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

Flossing

By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on August 15, 2017


Recently there have been news reports claiming that the practice of flossing is unnecessary. The reports surfaced after the government’s Dietary Guidelines Committee attacked today’s prevalent intake of added sugar. But both the American Dental Association and the CDC’s division of oral health (NIDC: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research—quite a title!) believe that the practice of flossing is important to the disruption and removal of plaque between the teeth and at the level of the gum line.

Why is flossing important?

Floss helps to clean the spaces between the teeth down to the gum line. These are spaces that a tooth brush can’t reach effectively. Between your teeth there is a sticky film called plaque. Plaque contains the bacteria that feed on the leftover sugars in your mouth. If the teeth are not properly cleaned these bacteria can take up residence in the gum line, cause gingivitis, a disease which could later even progress to the much more severe periodontal disease. Also, when bacteria thrive, they produce an acid that can eat away at a tooth’s enamel (the enamel is the hard-outer protective coating on the tooth) and worn away enamel could eventually cause tooth decay—cavities.

How often should I floss my teeth?

Once daily. It’s an important part of your daily oral routine. Brush at least twice and floss once. Make it routine and stick to it. It doesn’t have to become complicated.

Does it matter when I floss?

No. Just make sure you do it in conjunction with brushing your teeth. You can floss first or you can brush first—it’s up to you.

There are several options for materials. Floss comes in a thick tape and a thin comfort style. It also comes in different flavors and types: waxed, non-waxed. You can buy flossing appliances that hold a strand of floss, or you can simply floss by pulling free a strand six to eight inches long and wrapping the strand around opposing fingertips.

Keep in mind that flossing and brushing are only two of the three most important aspects of dental care—the third being a regular dental checkup.  You can schedule your next checkup with Dr. Bagby today!

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