Veneers Versus Resin Bonding

Do you ever wonder how celebrities get their teeth to look so perfect and white?

Most likely, they had dental veneers placed or possibly resin bonding. So veneers versus resin bonding — What are those and what is the difference you ask? Let us explain.
Veneers Versus Resin Bonding

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What are the Warning Signs of a Cavity?

warning-signs-of-a-cavityOne of the biggest mistakes we see (besides people never flossing – come on guys! haha) is that people think if nothing hurts in their mouth, than they’re just fine!

We are firm believers that care today is savings tomorrow.  The dental prevention skills you learn can really help you financially and physically in the long run.  The more you frequent the dentist, the earlier you can catch issues instead of waiting for the warning signs of a cavity on your own. Continue Reading…

DON’T Brush After Eating Sour Candy You Say?

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‘Scuse me WHAT?!   A dental office is not only talking about eating candy but also not brushing your teeth?  How is this real life?

Let’s clarify — ‘cuz you know we have your best interest at heart here.  When you eat sour candy, sports drinks, soda or anything with a higher acidity you put your lil chompers in a soft spot.  This acidity literally softens the enamel on your teeth and if you were to brush your teeth right away after eating you would brush away parts of that enamel coating your teeth.  The scary part about that is that enamel does NOT magically grow back, I repeat, does not grow back.  So you want to take precautions to keep that coating as it protects the inner parts of the tooth.  We got the 411 for those seldom times you do have sour candy or DO the Dew — so pay attention!

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When Should a Child Start Coming to the Dentist?

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.

When should a child start coming to the dentist

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Are There Any Bad Side Effects Of Whitening Toothpaste?

We’ve had patients ask us about whitening toothpaste and if there are any harmful side effects.  The quick answer is no – however, you may experience sensitivity which would qualify as a “bad side effect” and this will vary from person to person.

Side-Effects-Whitening-ToothpasteThe sensitivity will depend on how much enamel you have on your teeth.  As your enamel wears away on your teeth, the layer below will obviously become more unveiled.  This layer is called dentine which also acts as a helpful little shield from the nerve in each tooth.  Since we live in Wisconsin – let’s compare these layers to CHEESEContinue Reading…

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…

Jeepers Creepers, Where’d You Get Those….Dimples?

I love it when you smile. Those dimples are so darn cute! What causes those puckers in your face anyway?


Most often we see dimples on people’s faces, usually in the cheeks but also in the chin. Dimples can be genetic. My dad has them, so does my brother. They are already developing while you are a bun in the oven of life. But, did you know that those cute little buggers are actually a deformity?

Dimples are caused by a deficiency in the length of the muscle and connective tissue. They are found on other parts of the body but are most noticeable in the face. Chin dimples are usually always there due to the connective tissue pulling the skin towards the chin. Dimples in the cheeks usually only show up when we smile due to how the muscles work and a shortened cheek muscle. We also have a little bit more chubbiness to our cheeks, which hides dimples until we grin. If we lose a little weight in our face, we may lose those dimples all together because the muscle will pull longer when we smile and there is less fat to enhance them.

Even if dimples are a deformity, we love them and we especially love to see people smile. So show off those little cheek divots as much as you can and share your smile with us at Szmanda Dental Center!

Information compiled from Wikipedia,, and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2015

C-Diff and Dentistry

In recent news, including on Good Morning America, there has been concerns about Clostridium difficile in the dental field. It is not the spread of this bacterial disease in the dental setting that is the issue, as C. difficile is typically not transmitted in the dental setting, so you can breathe a sigh of relief there, but being aware is still important.

360_richard_besser_0430“Transcript for New Warning About CDIFF Superbug taken from ABC:

that new warning about a superbug lurking in the offices of doctors and dentists. A new report from the CDC reveals it is responsible for nearly 29,000 deaths in the U.S. Every year. Dr. Richard Besser here with more and, rich, the bug is called c-diff. What do we know about where it comes from and what we can do about it. The most common infection picked up in hospitals and the thing about this infection is you can pick it up and it causes no problems then you take an antibiotic and it takes over and can cause severe infection and diarrhea and in 29,000 people it can be deadly. Talk about had link between c-diff and antibiotics. This bacteria lives in the environment and we have good bacteria that provide protection. When you take an antibiotic it kills off those bacteria and allows the dangerous germ to take over and cause these very severe infections. How do we prevent the spread? One thing they found not all are being picked up in the hospital. 0% who don’t get it in the hospital have recently visited a doctor’s or dentist’s office and lives on surfaces. It’s not killed by alcohol sanitizer. You have to use soap and water. So use that soap and water and doctors need to be careful about prescribing those drugs. Once you get it you have to be careful about taking any antibiotics at all. Very careful. Okay, rich Besser, thanks very much.”  Watch more from GMA and Dr. Besser here.

What does this mean for You and the Dentist?

We want you to know that you should NOT be concerned about getting this disease at your dental appointment, as transmission occurs through contact with feces, but if you do have any of the symptoms (watery diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain/tenderness) you should let your doctor know, as taking antibiotics greatly increases the risk.  The CDC states, “Use antibiotics judiciously.” It is imperative to stay up-to-date on the current standards for use of antibiotics. The use of prophylactic antibiotics continues to change so careful consideration needs to be used when making decisions about antibiotics.

Keeping a clean office is important to Szmanda Dental Center.  We use steam sterilization which kills all bacteria and spores.  We always wear gloves when appropriate and perform hand hygiene after removing gloves.  In addition, we continually monitor all our equipment so it adheres to the CDC and ADA standards.  If you have any further questions on this issue or any others, please let us know!

Information compiled from Szmanda Dental staff,, and ADA

Wide Open Spaces: Diastema

937762848I’m sure in your life either when talking to someone or just watching celebrities on TV you have noticed a gap between their front teeth. Think about personalities like Michael Strahan, Madonna and Woody Harrelson. And don’t forget Sponge Bob! That space is called a diastema.

A diastema doesn’t necessarily have to be between the front teeth, it could be anywhere in the mouth, although it is most common to occur within the front teeth. It can be caused by several different things like misaligning jaw development, the way tissue attaches and tongue thrusting.

Some people don’t mind that they have a space in their teeth while others are bothered by it. Thankfully, it can be easily corrected with orthodontic treatment. There is a strong chance that it may relapse and come back again after braces are removed, so it’s best if you go through orthodontic treatment to correct it that you get a fixed retainer placed on the back side of your teeth to hold them in place.

If you have any questions about spacing within your own teeth or you children’s teeth, don’t hesitate to ask at your next dental appointment at Szmanda Dental Center.

Compiled from information from Wikipedia and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2015