Herbal Products … Impartial, Evidence Based Resource

September 11th, 2017 - By steve.mccormack

Look at these 3 web sites for impartial, evidence based testing of herbal and nutritional products. 

Please note …  garlic, ginger, ginkgo, and ginseng are among the many herbs that affect bleeding time.  Your health care professional needs to know what supplements you may be taking, including natural herbs.

Herbal Medicine and Surgery Risks … American Academy of Anesthesiologists

Consumer Lab  …  Herbs & Vitamin Reviews

Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database

Same Day Implants and Dentures?

August 3rd, 2017 - By steve.mccormack

Maybe you have seen the full page ads in the Minneapolis – St Paul newspapers about same-day extractions and implants.     First off … this is truthful and it is possible to do this advanced care with today’s dentistry.  But let’s look at this a little closer.

Myths and Facts:

  • Same-day refers to the extractions, implants, and dentures.  It can be accomplished in one day.
  • There is considerable pre-planning and appointments needed to prepare for that same-day surgery.  That includes examinations, cat scans, photos, impression of the jaw, etc.
  • Some people might need bone grafts to build up the area supporting the implants.
  • The implants and dentures might not be the final restorations needed.   Some of the implants might be temporary or transitional … same with the dentures or bridgework.
  • Follow-up appointments can be significant.
  • These are very highly trained specialists and surgeons.  Their fees reflect that.  Typical fees can easily start at $15,000 and reach $40,000 or more.    [not a typo.]
  • Although implants are very very successful, not everyone is a candidate for them … especially the dramatic results seen on TV and in the newspapers.

Let us know if you want more information on these remarkable options for your dental care. 

The world of  Dentistry is always changing, improving, and offering a wide range of treatment options.


Teenagers and POP … Not Good!

June 11th, 2017 - By steve.mccormack

Sip All Day and Get Decay.

It all counts … Pop, Diet Pop, Gatorade, Power Aid, Red Bull ,etc. 

It’s all about the sugars and acids.      If you sip all the time you WILL get decay.

Click on the Texts Below for a Fun Video on Pop Drinking.


Soda Girl Video

SODA Guy Video


[1] Infant Fluoride Recommendations

June 10th, 2017 - By steve.mccormack

infant formula

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2006 announced that it will allow bottlers to claim that fluoridated water may reduce the risk of caries (tooth decay). The American Dental Association (ADA) agrees with the FDA that this health claim is not intended for use on bottled water marketed to infants, for whom lesser amounts of fluoride are appropriate. The right amount of fluoride is needed to help protect teeth and prevent caries. Fluoride intake above optimal amounts, however, creates a risk of developing enamel fluorosis in teeth during their development before they erupt through the gingiva (gums). Most cases of enamel fluorosis result in faint white lines or streaks on tooth enamel that are not readily apparent to the affected person or the casual observer.

The optimal fluoride level in drinking water is 0.7 to 1.0 parts per million, an amount that has been proven beneficial in reducing caries. In some areas, naturally occurring fluoride may be above or below these levels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires notification by the water supplier if the fluoride level exceeds 2 ppm.
People living in areas where naturally occurring fluoride levels in drinking water exceed 2 ppm should consider an alternative water source or home water treatments to reduce the risk of fluorosis in young children.

The ADA offers these recommendations to reduce fluoride intake from reconstituted infant formula. Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends human milk for all infants (except for the few for whom breast-feeding is determined to be harmful).

For infants who get most of their nutrition from formula during their first 12 months, ready-to-feed formula is preferred to help ensure that their fluoride intake does not exceed the optimal amount.   If liquid concentrate or powdered infant formula is the primary source of nutrition, it can be mixed with water that is fluoride-free or contains low levels of fluoride to reduce the risk of fluorosis. These include water labeled as purified, demineralized, deionized or distilled, as well as reverse osmosis filtered water. Many stores sell these types of drinking water for less than $1 per gallon.

