Fun in the Sun: Protecting Kids’ Teeth During Summer Activities

Summer fun sometimes equals summer mayhem. The kids are out of school. Their activities may have changed, but are most likely still going strong. Your vacation times are probably in the summer, too. All this means your structured lifestyle takes a hit. Sometimes the routines kids had during the school year fall by the wayside. […]

Fun Facts About Bears (and Their Teeth!)

Our state is big on bears. We have a large population of black bears (which are sometimes brown) and brown bears (including grizzlies, that are often grizzled). Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) estimates there are at least 500 grizzly bears in our state. Polar bears are not indigenous to Montana, except maybe Flossington, our […]

Kids and the Holiday Season: Healthy Tooth Tips

Halloween is over, and you may be thinking once the candy is gone, fears for your kids’ teeth are gone as well. Home free, right? Think again. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and along with the holidays come sweets galore. Nothing epitomizes Thanksgiving and Christmas more than the foods associated with each […]

Is Fruit Juice Harmful to Your Teeth?

Fruit juice is often touted as a means of benefiting from concentrated amounts of all the nutrients available in fruit, such as vitamin C and antioxidants. Drinking fruit juice can help to lower the chances of heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. In some cases, such as with cranberries, the juice is more palatable […]

Nitrous Oxide

What is nitrous oxide? Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) is a very safe and effective form of sedation. It is a compressed gas delivered with oxygen to the lungs through a nasal hood placed over the nose, aka. “happy air nose.” The effects are seen rapidly upon natural breathing and dissipate quickly upon […]


What are sealants? A sealant is a white flowable material painted into the deep grooves of the chewing surfaces of the molars. Sealants are used to prevent food, plaque and bacteria from seeping into the deep grooves in the teeth, helping to prevent cavities from forming. What is the process of placing sealants? The treatment […]


DO YOUR KIDS HAVE SHARK TEETH? Shark teeth are completely normal and does not mean your child is morphing into a tiger shark. Children typically start losing teeth between the ages of 5 and 7. This process begins when permanent teeth start to erupt and reabsorb the primary(baby) tooth, causing the baby tooth to become […]

Radiographs (X-Rays)

How often does my child need x-rays? The need for radiographic examination is individualized to each child.  We will assess their specific risk for dental decay and evaluate their medical and dental history. X-ray films allow us to examine the teeth and jaws much more than a visual exam alone. Generally speaking, children require dental […]


How does fluoride prevent cavities? Fluoride strengthens the enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, which is most susceptible to decay. It also inhibits the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. Is fluoride safe? Fluoride has been scientifically proven to be safe and effective in preventing and reducing cavities. Its use and application should be monitored by […]

Tips for Enhancing your Childs Dental Experience

We need to schedule one or more visits to restore your child’s teeth as described in the treatment plan you have been given. To ensure a positive experience, please refer to these guidelines: •  We prefer to schedule younger or apprehensive children early in the morning when they are fresh and alert. We require a […]