Is Dry Mouth affecting Your Oral Health?

Dry Mouth is a common concern of the aging population, with nearly 20% of the population experiencing excessive dry mouth. This is a common side effect of medications or a symptom of a medical condition.

Causes of Dry Mouth:

  • Blood Pressure Medications

  • Antihistamines

  • Decongestants

  • Diuretics

  • Medications for Anxiety

  • Medications for Parkinson’s Disease

  • Antidepressants

Medical Conditions that Cause Dry Mouth:

  • Autoimmune Disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome and Lupus

  • Diabetes

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

Treating Dry Mouth:

  • Use sugar free gum or mints. These products can help fight dry mouth by stimulating saliva production. Look for products that contain xylitol, which is a sugar substitute that can help prevent cavities. Suggested Brands include IceChips- Mint or Fruit flavors, Ice Breakers and Trident gum that contains xylitol.

  • Brush and floss daily. Proper oral health hygiene prevents plaque buildup – that’s the sticky layer of bacteria that promotes tooth decay and gum disease. When brushing, use a fluoride toothpaste to keep teeth strong.

  • Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated will increase saliva production and help keep you healthy. Drink water after eating, and avoid foods that stick to teeth such as raisins, crackers, candy, and pretzels.

  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Discuss dry mouth issues with your doctor or pharmacist and listen to their recommendations. They may suggest alternate medications that won’t cause dry mouth or products that can help fend off dry mouth.

  • Fluoride Varnish Treatments. This type of treatment is completed at your dental cleaning appointments. This will help with strengthening the enamel that often will break down in the presence of dry mouth.

  • Biotine and Xylimelts. Also help as adjunct treatment to combat dry mouth with allowing increased salivary flow.

  • For older adults, treating dry mouth is especially important as it can lead to problems with chewing, swallowing, and dentures. If you or an older adult that you care for struggles with excessive dry mouth, contact your dentist or physician right away to discuss treatment options.

May Is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active! Here are a few ways that physical activity can help in each age group-

Children and adolescents- physical activity can improve bone health, muscular development, heart health and self esteem

Adults- physical activity can reduce the onset of type II diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer.

Older Adults- physical activity can increase cognitive function, increase stability, decrease the incidents of falls.

Here are just a few ideas of how to promote an active lifestyle:

  • Families can make small changes together, like taking a walk after dinner time

  • Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of student learning

  • Find enjoyment and try something new to keep active: ride a bike, try a new hiking trail, yoga- or mindful breathing exercises, golf, paddle boarding, organized sports, throw a baseball around with kiddos...etc! So many ways to be active!

Custom Sports Guards- We highly recommend children, adolescents, and adults to wear a Sport Guard during activities that are more prone to dental injury.

Before going out on the field to play a contact sport, it is important to remember that teeth are also at risk of injury- and they do not grow back!

Even when helmets are part of the required equipment, a collision or accident can still result in a damaged or knocked out tooth.

As a family dentist, we know many patients with children participating in sports and offer custom sports mouth guards to protect growing smiles and give parents peace of mind.

~Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team

Oral Cancer Awareness

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Early Detection Saves Lives

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Piney Creek Family Dentistry will be offering free oral cancer screenings for the month of April. We have added new technology to our practice, and will be integrating using a BioScreen Oral Examination Light to our Oral Cancer Screening protocol. Oral Cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 43,250 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 115 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening.

Who should get screened?

Every Adult. Adolescents as well. 

What are the risk factors?

There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, and the the other is through the exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus 16), which is the leading cause of oral cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.

Early Indicators:

Red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth

Any sore that does not heal within 14 days

Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time

Advanced Indicators:

A sensation that something is stuck in your throat

Numbness in the oral region

Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue

Difficulty in swallowing

Ear pain which occurs only on  one side

A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or the neck

An Oral Cancer Screening should be conducted every year, so take advantage of this FREE offer and get screened today. Call Piney Creek Family Dentistry to make an appointment.

For more information about oral cancer, Please log onto the Oral Cancer Foundations website at

~Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team



Do You Grind Your Teeth?

