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April is Stress Awareness Month

April is stress awareness month. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are often signs of stress.  Dr. P and Dr. O talk about signs of stress, occlusal guards, and how we can help you if you suffer from teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Take up to $150 OFF custom-made occlusal guards the entire month of April.  […]

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month   While some think this is a rare cancer, mouth cancers will be newly diagnosed in about 145 new individuals each day in the US alone, and a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Who is at Risk of Oral Cancer? While historically the majority […]

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Charcoal Toothpaste. Yes or No?

Dr. Barnes and Dr. Coughlin try charcoal toothpaste and give us their thoughts in this video: https://youtu.be/kAa90CLRVn4 More information on charcoal toothpaste: Studies have called into question whether charcoal is actually doing more harm than good when it comes to your teeth.  A review in the British Dental Journal from 2019 found that charcoal provides little […]

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

We are extremely passionate about kids’ dental health and creating a trusting relationship between children and their dental care providers from the very FIRST experience. Here is a shocking statistic for you; despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is among the most common chronic disease in children. But we’re on a […]

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Galentine Botox Special

We are so excited about our Galentine Botox Special! But if you are asking yourself, what is a Galentine?!   Let us explain… What is Galentine’s Day?  Galentine’s Day is a day ( Feb. 13) dedicated to showering your girlfriends with love | Ladies celebrating ladies | Girl Power Where did it come from? It was […]

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Did you know that oral health and overall health are connected?

Did you know that oral health and overall health are connected? To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends practicing good general hygiene, such as washing your hands regularly, social distancing, and not touching your face. In addition to this, it is also crucial to practice good oral hygiene to help prevent you […]

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Botox Flash Sale

We are excited to announce our Botox FLASH SALE! Monday, November 16- Friday, November 20, 2020 $12 per unit (normally $14 per unit) What does Botox do? Botox blocks communication between motor nerves and the muscle, so that the muscles are unable to contract. When the treated muscle is unable to contract, the movement that […]

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Coloring Contest

Northstar Family Dentist Coloring Contest National Coloring Day is Friday, September 14th. Color the Northstar Family Dental Tooth to be entered to WIN a $50 gift card to Target! HOW TO ENTER: Click the link below to download the Northstar Family Dental Tooth Print and color the Northstar Family Dental Tooth Email a photo of […]

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Safety Update from Dr. Kulesa

Hello Northstar Family Dental Families, We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Dr. Kulesa would like to check-in and update you on our continued safety efforts at Northstar Family Dental. As always, your safety is our TOP priority! Please watch this video below.

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What type of toothbrush should I be using?

ASK THE DOCTOR! What type of toothbrush should I be using? Dr. Pheifer gives you two great options for toothbrushes, an electric toothbrush, and a standard soft bristle toothbrush.  Be sure to listen to Dr. P explain why we always recommend the ADA approved electric toothbrush first and foremost. Click here to purchase the electric […]

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Cold Sores

Cold sores — also called fever blisters — are a common viral infection. Cold sores spread from person to person by close contact, such as kissing.Cold sores are contagious even if you don’t see the sore.

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Anita’s Teeth Whitening Story

Anita has been a loyal Northstar Family Dental patient for as long as we can remember. And for as long as we can remember, our whole team looks forward to seeing her when she is in the office. She has such a joyful and kind personality and has the ability to light up our office. […]

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Get the Scoop on Dermal Fillers!

Congratulations to Dr. Pheifer on earning her advanced certification through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, as a qualified provider of dermal fillers! So we sat down to ask Dr. P. to give us the details on exactly what dermal fillers are, what benefits they offer, what risks we should be aware of and what […]

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We’re On a Mission!

