Teeth Loss and Dementia

Recently, researchers conducted a study that found elderly people who lose their teeth may have an increased risk of developing dementia. The study included more than 4,000 participants, ages 65 and older.

Participants in the study underwent a psychiatric assessment and dental examination. Those who had few or no natural teeth experienced some memory loss or had early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Many of the patients stated that they rarely visited the dentist.

The best way to protect against developing long-term, serious oral health problems is to keep regular six-month dental checkups and cleanings.  You should maintain healthy hygiene habits at home, as well. The American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth twice daily, flossing once a day, and rinsing with water after meals. (more…)

Smile Make Over Quiz

Have you looked in the mirror and really studied your teeth? Have you decided that you need cosmetic work? I’m Dr. Jeffrey Allen, a Pella, IA, family dentist, and I would like to assist you in reaching your cosmetic goals. Prior to your consultation with me, I want you to identify what you like and dislike about your smile. The following quiz will guide you in determining what changes you would like to make and what results you seek.

1. What color best describes your teeth?

a. Bright white

b. Yellowish

c. Gray-blue

d. Brownish

2. Which term best describes the position of your front teeth?

a. Perfectly straight

b. Gapped

c. Crowded

d. Uneven

3. Which adjective describes the shape of your front teeth?

a. Nice and attractive

b. Pointy

c. Uneven

d. Rough-edged

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Caring For Your Dentures

You strive to keep your teeth healthy throughout life. However, sometimes dentures become necessary. In the same sense that you want to maintain your teeth for a lifetime, you should also maintain the longevity of your dentures.

Dentures, like your teeth, need proper care to ensure that they last. Caring for your dentures also protects oral health.  I’m Dr. Jeffrey Allen, a Pella, IA, family dentist, and I would like to give you some tips on caring for your dentures.

When you remove your dentures, you should do so over a folded towel or a sink full of water to avoid damaging them if you accidently drop them. (more…)

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Whiter smiles are brighter smiles. Today most dentists offer tooth-colored composite resins as an alternative to dark amalgam to restore cavities. I’m Dr. Jeffrey Allen, a Pella cosmetic dentist, and I offer my patients tooth-colored fillings so they can retain a white, healthy, natural-looking smile.

A tooth-colored filling is a synthetic material that will not dehydrate or dissolve. These fillings are custom colored to match your tooth enamel, so when a filling is placed, it is practically undetectable. This is beneficial, particularly on front teeth that show when you smile.

While composite resin fillings are my primary choice, in some cases, an amalgam filling is the best material to use. At your visit, we can discuss which type of filling material would work best for your unique situation.

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The Need for Six-Month Dental Checkups & Cleanings

It is said that prevention is the best medicine.  I’m Dr. Jeffrey Allen, a Pella, IA dentist, and I believe this statement is 100 percent accurate. I highly recommend that all of my patients come in for a six-month checkup and cleaning.

During your checkup, I will inspect your mouth for potential or existing problems. Early detection is essential for conservative treatment.  I’ll check for gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and will examine your bite (how upper and lower teeth fit together). Bite problems cause difficulties with the jaw joint, bruxism (grinding or clenching of your teeth), and abfrication (loss of tooth structure that forms notching near the gum line). (more…)

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a chronic infection of the gums and surrounding tissue.  It is caused by bacterial plaque that attaches to teeth and eats away at the gums. If plaque is not removed by proper brushing and flossing, it hardens into a hard substance called tartar. Bacteria in plaque tartar release toxins that irritate the gums and cause a breakdown of the fibers that hold the gums tightly to the teeth.

Periodontal pockets are created at the gum line, and bacteria breed rapidly in the warm, wet, dark environment. Overtime bacteria grow and form bigger and deeper pockets. Eventually, if left untreated, periodontal disease destroys the bone that holds the tooth in place, causing the tooth to loosen or fall out. (more…)

Welcome to the Pella, IA Dental Health Blog

I’m Dr. Jeffrey Allen, a Pella, IA Dentist, and I want to welcome you to our new blog site. This site will inform you about the services we provide, who we are, and what we stand for, and you’ll have access to interesting news about oral health and technology.

Our office is a blend of old world charm and state-of-the-art technology. The beautifully renovated, turn-of-the-century building is located on the square in Pella, Iowa.

Our caring staff will provide you with quality dentistry in a friendly, inviting atmosphere. We use procedures and tools that make dental care efficient, comfortable, and of great quality.

The services we provide includes cosmetic, preventative, restorative, some oral surgery, and general dental care.

• Patients of all ages
• Oral health affects overall health
• Prevention is key
• Long-lasting dental work
• We’ll listen, discuss, and then respond to your unique needs

If you have concerns with your oral health, call my Pella dental office at (641)628-1121 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to taking care of you and your family.