Month: June 2018

Activated Charcoal Toothpaste: Yes Or No?

Could this be a safe and natural way to whiten teeth? Your Ankeny, IA family dentist replies with a resounding “No!” There are proven uses for activated charcoal. Under careful supervision it can be an antidote for accidental poisoning. Yet, activated charcoal is turning up in everything from eye makeup, to pore-cleansing masks to toothpaste…. Read more »

Your Ankeny, IA Dentist Offers Tips for New Patients

Whether you are new in town, and looking for a family dentist you can trust, or a life-long resident ready to pursue new or different dental services, we have some suggestions. You can make a smooth transition from that first phone call to slipping into your favorite seat in a comfortable office. It won’t be… Read more »

First Tuesday Programs for OWLS

Are you an OWL? In the language of the Polk County Conservation, OWLS are Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors. While there isn’t a specific age, OWLS are smart, energetic folks, who want to stay in contact with others, make new friends, and who enjoy spending time in nature. OWLS need not be rugged campers and hikers:… Read more »

Your Ankeny Family Dentist Talks Mouthguards

Mouthguards might seem like a slightly icky subject, and maybe just a little bit boring. In fact, your family dentist in Ankeny, IA, could tell you that mouthguards are very important, and that they come in many shapes and sizes, to protect teeth from a variety of problems. Who needs the excitement of a tooth… Read more »

Are You At Risk for Adult Tooth Loss?

When a child loses a tooth, it probably goes under the pillow for the tooth fairy. Adult tooth loss is a different matter. According to a 2012 study from Center for Disease Control, roughly 1 in every 2 Americans over 30 has some degree of periodontal disease (infection of the gums). Periodontal disease is the… Read more »

Missed A Checkup? Who Cares?

We get it. Life is busy. Whether it’s a family vacation, a business meeting, or a summer cold that kept you in bed, things happen. Not everyone prioritizes dental appointments at the top of the to do list. This is especially true if you are good about home care and not experiencing any tooth pain… Read more »

Inflammation: What To Do?

Inflamed tissues often show up in your smile when your oral health is having a problem. Or, when you’ve managed to cause some serious inflammation! While figuring out why this is going on and how to fix the cause once and for all is something you should leave in our skilled hands, that doesn’t mean… Read more »

Teen Balloon Twisting!

Do you have some creative kids who are enthusiastic about learning new things? If your teens love picking up new tricks and especially love spending time at the library, then the Teen Balloon Twisting event might offer some smile inducing fun!

Restorative Care: Reminding You Of Everything It Isn’t

There are a lot of things you can positively identify as something that is restorative dentistry. However, sometimes it’s helpful to turn your usual approach to understanding something on its ear, so you can gain a new perspective. When you take a look at restorative care through fresh eyes, for instance, it can really help… Read more »

Preventing Prevention Confusion

It seems like preventive care instructions are pretty simple. We tell you things like see us twice a year and that seems very cut and dry. Right? Well, maybe not! We’d like to take you on a quick journey through some details that seem extremely straightforward until you realize that there is, perhaps, just a… Read more »