What You Eat Can Affect Your Oral Health

What you eat plays a role in your oral health. Eating well ensures that you are getting all the proper nutrients into your body and building up your body’s immunity to things like tooth decay and infections.

Many processed foods contained high amounts of sugars, carbohydrates, and starches. Foods with high amounts of these things can contribute to the creation of plaque acids. Once developed these acids can eventually attack tooth enamel, ultimately leading to the formation of cavities. Some good news is that your saliva is actually able to wash away some of the plaque acids that develop as you eat. Your saliva can only do so much for your oral health and dependent on how much of these not-so-great foods that you put in your body it may not be enough to protect your teeth.

This is not to say that all foods that contain sugars, carbohydrates, and starches are bad. This is to say that you should try to lessen the amounts of foods that have been known to contain less of the nutrients you need and more of the things you don’t, like added sugars. Items like dairy products and vegetables contain higher amounts of sugars than you might expect. Things like cheese, fruit, almonds, and raw veggies are super nutritious and help get your body the vitamins and nutrients that are good for you into your system. Try to read nutrition labels and limit sugary snacks like pop or juices whenever you can. Remember, it’s all about moderation.

Your diet really does contribute to how your mouth looks and feels on a day-to-day basis. To look and feel good remember to be conscious of the foods you put into your body.

What You Should Know Before You Get Dentures

Dentures are really just replacements for teeth that are missing.

They can be taken out and put back in to the mouth as often as necessary. There are actually two types of dentures. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing and partial are used when some natural teeth

Treat your dentures like you treat your natural teeth.

You should clean your mouth just as you would with natural teeth, always making sure to get the cheeks, gums, and tongue. You should also rinse your dentures before you brush them and continue to do so daily to ensure that bacteria, food, and plaque are not staining or damaging your dentures.

Do not listen to myths.

Three commonly said, but untrue, myths to be aware of are that food and drinks will be more difficult to consume regularly with dentures, dentures last forever, and that people will know when you are wearing dentures.

Dentures should fit comfortably in the mouth. They should not make it harder to eat foods or drink any beverages. Dentures do break, but shouldn’t for a very long time with proper care. They will not last forever because they are commonly made of acrylic and porcelain and these substances and tend to wear over time with use. Dentures should be properly fit to the teeth when fit to the individual. They will also mimic how natural teeth look. Your dentist will make sure you are comfortable with the overall look and feel before you leave.


Dentures can prove to be effective in many situations where natural teeth are injured, removed, or lost. If you think you may need dentures talk to your dental team today to find the best solution for you!

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

Have you ever found yourself avoiding drinking or eating things like ice cream or hot coffee? Are sensitive teeth to blame for your occasional or frequent dental discomfort?

Sensitive teeth are a common issue that many people experience. If you are in this group you are definitely not alone, but have you ever wondered why you have this problem?

When the tissue found beneath the enamel level is worn down or gums are receding this can cause nerves in that area to become irritated. This can be extremely painful for some and may also signify deeper problems. Symptoms for a cavity or abscess can be similar to the experience one who experiences teeth sensitivity, so it is good to get it checked out. When teeth hurt consistently for four or more days in a row schedule a visit to the dentist. It is important to get a professional opinion when daily activities like eating or drinking are impaired due to discomfort.

There are many treatments available to help alleviate pain, such as in office treatments or something as simple as switching to a toothpaste to one that contains a desensitizing agent. A dentist is the perfect person to discuss treatments for your tooth sensitivity when trying to figure out what works best for you. Contact us today!

Which Should You Choose (Electric or Manual Toothbrush)?

Which toothbrush will really provide the best care for your pearly whites?

Bristle Quality and Size: When choosing the correct toothbrush for you, it is important to note how rough you want your bristles to be against your gums and teeth. Both electric and manual toothbrushes can have hard or soft bristles. The amount of bristles on each brush often varies.

