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    Staff Spotlight: Meet Kristy

    Last updated 1 day 19 hours ago

    Kristy is a 2002 graduate of the University of Cincinnati. After completing hygiene school she accepted a position in Cincinnati with an IV sedation practice. "Working in an IV sedation practice was everything that I had dreamed of! I was able to use the skills that I had received while in school and was able to obtain my certification in local anesthesia within a few years of graduation." Kristy moved to Columbus in 2009 and has been with Oak Creek Dental since. "I knew I wanted to find an IV sedation practice to be able to use the knowledge I had gained while in Cincinnati. Sedation is such a valuable tool when it comes to dealing with patients who have an extreme fear of dentistry or have a difficult time getting numb. Sedation is also a great way to complete a lot of dentistry in one visit while the patient is comfortably sleeping through their appointment. It's such a great feeling when they wake up and have little to no memory of the visit and feel confident in dentistry again. Being able to take a patient who can barely walk through the door due to fear and watch them return for maintenance visits is such a rewarding feeling." 

    Kristy is the Hygiene Team Leader at Oak Creek Dental. "I love working with everyone here! I enjoy training new team members and working along side April and Vickie who are also team leads at Oak Creek."

    Kristy is married with 2 children. Her husband Shane is an editor in Columbus. Carter, her son will be a 4th grader  and her daughter Chloe is in pre-Kindergarten. Kristy enjoys photography, visiting her parents farm, and spending time with her kids! 

    Meet Oak Creek Dental Care's Newest Team Member, Mandi!

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Please join the Oak Creek Dental team in welcoming our newest team member, Mandi! She has worked in the dental field for the past 17.5 years for the same Doctor prior to joining the Oak Creek Team in July. She is a single mother of 2 daughters and is very proud of them!

    Mandi is involved with her church and enjoys running and working out. When asked what she enjoys most about working in the dental field, her response was simple, “I love the interaction I get with multiple people on a daily basis and seeing someone become more confident in themselves grow because they have a beautiful smile.”

    Mandi has already set her goals for her career at Oak Creek! She is eager to improve on her knowledge of dentistry and to help the office run smoothly. Most of all, she wants the patients to leave, wanting to come back! She believes the first person and the last person a patient encounters are what will leave a lasting impression of the office.

    When asked what her favorite dental joke is, Mandi told it with a giggle…

    What did the dentist say to the computer?.......

    This won’t hurt a Byte!

    Please stop by and introduce yourself to Mandi, our newest team member! We are thrilled at the knowledge and professionalism that she brings through our door each day!

     

    Tips for Proper Flossing

    Last updated 7 days ago

    In order for you to have healthy teeth and gums, you should brush your teeth at least twice every day and floss on a daily basis. Many people brush their teeth but neglect to floss, thinking that it’s not that important or just not worth the time. Flossing is just as important as brushing, and doesn’t have to take much time out of your schedule. Choose a flavor of floss that you like, and use about 18 inches with the ends wound around each middle finger. Slide the floss gently up and down between your teeth, going carefully underneath the gum line on each pass. Don’t force the floss or snap it, as this can damage your gums. Unwind a new section of floss as you move between teeth, and use the same back and forth motion to remove the floss.

    The friendly dentists at Oak Creek Dental Care are happy to give you tips on how to take great care of your teeth and gums. Call us at (888) 751-3514 to schedule your next dental checkup. We offer preventive, cosmetic, and sedation dentistry to our Columbus-area patients.

    Common Signs of Gum Disease

    Last updated 14 days ago

    When many people think of oral health, they think only of having gleaming, cavity-free white teeth. However, there is more to your oral health than just your teeth. You must also have healthy gums in order to have a truly healthy mouth. With proper brushing and flossing, and regular visits to your dentist, you’ll be off to a good start. Even if you have impeccable oral hygiene habits, you should know the signs of gum disease so that you can address them if they arise. Keep reading to learn what these common signs of gum disease are.

    Swollen, Bleeding Gums
    Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and is caused by a buildup of plaque. Bacteria in the plaque that builds up along the gum line can irritate the tissues of the gums. This irritation leads to inflammation, and causes the gums to swell and be extra sensitive, especially when you’re brushing your teeth. If you notice pain, sensitivity, and bleeding as you brush your teeth, this could be a sign that you have gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis is completely reversible as long as you practice good at-home dental care and see your dentist for treatment.

    Receding Gums
    If gum disease is allowed to progress, it will worsen from gingivitis to periodontitis. During this stage of gum disease, your gums may form a pocket underneath the gum line that traps food and bacteria, making the problem even worse. These pockets can cause your gums to recede or pull away from the teeth, giving the appearance of longer teeth.

    Chronic Bad Breath
    Since gum disease is a result of bacteria in the mouth, it should come as no surprise that chronic bad breath is another sign of gum disease. If you notice a persistent bad taste in your mouth even after you brush, or if your significant other comments on bad breath, you may have gum disease. There are a number of potential causes of chronic bad breath, so see your dentist to find out why it’s affecting you.

    Oak Creek Dental Care is a full-service dental office in Columbus dedicated to providing comprehensive care for you and your family. Call us at (888) 751-3514 to schedule your next appointment, and let your dentist know if you are experiencing any of the common warning signs of gum disease.

    What Does Saliva Do?

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Your mouth is a complex place, full of tissues, bones, teeth, and other substances that you may not normally give much thought to. One of the most important elements of your mouth is your saliva, the clear liquid that’s made by glands in and around your mouth. Saliva is essential to a healthy mouth and body, and you may be surprised at the number of functions it has. Keep reading to learn about what saliva does and why it’s so important.

    Provides Comfort
    If you have ever gotten so thirsty that your mouth was dry, or felt nervous before a big presentation, you know that the absence of saliva can be downright uncomfortable. Saliva helps keep your mouth moist and comfortable, and gives you the lubrication you need when you’re speaking, chewing, and swallowing. Too little saliva is more than just uncomfortable—it can also have negative effects on your oral health. Dry mouth leads to swollen gums and tongue, and gives germs a place to thrive. These germs can cause bad breath, making your dry mouth more unpleasant for you and those around you.

    Aids in Digestion
    Saliva helps begin the digestion process by breaking food down while it’s still in your mouth. Certain enzymes in your saliva break down your food as you chew, making it easier to swallow and easier for your system to process. Without the right amount of saliva, chewing and swallowing become more difficult, and it also becomes harder to taste your food.

    Protects Your Teeth
    Though saliva is made mostly of water, it also contains proteins and minerals that help protect your tooth enamel. Saliva helps in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease by washing away food particles that are left behind when you’re done eating. Certain medical conditions and medications can affect how much saliva you produce, so be sure to give your dentist your full medical history.

    Visit Oak Creek Dental Care in Columbus for high-quality, compassionate dental care for the whole family. We pride ourselves on using the latest dental technologies so that you have a healthy, beautiful smile. Call us at (888) 751-3514 to learn more about our dental practice.

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