Top 5 South Tampa Halloween Events for Kids

South Tampa Smiles would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

There are going to be quite a few choices for fun and activities in the South Tampa area. If you are searching for the best locations to take your little ones for a Halloween event or an evening of Trick-or treating, we have a treat for you! We have put together a list of our Top 5 South Tampa Halloween Events for Kids. Find the hotspot best suited for you and your family to enjoy this Halloween weekend.

Our Top 5 South Tampa Halloween Events for Kids are:

  1. Halloween Spree at the Glazer Museum – This event offers games, crafts, prizes, trick-or-treating stations and more.
  2. Halloween in the Village – The Village will have costume contests for kids and pets, trick-or-treating and Halloween activities.
  3. Westshore Plaza Halloween – Westshore plaza will be having a costume parade and contest, Elmo and Kevin the Minion, games, crafts, prizes and more.
  4. Halloween Party at Color Me Mine – Test out your costume for free studio fees and spooky treats at this party event.
  5. Trick or Treating in South Tampa – Enjoy a traditional Halloween evening while trick-or-treating in these great South Tampa neighborhoods: Palma Ceia, Bayshore Beautiful, Beach Park, Sunset Park, Culbreath Bayou, and Culbreath Heights, and Swann Estates.

Did you know there was a trick-or-treat app available to help you navigate your way through the streets for your door-to-door adventure? This map app is helpful to make the hunt for goodies as painless as possible so your family can have the most enjoyable Halloween experience:

The Halloween Treat Map

We hope you have found our Top 5 South Tampa Halloween Events for Kids and Map helpful. We enjoy giving friendly advice to our locals and encourage sharing knowledge and information that is useful in planning local events. We are conveniently located in South Tampa and welcome new patients. Contact us for your next appointments at (813) 289 – 0560.


Top 5 Healthy Halloween Dental Tips

Parents should be mindful of the effects of Halloween treats on overall health without spoiling all of the enjoyment for your children. We have compiled a list of our favorite Healthy Halloween Dental Tips to help keep your children’s smile healthy during the Halloween season and all year. Our Top 5 Healthy Halloween Dental Tips:

  1. Timing Your Sweet Indulgences:
    Eat Halloween candy after mealtime. Your salivary glands are kicked in gear when you have a meal. The production of saliva helps to naturally rinse the food particles away. This also helps rid the bacteria from the sugary foods that can cause tooth decay.
  2.  Staying Properly Hydrated:
    Drinking plenty of water each day not only keeps you hydrated, it keeps your teeth strong. Drinking water helps flush away debris and bacteria that are harmful if left to grow and flourish. Make water your primary source for hydration and stay away from sweet drinks. Sweet beverages keep the teeth in frequent contact with sugar increasing the risk of tooth decay.
  3.  Eating Nutritious Meals:
    Diets high in sugar are dangerous not to your overall wellness, but also can wreak havoc on your teeth. Teaching your children the importance of healthy eating habits will keep them fueled-up and help keep their teeth and gums in top shape.
  4. Choosing Your Sweets:
    Just as the time you choose to enjoy your sweet treats is important, the length of time these sugary foods remain in your mouth plays a role as well. Hard candies that you hold in your mouth for a longer time keep your teeth saturated in sugar. Also, sticky candies cling to your teeth such as taffy and gummy bears. These stickier candies take longer to get washed away by saliva and increase the risk of tooth decay. Softer sweets that dissolve quickly are more favorable. 
  5. Brushing Twice a Day:
    Lastly, we always encourage proper oral hygiene as one of the top picks to maintaining oral health during any holiday season and all year long. Brushing twice a day and flossing between the teeth will ensure that the plaque that has accumulated throughout the day has been properly removed.

South Tampa Smiles would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween. We encourage everyone to enjoy the sweeter things in life while maintaining long-lasting dental health. Be sure to keep your dental checkups every 6 months and stay on top of your professional cleanings, x-rays and examinations. Call us today for further questions or to schedule your dental checkup at (813) 289 – 0560.



There are many everyday habits that may seem perfectly harmless, but in fact can actually cause damage to your overall oral health. Chewing ice is one of those routine habits that can cause some major dental problems. Understanding the potential harmful effects may keep you from biting down on an ice cube and save you from unnecessary dental problems.

Chewing Ice & Tooth Damage

Chewing ice can cause microscopic fractures in enamel that can become larger and even broken teeth. Your teeth are made of enamel and dentin. The enamel is the hard surface that is exposed and covers the dentin underneath that is not as hard. Chewing on ice can wear down and weaken the enamel of your teeth, which can cause cracking. If the enamel is cracked and dentin is exposed, your teeth can become weakened and sensitive because within the dentin is the nerve of the tooth. This could also lead to increase sensitivity to hot and cold and make your teeth more vulnerable to decay.

