play a critical role, too.

The connection may not be obvious at first glance, but if you have missing teeth or dental disease, simply won't get the maximum nutritional value from food.  Maybe you already know that unhealthy teeth and gums can contribute to serious diseases, such as heart ailments, osteoporosis, and even diabetes, and severely stress the immune system.  The end result is that your quality of life and longevity may suffer.  But I'm betting you don't know how teeth also fit into the nutrition part of this equation.

For the body to do its best job assimilating food, two things are necessary.  One is a healthy digestive tract; the other is the ability and willingness to chew.  Here's where human anatomy comes into play because, despite whatever notion we may have about being king of the jungle, our digestive system doesn't measure up to that of other creatures. 

Carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores each have a distinct kind of digestive system with teeth designed to match the needs of that system.  Take cats, for example.  These meat eaters don't have to chew - sharp front teeth enable them to just rip, tear and swallow- because their digestive tract can handle tough animal tissue. 

Similarly, the digestive system of herbivores, such as cows, sheep, and deer, has evolved to the point where it can digest and assimilate the tough cellulose fibers surrounding all cells in plants.  Though their system does that job very efficiently, herbivores still must chew plant food so their bodies can completely absorb it.  That's why herbivores don't have the tearing, canine teeth of carnivores; instead theirs are broad, flat molars that effectively break down the fibrous cellulose.

And what about us omnivores?  Our digestive system is set up to process both meat and plants.  But it's no match for the digestive abilities of carnivores and herbivores, and to make up that shortcoming, we must use our teeth more efficiently.  Because we can't digest cellulose, we have to chew vegetables and plants very thoroughly to extract all of their nutritional content.  The same goes for the protein foods, animals or otherwise.

Your conscious brain plays a key role here, too.  What you decide to do with the food in your mouth - chew it well or gulp it down - is the last time you'll have conscious control over how much nutritional value can be extracted from it - no matter whether it is  salad or a steak.  After you swallow food, chemical digestion, which you can't consciously control, takes over in the stomach and intestine.  So chewing is your one chance to determine how efficiently food will ultimately be digested and assimilated. 

This is where teeth come in.  Our most efficient tools for grinding and breaking down both plant and animal products are molars.  Humans have eight of these powerful dental food processors - two on the top and two on the bottom on each side of the mouth. 

Let's say you lose a tooth and don't have it replaced.  Or you have gum disease or an abscess and simply can't chew on that tooth or on that side,  Functionally, you end up losing two teeth, not just one.  Think about it.  Take away a top tooth and the tooth below it has nothing to chew against; that makes the bottom tooth useless.  It also means you lose 25 percent of the molar's chew efficiency.  Take away two teeth on top and you lose 50 percent of efficiency.

You've heard the expression, "You are what you eat."  At first glance, that sounds pretty good, but in reality, it isn't accurate.  In fact, you are what you assimilate.  It doesn't matter what you put in your mouth because, first, if you don't have your teeth, or their artificial replacements, to properly chew food, your body won't be able to effectively digest it.  Second, regardless of how healthy the food is, it can't be assimilated if it isn't digested.  And third, if it isn't assimilated, food has little or no nutritional value.

What You Can Do About It:
If you have lost any teeth and haven't had them replaced you are putting your overall heath at risk.  If you are serious about improving your overall health, you will need to have the lost teeth replaced.  There are many options available to you and the first step in this process is to make a dental appointment.  My recommendation is to schedule one with a mercury free/holistic/biological dentist.  He/she will be more aware of the important relationship of oral to overall health and will be better suited to support your efforts at achieving optimal oral and overall health.  Those who are committed to mercury free/safe dentistry will be able to provide you with safe mercury amalgam (silver) filling removal protocol to protect you against unnecessary exposure to toxic mercury vapor. 

Bottom line: you cannot be healthy without healthy teeth and gums.



