Summit Gives: Dental Day 2016

You’re invited to Summit Gives: Dental Day 2016 – a day of free dental care hosted by Summit Dental Health! This is the day we give back to the community that has been so wonderful to us. Each attendee (18 or older) will receive one free extraction, cleaning or filling. Tri-State Dental Lab will also be providing free denture repairs until 12PM.

Saturday, August 20

8:00AM – 4:00PM

Summit Dental Health – Sioux City


Arrive early! Registration begins at 8:00AM and patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather and to bring snacks, water, umbrellas and lawn chairs, because some patients will end up waiting outside. Our Sioux City office is located at 2114 Pierce Street in Sioux City, Iowa.

For more information, contact us at (402) 799-1166!

Click here to view our easily printable flier: SDH-SummitGivesDentalDayFlyer3

Summit Dental Health Reacts to AP Flossing Report

By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about the AP flossing report that claims the “medical benefits of dental flossing [are] unproven.” Needless to say, it has been causing quite a stir in the Summit Dental Health offices! Not because it’s changing our opinions about oral hygiene – but because the article itself is a little misleading. Read the report here, then we’ll tell you what the dental community has to say, including a response from Andrea Edelen, a Registered Dental Hygienist and the National Director of Hygiene at Mortenson Dental Partners.


A lack of good research doesn’t prove something is ineffective.


As you’d imagine, a number of dental groups have already publicly shown their support for flossing since the AP report was released. The American Dental Association (ADA) and American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) were both quick to address the duration of these studies, which in general have been conducted only over short periods of time. In the AAP’s official statement about flossing, their president acknowledges that “much of the current evidence does not utilize a large sample size or examine gum health over a significant amount of time. Additionally, many of the existing studies do not measure true markers of periodontal health such as inflammation or clinical attachment loss.” And that “because the development of periodontal disease is slow in nature and because a variety of factors can impact its progression, studies that examine the efficacy of daily flossing are best conducted over a number of years and among a large population.”

What the studies in the AP report failed to incorporate in their research were very important factors, primarily family history and the presence of other health issues. One doctor even said he doubted the patients in the study flossed correctly. So although there may be conflicting conclusions about the efficacy of flossing, it’s worth remembering that flossing is only one aspect of maintaining good oral health. Just like maintaining a good diet is only one aspect of physical health.


The American Dental Association still defends flossing as an essential part of taking care of teeth and gums.


The AP report, despite all its claims that flossing is ineffective, still never fully endorses an end to flossing altogether. In fact, the report ends with a recommendation from Dr. Iafolla, a public health analyst at the National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Policy, to keep flossing once a day. “It’s low-risk, low-cost,” Dr. Iafolla said. “We know there’s a possibility that it works, so we feel comfortable telling people to go ahead and do it.” In an August 4 release, the ADA argues that the federal government has never changed its stance on flossing and “the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) made a deliberate decision to focus on food and nutrient intake (i.e., added sugar).”

“According to the American Dental Association (ADA), interdental cleaners such as floss are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.”


Dental hygiene care plans should be personalized.


The official statement from the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) endorses a dental hygiene care plan that is “personalized according to the individual’s unique oral health needs, general health status, values, expectations and abilities. Not all adjunct devices are appropriate for all patients, and it is important for dental hygiene professionals to work with their patients on which interdental cleaning method fits their needs.” For some patients, this could mean using a Waterpik®, or a water-flossing product that has been proven more effective than string floss at improving gum health. For others, like the dentist in the video above, the answer could be an old-fashioned wooden toothpick. Whatever decision you make, there is no better person to help you decide what’s right for you than the person who knows your teeth the best – your dental hygienist.


Now that you’ve heard how everyone else is responding, let’s hear what Andrea Edelen, a real-life Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), has to say:

Professional Portrait of Andrea Edelen

Andrea Edelen, RDH, BS, National Director of Hygiene, Mortenson Dental Partners

“We believe in dental hygiene practice that is both evidence-based and patient-centered. Our standard of care emphasizes that the oral hygiene recommendations be personalized according to the patient’s unique oral health needs, general health status, and abilities. Not all adjunct devices are appropriate for all patients, and it is important for dental professionals to work with their patients on which interdental cleaning method fits their needs. The ADA supports flossing with proper technique among other interdental cleaners being beneficial to removing bacteria, biofilm, and food debris from interproximal areas that a tooth brush cannot access.”

Best of Omaha 2017

It’s that time again to vote for Summit Dental Health the “Best Family Dentist Office” in Best of Omaha 2017. Casting your ballot is super easy. If you would like to vote only for Summit Dental Health as “Best Family Dentist Office” and “Best Cosmetic Dentist,” just follow the directions below and you’ll be finished casting your ballet in less than five minutes! Voting ends August 31st.

Vote for Summit Dental Health as Best Family Dentist Office in Omaha


QVC Category: Family Dentist Office
QVC Number: 49054
QVC Link:


For those of you who’d like to fill out a complete ballot, we encourage you to vote for these other local businesses who are friends of Summit Dental Health. Feel free to follow the links to their websites and Facebook Pages to learn more about them.


Coffeehouse: Dundee Double Shot
Outdoor Patio: Goldbergs in Dundee


Children’s Attraction: Omaha’s Children’s Museum
Dentist Office: Summit Dental Health

Health & Beauty

Barre Fitness Facility: The Barre Code
Charity Walk/Fun Run: UNO Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run/Walk
Cosmetic Dentist: Summit Dental Health
Yoga Studio: One Tree Yoga


Neighborhood Bar: Goldbergs in Dundee


Gift Shop: Spruce
Pharmacy: Kohlls


Employer – More Than 100 Employees: Summit Dental Health


Brake Service: Buchanan’s Service Center
Car Tire Service: Buchanan’s Service Center
Oil Change: Buchanan’s Service Center

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Help Others Beat the Heat This Summer

This summer has been a scorcher in the Omaha metro, especially during the month of July. With temperatures in the triple digits, many have been trying to beat the heat by cranking the air conditioning, frequenting swimming pools or staying hydrated with ice cold beverages. With highs like these, we can’t forget those in the metro who have a bit more difficulty beating the heat. Summit Dental Health is a proud to partner with iHeart Media to sponsor Beat the Heat in support of the Open Door Mission.Last week the Open Door Mission handed out over 4,000 bottles of water in ONE day! Summit Dental Health locations in Omaha are drop-off locations through the end of July for the following needed items:

  1. Water: to be handed out to the homeless on days when it’s extremely hot and humid.
  2. Fans: to help low income families in the Heartland who do not have air conditioning.


You can also help by hosting a lemonade stand on Community Lemonade Stand Day on July 30. Pick up a lemonade stand kit (includes instructions, lemonade, cups, a poster and sunglasses) at any Summit Dental Health location in the Omaha metro. Let us know the address of your lemonade stand so we can add it to the list and map of lemonade stands throughout the city. To gather some tips for hosting a lemonade stand, check out our blog post on Hosting a Successful Lemonade Stand.

A young girl stands in front of her lemonade stand

Community Lemonade Stand Day

Lemonade stands are a summer staple and most kids jump at the chance to host one. The school year is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to cross ‘hosting a lemonade stand’ off your summer bucket list while helping a worthy cause. Summit Dental Health is hosting a Community Lemonade Stand Day on July 30 in support of the Open Door Mission. Here are your instructions and tips for hosting a successful lemonade stand.


  1. Pick up a Lemonade Stand Day Kit from any Summit Dental Health location. Make sure you sign up with the front desk when you pick up your kit so we can include your location and hours on the list and map of all the lemonade stands on Saturday, July 30.


  1. Post on social media (RSVP for the Beat the Heat – Lemonade Stand Day Facebook event here), make fliers, make phone calls, etc., to let your friends, family and neighbors know that you will be hosting a lemonade stand on July 30 in support of the Open Door Mission. Don’t forget to tag Summit Dental Health and Open Door Mission.


  1. Decide how much you will charge for your lemonade. Instead of setting a price, consider asking for a free will donation. Write the price on the yellow price tag on the poster provided. Make other posters to place around your lemonade stand location to draw attention to your stand.


  1. Host your lemonade stand on Saturday, July 30. Post photos on social media and use hashtags: #LemonadeStandDay, #SummitGives, #BeattheHeat


  1. Place the donation from your lemonade stand in the provided envelope and mail it to the Open Door Mission or drop it off at any Summit Dental Health location by August 10. Here is a list of our locations and their hours. 


Email if you have any questions!


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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