Fat Tuesday Is Also National Pancake Day!

In a feat of deliciously unplanned scheduling, this year’s Fat Tuesday and National Pancake Day are both falling on this Tuesday, February 25th, 2020! So, before you chow down on a feast of breakfast and other foods next week, make sure your teeth are ready and healthy by scheduling an exam and cleaning at Dental Impressions of Ankeny. Then, chew to your heart’s content at one (or both) of the events happening in our community to celebrate these occasions.

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3 Benefits To Making Preventive Dental Visits A Priority

How good are you at prioritizing the health of your teeth? Do you always make time to brush and floss? Are you careful to limit how much sugar you consume in a given day? Prioritizing daily oral health care is important, but you should also be mindful of how important regular dental exams can be. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, patients can come to us for important preventive services. During your visits, you will receive a thorough evaluation in addition to a detailed teeth cleaning. These efforts can be important for your long-term smile health. They can also lead to the discovery and treatment of problems that might cause complications for you at a later date. (more…)

Do Kids And Adults Have The Same Oral Health Care Needs?

No matter how old or young you are, your teeth are vulnerable to decay if they are not receiving proper care. Fortunately, even as small children we have natural support from our enamel to help us resist damages that can lead to cavities. Does this mean that kids and adults have the same oral health needs? Pediatric dental care is actually different from general dental care for adults in an important way – kids are still learning how to take care of their teeth. What this means is that your Ankeny, IA dentist focuses on education and guidance in addition to preventive care for kids. With this support, we can help your child learn how to do a better job brushing and flossing, and also help them develop a clearer idea of why they need to protect their teeth from harm. (more…)

We Can Take A Conservative Approach To Improving Your Smile

While the benefits of cosmetic dentistry can appeal to you, a fear of a long or involved procedure might make you reluctant to pursue a procedure. When patients inquire about their options for smile improvement, they can be surprised at how our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office is able to help make exciting changes with surprisingly conservative treatments. In some cases, we are able to address visible flaws with the shape, size, or color of your teeth without the need to place any restorations. Through careful bonding and contouring, we can put dramatic improvements within reach while minimizing the actual changes to your enamel. (more…)

Make Choices That Can Better Protect Your Gums

When you brush and floss your teeth, you should be committed to giving yourself the most thorough daily cleaning possible. So what does it take to make sure you do a good job with these tasks? One important thing to remember is that you are caring for more than just your teeth through your daily oral care routine – you are also taking care of your periodontal health. By cleaning at your gum line, you remove the bacteria that threaten to infect these tissues and cause gingivitis, and eventually more severe gum disease. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can provide assistance with your periodontal care. If you show signs of gum disease during a routine dental checkup, we can recommend a special periodontal cleaning to target harmful bacteria. (more…)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Chocolate Fondue

If you have been looking for something sweet to do with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, a Valentine Fondue Night might be your perfect evening out! Of course, don’t forget to practice good oral hygiene afterwards, including paying a visit to your Ankeny, IA, dentist for a professional checkup and cleaning!

 

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Is It Easy To Keep A Dental Bridge Securely In Place?

What kind of improvements can a prosthetic tooth really offer? Will you be able to count on a restoration for anything more than just a means of improving the way you look when you smile? At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can supply you with a secure prosthetic restoration that offers cosmetic improvements as well as support for better biting and chewing. One way to provide that support is by supplying you with a dental bridge. The bridge is a custom-made appliances that stays in position thanks to a pair of dental crowns secured to neighboring teeth. This has been beneficial to many people, as it provides a permanent solution for tooth loss without requiring oral surgery. (more…)

Is Sleep Apnea Causing You To Experience Daytime Fatigue?

It can be hard to understand why you feel so tired after a full night’s rest. If you regularly feel fatigued, unfocused, or otherwise affected by lack of sleep, it may be a sign that sleep apnea is affecting you. When an individual experiences this problem, they can experience interruptions in their rest cycle that have a negative impact on their health. This issue can cause additional concerns, like persistent snoring, as well as health issues like raised blood pressure! Your Ankeny, IA dentist is prepared to help you fight problems with sleep apnea so you can better manage your health, and once again enjoy a full night’s rest. Rather than have you rely on a CPAP machine for help, we can provide an oral appliance that keeps your airways open while you sleep. (more…)

Can Bonding And Contouring Work Restore An Injured Tooth?

While it is hard to completely ignore a dental injury, some forms of tooth trauma can demand more concern than others. The severity of your injury can certainly impact how you respond to the problem. When it comes to the effect of an injury on your smile, the location of damage also matters. In some cases, it may be possible to restore an injured tooth through conservative cosmetic dental treatment. For relatively minor damages, your Ankeny, IA dentist may suggest restoring the appearance of a tooth through bonding and contouring work. Because this care does not require any restorations, it can be completed in less time – and with less work – than other procedures. (more…)

Dental Exams Can Make It Easier To Remain Cavity-Free

What steps are you currently taking to make sure that your smile stays completely free of cavities? If you have the right preventive care routine in place, you can stop tooth decay before it causes problems that require restorative dental work. At home, you should take the time to brush and floss consistently. You should also make sure that you are eating a smart, low-sugar diet. These steps are important, but remember to have your teeth checked regularly by your Ankeny, IA dentist, even if you feel confident about your habits. Our practice can give you important feedback about the condition of your teeth, and let you know if a problem has developed. If dental decay has formed and it is found during a routine review, it can be addressed before there are complications! (more…)