About the Author:  Dr. Tom resides in Sebastobol, CA and is the author of the best-selling books, Healthy Teeth-Healthy Body: How to Improve Your Oral and Overall Health, The Poison in Your Teeth: Mercury Amalgam Fillings... Hazardous to Your Health, and Mercury Detoxification: The Natural Way to Remove Mercury from Your Body.  He is a leading authority on mercury amalgam silver fillings, chronic mercury poisoning, mercury detoxification, and holistic dental wellness.  Dr. Tom specializes in patient education and is available for phone consultations about topics within his area of expertise.  He has the largest and most visited website of its kid, with over 350 pages of information.  His website: www.dentalwellness4u.com has the largest database of mercury-free and mercury-safe dentists available on the Internet.  You can contact his office at 1-800-335-7755
 

Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day


August 22nd celebrates a dentist's favorite character, the Tooth Fairy!  This fun holiday acknowledges one of our beloved figures of early childhood years.  Folklore states that when a child loses a baby tooth, s/he places the tooth underneath their pillow, and the Tooth Fairy will visit during their slumber replacing the tooth with a gift (typically money). 


The Tooth Fairy is an American tradition with European roots.   For hundreds of years people have shared mythical stories about the loss of baby teeth resulting in various cultural traditions. 
 

In the Middle Ages, Europeans buried children’s teeth so witches and evil spirits couldn’t use them for voodoo.   The Vikings believed that children's teeth had magical powers that could help them fight in battle.  They would pay their children for their lost baby teeth, and warriors would string them around their necks.  The tradition in Northern Europe was to pay a tann-te or tooth fee when a child lost their first tooth.
 

Over time, people began to share stories about a Tooth Mouse who scampers around town and steals children's teeth in the middle of the night. The mouse tale evolved into the story of the Tooth Fairy who leaves treasures under children's pillows in exchange for their baby teeth.  The first incarnation of these traditions into the modern-day Tooth Fairy first appeared in print in 1927 in play for children by Esther Watkins Arnold.
 

Today, parents tend to view the fictitious Tooth Fairy as providing comfort for their children.  Research finds that believing may console a child experiencing fear or pain resulting from the loss of a tooth.  Tooth Fairy traditions are still popular today; kids all over the world place their baby teeth under their pillows at night in anticipation of a surprise in the morning.  At Madison No Fear Dentistry, we will be giving out Tooth Fairy boxes to all the kids who have an appointment on National Tooth Fairy Day!!   

The Benefit of Digital Dental Radiographs

Madison No Fear Dentistry Invites You to See the Difference with Digital Radiographs 
Almost every severe oral health issue can be prevented or minimized with routine dental exams and cleanings. During your preventative visit, we thoroughly check your teeth, gums, and tongue. Another tool we utilize to help with early detection of potential oral health issues is radiographs, or dental x-rays. Our digital radiographs are essential in identifying cavities, assessing the condition of existing restorations, and diagnosing other dental health concerns unnoticeable to the naked eye.


How is it Different? 
Our PreXion3D Cone Beam CT brings x-ray imaging to the next dimension by providing 3D images that allow us to safely diagnose and customize patient treatment like never before. 

Traditional 2D Panoramic and other dental x-rays are limited when compared to 3D images that can show different angles and planes, allowing us to view any part of the patient's anatomy from any direction or angle.  The PreXion3D combines the highest quality imaging and the most powerful software in the industry, enhancing our implant planning, oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, restorative, general dentistry and much more.

What is the Benefit? 

The PreXion3D scanner offers enhanced accuracy, visibility and predictability.  The results are a reduction in procedure, surgery, and anesthesia time, which ultimately translates into a quicker and more comfortable recovery.

 

The PreXion3D scan is completely painless and can dramatically reduce x-ray radiation exposure when compared to normal CT scanners and some older traditional dental x-ray machines.   

 

Preventative dental care and updated radiograph technology can minimize your risk for more painful or severe dental health issues and higher expenses in the future. 


                  Traditional X-ray                                                 3D Digital Image

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation the majority of oral cancer develops from two primary causes.  One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol and the other is through exposure to HPV (human papilloma virus, specifically version 16), the same virus which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women.  A small percentage of people (under 7 %) do get oral cancers from no identified cause. It is currently believed that these are likely related to some genetic predisposition.

As you are well aware, dentists are often the first line of defense against oral cancer, through the process of early discovery.  When found at early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80 to 90 % survival rate.  Unfortunately, the majority of cases are not diagnosed until the later stages accounting for the high fatality rate; nearly one person dies every hour of every day. 

