Kimberlee Harjula Peterson

Kim Peterson, RDH

Kimberlee Harjula Peterson was born and raised in St George. She attended Georges Valley High School and then attended the University of Southern Maine obtaining an Associate of Science in Business Administration. After moving home, she began working in a local dental office. She loved the field of dentistry and decided to further her education by returning to school earning her degree in Dental Hygiene. She started with Dr Medina after first getting her license and has recently returned.

“I am excited to be back in the office and am looking forward to seeing new and “old” faces. I really like my colleagues–every one is helpful and caring. I think we have a great team. We recently went to a dental conference in Boston and are feeling energized with the classes we took. I am looking forward to taking more classes to expand my depth of knowledge and perhaps provide dental services in an under served population in the near future.”

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Kim, her husband, Kyle, and girls Kennedy and Kerrigan live in Rockport. She also has a stepson, Beau, his wife Amy and granddaughter, Ellie who currently live in New Hampshire. She enjoys spending free time with her family and friends. She loves summertime and being close to the ocean.

Kim Peterson, RDH

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Kim loves working with people and truly values developing relationships with her patients. She believes in treating not just a mouth but the person behind it. She finds it very rewarding to make people feel comfortable by providing an easy and gentle approach to care. She has been practicing dental hygiene for 16 years. She loves working with children of all ages and seeing them grow from toddlers to adults.

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Long in the tooth

Are you getting "long in the tooth"? We can help.

Have you ever heard the expression that someone is “long in the tooth?” “Long of tooth” doesn’t have to be.  Are you interested in keeping your youthful smile?  Give us a call and we can help. – Dr. Medina It refers to a condition we call recession. Gum tissue recession occurs when the tissues around the teeth pull away from the tooth and bone, exposing root surface.  It can occur anywhere in the mouth and happen at any age. Why is recession an issue? Exposed root surfaces are normally covered and protected by bone and tissue. Once exposed, these become more susceptible to decay as root surface is softer than enamel. They are also more susceptible to erosion from acidic foods, … Continue reading →

Hooray for a healthy mouth!

Dick Householder - Horray for a health mouth

We recently had the pleasure of completing a month long endeavor  to achieve and maintain one of our long time patients’ oral health. Through the combined efforts of myself, Samantha Quinn and our patient, Dick Householder,  we saw some fabulous results on his journey to a healthy mouth. He was so thrilled with the results that he allowed us to share his success story in hopes that it will encourage others who are wanting a healthier mouth. Dick’s commitment of coming to our office on an average of 3 times a week for irrigation over a time span of 4 weeks, along with his particular attention to performing great home care, shined through in his recent examination!  As clinicians, this is … Continue reading →

Making someone’s day with a small gesture.

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Working in the field of dentistry can be challenging. This is largely because coming to the dentist is not always high on people’s list of favorite things to do. And this is completely understandable. Having a gloved, masked, person 15 inches from your body and working in your mouth is intimidating to say the least. Also, if you have had a previous negative experience, it adds to the anxiety of going to the dentist. We often hear comments like “No offense, but I don’t like the dentist” or “I hate coming here.”  While we do understand, and try not to take it personally, there are times when it can be very deflating for us to hear. I recently had a patient who … Continue reading →

Flossing isn’t for everyone – Floss alternatives.

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Flossing isn’t for everyone. What? It’s true that flossing is the ideal way to clean in between the teeth but, for some people, flossing is difficult and often impossible. People with limited dexterity and some types of dental restorations can make it challenging to clean with regular floss. And, for some people, flossing just plain isn’t going to become part of the oral hygiene regimen at home. Thankfully there are options to assist in cleaning the tough in between spaces. Here is a list of alternatives, or adjuncts, to flossing. Hand Held Flossers – Essentially this is the same as the traditional way of flossing but allows for easier access and control with the fingers. There are different size handles and … Continue reading →

Welcoming new patients at Seasons of Smiles Dental

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Seasons of Smiles Dental is gladly welcoming new patients! Our friendly staff would love to work with you and your family to maintain your smile for a lifetime. Our innovative office offers cosmetic, preventive, restorative and now Invisalign for your orthodontic and dental needs in a clean and comfortable setting. Our seasoned clinical staff are conscientious and caring to make your dental experience a pleasant one. We welcome most insurances and do offer financing options. Please visit our website to see our team members and how we can work with you! Please give our office a call to schedule your appointment today! … Continue reading →

Cleaning Your Teeth In A Cup

Cleaning your teeth in a cup?

We recently had a patient state that one of his friends didn’t take care of his teeth. And, it really didn’t seem to bother his friend that he could lose his teeth. He will “just have dentures.” We’ve heard this statement many times, along with the joke of “then just doing a cleaning in a cup.” As dental professionals, we strive to keep teeth. We educate and provide therapy to achieve that goal. There are instances, however, where moving towards a denture is more cost effective and efficient for patients. There are a few implications that arise from having dentures that should be considered in making the decision to remove teeth and replace with dentures or partials. TASTE Full upper … Continue reading →

Yuck mouth

Yuck Mouth

People make fun of the 1970’s and 80’s but there were a few good things that came out of those years. One in particular that comes to mind is the educational offerings from ABC network (one of the seven channels that I had growing up). Schoolhouse Rocks, afterschool specials and also a few educational commercials. My husband and I have actually introduced our children to Schoolhouse Rocks and they have learned multiplications facts through singing songs. They’ve also learned about sentence structure, electricity, the pilgrims. Most all of these are set to music and who doesn’t love music? ♫♫♫ They call me Yuck Mouth ♫♫♫ One of the commercials that sticks with me is about keeping your teeth clean. It’s … Continue reading →

Chewing gum to keep your teeth?

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Mom always warned about chewing gum. “It will rot your teeth!” New evidence shows that chewing sugarless gum can actually help reduce the incidence of decay. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can help wash away the acids produced by bacterial plaque in your mouth. The act of chewing gum stimulates saliva which helps lubricate the mouth, neutralize acids and also carries calcium and phosphate which keep teeth mineralized. Chewing sugarless gum can also help with dry mouth, a condition which many people suffer with. The implications of dry mouth lead to very sticky biofilm, or plaque, which can be very difficult to brush or floss away. This in turn contributes to tooth decay as well. There are … Continue reading →

Sleepy juice and sugar bugs

Don't be scared little one.

Every January there is a large dental conference in Boston which offers dental professionals the opportunity to see what is new and up and coming in the dental field and also offers continuing education courses. One of the courses I took was in relation to pediatric dentistry. It was a great lecture given by a pediatric dentist based out of Washington state by the name of Dr. Greg Psaltis. He has been in practice for over 30 years and is now seeing children of the children he has treated over the years! The lecture offered numerous tips for treating children that could be very useful to us as practitioners but also tips that he shares with parents to help the appointments … Continue reading →