We are welcoming new patients!

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We are welcoming new patients!  Are you new to the area?  Has it been a while since you have seen a dentist?  Are you searching for an office where you feel more like a family member than just a number?   I think you might have found your new dental home!  At Drs Horton and McCaskill we practice truly comprehensive care in our state of the art and very welcoming office.  Please check out our website to learn a little more about us and the services we offer.  I think you will be glad you did!  

Are You a Grinder??

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Are You a Grinder?

As human beings, our bodies are profoundly affected by stress from the environment around us. Many times, the effects of this stress can manifest in surprising and subconscious ways that can be compromising to our total health. One of these effects, teeth grinding, is now estimated to affect over 40 million Americans, including both adults and children. Known as bruxism, from the Greek word for “gnashing of teeth,” the long history of this oral habit is even referenced in the Bible, where “wailing and gnashing of teeth” is recorded 7 times in the New Testament and refers to the sorrow, pain, anger and remorse of those who experience hell.

 

 

(Moderate bruxism)

With the continued news of uncertain political upheaval, war and violence in the Middle East, the fallout from a monumental 9.0 earthquake and devastating Tsunami in Japan, followed by an unparalleled radiological disaster from several critically damaged Japanese nuclear  reactors, combined with the continued domestic stress of a staggering national debt, weak national economy, and persistent high unemployment – a “snowballing” of stress is fueling a corresponding increase in teeth grinding, a damaging parafunctional oral habit that most people are unaware they are doing, with only 5% developing symptoms that prompt them to seek treatment early. Most people will continue to wear their natural teeth down, causing a loss of proper dental function, tooth sensitivity, broken dental fillings, and damage to the jaw joint (TMJ), causing weakness and even arthritis to this joint in severe cases.

 

 

(Advanced bruxism)

If you are experiencing tightening or pain in the jaw muscles in the morning, an unexplained headache, a wearing of your natural teeth, broken fillings, injured gums, or grinding sounds while sleeping that are observed by (or disturbing to) the person lying next to you, you should see a dentist immediately.

There are a number of professional treatment options for bruxism. Many times a custom nightguard fabricated by your dentist can relieve the discomfort and damage that can occur from teeth grinding. Biofeedback devices, as well as Botox injections, provide relief to over-functioning muscles (neuromuscular spasm) occurring in the head and neck region. Massage and physical therapy are often incorporated to relax tired muscles and reduce stress. Beyond these treatments, certain antidepressant medications, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs (Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil) have been shown to sometimes induce teeth grinding as a secondary effect. Your dentist should evaluate the use of these medications if bruxism is observed and consult with the prescribing physician.

Your First Visit

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At Drs. Horton and McCaskill our goal is to provide the highest quality dental care available.  Good communication is essential for the best dental treatment results and we welcome any questions or concerns you have regarding your treatment.

 

Our cosmetic dental office is conveniently located in South Tampa on Swann Ave.          

 

Your initial visit includes a comprehensive examination of your mouth including an evaluation of your jaw joint (TMJ), gums and supporting bone.  We evaluate your bite as well as each individual tooth.  We will determine your risk for decay and periodontal disease and perform an oral cancer screening. We will also perform a free invisalign consultationBecause a healthy mouth is a beautiful mouth, we include a full cosmetic evaluation with your new patient experience.  Due to the comprehensive nature of our examination, please allow for a full one hour and thirty minute visit with the doctor and the team. 

We look forward to meeting you!

 

 

 

Taking a Closer Look At The Importance of Great Oral Hygiene

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In this video, Dr. Oz and Dr. Mike look inside your mouth and offer tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

At Dr. Horton and McCaskill, we believe regular checkups and oral cancer screenings are vital to your health. Dr. Horton and McCaskill have been providing family, cosmetic and restorative dental care to Tampa, FL for over 20 years! Visit our website today to schedule a free consultation with our Tampa Dentist who can help you achieve the smile you have always dreamed of.

Whoopi Speaks on Periodontal Disease

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