 

The American Dental Association recommends continued awareness of the early indications of oral cancer especially between your routine dental visits.  If any of the following symptoms persist longer than two weeks, please contact us to get evaluated: 

     • a sore or irritation that doesn’t go away
     • red or white patches
     • pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
     • a lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
     • difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
     • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Over 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year. When it is detected and treated early, overall health problems are reduced.  The UW Carbone Cancer Center is offering a FREE ORAL CANCER SCREENING on Friday, April 25th from 10:00AM - 1:00PM at the Otolaryngology/ENT Clinic (Atrium, 2nd Floor) at UW Hospital and Clinics located at 600 Highland Avenue.  No appointment necessary and free parking available.  For more information or questions about the screening, contact Heather Geye at 608-265-6260.    


The Link Between Your Diet and Cavities: It's more than just soda

We all know that cavities are caused by soda and sugary snacks like candy.  However, just because a beverage or food does not have “sugar” listed in the ingredients does not mean it does not cause tooth decay.  It is important to read ingredient lists closely and watch out for additives such as corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, laevulose, maltose, modified food starch, molasses, natural flavors, and sucrose.  All of these elements are sugars that are often hidden in foods. 

One of the most frequent things people say when they hear they have a cavity is, “but I don’t drink soda.”  Sweetened liquids such as juices, sweetened tea, and sweetened coffee are often the culprits of cavities. Adding creamer to coffee often contains cavity causing ingredients.  Also, be cautious of sugar substitutes such as Equal, Sweet and Low, and Splenda which contain dextrose.
 
It is not only about what you eat or drink, it can also be how you consume it.  The frequency in which you eat or drink can increase your risk of tooth decay.  Habits that increase the possibility of cavities include habitual snacking, eating before bedtime, chewing sugar gum, and regular use of candy or breathe mints.  Medications that require everyday use such as cough drops, syrups, and antacids can also cause cavities.

"I was so impressed with this office, that I actually wrote a blog post about them :)" Sher

Writing about my trip to the dentist today may be unconventional, but that makes it unique, right?  I fit into that category of folks who are extremely afraid of the dentist.  I would rather be eaten alive by zombies than have my mouth poked with needles and my teeth sawed down to practically nothing.

I actually get myself sick over worrying about the appointment before I even arrive.  Get me in that dental chair and I'm white-knuckled and wide-eyed.  That all changed today; however, and I want to tell the world about it.

I have had a painful, sensitive tooth and knew I needed an appointment, but was too afraid to find a new dentist here in Madison.  Last night a friend posted on her business page, Absolutely Art, that new art work was hanging up at Madison No Fear Dentistry.  What?  A dental office that displays local artists' work?  Time to investigate....

I made a call to them this morning and they were willing to get me in today.  I pulled myself together, took a deep breath at the door, and went inside chuckling to myself (let them try to take the fear out of me).

I was quickly checked in at the front desk by Kourtney, and only waited a few minutes before being taken back by Carley, one of the dental assistants.  Carley gave me a complete tour of the beautiful, modern facility.  This place is so amazing that I was silently wondering if there was a job opening.

Carley was very gentle and talkative.  She got some history and x-rays before the doctor came in.  I saw Dr. Kevin DeGroot (my new BFF) who was laid-back, kind and fully explained everything he was doing.  Dr. DeGroot fixed me right up with no "fear" whatsoever.  The two of them made me feel so relaxed that I forgot where I was, and almost asked them what we were doing tonight.

You don't even feel like a patient at this office.  The staff is so caring and treats you like a person, wanting to know about your life beyond your dental problems.   They really lived up to their name!

