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Welcome to Rider Family Dentistry, Your Dentist in Cherokee, IA

At Rider Family Dentistry, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle compassionate care that you deserve from a dentist in Cherokee. We work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. We strive to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and compassionate staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. We also believe that patients should have sufficient information to make educated decisions about their oral health, treatment options and choice of dentist in Cherokee. You’ll find all of this important information on our website, including directions to our Cherokee office, service descriptions, patient forms, patient education resources and more.

Not only are we a leading dentist in Cherokee, we are a full-service practice providing for all of your dental needs.

Our services include:

Should you ever need additional information about our practice, we are always available to answer your questions. Let us care for your entire family! We look forward to meeting you.

Meet Our Staff

Learn Who We Are

  • Cassady Rider DDS

    Dr. Cassady Rider graduated in 2010 with a Degree of Dental Surgery from Creighton University.  After graduation she joined the team at AppleWhite Dental of Cherokee.  After a few years she purchased the practice from her parent company and is enjoying being a small business owner.  Read More

  • Crystal Ruschmann
    Dental Hygienist

    Crystal Ruschmann is a registered dental hygienist.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2001.  She has been practicing in Cherokee since 2006. Read More

  • Lea Allbaugh
    Dental Hygienist

    Lea graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science and Dental Hygiene degree in 2006. She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and the International Association of Orofacial Myology. Lea is also a myofunctional therapist and owner at Orofacial Myology of Iowa. Read More

  • Crystal Preuss
    Dental Assistant

    Crystal Preuss is one of the skilled and knowledgeable expanded functions dental assistants.  Crystal received her training at WITCC and has served the Cherokee Community since 1996. Read More

  • Holly Schmillen
    Dental Assistant

    Holly became a dental assistant in 2014.  She loves visiting with patients and truly enjoys the dental atmosphere. Read More

  • Tina Ohlson
    Dental Assistant

    Tina Ohlson is an expanded function dental assistant.  Tina has been in the dental field since 2000.  She likes the variety that comes with dentistry and helping others. Read More

  • Ann Wolterman
    Office Coordinator

    Ann has lived in Cherokee for 43 years and has owned and operated a hair salon for 22 of those years.  Ann recently decided that it was time to start something new and was excited to start her journey with Rider Family Dentistry. Read More

Featured Articles

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  • Veneers

    Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, ...

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  • Fillings

    Frequently asked questions: dental fillings Are dental amalgams safe? Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to amalgam? Is it true that dental amalgams have been banned in other countries? Is there a filling material that matches tooth color? If my tooth doesn't hurt and my filling is still in ...

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  • Sealants

    Sealants are liquid coatings that harden on the chewing surfaces of teeth and are showing a great deal of effectiveness in preventing cavities—even on teeth where decay has begun. The pits and grooves of your teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing sometimes misses these ...

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  • Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Patient

    Patient Rights You have a right to choose your own dentist and schedule an appointment in a timely manner. You have a right to know the education and training of your dentist and the dental care team. You have a right to arrange to see the dentist every time you receive dental treatment, ...

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  • Overview

    Pain can occur in any number of places in your mouth: teeth, gums, roots, the palate, tongue and jaw. Cavities are a common culprit causing pain. Untreated cavities can impact nerves because of infections of the tooth and gums. Impacted and abscessed teeth and sore jaws from teeth grinding are other ...

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  • Scaling and Root Planing

    Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing. The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small ...

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  • Toothaches

    Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving ...

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  • Introduction

    Does mercury in the silver fillings in your mouth pose any long-term health risks? Does fluoride, in spite of everything we've been told since childhood, actually cause more harm than good? What does the latest research reveal about tobacco use on your overall oral health? This section is dedicated ...

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  • Your First Dental Visit

    Your first dental visit promises to be a pleasant experience. Making sound decisions about your dental care and oral health is an easy thing to do with the right preparation beforehand: Make a list of questions to ask our office, so you don't forget anything on the day of your appointment. This ...

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  • Medications

    Some dental procedures, such as tooth extractions and oral surgery, may call for our office to prescribe medications before or after a procedure. These medications are used to prevent or fight an infection, or to relieve any post-operative discomfort and pain. For these reasons, it is extremely important ...

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Rider Family Dentistry

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed