Pregnant Dental Patients- here is some encouragement!


Health groups spread the word that dental care is safe and necessary during pregnancy.  Click on the link below for more information.

Bemidji Mission of Mercy

Thank you to all who participated, whether as volunteers or patients!  I was moved by the willingness of my neighbors to become involved in my profession to help our neighbors. There were many instances of patients that turned around and volunteered.  That is a testament to living as a village! Thank you for caring for one another!  Incase you missed the numbers: 1,652 patient encounters, 6,879 procedures accomplished, $961,724 worth of dental care provided. Thanks again!  Doug

Mission of Mercy

There are numerous opportunities for participation in the upcoming Bemidji MnMOM (Minnesota Mission of Mercy).  The greatest need at this time is for volunteers to escort patients to and from treatment areas. It is easy (you will receive great instructions) and fun (you will meet new people) and you will be serving others!  Go to now to sign up for June 13,14 and/or 15! See you there!

Minnesota Mission of Mercy

Patients and volunteers get ready for an amazing event at the Sanford Center in Bemidji! Mission of Mercy is coming to our region. The event provides no cost dental treatment to patients. There are many opportunities to be of service to others as lay and professional volunteers from the region, state, and neighboring states. Treatment days- June 14-15, 2013.  Sign up online to volunteer at  See you there!


OK, we were a little hopeful with our last post, seems like winter again!  Here is a dental item for you today: Decay is caused by acid. The source of the acid is bacteria (in dental plaque) ingesting sugars and releasing acid. If we remove the plaque from our teeth daily, there is no bacteria to convert the sugar to acid. If we limit or control our sugar intake we further decrease our risk for dental decay. So, brush after meals or rinse if you cannot brush to reduce food debris (sugars) and floss once a day to keep plaque in check.

Today it feels like Spring! The sun is helping keep the front walk to the office clear and dry, a nice change from using salt. Enjoy the day!

Welcome to Our New Website!


At Great River Dentistry we are changing the way patients think about their dental care. It is our goal to be your resource for all of your dental questions and needs. When it came time to redesign our website, we wanted it to be a direct reflection of our office: warm and welcoming.

Using the same earth tones that cover our walls and vibrant photos of our staff, we were able to design a functional website filled with information for our patients. New patient information, transfer patient forms, post-operative care instructions and in-depth explanations of procedures can all be found on our site. It was our goal to give our patients as many resources as possible to help educate and ease an anxious mind.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or click here to make an appointment. Remember, here at Great River Dentistry you can smile because you’re in good hands!

Great River Dentistry Welcomes Dr. Willams-Furfaro to its Practice

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Great River Dentistry is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Baret Williams-Furfaro, daughter of dentist, Dr. Doug Williams, to its Bemidji practice.

Dr. Williams-Furfaro joins the practice after completing a 12-month postdoctoral residency program at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. Prior to this, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, earning her DDS degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in May 2011. Dr. Williams-Furfaro is excited about applying her expanded knowledge of dentistry and years of professional development to further offer Great River Dentistry’s expanded services to the Bemidji area.

“I am excited to follow in my father’s footsteps by continuing to serve the Bemidji region with the exceptional care patients have come to know and deserve,” said Dr. Williams-Furfaro.

For more information about Great River Dentistry’s practice or to make an appointment, click here!