How to Prevent and Treat Bruxism

  • Bruxism- a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth

  • Clenching- tightly holding your top and bottom teeth together

  • Grinding- sliding your teeth back and forth over each other 

Symptoms of Bruxism:

  1. Headache or earache

  2. Sore Jaw

  3. Jaw Click

  4. Frequent Toothaches

  5. Facial Pain

  6. Worn or cracked teeth or fillings

      7. Tongue Indentations

      8. Insomnia (trouble sleeping)


      1. Stress Reduction

      2. Protective Nightguard or Occlusal Guard

      3. Medication for pain or muscle spasms

      4. Exercises to relax jaw muscles

      5. Fillings or other dental treatment to repair damaged teeth

If you recognize any of these symptoms, please let Dr Fritz know at your next visit! Dr Fritz does highly recommend use of an occlusal guard to help protect the structure of your teeth and supporting gingival tissues.

Children's Dental Health Month


February is National Children's Dental Health Month. We encourage caregivers to help children develop healthy habits at an early age and set a great example! Baby teeth play a large role in helping your child chew and bite, as well as develop proper speech. Making choices for healthy snacks, food and drinks can decrease the chances of developing decay (cavities). Cavities should be treated on young children to prevent further infection, and premature lose of teeth. Baby teeth (primary teeth) should be kept in place until proper eruption of the permanent teeth.  Children dental appointments are very similar to adult visits, examination by the doctor is completed with necessary x-rays to evaluate for decay. Cleaning of teeth typically occurs by a dental hygienist with polishing teeth, removing plaque, flossing, dental education to parent and child, and fluoride treatment. 

Facts about children’s dental health:

  • Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease

  • 3 out of every 5 children are affected by decay

  • Begin brushing your child’s teeth at the sight of their first tooth, use a smear of fluoridated toothpaste under the age of 2.

  • Bring your child in for an exam, happy visit, before the age 2.

  • Brush your child’s teeth 2min, 2x per day

  • Floss daily!

Happy National Sugar Awareness Week!

Here are a few types of sugar in descending order of “bad for you” so you can assess how much or how often you might choose to use each of them, whether in prepared foods (check the labels) or in your own cooking. Choosing alternatives to regular sugar may help you lose weight, control diabetes and other maladies, and feel healthier. Look for these different sweeteners in beverages, baked goods, gum, candy, frozen items, yogurt, cereal, jams and sauces, even in seasoned meats.

High fructose corn syrup is the big meanie. It’s a cheap sweetener that seems to be in almost everything that’s processed. Avoid it, and the inevitable blood sugar spike, whenever possible.

Sucrose is table sugar. The most you should consume in a day is 25 grams; about 6 teaspoons. It, too, will spike your blood sugar and can contribute to negative health consequences.

Agave nectar, made from cactus, is sweeter than sugar and often touted as a healthy alternative, but since it is 85 percent fructose it will still cause a spike in blood sugar levels.

Artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal), saccharin (Sweet &Low) and sucralose (Splenda) have shown up in tests as causing one problem or another, but no study has been conclusive enough, so use sparingly. Sucralose is the only one not sensitive to heat, so it can be used in baking.

In the next tier, we have the sugar alcohols. All have less carbs than regular sugar.

Sorbitol and manitol have been around for years, and are often found in “sugar-free” products like candies, cookies and gum.

Erythritol, found in many fruits, is less sweet.

Xylitol has 40 percent fewer calories than sugar and zero fructose. It can improve dental health and is found in “healthier” brands of toothpastes and gums. However, it’s toxic to dogs, so caution is urged if you have four-legged friends in the household.

All sugar alcohols can cause bloating, gas or diarrhea, so use sparingly until you know how they affect you.

Honey comes from our friends the bees and offers antioxidants and less of a blood sugar spike. But it’s high in calories, so not always a good choice for those trying to lose or maintain their weight.

Molasses, made from sugar cane and sugar beets, has iron and potassium, but is also high in sugar and should be used sparingly.

