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

The Links Between Medication And Cavities By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on November 07, 2017

Oftentimes, cavities are considered to be something from youth: too much sugar, and not enough dental cleaning. But, it is also possible to get cavities later in life. This is especially true of older adults, people who require more daily medication. Some medications have the side-effect of dry mouth—dry mouth is a very, very common side-effect for many different types of medication. When a person suffers from an almost perpetual dry mouth, meaning that the saliva needed to clean away food debris is no longer prevalent, then our mouth’s natural defenses against bacteria aren’t working. And when bacteria thrive, then potentially chronic conditions, such as gum disease—gingivitis and the more severe periodontal disease—become possibilities.

The types of medications which have the potential side-effect of dry mouth are varied, but do include several very common medications such as: allergy, high cholesterol, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, even Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. This is why it is important to tell Dr. Bagby the medications you have been prescribed. He may be able to recommend certain at-home treatments to help relieve your perpetual dry mouth. When a medication causes certain side-effects, it is also important to tell your physician, as he or she may be able to make changes—if possible.

There are over-the-counter mouthwashes that work to counter the effects of dry mouth—if you have any questions as to which type or brand of mouthwash you should use, Dr. Bagby can make a recommendation based on your needs. Make sure to drink plenty of water, and, if at all possible, try and steer clear of sugary drinks. Water helps keep teeth clean, and it leaves nothing behind—such as sugar—to harm the teeth. Consider carrying a water bottle with you at all times. If you work at desk, fill up a water bottle such as BPA Free Nalgene—or similar—so that you always have fresh water at the ready. Try and avoid the foods and drinks that perpetuate dry mouth.

Take care of yourself. Remember, if you are suffering from any dental condition, call and make an appointment with Dr. Bagby.

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