Now, let's get to the real perks (aside from the exceptional staff):

  • Complimentary WiFi and iPads
  • Keurig for brewing tea, coffee or hot chocolate
  • Warm or cold neck wraps
  • Eye masks
  • Tempur-Pedic chairs
  • LCD TV's
  • Apples and fresh baked cookies
  • Kids costumes
  • Hygienic warm blankets
  • Artist of the month


Yes, this is for real and I haven't even shared my favorite perk yet.  They actually make homemade bread to hand out to patients who want a loaf.  Kourtney handed me a loaf as I was checking out.  It was still warm, but I was the one melting.  Don't believe me?  The proof is in the photo.  Mmmm, so good

Now you see why I wanted to do a post about this special place?  It's still hard to believe that I look forward to my next appointment.  I never, ever thought that I would welcome going to the dentist.


I cannot recommend Madison No Fear Dentistry enough.  Check them out if you live in the area (I'm so sorry if you don't).  You will be happy you did and you're welcome.  Thanks so much Kourtney, Carley, Dr. DeGroot and Patti.  Until next time....


About the Blogger:

I write about my travels around this fascinating planet, as well as unique venues in my current city of Madison. My favorite travel quote - I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met. ~ Sher Travels

Original Blog Post: Well Traveled - a serious case of wanderlust
http://sherbondurant.blogspot.com/2014/01/madison-no-fear-dentistry.html

Season's Greetings!

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year. 
We appreciate your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you next year!

National Brush Your Teeth Day!



There are 1,440 minutes in a day.  Your kid's teeth only need four of them. 

Kids spend up to half their walking hours texting, watching TV, playing video games, and using the computer.  Make sure they take the time to brush too!  Brushing just two minutes, twice a day can help prevent painful dental problems.  Oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million hours of school per year, and it causes their parents to miss 25 million hours of work per year.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease.  Dental decay is five times more common than asthma.  More than 16 million children suffer from untreated tooth decay:  39% of children ages 5 to 11 have had a filling, 20% of children ages 5 to 11 have cavities that are not filled, 38% of parents with children ages 5 or younger report they don't regularly help or monitor their children while they brush, and 60% of parents report their children sometimes or frequently forget to brush.  

Help your kids brush their teeth two minutes, two times a day for healthier teeth, fewer cavities, and better overall health!
For more information visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (www.aapd.org) or 2min2x.org.

Great Halloween Candy Buy-Back!

This fall, we will be holding our Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back event.  Following Trick-or-Treating, stop into Madison No Fear Dentistry during working hours November 4th - November 8th to sell back your extra candy. 

Not only does this program provide support to troops stationed overseas, but it also encourages kids to adopt healthy dental and eating habits!



 
To learn more about Operation Gratitude, go to www.operationgratitude.com

Madison No Fear Dentistry Celebrates Recent Awards

This has been an exciting month for us!  First, we were humbled by the public's voting for the Wisconsin State Journal's Star of Madison Award naming Madison No Fear Dentistry as Madison's Best Dental Facility!  Then, Madison Magazine honored us again with the Top Dentist Award for Dr. Dave Ducommun. 

The Star of Madison Awards winners are determined by the number of write-in votes on ballots submitted by Wisconsin State Journal readers and Madison.com viewers. To see a full list of winners, visit http://Go.madison.com/StarWinners

The Madison Magazine asked thousand of dentists- “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?”  The Top Dentist 2013 is the result of this peer survey highlighting the Top Madison-Area Dentists.  The 2013 topDentistsTM  database is based on hundreds of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals as voted upon by their peers. More information www.MadisonMagazine.com

We want to share these awards with all our amazing patients and thank them for their continued support!   

A key component that sets our practice apart is the integral role patients play in their own care.  Utilizing state-of-the-art cameras and above-chair computer screens, we spend a great deal of time educating each patient and getting to know them in-depth.  It's not unusual for an initial consultation to last between 90 minutes and two hours. 

"By the time they leave their first appointment, they know as much about their teeth as we do," says Ducommun.  "They're empowered to make treatment decisions based on what they know, rather than on a blind recommendations by the dental team."

Madison No Fear Dentistry's team also focuses on getting to know the person behind the teeth, an essential component to recognizing and comforting fearful and anxious patients.  Backed by technology, an essential licensing that allows everything from sedation treatment to periodontal laser treatment under one roof--not to mention renewable energy, recycling, and other eco-friendly initiatives-- patients feel cared for and respected as well as 'part-of.'

