Practice News

Did you know that it can take years for a cavity to form and get through the outermost layer of the tooth called the enamel? But once the bacteria that causes cavities gets to the middle layer, the dentin, it can take only a couple months for that cavity to grow large enough where it can start to damage the pulp.

Each tooth has three layers:

The outer layer (ENAMEL): This is the hardest substance in the human body (85% mineral).

The middle layer (DENTIN): The dentin is harder than bone, but nowhere near as hard as enamel (47% mineral).

The innermost layer (PULP): This is where the nerve and blood supply to the teeth is located.

Many times when Dr. Johnson or I perform our routine dental exams we place “watches” in your electronic chart to indicate the start of a cavity (the cavity is just in the enamel). If that cavity grows large enough where it reaches the dentin, we need to treat that cavity as soon as possible to prevent it from reaching the pulp. If the pulp is reached, you run the risk of having a painful (abscessed) tooth. Trust me, having an abscessed tooth is not fun!

Dr. Johnson and I are better able to monitor “watches” in your chart and help educate and encourage you to keep up with regular dental care when you come in for cleanings and checkups at least 2 times per year. The frequent visits also allow us to diagnose and treat cavities when they are small. If you start to miss your periodic exams, we could start seeing an increased frequency of large cavities, other issues and severe tooth pain.

Please make sure to continue with your regular dental care, even through this pandemic! Most dental offices, including ours, are taking steps to keep their patients and team safe, while continuing with routine dental care. Click here to see what we are doing to keep our patients and team safe: Saving Smiles Dentistry COVID-19 Response.

If you are at an increased risk of complications from the novel COVID-19 virus, please continue bushing twice per day for two minutes and flossing daily until you feel you are able to visit your dental office for your regular cleanings and exams. If you have any questions about keeping up with your dental health, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

Stay safe and healthy,

Dr. Kenny Bartholomew, DDS


We had our first team retreat in early March to step away from the day to day, work on team building and have a little fun!

One of our first tasks was to split up into small teams and build the tallest structure with the items on our tables, all in three minutes. It was fun to see the collaboration in each of the teams! Dr. Johnson, Tiff, Nancy and Bailee were the winners, having the tallest structure when the buzzer went!

We can’t wait for our next day of team building!

If you had an appointment in November or December, we want to thank you for your patience with our construction zone, especially while in the waiting room! We were able to modify our existing layout to create an additional operatory that allows Dr. Johnson and Dr. Kenny to treat more of our patients each day.

A big shout out to Olaf Anderson, our Henry Schein Dental team, Jessica Watcher Art for the beautiful piece of art and of course Dan Francis Photography for the photos! We hope to see you soon and that you get to experience our new space!

Dr. Johnson has always shared his love for Star Wars with others. That is why he again reserved an entire theater for the premiere night of the latest Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker. He invited the team, his friends, family, patients, colleagues, those involved in the Big Brother Big Sister program and other ticket winners to enjoy the first showing of the movie on the Ultra Screen. His son James was finally old enough to attend this year!

Some attendees dressed as Star Wars characters and Dr. Johnson even rocked his R2D2 suit jacket. Dr. Johnson said that this was definitely his favorite of the latest movies, so he was very glad to be one of the first to see it! Until the next Star Wars event – May the Force be with you!

Our Christmas party was so much fun this year! 🎄 We had a photo booth, ate, played games (including spit on your neighbor and heads or tails) and had a white elephant exchange. So many laughs and such a great time!

Topping the list of white elephant gifts included a screaming goat, a stocking wine purse, a creepy doll, a bad floral arrangement and a toilet paper gun! We can’t wait until next year to see what white elephant gifts make it back to the party!

Kudos to the Crooked Pint for their hospitality! 😀

We are so excited to have Nancy join the Saving Smiles team!

Nancy has been a Registered Dental Assistant for 35 years. She graduated from NDSCS in Wahpeton, but has lived most of her life in the Valley City area. She is excited to be living in Fargo closer to her grown daughters and their families.

Nancy enjoys trying new recipes, going to the gym, taking her dog for walks and spending time outside when the weather is warm. Her favorite parts of being a Registered Dental Assistant are getting to know patients of all ages, being a part of a dental team and continually learning new advancements in the dental field.

Want to know why we are one of the best dental offices for you? Starting after Labor Day, we will be one of the few dental offices in Fargo open on Fridays!

You spoke and we listened! In order to better serve you, we now have availability on Fridays. September 6th 2019 will be the first official Friday we are open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Call us now to schedule as our Fridays are already starting to fill up!

We are so excited to have Tiff join the Saving Smiles team!

Tiff graduated from MSUM in Moorhead, MN with her Bachelor of Arts in English and Mass Communications. She grew up an Army brat but graduated from West Fargo High School. She has spent the last 12 years managing hotels and is excited about finding her spot in the world of dentistry as she loves to see people be their best selves!

Tiff and her boyfriend, Ron, enjoy spending time with people they love. They love camping, watching TV shows and visiting breweries wherever they travel to (they are hoping to make it to breweries in all 50 states!) When Tiff isn’t spending time with her friends and family, she can be found reading a good book or meditatively coloring while drinking a delicious cup of coffee.

We are so excited to have Dr. Kenny join Saving Smiles!

Dr. Kenny grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. He went to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for his undergraduate degree followed by the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics in Iowa City. Dr. Kenny is a member of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Kenny enjoys long walks with his fiancée Sarah and their 2 dogs (a Golden Retriever named Buike (Boo-key) and a Dachshund named Theodore), being at the lakes, spending time with friends and family and he is an avid University of Kansas Jayhawks fan.

Please help welcome Dr. Kenny at your next visit!


We are excited to announce that Jacque has joined our team of Assistants!

Jacque grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a degree in Dental Assisting. Her favorite part of being a Dental Assistant is helping people every day and meeting new people.

She is married and has 3 kids: Talayna (3), Arissa (1.5) and Koen (6 months). She has 2 dogs – Smokey and River. Jacque enjoys spending time at the lake with her kids and doing craft projects. She volunteers with Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue by helping with events and fostering dogs.

Please help us welcome her on your next visit!

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