Dr. Cristi Cheek knew in second grade that she was going to be a dentist. And all along, a significant part of her dream was to create an office environment with an uplifting, positive atmosphere where everyone, both patients and staff, felt like family. Today, she has exceeded those childhood dreams with a thriving practice with a family feel and a patient base that places complete trust in Cheek Dental.
Mouth sores that appear on the lips, roof of the mouth, tongue, gums, or inside the cheeks can be ugly, painful, and annoying. Eating and speaking can be difficult as any movement of the affected tissue can cause discomfort. Two common types of painful mouth sores are canker sores and cold sores. [Read more…]
Have you ever been on date or chatted with friends and felt that your (or someone else’s) breath was not so fresh? If so, you are not alone. Studies show that 50 percent of adults state that they have experienced bad breath. While many causes of bad breath are harmless and can be resolved with simple changes to your dental care routine, bad breath that lasts for an extended period of time, known as halitosis, can be a sign of something more serious. [Read more…]
I want to share with you some exciting news happening here at Cheek Dental! Some of our patients have been in our practice since I acquired it 14 years ago. They have seen me get married and have my first child (and then adopt from Russia while being pregnant with our second child!) They have referred their friends and family and trusted that we would offer them the same kind of genuine concern and care that we have given them. Because of that trust, I have been reluctant to allow any other dentist to work in my practice, [Read more…]
Finding a good dentist can be a daunting task when you’re moving to a new place or just looking for a change. Do you seek the opinions of neighbors and co-workers? Do you look online or in the phone book? How do you really know if a dentist is “good?” When one of my patients is moving to a new city, I have several recommendations for deciding on a new dentist. [Read more…]
With the experience of parenting three small children, I have become adept at manipulating a Sesame Street spin brush with banana-berry toothpaste around the mouth of a wiggly child while, for the purpose of distraction, I sing “Great, green gobs of greasy, grimy, gopher guts.” [Read more…]
Seeing a dentist regularly is important not only for check-ups to maintain your good oral health, but also to ensure that there is someone available for you when that unfortunate situation arises where you or your family member needs emergency care. Four common emergencies that may require an immediate call to your dentist are: a tooth that has been knocked out, a broken tooth, a crown that has come off, or a toothache. [Read more…]