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
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
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 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:
- 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
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
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
Red Nose Day Results
As you all know, May 21 was Red Nose Day, and we wanted to see you with your red noses on! We were touched by how many of our patients joined in with us for this wonderful cause. Creating Smiles Dental, in St. Pete, has donated $150 to Comic Relief as a result of your hashtagging. Your thirty mentions on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook truly brought smiles to our faces. For our patients and staff members that donated their own hard earned money to helping children, we send a heartfelt thank you. The organization behind Red Nose Day has pledged to give at least 90% … Read the rest
Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep from which about 1 in 5 Americans suffer. Many people do not deal with this condition because they have gotten used to it, the others in their house have given up on it, and it seems like a personal problem. This could not be farther from the truth. Some studies are looking into seeing if people can go on disablilty because of their chronic OSA. This was the topic of our recent continuing education course by Dr. Harrison for our hygienists in Dr. Langston’s Suncoast Hygiene Study Club and was featured in … Read the rest
Oral Cancer changed Roger Ebert. Becoming more aware can help more people understand and hopefully prevent oral cancer. Get screened and get your loved ones screened too.
Click here for an Esquire.com look at Roger Ebert’s photos from his interview. He no longer has his jaw so he is almost unrecognizable though once a familiar face. Oral cancer changed his appearance as well as his habits and life in general.
And look at this for his interview with Esquire.com on is life now, after oral cancer.