Barley malt extract gives a little protein, but is similar to molasses.

Coconut sugar, from the sap of the coconut tree, has only 6 percent of the calories in sugar, as well as some potassium, but is also high in fructose.

Real maple syrup, made from the sap of maple trees, has antioxidants and minerals and is preferable to the others in this group, in moderation.

When baking with honey or agave, it is often recommended to reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees, as the fructose content in these sugars will speed up browning.

And the winner is … Stevia, also called RebA, extracted from the stevia plant/rebiana. Currently, it seems to be the sweetener of choice, with no major negative effects.

Content provided by News Article in West Hawaii Today. For more information, please review the article! Wonderful information sited and provided regarding this topic. Xlylitol is approved through the American Dental Association as a great option in SugerFree Gum and lozenges to prevent Dental Caries. 

~Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team

October is Dental Hygiene Awareness Month!

7 Tips to Maintaining your Oral Hygiene:

  1. Brush Twice per day- Brush with a soft bristle brush in the morning and before bed, 2min per time brushing. 

  2. Mouthwash- try a daily antiseptic mouthwash. We recommend using an Alcohol Free mouthwash, either Listerine or Closys makes this type. ACT mouthwash is great with helping reduce your decay risk!

  3. Floss- Aim for 2-3 times per week at minimum! The more you floss, the better plaque removal between the teeth you will get!

  4. Sugar-say so long to sugar! Xylitol is a natural sweetener in several brands of gum and mints that are a better choice! Ex- IceBreakers IceCubes, Spry gum, Ice Chips Candy (found at Sprouts)

  5.  Calcium-Calcium is essential for healthy teeth. Milk is not enough to maintain optimal oral health, make sure you are sufficient with Vit D.

  6. Water- Drink plenty of water. Water helps prevent excessive acid buildup, prevents dry mouth (major catalyst for tooth decay), and aids in saliva production.

     7. Apples- An apple a day keeps the cavities away. Adding fruits and veggies that                have hard skin, crunchy texture helps clean off plaque and debris on your teeth.

All Patients seen in the month of October will be automatically entered into a drawing for a Sonicare Flexcare electric toothbrush! Value- $129.99

Schedule your appointment for October today!

What is Plaque?

What exactly is plaque? According to Wikipedia, plaque is: a biofilm or mass of bacteria that grows on surfaces of the mouth. 

When plaque is not properly or promptly removed from the teeth, it can harden to become tartar. Most people have heard the word tartar, but in the dental community this substance is commonly called calculus. The hardened form of plaque, or tartar, can be problematic for the health of the gum tissue and remainder of the body. Without proper removal of tartar, this can lead to more serious concerns such as periodontal disease. 

Periodontitis is an infection of the gum tissue which leads to destruction of the jawbone. There are more than 3 million US cases of periodontal disease diagnosed each year. This is a very large number considering periodontal disease can be considered a preventable disease. Although there are many risk factors that contribute to gum disease, removal of plaque and tartar on a routine basis is very beneficial to reducing the risk of inflammation. 

For some fun, you can use food coloring of choice and mix with 2oz of water. Make a solution and swish, spit and see what stains! The soft plaque that lies on your teeth will stain, brush and it will be removed. This is a great way to see what areas are being missed with home care. 

~Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team

Electric Toothbrush- Oral B

The two most popular and effective electric toothbrushes on the market are Oral-B and Sonicare. There are many benefits to using an electric brush. Better plaque removal, less pressure applied to the brush with a built in pressure indicator, brushing for the recommended 2min with a timer, and alerts the user when to move to the next quadrant in the mouth.  Excess pressure during brushing can cause mechanical trauma to the enamel and gingival tissues. It is recommended to change your brush heads every 3 months or during any time of sickness.

Oral-B Genius PRO 8000 Toothbrush is Available at Piney Creek                                                  Family Dentistry-

Benefits of Oral-B:

Position Detection- By connecting your smartphone and the Oral-B app, the PRO 8000 uses facial recognition technology to guide your brushing, zone to zone.

