We’ve had patients ask us about whitening toothpaste and if there are any harmful side effects. The quick answer is no – however, you may experience sensitivity which would qualify as a “bad side effect” and this will vary from person to person.
The sensitivity will depend on how much enamel you have on your teeth. As your enamel wears away on your teeth, the layer below will obviously become more unveiled. This layer is called dentine which also acts as a helpful little shield from the nerve in each tooth. Since we live in Wisconsin – let’s compare these layers to CHEESE. Continue Reading…
You make decisions every day. From the simple, what clothes to wear, what to make for dinner, all the way to life decisions that effect the rest of your life. We’d like to think choosing your dentist falls into an important category! Taking your health seriously is something we take serious *insert serious face here*. We’ve already helped you determine The 7 Tips When Choosing Dentist – which will help give you the tools to find the best fit for YOU. But what exactly makes a GREAT dentist? Sure location and insurance can help steer your initial decision, but having a great dentist isn’t as common as you’d think. We have asked around and think these 4 qualities.
1. Listens To the Patient
This is #1 for a reason. Every patient’s mouth is unique and every issue and case within it is different. A great dentist will take the time to hear your concerns, read your chart carefully and strategize the best treatment for you.
So we get asked this all the time and I’m sure at one time or the other YOU have wondered yourself – “Why does dental work cost so much?”. Sadly, this is not a simple question we can answer quickly, but we think if you hear us out you will better understand why the price tags aren’t “cheap” and even ways you can help reduce your cost.
First off, let’s break down the word ‘DENTIST’. You are paying for a service from an expert in the field: a Doctor, an Engineer and an Artist in their craft. Someone who went to extensive schooling to know all about your mouth. According to the American Dental Education Association, the average dental student graduates with upwards of $241,000 of student loan debt! And in many cases, such as this, when choosing your dentist you get what you pay for.
It costs A LOT to run a dental practice. A large portion, if not most, of what a patient pays goes toward the expense of running a modern dental practice. Dentists pay for rent or mortgage payments on their office space (we have multiple locations) payroll for staff, health insurance, taxes, supplies, equipment, business insurance, marketing, not to mention trying to grow the practice.
Everything is hand-made. If you think about the work you get done to your mouth – crowns, fillings, dentures, braces, implants etc. They are all hand-made and custom to each patient. This kind of attention to detail and unique work requires more time. And time is money. Continue Reading…
I love it when you smile. Those dimples are so darn cute! What causes those puckers in your face anyway?
Most often we see dimples on people’s faces, usually in the cheeks but also in the chin. Dimples can be genetic. My dad has them, so does my brother. They are already developing while you are a bun in the oven of life. But, did you know that those cute little buggers are actually a deformity?
Dimples are caused by a deficiency in the length of the muscle and connective tissue. They are found on other parts of the body but are most noticeable in the face. Chin dimples are usually always there due to the connective tissue pulling the skin towards the chin. Dimples in the cheeks usually only show up when we smile due to how the muscles work and a shortened cheek muscle. We also have a little bit more chubbiness to our cheeks, which hides dimples until we grin. If we lose a little weight in our face, we may lose those dimples all together because the muscle will pull longer when we smile and there is less fat to enhance them.
Even if dimples are a deformity, we love them and we especially love to see people smile. So show off those little cheek divots as much as you can and share your smile with us at Szmanda Dental Center!
Information compiled from Wikipedia, io9.com, genetics.com and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2015