What is Torus or Tori?

Some people develop a bony growth or enlargement (hyperostosis) on the roof of their mouths or underneath their tongues. These growths are called Torus or Tori (plural). These bony protuberances can either be small or in some cases can be very large and are benign. Usually the bony growths under the tongue (mandibular tori) are

Which Electric Toothbrush Should I Use? Sonicare or Oral-B?

An electric toothbrush is one of a hygienist’s favorite tools to recommend. Electric toothbrush bristles vibrate or rotate to help you remove plaque from your teeth and gums. They also massage the gums which allows for good blood flow and promotes healthy gums. The price range varies from brand to brand and each brand carries

Nothing but the Tooth: FAQ’s Regarding Your Child’s Teeth

At what age should I bring my baby in to the dentist? As a general rule, it is best to bring your baby in once they get their first tooth. This establishes a routine and reduces dental anxiety later on into the toddler years. It is then strongly encouraged to take your child for a

Cavities are Contagious

Now, this does not mean that if a person has a cavity the people they come in contact with will automatically “catch a cavity”, but the bacteria found in cavities can actually be passed along. As a parent, doesn’t that sound a little scary? For instance, has your baby ever dropped his pacifier on the

The Seven Worst and Best Foods or Drinks For Your Teeth

We know that there are bad foods for our teeth but we at Creekside Dental in Kennewick will share some foods and drinks that you may not have thought about. We will also share some foods and drinks that are much healthier for your teeth. Seven Worst Foods/Drinks 1)    Carbonated beverages & other drinks - The

Plaque and Tartar (Calculus) Buildup – What is it? How can I Prevent it?

Dental plaque is a biofilm, or a mass of bacteria that grows on the teeth. At first, it is a sticky colorless deposit, but as it hardens and forms tartar (also known as calculus), it changes into a brown or pale yellow color. The rate at which plaque and tartar grows is different for each

I Brush and Floss. Why Do I Keep Getting Cavities?

One of the main responsibilities of a dental hygienist, in addition to cleaning our patient’s teeth, is education. This part of our job may be even more important than the treatment that we provide during the office visits. This is because what a patient does at home on a day to day basis between those

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

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