Month: January 2012

Which Tooth Replacement Method is Right for Me?

Do you have spaces in your mouth where teeth used to be? Missing teeth make your smile look incomplete and make it difficult to chew and speak properly. If you have missing teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, or any other reason, it’s important to fill in the empty hole. Dr. Burds can recommend which… Read more »

“Should I Be Concerned About Sleep Apnea?”

Did you know that Dr. Stephen J. Burds offers sleep apnea treatment at Gateway Dental Group? You have probably heard about sleep apnea in the news but may not know much about this sleep disorder. In recent years, more medical research has been devoted to understanding sleep apnea. Although research is still being conducted, there… Read more »

Why Do People Get Veneers?

Cosmetic dentistry is all over the news lately. Famous actors and actresses in Hollywood are renowned for their perfect smiles. Most people aren’t born with perfectly aligned and white teeth. If you see someone with a beautiful smile, more than likely it is the trademark of a highly trained dentist. In addition to extensive experience… Read more »

How Well Are Your Teeth Protected From Gum Disease?

We have all heard about gum disease since we were kids. Parents, teachers, and dentists all told us, “You better brush your teeth or you may get gum disease.”  Periodontitis—gum disease—affects millions of Americans every year. In fact, many people who develop gum disease and are unaware of the problem in its early stages. There… Read more »

What’s the Best Way to Brush?

How Should I Brush? The American Dental Hygienists’ Association has a helpful illustrated guide to brushing available on their web page. You should brush two or three times a day for 2-3 minutes each time. Remember to focus on every surface of your teeth—chewing surfaces, front, and back sides where your tongue touches. If you… Read more »

Brighter Smiles for Des Moines

If you could change anything about your smile, what would it be? According to a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, you are likely to want a whiter, brighter smile. Most adults surveyed said a smile is a valuable social asset, and that having a sparkling smile makes you more likely to… Read more »

Welcome to the Gateway Dental Group Blog!

Welcome to the Gateway Dental Group! I’m Dr. Stephen Burds, and my team and I look forward to serving your dental needs. We have been providing general, cosmetic, and restorative services for families in the Des Moines area for over 50 years. We believe in getting to know you as a person, not just a… Read more »