Award-Winning Smiles in Des Moines

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists ranked Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Colin Firth as having some of the top smiles in Hollywood. With the help of Dr. Stephen Burds in Des Moines, Iowa, you could make the list next time. As your favorite actors step on stage to accept their Academy Awards this Sunday, they’ll probably be full of smiles. If there was an award for “best smile,” would you win? The following smile assessments can determine if you would be nominated for the Tooth Awards.

Whitest Smile

What color are your teeth? If they’re white and shiny, you might win an award — of sorts! A bright smile shines under the spotlight and makes your mouth look younger and fresher. But just because your teeth are discolored and chipped doesn’t mean you’re out of the running. Dr. Burds can enhance the appearance of your grin with cosmetic services, like whitening, veneers, or bonding.

Straightest Smile

How are your teeth aligned? The award of high self-confidence and a better image goes to the person whose teeth are straight and symmetrical. Misaligned teeth can be unappealing, painful, and difficult to clean. They may also cause difficulties eating and speaking. However, if your teeth are crooked, gapped, crowded, misaligned, or misshapen, Dr. Burds can add you to the nominee list by adjusting or hiding your alignment problems.

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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 your health, determine the cause of your problem, and treat your issue appropriately. Here are some of the top problems that are often overlooked, but that you should be concerned about.

Bleeding Gums

Many people ignore a little blood and think they’re just brushing too hard. Bleeding, tender, or swollen gums are the first and main signs of gum disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. It can also infect your other body cells and contribute to blood clots, heart disease, stroke, and complications with pregnancy and diabetes. When your gums bleed, call Dr. Burds immediately.

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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 of protecting your smile, and they want their fans to understand too. Take it from the words of these celebrity endorsers:

Kristin Chenoweth

This actress, singer, and Broadway star teamed up with the popular Mouthwash brand, Listerine, to promote an oral hygiene campaign. The “Your Mouth Has Something to Say” campaign was designed to help raise awareness about the importance of going beyond brushing to keep your mouth clean. Chenoweth says she takes pictures with people who are ashamed to smile because of the way their smile looks. She says the campaign “is really trying to drive home how important it is to floss and rinse,” and she’s very excited to work with Listerine to “celebrate our smiles and help children get the healthy smiles they deserve.”

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Which Tooth Replacement Method is Right for Me?

Do you have spaces in your mouth where teeth used to be? Missing teeth make your smile look incomplete and make it difficult to chew and speak properly. If you have missing teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, or any other reason, it’s important to fill in the empty hole. Dr. Burds can recommend which tooth replacement option – bridges, implants, or dentures – is best for you.

How to Decide

After discussing all the possible tooth replacement treatments, how do you pick the best one? Consider answering these questions to determine your replacement and dental needs.

“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 are some facts you should know. Our staff has composed a list of sleep apnea information below to help raise awareness for our readers and community.

The Basics About Sleep Apnea

People with sleep apnea experience short pauses in breathing throughout the night. This is caused by soft tissues in your airways obstructing your ability to breathe. When you experience an apnea, your sleep cycle is disrupted. Most adults in the United States don’t even know they have sleep apnea. Estimates show that as many as 20% of American adults have some form of sleep apnea. (more…)

Why Do People Get Veneers?

Cosmetic dentistry is all over the news lately. Famous actors and actresses in Hollywood are renowned for their perfect smiles. Most people aren’t born with perfectly aligned and white teeth. If you see someone with a beautiful smile, more than likely it is the trademark of a highly trained dentist. In addition to extensive experience with general and preventive dentistry, Dr. Stephen Burds offers his patients expertise with cosmetic dental procedures. His services include dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers.

How Do I Know if Veneers are Right for Me?

Do you have cracked, chipped, jagged, or crowded teeth? Maybe you have noticeable gaps between your teeth or permanent stains? For patients with multiple problem areas, porcelain veneers are a viable option to enhance your overall smile. (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 are easy ways to prevent Periodontitis and signs to be aware of, but how well do you know gum disease? We put together a quiz to test your knowledge.

Questions

1.   What is the cause of Periodontitis?

a.  Food poisoning.

b.  A bacterial infection in your gums.

c.  Global warming.

2.  Which of these daily activities can lead to gum disease?

a.  Smoking.

b.  Talking on your cell phone.

c.  Using mouthwash.

3.  True or False? Periodontitis treatment is quick and easy?

a.  True.

b.  False.

4.  Which is an easy step you can take to prevent gum disease?

a.  Brush and Floss every day.

b.  Eat healthy foods.

c.  Visit your dentist twice a year.

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What’s the Best Way to Brush?

How Should I Brush?Toothbrush and toothpaste

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 have reconstructive dental work, you may have difficulty getting everywhere. The next time you see Dr. Burds, ask if you’re brushing is working for you. We are always happy when clients ask about better oral care practices!

When Should I Brush?

The best times to brush are in the morning before you have breakfast, and in the evening just before you go to bed. If you haven’t had a chance to rinse with water or chew sugarless gum after lunch, brush when you get home from work, before you have dinner. Contrary to some opinions, you shouldn’t brush right after meals. The acids in many foods and beverages, as well at the acid produced by cavity-causing bacteria when you eat sugar, leave enamel temporarily softened. This weakened enamel can be damaged by vigorous brushing, so wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush. Food stuck between your teeth should be removed by flossing or rinsing vigorously with water. (more…)

Brighter Smiles for Des Moines

Brilliant white smileIf you could change anything about your smile, what would it be? According to a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, you are likely to want a whiter, brighter smile. Most adults surveyed said a smile is a valuable social asset, and that having a sparkling smile makes you more likely to land jobs and dates. More and more people choose professional teeth whitening as a way to turn back the clock, as well as turn a few heads.

What Causes Teeth Discoloration?

Many factors can contribute to tooth discoloration. Lifestyle choices like smoking or using chewing tobacco, drinking tea and coffee, or even some genetic factors can all lead to tooth staining. Even aging will cause teeth to lose their luster. Fortunately, Dr. Stephen Burds and the team at Gateway Dental Group offer professional whitening to restore your smile to its full brilliance. (more…)

Welcome to the Gateway Dental Group Blog!

Smiling familyWelcome to the Gateway Dental Group! I’m Dr. Stephen Burds, and my team and I look forward to serving your dental needs.

We have been providing general, cosmetic, and restorative services for families in the Des Moines area for over 50 years. We believe in getting to know you as a person, not just a patient. Whether you are scheduling your first or your fiftieth checkup with us, we are committed to providing you with the best quality care and continuing patient education as dental technology continues to advance.

Our office is located in downtown Des Moines, off Martin Luther King Parkway near Grand Street. We are in the Sherman Hill area, close to Woodland Heights, Drake Park, and New Visions. However, patients who have moved away often come back to see us.

We know your time is limited, and your schedule busy. To save time at the office, you can download our new patient paperwork from our website. You can also request an appointment online.

Visit our website, www.gatewaygroup.org, email us at [email protected], or call us at (515) 244-9565 if you have questions or to schedule an appointment.

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