Dentistry is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions, disorders, and diseases of the tooth, gums, mouth, and jaw. Often considered necessary for complete oral health, dentistry can have an impact on the health of your entire body.
What is a dentist?
A dentist is a specialist who works to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Your dentist has completed at least eight years of schooling, and received either a DDS (doctor of dental surgery) degree, or a DMD (doctor of dental medicine) degree. If your doctor is a pediatric dentist, this means that he specializes in caring for children from infancy through their teen years. Our dentist has received the proper education and training needed to work with young kids. Other specializations include:
Oral and maxillofacial (including pathology, radiology, and surgery)
Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:
Helps prevent tooth decay
Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
Prevents bad breath - brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bad-breath causing bacteria in your mouth
Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for the rest of your life!
How can I take care of my teeth in between dental checkups?
ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth at least three times a day, and floss at least once!
Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask our dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities). Also avoid tobacco (this can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer).
Don't be afraid to brush your tongue! By brushing your tongue, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh!
Be sure to schedule your routine checkup. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months - that's twice a year!
At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six-months-old and no later than one-year-old. During this time, your child's baby teeth will be coming in and Dr. Spurr can examine the health of your child's first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure and schedule regular checkups every six months!
How often should I see the dentist?
Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. Our doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups.
What is a cavity?
A cavity is a small hole that forms inside the tooth and is caused by tooth decay. Cavities are formed when plaque buildup on the outside of the tooth combines with sugars and starches in the food you eat. This can produce an acid that can eat away the enamel on your tooth. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health problems. Cavities can be prevented by remembering to brush your teeth at least three times a day, and floss in between teeth at least once.
What is a filling?
A filling is a synthetic material that Dr. Spurr uses to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings do not generally hurt because the dentist will numb your mouth with an anesthetic (typically Novocain) and relax your body with a light dose of nitrous oxide. Fillings are made from a variety of different materials, including amalgam, composites, gold, or ceramic. If you need a filling, be sure and talk to Dr. Spurr about what type is best for you and your teeth.
How often should I brush my teeth?
According to Dr. Spurr and the American Dental Association, you should be brushing your teeth at least three times a day. Brushing keeps your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by removing bacteria causing plaque. It is also recommended that when you brush your teeth, you use a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should spend at least two minutes on the top teeth and two minutes on the bottom teeth, and remember to brush your tongue; it will help keep your breath smelling fresh!
When should I change my toothbrush?
Your toothbrush will eventually wear out, especially if you are brushing your teeth three times a day for four minutes each time. Your dentist recommends that adults and children should change their toothbrush every three months. If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions as you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks in order to keep any bacteria from spreading. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and keep the bristles clean. If you've been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.
What is gum disease?
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and if detected, is treatable. However, if you have gingivitis and it is left untreated, it may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease:
Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
Chronic bad breath
Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
Extreme tooth sensitivity
Receding gum line
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
What about dental insurance?
We accept nearly all dental insurance plans. If you have a government funded dental plan, please contact your case worker for your plan's providers.
I've always loved going to the dentist, but Dr. Spurr and his staff ALWAYS make it a great experience! I adore Julie - she is incredible. Everyone needs a Julie!! I have an appointment next week and I am very much looking forward to it!
- Mandi Smith. 7/29/2019
Hands down the best dental office in the area and i have tried many different ones. Everyone is super friendly and helpful, they will work with your schedule. I had a root canal done recently and I've never had any major work like this done before but Dr. Spurr was great because he talked me through it and most importantly I could tell he was confident while working and It really put me at ease during the procedure. Also I was never made to feel embarrassed that I had let this cavity get this bad, whereas past experiences with other dentists in Kalamazoo have left me feeling judged... 10/10
- Aaron Infante. 6/10/2019
Amazing, friendly staff, they really care about you and your dental needs. Would highly recommend.
