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June, 2018

Headaches? We Can Help! 

June is National Headache Awareness Month and here’s a thought to chew on: the pain keeping you from work may be caused by your bite. If you suffer from chronic headaches including migraines, you may benefit from consulting with a specially-trained dentist.

According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from headache pain severe enough to seek help from a physician and approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. This headache pain causes an estimated loss of 157 million workdays. The root cause of this pain can be that the muscles of the face, head and neck have to close the jaws so that the teeth all touch together. A misaligned bite strains the muscles in the head, neck, and back and can cause pain – just like flexing your arm for a second is comfortable, but flexing it for 2-3 minutes starts to hurt; having to hold the teeth together in a poor position may cause pain in the muscles. This disorder is referred to as TMD, temporomandibular jaw joint disorder.  TMD is a treatable condition.  Here’s how for severe cases: 

First, a specially trained neuromuscular dentist does a comprehensive evaluation, including a computer analysis of your jaw muscles, to find the jaw’s optimal position.

Then, a jaw-repositioning orthotic—which looks like an athlete’s mouth guard—is used to temporarily maintain this new relaxed position. Patients often report pain they have endured for many years dissipates or even goes away entirely in a matter of days.

Finally, the patient can be fitted with crowns and veneers to permanently hold the new pain free jaw position.

Many patients report almost immediate pain relief and end up with a beautiful smile that can help restore their confidence personally and professionally. 

Source: Leading Dentists

At Rock River Dental, our doctors will evaluate the severity of your condition.  In more severe cases, we will refer you to an appropriate specialist to give you options for treatment such as described above.  In less severe cases, we can treat you in our office with a number of different options.  A few of these options include customized nighttime mouth appliances that can relieve pressure on the muscles, joints, and nerves, reducing migraine frequency and pain. Botox is also known to help reduce teeth grinding and clenching that causes headaches. Botox is injected into the masseter muscle which will relax the muscles enabling them to rest, heal and repair. These injections are quick and painless and can relieve symptoms of TMJ for up to 4 months.  Call us today for your free consultation to help relieve your headaches and TMJ symptoms!

What’s Been Happening at RRD:


We started off the new year celebrating Connie’s 3rd Anniversary with us as a Dental Assistant! 
Continuing Education is very important to us in staying up to date on new procedures and techniques so we may serve you best. In January, Dr. Showalter received her Level 2 certification from the  American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Be sure to make your appointment for your FREE consultation to see what differences Dr. Showalter can bring to your life with Botox® or Juvederm® fillers. Call today and save 20% off your first Botox and/or Filler treatment through August 31st, 2018.
The staff also received training on our new updated iTero Scanner System. The iTero is a state-of-the-art-technology scanner which allows us to take a digital impression which is a highly accurate, digital 3D image of the individual characteristics of your teeth and gum tissue. No longer do you have to deal with the old-school impressions that used the messy goop that left you gagging! This digital scanner is used for Invisalign®, sports mouthguards, nightguards, crowns and bridges and more!  Ask us how we can give you the smile of your dreams!! Call us for your FREE Invisalign® consultation and Outcome Simulation Scan. 
As a staff we spend a lot of time together but we are focused on our patients. It was great fun to stop, relax, and reconnect as colleagues and friends at our office Christmas party in January. We celebrated with dinner, drinks and lots of laughs!

February & March

To help us get through the long months of February and March we celebrated Dental Assistant Jenna’s third anniversary with Rock River Dental, had some Olympic fun, and showed our patients some love with roses on Valentines Day!! Dental Assistant Kathy also celebrated a birthday on March 3rd. 




On April 2nd we had a new Marketing Director Amy join our team.  Amy lives in Fort Atkinson with her husband and twin boys.  Amy is very involved in her children’s school and activities as well as the Fort Atkinson Soccer Club. Welcome Amy!
April was Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  Every hour, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, someone dies of oral or oropharyngeal cancer (cancers of the mouth and upper throat) in the US. However, when oral cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems are reduced, and survival rates may increase. Rock River Dental was pleased to offer the community the opportunity for FREE Oral Cancer Screenings for the month of April and used the non-invasive, state-of-the-art, VELscope® light technology. If you are at risk of Oral Cancer ask us about a VELscope screening.
Oral Cancer Screen Demo

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Also in April we celebrated Kali, Jenna, and Connie’s birthdays and honored a milestone anniversary of 15 years for Kathy!  April 10th we observed National Hygiene Day and Administrative Professionals Day on April 25th. 
Our patients become like family. Last year we lost an important member of our family, John. We felt we needed to do something to honor his memory.  Dr. Showalter and Katie surprised John’s wife Jan with a garden bench in memory of him.
You may remember back in November we started a contest where we asked you to write in and tell us a story of a Veteran that was in need of dental care. The response was overwhelming and it was extremely hard to pick. It was so difficult in fact, that we picked not only ONE deserving veteran but TWO!  
“Look at the smiles on our 2 Veteran’s Day contest winners! Dan is completed with his treatment and Finn is almost there. I am blessed to be able to give back to these two men who have served our country (and our communities!). The bond and friendship we have developed is the best part of it all. Their smiles melt my heart!”
-Dr. Showalter


It seems that spring has finally arrived!  We waited a long time for it this year! Doesn’t it seem once the weather warms it really brings out everyone’s SMILES? 
There was a lot of celebrating in May as well -The work anniversaries of Courtney(6), Lu(42), and of course Mother's Day!!
Dr. Showalter treated everyone to lunch at Paddy’s where she celebrated everyone’s hard work and dedication. A couple of awards were handed out including the “Above and Beyond” award which was awarded to Hygienist Natalie and the “Excellence” award was awarded to Lu. It was fun to have time to sit and laugh with each other and celebrate everyone’s achievements!  

While we were at lunch we gathered with representatives of the Fort Atkinson Boys and Girls Club to take a picture to announce our donation campaign for BGC.  In honor of Red Nose Day (www.rednoseday.org ) we began collecting donations at the office.  Patients and staff donated money and Dr. Showalter matched donations.  We were excited to present a check to the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Atkinson. Thank you to all who donated!

Rock River Dental was once again a proud sponsor of the Jefferson County Humane Society Furry Friends 5K!  The weather was beautiful and it was great to see all of the people out with their dogs!

May 25th our Marketing Director Amy spent the day with 220 Middle School Eighth graders at the “Reality Fair”.  Students met with different business leaders in the community in a “mock reality day” in which they had to purchase a car, rent an apartment, buy groceries, clothing, insurance and all of the other things you need to do as an adult on your own. It was quite an eye opener for these 8th graders and a great “reality” check!  It is great to live and work in a community where the business community and the school district work so well together!
We ended the month celebrating Memorial Day Weekend. We thank all of those who have served and are currently serving our great country!!  Below are some of the Rock River Dental kids enjoying the long weekend!


On June 1st we celebrated Dr. Showalter’s 19th year in practice at Rock River Dental! Time flies when you are having fun!! 


 Dr. Showalter, Amy, Connie, Katie, Kathy, Natalie and Lu spent the morning at the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market Wellness Day on June 16th. We had the chance to see a lot of our patients as well as meet a lot of new friends! If you haven’t been to the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market, it is a must!! It is one of the numerous great community events that Fort Atkinson has to offer! We will be back on Saturday, September 8th. Hope to see you there!

  On June 28th, we will be participating in the Fort Atkinson Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at Koshkonong Mounds.  Please check our Facebook page for fun pics from the event! If you aren’t already a fan, click here to follow us on Facebook!   https://www.facebook.com/rockriverdentalwi/


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“I'm not sure why I didn't come here sooner. I'd neglected my dental care for several years after my favorite hygienist left the office I went to and shortly after the dentist retired. Sudden tooth pain had me scrambling for relief and my wife and me had heard good things about Rock River Dental. I was able to get in for an emergency exam the next morning with Dr. Showalter, who gave me the bad news that I was in desperate need of a root canal (my first ever). The first available appointment was with Dr. Groskopf, who I was told loves to perform root canals. It may sound weird, but that was the most relaxing two hours I've had in a long time, even dozing off for a few minutes while Dr. Groskopf expertly drilled away on my tooth. Today I had my first cleaning appointment with my new favorite hygienist, Natalie. This was my fifth appointment at Rock River Dental in the last month (like I said, I had neglected my dental care for a while) and every time I'm there the staff is very friendly and they explain everything wonderfully. Next up will be getting my wife and kids scheduled for exams and cleanings. I also have more work to be done, so perhaps I'll update my glowing review following my next root canal with Dr. Showalter (in case I didn't mention it yet, I had neglected my dental care for a few years), but I doubt it will be any less magnificent than the first. If you're in need of a new dental office (or even if you don't think you need a new one), I highly recommend Rock River Dental!”

-Michael, May 2018

Summer Vacation is Not a Dental Vacation!


3 Tips for Healthy Summer Smiles

Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:  

Stay on a routine

Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or letting it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s important for families to consistently brush and floss, which keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits.”

No matter how eventful the upcoming months become, supervise that they are brushing twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Simple things like brushing calendars can help everyone stay on track over the summer. Plus, it’s a chance to spend more time together. Brushing alongside your children for 2 minutes, twice a day for the three months of summer gives you 6 extra hours together, so make the most of them!

And don’t forget to clean between those teeth once a day. “Your children should be flossing between any two teeth that touch,” Dr. Hayes says. “However, many kids don’t have motor skills to floss until they are over 10 years old.” If your child needs help, try different types of interdental cleaners or put your hands over theirs to guide them and get the job done at the same time.  

Say no to sugary drinks and snacks

As the temperature rises, it’s common for families to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. “Watch your family’s intake of lemonade, juice and soda” says Dr. Hayes. “Consider sugary drinks treats to enjoy once in a while, and not often.” Instead, offer water (even better if it has fluoride) to beat the heat, or milk to drink with meals. And, don’t let summertime grazing damage your child’s smile. “Taking a break from snacking is healthy for your teeth,” says Dr. Hayes. “It allows time for saliva to bathe the teeth, wash away leftover food and get stronger.”  

If you find yourself spending more time at home, snack smarter, and let your children tell you when they’re hungry instead of offering snacks throughout the day. “They’re not afraid to let you know when they want something to eat!” she says.  

Make your back-to-school dental visit early

Some schools require back-to-school dental visits for certain grades, and these checkups can be a good way to be sure your child’s teeth stayed healthy. It is a good idea to make your child’s back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush and help ensure you get the appointment time that works best for you. “We can help spot and take care of any issues, so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts,” Dr. Hayes says. “Visiting the dentist regularly can help your child’s smile stay healthy all year long.”


 **We still have hygiene appointments open for July and August. Be sure to get that appointment in before the school year starts! Call (920) 563-4415 today! www.rockriverdental.com

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