Parents and caregivers should consult with their dentist, pediatrician or family physician regarding the most appropriate water to use in their area to reconstitute infant formula. Ask your pediatrician or family physician whether water used in infant formula should be sterilized first (sterilization, however, will not remove fluoride).



Unless advised to do so by a dentist or other health care professional, parents should not use fluoride toothpaste in children younger than 2 years, because they may inadvertently swallow the toothpaste.  Children 2 years and older should use an appropriate-sized toothbrush with a small brushing surface and only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste at each brushing. They should always be supervised while brushing and taught to spit out, rather than swallow, toothpaste.

Fluoride mouth rinses have been shown to help prevent caries in both children and adults. Unless the child’s dentist advises otherwise, the ADA does not recommend the use of fluoride mouth rinses in children younger than 6 years, because they may be more likely to inadvertently swallow the mouth rinse. Fluoride supplements are not recommended for children younger than 6 months. Children should receive only dietary supplemental fluoride tablets or drops as prescribed by their dentist or physician based on the supplement schedule approved by the ADA, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
(visit “www.ada.org”).

Sleep Apnea

April 20th, 2017 - By steve.mccormack

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Sleep Apnea …. it’s real and it’s a big deal for more people than you think.  It’s not just overweight, older men anymore.    Women and children of all shapes and sizes are being diagnosed with sleep apnea, too.

Untreated apnea puts your health at risk.

Adults … ask Yourself:

  • Are you tired or fatigued more than you should be?
  • Can you easily nod off while sitting inactive in a public place, or when you are riding in a car?
  • Do you have high blood pressure, insomnia, heart disease, gastric reflux?
  • Do you snore?
  • Do you clench your teeth?



  • Do they snore or mouth breathe a lot?
  • Have bed-wetting, frequent ear aches, clench their teeth?
  • Have ADD or ADHD …. maybe you can take your child off these medicines ??
  • Have larger tonsils and adenoids, or a large tongue and small throat?

Let us help you figure out if you have sleep apnea through a simple screening questionnaire.  SCRMC has an excellent sleep therapist and pulmonologist who can perform a sleep study and see if you are experiencing any sleep disorders.

Yes … it might mean a night at SCRMC hooked up to sleep monitors … but if you could feel refreshed and reduce medications for health problems, wouldn’t you want too?

How does the possibility of preventing a stroke or heart attack sound?

CPAP or oral night-guard appliances can be life changing.

Your spouse will LOVE you for it !

Let us help you improve your sleep and your health.

Let us help get you started.

Check out these links.

www.MAYO CLINIC.org/sleep-apnea/basics/


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A Mom’s Guide to Fluoride

January 5th, 2017 - By steve.mccormack


Please explore this link to answer questions about fluoride for your children … 



Children & Medical Assistance

October 20th, 2016 - By steve.mccormack





For Children enrolled in the Wisconsin  Medical Assistance Program … age 20 or less.

Through a special pilot program, 4 counties in Wisconsin are experimenting with much improved reimbursement rates to dentists providing dental care to children.  Because of that, we are now able to see many more MA children at our office.   The program was very seriously underfunded and the state legislature is trying the approach used in Michigan to see if dentist participation increases …. and more children are cared for.  Give us a call and maybe we can help your child.

Non Discrimination Policy

September 6th, 2016 - By steve.mccormack

Discrimination is Against the Law


[Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS ] complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

[Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS] does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

[Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS ]   Provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:

  • Qualified sign language interpreters
  • Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats)
  • Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
  • Qualified interpreters
  • Information written in other languages

If you need these services, contact [Kris McCormack, office manager]

If you believe that [Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS ] has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with the

  • S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal,
  • available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf,

or by mail or phone at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 509F, HHH Building Washington, D.C. 20201 1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD) Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.

Spanish Version

Discrimination is Against the Law


[ Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS] cumple con las leyes federales de derechos civiles aplicables y no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad o sexo.

[Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS] no excluye a las personas ni las trata de forma diferente debido a su origen étnico, color, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad o sexo.

[Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS]: • Proporciona asistencia y servicios gratuitos a las personas con discapacidades para que se comuniquen de manera eficaz con nosotros, como los siguientes: ○ Intérpretes de lenguaje de señas capacitados. ○ Información escrita en otros formatos (letra grande, audio, formatos electrónicos accesibles, otros formatos). • Proporciona servicios lingüísticos gratuitos a personas cuya lengua materna no es el inglés, como los siguientes: ○ Intérpretes capacitados. ○ Información escrita en otros idiomas.

Si necesita recibir estos servicios, comuníquese con [Kris McCormack].

Si considera que [Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS] no le proporcionó estos servicios o lo discriminó de otra manera por motivos de origen étnico, color, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad o sexo, puede presentar un reclamo a la siguiente persona

Steven L. McCormack DDS  PO Box 220, St Croix Falls, WI   54024


fax 715-483-5699

Puede presentar el reclamo en persona o por correo postal, fax o correo electrónico. Si necesita ayuda para hacerlo, [Kris McCormack ] está a su disposición para brindársela.

También puede presentar un reclamo de derechos civiles ante la Office for Civil Rights (Oficina de Derechos Civiles) del Department of Health and Human Services (Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos) de EE. UU. de manera electrónica a través de Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, disponible en https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf,

o bien, por correo postal a la siguiente dirección o por teléfono a los números que figuran a continuación: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 509F, HHH Building Washington, D.C. 20201 1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD) Puede obtener los formularios de reclamo en el sitio web http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.


Language  Assistance … Wisconsin

We will take reasonable steps to provide free-of-charge language assistance services to people who speak languages we are likely to hear in our practice and who don’t speak English well enough to talk to us about the dental care we are providing.

