Protect Your Teeth During Spring Training

The weather is warming up! This is the time of year many sports and physical activities begin. Spring training is a fun time for parents and kids of all ages. Whether you are out there joining a local league yourself or cheering for your child, remember that playing sports comes with certain risks. Make sure you know what to do to prevent and treat dental injuries and protect your teeth during spring training this season.

Staying Hydrated

Sports drinks have become a popular source of hydration for athletes during intense physical training. They are supposed to supply the athlete with much needed hydration. The problem is, along with the much needed electrolytes and carbohydrates, they also have high amounts of sugar and acid that are harmful to tooth enamel. Try drinking through a straw to keep the sugars and acid from coating your teeth. Also, rinsing with water helps dilute the sugar. Without dilution, bacteria that are left in the mouth have fuel in sugars. The best choice is to choose water every time.

Protect Your Teeth Against Injury

There is always the risk of getting hit with an elbow or equipment during competitions and practices. We recommend using mouth guards for protection against losing or chipping your teeth during physical activities. Most sporting goods stores have mouth guards in stock that are easy to fit. Mouth guards are there to protect your teeth from injury. However, if a permanent tooth does get knocked out, locate it quickly and see a dentist immediately. That tooth can survive if it is replaced in the socket within an hour. For more information about what to do in a dental emergency, read our article “What is Considered a Dental Emergency?”.

Whether you are a current patient of ours, or you are new to our Palm Harbor office, Palm Harbor Premier Dental is available to help should you require emergency dental care. We will be happy to work you into our schedule the same day. If you have a dental emergency outside of our regular business hours, please call at (813)  289 – 0560 and leave us a message. We will return your call as quickly as possible.



We understand the financial hardships that tax season can bring. You don’t have to put your dental checkups and cleanings on the back burner due to financial concerns. Palm Harbor Premier Dental wants everyone to be able to have checkups, cleanings, and dental treatment no matter what their current financial situation. For this reason, we have several payment options in place on top of our affordable rates so that you and your family may stay on top of your dental healthcare through tax season.


Affordable Dental Healthcare Through Tax Season

Most dental insurances cover oral exams and cleanings every 6 months. However, we understand that some people are not covered under a dental insurance plans. We have set our cleaning, polish and exam fees at $97 to make certain that everyone has the opportunity to maintain excellent oral health. This is a total value of $207 and includes necessary dental x-rays.

Dental Financing

We gladly accept CareCredit financing for all of your dental treatment. CareCredit is a credit card with a set limit that is specifically designed to cover health expenses. You can apply right from their website here or read more information about CareCredit Financing.

For those that do not wish to get financing or have difficulty getting approved, we accept all major credit cards for your convenience.

Emergency Dentistry

Staying on top of your dental checkups is essential for maintaining long-term oral health. Whether you have a dental injury or have let your routine checkup slide and are experiencing pain & discomfort, we would like to remind everyone that we offer emergency dental services. Our emergency examinations are $80, a regular value of $116! Read more about Emergency Dentistry.

Contact Us

Give us a call at (813) 289 – 0560 for any questions about your payment options and to schedule your next dental appointment. Our staff at Palm Harbor Premier Dental is ready to help you determine the best payment option for you if you need assistance.

For further reading: Dental Treatment Payment Options – Palm Harbor, FL


Any dental emergency should not be ignored. An injury to the teeth or gums can be serious and if left untreated, can cause permanent damage. If you do not seek dental care immediately, you risk extensive dental treatment, which can also be quite costly.

Dental Emergency Symptoms

A dental emergency that requires immediate care may include any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling – Urgent Care Needed (Contact a dentist or go to the ER right away)
  • Severe Pain
  • Ongoing Tissue Bleeding
  • Severe Infection or Abscess

If you are not experiencing any of the above symptoms and have broken a tooth, lost a filling or crown or dislodged a tooth, contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental to make a dental appointment as quickly as possible.

Home Care

Here are a few tips you can do at home prior to your appointment to help alleviate your symptoms:

  • Mild, warm salt water solution several times a day
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil as needed
  • Apply cold compress to the outside of your mouth as needed
  • Apply gauze to the area until the bleeding subsides
  • Bite on a moist tea bag

Diagnosis & Treatment

We are available to treat and diagnose the following conditions:

  • Tooth Pain
  • Swollen Jaw
  • Broken Tooth
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Abscessed Tooth
  • Loose Fillings
  • Root Canal
  • Extraction

If you are nervous about your visit, we have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and sedation dentistry available.

When to Contact Us

Whether you are a current patient of ours, or you are new to our Palm Harbor office, we are available to help you should you require emergency dental care.

If you are seeking an emergency dentist in Palm Harbor during our regular office hours, please call our office to schedule an appointment with DR. JOHN CANNARIATO, DMD. We will be happy to work you into our schedule the same day.

If you have a dental emergency outside of our regular business hours, please call and leave us a message. We will return your call as quickly as possible.

Appointments available, call 813-289-0560 today!


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An abscessed tooth is a bacterial infection causing the accumulation of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include pain and sensitivity, redness and swelling to the gums and jaw, fever, bitter taste or foul smell to breath, and open sore or bump on the side of the gums. An abscessed tooth can cause very serious consequences including tooth loss, jaw bone damage, sinus involvement, brain infection, heart complications and even death.

Tooth & Bone Loss

Swelling inside the jaw bone can cause inflammation of the bone. This can lead to bone death in the area of the swelling. If the bone surrounding the tooth dies, the tooth loses its support and become loose and fall out. There is risk of losing the adjacent teeth if the inflammation spreads to the surrounding bone.


Sinus & Brain

The maxillary sinus often holds roots of the upper molars. If a tooth becomes abscessed, the sinus can become affected also as it is filled with pus. The brain is located closely to the tooth roots. Infection from tooth abscess can spread to the brain through the veins, a very serious condition called Septicemia or Sepsis.


Heart Damage

If left untreated, a tooth abscess can also cause a condition known as Endocarditis. Endocarditis is the inflammation of the inner layer of the heart. Permanent heart damage can occur if the bacteria attach to the inside of the heart and grow. Also if the bacteria enter the lungs and cause pneumonia, another life threatening illness.


There are many serious conditions caused from the bacterial infection of abscess teeth. Serious heart, lung, and brain infections can lead to death if left untreated. Another risk of death caused by an abscessed tooth is the swelling of the floor of the mouth. The swelling under the jaw can block off your airway causing you to suffocate. This is a condition known as Ludwig’s Angina.

Abscessed Tooth Treatment

It is imperative to seek treatment at the earliest signs of infection. Treatment of a dental abscess depends on the extent of infection. The first step is to eliminate the infection. This may be done by root canal therapy where the abscess is drained through the tooth. Extraction of the tooth is another way to drain the infection. An incision into the swollen gum tissue is another way to drain the area. Antibiotics are prescribed to help fight the infection. Once the infection is clear, you can begin your restorative dental treatment and be on your way back to a healthy smile.

Don’t wait and put your life in danger. The treatment for an abscessed tooth is nothing compared to the potential outcome of neglecting to seek treatment out to fear. Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental promptly if you are having any of the symptoms we have listed. We are here to help.





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