Does My Dentist Care About My Diet?

Champlin Preventive Dentistry When people in the Brooklyn Park MN area think of diet and dental health, they ordinarily think about the damage sweet drinks can cause to teeth. While it’s true that these dangerous sugars cause increased acidity in the mouth and lead to tooth decay, soda and sugary-fruit drinks are only part of the issue.

The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition, even here in Maple Grove and Plymouth MN.

If your body is lacking in critical nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These dangerous infections can lead to gum disease.

A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

While this is an excellent resource, essential dietary needs change throughout life, so it’s a good idea to call Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS at 763-494-4443 and schedule a check-up with Dr. Jamie Sledd to see if your diet is affecting your teeth.

When you eat a balanced diet and feel your best, you’ll want to look your best, so be sure to ask our fun staff about industry-leading cosmetic dentistry procedures such as cosmetic dental smile makeovers and same day restorations.

At Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS, our menu of services includes crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, dental implants, tooth colored fillings, sealants, teeth whitening, and clear braces.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

What Is A Canted Midline?

Minneapolis Cosmetic Dentists Dr. Jamie Sledd considers many factors when designing a smile for any smile makeover patient. One of the smile design elements involved is the facial midline. The facial midline can be established by drawing an imaginary line from the center of the eyebrows to the center of the two peaks in the top lip (Cupid’s bow).

The skilled cosmetic dentist considers the length and angle of the facial midline to properly position porcelain crowns, veneers, and dental implants. When front teeth restorations do not line up with the facial midline, it is called a canted midline. This is a common mistake found in the cosmetic work of inexperienced cosmetic dentists.

Many individuals do not understand the level of 3-D engineering required in cosmetic dentistry. In addition to the orientation in relation to the facial midline, there is also the angle and size of the teeth in relation to each other and in relation to the size and shape of the lips and gums.

If you are considering an extensive smile makeover, you do not want to put your smile in the hands of an inexperienced cosmetic dentist.

When you have a smile design consultation with Dr. Jamie Sledd feel free to ask probing questions about Dr. Sledd’s experience and technical design procedures. Look at the pictures of some of our smile makeover patients.

We are confident that you will feel comfortable choosing Dr. Sledd for your smile makeover.

Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS is located at 12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230 in Maple Grove. We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about veneers, clear braces, tooth whitening and family dentistry. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 763-494-4443.

 

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

Does Your Dentist Conjure Up Cavities?

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Cavities can be filled, but it is better to prevent cavities in the first place. If your Maple Grove dentist seems to conjure up cavities at every visit, then it’s up to you to break the cycle. But we are here to help you. Let’s work together.

How can you lift the cavity curse? Schedule a preventative dental consultation and examination at Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS by calling 763-494-4443. You will be served by several members of our friendly team. One of our experienced dental hygienists will give your teeth and gums the best cleaning they have ever received. He or she will review proper oral hygiene and discuss ways to incorporate these critical habits into your lifestyle.

Jamie Sledd DDS will perform a thorough examination and discuss your dental conditions and goals. We welcome questions about brushing, flossing, diet, medical issues, and lifestyle choices. These are all factors that affect your dental health.

Here at Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS, as much as we love to see our patients, we would prefer they all enjoyed healthy smiles and only had to visit a couple times a year for cleanings and checkups. Use preventative dental visits to improve your oral care techniques and break the cavity curse.

Dr. Jamie Sledd DDS is an experienced dental professional who promotes preventative dentistry. Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS in Maple Grove was launched in 1992 to provide the residents of Maple Grove, Champlin, Osseo, and Plymouth MN with the highest standard of personalized dental care.
Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS offers a comprehensive menu of dental services including cosmetic dentistry, dental bridges, gum disease and porcelain veneers.

Find us nearby at: 12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230 Maple Grove, Minnesota, call: 763-494-4443 or visit: http://www.arborlakesdental.com/about-arbor-lakes-dental

We look forward to working with you to break the cavity curse.

 

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

Lasering In On Precision Dentistry For Impeccable Results

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The powerful, precise, highly-concentrated beam of light originally known as Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASER) is so ubiquitous that the acronym has now been relegated to lower case.

