Wisdom teeth are the third molars located in the very back of your teeth. They typically erupt during late teen years and early twenties. Often times, there may not be enough room for your wisdom teeth to break through. They may all come in fully, be partially impacted, or fully impacted. Some of the tooth is visible when it is partially impacted and part of the tooth is still underneath your gums. The tooth is fully impacted if it never erupted through the soft tissue and is not visible.

Impacted wisdom teeth may never show any signs or symptoms and go unnoticed. However, they also can cause a multitude of problems that must be addressed.

Common signs and symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
  • Overcrowded Teeth – making it difficult to clean properly and more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease
  • Pain – mild to severe discomfort such as headaches, pain when chewing, tender gums, and difficulty opening your mouth
  • Swelling – the soft tissue around the un-erupted tooth or swollen jaw area
  • Halitosis (Bad Breath) – typically related to swelling or the inability to properly clean crowded teeth
Treatment for Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Many times, patients will need to have wisdom teeth extracted under local anesthesia. Sometimes, a simple surgical procedure is needed for impacted wisdom teeth. For dental x-rays and an examination by Dr. Cannariato, call South Tampa Smiles at (813) 289 – 0560 to determine if you have impacted wisdom teeth and to discuss your treatment options.

Our friendly staff is ready to assist you with all of your dental needs. Don’t hesitate to call us for further information, questions and appointment scheduling. We are conveniently located on Henderson Ave. by the Kahwa and CVS in South Tampa, FL.

For further reading on impacted wisdom teeth, visit MayoClinic.com.


Vitamin D & Your Oral HealthMost of us are aware of the importance of calcium for strong bones and teeth. But many people remain unaware that calcium and vitamin D go hand-in-hand. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium in your body. Your body will naturally absorb calcium as it is, but with vitamin D, it will exhaust the resource and help your body in the absorption process. Calcium and vitamin D contribute to less bone loss, which also means lower rates of tooth loss.

How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?

The American Dietetic Associations’ recommended daily value is 2,500 mg/day of calcium and 1,000 units/day of vitamin D. Many of us struggle to meet these minimum requirements. There are many sources to increase your intake of vitamin D including:

  • Dairy Products
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Almond
  • Salmon (Fatty Fish)
  • Soy & Rice Drinks

Who Is Deficient?

Seniors, that may have a problem absorbing the nutrients in their food, are more likely to become vitamin D deficient. Also, there are certain medical conditions that keep younger people from absorbing nutrients. Your doctor can test you for vitamin deficiency and determine how you should be treated. Dr. Cannariato can identify oral problems and help to determine whether a vitamin deficiency is the cause.

We, at South Tampa Smiles, encourage our patients to make sure you are getting the recommended daily values to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Be sure to stay on top of your professional cleanings and regular checkups. For your next dental appointment, call us at (813) 289 – 0560.


Source: WebMD.com


The Gasparilla Pirate Fest is an historic Tampa Bay celebration since 1904. The celebration includes a reenactment of an invasion of the city by the mythical Spanish pirate Jose Gaspar. The event offers a Children’s Extravanga on a separate weekend than the invasion events. For further information on the children’s event, read Gasparilla Season – Children’s Parade. Gasparilla events include a pre-invasion celebration, a Gasparilla invasion, and the Parade of Pirates.

Pre-Invasion Celebration

Friday January 29, 2016 is the Gasparilla pre-invasion celebration at 5 pm at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Downtown Tampa. There will be live music entertainment featuring The Swon Brothers, Howie Day, and The Hip Abduction. The gates will open at 5 pm with The Hip Abduction playing at 6 pm. The Swon Brothers will take the stage at 9 pm. For general admission (lawn seating) ticket information visit GasparillaPirateFest.com.

The Gasparilla Invasion

“Land, ho! Hoist the mizzen ‘n’ set sail for Tampa!”

Shouts from the legendary pirate Jose Gaspar and his band of marauding buccaneers will ring out across the waters of Hillsborough Bay as they return to invade the City of Tampa.

Source: GasparillaPirateFest.com

The Gasparilla Invasion will be Saturday January 30 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Jose Gasparilla, the worlds only fully rigged pirate ship will invade the city at the south end of Hillsborough Bay. Numerous vessels join forces with Gasparilla Flotilla to defend the city. They move across Hillsborough Bay and into Seddon Channel. This marks the beginning of the invasion. Canons fire from the ship as The Gasparilla Flotilla travels the Seddon Channel towards downtown. The Gasparilla Flotilla will dock at the Tampa Convention Center at 1 pm where the Mayor surrender the Key to the City of Tampa into the hands of the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

The Parade of Pirates begins as the Krewe celebrates their victory through the streets of the city.

Parade of Pirates

With the key to the city in hand, the pirates parade down Bayshore Boulevard and share their wealth by handing out glittering beads and other treasures. The Parade of Pirates is 3.8 miles and will be lively and colorful with floats, marching bands, the Krewe, and the infamous YMKG pirates. This is a free event, but there are reserved seating for the bleachers available for purchase.

