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March 03, 2016

Childhood Dental Decay

Dental decay (cavities) is the number one childhood disease.  It is more common than asthma.  Each year thousands of children miss school due to toothaches.  Thousands of children go untreated.   Much of this dental decay can be prevented with proper education, nutrition, and oral health care.  It is important that care providers both at home and at school have the knowledge to promote healthy mouths and healthy children.

Healthy Mouths | Healthy Children

A local coalition, Healthy Mouths | Healthy Children, was established many years ago with the focus to improve oral health and access to care for... Read More
February 23, 2016

The Danger of Snoring: Dubuque Dentist provides Snoring and Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance

Barry wakes up several times a night with a sharp pain in his side.  He doesn’t sleep well because of it.   The source of the stabbing pain?  It comes from his wife whose elbow jabs him in the ribs because his loud snoring wakes her up. The sore ribs are one problem.  The wife who can’t sleep is a worse problem.   But the most dangerous problem is the snoring, may indicate a life-threatening condition called sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) refers to the inability to breathe due to an abnormal upper... Read More
September 22, 2015

Dental Bonding Research

How cool is this?!  This week we spotted Dr. Alexia (Murray) Oetken’s name in a popular dental journal, Dentistry Today.    Her research on dental bonding is making an impact! Dr. Alexia’s research is referenced in this dental journal Dr. Alexia (Murray) Oetken Dr. Alexia (Murray) Oetken was involved in dental research at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.  The University of Iowa Dental Research Center is a highly recognized dental research facility.  Researchers work together from around the world on different dental topics.  The topics cover a wide range of subjects.  The subjects include dental... Read More
August 11, 2015

Exceptional Dentistry celebrating

During this month of August 2015, we are celebrating 10 years at our current office location: 4200 Asbury Road in Dubuque, Iowa.

The history of Exceptional Dentistry

Dr. Ted Murray graduated from University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1977.  He completed a one year General Practice Residency at the Veteran’s Hospital in Iowa City.  He then began working as a dentist in Dubuque in 1978.  In the early 2000s, as dental technology continued to advance, Dr. Ted Murray began to plan a new space where he could deliver advanced dental care in a state of the art dental office. His dream became... Read More
June 22, 2015

Dubuque, IA Dentist Receives AGD Mastership Award

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristen Berning, DDS, MAGD, of Dubuque, IA, received the AGD Mastership Award during the 2015 annual meeting, which took place June 18 to 21 in San Francisco. The Mastership Award is the AGD’s highest honor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To earn this award, Dr. Berning passed the fellowship exam and completed 1,100 hours of dental continuing education in 16 specific categories, including at least 400 hands-on participation hours. As a AGD Mastership Award recipient, Dr. Berning... Read More
June 04, 2015

Welcome, Traci!

 Exceptional Dentistry, Dubuque Dentist, Update

We would like to introduce, Traci, a  dental hygienist and new team member in our Dubuque Office.   She joined our team in May and we are so happy to have her with us. Traci began her career as a dental hygienist in 2008 after graduating from Madison Area Technical College. Prior to becoming a dental hygienist she graduated from the dental assisting program at Western Technical College. Traci joined our team in 2015 with over 7 years of experience working in the dental field. “My favorite part about being a dental hygienist is building a patient’s confidence.... Read More
October 21, 2014

Dubuque Dentists complete Dental Implant Education

Dr. Alexia Murray and Dr. Ted Murray each recently completed an intensive  one-year surgical Dental Implant Continuum  at the Misch International Implant Institute.  The continum consisted of over 100 hours of education, including lectures and many hands-on workshops.   Both Dr. Ted Murray are Dr. Alexia Murray are currently Misch Fellows as they attended an additional course at the Misch Institute and passed a written exam to earn fellowship status. The Misch Institute was established in 1984 by Dr. Carl Misch to elevate the standard of care in implant dentistry.  Dr. Carl Misch... Read More
September 18, 2014

Dubuque Dentist- Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Ted Murray, a Dubuque Dentist, has been offering sedation dentistry for several years.  Sedation dentistry provides relief to people who have been avoiding the dentist for years– even decades– out of fear and anxiety. Sedation dentistry is safe, effective and proving to be a smile-saver for millions of Americans. Medical science is taking note of links between poor dental hygiene and serious illnesses– such as cardiovascular disease and even some cancers.   That is why it is so important for people in the Tri State area to know that they no longer have to fear dental treatment such as root... Read More
September 10, 2014

Welcome, Brittany!

We are excited to introduce, Brittany, a hygienist and new team member in our Dubuque Dental Office.   She joined our office in June and it was a seamless transition! Brittany worked her first four years in the dental community as a dental assistant. During this time, she took great pride in helping patients with their dental care. Those first years led her to branch out and find her true passion in dental hygiene. Brittany graduated from Hawkeye Community College in May 2014 with an associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene.  She feels extremely fortunate to join such an “exceptional” team that truly... Read More
July 15, 2014

From a Mommy Dentist:  the challenge of breastfeeding tongue-tied babies

By Dr. Kristen Berning Like many new moms, I thought breastfeeding would come naturally. When my third baby, Ted, was born, I already had 2 years cumulative experience breastfeeding my other children. I planned to exclusively breastfed Ted for at least 12 months. When Ted was just one day old in the hospital, I knew something was different with breastfeeding. I felt he was “chewing” instead of “sucking.” The lactation consultants worked with me on encouraging a deeper latch: I was told to use my finger to encourage him to stick his tongue out further. But he... Read More