- from Megan W. (Dental Assistant)
Did you know that chewing gum can help prevent cavities? When chewing gum sweetened with Xylitol, you are fighting the bacteria that cause cavities. Xylitol has been proven to inhibit the growth of plaque and bacteria that live in plaque. Xylitol can significantly lower your risk of tooth decay!
- from Megan W. (Dental Assistant)
Fall is upon us and we are now in our Fall/Winter hours. We do have evening hours available on Tuesday and Wednesday, so if this works better with your schedule please give our office a call at 507-345-7786.
- from Jody Z. (Business Team)
Our staff at Commerce Drive Dental Group has always been committed to continuing education. One way we do this is by attending the American Dental Assocation's annual meeting as an office almost every year. This October, we are really looking forward to going to the ADA national convention in San Antonio, Texas. The first thing we do when we decide to attend an annual meeting is to choose the sessions that we would be interested in registering for. The Doctors also pick which classes they would like someone to attend. There are always quite a variety of topics and choices (over 300 courses are offered). Since most of our staff attends the national meeting and we try to go to different classes whenever possible, we can really get a lot of subjects covered. We learn from the best clinicians and speakers in the dental field. We then write a short report on each class and present it to the rest of the office staff. In addition, there are over 550 different exhibits available to explore. We also save time for some team bonding, sight-seeing, and fun when we attend a national meeting. San Antonio is such a beautiful city that it will be a bonus to spend time there!
- from Susan B. (Dental Hygienist)
My blog today is about the joy of getting wet. As most people know, the ALS Association has initiated an incredible fund-raising activity known as the Ice Bucket Challenge. Dr. Kuryla nominated the other three doctors in our clinic to take this challenge. I decided to take my challenge at the office and to involve our wonderful staff in the event. You can see the video on our Facebook site. All day at the office there was a buzz about who would be the lucky one to dump a bucket of ice water over my head. Needless to say, there was not a shortage of people volunteering for that job. In return, I nominated all the lovely ladies of Commerce Drive Dental to their own challenge. We also made a cash donation to the ALS Association.
So what does this have to do with dentistry? The reason for telling this story is so people who do not know us yet can see how our office staff and doctors interact to create a wonderful working environment. When you see a close connection between the staff and doctors, you will also see a dental office that is providing exceptional care for the most important people, our patients. That has, and always will be, the most important goal of this dental office.
- from Dr. Eichmeyer
This is my family's favorite snack; it's a great recipe that is quick, easy, and healthy. I eat one for breakfast every morning and my boys snack on them throughout the day.
1 c peanut butter
1 c chocolate chips
1 c milled flax seed
1 c unflavored protein powder
2 c uncooked oatmeal
1/2 to 3/4 c honey
Mix together and press into 9 x 9 pan. Refrigerate and enjoy!
- from Dr. Kuryla
School is just around the corner!! If your summer has flown by like ours has and your dental work has been “saved for a rainy day,” it’s not too late to schedule an appointment at our office. Call today at 507-345-7786 and we will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
- from Kate B. (Business Team)
Parents can pass the oral bacteria called mutans streptococci on to their children. Children are not born with this bacteria in their mouth, but it can be passed from your mouth to theirs. This is the bacteria that causes cavities and is found in saliva. If you have active cavities or are at high risk for cavities, there are ways to prevent spreading this bacteria to your child or anyone else:
- from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)
The Minnesota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Foundation are returning to Mankato's Verizon Wireless Center this Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26 for the annual Mission of Mercy. The mobile dental clinics were started in 2000, with the first one in the state coming to Mankato in 2012. After heading to Bemidji in 2013, the clinic is back in Mankato this summer.
A thousand or so volunteers will help an estimated 2,000 patients receive free care during the two-day clinic in Mankato. The turnout by volunteers in 2012 was impressive with the smooth setup, operation and tear-down of the clinic that provided $1.3 million in free care. I will be working at the clinic, as will both of my sons and other members of the Commerce Drive Dental team.
For anyone interested in helping, there is a job for everyone! Visit www.mndental.org to register as a volunteer. No doubt Mankato will do the state proud once again by pulling off an impressive feat that will bring lots of smiles to those who not only receive, but also to those who give for the sake of dental health.
- from Dr. Clause
Why get wisdom teeth removed in the first place?
The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimate that 85% of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed. Many people do not have enough room in their mouth to allow wisdom teeth to erupt, or come into position, like other adult teeth. These “impacted” wisdom teeth can cause problems to adjacent teeth, surrounding bone and tissue of the jaw, and nerves. Difficult to treat cavities and gum disease can occur on teeth next to impacted wisdom teeth. While not everyone will need his/her wisdom teeth removed, your dentist will be able to aid you to determine if your wisdom teeth could pose a problem.
How many wisdom teeth do I have and if they need to be removed when should it be done?
A special x-ray called a panoramic radiograph is often used to see how many wisdom teeth a person has, their location, and how a surgeon can effectively remove them. While a person may have four wisdom teeth, another may not have any and others can have many more.
Many problems associated with holding on to wisdom teeth don’t immediately cause pain, and a person will not be able to notice these issues as they develop. Wisdom teeth are often most easily removed during a certain period of their root development, so this age is not the same for everyone. As roots continue to develop and a person gets older, the complications associated with removal are more likely. For that reason, oral surgeons generally recommend wisdom teeth removal during the teenage and young adult years. However, there are often reasons to remove wisdom teeth later in life and your dentist can help aid you in this process.
- from Dr. Jernberg
Should you try “oil pulling”? Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic folk practice that dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years. Advocates claim that swishing with any type of oil (usually coconut oil) in your mouth every day for 20 minutes will whiten your teeth, reduce bacteria, freshen your breath and protect against heart disease. There are very few limited studies done on oil pulling and the ADA emphasizes in their policy on unconventional dentistry: the provision of dental care should be based on sound scientific principles. Although oil pulling won’t cause any harm, you can accomplish the same results with brushing and flossing in less time and if needed, you can supplement your home care with an antiseptic mouth rinse.
Source: Science in the News, American Dental Association (ADA)
- from Pam B. (Dental Hygienist)