Family Dentist in Minneapolis & Minnetonka, MN
Holger Dental Group is a local Minnetonka family dentist office. We treat patients of all ages and do so in a warm and welcoming environment. Our office is located in Minnetonka, and we welcome patients to schedule an appointment and experience how we can keep everyone in the family in optimal oral health.
Our team focuses on improving the overall experience of our patients whenever possible. The moment you walk into the Holger Dental Group offices, you will be greeted with a warm smile and welcomed by our friendly staff. We understand that visiting a new dentist can make patients unsure about their experience. We work diligently so that patients enjoy their visit – every time. If you reach us after hours or on the weekend, we will do our best to return calls as quickly as possible.
At-Home Tips to Surprise Us During Your Routine Visit
- Use a timer, or play a song that lasts two minutes while you brush your teeth twice a day.
- Brush softly. Brushing too hard, especially with a hard toothbrush, can ruin the enamel on your teeth.
- Change your toothbrush every three months. Change it when you’ve been sick, too.
- Pamper yourself with a high-tech rotary toothbrush. They clean better than an ol’ manual brush.
- Chew gum; make sure it’s sugar-free! If you can’t brush your teeth in between meals, gum can help keep your teeth cleaner than if you did nothing at all.
- Floss, floss, and floss. Brushing your teeth isn’t enough. If you want to surprise us, floss BEFORE you brush to help dislodge anything below the gum line.
Philosophy of Care
The team at Holger Dental Group believes in the importance of preventative care. We focus on keeping patients in good oral health to live a full, healthy, and enjoyable life that is free from oral pain. This starts by educating our patients on what they can do to stay healthy at home. In our family dentist office, we recommend that patients eat a healthy diet that consists of green leafy vegetables, lean protein, nuts, dairy products, and crunchy fruits and veggies. Eating these foods and drinking water can help keep teeth healthy and make them stronger. By simultaneously reducing sugar intake, patients can also reduce their risk of cavities.
It is also important to brush and floss throughout the day. Instead of waiting for bedtime to brush teeth, carry a small toothbrush and use it after meals and snacks. This makes it possible to remove sugar and bacteria from the teeth and gums before it has the opportunity to turn into acid that can attack the teeth. This preventative step can greatly reduce a person’s risk of getting a cavity or gum disease. We understand the importance of taking these steps at home and will spend the time necessary to educate and inform patients to stay healthy overall. Education, after all, is essential for living a long and healthy life.
Visits to Our Family Dental Office
Everyone should have their teeth cleaned and examined at least twice a year, so if it has been a while since you visited a dentist, don’t delay in scheduling an appointment. We will make sure that your teeth are thoroughly cleaned during these ongoing dental exams and look for any signs of cavities or gum disease. If any are found, they will be treated right away before spreading and creating additional problems. Early detection and treatment are important for reducing any pain that may come from an infection. For example, if gum disease is caught early, it can be treated with a thorough deep cleaning. If gum disease is left undiagnosed, it may eventually require surgery to correct it.
Understanding the importance of these regular dental exams, the staff at Holger Dental Group work to make each patient extremely comfortable. This includes being welcoming and kind while performing dental treatments in a painless and relaxing way. Patients visit our dentist’s office because they trust us to do just that – take care of their teeth and gums gently. Most of our patients are local and come from the greater Minnetonka area. We also see patients that are looking for gentle dental care.
We treat adults, children, and seniors at Holger Dental Group. Each age group requires a different approach due to dental needs and oral health changing with time. For example, with children, the goal is to keep them comfortable and relaxed so that they will enjoy visiting our dentist’s office and be willing to come back. We go as slowly as necessary with children to ensure that their appointments are pleasant. Additionally, we focus on keeping their teeth healthy and free from cavities. This often involves additional treatments to strengthen and protect their teeth as preventative measures. We know that it is far easier to keep a child’s teeth healthy and free from cavities than to try and get them comfortable with a major dental treatment. If you have children, call us to schedule an appointment to stay in good oral health as they grow.
In adults, we also focus on keeping teeth healthy with preventative care but end up treating many patients that have damaged their teeth and need restorative solutions. With a full set of adult teeth, no replacements are coming in. If a tooth has become damaged, we can restore it in a way that looks and feels completely natural. It is much easier for the tooth to become cracked or chipped than people think. Hence, we regularly get calls from patients who need an emergency appointment to correct the damage throughout Minnetonka. We try to accommodate last-minute appointments as much as possible.
On the other hand, seniors often struggle with gum disease and oral infections. As people age, their teeth can become weaker and infected more easily. Bone loss is incredibly common with seniors, and by conducting regular dental exams, the team at Holger Dental Group can help seniors have strong teeth and reduce the risk of them falling out. Since over seventy percent of U.S. adults suffer from tooth loss, preventative care is important.
We welcome patients from throughout the Minnetonka area to schedule an appointment with our office. We are committed to providing high-quality dental care that is painless and comfortable.
Minnetonka Family Dentist FAQ
Q. Are baby teeth that important to my child?
A. Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, but they also aid in forming a path those permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to come in.
Q. What should I do if my child has a toothache?
A. First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.
Q. How do dental sealants work?
A. Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.
Q. How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?
A. Have your family dentist evaluate the fluoride level of your child’s primary source of drinking water. If your child is not getting enough fluoride internally through water (especially if the fluoride level is deficient or if your child drinks bottled water without fluoride), then we may prescribe fluoride supplements.
Q. What can I do to protect my teeth during sporting events?
A. Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums from sport-related injuries. A custom-fitted mouthguard will protect your teeth from injuries and even protect you from severe injuries to the head.
Q. How safe are dental X-rays?
A. There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Family dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation you and your family are exposed to. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation. Digital x-rays provide an even greater level of protection by using up to 90 percent less radiation.