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

Should I Have White or Silver Fillings?

The two most common dental materials for restoring teeth are amalgam (silver) and composite (white/tooth-colored) fillings. When choosing a dental material for restoring teeth, we often receive two questions:  what is the difference between the two types of materials?  Is one type of filling better than the other? In our office, we offer both amalgam

What Insurance does your Office Accept?

We are often asked this question on the phone from residents all over the Tri-Cities. The answer is pretty simple… we take ALL of them! Insurance can be confusing – from the type of insurance to what is covered by it; it can be especially daunting to pick out a new insurance plan that is

What is the Appropriate Age to Bring my Child to the Dentist?

This is a common question parents contemplate as their child starts developing teeth. The short and simple answer is to begin dental check-ups by the time the first tooth appears (often around 6 months of age) or by the first birthday. Not all kids develop teeth at the same pace, and it is normal for

Why are my Teeth Sensitive?

Do you have difficulty eating certain foods or drinks without pain? Have you wondered “what can I do to reduce the sensitivity?” We get this question every day, and luckily, we have the answer! Sensitivity can stem from different sources: gum recession, grinding or clenching (oftentimes while sleeping), decay, or using whitening products. Recent dental