5/1/20

Dear Patient and family members:

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

We are excited to resume semi-normal working days starting May 4, 2020.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations to insure your safety and that of our staff.

You will see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment or to reschedule your canceled appointment, please call our office 406-252-1078.  

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Ken Bagby and staff

Baby Teeth

By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on May 10, 2017


It’s important to start your baby off right with quality, routine oral care. Did you know that it’s important to start cleaning a baby’s mouth of bacteria immediately? It’s true! The sugars in the baby’s milk can cause a buildup on the gums. As soon as teeth begin to sprout from the gums, it’s possible to get decay. To start, clean the baby’s gums with a damp washcloth, scrubbing lightly in a circular motion. Be gentle, but keep the process routine—twice every day.

By the time your baby is six months of age, baby teeth will start to sprout up from the gum line. This can be a difficult time for the baby because the teeth poking gup through the gums make the gums sore and red.

Lightly rubbing the baby’s gums and the newly spouted tooth with a wet washcloth, or even your clean finger, can be soothing. Allowing the baby to have a clean teething ring can also be very beneficial. Continue these steps of oral care until the child is about one year old, or old enough that he or she has some teeth to brush.

For a baby under the age of three use toothpaste (there are brands better suited to baby’s than others, and if you have any questions as to which will work best for your child, consult Dr. Bagby). Use the toothpaste on a toothbrush in an amount compared in size to a grain of rice. Brush his or her teeth much in the same way as you would your own: straight, even strokes over the tops of the teeth and then light, circular strokes over the faces of the tooth.

Also important at this young age is to bring a baby in for his or her first dental checkup. Do this before the child turns one. A child’s first dental checkup is beneficial not only because a dentist can check the child’s mouth for any potential problems, but also the child gets an education, he or she gets a first positive experience at the dentist’s office, so that the child will, hopefully, be a youth and then an adult who’s unafraid of the dentist’s office.

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