Your mouth is essentially a window into the health of the body. The mouth can show signs that you may be at risk for disease or if you are eating foods that are not best for you. Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers. Simply open the toggle to view each. And, as always, if you cannot find the answer you seek here, don’t hesitate to call us or email us anytime.
Top Dental Tips
- Try flossing while watching the news or another favorite T.V. show.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled tooth brush.
- Replace your tooth brush every 3 months.
- Regular Dental cleanings at least twice a year .
- Make healthy food choices.
- Avoid tobacco.
- See one of our hygienists for more dental tips!
How often should I see the dentist?
Although you may regularly brush and floss your teeth, your smile needs and deserves a professional dental cleaning every six months. (Please check with your insurance on frequency limitations for exam, cleanings and x-rays.)
How can I find out if Dr. Stuntz is in my network?
Please check the 800 number, or log on to the website provided on the back of your insurance card.
What if I'm pregnant?
Tell your dentist if you are, or plan to become pregnant. Continue to see your dentist for exams, treatment and cleanings. It is generally safe to be seen during this time, however we recommend most restorative treatment be completed in the second trimester.
Do you offer sedation?
We do not currently offer sedation, but our friendly staff will help you feel at ease.
At what age should my child be seen by a dentist?
We reccomend a dental visit within the first 6 months of the eruption of your childs first tooth. This will not only help monitor their oral health but introduce them to a dental setting.
Can I accompany my child?
You are more than welcome to accompany your child to their initial examination, however we also believe that parental presence is not always in the best interest of the child. We can usually establish more trust when a parent is not present. At around age 4 we encourage children to come back to the treatment room on their own, this will not only help build trust but confidence as well.
What can I do for sensitivity or bad breath?
Dental sensitivity can be caused by a number of factors, such as gum recession, diet or cavities. If you have prolonged sensitivity, you should be evaluated by your dentist. Bad breath can be caused by many factors, like tobacco use, what you eat, dry mouth, poor hygeine or infection. The best way to improve bad breath is to brush twice daily, including your tongue, and to floss.This will help remove food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. If you have a chronic problem, you may want to be evaluated by your dentist.
Dental Health Informative Links
The American Dental Association – Information for all interested dental patients
Southwest Orthodontics – Our partners in orthodontic treatment for patients of any age
Children’s Dentistry of Council Bluffs – Our friends specializing in the treatment of children’s dental needs
Oral Surgeons – Our colleagues specializing in all aspects of oral surgery
Western Iowa Endodontics – Our endodontic friends specializing in root canal therapy
Other Council Bluffs Businesses
Hyperion Creative Agency – Design & Identity – Providing website design, hosting, print and marketing
Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce – Information on Council Bluffs businesses
Our Dental Experts
Below you can learn more about our main staff dental team. Open the toggle to get more of each doctor’s background and experience, as well as a bit more about them. Also feel free to visit our full staff page to learn about our entire team.
Tony D. Stuntz, DDS
Dr. Stuntz is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and a Council Bluffs native. He enjoys helping patients maintain and enhance their oral health. He is one of several dentists in his family including his father, brother, and sister-in-law. He regularly attends dental continuing education courses and recently enjoyed a course on removable prosthesis impression making and denture fabrication. In his spare time Dr. Stuntz enjoys reading, playing basketball and soccer and spending time with family and friends.
Brooke Nordquist, DDS
Dr. Brooke Nordquist grew up in Denison, Iowa. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Buena Vista University & obtained her D.D.S. from Creighton University School of Dentistry. Brooke is an affiliate with Southwest Iowa District Dental Association, Iowa Dental Association, and American Dental Association. Brooke and her husband enjoy traveling and they stay busy with their little boy.
Kathleen Ward, DDS
Dr. Kathleen Ward grew up in Springfield, Illinois. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in biological science from Marquette University & obtained her D.D.S. from Creighton University School of Dentistry. Kathleen is an affiliate with the American Dental Association. Kathleen and her husband enjoy spending time with their family and staying active with their dog.
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