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American Fork, Utah’s Favorite Family Dentists

Safe Mercury Removal

Dentists all over the world remove millions of amalgam fillings every day, with little concern for the possible mercury exposure that can result from grinding them out. It is not unusual for a new amalgam filling to replace the old one.

Dental amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It has been used for more than 150 years in hundreds of millions of patients. It contains elemental mercury, which releases low levels of mercury in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. High levels of mercury vapor exposure are associated with adverse effects in the brain and the kidneys.

Mercury fillings aren’t a permanent fix for a tooth. They have an average life-span of 8-12 years, some fillings wear out before that time and others last much longer. If you have mercury fillings, you will most likely have to have them removed and replaced at some point in time, just from wear and tear.

Dr. Jorgensen was a mercury-free dentist for 14 years. Now she is a mercury-safe dentist in American Fork, Utah (UT). There IS a difference!

It is extremely important that mercury fillings are removed safely, because the greatest exposure to mercury comes when the old filling is drilled out. Total Care Dental’s procedures for removing mercury fillings can reduce your exposure to mercury vapors by up to 90%.

For more information, check out our segment on ABC News regarding the safe removal of mercury fillings!

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Whole Body Health

Healthcare Beyond Dental-picIf you have a lot of tooth problems, such as leaking fillings, unresolved decay or gum disease, it can wear your immune system out. Your body will not have the strength it needs to fight off other systemic diseases and you may catch every little cold and flu that comes along.

At Total Care Dental, we’re about Hope, Health and You. We take a whole body approach to dental care. Through our 40 point exam, we may be able to identify that you have other undiagnosed health conditions which can potentially be hurting your immune system. We believe in biological dentistry, and offer a less toxic, more individualized form of dental care than ever before.

The moral of the story: Take care of your mouth, take care of your body, and it will take care of you in return.

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What Toothpaste Should You Use?

spring-clean-your-teethIf you want your Teeth Healthy and Bright… Try Dr. J’s Mouthpaste Tonight!

When Dr. J learned what was in ALL major brands of toothpaste, she started searching for something healthier. She really liked some brands ** , but none had everything she was looking for. So, she started whipping up batches of toothpaste in her kitchen and Dr. J’s MouthPaste was born. Why MouthPaste?? Because it helps your entire mouth, not just your teeth!

Toothpaste’s Dirty Little Secrets…

Do you know what’s in your toothpaste?

Triclosan – An antibacterial product classified as a Pesticide. May cause cancer.
Sodium Laurel Sulfate – A detergent that can damage eyes, irritate skin and affect breathing.
Propylene Glycol – Active ingredient in anti- freeze. Causes brain, liver and kidney problems.
DEA – Disrupts hormones and forms cancer – causing nitrates.
Fluoride – Toxic and leads to nausea and vomiting if too much is swallowed.
Artificial Sweeteners, Colors, Flavorings

Dr. J’s MouthPaste Recipe…

2 T Bentonite Clay – Absorbs toxins, chemicals, and heavy metals. Releases minerals (calcium). Helps cells get oxygen. Alkalizes.
2-3 T Boiled Water, cooled
2 T 10% Nano-Silver – Potent anti-biotic that slows bacteria growth in the mouth.
4 drops Tea Tree Oil – Topical antiseptic, anti- bacterial, anti-fungal treatment. Reduces infection.
15 drops Peppermint or Lemon Essential Oil – Promotes healthy function of the digestive, immune, and respiratory systems,.
5 drops Liquid Stevia – Comes from the leaf of a South American shrub. Very sweet but doesn’t cause cavities.
Pinch Real Salt – Pulls toxin s from the cells and alkalizes the mouth.

**Dr. J’s favorite store-bought brand— Earthpaste by Redmond Trading Company.

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Oil Pulling

Background:
Oil Pulling is a therapy that has been in use for hundreds of years. It is regaining popularity in our society as people are turning back to natural health practices.

What is it?
Oil pulling is simply swishing oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes, effectively soaking up or “pulling” disease causing bacteria and their toxins out from around the teeth and gums. This cleans the mouth far better than any toothbrush or mouth rinse can do alone.

Why is it needed?
Your mouth is like a tropical rainforest. It is hot, humid, and stays the same temperature year round. Like a rain forest, it is teaming with life – bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. Although you can’t see them, your mouth is home to billions of microorganisms; some are good, and some are bad. Brushing alone can only remove 60% of these microbes.

How does it work?
Oil pulling removes germs from the mouth. Each of these germs has an outer “skin” made of lipids (fat). When you put oil in your mouth, the fatty skin of the microorganism is attracted to it. As you swish the oil around, microbes are being picked up just like they are being drawn to powerful magnets.

