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"Care for Your Smile so You can Proudly Share Your Smile"
By Jamie Helbling

Sharing a smile is a great way to cheer someone up, but some people are too self- conscious about their teeth to openly smile at others. Stephanie Ritter, Doctor of Dental Surgery, shares how to best take care of your smile so you will be proud to show it off.

"The best way to ensure a great smile is to brush twice a day, floss once a day, use a fluoride mouth rinse and visit the dentist twice a year," said Dr. Ritter. "Remember, prevention is the key. If you wait until there's a problem it can be harder to fix." No longer do people need to avoid going to the dentist out of fear of pain. "Technology has come a long way and there are amazing new techniques," said Dr. Ritter. "For those who are more anxious about their visit, we can also use nitrous oxide as needed."

Dr. Ritter, a graduate of Sherwood High School, located approximately 70 miles northwest of Minot, earned her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2006. She opened her own practice, Ritter Family Dentistry, in August 2007.

"My husband, who is the only pediatric dentist in the area, and I had a vision to establish a professional building housing a combination of dental specialties all under one roof. Our vision became a reality when the North Star Professional Building opened in July 2007," said Dr. Ritter. "We are very excited to announce our most recent addition, Vibeto Orthodontics."

Dr. Bryan Vibeto is a former Minot resident who recently graduated from the Mayo Clinic. With the addition of Vibeto Orthodontics to the offices of Ritter Family Dentistry, Dakota Kids Dentistry and the Face and Jaw Surgery Center, the vision for the North Star building is now complete.

Ritter Family Dentistry utilizes state-of-the-art technology and is completely computerized. Using digital technology speeds up processes with outside laboratory services, color matching capabilities and improved aesthetic work. They even have TVs in each room so patients can watch what they want during their procedure. "We have an all digital office. Our X-rays are digital, which reduces the levels of radiation," said Dr. Ritter. "We have also gone to a paperless system, which hopefully saves a few trees."


Technology aside, RFD's main goal is prevention and education. "My first priority is to teach patients of all ages to care for their smile. Education is the majority of the patient visit," said Dr. Ritter. "When they leave here, I want to ensure that they completely understand what we did for them and what they need to do to take care of their teeth."

Dental care goes deeper than just a pretty smile; there are numerous health benefits as well. When you feel good and you feel like you look good, you are more apt to reach out to others, even to cheer up the lonely. Remember those words in the song by Louis Prima, "When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you," and remember to share a smile.