We continue to operate under Governor Reynolds proclamation regarding delaying routine dental procedures until May 1st. Both old and new patients are being seen with
We have attempted to determine patients who fall within those categories and call them. However, if you fit any of the above classifications and have not scheduled with us, please give us a call at 515-279-3848.
Monday – Friday we have a dentist scheduled for emergency patients. Commencing Monday, April 20th, we will also have a dental hygienist scheduled for emergency patients who need deep cleanings or periodontal maintenance and are having pain or discomfort in their gums.
Plans are being made for after we are allowed to return to doing more routine procedures. We have already updated a number of our health safety systems (new UV air filtration system designed to kill viruses circulating through the HVAC system, deep cleaning of all surfaces in the office, face shields and/or N95 masks for some procedures, and new protocols for check-in). We are exploring adding more hours and offering extended hours during the recovery period. However, we will need to see what additional mandates or guidelines are provided by various governing authorities.
Be assured that we are all anxious to be of service to you again for your dental needs. We have missed seeing all of our patients and after this forced separation we are excited to see you again soon.
Posted April 15th, 2020
Effective today Tuesday, March 17, 2020 our office will be closing until April 6, 2020.
At Davidson Family Dentistry our first priority is to our patients, staff, and community. We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The American Dental Association and the Iowa Dental Association have recently announced their recommendation that all elective treatment for the next 3 weeks be delayed. We will follow this recommendation. Elective procedures include all cleanings and routine restorative work or any procedures that can wait 3 weeks without issue.
We will be seeing patients on a limited emergency basis by appointment. We will have a staff member in the office Monday through Thursday from 8-5, and Fridays 8-2, to take your calls (515-279-3848) and make the same day appointments for emergency cases.
If you have an appointment scheduled with us in the next 3 weeks, our staff will be reaching out to you to reschedule.
We will be updating our status through email, text, and FaceBook should the situation change.
We appreciate your understanding and support as we navigate this unprecedented situation.
Davidson Family DentistryPosted March 17th, 2020
After 12 years of preventing and treating dental disease at Davidson Family Dentistry, Dr. Vonnahme will be leaving us effective March 13, 2020. We will all miss her kindness and caring, competent skills and hope that she continues to stay in touch. We will all be working diligently to get all of her existing treatment plans into her schedule before she leaves. We are reworking the schedule so that the treatments that cannot be finished before she leaves are absorbed by other dentists here in our office.
We wish her all the best.Posted February 28th, 2020
Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and Happy Holidays from all of us at Davidson Family Dentistry. Here is our news of the year 2019.
Many of you who came from our Beaverdale office in 2005 see our growth in size and all the new employees. Of the original 10 employees that came with Dr. Dave from Beaverdale, we still have 7 of our original team. One retired and two took new challenges.
Dental assistant Julyn returned to us in May from a brief employment excursion in a local orthodontic office. “Sometimes what we want is right where we are” to quote a quasi-famous dentist that you all know. Welcome home Julyn. Originally, Julyn was from Fairfield, Iowa. We were fortunate to recruit her to our office when she transplanted herself to the Capital City. Julyn works mainly with Dr. Michael.
Dr. Cameron Clause comes to us from The University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Clause is originally from Mankato, Minnesota and had a temporary landing stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota before finding us. Like Dr. Michael, Dr. Clause is the son of a dentist. To our good fortune, Dr. Clause is engaged to Dr. Holly Steger from Indianola, which is what brought him from Sioux Falls to Des Moines.
Dental assistant Meredith joined us in June from the same orthodontic office where Julyn had worked. Meredith works mainly with Dr. Stemper. Welcome Meredith.
Business assistant ReChelle joined us in June. She is a registered dental assistant but enjoys the business side of the office. She had experience in other offices before joining us part-time.
Dental hygienist Amber I. came to us in July. Amber is originally from Algona and worked for one of Dr. Dave’s good friends in Algona before moving to the bright lights of Des Moines. We are excited to have her as part of our hygiene team.
Dental assistant and business assistant Chrislyn joined us in August. Chrislyn works both in the front office areas and in the back helping out wherever necessary.
Business assistant Deb came to us in October. Deb is experienced in dentistry and has returned to our profession from management in the food service and hospitality world. Deb is originally from Arizona and had worked with assistant Aubrey at another office before joining us.
Dental assistant Nancy S. is our most recent addition. Nancy joined us shortly after Dr. Dave’s retirement in November. Nancy is an experienced dental assistant. She works primarily with Dr. Biegert and has hit the ground running. She adds a bilingual assisting element with a fluency in Spanish.
Dr. John Biegert added the only girl for our Davidson Family Dentistry family in June. Baby Alice was born in July to Dr. John and his wife Erin. Alice joins her big sister Rose. Congratulations Dr. John and Erin.
Dental assistant Liz gave birth in July to her first baby, a boy named Logan. Congratulations to Liz and her husband Keith. Logan is their first child.
Dr. Alyson Baier had a baby boy named Hudson in August. Congratulations to Dr. Alyson and her husband Andrew. Hudson is their first child.
Dental hygienist Sarah B had a baby boy named Carver in August. Congratulations to Sarah and her husband Trent. Carver joins his big brother Grady.
Dental hygienist Amber F. had a baby boy named Bodie in October. Congratulations to Amber and her husband Matthew. Bodie is their first child.
Dental assistant Amela had a baby boy named Kenan in October. Kenan joins his big brother Vedad. Congratulations to Amela and her husband Ricky.
This year we added a new Quattro as part of our instrument sterilization package. As you know, equipment and instrument sterilization and the protection of your health is of utmost importance to us. We have 3 autoclave type sterilizers and a whole host of other techniques and procedures with additional offsite monitoring to ensure our accuracy. The Quattro helps with this mission.
We also purchased a new computer server and several new computer stations. With state-of-the-art dental technology we must have the computer hardware to support our high tech dentistry.
Dr. Clause had training in dental implant placement. Implants are the future of dentistry and we are pleased that the dentists at Davidson Family Dentistry are all active in implant placement and/or restoration. The future is now at DFD.
All of our doctors, dental hygienists, and dental assistants spent well over 200 collective hours in continuing dental education this past year. We learned more on dental products and procedures as well as updates on sterilization, personal protection, HIPPA compliance, and our OSHA mandatory training.
Our business assistants were involved in insurance, HIPPA and OSHA training and other education to help you negotiate your dental visits as easily as possible.
Dr. Michael, Dr. Dave, Diane, and our team-leads spend countless hours learning and teaching to provide an office ”culture” that is second to none. The reason we are here is for you.
In September, Davidson Family Dentistry joined the network at United Healthcare Dental. In November we left the Aetna dental network, although we continue to process all insurance for our patients.
In 2012, the Iowa Board of Dentistry approved Dr. Dave to teach a class for dental assistants and dental hygienists in nine specific dental procedures: making temporary crowns, monitoring nitrous oxide, placement of periodontal dressings, placement and removal of dry socket medications, testing pulp vitality, final impressions, applying cavity liners and bases, occlusal registrations, and gingival retraction. In 2015, the Board of Dentistry added two more procedures to the list of approved dental procedures: preliminary charting and removal of adhesives. Dr. Dave was approved to teach the additional classes.
Dr. Dave has not only taught our own staff but he has had dental assistants and hygienists from all over the state.
In 2019, the Board of Dentistry revamped expanded functions and again Dr. Dave has prepared coursework for the changes. Cementing temporary crowns and placement of a class 1 temporary fillings are the two new classes.
Many of you already know that Dr. Michael Davidson has served our state by being one of five dentists chosen by the governor to be part of a nine person Board of Dentistry overseeing and setting policy for Iowa in regards to dental practices and for the protection of the public. After this current three year term, Dr. Michael has decided not to submit his name again to the governor. With the retirement of Dr. Dave, his young family, and in general a busy life, he has decided to withdraw from this large commitment.
