Mortenson Family Dental Events

A young woman, Kate Mortenson, stands between her father and grandfather.

Third Mortenson Generation Enters Dentistry

Everyone knows the most important part of our name is Family. It’s literally how our company started! Founded in 1979, Mortenson Family Dental‘s first location was in Middletown, Kentucky, and had only two employees: Dr. Wayne and Sue. Since then the whole family’s gotten involved, with many of the Mortenson’s sons going to dental school and opening their own locations. Last month, Dr. Wayne and Sue’s granddaughter Kate went through the white coat ceremony for University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry. When she graduates in 2020, she’ll be the third generation of Mortensons to enter dentistry.

 

We spoke with Dr. Wayne about his granddaughter and of course he had a lot of great things to say.

 

Dr. Wayne Mortenson Headshot“I am thrilled to have another generation entering dental school. It is my dream to make our company generational, not just for the Mortenson family, but as many of team members children as possible.

Kate has been a varsity cheerleader and has been a High School Cheer Coach for the past four years. She has her dad and granddad’s work ethic. She enjoys life, but is very focused on her goals.

Kate will definitely help carry my vision on for another 35 or 40 years, as will many others. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to see outstanding young people value the opportunity dentistry offers. Good dentists make a difference in the health and well-being of so many individuals. It is an extremely rewarding profession.

Having family members in the dental profession has made our family closer. We love the business and the opportunity it affords each one of us. Each person contributes at the level and in the area they enjoy most. We are blessed to have leaders (not family) that bring the knowledge, talent and commitment to grow and sustain the vision of building a legacy.”

We have proudly served the community for over 35 years and are excited to keep it going. Good luck, Kate!

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Build-A-Bears for Ronald McDonald House

A woman holds a small sweater for a build-a-bear

A few weeks ago, our leadership team committed to coming together to learn together and do good together. The event was called the Inspire Leadership Academy, hosted by our Learning and Development team. What a great experience it was! Not only did we learn how to be better leaders for teams, but we got the chance to do a community service project as well. The local Build-A-Bear Workshop joined us at Creative Spaces, and we built teddy bears together, filled them with warm wishes, love and dressed them in t-shirts we decorated for the bears. Our intent was for these bears to find a home where they could bring fun, joy and encouragement to their new owner. After giving it a lot of thought, we decided the best home for our bears was the Ronald McDonald Houseof Kentuckiana. The Ronald McDonald House provides a nice place to stay for families who have traveled from outside the Louisville area with children who are being treated at the hospitals. The bears will find a new home with a family and child experiencing a serious illness. It is our sincere hope that these bears can bring a little light to the lives of these families. Thank you, Ronald McDonald House, for letting us partner with you!

Seven women sit around a table with a green tablecloth and smile as they hold build-a-bears

 

 

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Dental Phobia? Try Oral Sedation

Do you hate going to the dentist so much that you avoid going at all? You’re not the only one. It is estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety or fear. A lot of them are worried about pain or feeling embarrassed. Others have dental phobia. No matter what is causing you stress, oral sedation dentistry can help.

 

What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

 

Sedation dentistry is when patients take medication to relax during dental procedures. There are different levels of sedation from minimal sedation, where you are still awake but relaxed, to general anesthesia, when you are unconscious. There are several different types of sedation dentistry. At Mortenson Family Dental, we offer IV sedation and oral sedation.

Oral sedation involves taking a small pill an hour before your appointment. This pill, typically Halcion, is just as safe as taking a Valium. After you take the pill, someone else drives you to your appointment where we deliver exceptional care in a comfortable, anxiety-free atmosphere. Patients are awake during the procedure but many have very little memory of the visit. Some patients may fall asleep during the procedure, but can be woken with a gentle shake.

Reasons patients choose oral sedation:

 

Is Oral Sedation Dentistry Safe?

 

Oral sedation dentistry allows you the experience dental procedures feeling relaxed and comfortable. Time will pass by fast and many patients report an amnesic effect, meaning they don’t remember the visit at all! While you’re relaxed, your dentist can perform the procedure confidently because they know you’re safe and carefree.

Oral sedation dentistry is even safe enough for children. Parents will need to take a little extra care to ensure their child is relaxed, but we trust you’re already a pro at looking after your loved ones. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has posted some really helpful guidelines on preparing for your child’s sedation dentistry visit.

If your child experiences dental fear or anxiety, please call our pediatric dental specialists at Kid’s Dentistree. We offer a kid-friendly atmosphere, fun activities in the waiting room and team members trained especially for caring for children. Take a tour of one of our offices by clicking here!

 

Is Oral Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

 

Oral sedation dentistry is a safe, minimal sedation method that can allow even the most anxious patients to have their dental needs taken care of. Most treatment plans are simple and take one or two appointments. But even the most extensive treatment can be provided using oral sedation dentistry. Don’t let fear or anxiety keep you and your family from having beautiful, healthy smiles.

 

Resources for People with Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia

 

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Smile Makeover Winner: Tori Pennington

With her wedding day on the horizon, Tori Pennington decided to attend a wedding show in Downtown Louisville. There she expected to gather some ideas about photographers, florists, caterers, decorators and gown fashion. But what she never would’ve expected was to win a smile makeover! Tori says that when she saw the Mortenson Family Dental booth and our Smile Makeover contest, “I thought I’d enter because if I won, I could get rid of my annoying yellow spot and gap.” “But,” she adds, “If I didn’t win … then oh well, I’d get some toothpaste, toothbrush and floss.” Now less than a month later and after just a few visits with Dr. Schuler, her smile is brighter and better than ever before!

Everyone’s complimented me on it. I posted a before and after picture on Facebook and I got several likes and everything. No one really surprised me with their reaction; however, I do find myself smiling a lot more while walking.

 

Tori’s treatment plan with Dr. Schuler involved two weeks of whitening, one filling and then a midline space closure with composite. A midline space closure is when a dentist closes a gap between two teeth, most commonly a patient’s two front teeth (maxillary central incisors). Dental composite is a type of synthetic, adhesive resin that dentists use to restore teeth or, in Tori’s case, close her gap.

Dr. Schuler was awesome! He was really nice and super funny!

 

Tori says the response to her new smile has been overwhelming and even her fiancé, who tagged along for her treatments, was happy with the results and surprised at how quick the treatment was. We asked Tori whether or not she was excited for her big day and she said, “Yes, I am super excited!”

I’m even more excited to get my wedding pictures taken with my new smile.

 

Before and After Tori's Smile Makeover

Congratulations, Tori. You look fantastic!

 

Mortenson Family Dental 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 Mortenson Family Dental 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:

“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.”

 

 

 

 

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