- Lucy Merrill. 4/21/2019
I have been coming here for about 20 years....that should say it all! I luv this place! Everyone from Dr. Spurr to the office staff is friendly, compassionate, knowledgeable. They all make you feel like part of their family. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!! Keep up the great work❤️
- Ann Haines. 4/14/2019
Love this office! Everyone is super friendly and nice. They will work with your schedule and they always make you feel important. They explain everything they do in detail and always answer questions throughly.
- Kristin Echevarria. 4/14/2019
Great Dentist. Highly recommend if your looking for a new Dentist with years of experience.
- Ken V. 2/21/2019
I am a HUGE scardycat! I HATE dental work, always have. But I was quickly calmed by the staff at Spurs Family Dentistry. From the moment I walked in I was warmly greeted and set at ease. So I will now be on the road to getting my dental health back to A-1 condition. Because I have total confidence in my new dentist and his staff. 😁
- Victoria Diane. 1/14/2019
The BEST dentist I've ever gone to. Hands down... awesome work! His cosmetic work is on point!
The Dr is very informative and pleasant. Very friendly and kind. Nice Dr and great staff.
- AJ Jen. 0/22/2019
Very friendly and informative.
- Jeanne Doonan. 0/17/2019
I can always get an appointment relatively soon and everyone is always friendly. They’re always happy to answer my questions and even call me to make sure I got the information. They also send text messages to remind you of upcoming appointments which is super helpful. My teeth are in great shape thanks to them!
- Breehanna Williams. 0/10/2019
The clinic itself is very welcoming in decor and staff. Everyone was extremely friendly, patient, and professional in both appearance and client interaction. They were extremely thorough, communicating my health to me at every turn and making sure I was comfortable and understood what was happening. Highly recommend.
- Natalie Timmer. 0/10/2019
DR. Spurr is a great Dentist. He is knowledgeable and thorough. His office staff friendly and helpful. And Julie the Hygienist is The Best.
- Tina Troha. 11/28/2018
You all did a great job. I've been impressed ever time I come in. Everyone is so friendly and skill level of each person has been great. I've had two teeth extracted and 4 teeth filled plus had my teeth cleaned. Each experience has been very good !!! I love this Dentist office.
- Blaine Edgell. 11/4/2018
Have been going here for all my dental procedures and i have yet to be disappointed, doctor and staff are very helpful. I tend to get anxious at the dentist and they always answer all my questions and i leave feeling awesome!
- Brittany Haley. 10/19/2018
Dr Spurr and the great people who work with him are all AWESOME! Always very polite employees at the reception area. Brenda, a hygentist that I go to is super great to have work on your teeth! They all are very gentle, explain what they are doing as they work on your teeth, and allow you to have a say in your treatment. Dr Kilgore had this practice years ago, and Dr Spurr kept it going. I left once for a short period of time, and came back. I can honestly say I have been coming to this dentist office for over 50 years! Thank you all for such great care! Here's to 50 more!!!
- Ash34 Dark. 10/13/2018
I love my dentist. Dr. Spurr is friendly, efficient, and understands that dentistry is not supposed to hurt or be unpleasant. All of the techs have the midas touch.
- Sid Redlin. 9/31/2018
Staff is super friendly, did and awesome job on my teeth cleaning.
- Briana Hankins. 9/30/2018
Everything was done very well.
- Mervin Burtis. 9/18/2018
Super kind, very thorough
- Lauren Morris. 9/16/2018
Great staff, Very professional 😁
- Rochelle Edwards. 8/28/2018
Very good atmosphere, gentle and a nearly pain free experience. Thankful to the staff an God that I found this place.
- guy zuck. 8/26/2018
The overall experience was so pleasing. I highly recommend Spurr family Dentistry. So family oriented, makes you feel as if you're part of their family. The atmosphere was so relaxing. I'm so pleased to have chosen a Dentist that cares about you and your dental care.
- Veronica Jones. 6/27/2018
Best Dentisty I’ve been to.
- Jesse Macias. 6/23/2018
Dr. Spurr and his staff are AMAZING. Very informative and gentle.
