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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!

 

 

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: http://BestOfOmaha.com/49054

 

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.

Dining

Coffeehouse: Dundee Double Shot
Outdoor Patio: Goldbergs in Dundee

Family

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

Nightlife

Neighborhood Bar: Goldbergs in Dundee

Retail

Gift Shop: Spruce
Pharmacy: Kohlls

Services

Employer – More Than 100 Employees: Summit Dental Health

Transportation

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 mritchie@summitdentalhealth.net if you have any questions!

 

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