"Our mission is to give them a great experience, not a 'cleaning,'" says Ducommun.  "Everything that we do, every decision we make, is so that we can improve the quality of our patients' experience." 

What exactly is LANAP?

Most of us have some knowledge about gum disease, and unfortunately, many of us probably know someone who has it.  With new advances in dental technology, Madison No Fear Dentistry now offers a laser treatment of the infected area.  This means no peridontal surgery!  Learn more about LANAP and how it differs from "laser dentistry" that you've heard of before:  

   

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit our Gum Disease page. 

Soda Pop Causes Similar Damage to Teeth as Illegal Drugs

The Academy of General Dentistry revealed that drinking large quantities of carbonated soda could be as damaging to your teeth as methamphetamine and crack cocaine use in their recent press release.  According to a case study published in General Dentistry (the clinical journal of the AGD), the consumption of illegal drugs and abusive intake of soda can cause similar damage to your mouth through the process of tooth erosion.  

Tooth erosion occurs when acid wears away tooth enamel, which is the glossy, protective outside layer of the tooth.  Without, the protection of enamel, teeth are more susceptible to developing cavities, as well as becoming sensitive, cracked, and discolored.

The case study compared the damage in an admitted user of methamphetamine, a previous longtime user of cocaine, and an excessive diet soda drinker.  Researchers found the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion from each participant.  It was noted that each individual admitted to having poor oral hygiene and not visiting a dentist on a regular basis. 

Lead author of the study, Mohamed Bassiouny, DMD, MSc, PhD, comments, "Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused by the high acid levels present in their 'drug' of choice - meth, crack, or soda."  The soda drinker consumed 2 liters of diet soda for three to five years.  Academy of General Dentistry recommends patients minimize their intake of soda and drink more water.  "The striking similarities found in this study should be a wake-up call to consumers who think that soda, even diet soda, is not harmful to their oral health."


To see photos showing the similarities in damage caused to teeth by the soda drinker and the meth user, click on the AGD Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/generaldentists#!/photo.php?fbid=10151634852693633&set=a.110853138632.88386.35969038632&type=1&theater

Greening our Community with Madison's Bike to Work Week

National Bike to Work Week, May 13th - 17th
The Wisconsin Bike Federation is the country's largest, statewide bicycle organization.  They work with people around the state to make Wisconsin biking convenient, safe, accessible, and fun.  During this annual event, find local promotions to encourage people to switch out their traditional transportation to a more eco-friendly and healthy means of getting around town. 

It's a great day for a ride!  Biking, even for a week, contributes to a healthier community, puts more money back into our local economy, and prevents pollutants from entering our atmosphere.  We challenge you to try to switch to a bike for a week, a day, or even just one trip.  To find your convenient Madison commuter stations, click on  http://wisconsinbikefed.org/events/bike-to-work-week/madison-area-bike-to-work-week/.  Happy trails! 

Common Questions about Sedation Dentistry

Q:  Who can benefit from Oral Sedation Dentistry?
A  Lots of patients in Madison suffer from dental anxiety.  It is important to know you are not alone!  Sedation dentistry is a great option for people who have put off dental care due to fear or embarrassment.  Other patients that can benefit from sedation dentistry are those who:
 
  • suffer from dental phobia or anxiety
  • experienced past traumatic dental treatments
  • need a large amount of dental work completed
  • gag easily
  • fear needles
  • do not get numb easily
  • have extremely sensitive teeth
  • dislike the sights, sounds, and smells associated with dental treatment
  • are embarrassed about the amount of dental work needed

Q:  Will I be unconscious?
A:  No.  You will be in an extremely relaxed state and will most likely no remember the appointment.  However, you will be conscious and responsive the entire time.

Q:  Will I be monitored?
A:  Yes, at ALL times.  Your vital signs will be taken throughout the sedation.  One of our team members will always be with you throughout your treatment.

Q:  Will someone need to accompany me to my appointment?
A:  Yes, you will need a companion to drive you to and from your appointment.  

Q:  How long will I remain sedated after my appointment?
A:  Each person's recovery time is different based on their body as well as the medications and dosages used.  Plan on relaxing at home for the remainder of the day after your appointment.  Have your companion stay with you until you are fully recovered.

