Plaque and Tartar (Calculus) Buildup – What is it? How can I Prevent it?

Dental plaque is a biofilm, or a mass of bacteria that grows on the teeth. At first, it is a sticky colorless deposit, but as it hardens and forms tartar (also known as calculus), it changes into a brown or pale yellow color. The rate at which plaque and tartar grows is different for each

I Brush and Floss. Why Do I Keep Getting Cavities?

One of the main responsibilities of a dental hygienist, in addition to cleaning our patient’s teeth, is education. This part of our job may be even more important than the treatment that we provide during the office visits. This is because what a patient does at home on a day to day basis between those

The Dreaded Dry Socket – What it is and How to Prevent it

A dry socket is a painful complication that can sometimes occur after having a tooth removed. Just after a tooth extraction, blood fills into the tooth socket, forming a clot. During the first 24 hours this clot is very soft and fragile, somewhat like half-set Jell-O. If you are not careful this clot can accidentally

Weird Dental Trivia

Just in case you’re looking for some fun trivia to entertain guests at your next dinner party, the Creekside Dental Team has compiled this list of weird dental facts for your viewing pleasure. Ancient toothpaste was composed of interesting ingredients such as powdered fruit, honey, dried flowers, mice and lizard livers. Some Egyptians used powdered

Is periodontal disease (gum disease) dangerous during pregnancy?

During pregnancy it is common for gums to be swollen and bleed, but it is not normal. The signs to look for in periodontal disease (gum disease) are receding gums, tenderness during brushing/flossing, bleeding, and swelling. These are signs that should not be ignored during pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant, her progesterone hormones are

A Guide to Teeth Whitening

Are your pearly whites not so white anymore? There are many options available to you to get your smile looking bright again. First let’s discuss why your smile isn’t what it used to be. Food and Drink-red wine, coffee and tea are some of the major causes of stain Age-over time the outer layer of

How do I keep my teeth straight after Invisalign?

It is such a wonderful feeling to have a beautiful smile after you’ve just completed your orthodontic treatment! One of the most critical stages of your orthodontic treatment is just starting -- the retention/retainer stage. Retention is the process of ensuring that you keep that new smile and your teeth don’t move back toward their

How to Beat a Sugar Addiction

Sugar is a sneaky, addictive substance and making the break from it isn’t always as easy as just making the decision to stop. It’s helpful to understand what sugar does to our bodies, physically and emotionally, to put an effective sugar-kicking strategy in place. Having just a small amount of sugar creates a desire for

Smoking and Your Dental Health

Are you ready to quit smoking? Have you tried quitting? Do you think about quitting? There are numerous health reasons why cessation of smoking is vital. When it comes to dentistry and smoking, periodontal disease is what lands at the top of the list. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is when bacterial infection

Continuous Improvement Through Continuous Education

At Creekside, we see every day as an opportunity to learn new ways to improve the patient experience and ensure its consistency. We are passionately dedicated to providing an outstanding patient experience for everyone who comes through our doors. An Unbeatable Team Ongoing employee training and development is essential for any dental practice to thrive