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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.
October 06, 2009
We have 3  painted pumpkins in our office for the Halloween season, thanks to Stacy’s Creations.
October 01, 2009
We see pierced tongues and the damage the metal stud does to teeth. The metal chips teeth. One of our patient’s teeth has been fixed twice, and he still continues wearing the stud, and chipping his teeth. In the October 5, 2009 Sports Illustrated issue is an article on NBA player Chris Anderson, of the Denver Nuggets. The 6’10” Anderson, from Iola, Texas, nicknamed “Birdman” missed a basketball game after breaking a molar while biting down on his tongue stud.
September 17, 2009
The real solution to a patient’s fears, phobias and anxieties was all in one little pill. Today was an amazing day for a Dubuque man, and for Dr. Ted Murray and Amy.  After years of thinking about it, the patient called our office.  He had fears, anxieties and phobias about a dentist looking at his mouth.  Kori invited him to come for a ten minute appointment to meet our dentist and to talk about his fears.  We often hear about someone being worried, frightened and not wanting to have someone look at their mouth.  It was an easy first appointment, so he made an appointment to return for an hour, where Melissa took photos and Amy took xrays... Read More
September 02, 2009
“My jaw hurts, my teeth hurt and I have a headache”, said a patient last week. Dr. Ted Murray listened to him and did an exam, took impressions of his teeth and made him an orthotic. Our patient called today to say his bite feels great, and he has no more pain. He is wearing this comfortable orthotic, and you can’t even notice it when he talks. He is sleeping better. He will wear this orthotic for about three months, and then Dr. Murray will restore his teeth to the correct bite to give him a strong and healthy smile. Dr. Murray explained that for your body to stay healthy, your muscles, bones, lungs and heart have to work in harmony.... Read More
September 02, 2009
Do you want to see some wonderful art? Twenty Dirty Hands is a self guided pottery tour October 16, 17, 18, 2009. 10-6PM daily. www.twentydirtyhands.com
August 24, 2009
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” author, Michael Altshuler Dubuque had a beautiful sunny 75 degree weekend. What a perfect weekend to be outside. Summertime flies by fast. The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush every three to four months – even sooner after recovery from an illness or cold. Food particles and moisture become trapped in the base of brush bristles where they provide everything germs need to grow. Research has shown that unclean brushes can bring microorganisms into your mouth. Thanks to Link Embroidery 563-583-4942 for a great job putting our names on our Lab coats.  
August 19, 2009
Dr Ted Murray & Dr Kristen Berning are a sponsor for “Get the Lead Out” Run. Saturday October 10, 2009 9:00 AM @ Mines of Spain Benefit for Mines of Spain, Dubuque’s beautiful location for walking/hiking/running trails 10K, 5K Run/Walk, & 1 mile fun run