Star (Lois) retired in August. She had promised Dr. Dave she would work as long as he worked. When Dr. Dave announced his retirement, so did she. Star has been Dr. Dave’s right hand since 1986 and she is already missed but we are happy and grateful for her many, many years of faithful service to our practice and our patients. Good luck in your new adventures Star.
After 39 years, Dr. Dave (blog writer) retired from active practice as of November 6. Dr. Dave had been looking for an additional dentist for a couple of years because he knew the magical 65 was approaching. This last June we found Dr. Cameron Clause and knew he was the dentist for which we had been searching. Dr. Dave is now the “permanent substitute”. He jokes that “if we need a right-hander from the bull pen, I’m available”. So far, he has been called in once in December. He was very appreciative of the hundreds who came to his retirement party and others who called, emailed or sent cards with encouraging words. Dr. Dave and Dr. Michael are the owners of the business, Davidson Family Dentistry, so Dr. Dave continues to watch over the patients and the business. Even with his retirement, it is business as usual at Davidson Family Dentistry.
Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and Happy Holidays to you all. We are very thankful and grateful you have chosen to place your dental health with us. All 45 of us at Davidson Family Dentistry wish for you a blessed season and a healthy and prosperous 2020.
Dr. David DavidsonPosted December 23rd, 2019
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.
There are three main types of sleep apnea,
The most common signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea include:
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, even children. But certain factors increase your risk.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition. Complications can include:
Consequences of sleep apnea may become very serious and affect quality of life. Davidson Family Dentistry offers you the opportunity to come in for a consultation and evaluation. Call our office (515-279-3848) to schedule an appointment to see if you would be a candidate for an oral device. If sleep apnea is diagnosed we may be able to fit you with a custom oral sleep appliance.
Source: Mayo Clinic
Posted August 21st, 2019
Progressively more people have decided to move to a vegan or vegetarian diet for both health benefits and environmental impact. It is always a good idea to discuss large dietary changes with your dentist and physician first. They may be able to discuss with you the vital vitamins and minerals you may have to supplement.
Dietary changes can cause issues with dental health if not done carefully. Eating a plant based diet can change the pH balance in your body and mouth, which can cause an increase in tooth decay and gum disease.
A study published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians are much more likely to suffer from tooth decay, more acidic salivary (spit) pH levels, and lower stimulated saliva flow than non-vegetarians.
What is it that is missing from vegan and vegetarian diets that is leading to this tooth decay? Not getting enough vitamin D and calcium.
Vegans looking for vitamin D probably will need to look at supplements. Supplements can be challenging because often they are not as regulated as other health products. Keeping with larger brands is usually more predictable with supplements for getting what is advertised. Check the labels carefully, as some of the ingredients in the supplements may be derived from animals. Often vitamin D is derived from ground bones. Vitamin D2 and D3 from lichen are vegan friendly.
Vegan sources of calcium include: calcium fortified soy or nut milks, tofu, soybeans, soy nuts, bok choy, broccoli, collard greens, Chinese cabbage, kale, mustard greens and okra.
There are 3 main concerns when a diet lacks meat and dairy: snacking, acid, and a lack of re-mineralizing food products.
Vegans and vegetarians often include snacking to maintain their bodies need for energy due to the lower fat content in these diets. However, constant snacking is a huge problem for oral health. The pH level in your mouth drops the moment food goes in and stays lower for 30 minutes. This creates a more acidic environment that wears down tooth enamel and provides a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes tooth decay. This acidic environment continues for 30 minutes. If you eat a snack every 30 minutes you will stay constantly in a lower pH. Neutralizing the acid found in plaque can be aided by adding garlic or ginger to your diet. It also helps to rinse your mouth with water after a snack or better yet brush and floss after each snack. Take a break between snacks and meals to give salivary glands, teeth and jaws the proper rest they need.
