Need a Tooth Pulled? Go See Your Barber.

barberThe practice of dentistry can be a very tricky thing. There’s a lot of different procedures that dentists offer and are well educated to perform them. Dentists have the initials D.D.S. behind their name for a good reason (Doctor of Dental Surgery). It’s serious business.

Back in the day, there wasn’t anyone specified as a dentist, so, other people took it upon themselves to offer their services. This included barbers, blacksmiths and monks (as they had a higher education).

Because of this, there were numerous injuries and deaths from abscesses and infections from improper sterilization. When anesthetic was used, it was used improperly causing the patient to die.

Not until the 1800’s was there a protocol for receiving an education to perform dentistry in the United States. Even though regulation was put forth, there were still those who practiced “street” dentistry and flourished doing it. Even now, there are still those that are performing dentistry without an education or license.

Dentistry is an important part of our lives especially now with all of the terrible things we eat with sugars that cause our chompers to decay. Be glad that there’s educated dentists available that offer a clean, sterilized comfortable environment for you to have treatment completed.

If you are in need of dental work or just a cleaning, don’t hesitate to call Szmanda Dental Center and make an appointment. We promise to take good care of you at any of our 5 locations in Edgar, Marathon, Wausau (2 offices) and Wittenberg.

Information compiled from Wikipedia and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2015

Sharing the Smiles in Wittenberg!

Attitude of Gratitude — What does that mean to you?

At Szmanda Dental feel we are so fortunate to live and work in the communities that we do!  We have amazing patients and awesome communities that we are part of.  It’s important our patients know how much we appreciate them — so we decided to show it by sharing the smiles!  Last year we focused on giving back to some of our most loyal patients with the Patient of the Month.  Giving custom gifts we knew each patient would truly enjoy.


This year we have started to Share the Smiles where we focus on surrounding businesses.  We recently visited the communities of Wittenberg, Tigerton and Birnamwood.   To thank the School District employees and random area businesses, our very own Kristi and Heather tackled the cold temperatures and hand delivered fresh goodies.  The best part is that making surprise visits with even small tokens of appreciation not only made the recipients happy, but also left us feeling more appreciative for the other hard-working people of our communities!  We visited the following businesses:

So as we travel farther into 2015 maybe think about what you can do for others with even a small token of paying it forward
— hold a door for someone, let someone ahead of you in a line, pay for someone’s coffee or something bigger and better? Be grateful for what you have and adopt an Attitude of Gratitude because when you give smiles you get smiles and the feeling is amazing!

You’re Not a Doctor, You’re a Dentist…

This seems to be a common joke on TV shows and in the movies. If you’ve seen The Hangover, you know what I’m talking about. The truth is — being a dentist is a tough gig. It’s stressful, it can be difficult, and you have no control over your time as you are being pulled every which way all at once. Dentists not only have to run their business at a managerial standpoint and keep on top of everything which can prove to be a challenge, but also have to complete treatment on patients, give hygiene exams, take calls, give consultations, give advice to other doctors, etc., all at the same time. Phew!

8d5bddf0c5c7adf3efad455ac34d66e8To become a dentist, you have to first complete a 4-year college degree, preferably with a science emphasis. You don’t have to have a science background, but you do have to complete the pre-requisites for dental school, which include science courses.

Then, there is the task of actually getting accepted into dental school. This can be very tough. At some point prior to applying to dental school, you will need to take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). This test is to analyze your comprehension of natural science, perception, reading and reasoning. All dental schools in the US require students to take this test prior to applying.

Of course, Admissions is not only going to be looking for a respectable GPA throughout your educational career, a high score on the DAT, and job shadowing of other dentists, but they also look for other qualities in each student, which is why you need to have an interview. The interview goes over things like self-confidence, drive to help others, and the ability to work independently.

Once you are in dental school, it’s going to be one heck of a ride for the next 4 years, but well worth the time. Usually people know from early on if they want to be a dentist, so being able to focus their energy on learning actual dentistry is an exciting time.

And then comes the time for another test: The National Dental Board Examination. It takes about 3 days to complete each section (YIKES!).

Once dentists get to actually practice within an office setting outside of schooling, it is quite a feeling of accomplishment and pride that they are able to help others. This is what they have been focusing on for so long and to be able to care for the well being of patients, that is what their hard work has all been for.

If you feel you may want to be a dentist or have any questions about it, please feel free to talk to any of the dentists at Szmanda Dental Center. We have had many aspiring dentists come through our office to shadow the doctors and we love to help in any way we can. You can read more about each of our Dentists:

Information compiled from the ADA and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2015