Compassion Makes the 90 Mile Trip Worth It

Coni Jo Brinkerhoff has been taking her family to Wild About Smiles for most of their lives, traveling over an hour and a half to Sparks from Lovelock to do it. As her six kids, now ranging in age from 17 to 30, all love Dr. Perry Francis, she says that won’t be changing anytime […]

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Wild About the New Mural

Patients at the Sparks office of Wild About Smiles are in for a treat the next time they come for a visit. And no, it’s not a new no-cavity club prize (though they do have fun ones) or wi-fi in the waiting room (they already have that). Instead, think jungle. Majestic elephants. Playful orangutans. And […]

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Early Orthodontic Assessments Can Improve Future Smiles

At Wild About Smiles, a visit between young patients and Dr. Perry Francis will also include an extra bonus: early evaluation for potential orthodontic issues down the road. “I see my role as the dental primary care provider to be more or less the quarterback for the child’s oral health team,” Dr. Francis says. “I […]

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Why Every Child with Braces Should Also Have a Waterpik

Flossing teeth when you have braces can be a serious challenge, oftentimes resulting in poor compliance. Fortunately, the Waterpik is a great alternative to flossing for those with braces.   Braces are a lot of work for kids: awkward eating rituals, pain after tightening, and all the “stuff” that gets stuck in the brackets and […]

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Sensitive Children Often Require a Special Approach

A dental visit can be tougher on some people than others, particularly those who are sensitive, have special needs or have had a less than pleasant experience in the past. Wild About Smiles’ Dr. Perry Francis has spent decades working with children and parents and has a special affinity for sensitive patients, as well as […]

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