Category: General Health

How Do I Keep My Teeth Healthy Between Visits?

Scheduling regular visits with your dentist every six months is an important part of maintaining your oral health. It’s also of the utmost importance that you make sure that you’re doing everything you can to keep your teeth healthy between visits. How do you accomplish this? There a few steps you can take between dentist… Read more »

5 Essential Products For A Clean Smile

When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, you may think that you just need a couple items in your bathroom. It’s true that the dental hygiene items you’re envisioning (a brush and toothpaste) are absolutely necessary. However, you may have forgotten about the all-important floss. Then again, you may be overlooking the fact that… Read more »

Smile Brighter This Holiday Season with Great Dental Care

If you want to do more than survive this holiday season, you probably already know you need to manage your stress. Try not to overschedule your time, by committing to too many holiday parties, or even charitable opportunities. Taking care of yourself through the season, and beyond, is the best way to be a great… Read more »

Could Wine Be Fine For Your Teeth?

Research has shown that wine is good for your oral health. Research has shown that wine can be bad for your teeth. Research has shown… Do you often wonder which is true? Or can wine be both good and bad for your teeth? Read on as your Ankeny, IA, family dentist, Dr. Ericka Peddicord clarifies… Read more »

Smoking And Dental Health

In 2012, over 42 million adults smoked in the US alone. The US spends nearly $133 billion in medical costs for adult smokers.  Smoking causes a host of ailments including bronchitis, chronic airway obstruction, diabetes, emphysema, stroke, heart disease, and cancer. Smoking affects oral health, too. People who smoke or “chew” smokeless tobacco, commonly known… Read more »

Connecting the Dots Between Oral Health, Heart Health, and Junk Food

Very few people are under the illusion that junk food is good for them. It’s called “junk” food for a reason. Unfortunately, many people underestimate the damage that frequent consumption of junk food can do to your heart and your smile (not to mention your waistline). Today, we’re taking an up-close look at how sugar-laden… Read more »

Ankeny IA Family Dentist is an Oral Health Advocate

Dr. Benjamin Rush, George Washington’s physician, recognized the connection between oral health and the health of the rest of the body when he stated: “Our success in the treatment of all chronic diseases would be very much promoted, by directing our inquiries into the state of the teeth in sick people.” Emerging research confirms this;… Read more »

Ankeny, IA General Dentist: Healthiest Foods for Your Teeth

Did you know that your diet affects your teeth? In fact, maintaining an unhealthy diet tends to wreak havoc upon your smile and oftentimes your waistline, too. However, by making healthy dietary choices on a regular basis, you can ensure your smile won’t endure major dental issues. To explain which foods promote sound dental health,… Read more »

Ankeny Dentist Answers Questions About Sedation Dentistry

Do you ever experience dental anxiety? Many people in the United States are scared of the dentist and some actually avoid any and all treatment. When you avoid dental visits, you increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In order to treat patients with anxiety or other difficulties, we provide sedation dentistry. In… Read more »

Ankeny, IA Dentist Discusses the Varying Types of Mouthwash

Did you know that mouthwash has multiple varieties? Most people don’t know that even in their local drugstore, each mouthwash serves a different purpose. To explain the differing types of mouthwashes and their functions, your Ankeny, IA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord provides this information. Mouthwash Comes in Number of Varieties Fluoride. Act Restoring Enamel… Read more »