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Help Prevent the Dangers of Tooth Decay

It happens to most of us at one time or another: a tooth cavity. These days, cavities are more prevalent than ever, affecting 82 percent of U.S. adults by the time they’re 34. In fact, tooth decay — the condition that causes cavities — is the single most chronic childhood disease in the nation. Realities like these underscore the importance of patient education and regular checkups for preventing tooth decay. At Fort Des Miones Dental, we are experienced and trained in all aspects of oral health, providing treatment as well as information on the best ways for you to maintain healthy teeth and gums at any age.

For best results, the American Dental Association encourages patients to visit their dentist at least twice a year for routine checkups and professional teeth cleanings. Monitoring the teeth, gums, and jaws enables your dentist to not only prevent, but to spot dental conditions in their earliest stages when they are most treatable. The accumulation of plaque is responsible for dental decay that can lead to extensive damage if left untreated. That’s why regular visits to our office are needed over and above your at-home oral care routine. We’ll provide you with professional cleanings to remove any hardened plaque you may have missed and give you the tools you need to brush and floss correctly. For children visiting us for preventive care, we provide fluoride treatments as well as dental sealants, each safe and effective measures for shielding and strengthening teeth against acid erosion.

Committed to your oral health
Oral health is the number one goal at the office of Fort Des Miones Dental. Whether you’re in need of routine preventive care, or require restorations, dental implants, or cosmetic treatments, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information in our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

6100 SW 9th Street 
Des Moines, IA 50315 
(515) 657-7115

Teeth Whitening: Simple, Safe and Effective

At the office of Fort Des Miones Dental one of the many ways we establish trusting partnerships with our patients is to provide a wealth of information on maintaining optimal dental health and beautiful smiles. Whatever your age may be, there’s no secret formula for maintaining a healthy smile. It’s simply a matter of establishing an effective oral hygiene routine, getting routine checkups and care, eating a nutritious diet and avoiding harmful oral habits. Of course, the most important thing to remember is that to successfully keep your smile healthy, a consistent regimen of oral care is essential.

Enjoying the benefits of a vibrant smile in tip-top condition is not something to be taken for granted. To maintain optimal oral health requires a bit of effort.

Here are a few simple recommendations that can go a long way in protecting the health of your smile:
• Make a Commitment to Routine Checkups and Teeth Cleanings at the Dentist
• Maintain an Effective Oral Hygiene Routine of Tooth Brushing and Flossing at Home
• Avoid Smoking Cigarettes & Other Harmful Oral Habits
• Eat a Balanced Diet
• Limit Your Consumption of Sticky, Sugary foods & Sweet, Carbonated Beverages
• When Playing Sports Protect Your Smile With A Mouth Guard

It’s Important to Brush & Floss!
Maintaining a healthy smile depends upon keeping your teeth and gums clean with a daily routine of brushing and flossing. According to the recommendations of the American Dental Association, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing your teeth with a fluoride containing toothpaste that has been awarded the ADA seal of acceptance helps to keep your smile healthy and vibrant. Moreover, to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, it is also essential to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gumline on a daily basis. Simply by taking a few minutes to gently floss the teeth once a day, you can reduce your risk of dental disease.

What You Eat Matters!
At your routine checkup visit, a member of our team will demonstrate the proper technique for brushing and flossing your teeth as well as provide helpful dietary guidance. While sugary foods, as well as sweet and carbonated beverages, can be harmful to your oral health, other foods that are rich in nutrients help to keep your teeth and gums strong, and boost your resistance to dental disease.

A Trusted Partner in Care
At the office of Fort Des Miones Dental, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

6100 SW 9th Street 
Des Moines, IA 50315 
(515) 657-7115

9 Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

Did you know that your smile can tell a lot about you? Not only it is an indication of your mood at the moment, it can give dentists a clue to your overall health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to such complications as oral and facial pain, gum disease and a variety of mouth infections that can affect major organs of the body.

That’s why practicing good oral hygiene and seeing a dentist regularly is so important for people of all ages. The state-of-the-art practice of Fort Des Moines Dental and our skilled professionals are dedicated to keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.

Habits that promote good oral health:

1. Brush twice a day: Brush for at least two minutes, using fluoridated toothpaste.
2. Floss daily: It removes plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach.
3. Replace your toothbrush: Do this every three months or when it appears warn.
4. Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. This is one of the most effective ways to detect the early signs of gum disease.
5. Limit soda, coffee and alcohol: Excess amounts can cause tooth decay.
6. Drink milk: Milk contains calcium, which strengthens teeth and builds stronger enamel.
7. Some carbs are okay: Despite their popularity, low-carb diets can cause bad breath. A balanced, dental-healthy diet can help reduce tooth decay.
8. Take a daily dose of vitamins C and D: These vitamins help support the absorption of healthy mouth minerals such as calcium and phosphorous, which support the bone and gum tissue, keeping it healthy. This is an easy way to maintain dental hygiene and fight gum disease.
9. Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco: These are known to contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.

Committed to maintaining your great smile!
At the office of Fort Des Moines Dental, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on the many other dental services we provide, give us a call today.

6100 SW 9th Street 
Des Moines, IA 50315 
(515) 657-7115

Emergency Dental Care Service

Emergency dental care is a service we hope you’ll never need- but if you do, the office of Fort Des Moines Dental is here for you! As providers of experienced, and compassionate care we’re well equipped to get you back on the road to oral health.

Dental emergencies can come about in any number of ways. Your discomfort may be due to an injury to the oral facial area, the acute flare-up of a longstanding problem, or the result of the sudden onset of seemingly inexplicable pain. While there are many reasons for seeking urgent dental care, some of the most common ones include severe toothaches, chipped or fractured teeth, problematic wisdom teeth, a dental abscess, a broken filling, a loosened crown, or a broken denture. Whatever the case may be, it’s essential to contact our office promptly for care. If left untreated many dental emergencies can quickly worsen, resulting in more severe consequences to your oral health and overall well-being.

Although many dental emergencies are associated with pain, there are those that are uncomfortable in other ways, also requiring timely care to help you return to your daily routine. For instance, a lost crown or broken denture can leave embarrassing gaps in one’s smile and make it more difficult to speak clearly and chew. Not to worry, if faced with one of these types of dental problems, rest assured that you’ll receive the swift service you’re hoping for at our office. With patient care and comfort as our top priorities, we’ll carefully explain your treatment options and provide the precise and gentle care required to get your smile back on track. We offer a comprehensive range of advanced services to address a broad spectrum of urgent dental needs, including the prompt repair or replacement of dental prostheses such as crowns and dentures.

At the office of Fort Des Moines Dental, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

6100 SW 9th Street 
Des Moines, IA 50315 
(515) 657-7115