- Marvita Little. 6/18/2018
I liked everything about this place, staff very friendly and Dr Spurr very nice. Reasonable price without insurance , I can't wait to get my work done on my teeth.
- Denise Swenson. 5/29/2018
Everyone is very nice, and did there best to get me in as quickly as possible. Only mild downside would be that it’s a little warmer in the office than I’d prefer....when I’m already sweating from anxiety (dental phobia from previous/unrelated appts), it’d be helpful to have the room a little cooler. Otherwise, pleased with the service so far! ;)
- Heidi Piper. 5/28/2018
Though they are very professional and know what they’re talking about, the hygienists that I have had the past few times have been very relatable and so much fun. They make the experience of going to the dentist something worth looking forward to.
- Danielle Hill. 5/21/2018
I have extremely bad anxiety with going to dentist. But he helped me in lots of ways. He got me anti anxiety medicine and talking me threw what he was doing every step of the way. He was very patient with me. Thank you so much. I Will be going back.
- Angela Bouverette. 5/20/2018
Wow! What a great office and wonderful staff. I've never felt more at home than I do here. They are really thorough, and explain everything they are doing and what's best to keep your mouth healthy. I would recommend them to anyone!
- Liz Cutshaw. 5/20/2018
Julie was wonderful as my Hygenist- and Lindsey was awesome with my 9 yr old daughter- we will definitely continue to be patients- Thanks Spurr Family Dental.
- Casey Guzman. 5/20/2018
Best dentist in kalamazoo!! The staff is so friendly and they treat you with kindness, have been going to this dentist for 9 years now and still loving it
- Ana Vanegas. 3/4/2018
Recent visit to do 6 fillings because I kept putting it off. They did great, got me in and out. Great staff
- Aaron Takace. 3/4/2018
Highly recommend Dr. Spurr and his staff, they do a fantastic job!
- Casey Alger. 2/27/2018
Great location with great staff. Friendly and quick services.
- Mike Bobbitt. 2/22/2018
Great facility and great staff. Always get me right back to the room for my appointment, and the hygienists and Dr. Spurr are always sure to explain exactly what they're doing at every step.
- John Molendyk. 2/20/2018
Highly recommend!! Great service and care. Super friendly staff, informative, up to date technology. I haven't been to the dentist in a long time because of prior experience. This establishment i would look forward to returning. Outstanding!!!
- Stephen Miller. 2/5/2018
Excellent service, as always.
- Ludwig Ouzoonian. 0/22/2018
Doc. John Spurr it's very professional, kind, that office staff like family!!! Love them all!!!
- purple lion. 11/21/2017
I have been a patient of Dr. Spurr for 10 years. I love the practice , all the dental hygienist and staff.. They are very nice and professional. I would definitely recommend Dr. Spurr.
- Chantal Aguero. 10/15/2017
Friendliest service with quality care. Great atmosphere too. Highly recommended!
- Crystal Elissetche. 10/6/2017
They were absolutely fantastic. I was having an issue with one of my teeth and despite not being a patient before, they were able to fit me in and evaluate me SAME DAY! They were all very kind and willing to answer my numerous questions. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Spurr.
- Bri L. 9/9/2017
Friendly, superior service is the norm at this practice. Cutting edge technology. Staff that takes the time to explain everything before you even think to ask. The Dentist Dr. Spurr is just awesome..
- Michael Bracy. 9/3/2017
Everyone makes you feel so welcome.
From the time I walked through the front doors, to the time I left.
They spend quality time with you and don't make you feel rushed.
Very pleasant experience!
- Vanessa Rivera. 7/24/2017
I've been going to Dr. Spurr for some years now and I love it there. I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't like going to the dentist but the staff definitely make the experience better! Thanks for your services and making every visit one to remember.
- Itorria Carter. 4/8/2017
Great Doctor and staff. I've always had a good experience during my visits. Very professional and friendly. The office is clean, comfortable and modern. I'd definitely recommend Dr. Spurr to anyone looking for a new Dentist.
