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…
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:
Julie from Wittenberg – Birnamwood School District
Debbie and Christi from Wittenberg Telephone
Ladies from the Homme Home
Kris from First National Bank
Lori and Tami from ThedaCare
Brenda from Tigerton School District
Amy and Kim from Premier Bank
Our Heather and Julie from Wagner Shell
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!