Dental Mission Trip to Guatemala!

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Dear Friends and Family,

I have always has a passion and desire to volunteer for a mission trip abroad. I have finally discovered a wonderful opportunity to help improve children's health abroad through an organization called Global Dental Relief (GDR)! Global Dental Relief's mission is to bring free dental care to children throughout the world. Volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants and non-dental volunteers deliver treatment and preventive care in dental clinics that serve children in schools, orphanages and remote villages. With a vision to transform lives and cultivate community through volunteerism, they provide opportunities for diverse groups of volunteers to explore the world and bring free dental care and oral hygiene education to thousands of impoverished children in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Kenya, and Cambodia. I have been given the amazing opportunity this year to volunteer in Guatemala from November 18th-27th! Not only will I be able to help others, I will have the opportunity to explore and experience a new country. Unfortunately, all of GDR programs are run solely by volunteer contributions, and therefore this trip comes with a fee. In order to make this dream a reality, I need your help! The fee for this one week program, including meals, lodging,and in-country tansportation, totals $1,980 (not including round-trip airfare). I would love and appreciate any donation to help me fulfill this lifelong goal. No donation is too small! This has been a great dream of mine for some time now and I am so happy you can all be apart of this journey with me

Thank you all so much!

Amanda Bruso, RDH

Happy Patient Appreciation Day!

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Happy Patient Appreciation Day!


What is better than our patients, the Royals, and cupcakes???


Absolutely nothing! That's why every patient that comes in for their appointment today will receive a cupcake from Cupcake A La Mode and a chance to win 4 tickets to a Royals game this weekend!


Meet Savannah!!

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We would like to introduce the newest member of our Dental Hygienist Team, Savannah! Savannah is from Lee's Summit, MO and graduated in 2015 from Johnson County Community College. Savannah enjoys building relationships with all of her patients and helping them feel more confident with their smile. Outside of work, Savannah is a Crossfit athlete, a "dog mom" to Finley and Frankie, and recently got married in August 2015!

Happy Dental Assistant Week

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We would like to say a big THANK YOU to our 3 dental assistants. Mikaela, Christy, and Kinsley. We appreciate all the hard work you put in every day and the great care you give our patients!

Mikaela is a dental assistant and has been at Haake Family Dental since November 2013. Mikaela's favorite part about dental assisting is getting to help people achieve their perfect smile. When she is not in the office, she enjoys being a photographer, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog Murphy.

Christy is a dental assistant and has been at Haake Family Dental since July 2015. Christy's favorite part about dental assisting is making patients feel comfortable and at ease during their appointment. When Christy is outside the office she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

Kinsley is a dental assistant and has been at Haake Family Dental since February 2016.  

4th of July Get-A-Way

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Win a 4th of July Get-A-Way at Tan-Tar-A Resort on the Lake of the Ozarks!!!


How Do I Win?




Refer someone to our office and you're entered! There is No limit to the number of entries you can have. Make sure we know who you've referred so we can enter you into the contest!


But wait, that's not all...........


You have been invited to join the Smile Team at Haake Family Dental!


We can't wait to get to know you, so schedule your appointment now. You need to schedule by May 2nd, 2016 to be entered into our 

New Patient Drawing for an Indoor Sky Diving Experience at iFLY!

Meet Dr. Smith!!

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Meet Dr. Smith

Dr. Jacob Smith grew up in the KC area, later moving to Lake of the Ozarks where he finished high school early and began college at the age of 16. He then earned his BA degree in Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City at the age of 19 and went straight to dental school graduating with his DDS in 2012. Following dental school, Dr. Smith pursued a one-year residency in General Dentistry at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. His training continued for a second-year residency in General Dentistry at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center / UCLA. Finally, Dr. Smith concluded his post-graduate training at Georgia Regents University where he completed a one-year internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Smith is an enthusiastic general dentist with advanced training in comprehensive dentistry and has a strong clinical background in implant dentistry and IV sedation. He is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Crown Council, and Missouri Dental Association. He currently serves as a board member of the Missouri AGD.

When Dr. Smith is away from work, he enjoys spending time with family, playing the piano and guitar, reading, exercising, traveling, and attending church related activities.

Dr. Smith takes a patient-based approach to dentistry, where he puts the focus on the goals of each individual.

"My goal is to completely communicate each treatment plan in a simple but comprehensive way, allowing the patient to feel comfortable in choosing the most appropriate treatment approach.


The Link Between Oral Health and Heart Health

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During the month of February, we celebrate American Heart Month and work to raise awareness of the best ways to keep your heart healthy. For all of us here at my dental offices in Overland Park and Raymore, there’s never been a better time to talk about the link between your oral health and heart health.

 The mouth is the window to whole body health. Your mouth can provide early warning signs to a variety of other whole-body problems, one of which is heart disease. Additionally, numerous studies have shown a strong link between gum disease and increased risk for heart disease.

 Are You at Risk?

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), those who have gum disease are at increased risk for a heart attack. Many of the culprits that often contribute to heart disease are the same leading causes of gum disease, such as smoking, smokeless tobacco, and poor nutrition.

 Already have a history of heart problems? Your dentist in Overland Park or Raymore should be a crucial part of your health care team. With an early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of any tooth or gum infections, we can help improve not only your oral health, but your overall health as well. Research from the AGD shows the earlier any oral infections are caught and treated the better, diagnosis and treatment could even lead to a decrease in the need of blood pressure medications.

 Signs & Symptoms

Without regular dental checkups and cleanings, gum disease often goes undiagnosed and can put you at greater risk for heart disease. Some signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Consistently bad breath
  • Chronic bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that appear to be pulling away from the teeth

 If you have any of the symptoms above, please call us right away.

