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Cosmetic Vs. Therapeutic Mouthwash

April 22nd, 2015

SWISH, GARGLE, SPIT – simple, right? Mouthwash is usually seen as an addition to your oral health, the cherry on top of your hygiene routine. But are you using the right kind, and are you using it correctly?

Cosmetic Mouthwashes Mask Bad Breath

Most people think all mouthwashes do the same thing, but there are key differences you need to know! Cosmetic mouthwashes only serve to mask bad breath and leave your mouth with a pleasant taste – like a mint but with fewer calories.

Therapeutic Mouthwashes Attack Plaque

Therapeutic mouthwashes serve clinical purposes, like attacking bacteria and plaque, or strengthening teeth with fluoride. When buying therapeutic mouthwash, look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the bottle. Products that feature this logo have been evaluated by experts and meet specific standards for safety and effectiveness.

Read The Instructions

As with any health product, make sure you thoroughly read the instructions – yes, even for mouthwash! Here are some important things to note:

  • Some products recommend diluting before use. (Again, check the label!)
  • Most mouthwashes are not recommended for children under seven.
  • Rinsing right after a meal helps to inhibit bacteria growth and bad breath.
  • Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after using a fluoridated mouthwash. This gives the fluoride more time to strengthen your teeth.

Mouthwash Doesn’t Replace Other Oral Health Habits!

Regular brushing and flossing are far more important than using mouthwash. Mouthwash is not a substitute for the more important dental care habits.

If you have a specific issue, like periodontal disease, chronic bad breath, or tooth sensitivity, talk to us about it! We may recommend a specific therapeutic mouthwash for you. Other times, problems we address with mouthwash can be a sign of a larger issue. If you have any questions, ask us below, or talk with us about it next time you visit.

Thank you for being our patient and friend!

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Please Be Aware Of Road Work On I-494

April 22nd, 2015

Avoid road work traffic jams in Plymouth, MN

It’s summer road work time again! When you are coming to Boger Dental for your appointments, please keep in mind that 494 is undergoing improvement projects which could affect your route.

Before you head out, you may want to check the DOT website for updates on road and exit closures.

We hope that this helps to avoid any unnecessary headaches for you. If you have any questions, give us a call at (763) 546-7707. We look forward to seeing you when you arrive!

Happy Birthday & Anniversary, Heidi!

April 22nd, 2015

Boger Dental Office Manager

Today we celebrate, Heidi, our dedicated and hard-working office manager. “Over the past year she has helped our team grow in many ways,” says Dr. Chad. “She fills in where and when the team needs her and she has good ideas of how to help us improve as a team.”

So we asked Heidi a few questions about her big day and here’s what she said:

How are you celebrating your birthday this year?

I will be at work with fabulous people.

What was your best birthday present ever?

Another day with my family.

What is on your bucket list for the next year?

More education and travel.

Now that you are another year older and wiser, do you have a favorite quote or an inspiration thought to share?

“The key to change… is to let go of fear.” - Rosanne Cash


So, happy birthday and one-year anniversary, Heidi! We wish you a great day and we look forward to learning from your leadership in the coming year! Thank you for all you do to make a visit to Boger Dental a comfortable and efficient experience for our patients.

To learn more about Heidi and our team, visit our team page.

Smiles For Life Update

April 19th, 2015

Smiles For Life Update

Dr. Chad just got word from the Crown Council that out of the gate Boger Dental is again one of the leading fundraisers for the Smiles For Life campaign. So far this year, thanks so to the participation of our patients, together we raised $5200 for children’s charities.

To ramp up the momentum, as a team we have challenged ourselves to whiten 50 smiles by May 1st. If we don’t meet our goal, some poor members of our team are going to have to take a pie to the face! Currently we are at 35 cases. Just a couple of weeks left! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page, Twitter feed or Instagram on May 1st to see if we can reach our goal!

For those of you have whitened your teeth for charity, THANK YOU! For those of you who would still like to participate, there is still plenty of time. The campaign will run until the end of June.

Please consider participating and telling your friends about this great cause!

For more information, please call our office at (763) 546-7707.

What Emoji Describes Your Dental Visit To Boger Dental?