What further complicates this approach to eating is the type of food vegetarians and vegans are prone to snack on: carbohydrate-rich acidic fruit, or dry sticky fruits. This double-whammy of a constantly acidic mouth from snacking combined with even more acid from fruit is a recipe for weak enamel and cavities. Dried fruit, even organic, has a lot of available sugars for bacteria and can become a huge problem.
To counter this effect, snack less, avoid sticky fruits, choose from more firm, less acidic fruits and keep a bottle of water nearby to continually rinse your mouth. Seek out more complex carbohydrate choices such as whole grains, nuts, and whole fruits.
Research also suggests that meat, dairy and seafood help teeth in 2 ways. They may counteract acidity in the mouth, and aid in the remineralization of teeth that have been demineralized in an acidic environment. Nuts, green leafy vegetables and sea vegetables can help with remineralization.
Vegan and vegetarian diets can be wonderful in many ways. As with every diet make sure you follow it in a way that will help your health. Food choice is the most important drug you can take. Also consider supplements that will provide proper balance of vitamins and minerals lacking in whichever diet you choose.
Please remember that diet is a vital part of a person’s medical history. Patients should always inform their dentist and dental hygienist if they follow special forms of diet.
Maintaining healthy teeth is an important part of healthy living!
Davidson Family DentistryPosted June 21st, 2019
With the addition of Dr. Clause to our team and Dr. David Davidson’s approaching 65th birthday, many of you have asked regarding Dr. Dave’s retirement plans. While plans can change, the current plan is as follows:
In a world of constant change, it seems that if we are not moving forward then we must be moving backward. At Davidson Family Dentistry, our goal is always providing “Quality Dentistry, Affordable Service, and Compassionate Care”. With new technologies we want to ever enhance our mission. We are always moving forward.
We are happy and proud to announce the addition of two new technologies that enhances our mission of “Quality Dentistry” without breaking the pledge of “Affordable Service”.
Our first new technology is a Cone Beam CT X-Ray. This is an x-ray machine that we use to see 3-D. Always in the past our x-ray images were confined to a two dimensional view. Now we have the ability to make a three dimensional image which is especially useful in diagnosing and planning surgical procedures like implant placement and complicated extractions like difficult impacted wisdom teeth.
Dr. Michael Davidson and Dr. John Biegert in our office have both been trained in implant placement and have been very thankful for our 3-D Cone Beam CT machine.
For our patients who remember Dr. David Davidson’s original business partner Dr. Joseph Cortese, you will enjoy what old-time radio and television personality Paul Harvey would call “the rest of the story”. Dr. Cortese had the first x-ray machine in Des Moines in the early 1950’s and now we have one of the few 3-D x-ray machines in central Iowa. Dentistry has come a long way.
Our second new technology announcement is a Digital Impression Scanner. A digital scanner replaces the gooey paste in a tray we have used historically to reproduce the inside of the mouth for such things as making crowns and bridges. Some of the new treatments – implant crowns, orthodontic aligners, and dental sleep appliances – are perfect fits for this new technology. And yes, the traditional crowns, bridges, and partial dentures can also be made using a digital scanner.The other exciting part of this new x-ray is the incredibly low amount of radiation it emits. It has less radiation than the typical film based panoramic machines we used in the past in our original Beaverdale office. In fact, it is estimated that you will receive equivalent radiation on a transcontinental airline flight from New York to Los Angeles.
Posted January 11th, 2019
Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and Happy Holidays from all of us at Davidson Family Dentistry. For a second year I have been recruited to write a holiday, year-end message to you. After last year, I wondered why I hadn’t done this in the years previously. Here is our news of the year.
Davidson Family Dentistry, LLC
As of the first of April, the practice converted from a sole proprietorship to a limited liability company in which Dr. Michael Davidson has an ownership interest. It means little to you has a patient other than to offer to you the assurance that Davidson Family Dentistry will continue to be here for you for many years to come.