Pressure Sensor- Your dentist wants you to brush with just the right amount of pressure. The PRO 8000 will visually alert you when you’re brushing too hard.

Rounded Brush Head- The unique rounded brush head is inspired by dental tools. Because it’s rounded, the brush head will surround each tooth for a more thorough cleaning.

Timer- The built-in timer alerts you when you’ve brushed for just the right amount of time.

Mirror Cling- Keeps your phone in the right position while prominently displaying the features of the Oral-B app.

Travel Case- Features a sleek and compact design that travels just as well as you do. It can even charge your smartphone and electric toothbrush at the same time.

Ask your hygienist for more information!  


Do You Have Dry Mouth?


If you are experiencing dry mouth on a regular basis, there are a few products that can help! Biotine gel and mouthwash are commonly used products, but there are other products that can be tried! XyliMelts have made an impact on patients dental health and comfort!

What are XyliMelts? XyliMelts are oral-adhering discs that stick to your teeth or gums to relieve persistent dry mouth. Use XyliMelts during the day or while sleeping and find temporary relief from frequent thirst, sticky dryness in the mouth and throat, and other unpleasant dry mouth symptoms. Made with xylitol, a natural sweetener that helps stimulate saliva flow, XyliMelts utilize adhering disc technology to slowly release 550 mg of xylitol, which is most effective when continuously released and lingers in the mouth. This can be of great benefit when used while sleeping which is when saliva flow is lowest. XyliMelts last for hours, moisturizing and coating the mouth for optimal comfort. The mild mint flavor and saliva stimulation freshen your breath and xylitol reduces the risk of tooth decay.

If you would like more information on various products for dry mouth, please ask us at your next appointment!

To Floss or Not to Floss?!

Well, of course the answer is YES!!

A few weeks ago, the Associated Press released a report that flossing is not all that it is cracked up to be. According to Huffington Post, a letter to the AP from the government acknowledged that proper research had not been conducted to make such claims.

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology also claimed that some studies conducted were not long enough, did not have enough participants, or used outdated research techniques to be valid.

Dr Matthew Messina, a spokesperson from the ADA, stated "there are only so many research dollars and so much research effort. So not a lot of effort has been put into studying dental flossing, simply because there are more important things for us to do."

As much as we would like to believe flossing isn't beneficial, it is important to remove bacteria from the teeth, gums and between the teeth. Flossing helps remove plaque, which contains bacteria in it. Without the removal of plaque, this bacteria is associated with Periodontal Disease. 

Patients need to put forth the effort on reducing risk factors for periodontal disease, and having proper oral hygiene is one step to a healthy mouth! 

Keep up with the simple habit! 


7 Possible Reasons Why Your Teeth Hurt (Other Than a Cavity)

Many patients associate any type of tooth discomfort to be a cavity. There are multiple reasons why your teeth can hurt, here are a list of 7 other possibilities. If you are experiencing discomfort, please call Piney Creek Family Dentistry to schedule an examination. During your appointment, symptoms and radiographs will be assessed to make a clinical diagnosis.  Our team of professionals will guide you through the best treatment according to the cause of your discomfort. 

 1. You Brush Too Hard and It's Led to Gum Recession

2. You Have A Gum Infection

3. You've Experienced Tooth Trauma

4. You Have a Severe Sinus Infection

5. You Grind or Clench Your Teeth While Sleeping

6. You Recently Had Fillings or Drilling Done to Your Teeth

7. You Have a Cracked Tooth

~Dr Tiffany Fritz and Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team


Why do we get cavities?

At your dental cleaning appointment, Dr Fritz will also complete an exam to determine if you have an cavities. 

What exactly is a cavity and how do we get them? A cavity is a hole that develops from tooth decay. Tooth decay can develop from not taking care of the oral environment the way you should. Aside from not brushing and flossing like recommended, a large cause of tooth decay is diet. 

Of course candy is not a good choice when keeping your teeth in great shape, but many people do not realize that a lot of added sugar is in the majority of foods! 

