Memorial Day

So grateful for those men and women who have served our country, and who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we might enjoy the freedoms we should each hold dear. Grateful to my two sons who have also served their country. We truly are a blessed nation.

As my wife and I went to the cemetery to clean up the headstones of loved one who have passed, we both could not help to walk among the headstones and read the names of those who have served before.

I hope you enjoy the message I came across on one of my news feeds, about the story of Memorial Day. Enjoy the weekend, honor those who have served, family who have passed, and please thank those in uniform every chance you get.
Dr. Rob
“This Monday, America will be shut down for a very good reason: to honor the men and women of the past and present who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our armed forces.
Arlington National Cemetery, the largest military cemetery in the U.S., tweeted the story of Memorial Day and how it evolved from a post-Civil War celebration to the major national holiday that America celebrates today.
What’s the story?
According to Arlington, Memorial Day began in the aftermath of the Civil War when families from both sides laid flowers on the graves of those lost in the war. It was initially known as “Decoration Day.”
The national observance of Memorial Day began when Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, then leader of the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization for Union veterans, designated May 30, 1868 for the celebration of Decoration Day.
But the celebration quickly evolved from just a day honoring fallen Civil War veterans to a day honoring every American who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. With the meaning change came a name change. According to Arlington, people began referring to the holiday as “Memorial Day” by the late 19th Century.
In 1968, then-President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established the national observance of Memorial Day on the last Monday each May.
“These Memorial Day ceremonies, rooted in 150 years of tradition, ensure that the United States will never forget those who died in the armed forces and the country for which they served,” according to Arlington, which has approximately 400,000 graves on its land.”
Chris Enloe, Weekend Editor, The Blaze

Retirement at 70?

As all of you should know by now, I love dentistry. I love taking care of all my patients, and working with some of the best dental team members both past and present. I believe it is an honor to be entrusted with the oral health care of the public, and all of us at Thorup Dental constantly strive to deliver the best care possible to those we serve.

I hope to be able to continue the practice of dentistry for another fifteen to twenty years from now. Why? Because it’s amazing to be able to help people get out of pain, enhance their smile, and just improve their overall health.

I came across an article published from the American Dental Association about the need/ability to continue working till age 70, and it caused me to think about all of us in all professions. Unfortunately it only referenced the financial reasons to continue working:

Working Until 70 Beneficial, Research Suggests.

The AP (5/8) reports “when it comes to retirement, later may be better,” because experts suggest that “working a few more years or drawing your Social Security benefits later can significantly boost income,” which is “particularly important” amid a national decrease in pensions and retirement savings. Research from the Stanford Center on Longevity found that the “best” retirement income approach “for middle-income retirees to have a reliable source of income through retirement is to wait until age 70 to claim Social Security,” and the study’s lead researcher stated, “We keep adding years of life and it all got tacked on to the retirement period and it never changed the retirement age.”

I feel we also need to add more important reasons for working in our professions a bit longer:

1-The wisdom that older workers can impart is often times priceless.
2-On-the-job experience can not be learned in a classroom.
3-Our brains stay sharp when mentally and physically challenged.

So, when will I, Dr. Rob, retire? I get that question from time to time. Hopefully not for a long time, as “70″ is still many years away…

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms!

Dr. Rob

Common Pain Relievers Better for Dental Pain

Sometimes my patients wonder why I rarely prescribe opioid type pain medications for their dental pain. It’s simple, opioid pain medications do not block pain receptors as well as over-the-counter pain medications. Hopefully this article I am sharing with all of you will help you better understand how to control pain associated with dental conditions.

Enjoy the read….
Dr. Rob

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