Ankeny Dentist Answers Your Root Canal FAQs

questionsIf you were told that you need root canal therapy, how would you feel? Some people, owing to popular exaggerations, would feel like running out of the room. Others would probably like to delay the procedure as long as possible. However, the reaction of a well-informed patient might surprise you. He or she might want the treatment to be completed as soon as possible. To help you understand how root canal treatment is beneficial to your oral health, your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, is answering your most frequently asked questions about root canal treatment. (more…)

Ankeny Dentist Breaks Down a Dental Implant’s Parts

dental implant parts 1Part of what makes a dental implant special are the many benefits that they yield. Not only do they offer realistic-looking options for tooth replacement but they also present an option for tooth replacement that feels natural. Surprisingly, however, the benefits of dental implants do not end there. They also aid in preventing complications stemming from tooth loss such as the domino effect (further tooth loss) and bone density loss in the jaw. But how do they do it? Your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, breaks down dental implants by looking at the parts that form them. (more…)

Ankeny Dentist Answers Your Gum Disease FAQs

q and a 1When thinking about oral care, the gums sometimes get overlooked. We have toothbrushes, dental floss, and we attend dentists (Dent means tooth in Latin). But just as important as our teeth are our gums, and the major threat to our gums is gum disease. Knowing the consequences of unhealthy gums is very important to a healthy mouth, so your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, is here to answer your most frequently asked questions about gum disease. (more…)

Ankeny Dentist Challenges You to a Quiz about Dental Cleanings

quiz gold lettersDental cleanings are very important if you aspire to keep your mouth healthy. They allow a trained professional to clean your teeth and give you feedback about potential problem areas. They also permit a visual examination of the teeth and gums in case any oral health problems have arisen since the last visit. Because dental cleanings are so important, your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, would like to test your knowledge about them with this fun quiz. (more…)

Ankeny Dentist Has Brushing Tips for Kids

toothbrushesWhen it comes to brushing their teeth, kids can sometimes be a bit careless. In their haste to finish the job, they often miss large areas of their mouths. But missing those areas allows bacteria to thrive and attack their teeth. Therefore, you want to make sure your child brushes properly all the time. Your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, shares some tips for teaching your child to brush properly. (more…)

Fast Smile Transformations from Your Ankeny Dentist

close up teethWhen you smile, is there a little voice in the back of your head saying “Don’t show your teeth”? If so, your self-confidence is suffering. You may spend time examining your teeth in the mirror, willing them to become straighter, brighter. Unfortunately, teeth do not chance by force of will, and as you begin to consider your treatment options, everything seems to be so time consuming. Braces can take months or even years. Why can’t you get a new smile fast? That’s where veneers come in. Your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, explains how you can redesign your smile with porcelain veneers in two to three dental visits. (more…)

Ankeny Dentist: Three Benefits of Implant-Secured Dentures

smiling man AnkenyIf you wear dentures, you know the frustrations and embarrassments associated with them. The pastes are irritating; the fit is often imperfect; and they may seem in constant danger of slipping. Worrying about your dentures can negatively affect your self-confidence and the quality of your life. If only there were a way to restore you own natural teeth and rid yourself of the daily struggle with dentures. Well, there is, to an extent. While regrowing your natural teeth isn’t possible, you can secure your dentures to your jaw with dental implants so that they function more like natural teeth. Your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, shares three benefits of implant-secured dentures. (more…)

Ankeny Dentist Has Free Tooth Brushing Chart for Kids

girl brushing teethHow successful are you at getting your child to brush his or her teeth every night? If you’re like most parents, when it’s tooth brushing time, you’re in for a battle. Establishing a routine for your child to brush twice a day, every day is a difficult task. So what can you do to tip the scales in your favor? You might try incorporating a tooth brushing chart, and it just so happens that your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, has a free one waiting just for you. (more…)

Ankeny Dentist Discusses the Oral-Heart Health Connection

heart health AnkenyDid you know that recent research is connecting your oral health with your heart health? February is National Heart Month, so we’re highlighting this connection between the heart and the mouth. If you want to improve your heart health or if you want to ward off heart disease, keeping your teeth and gums healthy could be beneficial. Your Ankeny dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, explores the connection between heart disease and gum disease. (more…)

Ankeny Dentist: Love Your Baby’s Smile

mother and childIf you are a mother, think about the way you feel when you baby smiles at you. If you are an expecting mother, imagine that blissful feeling. Nothing warms a mother’s heart like her baby’s smile, and science is there to prove it. Recent research shows that mothers who simply look at their babies’ smiles activate a region of the brain associated with feelings of euphoria. Talk about a powerful smile! So if you’re a new mother or an expecting mother, you’ll want to do everything in your power to protect those teeth. Your Ankeny children’s dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, discusses what you can do to help your baby’s smile be as radiant as possible. (more…)