Month: August 2014

Is Mouthwash Bad for You?

Mouthwash can be a fast and convenient way to freshen your breath and kill harmful bacteria without actually brushing your teeth. However, according to a new Swedish study, using a powerful antiseptic twice a day may not be good for your heart health. Today your Ankeny, IA, family dentist, Dr. Ericka Peddicord, discusses mouthwash.

Gum Disease: Just for Adults?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, tends to be associated with older people. However, gum disease is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) half of Americans aged 30 and up, have periodontal disease. For adults 65 and older the percentage increases from 50 to just over 70 percent. Based on these… Read more »

July 2014: Relax and Explore the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Looking for a relaxing and inexpensive day out? Get the family back in touch with nature at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Recommended by your Ankeny IA, family dentist Dr. Ericka Peddicord as an inexpensive and enjoyable way to take in natural beauty, become one with the world, and nourish your Zen.

Genetics And Dentistry?

Have you ever heard of epigenetics? There may be a time when it plays a large role in dental health. Genetics play a huge role in health now, and according to the Australian Dental Journal epigenetics may soon play an important role in dental treatment. Genetics is used to determine if certain people are genetically… Read more »

Is Your Child A Thumb Sucker?

If your child is a thumb sucker you may well be worrying yourself gray. Although some parents are actually relieved when they first realize their child sucks their thumb, if they continue sucking after a certain age even they begin to fret. For a young child, thumb sucking is self-calming, which can be good in… Read more »