Swapna joined us on March 26 as an administrative assistant. Swapna is a dentist and has recently immigrated to America with her husband, daughter and son from India. Only American trained dentists are allowed to receive a dental license in Iowa so we are very fortunate to have her knowledge of dentistry. We hired Swapna shortly after returning from India on vacation. Isn’t life ironic sometimes? Swapna is the third foreign trained dentist to work for us. Olga from Russia and Sulochana from Nepal have gone on to receive American based dental training and are practicing dentistry. Olga is in Chicago and Sulochana is in New York.
Kristin joined us on June 4 as an administrative assistant and insurance specialist. Kristin is a graduate of Des Moines Lincoln High School and comes to us with considerable and competent experience working for my dental friends, Drs. Kris and Kevin Shay in Urbandale until they retired. Kristin loves following her favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.
Jessie, RDA joined us on June 25 as an expanded function dental assistant. Jessie is originally from Mount Ayr but eventually found her way to Oklahoma. Her last employment in Tulsa was as the structure and program coordinator for the dental assisting program at Platt College. She is very creative making decorative home items. We’re very thankful to have her back home in Iowa. Jessie will also be helping me with my expanded function dental assistant class in 2019.
Rachel, RDH joined us July 9 as a dental hygienist. Rachel is originally from Paulina in Northwest Iowa. She attended Northwestern College in Orange City for a year where she played basketball before transferring to the University of South Dakota graduating this year with a BS in dental hygiene. Her abilities far exceed her time in dentistry reminding me of someone with 5 or 6 years of experience.
Aubrey, RDA joined us August 14 as an expanded functions dental assistant. Aubrey has lived in various areas of Iowa with her family before settling in Des Moines and graduating from Des Moines Roosevelt. Aubrey has great skills as a dental assistant and we are very fortunate to have her. One of her hobbies is singing karaoke. You might just find her singing to you when you are in the dental chair.
Mandy joined us as an administrative assistant on August 20. Mandy comes to us from the world of banking with experience as a personal banker. She has jumped right in learning a new language – dentistry. Mandy graduated from Dallas Center – Grimes and attended UNI. One of her hobbies is bow hunting. You can be sure I’ll be on my best behavior when her quiver is full. :-)
Ashley joined us as a dental assistant October 8. Ashley is a graduate of Dunbar High School and Marshalltown Community College. We love Ashley’s bright smile and we are very happy she is part of our team. Ashley is a competitive body builder.
Our team continues to grow to serve you. There are 42 of us now. We’ve come a long way from our Beaverdale days.
Three of our doctors added to their families this year. Dr. John Biegert and his wife, Erin, had a baby girl in January. Her name is Rose. Rose is their first child.
Dr. Amanda Vonnahme and her husband, Shane, had a baby boy in February. Ryan joins brother, Jack, and sister, Sarah.
Dr. Justine Stemper and her husband, Matt, had a baby girl in July. Her name is Eliza and she is their first child.
We made a couple of new additions to our technology and a few replacements as newer models were deemed a better option than repairing their predecessors.
We are very pleased to add the latest and greatest x-ray technology currently available in dentistry, a Cone-Beam CT 3-D X-Ray. This machine will be used for 2D panoramic images along with three dimensional radiography. It will be especially useful in surgery. We are now able to do more complicated implant placements with the Cone-Beam CT. We are especially pleased that the radiation emission is especially low. Frequent airline travelers receive more radiation than this type of x-ray.
We are equally pleased to add a digital impression scanner to our restorative arsenal. It has the benefit of replacing the gooey impression pastes we have used historically.
Dr. Michael Davidson completed his extensive training in Implant dentistry through the Implant Maxicourse at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Dental School. He is now eligible to pursue a Fellowship in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. John Biegert is also pursuing advanced training in dental implantology. We are very pleased that both he and Dr. Michael are pursuing this cutting edge education.
Drs. Vonnahme, Stemper, Baier, and I didn’t venture as far from home this year for our continuing education. We took advantage of educational opportunities through the Des Moines District Dental Society, the Iowa Dental Association, and the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry.
