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January 31, 2011
Our Exceptional Dentistry team understands that nighttime mouth breathing can be harmful to a child’s growth & development. Children are supposed to be able to breath through their noses at night, in order to have proper oxygen supply to their active brains. In addition, breathing through the nose allows for proper tongue & muscle balance which is necessary for the face to develop correctly.

As a family dental office, we care about our patients like they are our “family” too! We screen for mouth breathing in children by looking for narrow arches, crowded teeth, & enlarged tonsils, and looking for signs of sleep deprivation....

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January 28, 2011
“You know the drill: Brush at least twice a day with soft bristles, don’t forget to floss, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Good oral hygiene not only keeps your smile pearly-white and gums in good shape, but it could help the rest of you stay healthy, too: Research shows cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis, among other conditions, may be linked to oral health. More tips to protect your teeth, based on the latest research. Eat salmon. Or peanut butter. Or any other food rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). New research shows people whose diets were rich in PUFAs, specifically DHA and EPA fatty... Read More
January 17, 2011
Look here to see what happens “When good habits wander into the bad part of town”. We just wanted to put a smile on your face today!
January 10, 2011
Exceptional Dentistry of the Tri-State Region now has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ExceptionalDentistry
January 07, 2011
Dr. Ted Murray is one of just 7 dentists (over the last 12 years) to receive a Certificate in Esthetic Dentistry from the University of Minnesota. He participated in this 500-hour program which included: lectures from some of the most renowned dentists in the country, extensive hands-on training, completing direct resin veneers on a patient at the University, presenting several of his own clinical cases to the class, and publishing an article in the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry. There is a profile on his accomplishments here. Dr. Kristen Berning, has followed in his footsteps, as she is currently attending Level One of this Esthetic Program... Read More
December 21, 2010
We are very proud and excited to announce we were voted “Favorite Dentist”by the HER magazine readers of the greater Dubuque, Iowa area. HER magazine is published by the Telegraph Herald, the local newspaper for the Tri-State Region. Thanks to all of our wonderful friends and patients for your votes!
December 15, 2010
CNN.com published an informative article today describing the FDA’s concerns with the possible safety risks from mercury dental fillings. Studies have concluded that young children and developing fetuses are most susceptible to the neurotoxic effects of mercury. Starting in 1998, Dr. Ted Murray discontinued using mercury-containing dental fillings, due to these concerns. Read more here.
December 07, 2010

Lower your risk of heart disease: Brush your teeth

BY MICHAEL ROIZEN, M.D., AND MEHMET OZ, M.D. The YOU Docs “What’s better than walking out of the dentist’s office with a mega-watt smile, the slick feel of just-polished teeth, a free toothbrush and knowing that’s over? How about a 33 percent drop in your risk for a heart attack or stroke? “You read that right. Dentists and cardiologists have long known that neglecting your pearly whites leads to more than a tight-lipped grin in your high-school reunion photo. It also kicks up trouble in your arteries. The same gunky dental plaque — a gooey mix of bacteria, saliva and microscopic... Read More
October 11, 2010
The popular Fox comedy show called Glee has a sedation dentist, “Dr. Carl,” joining the cast. The Tuesday 7 PM central show tellsthe adventures of a high school glee club. John Stamos, age 47, plays the dentist, who is dating one of the school’s teachers. John Stamos is known for his roll in “Full House,” has starred on Broadway 4 times, and has played drums for the Beach Boys on and off for the past 25 years. Dr. Carl Howell visits the glee club, where he discovers that some of the students have terrible teeth. Cheerleader Brittany’s are the worst of the singers. Brittany: “I don’t brush my teeth. I rinse my mouth out with soda after I eat... Read More
September 22, 2010
Heart disease is the leadingkiller of men and women in the United States and in Europe. British researchers studied nearly 12,000 adults in Scotland found that those who don’t brush their teeth twice a day have a 70% increased risk of heart disease compared to those who brush twice a day. Bleeding, red puffy gums are signs of periodontal disease. People with this disease are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes because inflammation in the body plays a role in the build up of clogged arteries. See us at least twice a year, so we can help you get a clean, healthy mouth.