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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.

Root Canal Treatment: Not So Bad

Smile Head TiltThe bacteria responsible for tooth decay will go as far as they can to wreak mass havoc on your dental health. Left to their own devices, they will spread, reaching your dental pulp and putting your entire tooth in danger. Fortunately, root canal treatment (also known as endodontics) allows dentists to intervene at this stage and preserve the tooth’s structure so you don’t have to face replacement. You may fear the words “root canal,” but Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, wants to make sure you know that these procedures are not as bad as you may presume.

The Need for Root Canal Treatment

When tooth decay progresses to a tooth’s pulp and roots, the root canals become infected. This is like shutting down the highways that make commerce possible within your teeth. In essence, your tooth is very much in danger at this point. If left untreated, infection will continue to spread, and tooth loss is likely. The infection may spread into other parts of your mouth or jaw, or even into other parts of your body.

The Root Canal Procedure

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How Dentures Affect Your Health

dentures close upHave you ever grown so frustrated with your dentures that you considered doing away with them altogether? If so, may have wondered how living without dentures would affect your health. Unfortunately, as your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, notes, tooth loss can negatively affect your health in a couple of ways. First, having no dentures severely limits the foods that you can consume. In fact, people who suffer tooth loss sometimes suffer malnutrition as a result of their avoiding certain foods. Without teeth, people will often ignore vegetables and even many proteins, relying instead on a diet that is heavy in carbohydrates. Unfortunately, carbohydrates alone do not constitute a healthy diet. They also feed oral bacteria, which can cause further oral health problems. Lastly, without teeth, the food that arrives in the stomach may not be broken down adequately. Thus, the body has a more difficult time extracting nutrients from the food, creating nutrition problems.

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Do Porcelain Veneers Look like Natural Teeth?

man smiling 2Are you considering a smile makeover with porcelain veneers from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson? If so, you probably want to make sure that the cosmetic results you get will look completely natural. Therefore, you will be happy to learn that many people consider porcelain veneers to boast the best results of any cosmetic treatment. They have achieved this status by the ways in which they mimic living teeth to create astounding levels of realism. For instance, our natural teeth are partially translucent, meaning they allow some light through them. Porcelain veneers mimic this quality and thus will look realistic in many different lighting conditions. In addition, porcelain veneers can replicate the reflective quality of teeth for a sheen that is very convincing.

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When to Wear a Dental Mouthpiece

Discovering Bruxism

sore jaw 4Do you grind your teeth? If you said “no,” are you positive about that? Oftentimes, people grind their teeth during their sleep without realizing it. In fact, some people have been unfortunate enough to discover a bruxism (teeth grinding) habit only when a tooth breaks. Thus, it is important to know the symptoms of bruxism so that if you are grinding your teeth, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, can provide you with a dental mouthpiece to protect your teeth. Some of the most common symptoms of bruxism are frequent sensitivities in teeth, and a sore jaw. It is also pretty common for the jaw to pop or click when it opens and closes when bruxism occurs frequently. In addition to these symptoms, bruxism may be identified visually, which is why it is important to attend regular dental visits to your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson. Bruxism may leave teeth looking flattened or worn down, signs which Dr. Johnson can identify through visual inspection of your 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