MISSOULA – A smile is worth a thousand words, or so they say. But in reality, a clean mouth is the gateway to overall health.
We go behind the doors of Paradise Dental Technologies in this Montana Made report where the finest dental instrument craftspeople in the world are creating a one-of-a-kind Treasure State product.
Paradise Dental Technologies creates the number one dental instrument in the world – the Montana Jack. It’s a tool that hygienists and dental professionals say they can’t live without.
Not only does PDT push the limits in terms of creating a product enjoyable for patients, but also the user.
CEO Linda Miller said 40 percent to 70 percent of dental professionals have carpal tunnel or some type of muscular skeletal disorder which is a big reason why the company focuses on the ergonomics of their products.
“That’s why we named the company Paradise Dental, because it has to be paradise to have instruments used on you more comfortable, " Miller said. "You used to look at dental instruments and go, “Ahh, tools of torture,” and these are much more comfortable for patients.”
PDT is a leading competitor for dental instruments. Miller said they are the number two company in the U.S., U.K. and Canada and the company has spread into roughly 50 other countries.
But despite the international success, they come from humble beginnings.
“We were in a garage, so then we built a bigger house with an outside garage. Then we took over that house and then we bought a pole barn, " Miller said. "Now we are in this facility and still 18 years later we have 21 percent growth over first quarter of last year. Now we are looking at breaking ground on another 20,000 square feet. We’ve been very blessed and we have an incredible team of people that make it all happen."
PDT won “Employer of Choice” Award of 2018, a true testament to the work environment Miller has created for her over 80 employees.
“I’ve been with PDT for five years now and I have never enjoyed working for a company as much as this one," employee Angela Ritchey said. "I love that the owner is two doors down from me. I feel that having her here and being a part of everyday life at this company makes it a really great place to work.“
Paradise Dental Technologies also donates to non-profits and over 400 missions worldwide, giving back on a global level.