- from Rachel B. (Business Team)
Patients who have GER & GERD need to protect their teeth, as the acid can wear on your teeth. Our suggestion is to use the Sensodyne ProNamel toothpaste or PreviDent 5000, which is a prescription toothpaste. For extra protection, you can also rinse with a non-alcohol fluoride rinse. Call Commerce Drive Dental at 507-345-7786 if you have any questions about this; we would be happy to address your concerns.
- from Rachel B. (Business Team)
It is that time again when children are leaving for college. If you are sending dental insurance cards with them, good for you! But be sure they know the birth date of the subscriber. They may remember the month and date but not always the year! Insurance claims cannot be sent without this information.
- from Deb. B. (Business Team)
Strongly encourage everyone to keep flossing. We hands-down see the benefits it gives our patients that are flossing correctly. You can't believe everything you hear on the news, right!?
Dr. Garrett was interviewed on KEYC about the recent flossing controversy.
- from Kirsten C. (Dental Assistant)
When we stop and think of all the things that can shorten the length of our lives, not to mention the quality of the life in our years, it can be overwhelming. We all know the big ones like smoking, drinking, and poor diet which also have a detrimental effect on our oral health, but drinking pop isn't too far down the list - which may surprise people. A recent study from the University of California at San Fransisco found that consuming a 20 oz soda per day can shorten your life by as much as five years! Aside from the obvious risks that soda can contribute to obesity, liver damage, and an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, this study focused on the protective units of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes in cells known as telomeres. In soda drinkers their telomeres were found to be shorter in white blood cells. This is significant as telomere health is one of the most prominent factors in predicting how long and how well we will live. The study found that soda was actually equally as detrimental to telomere health as smoking cigarettes! The study held fast regardless of age, race, income or education level, so we are all at the mercy of those tasty little 20 oz bottles of fizzy flavor!
So be strong and just stick to water.
- from Tessa H. (Dental Assistant)
Don’t forget the little ones! We are accepting new patients of all ages. Give us a call at 507-345-7786 and we can get you and your family started with your dental care.
Here is a little dental fun for the family and kids from the American Dental Association. Enjoy!
- from Sharon M. (Business Team)
Did you know that the enamel on baby teeth is 50% thinner than the enamel on adult teeth?
Between the ages of 6-12 years, baby teeth are being lost and the permanent teeth are erupting, also known as mixed dentition. During this time, the enamel on baby teeth is more vulnerable to damage. There are many foods and drinks that can soften the enamel on teeth allowing the enamel to be thin, even discolored. Thinning enamel can lead to sensitive teeth. Acidic fruits, fruit juices, sour sweets, pickled food, and tomato sauces along with pop and sports drinks are all higher in acidic content.
Making better dietary choices along with regular dental check-ups and brushing 2x a day with Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Mint fluoride toothpaste designed for kids ages 6-12 years can help protect teeth against cavities and acid erosion.
This is an important time in your child's dental health. Help protect the baby teeth and permanent teeth for years to come.
- from Tricia H. (Dental Hygienist)
Whether it’s been years since you have seen a dentist or are just looking for a new office, Commerce Drive Dental Group welcomes you! We strive to help our patients with their oral hygiene and health as well as their confidence. Here is what you could expect at your initial visit with us:
- from Erica S. (Dental Assistant)
Teaching kids good brushing and flossing habits early on will help them learn good habits. Tooth decay is not only bad for their teeth, but it can even create issues for their adult, permanent teeth. To learn more about preventive dental care for children, give us a call at 507-345-7786.
- from Gloria M. (Dental Assistant)
Enjoy that smooth, clean fresh feeling in your mouth, just like when you get your teeth cleaned. Get yourself a Sonicare toothbrush, and your teeth will feel just like that! There are actually many other benefits to using a Sonicare toothbrush verses a manual toothbrush, including:
- from Rachel P. (Dental Hygienist)
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.