Monticello Family Dentistry

Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

Many patients ask us if there is a benefit to owning an electric toothbrush. Manual and electric toothbrushes provide the same quality of service, but the electric brush is more efficient in removing plaque. Electric brushes may improve patient’s hygiene where dexterity is a concern or in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. In more expensive models, a pressure sensor may assist in patients with recession or sensitivity. With the holidays around the corner an electric toothbrush may be an excellent gift idea. The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum model will be available for purchase in office exclusively for patients on Monticello Family Dentistry. Although we have Sonicares available to our patients there are several other brushes and brands that also do a good job. Please select the brush that will work best for you.

Keep your teeth strong over the holidays!

The holidays are just around the corner and so are the holiday treats. Foods such as candy, cakes and cookies contain little nutritional value and the types of sugars they contain adhere to teeth more readily.  Bacteria in your mouth consume these sugars and lead to cavities.  Slowly sipping sugary drinks throughout the day gives bacteria an ample food supply and in many people will lead to tooth decay.  It is better to drink a sugary drink quickly and rinse with water afterwards.  Without question water is the most tooth friendly beverage option.

You may want to consider cheese, milk, yogurt and almonds as these all contain high levels of calcium which is great for your teeth health.  Foods rich in phosphorus such as meat and eggs also help to protect and rebuild tooth enamel.  Foods high in water and fiber such as fruits and vegetables stimulate saliva and help to clean the teeth.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Q and A with Dr. Block

CC48246A-7A25-486E-90F5-EF67B0ADB635Q: Why did you go into dentistry?
A: I went into dentistry because I have always enjoyed the medical sciences. I saw dentistry as a great way to have a practice where I can develop long term relationships with patients and take care of their dental needs.
Q: What drew you to Monticello Family Dentistry?
A: I joined Monticello Dentistry in 2006. I was seeking a practice in the area and had a chance to meet Dr. Erickson who was looking for another dentist to join the practice.  I knew it was a great fit, as our practice philosophies were so similar.  Monticello is a great growing community, and is a wonderful place to establish a practice.
Q: What is your favorite part of Dentistry?
A: My favorite part of dentistry is working with patients and developing a long term relationship with them.  It is very rewarding to be able to help patients with their needs and be there for them over their lifetime.

Q and A with Dr. Biorn

Dr. Steven BiornQ: Why did you go into dentistry?
A: The main reason I became a dentist is due to the entrepreneurial aspect that dentistry is able to provide unlike many other healthcare careers.  It is one of the only remaining professions with true autonomy.
Q: What drew you to Monticello Family Dentistry?
A: Ever since I deployed with the National Guard unit based in Monticello, this city has had a special place in my heart.
Q: What is your favorite part of Dentistry?
A: I really enjoy interacting with patients and the variety of procedures I perform each day.  Every patient has a story to tell and every procedure provides a different challenge.

Q and A with Dr. Erickson

13001293_1002685999797710_656688658864373322_nQ: Why did you get into dentistry?

A: When I was in college, I was a Chemistry major, and I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the health sciences. I completed the prerequisites for dental school a year earlier than medical school, so I applied and was accepted to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Q: What are you looking forward to in retirement?

A: I am in a curious form of retirement, as I plan to continue to work at Monticello Family Dentistry for a few years, all be it in a pretty part time basis. I enjoy the people that I interact with on both sides of the process. I am enjoying time to spend with friends and family, and playing golf. My wife and I are developing a great relationship with our grandchildren.

Q: What drew you to the Monticello Family Dentistry?

A: My wife and I have always enjoyed this part of Minnesota and the Monticello area. I purchased a small dental practice in 2002 and as a result of the wonderful folks in Monticello it has become “Monticello Family Dentistry.”

Q: What is your favorite part of dentistry?

A: I love people. I enjoy a profession where I can focus on doing my best with a service that improves quality of life.

John A Erickson DDS

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