Save Your Tooth With Root Canal Therapy

Your teeth are more complex than they often get credit for. They aren’t just inanimate objects used for grinding up food. While the crown of your tooth does provide a straightforward function, there are also the roots of your teeth. These structures support the rest of your teeth and hold them firmly in your jaw bone. The roots of your teeth also have canals, which carry vital nerves and blood vessels from the pulp of your teeth into your jawbone. When one of your teeth’s roots becomes infected, it threatens the health of the tooth, and other oral tissues. You can save your tooth with root canal therapy. (more…)

Improve Your Experience With Laser Dentistry

You deserve to have an excellent experience at the dentist’s office. If you dread going in for appointments, maybe it’s because you’re not taking advantage of all the tools available to you. High quality dental care comes from professionals using the best technology they possibly can. For dentists, that means laser technology. Lasers aren’t just some work of Science Fiction. They’re actually incredibly useful tools for dentists that can perform any number of tasks on hard and soft tissue. If you want to improve your experience, find a dentist that embraces laser technology. (more…)

Time for the Moonlight Classic

Summer is the season of bike rides, and the amazing community activities continue with this nighttime cruise through Des Moines. The whole family will smile at the Moonlight Classic. Sammons Financial Group presents a fun, family-friendly moonlight bike ride that runs along local trails and downtown Des Moines. Participants will get to enjoy live music and refreshments before and after the event. There will also be fun contests for Best Bike Lights, Best Helmet Lights, and Best Costume. This bike ride is all about fun, leisure, and supporting mental health awareness. Plus, if you’re on the team with the most registered riders, you’ll take home the Moonlight Cup trophy! Participants can register online, as well as onsite. That means it’s both fun and easy to participate. Get ready for a fun, active evening! (more…)

The Time for Preventive Dental Care Is Now

If you’re wondering when you need to begin preventive dental care treatment for your teeth, you don’t need to guess. The time for preventive dental care is now. That’s the nature of preventive care. The sooner you start taking a proactive approach to cleaning your teeth, the sooner you guard against conditions like cavities and gum disease. It’s never too late to improve your home care routine. Even if you’ve already developed cavities, you can still utilize preventive care to your advantage. (more…)

Dental Implants Minimize Tooth Loss

When you’ve suffered tooth loss, you’re just looking for the quickest, most effective way back to normal. You don’t want to deal with missing teeth in your mouth for the rest of your life, and thanks to dental implants, you don’t have to. Dental implants minimize tooth loss by closely recreating the appearance and function of your original tooth. While you’d prefer to keep your natural teeth intact, if something unfortunate happens, dental implants can help you recover thoroughly. This is the tooth loss solution that you need. (more…)

It’s Not Too Early for Dental Healthcare

Parenthood comes with so many challenges and amazingly rewarding moments. If you’re a first-time parent, you probably feel like you’re on a wild ride. There’s so much to learn and so much to keep track of. It’s nice to have a partner that looks out for you and your child along the way. You’ve probably got questions about how to best address the health of your child. When it comes to dental healthcare, it’s not too early to help your child. In fact, you should begin scheduling regular dentist appointments for your child after the eruption of his or her first baby tooth. (more…)

Are You Ready to Rock Out in Norwalk?

This is the perfect time of year to spend an evening outdoors in Norwalk. If you can do that with friends, family, and great food, even better! If you can do all of that while live music plays in the background, you’ve got the perfect summer outing. That’s what’s headed for Norwalk on July 13th. The Summer Bash is your ideal opportunity to spend a fun night out with the entire family. The band Abby Normal will be playing at this affordable event, creating an incredible summer soundtrack. You’re kids will love playing at the kids corner, and proceeds for the event go to the Norwalk Fireworks Fund. This event is going down rain or shine, so mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable evening. (more…)

You’ve Got Questions About Dental Bridges

If you’ve experienced tooth loss, or your tooth decay is so severe that you need to extract your tooth, you’ve probably started researching tooth replacement options. Tooth loss can be scary, so it’s good to be prepared for the road ahead. Thankfully, when you work with a trusted dentist, your tooth loss experience won’t feel protracted or difficult. Replacement options like dental bridges can restore the function and appearance of your original teeth. If you’re unfamiliar with dental bridges, you’ve probably got plenty of questions. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of answers for you! (more…)

Expect More from Your Teeth Whitening

Everyone experiences staining and discoloration on their teeth to some extent. That’s because the staining of tooth enamel is a totally natural process. Stains come from the food we eat, the drinks we drink, and the lifestyle habits we adopt. Teeth staining and discoloration are not permanent — that’s the good news. Teeth whitening treatment can drastically improve the quality and brightness of your smile. Perhaps you’ve tried some over-the-counter whitening products before. If you’ve had unsatisfactory results with these drugstore whitening kits, don’t let that sour you on the teeth whitening process! You just need a better treatment method. You should expect more from your teeth whitening, and your dentist can give it to you. (more…)

Braces Are a Long-Term Investment

It can be difficult to voluntarily take on a big project. Only when you know what you’re investing your time in does it become possible to sacrifice. Most kids would probably rather avoid dealing with braces. With their long treatment timetable — typically 12 to 24 months — braces are hardly an appealing prospect. However, braces are a long-term investment. Anyone with all of their adult teeth can benefit from braces. Braces slowly and consistently push and pull the teeth into alignment. It may be tough to realize in the moment, but proper tooth alignment goes a long way toward improving your overall oral health. When you consider braces for yourself or your child, remember that braces are a long-term investment. (more…)

The Roundup Is Coming to Colfax

Nothing says summer like a rodeo! If you’re ready for a thrilling evening of family entertainment that features plenty of live action, the Jasper County Fair Roundup Rodeo is perfect for you. This awesome event will feature talented riders putting their skills on display. You’ll see the Ty Carlson Memorial Bull Riding in honor of a cowboy that was taken too soon. The Jasper County Fair will host this event ahead of its yearly exhibition. Gates open two hours before showtime, and the performance begins at 7 PM. The best part is, this event is incredibly affordable! Tickets for adults are just $10, while tickets for children 6-12 are only $5, and children younger than 6 get in free. There’s even an after party after the show! This is the best way to celebrate summer, so don’t miss your chance to get in on the fun. (more…)

Dental Implants Can Improve Dentures

If you haven’t fully explored your tooth-loss solutions, you may not be aware how versatile dentures are. Dentures provide an excellent option for extensive tooth replacement, regardless of age — they aren’t just a solution for the elderly. Partial dentures can replace a high number of teeth in your mouth while fitting around your remaining teeth. Dentures provide a life-like replacement that blends in with your existing teeth. They’re also an affordable option for a problem that can feel like a huge burden. The main drawback to dentures as a solution has been their lack of stability. Dentures typically don’t provide the same functional ability as your original teeth. When you use dental implants to stabilize your dentures however, it changes the game. (more…)

Dental Crowns Are So Easy with CEREC

In this modern age, filled with on-demand technology that makes life so much easier, shouldn’t you expect the same thing from your dentistry experience? Contemporary dental techniques and technologies have actually simplified many procedures for both dentist and patient alike. One such area is dental crowns. Dental crowns are a common treatment option for severe tooth decay. When your cavity gets worse, your tooth loses structural integrity over time. Simply filling the tooth isn’t enough. A dental crown acts as a cap that protects the vulnerable tooth from further damage from hard foods or bacterial decay. Crowns are great because they blend in with the appearance of the rest of your teeth. Crowns are even better and easier now, thanks to CEREC technology. (more…)

Always Fill Cavities Right Away

When you develop a cavity in your tooth — as almost everyone does at some point — it’s important that you treat the condition right away. The “cavity” doesn’t refer to the bacteria buildup in your tooth, but rather, what’s left behind after the bacteria are removed. Plaque wears away at your enamel, creating the cavity in your tooth. This hole presents a structural problem for your tooth, as well as a future entry point for more bacteria. It’s important that you fill cavities right away to prevent further decay and damage to your tooth. Luckily, modern dental filling options make it easy to recover from a cavity. (more…)

The Baccoon Ride Is Back

If you’ve participated in the Baccoon bike ride before, you know what a fun experience it is. Good news for new riders and veterans alike, the Baccoon is back for a fifth year! This awesome event incorporates community, scenic bike riding, and bacon all in one. This fun bike ride runs along the Raccoon River Valley Trail and includes stops at the communities along the way. Of course, you’ll get to enjoy samples of bacon, as well as special bacon-themed foods. It’s a great way to get active and take in some of the gorgeous scenery surrounding the Raccoon River Valley. Your admission includes a t-shirt, koozie, delicious food samples, and you can even add a commemorative cycling jersey. Registration is still open until June 10th, so there’s still time to hop in on this fun summer event. (more…)

Set Yourself Up for Success with Floss

Your dental visits are significantly less stressful if you feel good about the state of your teeth. If you know you’ve fallen behind on your home care routine, you may try to make up for it with one thorough brushing before you head into the office. You hope that nothing’s wrong, and you anxiously wait to hear your sentencing. Your experience doesn’t have to be like that! With a proper home care routine in place (that you actually stick to), you can feel good about your biannual checkups and cleanings. One way to set yourself up for success at the dentist’s office is by flossing. The key is consistency. When you incorporate good practices into your daily rhythm, caring for your teeth becomes easy. (more…)

How to Fight Gingivitis at Home

Gingivitis is a serious medical condition that can snowball into something much worse. If you’ve heard the name, but are otherwise unfamiliar with the disease, gingivitis affects your gums. It is the beginning stage of gum disease. You contract gingivitis from prolonged infection and inflammation in your gums. When bacteria aggregate around and beneath your gum line, they produce harmful acid — the same acid that wears away at your tooth enamel and causes cavities. These bacteria produce acid that causes the oral tissue in your gums to become inflamed. (more…)

Yes, You Need a Root Canal

When something sounds unpleasant or less-than-ideal, you might find yourself asking, “Can I get out of this?” Is it really something you have to do, or could you get away with putting it off? There are certain things in life that you just shouldn’t avoid, even if you have reservations about them. One such thing is root canal treatment. Root canals have been painted as a particularly arduous and painful procedure, so it makes since that having one performed would cause some apprehension. However, with modern dental tools available, root canals aren’t as unpleasant as they once were. And if your dentist recommends a root canal, it’s because you definitely need one. (more…)

Say “Yes” to This Weekend’s Bridal Show

Whether you’re actively planning a wedding with your significant other, or secretly planning your dream wedding, you’ve no-doubt discovered that it’s a ton of work. Wedding’s a giant machine with so many moving parts that it boggles the mind. You’ve got to consider the size, the venue, who to invite, how those people sit together, what kind of food you’ll serve, the nature of the ceremony — that’s not even the whole list. Unless you have a degree and successful career in logistics management, you’re probably going to need a little bit of help. (more…)

The Solea Laser Is Modern Dentistry

When you use old tools, you get old results. If you have modern technology available to you, you should take advantage of that! That’s the philosophy behind laser dentistry. This technology-focused branch of dentistry makes use of the latest tools to give you a superior experience. The Solea Laser is an advanced, carbon dioxide laser that can work on both hard and soft oral tissues. Lasers may seem like a pretty abstract concept if you’re unfamiliar with their uses. It’s far from Science Fiction. Laser dentistry is a reality, and it offers precision while reducing pain and hassle. What’s not to love about that? If you’re ready for a modern dentistry experience, it’s time to learn about the Solea Laser. (more…)

Preventive Dentistry Is a Mindset

When you have a specific oral healthcare need, your dentist can point you to the right dental procedure. If you lose a tooth, your dentist may recommend dental implants or a bridge. If you suffer a cavity, your dentist may provide a modern dental filling, or fit you with a crown. However, not all oral healthcare needs are restorative or involve a specific procedure. Preventive dentistry isn’t just a list of procedures that you turn to when you have a need. Preventive dentistry is a mindset. The goal for this entire branch of dentistry is to keep your teeth safe and healthy, so that you don’t need restorative work in the future. (more…)

Dental Implants Get to the Root

When someone refers to “getting to the root” of something, they’re talking about the source. Roots provide stability and structure, which makes them vital. In the case of your teeth, their roots are the things that hold them in your mouth. When you lose a tooth, you can lose the root as well. Dental implants are a restorative solution that provides the same structure as roots.

Suffering tooth loss as an adult is no easy trial. Tooth loss can be mentally taxing and physically painful. It can also lead to a lifestyle change. Missing teeth may cause you to feel self conscious and prevent you from being able to comfortably chew some foods. Dental implants return the function and appearance of teeth, with the added benefit of structure. (more…)

Register for Pee Wee Teeball

The weather has turned for the better, so it’s time to get outside and enjoy it! If you’re looking for the perfect summer activity to get your little one outdoors and moving around, Pee Wee Teeball is here. Hosted by the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department, Pee Wee Teeball is a great introduction to the game of baseball for Kindergarteners. This fun, casual league involves two weeks of practices followed by four weeks of games. Your little one will receive a t-shirt and a laid-back education in baseball. You only need a glove to participate. If you’re excited about the program but don’t have a kindergartener, there are opportunities to volunteer as a coach! You can still sign up today, May 18th. Any sign ups after today will come with a $15 late registration fee. This is going to be the best summer ever! (more…)

Take Advantage of Your Summer Schedule

Everyone looks forward to summer. The warm weather means time for outdoor parties, days by the pool, and best of all, some much-needed schedule flexibility. Summer means no school, and often a more relaxed workload. That’s what makes it the perfect time of year for a vacation, a trip to see family, or to enjoy a day out as a group. Since you’ve got some added schedule flexibility during the summer months, consider using it to your advantage. Summer is an ideal season for scheduling dental appointments, thanks to a flexible schedule. If you’ve been holding off on making an appointment for a biannual checkup or cleaning because you felt like you didn’t have the time, now’s your opportunity. (more…)

Explore Dental Bridges After Tooth Loss

Sometimes, when you feel overwhelmed, the easiest thing to do is nothing. If you’re not sure how to proceed, you may sit back and wait for something to happen. Deep down though, you know that doing nothing is never the best answer. Doing nothing won’t make your problems go away. Tooth loss can be a physically and emotionally crippling condition. After losing a tooth or several teeth as an adult, you may feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile. You may also be frustrated by pain or the inability to chew foods normally. This frustration can lead to apathy, but doing nothing after suffering tooth loss won’t help. What will help is talking to your dentist about a prosthetic. Options like a dental bridge can improve your quality of life drastically after tooth loss. (more…)

Who Benefits from Teeth Whitening?

You may have heard about teeth whitening before, or seen commercials for over-the-counter products. There are a number of options for you as a consumer if you desire brighter teeth. However, the best options come from the professionals. Your dentist can provide you with a high-quality whitening experience that yields better results than over-the-counter strips. Teeth whitening helps remove the stains that naturally occur on the enamel of teeth. If you’ve ever wished that your teeth didn’t have a yellow hue, or if you feel self conscious about smiling in public, maybe it’s time to try whitening. Are you curious about teeth whitening? If so, now’s the time to talk to your dentist. You may be surprised by how much you could benefit from teeth whitening. (more…)

Hit The Prairie Trail on Your Bike

Spring is in full bloom, and now is the perfect time of year to get out and be active. Nothing feels better than an awesome bike ride on a beautiful day — well, unless you add friends to the  mix! An incredible event is riding through Ankeny on Saturday, May 19th. From the creators of The BACooN Ride, comes Pigtails Ride II, a fun cycling event geared toward women. This super fun bike ride runs 48 miles, mostly along the High Trestle Trail. With a planned breakfast, fun trail stops along the way, and a post party on the docket, this is sure to be an unforgettable day of fun and friendship. As part of your registration for the Pigtails Ride II, you’ll receive a jersey for the event as well. If you love gorgeous views, comradery, staying active, and post parties (who doesn’t?), then you’ll have an amazing time at this community event. (more…)

Anyone Can Benefit from Braces

When you think “braces,” you probably think “middle school.” It’s easy to make the association between adolescence and teeth realignment — that’s the most common depiction of braces. However, in reality, anyone can benefit from braces. Braces are dental tools used to gently apply consistent pressure to teeth. Over time, this pressure results in the realignment of crooked teeth. Because they’ve lost all of their baby teeth and their newly forming adult teeth can be more easily manipulated, young adults present ideal candidates for braces. Adults and older teenagers can benefit from braces too. No matter where you are in life, straight teeth always look good. (more…)

Dentures Can Be for Anyone

When you hear the word “dentures,” what sort of imagery comes to mind? It’s probably some cartoonish version of an elderly person. This association has been created largely by the fact that elderly people are more likely to suffer extensive tooth loss. This makes sense. Teeth decay over time, so the more time you spend living, the more likely you will incur some sort of tooth loss. However, the elderly are not the only people who can suffer extensive tooth loss. While you’d like to hold onto your adult teeth, sometimes things happen. If you do lose a significant number of teeth, you need a practical solution to help you get back to the lifestyle you enjoy. Dentures are just such a solution; they can be for anyone. (more…)

Treat Mom to Relaxation and Laughs

Mother’s Day is right around the corner; are you prepared? It can be easy to forget to plan ahead when it comes to Mother’s Day, but no one likes having to cobble together a gift or experience at the last minute. You care so much about your mom and you want to show her a great time. Luckily, there’s an awesome experience ready-made for a mom’s day out. Check out It’s All About the Moms — Mother’s Day at The Tea Room. You can treat mom to a fun, relaxing day at this event. Sunday morning, you and mom can kick things off with a delicious buffet brunch and cash bar (hello $4 bloody marys). Then, sit back and get ready to laugh as improv comedy performed by mothers takes the stage. It’s sure to be a memorable Mother’s Day, and large parties are welcome! (more…)

Complete Your Dental Crown in a Snap

The worst part of any major treatment is the timeline. So often, you have to agree to multiple visits, added cost and hassle, and a protracted experience. These factors can be discouraging when considering your options for oral healthcare. However, it’s so important that you receive the care you need. Without the right treatment for your vulnerable teeth, your problems will only get worse. Fortunately, for a procedure like a dental crown, there’s a great solution that cuts out all of the exhausting parts of the process. Same-day dental crowns are here to make your life easier and ensure that you don’t hesitate when it comes to giving yourself the treatment you need. (more…)

Dental Fillings Benefit You Right Away

Sometimes when you decide to do something for your own good, you have to wait for some time until you start to notice the effects. It can be difficult to undertake a big commitment if you’re not sure how or when you’ll see a positive return. Rest assured, when it comes to dental fillings, you’ll experience the benefits right away. That’s because dental fillings involve the removal of harmful bacteria, as well as a fortification for your vulnerable tooth. Tooth decay is a process that gets worse over time. That means if you need a filling, and you don’t receive one, your problems will only compound. That’s why you should always have dental fillings done right away. (more…)

Better Brushing Leads to Happier Teeth

Even if you feel confident about your home dental hygiene routine, it’s a good idea to check in every so often to make sure you’re still doing all you can to keep your teeth looking their best. You want to preserve your teeth, and taking a proactive approach to dentist visits as well as home care is the best way to make that happen. How are you brushing? What kind of toothbrush do you use? How’s your technique? How old is your brush head? These are all questions you should tackle to make sure you’re providing the best quality treatment for your teeth. Better brushing leads to happier teeth, so take a moment to take stock. (more…)

Family Outing: Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

Are you a fan of the King of Pop? Do you always wish you had gotten the chance to see Michael Jackson perform live? Well, an exciting evening of music and dancing is coming to West Des Moines this Thursday. Danny Dash Andrews, the world’s number one Michael Jackson impersonator, will be performing at the Val Air Ballroom! This one-of-a-kind show is a perfect event for the whole family. You can celebrate the historic career catalogue of pop music’s greatest artist as part of a group outing. Every detail involved in the show — from the performances themselves, to the lighting and sound — has been meticulously curated to recreate the experience of an actual Michael Jackson concert. It’s sure to be an unforgettable night. (more…)

Don’t Let Gingivitis Sneak up on You

Sometimes you’re blindsided by a problem or a situation. When you don’t see something coming, it can really catch you off guard. Nobody likes to feel like they’re reacting on their heels. While you may not be able to foresee every potential problem in your life, gum health is one area that you can control. By maintaining a proper home care routine for your teeth and gums, you can prevent problems like gingivitis (or worse) from developing. Gum disease, like all tooth decay, is something that builds in aggregate. Don’t let a problem like gingivitis sneak up on you. Stay ahead of the game and keep your gums healthy. (more…)

Tackling Your Root Canal Treatment

Dental procedures can produce many emotions for people. Some feel anxious about the process and want to put it off at all costs. Others are ready to get their teeth back in proper condition. No matter how you feel about visiting the dentist, the end goal is the same: You want your teeth to look and feel good. So, when your dentist advises a root canal treatment, you can rest assured that it’s for the best. Root canals have gotten a reputation as being particularly arduous or painful procedures. However, thanks to modern dental technology and properly administered anesthetic, you can feel confident and comfortable when you tackle your root canal treatment. (more…)

Laser Technology Makes Dentistry Better

All throughout history, innovations in technology have made things better. Once we had the ability to refrigerate food or use indoor plumbing, life got a whole lot easier. In the world of dentistry, laser technology has arrived to make things better for patients and dentists alike. Dental lasers offer more precision, less discomfort, and a better overall experience on both ends. Dentists like being able to deliver the best quality of care, and of course, patients like to receive the best care possible. Dental lasers can be used for any number of treatments to remove bacteria, offer contouring, or even perform whitening in some cases. If you’ve never experienced the ease of dental lasers, maybe it’s time to see this technology for yourself. (more…)

Experience the Mystique of a Medium

Have you ever wanted to connect and communicate with the spirit of loved ones who are no longer on Earth? An exciting event is arriving to the Holiday Inn Des Moines on April 20th. Psychic/Medium Kelli Miller will be in town to share an evening of perspective and perform audience readings as part of a special event. Kelli will lead an amazing chat that focuses on and illuminates the topic of death — making this often overwhelming subject more relatable and less intimidating. Kelli will also focus on her perspective as a medium and the reason you chose to be on Earth. The evening will conclude with psychic audience readings utilizing Kelli’s expertise. This makes for a one-of-a-kind, engaging experience that is a perfect social outing for groups. (more…)

Oral Health Starts with Preventive Care

Preventing a problem from happening is always better than solving a problem. When you’re reactive, instead of proactive, you’re operating in panic mode. You’re trying to deal with whatever the issue is as quickly as you can. When you’re proactive about potential problems, you come up with thoughtful solutions, and you’re prepared when something does happen. Why not apply this rationale to your teeth? If you have a cavity, or a more serious dental health issue, you have to react. When you take the proper preventive health steps, you avoid the issues altogether. Your dentist can guide you down the right path when it comes to preventive care. Treatments like x-rays, fluoride treatment, and cleanings all work in concert to keep your mouth healthy. (more…)

Dental Implants: A Superior Tooth Loss Solution

When you suffer tooth loss, the first thing on your mind is probably, “How do I get back to normal?” Adult tooth loss can feel like a life-altering condition when the initial shock hits you. Missing teeth make it more difficult to chew food, and they can make surrounding teeth more vulnerable to wear and bacterial infection. Luckily, dental implants provide a way forward after tooth loss. Dental implants are a superior tooth loss solution because they provide a more permanent fix to your problem. They also carry the added benefit of strengthening your jaw bone. If you’re ready to return to life before tooth loss, dental implants are your best bet. (more…)

Make Time for a Dental Checkup

It can be easy to think of your biannual dentist visits as “just a cleaning.” It becomes something you can move back or forget about altogether because it’s secondary to your bodily health. This is a huge misconception! Your oral health is just as vital as the rest of your body’s health. Untreated oral health issues can increase your risk for conditions like strokes and heart disease. That’s why you can’t forget to make time for a dental checkup.