A few tips to avoid cavities:

  • Brush and floss everyday
  • Avoid not only sugary foods but anything that is highly processed. Try to eat whole and clean.
  • Replace  your toothbrush every 3-4 months
  • Limit soda consumption, bicarbonate can erode your teeth. 

At your checkup appointment, your dental hygienist will recommend use of an in office Fluoride Treatment to help protect the enamel against cavities. 


Help us in Helping Others!

We are collecting food for the holidays to donate to the Parker Task Force!

Join us with participating in our first Food Drive! Drop off is located in our reception area,  box is marked for the Parker Task Force. We will deliver what is collected on Mon Nov 23rd. 

Popular food items that food banks need during this time of year: 

  1. Holiday Foods such as Boxed stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Yams
  2. Low Sodium Vegetables
  3. Canned Tuna and Chicken
  4. Unsalted Nuts
  5. No Sugar Added Fruits
  6. Shelf-Stable Milk
  7. Whole Grain Pasta
  8. Canned Beef Stew
  9. Brown Rice
  10. Oatmeal
  11. Low Sodium Soups
  12. Beans

We greatly appreciate your participation this Holiday Season!!

~Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team


The Secret to Lifelong Teeth Whitening

Have you ever noticed when you look at someones smile that some seem bright white and others are a dull yellow. Everyones teeth naturally dull with aging and contact with staining foods such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and wine. Many other substances can cause stain but those are a few examples. However, getting regular teeth whitening treatments can help keep your smile white and bright!

Get Regular Treatments

The effects of teeth whitening or bleaching are only temporary, so regular treatments at Piney Creek Family Dentistry are necessary to keep your teeth white for life. Bleaching too frequently can wear on your enamel, so best not to over treat the teeth. The effects of in-office whitening can last for several months and up to a year, while home bleaching treatments may need to be touched up more frequently. The American Dental Association recommends asking your dentist which treatment is ideal for your teeth.

Have Realistic Expectations

Be realistic about the color that your teeth with turn, some people may not be able to get as bright white as they would like to achieve. The initially starting shade will help dictate the outcome from bleaching. Those with a yellow color will have greater success in change. Patients with grayish coloring may not notice as much change, those with brown coloring in between.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Your teeth whitening efforts will not go far if your oral hygiene is not in good condition. In addition to brushing your teeth twice daily take the following steps to help increase outcome on bleaching efforts:

  1. Floss Daily
  2. Visit Piney Creek Family Dentistry regularly
  3. Rinse your mouth out with water after each meal or snack
  4. Limit sugary and starchy beverages, especially between meals

We look forward to discussing which bleaching options are best for your teeth! We offer in-office whitening and take home whitening products at Piney Creek Family Dentistry.


How to keep teeth healthy during Back-to-School Season!

We all know that as our routine of school days begin, our schedules get more hectic! But that doesn't mean we need to let our dental care fall behind.

Its easy to forget to brush on those hectic early school mornings, but it is important to make brushing part of the routine. 

The following are some tips to keeping those pearly whites clean during this busy time of year:

  • Brush before breakfast: Studies show that if we brush before we eat it helps to prevent our pH from dropping to an unsafe level. The lower the pH the more concern we have for cavities forming in the mouth. 
  • Watch what you eat: Its not only great for the rest of your body to watch what you eat, but great for your teeth also! Foods that are highly processed or contain high levels of sugar are dangerous for your teeth. 
  • Take Shelf life into consideration: Packaged foods that have a longer shelf life compared to fresh fruits and vegetables contain starch. Starch coats the teeth and can be a breeding ground for bacteria which eventually can cause decay. Since schools carry many of these starchy items, try and watch what you keep on hand at home- think fresh!
  • Drink lots of water: Many people think that juice is a healthy choice to drink, but forget that often times they have sugar added. Juice is a better choice than soda typically, but water is the best choice! Keeping hydrated is great for your body and teeth also! If your kids cannot tolerate plain water, try infusing water with cucumber, strawberries or lemon to give flavor without the sugar.

