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Posts for: March, 2020

March 30, 2020
Category: Haiti
Tags: Haiti Mission  

Dr. Chris Hansen and Dr. Paul Feit (website and Facebook) are founding members of Christian Dental Missions, a nonprofit organization that addresses the dental needs of underserved populations in Honduras, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
The team recently returned  from their 3rd dental mission to Los Cacaos, Haiti.
The 2020 dental mission team included: Dr. Chris Hansen, Ann Hansen, Dr. Paul Feit, Dr. Jamie Meunier, Dr. Tom Peterson , Barb Wachowski, Laurie Penke, Maryjo and Kevin Dempsey, Ilona Fisher, and Allison Bouril.
Here is Dr. Hansen's personal account:
I thought I would share a brief update and a few pics from our dental mission trip to Haiti and the DR February 20-29, 2020. 
After a 20-hour journey, with team of four dentists and seven auxiliaries traveling from Wisconsin and Florida, we finally arrived at Sister Maria’s house in Pedro Santana around midnight on the first day.
Highlights of the travel day included a missed flight for half our team in Milwaukee, a near missed connection in Atlanta and an hour long standoff in customs in Santo Domingo. Customs officials in the DR were going to confiscate all of our medications and local anesthetic because we lacked proper documentation. 
This would have effectively ended our mission work for this trip.  Finally after much discussion, they allowed us to take them through, this one time.  Only later, we found that it was because of a phone call placed by a high level government official to Sister Maria and her vouching for us that allowed safe passage with the needed medical supplies.
Arrival in Santo Domingo
Arrival in Santo Domingo   
Bus ride to Pedro Santana
After our travel day to Pedro Santana, we arrived at the Ag Center in Los Cacaos and worked to set up the clinic. We sorted supplies, set up equipment and tested the vacuum system, plumbing, and pressurized air needed to operate a “modern” dental clinic in this remote region of Haiti. 

With new equipment shipped with the container and the portable dental unit we brought from the US, we were able to set up a clinic with five operational chairs.
Thanks to Jim Fitzgerald and his team for doing a great job setting up the week before. It helped get us a running start on the process. 
Thanks also to the painting crew to allow us to "borrow” Ruth and Steve, top help with set up and crowd control during our clinic. 
Sister Lydia and Sister Valenta were instrumental in screening, prioritizing and organizing patients to help us see the people who needed our services most. Many people were trucked in from remote villages over treacherous roads miles away from the Ag center in Los Cacaos.
Transportation to the Ag Center with the team
Working on the equipment setup
Djimison and Frantz setting up
Kevin and Dr Tom working on the suction pump
60 + People trucked in from Los Botados to see us at the clinic
Some of our team members took in the sights and shopping at the market in Banica. Dr. Paul and I and drove  to Los Botados about 45 minutes away to look at the new community center and house. It was built by Jim Fitzgerald’s crew and painted by the “Tigers of the North” staying at Sister’s house during our clinic week. 

Both the house and Community Centers were impressive structures and the family was very happy with the result. This three bedroom house that four multigenerational families will share was built for Oskarete(?) in appreciation for donating the land for the Center. 
We hope to expand our reach and establish a remote dental clinic in future dental missions.
On the swing back home we were able to visit the local clinic in Los Cacaos and see the progress in the upgrades in the facility and more medications in the pharmacy. We got a tour from the Haitian doctor on duty, Dr. Prophlle Ecclesiaste, who is working to improve the health of people of that community. 
The children with Mary Beth at Los Karete
Happy family in Los Botados
Inside the Community Center
The new residence for Oskaete’s family
Local photographer
The hospital in Los Cacaos
Haitian doctor, Dr. Ecclesiaste
The rest of the week was spent in clinic at the Ag Center where a team of four dentists, seven dental support members, three Haitian interpreters and two lay volunteers worked tirelessly in difficult conditions to see as many local people as humanly possible.
During the more than five clinic days, we were able to screen close to 400 patients, perform over 1,000 extractions of diseased teeth, put in dozens of fillings, and treat hundreds of teeth with fluoride applications.
The waiting area outside the Ag Center
The waiting area patients during screening
Dr Jamie and her patient     
Dr Paul and MaryJo
Dr Tom and Laurie
Our fine interpreter Stevens with his fan club 
Ilona and Ann compiling the stats   
Alisen and Dr Chris
With an increase in the volunteer base and fundraising we hope to expand the clinic to two weeks next year with outreach to the smaller communities that have trouble reaching the main clinic in Los Cacaos.

