Welcome to Dental Care Fargo!

Dental Care Fargo is the new name for the same great clinic that has been treating patients on 13th Avenue in Fargo since 1978. Started by Dr. Ronald Peterson and adding another dentist of the same last name, Dr. Carrie Peterson, in 2006, it has grown the nickname of Peterson Dental Care. Since Dr. Ron’s retirement and the addition of our new dentist, Dr. Nathan Zaffke, we have adopted the more inclusive name Dental Care Fargo.

As Fargo dentists, Dr. Carrie and Dr. Zaffke strive to provide Fargo-Moorhead and its surrounding communities with the highest quality oral health care and education available. Please take a look around our website to learn more about our office and team. We have designed this website to provide a comprehensive dental resource for you and your family.

Please feel free to give us a call to schedule your appointment and for any questions you might have.

Thanks and we hope to see you soon!

Dental Care Fargo is a Dental Office in Fargo, ND. Services entail general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, including deep cleanings, composite and amalgam fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays, and teeth whitening. Other services include dental implants, root canal therapy (endodontics), dentures (prosthodontics), braces (orthodontics) and much more. All services rendered by general dentists.

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Monday-Thursday 7:00AM - 5:00PM
Insurance Payment Options
We accept most insurance plans and are a provider with BCBS. We also file all other insurances. Please call our office to make an appointment and to ask any questions you may have. We accept all major credit cards, ATM cards, cash and personal checks. For our patients' convenience we have arranged a payment plan through CareCredit that helps our patients receive their treatment in a timely manner. For cash patients, there is a 5% discount for payment in full at the time of your visit.

Here at Dental Care Fargo, we proudly provide quality dental care to the Fargo-Moorhead community and surrounding areas. Our emphasis on patient education helps us create an environment in which the patient understands their dental needs and encourages involvement in the treatment planning process.

Our friendly and competent staff is dedicated to patient comfort and quality of care. We provide the latest in dental technology and treatment options. We are very proud to say that our office fully utilizes state of the art equipment and a modern sterilization system that surpasses OSHA requirements. Offering gentle, family oriented dental care to adults and children of this community has been our goal since the practice opened in 1978.

Services include general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, dental implants, dentures and much more. In addition to this, we utilize the expertise of area specialists: periodontists, endodontists, orthodontist and oral surgeons. With the support of this team, we are able to offer comprehensive care complementing our service of preventive dentistry.

We look forward to welcoming you to our dental family!

Dr. Carrie Peterson

Dr. Carrie Peterson

Dr. Carrie Peterson graduated in 2002 from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She has been through several continuing education courses in different fields of dentistry since receiving her DDS degree to keep current with changing modes of treatment and all the advances in dental science and research.

Her emphasis on patient comfort, as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry, enable her to provide her patients with the best quality of care. Dr. Carrie Peterson has a wide range of experience, from cosmetic and restorative dentistry to surgical extractions and root canal treatments.

Her approach to your treatment starts with patiently listening to you. Then, after a thorough examination, she reviews and discusses the diagnosis and treatment options with you.

"I am happy to provide my patients with the best in dental technology, treatment options and patient comfort. It is my pleasure to address all your questions and concerns and help you take control of your dental health. We aim to make your experience at our friendly dental office one that you will rave about to everyone you know."

Dr. Nathan Zaffke

Dr. Nathan Zaffke

Dr. Nathan Zaffke is native to the Fargo-Moorhead area. After attending Moorhead High School, he enrolled at Concordia College where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry and Business. He then proceeded with graduate school at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Dr. Zaffke strives to keep patients informed of their dental care needs and works with them to develop the best individualized plan for each patient moving forward. He uses the clinics updated technology to help the patient to be able to see and understand any issues that arise.

"I am honored to be able to join such a great team and look forward to being able to get to know and help our patients at such a wonderful facility."

Liz - Office Manager

I have been employed by Peterson Dental Care since 1999. I am currently the office manager, but have previous experience in other areas of the dental office, as well.

I am married and have two children and two grandchildren. I also have a dog named Sadie. I enjoy reading, going to the lake and spending time with my family.

DeNae - Appointment Coordinator/Dental Assistant

I was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. After high school I attended MSUM for three years and then decided to pursue a career in dental assisting. I graduated from Northwest Technical College Moorhead, MN in July of 1997. I was hired at Dental Care Fargo in November of 1997. I have had a wonderful time working here and I love my four day work week. Time just flies by when you love your job.

