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June 13, 2011
Did you know that June is National Smile Month? To celebrate, we will be posting some of our favorite smile makeovers done by Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa. ~~~~ What is a smile makeover? A smile makeover can be many things… Sometimes a smile makeover is as simple as whitening. Sometimes a smile makeover means straightening teeth with Invisalign. Sometimes just one tooth in the smile needs a makeover. Sometimes a smile makeover is done with porcelain veneers. Sometimes cosmetic bonding or direct resin veneers are the best option for a smile makeover. Follow us on our facebook page to see... Read More
June 08, 2011
What is an AirSoft gun? Well, Dr. Kristen Berning learned yesterday when a 14 year-old boy came in with a broken tooth. Airsoft guns are used to play a game similar to paintball, but instead of shooting paintballs, small plastic BBs are used. The name “airsoft” is very misleading… the plastic BBs can be very dangerous and damaging! They are solid plastic and can be shot at speeds of over 400 feet-per-second… causing serious damage to the eyes or teeth if hit. Safety gear should absolutely include protective eyewear, but also sturdy clothing to protect the skin, and protective gear that covers the face and ears. And here’s how he looked when... Read More
May 23, 2011
Recent research suggests that elite athletes have a higher risk for tooth decay and tooth erosion, according to a study of triathletes in New Zealand, published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine. The following reasons explain why athlete’s teeth are at higher risk: 1. Intense physical training can cause a decrease in the amount of saliva due to dehydration and mouth breathing. Since saliva helps to protect teeth, decreased saliva can result in tooth decay. 2. The intense training also causes an athlete the need to “refuel” frequently with calories. Athletes often choose acidic sports drinks and fermentable carbohydrates (which... Read More
May 16, 2011
Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in many parts of the world. The use of high-quality CPR can improve a victim’s chance for survival. Health practitioners such as dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants are required to be certified in CPR. Dr. Ted Murray & Dr. Kristen Berning and the team at Exceptional Dentistry recently completed their CPR certification, which included some very important changes. The 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care includes the following changes: 1) changes in the basic life support sequence 2) continued emphasis on high-... Read More
May 10, 2011
We have made the commitment to our patients to provide technically advanced dentistry with personal attention and genuine compassion. We recommend types of treatment options that we would want for our families, friends, and ourselves. Our love and excitement of what we give to our patients is obvious to everyone we meet, through our smiles and enthusiasm. We are proud to be on the cutting edge of dental technology and are commited to participating in the education that keeps us there! We travel to some of the best training institutes in the country in order to stay up to date. In return, we love to hear what our patients have to say about us...
May 04, 2011

What to do about teething pain?

Our Dubuque dental office enjoys seeing patients of all ages.  We often get questions from parents about how to care for their children’s teeth and how to comfort teething pain. Some kids don’t even notice the arrival of the new pearly whites pushing through their gums. However, for other children the eruption of new teeth causes a lot of pain, and parents want to know the best way to comfort their children. It seems we all hear about different remedies to relieve teething pain. Parents often ask us if it is okay to give their young children Anbesol or Baby Orajel for teething pain. Well, the FDA... Read More
April 20, 2011
Dr. Kristen Berning has recently completed a nationally recognized Post-Graduate Continuing Education Program in Contemporary Esthetic Dentistry, it was announced today at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Berning completed a 100-question exam as part of the program, and she was named valedictorian for having the highest score in the class. She also tied the highest score in the program’s 15 year history, and was recognized at the dinner reception for her achievement. “We had some of the best minds in the country teaching this cutting edge course”, said Paul Belvedere, D.D.S., Adjunct Professor, School of Dentistry. As a... Read More
April 04, 2011
In March 2011, The Telegraph Herald published 2 articles by Exceptional Dentistry in their annual Health Section supplement. Dr. Kristen Berning describes the services that make up a superior check-up and cleaning in her article, “Does Your Dental Check-Up Measure Up?”. Many people do not realize how many procedures are covered in this valuable one-hour appointment with a dental hygienist. Dr. Ted Murray writes about the benefits of Invisalign treatment in his article “Look Younger…Feel Better”. Many people want straight teeth, and the benefits go beyond just a pretty smile. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and healthy for life. Here... Read More
March 27, 2011
The YOU Docs, Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen, talk about bad breath in their most recent column: http://www.realage.com/blogs/doctor-oz-roizen/bad-breath-test-true-or-false Here at Exceptional Dentistry, we agree when they say that most of the “bad breath” comes from bacteria in your mouth, especially the back of your tongue. Improved oral hygiene: brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and cleaning off your tongue, is the first step to improving mouth odor. Certain mouth rinses can help, but read labels because mouth rinses with high alcohol content can dry the mouth too much and make things worse. Bad breath can also be the result of... Read More
February 28, 2011
Last week, Dr. Ted Murray was at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) meeting during the 145th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. As an elected member of the AACD Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, Dr. Murray and the other committee members interviewed member candidates for the positions of vice president and 4 positions for the Board of Directors. They interviewed and selected 3 AACD accredited members to serve on the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry, who will be responsible for setting the guidelines and running the accreditation process.