man holding his cheek and wincing while eating a popsicle unaware of what is tooth sensitivity

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

If you have ever experienced an odd sensation in a tooth or teeth, you may have wondered if something is going on in your mouth. You may have wondered — what is tooth sensitivity? It’s important to understand what is tooth sensitivity, so you’ll know if this is your problem. There are a variety of reasons you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity.

What Is Tooth Sensitivity’s Cause?

Tooth sensitivity causes a brief, but sometimes sharp, pain during activities such as eating, drinking, or brushing the teeth. Sometimes the pain happens only when something hot, cold, or sweet has contact with your teeth. Other times, it seems to happen when … Read the rest

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Are My Gums Receding?

Gum disease is a widespread problem in the United States. In fact, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, approximately 64.7 million Americans have periodontitis, which is a form of gum disease. In addition, gum disease may begin with gingivitis but if not corrected progresses to periodontitis. This condition involves receding gums as well as other signs and symptoms. You may wonder — are my gums receding? This is an important determiner of your oral health. Let’s take a closer look at receding gums, signs, and prevention.

What Is Gum Recession?

Receding gums occurs when the gum line pulls away from the tooth surface and exposes the root of … Read the rest

Emilie and Sarah are Back to Work

Emilie and Sarah are back! Emilie took over being our office manager when Sarah moved away. She does so many tasks so well and does them with a smile. We call her our “Sunshine Pumper” whether answering the phone, calling patients, or welcoming patients when they walk in, she is genuinely happy to greet them. She remembers our patients and the relationships she makes are meaningful. Back when she was planning her wedding, she felt guilty leaving us for her honeymoon! We had to reassure her we would be okay without her. Her loyalty and love for our Creating Smiles Dental family is contagious and she has certainly helped with Read the rest

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We’re Going Paperless

We’re going paperless in our St. Petersburg office, and so are you! We’re in this together.

Instead of us giving you a clipboard for your 6 month updates, you finally have digital options. Now you can check over what we have in our system and only update what’s new. Jesseca Allen has spent countless hours on her days off researching and implementing this for you! Not only are digital updates available, we now have a patient portal!

You have the option of completing your medical update from your personal patient portal before you come or you can view and make changes in the office on either our Ipad or desktop Read the rest

Teeth Talk Tuesday TV

When you’re here, you ask us questions and we love answering them one-on-one with you. Many of our patients continue the conversation from home via email or social media. In order to reach more of you, we recently jumped on the IGTV bandwagon. Almost every Tuesday we release a new informative video! If you’re not on Instagram, don’t worry, we also post the videos to Facebook and to our YouTube channel. Our first video of Dr. Phane got a great response, but a favorite is of how she explains how cavities are formed. Do you know how one gets a cavity? The way she explains it in Read the rest

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How To Prevent Tooth Decay

Nothing makes a great first impression like a radiant smile. But your teeth take quite a beating from day to day, chewing through meals and snacks with a pressure of up to 200 pounds per square inch per bite, enduring the harsh tannins of coffee and wine and the acidic fructose of soda, all while trying to keep up appearances. To maintain a healthy smile, you need to commit to a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once to prevent stains and, more importantly, tooth decay.

If you’re not sure how to prevent tooth decay effectively, you’re not alone. A recent study from the U.S. Read the rest

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Healthy Teeth During The Holidays

Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed. Winter’s holiday feasts are right around the corner. From eggnog to Santa’s cookies to jelly donuts, the month of December offers tooth-rotting temptation for all of us. December is dreadful for your dental health. Learn how to maintain healthy teeth during the holidays. If you end up needing new dental work for the new year, check out Creating Smiles’ services!

Healthy Teeth During The Holidays

The American Dental Association offers smart advice on having healthy teeth during the holidays. The ADA’s tips on having healthy teeth during the holidays include:

  • If you eat sweets, eat them after meals
  • Avoid starchy sweets or those that
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What Are Dental Emergencies?

Are your teeth in jeopardy? Any dental problem that requires immediate attention because of possible tooth loss or severe pain? To answer in the form of a question, “what are dental emergencies?”

What Are Dental Emergencies?

Not every toothache is an emergency, but a few different types of dental emergencies do warrant rapid assistance. Come to Creating Smiles for the emergency dental care you need. If you’ve knocked a tooth loose, are bleeding, or have severe swelling or pain, seek help immediately. 

Which other signs should have you asking, “what are dental emergencies?”

Every dental emergency is different. An expert set of eyes is imperative. Signs of an abnormality that Read the rest

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Importance of Dental Hygiene

Oral health affects your overall health. As such, the importance of dental hygiene cannot be overstated. Like other parts of your body, your mouth is filled with bacteria. Although most of the bacteria are harmless, it can accumulate and create problems throughout your body. Other forms of bacteria can lead to disease.

Your body naturally fights off harmful bacteria. However, you can emphasize the importance of oral hygiene by brushing your teeth, flossing, using mouthwash, and scheduling routine checkups with your dentist. Good dental hygiene can prevent bacteria from reaching levels that may lead to oral infections, gum disease, or tooth decay.

Importance of Dental Hygiene and How it Affects

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How to Get Rid of Cavities

Have you ever wondered how to get rid of cavities? In addition to professional care, there are several ways to eliminate and prevent cavities from coming back. Your dentist can usually detect cavities during a routine checkup. You may also feel some pain or sensitivity around the affected tooth.

Understanding the Different Types of Cavities

Some cavities may be more difficult to get rid of than others. It depends on the type of cavity you have. Three main types of cavities include smooth surface, pit & fissure, and root cavities. All three can cause pain and further damage to your teeth and gums. Therefore, it is important to learn how Read the rest