Most homes have a standard first-aid kit—and with the demanding schedules of the average American family today, it’s smart to keep one in your vehicle, too. Whether at home or away from home, active kids like to run, play, climb, and jump off things—and sometimes emergency dental injuries follow. Drs. Michael & Blake Louscher thinks it’s a great idea to prepare a dental first aid kit for kids to accompany the standard version and keep them in roughly the same location for easy accessibility.
Any time your child sustains an oral injury, it’s important to have Lush Family Dental check that no teeth have been damaged or loosened. Quick dental attention can mean the difference between keeping and losing a tooth, as well as preventing infections and controlling bleeding. Even if a dental visit isn’t necessary, keeping a dental first aid kit at the ready and knowing how to use it can prevent more serious dental concerns down the road.
If you have more ideas for the perfect dental first aid kit or just want to schedule an appointment for a visit with Lush Family Dental, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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Michael Louscher, DDS
Dr. Michael Louscher is an Iowa native who grew up in the Northwest Iowa town of Emmetsburg. He attended the University of Iowa and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance in 1989. Shortly after graduation, he and his high school sweetheart were married and spent the next few years working in Des Moines and Minneapolis.
Feeling unfulfilled with his current career path, he elected to return to Iowa City and pursue his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. While in school, he and his wife Angi were blessed with their first two children. Upon graduating from dental school in 1996, Dr. Louscher and his family moved to Mason City. He and his wife raised their three children, Blake, Kane and Mary Katherine in Mason City, and he practiced dentistry there for over 22 years. In addition to his successful practice in Mason City, he also served the communities of Belmond and Britt with satellite offices in those locations.
Dr. Louscher and his wife are now excited to start a new chapter in their lives. With their two oldest children also choosing dentistry as their careers, the Louscher family has decided to open a new family dental clinic in Waukee. Their focus has always been on family, and they intend to bring those values to their new practice and to all the patients who they will have the opportunity to care for in the coming years.
Favorite Sports Team:
A Few Good Men
Blake Louscher, DDS
Dr. Blake Louscher grew up in Mason City, Iowa with his younger brother and sister, Kane and Mary Katherine. He went on to complete his Bachelor's of Science at Central Michigan University while pitching on the baseball team. Following graduation, Blake decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and completed his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 2019 at the University of Iowa.
Some of Blake’s fondest memories from dental school were spending time with his friends and classmates playing intramural sports. His class won the championship in softball and he won doubles darts three years in a row with his roommate! When he is not practicing dentistry, Blake likes to spend his time outside running, biking, hiking and skiing. Blake is looking forward to bringing the knowledge he has gained through his experiences to the Waukee community. Make sure to honk at him if you see Blake running around the area!
Volunteer at Iowa Missions of Mercy
Special Olympics Special Smiles
Rotation in University of Iowa’s Geriatrics and Special Needs Clinic
Volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
Member of the Academy of General Dentistry
Member of the American Dental Association
Member working toward Fellowship in the International Dental Implant Association
Awards and Distinctions
Class President (University of Iowa)
Hanau Best of the Best Prosthodontic Award (University of Iowa)
Dr. James Michael Leary Memorial Award (University of Iowa)
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society (University of Iowa)
Research published in SAGE Journals (University of Iowa)
JD Thompson Memorial Award (University of Iowa)
Ito Scholarship Award (University of Iowa)
Dental Class of 1929 Award (University of Iowa)
Deans Academic Recognition Award 2015-2019 (University of Iowa)
Summa Cum Laude graduate (Central Michigan University)
President’s list 2011-2015 (Central Michigan University)
Favorite Sports Team:
Kate Louscher, DDS
Dr. Kate is from Waterloo, IA, and graduated from Columbus Catholic High School. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa, where she received a BS in Biology. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. It was in school where she met her husband, Dr. Blake.
After graduating, Blake and Kate moved to Des Moines and started practicing. Dr. Kate enjoys learning and staying up to date with continuing education courses. She is a Kois-Trained Dentist. This means she focuses on comprehensive patient care, occlusion-based dentistry, and TMJ diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Kate has also received advanced training in BOTOX for cosmetic and therapeutic treatment.
Dr. Kate and Blake have a 9 month old daughter named Louise and a standard goldendoodle named Lady. In Dr. Kate’s free time she enjoys reading, cooking, skiing, traveling, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and spending time with family and friends.