Month: October 2014

Fluoride FAQs

Do you often wonder what the truth is about fluoride? Is it harmful or helpful? Is it really needed or not? There are usually positive things and negative things about everything, so what are the positive and negatives regarding fluoride? In today’s blog, your Des Moines Dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds discusses some fluoride FAQs.

Historic Buildings in Des Moines

Are you a history buff? Do you love going back in time? If so, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds, suggests visiting one of the historic buildings in Des Moines, the Jordan House, for a jaunt back in time and a bit of Des Moines education.


Many people assume that at some point in their life–hopefully later than sooner–they will need dentures. Although that is not true because your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, many people do need dentures for various reasons. In today’s blog, your Des Moines Dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds talks about dentures.

Dental Hygienist

Have you ever thought of becoming a dental hygienist? According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook over the past few years the job outlook for dental hygienists has been better than average. What does a dental hygienists job consists of, you might wonder. If so, read on as your Des Moines Dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds explains… Read more »

Why You No Longer Need Your Wisdom Teeth

Because they are the last teeth to erupt and erupt quite late (coming in between 17 and 25 years of age), the four teeth in the rear of your mouth were coined wisdom teeth. Apparently we are much wiser when we are 17 to 25 years old. For many people, however, wisdom teeth can cause… Read more »

Des Moines Iowa Blank Park Zoo

Your oral care is extremely important to your health and happiness, but so are family and community. There are numerous things to do this fall to enjoy and support both.  Some are educational while others you can do simply for fun and entertainment. Today your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds, suggests having some fun… Read more »

Can Your Saliva Detect Breast Cancer?

The role of today’s dentist may be changing. Because a slew of research has shown that the health of your oral cavity is indicative of your overall health, cancer researchers have decided to begin studies on human saliva.  What they have found out so far may surprise you. Today your Des Moines Dentist, Dr. Stephen… Read more »

Tetracycline FAQs

You may have heard that some antibiotics stain your teeth, but do you know how and why? Tetracycline is one of those antibiotics. Take your Des Moines Dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds’ true or false quiz to find out how much you know about tetracycline stains.

Dry Socket FAQs

Dry socket is probably not a commonly known malady but nonetheless it does exist. If you are not familiar with dry socket, read on. Today, your Des Moines Dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds, shares some FAQs about dry socket.

What is a Gummy Smile?

Believe it or not, an esthetically pleasing smile can win you jobs, friends, and other success. A smile is an important thing. It’s one of the first things people notice when they look at you. It can be an attractive quality that draws people to you and brings positive things your way. There are many… Read more »