April 17th, 2015

Use Emoji To Describe Your Dental Visit to Boger Dental

If you are an iPhone user, you will notice that your latest system update included a whole slew of NEW EMOJI for texting.

What Is An Emoji?

Emojis are the ideograms used in text and electronic messages. You may know them as ‘emoticons’ or “smileys.”

And these little icons are everywhere! “Emoji are a great way to add personality to a text-based conversation,” says Jeremy Burge, the founder of website Emojipedia. If you are looking for a good laugh or the meaning of a particular emoji, take a look at his catalogued list of descriptive icons.

Which Emoji Describes Your Latest Trip To Our Office?

We hope that your memories of your latest visit to our dental office are positive and maybe even funny. Let us know! We would love it if you would take a moment to find which Emoji best describes your last visit to Boger Dental. Click here to visit our Facebook page to share your emoji.

How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

April 16th, 2015

MODERN DENTISTRY, fluoride treatments, and preventive care alone can’t stop tooth decay when our diets are filled with sugar!

Sugary Foods Cling To Our Teeth And Cause Cavities

When sugar clings to teeth, bacteria feeds off of those sugars, producing an acid byproduct that wears away tooth enamel.

Studies repeatedly find that as sugar consumption increases, so do cavities. The World Health Organization’s 2014 study found that in one population, when daily caloric intake of sugar increased from 0% to 5%, the amount of tooth decay doubled.

Cut Sugar Intake In Half

After the study, The World Health Organization cut their recommendations for sugar consumption in half, from 10% of our daily caloric intake, to 5% (and ideally, less). Currently, the average American gets 12-15% of his or her daily calories from sugar—and America isn’t even the highest consumer of sugar worldwide!

Beware Of Hidden Sugars

How do you cut back on sugar? In addition to cutting back on sweets, it’s important to be aware of hidden sugars in our diets. Even a “nutritional” food can be packed with sugar! On our food labels, sugar goes by numerous aliases, including:

  • Molasses & Maltose
  • Corn syrup, Malt & Dextrose
  • Sorghum syrup

This list is only a sampling. Keep an eye out for anything ending in “-ose,” “sugar,” or “syrup,” and educate yourself on more alternate names here.

3 More Tips For Cutting Back On Sugar

  1. Read labels, and check for hidden sugars.
  2. Cook more at home so you know exactly what’s going into your food.
  3. Cut back on soft drinks, fruit juices, granola bars, yogurt, and sugary cereal in addition to regular sweets.

A Healthier Diet = A Healthier Mouth

You don’t need to cut out sugar entirely to have healthy teeth. That’s why brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are so important! Let us know if you ever have any questions about your oral health. We’re passionate about helping you have a healthier, happier lifestyle!

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

Top image by Flickr user Tom Page used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Happy Birthday, Becca!

April 13th, 2015

happy birthday becca


Today is Becca’s birthday, one of our fantastic Treatment Coordinators here at Boger Dental. She has been a part of our team for over five years. With her energy, enthusiasm and compassion for people she makes a real difference in the lives of those she services, so we want to take a minute to highlight her and let her know how special she is!

How are you celebrating your birthday this year?

I spent my birthday weekend coaching my daughters volleyball team (with my twin sister) on Saturday. We tag team a goofy group of 14 year old young ladies, that I adore. We got a win, so that was a great gift from them! My husband made us steak dinner when we got home that night. We typically celebrate our day together and our husbands and kids have come to realize that is just how it will be. Yesterday, we just had a lazy day and I made dinner. I love to cook, so it was perfect!

What is the best birthday present you have ever been given?

Last year I got a new bike. I love it and it is a great way to spend time with my kids. We love to ride on trails near our home, but we also take them to the lake and there are beautiful trails there as well!

What is on your bucket list for the coming year?

This year, I would like to plan a family vacation to the beach. We just built a home a couple of years ago and had a baby. The baby is now 2 and I think she would be able to enjoy a trip to the beach with her big sister and brother. I would just love to see all of us enjoying some down time together.

Do you have an inspirational quote you would like to share?

