Propel is the Newest Orthodontic Tool! Speeds Up Invisalign

Meet the Newest Tool in Orthodontic Tech!

NEWEST ORTHODONTIC TOOL: PROPEL

As a patient-focused practice, we are continuously looking to provide faster, more effective orthodontic treatment options. We are excited to introduce PROPEL technology to our practice, which can significantly reduce your treatment time. If you are considering orthodontics or Invisalign to straighten your teeth fast, now may be the perfect time.   

PROPEL is a new technology that stimulates bone remodeling, allowing your dentist to adjust your teeth faster and more predictably. Adding PROPEL to your Invisalign orthodontic treatment plan straightens even difficult teeth in record time!

How Does PROPEL Work?

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Festive Fun on Cinco de Mayo

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Creating Smiles Dental has festive fun before the patients arrive.

After the morning meeting, the Creating Smiles Dental team took a photo with sombreros and maracas. They enjoy one another and it shows. They continued the good spirits with their patients who liked taking photos with the Cinco de Mayo props too. After work, we even noticed some patients had published dental selfies to their own social media sites like Instagram with our hash tag, #creatingsmilesdental. Located in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Four Tips from St. Pete Dentists to Help Alleviate the Discomfort of TMJ

Four Tips To Help Alleviate The Discomfort of TMJ

Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Feel a “popping” or “clicking” sensation in your jaw when you eat or talk? Deal with regular aches and pains in and around your jaw and lower ear? If so, you may have what is known as TMJD – or, temporal mandibular joint disorder.

What Is TMJD?

TMJD is a serious, and often progressive condition resulting from mechanical stress to the jaw and its surrounding muscles. It’s often caused by of an injury to the joint – usually, an injury you don’t even recall. For example, simply having your mouth extended too wide for too long a time (even here at the dentist), or

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St. Pete Sun Keeps Scurvy and Gingivitis at Bay!

Vitamin C Keeps Scurvy And Gingivitis At Bay!

Ahoy, Matey! May is here! The sun is out, the snow is gone, and it’s time to get outside and explore the open water like we just did on our office cruise last weekend. Be it a lake or pond, river or ocean, you owe it to yourself to sink your senses into this wonderful gift of nature. In the warmer parts of the country, the boat docks are opening en masse’, so don’t forget to pack sunscreen, a fishing pole, and a big basket of fruit rich in Vitamin C as you prepare to set sail. Fruit? Why Fruit? Trust us, you’re gonna’ want to have some on hand…

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St. Pete’s Creating Smiles Dental Office Cruise 2015

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The whole Creating Smiles Dental team went on its first cruise and it was refreshing, relaxing and fun. Some of us brought our families. We ate delicious food, saw fantastic shows together each night, relaxed by the pool while the kids jumped in, slid in, and splashed away. We got to talk outside of work and get to know one another even better. Our bonds grew and the love for good friends and family was evident. We cruised to Cozumel, Mexico. We all got off of the ship. Some of the activities we did included swimming with dolphins, visiting Tulucan and the ruins, eating authentic Mexican food, snorkeling in caverns, … Read the rest

Xylitol Quick {Prevention} Facts from Your St. Pete Dentist

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  • Bacteria in the presence of xylitol cannot make biofilm that can become plaque
  • Now in CAMBRA protocol for infants-adults in caries prevention.
  • For dry mouth say Xylitol is moisturizing, hydrating, and soothing
  • Xylitol is a natural 5-carb sugar that bacteria cannot metabolize: this interferes with bacteria’ss ability to produce toxins.
  • Xylitol is produced in our body 5-10 grams daily as part of digestive process
  • Xylitol occurs naturally in berries, dark green vegetables as well as other sources
  • Xylitol encourages or promotes oral health
  • More exposures daily to xylitol (especially for infants and toddlers) you deprive the bacteria of food source, which will weaken the bacteria making it harder for them
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An Oral Cancer Story

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. Here is an oral cancer story of a registered dental hygienist and her personal experience with it. The original article can be found here: http://www.dentaltown.com/Dentaltown/Article.aspx?i=337&aid=4621  Our office is going to run and walk the 5K for Oral Cancer Awareness again in April with the Save The Face Race. Join us on Pass-A-Grille Beach! 

In 2001, at age 47, Sandra Boody was diagnosed with stage four, squamous cell carcinoma of a left neck lymph node and the base of her tongue. At stage four, it was inoperable. This was considered an “out-of-the-box” diagnosis, since Sandy had no risk factors. She didn’t smoke or drink alcohol
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To Premed or Not to Premed?

“Premed” is the term we use when talking about patients taking premedication, also known as prophylactic antibiotics, or taking a certain amount of antibiotics an hour before a dental appointment where we may go under the gum line. Exams do not require the antibiotics in the system, but most other procedures do for the medically compromised patient. Read this then check with your doctor to see if you qualify for not needing to take the antibiotics any more!

The January 2015 JADA article recommends that patients with hip and knee replacements no longer need to take the premed. Clearly, the patient and practitioners will make a decision based on the … Read the rest

Wonders of Xylitol: re-post from RDH Magazine

 The sweet alternative offers many dental benefits

by Susan Clark, RDHEF

*Originally published by RDH Magazine in April 2011 but is still valid. It be found here: http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-31/issue-4/features/wonders-of-xylitol.html or click here. We at Creating Smiles Dental are stressing prevention more than ever and would like to bring articles to our patients that can help with oral and general health. This is one article that is filled with helpful information.
 
Although dental decay is largely preventable, it is still considered the most common chronic infectious disease of children ages 5-17. It is impossible to completely avoid sugar in our diets, so a more realistic approach would be to limit the
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Creating Smiles Dental supports Family Promise

On November 14th 2014, Dr. Brayer, of Creating Smiles Dental, and her family of 3 children are going to be sleeping in cardboard boxes to help fight homelessness. The week of November 9th is Homeless Awareness Week. This event takes place that week. Families are willing to give up their own beds to sleep in a cardboard box to raise the awareness AND the money to give a bed to somebody who does not have one. Local businesses including Fishy Face Photography have donated to Dr. Brayer’s children. $50 is helping the local volunteer families (like Dr. Brayer and her children) to be able to sleep in a cardboard … Read the rest

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