Category: Healthy Living

Cheers! Drinks that Support Your Smile

We are entering the family get-together and favorite food and beverage season, but that doesn’t mean your oral hygiene can’t be as good as ever. As you think about family dinners and special restaurant meals, your Ankeny, IA family dentist can offer suggestions to help prevent cavities and keep teeth strong and healthy without sacrificing… Read more »

Tips: Your Local Dentist Helps You Avoid The Flu!

Your local dentist in Ankeny, IA knows that one of your big concerns this autumn season (even bigger than thinking about protecting your smile health) is doing what you can to avoid the flu! Nobody wants to think about it, nobody wants to get it, yet it’s certainly something that requires some forethought and planning… Read more »

The Importance Of Flossing

Your teeth are important to you right? You would like to keep your natural teeth rather than wear dentures right? You’re proud of your pearly whites, and brush all the time to keep them clean and white, right? But, do you floss? A recent study showed that if you’re an American, there is less than… Read more »

The Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease–also called periodontal disease–develops in stages. Because it takes time to develop it is more common in older people. The most recent statistics show that it is most prevalent in people 65 and older, yet almost half of Americans 30 and older have some level of periodontal disease.  Such statistics are disconcerting considering the… Read more »

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is on the rise. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation it has been on the increase for eight consecutive years. In the year 2007 there was an 11 percent increase in cases from the year before. It is estimated that over 43, 000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2014 including… Read more »

Eat Healthy For Your Teeth

You’re given one body and one set of choppers, and you try to take good care of them for the most part. You may lift weights for your bone and muscle health, exercise for your heart health, and watch what you eat so you don’t gain weight, but what do you do for your teeth?… Read more »

Are Medication Side Effects Cramping Your Smile?

In a perfect world, we could simply pop a pill or puff on an inhaler with no fear of uncomfortable side effects. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Dr. Amanda Foust, a general dentist in Ankeny, IA, explains that many of the most commonly prescribed medications list oral and dental side effects as a possibility. While… Read more »

Your Polk City Dentist Explains the Effects of Caffeine on Your Smile

Everyone needs a little energy boost every once in a while, but is sipping caffeine throughout the day the healthiest thing for your smile? Today Ankeny/Polk City dentist Dr. Amanda Foust of Dental Impressions will discuss the effects this substance can have on the health of your teeth and gums, as well as your overall… Read more »

Celebrate National School Breakfast Week with Tips from Your Dentist

March 3 through 7 is National School Breakfast week, a campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of eating a healthy breakfast every day. The theme for 2014 is “Take Time for School Breakfast.” Experts say that children who eat a nutritious morning meal get better test scores, have fewer behavioral issues, and are… Read more »

Brown Bagging Your Little One’s Lunch? Ditch These Sugary Snacks!

With the second half of the 2013-2014 school year in full swing, parents everywhere face the task of packing kids’ lunches with healthy, tasty snacks. As you stare down grocery aisles stocked with sugary, salty packaged foods, the task seems almost impossible. Not so, says Dr. Amanda Foust, a general dentist in Alkeny IA, but… Read more »