Save 90 A Day Campaign

Did you know the average person wastes at least 90 glasses of water every day by leaving the tap water running while they brush their teeth?  In the United States alone, we are wasting 27 billion glasses of drinkable water.  

Join Madison No Fear Dentistry's Save 90 A Day Campaign.  Along with the Eco Dentistry Association, we encourage patients to help conserve our water by following these simple instructions when brushing twice a day:
 
  1. Wetting your toothbrush under the water
  2. Turning off the tap
  3. Applying toothpaste
  4. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes
  5. Filling a small glass with water
  6. Rinsing with the water from your glass
  7. Keep smiling!!

Pledge to turn the water off while you brush your teeth and save up to ninety glasses of water EVERY day!

Floss or Die: The Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene on Your Body

Floss or Die Infographic
Via: YourLocalSecurity.com

Happy Holidays from Madison No Fear Dentistry



Think Local First Holiday Campaign

As your local Madison dental office, we continue to support other local businesses to help our community thrive.  This holiday season, we want to thank our loyal customers... you!

Dane Buy Local businesses reward you when you Think Local First.  Visit and appreciate the unique, locally owned businesses in our area, and you could be a big winner!  Through December 31st, register to win prizes at 70+ participating Dane Buy Local businesses.  Stop into Madison No Fear Dentistry to enter to win a FREE SoniCare Toothbrush and a chance at the Grand Prize, a Luxury Local Get-Away:
 
  • An overnight stay for two at the Arbor House
  • $100 gift certificate to Harvest
  • Two tickets to see the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Madison Opera at the Overture Center

WE ALL WIN WHEN YOU THINK LOCAL FIRST!

Top 5 Reasons for Buying Local:
 
  1. Enrich the community economy: Each time money is spent at a locally-owned business, the tax stays in Dane County to support local resources such as schools, parks, police/fire, and much more.
  2. Keep Dane County original: We ensure that unique, one-of-a-kind businesses survive.
  3. Provide more jobs: Altogether, locally owned independent businesses are our largest employer.
  4. Ensure a solid foundation for local non-profit organizations who serve us.  Locally owned buinesses give more.
  5. Create good places to work: We want work life to reflect home town friendliness and familiarity.  Treating our employees well is part of our community commitment. 

Share Your Holidays to Eliminate Hunger

As we start preparing for the winter weather and busy holiday season, Madison No Fear Dentistry invites you to participate in our Food/Fund Drive to benefit Second Harvest Foodbank.

Through the past 16 years of the "Share Your Holidays to Eliminate Hunger" campaign, the Madison area has helped provide 22 million meals for families facing hunger.  However, the high demand for emergency food assistance continues to grow.  It's only through community support that we can end hunger in Southwestern Wisconsin. 

To do our part, we will be collecting donations starting November 12th through December 3rd.  Drop off your non-perishable food donations at our office, located 344 S. Yellowstone Drive or contribute online.  We appreciate your generosity!

Help us speak out against Hunger:  

Madison No Fear Dentistry Welcomes New Doctor

We are excited to welcome a new Associate Dentist to our practice.  Dr.  Caitlin Kudlata is a Wisconsin native who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Biology.  She then attended Marquette University School of Dentistry where she earned her DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery).  She is a member of the American Dental Association as well as the Wisconsin Dental Association.

Dr. Caitlin was drawn to dentistry after experiencing a dental trauma as a teenager.  Her mission is to show the empathy and care that she received.  She strives to make her patients feel comfortable while providing quality treatment.

When she is not treating patients, Dr. Caitlin enjoys running, cooking, and watching football.  She loves the Madison area and takes pleasure in exploring all the things the community has to offer. 
 
To learn more about Dr. Caitlin, check out her InBusiness profile :  http://www.ibmadison.com/In-Business-Madison/October-2012/Caitlin-Kudlata-Madison-No-Fear-Dentistry/ 

Madison No Fear Dentistry wins a spot in Madison Magazine's Top 10 Best Places to Work

Madison No Fear Dentistry is honored to announce that we've been ranked in the list of Top 10 Organizations with Under 100 Employees in Madison Magazine's Top 10 Best Places to Work 2012. 

A record 110 Madison area businesses applied for the prestigious recognition even though unemployment levels in the city are historically higher than normal. 

"This award is well deserved for both Madison No Fear Dentistry as well as Dr. Ducommun as a leader." ---Madison No Fear Dentistry staff

The Madison Magazine survey anonymously measures six areas of employee engagement: trust, management, development, rewards, connection, and life-work balance.  To qualify to compete, at least half of each company's employees must fill out the extensive survey.  This year, they also had to fill out additional surveys measuring two new factors, diversity and sustainability.

"I am blessed to work with the greatest dental team in town." ---Dr. Dave Ducommun.

Celebrate Earth Day: how we can make a difference

Happy Eco-New Year!
This year marks the 42nd Earth Day Celebration, the day we appreciate our planet and bring attention to the need to protect our fragile eco-system.  This year's theme, "Mobilize the Earth" calls us to action now, underscoring the urgent need to change our behaviors, noting: "the Earth can't wait."  While many of us are making planet-friendly lifestyle choices everyday (from what we eat to where we shop, to how we transport ourselves), who can we make the most of April 22nd?

As a dental office that makes the planet a priority every day, we like to think of Earth Day as our Eco-New Year.  Included here are some fun resources, easy to implement eco-tips, and a dash of inspiration to help you set goals for the year ahead.


A Dentist Celebrates Earth Day?
Indeed we do!  We are members of the Eco-Dentistry Association, an international, educational, and standard-setting organization for green dental offices.  Our office is among the high-tech, wellness-based denal professionals on the leading edge of greening our industry.  Check out the website for EDA at www.ecodentistry.com for oral products recommendations, and a look at the staggering waste and pollution statistics that are by-products of the old way of practicing dentistry.


Pat Yourself on the Back
Every New Year's celebration should include taking a look at what worked well in the prior year, and what initiatives we want to continue.  Earth Day is a great time to celebrate our planet-saving accomplishments. 

Practically Green website gives you points for your green habits, and helps you celebrate your successes to find your perfect shade of green: www.practicallygreen.com.  Take their free eco-quiz and launch your profile to find out just how green you are.  They have thousands of ways to make a big difference.  When you implement a group of initiatives in one category, such as fitness or shopping, you earn a badge!  Practically Green is a great way to involve friends and family because it has an easy tracking system that helps you celebrate every earth-saving success.  Set up friendly competitions, or reward your kids for every badge earned. 


Inspire Others - Small Acts, Big Results!
Our global environment problems are so big that it can feel like one person can't possibly make a difference.  Not true!  One of the most important actions you can take this year is to share how easy and fulfilling it is to incorporate aspects of a green lifestyle. 

People who visit a green dental office are exposed to less radiation and fewer toxic chemicals than those visiting traditional dental offices.  Green dentistry is also preventive and wellness-based, offering green dental patients the opprotunity for early, less invasive and often less costly treatment options. 

Want to go greener? Join Madison No Fear Dentistry's "Save 90 A Day" Campaign to celebrate Earth Day!  Pledge to turn the water off while you brush your teeth and save up to ninety glasses of water EVERY day!  Register your commitment here: www.ecodentistry.org/?save90adaypublic


Your Actions Count!  
The Earth Day organizers have set a goal of documenting one billion individual eco-friendly acts from around the globe in a campaign called "A Billion Acts of Green."  Log into the website, http://act.earthday.org, and submit your green acts. 

Here are some tips for creating Earth Day goals:

1)  Involve friends and family: Invite those closest to you to join you in tracking and celebrating your eco-friendly successes.  Both Practically Green and A Billion Acts of Green are great ways to create a virtual green community.

2)  Green your food: While many of us are already purchasing organic or loal food and avoiding additives, look for other ways to reduce your food-print.  Consider committing to one meatless meal a week, or bringing lunches in reusable (and cheaper!) containers.  Maybe it's time to start your own garden!

3) Green your commute: Just as most of our lives are spent at work, for many of us, most of our travel is to and from work.  Consider taking a public transit, riding a bike, or carpooling a couple days a week. 

Share your Earth Day goals for 2012 on our Facebook page!