Why are dental x-rays important?

One reason why dentists encourage patients to visit the dentist every six months or more is to ensure patients are taking good care of their teeth. At the same time, it is a great opportunity for the dentist to obtain dental x-rays. Dental x-rays continue to be one of the most vital examination and diagnostic tools for dentists. X-rays allow dentists to examine the smile beyond what is visible.

With dental x-rays, a dentist can diagnose issues such as:

  • The formation of cavities (tooth decay)
  • Developing periodontitis
  • Oral infections
  • Oral tumors/cancer
  • Impacted teeth

With x-rays, dentists can provide early detection of a variety of conditions, which also lessens the severity of some issues and helps address them before they become more problematic.

What about radiation?

Many patients are concerned about their exposure to radiation with dental x-rays. Radiation exposure from dental x-rays is minimal thanks to continued advances in modern technology, to the point where radiation levels are at miniscule amounts. Our team also avoids taking x-rays unless needed to monitor for certain conditions. Not everyone will have dental x-rays completed at each dental appointment. This will vary depending on the patient’s age, pattern of dental problems, risks for dental concerns, and their overall health and wellness. Our team also ensures patients have as little exposure to radiation as possible.

Why have a physical evaluation?

On the flip side, many other conditions can be caught just by looking at the patient’s smile. Periodontal disease may present itself as red and swollen gums, including the formation of pockets between the gums and teeth. Cavities that are near the surface can also be spotted by a trained professional, and treatment can be discussed. X-rays help visualize what is going on underneath the gum line and provide additional information for the dental team.

Schedule your evaluation with the team at Broadway Family Dentistry today

Minot, ND area patients who are interested in taking a proactive approach to their dental health and wellness are encouraged to visit our practice to learn more about the importance of dental x-rays and routine examinations with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen. Call (701) 839-1299 today to book an appointment at 1839 South Broadway Street.

Covid-19 Updates

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health! Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming more normal habits and routines. With that being said, we’re happy to announce that as of today, Broadway Family Dentistry is starting to reopen to treat all our patients. While many things have and will be changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to you. Thank you so much for your support during this difficult time!

Please note that as a result of COVID-19, we have updated some of our daily procedures following the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). You’ll still receive the same great service from our dedicated team, however to ensure the safety of all our patients and staff we’ve implemented the following changes:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask screening questions. You will be asked the same questions again when you are in the office. We will also take your temperature.
  • For the health of other patients, we would like all patients to wear a face mask or covering when possible. We do not have enough masks to distribute, so please bring your own.
  • Our team members will be screened and temperature taken daily also.
  • We ask that you come alone to your appointment when possible, if you need a ride we ask your driver stay in their vehicle. We cannot at this time have unattended children in the waiting area and cannot have extra persons in our treatment rooms.
  • Please, wash hands in our restroom or use hand sanitizer when you enter the office.
  • Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines or children’s toys since those items are hard to clean and disinfect between patients.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients, which might mean you will be offered fewer options for scheduling.
  • We are doing our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
  • If you are feeling ill with any symptoms, call the office to reschedule.

Again, thank you so much for your support. Remember we are all in this together and ask that you please take in the consideration of the health of our employees while you are here. We’re happy to continue serving you, and can’t wait to see your smile!


Your Dental Team at Broadway Family Dentistry

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What is the link between gum disease and the body?

Taking care of your smile goes beyond just brushing and flossing. At Broadway Family Dentistry, we believe that a patient’s oral health impacts more than just their smile—but their entire body. In fact, studies continue to show that there is an obvious link between one’s oral health and the health of their body. This connection, called the oral-systemic connection, should never be ignored. Especially when conditions such as periodontal disease occur.

What is the link between periodontal disease and the overall health of the body?

Periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” is an infection that starts in the mouth. When patients are not taking good care of their teeth, they may be susceptible to developing this infection. Bacteria in the mouth, commonly found in the gum tissue, can slowly increase and can cause a condition known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease. It is characterized by red, swollen gums. Patients with gingivitis may notice bleeding when they brush or floss their teeth. If this condition is not evaluated and treated, it can progress to periodontal disease and wreak havoc on not only the smile but the body.

The oral system connection is the link between the oral cavity and the body. When periodontal disease infects the mouth, the same bacteria can enter into the body’s bloodstream. The bacterial infection is then carried elsewhere to the body and to the other organs. Patients who have periodontal disease may be at a higher risk of developing heart disease or experiencing strokes. Additionally, pregnant women who have periodontal disease may also experience preterm labor or low birth weight babies. These research results continue to link one’s oral health and wellness to problems throughout the body, and these concerns should not be taken lightly.

