- from Dawn K. (Business Team)
The American Dental Association’s 2014 national meeting was recently held in San Antonio, TX. Twenty-two team members attended the convention representing the Commerce Drive Dental Group. Our doctors and clinical staff took courses that keep them up-to-date on the latest in technology and clinical procedures. As a member of the business staff, the courses that I took apply to dental practices as well as life in general. One of the most important things in life is the relationships that we have with others…be it family, friends, co-workers, clients, or patients. In essence, what is important, is living by the “Golden Rule:” treat others as we’d like to be treated, show recognition and appreciation for others, and project a positive attitude. If we can do these things, who knows what a difference we can make!
- from Dawn K. (Business Team)
During Chemotherapy treatment it is important to try to stay as healthy as possible, but it is easy to overlook the effects it has on your oral health. There are many side effects you can experience with your mouth during treatment which can lead to problems with the teeth, gums, and cause dry mouth. Whether you have your teeth or wear dentures, it is important to see a dentist before chemotherapy is started, or as soon as you can. The dentist can do an exam and address any issues that may come up. It is very important to give your dentist the name and number of your oncologist so they can work together to keep you as comfortable and healthy as possible.
- from Prycilla M. (Dental Assistant)
Here at Commerce Drive Dental Group we continue to view the importance of performing Oral Caner Screenings on a regular basis during your re-care appointments. With oral cancer on the rise due to risk factors such as smoking, alcohol use, and the HPV virus, there are still those who can get it with no risk factors at all. We continue to screen for any abnormal lesions in and around the mouth. Common sites for oral cancer are on the side of the tongue, floor of mouth, and lips. If you have any abnormal lesion, tissue that you notice yourself, or a re-current lesion it's always good to have your dentist evaluate the area if it does not heal on its own within 2 weeks.
- from Rachel P. (Dental Hygienist)
The end of the year is fast approaching. If you have some dental work that you’ve been putting off, now is the time to schedule an appointment to complete it. Call your insurance company to find out your remaining benefits, and if you have a health reimbursement account you may need to utilize those dollars as well.
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today!
- from Kris S. (Business Team)
Do you ever notice how most people seem to carry either mints or gum, but rarely both? It seems everyone has a preferred breath freshener. So which one is better? The answer completely depends on the situation.
Mints are great if you want an instant blast of fresh breath, but don’t want to have something in your mouth for the next half hour or more. They are also easy to pack without worrying about temperature (gum doesn’t hold up very well in a pocket or hot car) and most mint containers hold a lot more individual pieces than a pack of gum. This means you get more occasions of fresh breath for the price.
On the down side, mints usually dissolve quickly, so you’re likely to consume them at a faster rate than gum. Plus, the flavors are very limited compared to gum.
Gum has many of the same breath freshening qualities that mints do, and some gum even kills odor-causing bacteria. It’s also ideal for after meals, as chewing gum helps to remove food particles and bacteria from your teeth as well as stimulate saliva production, which can help with bad breath and dry mouth.
Gum has its drawbacks, too. Chewing gum can be distracting or even disrespectful in some situations, and prolonged chewing can cause jaw fatigue.
So what is your breath freshening method?
If you have chronic bad breath, you may also want to visit your dentist.
- from Karin S. (Dental Assistant)
Keeping your dentures clean and caring for them daily is very important to help prevent staining and keeping them looking their best. Use a soft brush and a cleaning agent such as a denture cleaner or soap and water; toothpaste is too abrasive and can leave scratches that could pick up stain. To help eliminate harmful bacteria, be sure to brush the outside and inside of your denture. Be sure to take your denture out at night and store it in a container with a small amount of water or denture cleaner.
- from Pam T. (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