Lasers are used in everything from weapons to barcode scanners. They have increased efficiency and advanced technology in numerous industries such as communications, manufacturing, and essentially every branch of science. Today’s post focuses on how lasers have changed dentistry.

Lasers are now used in many technologically-advanced Minnesota dental practices for a broad range of care. Lasers allow dentists to be extremely precise when working on both tooth and gum tissue.

Dentists use lasers to:

  • Remove decay while preserving more intact tooth material
  • Firmly attach bonding material to a tooth
  • Remove oral lesions or obtain tissue for biopsies
  • Reshape receded gums
  • Eliminate bacteria while performing root canals
  • Increase the effectiveness of tooth whitening agents

Dental patients benefit with:

  • Fewer stitches – some surgical procedures require no sutures when a laser is used
  • Faster healing
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Decreased damage to surrounding tissue/bone
  • Less pain – eliminates the need for anesthesia in many procedures

Jamie Sledd, DDS,  employs advanced dental technology with seasoned expertise to serve our valued patients. At Arbor Lakes Dental, we believe that every man, woman, and child deserves a beautiful smile and a lifetime of oral health.

For questions about laser dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental bridges or gum disease, call 763-494-4443 today to schedule a consultation at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove. We are located at 12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230.

Tooth Whitening For A Whiter Smile

teeth whitening Maple Grove When it comes to cosmetic dentistry in Maple Grove, tooth whitening is one of the easiest and most rewarding procedures. There are a lot of tooth whitening options for those of us in the Minneapolis area. How do you find a good tooth whitening procedure in Maple Grove?

Visiting your local Maple Grove dentist is a good start!

Whitening your teeth is an advanced dental procedure that you won’t want to get wrong on the first try. That’s why I always recommend a visit to Arbor Lakes Dental (our dental practice) to visit with me and talk about it. I’m Jamie Sledd, and I am not only experienced with tooth whitening procedures, but care about your teeth and your smile. I can recommend tooth whitening procedures based on your age, dental hygiene, existing dental work, and personal goals.

Most importantly, I can help you assess the condition of your teeth and help you understand what to expect and how to care for your teeth once they are whitened.

Many of our Maple Grove patients ask about tooth whitening. In fact it is one of our most popular dental procedures. There are many tooth whitening options, ranging from the kind you will perform at home to professional tooth whitening procedures we can do right here in our Maple Grove dental office. The one best for you can depend on many factors, starting with the color of your teeth and how white you want your teeth to be after the procedure.

Consulting with your Maple Grove dentist before you begin a tooth whitening procedure has several advantages. Among the advantages are professional care, experienced advice, and reliable recommendations for which tooth whitening procedure will be best for you.

If you are contemplating a tooth whitening procedure, and you live in the Minneapolis area, come in and talk to me for just a few minutes. We’ll discuss your goals, the options that are available to you, and the results you can expect. You will be much happier with your results with the advantage of essential professional advice.

I look forward to hearing from you- Jamie L. Sledd, DDS 763-494-4443

Perfect Teeth With Veneers

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Today’s blog post focuses on an effective and versatile cosmetic dental procedure – porcelain veneers.

Veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth. They are an outstanding way to correct a myriad of tooth imperfections such as chips, stains, yellowing, unattractive shape or minimal misalignment.

Have you ever wanted a minimally-invasive facelift for a tooth without getting an entire crown? Veneers are your answer! Super-strong, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth.

How many veneers should you get? This depends on how many teeth you want to upgrade and the overall condition of your teeth. Dr. Sledd will counsel you on the best strategy.

The thickness, color, alignment, and shape of your teeth affect the outcome as well as whether you have any gum recession. Veneers are matched to your existing teeth so they will blend seamlessly, but if you are planning to treat several teeth, you definitely want to have them created in the same “batch” at the lab.

The first step in the veneer process is to make a model of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician will use the model to create the veneers to the precise size, shape, color, and level of translucency. Experienced cosmetic dentists and dental technicians elevate the level of artistry in this painstaking process.

Many patients wonder if veneers are as substantial as their natural teeth. Though the veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth slightly, with proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years. Porcelain veneers are more durable than dental bonding, which is sometimes used to repair the same types of imperfections. Dental bonding generally has a shorter life span than veneers, so keep this in mind when comparing the costs of the two procedures.