By Two Rivers Family Dental, LLC
March 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extractions  

Dentists around the world routinely remove diseased or damaged teeth every day. While some extractions require surgery, many don't: Your family dentist can perform these simple extractions, usually with little complication.

The term simple doesn't necessarily mean easy—as we'll note in a moment, it takes a deft and experienced hand to perform this type of extraction. The term in this case refers more to the type and condition of the tooth: The tooth roots are relatively straight and reside in the bone at an accessible angle. There are otherwise no meaningful impediments to removing it straight out.

The idea of “pulling a tooth” out of the jaw isn't the most accurate way to describe the procedure. A tooth is actually held in place within its bony socket by the periodontal ligament, a tough, elastic tissue between the tooth root and the bone that attaches to both through tiny fibrous extensions. The best method is to first loosen the tooth from the ligament's tiny attachments, for which experienced dentists can develop a certain feel. Once released from the ligament, the tooth will usually come free easily from its socket.

Not all teeth, though, can be removed in this manner. Teeth with multiple roots like back molars, and without a straight trajectory out of the socket, can have a complicated removal. Other dental conditions could also prove problematic for simple extraction, such as brittle roots that might fragment during removal.

For these and other complications, your general dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon for the tooth extraction. But even with the surgical component, these more complicated extractions are relatively minor and routine—millions of wisdom teeth, for example, are removed every year in this manner.

If you have a tooth that needs to be removed due to disease or injury, your dentist will first determine the best way to remove it and will refer you, if necessary, for surgical extraction. And whatever kind of extraction you undergo, the dentist performing it will make sure you remain pain-free during the procedure.

While tooth preservation is usually the best course for long-term dental health, it's sometimes best to remove a tooth. If that should happen, your dentist will make sure it's done with as little discomfort to you as possible.

If you would like more information on dental extraction methods, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Simple Tooth Extraction?

March 19, 2020
Category: News
Tags: Untagged

Dear patients, family, and friends of Two Rivers Family Dental,
First, let me tell you how honored we are to serve you and it is at challenging times like these that we realize how fortunate we are to have our loved ones, our friends and our family of patients. The outpouring of heartfelt support from you is overwhelming and keeps us hopeful.
These are extraordinary times and we struggle to keep up with the rapid changes as we discover more about the spread of the Coronavirus. In accordance with public health guidelines and to protect the health of our patients, staff, and families, we made the decision to close the office effective today and plan to reopen on Monday, April 6th. Update: We now plan to reopen on Monday, May 18.
First and foremost, we are health professionals it is our responsibility do everything possible to reduce the spread and effects of this virus. To that end, we will follow the public health guidelines of the CDC, American Dental Association and Wisconsin Dental Association.  We feel that acting in accordance with the abundance of caution approach is appropriate for all our protection in these uncertain times.    
We will be here to answer your questions and provide any emergency services necessary. If you have an appointment in the next two weeks and have not been rescheduled please call us at 794-7100 and we will take care of this for you.  Please feel free to call us anytime you have a question or concern. 
Please do your part at home and follow the recommended CDC guidelines of sanitary measures and stay at home, if possible.  It may be necessary to self quarantine and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others. While this may be the “new normal" we will emerge from this stronger and better prepared for the future if we all pull together.  
We are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association and will continue to seek guidance from these agencies and local public health officials. With new information, we will make the necessary adjustments to our operations and will keep you informed of any changes.
Stay positive, we can and will get through this! We will win this fight!
Chris J Hansen, DDS,FAGD 

By Two Rivers Family Dental, LLC
March 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Transforming your smile doesn’t necessarily require complex treatments like orthodontics, dental implants or porcelain veneers. Sometimes a little brightness can mean all the difference in the world.

