Category: General Dentistry

Top Reasons for Dental Implants

Dental patients with missing teeth have several options to restore form and function. Traditional dentures have served a great purpose in tooth replacement for a long time. However, new technology and advancements in dentistry allow dentists to provide patients with the means of replacement which most closely mimic natural teeth. Dental implants are increasingly popular… Read more »

Dietary Tips for the Healthiest Possible Smile

Many of us love to eat, but we worry about our overall health. Your weight, blood pressure, heart health, etc., are certainly valid concerns. But don’t forget about your teeth and gums. Dental health is highly susceptible to poor diet choices. Furthermore, oral-systemic health dictates that when you have an overall health breakdown, it sometimes… Read more »

Teething Concerns: Eruption Cysts

Finding an unidentified mark, bump, or bruise on your baby can be very disconcerting for parents. However, black and blue marks are not unheard of as toddlers learn to roll, crawl, and walk. However, imagine looking over at your crying toddler only to see the shocking sight of a bluish-purple lump on their gums. Scary… Read more »

Implanting Knowledge about Replacing Lost Teeth

How broadly, sincerely, and comfortably would you smile if you were missing teeth? Whether you are lacking a single visible tooth, a few, or all of your teeth, there’s no doubt that a smile in this state is less comfortable to flash. Even if you have replacements such as partial or full dentures, you are… Read more »

The Symbiosis of Oral and Overall Health

Science has continued to study and embrace the idea of oral-systemic health. This is the concept that periodontal disease and tooth decay are potentially related to the quality of your overall health. You have surely heard of gum disease even if you’re not one of the 80% of adult Americans who has gingivitis (early gum… Read more »

Radiating Pain from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

The muscles throughout your body weave a complex and dynamic tapestry. When you are physically in good health and shape, you feel terrific. Unfortunately, one health condition can overlap into side effects of discomfort in other parts of your body. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a perfect example of this. Uncomfortable aches and pains from… Read more »

Fish Consumption for Oral-Systemic Health

Des Moines dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds wants to know if you are a fish lover? Fish (and fish oil) consumption is not without controversy. In one article, you may hear of a study touting fish as the super food of the century. In another, you may read that the methods of breeding and farming fish… Read more »

The Versatile Role of a Dental Hygienist

Many dental patients are as attached to their dental hygienist as they are to their dentist. After all, your hygienist is the person you will likely spend the most time with when you go for a biannual checkup. Every six months, it is recommended that you visit your dentist’s office for cleanings and exams. While… Read more »

Less Common Conditions Treated by Dentists

The job of a dentist is not solely centered on maintaining the health of your teeth and restoring them when they are damaged or infected. There are quite a few conditions which are treatable by a comprehensive dentist. Are you aware that you can turn to your dentist for assistance in matters such as TMJ… Read more »

Taking the Edge off of Dental Anxiety with Light Sedation

If you were to rejoice about going to the dentist, this would seem more unusual than if you expressed feeling very nervous about the whole experience. A bit of dental anxiety is par for the course for most people. Even when dental offices go the extra mile to create a pleasant experience for patients, pushing… Read more »