Call Broadway Family Dentistry today

If you have been faced with gum disease and want to improve your oral health AND the health of your body, call our team today at (701) 839-1299. Our team, including Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen is here to help patients of the Minot, ND area and beyond! The practice is conveniently located at 1839 South Broadway Street and invites new patients and families.

Tooth extraction | Minot, ND | Broadway family dentistry

What can I expect after tooth extraction services?

At Broadway Family Dentistry, Minot, ND area patients can obtain treatments such as dental extractions. There are many reasons why a patient may require extractions. Some patients need to have teeth extracted due to overcrowding, prior to obtaining orthodontic care. Others may need to remove a tooth that has been badly damaged from trauma or large cavities. Problems such as impacted wisdom teeth can also be addressed with extractions. The removal of a natural adult tooth can be done in one of two ways, and recover for each is different.

• Simple extraction. A simple extraction is just that: a simple procedure to quickly and easily remove a tooth. Simple extractions can only be done on teeth that have already erupted through the gum line. The dentist will use a specialized tool to safely wiggle and remove the tooth from the bone socket and remove it permanently. This often takes just a few minutes and is done with proper anesthetics and sedation for patient comfort.

• Surgical extraction. An alternative extraction is that of surgical extraction. If a tooth is impacted underneath the gum line, or the tooth has not erupted yet, surgical extraction is needed. This type of extraction is more invasive as it requires the dentist to cut into the gum tissue, remove the teeth from the bone, and suture the tissues.

What can I expect after tooth extraction?

Extractions performed surgically often require more recovery than those simply removed from the bone and gum socket. Patients who have surgical treatments will need to take pain medications for a few days after their treatment. They may receive special instructions on how to keep the treatment area clean as it heals. Simple extractions often do not require much special care outside of avoiding dry socket and infection. Aftercare instructions are given to patients following both types of treatment.

Call Broadway Family Dentistry today

If you are in need of dental extractions, our team welcomes you to call the office at (701) 839-1299 to learn more about extraction services and recovery. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are committed to helping patients in the area of Minot, ND the dental care they need. The practice, located at 1839 South Broadway Street, is always open to taking new patients and families seeking quality care.

Sensitive Teeth

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Some patients experience no problems on a regular basis with their teeth. However, some patients may deal with sensitive teeth. When patients brush and floss their teeth, or eat some of their favorite foods, they may experience sharp, temporary discomfort in one or more of their teeth. In most situations, patients who have sensitive teeth may be dealing with worn enamel on the teeth or exposed tooth roots. However, there are times when this discomfort may be caused by other conditions that require immediate care, such as cavities, broken teeth, worn fillings, or gum disease.

Patients who are struggling with sensitive teeth will first want to visit Broadway Family Dentistry for an evaluation. It is critical that patients ensure that their sensitive teeth are not caused by something that requires immediate care, such as infection of a tooth, a large cavity, or other problem that can be treated with dental care. Those who have sensitive teeth may benefit from the following recommendations:

  • Special toothpaste. Over-the-counter desensitizing toothpastes are available to help patients deal with sensitive teeth. These toothpastes can help relieve discomfort associated with sensitive teeth.
  • Fluoride application. Fluoride can be applied to the natural tooth enamel to offer an extra layer of protection against sensitivity. It can help in strengthening the natural tooth enamel and reduce discomfort.
  • Gum grafting. If sensitivity is caused by the loss or recession of gum tissue over a tooth, it can be improved with gum grafting. This is a specialized procedure during which soft tissues from elsewhere in the mouth can be removed and attached in the affected area. The gum grafting treatment can protect and cover the exposed roots to reduce sensitivity.
  • Root canal. If sensitive teeth are caused by an infection in the tooth, root canal therapy may be recommended. Root canal therapy, or “endodontic treatment,” removes the dental pulp from inside of a tooth and deaden the tooth to eliminate the need for permanent extraction.

Learn more about tooth sensitivity causes today

Call Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND to schedule an appointment with our dentists to discuss your dental needs. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen can be reached by calling (701) 839-1299 and visiting the office at 1839 South Broadway Street. Our practice accepts new patients seeking quality care.