Dental Work

In addition to the harmful effects to the teeth, you run the risk of damaging your dental work. Fillings, crowns and other previous dental work may weaken the tooth and cause it to chip more easily. This could lead to further and more extensive dental work needed and even more time in the dental chair. You’ve spent the time and money to make your smile healthy, you will want to lessen any danger of harming your beautiful smile.|

Gum Damage From Chewing Ice

The pieces of ice can become sharp as they are broken down in your mouth. This causes potential cuts on the soft tissues inside your mouth. Constantly chewing on ice and pressing down on the gums could cause injury to your gums and potentially lead to gum recession. Chewing sugar-free gum may help fight the urge of chewing and lessen the risk of puncturing your gums and causing serious damage.

Underlying Medical Concerns

The desire to chew ice cubes may be due to underlying medical conditions. Studies have shown that people with the iron deficiency anemia, nutritional deficiencies, obsessive compulsive disorder, emotional and developmental disorders may be more likely to chew on ice. If you have the consistent urge to chew on ice, it is a good idea to seek medical attention and rule out any underlying health issues.

Contact South Tampa Smiles at (813) 289 – 0560 today if you believe your habit has caused damage to your teeth or need a checkup to protect your teeth and your beautiful smile!


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Bruxism (Teeth grinding)

The word “brux” is the term that dentists use to refer to a patient’s habit of tooth clenching and grinding. Grinding teeth can occur during waking hours, during sleep, or both. Sometimes patients are not even aware of their bruxism habit. Over time, people who clench and grind their teeth can wear them down to the point they have lost their pleasant and natural looking smile.

Appearance of Severe Wear

People who clinch and grind their teeth typically have the same characteristic wear pattern. Teeth with severe wear are generally short and all the same length. A normal smile has a more gently rounded contour with certain teeth having slightly varying lengths. Patients with clinching habits generally have worn the edges of their teeth flat and often display chipping.

Treatment Using All Crowns

Damage from teeth grinding can be so severe that the treatment of choice involves the use of all crowns. The use of porcelain crowns over the worn teeth is a reliable technique because the must be able to withstand the extreme forces from clenching and grinding. Porcelain crowns can repair the most severe dental problems. They can even replace missing teeth to offer a complete and functional bite. Visit our Smile Gallery to see some of our patient’s transformations using all crowns.

Contact Us

Dr. John Cannariato provides quality work with fantastic transformations. He is renowned for quality smile makeovers and long-lasting correction of major dental problems. If you have worn your teeth to an unflattering level and need a “new” smile, contact South Tampa Smiles at (813) 289 – 0560.

Read more about All-Porcelain Crowns here.

For further reading related to this topic read: Aging and Oral Health and Hypersensitive Teeth.

Article Title: All Crowns – Treatment for Severe Wear






The use of dental crowns with bleaching is a great option for acquiring a natural looking, bright smile. Sometimes dental crowns alone will not get the desired look for the best smile possible. The two treatments can be used together to cover damaged teeth and brighten the appearance of your overall smile.


Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are natural-looking covers that fit snugly over teeth to conceal cracked, badly discolored, injured, or chipped teeth. In the past, dental crowns in South Tampa required a metal substructure, but with today’s technology, all-porcelain crowns are now available.

All-Porcelain Crowns

All-porcelain crowns are more natural looking than traditional porcelain fused to metal crowns. They provide support for damaged teeth and improve the overall appearance of your smile while making your teeth more resistant to injury. Read more about All-Porcelain crowns and view some of our before and after photos.


Professional teeth whitening can also be used along with all-porcelain crowns for maximum results. Deep bleaching is the best-known tooth whitening solution. It can leave your teeth significantly whiter than other teeth whitening solutions. Find out more about deep bleaching and view the results of some of our patients here.


If you think dental crowns with bleaching might be a dental treatment for you, South Tampa Smiles can help. We offer amazing deep bleaching, professional teeth whitening treatments to our patients. For more information about our dental crowns with bleaching, please contact us today at (813) 289 – 0560.






National Dental Hygiene Month, NDHM is October

Public Awareness

South Tampa Smiles would like to extend the announcement of October as National Dental Hygiene Month, NDHM. For us this is simply reminding you that your teeth are an important part of your overall health, and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy. Taking care of your teeth, eating a well balanced diet and regular dental visits helps you maintain a bright, healthy smile that can last a lifetime.


About NDHM

The American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company have teamed together for the sixth straight year to promote good oral health maintenance to the public. They work together to raise public Announcing October as National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) with focus on 4 components:

  1. Brush – brushing your teeth twice daily is important to keep the plaque from accumulating and causing oral and health problems
  2. Floss – by flossing once daily, you can rid your mouth of the plaque that is caught between the teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach
  3. Rinse – antimicrobial mouth rinses can kill any bacteria that brushing and flossing left behind.
  4. Chew – chewing helps produce saliva, which helps naturally rinse the teeth. Chewing a sugar-free gum can aid in the removal of food and plaque between brushings.


Chewing sugar-free gum is a fun way to help keep teeth healthy while on-the-go after eating and drinking.

Source: ADHA.org


Make Your Appointment

Be sure to thank your dental hygienist for all their hard work and dedication to keep us with healthy smiles. If it has been six months since your last dental check-up, we encourage you to make your appointment and keep your smile the priority that it should be. Contact South Tampa Smiles for your appointment at (813) 289 – 0560.







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