Category: Healthy Living

What Can You Do To Improve Your Brushing Habits?

While there are several actions you can (and should) take in order to protect yourself against dental decay, few are as closely linked to dental health as brushing your teeth. It is difficult to overstate the importance of the role brushing plays in protecting your smile against both tooth decay and gum disease. With that… Read more »

Tips For Practicing Better Oral Hygiene Habits Before Bed

While some of us set aside time to calmly turn down for the evening, others can put off any bedtime preparations until they are completely exhausted. No matter which approach you take, you should have some time set aside each night to care for your smile. If you want to successfully prevent problems with tooth… Read more »

Choose Meals, Snacks, And Drinks That Won’t Hurt Your Smile

While you may brush and floss in front of your bathroom mirror, you should think of your kitchen as an important location when it comes to taking care of your smile. It is hard to overstate the value that a good diet can have when it comes to staying safe against problems with tooth decay…. Read more »

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 »