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May 02, 2018  | by Amanda

Our Aim for Family Dental Care

This blog is different from other our blog posts. It’s not about the latest dental topic, about a high-tech piece of dental equipment, or a lecture on how you should floss or get an annual cleaning. It’s about how we want to be your family dentist.

I had the pleasure of tucking our almost three year old to bed tonight. He was emotional, overtired, and irrational. But it’s bedtime and there is no negotiating. I picked him up, wrapped a blanket around him, and asked if he wanted to be put in his bed or snuggle for a minute.  “Snuggle mommy” he says. How can you resist when he is your last? So we did. We sat there rocking for a few quiet moments as he wiped his runny nose, settled down his sobs, and wrapped those sweet, hot hands around my neck.

What does this have to do with dentistry? Why am I sharing these tender but trying moments as a parent? Because we all are either parents of small children, parents of grown children, or have parents ourselves, and life gets hard sometimes. We get wrapped up in those hard times, whether it is taking care of small ones, our aging parents, or just ourselves. We don’t think of what is best for our teeth, we forget, or gosh, we are just plain tired. Life happens.

Recently, our family pediatrician for our three kids decided to stay at home to spend more time with her family. While I completely respect and admire her decision, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss – both of grief and direction. This person, who has been with my children since day 2, has seen them grow from small 6-pound babies to spunky toddlers and elementary school scholars. We saw our pediatrician a lot over those early years. Yet as the kids get older, the checkups get less frequent, and our visits stretch to only once a year. As I held our almost three year old, I was reflecting on what how our upcoming annual visits would be different. A new person, someone who doesn’t know me or my kids. Someone who hasn’t been there from the start.  I’m sure it will be fine, but it’s like starting over. I imagine that is what it is like for someone visiting a dental office for the first time. We are new to you, don’t know anything about you, and then we want to know everything about your mouth! Open wide and let us look in!

Our intention as your family dentist is to be here for you and your family. We attempt to bring honesty and compassion together into care that is best for you and your overall health. That’s why we take extra time to get to know you and understand your priorities at your first visit. Our goal is not to rush into things, but to let you know what are the options for the most comprehensive, yet conservative care that is best for your teeth and your overall health. 

But we understand that you have a life outside of your mouth too. And we are here for you when your mouth needs help. If it’s an emergency - a throbbing tooth keeping you up at night, or when your kid takes a spill and you are not sure if it’s serious or not  - call us! Dr. Farrow is on-call to take your questions or make arrangements to see you if you have a dental emergency.

Most importantly, we hope you feel like you have a dental home for your routine dental care. We strive to be an office and a team that you can trust and cares about you and your family. If there is any way that we can make your experiences in our office more pleasant, please let us know!

May 02, 2018

Our Aim for Family Dental Care

This blog is different from other our blog posts. It’s not about the latest dental topic, about a high-tech piece of dental equipment, or a lecture on how you should floss. It’s about how we want to be your family dentist.

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March 05, 2018

Road Construction on Monroe Street

Road Construction on Monroe Street is planned for March - November 2018.

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January 12, 2018

Flash Sale on Invisalign

Start off 2018 with a straighter and brighter smile! We are having a FLASH sale on Invisalign - only through January 31st 2018!

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September 27, 2017

Erosion: What You Can Do

Erosion occurs when acids wear away at the tooth enamel over time. Read more for find out how it occurs and what you can do to prevent or treat teeth with erosion.

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July 19, 2017

Invisalign - Why the Time is Now

Read more to find out how you can achieve a straighter and healthier smile.

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April 17, 2017

Tips on How to Prepare Your Child for a Filling Visit

Here are some tips if your child has an appointment for a cavity.

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February 13, 2017

Health History – Now Paperless

​If you've been to our office lately, you may have noticed a change with our check-in process. We have introduced electronic health history forms.

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January 15, 2017

How to Prepare for Your Child's First Visit to the Dentist

Dr. Farrow recommends children have their first dental visit after their first birthday. Learn how to prepare yourself and your child for their first visit to the dentist.

