We are excited to welcome Dr. Kim Kutzler to the Szmanda Dental family.
We 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…
Have you ever wondered why some dental office marketing will use many-a cheesy stock image of a model smiling with an apple by their mouth!? Yah….I wondered too and asked the professionals here at Szmanda Dental “what’s with the apples?”. Turns out apples are like nature’s toothbrush. They will never be a suitable replacement obviously, but when you think about it makes a lot of sense.
At 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!
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.
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!
Nicole 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…
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.
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.
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, 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…
The practice of dentistry can be a very tricky thing. There’s a lot of different procedures that dentists offer and are well educated to perform them. Dentists have the initials D.D.S. behind their name for a good reason (Doctor of Dental Surgery). It’s serious business.
Back in the day, there wasn’t anyone specified as a dentist, so, other people took it upon themselves to offer their services. This included barbers, blacksmiths and monks (as they had a higher education).
Because of this, there were numerous injuries and deaths from abscesses and infections from improper sterilization. When anesthetic was used, it was used improperly causing the patient to die.
Not until the 1800’s was there a protocol for receiving an education to perform dentistry in the United States. Even though regulation was put forth, there were still those who practiced “street” dentistry and flourished doing it. Even now, there are still those that are performing dentistry without an education or license.
Dentistry is an important part of our lives especially now with all of the terrible things we eat with sugars that cause our chompers to decay. Be glad that there’s educated dentists available that offer a clean, sterilized comfortable environment for you to have treatment completed.
If you are in need of dental work or just a cleaning, don’t hesitate to call Szmanda Dental Center and make an appointment. We promise to take good care of you at any of our 5 locations in Edgar, Marathon, Wausau (2 offices) and Wittenberg.
Information compiled from Wikipedia and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2015