- from Kate B. (Business Team)
We have GREAT PATIENTS at Commerce Drive Dental. If anyone has family or friends in need of dental care, have them give us a call at 507-345-7786. We are accepting new patients!
- from Kate B. (Business Team)
The Diagnodent is a device that is sometimes used in our office to detect decay. The device emits a harmless laser beam down into the tooth. If there is decay present, a higher number will register than on a tooth without decay. It can detect a very small cavity that may not otherwise have been detected until it got much larger. The Diagnodent helps to keep treatment much more conservative by finding decay before it gets bigger.
- from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)
On Saturday, February 7, our dental office had the pleasure of taking part in the volunteer program "Give Kids A Smile." I have to say that it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in awhile. We had 3 dentists, 5 hygienists, 4 assistants and 2 front desk people volunteer. All of us working together were able to see 42 kids. For all of the kids, we completed exams, X-rays, cleanings and fluoride treatments as needed. Some of the kids also had sealants, fillings and extractions done. The kids were an absolute joy to work with and seemed very appreciative. It was so fun for us to help a person who had never been to the dentist before and was a little apprehensive, to feel at home and actually have a good time. One 12 year old boy that I worked with had last been to the dentist when he was 5 years old. I asked him at the end of the appointment how his dental appointment went for him, and he told me with a big smile on his face "It was really fun." Then he told me "thank you" and patted me on the back and told me that he hoped I would have a great weekend! That was just one of the experiences from that day that did make my weekend great!
- from Susan B. (Dental Hygienist)
This year's "Give Kids a Smile" was a great success! The program was initially launched in 2003 to provide dental care to underserved children. Nationally, it was estimated that over 320,000 kids received care this year from almost 8,000 dentists as well as a large number of hygienists, assistants, and other staff. In Minnesota alone, it is estimated that over 5,000 children received care, many of whom may have had his/her first experience with a dentist.
I'm often asked when a child should first see a dentist. The ADA has recommended that a child be seen within the first 6 months of the child getting his/her first baby tooth and no later than the first birthday. We commonly see children at one year of age and it's a great way to get these little ones accustomed to the dental office.
At Commerce Drive Dental, Dr. Clause, Dr. Kuryla, our staff, and I were able to participate and provide care that included dental cleanings, exams, dental education, fillings, sealants, and tooth removal. It was a very rewarding experience and great to see all the young, smiling faces!
Thank you to everyone that volunteered!
- from Dr. Jernberg
Give Kids a Smile is an annual event where dental professionals provide free dental work to children in need. Give Kids a Smile is February 6 & 7 in Minnesota. Commerce Drive Dental staff are volunteering their time on Saturday, February 7 from 8:00 - 12:00. We are providing exams, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants if needed to children ages 2-17. Please call our office at 345-7786 to schedule an appointment. To find out more information about Give Kids a Smile in your area, go to mndental.org.
- from Kim B. (Dental Hygienist)
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.