Dr. Szmanda — Always Concerned About Your Grill!

The doc IS always concerned about your grill — From flossing to the grill brush, Dr. Szmanda seems to have you covered!  For the past few years, Paul has owned a healthy meat company called Badger Specialty Foods.  With grilling season upon us, we want you to know their health benefits and give you the opportunity to try them if you haven’t!  All of Badger Specialty Foods’ products are locally inspected, seasoned with fresh spices, state-of-the-art processing and carry many health benefits including:

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• NO Preservatives
• NO Nitrates
• Less Fat
• Less Cholesterol
• Less Calories

They currently carry two must-try products — LeFebvres summer sausage and natural casing Old School hot dogs.  Both are prepared locally, allowing the development of a true, old world, hearty flavor at its freshest and best. No artificial preservatives or ingredients are used in the processing.


How to Purchase?

If you are interested in trying their products, Badger Specialty Foods shares a space with Mountain Fret Works guitar store located at 1807 North Mountain Road in Wausau, Wisconsin.  The back section of the store has cooler space that they keep available just to “meat” your needs!  You can also learn more and purchase through their website:  www.badgerspecialtyfoods.com.  Make a healthy choice with Badger Specialty Foods, you will not be disappointed!


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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What Makes a Great Dentist – The 4 Top Qualities

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.

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Why Does Dental Work Cost So Much?

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,3009783b57ce53d7a264d7aa783cc459 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…

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: www.szmandadental.com/Staff.html

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


Why Do I Have to Wait at The Dentist?

why-do-i-have-to-wait-at-the-dentistWhy do I have to wait in my doctor’s waiting room past my appointment time? Why are they running behind? I think they forgot about me…. Let’s face it, we all hate waiting for things, especially for an appointment that we may not really want to be at anyway. Why do doctors run behind?

Being a dental assistant, I see what goes on behind the scenes of a dental office and circumstances that cause us to run late. I think it’s good for a patient to know that we aren’t keeping them waiting on purpose. It’s as frustrating to us as it is to them and we’d like to take a moment to maybe get a little understanding as to why this happens. Continue Reading…

Penny and Sparrow

Penny-And-SparrowIt may feel a little disjointed that a Dental Office would be writing a blog post about a band — but that’s just how passionate we are about their music.  Penny and Sparrow consists of the dynamic duo of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke.  Their musical roots started in Texas where they were once roommates and I’d like to think it’s then they both realized they loved PBR, making magic on the guitar and singing sweet sweet harmonies.

Their chill sound made it’s way up here to Wisconsin where we instantly fell in love with our ears.  We have since been playing their albums in every operatory making your dental experience even more enjoyable at Szmanda Dental.  When we heard that they would be performing a concert in Wisconsin, we jumped on the opportunity and some of our staff were able to get a front row seat to some of the best live music they have ever heard.  Penny and Sparrow

But wait, there’s more!

They’re nice guys too!!  They were beyond personable, funny — even go on tour with their adorable wives!  We are confident one day their music will be jamming on the radio and thought the least we could do is help them get even a little more exposure on their way. And in case our patients were ever wondering what that great song was playing while they were getting their teeth cleaned but were too shy to ask, well now you know!

Here’s a small clip of their music during the concert – please check the rest out on their website and purchase their music on iTunes.

Also — if Penny and Sparrow just so happen to read this, please put out an acoustic album of your music!  Oh..and come back to Wisconsin soon!

*drops the mic

Dental Opinions. Everybody Has One. How About a FREE One?

Second-OpinionAre you unsure of dental treatment you have been told that you need? If you aren’t confident in a diagnosis by your dentist, you have every right to seek other dental opinions.

Dentists have different opinions about dental treatment.  Some dentists feel that a broken or chipped tooth automatically means a crown is needed where others think that a filling will suffice and could hold up for several years before a crown is considered necessary.

Same thing goes with fillings.  There can be a small suspicious area that dentists will automatically plan a filling for where some dentists feel that a tooth could possibly remineralize and no filling is needed at that time. Continue Reading…