10 Motivational Tips That Actually Work

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!

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When Stress Affects Your Mouth

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?

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Top 3 Myths of Child Oral Health Busted

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.

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Why Did My Teeth Cleaning Hurt?

Painful-teeth-cleaningHave you ever switched hygienists or waited awhile in between cleanings and noticed a big difference in the pain?  Did you leave the office feeling your teeth cleaning hurt too much or missing the good ol’ days when your hygienist was gentle?   Let us be the first to say we are not jabbing you with metal probes trying to make you bleed or cause you any unnecessary pain!

But the truth of the matter is, most of the time you are experiencing pain or tasting blood is due to your own poor oral health.  Ok ok – I know what you’re thinking.  We’re just pointing the finger at you, but let us explain!  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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Oral Piercing — How it Affects Your Mouth


In today’s society, we see a lot of body art being displayed on people’s faces. We often see eyebrow rings, nose rings, and cheek piercings. As dental professionals at Szmanda Dental Center, we are more concerned with the piercing site of the area around the lips, the lips themselves and the tongue.

Obviously, this is not just a fad, as it has been around for a long time. We want to discourage people from doing it; we want them to be aware from our standpoint, what can happen to their oral health as a side effect from this fashion and realize piercings around and in the oral cavity is a bad idea.

One of the main things Szmanda Dental worries about when we see a tongue ring is chipped teeth. According to WebMD, 47% of people wearing tongue jewelry for 4 or more years have at least one chipped tooth. This tends to happen due to continuous abrasion of the metal or plastic from the tongue ring on enamel causing small fractures. These chips that occur can of course be fixed with fillings, but continuing to wear a tongue ring will most likely break out the filling if could break the enamel to start with. If this happens, most likely a crown will have to be placed, which can be a costly fix.

Not only are dental professionals concerned about this, but some piercing facilities also have a growing concern. A local tattoo and piercing shop, Expressions Ink, has in fact stopped piercing the tongue altogether due to the amount of chipped teeth they were seeing.

Other than cracked or chipped teeth, in accordance to the American Dental Association (ADA), here are other effects to consider prior to piercing your tongue:

  • Excessive drooling due to increased saliva production
  • Infection, swelling and pain
  • Damage to fillings
  • Scar tissue
  • Nerve damage (loss of taste and movement)
  • Hypersensitivity to metals
  • Injuries to gum tissue

One of the above listed items is infection. Remember, the mouth is host to huge amounts of bacteria. It literally is the dirtiest place on the body. Because of this, an oral piercing has the potential of causing heart problems. The ADA warns that oral piercing carries the risk of endocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart valves or tissues. Bacteria can travel through the bloodstream from the piercing site to the heart where it can establish a colony on heart abnormalities.

Another popular piercing on the face is the lip area. Although the actual piercing site heals fast, you have to be careful while healing takes place due to the risk of infection from anything such as food or liquids that come into contact with the area.

Szmanda Dental Center’s concern with a lip piercing is the wear that it can cause on gum tissue. Constant friction with the lip ring causes abrasion of the gum tissue and eventually wears it away. Once its gone, there’s no going back easily. The only way to fix this is to have gum grafts done, which can add up financially.

When gum tissue is worn away, this exposes areas of the teeth that aren’t normally exposed causing sensitivity and also can cause the tooth to loosen due to poor support of surrounding tissue.

Piercingschaden-FrontzahnAnd just like tongue piercing, lip rings can chip teeth and also cause nerve damage to the tooth or the lip.

If you choose to have a facial piercing, please be sure to discuss concerns with the piercing facility you plan on having the procedure done at. Discuss sterility, check on health certificates and licenses, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Any professional should be happy and willing to address your concerns.

Please also feel free to ask any questions at Szmanda Dental Center and we will do our best to address them.

Mouth Breathing and Dental Health

You may not think a lot about how you are breathing, but how you intake air can affect things in a negative way, specifically if you mainly breathe through your mouth. Mouth breathing and dental health definitely go hand in hand.  Quite of few of us experience allergies, especially here in Wisconsin, and that tends to plug us up as if we have a cold leading to breathing through the mouth. Many people also have obstructed nasal passages (me included) from a deviated septum or other reasons and we tend to favor breathing through our mouths just for the fact that we get more air ingestion that way. If you are a mouth breather, and you probably know it if you are, it’s not a good thing for a number of reasons, a lot of them being dental related.


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7 Reasons You Should Stop Smoking NOW!

You-Should-Stop-Smoking-NowThere are so many right times in your life to quit smoking. We know, we know, it’s hard, it’s an addiction and you’ve tried before. It boils down to how much you want it, will power, and how much you care about your health and the health of those around you, especially if you have kids. Continue Reading…