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Let’s Talk About Dentists Doing Good

The best thing about being a dentist is helping people. Having a healthy smile is so much more than having perfectly straight and white teeth. Dental health impacts overall health and also impacts mental health and self-esteem. For most people who live in Southwest Nebraska and the rest of the United States, dental care is available and accessible. That is not the case, however, in many parts of the world. Luckily there are organizations and volunteers who work hard to make dental care available to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access. Thousands of dentists volunteer their time and services and we thought it would be fun to highlight some of ...

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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 Fillings

Let’s Talk About Fillings


It happens to the best of us ... you’ve been told you or your child has a cavity and that a filling is necessary. After recovering from the surprise, you may wonder how we go about doing a filling, especially on a child. We thought it would be helpful to go through the basic steps of a white resin filling.


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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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Let's Talk Childrens Dental Health Month

Let’s Talk About Children’s Dental Health 

February is Children’s Dental Health Month! Because we want the kids of McCook, NE to have the brightest, happiest smiles ever, we thought we’d go over the four important aspects of pediatric dental care.


Creating good dental habits for your children should start as soon as they wake up. Before breakfast, you should brush your teeth with your kiddos. When children learning good habits, modeling the behavior can be beneficial. Let them watch you, and then work with them on their skills. 

To start with, make sure you’re using a soft bristle toothbrush. If your child can spit their toothpaste in the sink, use a ...

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