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September 07, 2010
Exceptional Dentistry was a sponsor for the Rising Star Theatre Company’s production of “Into the Woods.” The performances were July 22-24 at The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Here’s a picture of the Big Bad Wolf himself:
August 31, 2010
Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen, the “You Docs”, write about recent research that indicates gum disease is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s & memory problems. Read their article here. Our hygienists, Talia, Charity, and Melissa, have helped hundreds of people treat their periodontal disease and gum disease. People who treat their periodontal disease not only keep their teeth longer, but reduce their risk for stroke, heart attack, and Alzheimer’s. Reducing the bad bacteria in the mouth helps the whole body stay healthier!
August 11, 2010
This 16 year-old came to our office for a second opinion on her dark front tooth. The tooth suffered an injury when she was younger and has had a root canal. Instead of having to grind anything off of the front, or put something over it to mask it, we were able to whiten the tooth from the inside out. It’s a process called internal whitening. BEFORE: AFTER: She can now feel good again about her smile!
July 14, 2010
It is the time of the year that the state of Iowa sends out the Application for Renewal of Dental License. I was completing Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning’s forms, and needed to fill in the answer to the question “License renewal requires that you obtain a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education taken between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2010. Write the number of hours you completed… “ Our two dentists each attended 203 hours !! Just another reason on why they are so good at taking care of your smile: their life’s work. Dr. Murray & Dr. Berning are dentists, and passionate ones at that!
May 17, 2010
Dr. Ted Murray & Dr. Kristen Berning attended the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s (AACD) 26th Annual Scientific Session, in Grapevine, Texas from Tuesday April 27- Saturday May 1, 2010. The AACD is the world’s largest international dental organization dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry through responsible esthetics. Both Dr. Murray & Dr. Berning are active AACD members. Contemporary cosmetic dentistry is a comprehensive approach to total oral health care that combines art and science to achieve optimal dental function, health, and esthetics. The annual AACD scientific session is... Read More
May 05, 2010
Dr Ted Murray, an accredited dentist in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry was elected to the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee at the annual meeting of the AACDin Dallas, Texas.
April 26, 2010
Earlier this month, National Public Radio featured the story “As Our Skin Sags with Age, So Do Our Bones.” One of the most important elements in keeping facial bone definition is to keep your natural teeth! David Hunt, a physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., was interviewed for the story. He oversees the roughly 30,000 human skeletons in the Smithsonian’s collection. “When you see that many bones,” Hunt says, “You get a pretty good sense of how bone changes over time.” The skulls from the Smithsonian show a range of definition: from minimal loss in bone volume , to moderate and dramatic... Read More
March 11, 2010
Dental Assistant Week is March 7-13. We appreciate the wonderful dental assistants at our office! They do an amazing job helping Dr. Berning & Dr. Murray give our patients beautiful, healthy smiles.
February 25, 2010
This 14 year-old girl was so excited to finally get her braces off to reveal her beautiful new smile. However, there was one thing left to do to truly finish her smile. One of her lateral incisors (right next to her front teeth) was undersized. This is a common tooth that can be smaller than ideal. Cosmetic bondingcan be done to make teeth the correct size or to close gaps. This procedure can be completed in just one visit. BEFORE: AFTER: Everyone was pleased with the result!
December 16, 2009
To celebrate the holiday season and our appreciation for each other, we enjoyed a Team Christmas Party at The Diamond Jo’s Woodfire Grille. Back row, left to right: Dr. Kristen Berning, Melissa, Maureen, Kori, Charity, Talia, Amy, Darlene, & Cliff. Front row: Carol & Dr. Ted Murray.