An Intro Class: Canker Sores! 

Nobody wants them, lots of people get them, and they’re never pleasant (but they’re not as scary as they might seem): They’re canker sores! When one arrives in your mouth, you may find that you have no idea what to think, you suddenly have a long list of worries that you can’t seem to answer, and all you really want is for that sore to heal up and be gone! Fortunately, while you may initially feel a little out of your element and uncertain about how to proceed, a quick introduction of helpful details from our Ankeny, IA team will help you feel prepared and confident, should a canker make its (very unwelcome) arrival!

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White Smiles: What’s True About Them (And What Isn’t)?

Of course, if you are interested in seeing a beautiful, whiter smile when you’re standing in front of the mirror, we can completely understand the desire! In fact, helping you make this dream a reality is something our Ankeny, IA team is most certainly prepared to help you achieve. With that said, we like to first remind patients that it’s always wise to have a clear understanding of what it means to brighten up your grin. If you’ve recently felt a bit torn because you hear all sorts of things and you wonder what’s true (and what isn’t), we can happily set the record straight, so you can get on with improving your smile!

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Bad Brush Moves: 4 Things To Change ASAP

There are some very good things you can do with your toothbrush as you’re practicing your dental hygiene! You know this, of course, because our Ankeny, IA team tells you to brush twice daily! So, that means using a toothbrush is to your great benefit! However, that doesn’t necessarily mean every single motion and choice you make with those bristles is going to be a good one! To feel certain you’re on the right path and you’re not accidentally making choices that could be detrimental to your smile health, we have a handful of suggestions of moves you should definitely change!

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Choosing Veneers: Things That Make Them Different

Are you well aware that there’s something special about porcelain veneers that makes them different, when you compare them with other cosmetic dental care treatments? Is this about as far as your knowledge of this uniqueness goes? If so, and you’re thinking about treating cosmetic smile concerns of your own, then our Ankeny, IA team would love to further explain what makes veneers an option with benefits and improvements that might be just what you’ve been searching for but that you have not found in any other solution!

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Connecting Puffy Gums To Tooth Loss: What’s The Story?

When you look in the mirror and you realize that you have puffy gums, the very last thing on your mind probably includes worrying about losing your teeth. However, you may wonder: Should this be a concern? Should it come to mind? While we certainly don’t want you to feel overwhelmed and frantic about the worst possible consequence of each and every oral health related symptom you experience, our Ankeny, IA team does want you to keep this is mind! There is a very real connection between gum disease and tooth loss, so strive to keep gums healthy!

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Dental Hygiene: The Little Things That Make A Big Impact

In the world of dental hygiene, it seems like all you have to do is focus on brushing and flossing your teeth and you’re good to go. However, you may suddenly realize that it’s not just about quickly running a toothbrush over your teeth or flossing when you remember. Instead, effective hygiene means keeping the important details in mind. Though they are small, easy-to-remember factors that seem like they may be “no big deal,” they are actually more impactful than you realize to your oral health! Consider examples brought to you by our Ankeny, IA team, so you know you’re doing your very best.

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What’s In A Smile-Friendly Purse or Backpack?

You know some of the best habits to protect your smile. Excellent daily care at home is essential: brush morning and evening and floss once a day. Seeing your trusted Ankeny, IA dentist twice a year for professional checkups and cleanings insures that expert eyes are on your teeth and oral health every six month or so. Please call if you have questions or concerns between appointments. When you are out and about, don’t forget to carry smile-friendly essentials in your purse or tote. (more…)

Avoid Gum Disease And Its Consequences

Avoiding gum disease, as you know, is something that we feel very strongly that you do your best with. Why is that, you wonder? Furthermore, how exactly are you supposed to do that? You know that you should try hard to keep your smile healthy but as for minimizing the chances that you end up with gingivitis or a more advanced form of gum inflammation and infection, you’re at a bit of a loss for the particulars. To make your ability to prevent serious gingival problems and to keep yourself from experiencing the consequences, our Ankeny, IA team is more than pleased to shed some light on what you should be doing to achieve success in this area of smile protection.

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Your Dental Checkups: Are You On Track Or Off Track?

You have likely already experienced that sensation of thinking a week or two have passed only to realize months have flown by. It’s something that just happens, particularly when life is full and you’re just busy. With this in mind, our Ankeny, IA team knows that you may either be taking the measures necessary to remember to schedule your dental checkups as suggested (because you know they’re easy to accidentally overlook). Or, you may have fallen into the trap of “I don’t know where the time has gone!” and have missed some essential preventive care with us. Let us offer up some questions and ideas that will ensure your smile is well cared for!

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Answers To Questions Frequently Asked About: Contouring!

The idea of dental contouring for your smile might cause you to light up! The benefits that you learn about instantly put you at ease, letting you know that there really is something out there that can help you achieve your esthetic goals. Of course, with that said, you may still have a list of questions that you would really love for our Ankeny, IA team to answer, so you can feel like you’re making a wise decision for yourself. Not to worry, we’re on it!

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