Opting to give your children fresh fruit is great to increase their fiber as well, making for a balanced diet.

  • Wear protective equipment: We all know children love to be outside, which we want them to maintain being active. Make sure your kids are wearing appropriate safety equipment especially if they are playing football, soccer, hockey or baseball. Some protective equipment recommended depending on the sport are helmets, pads and even mouth guards!
  • Seek help as soon as possible: If injury occurs to one of your children seek help even if it doesn't hurt. Problems can develop over time, often without you realizing it. For example, a small fall where your child lands on their face may lead to damage to the root of a tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, replace it within 30 minutes. Do not rinse the tooth off even if it appears dirty, water may damage the root. 
  • No pain doesn't always mean no cavities: Having regular dental check ups is important for detecting cavities. Children may not notice discomfort until severely infected. Seeing your dentist 2x per year is important!
  • Do your kids wear braces?: Extra care needs to be taken with keeping plaque off the teeth and around the brackets. Cavities can form around the brackets if extra care is not given. Its great to incorporate an electric power brush or waterpik to help with keeping brackets clean. 

We hope everyone is enjoying getting back to school and into their routines! Summer went by too quickly for all of us at Piney Creek Family Dentistry! We look forward to seeing all the kiddo smiles as they head back, please call to schedule their next checkup if they haven't been seen in the past 6 months.

Dr Tiffany Fritz and team




Xerostomia: What Does that Mean Anyways?

Does your mouth frequently feel dry? If it does, you may be suffering from a condition called xerostomia. Xerostomia is defined as dry mouth that is a result from decreased or absent salivary flow. There are various medical conditions that may cause xerostomia to occur, which you can ask us any questions at your next visit at Piney Creek Family Dentistry.

Xerostomia can affect the ability to eat and enjoy food, and it can jeopardize ones dental health. Some of the more common symptoms are difficulty swallowing, sore throat, burning sensation in the oral cavity and tongue.

One of the more serious dental problems associated with dry mouth is increased risk of tooth decay. The decrease in saliva causes an increase in plaque formation on the teeth. With less saliva to buffer things we eat and drink this causes a more acidic environment and breakdown of the enamel occurs. Food debris remains in the mouth for longer periods of time without being washed away with saliva and leads to tooth decay. 

What Causes Xerostomia?

There are several things that may cause xerostomia. The biggest culprit to dry mouth are prescription medications. Some examples of types of medications include: antihistamines, antidepressants, anti anxiety, bronchodilators, and muscle relaxants.

Certain diseases can also cause dry mouth. Common diseases are rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, lupus, and thyroid disease. Patients being treated for cancer are at risk for xerostomia as well. Head and neck radiation and use of chemotherapeutic drugs cause severe dry mouth.

If you are experiencing dry mouth symptoms you should first make sure you are constantly hydrated. If taking medications that also increase the feeling of dry mouth, you should drink water before taking medication as well as a full glass of water with pills. Be diligent with brushing and flossing, and discuss your condition with Dr Fritz at your next dental check up appointment. We can recommend products to moisten the oral cavity such as specific saliva substitutes, xylitol products, and prescription toothpastes that can help reduce the risk of tooth decay. You may want to try gum or lozenges that help with stimulating salivary flow but make sure they are sugar free or contain xylitol! Avoiding beverages that cause dehydration like alcohol and caffeine will also be of benefit.

Xerostomia is a common problem and our team can help with reducing the symptoms and create comfort while living with a dry mouth! Contact Piney Creek Family Dentistry today!

Summer Break: An Ideal time for Wisdom Teeth Removal

After your son or daughter departs for college, the last thing you want is a call or text to learn he or she is in pain. Dr Tiffany Fritz and our team at Piney Creek Family Dentistry will not say there are many dental emergencies that can be avoided, but early removal of wisdom teeth is one preventive measure to take!

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt in the late teens to early 20's. Spacing and crowding problems often cause impactions and infections, which is why many people elect to have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth can go from barely noticeable to extremely painful quickly depending on how they attempt to erupt.