What does it do?
The oil pulls microbes out of your mouth. This means less dental disease for you (cavities, gum infection, etc). Anytime you cut your mouth or have bleeding gums, these same microbes enter your bloodstream and can affect your entire body. If there are less germs in your mouth, there are fewer that can enter your body and cause you harm.

What to use:
Virgin Coconut Oil or other vegetable oils (Sunflower or Sesame)

How to do it:

  1. Put 2 t. liquid oil in your mouth and swish vigorously for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Do not swallow the oil!
  3. Spit the oil out into a paper towel or the garbage.
  4. Repeat once a day.

Details:

  • Is best to do on an empty stomach, and it will have the most effect if done in the morning.
  • You may not last 15 minutes at first, but stick with it and you will build up to this time quickly.
  • Coconut oil may be solid at room temperature. You can heat it gently on the stove or put in your mouth in a solid and it will quickly melt.
  • Don’t spit in the sink to avoid clogging your drain.
  • You will most likely have a healing crisis period after starting oil pulling. You may get a sore throat, have a toothache for a day or two, or even feel a little sick. Don’t stop! This doesn’t mean oil pulling isn’t good for you, it means the oil is pulling out bad guys that have been hiding for awhile. Keep doing it and you will feel better soon.

You can research more on the internet, or we are always happy to answer your questions!

To your health, Total Care Dental Team

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Natural cold and flu remedies

Hello! We want to help you and your family stay healthy and well. These are some of our favorite natural health remedies that we use with our families and recommend to our patients.

Dr. J’s Cold-Busting Ginger-ADE
Boil 1 quart water with 1 T grated ginger and a dash cayenne pepper. Simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Strain out all solids. Add the juice of one lemon and 1/4 C honey.
– Drink 1-2 cups every few hours until feeling better –

The best thing to fight a cold since mom’s chicken soup!” – Dr. Michelle Jorgensen

Instant-Relief Eucalyptus Sinus Steam
Bring a large pot of water to boil until steaming. Add 2-3 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil. Turn off the heat, and drape a towel over your head. Lean over the pot with eyes closed and inhale steam for 5-10 minutes.

First-Aid Kit In a Bottle
Combine 2 drops of Lavender, Peppermint and Lemon Essential oils and rub them on the back of your neck. Use at the first sign of cold and flu or headache symptoms.

Nature’s Medicine Cabinet
Natural Anti-viral
Combine 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 C water. Gargle then swallow.

Cough relief
Elderberry syrup

Natural Antibiotic
Mince 1-2 cloves garlic and drink with water.

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Kissable Fresh Breath

Would you Like to be More Kissable this Valentine’s Day?

Kissable Fresh Breath Tips From your Friends at Total Care Dental

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Tip-1

Tip #1 – Clean It Up!
WHY?? Your mouth bugs hide on your tongue. If they stay, they spread and smell bad. Clean your tongue every night with a tongue cleaner. (A toothbrush isn’t enough)

HOW?? After brushing, use a tongue cleaner. Scrape tongue from back to front, wash and repeat until clean.

Tip-2

Tip #2 – Pull Them Out!
WHY?? Of the 80 billion microbes in your mouth, some are good, some are bad. Remove the bad guys with oil pulling. Like a magnet, the oil pulls the microbes out from hiding places your toothbrush can’t reach.

HOW?? Use 1-2 t of coconut oil. Place into your mouth and swish for 10-15 minutes. Spit out into the garbage can. Repeat once a day, preferably before eating.

Tip-3

Tip #3 – Freshen It Up!
WHY?? The mouthwashes and mints/gum typically sold for fresh breath can actually make the problem worse! Both the alcohol in mouthwash and the sugar in mints and gum cause more bugs to grow!

HOW?? Use a mouthwash without alcohol and a xylitol containing mint or gum if you want fresh breath that will last.

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Total Care Dental Team Of American Fork, Utah (UT)

What do you think makes a perfect dental team member? Compassionate, caring, good listener, detail oriented… even goofy. Well, this dental team has all that and more! American Fork Dentists, Dr. Jorgensen and Dr. Coles have looked far and wide to find team members that are genuinely interested in our patients, concerned with making you feel comfortable, and with giving you the best possible dental care in American Fork, Utah.

This team makes a winning combination. Total Care Dental is about Hope, Health and You! Our practice was honored as “Best of State” in Utah among all service oriented businesses. Please feel free to let us know anything we can do to make your visit to our dental office in American Fork, Utah (UT) more ENJOYABLE.

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Steve Jorgensen ~ Co-Owner Steve got pulled into the dental world in 2001 when Total Care Dental was opened. Before that he was a civil engineer, having attended Brigham Young University for a bachelor’s degree and the University of Nebraska for a Master’s Degree. He does all things in the dental office (management, marketing, accounting, finances, IT, maintenance…) except look in people’s mouths. He is married to Dr. Michelle Jorgensen and loves working with her on the dental practice, the house, and 4 amazing kids. He enjoys golfing, the outdoors, riding a Harley, and spending time with family.

