Category: Preventive Dentistry

Do You Have A Cavity?

If you have an ache in one of your teeth, or notice they feel sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks, this could mean you have a cavity. Once the discomfort is apparent, the decay is in the advanced stages and the risk of infection is elevated, so you may need to see our… Read more »

Don’t Ignore A Potential Dental Emergency

When you experience a dental emergency, you need treatment to avoid major complications, such as a decayed or an infected tooth. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist discusses our emergency treatment options to repair teeth and help return smiles to full function and beauty. But what constitutes a dental emergency?

Does My Headache Mean I Need Treatment For TMJ/Bruxism?

Frequent headaches or migraines could be caused by a number of factors, but for some, they could be related to the smile. When our jaw joints undergo strain, the onset of TMJ disorder and /or bruxism is possible, and these disorders could lead to headaches and other serious complications. In today’s blog, your Des Moines,… Read more »

What Kind Of Cleaning Does My Smile Need?

A routine dental cleaning is crucial for maintaining healthy smiles, as this is the only way to truly remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. But did you know there are two very different kinds of cleaning? One is part of your routine care, and the other is essential for reversing… Read more »

Why Do Smiles Need A Six-Month Exam?

Did you know that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a visit every six months for kids, teens, and adults? We agree! A regular visit for a thorough dental exam is vital for maintaining better oral health and keeping your teeth bright and healthy. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist is talking about… Read more »

How Does An Oral Appliance Stop Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) means serious trouble for your health and quality of life, as this disorder prevents you from obtaining good rest each night. In order to stop the issue and restore your quality of life, your Des Moines, IA, dentist may recommend a custom-made sleep appliance. How does an oral appliance help you… Read more »

Protect Your Smile With A Periodontal Cleaning

If you develop gum inflammation (gingivitis) or the early stages of gum disease, treatment is crucial for avoiding the advanced stages of periodontal disease, which are linked to discomfort and adult tooth loss. To protect smiles in Des Moines, IA, your dentist may recommend a periodontal cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing.

Stopping Your TMJ-Related Headaches With Appliance Therapy

If you often experience headaches or pain in your jaw, then you may be suffering from the common symptoms of TMJ disorder. Without treatment, TMD may even cause problems opening and closing your mouth. Fortunately, we help patients in Des Moines, IA, with oral appliance therapy. How do custom-made appliances stop TMD and when should… Read more »

How Does A Deep Cleaning Stop Gingivitis?

For a number of reasons, many of us will be likely to develop gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis. What can be done to protect smiles in Des Moines, IA, from gingivitis and other periodontal issues? We may suggest deep cleanings, also known as periodontal cleanings, to address these issues and help maintain optimal oral… Read more »

What To Expect From Your Checkup And Cleaning

If we asked you how much time has passed since your last checkup and cleaning, what would you say? A year? Two years or more? Often, people assume that checkups and cleanings are very minor and not necessary for a person’s health. Unfortunately, this allows oral health issues to develop and threaten a smile’s stability… Read more »