At Creating Smiles Dental, we are passionate about supporting our local Clearwater and St. Petersburg communities. It’s where we work, where we live, and where we raise our families, and we are honored to be able to do our part to give back.
Help Us Stuff Backpacks for Ukrainian Refugees
We will be accepting donations Monday through Friday from now until May 24th for the Epiphany Ukrainian Catholic Church. We will be partnering with another church to assemble the backpacks.
Items needed include:
- First aid kits and Band-Aids
- Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, Polysporin)
- Handy wipes
- Pain relievers (Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Aspirin)
- Cotton swabs
- Baby wipes
- Granola bars
- Small bags of cat and dog treats
- Coloring books and crayons
- Baby items (bottles, pacifiers, etc…)
- Diaper rash cream
- Feminine hygiene products
In addition, travel-sized bottles of body wash, shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, and hand cream are also needed.
If you would like to contribute, click here to sign up.
Join Us for the Oral Cancer Foundation Beach Walk
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and the OCF walk is back! This year it will be closer to our Clearwater patients on Sand Key Beach.
Kick off the month on the first Saturday, April 2nd, with a fun walk on the beach at 9 am. Pre-register here or if you’re more of a last-minute person, you can register that morning! Besides raising money and awareness, our office will be offering free oral cancer screenings at the pavilion as well.
Come join us for a fun uplifting morning at the beach with some oral cancer survivors!
John’s Pass Park Beach Clean-Up
The second weekend in April, if you’re more of an evening person but still want to give back, we’ve got the perfect thing for you! We’re hosting a beach clean-up through Keep Pinellas Beautiful. It will be listed on the volunteer database, justServe.org so that the community can join us. Let’s come together for this family-friendly chance to make our corner of the world more beautiful.
- WHAT: John’s Pass Park Beach Clean-Up
- WHEN: Sunday, April 10, 2022, from 6:00 pm to Sunset
- WHERE: John’s Pass Park beach
Prizes will be given out for:
- the most trash collected
- who guesses closest to how many cigarette butts we will find in total
- the heaviest debris
- and the grossest trash
Be sure to really search the rocks, sand, parking lot, and walkovers for some good icky finds!
Good News in the Fight Against Cancer
According to the American Dental Association, there is recent good news about progress against cancer. It is now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is greatest. Currently only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years.
Our practice has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. We can help you fight and win the battle against oral cancer. Know the early signs and see your dentist regularly.
You Should Know:
- Oral cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.
- It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, cheek lining, tongue, and the hard or soft palate.
Other Signs Include:
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
- A color change of the oral tissues
- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust, or small eroded area
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or on the lips
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving the jaw or tongue
- A change in the way the teeth fit together
Regular Dental Appointments are Important
Regular dental check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.
Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.