How Your Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health

You may know that you should brush your teeth if you’re interested in protecting the health of your teeth, but did you know that brushing and flossing could also help your overall health? If you don’t care for the health of your teeth, plaque and bacteria may enter your bloodstream and cause long-term damage. Even… Read more »

Why are Implants Popular?

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a pretty big spike in the popularity of dental implants as a restoration option for missing teeth. While implants are certainly a great choice, they’re not the only tooth replacement choice in existence, which makes some people wonder why they’re so popular. So to help you understand the… Read more »

Prevent an Abscessed Tooth

Your teeth, like parts of your body, can become infected. When this happens, you end up with what’s called an abscessed tooth. Abscessed teeth occur when the pulp (the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth) becomes infected, and there are myriad causes for this. Regardless of how it happens, an abscessed… Read more »

Insights on the Warning Signs and Symptoms of a Filling That Is Going Bad

Standard dental fillings in , , are made from artificial materials like porcelain, gold, amalgam and composite resin. While they are impervious to the ravages of bacteria, the seam where the filling is cemented can sometimes be at risk. In time, bacteria can invade this area and create a new pocket of decay. Early detection… Read more »

The Facts About Teeth Contouring and Shaping

Do you have overlapping teeth or crooked teeth? Similarly, do you have one or more cracked teeth? If you do—and even if you don’t—you probably understand that these types of imperfections can be embarrassing. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to address the flaws in your smile. Contouring, which is also known as… Read more »

What can you do About Your Acid Reflux?

You’ve heard of acid reflux disease, and you probably know that it can lead to more issues than simply upsetting stomach. However, had you heard that acid reflux disease (which is technically known as gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD), can actually lead to serious issues with your oral health? This is primarily because acids… Read more »

What to Do About a Damaged Crown

Dental crowns are designed and installed with the intention of fully restoring the function and appearance of the tooth for many years. Yet, there are situations when something like a hard fall or blow to the face can impart enough force to cause damage to your crown. If your crown is chipped, cracked or otherwise… Read more »

The Effective Way to Whiten Your Smile

Dark foods and beverages, tobacco use and the processes of aging can all dull and darken your teeth with unappealing stains. If the teeth in your smile are deeply stained or you haven’t been impressed with your results from using retail level products, you should call to explore your professional whitening options. In most cases… Read more »

A Modest Sized Cavity Can Be Repaired with a Simple Filling

Sometimes even the most thorough oral hygiene regimen simply isn’t enough to prevent a cavity from forming on one of your teeth. Your regular dental checkup at is designed to catch any areas of tooth decay on your teeth. However, if you notice a problem area on one of your teeth in between dental checkups,… Read more »

Do You Need Help with Night-Time Teeth Grinding?

At Heart of the City Dental, the dental practice of Dr. Tanya Peterson and Dr. Heidi Smith in Burnsville, Minnesota, we are pleased to offer night guards for our patients who grind their teeth during their sleep. Since there is no actual “cure” for bruxism, wearing a night guard will protect your teeth and jaws from… Read more »