When I am not at work, I take time to spend with my daughter. I love being a mom. We have a crazy dog named Jaeger. During my freetime, I like to go to concerts, garden, scrapbook, spend time outdoors, thrift (love a good bargain) and spend time with family and friends.

Sue - Dental Assistant

I graduated from NDSCS in 1983. I have been working as a dental assistant for Dental Care since 1987.

My husband and I live in south Fargo. I have two children. We also have a dog named Miley. I stay very busy with gardening, spending time with family and friends, biking, walking, sewing and we love to go on family vacations.

Missy B. - Dental Assistant

I grew up in Sheldon, ND. I graduated from NDSCS with an Occupational Therapy Assisting Degree. I then decided to pursue my dental assisting career and attended Minnesota State Community and Technical College of Moorhead. I joined the Peterson Dental Care team in April of 2006.

I live in Casselton, ND with my husband Joel. We have three boys.

I enjoy spending time with my family, watching my son play school sports, getting together with friends for coffee and going to the lake.

Missy G. - Dental Hygienist

I’m originally from Cumberland, RI and have been living in ND since 2002. I went to Hygiene school in RI and graduated in 1995. I came to Fargo in 2006 and was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Peterson Dental Care ever since.

I have a little boy named Jack and two great dogs who I adore. We enjoy living in north Fargo and I stay very busy trying to keep up with Jack. I enjoy following my hometown sports teams and am doing my best to brainwash my child to do the same. :-)

Dawn - Hygienist

I graduated from Northwestern Colorado College’s dental hygiene program in 1981. My husband and I moved back to Fargo in 1983. I started working for Peterson Dental Care in 1984. I have 4 children. My husband works for the North Dakota Air National Guard.

I have four kids and one daughter-in-law. I also have a grand-dog named Millie. In my spare time I love to go to movies, sporting events, music concerts and spending time with friends and family.

Deana - Hygienist

I grew up in New Rockford, ND. I attended NDSCS and graduated in 1986 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. I have worked at Peterson Dental Care since 1989. I have moved to the lakes area and commute to the office four days a week.

When I am not working I like to read, crochet and enjoy the lake country with family and friends.

Joan - Hygienist (part-time)

I grew up in Grand Forks, ND. I attended NDSCS and graduated with a degree in dental hygiene in 1982. I have worked at Peterson Dental Care since 1997. I am working three days a week.

After school, I worked in Grand Forks for three years. I married my husband, Tobin, and moved to Wisconsin. We lived there for ten years before returning to Fargo. I have two sons and a dog. On my days off, I like to relax and spend time with my family.

Clarice - Office Assistant (part-time)

My name is Clarice. I was hired by Dr. Ron in 1982. I was employed as a receptionist and office manager until I retired from my full time position in 2007.

I continue to work very part time as a business assistant handling accounts payable for Dr. Carrie Peterson/Dental Care Fargo.

I enjoy retirement, and I still appreciate staying "connected" with the office staff and patients.


Cosmetic Treatments

Dental Implants, Full Porcelain Crowns, Inlays and Onlays, Porcelain Laminates, Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening

Diagnostic Services (Exam and Diagnosis)

Comprehensive Oral Exams, Consultation and Treatment Planning, Digital Radiographs (X-rays), Diagnostic Impressions, Limited Oral Exams, Periodontal Disease Diagnosis, Testing for Cracked Teeth, Vitality Testing

Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)

Root Canal Therapy, Treatment of Tooth Trauma

Oral Surgery


Pediatric Dentistry (Children's Dentistry)

Composite Restorations, Amalgam Restorations, Stainless Steel Crowns

Periodontics (Treatment of tissues that surround and support teeth)

Advanced Gingival Treatments, Deep Cleanings, Dental Implants, Interceptive Orthodontic Appliances

Preventive Services

Fluoride Treatments, Oral Hygiene Instruction, Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleanings), Sealants


Crowns and Bridges, Flippers, Full Dentures, Removable Partial Dentures

Restorative Services

Composite and Amalgam Restorations, Crowns and Bridges, Implant Restorations

TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder)

Bite Splints, Night Guards, Soft Night Guards, Sports Mouthguards

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3226 13th Avenue South
Fargo, ND 58103