Our office has a new look! And there is still more to come!
Get ready to see our new wallpaper, flooring, and several new dental cabinets. The front desk area is the only part of the office that hasn’t changed dramatically, but just wait: we are getting some new cabinets for Mai at the front desk, as well as more desk space for computer equipment and working.
Rating: 5 stars
Review Headline: Impressive Technology!
About the Office:
Office cleanliness: 5 stars
Staff friendliness: 5 stars
Short wait time: 4 stars
Chairside manner: 5 stars
Explained treatment: 5 stars
Review Description: I was so impressed with my first visit to Dr. Meysman’s office. She and her staff were very polite and professional, and made me feel at ease. The technology at her office was much more advanced than other dentists I have seen. Instant results on x-rays! Also, Dr. Meysman was quick to action on a couple of dental concerns that I had been hearing about from my previous dentists for years, urging me to take care of it now rather than later. Her staff also offered financial options up front, rather than leaving me to wonder about it. I was very impressed with my visit, and I will be recommending Dr. Meysman to others!
We are going to be renovating our office soon. Get ready for a new look!
On May 31st, our office was lucky enough to receive a visit from the WCCO news anchor Natalie Kane. She was investigating when people should brush their teeth, and stopped by our office to ask Dr. Meysman a few simple questions.
The article was addressing a new study that revealed brushing after eating acidic foods was actually harmful for your teeth. Dr. Meysman agreed, adding that waiting for 30 min after eating, or rinsing your mouth out was much easier on your teeth.
If you were not able to see Dr. Meysman in action, click on the link, http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/7351936-when-is-the-right-time-to-brush-your-teeth/, and see the Doc doing her thing.
Until Next Time
Your Dentist Downtown
In an effort to update the office, our practice has started making the ViziLite Plus exam part of the annual comprehensive oral screening program. We are doing this in order to make better care available to our patients.
Oral cancer should not be taken lightly because of the adverse effects it can have on overall health. Every hour, one person dies from oral cancer in the United States, and that has not changed in the last 40 years. The use of tobacco is the major contributor to the development of oral cancer. However, 1 in 4 people can be affected by oral cancer without tobacco use. Our office wishes to combat that fact by early detection and preventive procedures by using the ViziLite Plus exam.
Clinical studies have determined that dental professionals are able to detect early signs of oral cancer using the help of ViziLite Plus technology. Early detection allows for better treatment which could minimize or completely eradicate the effects of oral cancer. ViziLite allows our practice the ability to offer an easy and painless test that could result in saving your life.
Oral cancer risk by patient profile is listed below:
Increased Risk: Patients age 18-39 (Sexually active patients, HPV 16/18)
High Risk: Patients age 40 and older; tobacco users younger than age 40
Highest Risk: Patients age 40 and older and lifestyle risk factors (tobacco use); patients with a history of oral cancer;
The cost of this procedure may not be covered under all dental plans. However, our office will submit the cost of the exam to your dental insurance.
This practice prescribes the ViziLite Plus exam for all patients at increased risk, high risk and highest risk for oral cancer (adult patients age 18 and older and tobacco users of any age).
Dr. Meysman and staff
As the technical person for computing at Citytooth and for Dr. Meysman, I thought I’d mention my observations on using the Sonicare electric tooth brush for the first time.
Let me begin by saying that once I learned to brush correctly and developed the discipline of regular flossing, I have not had a single cavity. Also, I was quite skeptical about using an electronic tooth brush, thinking that my skill using the regular tooth brush could hardly be matched by an electronic one.
Regina — the hygienist — suggested however that I use a Sonicare to minimize gum recession in my mouth that may be partially a result of using a regular tooth brush. I took Regina’s advice, but to my amazement, I have never felt my teeth cleaner! The Sonicare may do more than clean the teeth, but I just think it is important to say how great a job it does cleaning! The difference was truly a surprise.
Also, my advice for anyone who thinks they may have bad breath: get a Sonicare for some real, rigorous cleaning to give you peace of mind.
The Citytooth Computer Guy
We thought we would share some of the reviews we have received recently:
Robert S.: 04/08/2012 10:24 AM. Thorough, high quality. I will continue to be a patient and advocate for your office.
Kathy G.: 04/07/2012 04:28 PM. World’s best dentist. Very friendly and polite.
Matthew K.: 04/06/2012 04:20 AM. Never changing dentists!. We come from the west metro to the office because of the level of care we are given.
A new term many people use today is “wellness”. It is meant to subjectively define a state of good health that person feels. In the field of dentistry the term wellness is used in conjunction with a person of good health free of infection, specifically free of the infection caused by gum disease. Although gum disease is silent and causes no pain, it is an infection, and — as in any case of infection — the body is constantly fighting to kill the infection or keep it at bay.
Unfortunately, no matter how hard the body fights the infection caused by gum disease, it can never prevail. The sources of gum disease causing infection can only be removed and eliminated by the cleaning of the teeth in the clinical setting of the dental office.
People striving for a state of wellness, consequently, must also be sure that their dental hygiene is good, and that the body is not in a constant, losing battle with an infection brought on by poor dental hygiene.
Learning that one has gum disease can come as a surprise and even a shock to most patients. But the fact of the matter is the vast majority of us in fact have some degree of gum disease. Regular hygiene appointments for the most part keep gum disease from worsening.
In more severe cases, however, more aggressive action must be taken to remove the tarter and plague that cause this disease by using deep cleaning techniques. Once the causes of gum disease are removed, it is important to have the teeth cleaned more often than every 6 months, usually every 3 or 4 months.
The good news is that gum disease can be held at bay once identified and addressed.
Sleep Apnea: a common problem
If you find yourself excessively sleepy during the day, irritable perhaps and forgetful, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Essentially sleep apnea is a disorder where a person is not getting sufficient “deep” sleep at night, because the sleep cycle is interrupted.
We have a short questionnaire in the office to see if you possibly have sleep apnea (or non-patients of ours, we are happy to provide you this form too!) and what the next steps — if any — might be something to think about.