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

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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

Teeth…one of your most valuable possessions!

Uninsured and underinsured Americans have been for years a concern to the healthcare industry.  Realizing the importance of good health, our government has been attempting to solve the problem through healthcare reform.  Unfortunately, dental care is looked at by some as a non-necessity. Teeth are important for chewing, which helps provide proper nutrition to our bodies, and a healthy smile affects others’ views of who we are. Continue reading

Drugs and Your Teeth

Living in the affluent East Cobb area not only provides our young adults with many cultural and educational opportunities but also, unfortunately, easy access to drugs and alcohol, the use of which can wreak havoc on the teeth and gums (not to mention the brain and the rest of the body!) There are many drugs that can have such deleterious effects, but I’ll focus on three more common ones among teenagers: alcohol, marijuana, and methamphetamine. Continue reading