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Tired of Being Numb After a Dental Appointment?

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Can Numbness be Reversed?

Ask us.

By now, numbness is something most of us are used to at the dentist after an injection of local anesthetic. Dr. Heninger and Dr. Frandsen now have a proven way that may speed up the return of sensation in the soft tissues of the mouth after routine care.

The problem…

Numbness can be limiting, affecting your speech, your smile, and your ability to drink. You may even catch yourself drooling.

The solution…

OraVerse® is a breakthrough that reverses unwanted lingering numbness after routine dental procedures where local anesthetic containing a vasoconstrictor was used. In clinical trials, the patients were able to regain normal sensation twice as fast vs. the control group.

Median Time to Normal Lip Sensation

These studies showed that on average people who are given OraVerse not only return to normal sensation twice as fast, but they can smile, speak, and drink normally sooner, and drooling is minimized.

Median Time to Recovery of Normal Function

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OraVerse is indicated for the reversal of soft-tissue anesthesia, i.e., anesthesia of the lip and tongue, and the associated functional deficits resulting from an intraoral submucosal injection of a local anesthetic containing a vasoconstrictor.

OraVerse is not recommended for use in children less than 6 years of age or weighing less than 33 lbs.

The most common adverse event with OraVerse greater than the control group was injection site pain (5% vs. 4%).

OraVerse is administered by either Dr. Frandsen or Dr. Heninger in the same way the local anesthetic was given so that you can return to normal sensation and function faster.

If you’d like to have OraVerse as part of your next visit, just ask our Idaho Falls dentist for more information.

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National Children’s Dental Health Month!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!  During February we want to raise awareness of oral health for children.  It’s important to start good dental hygiene habits at an early age.  This years slogan for the campaign set forth by the American Dental Association is “Get a Gold Medal Smile.”              

Just a few tips for ensuring good oral health of your child’s teeth include:                 

  • Regular dental checkups: cleanings, fluoride treatments, and regular digital films help to catch problems early.  Early detection is KEY!                                   
  • Awareness of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
  • Dental Emergencies: The ADA has some helpful tips on how to handle different oral emergencies.

Idaho Falls DentistryGive Kids A Smile is a program that we love to participate in every February to help celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month.  On February 1st we held Give Kids A Smile day in our office to help educate and provide dental health care to children from low-income uninsured families who may not receive it on a regular basis.  We hope that we can help raise awareness of  the importance of proper dental health care for children and for adults as we provide care for all of our existing and new patients!

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Laser Dental Care in Idaho Falls

Did you know our office has a dental laser?

Dental lasers are an exciting new technological advancement in dentistry. The laser can be used to perform certain surgical procedures with little to no pain at the time of the surgery and after. The laser can also be used to treat cold sores and canker sores effectively.  Some periodontal or gum treatments can also be accomplished easier and more effectively with the dental laser. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (208) ­524-1700.

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National Dental Hygiene Month Idaho

October Is National Dental Hygiene Month

  The American Dental Association recommends you visit your Dental Hygienist and Dentist for a cleaning and thorough oral exam twice a year.  With October being National Dental Hygiene month, it’s a good reminder to make an appointment to have a regular check up and cleaning if it’s been 6 months or more since your last one.  Your Dental Hygienist can inform you about oral conditions that can affect your mouth and even your overall health.  Bacterial infections of the mouth can easily spread through the body and contribute to other health problems.  Prevention is key to keeping your mouth feeling healthy. We like to keep our patients well informed on products and techniques to prevent future problems from happening.  Our practice is always happy to answer any questions you might have at any time!

  The American Dental Hygiene Association has joined with Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, the makers of Orbit gum, to raise awareness of keeping your mouth healthy.  Their theme is “It’s simple. Healthy habits for a healthy smile”.  There are four simple words for prevention and keeping your mouth healthy and happy! 


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Brushtwice a day for at least two minutes.
Floss-every day at least once.
Rinse-use mouthwash at least once a day, preferably one that contains fluoride.
Chew-sugar-free gum after eating.
For more tips on taking care of your teeth check out the link below for the American Dental Hygiene Association’s website!
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Careers On Wheels Day

Careers On Wheels Day

On Friday, September 21, 2012, Dr. Frandsen and Sheila participated in School District 93’s Careers on Wheels Day at Stinger Stadium.  Dr. Frandsen presented dentistry as a career option to approximately 500 6th graders in 18 different class groups over a four hour span.  Our office is excited to spend time in the community, especially educating the youth.