All of our clinical staff and doctors further their dental education every year to improve our knowledge and clinical skills. In addition, our non-clinical staff are trained annually in areas of infection control, OSHA safety, and general dental knowledge.
Welcome patients from Dr. Jon Allison, DDS
One of our Urbandale dental colleagues, Dr. Jon Allison, retired this year in August. We are pleased that he ask us to help him transition into retirement by “adopting” his patients. With the addition of some additional staff, we were able to open time for his patients and add more new patients to our dental family. Thank you Dr. Allison. You have earned your chance to take it easy after a life of service to your patients.
Shoulder Surgery Cancelled
As many of you know, in 2016 I had rotator cuff repair of my right shoulder and my left shoulder needs the same type of surgery. I was already to have the surgery after the first of the year until I re-injured my right shoulder after very little exertion. The right shoulder is non-repairable surgically except with a replacement and the surgeon won’t do the replacement until I’m 70. Oh well. Not everything goes as we expect. I continue to be blessed beyond measure.
Last year I made these requests and again I am making my petition to you. Our practice continues to grow because of the many wonderful patients who join our practice through your referrals but with the America’s mobile society, some of our patients move away and we want to replace them.
Two of the most common sources of new patients in our practice come from direct referrals of your friends, family, and coworkers and indirect referrals through Google reviews.
If you have written a Google review for us, thank you. If you haven’t and are so inclined, would you be willing to write a review so your experiences can be reflected to those who you don’t even know? We would be so appreciative!
As always, if we ever miss the mark in your expectations, please tell us so we can improve for you and be the best dental office you have ever experienced.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings to you all. We are so grateful you have chosen to place your dental health with us. We wish for you a blessed season and a healthy and prosperous 2019.
Dr. David Davidson
Posted December 20th, 2018
It’s no secret that Dr. Dave and Diane love to travel. There are photos around the office and artifacts from their journeys. They forgo golf memberships, fancy wardrobes, and other luxuries in order to find an adventure and travel to “parts unknown” to them. It was on a recent trip that Dr. Dave had an interesting observation that has led him on a fun research project.
In Paris they were preparing for a day visiting the Louvre. So as not to miss any of the most famous of the Louvre’s art exhibits, they checked in with Mr. Google for his assistance. The search was “top 10 things to see at the Louvre”? The first information that popped up was the Louvre’s Google rating: 4.7 stars out of 5. Huh, wouldn’t one think that the world’s most famous and renowned art museum would be a shoo-in for a 5 star Google rating? They have the Mona Lisa for crying out loud! Who knows, maybe it got dinged for all the stairs when some have knee problems – like Dr. Dave and Diane. (They would gladly give the Louvre 5 stars anyway)!
At Davidson Family Dentistry, we strive for 5 stars from everyone – all the time. We have hundreds of reviews in aggregate on the many internet sites that are available to an internet researcher. Dr. Dave especially wants his Google score high because that is the search engine he uses. (Currently Davidson has over 130 Google reviews with a 4.8 star Google rating). We strive for all of our patient encounters to be 5 stars and are disappointed when the rare person doesn’t have a 5 star experience.
With Davidson Family Dentistry at 4.8 and the Louvre at 4.7, Dr. Dave decided to compare us with other famous places. Here is our list:
Davidson Family Dentistry 4.8
7 Modern Wonders of the World:
To paraphrase America’s greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, (Dr. Dave gives him 5 stars) “you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.
At Davidson Family Dentistry we are at your service to provide 5 star dentistry, 5 star customer service, and 5 star patient satisfaction. Dr. Dave likes to say “if we meet or exceed your expectations, please write a review and tell the WORLD. If we don’t meet or exceed your expectations then please tell US so we can make it right”. We want to be the best dental office you have ever experienced!
To your good health and entertaining travels,
Davidson Family Dentistry
Posted June 18th, 2018