Category: Gateway Dental Group

Is Your Snoring More than Just Annoying?

If your sleeping partner snores habitually, you may have lost sleep one or more nights due to the noisome interruptions. If you snore, you may not even realize that you are keeping your partner awake, other than the discussions that are bound to follow. In some cases, however, your partner’s frustration may not be the… Read more »

Porcelain Veneers—The Right Tool for Your Smile Makeover

No matter what your endeavor, excellence largely depends on having the right tools for the job. For instance, if you want to paint the trim around a room, then you’ll need a small paint brush, capable of covering small areas. If, however, you want to paint all of the walls, and the ceiling to boot,… Read more »

The Gum Disease Quiz, from Your Des Moines Dentist

Although it is not given as much attention as some of the more illustrious chronic diseases among us, gum disease is one of the most wide-spread afflictions in the country, perhaps the world. Over 80% of adults in America have the disease in some form or another (mild to severe). The destruction of unchecked gum… Read more »

Des Moines Dentist Explains Porcelain Veneers

Not everybody was born with perfectly formed teeth. Not even the celebrities you see on TV and magazines, whose smiles appear to be gifts from a higher power. In many cases, a perfect smile is a testament to the skills of a person’s dentist rather than anything found in their genes. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry is… Read more »

Des Moines Dentist Shares Interesting Facts About the Tongue

When most people think of oral health, the first things to come to mind are teeth and gums. Since there is so much to know about those two elements of your mouth, people rarely think to include the tongue in that category. The truth is, without your tongue, daily tasks like talking and eating would… Read more »

Des Moines Dentist Brightens Dad’s Smile for Father’s Day

Good times are always marked by an abundance of smiles. Yet some people lack the confidence to smile their brightest because of blemishes or imperfections on their teeth. Studies have shown that smiling can improve the quality of your social life as well as your career. This Father’s Day, Dr. Stephen Burds explains some of… Read more »

Exploring Sleep Apnea with Des Moines, IA Dentist

Does your partner complain about your snoring? Have you visited the pharmacy for sleep aids, or tried a slew of homemade sleep remedies? Are you still having trouble sleeping peacefully? You may suffer from a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. It may frighten some people to learn that during their sleep, their breathing stops… Read more »

Gateway Dental Group’s New Website!

Dr. Stephen Burds and your Gateway Dental team would like to announce the launch of our new website! Our site,, has been redesigned to better suit your needs. We have created an easy navigation and comfortable layout so you can receive all the information you need to know about our staff, services, appointments, and… 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 »

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 »