In late 2018, our team announced our goal of taking a mission trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic to provide free oral health care to low access to care patients in desperately impoverished villages. This was our first mission trip as an office and we knew there would be extensive logistical planning involved in order […]

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Exploring our Lewis Center Location

As you may already know, we opened our SECOND office location in Lewis Center in December of 2018. As of March 2019, we’re up and running in full swing and would love to share with you some of the cool features that were thoughtfully included when designing our newest office. As with our Westerville location, […]

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Perhaps it is because we’re an office full of moms…? Whatever the reason, we are extremely passionate about kids’ dental health and creating trusting relationship between children and their dental care providers from the very FIRST experience. We proudly join The American Dental Association in celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month every February. Here is […]

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A Wonderful Year In Review

Seasons greetings to the best patients in town! We are taking the opportunity to reflect on what has ended up being one of our BIGGEST years yet. As we look back on 2018, we realize there are so many accomplishments and milestones that we are proud of and excited about. We thought we would share a […]

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

What is Oral Cancer? Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. In the simplest terms, oral cancer is any cancer of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses and pharynx. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 49,750 Americans will […]

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Two is good. Four is Better.

At Northstar Family Dental, our philosophy is preventative care. It is much easier to prevent gum disease and other common oral health issues than it is to treat them. Plaque and bacteria, which are a leading cause of gum disease and tooth loss, can rebuild in as little as 90 days! Which is long before the traditional six-month cleaning […]

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The Facts on Fluoride

If you’re a Northstar Family Dental patient, you have probably been offered a fluoride treatment during one of your routine visits. We’re often asked about the benefits, restrictions after treatment and the myths about negative effects of fluoride. So we thought we would answer the questions that we hear the most all right here! Fact […]

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Halloween Doesn’t Have to be a Nightmare for Your Kids’ Teeth

It’s that time of year again and we’re here to reassure you that Halloween treats – in moderation – are nothing to worry about. In fact this fun holiday can even present an opportunity to teach your children about good oral health habits. Our top tips for a successful Halloween season: Moderation. Once your child […]

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Why Your Child’s First Dental Visit is So Important

“Amazing experience with my anxious 7 year old son. Friendly and accommodating staff and a superbly clean office. Awesome list of “comfort” items helped ease my sons fears (he thinks watching TV while getting dental work done is the best thing ever!) This is the third dentist we have been to with him, and as […]

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Is Botox, Juvederm or Radiesse right for you?

Are you unhappy with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? Consider BOTOX® Cosmetic, the only FDA approved treatment to temporarily improve both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and fine lines around the eyes (commonly referred to as “crows feet”) in adults. This simple, yet effective, treatment typically takes only about 10 minutes to complete […]

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Why the need for Dental Implants?

Despite continuous advancements in dental technology and improvements in oral health, millions of Americans still struggle with tooth loss. This is typically the result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. For many years, bridges and dentures were the only treatment options for people suffering from tooth loss. Not anymore. Today, oral surgeons can offer a different […]

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Why is My Tooth Sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity, tooth pain, biting pain, gum pain — they are all uncomfortable, annoying, and scary occurrences…  A sensation in your tooth can be cause by a multitude of things, ranging from gum recession and root exposure, to sinus pressure, to tooth decay and infection. Causes of Tooth Sensitivity: 1. “Idiopathic Hypersensitivity” A tooth may […]

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Thinking About Having a Baby, or Recently Pregnant?

When you’re planning a family, visiting the dentist may not be at the top of your priority list.  However, if you’re thinking about having a baby or are recently pregnant, a dental cleaning and check-up is best done sooner rather than later. Good oral health is a component of good overall health, both for you […]

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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy at Northstar Family Dental is simple:  We strive to provide high quality, comfortable, comprehensive care with a strong focus on prevention and education.  Overall, we treat each patient as an individual, keeping their own goals, concerns and personal philosophies in mind.  I want to break down each part of our philosophy, in order to describe in […]

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Is Sleep Apnea Affecting Your Quality of Life?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects millions of adults in the U.S. — an estimated 1 in 5 Americans— yet studies show that up to 80% of these cases are undetected. OSA is caused by obstruction of the airway that occurs when the jaw falls back during sleep, collapsing the airway.  As a reaction, the brain is triggered, causing […]

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Cleft Lip & Palate Facts

What’s a Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate? Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects — they happen when a baby is developing. Cleft lip is a split in the upper lip — either one or two sides of the lip — creating a wider opening into the nose. Cleft Palate is a split in the roof of […]

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