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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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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

How to Clean and Care for Your Dentures

Dentures are a great option to restore a smile impacted by tooth loss or damage. They give you back your smile and can make eating and speaking easier. It’s important to properly clean and care for your dentures to keep them looking and feeling good for years to come. Just like your natural teeth, your dentures need the proper TLC to stay pearly white and in good shape.

How to clean your dentures

Just like natural teeth, dentures should be cleaned after every meal. Remove the denture and rinse with warm water during the day, and clean your mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush as well. Brush your dentures at least Read the rest

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. I, a dental hygienist of 10+ years with Creating Smiles Dental, have done many dental health presentations. I have done them for my own older kids and since most of their classmates are the same from year to year, I took a year off this past fall for the Great American Teach In and talked about other things. Well guess what, my preschooler’s class had not heard my presentation yet, so I asked if I could present to the class. The teachers were thrilled and asked if I could talk to the other VPK class at the school as well and of course … Read the rest

Aloe Vera – Nature’s first aid plant for your mouth?

When we think of aloe vera, most often we think of a scorching sunburn and the instant cooling relief that application of the plant brings. Aloe vera accelerates healing and can reduce pain and discomfort, but not just for your skin! According to the Academy of General Dentistry, this unique wonder plant that has been used for more than 2,000 years for medicinal purposes can bring relief from pain associated with canker sores, cold sores, oral lichen planus, and gingivitis. For patients seeking an inexpensive, easily accessible, and natural alternative to over the counter pain relievers, this is great news!

How does it work?

Let’s be honest, those 7-10 days … Read the rest

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St. Pete Dentist Encourages Healthy Options Today for Better Oral Health Tomorrow

As Halloween approaches, Creating Smiles makes every effort to educate our younger patients on the importance of making healthy eating choices. The old adage “an apple a day keeps the dentist away,” holds value, since our patient load in children and adolescents seems to spike with cavity issues every fall. We highly encourage parents, teachers, and childcare givers to take this opportunity to educate kids on the importance of healthy snacks over those laden with sugar and empty calories. While it may seem like a monumental task explaining to a 5 year old that the chocolate bar disguised as a princess is not as good for her as a banana, … Read the rest

Componeers: A Brilliant, Economical Smile at Your St. Pete Fingertips

Componeers are a brilliant and affordable choice for those individuals who long for the perfect smile, yet have always believed it was unattainable. Dr. Brayer at Creating Smiles Dental in St. Pete is proud to bring this option to her practice to best serve the needs of her patients. Having a great smile should be within everyone’s reach, and now it is possible. Componeers technology brings about many benefits to include:

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  • Concealing aesthetic imperfections
  • Minimal removal of tooth structure
  • Usually can be completed within one visit
  • Customized shaping of your teeth

 

Smile anxiety is a real issue and limits many people from exhibiting their true personality. Consider when … Read the rest

Achieving Perfection – Bonding vs. Veneers for a Vibrant St. Pete Smile

Veneers in St Petersburg Florida

The evidence is indisputable: there’s nothing quite like a great smile. For those patients wishing to have a vibrant, inviting smile and the confidence that goes along with it, Creating Smiles Dental can help.

For many patients, the condition of their teeth, not just the color, needs to be addressed. This type of fix can be addressed with either bonding or porcelain veneers. Which method is best for you will depend on the condition of your teeth and what you want your outcome to be. Bonding is best used for patients who have minimal pitting and some wear and tear. It’s a great choice to fill cavities without having unsightly … Read the rest

St. Pete Invisalign – The Effective Alternative to Traditional Braces

Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they meet you. A wide beaming smile is inviting and friendly, and can open doors to a positive interaction. If your teeth are crooked, chances are, you spend most of your time trying to hide your teeth. Did you have braces in your youth? Have you considered having your teeth straightened again but find yourself having flashbacks of yourself with metal train tracks in the 7th grade?

Many adults have unpleasant childhood memories that involve their mouth full of metal, or friends with that same unpleasant malady of middle school. Many patients are self-conscious about traditional braces, especially … Read the rest

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