End Goals: With a manual toothbrush, it is possible to reach more than one tooth at a time because there are generally more bristles on the base structure. With an electric toothbrush, there are many ways to get a deeper clean that is more focused on a specific tooth. This is often because the angle one uses and base size of the toothbrush allows the brush to reach farther back in the mouth in spaces that are hard to reach.

Price: Another important consideration to make is how much your toothbrush will cost you. When purchasing electric, you will have to purchase the initial base of the brush as well as replacement heads down the road. Often, your dentist will give you a new manual toothbrush when you go in for your routine check-up.

The answer to whether you should buy an electric or a manual toothbrush truly depends on your personal preferences. It is very important to know your what you want and research what will work best for you. Feel free to ask our dental specialists at Nicollet Station Dental any questions you have when in the pursuit of a new brush.


Seal Out Tooth Pain, Decay, and Cavities

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are plastic coatings used to seal deep pits and grooves before a cavity starts, preventing the need for additional restorative work. It can be difficult to reach into certain areas of the mouth, like the back teeth, when brushing regularly. Sealants are therefore used to protect the overall surfaces of the back teeth from things like tooth decay and cavities.

What happens during a sealant procedure?

  1. Preparation – Your dental hygienist will polish the tooth as they do in a routine check-up. They do this to distinguish the correct tooth and dry it so that all possible debris is removed before the application.
  2. Application – The sealant is applied to the tooth surface. A light is used to bond the two together.
  3. Quick Follow-Up – Your dental specialist will check to see if the sealant is secure on the tooth. The plastic coating will harden to the point where you can use your teeth comfortably to chew with the tooth again.

Does it hurt?

The procedure should be relatively painless and does not often require the application of Novocain or local anesthesia. It can take a day or two to for the sealant to fully take to the tooth, but you can resume eating normally the day of the procedure.

Remember to contact your dentist at the first sign of any irregularities with your dental health. We at Nicollet Station Dental are proud to serve all your dental needs!

Enhance Your Smile with Dental Veneers!

Celebrities like George Clooney and Hillary Duff have been known smile with seemingly perfect teeth. In reality, some stars like these have had dental work done to get their pearly whites to shine in the exact way that they do. Dental veneers can be the answer to some dental problems. So, what exactly are veneers and why do people get them?

Dental veneers are thin, custom made shells of ceramic material that are bonded to the front of teeth. This is a cosmetic dental procedure that aims to correct the shape, color and/or size of a tooth. Misaligned, chipped, gapped, and discolored teeth are some of the most common reasons patients decide to get veneers. Each patient is different, and there is an array of options available for each dental situation.

While veneers may not be for everyone, they may be for you. Contact our office for more information on how dental veneers can help enhance your smile today.

Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign


The choice to straighten your teeth can be a difficult one with the variety of options available. Which should you choose? A quick breakdown between the Invisalign and traditional braces can be found below to shed more light on your bright white smile.

  • Traditional braces consist of wires and metallic brackets that are applied to the teeth directly and must be adjusted every month or so by an orthodontist. The brackets are a little more noticeable, and cannot be removed until the end of the process to ensure the best results possible. It can be a little more difficult to eat certain foods like popcorn or brush and floss regularly. The average wear time of braces tends to be longer than Invisalign. Although, tools like the water pik have been created to help with these problems. They can be used to treat more extensive teeth issues and common issues alike.


  • Invisalign plastic trays are made uniquely for each patient. They are clear and transparent, so that they are more inconspicuous. The removeable trays must be worn every day for at least 20 hours a day, but should be taken out every time one eats, drinks, brushes, or flosses their teeth. Patients must get new trays every couple of weeks and meet with their orthodontist every month or so. Invisalign treats the more common teeth problems and the overall time one wears them is often shorter than traditional braces.

The ultimate decision of what to choose relies upon the individual patient and what they discuss with their dentist. We want to see you put your best smile put forward, so if you are considering Invisalign, traditional braces, or just want to know all of your options, schedule a free consultation today with our team at Nicollet Station Dental.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction and Anesthesia Information

What are wisdom teeth?

