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September 17, 2009
The real solution to a patient’s fears, phobias and anxieties was all in one little pill. Today was an amazing day for a Dubuque man, and for Dr. Ted Murray and Amy.  After years of thinking about it, the patient called our office.  He had fears, anxieties and phobias about a dentist looking at his mouth.  Kori invited him to come for a ten minute appointment to meet our dentist and to talk about his fears.  We often hear about someone being worried, frightened and not wanting to have someone look at their mouth.  It was an easy first appointment, so he made an appointment to return for an hour, where Melissa took photos and Amy took xrays... Read More
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September 02, 2009
Do you want to see some wonderful art? Twenty Dirty Hands is a self guided pottery tour October 16, 17, 18, 2009. 10-6PM daily. www.twentydirtyhands.com
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September 02, 2009
“My jaw hurts, my teeth hurt and I have a headache”, said a patient last week. Dr. Ted Murray listened to him and did an exam, took impressions of his teeth and made him an orthotic. Our patient called today to say his bite feels great, and he has no more pain. He is wearing this comfortable orthotic, and you can’t even notice it when he talks. He is sleeping better. He will wear this orthotic for about three months, and then Dr. Murray will restore his teeth to the correct bite to give him a strong and healthy smile. Dr. Murray explained that for your body to stay healthy, your muscles, bones, lungs and heart have to work in harmony.... Read More
August 24, 2009
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” author, Michael Altshuler Dubuque had a beautiful sunny 75 degree weekend. What a perfect weekend to be outside. Summertime flies by fast. The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush every three to four months – even sooner after recovery from an illness or cold. Food particles and moisture become trapped in the base of brush bristles where they provide everything germs need to grow. Research has shown that unclean brushes can bring microorganisms into your mouth. Thanks to Link Embroidery 563-583-4942 for a great job putting our names on our Lab coats.  
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August 19, 2009
Dr Ted Murray & Dr Kristen Berning are a sponsor for “Get the Lead Out” Run. Saturday October 10, 2009 9:00 AM @ Mines of Spain Benefit for Mines of Spain, Dubuque’s beautiful location for walking/hiking/running trails 10K, 5K Run/Walk, & 1 mile fun run www.gtlorun.org
August 17, 2009
Hey Doctor, what do you do? What do our dentists do?Dr. Murray & Dr. Berning calm fearful patients everyday. They diagnose periodontal disease every day. They save teeth every day. They improve the self image of their patients every day. They fix broken, missing, chipped, cracked, crooked yellow teeth every day. They have three awesome hygienists who give gentle cleanings every day.
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August 03, 2009
Men with a history of bone loss due to periodontal disease run a higher risk of having a stroke, according to a study in the Annals of Neurology (May 28, 2009). The researchers analyzed data from 1,137 men in the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study, an ongoing study that began in the 1960s with healthy volunteers from the Boston Area. Participants underwent medical and dental exams every three years for an average of 24 years. Overall, 80 incident cases of cerebrovascular disease occurred during a combined 27,506 person-years, and the periodontal bone loss was “significantly associated” with an increased hazard rate of cerebrovascular... Read More
August 03, 2009
Dr, Ted Murray is the President of the Iowa Academy of General Dentistry. He just returned from the annual AGD meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a five day dental meeting, with many committee meetings, and continuing education courses. The opening inspirational speaker was baseball great Cal Ripken. Dr Murray’s next project is arranging a Region 10 meeting in January in Des Moines, where AGD leaders from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska will attend.
July 02, 2009
Dubuque, Iowa won the All American City Award. Our city has done an incredible job developing the area along the Mississippi River, and the west-end, where our dental office is located at 4200 Asbury Road, is growing with restaurants, retail shops and homes. We want to welcome new companies IBM (bringing 1300 jobs) and Hormel (brining 250 jobs) to our great city. IBM has done a great job renovating their building at 700 Locust Street. We welcome the new workers and their families. Summer is a great time to get a beautiful, bright, healthy smile!  Call or email us today at 563-556-2711.  
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June 24, 2009
Dr. Kristen Berning, and our three hygienists, Talia Roarig, Sharon Grisanti, and Charity Rausch, attended a continuing education course on June 18th and 19th Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. The course included information about Active Maintenance, Oral-Systemic connection, and the consequences of jaw-bone disease. Sometimes a patient will tell us that every time they have their teeth cleaned by a hygienist, she scrapes around the teeth, and now their gums really bleed. We can understand your concern. People’s gums don’t bleed unless they are touched. Actually healthy gums never bleed. When there is an infection, we always... Read More
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