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February 08, 2012

The Myth of “Soft Teeth” and Early Childhood Tooth Decay

 Many people falsely believe that the reason their infant or toddler has tooth decay is because they inherited “soft teeth.”  The actual reason that cavities may be common in an entire family is because tooth decay is an infectious disease, the most common chronic disease among children. However, the good news is, tooth decay is completely preventable. Dental caries, or cavities, are caused by particular strains of bacteria which live in the mouth. Mothers who carry these bacteria – especially those who have many cavities or fillings – can pass them to their baby or child... Read More
February 06, 2012
Recently, one of our patients had a conversation similar to this with Dr. Kristen Berning: Patient: “Doc, I don’t know how you do it. It must be a challenge working on patients like me, working in a small, dark area with my tongue in the way.” Dr. Kristen Berning:  ”Yes, but you completed all your treatment, and I am so proud of you for persevering to the very end.  Your mouth will feel healthier now, and your teeth will feel stronger. Watching a patient who has committed to a long process emerge on the other side with a healthy smile is incredibly rewarding for all of us. Let me tell you about one of my other patients, a grandfather, whose... Read More
February 01, 2012
Happy Dental Health Month from Dr. Ted Murray, Dr. Kristen Berning, and the Exceptional Dentistry team! We are blessed with a dream team of talented and hard working individuals: Melissa A., Kori, Amy, Maureen, Charity, Talia, Melissa F., Heather, Stephanee, Jenni, and Darlene. They come to work every day to give 100% to our patients.  This positive environment in our beautiful, modern dental office allows us to give you a healthy smile with the highest quality and most advanced dental care. It is a privilege for for us to work with this talented group! To learn more about our team, click here. Also, to celebrate National Dental Health... Read More
January 23, 2012

Dubuque Invisalign Dentist

Invisalign isn’t just about making your smile look better… straight teeth are often healthier teeth too! (actual Invisalign case done by Dr. Kristen Berning) Teeth that are not aligned properly in the mouth create malocclusion.   Malocclusion, in simple terms, means a “bad bite” or a “misaligned bite”.  Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to many problems, including periodontal disease.  Crowded teeth are harder to keep clean.  More food, plaque, and debris can hide where teeth are crowded.  And as more bacteria and plaque accumulate, the bacteria start to cause gum disease.  Gums bleed more often.  As... Read More
January 17, 2012

Dubuque Cosmetic Dentistry

With the advent of social media and mobile internet devices, today’s dental patients have a wealth of information at their fingertips regarding cosmetic dentistry.  This makes them more informed and more knowledgeable about what treatment their desire for their own cosmetic concerns. People are seeking out the dental treatment that looks the best and lasts the longest.  Often times they are requesting the most conserative treatment.  Thanks to the improvement in dental materials, dental bonding is a conservative treatment that solves many dental problems.  Dental bonding can be thought of as “nip and tuck... Read More
November 10, 2011
Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning have been Dubuque Invisalign dentists for several years and have helped many patients straighten their teeth without metal braces. Many people ask us if Invisalign would work for them.  Often times they hold back their true smile because they are self conscious about some imperfection.  Their concerns may range from crowded teeth, crooked teeth, or spaces between their teeth.  Invisalign can solve many problems, and it’s a comfortable way to straighten teeth. Here is a case where this woman was not happy with the space between her 2 front teeth… and an even larger space between two of her bottom teeth... Read More
November 09, 2011
If you are straightening your teeth with Invisalign, or you know someone who is… here is a free smartphone app that tells you when to change your aligners… cool!  This app will help you stay on track so that you can achieve your results quicker & more efficiently, since forgetting to change your aligners might SLOW down your treatment. http://bit.ly/o6Wo91 Check out the link to read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about ‘Align On Time’ on the App Store. Download ‘Align On Time’ and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Our patients love Invisalign!   Invisalign is a series of invisible, custom-made... Read More
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