Your visit isn’t just about cleaning your teeth, it’s also a chance for your dentist to take a closer look at your mouth. Are there any areas of concern? Do some of your teeth experience more wear than others? Are there parts of your mouth you aren’t reaching when you brush? These are the types of questions your dentist can address to ensure your oral health future is as bright and shiny as your teeth. (more…)

Become a Social Media Master

Have you ever wondered how you could increase traffic to your business, or simply create a marketable identity for yourself online? You don’t need a business to have a brand in 2018. Having a strong social media presence offers all kinds of amazing benefits whether you’re a company or just a person. However, it can be difficult to know where to start. Social media is a diverse landscape with rules and best practices that constantly evolve. So, how do you know where to start? Luckily, you’ve got an expert on your side. Rachel Adams Lee is coming to Ankeny to share her social media expertise with the community. As a successful realtor, author, and speaker, Rachel has used social media to build her business effectively. Now you can learn how to use this powerful tool for yourself. (more…)

A Bridge Supports You After Tooth Loss

When you deal with adversity, it’s important to have support. Sometimes that support takes the form of a friend or family member being there to talk. Sometimes, it’s a matter of physical support. When you suffer tooth loss as an adult, it can present a trying situation. You may feel self-conscious about the missing tooth — you may feel like your life has changed forever. During this trying time, you need support from those around you, and you need support for the rest of your teeth. Missing teeth can create pressure pockets in your mouth that increase the wear on your remaining teeth. Luckily, a dental bridge can provide you with the support you need after tooth loss. (more…)

Whiten Your Teeth with a Zoom!

Everyone loves things that are fast. This is the age of service economy! If you want something, you ask an app to deliver it to your doorstep. Now, you can expect this same level of rapid results from other aspects of your life — like teeth whitening. Almost everyone wishes their teeth were at least a few shades brighter. That’s because staining happens. It’s natural. Your teeth bear the brunt of wear and acid from the food you eat and the bacteria that naturally grow in your mouth. It’s no wonder that over time, your enamel can fade from its picturesque white shine. Luckily, teeth whitening can brighten up your smile. And now, there’s a fast, effective way to get the job done. (more…)

On the Fence About Braces? Read This

Ah yes, the favorite treatment of cartoon dentists — if you’ve ever seen a depiction of middle school on television one (or even all) of the characters almost certainly wore braces. Braces are often depicted as a cumbersome weight, the ultimate expression of awkwardness. No one is excited to have their braces and the often-lengthy timetable accompanying them. However, they’re incredibly valuable to your long-term oral health! If only a few of your teeth are misaligned, or you feel like the crooked teeth you have aren’t that bad, then it may be easy to talk yourself out of braces. “I don’t need them,” you think. The truth is, braces are a relatively short-term investment for major long-term health benefits. (more…)

Time for the Iowa Prayer Breakfast

If you’re a fan of community and communion, then you’ll get excited about an upcoming event in the greater Des Moines area. It’s almost time for the 57th annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast. This yearly event is hosted by the Iowa Prayer Breakfast Committee, and always features an enlightening presentation from a keynote speaker. You and your family will relish this chance to come together with others and foster community and support for one another. This year’s special guest is author and presenter Becky Tirabassi. Throughout her 30-year career, Becky Tirabassi has published 15 books and spoken to over half-a-million people about the topic of prayer. She has served as the guest chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives, and appeared on Christian platforms throughout the country. Now, she makes her way to Iowa to share a morning with the community. (more…)

Is it Time to Explore Dentures as an Option?

If you’ve been living with tooth loss for some time, it can become the new status quo. It’s natural to adapt to your surroundings and circumstances. Maybe you’ve become accustomed to chewing and eating without the aid of all of your teeth. Perhaps you’ve taught yourself to smile without opening your mouth for fear of showing off your missing teeth. Whatever adjustments you’ve made during tooth loss, maybe it’s time to adjust for the better. There are dental prosthetic options that can effectively replace missing teeth, returning your smile and ability to the eat the foods you enjoy. If you’re missing a significant number or all of your teeth, maybe it’s time to explore dentures as an option. (more…)

The Benefits of A Same-Day Dental Crown

When it comes to dental procedures, it’s easy to have some reservations. However, when your dentist recommends a treatment like a dental restoration, it’s with your best interest in mind. Dental restorations return your smile and bite to their former selves, giving you a boost in confidence and a return to normalcy. The idea of taking on a protracted treatment schedule may give you pause, but fear not! Modern dental technology provides your dentist with all kinds of great fixes that are quick too. Case in point: the same-day dental crown. This amazing dental restoration provides you with a life-like crown to protect your damaged tooth in just one visit! (more…)

Why You Need to Fill Your Cavity

Cavities are gross. If you develop a cavity on one of your teeth and you catch it in the mirror, it stands out immediately. The dark spot is a sign of decay and bacterial havok. So naturally you want to get rid of this blemish. However, treating cavities is about much more than appearances. Bacteria will only continue to accumulate over time. That means more harmful acid eating away at your enamel until your whole tooth is compromised. When you see your dentist, he or she will remove the plaque from your tooth. In its place, a hole has formed, and now you need a filling. Receiving a filling for your tooth restores and strengthens the vulnerable area. Without this vital step, your tooth could be at risk for further damage. (more…)

Enjoy the Des Moines Expectant Parent Sale

If you’re an expecting family, foster parent, or you’ve recently had a child, you know your life has and is about to change forever. Becoming a parent is such an exciting, rewarding experience. It’s a journey you’ll always cherish. However, that’s not to say that becoming a parent doesn’t come with its own set of challenges and hurdles. One of the chief concerns you may have as an expectant parent is getting all of the stuff you need. It seems like newborns require more gear than an entire baseball team! It can be difficult to set aside time to shop for this entire inventory of necessities. Luckily, folks in the Des Moines area have a great resource! The Just Between Friends Des Moines Expectant Parent Presale has arrived to offer new parents an easy way to find everything they need. (more…)

Make Sure Your Teeth Avoid March Sadness

March Madness is here! Between basketball tournaments, St. Patrick’s Day, and the arrival of spring, this is a busy time of year. When things get busy, you have to prioritize in order to stay organized. Furthermore, when things get busy, it can be easier to let the little things slide. Maybe you rush out the door and forget to brush your teeth in the morning. While a little absent-mindedness here or there is fine, you don’t want to develop bad habits. It’s important to stay on top of your oral health, even when the schedule starts to fill up. If you fail to take care of your teeth at home, March Madness can turn to March Sadness in a hurry. Here are some home care tips to ensure that this spring will be the season of healthy teeth. (more…)

Gingivitis Is the Start of a Bumpy Road

Gingivitis: it’s one of the most commonly referenced oral health issues. You’ve probably seen it called out on your tube of toothpaste. For all of the times you’ve heard gingivitis mentioned, how much do you actually know about this condition? Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It’s marked by prolonged inflammation of the gums, caused by bacteria buildup. Your dentist is focused on preventing gingivitis, and with good reason. Gingivitis is actually only the beginning of a bumpy road. If your gingivitis is left untreated, it could develop into periodontitis. This condition is irreversible, and can lead to tooth loss. To avoid these serious consequences, it’s best to care for your gums before gingivitis even has the chance to develop. (more…)

Why Choose a Root Canal?

Depending on how well you care for your teeth at home, or simply the nature of your genetics, you’re bound to have a varied understanding of dental procedures. If you’re lucky enough to have beneficial genes and you maintain a solid home-care routine, you may never need more than a routine cleaning and an occasional filling. If you aren’t as lucky or diligent, you may need a more extensive procedure. Ultimately, you want your teeth to be healthy and strong, so if you need a treatment, it’s best to do it right away. A root canal, for instance, is a treatment you may have heard about, but you might not understand fully. This treatment is for teeth with significant infection and inflammation. Why choose a root canal? It can save your tooth. (more…)

Invite Illumination at the Be Light Event

Everyone wants to feel positive about the outlook of their life and their family’s well being. For those who want to explore and celebrate their faith, the Heartland Church is presenting an incredible event this weekend that the whole family can appreciate. The “Be Light” is an awesome opportunity to connect with your faith, worship, and illuminate the areas of your life where you feel some darkness. With a fantastic slate of guest speakers each focusing on an aspect of life, this day-long event will provide a comprehensive experience for all who attend. Get excited about your chance to invite light into every facet of life on Saturday, March 10th. (more…)

Preventive Dentistry Does Wonders

If you’ve ever owned anything valuable, like a car or a home, you know that preventive maintenance is imperative. Preventive maintenance addresses small issues or natural wear, and prevents bigger problems from taking shape. Preventive procedures like rotating your tires and changing your oil help your valuable possession work better. There’s nothing more valuable than your own personal health! That’s why you should take a thoughtful, preventive approach to yourself. For instance, preventive dental care can do wonders for your overall health. When you spot problem areas and keep your mouth clean, bacteria doesn’t have a chance to do damage. It’s time to take advantage of this vital branch of dentistry. (more…)

Laser Dentistry Offers Incredible Benefits

Using the most up-to-date technology is all about providing the best, most efficient form of service or care. This is true for every industry, and it’s why leading companies always strive to utilize the latest technology available. When you use cutting edge technology, you’ll be amazed by the benefits. Although you may not think of dentistry as an area where tech has a major influence, it is. Modern dental tools and techniques have brought dentistry into the 21st century. Now, procedures that were once considered painful or intensive are a breeze thanks to technology like laser dentistry. Laser dentistry offers a superior experience for all kinds of procedures from restorative to cosmetic. It’s time to upgrade your oral healthcare. (more…)

When You Need to Replace a Tooth

Everyone wants to keep their adult teeth healthy and vital for their whole lives. The last thing you want to have to do is address a big oral health problem with an extensive procedure. However, in cases of serious decay or accidents, you may lose a tooth. When you lose a tooth, it’s important to replace it. A missing tooth can lead to abnormal pressure being placed on other teeth in your mouth. The place where the tooth is missing can also become vulnerable to decay or damage. When you lose a tooth as an adult, you have options for remedying the situation. Dental implants, bridges, and dentures can all help you get your smile back. (more…)

Get Ready to Build a Better Community

Everyone wants the best for the community in which they live. This spring, residents of the greater Des Moines area will have the chance to discuss what makes their community incredible, and hear from speakers who will share what can change for the better. The Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission is hosting its 32nd annual symposium in March. This year’s theme is “Blueprint to Building Community.” Event attendees will unite from across the metropolitan area to talk about eliminating poverty, being inclusive, eliminating systemic racism, and more! This is a great event for anyone who is invested in their community, and wants to discuss how to make things even better. (more…)

Teeth Whitening Reinvigorates Smiles

Have you ever had this familiar experience happen to you? You get excited about a photo you’ve taken with friends or family, and you go to look at the photo, but all you can see is your teeth. The rest of the picture might be great, but you’re hung up on the off color of your not-so-pearly whites. Feeling self conscious about your teeth is bad for your confidence. You deserve to love your smile. Teeth staining happens to everyone; it’s a byproduct of the food, drinks, and habits in which you partake. The good news is that professional teeth whitening can reinvigorate your smile by returning your teeth to their original, radiant state. (more…)

A Dental Bridge Replaces What’s Missing

There’s nothing fun about losing a tooth as an adult. While children often receive a small monetary reward for losing teeth, as an adult, you’re stuck with a decrease in self confidence and often significant pain. When you’ve lost a tooth, all you want is for your mouth to go back to normal. Thanks to modern dental restorations, that’s absolutely a possibility. You may not grow another tooth, but a treatment option like a dental bridge can return your world to normal. A dental bridge is a custom-made prosthetic option that replaces a series of teeth and restores the function of your bite as well as the appearance of your smile. (more…)

Misaligned Teeth? Braces Can Help

When you think of braces, you probably think of growing children. The most common use for orthodontic braces is to prevent or correct malocclusion issues for young children. However, older teenagers and adults can also benefit from braces. If you’ve got crowded, rotated, or unevenly spaced teeth, braces can realign your teeth to create a uniform smile. Everyone should feel good about their smile, and you can, thanks to this corrective treatment. However, the benefits of braces extend well beyond appearances. Misaligned teeth are more difficult to clean, and they can create pressure pockets for other areas in your mouth that lead to additional wear. If your teeth need some help, maybe it’s time to explore braces as an option. (more…)