 This February, put your heart first and work to keep yourself at a low risk for heart or gum disease. Quit smoking, improve your diet, and always remember to maintain regular appointments with my Overland Park or Raymore dental office.

 Welcoming patients from Overland Park, Johnson County, Raymore, South Kansas City, and surrounding areas.

5 Reasons to See Us Regularly

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We always encourage you to keep up with regularly scheduled appointments at my dental office in Overland Park or Raymore. But do you know why it’s so important? In this blog, we cover some of the top reasons seeing us at least twice a year is so crucial to your oral health.

  1.  Cavities. Regular cleanings and appointments are key to preventing serious problems that may be lurking. Plaque, that gross white stuff that you can sometimes see on your teeth, is the top cause of decay and, therefore, cavities. If left alone, the plaque eats away at enamel and forms cavities. Professional cleanings are really important to remove plaque buildup and protect smiles.
  1.  Keep Your Teeth. Not only can regular visits keep you healthy, they’re also really important if you want to keep your teeth. At your appointments, we look for gum disease, which is one of the major reasons adults lose their teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can weaken the bone that holds teeth in place. This can eventually cause teeth to fall out or loosen. If we catch gum disease early, it decreases the chance of this happening.
  1. Save Your Money. Regular visits help catch any potential problems before they turn into big, expensive issues. Taking advantage of preventive care appointments can help keep cash in your wallet by helping avoid big ticket procedures.
  1.  Kissably Fresh Breath. While your at-home routine does help to keep bad breath germs away, professional cleanings get deep into the pockets and remove germs and bacteria below the gum line.
  1.  Overall Health. There is a strong connection between your oral health and your overall health. A healthy mouth typically means a healthier body, and there’s no better way to ensure you’re in tip-top shape than with regular cleanings. Regular cleanings may help lower risk for heart disease and stroke, and we can detect many other whole-body problems early at regular dental appointments.

If you’re due for a checkup or cleaning, call my Overland Park or Raymore dental office. We’ll get you scheduled for an exam and cleaning, and check your entire mouth for any problems or potential ones. As always, we’ll also recommend that you return to see us in about six months.

Welcoming patients from Overland Park, Johnson County, Raymore, South Kansas City, and surrounding areas.

Why Do All Dental Offices Smell The Same?

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When you walk into a dental office and breathe deeply, you’ll immediately recognize that dental office smell. There’s nothing quite like it. But why do all dental offices have that certain super-clean stench? At my dental offices in Overland Park and Raymore, we become immune to the everyday smells that go along with working here. We also realize our patients are the complete opposite, and the odor can be odd. But we can explain.


There are unique smells that come from dental procedures themselves. A common term associated with the aroma of a dental procedure is tooth dust, which can be experienced during a filling, root canal, and numerous other procedures. The scent of tooth dust can be limited by using a vacuum and a lot of water during treatment. Since a dental office is packed doing treatments all day long, tooth dust permeates the air and can linger around, contributing to overall dental office smell. However, tooth dust is not the only thing that makes dental offices smell like, well, dental offices.


The materials used in dental procedures can also have pretty strong scents. Acrylic, which is used for crown and denture construction, is one of the most common materials that contribute to the dental office smell. Additionally, clove oil that’s often used in fillings, has a powerful aroma.


One of the most important things to your dentist in Overland Park or Raymore is sanitation and infection control. Everything used to keep our patients safe, healthy, and away from germs can have potent odors. The gloves, antibacterial soaps, disinfectant wipes, super-hot sanitation ovens, and the mixture used to sanitize tools that can’t be heat-sterilized are all standards in our practice, and all help create the unique dental office smell. However, pungent smells often go hand in hand with high levels of sanitation. Personally, we’d rather have the smell than an unsanitary dental office.

 While we don’t think anyone will be making a dental-office-scented candle anytime soon, we do encourage you to think of the aroma as a good one. It means your teeth are being well taken care of in a clean and sanitized practice, both of which are key at my Overland Park and Raymore dental offices.

Serving patients from Overland Park, Johnson County, Raymore, South Kansas City, and surrounding areas.

Tooth Truth: Debunking Cavity Myths

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Cavities. They’re one of the most common dental problems, yet there’s still so much confusion about what exactly causes these pesky pockets of decay. At my dental offices in Overland Park and Raymore, we’d like to debunk some cavity myths and talk about the truth behind the tooth.

 Cavity Myth: Sensitivity means you have a cavity.

Tooth Truth: Sensitivity doesn’t automatically equate to a cavity and could actually mean a variety of different things. If you have pain in your teeth when you drink something hot or cold, chances are your roots have become exposed, probably due to gum recession. Sensitivity could simply mean you have extremely sensitive teeth. You could also have a cracked or broken tooth.

 Cavity Myth: If you have a cavity, you’ll know it.

Tooth Truth: A lot of times, a cavity has no symptoms if the decay is moderate. However, if left untreated, a cavity will continue to grow. This is when we start to experience pain. Once the decay becomes much more severe and causes damage to the nerves, you may need more than a filling to fix the cavity. In short, if you wait to have symptoms of a cavity, you’ve waited too long.

 Cavity Myth: Kids are more likely to get cavities than adults.

Tooth Truth: In the past 20 years, the prevalence of cavities in children has been cut in half. However, there continues to be a rise in the amount of cavities in the senior citizen population. Many times senior citizens require daily medications, and these medicines can result in dry mouth and lack of saliva. Without saliva, decay causing bacteria isn’t rinsed away and is left to eat away at enamel, resulting in cavities.

 Now that you know the truth behind cavities, there’s one other really important thing you should know. Regular appointments at my Overland Park and Raymore dental offices is the most effective way to keep your mouth healthy and cavity free. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen a dentist, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help!

 Accepting patients from Overland Park, Johnson County, Raymore, South Kansas City, and surrounding communities.