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Gum Chewing Effects

Stick of Gum a Day, Helps Keep the Dentist Away! Is This True?

Regular dental checkups are recommended every 6 months to clean and examine the health of your gums and teeth.  What if chewing gum could help reduce the number of visits you need to make?  Would you start using those mastication muscles more and more, enjoying some sugar-free gum that leaves your mouth feeling clean and your breath smelling good?  What if that gum contained a natural form of sugar, Xylitol, which will help reduce the occurrence of dental caries, otherwise known as the dreaded CAVITY! Opinion on Gum Chewing by Idaho Falls Dentist

According to an article published in the August 2012 Dentaltown magazine, “Changes to diet and bacterial levels that impact salivary pH are preventive in nature.  Saliva buffering and flow rates are key factors in maintaining neutral or alkaline pH levels.”  In the past, reducing sugar consumption has been key in preventing dental caries.  It is the increase in salivary flow due to chewing sugarless gum that has been attributed to caries prevention in the past.  Now however, studies have shown that xylitol has a more active effect on caries prevention.

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural sugar found in tree bark, vegetables, and fruits. It doesn’t break down like regular sugar and helps keep the pH of the mouth neutral. The human body even produces 5-10 grams daily through the metabolism of carbohydrates.  Corn cobs and stalks are the most sources of xylitol used today.  It tastes like table sugar and only has 2.4 calories per gram, BONUS!  Initially discovered in 1891, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the benefits of xylitol were recognized for those with diabetes.

In the 1970s and 1990s, several studies were done to recognize the benefits of xylitol in caries prevention.  One such study was done with dental students over a five day period.  The students ate xylitol sweetened food and drinks and refrained from oral hygiene care such as brushing and flossing for those five days.  The study resulted in a 50 percent reduction of plaque accumulation.  Another 40-month study was conducted by the faculty of the University of Michigan in Belize with 1,300 fourth grade students.  Testing of several different chewing gums was conducted, including a 100 percent xylitol-sweetened gum which resulted in a 73 percent reduction of tooth decay.

At the end of the study, no more xylitol was given to the students, and five years later the researchers returned to evaluate the students again.  They found that the students who had chewed the 100 percent xylitol sweetened gum still had a 70 percent reduction of tooth decay compared to other chewing gum groups.  It seemed like the xylitol had altered the oral flora of those students and provided long-term benefits.

What does this Mean for You and Me?

Chewing a stick of gum a day may not exactly kIdaho Falls Dentisteep the dentist away, but it may help reduce the number cavities you get. Xylitol prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth by neutralizing the pH of your mouth.  The acid that would be attacking your teeth for half an hour after eating is stopped with the use of xylitol.  Less bacteria and less acid in the mouth means healthier, cleaner teeth!  Take notice of the gum you buy.  It should be approved by the ADA (American Dental Association) and should contain xylitol.  Icebreakers sugar free gum and Trident sugar free gum are recommended, both contain xylitol and can be found in most stores.  According to the website, it’s more about the frequency of exposures to xylitol than the quantity.

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Remember to Eat then Chew!  Strive for 5 exposures of xylitol a day, brush and floss regularly, and continue to see your Dentist every 6 months for regular checkups so you can be on the road to improving your oral health!

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20 Years and More to Come

Some may say that good, dependable employees are hard to come by, but Sheila has proved that saying wrong!  Thank you Sheila for giving 100% for 20 years at our office!  You always have a big smile to welcome our patients and consistently give them the quality care they need.  We appreciate all you do and look forward to the many years to come!
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Community Outreach

Community Outreach BNI 6/26/12

On June 26, 2012, Dr. Frandsen held a community outreach seminar at our office with a presentation on CAD-CAM technology.  CAD-CAM stands for computer aided design, computer aided mill.  Our office uses CAD-Cam technology to fabricate same-day crowns for our patients.  Using this technology, a tooth can be prepared and imaged, then a crown can be designed, milled, and delivered all in the same appointment.  This process saves the patient a conventional impression, a temporary crown, and a second visit to have the permanent crown delivered two weeks later.  Many of those in attendance at the seminar were members of BNI, a professional referral organization that Dr. Frandsen belongs to.




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