Tag: Lynnville IA family dentist

Which Toothbrush is Right for You?

Scientists think that toothbrushing tools date back to 3,000 BC when they were made of twigs. Thanks to modern technology, we no longer have to brush our teeth with trees. In fact, we have several different styles and types of toothbrushes to choose from. When deciding on a toothbrush, here are some important things to… Read more »

Oral Cancer Examinations

Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, this is a great time to schedule an oral cancer screening. Research shows that approximately 7,900 people die from oral cancer each year. Ninety percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer have used some form of tobacco. Other risk factors for oral cancer include: heavy alcohol use, sun… Read more »

Dental Floss Preferences

During your trip to the store, you may have noticed the large variety of both toothpaste and dental floss. When choosing dental floss, which style to choose is simply a matter of preference. A study conducted by periodontists at University of Buffalo found that nylon waxed dental floss and Teflon floss (wide, plytetrafluoroethylene floss) yield… Read more »

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… Read 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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Whiter smiles are brighter smiles. Today most dentists offer tooth-colored composite resins instead of 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.

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.

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.