Weird Facts You Never Knew About Your Smile

Here at Szmanda Dental Center, we are big believers that laughter is the best medicine – well maybe not if you’re experiencing a toothache…….but we got you if that happens too. *wink* Smiling and having that ‘glass half full’ attitude is where it’s at.  It can really make the difference in the way your day will go.  We’ve gathered some weird facts you never knew about your smile while you’re experiencing your next laughing fit.  Laughter is known to improve immunity, reduce depression, anxiety and stress, cope better with pain, and increase self-esteem — so why not laugh?  Here are 4 facts that maybe you never realized before:

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The Dental Office Has a Smell — What?!

Dental-Office-SmellHonestly, the dental office has a smell?  This is a mystery to me since I’m in one every day and smell nothing.  But according to a lot of people, if we were to blindfold them and plop them in the dental chair like one of those Febreeze commercials, they would know exactly where they are.  So either my nose is broken or this is NOT a myth – HOWEVER we did some digging and there are some definite reasons why the aroma is as distinct as some people say!

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The Positivity that Dentists Can Bring to Our Wildlife Friends

Cecil-The-LionYou had to be living under a rock to have not heard about the Cecil the Lion tragedy in the previous weeks or the backlash the dentist who shot him received.  With it coming back in the news as the dentist returns to work, we wanted to take a new spin and talk about the positivity that dentists can bring to our wildlife friends instead!  At Szmanda Dental Center, we are HUGE animal lovers.  We have done multiple donations and collaborations with The Humane Society of Marathon County.  In addition to loving our four-legged friends, we have love for our feathered friends as well!  We heard of an amazing story we had to share!  Dentists have actually assisted to reconstruct beaks on bald eagles to help them survive in the wildlife. How neat is that? Continue Reading…

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…

FREE Marketing: How Your Employees Are Your Biggest Asset

Everyone’s eyes slightly light up and twinkle when you see the word “FREE”.  Don’t lie — yours did too.  It’s science.  And why fight that?  Let’s instead embrace it and utilize your very own team members as advocates of your business.  It’s a fact that your staff are your free mini-marketers online.

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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…

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…

What Lipstick Can do for Whitening Your Smile

If you’re anything like me — you want that BRIGHT white smile all of the time.  I mean who is to say when Mr. Right might be around the corner or you’ll run into an old friend that needs to be reminded of just how great you truly are?  I’m a firm believer in staying ready and looking extraordinary.  But when it comes to your smile, maybe you’re also like me and have a coffee addiction, or find yourself sipping on wine, tea or any of the other many culprits that triggers teeth staining.  What a drag!  You don’t want to whiten your teeth too often,  but as a woman we have the miracle that is makeup!  HALLELU’!  Did you know that different shades of lipstick can actually affect how white your teeth look?  It’s no accident that the striking lady in the toothpaste commercial is sporting that bright red lipstick.  Maybe it’s Maybelline…but maybe it’s the science of color!  Check out the proof right here of what lipstick can do for whitening your smile:

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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…