Wisdom Teeth Removal: Why Is It Necessary?

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If you are experiencing sharp pains at the back of your mouth, chances are your wisdom teeth are coming in. Unlike your other teeth, wisdom teeth can develop in unhealthy ways that cause pain and even oral hygienic problems. To prevent further such issues and to ensure long-term dental health, dentists recommend removing your wisdom teeth. 

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Are Dental Bridges the Right Option for You?

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According to the ACP, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Missing teeth can not only affect your confidence but also increase the risk of infection. Fortunately, there are several options available to restore your beautiful smile—one of which is dental bridges.

If you’re considering dental bridges for teeth replacement, read on to learn more about the types of bridges, [ . . . ]  read more

How Can Orthodontics Benefit Your Smile?

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Orthodontics and dentistry help patients improve their oral health. A dentist is a medical specialist who treats teeth, gums, nerves, and the jaw, while an orthodontist is a dentist who corrects bites, occlusion, and teeth alignment. Similar to the cookie and Oreo analogy, the difference is that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists.

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NIC-10’s 100 Greatest Football Players: No. 65 – Greg Gilbaugh, East/Harlem

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The 65th player on our list was one of the more prominent athletes to have to find a new school when Rockford Public Schools eliminated sports in 1976-1977.

Greg Gilbaugh was a first-team All-Big Nine defensive lineman for an E-Rabs team in 1975 that went 7-2 the season after East won a state football title, finishing second behind Boylan.

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Official Dentist Of The Iowa Heartlanders

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Hockey players are known for playing with their whole body. Arms, legs, and heads are all at risk for these players as are their teeth. Having a designated dental team available for the hockey players provides preventative and emergency dental services to keep the team healthy all season.

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Dr. Karley Brantman Joins The Family Dental Center In Coralville, Iowa

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Dr. Karley Brantman joins the team of dentists who are currently serving patients at The Family Dental Center. Dr. Karley Brantman, a native of East Iowa City, earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Physiology from the University of Iowa, where she went on to earn her dental degree.

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Mouthguards are devices that are frequently recommended to be used to protect your teeth from grinding (also called bruxism) or clenching while sleeping or from injuries while you play sports. 

Many times, they are also extremely helpful in reducing snoring and providing relief from obstructive sleep apnea.

There are differences in mouthguards and discussing this with your family dentist is recommended. Basically, there are three types of mouthguards to use depending on the reason it is being used.

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February! Celebrating Children’s National Dental Health Month

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Each February dental professionals spend the month promoting all the benefits of good oral health for our children, their parents, teachers, caregivers, and many others.   

The American Dental Association (ADA) created this national event as just another way to help keep our children healthy and updating all the advances in oral health care.  Advances like public water fluoridation and sealants are just a couple of the advances that have had a huge impact on improved oral health care.

Oral Care Tips for Kids
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Give Bad Breath That One-Two Knockout Punch

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Wearing masks to protect you and others from COVID 19 has also brought out more awareness of bad breath. Under that cloth or surgical mask, there is just no where for your breath to go making you more aware of bad breath issues.

First steps to the one-two knockout punch to get rid of bad breath is to determine what is causing it. There are several factors that can contribute to bad breath and they include:

  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Kidney failure
  • Tooth decay or gum disease, which results from plaque build-up
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Tobacco use
  • Untreated tonsilitis
  • Allergy-related postnasal drip or respiratory infections like sinusitis or bronchitis

Determining the primary reason for bad breath will assist you in addressing the problem. Also having a good thorough oral care routine that includes brushing your teeth twice a day and daily flossing that will remove [ . . . ]  read more

Let’s Talk About Fluoride

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Fluoride is recognized by the ADA (American Dental Association) as a safe and effective way in preventing tooth decay for both children and adults.  Community water fluoridation continues to be one of the most effective ways to be sure you are provided the fluoride needed.  

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