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AAU Junior Olympic Games

hand and gold medalDes Moines will host the AAU Junior Olympic Games from July 22, 2014 through August 2, 2014. The United States Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games is the largest gathering of amateur athletes in the United States. Proud of her city’s opportunity to showcase Des Moines to athletes from all over the country, Dr. Jessica Johnson is also delighted to provide quality dental care to her community.

What is the AAU?

The AAU is a non-profit volunteer sports organization that promotes amateur sports through it’s over 500,000 members and 60,000 volunteers across the nation. The AAU was formed in 1888 and historically has worked with Olympic committees to prepare American athletes for international competition. The Junior Olympics began in 1967 as 523 athletes went to Washington, D. C. to compete in the first competition. This year, it is expected that over 16,000 participants will take compete in the Junior Olympics.

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Questions Answered about Cosmetic Dentistry

GroupOfWomenAccording to a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic dentistry, an incredible 99.7% of people in the United States believe that a smile is a very important social tool. This is really a no brainer, right? Another 74% believe an unattractive smile hurts your professional standing, and research shows they are correct in their assumption. To alleviate your concerns about the flaws in your smile, West Des Moines dentist , Dr. Jessica Johnson, will answer a few questions about cosmetic dentistry basics.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

Q1: What is cosmetic dentistry?

A1: Cosmetic dentistry involves any procedure designed to address common aesthetic issues, including teeth stains, misalignment, gaps between teeth, and cracked or chipped teeth.

Q2: Can cosmetic dentistry improve the health of my smile?

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Two Cleanings a Year Put Teeth in the Clear

smile green backgroundEvery six months, you should visit Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson for a checkup and cleaning. This is the most effective way to avoid severe gum disease and cavities which can heighten your risk for tooth decay, dental abscesses, tooth loss, and jawbone depletion. Once your oral health becomes that declined, it can be costly (both time wise and financially) to get your grin back in shape again. Preventive cleanings are the type that you’re used to during your biannual dental examination schedule.  If you get off track or avoid going to the dentist, you may require a deeper cleaning.

A Typical Dental Cleaning

The typical dental cleaning is also clinically known as prophylaxis. This is the sort of dental examination which most people receive when they attend a dental visit on schedule. The focus of this type of cleaning is maintenance; namely plaque/tartar removal. Preventive dental checkup steps help to prevent oral infections, such as periodontal (gum) disease and cavities. When performing a basic dental checkup, a dental hygienist may use a variety of tools to scrape plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. The hygienist will also floss teeth to remove bacteria from the surfaces that are unreachable by dental instruments, and polish your teeth with a powered toothbrush.

Root Planing and Scaling

A second type of dental cleaning is necessary when bacteria are winning the battle inside your mouth. Also known as root planing and scaling, deep cleanings are typically performed on patients who have developed gum disease which is getting beyond gingivitis (early gum disease). A patient with periodontitis (severe gum disease) often develops bacteria-filled pockets between teeth and gums. These germs attack the base of teeth and the surrounding periodontal ligaments and tissues. If you ignore this condition, periodontitis can result in tooth loss.

Visit your Des Moines Dentist

When was the last time you had a dental cleaning? If it has been more than six months since your last dental visit, you are due for a checkup. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jessica Johnson today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.

Can Smoking Cause Tooth Loss?

Smoker GuyYou already know that smoking is incredibly harmful to your overall health. The number of diseases and unpleasant side effects which are directly related to the unfortunate habit is staggering. Beyond the bad breath, yellowing teeth, and oral cancer risk, you can add tooth loss to the list. West Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, notes a research study which shows the devastating link between oral health issues and  tobacco use.

A 30-Year Study

Tufts University was the site of a study which tracked the oral health of approximately 500 men for 30 years. The male participants were initially divided into two groups: smokers and non-smokers. As some of the male smokers quit the habit, they formed a third group. On average, the consistent smokers lost almost three teeth every ten years. The non-smokers  lost slightly more than one tooth over the same period of time. The group of smokers who quit lost an average of 2.5 teeth while smoking. However, the rate of tooth loss declined dramatically after they quit. Tufts conducted a similar study among roughly the same amount of women. The researchers found that smoking women were two times as likely to lose teeth as non-smoking females.

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FAQs: Replacing Lost Teeth with Innovative Dental Implants


Do you have one or more missing teeth? According to a study commissioned by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one permanent tooth. Fortunately, dental implants provide a secure and lifelike method of replacing lost teeth.

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MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm