Can Better Periodontal Health Give You More Confidence?

There are several issues linked to poor periodontal health that can hurt your self-confidence. When you are dealing with gingivitis, you can worry about problems with swollen gums, or tissues that bleed easily. You can also have difficulties with chronic bad breath! Concerns about your periodontal health can grow even more serious over time if your condition worsens. In addition to potentially affecting your general health, an advanced infection can raise your risk for tooth loss! Your Ankeny, IA dentist’s office is prepared to help you manage the health of your gums and teeth. Routine dental exams and cleanings will help you control the health of your smile. When signs of gingivitis are present, we can recommend a special periodontal cleaning to fight the bacteria responsible for your troubles. (more…)

Why You Should Return To Regularly Scheduled Dental Exams

If you stop scheduling preventive dental exams, you lose out on protection against more than just tooth decay. These appointments lead to the removal of tartar deposits that can form on teeth over time, and they give your dentist a chance to check for problems like gum disease and teeth grinding. With that said, regular examinations for dental decay are important, particularly if you want to avoid complications that can result in a tooth becoming infected and vulnerable to being lost. Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office helps patients of all ages stay on top of their oral health concerns. (more…)

Can You Protect Your Smile Effectively Without Flossing?

Do you consider flossing as a daily responsibility, or is it something you only do when you can feel something wedged between your teeth? Can you do enough with your toothbrush to keep your smile completely safe against dental decay and gum disease? As effective as good brushing habits are at protecting a person’s smile from harm, there are several reasons to include flossing as part of your routine. The spaces between teeth are hard to reach with brush bristles, but they leave room for bacteria and food particles. When these are not removed, they can form plaque, which can harden to tartar. A daily flossing habit will help you avoid problems with tooth decay as well as gum disease. Remember that in addition to good daily habits, you should have your smile cleaned at the dentist’s office on a regular basis. These cleanings are provided as part of the routine services offered to patients at our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office. (more…)

See Cosmetic Changes Through Tooth Bonding And Contouring

If you are excited by the idea of showing off a better smile, frustrated by changes in your appearance caused by wear and tear, or just curious about cosmetic dental services, our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office can help! We offer several approaches to making cosmetic improvements to your teeth. You can find that the right solution for you takes less time, and less work, than you expect! One option for treatment is tooth bonding and contouring work. This approach allows us to directly change the shape, size, or color of a tooth without fitting it with a restoration, and with minimal changes to its structure. Because no restorations are needed, this is a service that can be completed in as little as one appointment! (more…)

How Implant Dentistry Can Change Your Dental Health

The immediate consequences of tooth loss can be difficult to avoid or ignore. Your appearance may be significantly altered by the gap in your smile. Even if it is not, you can quickly grow frustrated with the impact of that space on your bite function and ability to speak comfortably. Over time, patients with missing teeth can become aware of the long-term problems facing those with an incomplete smile. It may be difficult for you to avoid losing more teeth, as those teeth next to a gap have less support. Also, the change in your bite function can lead to TMJ problems that increase your risk for teeth grinding and other problems. Our Ankney, IA dentist’s office is prepared to help you deal with this problem. Through implant dentistry, we can make sure that your replacement tooth provides lasting cosmetic and functional support! (more…)

How Your Child’s Oral Health Needs Can Differ From Yours

Children go through a process of gaining, losing, and then regaining teeth through the years. This growth and development of a young person’s smile is just one example of how children’s oral health needs differ from adults’ needs. Kids also need help protecting their teeth, and eventually they will require guidance on how they can keep their smile safe from cavities on their own. Parents have large roles to play in helping kids grow up with healthy, happy smiles, but they can rely on our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office for support. During routine pediatric dental exams, we can monitor a child’s development of their oral structures, provide protection against dental decay and gum disease, and even help kids learn the importance of good oral hygiene! (more…)

What Are My Options For Conservative Cosmetic Dental Work?

The work needed to effectively improve your smile can be more conservative than you realize. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we have walked many patients through the benefits of cosmetic dentistry for addressing problems with the color, shape, size, or condition of their teeth. One thing that you can quickly learn is that cosmetic work can produce changes with minimal changes to your tooth structure. If you qualify for a tooth bonding and contouring treatment, you can actually see long-term improvements that do not require the use of custom restorations at all! We also have the option of directly dealing with dental discoloration, a common concern, with a professional whitening treatment that produces results store bought products are not able to imitate. (more…)

Is It Time For You To Schedule A Periodontal Cleaning?

Until you start to experience problems with poor periodontal health, you may not realize just how worrying an infection can be. Gingivitis can be treated with better oral hygiene, and through a periodontal cleaning provided at your Ankeny, IA dentist’s office. However, if treatment is not provided, and the infection worsens, you can experience problems with periodontitis that are more difficult to manage. Because a periodontal cleaning is more involved than the cleaning provided at every routine dental exam, this service can call for more time and care for your smile. You can avoid this service by sticking to a good routine of brushing and flossing at home, one that targets the space where your gum line meets your teeth. (more…)

How Consistent Are You With Your Oral Hygiene Routine?

Establishing a good oral hygiene routine is important. Of course, once you have done this, you need to make sure that you stick to the habits you trust to protect your teeth against dental decay! If you only practice your routine “most” of the time, you can leave more time for tartar to accumulate, and that can result in problems with cavities as well as gum disease. You also need to be consistent with your diet, as a period where your eating and drinking habits worsen can undermine your commitment to preventive dental care. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can help you identify shortcomings in your daily routine during your next scheduled dental exam. We can do this while also providing the kind of services that help you avoid long-term problems with your well-being. (more…)

Share Concerns About Snoring And Fatigue With Your Dentist

Is your lack of restful sleep or tendency to snore really something your dentist needs to know about during a routine dental exam? It may be odd to think of sleep troubles as something related to your oral health, but this is a situation where your dentist can be the right person to speak to. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can look into possible issues with sleep apnea and provide treatment that does not involve the use of a CPAP machine. What we can do instead is provide you with a custom oral appliance that gently changes the way your jaw’s position during the night. With that adjustment, we can make sure that your airways are not obstructed, which can give you back the ability to sleep without difficulties! (more…)