When your teens wisdom teeth begin eruption, they can initiate or increase crowding in their mouth causing a negative effect on alignment. Most people do not have enough space in their mouth for eruption of wisdom teeth and remain perfectly aligned. Thus, pain, swelling, infection,  damage to adjacent teeth based on position next to the second molars,  and decay are the most common problems associated with wisdom teeth. 

If your child does undergo wisdom teeth removal, we want to inform you that the first few days following surgery consist of careful measures to control bleeding and swelling, soft diet,  as well a medication routine recommended by the surgeon. 

Summer break is the perfect time to remove wisdom teeth so that the stressful situation of pain or infection can be taken care of when it does not interfere with school schedules.  

If your child has not had a panoramic Xray taken recently to know the growth and position of their wisdom teeth please give our office a call. 

We are welcoming Dr Tyler Nelson, an Oral Surgeon, into our practice to perform surgery on our patients beginning in July! We are looking forward to taking care of your dental surgical needs at Piney Creek Family Dentistry.

~Dr Tiffany Fritz and Piney Creek Team

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is most commonly referred to as a "cap". A dental crown covers all visible surfaces of a tooth and has many functions and reasons for its placement.

A crown is placed on a tooth when added strength is needed. Cracks, large broken down fillings, extensive dental caries, or previous root canal treatment are all conditions where a crown is the standard of care. Large cracks or broken down fillings can lead to more extensive treatment if a crown is not completed in an early stage, if a portion of the tooth breaks off completely a root canal or extraction may be needed depending on the extent of the break either into the pulp or under the gingival tissue at the bone level. 

There are several types of crowns, made of different materials available at Piney Creek Family Dentistry. All vary in their material, appearance and functionality. Commonly used materials include Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM), Full Gold- cast restoration, and All Ceramic crowns. To accurately determine which type of crown is best for a patient, you must first know why you need a crown and in what area of the mouth a crown is needed. The choice of what type of crown that best suits the situation can be discussed by Dr Tiffany Fritz.

Getting a crown typically takes two appointments. The first appointment is needed for the preparation of the tooth, impression and fabrication of a temporary crown. The impressions are sent to a local lab where it generally takes 2 weeks for the fabrication of the crown. The second appointment is to deliver the crown, making sure the fit is ideal and cementing in place.

If you have any questions regarding what a dental crown is or types of material, please contact our office and we can discuss this further. We look forward to taking care of your dental needs!

~Dr Tiffany Fritz and Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team



Patients Choice Award- Centennial Dentist

In April, Piney Creek Family Dentistry was notified for winning the "Patients Choice Award for Top Dental Offices" in Centennial, CO through OpenCare.

OpenCare conducts an annual review that evaluates all Centennial Dental Offices. They gather information about these offices based on patient reviews from Yelp, Google, RateMD's, Yellow Pages, OpenCare and many other sites. The purpose of this annual review is to make it effortless for patients to find the best dental offices in their area. 

It is with great honor that we have accepted this recognition and strive to continue to make everyone's dental experience outstanding. 

Additional Services Offered at Piney Creek Family Dentistry to make your experience unique:

  • Paid drop in childcare conveniently located next door at "Club 4 Kids"
  • Flat screen TV's in every operatory so you can listen to Pandora or watch a movie or TV shows on Netflix.
  • "No Cavity Club" for our younger patients earning a prize at the end of their appointment.
  • Monthly and Quarterly drawings for prizes too!
  • A cozy waiting room with complimentary coffees. teas, water and hot chocolate
  • Patient education of oral health through newsletters, blogs, and Facebook posts.
  • Internal Referral Program- earn a $20 Gift Card to Target or $20 Dental Bucks for your kind referral of family and friends.

Thank you to our patients for your continued confidence in our practice.  If you are not a current patient and seeking to find a great dental office, we welcome you to give Piney Creek Family Dentistry a call and schedule your initial appointment! We look forward to welcoming you to our office.

~Dr Tiffany Fritz and Team