- Kevin Adams. 4/1/2017
I love Dr Spurr and his entire staff
Great dentist Office, great group of people!!
If you need a dentist, I highly recommend #drspurr
- Dana Norman. 3/10/2017
I really like this office, they have a friendly and professional staff.
- Trav Hall. 1/3/2017
Very pleased, Bridget was very gentle with my mouth, and did a great job with the cleaning. Everyone I interacted with was friendly and courteous.
- Joel Oliver. 1/1/2017
Staff very friendly and helpful after an usual delay before my appointment
- Janet Snyder. 11/7/2016
I was in town visiting from Seattle and was able to get an appointment very promptly! The staff were all super friendly, warm and welcoming and did a wonderful job of making me feel at ease during my cleaning/x-ray appointment. I will definitely come back from a routine cleaning when I find myself in town again. Thanks again!
- Ylva Elhammer. 7/23/2016
I brought my 3 year old daughter in for her first checkup and it was with Julie. She was AMAZING with my daughter! Even though my daughter was super shy, Julie kept plugging along and never stopped trying to make my daughter feel comfortable. I haven't loved all of the staff at this office, but Julie is by far the best and my reasoning for the 5 star rating...so request her!
- Melissa Hoffman. 4/24/2016
thanks it was great now i feel better .
- Dlawar M. 3/1/2016
Staff is very attentive and friendly. Dr. Spurr is a nice dentist, with good follow-up. The office is beautiful and run very efficiently. I also appreciate how they double check on coverage before setting up procedures.
- Angela Wade. 5/17/2015
The staff at Dr. Spurrs' office is always so friendly and efficient! Their communication is superb. They are never pushy. Julie does a great job and Dr. keeps you informed of what needs to be done and how. When you leave, you're greeted by a big smile from Nic and he goes over your billing and makes sure everything is good with you before you leave. Certainly a new experience from an activity that most people cringe to think about. You almost want to look forward to visiting your dentist! Thanks, JD
- Jim Douglass. 9/23/2014
My husband and I have been going to Dr. Spurr for a while now and recently started our kids there (4 yrs and 2 yrs). Yesterday, our 4 yr old had an appt and he wasn't really willing to get his teeth cleaned, so seeing that our 2 yr old was interested, they let him hop up in the chair and get his teeth somewhat polished and checked. They are so good with all ages and so willing to work with you and your kids and they don't push the kids when they hit their threshold.
- Mandi Smith. 7/28/2014
just had a couple cavities done and i had no discomfort throughout the entire procedure. highly recommended if you're looking for a new dentist. thanks dr. spurr!
- Thomas Bauer. 5/7/2014
This dentist is AMAZING!! When I started going to Dr. Spurr I wasn't a big fan of the dentist.... it's been several years now that I have been going to him and I must say I look forward to my visits. Dr. Spurr is very friendly and puts you at ease. He explains everything he is going to do before he does it and I never leave the office in pain. That said, I know the visit wouldn't be the same without his awesome staff.... Jill and Nic in the front office are so friendly and make a point to say hi to you (by name) as you walk in. There's no walking up to the front desk to 'check-in' because they already know you. Finally- I enjoy how advanced this dentist office is.... flat screen TV's in each room, text reminders, email appt reminders... they keep up with the times. Highly recommend this Dentist for so many reasons.
- Jonathan K. 5/5/2014
All members of the team are friendly and welcoming. I always feel like I'm their only patient there. Love the views puts you at ease.
- Erika Wilson. 11/29/2013
I always enjoy visiting Dr Spurr's office and everyone I see there. Jill and Mary are awesome and of course Dr Spurr is the best doctor in the wold! He's always gentle, kind and considerate. He takes his time and explains what he is doing at each step of the way to ensure you are having the most favorable experience possible. I wouldn't go to another dentist. Thank you Dr Spurr and Staff.