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On July 17, 2015, Dr. John and his wife, Anne, traveled to Ireland with a group of US dentists (most from Texas) for a Continuing Dental Education course that also provided time to explore this beautiful country. The course was sponsored by the University of Texas Health Science Center and featured Dr. Brian Mealey. Dr. Mealey is the director of the Specialist Division in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio School of Dentistry. He has published extensively in the scientific literature, with an emphasis on inter-relationships between oral and systemic health. Dr. Mealey is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is a consultant to the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs. He currently serves as a Director of the American Board of Periodontology. Long story short is that Dr. Mealy is not only a preeminent expert in the field of Periodontology, but also an engaging and gifted teacher. His lectures focused on the relationships between periodontal health and diabetes, immune compromise, pregnancy, and cardiovascular disease. With so many Americans affected by periodontal disease, his presentations, which included summaries of the most current research studies and data on this topic, were both informative and timely. Ask Dr. John more about this when you are next in the office. On a lighter note, Dr. John and Anne had the opportunity to spend time in Dublin (and the required visit to the Guiness Storehouse), Kilkenny, Killarney, and Cong. We hope you enjoy these pics from their trip.

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Dental Implant Training

Drs. John and Kate, along with assistants Brenda and Amber, recently traveled to an all-day conference in Milwaukee, WI to hear Dr. Louis Al-Faraje lecture on advances in dental implants.  Dr. Al-Faraje is a well-known leader in the world of dental implants.  In addition to his private practice, he has authored numerous textbooks and has a training facility in San Diego, CA, called the The California Implant Institute.  Through generous sponsorship with the Wisconsin Academy of General Dentistry, Wisconsin dental professionals were able to hear Dr. Al-Faraje lecture without needing to travel across the country.

We are excited to bring the information we learned back to the office!

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(L to R: Dr. John, Dr. Kate, Dr. Al-Faraje, Brenda, Amber)

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Ask the Dentist!
Tuesday, February 17, 1:00 pm
Verona Public Library
500 Silent Street, Verona, WI  53593 

If you have a baby or toddler, you may have questions about thumb sucking, your child’s first dental visit or how and when to clean your child’s teeth. If so Main Street Dentists invites you to attend this free program. Parents will learn about when children should have their first dental visit, ways to prevent early childhood caries, when to expect changes from primary to permanent teeth, proper brushing and flossing techniques, thumb sucking, dental sealants and the importance of regular dental examinations. Parents and children welcome.


Thank you to the Verona Public Library for hosting this event!

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Drs. John and Kate, Assistants Brenda and Jean and Hygienists Tanya and Denise had a great mission trip to Siguatepeque, Honduras 10/31/14-11/7/14.

Patients were seen from noon on Saturday through noon on Thursday.  Here are some highlights of the trip:

  • 146 patients were treated
  • Over 75% of those treated were children under the age of 12
  • All children without decay on permanent molars received dental sealants
  • All children and most adults received fluoride treatment
  • All patients seen received toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss
  • Thanks to CUNA Mutual of Madison, all children seen received their choice of toy or stuffed animal

Thank you to Henry Schein Dental, Holt Dental, Colgate, and CUNA Mutual for their generous support and donations of dental products and toys for kids that help make these trips possible.

Below are some photo highlights of the Fall 2014 trip.

We were able to spend time at the school on this trip teaching about brushing and flossing.















We also had some happy kids with “No Cavities!” at their visits






Unfortunately, we still saw some instances of bad decay in children that had never seen a dentist before.


Here are some candid shots of the team in the clinic:






Here we are outside the hotel on the last night:


A big thank you to our families that support all of us while we are away!

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Welcome New Teachers!

There will be 50 new teachers in the Verona School District this year and Main Street Dentists is happy to welcome them to Verona by participating in the Verona Chamber of Commerce’s “New Teacher Welcome Bags.”

We put together goody bags for the teachers that had toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss and then threw in some fruit snacks.

(Don’t worry, they’ll be able to brush afterwards!)

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Welcome to Verona!

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January 14-19, 2014 Drs. John and Kate, along with Dental Assistants Brenda, Jean and Jaika, traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for the Damon Forum, an international orthodontic conference on the Damon Bracket System.  Over the multi-day conference they heard lectures from doctors from around the globe in large and small group formats.  With over 1100 doctors and team members in attendance, it was a unique learning opportunity.

Dr. John has been using the Damon System for several years and Dr. Kate will now be offering this system to her patients.  The Damon System allows for more efficient tooth movement which means shorter times in braces for all patients. Ask us about the Damon System the next time you’re in the office.



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IMG_1324What’s up with the red and green tabs?

The plastic colored tabs are on while the brackets are placed to help ensure the doctors have the brackets in the perfect position.  They pop right off when the brackets are bonded on–they won’t go home with you!




A highlight was the Great Gatsby-themed dinner on Friday night.


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December Training

Dr. Kate, Anita, and Jaika recently traveled to Lake Geneva where they learned great information to make our practice even more fantastic! After the conference, they enjoyed all of the beautiful Christmas decorations at the Grand Geneva Resort and indulged in some decadent desserts.





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