- from Prycilla O. (Dental Assistant)
A new year has arrived, usually symbolizing a new beginning, new resolutions. Now could be the perfect time to become healthier - starting with your teeth. Start by making that dental appointment that you have been putting off for so long, or slow down when brushing, making sure you brush for at least 2 minutes twice a day, or incorporate floss in your routine (whether it's at least once a day or starting to floss at all). You want to be true to your teeth now or they will be false to you in the future!
- from Prycilla O. (Dental Assistant)
February is coming up and this is the month of Give Kids A Smile, an annual event where dental professionals in your local area volunteer their time and services to provide free dental care to children. Services can include cleanings, x-rays, sealants, fluoride treatments, and some restorative work. Make sure to check your local area to find out what facilities will be participating in Give Kids A Smile this February.
- from Rachel P. (Dental Hygienist)
Commerce Drive Dental would like to thank you for the privilege of providing care to you and your families in the past year(s). We wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday!
We look forward to serving you in 2015!
- from Lisa G. (Business Team)
'Tis the season for eating more sweets.
Keep brushing and flossing to keep your teeth neat!
- from Rachel B. (Business Team)
It is important for insurance subscribers to familiarize themselves with their plan. What is the maximum benefit, and is it per calendar year or per fiscal year? If there is a deductible, what is the amount? What are the coverages - Preventive 100%? Basic 80%? Major 50%? Are there waiting periods for certain services? If you have questions, please call your insurance company; the number is on the back of your card.
- from Deb B. (Business Team)
Are you still looking for that perfect Christmas present? Then you should think about getting a Phillips Diamond Clean Sonicare. It is the perfect gift. Every day it makes your teeth feel as clean as if you just left the dental office. Your manual brush only brushes what it touches, but the Sonicare brushes what it touches, plus a surrounding 2 mm. This is the gift they will love getting. For our dental patients at Commerce Drive Dental we offer this toothbrush at cost. That is an $85.00 savings compared to the in-store prices. Plus, Sonicare is currently offering a $20.00 rebate on top of that.
- from Julie C. (Dental Hygienist)
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I wanted to take this time to THANK our patients for their continued loyalty and trust in Commerce Drive Dental Group! We truly enjoy serving each and every one of you. If we haven't met your expectations, please let us know. Exceeding our patient's expectations is our mission - we are always looking for ways to improve that.
Happy Thanksgiving to all - and after you have eaten your turkey and pumpkin pie, remember to brush and floss. :)
- from Stephanie E. (Dental Hygienist)
Fruit snacks are a popular choice of parents and children. They do not and should not take the place of fresh fruit (which we first would suggest). It would be best to remove them from our children’s diet. However, if you or your child choose these for a snack, along with other sugary and sticky foods, we recommend following with a slice of cheese or string cheese. It helps to remove the particles that get stuck in their teeth. Then follow up with brushing and flossing.
- from Kirsten C. (Dental Assistant)
The mission of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry is to ensure that citizens living in Minnesota receive quality dental health care from competent dental health professionals. Dental health professionals are required to take continuing education courses to maintain a dental license and stay up to date on the latest technology and research. A dentist has to earn up to 50 dental continuing educational credits, a dental hygienist and a dental assistant have to earn up to 25 continuing educational credits within a 2 year cycle. One great way to earn CE credits is to attend the State and National Dental Conventions held every year. This October, our wonderful dentists took a staff of over 20 employees to the National Dental Convention in San Antonio, Texas. At the convention, I attended 5 different continuing education meetings discussing the latest dental hygiene topics, business, nutrition and health and wellness. I was given valuable information I could pass on to my patients in practice and use in my home life as well. It was fun spending time with my co-workers out of the office and in a warmer state! I came back to Minnesota excited about what I learned at the dental convention and energized to continue to practice quality dental hygiene.
- from Tricia H. (Dental Hygienist)
You're expecting!! What an exciting time in your life!! While you have a thousand things to think about these nine months, don't let your oral health be neglected. Changes in hormones will affect your teeth and gums during this time.
According to the American Dental Association, women are more likely to develop gum infections or gingivitis while pregnant. Gums can be swollen and tender and may bleed while brushing and flossing. Do not let this deter you from doing so. It is important to maintain a daily routine of brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily effectively.
Continuity of dental care is also important. Make sure you inform your dental care provider of your pregnancy as well as any changes in your medications and/or supplements. X-rays are often postponed until your baby is born, but are sometimes necessary for dental treatment. If this is the case, a lead apron and thyroid collar are used to protect your baby.
Untreated oral heath issues have the potential to be harmful to your and your child. Be sure to be diligent about home and office care.
- from JJ K. (Dental Assistant)