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Sal – A dentist that I have been mentoring

January 15th, 2014

Many of you do not know that I mentor other dentist that aspires to increase their skills in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. We have dentist join us in the office for a day of an over-the-shoulder courses. Others will send me images of their patients that have work in progress. I then provide feedback to help them fine-tune their eye. As you know I sit for exams for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) in Madison, WI. These are blind exams that we don’t know who the candidates are there by judging the case by its merits only.

I just received an email from a very talented dentist that I have been mentoring. He just received news that two of the cases he submitted were a “pass” for the accreditation process of the AACD.

Hi Brett, Good news, I passed Type 5 and Type 4!
Couldn’t have done it without you, especially the previous case 5 that failed but you taught me so much with numerous personal phone calls going over the case at each step. By the second one I was prepared.
Thanks again.

Sal (AACD Accreditation Candidate)

Happy Halloween !!!

October 30th, 2013

Magnuson Dental Design wants to make sure this Halloween its a fun and safe family outing. We all love to have candy, but remember it’s the frequency of contact with teeth not the quantity that produces cavities. Stick candy can get stuck in between the teeth and stay there for long periods of time as the candy slowly dissolves. This acts like a time-release capsule and allows the presence of sugar to be in the mouth for a much longer period of time. Be sure to drink water after consumption of candy to dilute the sugars in the mouth and make sure no candy prior to going to bed. Good oral hygiene habits year-round will ensure that one night of trick-or-treating won’t harm your children’s teeth. Have fun and don’t let the goblins get you.


Test Questions

August 19th, 2013

As an examiner for the AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) I have a yearly commitment to write test questions for the new members that are aspiring to enter the road to accreditation. Successful completion of the written exam is the first stage of this journey. I spend a good part of my weekend doing this but I’m done with this for another year, Yea!!!


June 5th, 2013

As OSHA coordinator attending OSHA update seminars, I feel very confident about the products and equipment we use on a daily basis at Magnuson Dental Design. Our office provides patients with the best safety precautions. With research and seminars required to attend we can recommend the best gloves, masks and personalized eyewear. The staff is trained in the latest products and techniques available in the area of surface disinfection and sterilization.

Karen N.

AACD Meeting Seattle, WA April 24-27, 2013

April 16th, 2013

AACD 2013 Seattle, WA meeting offers cosmetic dental professionals – including dentist, lab techs and team members – live learning through hands-on workshops and lectures. Dr. Magnuson is honored to be presenting the Photography Lecture for Accreditation Documentation at this year’s AACD meeting. Dr. Magnuson will teach dental professionals and members of the AACD essential camera functions, how to enhance the quality of cosmetic dentistry photos, image capturing, downloading photos to a computer, file conversions, creating Power Point presentations, and burning cases to CD. The meeting also provides attendees with networking opportunities through social events, and the chance to see the latest dental technologies on display in the exhibit hall.


When NOT to brush your teeth

April 5th, 2013

If you just eaten some grapefruit wedges or sipped a glass of orange juice, stay away from your toothbrush. Citrusy foods and beverages leave acid on your teeth. Brushing immediately after eating or drinking rubs the acid further in an can erode enamel. When enamel on your teeth wears away, the softer dentin layer underneath is exposed, leaving you vulnerable to tooth sensitivity and cavities. Once enamel is gone, its gone. Delay brushing a full 60 minutes after a citrusy meal or snack.

Easy way to get your 5-a-day

March 4th, 2013

Sipping water at meals helps you eat less – and can also encourage you to reach for veggies instead of fries. In a study in the journal Appetite, kids who drank water with their food ate 26 percent more vegetables than those who sipped fruit punch. Adults likely do the same thing. When we drink water, which we don’t associate with any particular food, we’re more likely to load up on veggies. Source: First for women.

Chicago Dental Society (CDS)

February 25th, 2013

Fantastic meeting attending Continuing Educational classes at both the American Equilibration Society (AES) and the 148th Chicago Dental Society (CDS) in February from the 20-23, 2013. This is a time of educational growth with members of CDS, AES and AACD. This is always and exciting time in learning the latest techniques.

Infection Control – Common Cold vs. Flu

February 8th, 2013

Many people confuse the common cold with the flu virus. Prevention of the common cold takes little effort. Hand washing, environmental disinfectants and covering coughs/sneezes can prevent most cases. Prevention is the key because there is no vaccine for it.

The flu virus can be averted with a vaccine. It takes 3-4 weeks to develop antibodies and is about 70% effective. If you do get the flu after having the vaccine it is most likely because you had ben exposed prior to your immunization. Most infections spread readily, even before a person experiences any symptoms.

Antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizers and hand washing are all good ways to stop the spread of bacteria that causes these illnesses. However, in order to be effective they must be done correctly. Hand sanitizers must be alcohol based and be rubbed into skin for twenty seconds. Hand washing must be done if hands are visibly soiled, using soap and water for two minutes.

While it is impossible to completely avoid contact with all germs, it is possible to prevent cold and flu outbreaks with common senses and infection control.

AACD Exams

January 20th, 2013

My self and six other examiners met in Madison, WI to sit for the oral exams for accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Candidates flew in from all over the country. This is the final step in the process, which would be similar to a dissertation for a PhD. The candidates did well but I am not at liberty to discuss the pass rate until the results are officially announced. But I can say we are blessed with some great new talent in dentistry.


Magnuson Dental Design
Brett Magnuson, DMD

2901 S Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

Hours: 8:10am - 5:00pm
Monday - Thursday

Ph. 269.290.7275