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Don’t Skip Professional Cleanings And Assessments: Our Saint Paul Dentists Explain Why

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An important part of effectively caring for your smile is completing your professional cleanings and assessments on time. Our Saint Paul dentists know that you are doing a great job caring for your smile at home, but there are some things that our dentists are able to do in-office, that you can’t replicate at home.

During your appointment, our dentists do a number of important things:

  • Screen your teeth for signs of infection or decay
  • Complete an oral cancer screening—we may additionally take biopsies of cancerous or pre-cancerous tissues
  • Review your at-home oral hygiene routine, and help you tweak any parts of it that are not working well for you
  • Help you craft a long-term dental plan that includes preventive treatment, as well as any cosmetic or restorative issues you would like to address.

When you fall behind with your semi-annual cleanings you may notice a number of changes to your smile:

  • Dull or discolored teeth: our teeth tend to accumulate stains from environmental factors: foods, drinks, and tobacco products (especially).
  • Increased instances of cavities and infections: no matter how well you care for your smile at home, at least some plaque will build up and calcify over time. Professional cleanings are the best way to get rid of this problematic bacteria.
  • Chronic bad breath: oral bacteria emit unpleasant odors as they grow and multiply. So, as plaque takes over your smile, you will likely find it hard to achieve and maintain fresh breath.
  • Gum disease: bacteria can infiltrate your teeth and cause cavities, but they can also infect your gums and oral tissues. As gum tissue progresses and gets worse, you may actually see your gum tissue is pulling away from your teeth, and your teeth may feel loose.

The ADA recommends semi-annual cleanings for a reason; sticking to your schedule for professional cleanings and assessments truly does minimize your risk of developing serious, and costly, oral health problems. Even if it has been years since you have been to the dentist’s office, our Saint Paul dentists are here to help you. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Laser Dentistry Machine Used by Dr. Malterud

With laser dentistry more patients than ever before are getting the treatment they need comfortably and quickly. Our office uses the revolutionary Lightwalker Laser to treat a number of common dental problems.

With the Lightwalker Laser we:

  • Treat periodontal disease (also known as gum disease)
  • Eliminate cavities and prepare teeth for fillings
  • Perform root canals
  • Treat cold sores and canker sores
  • Improve the appearance of the smile with cosmetic dentistry
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Laser dentistry has a number of important advantages over traditional treatment methods. Laser dentistry is appropriate for a wide number of patients, including children and patients with dental phobias.

Here are some of the benefits of using the Lightwalker Laser:

  • Laser treatment is very comfortable, in fact many patients don't require any anesthesia during laser treatment.
  • The laser is quiet—no drilling sounds!
  • There is minimal bleeding with laser treatment.
  • No cutting or stitches.
  • Using a laser, Dr. Malterud can be more precise than with traditional instruments. This means that we can preserve more of your healthy tooth structure when placing fillings or performing root canals—keeping your teeth stronger for years to come.

Using the Lightwalker Laser we're able to offer our patients effective, efficient treatment for a wide number of dental problems. If you have questions about whether laser dentistry may benefit you, feel free to contact us by phone at (651) 925-2644 or schedule an appointment online.


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Get the Relaxing, Comfortable Dental Treatment You Need With All-Natural NuCalm®!

NuCalm®, what’s that?

NuCalm® a completely natural relaxation protocol that helps dental patients remain comfortable during dental treatment. After using NuCalm® patients leave our office feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

How does it work?

NuCalm® treatment combines a few different techniques to relax the patient. The purpose of NuCalm® is to coax the patient into the first stage of sleep. NuCalm® is designed to shift brain waves from high frequency beta brain waves (wakefulness) to lower frequency alpha/theta waves (deep relaxation).

What exactly happens during treatment?

There are four consecutive steps to NuCalm®:

  • First you’ll take a dietary supplement. This supplement helps to counteract the effects of adrenaline in your body.
  • Next, our dental team will attach small microcurrent stimulation patches behind your ears. Low-level electrical currents facilitate your body’s relaxation response.
  • Then, you’ll put on a pair of noise-dampening headphones. These headphones play soothing music that has been optimized calming neuroacoustic tones. As you listen to these sounds, you’ll fall deeper into a stage of pre-sleep.
  • The final step is for you to put on light blocking glasses. These glasses are so important—they help you block out distractions and potentially stressful stimuli!

It takes only moments for the effects of NuCalm® to kick in—you’ll notice the difference right away!

Why choose NuCalm®?

Dental patients of all ages choose NuCalm® because it:

  • Is effective
  • Is completely natural
  • Starts working in minutes
  • Doesn’t include any medications or narcotics
  • Does not require the patient to receive injections
  • Does not incapacitate you physically or mentally (you’re never unconscious)
  • Is free from side effects—you won’t have to wait for the effects to wear off post-treatment
  • Is relaxing and rejuvenating

NuCalm® is suitable for all kinds of dental patients, and it is great for those people who avoid dental treatment due to fear and anxiety.

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