Get Inspired by NAMI Iowa Day on the Hill

Public programs and activism are vital parts of being a citizen. That’s why the National Alliance on Mental Illness Iowa branch is hosting the “Day on the Hill” event. At this awesome event, you can join mental health advocates across the state for a day of presentations, inspiration, and a visit to the Capitol. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about how your local government works, or if mental health is an important issue to you, this is the perfect event. You’ll enjoy a program from mental health experts, lunch, and a trip to meet with legislators at the Capitol. Below, you can learn more about the day’s details. (more…)

Make Sure Your Teeth Feel the Love

Valentine’s Day is a time for love and affection. People tell each other how they feel, and show how much they care. You may have a special someone in your life who you plan on romancing this Valentine’s Day. You may have someone you’ve been working up the courage to approach. No matter what your relationship status is this Valentine’s Day, make sure you save room for a second Valentine — your teeth. Your teeth are the ultimate relationship partner. They’re there every time you enjoy a meal, and they help you express yourself when you feel happy. Make sure your teeth feel the love by treating them well at home, and at the dentist’s office. (more…)

A Dental Crown Yields Immediate Benefits

When you need help, you want it right away. A modern approach to customer service makes it easy for you to get assistance with whatever is troubling you, immediately. You should expect the same level of assistance from your oral healthcare. If you’ve got a problem with your teeth or gums, you should get it fixed right away. You want a solution that’s going to help immediately. You can absolutely find restorative dental treatment that helps right away. A dental crown can alleviate the issues that come from chipped, cracked, and decayed teeth. You’ll notice the benefits of your crown, immediately. (more…)

Treating Your Gum Disease Quickly and Effectively

Gum disease is a major hassle that you should absolutely try to avoid. Gingivitis is the product of bacteria building on and inside of the gum line. When you fail to maintain a proper home care routine or see a dentist regularly, you may fall victim to gum disease. If left unchecked, gingivitis can worsen and develop into periodontitis. The health ramifications for gum disease are very serious. This condition can affect not only your mouth, but other parts of your body as well. Studies have indicated there may be a connection between periodontitis and an increased risk for heart disease. If you catch gum disease in its beginning stages, you’ll want to treat it quickly and effectively. Here’s what you should know. (more…)

It’s Family Skate Night in Norwalk, Iowa

While the winter cold tends to keep everyone inside, venturing out of the house can be a welcome escape. If you’re looking for a reason to shake off the cabin fever and enjoy an engaging activity together, you’re in luck. The Iowa Army and National Guard Child and Youth Program is here to give you a fun way to spend some time together as a family. At the Family Skate Night on February 17th, your kids will learn communication and social skills as they have a blast roller skating with their peers. It will be a night of concessions, skating, and family fun — a perfect outing during the colder season. Here’s the detail download on how you and your family can get involved with Family Skate Night. (more…)

How to Stay Ahead of Dental Issues

Preventive care can seem like a nuisance at times. It’s easy to put a subject on the back burner if there isn’t an immediate problem to solve. However, if you’ve ever owned a car or a house, you know that keeping up with preventive care can save you tons of money and hassle in the future. The same is true when it comes to caring for your teeth. Maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing can reap long-term benefits. Combine this with preventive care from your dentist, and you’ll be thanking yourself when you dodge the need for tooth replacements or root canals. To help you keep your teeth strong and shiny, here are some tips for staying one step ahead of bacteria and dental health issues. (more…)

Tooth Restoration Through Dental Fillings

Everyone wants their teeth to stay bright and shiny. When you feel good about your smile, you’re more likely to feel confident in a crowd. Long-term oral health is about sticking to a care routine. It can be easy to let part of that routine slide now and then. If you don’t brush and floss thoroughly or regularly, you’ll probably end up with a cavity. While cavities can be frustrating and embarrassing, they’re actually on the modest side of dental health concerns. Cavities form during early stages of tooth decay. If you act quickly and receive a dental filling, you can restore your tooth and have it looking good as new. If you don’t get cavities taken care of right away, the problems will only get worse. (more…)

Is Good Hygiene Enough to Prevent Gum Disease?

Most patients recognize that good hygiene plays an important role in excellent dental health. That’s because it’s essential to preventing gum disease and other common but destructive dental health issues. By practicing consistently good hygiene, you can keep your teeth and gums free of the harmful oral bacteria that make up plaque. However, by itself, maintaining good hygiene may not be enough to prevent gum disease. To be effective, your routine also needs to include regular checkups and cleanings at your dentist’s office. (more…)

How to Fix a Chipped Tooth’s Appearance

A chipped or worn tooth may not seem like a big deal. But, depending on the tooth’s location, it can dramatically affect your smile’s appearance. Over time, it can also grow worse, leading to additional dental health concerns. The good news is that, in many cases, fixing a chipped tooth isn’t a complicated process. With a custom restoration, like tooth bonding or a porcelain veneer, you dentist can restore your tooth and improve your smile’s appearance. (more…)

Tips to Keep Your Smile Bright

It’s okay to admit that you wish your smile were brighter, more attractive, and healthier looking. Sometimes, your smile’s reduced cosmetic appeal isn’t your fault. For instance, teeth stains can appear even when you take great care of your teeth. After years of being exposed to colorful foods and beverages, they can gradually begin to change color. Fortunately, keeping your smile bright and stain-free doesn’t have to be complicated. With improved hygiene and preventive care, as well as occasional professional teeth-whitening treatment, you can ensure that your smile keeps its natural appear for life. (more…)

How to Relieve a Toothache at Home

Home remedies are often more effective than they’re officially given credit for, including solutions for relieving an aching tooth. Yet, in the case of toothaches, home remedies are typically only temporary solutions. Toothaches are generally a symptom of different oral health issues, and resolving them requires addressing those issues. If you experience a toothache, then these remedies may help you find relief in the moment. However, we advise seeking professional treatment to permanently cure it. (more…)

A Closer Look at Modern Dentures

Tooth loss may still be a problem for many adults. Yet, with today’s modern dental prostheses, it doesn’t have to have such dramatic consequences for your oral health. Even if you’ve lost a significant number of teeth, your dentist can design a custom-made partial or full denture to replace them. By replacing your lost teeth, you can avoid many of the consequences that follow tooth loss. That includes your smile’s youthful appearance as well as your bite’s ability to function properly. (more…)

When the Need for Root Canal Therapy Isn’t Obvious

Even if you’ve never had root canal therapy, you may be familiar with the purpose of the procedure. Like a tooth filling, root canal therapy is designed to treat tooth decay, but involves cleaning and restoring the inner chamber and root canal of your tooth. In most cases, the need for root canal therapy is fairly obvious. Internal tooth infection can lead to severe tooth pain that’s difficult to ignore. However, sometimes, root canal therapy can be prescribed to prevent such severe infection, and the need for it may not be so immediately obvious. (more…)

3 Things Dental Implants Do that Other Restorations Can’t

Dental implants aren’t the only prosthetic dental option that can replace your lost teeth. However, they are the only option for replacing your lost teeth roots, which not only supported your teeth, but also helped keep your jawbone well-nourished through constant stimulation. As such, dental implants can do a lot more for your immediate and long-term oral health than traditional dental prostheses can. To find out if they’re the right solution for your smile, speak with your dentist about the benefits of implants during your next visit. (more…)

Real Reasons to Worry About Crooked Teeth

When your teeth are crooked, their appearance may be your most immediate concern. Yet, there are many different reasons why crooked teeth are worrisome, and your smile’s appearance may not be the most serious one. Fortunately, customized orthodontic treatment can help you straighten crooked teeth and avoid the potential consequences that they can have on your oral health. To find out why you shouldn’t hesitate to correct your crooked teeth, we take a look at what they can mean for your smile beyond its appearance. (more…)

Does Gum Disease Affect Your Physical Health?

You may know that gum disease can be one of the most significant threats to your oral health. In fact, in its severe stage, it is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Yet, not everyone is familiar with the influence that gum disease can have on their overall health. Nor are they aware of how the mechanisms that lead to gum disease can also lead to other chronic health issues.  Today, we examine how gum disease affects your physical health, and why preventing it can have serious benefits for your overall wellbeing. (more…)

3 Things to Know About Replacing a Lost Tooth

With today’s modern restorative dentistry techniques, tooth loss is becoming less and less common. However, it still remains a significant problem for a large number of patients. Therefore, replacing lost teeth remains a highly important part of modern dentistry. The good news is that, if you do lose a tooth, then your dentist can custom-design a highly lifelike prosthesis to replace it. Today, we take a look at the importance of replacing a lost tooth. We also look at what must be considered for the long-term health of your smile.   (more…)

3 Things to Know About Restoring a Tooth

The point of restorative dentistry is to repair and restore a tooth that is compromised by structural damage, progressive tooth decay, or other serious concerns. Yet, there are certain aspects of restoring your tooth that you might not immediately realize, such as the importance of timely treatment and the cosmetic benefits of fixing your tooth. Today, we take a look at three things you should know about restoring your tooth, and about caring for your restoration to ensure optimal results.  (more…)

The Problem with Stained Teeth

There are several different things that could potentially affect your smile’s appearance, but teeth stains are among the most common of them. Unlike most issues, teeth stains don’t always mean that there is an underlying dental health concern to worry about. In fact, they can develop even when your teeth are otherwise healthy, which is one of the biggest problems with teeth stains. Fortunately, your dentist can typically erase teeth stains quickly and conveniently with a customized Zoom! teeth-whitening treatment. (more…)

When Is Laser Dental Treatment Appropriate?

Modern dentistry offers a number of methods and procedures designed to optimize your oral health and your smile’s appearance in a highly conservative manner. With the advanced Solea® Laser, we can further optimize a wide variety of dental treatments, from cosmetic enhancement to the targeted eradication of progressive tooth decay. Today, we look at three common procedures where laser dentistry is often appropriate, and how the technology can significantly enhance your treatment. (more…)

The Pros and Cons of Dental Bridges

For patients who are missing one or more teeth, dental bridges are often an effective way to reestablish their bite function by replacing them. Made from advanced, lifelike dental materials, bridges can also restore or improve your smile’s appearance, helping you rebuild your confidence. Since everyone’s smile is unique, your dental bridge will be custom-designed to comfortably fit your dental ridge and replace the appropriate amount of lost teeth. Before creating one, however, your dentist will first consult with you to discuss the pros and cons of a bridge to determine if it’s the best option. (more…)

Has It Been a While Since Your Last Dental Cleaning?

If you diligently brush and floss your teeth at least twice every day, then your teeth are largely safe from cavities and gum-causing bacteria. If you’re not as diligent with your dental cleaning appointments, however, then your efforts might not be as effective in the long run. Your dentist advises attending a checkup and cleaning at least once every six months, and not just to get to know you better. Professional dental cleanings are needed to remove stubborn deposits of tartar (calcified bacterial plaque) from your teeth and under your gums, and to detect trouble before it has a chance to progress.  (more…)

Why Is Dental Plaque Such a Threat to Your Smile?

The uncomfortable feeling of dental plaque is often enough to drive many people to the toothbrush whenever possible. Yet, most people have grown accustomed to its presence and may not consider it worrisome. The truth, though, is that plaque is more than just disgusting; it’s also a serious threat to your smile’s wellbeing. To help motivate you to control the excessive buildup of plaque, we explain how plaque is formed and why it’s such an ongoing threat to your smile. (more…)

Could Your Hygiene Routine Be Better?

Taking good care of your smile is an ongoing effort. In fact, it’s a routine that must be practiced multiple times a day to be effective. However, brushing and flossing your teeth incorrectly can be as damaging to your oral health as not brushing at all. To help make sure that your smile is always at its healthiest, we offer these few tips to make your dental hygiene routine better. (more…)

Does Bad Breath Mean You Should Visit Your Dentist?