Bleaching (or teeth whitening) is a proven method for dealing with tooth discoloration and staining. Nearly all whitening products, whether home or professional, contain the bleaching agent carbamide peroxide or its breakdown product hydrogen peroxide. These agents effectively diminish staining deep within a tooth (intrinsic) or on the enamel surface (extrinsic), although intrinsic staining will require a more invasive office procedure.

If you have extrinsic staining you have three basic options: dental office bleaching, a retail home kit or a kit purchased from a dentist. Again, you’ll find the same basic bleaching agents in each of these versions. The difference will be the concentration: home kits contain about 10% agent by volume, while the office application will be a much higher range of 15% to 35% (which may also employ specialized lights or lasers to increase the bleaching effect). As a result, an office bleaching may take only a visit or two to achieve the desired brightness while a home kit about two or three weeks.

Whitening is a more economical route for smile enhancement of otherwise sound teeth than other measures. But there are other considerations you should weigh before undergoing a procedure. Whitening isn’t a permanent fix — the brightness will diminish over time, optimally six months to a year in what dentists call the “fade rate.” You can slow this process by avoiding or limiting foods and habits that cause staining.

If you have other dental work — crowns, bridgework or fillings — it may be difficult to achieve a tint level that matches these restorations, especially at home. And while whitening is relatively safe (as long as you’re using your kit as directed), you may experience tooth sensitivity, gum irritation or other minor oral side effects.

Before you decide on whitening, visit us first for a complete dental examination. From there we can advise you on whether whitening is a good smile enhancement choice for you.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”

March 15, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged
To the Patients of Two Rivers Family Dental:
Your overall health and wellness has always been our highest priority. We appreciate the growing concern with COVID-19 within our communities. After evaluating the most current information and reviewing all published guidelines, we remain confident in our ability to provide dental care in a safe and healthy environment at Two Rivers Family Dental.
We are implementing the following additional precautions and recommendations to our patients and team members in light of COVID-19.
1. We recommend any patient stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Use your best judgment. If you are sick, we will help you reschedule.  If you are uncertain, please call our office prior to your appointment.
  • If you attend your appointment and would feel most comfortable in a private room prior to the start of your appointment, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
2. We will maintain a clean and safe environment and continue to comply with OSHA and CDC infection control guidelines.
  • We have standard protocols in place to disinfect all surfaces and patient contact areas. We sterilize or safely dispose of all instruments and products used during patient care. We utilize personal protective equipment (e.g. masks, gloves, safety glasses) to keep you and team members safe.
  • We have reviewed the procedures for proper hand hygiene, reinforced their importance, and encouraged accountability between team members. 
  • We have expanded and increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of all common areas and facilities. 
  • We have temporarily removed items that pose a risk for cross-contamination (e.g. magazines, toys, and books) from our common areas.
3.  We support a healthy work environment for our employees.  
  • We have requested our team to not be present at our office if they are experiencing symptoms. To support our team in this effort, we are providing two weeks of additional paid sick leave to all team members.
We are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association and will continue to seek guidance from these agencies and local public health officials. With new information, we will make the necessary adjustments to our operations and will keep you informed of any changes.
Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in the care you receive at Two Rivers Family Dental and If you have questions or concerns, please get in touch. We’re in this together and here to help!
Chris J Hansen, DDS

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Dentists serving Two Rivers, Manitowoc County and the Greater Green Bay Area

Chris Hansen, DDS, FAGD
Jamie Meunier, DMD


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, WI 54241
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