Go the Extra Smile!

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An old time dentist once told me, many years ago, the best way to learn is by the method “See one, do one, teach one.” In my case, it started with a filling. I saw it being done, I did one myself, and then I taught one to another. I have never forgotten that piece of sound advice, and I use it in everyday life not just within the walls of Family Dentistry.

Regardless of age, we all have something to learn. It’s important to be a mentor but, equally as important to be mentorable. When we start to think that we have seen and done everything, “nothing surprises me” this is when a humbling experience is not too far behind.

So when it comes to mentoring, be sure to go the extra mile! Or in our case, “go the extra smile”!

When it is your turn to be the mentor, be sure to do so with a smile. When someone seeks your council, advise them gently with a smile. Your kind words can help a great deal.

~Dr. Jon Reagan

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

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Do you know the recommended age for taking your little one to see a Dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child at age 1 to see the Dentist. There are dentists who specialize in pediatric dentistry and only see children under age 18.


At Family Dentistry of Neosho, Dr. Reagan and Dr. Nine will take patients starting at any age. Think 1st tooth 1st visit. It’s easy to remember. During the early years we just love on the toddlers, and make coming to the dentist fun and exciting. It's exciting for their siblings to show them around! When they get to around two and a half years they are usually begging to get their “teeth counted”.


February is national children’s dental health month. Make plans now to commit to helping your children enjoy the dentist, not to fear the dentist.


Here are some quick tips.

  • Brush as a family
  • Brush longer
  • Look inside your child’s mouth often
  • Bring them with you to the dentist
  • Never let them see you sweat coming to the dentist. You might have a “dental” story but they can still have a great experience even if they are unsure of their surrounding.
  • Usually by age 3 they have 20 teeth