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October 05, 2016

To Floss or Not to Floss?

Have you read the recent articles debunking the recommendations to floss daily? Read more about Gina's and Dr. Farrow's reflections and response to those articles.

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August 15, 2016

Dental Implants

We now offer dental implant services at Monroe Street Family Dental. Read more on why choosing a dental implant may be right for you.

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July 21, 2016

Invisalign Promotion - Summer 2016

Monroe Street Family Dental is excited to offer an incredible package to help get you the smile you’ve always wanted!

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July 06, 2016

Oral Care During Pregnancy: A Guide

Misinformation abounds in terms of prenatal dental health. Read more to know specifically what preventative steps to take before, during, and after your pregnancy.

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May 04, 2016

The Healthy Baby Exam

What is a healthy baby exam and why is it important?

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April 11, 2016

The Early Orthodontic Evaluation

Many parents with young children have questions about orthodontics: Will my son or daughter need braces? When do you start? How much will it cost?

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March 24, 2016

“No-Drill Dentistry” on NPR’s Your Health

Is fluoride good for you and does Dr. Farrow recommend it? Read more...

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March 02, 2016

Chicago Midwinter - What's at a Dental Convention?

Whatever your industry - everyone has a conference. What's at a dental convention and why does Dr. Farrow and his team attend? Read more to find out about their latest trip to Chicago for the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.

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February 18, 2016

Managing Dental Anxiety

Going to the dentist can cause anxiety and this a normal reaction. Whether it is a specific fear (i.e needles, sounds, painful past experiences) or nervousness about the entire experience, we would like to know how you are feeling.

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January 29, 2016

Preventing Overkill in Modern Dental Care

This past summer, I had the pleasure of reading an insightful article in the New Yorker by surgeon Atul Gawande, entitled “Overkill.” Its central thesis is that our health care system is wrought with overtreatment and unnecessary care.

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December 28, 2015

Changes for State of Wisconsin Employees

2016 brings big changes to State of Wisconsin employees who previously had Momentum as their dental insurance administrator.

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December 07, 2015

End of 2015 News

​The end of year is upon us and we hope 2015 has been a wonderful year for you and your loved ones.

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November 02, 2015

Options in Orthodontics: Stick with Your Dentist

Have you considered Invisalign as an adult for a straighter smile. Learn why your dentist may be the best person to help you with orthodontic treatment.

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October 19, 2015

Oil Pulling: Is the Benefit Real?

Have you heard of “oil pulling"? This natural health trend is being touted by many as having curative properties.

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September 30, 2015

Insurance Open Enrollment

The month of October brings open enrollment for dental benefits, and we encourage you to review your options. Read more to review some of options that may affect you.

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September 21, 2015

Athletic Mouthguards

For many students back to school also means participating in sports. A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be standard equipment from an early age.

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August 05, 2015

E-Cigarettes: Their Threat to Your General and Dental Health

Learn more about e-cigarettes and how they can affect your health.

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July 15, 2015

Probiotics and Your Oral Health

Several of our patients over the past year have asked about the probiotics and oral health.

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June 24, 2015

Team Trip to San Francisco

Last week the entire team traveled to San Francisco for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) conference and convocation for Dr. Farrow. Learn more about our trip!

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March 06, 2015

Join Our Sustainability Commitment

Did you know the average person wastes at least 90 glasses of water every day by leaving the tap running while they brush their teeth?

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February 15, 2015

What is Holistic Dentistry?

Many people that we have met in the last 5 years have asked us if our office practices “holistic dentistry.” We see our unique approach to holistic dentistry as one that broadens perspectives: whole person. whole community. whole planet.

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March 17, 2014

Headaches and TMJ

Headaches are complex and can have many contributing factors. We have found that with careful diagnosis, we can relieve some headaches and improve patient's daily activities like eating and sleeping.

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March 17, 2014

It's Not Just a Cleaning

​Regular dental cleanings, with an exam, can do more than keep your smile attractive. Recent research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole.

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