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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.
February 21, 2011
The media has made us aware of health concerns with products containing Bisphenol-A, or BPA. Products such as plastic water bottles, baby bottles, liners in canned food, and plastic toys may contain BPA. Many baby bottles and other items were pulled off the market and redesigned to now contain NO BPA. The media also has concerned many people when it mentioned dental sealants containing BPA. The dental sealant materials we use in our office do NOT contain BPA. For those who want to know more, here’s another good resource “What is BPA?”
February 16, 2011
An article from drbicuspid.com said the following… “The new report found that children living in the 5 top-ranked states — Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire — are more likely to be insured and receive recommended medical and dental checkups than children living in poorer performing states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, and Nevada.” Exceptional Dentistry enjoys providing dental care to kids. We do everything we can to make the visits fun and enjoyable for them. During February, National Children’s Dental Health Month, Dr. Kristen Berning and Exceptional Dentistry participated in the ADA’s Give Kids a Smile... Read More
February 07, 2011
Yesterday’s edition of the Telegraph Herald’s Her Magazine presented the winners of the 1st annual Her Choice awards. Dr. Ted Murray & Dr. Kristen Berning were voted Best Dentists of the Dubuque area! The entire office is excited about this award because it is truly a reflection of the high quality of all of the team members. Each team member working at Exceptional Dentistry strives to provide the best dental care available to our patients. Here is an excerpt from the article: “Berning and Murray believe the healthiest, most beautiful smiles begin with excellent oral care. Berning enjoys helping clients develop a lifelong habit of... Read More
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!