Snoring in Children – WARNING!

Overnight guests in our home have joked about my husband’s snoring. His sleep study results call him a “heroic snorer” meaning he can snore in any position, but his snoring has not been found to be connected to sleep apnea or breathing issues. When children snore, however, it is no laughing matter.  A child may snore occasionally when he or she has a cold or is “stuffy,” but when a child snores regularly for more than just a week or two and is not ill, it may be a warning sign of sleep-disordered breathing which can lead to dental, behavioral, and health issues. Continue reading

Fluoride (Preventing Tooth Decay)

In 1909 a dentist in Colorado noticed that many children were developing brown spots on their teeth. Those children also had fewer cavities than children living in other areas. It was later discovered that these children, who were living at the base of Pike’s Peak, were receiving high concentrations of natural fluoride. As rain water ran down the mountain, fluoride was released from the rock and flowed into the town’s water reservoir. Continue reading

Your Diet and Your Smile

The foods you choose and how often you eat affect your general health as well as the health of your teeth and gums. Today, Americans are eating record numbers of sugary sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snacks, and over time these foods can make cavities in teeth. Continue reading

Back-to-School Dental Emergencies

FullSizeRenderIn my dental practice, I have seen many of my school-aged patients with front teeth painfully reshaped by monkey bars, the school’s tile floor, or even another child’s head.  So what is a parent to do when you get that call from the school? Continue reading

A Beautiful Smile

Often when I am asked to restore patients’ smiles, the patients ask for qualities that they think will make their smile perfect – smooth on the incisal (chewing) edge and white.  These qualities SOUND good, but in the mouth, they may not be so pleasing to the eye.  So what makes a smile beautiful?  Typically, the most esthetic qualities involve symmetry, a natural light color, and the appearance of health. Continue reading

Cosmetic Options

Right or wrong we often make assumptions about people based on what they wear, how they speak, or their posture. A confident, attractive smile also plays an important role in a person’s image. When you look good, you feel good, and if you’re pleased with your smile, you’re more likely to wear it! Continue reading

WELCOME, Dr. Kristy Chandler

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, Continue reading