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Jilene Mecham ~ Dental Hygienist
I love life, laughter and enjoy my many roles as a woman. I have a composed, enjoyable, fun-loving husband and four energetic, talented, amazing children. I love working as a dental hygienist. I graduated from the University of Southern California Dental Hygiene School in 1991. I worked for a few dentists until I found a brilliant, compassionate, artistic dentist in Dr. Michelle Jorgensen in 1999. I love working with her and Dr. Coles. When not working as a hygienist or playing with my wonderful children, I’m either running marathons or biking with my fantastic husband.

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Julie Nielsen ~ Front Office Concierge
I have been in dentistry since 1980 and still get excited about it and love to help people achieve better health and a beautiful smile. I feel blessed being here at Total Care Dental working with friendly, skilled and knowledgeable team members. I love serving our patients and being in an atmosphere of caring, fun, love and laughter. I am married to a wonderful man and love being with him whether it’s going for a walk, hiking, traveling, or just enjoying being outdoors together. I have 1 son, 5 stepchildren, and 11 grandchildren. They all keep me very busy, but I love it and feel very blessed.

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Stacie Henry ~ Dental Assistant
I have enjoyed being part of the dental world since 1993. I joined the Total Care Dental family in 2000. I love the patients, atmosphere, friendships, and all the continuing education that we do here. I took a short eight year break to be a “stay at home mom” and have recently returned. It’s great to be back. I have been married since 1995 and we have three wonderful children (all parents say that). You can often find me volunteering at their elementary school or running kids to various activities. As a family we enjoy camping, traveling and anything outdoors in our free time.

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Laura Moody ~ Practice Manager
Most people in this field say they have a “love of dentistry”. Laura, however, has a love of marketing! After spending several years as an International Barbie Marketer in Southern California, she moved to Utah and was hired to do the marketing for Total Care Dental. Since being here, there hasn’t been a beautiful smile that she hasn’t appreciated on a whole new level. “I have such a respect for the team here, especially the doctor’s and their impressive knowledge. I see our patients come in feeling pain and frustration and leave with hope and self-esteem. This has added a bright spot to my world.” She enjoys people with a good sense of humor, the ocean, pretty cupcakes and of course…Barbie.

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Kara Downing ~ Surgical Assistant
Kara started dentistry work when a friend recommended it to her 14 years ago. She loves helping people so being a Surgical Assistant is perfect for her. She enjoys seeing how it helps people. When she isn’t helping with smiles, she loves camping, boating, softball and CARS! She has had a passion for cars since she can remember which she got from her dad. She even studied collision repair in college! She is happily married with two kids, a girl and a boy.

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Margot Green ~ Care Coordinator
Who couldn’t love the team at Total Care Dental? After working with Michelle for 10 years, I ventured out to work with a dental consultant for a few years. Due to my passion for dentistry, I wanted to help other teams as well. Now I’m back to my roots! I love what this practice stands for and the quality of dentistry and care that is given here. Plus…the team here gives a “Top Gun” experience. When not at the practice you’ll find me traveling, playing with my family, mountain biking or on the courts playing a fun game of tennis.

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Wendy Cullem ~ Dental Hygienist
I followed my sister’s footsteps, and in 1992 became a Dental Hygienist. I graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor’s Degree. I am a native of Southern California, except for the two years I lived in Idaho while going to ISU. My husband and four kids moved to Utah in May of 2015. I love to hike, ski, play soccer, read and spend time with family and friends. I have worked for many different dentists throughout my career, but none have compared to Total Care Dental. I am constantly learning and improving with my wonderful dental team.

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Kelsie Yarn ~ Front Office Concierge
Kelsie has been a dental assistant for two years. She went to school in Idaho Falls and has been working and loving dentistry ever since! She moved to Utah in February of 2018 and found a family here at Total Care Dental. She was recently married to her amazing husband, Joey and they are loving married life. She has a passion for the outdoors and animals. She loves camping and snowboarding and is working on getting a dog!

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Angie Catmull ~ Finance Coordinator
Angie has been working in the dental field for 33 (maybe more) years. She started as a dental assistant, then an office manager and now she is our financial specialist. She loved dentistry so much, that she wanted to share what she was learning and formed the study group “Utah Dental Office Leaders Learn” back in 2012. She has been married for 30 years and has two beautiful children, Jake and Taylor. She loves to sew and cook, however after having surgery on her hands a few years ago, she has been a little bit limited. But that doesn’t slow her down!

