- from Kirsten M. (Dental Assistant)
Whenever treatment is completed, big or small, there is a chance that your bite may be off. This does not happen for the majority of the time, but it is not uncommon. It can be confused with normal sensitivity after treatment. If it feels like your teeth are hitting on one side more than another or one tooth first, that is a sign that the bite should be checked/adjusted. If the tooth has not settled down within 2 weeks or worsens, again that is a reason to call and we may recommend that the tooth or teeth be checked. A bite that may be high will not adjust itself, nor will you grind your bite into it. If the bite is off for a period of time, it can keep the tooth sore and sensitive to temperatures. Once we correct your bite, the tooth may stay sore/sensitive for a week or two while it heals. Keeping a soft diet will help heal things quicker for you.
- from Kirsten M. (Dental Assistant)
Hi everyone, my name is Sharon. After being a patient at Commerce Drive Dental for 18 years, I am excited to announce that I am one of the newest additions to the business staff team. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn and work with such a friendly staff. I look forward to helping both new and existing patients with their dental needs. Call us at 507-345-7786 to schedule your appointment today.
- from Sharon M. (Business Team)
BodyGuard Pro has developed a fully-adjustable English style saddle chair built for dental professionals. This chair allows the dental professional customized comfort to ensure the best ergonomic sitting conditions possible. Models are available with or without a backrest. The seat is made of plush memory foam covered with Silvertex fabric that is treated with the most advanced silver ion technology, providing a natural germ fighting defense to safeguard against stain and odor causing bacteria.
Benefits of the saddle seat include, but are not limited to: a wide balance of support allowing to bend forward and reach further with less strain, ease of movement and better stability from the 5-leg base, and positioning closer to the patient due to the small seat size; because of the anatomically contoured seat and multi-angle pelvic positioning, this helps reduce lower back strain. The BodyPro saddle seat is designed to distribute weight so that the spine remains in a neutral position without restricting blood circulation. If there is a muscle imbalance, this causes symmetrical changes to the spinal column and decreases the range of motion in one direction. Since I have been using my saddle seat in practice, I no longer experience lower back pain.
- from Tricia H. (Dental Hygienist)
Have you ever wondered why in the morning your breath has a particularly bad odor and taste? Many people give it the name "morning breath" and run straight for their toothbrush. The cause of this bad smell is due to a lack of saliva flow that naturally happens while you are sleeping, which in turn causes bacteria to build during your slumber, giving off a foul smell. People who sleep with their mouth open are also usually more prone to this bad smell in the morning; of course after brushing and flossing your teeth and more saliva produces through the day, the odor eventually disappears until the following morning. Unfortunately, there is no way to fully eliminate this problem, but brushing and flossing before bed every night will help keep your mouth clean and healthy and possibly make that odor the next morning a little more tolerable.
- from Erica S. (Dental Assistant)
Is your child active in sports at school or in recreational activities? If so, then your child needs a mouthguard. Mouth protection is just as important as shoulder pads and shin guards; a mouthguard should be worn to protect the teeth.
Contact us at Commerce Drive Dental at 345-7786 and let us help you protect your child's teeth with a custom mouthguard.
- from Gloria M. (Dental Assistant)
In just a few short weeks Dr. Eichmeyer will be retiring. As hard as it will be on our staff, we realize it will be just as hard on his patients. Rest assured that we have 4 other amazing doctors: Dr. David Clause, Dr. Jessica Kuryla, Dr. Tim Jernberg, and Dr. Garrett Clause who will all be happy to help you with any dental needs. You can ask to meet any one of them at any time, or just rotate through each doctor until you find one you are comfortable with. We want to make this transition as easy for you as possible. Our goal is to make sure our patients are comfortable and happy!
- from Prycilla O. (Dental Assistant)
Commerce Drive Dental patients, we would like you to join us on Thursday, June 4 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM to celebrate Dr. Gary Eichmeyer's retirement after 40 years of service to our community! The celebration will be held here at Commerce Drive Dental, 2040 Commerce Drive in North Mankato.
We will also be welcoming two new additions to our team: Dr. Tim Jernberg and Dr. Garrett Clause.
Can't wait to see you at the celebration!
- from Rachel P. (Dental Hygienist)
Spring brings a time of change and renewal. This spring and early summer will bring change to Commerce Drive Dental Group. In 1975, Dr. Gary Eichmeyer started a dental practice in the Brandt Building in lower North Mankato that has grown into Commerce Drive Dental Group. Come late May or early June, Gary will be retiring. Dr. David Clause, Dr. Jessica Kuryla, Dr. Tim Jernberg, as well as Dr. Garrett Clause (who will soon be joining CDDG), will continue to provide excellent, high quality dental care to our valued patients.
Welcome, Garrett and Happy Retirement, Gary!
- from Dawn K. (Business Team)
GUM® PerioShield™ is a next generation oral health rinse with plaque-blocking technology. The active ingredient, delmopinol 0.2%, interferes with dental plaque formation so that it cannot adhere well to the tooth surface.
Commerce Drive Dental recommends GUM® PerioShield™ oral health rinse to all our patients as it promotes healthy mouth, gums, and teeth! Recommended usage is twice daily, immediately after brushing.
PerioShield™ is available without a prescription; however, it is only available online at www.gumbrand.com.
- from Kris S. (Business Team)
When talking about wisdom teeth, the old phrase “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” typically does not hold true. Many times your wisdom teeth or “third molars” can be negatively affecting your mouth even though they are not causing you discomfort. For example, having a tooth press on the roots of another tooth beneath the surface can present problems that if left untreated may develop into an even bigger issue. The best time to remove a wisdom tooth is before it causes problems.
- from Karin S. (Dental Hygienist)
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and front desk personnel.