When you know that your breath is bad, you can do your best to try and avoid speaking with anyone too closely out of fear of embarrassment. You might also try virtually any home remedy that you can think of to try and rid yourself of it. However, in many cases, chronic bad breath (also referred to as halitosis) is more than just an embarrassing situation, but also a warning sign of something more serious. If your bad breath sticks around and grows worse over time, then you should visit your dentist to determine why and how to protect your oral health from danger. (more…)

3 Tips to Avoid Tooth Loss

Tooth loss affects a large percentage of adults in America, but despite how common it is, it’s something that can often be avoided with improved hygiene and dental care. Even if you do experience tooth loss, you can avoid losing more by restoring your smile with a lifelike prosthesis. Today, we take a look at how you can improve your chances of avoiding tooth loss, or preventing the loss of more teeth if you’ve already experienced it. (more…)

2 Reasons a Toothache Might Be Worse than You Think

If your tooth hurts severely, it can sometimes seem like the problem couldn’t get any worse. Unfortunately, it can, especially if you neglect to seek professional dental treatment for your tooth. No matter how minor or severe it is, a toothache is just a symptom of something else, and diagnosing that something is the key to finding relief from your pain. If you have a toothache, then you should assume the worst and call your dentist to schedule an examination as soon as possible. (more…)

How to Save a Cracked Tooth

Fixing a cracked tooth can be as simple as bonding the minor crack with tooth-colored composite resin, or it may be as complex as creating a lifelike dental crown to cover the tooth entirely. The most appropriate treatment depends on the nature and extent of the damage, though with highly personalized treatment, your dentist can help you save your cracked tooth so that it doesn’t have to be extracted. If your tooth is damaged, then improve your chances of saving it by visiting your dentist as soon as possible. (more…)

Why So Many People Get Cavities

The good news about modern dentistry is that it gives us the tools to prevent some of the most destructive dental issues before they can develop. For instance, cavities are the most common dental issue, and by knowing how they develop, people have a much greater chance at preventing them. Yet, dental health issues still affect a majority of people, with cavities being the most frequent. To understand why cavities are still common despite advances in preventive and general dentistry, we take a look at how a cavity forms, and how successful prevention actually works. (more…)

Why Dental Implants Are Better for Addressing Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can be a devastating ordeal, but fortunately, you have several options for replacing your lost teeth according to your specific needs and preferences. In many cases, however, supporting your replacement teeth on dental implants is the best option, not just for rebuilding your smile, but also protecting its long-term health. Dental implants are the only solution that replaces your lost teeth roots, and as such, they are often the better way to address the complicated effects of tooth loss. (more…)

What You Should Know About Root Canals

While the procedure is most often meant to address existing internal tooth decay, patients may be told they need root canal treatment (RCT) for preventive reasons, as well. For instance, if a tooth becomes cracked enough to expose its pulp chamber, then root canal therapy can be recommended to eliminate the risk of internal decay. If you’ve had a filling placed in your tooth and it fails, then RCT can also be performed to prevent the tooth from becoming re-infected. (more…)

3 Reasons Dental Implants Are Your Best Option

Losing teeth can be dramatic, and if not addressed, the effects of the loss can continue to plague your oral health. For instance, even a single lost tooth can cause the ones around it to shift toward the gap in your bite, leaving them vulnerable to dental disease, damage, and potential loss themselves. When it comes to replacing your teeth and addressing these consequences to your oral health, dental implants are often the best option. The root-like posts are implanted into your jawbone, allowing them to anchor your replacement teeth with the same sturdiness as your healthy teeth on their roots. (more…)

3 Reasons Why Ignoring Braces Is a Bad Idea

When children have crooked teeth, they don’t usually get a say on whether or not they wear braces. As an adult, however, you have a choice whether or not to correct your crooked teeth, and for many patients, ignoring their condition seems better than wearing conspicuous metal braces. While this may seemingly help them avoid the potential inconvenience of orthodontic treatment, ignoring your need for braces can be disastrous for your long-term oral health. (more…)

How Gum Disease Affects You for Life

Gum disease is one of the more common and well-known dental conditions. Although it’s highly preventable, it’s also a frequent concern, mainly because patients don’t recognize or simply ignore the early warning signs of the condition. When it’s allowed to develop and become serious, gum disease becomes a significant risk factor for tooth loss. In fact, it’s the leading cause of it. The trick to gum disease is that it’s effects may not be permanently stopped with just a single treatment. Because gum disease can last for life, protecting your smile from it requires lifelong care and attention, and professional help from your dentist. (more…)

Things You Can Prevent with Good Hygiene

Prevention is the most important aspect of professional dentistry, as well as your regular dental hygiene routine at home. That’s because preventing the issues that threaten your teeth and gums is better for your long-term oral health than treating them after they develop. In addition to brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once, that also means eating responsibly and visiting your dentist for regular checkup and cleaning appointments. (more…)

Enjoy Norwalk’s 7th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration!

This time of year, nothing says Christmas like a tree lighting celebration! On Sunday, November 26th, 2017, the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 7th Annaual Norwalk Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at O’Leary Celebration of Life Center. In addition to the official tree lighting ceremony, which takes place at 5:15 p.m., you can also enjoy visiting Santa and a host of other family-friendly events so you can make a whole night of it! (more…)

Why Dental Crowns Are Still So Popular

Dentistry wasn’t always the diverse, highly advanced field that it is today. In the past, people had few choices when they were struck with a dental ailment. Many could only choose between extracting the tooth immediately or dealing with the pain until it became unbearable and then extracting it later. Dental crowns were one of the first restorations to give patients another choice; to restore the tooth so that it didn’t have to be extracted. Today, crowns are still one of the most popular dental treatments, and with advanced technology and dental materials, they’re also one of the most effective. (more…)

3 Ways to Address a Cavity

If you’ve never had to deal with a cavity before, then there’s a good chance that you will at some point in your life. If you already have had one, then it’s no guarantee that you won’t have to deal with another one again in the future. Tooth decay—the cause of cavities—targets teeth individually. Even if you’ve restored one tooth, another can fall victim to tooth decay and cavity development if you don’t take steps to prevent it. The good news is that modern dentistry offers a wide range of ways to address a cavity, depending on how long it’s been there and how much of your tooth structure has been lost. (more…)

What to Know Before Whitening Your Teeth

When it comes to improving your smile’s appearance, teeth-whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options. With a choice of in-office and/or take-home treatments, you can even enjoy your brighter smile with little impact on your busy schedule. However, while the procedure is popular and typically highly effective, there are things you should know before undergoing teeth-whitening. For instance, you should make sure that teeth-whitening is the right solution for your teeth stains, and you should know how to prolong the results of your treatment to ensure a brighter smile for longer. (more…)

Take On The Hungry Turkey Half Marathon And 5K

On Saturday, November 25, you can take part in the Hungry Turkey Half Marathon and 5K race! Scheduled just a few days after Thanksgiving, this run gives Des Moines residents an opportunity to take care of all those calories you “gobbled” up during the holiday. Of course, it also serves as your opportunity to interact with your fellow runners, and bring your family out for some fun! Young runners can take part in a special Kids’ Dash event. Runners who make it to the end will be met with a medal of completion, and a warm, tasty cinnamon roll at the finish line! (more…)

Should I Seek Treatment For Gum Disease From My Dentist?

Are you seeing worrying signs that your gums might not be in the best condition? You may have noticed concerning issues like a swelling or reddening of tissue. You may feel that something is wrong because your gums are more prone to bleeding when you brush, or even that they seem to be receding. These are signs of potential gum disease. If you want to make sure an infection is taken care of, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist can help you address gingivitis, the initial stage of a periodontal infection. If you have a more serious infection, periodontitis, it will not be reversible, but your dentist can help you manage your condition. (more…)

3 Smart Dental Prevention Tips

When it comes to expert preventative dental care, we could all use an occasional reminder of why good habits are so important. Our teeth, and our gums, face an active threat from oral bacteria. If a cavity forms, the affected tooth will suffer real damage, and need permanent protection from a dental restoration. If gum disease is not treated in time, it can lead to complications that can seriously impact your oral health down the line. That being said, you can keep your risk for problems lower when you maintain smart habits on a regular basis. (more…)

The Benefits of Laser Dental Treatment

At Dimples Family Dentistry, your comfort is as important as the success of your treatment. To help optimize both, we are proud to introduce the Solea laser—an advanced, all-tissue laser that allows us to provide a wide variety of treatments in a more comfortable and efficient manner. If you need to improve your smile with cosmetic treatment, restore a tooth that is afflicted with tooth decay, or treat gingivitis, then ask us if the Solea laser is right for you. (more…)

Could Your Denture Use Some Dental Implants?

Your teeth do more than bite and chew your food; they also help you enunciate your words, fill out your smile, and help sustain your jawbone and surrounding facial structures, among many other things.  While dentures can help replace many of the functions that your lost teeth were once responsible, they can fail to support your jawbone properly without the help of dental implants. Small, root-like implant posts mimic the support and stimulation of your lost teeth roots, and by supporting your denture on a series of them, you can enjoy significant benefits in rebuilding your smile. (more…)

Can Root Canal Therapy Really Save My Tooth?

Sometimes, your tooth can be in danger without you immediately realizing it. For instance, you might not notice that what seems like minor tooth sensitivity is actually a developing case of tooth infection (or tooth decay). Or, you may think that you have plenty of time to treat your cavity, and therefore, you hesitate to seek treatment. However, the problem with tooth decay is that it only grows worse the longer it’s left untreated, and in some cases, it can lead to tooth loss or the need for tooth extraction. To avoid this, patients with severe, internal tooth decay may be able to save their teeth with custom root canal therapy. (more…)

What Do Dental Implants Do?

When adults lose a tooth, the results can be immediately obvious. Missing spaces can diminish your smile’s esthetic appeal, and in cases of severe tooth loss, you may experience serious difficulty biting, chewing, and enunciating words clearly. With a wide variety of options available to replace lost teeth, knowing which option is the best one for you requires a professional, comprehensive analysis and consultation with your dentist. Often, your dentist may recommend dental implants, which are the only way to replace your lost teeth roots. (more…)

Exploring the Importance of Your Tongue

When you think of dental health, you likely think of your teeth and gums first. However, your tongue is also an integral part of the same functions that your teeth are responsible for, such as eating and talking. Aside from carrying the majority of your taste buds, your tongue also contains many of the over-600 different kinds of bacteria in your mouth, including those largely responsible for bad breath. To illustrate how important, and interesting, it is, we explore a few facts about the amazing human tongue. (more…)

Brighter Teeth without Teeth-Whitening

Professional tooth-whitening is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic dental procedures today. However, even though teeth stains can occur naturally, such as from the food and beverages you consume, there are measures you can take to significantly improve or prevent them from diminishing your smile’s appeal. Try incorporating the following tips into your daily routine to increase your chances of maintaining your smile’s bright, youthful glow with whiter teeth. (more…)

An Inside-Out Look at a Healthy Tooth

Because you have to constantly clean and care for your teeth, some people believe their teeth are inherently weak. The truth, however, is that healthy teeth are the strongest parts of your body. Maintaining good dental hygiene just boosts their already-formidable natural defenses, which oral bacteria and food particles threaten on a daily basis. Today, we explore the makeup of a healthy tooth, and how your diligence helps keep them strong and healthy for life. (more…)

Is Your Tooth Fractured? Here’s What You Should Know

There are a number of ways a tooth can crack, and treating it depends on the location, direction, and severity of the fracture. In some cases, you may suffer no more than a superficial craze line on the surface of your tooth enamel. In others, the fracture can extend all the way through your tooth and into its vulnerable inner chamber, the pulp, which houses the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. When a fracture threatens the health and livelihood of your tooth, visit your dentist as soon as possible to save your tooth from destruction. (more…)

Why You Should Consider Teeth-Whitening

Regularly good hygiene and a schedule of preventive dental care are not particularly difficult to maintain. By brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once, as well as visiting your dentist at least twice a year, you can prevent most of the dental issues that can threaten the health and appearance of your smile. Unfortunately, teeth stains are not always as preventable as other issues, and they can develop even when you take excellent care of your teeth. The good news is that, in most cases, professional teeth-whitening can erase teeth stains as easily as they appeared, especially with the innovative Zoom! teeth-whitening system. (more…)

A Few Facts About Wisdom Teeth

While the term, wisdom teeth, is familiar to most people, not everyone fully understands the complications that often arise with their development. You may be aware of the discomfort that can arise when a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, but how much do you know about these troublesome teeth? Learn more about your extra set of molars by reading answers to a few frequently asked questions about the benefits of extracting impacted wisdom teeth. (more…)

Tracing the Cause of Your Toothache

If you’ve ever successfully dealt with a toothache, you might know quite a bit about why it was hurting. After all, treating sensitive teeth depends on addressing the cause behind it. Nevertheless, you can know all there is to know about a previous toothache, and still be unprepared for the next one. Teeth hurt for various reasons, and before treating your toothache, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine its cause. Depending on the nature and severity of your condition, your dental visit may help prevent your toothache from becoming a serious oral health problem. (more…)

2 Common Causes of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is something that you spend most of your life trying to avoid through good hygiene and regular visits to your dentist’s office. For many people, it’s a successful endeavor, and they can enjoy their full set of healthy, natural teeth for life. For others, however, preventing tooth loss isn’t always successful, though they can rebuild their smiles and reduce their risks of further tooth loss with a lifelike prosthesis (such as dental implants). To improve your chances of preventing tooth loss, we look at the two most common causes of it, and how you can avoid these risks or restore your smile after tooth loss. (more…)

Do I Really Need Root Canal Therapy?

