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Let’s Talk About Fluoride

Did you know that fluoride is a naturally occurring substance? Most people associate fluoride with visits to the dentist, tooth paste, and municipal water. But let’s find out more about this inorganic anion! Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods, soil, and water. And of course, you can find plenty at our Dentistry office in McCook, NE.


Do you remember the periodic table of elements? Fluoride comes from fluorine, which is a common, natural, and abundant element. Fluorine is a chemical element with the symbol F and atomic number 9. It is a halogen, which means “salt-producing.” Because it’s so electronegative, it reacts with almost every other element! ...

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Let’s Talk About Protecting Your Children This Summer

Summer fun has begun in Nebraska and it seems like the list of things we try to put on our children to protect them keeps growing and growing. We thought it would be helpful to compile information from reliable sources (linked in each section) on what you need to cover your kids, literally and figuratively.


Bug Spray:  The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children as young as two months can use bug spray containing deet. Important fact: a higher percentage of deet does not mean that the product is stronger, just that it will last longer. Although deet is safe for use on children, many parents prefer to ...

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Let’s Talk About Losing Baby Teeth

There’s something quite exciting about when that first little baby tooth starts to wiggle!  It’s a sign that things are really going to start changing for your little one’s mouth!  Kids are getting excited about the tooth fairy and moms are getting teary-eyed because their babies are growing up.


As I get a lot of questions about this topic all the time, I thought it would be helpful to write a little review of what to expect.  Keep in mind that these are not hard and fast rules, but what happens most often in most kids.  I tell parents that the baby teeth fall out in pretty much the ...

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Let’s Talk About Tongue Ties

Let’s Talk About Tongue Ties


Dr. Kaitlin Haag of Southwest Nebraska Dental Center in McCook, NE


Having a tongue tie is not just an inconvenience, it can have an impact on newborn health, toddler speech development, and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease ...

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Let’s Talk About Preparing for Your Child’s First Dental Visit

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is, “When do I need to take my child to the dentist for their first visit?” 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends that a child be brought to the dentist when their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday, whatever comes first. If you missed this deadline, please don’t worry. We welcome your visit at any age. We also welcome children of all ages who are new to the McCook area!

Plan In Advance

With young children, a doctor’s visit can be an undertaking. I speak from experience. My first piece of advice is to plan in advance. Start by looking for a ...

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