Monticello Family Dentistry

This February teach your children to love their teeth!

According to, “February is an important month to kids’ dental care because it marks the observance of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). What started in 1941 as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, this month has progressed remarkably over the years. The ADA held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. After the observance became a week long event in 1955, the program was extended to a month-long celebration in 1981 – known today as National Children’s Dental Health Month.”

Monticello Family Dentistry recommends teaching your children the importance of good oral hygiene at a young age. Developing good oral hygiene early can help kid’s teeth stay healthy for a lifetime. Also make it fun!

Dental Apps That Make Brushing Fun For Kids

When you’re a kid brushing your teeth might seem like a chore. As an adult trying to make sure your five-year-old is doing it well can be an even bigger pain.

Below are some of our favorite, fun, and FREE tooth brushing apps for kids that can improve your child’s brushing and flossing habits.

1. Brush DJ

This app plays two minutes of your kid’s favorite music from your device or the cloud, so your kid can show off those dance moves while brushing. Added features include videos on how to properly floss your teeth, and reminders for your next dentist visit.






2. Disney Magic Time by Oral-B

Kids can brush their teeth with their favorite Disney characters. Your child will be rewarded with stickers after each successful two minutes of brushing. They can also track progress with stars and milestone badges on the Brushing Calendar.







3. Brush Up

Robots and digital stickers will make Brush Up a winning app with your kids. As a parent, you will love the fact that it actually teaches kids how to brush better. 







4. Toothsavers

This app tells the story of an evil sorceress who afflicts everyone with cavities leaving Tooty and the Toothsavers with no option but saving the teeth of everyone in the kingdom. Your kids have two minutes to brush and scrub away the spell. For every day your kids brush in a row, they’ll unlock a new Toothsaver to brush with. Brush for 30 days and they’ll have the chance to defeat the evil sorceress herself!






5. My Bright Smile By Colgate

With the My Bright Smiles app, your kids learn to brush twice and floss daily by playing five games, including “Visit the Dentist,” “Swipe the Sweets” and “Brush the Teeth.”







What’s your favorite app?

10 Non-Candy Halloween Treats to Give Out This Year

Kids get so many sweet treats this time of years, it’s no surprise that non-candy Halloween treats are becoming more popular.

Here is a list of our 10 favorite treats! 

1. Play-dough

2. Glow sticks

3. Bubbles

4. Mini bottles of water

5. Bouncy balls

6. Book-markers

7. Pencils

8. Chap-stick

9. Key chains

10. and our favorite…. A TOOTHBRUSH!




Protect your smile!

Protect your teeth while playing sports. Mouth guards help prevent damage to your teeth and can protect you from concussions. Here are some simple tips to keep your mouth guard in top notch shape.

*Rinse before and after every use

*Periodically wash in cool, soapy water and rinse thoroughly.

* Store in a protective container that has openings for ventilation

*Inspect regularly for wear and tear

*Replace when necessary

Dry Mouth Troubling You?

Dry mouth can be caused by prescription drugs, head/neck radiation and other medical conditions. A decrease in salivary flow can alter your speech, decrease taste sensation and make eating more difficult. It can also lead to an increased risk of cavities, oral infections and tooth sensitivity. The goal of treating dry mouth is to reduce complications and increase patient comfort. Symptoms of dry mouth can be alleviated by saliva substitutes or chewing sugar free gum. Patients with dry mouth should have regular dental visits and impeccable home care in order to reduce their risk of cavities.

How Does Dental Insurance Work?

The following tips will give you insight on how to navigate your dental insurance policy.  Dental insurance policies are straightforward and specific regarding what procedures are covered and exactly how much you have to pay out of pocket.


Preventative dental includes cleanings, x-rays and exams. There are two limitations to be aware of on preventive: frequencies and time frame. For example most policies allow 2 cleanings, 2 exams and 1 set of x-rays in a year, but policies will vary on the amount of time you need between each preventative visit.

Deductibles and Co-Pays:

An insurance deductible is the minimum amount that must be paid before the insurance company will pay for anything. For example, if the deductible is $150 and your procedure is for $92, the insurance does not kick in until you pay the entire deductible. Once the deductible is met, most policies only cover a percentage of the remaining costs, which usually ranges from 50% to 80% of the total bill. Co-pays are a set amount that is required for each visit.

Important Questions to Ask:

All dental insurance is different. Some important questions to ask your HR person or your insurance company are:

  1. Is there a missing tooth clause?
  2. Are there any waiting periods?
  3. What are my preventative frequencies?
  4. What is my deductible?
  5. What is my maximum dental allowance a year?
  6. What percentage is covered on preventative, basic work and major work?

If you’d like to set up an insurance consult, call us today 763.295.3676. Monticello Family Dentistry would be happy to help explain your insurance plan to you.

Preparing your child for their first dental visit

A question we are frequently asked is, at what age should I start bringing my child to the dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts.  There are many things you can do to create a fun first visit for your child. The following article offers some great insight to help prepare your child for their first dental visit:

Floss like a Boss!

Why do you need to clean between your teeth? Even if you brush twice a day, there are places your toothbrush bristles can’t reach. There are several ways to clean between your teeth and flossing is most common.

Information provided by American Dental Association.

Bright White Smile

Many patients desire whiter teeth. There are a few things to keep in mind before deciding if you should whiten your teeth and which whitening products are the best for you.

Before beginning a whitening regiment, patients should have an exam to ensure there are no underlying dental conditions. Gum disease, gum recession, dental restorations and age can all influence whether whitening is good choice for you.

The three options for whitening include in office, prescription strength trays that you wear at home and over the counter. In office whitening is the fastest and can lighten your teeth in just a few hours. Sensitivity and over whitening are more common with in office whitening. Prescription strength whitening trays are typically done over the period of a few weeks. It allows patients to fine tune the amount of whitening they receive and typically there is less sensitivity than in office whitening. Over the counter whitening also allows a gradual whitening and like prescription strength trays there is generally reduced sensitivity.

We encourage you to consult with your dentist before starting any whitening regiment.