Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

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Let’s face it, parents. Some teens don’t always practice healthy dental hygiene or eating habits. They may not be happy or comfortable with their adult teeth, leading you both to consider braces. At Arbor Lakes Dental, we want to keep your teen’s smile healthy for life. In addition to scheduling regular dental checkups and orthodontic consultations, it’s wise to make sure they’re also practicing health eating habits. Here are a few issues to look out for:

Eating disorders

Eating disorders affect everyone, but generally this behavior begins in adolescence. Eating disorders such as  bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly advise you to talk to your child immediately and provide appropriate medical care and counseling.

The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Many teenagers decrease their calcium intake–a danger to tooth and bone health–in favor of sodas and energy drinks. Make sure they’re drinking milk or taking calcium supplements, if necessary. Our experienced staff can help you spot these problems, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at 763-515-1171 if you have any questions.

Tobacco use, as well as the abuse of some illegal drugs, carries an increased risk of tooth decay and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely detrimental. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time properly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help teens with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following  guidelines for adolescent oral health:

Teens should drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Teens should floss daily.1

Your teenager should come in for twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Call us at 763-515-1171 to schedule an appointment. We’re dedicated to oral health for patients of all ages.


Contact Arbor Lakes Dental: 763-515-1171

Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369


1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,”, accessed September 17,  2014

Those Baby Teeth Are A Big Deal

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Today’s Maple Grove Children’s Dental Blog focuses on the issue of caring for baby teeth. Why would you take care of something that’s just going to fall out and be given to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question and it has a even better answer.

Parents shouldn’t feel like they are wasting their time because baby teeth are more important than many people might think. Baby teeth are needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later.

Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech. This is especially important for parents who are dying to know what their child means when they point to something repeatedly and say ‘scklash’ or ‘grag-grag’.

Having healthy baby teeth will also help your child develop a healthy diet because difficulty chewing can lead to the rejection of many different foods.

And, finally, tooth decay and infection can be passed down from baby teeth to permanent teeth as they develop below them. That’s not what you want for the teeth that kids are going to have for the rest of their lives. You may be setting them up to need cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.

Hi. I’m Dr. Jamie Sledd, an experienced, kid-friendly Maple Grove dentist.
I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or teeth whitening, give us a call at 763-515-1171.

At Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS we offer:

cosmetic dentistry
dental bridges
gum disease
porcelain veneers

Thanks for reading. Contact us today for all your dental needs!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:, accessed on February 12, 2013


Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS: 763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota


Dental Questions? We Have Answers.

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Hello, Maple Grove! My name is Dr. Jamie Sledd. My dental practice, Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS, has been serving the area since 1992.

If you have questions about oral health, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, children’s dental sealants, tooth implants, oral sedation, safe teeth whitening, or invisible braces, come to Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS for answers.

My fun staff has helped me create an atmosphere of active listening. We enjoy getting to know our patients and determining each patient’s unique needs. We want to understand your dental goals and challenges and help you understand the hows and whys of recommended treatment.

We are currently accepting new patients. If you are seeking a friendly children’s dentist or cosmetic dentist in Maple Grove, we invite you to come in and meet our fun team.

Many of our new dental patients ask us about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, smile makeovers and dental implants. We would love to meet with you about these procedures as well as our other dental services.

If you have small children, it is important for you to make decisions about protective sealants and fluoride supplements. If you have older children, it is helpful to discuss braces, sports mouthguards, and tooth decay prevention. If you are not happy with your smile, we would like to introduce you to the latest in cosmetic dentistry. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the prime solution. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, we can counsel you about the impact their condition has on oral health. Oral cancer screenings are essential for patients of all ages.

Thank you for visiting our dental blog and taking the time to learn more about Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS. Call today to schedule a consultation.

It’s About You, Your Smile, Our Relationship and Your Trust


Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS: 763-515-1171

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota


Celebrating The Past And Looking To The Future At Arbor Lakes Dental

Celebrating The Past And Looking To The Future At Arbor Lakes Dental

It has now been over 150 years since the first dental license was issued to Sir John Tomes. Minnesota dental patients should be grateful for the advances made in dentistry during the past century and a half.

There was a time when Minneapolis blacksmiths and wig makers would also extract teeth with forceps to make a little extra money. Anyone could call themselves a dentist. Often these untrained people broke the jaws of the person they were trying to help. Ouch!

At Arbor Lakes Dental, we celebrate with the Minneapolis dental community and marvel at the many advances made in the history of dentistry, particularly cosmetic dentistry.

One of the modern treatments that has helped countless Maple Grove patients is invisible braces. This non-visible orthodontic therapy is custom made for each patient. They are transparent and removable and will help you achieve your desired smile in about 3 to 18 months.

I am Dr. Jamie Sledd. My training didn’t end when I graduated from dental school and opened my practice in Maple Grove. As a cutting-edge dentist, I continually seek training so I can expertly perform the latest procedures. In addition, our practice uses the most advanced dental materials available.

If you are one of the many Maple Grove residents who has dreamed of an esthetic improvement to your smile, we invite you to make an appointment with Arbor Lakes Dental to discuss a smile makeover. Complete smile transformations are performed as quickly and professionally as possible – sometimes in just one visit!

One of our most sought after treatments at Arbor Lakes Dental is restorative dentistry and many Maple Grove patients are enjoying a brighter smile because of family dentistry.


At Arbor Lakes Dental we have been serving the residents of zip code area 55369 since 1992 and would love to provide you and your family with professional, friendly dental care.

Keeping Kids Smiling At Arbor Lakes Dental

Dentistry For Child Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove serves patients of all ages and provides general dentistry for children. Our fun staff takes special care of our youngest patients to make sure they are comfortable and safe.

A little extra patience with our child patients is critical. We understand that going to the dentist can be a bit frightening for a child, so we make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings, and always invite mom or dad to join them in the room. We make sure they understand the necessary procedures and answer their questions.

Children’s dentistry requires more than just comfort, however. Dr. Jamie Sledd understands how children’s dentistry differs from the treatment for older patients. If you have questions about cleaning your baby’s teeth, communicate with us about thumb sucking, dental sealants, fluoride supplements, tooth protection for kids’ sports, and orthodontia, call 763-515-1171 today to schedule a consultation.

The American Dental Association recommends that children see a dentist when their first tooth erupts or around one year of age. By starting regular dental visits at the toddler age and teaching proper hygiene, we can help you reinforce important oral care habits and lifestyle choices that will produce strong and healthy teeth.

In addition to children’s dentistry, Arbor Lakes Dental offers:

  • gum disease
  • teeth whitening
  • cosmetic dentistry
  • porcelain veneers

We are currently accepting new patients of all ages. We look forward to meeting you and your child.


Contact Arbor Lakes Dental:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, MN


Bright and Healthy Smiles

teeth whitening Maple GroveIt doesn’t take a great deal of research to understand that bright and healthy smiles are more attractive. Everybody in Minnesota likes to see a great smile, and having a great smile is not only healthy for your mouth, but healthy for your self esteem, too.

I’m Jamie Sledd, DDS, and I am a dentist serving the Maple Grove community with dental services including family dentistry. We call our practice ‘Arbor Lakes Dental’, and we are located in the Maple Grove, Minnesota. I provide dental services to the greater Minneapolis area and surrounding communities including Plymouth, Champlin, Osseo, and St. Michael.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Maple Grove area, please contact us. I am currently accepting new Minnesota dental patients and would love to share with you some new and inexpensive ways to improve your bright and healthy smile.

I know the value of a bright and healthy smile, and I can help you improve your smile with our Minnesota dentistry services including cosmetic dentistry, dental bridges, and gum disease treatment – just three of the many dental services we provide at Arbor Lakes Dental.

Give me a call today, I am looking forward to hearing from you.

—Jamie L. Sledd, DDS, Arbor Lakes Dental, (763)494-4443

3 Cavity Fighters For Maple Grove Kids

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Most Osseo parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Arbor Lakes Dental recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

Fluoride supplements
Oral rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied by your Minneapolis family dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some Minnesota dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your Osseo pediatrician or talk to us at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Champlin, Plymouth MN, or Osseo grocery store. Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.

