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

Bad Breath By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on October 05, 2017

Bad breath happens to everyone. Chronic bad breath, also called Halitosis, affects up to fifty percent of adults in their lives. Most causes of bad breath are absolutely harmless (garlic and onions are likely culprits), but there are a few causes which require a little more attention, and could be the cause of a more serious condition.

Bacteria

It’s no surprise that bacteria live in our mouths. And when those bacteria feed off food debris they leave a waste behind that has a stinky odor.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth happens when the body can’t produce enough saliva to clear away food debris from the inside of the mouth. There are many likely culprits of dry mouth, and many are sporadic and go away easily. Dry mouth is also the end result of salivary gland problems, medications issues (dry mouth is a common side-effect from certain medications), or breathing issues (constant mouth breathing keeps the soft tissues in the mouth dry). When dry mouth is caused by a more chronic and pervasive condition, such as something derived from issues within the salivary glands, it’s important to seek treatment from your dentist.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by plaque. Oftentimes gum disease, especially in its initial stages, will be difficult to self-diagnose. (Thankfully, however, Dr. Bagby can determine gum disease before it evolves into the more pervasive and destructive periodontal disease, so keep up with your regular visits!) Gum disease, usually, also has the symptom of an ever-present bad taste in your mouth.

Food and Tobacco

Food is a big cause of temporary bad breath. We’ve already mentioned the likely culprits of onions and garlic. Tobacco use also brings with it pervasive, chronic bad breath, which should give you just one more reason as to why you should quit tobacco!

Bad breath can be fought by twice daily brushing and flossing. Remember to brush your tongue, because the tongue is a place where bacteria thrive. Remember to visit your dentist regularly. For some, mouthwashes can be effective at daily control over bad breath, although if you need a product like mouthwash to keep bad breath at bay then you may want to come in for a checkup with Dr. Bagby, because the underlying cause of your bad breath may be something that requires treatment.

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