Spring Cleaning

We’ve all heard that you should visit the dentist every six months, but is it really that important?  Simply put, YES.

The first step to good oral health is brushing and flossing at home.  This gets rid of lingering food particles, combats bacteria that causes bad breath, and helps to prevent buildup of plaque.  While it’s generally difficult to get a deep cleaning at home, our dental hygienists and dentists have the tools to get to those hard-to-reach places and remove any tartar that has built up.  They will also check for cavities, gum tissue problems, fractures or discrepancies in the enamel of your teeth, as well as keep an eye on any reoccurring trouble areas you may have.

However, one of the most compelling reasons for paying a visit to your dentist regularly is prevention.  Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and loss, and can have negative effects on your overall health.  According to the Center for Disease Control nearly fifty percent of adults in the U.S. are affected by gum disease.

Alternatively, good home dental care as well as regular dental checkups can help to keep teeth and gums healthy and prevent early tooth loss.  Potential issues are easier to treat if caught early!  We are also able to recommend products to aide in home care for specific issues you may be experiencing.

Our team is here to care for your preventive and restorative needs, as well as teeth whitening and Invisalign teeth straightening procedures.

Your oral health matters, don’t wait.  Call (414) 258-0120 to schedule an appointment today with our team who cares about you.

 

End Of Year Insurance Benefits

As we near the end of your insurance year, we wanted to remind you to take advantage of any unused dental benefits. Every year you receive a maximum amount from your dental insurance company, and in most cases the unused portion of this amount is lost when the new insurance year starts. These are benefits you have already paid for!

Your dental care is important to us, and we want to make sure you get the care you need without overpaying for it. If you have been postponing dental treatment or are overdue for a routine exam and cleaning, now is a great time to come in.

Please call us at 414-258-0120 to schedule!

We are pleased to announce a new dentist joining our team at The Dentists on Bluemound.

On July 6, 2021 we will welcome “Dr. Corbin” Rusteberg to The Dentists on Bluemound team

Dr. Corbin Rusteberg attended Marquette University, earning BS and DDS degrees in Marquette’s Dental Scholars fast-track program. He chose to continue his education by spending the last year receiving hospital dental training at a level- I trauma center in Charlotte, NC.  That training included head and neck surgical oncology, emergency and internal medicine, as well as working in a comprehensive hospital-based dental clinic.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, Special Care Dentistry Association, Christian Medical and Dental Association and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is passionate about learning and prioritizes continuing education.

Outside of work, Dr. Rusteberg is an avid golfer.  He spent nine years working as a golf caddie growing up, as well as coaching basketball and volleyball for Wisconsin Special Olympics. He enjoys both playing and watching sports, and can be seen rooting for Marquette’s Golden Eagles along with the Tottenham Hotspur soccer team. He looks forward to returning to the Midwest to be closer to his family in Chicago.

We would like all of you to help us welcome Dr. Corbin Rusteberg to our dental family as he joins us in the tradition of providing excellent dental care to the people we are privileged to serve.

2021: MAKE PREVENTIVE CARE A PRIORITY

Have You Scheduled Your Preventive Care Appointment Yet?

Regular dental appointments are an important part of taking care of your overall health. While it can be tempting to put off your regular checkup until things feel more “normal” again, we advise against it. Routine appointments give us an opportunity to check for a number of health conditions and catch them early. Some conditions, like tooth decay, can be more difficult, painful and expensive to treat if they’re left undetected.

We understand you may be concerned about your health and safety — and we are too! As doctors of oral health, that is always our top priority.

Dentists were infection control experts before the pandemic, and we have strengthened already-strict infection control procedures in accordance with American Dental Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

All of this is done with your health as our utmost priority. You can rest assured that we are taking every precaution to ensure that our office is optimized for maximum safety. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about your visit.

We look forward to seeing you!

Covid Protocol

We hope this update finds you and your family in good health.

