Category: General Dentistry

The History of Dentistry with Des Moines Dentist

The science of dentistry has traveled a long road to reach its current level of advancement. Evidence suggests that the practice of operating on teeth is several thousands of years old, and today dentistry is a leading industry for technological advancement. To celebrate his passion for his craft, Dr. Stephen Burds takes you on a… Read more »

Des Moines Dentist Answers: Should You Replace Missing Teeth?

  If you have missing teeth due to facial injury, periodontal disease, or any other condition, Dr. Stephen Burds can restore your smile with bridges, implants, or dentures. Replacing your missing teeth is important to keep your smile full, healthy, and functional. Answer the following questions to determine why you want to replace your missing… Read more »

Des Moines, IA Dentist Answers Wisdom Tooth Questions

Studies show that three out of four people have had, or will have, their wisdom teeth removed in their lifetime. Wisdom teeth occur naturally, and not everyone needs to have theirs removed. However, some people choose to have wisdom teeth extracted even before they begin to cause trouble, often due to hearing others talk about… Read more »

Bulimia’s Damaging Effects on Your Smile

Your peers and parents may not know if you have an eating disorder, but Dr. Stephen Burds can tell. Bulimia is an eating disorder in which a person has frequent episodes of binge eating, followed by self-induced vomiting. A study by the Academy of General Dentistry revealed that purging episodes can occur as often as… Read more »

Common Dental Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

You may overlook some problems that you think are no big deal, but some of those minor issues could be a sign of a major dental disaster. Neglecting certain conditions means you are neglecting your overall oral and body health. You should report any changes or chronic discomforts to Dr. Burds so he can assess… Read more »

Dental Health From the Mouths of Celebrities

Celebrities spend a lot of time under the spotlight, so it’s important that they have a flawless smile to show off. We often hear about cosmetic treatments that have enhanced celebrity’s smile or image, but what about the importance of standard oral hygiene and care? Some superstars are dental health advocates that understand the importance… 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 »