Though almost everyone will eventually experience tooth decay, not everyone will have to undergo root canal therapy. In fact, tooth decay can typically addressed with a tooth-colored filling if the condition is caught and treated in time. However, there are often instances when decay is allowed to progress beyond a filling’s ability to treat it, or a tooth’s root canal becomes instantly compromised by structural damage. In such cases, you may need root canal therapy to remove the threat, restore your tooth, and preserve the rest of your healthy smile. (more…)

Things You Should Know About Dental Implants

After losing one or more teeth, your next step should be speaking with your dentist about what to do next. In many cases, that includes how to replace your lost teeth to restore your smile and help avoid more serious issues resulting from the loss. Typically, dental implants are the most comprehensive solution to recovering from tooth loss because they are the only option that can replace the roots of your lost teeth. If you need to rebuild your smile, then there are several things that your dentist would like you to know about dental implants. (more…)

Why Straightening Crooked Teeth Is Important

If you’ve always had straight teeth, then you might be surprised if they suddenly become crooked later in life. The good news is that, just like children who need straighter teeth, adults can receive orthodontic treatment to correct their tooth misalignment and improve their smiles. If you’ve noticed that your bite feels off, or that one or more of your teeth are obviously out of alignment, then speak with your dentist about why straightening them is important. (more…)

More Dangers of Gum Disease

In addition to causing irreversible damage to your gums, gum disease is also the main cause of permanent tooth loss in adults. However, the dangers of gum disease go beyond what it can do to your smile. Research shows that the chronic presence of gum disease and inflammation can result in increased risks of other inflammatory health concerns. Today, we look at the extensive dangers of gum disease beyond tooth loss, and why caring for your smile can have a dramatic impact on your overall wellbeing. (more…)

Why Prevention Is the Most Important Dental Treatment

There’s a good reason why one of the first things we’re taught as children is how to brush and floss our teeth on a daily basis—when it comes to your oral health, prevention is everything. Avoiding dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease, which can have severely detrimental effects on your oral health, is the best way to protect and preserve your healthy, natural smile for life. In addition to brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once, that also means attending regular checkup and cleaning appointments with your dentist and receiving dental treatment promptly when necessary. (more…)

What’s the Best Way to Fix My Cracked Tooth?

Your teeth go through more stress every day than any other part of your body, so it’s common for them to eventually develop minor chips and cracks in their surfaces. Depending on the severity of the damage, it can be tempting to ignore it, at least for now, rather than take time to visit your dentist for treatment right away.  However, without prompt attention, your tooth’s minor or moderate damage can quickly grow severe, leading to the need for more extensive restorative treatment. To find the best way to fix your cracked tooth, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you notice that the tooth is in trouble. (more…)

Do You Have Questions About Zoom! Whitening Treatment?

Teeth-whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, and in most cases, the treatment can erase even difficult teeth stains to brighten your smile’s appearance. For optimal results, our office offers advanced Zoom! teeth-whitening, which utilizes a two-step process to help ensure that teeth stains are effectively eliminated. After a quick and convenient treatment in our office, you can continue to brighten your teeth from the comfort of home with a custom-designed take-home kit. (more…)

How Modern Dentures Became Modern

Without all of your teeth, your ability to properly chew your food is diminished, so replacing them should be a priority. Modern dentures provide impressive results when addressing the loss of most or all of your teeth on the same dental ridge. Yet, since dental porcelain and other innovative materials were not always around, you may wonder how modern, lifelike dentures came to be. Today, we take a brief look at the advancements that have led to the modern dentures of today, including odd materials that you may be thankful are no longer in use. (more…)

How Do I Avoid Tooth Decay?

Cavities can impact patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. However, they are not inevitable. With the right preventive care, you can often avoid the onset of tooth decay. First, you need to understand how they form and what symptoms you should watch for.

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How to Prevent Tooth Loss, or Deal With It

Though it affects the majority of adults around the world, tooth loss is not something you will inevitably experience (if you haven’t already). With a good hygiene routine and regular schedule of dental appointments, you can avoid many of the most common causes behind permanent tooth loss. However, not all causes are preventable, and despite advanced dental treatments and procedures, many patients experience tooth loss despite their best efforts to prevent it. Fortunately, your dentist can help you recover fully and quickly from tooth loss with the right dental prosthetic, such as one or more dental implants. (more…)

Two Important Questions About Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment isn’t typically a first-choice treatment option. In fact, the tooth decay that it treats can often be addressed earlier with a more conservative tooth filling. Yet, in severe cases of tooth infection, root canal treatment may be the best way to save the tooth. Internal tooth decay can’t be addressed with a filling. If left untreated, it can ravish the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels, exacerbating the condition. Today, we answer a few questions about root canal treatment, and why it may be necessary for your tooth. (more…)

Important Facts About Tooth Loss and Dental Implants

Missing teeth are a big enough concern, but many people are unaware of the ongoing damage that follows tooth loss and often goes unattended. Your teeth consist of more than just the crowns (top, visible portions) that most dental prostheses replace. By addressing only half of the problem, traditional dental prostheses can leave your oral health subject to continued complications. Today, we explain a few facts about the effects of tooth loss on your oral health, and how dental implants can be the best way to restore your smile. (more…)

Improving A Discolored Smile With A Whitening Treatment

Some everyday habits can lead to creeping changes that affect our smiles. Think about your workday – coffee can help keep you alert, but it can leave behind particles that stain your teeth. Coffee is not the only culprit, of course. There are many foods and drinks capable of leaving stains, particularly if you are not diligent about keeping your teeth clean. Tobacco products can create additional issues. If you want to make improvements to your smile after experiencing discoloration, talk to your dentist about a professional whitening treatment. With a Zoom! whitening treatment, you can see changes that exceed the results you could receive from a store bought whitening product. (more…)

Why Gum Disease Is the Leading Cause of Tooth Loss

You’ve probably heard of gum disease before. Considering the fact that it affects around 80% of adults in America, there’s also a good chance that you’ve dealt with gum disease before. As the name suggests, gum disease affects the soft pink tissue that your teeth protrude from, and as a progressive disease, it doesn’t resolve itself if you just let it be. In fact, severe gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, trumping tooth decay, which attacks your teeth directly. Today, we explore how gum disease can lead to tooth loss more effectively than any other dental issue, and how you can protect your smile from gum disease’s devastating influence. (more…)

Enjoy a Live Blues Concert and Help Raise Awareness for Autism!

For children and families who deal with the disease, raising awareness of autism throughout the community is an important way to increase research and development of advanced treatments. On Friday, September 15, 2017, the Jasper Winery in Des Moines is hosting the Blues for Autism concert in honor of Isabel’s love of music, and to help make raising autism awareness fun as well as beneficial! The concert will feature William Elliot Whitmore and Eric Kennedy, and will begin at 7 p.m. (tickets go on sale at the door at 6 p.m.). Admission is only $15, and free for all children under the age of five. (more…)

Looking for Restorative Dental Treatment?

Looking for Restorative Dental Treatment?Are you concerned that you could already be suffering from a dental problem, like a cavity? If so, what has stopped you from going to see the dentist, already? Without treatment, most dental issues are only likely to worsen over time, potentially leading to painful tooth infections or even the loss of some teeth. To avoid pain, or the need for extensive treatment, it’s best to see your dentist when you first suspect trouble, such as when you’re experiencing uncomfortable tooth sensitivity or even discomfort when chewing. That way, your dentist can diagnose the issue and treat you with a modern dental restoration that can help to improve your smile’s comfort! (more…)

Are Braces the Answer for Which You’ve Been Looking?

Are Braces the Answer for Which You've Been Looking?Do you feel deeply embarrassed by the look of your poorly aligned smile? In fact, has it become difficult to chew comfortably or even efficiently, because of how out of line your teeth are? Alignment problems can create a lot of subsequent issues, not the least of which is cosmetic embarrassment. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for a poorly aligned smile. Braces provide a wonderful way to improve both the look and functionality of the smile! If you’re ready to start smiling proudly, why not talk to your dentist about how braces could help?

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Is Your Smile Showing Signs of Needing Restorative Treatment?

Is Your Smile Showing Signs of Needing Restorative Treatment?Are you suffering from sensitivity when you try to enjoy your meals, snacks, or even sips of your favorite beverages? If so, you might be tempted to simply ignore the tooth sensitivity, hoping it will go away on its own. Unfortunately, this is only likely to worsen over time, that is without dental treatment. By seeking treatment from your restorative dentist, you can likely enjoy improved comfort. Plus, modern restorations can help to improve the appearance of your smile, as well! (more…)

Want to Avoid Gum Disease? These Steps Can Help!

Want to Avoid Gum Disease? These Steps Can Help!No one wants to be diagnosed with gum disease. And yet many people inadvertently leave their smiles susceptible to developing this dangerous and chronic condition. Without proper preventive care, both at-home and through a dentist, you are much more likely to suffer a number of dental problems, including periodontal disease, or gum disease as it is more commonly known. Fortunately, protecting your gums – and your teeth – is not complicated, costly or even time consuming. You just need to combine some healthy habits at-home, with regular professional cleanings from your preventive dentist.

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Want to Feel Dazzling On Your Wedding Day? See Your Dentist

Want to Feel Dazzling On Your Wedding Day? See Your DentistEvery bride wants to feel her most beautiful on her wedding day. That’s why she likely handpicks her hair and makeup artists, and tries on as many gowns as it takes to find her dream wedding dress. If you will soon be saying “I do,” don’t forget about the most important part of your bridal look, though. That’s your smile! Dental treatment could help you reach the altar feeling your absolute best, by helping to brighten and beautify your pearly whites. (more…)

Enjoy a Great Time at the Gala for the Gardens!

Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up, head out on the town, and enjoy good drinks while supporting a great cause? Well, fall is a perfect time to do just that, with the upcoming Annual Gala for the Gardens, which will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017. This event helps to support the revitalization of the Waterbrury Garden in Des Moines. Tickets are on sale, now, for just $40 per person. (more…)

Want to Make Dental Care Fun for Your Kids?

Want to Make Dental Care Fun for Your Kids?Taking care of your kids’ smiles is important to their confidence, their comfort, and their overall health. Unfortunately, making sure they actually brush and floss their teeth can feel like a full-time job. If you could use some help teaching your kids proper oral hygiene, without having to feel like a bad guy every time you insist they brush, try this combination of modern tools about dental care and simple tricks for making hygiene more fun and effective for the whole family.

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Is Sugar Causing You to Suffer with Cavities?