My inspirational thought is attached in a pic as well. My life may not be everybody’s norm, but it is mine. I have a great husband, 3 wonderful kids and family and friends that love me. As I get older I realize that the flowers on my path are the ups and downs that you go through in life and without them I would not be a strong person. Enjoy every moment!


We Are Expanding To Serve You Better!

April 12th, 2015

Dental Office Expansion Project

Starting this week, we are beginning an expansion project that will maximize our ability to care for you and your family. When complete, the expansion will bring our capacity from nine state-of-the-art patient care rooms to 11. The new space will allow us to schedule appointments for you and your family in a more timely fashion and ensure that we remain responsive to the dental needs of all of our patients.

Each new patient room will offer you the same Boger Dental experience you’ve come to trust with some additional benefits, such as greater privacy or the option of a closed environment that may be more comfortable for some patients.

During the expansion, construction crews will be hard at work around the clock to complete our expansion as quickly as possible. During the day, some patients may experience additional noise, but we will work hard to make your appointment as relaxing and comfortable as possible. We appreciate your patience in advance.

This new space was designed with you and your family in mind, and we look forward to unveiling our newly expanded space very soon! For updates, visit our Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (763) 564-7707.


Feel Inspired By Mouth Painter, Mariam Paré

April 8th, 2015

HOW OFTEN DO WE PAUSE to appreciate our own amazing gifts and abilities? It’s easy to take things that come easiest for granted. Mariam Paré’s inspiring story not only gives us courage and motivation to be our best, but it helps put life into perspective.

Paralyzed By A Bullet Wound, Mariam’s Life Changed In An Instant

Mariam, a promising 20 year old painter, dreamed about all the things her artistic future held. Today, 18 years after a tragic event that changed her life, she’s painting just as she dreamed—but she’s doing it a little differently than she imagined.

Mariam paints with her teeth, patiently and precisely clenching brushes between them as she continues to express her remarkable artistic gift.

We Can All Take Lessons In Showing Gratitude

First, let’s all be grateful for our healthy mouths and teeth. For all the things they do for us… Speaking, chewing, nourishing, smiling, and in Mariam’s case, even painting—let’s be grateful for our healthy smiles and show our appreciation by taking great care of them.

Second, we are grateful for you—our valued patients. Without your support and friendship we couldn’t do the things we love to do each day. We treasure the trust you place in us. We’re honored when you recommend us, or refer one of your friends or coworkers. Always let us know how we can best serve you.

Were you also inspired by Mariam’s story? Please share your thoughts with us below. Thanks.

5 Common Canker Sore Triggers To Avoid

April 2nd, 2015

CANKER SORES ARE SELDOM SERIOUS, but they can drive us crazy! These small, shallow ulcers pop up in our mouths and on the inside of our lips unexpectedly and sometimes take days to heal. The good news is that they’re fairly easy to prevent, once you understand their triggers.

5 Common Triggers To Avoid

  1. Stress – Stress can weaken your immune system, making it easy for canker sores to form and irritate your mouth.
  2. Tissue Injury – If you already have cuts or scrapes inside of your mouth (from biting your cheek, for example), you’re more vulnerable to canker sores.
  3. Foods – Foods that are high in acidity like strawberries, tomatoes, pineapples and lemons can trigger canker sores. Sour candies are also a common culprit.
  4. Dental Appliances – Having braces or ill-fitting dentures could also cause canker sores, since it increases opportunities for irritation in your mouth.
  5. Sickness – If you already have an infection in your body, the chances are higher for canker sores.

Some Simple Remedies

Once you learn your triggers, canker sores become much easier to avoid. Limit problematic foods. If braces are irritating your mouth, ask for more dental wax, or have the trouble-spots checked. If stress is contributing to canker sores, try stress-reduction techniques.

After checking your triggers, if you find that you’re still getting frequent canker sores, check your oral care routine.

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid irritating oral tissue.
  • Try using toothpaste that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
  • Rinse your mouth each day with salt water.

Do you have any personal remedies and tips that help your canker sores? Share below! We’d love to hear them and pass them along.

Thank you for being such wonderful patients and friends. We appreciate you!

Top image by Flickr user Jeramey Jannene used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.