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…

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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Dental Premedication: What is it and Why do I Need it?

What is Dental Premedication?

Dental premedication is antibiotics that are taken prior to a procedure to prevent infection. Bacteria can travel through your blood stream and cause an infection in your heart if there is any weakened tissue or infect an artificial implant.  There seems to be a lot of confusion about if you should take premedication for a dental appointment.  It can be confusing because the American Heart Association and the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons tend to revamp what they suggest every few years depending on new findings within research, so it’s important for you and for us as dental providers to stay in tune with what is currently being recommended.

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How Radiation and Chemotherapy Affect Our Mouths

Most of us have known someone or heard of someone that has gone through treatment for cancer.  One thing that we may not think about is how radiation and chemotherapy affect our mouths.  Both treatments for cancer zone in on diseased cells but they also change normal cells which cause side effects.  They have similar oral effects and it’s best to know ahead of time that certain problems may occur and to be prepared as best you can.

How-Radiation-and_-Chemotherapy_-Affect-Our-MouthsChemotherapy when administered in high doses will affect 2/3’s of patients receiving it with side effects occurring in their mouths.  Low doses of chemotherapy will affect the mouths of approximately 1/3 of those receiving treatment 

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