1. What’s a Skin Graft?

    Dentistry has come a long way since the days of barber-surgeons who probably caused more dental problems than they solved. Today, we are able to perform and fix all sorts of dental conditions, either for aesthetics or for function, that help you to live a better life. One of these amazing developments in dentistry is gum grafts. But what is a gum graft and when would you need one? Bitterroot Denta…Read More

  2. The Anatomy of a Tooth

    Your teeth are made from the strongest substances in your body — enamel. Your teeth are stronger than your bones. If you think about it, they have to be. Just think of what they do all day long, day in and day out. They are responsible for chewing and beginning the digestive process. They help you breathe and help you talk. Teeth are amazing structures in your body. Bitterroot Dental is a Top Ra…Read More

  3. Does Your Missoula Dentist Phase Out Your Restorative Treatment? Do They Give You The Option?

    When it comes to restorative treatments for your oral care and appearance, those often come with a rather hefty price tag. We know that your smile can be a huge source of confidence or lack thereof, so it’s important that you get the treatment you require, but if it’s going to be $10,000 right out the door (we promise that’s a hyperbole) then you’re hardly going to be able to get your smil…Read More

  4. HPV 101: The Newest Oral Cancer Epidemic on the Block

    Human papillomavirus-related oropharyngeal cancer(HPV) is officially registered as an epidemic. What does that mean for you and how often you should be going to the dentist? It means, if your dentist is up-to-date like Bitterroot Dental in Missoula is, you have nothing to worry about. We believe it’s our duty to guide you through the screenings for new diseases that pop up from time to time. You…Read More

  5. Dental Care For Xerostomia That’s as Old As Dry Mouth Itself

    Since the beginning of time humans and humanoids alike have been the victims of dry mouth, probably. While we can’t totally confirm that upon evolving into free-thinking creatures we started caring about our oral health, we can confirm that early on human history there was evidence of “fuzzy sticks” used for cleaning their teeth, presumably to get the foul taste of whatever stood for nourish…Read More

  6. Three Signs It’s Time To Switch Dentists

    Most folks see a dentist as an infallible doctor. While you should put faith in your dentist because they’re in charge of managing your oral health which has connections to your brain and heart, it’s also important to be treated like a customer as well as a patient. There’s a difference between telling you the hard truth about your oral health and bullying you into a procedure you don’t ne…Read More

  7. Dentist Hygiene: Do Natural Toothpastes Do The Job

    Recently, everyone has started looking for natural substitutes to the products they’ve used for years. Strangely, baking soda hasn't gained sudden popularity, but things like almond butter and the like. Perhaps it’s because there's something savory about all natural superiority, but does any of it really work?  We can’t speak to the effectiveness of almond butter, but we can talk about all-…Read More

  8. Dentist Hygiene: Are Electric Toothbrushes Worth The Hype?

    Since the birth of the electric toothbrush, there has been speculation about the merits of the device. From a singing toothbrush to a refillable brushed metal toothbrush, the varieties have spanned the gamut. To most people, all toothbrushes are created equal, but this isn't true. As much as one toothbrush may claim that dentists prefer it, it’s probably not true. Finding the right toothbrush de…Read More

  9. Dentist Hygiene: What Not To Do When Brushing Your Teeth

    Brushing is a key component when considering your dental health. Any dentist will tell you that it’s essential to your continued health, and yet they may not mention some of the trickier parts of the technique. Unfortunately, it can at times be a little more complicated than running a brush around your mouth. Below are a couple of things to hone to make sure your tooth health is top notch. Caref…Read More

  10. Signs You Need A Root Canal

    Is a Root Canal What You Need?   In the world of dentistry, few procedures seem to elicit a fearful response from patients more than a root canal. Even though most people don’t fully understand what a root canal means, popular media has put this idea in people’s heads that a root canal is the worst, most painful procedure that a person could possibly have done. While we won’t claim that…Read More