Women Rule (My staff helped me name this article…)

As most of my patients know, I’ve had the opportunity to serve the youth for over thirty years of my life in the LDS Church, and other religious groups. It’s the youth of our society who are going to be taking care of us as we all age, and we will depend on them for decisions that will affect our lives, and those of our children/grandchildren. I only pray I have had a positive impact on the young lives with whom I have taught and mentored, which is always a concerning thought for me, as one hopes they only implement my good traits, and not the bad ones. Ugh….

I came across an article in the American Dental Association Newsletter that caught my attention, which has mirrored for years one of the things I am passionate about, and that is the pursuit of education for both men and women, and more specifically women. My Mom was so street smart it always scared me because I was not able to get away with much growing up, and she instilled in me many of the morals and values I hold dear. I later learned in life that my Mom never graduated from High School, let alone attended college, yet I would have never known had she not told me.

It was a different time growing up in the Great Depression, especially in families who didn’t have much. But Mom was “self-taught”, reading any book she could get her hands on. And all my life long, her and Dad instilled the need for me to go to college. I’m grateful to her, and for the fact she survived raising me…

With that all said, I have always been a teacher and mentor with the women in my life, in helping them, and encouraging them, to attend college and pursue fields of interest, including dentistry. Every day I’m surrounded by incredible women who do exceptional work in the dental field, and hope this article inspires all the fantastic women out there to achieve their full potential in any field they pursue, and continue to inspire those who follow in their footsteps…

Dr. Rob

From ‘forgotten womanhood’ to female empowerment: One woman’s pioneering spirit paved the way for women in dentistry
Posted on March 8, 2018, ADA News
Lucy Hobbs Taylor was the definition of a trailblazer. In 1859, the 26-year-old planned to enroll in medical school. However, after being denied admission on the basis of her gender, she pursued dental school. It took another few years before she was finally admitted to the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, and became the first woman in the world to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1866.
Dr. Hobbs Taylor withstood the shock and awe surrounding her ambition, including accusations of “forgotten womanhood,” as she created a career for herself in dentistry. More than 150 years later, graduating dental classes are nearly 50 percent female and the legacy of Dr. Hobbs Taylor lives on through a namesake award that spotlights talented, inspiring female dentists.
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Needle-Free Numbing for Dentistry

Most of the time when dental treatment is needed, the dentist will need to numb the part of your mouth where treatment is needed. The medicine that numbs the mouth is called local anesthetic.

There are two types numbing techniques that the dentist can perform. The first type will usually consist of a numbing gel on the injection site, followed by the actual injection. This is the most common type of numbing. The second type of numbing is delivered with a nasal spray, which doesn’t require a needle. But this type has limitations as it only numbs a limited area of the mouth.

There are two types of zones your dentist can numb. The first type numbs an entire area of your mouth, like your front upper ten teeth, or one entire side of your lower jaw. The second type is an infiltration where a much smaller zone is numbed. Either type can last anywhere from thirty minutes to six hours or more. As most know, speech can be challenging after dental work, and eating is not recommended until the numbness is completely gone.

There are many types of local anesthetic that your dentist can use. The type of dental procedure you are in need of will usually determine the kind of local anesthetic your dentist will choose, and the costs involved with each. Most important is making sure you are as comfortable as possible when receiving your needed dental care.

Kovanaze is the first FDA-approved no-needle anesthetic given via nasal spray. It offers patients a safe and effective, needle-free alternative to numb selective teeth for restorative dental procedures. Patients usually do not experience the same sensations of numbness or tingling of the lips and cheeks associated with traditional injections, which is preferable after dental procedures.

-The world’s first intranasal dental anesthetic
-FDA approved

Dr. Rob

Permanent Crowns in One Appointment

One of the reasons I love dentistry is the constant increase in technology to provide dental care to my patients. Same-day restorations are one of those technologies. CAD/CAM dentistry, or computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, is where I can prepare your tooth for a crown, scan the prepared tooth with a special device, and computer generate and mill the restoration in minutes.
Some of the benefits of CAD/CAM restorations are: more precise fit than laboratory generated crown, seals out microbes better than traditional lab generated crowns, milled restorations are completed at chair-side, the milled materials are strong as natural teeth and natural looking, and the procedure is done the same day. Those are just a few of the benefits of these hi-tech restorations.
CAD/CAM restorations are definitely not figured into insurance fees, and will be an upgraded restoration. However, most patients choose these restorations due to the convenience of having the crown or inlay/onlay restoration cemented on the same day. Receiving a CAD/CAM Restoration usually only requires an additional 45 minutes added to the crown appointment.
CAD/CAM technology is just another way we choose to serve our patients with the best dentistry has to offer.

Dr. Rob

Tooth Sensitivity

What is Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is also called “dentin hypersensitivity”. Dentin is the inner layer of a tooth that resides underneath enamel (the area of your tooth you typically see) or underneath cementum (the thin layer covering the root of your tooth). Inside the dentin layer are thousands of tiny tubes that run from the outer dentin surface to the nerve of the tooth. These tubes contain a fluid that, when disturbed, can cause pain and sensitivity.

It has been estimated that over half of the population experiences tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can come and go over a lifetime. Tooth sensitivity generally occurs from hot and cold drinks and foods, acidic foods, or even breathing in cold air when outside during winter months.

There are many causes of tooth sensitivity including, but not limited to:
-Periodontal Disease
-Tooth fractures from grinding, or biting on hard objects
-Acid diets
-Gastric disorders
-Tooth Decay
-Even excessive brushing of teeth

If you have sensitive teeth it is imperative you tell us at Thorup Dental during your regular cleanings and exams. If tooth sensitivity is experienced in between regular dental appointments, please don’t wait. Please call our office right away for an appointment as it may turn into something more serious by the time you see us for your regular visit.

Treatments for tooth sensitivity may include:
-Desensitizing toothpastes
-Fluoride treatments
-Tooth varnishes
-Severe cases may include restorations such as fillings, crowns, and even root canal therapy to stop the discomfort

We will always attempt to treat your situation with the least invasive procedure first. 90% of the time, desensitizing toothpastes and fluoride varnishes will stop tooth sensitivity. The other 10% of teeth with sensitivity are often times just to damaged and will require restorative procedures to stop the discomfort, and even a small percentage of those teeth are not able to recover, and may require removal.

Now that you better understand the problems with tooth sensitivity, the most important thing for you is to do your best in maintaining excellent oral health through proper brushing and flossing each day. Of course, seeing us at Thorup Dental twice a year for regular exams and dental cleanings is critical to maintaining your oral health.
Thank you for allowing all of us at Thorup Dental to be an integral part of your oral health care.


Dr. Rob Thorup, DDS
Thorup Dental

Happy Veteran’s Day

I want to publicly thank all the men and women who have served our country, and who continue to serve. Two of my own sons have taken the opportunity to serve in the Armed Forces, and I’m grateful for their sacrifice and willingness to serve.

God bless all of you, and your families.


Dr. Rob

Periodontal Disease and You

The best treatment for periodontal disease is to prevent it from even happening. Brushing and flossing twice a day, with regular dental cleanings and exams are very important to the prevention of periodontal disease.

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, please understand premature tooth loss may not be your only problem or concern. Periodontal disease may also be linked to other health problems.

Heart Disease
Several studies have shown periodontal disease is associated with heart disease. While the exact cause/effect relationship has not currently been identified, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease.

Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke.

Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, and periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar.

Systemic Diseases
Research has shown periodontal disease may be linked to osteoporosis due to loss in bone density.
Research has also shown bacteria that causes periodontal disease can be aspirated into the lungs causing lung diseases such as pneumonia.
And lastly, researchers found that patients with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

Periodontal Disease Treatment Management

The treatment of periodontal disease is generally a process. After we complete a comprehensive periodontal evaluation, which includes evaluating the bone and soft tissues around your teeth, my hygienists and I will determine whether periodontal disease is present or not.

If periodontal disease is present in your mouth, our dental team will provide you with the necessary treatment which may/will consist of:

-Scaling and Root Planning (extensive cleaning of the teeth)
-Antibiotic therapies directly/indirectly placed between the teeth and gums
-Laser periodontal therapy
-Oral mouth rinse and instructions
-Educational training of periodontal disease processes and their prevention
-Home care tactics and strategies

It is imperative you follow the home care instructions you will be given, as the cessation of periodontal disease is a team approach by both the patient and dental team.

If the periodontal disease process is not completely reversed, other treatment modalities may need to be implemented, such as gum and bone surgery to maintain the bone structure surrounding the tooth root, thus improving your oral health.
However, most patients respond well to periodontal disease treatment management procedures, thus preventing the need for periodontal surgery.

Good Oral Health Begins With You

We want all of our awesome patients to have healthy mouths. We know that great oral health care can also benefit your overall health. Oral health takes a team, and it starts with you. Brushing and flossing morning and night, regular dental cleanings and exams, and healthy eating is critical to good oral health care.

Thank you for allowing us to be part of your oral health team!

Your Team at Thorup Dental
Dr. Rob, Chelsie, Jenna, Kirsten, and Nichelle

The New Year!

My Team and I would like to wish all of our awesome patients a happy and healthy new year. Thank you for allowing us to care for your oral health. We wish all of you the best in 2015. Thank you again for your trust and confidence at Thorup Dental.
Dr. Rob and Team

Sonicare: Prevention is Everything!

For years my team and I have used Sonicare Toothbrushes for our oral health care. Needless to say, that device has lived up to its claims, as we have enjoyed very few dental problems throughout the years.

The Sonicare Toothbrush cleans with ultrasonic motion, removing plaque with ease. Combine this toothbrush with flossing and the fluoride content of most toothpastes, and you will experience a dramatic difference in overall oral health.

I know some of you have Oral B brushes, and those units also do a great job cleaning teeth better than manual brushes. However, I still prefer the Sonicare due to years of experience with the actual brush.

When using a Sonicare, you do not have to apply firm pressure with the bristles while brushing. Gentle pressure with back and forth/up and down movement is all that is required. In other words, let the ultrasonic movement of the brush do the work on your teeth and gums.

