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

New Year’s Resolution By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on January 06, 2018

In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, you may want to consider letting go of habits that adversely affect your dental health. Usually, New Year’s resolutions involve quitting smoking, getting more exercise, and eating healthier food. And those are all good resolutions—good for both your overall health as well as your dental health. But there’s a few habits that, if you do have them, are very problematic for both your teeth and gums.

Nail Biting

Nail biting is usually a nervous habit, and it’s hard on your teeth. It can both chip away at teeth and harm your jaw. But, unfortunately, because nail biting is an inherently nervous habit, it can be a difficult habit to break. Consider using bitter-tasting nail polishes. Or the kind of bitter-tasting anti-thumb sucking formulas also work. If you chew your nails because of stressful situations, then consider stress-reduction techniques. A little intervention can go a long way.

Bad Brushing Habits

Remember, it’s important to brush your teeth twice daily, for two minutes, and to floss at least once. But did you know that some toothbrushes, toothbrushes with stiff and hard bristles, can damage the teeth and the gums? It’s true, unfortunately, and you can also do damage to the teeth and the gums by brushing too hard. Remember, no amount of vigorous brushing is going to remove tough stains—that’s reserved for a visit to Dr. Bagby’s office. Make sure you use a soft- or medium-bristled toothbrush, and that you use the brush with a gentle pressure.

The Involuntary Habits

Some bad habits are practically involuntary. For instance, you may be someone who grinds their teeth when you sleep. It’s time to end that habit. You may not realize the kind of damage that happens when you grind your teeth. A simple mouth guard may alleviate the grinding, helping you have less damage, less pain, and a better rest.

Remember also to include on your New Year’s resolution list to keep to all regular dental checkups and cleanings. Regular dental checkups are very important to your dental health.  Call Dr. Bagby to schedule your appointment today!

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