National Flossing Day
This summer flossing became a hot topic. The Associated Press published a report noting that there is little scientific research backing flossing’s effectiveness against caries and gum disease. Due to this lack of …
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Dangers of DIY Braces
Many DIY projects truly are money saving tricks-of-the-trade, but dentistry and orthodontics should not be taken on in a “do-it-yourself” manner. As specialists, orthodontists are trained to monitor and diagnose th…
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My Transformation from A Self-Conscious 11 Year Old
Written by: Dr. John Boling  As a very self-conscious eleven-year-old child, I was cursed with severe overjet or “buck teeth”.  I welcomed the idea of braces and sought out an orthodontic evaluation …
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6 Steps for Making Treatment a Breeze
Written by: Dr. Brittany Curry  In our office, we get a lot of questions about pain, especially our new patients. Pain is certainly not uncommon when adjusting to having braces or getting new wires. For t…
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Arkansas Mission of Mercy
Written by: Dr. Natalia Hodge This past weekend I had the privilege of participating in the Arkansas Mission of Mercy. This event, also known as ArMOM, is an event where dentists from all parts of the state provide…
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April is National Facial Protection Month
April is National Facial Protection Month so today I am going to talk about the importance of wearing a mouthguard.  Over the years I have been an Orthodontist, I have seen many of my patients sustain sports injuri…
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5 Reasons Why Orthodontic Treatment is Not Just for Kids and Teens
Written by: Dr. David Sander Orthodontic treatment is not just for kids and teens. As orthodontists, we treat adults of all ages and it is never too late to invest in your smile. Mom and dad, we are talking to you!…
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The Tale of Wesley the Straight Toothed Dog
Last week doggie braces were #trending and this week people are searching the internet to improve the oral health of their beloved canines. Wesley, a 7 month-old golden retriever from Spring Lake, Michigan, has won…
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The 20 Steps to Brush Your Child’s Teeth
Written by: Dr. AnnaKate Tatum February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. While the focus is on children’s teeth, the burden of a child’s oral care falls on the parents. If you have a toddler or small chi…
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What Happens Between Early Treatment and Adult Dentition?
Written by: Dr. Natalia Hodge Find out when adult teeth usually erupt and why not everybody who has early treatment needs retainers. Last week Dr. Tatum discussed Early Orthodontic Treatment (Phase I). Today I am g…
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When Should My Child See An Orthodontist?
Written by: Dr. AnnaKate Tatum When should my child see an orthodontist? The answer may surprise you. I am an orthodontist and soon-to-be mother of 2.  At dance, gymnastics, preschool, I hear all the time, “My kid’…
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The Westrock Orthodontics Story
Our Story The story begins over 30 years ago in 1986 when Dr. Mark Dake started his first orthodontic practice in a little town in Southern Missouri called West Plains. Throughout his career, Dr. Dake’s f…
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