Remember, flossing is still required to clean between your teeth, and regular dental check-ups are a must for maintaining excellent oral health.

Rest assured I get nothing for recommending these electric brushes. In fact, it cuts down on my “job security”. But my team and I really do care about all of you, our patients, and want what’s best for you, your families, and friends. Thank you for allowing my team and I to care for your oral health.

Dr. Rob

Traumatic Tooth Loss

Alright all my awesome patients, after treating my third avulsed tooth (an avulsed tooth is one that has been traumatically knocked out of the mouth) in the last three months, I felt it necessary to teach all of you First Aid for Tooth Loss due to trauma. The three avulsed tooth patients I have treated lately have experienced premature tooth loss from every day events, and not from sports or high adventure.

In each of these cases, parents and youth had never received training for tooth avulsion. As many of you know, I teach CPR/AED and Remote Wilderness First Aid Courses, as a Red Cross instructor, to Scout Leaders and their older youth. So please read the following and do your best to commit it to memory. You just might save a smile!

Knocked out Tooth (Dental Avulsion)
A knocked out tooth is a real dental emergency in which immediate treatment, within 20–40 minutes of tooth loss, affects the prognosis of the tooth.

First Aid Treatment consists of doing the following:

-Pick up the tooth by the anatomical crown portion, not the root.

-The avulsed permanent tooth should be gently rinsed, not scrubbed, with water to clean any unwanted dirt or debris.

-Care should be taken not to damage the surface of the root, which may have living tissue still present.

-With the tooth and mouth clean, an attempt should be made to re-plant the tooth in its original socket. Care should be taken to place the tooth so that it looks similar to the others, and not placed in backwards.

-If the tooth cannot be replaced immediately, place in milk, saline solution, or spit (held in the mouth with extreme care to prevent swallowing the tooth) to maintain moisture, and seek emergency care at an Emergency Room, or a dental office. If the patient is even slightly dazed, or worse, has an obvious change in level of awareness or consciousness, do not have them hold it in their mouth to prevent aspiration.

-Failure to re-plant the avulsed tooth within the first 40 minutes after the loss may result in a less favorable outcome for the tooth.

-First Aid of injured baby teeth differs from management of permanent teeth; avulsed baby teeth should not be re-planted to avoid damage to the permanent.

-If you are unable to re-plant the tooth due to uncontrolled bleeding, have the patient bite down on gauze or any other substance such as a hand towel or clean rag, thus applying direct pressure to the wound site, and seek an emergency care facility as soon as possible.

The best treatment for an avulsed tooth is immediate replantation. However, this can be difficult for the non-professional person. The teeth are often covered with dirt or other substances. The debris must be ideally washed off with a physiological solution and not scrubbed. Sometimes multiple teeth are knocked-out and it might be difficult for the average person to figure out where each tooth belongs in the mouth. The injured person will often times have other injuries, such as lacerations or fractures, that require more immediate attention. The patient may resist replantation of the teeth due to pain when attempting replantation.

If immediate replantation is not possible, the teeth should be placed in an appropriate storage solution and brought to a dentist who can then replant them. The dentist will clean the socket and tooth/teeth, and replant them into their appropriate sockets. The dentist will splint them to non-knocked-out teeth for a specific period of time to allow stabilization of the teeth. Additional treatment will usually be needed after emergency treatment.

The best way to avoid tooth loss is to wear mouth guards and appropriate gear for specified activities. However, tooth avulsion can occur when least expected.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call our office.
Dr. Rob and Team at Thorup Dental

Happy Independence Day from Thorup Dental

Dear Patients and Friends,

Just a quick note to wish all of you a Happy 4th of July. From Memorial Day to July 4th, I often times reflect upon the sacrifices so many have made for us to enjoy the freedoms our country has to offer. I hope all of you will take the time to thank a veteran, or someone currently serving in the military, for their sacrifice.

Whenever I travel for dental events, or just some much needed vacation, I always have a couple of $20 bills in my pocket. I look around and find someone in uniform, go up to them, and shake their hand telling them “thank you” for serving. Inside that hand shake is the $20, and I tell them lunch or dinner at the airport is on me. Every time I have done this the reply is almost the same, “thank you sir, but you don’t need to buy me lunch/dinner.” I’m even more touched by their dedication, and humbleness in serving our great country. Of course, they don’t have an option of not allowing me to feed them.

I will admit, I usually search out the enlisted men and women, but I couldn’t help notice two parents with their young boy. The dad was a Major, and the mom was a Sergeant First Class. I thanked them both for serving, and the Major did not want to take my gift. I looked him straight in the eyes and told him “don’t make me pull rank on you Major”! I held such a straight face that he took the $20 without another word. He thanked me, and we chatted for a minute as to where they were coming home from. Next try will be a Colonel!

My favorite service men and women are the Marines. They do not travel in uniform, and are my favorite to pick out of the crowds. My son, who is a Marine, taught me how to spot them. I thank the Lord for all of them.

Thanks to all of you wonderful patients at Thorup Dental, for allowing my team and I to care for your oral health. I hope this weekend is relaxing to all of you.

Dr. Rob and Team.