They are the last of the molars to develop on both sides of the jaw, top and bottom. They usually grow into the mouth around the late teens and twenties.

Why do a lot of people get their wisdom teeth taken out?

They can cause uncomfortable pain and complications if not aligned correctly when they grow in.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

The wisdom teeth are extracted during routine oral surgery performed by your dentist or oral surgeon. Anesthesia or Novocain is given to the patient as a sedative over a period of about one to two hours.

What is the average recovery time from this surgery?

A few days, you’ll know as your swelling and pain level go down.

How does general anesthesia affect the body?

General anesthesia puts the patient “to sleep” because the muscles in the body become extremely relaxed. This means that patients must be monitored closely because they may not have normal control of their bodily mechanisms. Patients may actually be awake and unconscious instead of sleeping.

Why does anesthesia make some people act silly after they wake up?

Everyone reacts differently to anesthesia. The temporary loss of awareness patients experience under general anesthesia causes them to go into a dream-like state of mind, so what is said out loud by the patient after dental surgery varies on a person-to-person basis.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Never Skip Routine Dental Check-ups

  1. This simple preventative measure can make the best of your time and money- As oral problems occur they tend to become more complex and expensive. If you wait too long these issues may require things like surgery in the future. Routine check-ups are a preventative measure that could save you unnecessary pain and money down the road.
  2. Updating records can inform your dentist more than you think- Any changes that have occurred since your last visit will be marked down at the time of your current visit. This will make it easier for the dentist to predict how your oral health may develop and for them to notice any specific changes that might signal a deeper problem.
  3. Plaque, tartar, and cavities can be controlled more effectively-

Plaque has the potential to build up in small areas which can lead to erosion in the teeth. If teeth become too eroded they can develop holes. These holes can then lead to cavities. Regular dental check-ups are more affordable and can stop a small problem before it becomes a large one.

  1. Oral cancer can be detected more easily- Oral cancer can be difficult to detect, but dentists are highly trained to notice potential signs and symptoms of the disease. The risk of developing oral cancer can be significantly diminished through routine dental check-ups because dentists check for this issue at every appointment.
  2. You can be more relaxed about your oral health- Scheduling routine dental check-ups semiannually, ensures that you will be able to trust in your relationship with your dentist, while also giving you the peace of mind to be confident in your oral health.

Nicollet Station Dental is here for you and we want to see your best smile put forward!

BOTOX® Treatment for Chronic Migraine and TMJ Symptoms

Do you experience chronic migraine or pain from TMJ disorder? Have you ever considered BOTOX® as a treatment option? At Nicollet Station Dental our team has extensive knowledge and training of the oral-facial areas and BOTOX® treatment could be the solution to your problem.


  • What is BOTOX®?


BOTOX® is a Hyaluronic Dermal Filler used to safely and effectively relax facial muscles to correct existing lines and prevent new wrinkles from forming.


  • What are the benefits of BOTOX® treatment for chronic migraine and TMJ syndrome?


BOTOX®  is an FDA approved preventative measure that can help to minimize the amount of headache/ migraine days one experiences on average. It can also reduce the frequent pain that one experiences as a side effect of TMJ disorder.


  • How and where is BOTOX® treatment administered?


Botox treatments last 15 to 20 minutes.  A trained specialist will inject the BOTOX® through a small needle into areas of the face, head, and neck muscles.


  • Who qualifies for this type of BOTOX® treatment?


If you are someone who is 18 years or older, who also experiences 15 or more days of migraine and/or headaches lasting four or more hours on average BOTOX® could be right for you. If your TMJ symptoms include jaw tension, locking, clicking, and/or popping you could be helped by treatment.

If you are tired of losing meaningful days with family or the ability to complete everyday activities due to pain from chronic migraine and/or TMJ disorder contact us today. If you want more information on how BOTOX® treatment could help you with your symptoms, schedule a free consultation with a Nicollet Station Dental specialist today.

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