About Us

A personal approach to every patient.


Dr. George Blaich

Our family history of dentistry in Poplar Bluff began with Dr. George Blaich in 1949. After a tour of service in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, Dr. Blaich purchased Dr. C.B. Coleman’s practice in downtown Poplar Bluff. When Dr. Blaich moved his practice and established Dental Arts at our previous location at N. Westwood Blvd., highway 67 was a two-lane road.  Drs. Rick and John Blaich have been practicing in Poplar Bluff for over 30 and 25 years respectively. The addition of Dr. Eric Blaich brings our family practice to three generations. Travis Blaich, Dr Rick’s youngest son, will attend UMKC School of Dentistry in the fall 2011.

Staying current with advances in technology and techniques has always been a cornerstone of our mission. Construction of a new clinic specifically designed for dentistry has enabled the implementation some of the most up to date technology general dentistry has to offer, while preserving the ability to adapt and expand with the future growth of the community.  The new facility allows us to provide a unique and efficient setting to accomplish each patient’s goals for treatment while maintaining their privacy.




-1978 Graduate Poplar Bluff High School
-1982 Graduate Southeast Mo. State University, B.S. Degree Psychology
-1986 Graduate Washington University, School of Dental Medicine

Positions John has held:
Chairman Ducks Unlimited
President Poplar Bluff Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellowship Award)
Chairman Friends of Scouting
Chairman Cherokee District SEMO/ Boy Scouts Council
Chairman Sioux District St. Louis Council (Award of Merit and Silver Beaver Award)
Chairman Board of Trustees First United Methodist Church
Board of Directors Union Planters Bank
Currently serving on Board of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center
Associate Fellowship World Clinical Laser Institute

Dr. John performs all aspects of general dentistry including: endodontics (root canals), oral surgery (wisdom teeth), periodontal surgery (gum surgery), orthodontics including Invisalign and laser dentistry for minimally invasive surgeries and restorative fillings

Dr John’s Hobbies and interests include:
Farming, sporting clays, reloading, hunting, golf, woodworking, camping, scuba diving, and photography

Dr. Rick Blaich is a graduate of Washington University School of Dental Medicine. When he’s not in the clinic, he enjoys flying, sailing, working on the family farm, hunting, and fishing.  He has a love for his community and is honored to have served on the boards of the Clyde McCrea Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Butler County Health Center, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, Municipal Airport Board, and First United Methodist Church Staff Parish Board. Being involved with the local Boy Scouts continues to be a lifetime commitment.

Dr. Eric Blaich is a 2010 graduate of the UMKC school of dentistry. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, 7 year old son Jace, and 4 year old daughter Stavia.  His hobbies include fishing, duck hunting, marksmanship, spending time on the water, and working with Cub Scouts. Eric and his family attend First Baptist Church of Poplar Bluff.  Dr. Eric is active in the dental profession, having served as President of the Southeast Dental Society and as a delegate for the district with the Missouri Dental Association’s legislative body. As a member of the Speed Education study club, Dr. Eric and has committed to a level of continuing education above the minimum required in order to remain current in changing research and technology to better serve his patients.

Dr. Travis Blaich was born and raised in Poplar Bluff and is proud to call Butler county his home. He is the youngest son of Dr. Rick and the husband of Dr. Lauren.  Travis graduated from Drury University with a degree in biology and went on to attend the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist. Dr. Travis loves both the surgical and cosmetic aspects of dentistry.   When he is away from the office, Dr. Travis loves to duck hunt, sail, and volunteer with Boy Scouts of America and Ducks Unlimited.

Dr. Lauren Blaich is a 2016 graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry.  Prior to attending dental school, she graduated valedictorian from Poplar Bluff High School in 2008 and graduated from Drury University in Springfield in 2012.  Dr. Lauren is married to Dr. Travis Blaich and they have two “fur children”, a yellow lab, Lido, and a cat named Stu.  Lido can on occasion be found at the office visiting.  Dr. Lauren had always planned on moving back to Poplar Bluff after completing college and is thrilled to be home.  She is excited to help the members of her hometown achieve great oral health and a great smile!


Watch some our videos and learn why Dental Arts Group is the number one choice for dental care in Poplar Bluff.


Dental Arts Group’s hygienists are dedicated to providing a friendly environment that will set any patient at ease.  We look forward to serving you.

Pictured from Left to Right:  Sara Jones, Stephanie Woodsmall, Janice Russom, Deanna Keathley, and Rachel Aden.

Laser Dentistry

“The availability of a soft tissue laser has allowed us to offer several new treatments to our patients.  Several surgical procedures that used to require a scalpel and sutures can now be done with minimal discomfort. The laser caurterizes as it cuts, eliminating bleeding and the need for uncomfortable sutures.”


Computer Controlled Injections

“The ergonomically designed handpiece enables injections to be more comfortable and easier to perform, resulting in improved clinical outcomes for patients.  The unique pen-like grasp produces unparalleled tactile control for every injection and allows bi-directional rotation during injection, which prevents needle deflection that occurs with a traditional syringe.”


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