woman examining teeth by holding bottom lip with finger wondering are my gums receding

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

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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What Are Cavities?

Cavities are one of the most common problems you can have with your teeth. In fact, the CDC estimates that more than 90 percent of Americans over the age of 20 have at least one cavity. For many of us, cavities were the stuff of our adolescent nightmares. But an hour in a dentist’s chair as you’re getting drilled for a filling is no fun for adults, either.

So what are cavities, exactly? How do they form? And what’s the best way to keep from getting them? We’re glad you asked.

What are Cavities?

Cavities are the result of tooth decay that’s progressed beyond the hard enamel surface of the … 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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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

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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

Do your gums bleed … Read the rest

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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

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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

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