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

Fluoride

By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on December 05, 2017


Did you know that fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral? It’s true. Oftentimes, because fluoride is added to water and dental products, it’s thought of as a much harsher chemical—it’s become a modern practice to resist the use of chemicals (and for some chemicals that is a smart response, but fluoride is a natural cavity fighter—necessary to dental health). Fluoride helps to prevent a cavity in both adults and children by strengthening tooth enamel (enamel, remember, is the hard, protective, outer-coating on the tooth); fluoride makes the enamel more resistant to an acid attack.

Why Fluoride is Effective

In infants, who receive fluoride through water and food, fluoride makes the enamel stronger before any teeth have sprouted from the gum line. When the teeth do sprout from the gum line, fluoride helps rebuild any weakened tooth enamel—tooth enamel is weakened by the foods and beverages we consume. Fluoride in our foods and beverages provide a topical benefit to our teeth, because even after they are consumed, the fluoride is still present in saliva.

Where do I get Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in every water source on earth. As a mineral fluoride is added to most—over 75%—community-type drinking water sources—for over seventy years fluoride has been added to community water in an attempt to lower the

occurrences of tooth decay. You could also use toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain fluoride. Since fluoride toothpaste was invented there has been a significant drop in the occurrence of cavities in both adults and children (according to the ADA—American Dental Association—before fluoride was added to community water sources nearly three times as many children developed cavities; the CDC has declared fluoride to be one of the ten great achievements to benefit public health).

To benefit from fluoride, stick to a regular dental routine of brushing, at least, twice daily and flossing once. Remember to drink plenty of water, and to avoid, as best you can, all those sugary drinks that can do serious harm to teeth.  Call Dr. Bagby today to schedule an appointment.

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