Back to School Dental Tips

August 7, 2018

  As another summer ends and a new school year approaches, many of us parents begin the task of preparing our children for their first day back to school. We shop for the necessary school supplies, we update their wardrobes, and we ensure they have the immunizations and booster shots necessary to continue in school. Children should also have a dental exam before returning to school to ensure they have a healthy mouth and the tools they need to maintain it. Continue reading

No ice cream for these sensitive teeth!

June 8, 2018

   I love the warm weather of the approaching summertime – a time when my family enjoys the beautiful sunshine and eats cold watermelon and homemade ice cream outside on our back porch.  For people with sensitive teeth, however, this activity that my family so enjoys is not a treat.  Cold foods and beverages make their teeth ache.  Continue reading

Kids in the Dental Office

May 16, 2018


Our dental practice treats everyone from toddlers to the elderly, and though we have a passion for cosmetic dentistry, children are usually the most fun and interesting patients.

I have had many enlightening experiences as kids surprise me with their perceptions of what is occurring during their dental appointments. After I extracted the tooth of a 7-year-old boy, the mother asked her son as they left our office, “Has your tooth stopped hurting yet?” to which her son replied,”I don’t know. The dentist has it.” In treating young patients I have learned that…… Continue reading

   Why Traditional Dentures are NOT for you!

May 3, 2018

  Dentures are removable replacements for your natural teeth and gums. There are essentially two categories called partial and complete (full) dentures.  Partial dentures are made when a person still has some teeth in the arch, and they can replace one or more teeth.  Complete dentures are made when the entire upper or lower jaw is missing all of the teeth. Both types of dentures are made from either dental acrylic (a type of plastic) or a combination of acrylic and metal. Continue reading

Bad Breath:  Causes and Solutions

April 20, 2018

  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. Continue reading

The Dangers of Thumbsucking

August 4, 2017

  Sucking is a natural instinct with which we are born.  Babies and small children use fingers, pacifiers, and other objects to soothe and comfort themselves.  Sucking is a normal, healthy part of our early development, but prolonged sucking – past the age of 4 – can cause a host of dental problems and may even indicate medical issuesCONTINUE READING 

Snoring in Children – WARNING!

March 31, 2017

  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)

January 19, 2017

  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

November 9, 2016

  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

September 2, 2016

  In 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

July 21, 2016


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

May 24, 2016


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

March 31, 2016

  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!

January 29, 2016

  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

October 30, 2015

 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

Why are dental costs so pricey and variable?

September 30, 2015


Dentistry is a profession that is both art and science. It should not be treated as a commodity where comparison shopping is based on price alone. There are many reasons why a treatment plan quoted by one dentist may vary greatly from that of another dentist and why the associated costs for each procedure may also differ.

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How to Prevent a TKO (Tooth Knock Out)

August 21, 2015


On a Thursday afternoon recently, a beautiful young lady was rushed into my office with a bloody rag held up to her mouth. Two of her front teeth were missing, the gums surrounding those teeth were torn and bleeding, and there was a broken hunk of bone hanging from the area where the teeth had been.  She had been running on the field at school during lacrosse practice when another student ran into her, accidentally head-butting her in the mouth.  As we tried to come up with a plan to piece this pretty child’s smile back together, I couldn’t help thinking “Why wasn’t she wearing a mouthguard?” Continue reading

A Child’s View of the Dentist

July 23, 2015


My dental practice treats everyone from toddlers to the elderly, and though we have a passion for cosmetic dentistry, children are usually the most fun and interesting patients.  With three children of my own, ages ten and under, I know that kids have unusual insights and yield their opinions and ideas freely. Continue reading

2015 Georgia Dental Mission of Mercy

June 23, 2015


This past weekend, Dr. Cheek, Jordan, and Kelly volunteered at the Georgia Dental Association’s annual Mission of Mercy which was held at the fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia. Around 2000 people who are financially unable to afford dental treatment were seen and given free dental care including fillings, extractions, cleanings, and partial dentures.  Continue reading

 Sensitive Teeth

May 26, 2015


Do you wince when eating ice cream or does a cup of hot coffee make your teeth ache? If so, then you have sensitive teeth. Cavities and broken teeth can make the teeth sensitive, but if your dentist has ruled those out, your sensitivity may be coming from exposed root surfaces, missing enamel, or cracks. Continue reading

Oral Cancer….Are You At Risk?

May 14, 2015


Approximately 35,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, around 25 percent of those people will die of the disease. Although the use of tobacco and alcohol are risk factors in developing oral cancer, approximately 25% of oral cancer patients have no known risk factors. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone receive regular examinations of the oral and facial tissues. These examinations are typically done by a dentist as part of a regular dental visit.  Continue reading

 Tooth Plaque

April 1, 2015


Every time you go to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned it is likely that a hygienist will gently remind you (and for some of you she must downright nag you) to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once a day. What’s the big deal about plaque? What is it anyway? 

Plaque is a mostly colorless biofilm that builds up on the teeth.  Continue reading

How to Find a “GOOD” Dentist

March 11, 2015


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. Continue reading

If It Ain’t Broke...FIX IT!!!

February 25, 2015


Dentistry has traditionally been a business based upon need, and often patients have the mindset that if insurance does not cover something, they don’t want it. I have found, however, that when patients truly value dental health and wellness, they disregard insurance limitations and opt for ideal restoration of their teeth and prevention of dental problems.

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Crowns, in one visit!

February 3, 2015


At Cheek Dental we strive to offer the most up-to-date dental technology. We are so excited to introduce to our patients a system for creating all-ceramic restorations in one appointment. Continue reading

The Importance of Baby Teeth

January 20, 2015


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.” Continue reading

The Gift of Love 

December 30, 2014


I love this time of year — the cool, crisp air, decorating for the holidays, and having family gatherings for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I have so many wonderful memories of past holidays, Continue reading


December 4 2014


At the end of every year, my office staff is inundated with questions about which insurance plan to choose for the following year. Continue reading




Haiti Mission Trip

October 24, 2014



Well I made it back from our medical/dental mission trip to Haiti with no Ebola, Malaria, Cholera, Dengue Fever, or Chikungunya! My back was quite sore, Continue reading

August 27, 2014


Most dentists, including Dr. Cheek, agree that limiting exposure to X-rays is important, but X-rays are necessary to find dental problems. When radiographs are not taken, dental and medical issues may go undetected, and your overall health could suffer. Continue reading


August 14, 2014


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. Continue reading

June 30, 2014

  Do you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth? Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Continue reading


You may be causing damage to your teeth and you aren’t even aware of it!

June 17, 2014

 Over the past few years I have awoken several times during the night from the same terrifying nightmare – my teeth are crumbling into pieces and falling out in my hand. Continue reading