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Wheelock General Dentistry

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4100 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106
Last Updated: January 4, 2018

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About Wheelock General Dentistry

We are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long lasting smiles!
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When you visit our office, your smile is our top priority. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.

We are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long lasting smiles!

High Standards

A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables us to provide the quality dental services our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve your optimal dental health. Should a dental emergency occur, we make every effort to see and care for you as soon as possible.

Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. Our website is a resource we hope you’ll find both useful and interesting.

Education & Prevention

As a practice, we are true believers that preventative care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. We strive to provide “dental health care” vs. “disease care”. That’s why we focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x-rays when necessary. We also know that routine cleanings, flossing, sealants, and fluoride are all helpful in preventing dental disease. Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we’re also concerned about your health. A review of your medical history can help us stay informed of your overall health, any new medications, and any illnesses that may impact your dental health.

Uncompromising Safety

Infection control in our office is also very important to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Training & Expertise

As your dental health professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. We pride ourselves in providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy. To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning. We attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care. Also, being members of various professional dental associations helps us to stay abreast of the changes and recommendations for our profession.

A Positive Experience

Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

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If you’re like up to half of the American population, you may have had a sugary drink today — and there’s a good chance it was soda. Drinking high-sugar soft drinks is most commonly associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain.

But sodas can also have ill effects on your smile, potentially leading to cavities and even visible tooth decay.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men are more likely to drink soda and sugary drinks. Teenage boys drink the most and get about 273 calories from them per day. That number falls only slightly to 252 calories in their 20s and 30s.

When you drink soda, the sugars it contains interact with bacteria in your mouth to form acid. This acid attacks your teeth. Both regular and sugar-free sodas also contain their own acids, and these attack the teeth too. With each swig of soda, you’re starting a damaging reaction that lasts for about 20 minutes. If you sip all day, your teeth are under constant attack.

There are two main dental effects of drinking soda: erosion and cavities.

Erosion

Erosion begins when the acids in soft drinks encounter the tooth enamel, which is the outermost protective layer on your teeth. Their effect is to reduce the surface hardness of the enamel.

While sports drinks and fruit juices can also damage enamel, they stop there.

Cavities

Soft drinks, on the other hand, can also affect the next layer, dentin, and even composite fillings. This damage to your tooth enamel can invite cavities. Cavities, or caries, develop over time in people who drink soft drinks regularly. Add in poor oral hygiene, and a lot of damage can occur to the teeth.

How to prevent damage

The obvious solution? Stop drinking soda. But many of us just can’t seem to kick the habit. There are things you can do to lessen the risk of damaging your teeth, however.

  • Drink in moderation. Don’t have more than one soft drink each day. Just one will do damage enough.
  • Drink quickly. The longer it takes to drink a soft drink, the more time it has to wreak havoc on your dental health. The faster you drink, the less time the sugars and acids have to damage your teeth. (Just don’t use this as an excuse to drink twice as many soft drinks!)
  • Use a straw. This will help keep the damaging acids and sugars away from your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with water afterward. Flushing your mouth with some water after drinking soda will help wash away any remaining sugars and acids, and stop them from attacking your teeth.
  • Wait before you brush. Despite what you may think, brushing immediately after you have a soda isn’t a good idea. That’s because the friction against the vulnerable and recently acid-attacked teeth can do more harm than good. Instead, wait 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Avoid soft drinks before bedtime. Not only will the sugar likely keep you up, but the sugar and acid will have all night to attack your teeth.
  • Get regular dental cleanings. Regular checkups and exams will identify problems before they worsen.

Wheelock and Associates Dentistry

(712) 274-2038

4100 Morningside Ave

Sioux City, IA 51106

www.dentistinsiouxcityia.com

 

Are you searching for dental care that will enhance the beauty of your smile? Visit Wheelock & Associates Dentistry to receive cosmetic dental treatments! Our talented dentists offer cosmetic dentistry in Sioux City, Iowa, to help you achieve a stunning smile that you can enjoy throughout your entire life. Call us at 712-274-2038 today for more information about our cosmetic services, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Wheelock, Dr. Baller, or Dr. Post. We look forward to caring for your smile!

Call us today at 712-274-2038 to schedule your appointment.

Wheelock and Associates Dentistry

4100 Morningside Ave

Sioux City, IA 51106

www.dentistinsiouxcityia.com

Although there are numerous oral health care techniques you can use to keep your mouth clean and fresh, including brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups, it is important to care for your teeth against oral accidents and injuries that can arise. One way to prevent damage is by wearing protective gear, such as Under Armour® Performance mouth guards, during high-risk activities.

Depending on the mouth guard brand and style, they can be customized and modified to your exact dental needs. Customizable mouth guards and boil-capable mouth guards can be modified to meet your dental profile specification. However, there is also a one-size-fits-all mouthguard that is generally used when the other ones cannot be implemented.

When you are wearing Under Armour® Performance mouth guards, be sure to remember that it is an extension of your teeth, and they need to be cared for just as your mouth does. This means they are subject to damage due to harmful bacteria, which could contaminate your entire mouth, so keep them clean at all times. In some situations, wearing mouth guards may seem cowardly, but the loss of teeth and dental damage that can occur due to blunt trauma is much more important than how your peers may perceive you.

No matter the mouth guards you desire, Dr. Douglas Wheelock and our team at Wheelock & Associates Dentistry are here to give you the smile you want. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Sioux City, Iowa, please contact us at 712-274-2038 to speak with a member of our team. A happy smile is a healthy smile!

Has your smile become dull or yellowed with time? Our dentists offer professional teeth whitening in Sioux City, Iowa, to help your teeth regain a brilliant, white shine.

Call us today at 712-274-2038 to schedule your appointment.

Wheelock and Associates Dentistry

4100 Morningside Ave

Sioux City, IA 51106

www.dentistinsiouxcityia.com

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