If you are looking for a dentist with an artistic eye for stunning porcelain veneers, give Arbor Lakes Dental a call. My name is Dr. Jamie Sledd and I have been serving Maple Grove, Minnesota since 1992.

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on March 5, 2014

How Do Veneers Create Stunning Smiles In Minneapolis?

Veneers Create Stunning Smiles in Minneapolis Veneers have a multitude of applications in Maple Grove cosmetic dentistry. With veneers, you can transform your smile without significant restorative dental work.

Is your tooth enamel worn and thin? Tooth-colored porcelain veneers have the brilliance and translucency of healthy tooth enamel. Many Minneapolis dental patients have received veneers to cover worn enamel. Some believe they look twenty years younger!

Have your teeth developed uneven edges? Tooth grinding, natural wear and other factors can roughen tooth edges. Veneers are a minimally invasive correction for uneven tooth edges.

Do you have chips or cracks in your teeth? If your teeth are otherwise healthy, veneers provide a flawless tooth surface. Are your teeth yellow or gray? Veneers can fix that, too. Veneers can be fabricated in any shade to perk up your smile while still blending naturally with your other teeth and skin tones.

Porcelain veneers are paper-thin, tooth-shaped covers that are affixed to the front of teeth. Traditional veneers required the removal of a thin layer of tooth structure. Prepless veneers are applied to unaltered teeth.

Veneers are strong, natural looking, and one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures in Plymouth MN and Osseo. Of course, a tooth with extensive damage may need a dental crown.

At Arbor Lakes Dental, we would be happy to show you what veneers can do for you. Arbor Lakes Dental is located at 12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230 in Maple Grove. We provide premium dental care for many of your friends and neighbors in the greater Minneapolis area. Our phone number is 763-494-4443.

You can visit https://www.arborlakesdental.com/about-arbor-lakes-dental for information about our fun team and the types of services we provide.

3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy, Champlin!

Hi. I’m Dr. Jamie Sledd, a general and cosmetic dentist here in Maple Grove. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health, and today I would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your Champlin, Maple Grove, or Plymouth MN dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitized you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

Thank you so much for visiting the Maple Grove dentist blog. Along with dental health and a keen sense of taste, I want my patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. So, if you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230 and you can reach us for an appointment at (763)494-4443.

Call a member of our fun staff today!

Dr. Jamie Sledd
Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
(763)494-4443
https://www.arborlakesdental.com/about/

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Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

Most Maple Grove adults have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of unmanaged stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.

We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or compulsive spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)

Stress that is not sensibly managed can affect the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect – you guessed it – your teeth.

The obvious risks to oral health are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the overconsumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can increase plaque production, trigger canker sores and increase the risk of periodontal disease? Another problem is that when people are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment with Jamie Sledd at Arbor Lakes Dental today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental services including, dental bridges, gum disease treatment, and porcelain veneers.

Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need.

Dr. Jamie Sledd
Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
(763)494-4443
https://www.arborlakesdental.com/about/

The Gift Of Oral Health In Minneapolis

The Gift Of Oral Health In Minneapolis

Many dental patients in the Champlin, Plymouth, and Maple Grove areas may wonder why, with all the advances in dental medicine, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss. It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world, but don’t let their simple design fool you. These tools are the best bet to prevent tooth decay, plaque build-up, and gum disease for Maple Grove dental patients!

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an essential part of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing, which should be done at least twice a day, can be done effectively with any type of toothbrush. There is no need to pay a bundle for a fancy electric toothbrush from your Minneapolis Wal-Mart, just brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes making sure to reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is important for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at Champlin, Plymouth MN, and Osseo drugstores, so find one you like.

I’m Dr. Jamie Sledd, an experienced Maple Grove dentist, and I want to help you enjoy your dental visits and adore your smile.

Our fun staff loves sending our Minneapolis and Plymouth MN area patients away with a new toothbrush and floss, but we also find it rewarding to see our patients gain renewed confidence with a smile makeover.

We’d love to answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry such as tooth whitening, veneers, dental implants, or any other dental health topic.

Jamie Sledd
Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369
(763)494-4443
https://www.arborlakesdental.com/about/