​​                                Generally, your child should see the dentist approximately 6 months after the first tooth erupts, or comes                                    through the gums, and before the child's first birthday. 

  • Care of your children's teeth should begin during infancy. Wiping your baby's gums with a clean, damp cloth will not only remove the sugary liquids (ie. milk, formula, juice) that sit on the gums but also get your child used to brushing since you should be starting as soon as the first tooth pokes through. 

  • Help your child brush his or her teeth, especially at night before bed!

  • By about age 5, you can start instructing your child on how to brush his or her own teeth while you supervise.

Care Advice

Here, we answer some commonly asked questions, address oral care needs for children and adults, and provide information about some of the most common dental procedures.

Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are the most permanent and long lasting replacement for missing teeth. A metal screw is surgically placed into your jaw bone by a dentist. After the bone has completely healed around the screw, a custom crown is attached to the screw. 
  • It is important to note that not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. A thorough conversation with your dentist to discuss your overall health, dental health, and expectations is important prior to deciding on implants. 
  • Please click on this link to learn more about dental implants and what to expect from the Academy of General Dentists.

Brushing & Flossing

  • It is recommended that you brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes in a circular or elliptical motion.
  • Brushing from side-to-side wears away the gum line and can expose the root surface which can cause severe sensitivity.
  • To make sure that you are brushing for the correct length of time, try listening to your favorite song and brush the whole way to the end. 

  • ​Flossing is the very best thing you can do to combat plaque. A tooth brush is important but it can only get to the plaque on the tops and sides of your teeth, not in between. Flossing helps you keep your teeth for a lifetime and also prevents periodontal (gum) disease. [credit: Academy of General Dentistry]


Periodontal Care

  • Periodontal refers to your gums and the bone under your gums. The reason periodontal care is so important is because your gums and bone are the foundation for your teeth. Periodontal disease, primarily caused by poor oral hygiene and unhealthy habits like smoking, can result in gum recession, bone loss, and ultimately loose and missing teeth. 
  • Learn more about gum disease by clicking here!


  • Crowns, also known as "caps," cover a tooth to restore the tooth to its normal shape and size. A crown is needed if the tooth is so broken down that a filling won't take care of the problem. Crowns can also be used to protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore an already fractured tooth, attach a bridge, or cover badly shaped or discolored teeth.

Collin T. Linn, DMD

Dental Fillings


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                             Aestheticly, these fillings may be the best choice for you. Learn more about the advantages and                                      disadvantages to make the most educated decision regarding your oral health.

Root Canals


  • What is a root canal?​

​                        A root canal is a thin area inside of the tooth that holds the nerve. Each tooth has at least one root canal but can have as many as four. 

  • What causes the pain?

​​                        When the pulp inside a "root canal" gets infected, whether from a deep cavity, an injury, or a fracture that lets bacteria into the tooth, pressure inside the tooth increases due to blood flow and cell activity. This pressure cannot escape on its own and causes pain. 

  • Why do I need a root canal from the dentist?

​                        The tooth will not heal itself. If left untreated, the infection in the tooth will spread, eventually involving the bone. When the bone becomes infected it begins to break down and the tooth may fall out. 

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