Preparing for your upcoming tooth extraction procedure

When teeth are damaged beyond repair, a dentist may recommend the removal of an adult tooth. Additionally, teeth may be removed to prepare for certain procedures such as orthodontic treatment or the placement of a full denture. While a tooth extraction may sound painful and overwhelming, there are ways for patients to prepare themselves for their upcoming extraction procedure. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND encourage patients to consider the following recommendations for preparing for their treatment.

  • Undergo appropriate x-rays. The dentist will often start with x-rays to check the health of the teeth and gums prior to performing an extraction. These images allow the dentist to decide if extraction is necessary. If not, other procedures may be considered to repair the tooth.
  • Determine if the procedure is surgical or simple. A surgical extraction requires the dentist to cut into the gums and access a tooth that has not erupted through the surface. This is more invasive than a simple extraction, during which a dentist wedges a tooth out from the gums that is visible. The type of extraction will determine the healing and recovery time needed.
  • Take antibiotics prior to surgery if needed. Patients who have a weaken immune system or who have an infection at the time of the surgery may be prescribed antibiotics to take prior to undergoing treatment. It is essential that patients take these medications as prescribed to ensure a healthy and safe procedure.
  • Avoid surgery if sick. Patients who have developed an illness prior to having their procedure done will have to reschedule for another time when they are well.
  • Arrange transportation. In most cases, patients should arrange with a friend or family member to be transported to and from the dental office for their procedure.

Schedule your appointment with Broadway Family Dentistry today

If you reside in Minot, ND and are ready to undergo tooth extraction procedures, we welcome you to request a visit by calling (701) 839-1299 and visiting the practice at 1839 South Broadway Street. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are committed to providing children and adults with the care they need to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile for life. Patients in and around the area are invited to book a visit and get started with their dental health journey!

Cosmetic Dentistry Minot, ND

How Are Porcelain Veneers an Alternative to Traditional Orthodontics?

Imperfections near the front of the smile that are having a negative effect on its appearance are often causing patients to feel self-conscious about socializing with others. These issues can alter how a patient talks, laughs, and interacts with their friends and family. This embarrassment doesn’t have to be a lifelong problem. Instead, patients who have imperfections on their anterior teeth, including misalignment, may want to speak to a cosmetic dentist in Minot, ND about their concerns.

How can I address misalignment?

Some patients have considerable misalignment of their teeth, called malocclusion. In most cases, patients with several teeth out of place or misaligned may be considered an appropriate candidate for orthodontic treatment. However, there are some patients who are better suited for alternative cosmetic solutions such as porcelain veneers. When just one or two teeth near the front of the dental arch are misaligned, the placement of one or two porcelain veneers over these teeth can create the illusion of proper alignment—and avoid the placement of orthodontic appliances such as traditional metal bracket and wire braces.

Porcelain veneers are a wonderful alternative to orthodontic treatment. They can quickly alleviate issues where gaps or spaces have developed from misalignment. These restorations can also cover other imperfections that may impact these teeth, such as permanent staining ,chips, or unusual shapes. These versatile restorations are commonly placed at Broadway Family Dentistry and are often recommended for patients making minor changes to their smiles appearance.

Are porcelain veneers right for me?

Porcelain veneers are best used on anterior teeth. These are the teeth that are located near the front of the smile, sometimes referred to as the “social six.” Veneers are not used on teeth near the back of the mouth, such as molars. Instead, these teeth are better suited for restorations such as dental crowns. They are also made of porcelain, but are thicker and stronger, allowing them to withstand chewing forces without breaking.

Considering veneers instead of orthodontic treatment?

Call Broadway Family Dentistry today at (701) 839-1299 to schedule a consultation appointment with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen. Our dental family is conveniently located in Minot, ND at 1839 South Broadway Street and is always accepting new patients into our advanced dental facility.

Do Children Need Early Preventative Dental Care and Routine Dental Visits?

Dentists often urge adult patients to visit regularly for routine cleanings and examinations, which are important for keeping gum disease and tooth decay at bay. But what about children? Just as their parents do, children need to visit their dentist regularly as well to maintain a healthy smile. Preventative dentistry is essential for patients of all ages, even babies, to ensure a lifetime of beautiful smiles!

When should I bring my child to the dentist?

The first dental visit should occur around the age of one, or as soon as the first baby tooth erupts from the gums. During this first visit, Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry will take the time to get to know you and your child. This visit will also include an initial examination to monitor the development of the child’s smile. Parents are educated on how to help their baby or child care for their smile until their adult teeth arrive. Once a child is established as a patient at our practice, we strongly recommend routine visits every six months to evaluate the smile and monitor for any potential problems.

Why is a checkup important?

Early detection and intervention of certain dental concerns, including cavities and disease, can help maintain a healthy smile. Children with cavities in their “baby teeth” will still need to undergo treatment to avoid premature tooth loss. The care of the smile in the early stages may also impact the alignment of the teeth as the come through the gum line. Our team will also look for signs of inflammation of the gum tissue, which may indicate the early stages of gum disease. Babies and children diagnosed with dental concerns will need to visit their dentist for treatment as soon as possible to avoid the issue becoming more severe with time.

Interested in getting your children into our practice for dental care?

The team at Broadway Family Dentistry is always accepting new patients and families. Schedule an appointment by calling (701) 839-1299 and visiting the office located at 1839 South Broadway Street in Minot, ND. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are here to assist patients young and old with preventative dentistry solutions!

Teeth Whitening Minot, ND

Methods of Professional Teeth Whitening Available at Broadway Family Dentistry

Patients in the community of Boca Raton, FL that are interested in brightening their smile are often well-aware of the options available to them over-the-counter. However, these products rarely provide the results patients desire—if any at all! This is when Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry encourage patients to book an appointment at their practice to learn about the advantages of two various types of teeth whitening solutions available in their facility.

Professional teeth whitening options

At Broadway Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer our patients two solutions to choose from for whitening their smile, including our laser in-office whitening treatment and our at-home teeth whitening kit.

  • Laser in-office whitening – Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are pleased to provide patients with a solution that offers same-day results. When patients visit our practice for same-day whitening, they are excited to learn that their smile can be brightened in less than two hours—and up to eight shades brighter! With the laser in-office whitening, patients start with a thorough cleaning of the teeth. Then, barrier gel is administered onto the gums before bleaching gel is painted by the hygienist onto the visible areas of the teeth. A special laser light is used to activate the ingredients of the bleaching gel and help lift stains from deep within the tooth enamel. The teeth are cleaned once more and the results will shine through!
  • At-home teeth whitening kit – other patients are interested in more gradual whitening results that can be obtained in the privacy of their own home. With the take-home bleaching kit, patients will obtain a custom whitening tray and a professional-strength whitening gel to use within the tray and wear for a specific period of time each day. Within a week or two, the teeth will be brighter and more brilliant than before! Patients can continually whiten as needed with this particular treatment, and can obtain more whitening gel through our practice.

Schedule a visit at Broadway Family Dentistry today!

Professional whitening provides more dramatic improvements in the smile than anything available in the local drugstore. If you are ready for a brilliant and beautiful smile, we encourage you to book a consultation visit with the team at Broadway Family Dentistry to discuss your options. Call (701) 839-1299 and visit our facility in Minot, ND at 1839 South Broadway Street.

Using Nightlase Treatment as a Fix for Chronic Snoring

At Broadway Family Dentistry, we offer a huge selection of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments for children and adults. But many may not be aware that we also provide Minot, ND area patients with solutions for chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Instead of using a CPAP machine, patients can undergo a procedure known as NightLase.

What is NightLase?

NightLase is a revolutionary treatment that can provide a long-term fix for patients who snore due to obstructive sleep apnea or loose tissues in the throat. This procedure involves using a laser light to heat up the soft tissues at the back of the throat. This stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen that holds the tissues together and provides a tightening that eliminates tissue that sags and blocks the throat. This production of collagen ensures that the opening of the throat is clear, therefore reducing chronic snoring problems.

What can I expect from my NightLase treatment?

NightLase treatment does not require any anesthetics and involves not cutting or bleeding. In fact, the only sensation patients feel is that of heat where the laser light is used. It is well-tolerated by all of our patients. With at least three sessions spaced a few weeks apart, patients will notice a gradual improvement in their condition as the collagen development tightens and tones these soft tissues at the back of the throat. While the results are not permanent, they are long-lasting and allow patients to breathe easier through the night without the side effect of snoring for their bed partners!

What other options are available for chronic snoring?

Patients who are not interested in this procedure may instead want to ask about oral appliance therapy. This is the use of a special mouthguard to maintain open airways and is sometimes covered by dental insurance. Otherwise, if patients continue to experience consequences from their obstructive sleep apnea, the use of a CPAP machine is often used instead.

Learn more about NightLase for chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea

Contact the team at Broadway Family Dentistry today to learn about this and other solutions available at our practice for chronic snoring and OSA. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, ND are here to help provide a more permanent consideration. Call the office at (701) 839-1299.