Is Sugar Causing You to Suffer with Cavities?No one wants to get to the dental chair, only to discover that he or she is already struggling with a cavity. Unfortunately, nearly 90 percent of the adults in America will do just that. Preventing cavities is possible, though. You simply need to make smart choices when it comes to your smile. Brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth clean in between dental checkups. But if you really want to prevent dental cavities, you will need to take a look at your diet, too. (more…)

A Dental Crown Could Help Improve Your Comfort

A Dental Crown Could Help Improve Your ComfortDo you have a hard time enjoying meals, because of dental discomfort? If so, you could already be struggling with a dental issue, like a cavity. Chips, cracks, and even trauma can all leave teeth vulnerable to bacteria exposure, which can cause discomfort, not to mention infection. Fortunately, dental crowns are a minimally invasive way to help address many forms of dental damage. Plus, they can provide both improved comfort and cosmetic appeal, as well. That means, if you do find yourself suffering from a dental problem, there is no reason to worry. Instead, simply talk to your restorative dentist about how treatment, like a crown, could help. (more…)

Wish You Could Relive Your Glory Days? Now You Can!

Wish You Could Relive Your Glory Days? Now You Can!Think you’re too old to enjoy flag football? Think again! The Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging area adults to sign up for Men’s Flag Football, so they too can once again enjoy this recreational sport. The games will be made up of 6-on-6 teams, and will be held on Sunday afternoons starting soon. Team registration is actually open now through August 18, 2017. Don’t miss out on the chance to gather with friends and enjoy the games! (more…)

Want to Protect Your Smile from Infection? Here’s What You Can Do

Want to Protect Your Smile from Infection? Here’s What You Can DoDo you hate the idea of going to the dentist, only to find out that you are already suffering from a tooth infection? When teeth have become deeply infected, the most common form of restoration is root canal therapy. In some cases, extraction may even be necessary. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help prevent tooth infections, as well as the discomfort and pain they so often cause. You simply need to combine some healthy choices at-home, with professional preventive dental care, to keep your smile healthy, and your teeth free from infection. (more…)

How Often Do Kids Need to See the Dentist?

How Often Do Kids Need to See the Dentist?As a parent, does it feel like your to-do list is never ending? Even in the summer, days can feel jam-packed with swim lessons, play dates, park visits and more! That said, there are many important reasons to make sure dental visits are a non-negotiable part of your family’s schedule. Regular appointments help to keep your kids’ smiles healthy, and looking their best. So, if you value your kids’ precious pearly whites, make sure they are getting the preventative dental care they need to protect their oral health, long-term. (more…)

Love Your Smile Again with Professional Cosmetic Treatment

Love Your Smile Again with Professional Cosmetic TreatmentHave you spent your last several birthdays wishing for the very same thing, all to no avail? Is what you really want a beautiful smile, the kind you enjoyed in your younger days? Many people begin to experience noticeable imperfections as they age, from excessive wear along their teeth’s edges, to dark discoloration, to gapping between the teeth. Thankfully, you don’t have to wish for a younger-looking smile any longer. Chances are, your dentist could help you achieve one! (more…)

Get Going for a Great Cause in Des Moines

Get Going for a Great Cause in Des MoinesLooking to do some good, while making awesome memories staying active and healthy with friends? The Water Ride in Des Moines this August is one of those rare events that can help you feel healthy and great, while also contributing to a greater good. This charity bike ride will kick off at noon at Confluence Brewing Company, on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Money from this ride will help to raise awareness and to provide funding for water projects in Ghana, Africa. (more…)

Do You Actually Know What Preventive Dental Care Entails?

Do You Actually Know What Preventive Dental Care Entails?Taking care of one’s smile involves a combination of forming healthy habits. At-home, this should include eating a healthy diet and caring for one’s smile daily through dental hygiene. That said, regular preventive appointments are also essential to keeping the smile cavity-free and safe from gum disease. The first step in properly protecting your smile, though, is understanding what actions are necessary to adequately protect your oral health! (more…)

Do You Really Know Proper Dental Hygiene?

Do You Really Know Proper Dental Hygiene?Did you vow to take better care of your smile this year, perhaps so that you can get a clean bill of health at your next dental visit? Many people suffer from cavities, even though they are largely preventable with proper dental hygiene. To maximize the efficiency of your daily hygiene routine, though, it is beneficial to know the proper techniques, tricks you could say, for truly taking care of both your teeth and your gums! (more…)

What Are the Benefits of Modern Dental Fillings?

What Are the Benefits of Modern Dental Fillings?If you have ever had a dental cavity, then you have likely already had a dental filling placed. For many years, fillings were made almost exclusively out of a metal amalgam, that offered an affordable and durable way of protecting teeth that had become fragile from tooth decay. That said, many dentists now offer a more seamless smile solution in the form of composite resin dental fillings, sometimes simply called tooth-colored fillings. So, if you do find yourself in need of restorative treatment for a dental cavity, you may have the option of choosing between a traditional metal filling and a more modern tooth-colored one. (more…)

Don’t Miss Storytime Perfect for Your Littlest Sprouts

 

Looking for some fun ways to help your children stay occupied and educated over the summer? If so, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is proudly hosting Story Sprouts from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Fridays, at the garden. This is an interactive storytime that includes themes revolving around nature and plants. Beyond the story there are other activities held, as well, all based upon the theme of the week. This event is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 5-years-old, making it a perfect family outing for anyone with young kids. (more…)

Want to Improve Your Smile’s Comfort, Seamlessly?

Want to Improve Your Smile’s Comfort, Seamlessly? If you have been struggling with dental discomfort, you may already realize that restorative treatment is likely in order. The teeth’s enamel is strong. Yet teeth cannot repair themselves when they have become damaged, the way some other parts of the body can. The skin, for instance, can often heal itself when it has become skinned or scraped. Teeth lack this ability. What you may not know is that modern dental restorations are designed to be both comfortable and natural-looking. That means, a dental restoration could make your smile both feel and even look better! Address Discomfort and Sensitivity with Modern Restorative Treatment If you are struggling with dental discomfort, or even heightened sensitivity, it could be due to an undiagnosed dental problem, the most common of which is dental cavities. Fortunately, if you are diagnosed with a dental issue, restorative treatment should be able to help. Cavities, for instance, can often be addressed quickly and efficiently with minimally invasive dental fillings. Dental crowns are another minimally invasive solution for helping to address damaged teeth, such as those that may have become chipped or cracked due to trauma, or even while chewing. Enjoy Confidence Knowing Your Restoration Is Natural-looking and Durable Perhaps best of all, modern restorations can be made of materials that look natural and are still durable. Fillings made of composite resin, for instance, can be shaded and carefully sculpted to fit naturally within the smile. Porcelain crowns are also customizable and incredibly long-lasting, allowing dentists to nearly seamlessly restore smiles.If you have been struggling with dental discomfort, you may already realize that restorative treatment is likely in order. The teeth’s enamel is strong. Yet teeth cannot repair themselves when they have become damaged, the way some other parts of the body can. The skin, for instance, can often heal itself when it has become skinned or scraped. Teeth lack this ability. What you may not know is that modern dental restorations are designed to be both comfortable and natural-looking. That means, a dental restoration could make your smile both feel and even look better! (more…)

Make Sure Your Kids Are Caring for Their Smiles

Make Sure Your Kids Are Caring for Their SmilesBeing a parent can feel like a never-ending job. After all, there are so many steps you must take to help ensure your kids are growing up both healthy, and happy! When it comes to their smiles, many parents want to do all they can to help prevent cavities and other dental problems that could lead to discomfort or even pain. That said, they may not always know how to best protect those precious smiles. Fortunately, effective preventive dental care does not have to be complicated, costly or time consuming. You simply need to take a few steps to help protect your kids teeth and gums. (more…)

Are You In Need of Restorative Treatment?

Are You In Need of Restorative Treatment?No one wants to have to skip meals, or even avoid their favorite snacks, because of dental sensitivity. Yet many people give up on hot cups of coffee or refreshing scoops of ice cream when they begin suffering from dental sensitivity. Unfortunately, this can lead to increasing sensitivity, and eventually even painful tooth infections. Instead of ignoring your dental problems, it’s best to speak with your restorative dentist instead. In many cases, minimally invasive restorative treatment can help patients improve their overall oral health including restoring their dental comfort. (more…)

Big Fan of Books? Visit the Norwalk Easter Public Library in August

Big Fan of Books? Visit the Norwalk Easter Public Library in AugustBig Fan of Books? Visit the Norwalk Easter Public Library in AugustIf you are an avid reader, then the Norwalk Easter Public Library is the place to be this summer and fall. The library will be hosting Novels at Night book club meetings around 7 p.m. each Thursday night, including Auguat 3, 2017. The group is open to readers of all ages, though many of the books being discussed may be best for adult readers. Organizers say the club is about chatting, and also connecting with fellow literary enthusiasts. (more…)

Want to Possess a Beautiful Smile? Talk to Your Cosmetic Dentist

Want to Possess a Beautiful Smile? Talk to Your Cosmetic DentistDo you have a major life event coming up, such as a wedding, graduation, or even the chance for a promotion at work? If so, you probably want to make sure your smile looks its best before all the impending photo ops, and of course the real life face-to-face time with many of your favorite people. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry like teeth whitening can help to ensure your pearly whites are looking practically picture perfect in time for your next special occasion. That way you can smile confidently, knowing your teeth are both bright and beautiful, before their time in the spotlight. (more…)

Could You Be Struggling with Gum Disease?

Could You Be Struggling with Gum Disease?When you brush or floss your teeth, do you ever notice your gums bleeding? If so, you could be tempted to believe that it is because of the flossing. However, that is very rarely the case. Generally, bleeding gums are symptoms of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, a condition that unaddressed can lead to worsening discomfort, inflammation, and eventually the loss of teeth. Fortunately, if your dentist diagnoses and treats your gingivitis quickly, you can likely enjoy improved oral health, all while helping to protect your teeth! (more…)

Ready to Smile Brighter? Time to Talk to Your Cosmetic Dentist

Ready to Smile Brighter? Time to Talk to Your Cosmetic DentistVisibly discolored teeth can cause a great deal of insecurity. After all, it’s hard to feel confident smiling, or even speaking, when you know that your teeth are incredibly dark or otherwise discolored. Sadly, over time many people begin to notice their teeth lacking the luster and brightness they once possessed. This could be due to drinking copious amounts of coffee, soda, or tea, tobacco use, poor hygiene, missed preventive appointments or a number of other factors. Fortunately, whatever the cause of your teeth’s staining, in most cases teeth can be dramatically brightened through professional whitening treatment. (more…)

Don’t Miss Summer Fun at the Norwalk Library

Don’t Miss Summer Fun at the Norwalk LibraryLooking for a fun way to beat the heat with your kids this summer? If so, look no further than the Norwalk Library, which is offering free movies on Friday afternoons throughout the summer. These movies take place beginning at 2 p.m. each Thursday, at the Norwalk Easter Public Library, which is located at 1051 North Avenue, Norwalk, Iowa 50211. Don’t miss the upcoming features, including several beloved animated hits! (more…)

Should Your Kids See the Dentist This Summer?

