Insurance 101

     Over 100 million Americans are covered by dental insurance plans, but few of us know exactly how our plans work. And not knowing may mean losing money out of your pocket and not taking advantage of dental services that you really need.

    Most plans cover preventative care, like regular check-ups and x-rays, which results in better dental health and the wiser use of insurance dollars. Many plans use a deductible that you must pay before your insurance starts to cover your bills on treatment. But, once this deductible is paid, most insurance will cover from 50 percent to 80 percent of the cost—a big savings if you need major dental work like a crown or several fillings. Most plans have a yearly maximum, at which point your coverage stops until next year. But, if you don’t use all your benefits, you’ll lose that coverage and have to start over in reaching your deductible.

    We’ll do all we can to help you maximize the benefits your plan offers… and minimize your out-of-pocket expenses. Check with your insurance company or give us a call to figure out the specific details of your insurance.


New Roseville Location in July

Associated Dentists is excited to announce that our Roseville clinic will be moving to a beautiful new building starting July 1, 2013!

 The new address will be:

2680 N. Snelling Ave
Roseville, MN 55113

This location is north of Rosedale Mall, near the intersection of Snelling Avenue and City Centre Drive or County Road C. It will have several modern conveniences, including a new elevator. Drs. Bosch and Shearen will be happy to see you there this summer.


Osculation Prevents Cavities

Osculation is just another word for kissing. One of life’s simple pleasures can help prevent tooth decay! It’s true, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Kissing on a regular basis helps to ensure a good flow of saliva, and saliva bathes the teeth with healthful phosphorus and calcium, which helps to recalcify your teeth.

Of course, to be on the safe side, we recommend you osculate with a person you love!

So next time you want to smooch your sweetie, tell him or her that it means better dental health for both of you. And if you get a turn-down, you can still get that saliva flowing by chewing sugarless gum. It may not be as much fun, but we hear it’s just as effective!


Heart Health and Dental Health

    The number 1 killer in the United States is cardiovascular disease, which is cause for one out of three deaths. Risk factors such as family history, age, excess weight, high blood pressure, and low activity levels are well known, but researchers have recently been looking into another factor: periodontal (gum) disease.

    The connection between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease isn’t crystal clear, but recent studies have shown that people with gum disease tend to develop heart disease almost twice as frequently as those without it.

    Periodontitis, or severe gum infection, results in excessive production of bacteria in the mouth. These germs, the same ones which ordinarily cause bad breath and result in plaque buildup, are usually confined to the mouth and don’t migrate to other parts of the body.

    But periodontal disease can also create micro ulcerations in the mouth, which allow bacteria  to enter the bloodstream. The renegade bacteria stimulate the production of white blood cells and platelets creating plaque and increasing the probability that blood clots will form. These clots, in turn, can lodge in narrowed blood vessels and cause heart attacks, myocardial infections, and a host of other cardiac  problems.

    This means that detecting gum disease may be an important diagnostic tool for finding cardiac problems. Regular dental care, in conjunction with general oral hygiene, can prevent gum disease. New antibiotic treatments and even an experimental vaccine are being developed to treat existing gum disease.

    Here’s the bottom line: seek treatment for gum disease; better yet, prevent it entirely. Even without its connection to heart disease, periodontitis shouldn’t be ignored. If its possible connection to heart disease proves to be true, prompt treatment could save your life.

    Of course, your dental health is our primary concern, but we care about your entire well-being. Each part of your body has an impact on others, and it’s our job to make sure your dental health has a positive impact on your overall health.


Minnesota Mission of Mercy

    At Associated Dentists, we really understand what a difference a great smile can make in a person’s life. That is why eight of our employees, including three dentists, chose to donate their weekend to Minnesota Mission of Mercy (MnMOM) in Mankato this past year. The MnMOM program was set up to provide free dental care to patients who are suffering and to raise awareness of the hardships many disadvantaged adults and children face in getting their dental needs met.

     With over 2,000 patients converging on the Verizon Wireless center over the 2-day period and receiving over $1.3 million of care, our staff had a chance to really make a difference. Drs. Coates and Resch performed 52 fillings while Dr. Howley and her assistant Janelle extracted 35 teeth for needy patients during their half-day shift.



New babies at Associated Dentists

Welcome to Stephanie’s new daughter, Olivia Gail! Olivia was born on September 26th and weighed 7lbs, 9oz. She was 19 1/2 inches long. Stephanie has been Dr. Coates’ assistant for 12 years. Olivia is her third child; she also has a 4-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son.


We’re also happy to announce Hope’s new son, Cade Michael! Cade was born on November 23rd and weighed 7lbs, 6 oz. He was 20 inches long. Hope has been a dental assistant for 10 years and has two other children, Aralyn, aged 4, and Tavin, aged 2.