I recommend Osseo children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.

At Arbor Lakes Dental, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, Minneapolis area kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life

Dr. Jamie Sledd
Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
(763) 494-4443

When Bad Breath Terrifies: 4 Tips

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“My neighbor’s bad breath is scaring me.”

Do you live in Maple Grove, Minnesota or nearby? Bad breath isn’t just a problem for careful brushers in Minneapolis, Osseo or Champlin. Your neighbors in Plymouth MN can spend all day brushing their teeth and still come out with bad breath.

But why?

I’m Jamie Sledd with Arbor Lakes Dental. In business since 1992. My specialty is restorative dentistry. At Arbor Lakes Dental we perform family dentistry and dental crowns regularly. As a favor to Maple Grove, Minnesota I’d like to take a few minutes to share with you some insight about bad breath and give your neighbors some places to start in improving or removing the offending odor.

Brushing just the teeth may not remove food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Bacteria can grow and stink from hidden floss-only locations. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Also, the food your neighbors are eating can affect the air they’re releasing. Onions, garlic and coffee are likely to show up on the breath no matter how much time is logged brushing.

Illness, infection, and allergies can all cause salivation issues which in turn upset the control of bacteria in the mouth. Diabetes, kidney failure, radiation therapy, liver malfunction, dry mouth or even postnasal drip can cause an odor.

Finally, dentures or a removable appliance may also carry bacteria that needs to be cleaned and freshened up on a regular basis. Bacteria balance in the mouth is ever changing.

1. Brush and floss the teeth as well as brush the tongue, gums and sides of mouth.
2. Enjoy onions and garlic a little less.
3. Stay on top of health issues.
4. Keep dentures clean.

This last one is for you:

Again, I’m Dr. Jamie Sledd. Located at 12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230 Maple Grove, Minnesota zip code 55369. We offer gum disease, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental bridges just to name a few of our fabulous dental services.

It’s About You, Your Smile, Our Relationship and Your Trust

Jamie Sledd
Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369

Can You Name 9 Dental Specialties?

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Most Champlin people probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. Some Plymouth, MN, folks may even know the unique focus of endodontists. But few Minnesota residents are probably aware that the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties. Today’s post looks at the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years in which they were formally recognized by the ADA. (If you want a challenge, see if you can name all nine before you continue reading this post.)

Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.”1 If you need a root canal in Maple Grove, you may require the services of an endodontist.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, you may need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

Pediatric Dentistry (1995): Maple Grove pediatric dentists provide dental care specifically for infants, children, and teenagers.

Periodontics (1992): “Periodontics is that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes.”1 Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue (gum) grafts.

Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dental treatments including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, tooth-colored fillings, and teeth bleaching.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.”1

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”1

General dentists and cosmetic dentists in the Maple Grove area are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. However, sometimes your Minneapolis dentist will refer you to a local Minneapolis specialist or include a specialist as part of your treatment team.

1Specialty Definitions, The American Dental Association,, accessed May 22, 2013

Dr. Jamie Sledd: Serving Maple Grove Since 1992

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When choosing a dentist, residents of the Minneapolis area are always looking for experience, quality care, and convenience. Here at Arbor Lakes Dental, located at 12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230 in Maple Grove, Minnesota, we have made it our mission to serve the dental needs of our community.

Our fun staff is committed to helping our patients achieve superior oral health. We always encourage our patients to build good dental habits in their Champlin, Plymouth, or Osseo homes so that the whole family can benefit. We enjoy educating patients on subjects such as proper toothbrush care, correct flossing, and choosing the highest quality dental products.

We also know that our patients want to look their best, so we are ready to answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, and dental implants.

We serve patients from age 4 to 94 and our most popular procedures are:

Cosmetic dentistry
Dental bridges
Gum disease treatment
Porcelain veneers
Teeth whitening

If you are in the Minneapolis or Maple Grove area and are looking for an experienced family or cosmetic dentist, give us a call here at (763)494-4443 to make your appointment. You can also visit us on the web at

Contact us today!

Dr. Jamie Sledd
Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota