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Walk for Women’s Health & Fitness Day

The last Wednesday in September is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, a day that encourages women to take control of their health, make healthy choices and engage in regular physical activity. This year’s theme is: “Fitness…It’s a Smart Choice for Life!”

In addition to eating right, drinking enough water and getting regular checkups, studies show that getting just 150 minutes of exercise per week could add an extra 3.4 years to your life! Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the perfect chance for us to get up, get moving and get started on our health and fitness goals.

What are the health benefits of walking?

Hippocrates famously said “Walking is the best medicine.”

And believe it or not, walking might be healthier than running. Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running – and it doesn’t put as much wear and tear on your knees and hips.

Walking also eases back pain, lowers stress and protects against dementia, osteoporosis and depression.

How long should I walk?

How long you should walk probably depends on your current level of fitness. A lot of people go by the 10,000 steps rule which amounts to roughly five miles – but that sounds a little scary to anyone just getting started! We recommend taking a walk in the morning, during your lunch break or after work, because these are great times of day to clear your mind and destress.

If you haven’t exercised in a while, try walking for five minutes, taking a break and going for another five. Research shows that doing anything physically active is infinitely better than doing nothing. So if you only make it five minutes, don’t beat yourself up – you’re doing great.

Need more help getting started?

We know it’s easier said than done. So if you’re nervous about getting started on the right foot, try sharing this post with a friend and inviting her to walk with you! Remember that health and fitness isn’t all or nothing – it’s step by step. So set a reachable goal just for today. And worry about tomorrow tomorrow.

If you’re looking for a little extra motivation, check out some of the materials we’ve gathered for you below.

Make Activity Part of Your Lifestyle - Oregon State University

Graphic of Lemon and Banner that reads "Community Lemonade Stand Day"

Host a Lemonade Stand for CLSD17

Support Open Door Mission and the Siouxland Soup Kitchen in their commitment to feeding the hungry and breaking the cycle of homelessness in Omaha and Sioux City. Host a lemonade stand for Community Lemonade Stand Day on Saturday, July 29, and help us give back to the communities we love so much.


Pick up your free lemonade stand kit at any Summit Dental Health location

Community members are encouraged to pick up their FREE lemonade stand kit from any Summit Dental Health location in Omaha and Sioux City starting July 3. Your lemonade stand kit includes:

  • Powdered Lemonade
  • Cups
  • Poster
  • Instructions
  • Summit Dental Health Sunglasses
  • Lemonade-flavored Chapstick


Add your Lemonade Stand to our Map

Complete this form and we’ll add your stand to our Omaha or Sioux City map in 2-3 business days.

If the form doesn’t load in your browser, just click here to view it in a different window!


Promote your Lemonade Stand

Once you’ve got your kit and added your stand to our map, you’ll want to generate some customers! Here are some suggestions for promoting your lemonade stand:

  1. Say you’re “Going” to the Event on Facebook. Click here to see our Facebook Event and share it with your friends!
  2. Post about Community Lemonade Stand Day on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Be sure to include a link to to help your friends learn more about the event and see your lemonade stands on our Omaha or Sioux City map!
  3. Print this flyer and hang it at work, church or school. Tell everyone you know about Community Lemonade Stand Day and invite them to come visit your stand on Saturday, July 29th.
    Poster - Summit Dental Health - Community Lemonade Stand Day 2017 - Omaha - Saturday, July 29

About Open Door Mission

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty.

About Siouxland Soup Kitchen

Siouxland Soup Kitchen serves on average 1,800 to 2,000 meals per month. There are no requirements for being served a meal at the Soup Kitchen, they welcome everyone that comes to their door.


Team Member Sasha with Pearl and Durango

Summit’s Night Out at UNO Hockey

Summit Dental Health is proud to be a community partner and the official dentist of the UNO Mavs.

It was Summit Dental Health night at the sold-out UNO Hockey vs. North Dakota game on Friday, January 6. The first 500 fans received a UNO t-shirt courtesy of Summit Dental Health.  Pearl made her rounds with Durango, posing with fans in their t-shirts.


Two boys pose in UNO t-shirts with Pearl, the Summit Dental Health mascot


Fans had a chance to spin the wheel for a Summit Dental Health prize and to enter a drawing for a UNO hockey jersey at the Summit Dental Health booth.

Jackie at booth

Paul was the lucky fan chosen to participate in the Summit Dental Health shoot out for the night to win a Summit Dental Health prize pack.


Although the game ended in a painful 9-1 loss to No. 7 North Dakota, the sixty Summit team members and their families made the most of a fun night out in Omaha.


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National Dental Hygiene Month 2016

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. For the seventh straight year, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) are dedicating this month to starting the conversation about The Daily 4.

The Daily 4

The Daily 4 represent the foundation for a healthy smile. Brushing, flossing, rinsing and chewing every day – also using proper technique – won’t guartantee perfect dental hygiene for the rest of your life, but they will improve the color of your teeth, the way your breath smells, the health of your gums and have a significant impact on your overall health. Are you doing the Daily 4 right? Keep reading for tips on technique and frequency, or head over to for some more in-depth information on #NDHM2016.

Brush: This one is easy. Brush for two minutes at least twice each day. Most people like to brush when they wake up and before they go to bed. But brushing after every meal doesn’t hurt! Are you using the correct technique when you brush? Click here to find out.

Floss: You might’ve seen some recent reports about the effectiveness of flossing. The ADHA and Mortenson Family Dental are united in our opinion — Flossing is still an important part of your dental hygiene routine. If you’d like to read more about it, check out this article we wrote.  And for tips on proper flossing technique, click here.

Rinse: Did you know teeth alone account for less than half of the mouth? Don’t forget about the rest! Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouth rinse helps eliminate biofilm and bacteria that brushing and flossing cannot. Talk with your dentist to figure out which mouth rinse is right for you. For a simple guide on rinsing, click here.

Chew: Believe it or not, chewing sugar-free gum is not just good at curing bad breath. Chewing sugar-free gum also stimulates salivary glands in your mouth, which helps clean out food and neutralize acids found on your teeth. So go ahead, chew some gum after your meal. Just make sure it’s sugar-free!

Show your support for #NDHM2016

Below is a poster you can print out and a banner that fits perfectly as your Facebook cover photo. If you’re serious about dental hygiene, show your support this month and help start the conversation!



The attendees of Summit Summit 2016 pose for a group photo


At Summit Dental Health, we are not only committed to improving the health of our patients and our communities, but also investing in our team members and providing a rewarding place to work. In keeping with that commitment, we host annually a Summit Summit, as a way to come together as a team to celebrate what has gone well in the past year and to realign our focus for the coming year. Our Summit Team Meeting is a time we recognize the hard work of our team members and dedicate time to self development and improvement.

A small group poses in front of Olympic-themed flags

This year’s meeting was a huge success! In celebration of the Olympics, our theme was to Go for Gold! We believe we have the best dental teams in the Midwest, and what better way to demonstrate that than to have our teams going for gold? The day was filled with fun and excitement. We started the day with an opening ceremony, welcoming each team and a special team member as the office flag bearer. We then heard from a dental industry leader, Dr. Wayne Mortenson, about the future of dentistry, and how to continue providing excellent patient care. Next we learned about setting personal goals, visions and getting through tough times from the energetic and always entertaining Koran Bolden. Later in the day, we learned from talent coach, Cheryl Penava about the importance of filling each other with positivity and affirmations.

We also spent a lot of time having fun with each other, including the scavenger hunt you may have seen on our Facebook Page. Our teams had to complete 7 challenges, and of course the winners got to take home the gold! We wrapped up the day celebrating each other and the impact we are able to have on our patients and our communities.

Man has cheetos and shaving cream on his head

At Summit Dental Health we are committed to improving the health of our patients and our communities and we know, that in order to be successful, we must never forget to fill the buckets of our team members. By taking great care of our teams, our teams can take great care of our patients! We hope you enjoyed getting to see us go for gold!

Click here to see more pictures from #SummitSummit16!

Summit team memers and volunteers pose for a group photo

Dental Day 2016: Recap


Last weekend, we hosted an event called Summit Gives: Dental Day 2016, where we donated our time and dental services to the community. The event was open to anyone who walked in, and each attendee was eligible for one free cleaning, filling or extraction. And we couldn’t believe how many people came out! We had 39 team members and some of their families on hand to volunteer for the event, which served 104 patients and donated $22,724 total in services. We were even featured on KMEG14-Siouxland News!



Friends having fun and celebrating US Independence Day

Four F’s for a Successful Fourth of July Weekend

This Monday is the Fourth of July, a day when we celebrate declaring our independence from Great Britain in 1776. In that Declaration of Independence we talked a lot about fairness and freedom, but our founding fathers probably didn’t foresee some other F’s that would make our Independence Day the awesome holiday it’s become.

What’s your favorite F? Let us know by voting in our poll on Twitter.


Family & Friends

Mixed Race young people making selfie at garden party. Man from Jamaica Playing Guitar. Man on right holding smart phone on selfie stick. In background people holding American flag.

Oops, look at us – already cheating.  This first F is a two-for-one because it’s really all about people. A lot of families plan road trips this weekend to visit other cities, go camping or hit a theme park like Joyland Amusement Park. And friends will get together for grilling out, lawn games or just hanging out enjoying the weather. Whatever you decide to do, remember to pack a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste or some mouthwash to help those relationships get even closer!



A patriotic fruit tart.

This one’s a no-brainer. We’re talking Potlucks on patios with pounds of potato salad and pints of patriotic ice cream flavors. There is nothing quite like a hamburger, hot dog or veggies off the grill in the summer. Throw in an ice-cold glass of sweet tea to wash it down, and you’ll know you’re doing it right.

Don’t forget to drink a glass of water after your meal to wash some of that sugar off your teeth!




friend running with fireworks on a beach afer sunsetWho doesn’t love running around with sparklers after dark or shooting roman candles into the sky and hearing them pop? It really doesn’t matter how many times you’ve heard “I’m Proud to be an American” blaring over a loudspeaker as you watch fireworks light up your city, it’s awesome every time. ‘Nuff said.



Floss Fun

Group of teen girls laughing and eating ice cream at the beach together

You knew we were going to do it, didn’t you? Well here’s your reminder to floss every day. But the last one is not “Floss” and it’s actually the most important F of the weekend: FUN. Our country has come a long way in its short history and though we’ve been through a lot, we have a lot to be proud of! So let’s remember this weekend to enjoy good company, good food and have a great time celebrating what makes us unique.


Have a safe and happy Independence Day!


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