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What Is Prophylaxis?

When it comes to oral health, you should take preventive measures to avoid disease. In fact, that’s what prophylaxis is all about. However, what is prophylaxis, and what does it have to do with dental hygiene? Learning more can give you peace of mind during your next dental checkup.

What Does Prophylaxis Mean?

The word prophylaxis is Greek for “an advance guard.” Basically, the prophylaxis definition means to fend off or take measures against unwanted consequences. For instance, prophylactic devices such as condoms and drugs prevent pregnancy. In terms of dental hygiene, they protect the mouth against oral diseases.

Generally, prophylaxis refers to a simple but important dental … Read the rest

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Thank You for the Donations

Thank You for the Donations

As you know Hurricane Dorian decimated the islands of The Bahamas. On The Upwind Flying Club along with other members and community organizers are once again taking to the skies to help. On The Upwind Flying Club has already been flying needed goods and supplies to the islands.

We at both Creating Smiles Dental St. Pete and Creating Smiles Dental Clearwater, are drop off locations listed on the www.caringforthebahamas.com website. Thank you for the generous donations from members of the community, our staff, and our wonderful patients. Keep the donations coming.

Also, the same organization is holding a benefit concert in Dunedin at Edgewater Park … Read the rest

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How to Get Rid of Gingivitis

Finding out you have gum disease is a shock. But the good news is that gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is treatable. Learn how to get rid of gingivitis, to return your gums and teeth to their best health. Even more importantly, early treatment prevents the disease’s progression to the more damaging periodontitis.

When you need periodontal treatment in St Petersburg, FL, you may not realize this treatment is more important than you think. Not treating gum disease early leads to more advanced forms of the disease. In later stages of gum disease, you risk losing teeth and enabling bone loss in your jaw. Gum disease also Read the rest

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Dental Restoration Procedures

If you are having any type of problem with your teeth, then you may want to consider a dental restoration. Dental restoration procedures will help you maintain healthy teeth, gums, and mouth. Restorative dentistry in St Petersburg FL has the various types of dental restoration you need to ensure your oral health is topnotch.

What is Dental Restoration?

Dental restoration is a common term in dentistry, which refers to restoring the tooth. The restoration occurs to either a damaged or a decayed tooth. In addition, restoration may be direct or indirect. Direct restoration indicates a repair within the mouth that is directly on the tooth, whereas an indirect restoration indicates … Read the rest

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How to Fix Receding Gums

If you’ve noticed your gums beginning to pull away from your teeth, then you may wonder how to fix receding gums. When receding gums become a problem, you may need the help of periodontal health in St Petersburg FL.

What are Receding Gums?

Gum recession is the process where the gums pull away from the teeth. The gums are the soft, pink, fleshy part inside the mouth that lies below the teeth. Its role is to protect the teeth’s roots as well as help secure the teeth. When the gums start to recede, it can cause some problems for the roots of your teeth. As the gums pull away … Read the rest

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How To Prevent Cavities

How to prevent cavities is very easy with the right information. Many people believe that you cannot reverse cavities. However, in this article, you will learn how to prevent cavities naturally, with or without general dentistry services in St Petersburg FL.

Why Do Cavities Form?

Cavities occur due to foods containing carbohydrates, mainly by leaving sugars and starch on the teeth. The bacterium that reside in the mouth thrive when these foods are left on the teeth. This then produces acids as a result. After a while, tooth enamel gets destroyed by these acids causing cavities.

According to Dr. Edward Mellanby from the American Dental Association, cavities are typically … Read the rest

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Types of Dental Crowns

Did you know that the first dental crown placement occurred around 160 A.D? It was first implemented by Etruscans, a civilization that existed in a region which now is central Italy. However, there are now various types of dental crowns available today.

Dental crowns are a tooth-restoring apparatus that help you have a better natural look if you had your tooth accidentally cracked, discolored, weakened, or decayed tooth to the point that fillings can’t occur. They are also done to strengthen the anchor teeth or create a tooth used for the dental implant.

Additionally, different types of dental crowns encase a tooth or fill out the tooth’s shape. Their shapes … Read the rest

Smiles that Spark Joy

We are here to help you with the smile that will spark joy in your life.


With the “KonMarie” movement, so many people are finding joy and peace.

Marie Kondo is a best selling author who has helped people get organized. She has her clients pull everything out and hold each item one by one. If an item sparks joy, keep it. If not, don’t. With the remaining items, she helps with where and how to keep them. Organizing offices and homes has such a positive effect not only on the physical environment of work and home life, but it helps the guests on her new Netflix show, Tidying Up … Read the rest

In House Dental Insurance

Tired of dealing with your dental insurance?

Ask about our In-Office Dental Insurance!

We have found that many patients are wanting to cut the ties of dealing with a middle man. Dental insurance companies have one goal: to make money. They deny everything they can and offer only the minimum coverage to you. The plans often include an exam or two, two free preventative cleanings, a set of x-rays, and that’s about it although you pay monthly. They may discount other dental treatment at various percentages off. You can usually count on them expecting you to pay a deductible of at least $50 before extending that token discount to you. … Read the rest

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4 Resolutions for a Healthy Smile This Year

Are your teeth not as white as they used to be or are you suffering from chronic bad breath? Maybe you’re smiling through a painful toothache? This can be the year that you improve your dental health and take back your smile. Follow these four oral health tips so you can have healthy teeth by the end of the year.

Increase and Improve Your Brushing

For healthy teeth and gums, it is important to brush twice a day for two minutes. Unfortunately, many people don’t do that. They either don’t brush for the full recommended time or only brush once a day. In fact, 30 percent of millennials fall into Read the rest

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