Flossing is so important to your dental health. It's hard to get excited about flossing because we can't always see all of the benefits we get from flossing. Flossing removes about 40% of the sticky plaque or bacteria from your teeth.
Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities and gum disease. Each tooth has five surfaces; if you don't floss, you are leaving two surfaces unclean. Flossing is the only thing that can clean the space between the teeth and remove the bacteria.
Flossing might also be considered a secret weapon in the fountain of youth. Gum disease can ruin the youthful look of your smile by destroying the gums and teeth. It also attacks the bones that support our teeth and lower jaw. People who preserve the height of the jaw bone by flossing look younger as they age.
- from Julie C. (Dental Hygienist)
Tis' the season for colds, which may come with a sinus infection. Sinus infections can make your teeth ache and make it confusing to figure out if you should see your dentist or physician. A couple of things to keep in mind in order to figure out whom to see is if you bend down and the pain worsens, it most likely is a sinus infection. If you can feel pressure/discomfort on both sides of your face, it too is mostly a sinus infection. If you are able to pin point the ache to a certain tooth or teeth it may be tooth-related. Also, if a tooth is more sensitive to temperatures than the rest of your teeth and causes a lingering ache, those would be reasons to visit your dentist. If you are unsure if you need to be seen, you can always give us a call and ask!
- from Kirsten M. (Dental Assistant)
We all know Dr. Clause loves to golf.
So why does he bring an extra pair of pants when he goes golfing?
In case he gets a hole-in-one! Hee-hee (smile)
Come and share a joke with us at Commerce Drive Dental - we would love to laugh and smile with you! And, if you're not happy with your smile, ask how we can help.
- from Stephanie E. (Smiling Dental Hygienist)
In September, I attended a continuing education class at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Speaker Doreen Johnson, RDH, MA Ed., is a clinical educator for Dentsply and she presented valuable information about the ongoing debate on Coronal Polishing. Coronal Polishing is the “brushing” of the crowns of the teeth during a dental appointment with a dental toothpaste to remove stain and soft plaque debris. Polishing agents such as fine, medium and course prophylaxis paste applied with a rubber cup and hand piece may or may not be recommended on certain dental materials or areas of the teeth where exposed root surface is present. Every tooth may not need to be polished every time during a dental cleaning appointment; this is called “selective” polishing. If there is a tooth that has been sensitive or a tooth that is only partially erupted, it may not need to be polished. An Air Polisher can be used to remove stain and debris off surfaces of teeth in hard to reach places and grooves. This is done with a Prophy Jet. A Prophy Jet is a powder slurry of warm water and sodium bicarbonate delivered to the tooth in a spray. The Air Polisher is not messy and is very comfortable for patients, but it may not be recommended for every patient.
If you have any questions about how your teeth are polished, ask your dental care professional at your next dental visit.
- from Tricia H. (Dental Hygienist)
All of us here at Commerce Drive Dental enjoy and care for all of our patients. The finest compliment we can receive is a referral from our patients! So feel free to send all your friends and family our way. We would love to see them!
- from JJ K. (Dental Assistant)
Everyone wants to be seen on time; it is simply human nature to not want to be kept waiting. At Commerce Drive Dental it is always our goal to be prompt so that any waiting is minimized. Sometimes, however, our best intentions go astray. It is not unusual to have multiple patients show up every day with severe toothaches, broken teeth, or swollen soft tissue, as well as assorted other dental problems. On average, each doctor probably helps three to four of these patients a day. This simply takes unscheduled time to treat and relieve their discomfort. The single most stressful event the doctors encounter daily is keeping a patient waiting. Believe me when I say that when we are off-schedule, our hygienists, dental assistants, and front desk ladies all let us know in no uncertain terms. Commerce Drive Dental really strives to keep waiting to a minimum, so if you have been kept waiting in the past, please accept my apologies. It will always be our goal to treat all of our patients as we would want to be treated. Thanks for reading.
- from Dr. Eichmeyer
Looking after your oral health can really make a difference in how healthy you are. Teeth are an important part of your body, and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and body healthy. Your oral health is also really important as it enables you to do something very special: SMILE. It can make a positive effect on your physical and mental health, costs nothing, and is the same in every language.
By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet, and making regular visits to your dentist, you can have healthy teeth and a beautiful smile to share for the rest of your life.
- from Prycilla O. (Dental Assistant)
Great news! Some of the local schools are now participating in a Dental Health Program.
Dental professionals are going to the schools to do oral screenings for possible dental problems. Children will receive a toothbrush, oral hygiene instructions, and a fluoride varnish application, all at no charge. Parents then receive a report on the care provided. It's a great way to get an extra screening in for the year and a fluoride treatment for your children. Check with your school to see if they are participating and if they are, when it will occur. It's a great, beneficial opportunity for all kids.
- from Rachel P. (Dental Hygienist)