When you envision a present being presented to you, it’s usually in a box with shiny wrapping paper and a beautiful big bow! You don’t usually imagine someone offering you a dental filling or a crown. However, our Ankeny, IA team would love to remind you today that though you may not usually think of restorative care as a gift, it’s actually an area of care that can be just that (and in so many ways). Let’s talk about some serious ways being able to repair your smile contributes to your life (and the life of your smile) for the better!
When it’s time to talk toothpaste, your caring family dentist in Ankeny, IA will be right there with you. Toothpaste is a vital and necessary part of any home dental hygiene routine. You’ve probably heard it before, but brushing twice a day, flossing daily and maintaining your scheduled exams and cleanings are all smart tools for preserving the health of your teeth. But as much as dentists recommend toothpaste, it can’t do everything. There are things your toothpaste can do, and other things it can’t. (more…)
When you consider the type of cosmetic care you’d like to receive for a smile that you’re over-the-moon about, would you say that you’re completely ready to come in right now for care? Or, are there still some things that you might need to take care of first before you’re thoroughly prepared to visit our Ankeny, IA practice? Not sure? Take some guidance to heart, so you can feel certain you’re addressing the necessary details that will steer you straight toward that dream smile with ease.
When your smile isn’t at its best, it can really take a serious toll on how you feel about yourself! You may not necessarily make the connection right off the bat but it’s entirely possible that every time your smile hurts, every time you feel guilty about your not-so-dedicated dental care, and even each time you catch a glimpse of your yellowed grin, you’re chipping away at your self image and self esteem! Good news: Getting everything back on track with our Ankeny, IA team is so easy! Now, consider a few improvements that might make a world of difference!
You may wonder what we mean when we say that you should always practice gentle dental care. Even though we explain that aggressive care can result in some serious problems, such as damaged enamel, gum recession, and more, these are just adjectives as far as you are concerned. What do they really entail, you think to yourself? Fortunately, our Ankeny, IA team can break down the details in regard to what “gentle” implies, so you know without a doubt that you’re on track with cleaning your smile and keeping it safe!
There are so many abbreviations these days that it can be hard to keep up with them! If you have not yet heard of FOMO, now is the time to get on board and understand this abbreviation. It stands for “fear of missing out.” Think about what that might mean! For instance, do you ever worry that if you don’t attend a party that a lot of your friends are attending, you will miss out on something amazing? Are you concerned that you’re dedicating a lot of time to one aspect of your life and that you’ll miss out on another? We encourage you to apply the idea of FOMO to your dental care, so you can make necessary changes that will let you participate in things you may be avoiding!
If you reflect on the significance of your dental care, you know that it’s important. You know that it will help you avoid a cavity that will then require a filling in the coming months. However, have you ever sat down to really think about the future you? No, not the one that will be seeing us for your next dental checkup and cleaning. Instead, our Ankeny, IA team means the future you that will be looking back on this moment in a decade or even multiple decades. When you consider the gifts you can provide through your smile care that the you in the future will be so thankful for, it can offer you a very helpful dose of reality and motivation for the here and now!
What’s causing your it-just-won’t-go-away bad breath, you wonder? You’re not talking about the type of yucky mouth odor that stems from having eaten a meal packed with extraordinarily odoriferous foods. Nope, you’re talking about something else: It’s chronic, it’s not pleasant, and you’re not sure why it’s there, what to do about it, or if it will ever go away. Our Ankeny, IA team knows that in the moment, this can feel super stressful. However, hope is on the horizon, so take some simple steps immediately to resolve the issue.
When your gums bleed, there are different things that this might mean. On one hand, as you expect, this could mean that you are dealing with a gum health problem. On the other hand, our Ankeny, IA team reminds you that could have just accidentally cut a tiny bit of your gum tissue, leading to very light bleeding. So, what’s what? How to know and what to do, you begin asking yourself? We suggest you follow our very basic and easy-to-follow breakdown regarding what’s going on and how to proceed with keeping your oral health nice and safe!
Curious about the day-to-day details of preventive care? Maybe you’ve often wondered how many hours or minutes of your life you are spending brushing, flossing, and seeing us for dental checkups and cleanings. While you may think it amounts to quite a lot, you may be shocked to learn that, mathematically speaking, it comes out to practically no time at all, though the benefits are exceptional. Find out more regarding this unique perspective from our Ankeny, IA team!