- from Rachel B. (Business Team)
If you are a new patient, we usually contact your previous dental provider for information about your last x-rays, dental exam, and cleaning. However, due to privacy laws, that office cannot send us or tell us any information about you unless you have signed a "Release of Records" form giving your permission to release that information. So if you will be moving or even if you are just switching dental providers to Commerce Drive Dental, please make sure you sign "Release of Records" and "HIPAA Privacy" forms at your previous provider's office to streamline the transfer of information.
- from Rachel B. (Business Team)
The 2nd annual Minnesota Mission of Mercy was held June 14 and 15 in Bemidji. During the course of the event there were 1,652 patient visits that resulted in free dental services valued at approximately $1 million. Over 1,300 volunteers participated in the event (including Dr. Clause and Dr. Eichmeyer from Commerce Drive Dental), helping many patients in desperate need of dental care.
Minnesota's first MOM was held in Mankato in August 2012, when almost 1,400 compassionate volunteers delivered $1,302,985 in patient care to 2,062 grateful patients.
- from Carolyn C. (Business Team)
If you are one of our patients that have secondary insurance, lucky you! If you would like, you can call the secondary insurance company to see if your policy includes standard coordination, which means they will cover what primary insurance does not, or if your policy specifies non-duplication of benefits, which means that they will cover up to their allowed amount on each procedure and no more.
- from Deb B. (Business Team)
Many patients tell me they have a hard time flossing or they can't floss their teeth. After talking to them I have found out many of them are making just one simple mistake; they are wrapping the floss around the wrong finger. They are wrapping it around their pointer fingers, instead of their middle fingers. What you want to do is wrap a small amount of floss around one middle finger and then wrap the rest around the other middle finger. Now these fingers "Never" go inside the mouth, instead they stay outside the mouth holding the floss tight just like a goal post.
Then you take your pointer fingers and thumbs and grab the floss and go inside your mouth and in between the teeth. You can move at any angle to reach the teeth. I use several different angles when flossing. This is the correct way to floss and makes it very easy to reach the back teeth and floss even if you have larger fingers. Just give it a try next time. It might feel awkward the first time because you are not used to flossing this way, but trust me - it is so much easier!
Another flossing tip: as you use the floss, unwrap it from the middle finger and wind it up on the other middle finger, so you are always using clean floss between each tooth.
Happy Flossing. :)
- from Julie C. (Dental Hygienist)
At least 2 to 3 times each week, we recommend soaking your denture overnight in a denture cleaning solution such as Efferdent Denture Cleanser. We also recommend daily brushing the appliance using a soft toothbrush and either a denture toothpaste or a low abrasive toothpaste. The material used to make dentures is very strong but it can still break, so handle with care and avoid dropping on hard surfaces.
- from Kirsten C. (Dental Assistant)
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