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Jackie Andersen ~ Community Outreach
Jackie has been in the dental field for nearly 30 years, obtaining her CDA and working in various positions. She loves being with the Total Care Dental Team, helping to spread the good word of what makes us truly unique in giving “total care” to our patients. She has known Dr. Jorgensen for years and one of the many qualities she admires in her is her continual quest to gain knowledge, insight and experience to best serve her patients. Some of her favorite things are cleaning and organizing (yes, she embraces her OCD), meeting new people, going on walks, spending time with her husband and making memories w with family–especially her 11 grandchildren!

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Kangie Dawber ~ Care Coordinator
Kangie came into Total Care Dental one day to tell us about her practice as a Doula and turns out…we loved her and offered her a job! She tells us that she feels honored to be part of the Total Care Dental Team. “There is an air of compassion and care for the team members and for the patients here. You can literally feel it as you walk in the door! Every day is a learning experience and the knowledge the doctors have is truly enviable.” Total Care Dental suits her personality well, as her passion is whole body health. She loves to travel, and while in Australia she met her husband. From there they moved to England where they lived for eight years and had their little son Jack.

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Aly Ray ~ Dental Assistant
Aly came to us from California where she was a birthday party Disney Princess! She came on board to work at the front desk, but soon realized that she loved dental and works with Dr. Jorgensen assisting on surgeries and is a certified phlebotomist. She loves being in musicals and is a pre-med student at UVU.

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Amber Smith ~ Operations Manager
Amber has been in the dental field for 20 years and has done everything from assisting to managing the practice. She loves the one on one interaction, the care we provide, the relationships that are built here and getting to know both patients and staff on a personal level. She loves running, camping, hunting—a real outdoor girl. She also enjoys her large family and reading.

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Leslie Stockle ~ Dental Assistant Leslie loves to workout, spend time with her two children and will eat any type of chocolate that comes her way. She has been an excellent dental assistant since 2013. You can find her outside, hiking, biking—anything to get outdoors. She is IV Certified and although she’s tiny, she is a huge asset to Total Care Dental!

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Suzanne Bush Black ~ Coach
Suzanne has been coaching and training in the dental field for 40 years! Her expertise ranges from teaching hundreds of “Dental Boot Kamp” courses to perfecting systems and customer service for private dental practices in the United States and Canada. She comes out to our practice several times a year and always leaves us better. We are lucky to have her.

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Ashley Taylor ~ Care Coordinator
I have been part of the dental industry for 5 years. I do love teeth! It’s one of the first things I looked for when looking for my husband haha! But I do love seeing patients feel happier about the work that they are getting done. I love getting to know new people! I am originally from Teton, Idaho I love traveling, playing basketball, baking, snowboarding, and hanging out with family and friends. Working at Total Care Dental is so much fun and I learn new things every day!

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Angie Keyes ~ Treatment Coordinator
Angie or "Anj" has been married for 30 years and has two awesome children and two of the most amazing and beautiful grandchildren a gal could ask for! She has been in the field of dentistry for 14 years and loves to run, fish and go kayaking. Ang loves jewelry, shopping and especially traveling to to WARM places. She feels like she's working at the best dental office in the world and we are thrilled to have her with us!

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Toafia Jestice ~ Dental Assistant
Toa just started working in the dental field last December, and is doing very well here at Total Care Dental. She loves to hang out with her big family of six siblings. She enjoys working out, hiking and going on scenic drives. Her favorite thing about being in the dental world is helping people feel comfortable and is great with fearful patients. She just married six months ago and is living happily ever after with her husband that she met at BYU Idaho.

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Ashley Kate Houghton-Financial Coordinator
Because we have multiple Ashley’s at our practice, we call this Ashley…Kate! She has been in the dental field for two years and the health field for five. She is one of finance coordinators and we are thrilled to have her and her skills on our team. Kate loves hiking and traveling and spends all the time she can on DIY projects. She beautifully refinishes old furniture and says, “Crafts are where it’s at”! She has a huge family including four sisters and a brother and she is child number four!

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Ashlee Crosby ~ Dental Assistant
She has been in dental for 10 years now and joined Total Care Dental last February. Ashlee enjoys being able to help patients on their health journey and seeing the positive outcomes. She loves woodwork and building things, such as end tables, shelves and benches! When she isn’t working, she is happy hanging out with her four children. Fun fact…Ashlee can do a double back flip and identify the different flavors of Skittles while blindfolded.

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Kailey Jean Tokunaga ~ Scheduling Specialist
Kailey comes to us from Hawaii and has worked in the dental field for six years. She keeps our schedule in tip-top shape which can be like a complicated Tetrus game at times. Kailey loves running, the beach and hiking. She was born in Maui, hula dances and fun fact…she loves Spam! Making new friends and helping others is her favorite part of dentistry.

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Toni Linsenmeyer ~ Marketing

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Jens Jorgensen ~ Marketing

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Josh Jorgensen ~ Marketing

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