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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.


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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Meet our staff!

Here at Family Dental Center, we pride ourselves with the service provided by each and every one of our staff!  We look forward to getting to know each of our patients on both a professional and personal level.  Now, we want to do the same for you.  We are excited to share that we are starting weekly blogs so you can get to know each of our staff members!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet them personally, please be sure to say hello to them the next time you visit our office! ...

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Understanding Insurance

We, at Family Dental Center, understand that insurance can be confusing. That is why we are here to help! Here are some common terms you may hear when dealing with your insurance. MAXIMUM: This is the maximum your dental insurance plan will pay for your dental services within your contract year. Your maximum starts over on your anniversary date, which is important to know as this can vary among plans. USUAL, CUSTOMARY, and REASONABLE: This is what the insurance company sets as the amount t...

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Thank you, Dr. Jones, for your 33 years of service!

The following letter was sent to Dr. Jones' patients earlier this month: Hello friends, We write to you today with heavy, yet grateful, hearts on behalf of Dr. Jones and the entire Family Dental Center team. As a valued patient of Dr. Jones, we wanted you to be the first to know that he has been diagnosed with a life-changing illness, which has caused him to take an early retirement that is effective immediately. As most of you know, Dr. Jones, along with Dr. Colbert, founded the practice i...

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