Our main goal at Nelson Dentistry is to protect the health of our patients, our team, and our community. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and under the direction of both the American Dental Association (ADA) and Montana Dental Association (MDA), we are closing the office for all non-essential dental treatment until further notice.  Should you have urgent dental needs, please contact us at 406-542-3305 and we will advise you on how to proceed. We wish you all good health. Please know that we will get through this together!
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Dental Teeth Image | Dr. Jonathan NelsonPhotography is one of my hobbies, so yes, I love taking pictures of your teeth to show you exactly what I see!  I take high-resolution photographs of all new patient's teeth.  It's funny how little people know about something they use so much--something that's attached to them none-the-less.  It's very rewarding for me to show a picture to a patient that allows them to understand their health so much better.  

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This also helps you feel much more confident about getting the work done that you need since you can see the problem I'm talking about. It's not just me telling you of something complicated and abstract, it is us looking at the problem together to find the right solution for you. Often times there is "more than one way to skin a cat" and allowing you to see the issues helps you confidently make the right decision.



I recommend that your baby be first seen by a dentist when their teeth first appear or by their first birthday.  The first teeth that usually appear are the bottom front teeth at around six months. I like to seem them at this early age to catch any growth and development problems, catch cavities, make sure you know (especially if it's your first baby) how to clean the teeth, and to help the baby become accustomed to the dental office.  

First Visit to the DentistBaby at the Dentist | Dr. Jonathan Nelson

Nearly all babies and kids are a little scared to be in a new and unique environment and be laid back, and indeed most of them cry.  But it's not because they're hurt, it's just because it's new.  Typically the earlier and more consistent your kiddo is experiencing the routine of a dental visit the sooner they become accustomed to it, and it stops being scary.  It's not uncommon for children who don't start seeing the dentist when their first teeth come in to finally come in when a tooth hurts. At which the tooth usually hurts from a big cavity.  And if one tooth has a big cavity, usually there are several other cavities. This sets them up for a bad dental experience and they will often need to be treated by a specialist, possibly under sedation.

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One of the worst things you can do for your baby is to let them go to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice (even diluted).  This leads to getting a lot of cavities, possibly needing to have the teeth pulled if it's bad enough.  If your baby can't seem to sleep without a bottle, try using warm water, or feed them before putting them to bed.  It's even better to let them fall asleep with the bottle and take it away then to leave it with them all night or for the nap.  

Give our team a call today to schedule your child's first dental check-up!

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