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Our patients know our dentists and staff always have something good to say about dental care. Check out our blog and see what we’re talking about today.


Wisdom Teeth – Remove or Not Remove?

Wisdom teeth are the third or last set of molars that most get late in their teenage years or during their twenties. For some people, the four molars are able to erupt and become part of their normal dentition. In these cases, the teeth are well-formed and also well-aligned. On the other hand, most wisdom teeth are misaligned which can crowd and potentially damage adjacent teeth. Their awkward position also can make care for them difficult and can result in cavities. Sometimes wisdom t...

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Meet Cindy – Clinical Assistant

I grew up in the Hartford area and moved out west for a few years, starting as a Dental Assistant 30 years ago in Chamberlain, SD. Then, my husband, daughter and I decided to move back to the Hartford area, where I started working at Family Dental Center in September of 1992. Between the people that I work with and our great patients, I have a very large second family – and that’s what I like about Family Dental Center. Working here, we try to treat everyone like they are family members...

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Meet Lisa – Dental Hygienist

I started at Family Dental Center in 1993 right after I graduated from USD in Dental Hygiene. I grew up in the Sioux Falls area and I'm lucky enough to have my family still here. My husband and I have one daughter who will be in 3rd grade, she is a joy! I enjoy spending my time with my family and friends, camping and traveling. The best thing about Family Dental Center is the patients. I love visiting with my patients when I am working, and I truly enjoy seeing them out and about when I am not...

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Sip all day, risk decay!

You might be surprised how decay happens and what is in your diet to contribute to it.  Did you know that one can of regular soda contains all the sugar you should have in one day.  Combine this sugar with acidity and bacteria in the mouth and sipping on that pop all day long can lead to decay.  The acid in soft drinks attacks your teeth and each attack lasts about 20 minutes.  Another surprising fact is that sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade also have sugar in them.  The best option...

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Meet Dr. Lee Gertsen – Dentist

I was born and raised in Watertown, SD. Much of my youth was spent playing sports, camping, hunting & fishing with my family. My mother, Connie, is a speech pathologist and my father, Greg, is a dentist (I guess it runs in the family). I have one older sister, Kay, who lives in Milwaukee with her husband Nathan. I attended college in Moorhead, MN and dental school in Lincoln, NE. While in Lincoln, I met my beautiful wife, Kim. We were married in 2009, shortly after graduating dental school....

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Meet Jackie – Clinical Assistant

I have been a Dental Assistant at Family Dental Center since 2012. I graduated from Minnesota West in Canby, Minnesota. I love being a Dental Assistant because I am able to help patients improve their confidence and smile! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially my son. I also enjoy the outdoors, running, shopping, going to sporting events and cooking. Submitted by Jackie - Clinical Assistant...

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Sensitive Teeth Solutions

Do you ever wonder what causes sensitive teeth? There can be many contributing factors. The first thing to consider is the type of toothbrush and toothpaste you are using. We recommend that you use a soft toothbrush with a circular motion (no scrubbing). The next thing to consider trying is a sensitivity toothpaste with no whitening additives. The most basic toothpaste is the best for your teeth. The next thing to consider is whether you clench and/or grind your teeth. This added pressure can ca...

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Meet Dianne – Dental Hygienist

I've been with Family Dental Center since 1986, as a dental hygienist, which means I started in the Empire Mall. I've been in the dental field for 37 years, so I've seen a lot of great changes in dentistry! Dentistry is so preventive, which helps keep people healthier for the whole body. I have a lot of memories at FDC, from floods to fun scavenger hunts, even picking up dead rattle snakes! FDC has had some great educational trips to help us learn and grow in our field. I love being a grandma ...

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Your Child’s Permanent Front Tooth Has Been Knocked Out… Now What?

Here is the scene: your child, eager to be at the pool for the first time this summer, slips and bumps their mouth. When he or she gets up, you notice their front tooth is missing. It is sitting on the ground next to your child. What do you do? As dentists, we are trained to handle this situation. However, we often are not present when the accident happens. So, it is important that parents, coaches and teachers have an idea of what to do if a child’s tooth is knocked out. The first and m...

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Meet Melanie – Business Assistant

Being born and raised here in Sioux Falls, I’ve appreciated the down to earth, caring society we live in.  I personally became interested in dentistry as I was growing up, as I had numerous dental concerns at quite a young age.  My permanent teeth wouldn’t come in on their own, thus my baby teeth wouldn’t come out on their own. And when, or if my permanent teeth came in, they were certainly not in the right spot!  Due to this and my jaws not matching, I was in the dentist or orthodont...

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