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…

You Have TMJ

You-Have-TMJYup – you heard us right.  We are officially diagnosing you with a TMJ, but it’s nothing to be concerned about!  It’s a common misconception that TMJ means you are having jaw problems, when in actuality the ‘J’ only stands for joint.  Everyone has joints in the their jaw!  So you may be off the hook!  it actually doesn’t become a problem until you are diagnosed with TMD which stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

According to WebMD, your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear.  It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint.

Temporomandibular disorders can have many different signs and symptoms, from mild to severe. Some patients may have symptoms but are still able to function fully.  TMDs appear to be more common in women.

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Is Natural Toothpaste Better?

Are you the type of person that dissects the ingredients list of everything?  Would rather make your own candles?  Can list your favorite essential oils?  Or just really love the idea of all-natural products?  Well then you may perk up at the thought of natural toothpaste and really wonder “Is natural toothpaste better for me?”.  We have had more and more patients inquire about the pros and cons and just like with anything, it’s not for everyone.  But the world likes options and we like to keep our patients in the know of these options.  It does break down to each individual and catering to your specific wants and needs.  Oddly enough the pros and cons are the same…let us explain why: Continue Reading…

Mouthguards Now Used to Track Head Impact

ATTENTION ATHLETES!  It’s getting to be mouthguard season again!  Exactly one year ago, we told you Why Your Child Needs a Mouthguard and now we have more to report!  Mouth protection is still just as important as shoulder pads and shin guards when it comes to your sports body armor.  Mouthguards are a great way to help prevent damaged teeth and nerves and possibly even losing a tooth! But what if you could do even more with your mouthguard and actually track the intensity of each hit on the field?!  Well now you can!

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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…

Welcome Dr. Kim Kutzler to Our Team

We are excited to welcome Dr. Kim Kutzler to the Szmanda Dental family.

Dr. Kim Kutzler at Szmanda DentalWe 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…

Dr. Szmanda — Always Concerned About Your Grill!

The doc IS always concerned about your grill — From flossing to the grill brush, Dr. Szmanda seems to have you covered!  For the past few years, Paul has owned a healthy meat company called Badger Specialty Foods.  With grilling season upon us, we want you to know their health benefits and give you the opportunity to try them if you haven’t!  All of Badger Specialty Foods’ products are locally inspected, seasoned with fresh spices, state-of-the-art processing and carry many health benefits including:

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• NO Preservatives
• NO Nitrates
• Less Fat
• Less Cholesterol
• Less Calories

They currently carry two must-try products — LeFebvres summer sausage and natural casing Old School hot dogs.  Both are prepared locally, allowing the development of a true, old world, hearty flavor at its freshest and best. No artificial preservatives or ingredients are used in the processing.

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How to Purchase?

If you are interested in trying their products, Badger Specialty Foods shares a space with Mountain Fret Works guitar store located at 1807 North Mountain Road in Wausau, Wisconsin.  The back section of the store has cooler space that they keep available just to “meat” your needs!  You can also learn more and purchase through their website:  www.badgerspecialtyfoods.com.  Make a healthy choice with Badger Specialty Foods, you will not be disappointed!

 

Does an Apple a Day Really Keep the Dentist Away?

apple-smile-dentalHave 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.

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