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Dr. Maria Drzycimski Becker helps her dad, Dr. Nick Drzycimski, pull up some digital data and X-ray photos on an examination room laptop in November 2016. Nick Drzycimski is retiring after 42 years.

Tickle your gums.

A whole bunch of sufferers who’ve sat within the dentist chair of Dr. Nick Drzycimski have heard that chorus.

The Fort Dodge dentist stresses that wholesome gums are the important thing to good tooth and a wholesome mouth. To maintain your gums wholesome, you must rigorously brush them or, as he likes to say, tickle them, ideally with an electrical toothbrush.

After 42 years of advising, educating and typically even nagging sufferers to tickle their gums, Drzycimski is nearing retirement.

He plans to retire simply earlier than Labor Day weekend.

His daughter, Dr. Maria Drzycimski Becker, who has practiced alongside her father at Rolling Hills Dental Clinic for the previous six years, will now lead the clinic.

“I can’t let you know how satisfying it’s been working with Maria these previous six years,” Drzycimski stated. “She’s an excellent dentist.”

“I don’t suppose I’ve seen a dentist with as a lot empathy for the sufferers as Maria has,” he added. “She’s well-respected and well liked by the sufferers.’

Drzycimski, 67, stated he plans to keep up his license to observe dentistry for 2 years in order that he can fill in when wanted on the clinic. However he added that he doesn’t anticipate doing a lot dentistry.

He began his dental observe in 1980. At the moment, there have been 20 normal dentists in Fort Dodge.

“I used to be only a child amongst all these outdated guys,” he stated.

His first workplace was in what was then known as the Dental Associates Constructing at 1622 First Ave. N. He was one among 5 dentists working there. Initially, he had one dentist chair there. His observe grew to a few chairs.

In 1994, he had the present Rolling Hills Dental Clinic constructed at 2727 N. fifteenth St. He stated he sketched out what he wished and Allers Associates Architects of Fort Dodge did the skilled design.

The dental clinic sits on land that was as soon as the Jolly Large Enjoyable Park. Dryzcimski labored within the park’s arcade as a teen.

Drycimski is a local of Fort Dodge who graduated from St. Edmond Excessive Faculty in 1973. He earned his bachelor’s diploma from Creighton College in Omaha, Nebraska.

All the time within the sciences, he thought-about going into medication earlier than deciding that dentistry was a greater match for him. He was accepted into Creighton’s dental college and earned his dental diploma there.

He and his spouse, Pam, a Woodbine native who earned a pharmacy diploma at Creighton College, returned to Fort Dodge to start out their careers.

He earned a Mastership from the Academy of Normal Dentistry in 2017. He has additionally been acknowledged for offering dental care on a volunteer foundation to weak folks by means of Iowa Donated Dental Service.

“I really like the career,” he stated.“I simply actually get pleasure from restoring somebody’s smile.”

And whereas restoring the smile of somebody who has loads of dental wants is rewarding, Drzycimski has centered on “actually attempting to fireside folks as much as handle their tooth.”

And that’s why he has always informed folks to tickle their gums.

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