For tickets and further information about the Gasparilla Pirate Fest events, go to GasparillaPirateFest.com or follow them on facebook to keep up with all the activities and events.

We, at South Tampa Smiles, hope you can enjoy this 2016 Gasparilla Pirate Fest and remember your family’s dental checkups. Give us a call at (813) 289 – 0560 to make your appointment with Dr. John Cannariato, your South Tampa Dentist.



All Hands Hoay! This January 23, 2016 marks the return of the Gasparilla Season to Tampa Bay with The Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza. The Children’s Parade has been a part of the event since 1947. The parade route is the same as The Parade of Pirates along the beautiful Bayshore Blvd. in South Tampa. This is an alcohol free event, so put on your pirate gear and take the kids out and enjoy the parade and festivities.

Explore all the fun activities with your little buccaneers and enjoy all the entertainment the Gasparilla event has to offer. As the floats ride past, the marchers will hand out a bounty of beads, soft footballs, pirates’ “gold”, and CANDY! The entire staff of South Tampa Smiles would like to wish all the families a wonderful time and experience this event to the fullest. But, Pirates aren’t exactly known for their bright and healthy smiles. All those sugary sweets throughout the day, without proper brushing, can lead to tooth decay. Keeping around some water can help rinse away some of the sugar on the teeth until you can get to brush and take care of them properly after all the fun.

Keeping that “pirate smile” at bay and ensuring your children’s smiles stay healthy and bright is a real treasure. Enjoy this 2016 Gasparilla Season and remember your family’s dental checkups. Give us a call at (813) 289 – 0560 to make your appointment with Dr. John Cannariato, your South Tampa Dentist.


With the Golden Globes around the corner, the most talented actors will be gleaming as they are honored for their most outstanding performances. All of the famous celebrities will be dressed to impress with bright, beautiful smiles on that Beverly Hills night. You can get that celebrity smile right here in Tampa, FL from your South Tampa Dentist. Dr. John Cannariato of South Tampa Smiles can provide you with that beautiful celebrity smile you’ve always wanted.


A healthy and natural smile is one of the most valuable assets you can possess. Unfortunately, not everyone is born blessed with the perfect smile naturally. We can help you get the flawless smile you deserve. Stains, cracks and other common aesthetic problems can rob your smile from its brilliance. Dr. John Cannariato and his team create beautiful, bright long-lasting smiles using the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry.


The cosmetic treatment needed would depend on what issues you have with your teeth. It could be as simple as teeth whitening treatment to brighten your smile if your teeth are already in great shape. There could be some uneven spacing or chips that need to be addressed. In that case, porcelain veneers may be the right option for you. Some cases may need a little longer treatment if the teeth are misaligned and contributing to further dental health concerns. With today’s technology, we have 6 month braces. They are practically invisible and only take 6 months vs. the 2+ years from traditional orthodontic treatment.


If you have been unhappy with your smile, you are not alone. Millions of people do not have the beautiful, flawless smile of their dreams. At South Tampa Smiles, we offer our experience, expertise and advanced technology in cosmetic dentistry. Visit your South Tampa dentist, Dr. Cannariato to find out your options. Call us at
(813) 289 – 0560 and reward yourself with a celebrity smile that even the Golden Globes couldn’t outshine.


Getting healthy and in-shape is a popular New Years resolution for many people. This time of year, we put on our sneakers and flock to the gym or a head outdoors for a run with the goal of becoming fit and healthy. We all know it has many benefits to your mental and physical health, but keep in mind that exercise affects your oral health as well.

Decreases Stress

Stress can have significant negative effects on your oral health as well as your overall general health. Some common dental problems brought on by stress include: TMJ, canker sores, dry mouth, and periodontal disease. Exercise can help ward off some of these potentially dangerous conditions by reducing stress and improving mental wellness. Read more about the negative effects of stress on your overall oral health in the article: Do you ever wonder what stress can do to your oral health?


Lowers Inflammation

Regular physical activity reduces inflammation within the body. Any form of physical activity will improve circulation and get the lymphatic system pumping. The lymphatic system flushes the body of wastes and acts as the body’s natural filtering system. When the lymphatic system isn’t working efficiently, inflammation can occur in various parts of the body causing major health conditions. Inflammation of the gums, Gingivitis, can lead to Periodontal Disease. This can lead to other systemic diseases and have a great impact on your overall health.


Improves Self Confidence

The feeling of achievement when you set out to do physical activity, along with improvements in physical health, gives your sense of pride a huge boost. The idea of being in control and setting goals is powerful in changing your mindset to be more positive and productive. There’s a healthier, happier you that shines through in your smile.

At South Tampa Smiles, we encourage and promote overall health and wellness along with oral health care. As part of your “New Year, New You” resolution, don’t forget to incorporate your dental checkup and cleaning. It plays an important role in your overall health. Contact us today for your next visit at (813) 289 – 0560.


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