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.
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
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
A healthy smile helps to keep you looking young, energized, and happy. Tooth decay, sensitivity, and other problems can happen to even the most careful of patients due to environmental factors, medications, or habits. Preventing dental concerns before they happen is the best way to ensure your smile stays looking its best. Many preventative measures can help provide you with a healthy smile for life.
Brush Regularly; Brush Well
Everyone knows that brushing your teeth is the single most important way to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Teeth should be cleaned a minimum of twice a day, and sometimes additionally depending on your diet. This helps reduce … Read the rest
Dental care is no longer simply about cavities, teeth whitening, or gum disease. A growing body of evidence suggests that your teeth and overall health are tied together in many ways. The health of your mouth is a strong indicator of the overall health and wellness of the rest of your body.
You probably look at your smile in the mirror daily, but when was the last time you took a long, careful look at them? Here are some things to look out for in your teeth that indicate there may be another problem somewhere else in your body.
Bleeding or Red Gums Indicate Inflammation Problems
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This year’s Oral Cancer Foundation 5K Run/Walk for Awareness was a huge success!
We all enjoyed walking and running on the beautiful St. Petersburg beach, and we were moved by the powerful story shared by Eva Grayzel. At Creating Smiles, we are passionate about oral cancer prevention, so we look forward supporting the important work of the Oral Cancer Foundation at the 5K each year.… Read the rest
This year, over 40,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer. The most frequent instances of oral cancer occur in smokers over 50, though individuals who have contracted the human papilloma virus (HPV) are also at risk. Survival rates — normally around 64% — are dramatically improved with screening and early detection.
In fact, people have an 80-90% chance of surviving cancers that are found at early stages. Your dentist can conduct a non-invasive screening by visually inspecting the mouth and throat and conducting a gentle palpation of the neck.
Creating Smiles Dental Leads the Way with Early Detection
Dr. Brayer and the team at Creating Smiles Dental are … Read the rest
Hi! My name is Dr. Cindy N. Brayer and it is extremely important to me that my patients understand the importance of keeping their teeth healthy.
Sometimes I hear patients say that their busy lifestyle keeps them from making their appointment for a regular checkup and business is often used as an excuse for the neglect of their personal dental care. Plaque build up, bacteria and painful dental issues are the result of poor dental care. Today I am going to share tips to help you keep your teeth beautify and healthy.
Give it just a few minutes each day.
It only takes just a few minutes a day to … Read the rest
We want our patients to feel comfortable in our office. We want to provide complete oral health which will help with overall quality of life. This does not simply begin and end with you walking in and out of our St. Pete office doors. We want you to be able to call us from home, to email us, to text us, and with today’s technology, we can even extend this to social media outlets. We have received Facebook messages during non-business hours with oral health questions. We have gotten comments on Instagram posts, and back to Facebook, have had patients request to be our “Facebook friends.” We love it! We … Read the rest
Creating Smiles Dental, serving in the community
Our team was represented again at the annual Back To School Care Fair put on by the Junior League of St. Petersburg at the Enoch Davis Center.… Read the rest