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Edition 5

December, 2018

How to Avoid Cavities During the Holiday Season

While everything is fine in moderation, it helps to eat sweets and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.

When it comes to picking healthy snacks, not all fruits are created equal! Many dried fruits are sticky and sticky foods tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating a lot of dried fruits such as raisins, make sure to rinse with water and brush carefully.

‘Tis the season for Eggnog, Brandy Alexanders and other sugary drinks!  If you choose to imbibe, try to drink water alongside your drinks. And remember, too much alcohol can dry out your mouth.

Some candies are more problematic than others. Hard candies can put your teeth at risk because, in addition to being full of sugar, they’ve also been known to cause broken or chipped teeth. (Be careful not to break or chip your teeth when eating nuts as well!) Instead, try a candy made with Xylitol, which is a natural sweetener that is GOOD for your teeth!

Watch out for starchy foods. These are sneaky because they often get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in chips and cakes, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up.

Lastly, make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry, and fish. Eat whole grains and choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods. The holidays are a great time of year to start thinking about healthier habits. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice—such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables—for your overall health and the health of your teeth. The start of a new year is a great time to make sure you are up to date with your hygiene appointments and to schedule any appointments for pending treatment!  Call us today at 920-563-4415 to schedule!

SOURCE: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/holiday-foods

What’s Been Happening at RRD:


October brought us more crazy weather...Did we actually have a Fall or go right into the cold temps of Winter? Despite the weather, we had a lot of fun celebrating with fun days and honoring milestones!  

Dr. Showalter Treated us to Coffee from Beauty and the Bean for National Coffee Day!

We care about the communities we serve! That is why we donate to many local causes either via sponsorship or by way of raffle prizes and donations of baskets and certificates. These are just a few of the events we have recently sponsored:  Emmys Run, Fort Atkinson Rotary Club, Fort FFA, FAYSA, Fort Jr. Blackhawks. Love where you live, work, and play!


October was National Dental Hygiene Month. Hygiene is such an important part of your dental health. We just happen to have some great dental hygienists that help keep your mouth healthy. We had fun celebrating them all month! Are you up to date on your hygiene appointment? You should have a professional cleaning at least every 6 months! Call today at 920-563-4415 and we will get you in with one of our amazing hygienists!

We also celebrated Halloween, Natalie’s Anniversary and Bosses Day!


A big event we have every October is our Halloween Candy Buy Back event.  We love this event because it is a fun way to give back to our troops and get kids involved as well!  This year we collected over 150 pounds of candy! The candy was shipped to Operation Gratitude who distributes care packages to our troops overseas.



Also this October, we purchased a milling machine so that we can provide a new service for our patients….same day crowns!  The doctors and assistants received in office training and Dr. Showalter went out to California in November to learn even more.  Stay tuned for more details on this new service!!




Last but NOT LEAST our very own Miss Kali GOT MARRIED!!  She was a gorgeous bride and we can’t wait to hear all about her upcoming honeymoon to Hawaii!!



This year was the second year we held our “Give Back to Veterans” contest. The grand prize winner, Mr. Chou Yang, will receive 100% of needed dental care at no cost to him.  Thank you to all who submitted stories and who took the time to vote! Congratulations to Mr. Chou Yang! We are honored to give back to YOU!


We had birthdays to celebrate in November, Happy Birthday Katie and Lu!!



We also had fun with  “National Clean Out The Fridge Day!” Click on the link to check out our video starring Kali and Jenna!!  


  Clean Out The Fridge Day



In December we held our second annual coat drive and it was an even BIGGER success this year. Our community is awesome and we thank you for helping us with this event. We collected over 70 coats and other winter items. Items were donated to the Jefferson County Community Action Coalition and PADA (People Against Domestic Abuse).



We also had a chance to celebrate Courtney and our leader, Dr. Showalter, as they celebrated their birthdays!




Tell Us How We Did!

One of the best ways to support small business is to leave a positive review.  If you were pleased with our services, we would greatly appreciate a review on Facebook, Yelp, Google, or Healthgrades. If you were unhappy in any way, please let us know! We want to make sure our patients are 100% satisfied 100% of the time!

                     Use the following live links to the review sites!





It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!  If you have ever sat in a chair in one of our patient rooms you will know that we have a great view from our office! Hygienist Natalie and her family helped to add some Christmas cheer to that view! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!




We are pleased to announce the addition of Dental Hygienist Alivia to our team! Alivia will be here part-time in addition to Natalie and Katie so we may add more available hours to better serve you! Alivia lives in Janesville with her husband and 4 furry four-legged family members!
Please help us welcome Alivia to the Rock River Dental family!





Fall/Winter Contest Winners





We do lots of fun events and contests! If you would like to join in on the fun - ”LIKE” us on Facebook and “FOLLOW” us on Instagram!


Featured Review


“‘Let me tell you something: I used to hate going to the dentist—the picks, the poking, the scrapping, and those x-ray things you have to bite down on that never quite fit right in your mouth. I dreaded going to the dentist and avoided going to one for years. With that being said, Doctors Showalter and Groskopf make it as pleasant as it can be. Their very top priority is your comfort and it really shows. The whole staff is so incredibly professional and kind. They take the time to explain everything to you. They listen to your concerns and answer your questions. From the moment you walk through the door, you can feel it's a top quality dentist—they even have free WiFi. During stressful oral operations, they let you listen to music or they'll even put on your favorite show if it's on Netflix. After disliking going to the dentist for so long I can honestly say that I don't mind going here. The service you get at Rock River Dental is truly superlative. If you hate going to the dentist, I would recommend this one: they are the best.”

-Zhui, December 2018


Did you know?

Did you know that for every new patient you refer to us you receive a $50 credit at our office to be used towards any of our services?

No insurance, no problem! Did you know that we offer an in-office Dental Savings Plan? Ask Lu or Courtney about it the next time you are in!

Wow, another year has gone by!  As we prepare for the new year,  we reflect on how lucky we are to have such great patients, colleagues, friends, and family! We are truly blessed and we thank you for trusting us with one of your most valuable assets, your smile!

We leave you with this gem! We sure had a lot of fun doing this video and we hope it gives you a good laugh! Apparently, we should stick to our day jobs--singing, not so much!

Click on the link to view the video!




We hope you enjoyed our newsletter! The next time we chat again it will be 2019 and we will have all made it through the holidays! Please let us know if there is anything additional you would like to hear from us in our next edition! Email suggestions to rrdwimarketing@gmail.com  Thank you to our patients who make our job so enjoyable!  

Happy New Year!