- from Deb B. (Business Team)
Patients with insurance, lucky you! Don’t hesitate to call the number on the back of your card to get information about your plan. Maximums, deductibles, in-network or out-of-network, as well as what will be covered on the procedures we treatment plan with you. Educate yourself, they are happy to help you!
- from Deb B. (Business Team)
Spring is here! It is time to do your spring house cleaning. Does your mouth need spring cleaning? Please call Commerce Drive Dental Group at 507-345-7786 to schedule your cleaning and maintenance. You will be glad you did!
- from Rachel B. (Business Team)
Many patients have tooth sensitivity, so we recommend a sensitive tooth paste like Sensodyne. There are just a few tips you want to keep in mind when using a sensitive tooth paste:
1. It takes around 2 weeks for the tooth paste to help with sensitivity.
2. You need to only use the sensitive tooth paste and not switch off with another regular or whitening tooth paste. If you switch back and forth, you wipe out all of the medication of the sensitive tooth paste.
3. You need to use a full ribbon (the whole length of the tooth brush head) of tooth paste to get the correct dosage of medication from the tooth paste.
4. Start in the area that is most sensitive, so you have the full amount of tooth paste working on the sensitive tooth. After 2 weeks, rotate the starting spots to different areas to help all teeth.
5. After you are done brushing, you can place a small amount of tooth paste on your finger and rub it on the root surface that is most sensitive.
6. Most sensitive tooth pastes don't foam up like regular tooth pastes. They still clean just as well without foaming.
- from Julie C. (Dental Hygienist)
As an office we strive to be the best we can be and are always looking for ways to improve. Our patients can be a great help by giving us feedback. If you have had an appointment with us, doing a Google or Yelp review would be greatly appreciated. A big "thank you" to all of our patients that have already done one!
- from Kirsten C. (Dental Assistant)
We're already more than a month into another new year! Unfortunately, countless benefit dollars go unused each year. When benefits go unused, the premiums you paid are wasted. Stay on top of your insurance - check for available benefits, and schedule an appointment today by calling us at 507-345-7786!
- from Sharon M. (Business Team)
Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield mouthwash can be used as a pre-procedural rinse before dental procedures in a dental office to reduce oral bacteria and lower aerosols released during routine procedures, or as an at-home mouth rinse for patients.
Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield provides 12-hour antibacterial protection even after eating and drinking, and it helps reduce plaque and gingivitis by killing 99% of germs on contact. The active ingredient is Cetylpyridinium Chloride 0.075%. It is alcohol free and gluten free for those patients sensitive to those ingredients. 12-hour Pro-Shield is an over the counter mouth rinse that will freshen breath and is great tasting in either the Peppermint Blast or Spearmint. Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield is suggested for adults and children 12 years of age and older who have problems with plaque and/or gingivitis.
We can shield our patients against germs with the 12 hour protection Colgate offers when used twice daily at home or in the dental office.
- from Tricia H. (Dental Hygienist)
Dental x-rays are an important tool used to help detect cavity and disease within the oral cavity. There are different types of x-rays that we take, including bitewings and periapical x-rays which show just a few teeth in the same area of the mouth. Bitewings are what help us detect cavities and show us bone level, and periapical x-rays show the whole tooth and beyond the apex of the root. Periapical x-rays are often taken during root canal procedures or if a patient comes in with a toothache we will take one to see if there is infection at the end of the root. Other types of radiographs taken show the whole mouth, such as a full series which usually contain 18-20 images of all the teeth, and a Panoramic x-ray which shows the whole oral cavity and the structures surrounding in just one image. These images are an important diagnostic tool that help detect oral issues that the naked eye cannot see. It is important to keep up with routine cleanings and getting the bitewing or "check up" x-rays annually so any dental issues can be caught and treated before causing a problem. Each type of x-ray has its importance and purpose; the dentist you see will let the assistant or hygienist know which x-rays should be taken at your appointment. With the use of digital x-rays, it helps speed up reviewing of x-rays due to the image showing up seconds after exposure. Radiation exposure has also decreased due to this technology; however, we will have lead aprons and thyroid collars for those who feel more comfortable with that extra protection. If you would like to learn more about the importance of x-rays, our clinical staff would be happy to answer any questions!
- from Erica S. (Dental Assistant)
Baby teeth are also known as primary dentition. Eruption of these teeth can start anywhere between four and 15 months of age. The eruption pattern is usually symmetrical starting with the lower central teeth followed by the upper central teeth. Sometimes the anticipated sequence is not followed but is not a cause for concern. Children may have tender or swollen gums when teething but diarrhea, rash or fever are not "normal" symptoms. Offering the child something hard and cold to chew on may ease the discomfort. A few examples are refrigerated teething rings, a frozen banana, and/or a clean wet cool washcloth. Usually by the age of three there are 20 teeth which is also a full primary dentition. Development will differ from child to child, but if ever there is a question we would love to see you and your little one at Commerce Drive Dental! We offer full cleanings and exams, and it is never too early to start a life-long habit for a healthy mouth.
- from Tessa H. (Dental Assistant)
If you don’t like going to the dentist, you’re not alone, but keep in mind that with regular checkups, you can save time and money in the long run, and even save your teeth and your health. Why keep up with regular dental checkups? Here are a few benefits:
#1: Save Your Smile
Regular dental appointments gives your dentist the opportunity to diagnose early signs of decay, saving your teeth, as well as preventing gum disease.
#2: Look and Feel Better
At each regular checkup, you also get a cleaning which helps remove any buildup of tartar that your toothbrush just can’t reach. This helps you feel fresh, clean and confident about your smile afterwards.
#3: Protect Your Overall Health
The oral cavity is the gateway to the body. Regular checkups can help your dentist diagnose any signs of disease before you even know about them. Great dental care can contribute to great overall health!
#4: Perhaps, Even Save Your Life
At each dental visit, your dentist will perform an oral cancer check, where your mouth is examined for early signs of one of the deadliest cancers.
- from PaNou V. (Dental Assistant)
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.