The 411 on Dental X-rays

We often get asked about why we take X-rays or encounter people worried due to the radiation risk.  Let us reassure you why we take them.  X-rays are a necessary part of good patient care.  Since we can see only about one-third of the actual tooth, X-rays provide valuable information that we cannot visualize otherwise.  I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t feel comfortable if your dentist had a blindfold on, now would you?  To help put it in perspective as to WHY dental X-rays are so important: Continue Reading…

Welcome Dr. Kim Kutzler to Our Team

We are excited to welcome Dr. Kim Kutzler to the Szmanda Dental family.

Dr. Kim Kutzler at Szmanda DentalWe are grateful Kim and her husband Sam have decided to move back to the Central Wisconsin community.  Dr. Kutzler attended dental school at Marquette University School of Dentistry, graduating with magna cum laude honors. While in school, she began volunteering with Special Olympics of Wisconsin, and continues to do so every year. She really enjoys volunteering around the state and in her community right here in Central Wisconsin! Continue Reading…

Does an Apple a Day Really Keep the Dentist Away?

apple-smile-dentalHave you ever wondered why some dental office marketing will use many-a cheesy stock image of a model smiling with an apple by their mouth!?  Yah….I wondered too and asked the professionals here at Szmanda Dental “what’s with the apples?”.  Turns out apples are like nature’s toothbrush. They will never be a suitable replacement obviously, but when you think about it makes a lot of sense.

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Social Media in the Dental Office

Social-Media-DentalAt this point it’s probably safe to say the majority of us have some form of social media flowing in our lives, if not have multiple accounts we can check by a press of a button.  We’re living in the age of the NOW where we can even ask our phones a question and *blink* there’s the answer!  I’m willing to even bet your grandma has a Facebook account #WoahNana!

It’s no surprise that technology gets more advanced year after year and in the dental world we have embraced it!  It has helped us connect with our patients on a more personal level and express who we are more effectively to prospective patients.  Word of mouth is by far the #1 reason why people choose us and then straight to the Google machine they go to learn more!  Social media has helped us get honest feedback with reviews and even schedule you more conveniently.  When you consider that one day in time people thought the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey, I’d say we’ve come a long ways!  There are still some practices that don’t make social media in the dental office a priority and we think that’s bologna!

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How to Avoid Dental Scams

There is no question that trusting your dentist puts you in a very vulnerable state and we want to help you avoid dental scams.  The issues you acquire in your mouth, in addition to the treatment used to fix those problems, are areas of expertise you know nothing about as the patient.  That is a big part of our job, making sure we educate you on your dental needs and build a trust in us that you can rely on.  You need to remember that even though a practice may have all the required degrees and qualifications, it does not mean they are trustworthy.  We have seen time and time again unethical dental actions that have been taken elsewhere.  There is a solid percentage of new patients that come to Szmanda Dental because they were taken advantage of and need a 2nd opinion.  Let us clarify — we are not writing this blog to bad mouth these other dental offices, but instead help patients learn of how to be aware of these scams and hopefully save them time, money and discomfort.

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Veneers Versus Resin Bonding

Do you ever wonder how celebrities get their teeth to look so perfect and white?

Most likely, they had dental veneers placed or possibly resin bonding. So veneers versus resin bonding — What are those and what is the difference you ask? Let us explain.
Veneers Versus Resin Bonding

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Families are Welcome at Szmanda Dental Center

We cannot stress enough how grateful we are for the patients we have!  Our Wausau office on Grand Avenue has truly blossomed and our staff and patients have undoubtedly connected!  It is undeniable that the majority of our new patients come from word of mouth — our patients sharing to friends and family of their good experiences at the dentist.  We recently acquired through our current and loyal patient Sara, a referral for an entire family!  The mother, Nicole, called and said that Sara had recommended Dr. Brie and our office because we are all so nice here — you can imagine how great that makes us feel!

29783_116068995094834_8383004_nNicole had been taking both her boys to another children’s dentist in town and was unhappy.   We immediately set up a comprehensive oral exam first with Dr. Brie. The boys were so sweet and did really well. They got to pick out of the prize bin and loved it. (Nicole and her two sons pictured right.) Continue Reading…

What are the Warning Signs of a Cavity?

warning-signs-of-a-cavityOne of the biggest mistakes we see (besides people never flossing – come on guys! haha) is that people think if nothing hurts in their mouth, than they’re just fine!

We are firm believers that care today is savings tomorrow.  The dental prevention skills you learn can really help you financially and physically in the long run.  The more you frequent the dentist, the earlier you can catch issues instead of waiting for the warning signs of a cavity on your own. Continue Reading…

DON’T Brush After Eating Sour Candy You Say?

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‘Scuse me WHAT?!   A dental office is not only talking about eating candy but also not brushing your teeth?  How is this real life?

Let’s clarify — ‘cuz you know we have your best interest at heart here.  When you eat sour candy, sports drinks, soda or anything with a higher acidity you put your lil chompers in a soft spot.  This acidity literally softens the enamel on your teeth and if you were to brush your teeth right away after eating you would brush away parts of that enamel coating your teeth.  The scary part about that is that enamel does NOT magically grow back, I repeat, does not grow back.  So you want to take precautions to keep that coating as it protects the inner parts of the tooth.  We got the 411 for those seldom times you do have sour candy or DO the Dew — so pay attention!

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Are There Any Bad Side Effects Of Whitening Toothpaste?

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.

Side-Effects-Whitening-ToothpasteThe 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 CHEESEContinue Reading…