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February 01, 2013
Dubuque Family Dentists- Dr. Kristen Berning and Dr. Ted Murray So your little one has teeth?   Congratulations!   February is Dental Health Month, and here is our advice on how to care for  your child’s teeth: Thank you for caring for your child’s dental health!  Our goal is to keep your child on the right track for a healthy smile.  “Baby” teeth need to be kept healthy, clean, and free of cavities to avoid unnecessary pain and infection.  Some of the “baby” teeth are not lost until age 12. Before the first tooth comes in, clean your child’s mouth daily with a clean, damp cloth.  The American Dental Association recommends that children are... Read More
November 08, 2012
Indications for Cosmetic Bonding This young lady came as a new patient to our office based on the cosmetic credentials earned by Dubuque dentists, Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning.  She was concerned with the space between her front teeth.  Dentists refer to this particular space as a “black triangle.”  If you look closely at the “before” photo below, you will see the front two teeth are actually touching each other toward the bottom.  This means that braces cannot help to improve the situation.  Her teeth are already straight. This is a perfect situation for cosmetic bonding.  At her initial appointment, we did a “cosmetic preview” to... Read More
October 04, 2012

Laser dentistry in Dental Hygiene- Dubuque, Iowa

On Friday, September 28th, Talia and Melissa, two of our hygienists, attended a continuing education course in Ankeny, Iowa. The course was about two of the instruments that our hygienists use everyday: Ultrasonics and Lasers.  Talia and Melissa wanted to take full advantage of learning new information to share with our patients. Ultrasonics in Dental Hygiene Ultrasonics, or power instrumentation, is something we have been using as part of the professional dental cleaning since Dr. Ted Murray opened his Dubuque dental practice in 1978.  The instrument uses small ultrasonic vibrations... Read More
August 17, 2012

Will Invisalign work for me?

Here is another great Invisalign case completed recently by Dr. Kristen Berning. This patient wanted to straighten her teeth without wearing metal braces.  She did not like how her front teeth were overlapping each other and crooked.   She was able to get a healthy, straight smile by wearing comfortable Invisalign aligners, which she changed every two weeks.  People who chooose Invisalign enjoy being able to take the aligners out to eat, then brush & floss, and put their aligners back in.  No worries about flossing around braces, or adjusting to any brackets or wires that might rub on the cheeks.... Read More
August 17, 2012
Research on effects of snoring A recent study of over 200 children found that those who snore were more likely to have behavioral problems including aggression and hyperactivity.   Researches surveyed the mothers of these children over several years to monitor snoring and behavior patterns. The anatomy and physiology of snoring Snoring or noisy breathing in children is a sign of resistance in the airway.   This resistance prevents the child’s body from getting ample oxygen at night.  Without enough oxygen for the brain, proper growth and development is hindered.  This results in a grumpy child who may then have behavioral challenges.... Read More
August 16, 2012
Using the latest technology in our Dubuque dental office Our office has been dedicated to the latest technology in dental hygiene since Dr. Ted Murray opened the doors to his Dubuque dental office  in 1978.  In other words, we have always wanted to help people have the healthiest teeth and gums possible. Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease Gingivitis and periodontal disease are serious matters as the accumulation of bacteria, plaque, and calculus (tartar) lead to bad breath, bleeding gums, infected tissue, bone loss, loose teeth, and the possible loss of teeth. In office laser training for hygienists In June of 2011, our hygienists completed... Read More
June 23, 2012
For Americans, it’s a smile that’s worth a thousand words Wherever we travel, live or work, Americans rely on the good-old-fashioned smile to “talk” to people. We smile to say hello, goodbye, to excuse ourselves and even when we’re embarrassed. We also look to the smile to get cues about how others are feeling, from a frown to indicate unhappiness to a wide grin signaling happiness or humor. Perhaps it’s because generally, we’re more emotive, and it surfaces the loudest through our mouths. The Japanese, on the other hand, look to the eyes to tell the whole truth, says researcher Masaki Yuki, a behavioral scientist at Hokkaido University in... Read More
May 23, 2012
People often come into our office wanting to know how to improve their smile. A common question is “What are veneers?” OR  “Am I a candidate for veneers?” Porcelain Veneers vs. Direct Resin Veneers Some people are familiar with porcelain veneers, a thin porcelain restoration that is custom made by a dental laboratory.   There is another type of veneer that many people do not know about.  It is the direct resin veneer.  Some people also call it dental bonding.   Direct resin veneers are done in one visit, by  a cosmetic dentist who hand sculpts and places composite resin directly on the tooth.  Using many shades, tints, and translucencies of... Read More
May 14, 2012
DUBUQUE, IOWA COSMETIC DENTIST COMPLETES ADVANCED TRAINING IN COSMETIC DENTISTRY  Dr. Kristen Berning, of Exceptional Dentistry at 4200 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA  52002, has recently completed an advanced comprehensive Post-Graduate Continuing Education Program in Esthetic Dentistry at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “This is a unique opportunity for practicing dentists to become involved with the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry” said Paul Belvedere, D.D.S., Adjunct Professor and Cosmetic Dentist, School of Dentistry. The University of Minnesota is one of only two premiere university-based clinical training centers for... Read More
February 13, 2012
Cosmetic Dentistry and Porcelain Veneers Before we first met Mary*, she wrote a letter to Dr. Ted Murray.  Mary’s letter included the following… “It is with a mixture of fear and shame that I await my first visit to your office.  My extreme dental issues (chipping, fractured, badly worn and missing teeth, etc.) resulting from an adulthood of neglect are impacting my life in a way that cannot be ignored or put off any longer.  I fear that a full mouth reconstruction (or worse) is in order. “I have not enjoyed very positive experiences with dentists.  Arguably, the dentists were competent and certainly did no injury, emotionally or physically... Read More