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Wheelock and Associates Dentistry


4100 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106
Last Updated: June 12, 2018




About Wheelock and Associates 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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More About Wheelock and Associates Dentistry

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.



Comfort, quality, and value meet at Wheelock & Associates Dentistry, where we strive to provide our patients with high-quality, comprehensive dentistry. Our dentists, Dr. Douglas Wheelock and Dr. Ryan Baller, and Dr. Jaicee Post, focus their attention on our patients, utilizing the latest technologies to ensure that your treatments are comfortable and meet all your needs. We take the time to get to know you, providing personalized care to improve your oral health and smile. Our dentists are proud to offer excellent dentistry in Sioux City, Iowa, and we also welcome patients from the nearby areas, including Lawton, Dakota City, Bronson, Jefferson, Hinton, Willis, and Waterbury. We invite you to contact our practice today to learn more about our dental services and to set up your next appointment with Dr. Wheelock and Dr. Baller, and Dr. Post.

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Wheelock and Associates Dentistry


4100 Morningside Ave

Sioux City, IA 51106

Our dentists at Wheelock & Associates Dentistry are proud to provide our patients with Invisalign® clear aligners to straighten misaligned teeth! These clear aligners help to correct and improve your smile without filling your mouth with bulky and uncomfortable metal brackets and wires. Call 712-274-2038 for more information about Invisalign in Sioux City, Iowa, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Wheelock, Dr. Baller, and Dr. Post.

Invisalign® is a great choice for our patients who are searching for a more discreet orthodontic treatment option. Rather than using metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, the Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made, computer-generated plastic aligners to straighten your smile. Each set of aligners is designed to make small changes to the alignment of the teeth. As you switch sets of aligners about every two weeks, your teeth will be gradually, gently guided to their proper positions. You will also visit our office on a regular basis during treatment to make certain that your smile is progressing as planned.

In general, Invisalign can be used to treat the same orthodontic issues that are normally treated with braces. Our orthodontist may recommend Invisalign to correct:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped and spaced teeth
  • Certain problems with the bite, such as an overbite, open bite, underbite, or crossbite

During your initial visit, we will determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign. This treatment is often a good choice for adult patients and others who are interested in a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment. In addition to being discreet, Invisalign aligners are also very comfortable because they are custom made from smooth, thin plastic. The aligners are removable as well, which allows you to easily remove them as needed in order to eat, brush, and floss. We welcome you to call or visit us today to learn more about Invisalign.

Wheelock and Associates Dentistry


4100 Morningside Ave

Sioux City, IA 51106

When you dig into your dinner or nosh on a post-workout snack, you're probably focused on satisfying your cravings and fueling your body. But whether you're indulging in a treat or eating healthy, the way you chew might be having an effect on your overall enjoyment of a meal. Chewing food might seem simple and instinctive, but the way you chew may impact your oral and gut health. Learn more about how and why to chew properly, and you'll probably relish your food even more.

The Purpose of Chewing

Since the dawn of time, chewing has been used as the primary way of breaking down food into smaller, more digestible particles that can easily pass through the digestive tract. Of course, different foods take a different amount of chewing to break down, and early hominids likely used their teeth to grind down plants and break through tough meat sources. Today, most foods are tender enough to be pulverized with a moderate amount of chewing, but there's still something to be said for taking your time to chew slowly and mindfully. Here are some of the benefits of prolonged and thorough chewing:

Chewing helps to signal the beginning of the digestive process. As your body releases saliva to help break down food, it also relaxes the stomach ahead of digestion to allow food and nutrients to pass through more easily.

Chewing slowly gives the stomach enough time to signal the brain for satiety. In fact, a study published in the journal Appetite found that chewing food slowly actually reduces food intake between meals, meaning it can be a great tip to help you curb overeating and increase your satisfaction at mealtimes.

When food particles are left on the teeth, they provide fuel for bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Prolonged and thorough chewing produces more saliva, which helps remineralize teeth and restore the pH of your mouth after eating acids and sugars, notes DentistryIQ.

Chewing Food Properly

There's really no perfect way to chew your food, as factors like the type of food and the condition of your teeth can affect how you break down what you eat. There are, however, some guidelines to make sure your food has been properly chewed before you swallow. You might, for instance, choose a goal of "chews" to hit before you swallow, such as 20. You can also simply make sure your food is completely pulverized before you swallow and begin digesting.

If you find that you have a tendency to eat too quickly (and chew too fast), you can set some rules for eating to help you do so more mindfully. Only eat at prescribed times and while sitting at a table. Make sure you avoid other activities when eating, instead of taking the time to focus on your food and your satiety level. Then, always brush after meals to clean away leftover food particles. The Colgate 360° Advanced 4 Zone toothbrush removes bacteria from teeth, tongue, cheeks, and gums. You can incorporate brushing into your routine and use it to signal the end of mealtime.

Chewing might seem like a no-brainer, but the way you eat can contribute a lot to your overall health. Take time to slow down, eat mindfully and chew slowly, and you could find you eat less and enjoy your food even more.

Give us a call today to learn more details, we are committed to your oral health!

Wheelock and Associates Dentistry


4100 Morningside Ave

Sioux City, IA 51106

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

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