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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Is a Sonicare Toothbrush Worth The Extra Money?

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…

Mouthguards Now Used to Track Head Impact

ATTENTION ATHLETES!  It’s getting to be mouthguard season again!  Exactly one year ago, we told you Why Your Child Needs a Mouthguard and now we have more to report!  Mouth protection is still just as important as shoulder pads and shin guards when it comes to your sports body armor.  Mouthguards are a great way to help prevent damaged teeth and nerves and possibly even losing a tooth! But what if you could do even more with your mouthguard and actually track the intensity of each hit on the field?!  Well now you can!

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Do You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush After Strep Throat?

Strep-Throat-ToothbrushIf you’ve ever experienced strep throat, you know that it’s THE WOOOOOOOORST!  Anything that can cause you to not even enjoy food is an absolute nightmare in my opinion.  Our hygienist Amy recently experienced this sick saboteur when her daughter caught the bug this week.  As you can see it was not pretty. 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…

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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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…

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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When Should a Child Start Coming to the Dentist?

The importance of good dental habits start at an early age and hopefully mold a life-time of healthy teeth and gums.  We often hear expecting mothers wondering when should their child start coming to the dentist?  Well the general rule is six months after the eruption of the first tooth. Remember decay can occur as soon as teeth appear.  The typical age you should start to bring you child is around age 1.

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Jeepers Creepers, Where’d You Get Those….Dimples?

I love it when you smile. Those dimples are so darn cute! What causes those puckers in your face anyway?

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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