Dr. Stefanie Donnell-Randall is passionate about health education, and The Dental Loft focuses on prevention of potential dental problems and the oral-systemic link between health and wellness. We love to share the things we learn with patients to help inform the decisions they make about their oral and overall wellness.
We post blog articles twice every month that include dental- and health-related topics on everything from different dental procedures and products to natural remedies and world traditions about dentistry. We hope our blogs inspire you to incorporate more dental knowledge into your daily life. Read on and feel free to provide feedback and share our posts!
The Dental Loft has a preventive, conservative approach to the individual dental needs of each patient. We offer family reservation blocks for your convenience, and Dr. Donnell-Randall is on call after hours for emergencies. We also offer flexible financing options to keep dental care accessible. We’re here for you!
Biofilm is quite literally a “film” or layer of biological matter that forms on teeth, in sink pipes, on river rocks, and more. Biofilm is made of many different things. Think of it as concrete, which contains cement as well as a slew of other materials. It’s likely you’ve been aware of biofilm on your… (Read More)
You’ve heard it before. Too much sugar is not good for little bodies. Or, more precisely, added sugar is not good for people, big or small. The more we learn about how sugar affects the body, the more we realize that lots of added sugar has many downsides for health. This is particularly true of… (Read More)
What is the Oral-Systemic Link? You’ve always heard that it’s important to take care of your teeth. Brush and floss every day, and see the dentist for good oral health. But did you know that your oral health could directly affect your overall health? And the road goes both ways—problems with your overall health show… (Read More)
How old is too old for braces? It’s an interesting question—and the answer may surprise you! The Dental Loft would like to share some information with readers today regarding patient age as it relates to orthodontic treatment. Spoiler Alert! Patient age alone is not a deal-breaker when it comes to successful orthodontic treatment outcomes, so… (Read More)
If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we love to talk about tooth decay. The chances are, everyone has had or will have tooth decay at one point. It is classified by the National Institutes of Health as the most prevalent disease in the world. Today we’re going to talk about a few… (Read More)
It’s no secret that residents of Iowa love sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths—at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Dr. Stefanie Donnell-Randall wants you to know… (Read More)
We think fondly of it, we all want it – why is it so hard to find? We’re talking about sleep, of course. A poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that 60% of adults report having trouble sleeping almost every night, with 63% saying their sleep needs are not being met. Like water, a… (Read More)
We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of…. (Read More)
At The Dental Loft, we understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Urbandale dentist Dr. Stefanie Donnell-Randall wants every patient to have the… (Read More)
Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often called baby bottle tooth decay. This happens when liquids with natural or artificial sugars remain in an infant’s mouth for extended periods of time. Bacteria in the baby’s mouth thrive on these sugars, using them to produce acids that attack the teeth and gums. Today,… (Read More)