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

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