- from Monica B. (Business Team)
Hello to all and welcome to 2017! With new changes coming in our nation, please know that Commerce Drive Dental Group will be here to provide you and your family with continued healthy comprehensive oral care. Just a little reminder, spring breaks will be coming up fast, so if you or family members are needing to schedule hygiene appointments please call us at 507-345-7786. Stay warm!
- from Monica B. (Business Team)
New Year, new benefits! Many insurance plans start fresh with benefits after the new year. If you have dental work you are wanting to get completed, check with your insurance to see if your benefits have started over as of January 1. It's always nice to maximize any benefits given to you to put towards your dental work. Give us a call at 507-345-7786, and we will be sure to find you an appointment that works best for you!
- from Rachel P. (Dental Hygienist)
As the new year approaches, many of us think about making New Year’s resolutions to improve our overall health as well as our oral health. Following are some great goals to work toward in 2017.
*Healthier Eating Habits - including Fruits and Veggies
Frequent eating of food and drink containing carbohydrates and acids contribute to tooth decay. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, veggies and nuts improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums.
*Quit Smoking and/or Using other Tobacco Products
Tobacco use can harm your mouth in multiple ways, increasing risk for tooth discoloration, decay, gum recession and disease and throat, lung and oral cancer.
*Brush at Least Twice a Day and Floss at Least Once a Day
Brushing and flossing protect your teeth from plaque which is a harmful bacteria that causes decay and gum disease.
*See Your Dentist for Regular Check-ups
Dental health problems can be prevented before they cause discomfort or require extensive treatment if you see your dentist at least twice a year.
With these resolution tips, you can have a healthier smile in 2017 (and far into the future).
On behalf of the doctors and staff of Commerce Drive Dental Group, we wish you and your families all the best in the New Year!
- from Dawn K. (Business Team)
The holidays are a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate. Remember during this busy season to take good care of your oral health by brushing and flossing regularly.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Commerce Drive Dental! 🎄
- from Karin S. (Dental Assistant)
Although we routinely use nitrous oxide for children, it is not only for them. We have nitrous oxide (sometimes called "laughing gas") available for ALL of our patients. If you are anxious about dental appointments, give it a try!
- from Pam T. (Dental Assistant)
Hello! I'm Chip, the big molar tooth behind the Commerce Drive Dental office!
Afterward I was put back in my spot, watching over the prairie, dreaming of my next adventure! Maybe I will get to be in a parade again next summer.........you never know!
Happy Holidays 2016,
- from Dr. David Clause
Had a check up lately?? Regular dental visits are important not only to check the health of your teeth, but also the rest of your mouth!
Oral cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, cheeks, gums, roof and floor of the mouth, tonsils, and salivary glands. Most patients have no detectable symptoms during early stages of oral cancer, which is why we always check for symptoms when you are being seen in our office.
Oral cancer risk factors include smoking, chewing tobacco, heavy alcohol consumption, too much sun exposure on lips, and HPV. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer at your next check-up!
- from Megan W. (Dental Assistant)
Another year is coming to a close, so we wanted to remind everyone that if you have HSA or flex dollars remaining, there is only one month left to use them. Also, insurance companies that are on a calendar year plan will end December 31 and start over for the new year. These are your dollars to use, so don't lose them!
We have had a few questions regarding "alternating benefits" recently. This is when there is a clause in your dental benefits that states composite (white) fillings on posterior (back) teeth will be paid at an amalgam (silver filling) rate, which means that the reimbursement is much less. Silver fillings are only done when the access is tough and only a silver filling can be done. If you have questions regarding this please give our office a call and we will do our best to get you answers to these questions.
Have a wonderful holiday season - and remember that a great present for under the tree is a Sonicare toothbrush! You can purchase these at our office; call us at 507-345-7786 for more information.
- from Jody Z. (Business Team)
Visit to the dentist:
The Marshes were shown into the dentist's surgery, where Mr. Marsh makes it absolutely clear that he is in a big hurry. 'No expensive extras, Doctor,' Marsh demands. 'No gas or needles or any of that fancy stuff. Just pull the tooth and get it over with.' 'I wish more of my patients were as strong-minded and as brave as you, Mr. Marsh,' said the dentist admiringly. 'Now, which tooth is it?' Mr. Marsh turns to his wife and says: 'Show him your tooth, honey.'
A good dentist:
When a new dentist set up in town he quickly acquired a reputation of being the 'painless' dentist. However, a local little girl called Gemima disputed his claim. 'He's a fake!' Gemima told her friends. 'He's not painless at all. When he stuck his finger in my mouth I bit him - and he screamed like anyone else.'
Choosing the right filling:
A little boy called Ben was taken to the dentist. Examination revealed that Ben had a cavity, which needed filling. 'Now, young man,' asked the dentist, 'what kind of filling would you like for that tooth, amalgam or composite?' 'I would prefer chocolate, please,' replied Ben.
'I came in to make an appointment with the dentist' said the man to the receptionist. “I’m sorry sir,” she replied. 'He’s out right now, but…' 'Thank you,' interrupted the obviously nervous prospective patient, 'when will he be out again?'
- from Dr. Jessica Kuryla
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.