Tomaremos acciones razonables para proporcionar servicios de asistencia lingüística gratuitos a aquellas personas cuyo lenguaje escuchemos frecuentemente en nuestro consultorio y que no hablen un inglés lo suficientemente bueno como para hablar con nosotros sobre el servicio odontológico que suministramos.
Peb yuav tsum nrhiav kev pab-dawb los ntawm kev pab cuam txhais lus rau cov neeg uas hais lus peb yeej tau hnov hauv peb txoj kev kawm thiab tus uas tsis paub hais lus Askiv txaus los tham rau peb txog cov kev pab kho hniav peb muaj.
Wir werden angemessene Schritte unternehmen, um denen eine gebührenfreie Sprachunterstützung zu bieten, die Sprachen sprechen, die wir möglicherweise in unserer Praxis hören, die aber kein Englisch sprechen, das gut genug ist, um mit uns über die Zahnpflege zu sprechen, die wir anbieten.
سوف نقوم باتخاذ خطوات معقولة من أجل توفير خدمات المساعدة اللغوية بدون تكلفة للأشخاص الذين يتحدثون لغات أخرى من
المرجح أن نستمع إليها خلال ممارستنا والذين لا يتقنون تحدث الإنجليزية بشكل جيد يمكنهم من التحدث إلينا فيما يتعلق برعاية الأسنان
التي نقدمها.
Мы принимаем необходимые меры, чтобы предоставить бесплатные услуги переводчика для общения на языках, с которыми мы сталкиваемся в нашей практике с клиентами, которые не владеют английским языком достаточно, чтобы обсудить с нами стоматологическое обслуживание, которое мы предоставляем.
저희는 적절한 조치를 통하여 언어 지원 서비스를 무료로 제공할 것입니다. 다만, 실제로 저희에게 관심이 있는 언어를 쓰지만 저희 치아 관리 서비스에 대해 의견을 줄 수 있을 만큼 영어로 의사소통이 원활하지 않는 경우로 한정합니다
Chúng tôi sẽ thực hiện các bước cần thiết để cung cấp dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí cho những người giao tiếp bằng những ngôn ngữ mà chúng tôi có thể nghe thấy tại phòng khám của mình và cho những người không có đủ trình độ tiếng Anh để thảo luận về dịch vụ chăm sóc nha khoa mà chúng tôi đang cung cấp.
Pennsylvania Dutch:
Mir zelle unser Beschtes browiere fer Hilf griege fer ennich ebber as Druwwel hett fer verschtehe was mer an schwetze is in Englisch weeich Zaahdokteres do. Die Hilf, as mer aabiede kennt, deet nix koschte.
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ພວກເຮົາຈະໃຊ້ຂ ້ນຕອນທ ີ່ເໝາະສົມ ເພ ີ່ອໃຫ້ບໍລິການຊີ່ວຍເຫ ອດ້ານພາສາບໍີ່ເສຍຄີ່າແກ້ຄົນຜ ້ທ ີ່ເວົ້າພາສາທ ີ່ພວກເຮົາອາດຈະໄດ້ຍິນຢ ີ່ໃນການຝຶກຊ້ອມຂອງພວກເຮົາ ແລະ ຜ ້ທ ີ່ບໍີ່ເວົ້າພາສາອ ງກິດໄດ້ດ ພໍ ເພ ີ່ອລົມກ ບພວກເຮົາກີ່ຽວກ ບການເບິີ່ງແຍງດ ແລແຂ້ວທ ີ່ພວກເຮົາກໍາລ ງຈ ດໃຫ້.
Nous prendrons les mesures raisonnables pour fournir des services d’assistance linguistique gratuits pour les individus qui parlent des langues que nous sommes susceptibles d’entendre durant nos séances et qui ne parlent pas suffisamment bien l’anglais pour discuter avec nous concernant les soins dentaires que nous fournissons.
Będziemy podejmować stosowne kroki, by zapewnić bezpłatne usługi wsparcia językowego dla ludzi, którzy rozmawiają językami, które my chcielibyśmy słyszeć w naszym gabinecie i dla tych, którzy nie mówią po angielsku na tyle dobrze, aby rozmawiać z nami o opiece stomatologicznej, którą zapewniamy.
हम उन व्यक्तियों को, जो कक ऐसी भाषाएं बोलिे हैं जो हम अपने अभ्यास में संभाविि रूप में सुनना चाहिे हैं और जो हमारे द्िारा प्रदान की जाने िाली डैंटल देखभाल के बारे में हमारे साथ उचचि ढंग से अंग्रेजी नहीं बोलिे, मुफ़्ि सेिाएं प्रदान करने के ललये उचचि कदम उठायेंगे।
Do të marrim hapa të arsyeshëm për të ofruar shërbime falas për asistencë gjuhësore për njerëzit që flasin gjuhë që ka të ngjarë të dëgjojmë në punën tone dhe që nuk flasin anglisht aq mire sa të flasin me ne për kujdesin dentar që ofrojmë.
Gagawin namin ang mga makatwirang hakbang para maibigay namin ng walang bayad ang mga tulong na serbisyo sa wika para sa mga taong nagsasalita ng mga wikang karaniwan naming naririnig sa aming pagsasagawa at sa mga hindi bihasa sa pagsasalita ng Ingles na sasangguni sa amin tungkol sa pangangalaga ng ngipin na ibinibigay namin.

Medicines & Drug Information

February 1st, 2016 - By steve.mccormack

Use this web site to check out valuable information about your medications.  You can use this resource to become better informed about the medications you use.  It enables you to:

  1. Get detailed information on uses and side effects for your drugs.
  2. See how each of your drugs interact with each other … use the “interaction checker section.”
  3. Identify pills when you aren’t sure what they are … use the “pill identifier section.”
  4. See any FDA  drug alerts … use the “news and alerts section.”

Drug Information Web Site



American Dental Association … Fluoride Information

August 31st, 2015 - By steve.mccormack


American Dental Association … Fluoride Info

This web site has various information on fluoride.  It has the ADA’s  policies, position statement, recommendations, references, current news, and other resources.

Please use the “dentist version” for the most information available.

ADA Fluoridation Facts   [click here]