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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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Des Moines IA Dentist Describes the Dangers of Teeth Grinding

asleep 4Did you know that a staggering 38 percent of children grind their teeth? Surprisingly, though, it is not children who most commonly receive treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding). In fact, most children outgrow their bruxism habits around age six, before any significant damage can occur to their teeth. Thus, it is not children but adults who are at a greater risk of damaging their teeth with a teeth grinding habit. To learn more about the dangers of teeth grinding, read the following information from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.

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Des Moines IA Dentist: Try This Tooth Extraction Quiz

quiz buttonDentistry seeks to preserve teeth by keeping them healthy. However, there are times when a tooth extraction may be necessary for the continuing health of the mouth. Do you know when extractions should be performed? Find out with the following quiz from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson. Test your knowledge and check your answers below.

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Des Moines IA Children’s Dentist: Tooth Decay Is Serious

colorful toothbrushes 2Would you consider tooth decay a serious matter if the tooth in question was a baby tooth?  Primary teeth, after all, are destined to fall out. So what does it matter if one of these teeth sustains tooth decay or develops a cavity? As it turns out, it matters quite a lot. To learn why, read below as your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, explains just how serious tooth decay is even when baby teeth are involved.

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Des Moines IA Dentist Challenges You to a Toothache Quiz

toothacheHave you had a toothache recently? How did you handle it? There are many potential causes behind a toothache, and depending upon the cause, there are procedures you should follow. To find out if you are a toothache expert, test your knowledge with the following quiz from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson. Then check your answers below.

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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