Category: Dental Health

It’s Never Too Late For Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

The holidays are the perfect time to encourage proper oral hygiene. You’re family, from the tiniest to the eldest, is eating sweet, rich treats and drinking beverages such as wine, eggnog, and other sweet, fizzy, and acidic drinks. Realize it or not, their teeth take a beating.  Add to that the fact that the holidays… Read more »

Four Holiday Treats To Try To Forget

The holidays are such an exciting and beautiful time of year. People are in the Christmas spirit. They are shopping, wrapping, decorating, and enjoying family and friends. During the holiday season there are often several parties to attend with all sorts of sweet and savory treats, but there are some treats you may want to… Read more »

Tis’ The Season To Be Tooth Conscious

The Christmas season is a great time to show off your pearly whites. However, it’s also the time you consume foods and beverages that are not friendly to your teeth. Many of the foods and beverages offered at Christmas gatherings are high in sugars and acids making it easy to eat too much sugar and… Read more »

What Are Craze Lines?

Do your teeth look like they have tiny cracks in them, sort of like an old porcelain tea cup or doll? If they do, there is no reason to worry. Your teeth won’t crack, or chip, or crumble into a hundred pieces. What you have are craze lines. Any number of things can cause craze… Read more »

Oral Health And Your Digestion

Your teeth aren’t just for looks. It’s true a beautiful white smile goes a long way, but there are practical reasons to take care of your teeth as well. Your teeth play a major role in your digestion. Unlike sharks, humans cannot swallow their food whole. They need to chew it into tiny pieces to… Read more »

Do You Win A Trophy For A Prophy?

Perhaps you’re wondering what a prophy is? A prophy is short for prophylaxis, and prophylaxis is the professional term for a dental cleaning. So what is a prophylaxis and why get them? Professional dental cleanings are a preventive measure intended to help keep you from developing periodontal disease. Not only is periodontal disease the major… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry Material Options

There are a variety of materials available for cosmetic procedures today. Each material has its pros and cons. But if you have no idea what the materials are or what they do it is hard to make an educated decision. Of course, your dentist will discuss options with you and recommend what he or she… Read more »

Q And A: Exercise And Your Oral Health

Reasons not to exercise: 1) It’s winter. 2) It’s cold. 3) It’s gloomy. 4) Exercising is not fun. Reasons to exercise: 1) It’s good for you. 2) It’s good for your oral health. Although it may seem that there are more reasons not to exercise, the reasons to exercise are more pertinent. Did you know… Read more »

Baking Soda FAQs

Want a beautiful smile for the holidays, but don’t have time to visit your dentist? The holidays can be a very busy time, but there is a natural way to keep your teeth white. In today’s blog, your Des Moines Dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds discusses facts about baking soda.  

The Importance of Saliva

Did you know that saliva is derived from your blood and like blood it helps build and maintain the health of your oral cavity? Saliva is important in the maintenance of your oral health, but according to recent research it has many healing properties, as well.  In today’s blog, your Des Moines Dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds… Read more »