Should Your Kids See the Dentist This Summer?Are you still trying to fill your kids’ summer schedule? If so, you may have already found a mix of great activities to help keep them from becoming bored, like visiting local parks, pools and other attractions, regular trips to the library, and fun around the house. But if you haven’t yet scheduled dental visits for your kids this summer, there are plenty of great reasons to do so. Best of all, there is still time to take advantage of summer break, by making sure your kids’ get the smile protection they need. (more…)

Can You Get A Dental Crown In One Day?

a crown in a single visitThe short answer is yes. Traditionally, the process for getting a crown involves your dentist taking a mold of your tooth and sending it to a lab outside of the office. The outside lab would create the permanent crown based on the mold of your tooth made by your dentist. This process typically took at least one week or more. During the wait, the tooth needing the crown would be protected by a temporary crown. With CEREC, Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, technology, a dental crown can be made in your dentist’s office on the same day that the mold of your tooth is made.  (more…)

Getting A Sweet Tooth Under Control

a sweet tooth under controlThose of us with a sweet tooth understand how strong the cravings for sugary sweetness can be. Unfortunately, overloading our diet with too much sugar can be harmful to our health. It can be particularly harmful to our teeth. Our mouth has its own ecosystem of good bacteria and harmful bacteria. When sugar interacts with the harmful bacteria inside our mouth, it turns into acid. The acid erodes the enamel of the tooth leading to decay and cavities. If a cavity is not treated, it can get much deeper than the enamel leading to potential tooth loss.  (more…)

Movie Matinees At The Library

movie matineeWhen the kids are out of school for the summer, it can be easy to run out of entertaining things to do. Especially entertaining things that are not expensive. As part of the all ages Summer Reading Program, the Norwalk Easter Public Library hosts a movie matinee every Friday at 2pm. The movie selections are always appropriate for all ages. There is no registration required, so you can bring the whole family on a whim. The movie is different every week. This Friday, the movie is Trolls, rated PG. Trolls earned Justin Timberlake his first Oscar nomination for the movie’s song, “Can’t Stop This Feeling.”  (more…)

Why Replacing A Missing Tooth Is Important

Why Replacing A Missing Tooth Is ImportantThere are no tooth fairy visits for adults after a tooth is lost. For adults, losing a tooth can be quite a traumatic experience. Injury, severe infection, extensive damage, or gum disease are all potential reasons for loss or extraction. There is no need to replace the tooth in the case of wisdom teeth. When a front tooth is missing, a patient can feel like a replacement is extremely important in order to improve one’s appearance. If a tooth is missing in a less visible location, it is still very important to replace the tooth with something to keep the structure of the mouth intact.  (more…)

Gum Disease Can Be A Gateway For Overall Health Problems

Gum Disease Can Be A Gateway For Overall Health ProblemsGum disease is a progressive infection, which means it starts off in a mild form called gingivitis and can become a severe form, periodontitis, if left untreated. Gum disease is most often caused by bacteria in the mouth infect the gum line. At the early stages of gingivitis, the gums become irritated, red, and inflamed. If left untreated, the infection can develop into periodontitis weakening the gums causing potential for tooth loss and decay. The presence of unchecked inflammation in your mouth can lead to inflammation in other parts of your body. (more…)

Enjoy a Bright Smile This Summer with Professional Whitening Treatment

Enjoy a Bright Smile This Summer with Professional Whitening TreatmentDo you have some exciting plans this summer? Whether you’ll be traveling overseas or visiting local landmarks, attending your best friend’s wedding or gearing up for an epic birthday party, cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to help make sure your smile is bright and beautiful just in time for all those photo ops. Professional teeth whitening could leave you with a noticeably whiter smile just in time for your summer fun!

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Enjoy Beautiful Views and Great Food at the Terrace Hill Garden Party

Enjoy Beautiful Views and Great Food at the Terrace Hill Garden PartyAre you looking for a special way to honor the arrival of summer? If so, consider attending the Terrace Hill Garden Party, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Iowa Governor’s Residence and National Historic Landmark. There will be seasonal foods offered, along with gorgeous views from the East Porch. Tours of the gardens will also be available for guests interested in seeing the rest of the grounds. Admission is $45 per guest. (more…)

Want to Do More to Protect Your Gums?

Want to Do More to Protect Your Gums?If you care about having a beautiful smile, then you may have already taken several steps to help protect your teeth against common threats, including cavities. That said, what are you doing to protect your gum tissue? The gums are essential to oral health, yet they often get overlooked when it comes to basic smile care. If you want to avoid gingivitis, the first stage of a chronic condition known as gum disease, it’s important that you take proper preventive care of your whole smile, including your gum tissue. (more…)

Could a Dental Crown Be Your Smile’s Best Option?

Could a Dental Crown Be Your Smile’s Best Option?When was the last time you actually sat down and enjoyed a dessert after dinner, or even a piping hot cup of coffee in the morning? Has it been months, all due to some undiagnosed dental problem? Maybe you were involved in an accident at work, or during an athletic event, and you know that one or more of your teeth have been damged. If so, it’s time to talk to your restorative dentist about what could be to blame for your sensitivity and discomfort. More importantly, it’s time to find out whether a beautiful dental crown could be what is needed to restore your comfort, and your overall oral health! (more…)

It’s Not Too Late to Enjoy Spring at the Botanical Garden

It’s Not Too Late to Enjoy Spring at the Botanical GardenAre you an amateur photographer looking to practice your skills behind a camera? Maybe you’re a professional looking to add to your nature portfolio. Whatever the case, June is a great time to visit the Botanical Garden in Des Moines, and even to enjoy a photography contest they’ve initiated! Organizers say this is a perfect event for photographers of all skill levels and ages, which makes visiting the Botanical Garden a great outing for the whole family. And whether you are armed with high-tech digital cameras, old-school film ones, or even your smart phones, why not take advantage of this great chance to enjoy nature’s bounty, while also practicing the great art of photography? (more…)

Do You Need to See a Restorative Dentist?

Do You Need to See a Restorative Dentist?Are you unable to enjoy meals, lately, because of pesky dental discomfort that is causing you to wince in pain when you try to eat or even drink? Dental sensitivity and pain are incredibly common. Unfortunately, these are commonly warning signs of dental cavities, or other problems, that left unaddressed are likely to worsen, with time. The great news is that modern dental restorations make it possible to address most problems, including chips, cracks and cavities, with minimally invasive treatment that is both natural-looking and comfortable. That means, restorative dental treatment could have you feeling better, and even looking better! (more…)

Can Your Smile Be Completed More Securely?

Can Your Smile Be Completed More Securely?Are you tired of suffering from the embarrassment and frustration that can come from having an incomplete smile? Ever since you lost a tooth, or had one extracted, have you been embarrassed to show your teeth, and concerned about chewing? While there are a number of prosthetic options for completing a smile after tooth loss, not all offer the kind of security that so many patients desire. To effectively complete the smile, and to enjoy renewed confidence, consider the many benefits of choosing a dental implant as a form of smile restoration. (more…)

Enjoy a Night Out on the Tee In Norwalk!

Enjoy a Night Out on the Tee In Norwalk! Are you looking for unique date night ideas to enjoy close to your home in Norwalk, Iowa? If so, consider registering for the Legacy Couple Twilight Events, golf nights designed for couples to enjoy, together. This actually marks the 10th anniversary of these unique date nights, which will be held every other Friday now through August. The next event will be held Friday, June 9, with additional events on June 23, July 7, July 21 and August 11, 2017. You won’t want to miss the chance to hone your golf skills while also nourishing your relationship with fun nights out on the course. (more…)

How Can You Protect Your Smile from Cavities?

How Can You Protect Your Smile from Cavities?If you care about having a beautiful smile to show off, then you must also care about keeping your smile healthy. After all, great-looking teeth begin with healthy teeth. The great news is that preventive dental care doesn’t have to be difficult, costly, or even time consuming. You just need to commit to forming a few healthy habits that can help to reduce your risk of cavities and other dental problems, while also helping to keep your entire smile healthy, and your teeth looking their best!

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Could Sedation Dentistry Help You Overcome Your Fears?

Could Sedation Dentistry Help You Overcome Your Fears?Are you worried that you might be in need of restorative dentistry? For instance, recently, have you noticed some changes with your smile that could be warning signs of trouble? If so, what’s stopping you from seeing your dentist? Is it a general anxiety about dental care, or a specific fear of how treatment will feel? If so, there is no reason to fear a trip to the dentist. Restorative dentistry could actually be the best way to improve your comfort and even the look of your smile. Sedation dentistry can help you get the care you need without the pesky fears you don’t. (more…)

Plan Summer Fun Now at the Chamber’s Golf Outing!

Plan Summer Fun Now at the Chamber’s Golf Outing!Summer means spending more time enjoying the great outdoors. Before it arrives, you can make plans to do just that, by registering for the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Golf Outing! This annual event starts with check-in at 10:30 a.m. followed by tee off at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Echo Valley Golf Course. The entry fee is $80 per golfer, or $450 for a team of four golfers. (more…)

Could It Be Time to See Your Restorative Dentist?

Could It Be Time to See Your Restorative Dentist?Are you tired of avoiding your favorite foods and drinks because of pesky dental pain? Tired of chewing awkwardly, uncomfortably or even inefficiently because of an undiagnosed and untreated dental problem? Many patients postpone dental treatment either out of general anxiety, or fear that their smiles will be filled with metal following treatment. Fortunately, modern dental restorations are designed to be natural-looking and comfortable, so there’s no reason to fear restorative dentistry, when in fact, it could be the best way to start smiling confidently and comfortably again. (more…)

Is Your Smile Screaming Out for Restorative Treatment?

Is Your Smile Screaming Out for Restorative Treatment?You know the old song, the one that says that I, you and we all scream out for ice cream, and now that the weather is heating up, it’s finally the season to enjoy all kinds of ice cold treats on hot summer days. Unfortunately, if a double scoop of your favorite flavor has you wincing in pain instead of squealing with glee, it could be due to an undiagnosed dental problem like a cavity or even a tooth infection. The good news is that restorative dentistry could get you back to enjoying your seasonal favorites comfortably, once again! (more…)

Do My Youngest Kids Still Need to See the Dentist?

Do My Youngest Kids Still Need to See the Dentist? Do you have young kids that aren’t yet in school? If so, you may be wondering how important their dental care really is. After all, they will be losing their teeth anyways. Is it really a big deal if they develop cavities, or even lose a few teeth prematurely due to dental decay? In a word, “yes.” Dental care is important for kids of all ages. That’s because good oral health now can help set them up for a lifetime of great oral health. Likewise, bad habits formed now, will be much harder to break later in life. So, if you have children over the age of one, it really is important that they see the family dentist regularly for key preventive care, like checkups and cleanings.

Make Dental Visits a Family Priority

Around the first birthday, most pediatric dentists agree it’s important for a child to start visiting the dentist at least twice a year. Preventive appointments make it possible to check a child’s developing smile for any potential issues, from alignment problems to decay. These visits also allow the dentist to gently clean your child’s teeth, and to restoratively treat any problems that may exist.

Throughout childhood and adulthood, regular dental visits should be a part of your whole family’s life, as they can help to prevent a host of serious dental issues.

Don’t Skimp On Your Own Dental Health

While scheduling your children’s appointments is important, you should also be setting a good dental health example, by scheduling cleanings for yourself, as well. This can help to teach your kids the importance of lifelong dental care, while also protecting your smile from cavities, gum disease and other issues that could threaten tooth loss as you age.

Looking for a Family Dentist In the Des Moines Area?

Would you like to find a reliable dentist your whole family can see? If so, you can schedule an appointment with Dimples Family Dentistry in Norwalk, Iowa by calling (515) 256-1176 today. 

Want to Network and Enjoy Breakfast in Des Moines?

Want to Network and Enjoy Breakfast in Des Moines? Are you a small business owner or manager, still trying to make a name for yourself in the Norwalk or Des Moines area? If so, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Breakfast, Business & More, which organizers have dubbed “Des Moines’ premier morning networking event.” These are held quarterly, and the next Breakfast, Business & More will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. July 11, 2017 at Plymouth Church in Des Moines. Tickets are just $15 and include breakfast and, of course, coffee!

What Will You Catch at the Upcoming Event?

Registration begins the day of the event at 8 a.m., during which there will also be breakfast and coffee. Individuals will be invited to introduce themselves to the group beginning at 8:15, followed by open networking.

Guests will receive a registrant list following the event, which will include names, businesses, and email addresses, allowing for easy ongoing communications with fellow business owners and representatives after the networking event takes place.

Plymouth Church is located at 4126 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50312. Parking is free in the church parking lot.

For more information, or to register, you can email Suzanne@contemporary-business-solutions.com or call 515.250.6366.

Need a Dentist Near Des Moines?

In need of a reliable family dentist in the Norwalk area? You can schedule an appointment with Dimples Family Dentistry in Norwalk, Iowa by calling (515) 256-1176 today.