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

How Beneficial is Fluoride for My Teeth?

One of the most common questions that I hear as a hygienist is “what toothpaste should I be using?” My answer depends on a patient’s specific needs and can vary, but for the average person my answer is “a fluoride toothpaste.” The enamel on your teeth is made up mostly of minerals – these are

How Often Do I Need X-Rays at the Dentist?

Radiographs, or “x-rays”, are a tool used to detect disease or abnormalities in the body, including the teeth. Simply put, x-rays are images created on film when energy passes through the tooth and is absorbed into the film. This is very similar to the way visible light is used to create photographs. X-rays are valuable

Botox and Dentistry

If you have ever considered getting Botox, it is important to understand what it is and what it does. Botox is the shortened trade name for Botulinum Toxin; Botox is supplied in a solid form and contains sodium chloride (salt), and a protein commonly found in blood plasma and produced by the liver. Botox contains

Why Do I Need a Deep Cleaning?

  When a patient comes into our office for the first time, before any treatment can be done, they first need to be examined to see what treatment is appropriate for their specific dental condition. X-rays will be taken and a health history will be reviewed. In addition to seeing the dentist for a complete

Does a Water Flosser (Waterpik) replace flossing?

A Waterpik Water Flosser is a wonderful gadget that is used to flush out food debris from around the teeth and gums. Water pulsates out of a specialized tip that you then trace around your gum line in a pattern. It dilutes nasty acids and toxins and over time it stimulates swollen, unhealthy gums, healing

I Hate the Dentist!

You may have thought this before or even said it out loud. In our busy dental practice, we hear it every day. There are many reasons why people feel negatively towards the dentist. Sometimes patients have had bad experiences as a child and that feeling has stuck with them into adulthood; often a patient hasn’t

Welcome!

To our Patients and the Community of Tri-Cities: Welcome to our newly created Creekside Dental Blog! It is 2017 and our office turns 12 years young this April.  We have had the pleasure of serving many residents of the Tri-Cities and caring for their oral health since we opened our doors in 2005.  The doctors