Safety of both patients and staff has always been a top priority. That philosophy hasn’t changed, but the measures upon which to ensure it have.  As we continue to navigate this landscape we wanted to inform you of additional steps we have taken to provide a continued safe environment in the office.   Last summer we installed Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization systems within our HVAC units to deliver clean indoor air that is safe and healthy.

Staff will continue to wear optimal protective gear, use hospital-grade disinfectants, administer the latest sterilization protocols, and utilize single-use disposable materials – always remaining consistent with the latest CDC and ADA guidelines.  We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance regarding proper infection control procedures and safe practices in the Dental Office/Healthcare setting.

We will continue utilizing the following COVID procedures that we put in place last spring:

  • If you have a fever, are experiencing any COVID symptoms, or have recently been exposed; please contact the office and we will assist in rescheduling your appointment.
  • Our waiting room will continue to remain free of magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • We ask that you arrive promptly at your appointment time, not too early, to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
  • We are a healthcare facility and are following the CDC and ADA guidelines for Dental Offices.
    If you are not vaccinated we ask that you wear a mask.

It is our firm belief that preventive dental care is important to your overall good health.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, our staff, and every patient, safe in our practice. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 414-258-0120.

We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you!

 

Dentistry Is As Safe As Ever

As the world begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, one question that we are often asked is “Do you think it’s safe for patients to come back?” Our immediate answer is an overwhelming, “YES!”

Dental offices are one of the SAFEST places you can be.

Dentistry is a profession of obsessive-compulsive cleaners. Dental treatment rooms are cleaned with bactericidal and viricidal cleaners before & after each patient visit. Our practice utilizes barrier protection to prevent germs from spreading when we touch things. All instruments are heat sterilized before each patient and then sterilized again afterward. In addition to utilizing many disposable products, we wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the safety of our patients.

Dentistry was safe before the COVID-19 outbreak and it remains safe after.

Recently, much has been written about aerosols and their potential danger, especially as it relates to COVID-19. Our human bodies have a well-developed immune system to protect us from any potential dangers that we may be exposed to from aerosols in our daily lives. As it specifically relates to aerosols generated by dental procedures, the American Dental Association (ADA) has been a leader in helping dental offices remain safe before, during, and after the pandemic. With guidelines that have been developed through science and fact, this includes improved safety measures that were developed with both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Dentistry was safe before the COVID-19 outbreak and it remains safe after. To date, there has not been one instance of a major COVID-19 outbreak from a dental office, throughout the entire world.

Since the pandemic began, dental offices have been taking additional safety measures to protect their patients and team. These include:

  • Social distancing
  • COVID-19 screening before each patient visit, including taking temperatures
  • Limiting the number of people who are in the office
  • Sanitization of patient hands
  • Increased PPE for both patients and the dental team

Our office is even going above and beyond by improving our air filtration with air purification devices.

These additional measures, in addition to a dentist’s regular infection control procedures, make dental offices one of the safest places you can be.

There’s a lot of uncertainty when it comes to COVID-19. One thing we will assure our patients about is that going to the Dentist is, and always has been, safe.

Welcome Back !

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines.  We firmly believe that all dental care is essential; oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life.

Safety of both patients and staff has always been a top priority. That philosophy hasn’t changed, but the measures upon which to ensure it have.

Staff will wear optimal protective gear, use hospital-grade disinfectants, administer the latest sterilization protocols, and utilize single-use disposable materials – always remaining consistent with the latest CDC and ADA guidelines.  We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance regarding proper infection control procedures.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask screening questions. If you have a fever, are experiencing any COVID symptoms, or have recently been exposed, please contact the office and we can assist in rescheduling your appointment.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use immediately upon approaching the front desk and your temperature will be taken.
  • For the next several weeks our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. We ask that you come alone to your appointment, if you need assistance to get into and out of the office, we will ask that person to kindly wait in the car while you are being treated.  We ask that only one parent accompany a young child into the treatment room.
  • We ask that you arrive promptly at your appointment time, not too early, to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
  • We also ask that you please wear a mask when coming into the office.

