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October 18, 2011
Kristen Berning, DDS, FAGD, of Dubuque, Iowa received the Academy of General Dentistry’s 2011 Fellowship award during the AGD 2011 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, in San Diego, CA. Dr. Kristen Berning at the Award Ceremony The Fellowship award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Berning completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive exam, and fulfilled 3 years of continuous membership in the AGD. She is one of only 7 female dentists in the state of Iowa to achieve Fellowship status in the AGD.  She... Read More
July 12, 2011
A wonderful smile makes you confident.  A fabulous smile gets you noticed.             BEFORE _______________________________________AFTER   Redesigning the smile you were born with to better reflect who you are today is an exciting and easy process with the Invisalign system. Invisalign is a series of clear, thin, virtually invisible custom molded aligners that fit over the teeth to progressively straighten them. You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. These clear aligners are comfortable to wear.You can take them out for eating,... Read More
June 15, 2011
Patients are often asking usabout how they can keep their teeth strong. An article on WebMD, explains 15 Ways to Wreck Your Teeth: 1. Don’t brush after every meal (You have to read this one completely because the BEST practice is to brush after breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but not immediately after you have eaten since the acid level in your mouth is high. Instead of waiting up to 60 minutes as the article mentions, we recommend swishing with water, mouthwash or chewing sugar-free gum. This will speed up the saliva neutralization time before you brush. Do not let food particles sit between the teeth while you wait! That makes the situation... Read More
June 13, 2011
Did you know that June is National Smile Month? To celebrate, we will be posting some of our favorite smile makeovers done by Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa. ~~~~ What is a smile makeover? A smile makeover can be many things… Sometimes a smile makeover is as simple as whitening. Sometimes a smile makeover means straightening teeth with Invisalign. Sometimes just one tooth in the smile needs a makeover. Sometimes a smile makeover is done with porcelain veneers. Sometimes cosmetic bonding or direct resin veneers are the best option for a smile makeover. Follow us on our facebook page to see... Read More
June 08, 2011
What is an AirSoft gun? Well, Dr. Kristen Berning learned yesterday when a 14 year-old boy came in with a broken tooth. Airsoft guns are used to play a game similar to paintball, but instead of shooting paintballs, small plastic BBs are used. The name “airsoft” is very misleading… the plastic BBs can be very dangerous and damaging! They are solid plastic and can be shot at speeds of over 400 feet-per-second… causing serious damage to the eyes or teeth if hit. Safety gear should absolutely include protective eyewear, but also sturdy clothing to protect the skin, and protective gear that covers the face and ears. And here’s how he looked when... Read More
May 23, 2011
Recent research suggests that elite athletes have a higher risk for tooth decay and tooth erosion, according to a study of triathletes in New Zealand, published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine. The following reasons explain why athlete’s teeth are at higher risk: 1. Intense physical training can cause a decrease in the amount of saliva due to dehydration and mouth breathing. Since saliva helps to protect teeth, decreased saliva can result in tooth decay. 2. The intense training also causes an athlete the need to “refuel” frequently with calories. Athletes often choose acidic sports drinks and fermentable carbohydrates (which... Read More
May 16, 2011
Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in many parts of the world. The use of high-quality CPR can improve a victim’s chance for survival. Health practitioners such as dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants are required to be certified in CPR. Dr. Ted Murray & Dr. Kristen Berning and the team at Exceptional Dentistry recently completed their CPR certification, which included some very important changes. The 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care includes the following changes: 1) changes in the basic life support sequence 2) continued emphasis on high-... Read More
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May 10, 2011
We have made the commitment to our patients to provide technically advanced dentistry with personal attention and genuine compassion. We recommend types of treatment options that we would want for our families, friends, and ourselves. Our love and excitement of what we give to our patients is obvious to everyone we meet, through our smiles and enthusiasm. We are proud to be on the cutting edge of dental technology and are commited to participating in the education that keeps us there! We travel to some of the best training institutes in the country in order to stay up to date. In return, we love to hear what our patients have to say about us...
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May 04, 2011

What to do about teething pain?

Our Dubuque dental office enjoys seeing patients of all ages.  We often get questions from parents about how to care for their children’s teeth and how to comfort teething pain. Some kids don’t even notice the arrival of the new pearly whites pushing through their gums. However, for other children the eruption of new teeth causes a lot of pain, and parents want to know the best way to comfort their children. It seems we all hear about different remedies to relieve teething pain. Parents often ask us if it is okay to give their young children Anbesol or Baby Orajel for teething pain. Well, the FDA... Read More
April 20, 2011
Dr. Kristen Berning has recently completed a nationally recognized Post-Graduate Continuing Education Program in Contemporary Esthetic Dentistry, it was announced today at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Berning completed a 100-question exam as part of the program, and she was named valedictorian for having the highest score in the class. She also tied the highest score in the program’s 15 year history, and was recognized at the dinner reception for her achievement. “We had some of the best minds in the country teaching this cutting edge course”, said Paul Belvedere, D.D.S., Adjunct Professor, School of Dentistry. As a... Read More

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