As we creep further and further into the year: Are you staying true to your new years resolutions or have you found yourself starting to slip? Whether you decided to quit smoking, start flossing, drop some pounds or start to eat healthier – we have some motivational tips that actually work!
Here at Szmanda Dental Center, we are big believers that laughter is the best medicine – well maybe not if you’re experiencing a toothache…….but we got you if that happens too. *wink* Smiling and having that ‘glass half full’ attitude is where it’s at. It can really make the difference in the way your day will go. We’ve gathered some weird facts you never knew about your smile while you’re experiencing your next laughing fit. Laughter is known to improve immunity, reduce depression, anxiety and stress, cope better with pain, and increase self-esteem — so why not laugh? Here are 4 facts that maybe you never realized before:
You may not even be aware of it — but stress can actually affect your mouth! If you find yourself overwhelmed at your job or life got you frazzled, it may be worth reevaluting so stress doesn’t also bring down your smile! There’s more and more evidence linking stress with gum disease, bruxism and even mouth sores. Your dentist is able to aid in detecting these oral stress symptoms, but we’re here to help you even before your 6 month routine visit!
Do You Suffer from Headaches or Sore Teeth and Jaw?
Saliva may be made mostly of water, but there are other helpful substances in there that really go to work in keeping your mouth functioning properly. Normally, the body makes up to 2 to 4 pints of saliva a day! Some people suffer from dry mouth, which is not only uncomfortable, but is a welcome wagon for germs and bad breath. We can help those people with special recommendations and medication suggestions to get their saliva back on Team Oral Health. Keep in mind chewing foods (we recommend sugarless gum) is the most efficient way to stimulate salivary flow and most people create the most saliva in the late afternoon.
Let us break down the ways Saliva plays such a significant role in your mouth: Continue Reading…
Sometimes it’s hard to break through the mumbo jumbo of marketing tactics or what you think seems logical and actually know what’s best for your child’s smile. There are definitely some common myths out there when it comes to children’s dental health and we’re here to help set the record straight on the top 3 myths of child oral health.
Honestly, the dental office has a smell? This is a mystery to me since I’m in one every day and smell nothing. But according to a lot of people, if we were to blindfold them and plop them in the dental chair like one of those Febreeze commercials, they would know exactly where they are. So either my nose is broken or this is NOT a myth – HOWEVER we did some digging and there are some definite reasons why the aroma is as distinct as some people say!
The end of the year is when most flexible spending, health savings, and insurance benefits expire and we’d like to give you a friendly reminder that it’s a good time to come in for your dental visit.
In most cases you will “lose” the money you have set aside if you do not use it before the end of the year. Check the print in your policy for further details. Here is a list of our currently accepted dental insurances. Continue Reading…
You had to be living under a rock to have not heard about the Cecil the Lion tragedy in the previous weeks or the backlash the dentist who shot him received. With it coming back in the news as the dentist returns to work, we wanted to take a new spin and talk about the positivity that dentists can bring to our wildlife friends instead! At Szmanda Dental Center, we are HUGE animal lovers. We have done multiple donations and collaborations with The Humane Society of Marathon County. In addition to loving our four-legged friends, we have love for our feathered friends as well! We heard of an amazing story we had to share! Dentists have actually assisted to reconstruct beaks on bald eagles to help them survive in the wildlife. How neat is that? Continue Reading…
So we’ve had people ask what’s the big deal with these electric toothbrushes? Is a Sonicare toothbrush worth the extra money especially when we’re handing you a toothbrush for free? This is a valid question and one that will depend on your own personal skills. To help gauge if your skills are reeeeeeeeally up to par, see if you pass this simple proper brushing checklist.
Proper Brushing Checklist:
• Do you brush for at least two minutes? That’s right, two full minutes. That’s 120 seconds! Most adults do not even come close to brushing that long. It’s probably a lot longer than you think too! Go ahead and take out your handy-dandy smart phone and time yourself next time. Most electric toothbrushes are timed so you know just how long to keep brushing. Continue Reading…
Everyone’s eyes slightly light up and twinkle when you see the word “FREE”. Don’t lie — yours did too. It’s science. And why fight that? Let’s instead embrace it and utilize your very own team members as advocates of your business. It’s a fact that your staff are your free mini-marketers online.