It is our firm belief that preventive dental care is important to your overall good health and look forward to seeing you for your next re-care appointment.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, our staff, and every patient, safe in our practice. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 414-258-0120.

We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Patients and Friends,

The American Dental Association has released a recommendation that dental offices nationwide postpone all non-essential care for the next few weeks.  

In order to continue to maintain the health and safety of our patients and our team, we have made the decision to limit our services and hours.   

Our team will be onsite to take phone calls from 8 am- 4 pm Monday – Thursday as well as from 8 am- 2 pm on Friday.

In the event you are experiencing a dental emergency you may contact the office at 414-258-0120.

Doctors and assistants will be available to provide essential dental care as scheduled or needed.

We will be contacting all patients who currently have non-essential appointments to assist in rescheduling.

 

If you are sick or showing signs and symptoms of illness, please reschedule any existing appointments and contact your physician ASAP. For more information, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website.

 

As the situation unfolds, we will continue to provide you with updates.

You are all in our thoughts. Be well!

Health and Safety Update

 

Your overall health and wellness has always been our highest priority. We appreciate the growing concern with COVID-19 within our communities. After evaluating the most current information and reviewing all published guidelines, we remain confident in our ability to provide dental care in a safe and healthy environment at The Dentists on Bluemound.

We are implementing the following additional precautions and recommendations to our patients and team members in light of COVID-19.

1. We recommend any patient stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Use your best judgment. If you are sick, we will help you reschedule.  If you are uncertain, please call our office prior to your appointment.

2. We will maintain a clean and safe environment and continue to comply with OSHA and CDC infection control guidelines.

  • We have standard protocols in place to disinfect all surfaces and patient contact areas. We sterilize or safely dispose of all instruments and products used during patient care. We utilize personal protective equipment (e.g. masks, gloves, safety glasses) to keep you and team members safe.
  • We have reviewed the procedures for proper hand hygiene, reinforced their importance, and encouraged accountability between team members.
  • We have expanded and increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of all common areas and facilities.
  • We have temporarily removed items that pose a risk for cross-contamination (e.g. magazines, toys, and books) from our common areas.

3.  We support a healthy work environment for our employees.

  • We have requested our team to not be present at our office if they are experiencing symptoms.

We are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association and will continue to seek guidance from these agencies and local public health officials. With new information, we will make the necessary adjustments to our operations and will keep you informed of any changes.

Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in the care you receive at our office. If you have questions or concerns, please get in touch. We’re in this together and are here to help!

 

We are pleased to announce a new dentist joining our team at The Dentists on Bluemound.

We are pleased to announce a new dentist joining our team at The Dentists on Bluemound.

Dr. Elizabeth Schoenfeldt will begin her practice with us on Monday, July 6th!  Dr. Elizabeth graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2019 and has spent the past year in a general practice residency at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago.  She has gained experience in many areas of general dentistry, including working with patients with special needs, and is looking forward to sharing her expertise with our team.  As she winds down her residency, Dr. Elizabeth is looking forward to returning to her home state to begin private practice in Wauwatosa.

Dr. Elizabeth grew up in Bayside and completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in biochemistry.  While at UW she was on the rowing team all 4 years, which provided her the opportunity to travel and meet many amazing people.  She also coached middle school rowing while in dental school.

In her spare time, Dr. Elizabeth likes to swim, run, read, hang out with friends and family, explore places around the city, watch movies, travel, and even knit.   She likes to sing and is involved in her church choir, and she also plays the flute.  Dr. Elizabeth loves Colectivo Coffee and can often be found there!  She has three sisters that are a huge part of her life.  She is also a dog lover; her family has a golden retriever named George.

We would like all of you to help us welcome Dr. Elizabeth Schoenfeldt to our dental family as she joins us in the tradition of providing excellent dental care to the people we are privileged to serve.