- from Kate B. (Business Team)
Oftentimes when I am scheduling dental appointments for patients, they tell me “I don’t like the dentist” or “I’ve been avoiding making an appointment.” The majority of patients do tend to be a bit anxious when coming to the dentist. To help you relax and feel more comfortable at your appointment, we do offer Nitrous Oxide, also known as “laughing gas” which is safe and effective. Using Nitrous Oxide will give you a relaxed feeling during the procedure and when it is finished the assistant will have you breathe straight oxygen for several minutes. There are no lingering effects and it will be safe for you to drive home. Ask to try it at your next dental visit!
- from Kate B. (Business Team)
With the summer months ahead of us, many of us turn to flavored beverages to quench our thirst. The combination of acid and sugar is very damaging to our smile. These beverages can range from 2.00 to 5.00 in acid level. To give some perspective, water (which is neutral) is 7.00 and battery acid is 1.00. Then add the sugar on top of that with as much as 12 tsp per serving. As you can see, water is the best option to keep your body and smile healthy this summer.
- from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)
Recently I heard a friend say that she just loves to chew ice. I can certainly understand that. I used to be an avid ice chewer quite a few years ago. Then I learned that it can be very harmful to your teeth, and I try to tell everyone about it.
Ice, because it is so hard, can overload the teeth's ability to withstand the force of chewing it. It can cause small micro fractures in the teeth. Micro fractures are thin cracks that can run from the chewing surfaces all the way down to the root surfaces. Micro fractures can weaken the teeth and make them more likely to break. They can also cause the teeth to be extremely sensitive.
Please don't risk it. Try sucking on the ice cubes instead of chewing them.
- from Susan B. (Dental Hygienist)
What are some risk factors for oral cancer?
Genetics and the environment play an intricate role in the initiation and development of cell dysfunction leading to cancer, and oral cancer is no different.
It is probably not all too surprising that tobacco use, including smoking and chewing tobacco, is the leading environmental risk factor in developing oral cancer. However, it may surprise some that alcohol consumption, while not as strong of a risk factor, is also implicated in oral cancer development. While not typically seen often in the United States, the betel nut is a lesser known protagonist to oral cancer.
Certain viruses, most notably the human papillomavirus (HPV) can also raise a person’s risk for developing oral cancer. HIV has also been implicated in developing a particular tumor known as Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Finally, increased sun exposure has been tied to oral cancer development. Certain cancers, including melanoma, often associated with the skin can also be seen on the lips, in the mouth, etc. For this reason, it is beneficial to protect the lips along with other areas of the face from too much sun exposure.
- from Dr. Tim Jernberg
I have a rainy day project for kids of all ages! Pull out some of your favorite drinks and snacks and read those nutrition labels. How much sugar is in your choice??? Did you know 4.2 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon???
Have some fun and figure out how many teaspoons of sugar are in your favorite drinks and snacks. You could even measure out the sugar for a visual aid. This is one of my favorite teaching tools when I do school presentations. I am actually prepping for a kindergarten presentation this weekend.
Math help tip: take total grams of sugar ______ divide by 4.2 grams=_____ teaspoons of sugar.
Here are a few examples:
That is a lot of sugar!! Now don't get too excited when your favorite drink contains NO SUGAR! Diet drinks usually contain acids that can still cause tooth decay!!
Read the labels and be smart!! Your teeth and body will thank you!!
- from Kim B. (Dental Hygienist)
If any adjustments are needed prior to your next appointment, please bring the guard in and we will be more than happy to adjust it for you.
- from Becca W. (Dental Hygienist)
Healthy gums don’t bleed! Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround your teeth and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is painless, you may not know you have it. Some of the warning signs of gum disease are bleeding, sore or swollen gums, and bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. It is caused by plaque, which is a sticky bacteria that forms on the teeth. Some of the things that increase your chances of developing gum disease are: smoking, poor oral hygiene, crowded or crooked teeth, and diabetes. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it can be reversed with a professional cleaning, regular dental checkups, and good home care.
- from Pam B. (Dental Hygienist)
Things you can do to keep a healthy smile:
• Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes at least twice a day every day, especially before bed.
• Floss your teeth at least once a day every day.
• Schedule and maintain a routine maintenance check-up schedule. Routine cleanings and exams assist the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Also, staying with a routine schedule gives a clear picture to the hygienist and/or dentist of your mouth anatomy and helps foresee any possible issues. Early detection and treatment is the key to help prevent gum disease, extensive treatment needs and/or tooth loss.
• Maintain a healthy diet.
- from Lisa G. (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)
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.