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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

Dental Prevention Tips for a Happy and Healthy Smile

4 Dental Prevention Tips for a Happy and Healthy Smile

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

What Your Teeth Can Tell You About Your Overall Health

What Your Teeth Can Tell You About Your Overall Health

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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oral cancer prevention

All Smiles at the 2016 Oral Cancer 5K

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

oral cancer screening early detection

Early Detection Improves Outcomes of Oral Cancer Treatment

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

St. Pete Dentist Shares Tips For Keeping Teeth Healthy

Dr. Cindy Brayer Shares Tips For Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

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

Is Being Social With Your St. Pete Dentist Weird?

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, back at the Back To School Care Fair

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

Drs. Brayer and Phane Lead a St. Pete Beach Beach Clean Up

Drs. Brayer and Phane and the Creating Smiles Dental team lead a beach clean up on Pass-A-Grille beach last Saturday evening. We had a Facebook event and invited patients, friends, and other health care professionals in the community. Dr. Anne Hermann of Hermann Wellness came with her family. We handed out gloves and bags and families spread out to find all kinds of trash.

We gathered to share our findings. Every bag seemed to have cigarette parts, but there were many other interesting finds as well.  We gave the prize for the grossest trash to Dr. Hermann’s son for the soggy fat cigar. As health care professionals, we find cigarettes … Read the rest

Dental Service Project: St. Pete Beach Clean Up Evening

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School’s out for the summer! Are you trying to come up with ways to get your kids outside, or to be more productive, or have you wished there was a service project that was okay for kids? Well Dr. Brayer and Dr. Phane seem to be able to find ways to include their kids in service projects. Last summer, Dr. Brayer’s kids set up a neighborhood lemonade stand and donated their earnings to the Oral Cancer Foundation! Follow her on instagram to see pictures of her and her kids making sandwiches for homeless shelters and other wonderful and fun events. Being so involved can be a lot of work, so … Read the rest

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