“I have my dream job now.”

You’re the meaning in my life, you’re the inspiration!



That’s right! Doctor Mindy’s favorite musical group growing up was Chicago!  Speaking of Chicago, Dr. Peterson has said that he wouldn’t be caught dead at a Chicago Cubs World Series game.  So, maybe they don’t have the same taste in “Chicago”, but they do have many other things in common (besides both being dentists)!

Both Dr. Mindy and Dr. Craig are loyal to their family and their religion. The most important thing in Dr. Peterson’s life was becoming a Christian in 2008.  His family, God and being the best dentist he can be are the most important things in his life right now.  Dr. Mindy hopes for her legacy to be that she loved God and others completely and sought to help others.  She values her relationships with people, her family and God.

Outdoor activities are enjoyable for both doctors.  Dr. Peterson truly enjoys hunting.  Sometimes he even shares his deer sticks with the office! You could also find him outside playing softball or golf. Dr. Mindy also used to hunt with her brother and dad, but nowadays she enjoys camping!

Family is always the most important thing in their lives.  Her husband and raising her children are her greatest accomplishments in Dr. Mindy’s life.  Dr. Peterson loves his wife dearly and says that marrying her is also his greatest accomplishment.  Dr. Mindy and Dr. Craig both enjoy living in this area.  They find that people around here are genuine and kind.

Although she enjoys living in this area, Dr. Mindy’s favorite place to be on earth would actually be somewhere tropical. She enjoys vacationing with her family and would love to visit the Galapagos Islands.  She would love to live in the Caribbean if she could take ALL of her family with her! Dr. Craig would enjoy seeing Thailand or spending some time of his life in Africa.

When he was a child, Dr. Peterson wanted to be a meteorologist. He says that recess and the lack of responsibilities were the best part of being a child!  Dr. Mindy was a little fort building doctor when she was a child.  I’m not sure if she still builds forts, but…she is a doctor now!


Dr. Mindy and Dr. Peterson continue their education to provide the best dental care available.  Feeling comfortable at appointments and trusting them as dentists are important to both of them.  They truly care for each and every existing patient and new patient.

When I asked both of the doctors  what their dream job is…

They both replied with the same answer…

“I have my dream job now.”


Thank you for being our valued patient and friend!


Written by Alyssa Foltz



Oral hygiene (for little ones)

Develop great oral health habits as babies!


Age 0-1 year

You should wipe your child’s gums with a wet washcloth or damp piece of gauze, even before they get their first tooth. Do this routinely in the morning, as well as in the evening.

Once teeth come in, brush your child’s teeth with a toothbrush and water (2 times a day).

When your baby turns 1 years old, it is a good idea to schedule their first dental appointment.  It is important to keep your baby’s teeth healthy. Studies have shown that a baby who has a cavity is more likely to have cavities as an adult.


Age 2 years and up

You may now start using a small dab of toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth.

Fluoride toothpaste can be introduced when your child is old enough that he/she does not swallow it.  Begin flossing when your child has teeth touching one another.

Children are little eager creatures! When your child first begins to brush their own teeth, you may need to brush again for them afterward.  They don’t do a very good job on their own for quite some time!

Remember to make dental hygiene fun for your child!

  • Kids mimic what their parents do.  Brushing and flossing together can be a fun activity
  • Buy your child a fun new toothbrush with vivid colors or their favorite movie character.
  • Toothpaste can be fun too! Buy a toothpaste that has appealing packaging or has a fun flavor.
  • Reward your child with a gold star, sticker or new prize for brushing and flossing twice a day. Reward them daily, weekly or monthly (do what works best for you!)
  • Even using a timer can be fun!
    The video below shows how you can use Disney’s Magic Timer™ App to make brushing and flossing fun!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM1EYBCordg&w=560&h=315%5D

Thank you for being our valued patient and friend!

Photo of Conner taken by Harridge Photography

New year…New smile…New YOU!

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It’s time for a NEW year resolution!


Starting a new workout plan and meal prepping to become a healthier person this year? Those tend to be the resolutions many people focus on each year, but what about your smile that you’re so self-conscious about?

Did you know?

50% of people consider the smile the first facial feature they notice
80% of people are not happy with their smile


Is the appearance of your smile negatively affecting you?

Do you avoid having pictures taken?
When you talk, do try to hide or cover up your mouth?
Are you the person always smiling with your mouth closed?


Treatment options to obtain those pearly whites you dream about:

·      Routine preventative care appointments – This is the cleaning appointment that you come to every 6 months. Dental cleanings are designed to remove plaque and tarter deposits that have built up on teeth over time.  If you have minor staining, maybe all you needed was a good cleaning appointment with your dentist!

·      Whitening trays – Your dentist can also provide you with an in-home whitening kit.  This whitening kit has a custom mouth tray to fit your teeth.  It also includes whitening gel.  By wearing the whitening tray filled with whitening gel every day, you can achieve a whiter smile. You can have a whiter smile in as little as two to three weeks!

·      Invisalign – Are you self-conscious to wear traditional braces? With Invisalign, you have the opportunity to enjoy invisible teeth straightening. It is made of a smooth, plastic material rather than metal wires. Office visits tend to be every 4-6 weeks.  Invisalign allows you to do everything you normally would in your busy schedule.  The best part is, most people won’t even know you’re wearing them!

·      Crowns and veneers – Though these can tend to be the more expensive route, crowns and veneers can be a “solve all” to your smile issues.  Crowns and veneers actually cover the existing teeth allowing the stained/discolored teeth to be permanently covered.  Because of the coverage crowns and veneers provide over the current teeth, they are able to fix chipped teeth,  crooked teeth, small teeth, misshapen teeth and even eliminate gaps between teeth.

Many of us would love a new makeover!

We get the chance for a stylish new hairdo and fancy new wardrobe, but what about our smiles? Have you ever considered the possibility of giving yourself a “Smile Makeover”?


Dr. Melinda Hochgesang explains on Paula Sands how easily a better smile can be obtained 


Tell your dentist if you are feeling sad and hopeless about your smile.

A brighter smile and a happier you may be just a few appointments away!

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.”

– Jay Danzie

Thank you for being our valued patient and friend!




What To Expect At The Dentist… When You’re Expecting

IF YOU’RE PREGNANT, you’re probably worried about anything and everything that may affect your baby, especially if you’re a first-time mother. But when it comes to your dental care, there’s no need to worry!

Annual exams and preventive dental care during pregnancy are not only safe, but recommended. In fact, you need to pay special attention to your dental health while pregnant, as your teeth and gums can be affected by the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy.

Watch Out For These Things During Pregnancy

Morning sickness and increased levels of progesterone can result in some dental problems for pregnant women. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for:

  • Pregnancy gingivitis—an inflammation of the gums—occurs because of changing hormone levels. Some women may experience bleeding when brushing or flossing and red, swollen gums.
  • Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by bacterial infection that develops below the gum line. This disease damages the fibers that hold your teeth in place and can also affect the health of your baby. Studies have shown that expectant mothers with periodontal disease are at a higher risk of premature delivery and lower birth weights.
  • Dry mouth comes from a decrease in saliva caused by hormonal changes. Chewing sugarless gum can help increase saliva production.
  • Erosion of tooth enamel is always a risk associated with vomiting. As morning sickness and frequent vomiting are common during pregnancy, enamel erosion on the back of the front teeth is more likely to occur


How To Care For Your Teeth When Expecting

So, how do you avoid the dental problems that can arise during pregnancy? Easy:be consistent in your normal oral care routine!

  • Eat healthy. Nutrition is important for your teeth, as well as the teeth of your developing baby. A nutrient-rich diet is the best thing you can do for your oral and overall health.
  • Brush regularly. As usual, brush at least two times a day for two minutes, and if possible, brush with toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss. Need we remind you? Flossing at least once a day helps prevent pregnancy gingivitis.
  • Use mouthwash. Antimicrobial mouthwash fights the bacteria that contribute to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
  • Tell your dentist you’re pregnant. If X-rays, medication, or anesthetics are being considered, your dentist can weigh the risks and do what’s best for you and your baby.
  • Visit your dentist. Preventive dental care while pregnant is essential to avoid oral infections. When you find out you’re pregnant, make an appointment and speak to your dentist about how you can avoid pregnancy-related dental problems.

Expectant Mothers Can Trust Our Practice

Visits to your dentist during your pregnancy are just as important as visits to your healthcare provider. We care about the dental and overall health of you and your child. So, between trips to the doctor and Babies-R-Us, don’t let visiting the dentist fall off of your pregnancy to-do list!

Thank you for being our valued patient and friend!



Pregnancy photo of Alyssa Foltz taken by Mississippi Pearl Photography

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

What Your Dentist Can Tell By Looking In Your Mouth


DENTISTS AREN’T JUST LOOKING FOR CAVITIES at your routine checkup. A quick examination of your mouth can reveal a lot more about your oral and overall health than you think. The dentist may even discover some of your quirky habits!

Here are a few things dentists may notice when they look inside your mouth:

#1: You Haven’t Been Flossing Regularly

That quick flossing session right before your appointment may make it more apparent to your dentist that you haven’t been flossing on a regular basis. When you only floss right before your dental checkup, your gums may still be bleeding and usually look damaged and inflamed. Healthy gums, on the other hand, appear tight and pink.

#2: You Have A Sinus Infection

Sinus infections are known for causing pain and pressure in your sinus cavity, but sometimes you can even feel it in your upper teeth!

Are you unsure whether you have a toothache or a sinus infection? Luckily, your dentist can tell the difference! A simple home test is to bend over and touch your toes. If the pressure or pain increases upon bending over, it is most likely not a toothache!

#3: You Bite Your Nails

Here’s one of those quirky habits that you can’t hide from your dentist! Nail biters have leveled off, flat front teeth. This is because of the grinding that occurs between the top and bottom teeth.

#4: You Have A Vitamin Deficiency

Dentists look at more than just your teeth—they examine the health of your whole mouth! Vitamin deficiencies in particular can manifest themselves in your mouth in various ways. Here are some examples:

  • Sores
  • Changes in the tongue
  • Tissue sloughing off
  • Delayed healing
  • Easily bleeding gums
  • Burning tongue syndrome

Dentists are often the first to discover a vitamin deficiency and can help get you back on track.

#5: You Used To Suck Your Thumb

If you had the habit of sucking your thumb or finger past the age of seven, there will be significant changes in your bite and the position of your teeth. Telltale signs may remain but these can be fixed through orthodontic treatment.

#6: You Have Another Serious Health Issue

Serious maladies such as oral cancer, diabetes, and heart disease show symptoms in the mouth.

Oral cancer, for example, is characterized by unexplained bleeding, discolored patches, swelling, bumps, or even eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth. Diabetes and heart disease visibly affect the health of the gums, shown by increased swelling, bleeding and sensitivity.

We Provide More Than Just A Cleaning

Your dental appointment is much more than just a cleaning! Beyond being able to tell that you bite your nails or don’t floss as often as you should, we can also detect other, more serious health problems and help you get your health back on track.

Your overall health is important to us. Trust us to catch any warning signs that may appear in your mouth. We’re here to detect any problems and help you stay healthy and happy!

Thank you for placing your trust in our practice!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

How We Celebrate The Holidays


MANY PEOPLE SAY the holidays are their favorite time of the year! We all know celebrating traditions that bind friends and family together is truly what makes the holidays special.

This year, we want to share with you some of our favorite holiday traditions.

Our Team’s Favorite Holiday Traditions

Mellysa (Morrison – Dental Hygienist) — Every Sunday after Thanksgiving, the whole family gets together.  Each family picks out their Christmas tree and we chop it down!

Chris (Office manager) — My favorite holiday tradition is making cinnamon rolls Christmas morning. The kids love the smell and, of course, eating them!

Thera (Davenport – Dental Assistant) — I love creating fun, new Elf on the Shelf ideas for my kids to enjoy!

Skye (Davenport – Business Assistant) — I love making cookies with my daughter every year to leave out on Christmas Eve!

Share Your Holiday Traditions With Us!

Every culture and every family is different. We all celebrate the holidays in our own unique and special way. We’d love to hear about your traditions! Feel free to comment below or reach out to us on Facebook and let us know your holiday traditions!

                                  Happy holidays to our awesome patients!

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Why You May Need To See The Dentist More Frequently

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GOING TO THE DENTIST TWICE A YEAR, while a good rule of thumb, is not necessarily fitting for everyone. Depending on certain lifestyle choices and medical conditions, some people need to see their dentist even more frequently.

Fifty years ago, there were really no instructions as to how often you should see a dentist. Back then, dentistry was more about fixing existing problems rather than preventing them from occurring. When dentists began recommending biannual check-ups and cleanings as a preventive measure against oral disease and infection, the American population’s dental health vastly improved. However, that doesn’t mean that this twice a year recommendation is a “one size fits all” umbrella.

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Who Needs To Go More Than Twice A Year?

There are a number of conditions and circumstances that may require more frequent dental visits. Listed below are people who should talk to their dentist about going more than twice a year:

  • Diabetics
  • Smokers
  • Pregnant women
  • People with gum disease
  • People who have dry mouth
  • People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
  • People who are more prone to cavities or plaque buildup
  • People who do not keep up with their dental hygiene very well
  • People whose diet is rich in sugary foods and/or drinks

Some people may need to go biannually one year and, due to changing circumstances, need to go more frequently the next. For example, as we get older and start to accumulate more health issues, we might be more prone to damage that bacteria can cause to our teeth and gums. Furthermore, many medications can cause dry mouth which makes it easier for bacteria to grow.

How often you need to make a dental visit is determined by your dentist and hygienist and is based on the health of your gums, as well as how committed you are to a good oral hygiene program. More frequent visits, especially for high-risk patients, can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health conditions. The preventive care we provide will save you time, stress, and money.

You Are Unique

You are a unique individual! Keeping your smile healthy means addressing your unique needs. We are not interested in a “one size fits all” mentality. Our practice is devoted to providing you with the best and most specialized care.

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.