South Tampa Smiles
John Cannariato, DMD:
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South Tampa Smiles
John Cannariato, DMD
Tampa, FL













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Daisy C. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had a wonderful experience at South Tampa Smiles.  Dr. John Cannariato and his staff were very welcoming and proceeded to take good care of me throughout my procedure.  The ladies at the front desk were very kind and accommodating.   Adis really did a great  job  and  was very gentle while working on my mouth.   Thank you to the Staff!

J C (Source: Google)


South Tampa Smiles is the best in town. Dr. C is extremely experienced and makes even the most anxious patients feel at ease. His staff is just as great-very caring, compassionate and patient especially for those like me who don’t like going to the dentist unless it’s only for a cleaning! The office is very inviting and relaxing and conveniently located off Henderson. Appointments are always on time and their service is always prompt. I would highly recommend them to anyone!

Max Hazuda (Source: Google)


Look no further for the best dentist in South Tampa. Terrific service from Monica at the front desk. Robin is an excellent hygienist who takes the time to explain what they look for during cleanings / x-Rays and great technology on their side as well. Great to meet Dr. Cannariato, who represents our mutual Florida State alumni with the best of em! Gotta love moving into town and finding a great dentist.

Irene C. from Detroit, MI (Source: Yelp)


I was a little nervous when I got here because there were a bunch of cars in the parking lot. I thought, “great, I’m going to be here for 2 hours.” Once I walked in there I was welcomed by the sweetest front office staff who took my paperwork and even walked my ID back to me. I’ve only had a cleaning and exam so far but my experience has been awesome. The amount of time I was there was pretty close to what they estimated over the phone. I was happy to hear from the hygienist that the doctor is very conservative in his approach and “won’t fix what’s not broken.” I also LOVE that they’re open until 7 PM (gotta make that money to pay the dentist) and they were able to get me a next day appointment. I made a bad decision with my tooth and lagged for 8 months due to a not-so-great experience last year. I basically got yelled at by my dentist back home when I sent a picture of what was going on with my tooth and was pleasantly surprised Dr. Cannariato didn’t lecture or judge me (out loud).

Nancy Luz Krouse (Source: Google)


We started going to South Tampa Smiles since 2014. Growing up, I have phobia with dentists. My first day meeting Dr Cannariato, he was always very warm, accommodating and he always makes me feel less terrified. My last visit, I told him I was nervous but he reassured me everything will be just fine. The time waiting for me is a big deal and they always make sure to keep the appointment schedule, very professional. The clinic is very clean, it smells good. The staff are very nice, my hygienist is awesome! she always greets me with a smile and we do have little talk here and there. For people to care about asking how you’ve been, your family and whatnot? that’s also something for me. I appreciate that a lot. Overall, i highly recommend them. It’s the best for me and for my husband too. We don’t live in Tampa anymore but we drive just to see them. Thank you so much South Tampa Smiles!

Brian M. from Tampa, FL (Source: Yelp)


South Tampa Smiles offers the most flexible hours in South Tampa! They’re Open Late til 7PM and open early at 8AM so you can book a 6PM cleaning and don’t have to take time off from work to come here! Aside from the bars on the inside of the windows, the decor is nice and modern. The motorized leather seats and equipment appears to be pretty new. They also have TV’s so you can watch you favorite show (American Dad) while they work on your teeth which is nice. All the patients get their own private room unlike some other offices I’ve been to. They have plenty of good magazines in the lobby while you wait to be called. I had all my paperwork printed out from their website and filled out so I was ready to go. I had to wait only 2 minutes to be called. While South Tampa Dentistry won the award for best dentist on yelp, you have to book them way in advance so I prefer this location. They’re conveniently located in south Tampa off Henderson, 2 blocks west of South Dale Mabry. There is plenty of parking available in a private lot onsite. The all female staff including the dentist was friendly and quick. They were very thorough with cleaning, X-ray’s, and gingivitis gum checks. Will be back again. Thanks!

Mary Frances Holmes (Source: Google)


Had to have a rather unexpected root canal. Never had tooth pain before and I am not the easiest patient to deal with on a good day. Dr . C and his technician (apologies as I did not write down her name) were FABULOUS!. They were calming and explained every step. Special thanks to the front desk for fitting me in to the schedule and to my favorite hygienist, Robin, for taking care of Hudson and Dean this week as well.

Erickson Diaz (Source: Google)


Being new to Tampa, these online reviews are important to me in deciding who to trust according to others. I’m here to say the service was excellent and extremely efficient. I went in for a cleaning, they found a cavity, and they were able to take care of it right then and there- no need to come back a second time. Everyone was super welcoming and kind. Will definitely come back. Thanks for everything.

MALISA BUTLER (Source: Google)


When I say the best I mean the absolutely best Dentist around,!!!and not too mention the dental assistant especially Adis. I had two root canals so Adis hooked a sister up with my temporally crowns she did a phenomenal job. If your ever in need go by and check Dr. C out and his staff to take care all of your dental needs. Whitening, teeth cleaning, implants, veneers and much, much more.

Caitie S. from Tampa, FL (Source: Yelp)


I went here for to get my teeth cleaned and came out feeling so satisfied! Not to mention the place is so clean. They were very polite and helpful. I am the type of person who can’t deal with the instruments in my mouth and will gag and choke when they try to take x-rays. The hygienist was amazingly patient and dealt with me so professionally and even was able to make me relax. I will never go anywhere else but to South Tampa Smiles and can’t wait to refer them to all of my friends and co-workers.

Ashley B. from Gainesville, FL (Source: Yelp)


Very positive experience here.  He completed a lot of fillings for me that we’re done poorly prior and I feel confident that he actually did them right as opposed to my dentist in Gainesville.  I definitely feel comfortable returning to this office for check ups and hopefully no more fillings or crowns.

Nelly Paz Chile (Source: Google)


I recommend highly South Tampa Smiles, Dr. Cannariato and all the team. They are very professionals. The attention to me was excellent. I were treated by emergency and all the process was very smooth. Thank you very much for the fast way the office set my appointment, all the extraordinary care, respect, and support provided to me at that moment that I was felling so bad. Thank you for relieve my pain in an amazing way and thank you very much for safe my life. I feel like a new person. Thanks to all.

Allison C. from Tampa, FL (Source: Yelp)


This dentist and his staff are the best!!!! I can not recommend them enough. Dr. Cannariato is so friendly and makes you feel super comfortable. I, like most people, do not like the dentist but he is very good at his job and him being cool makes it that much better. He has never once been rough or hurt me in any way. Also, the dental assistants are all so friendly and gentle as well.

Doug Brown (Source: Google)


New patient exam and cleaning today. Made the appointment last week and they got me in quickly. Cory did a very nice job with my cleaning. I told her where my hot spots were and she was able to work on me without me jumping out of the chair. Doctor John was very thorough and informative and has a very pleasant demeanor. I’m glad I chose them to be my new dental provider.

Brittany Padgett (Source: Facebook)


Came to them after a fiasco with a previous dentist who claimed I needed this that and another thing before they’ll put me on a regular cleaning schedule. STS said I was fine good to go and did not need anything done like my previous dentist said.

Mandalynn Sodano (Source: Facebook)


Love STM! Dr. C and Dr. B are the best! My husband and I have been going there since we moved to Tampa back in 2014. The whole staff is so friendly and you never have to wait long for any service you have scheduled!

Helen McGrath (Source: Facebook)


When my dentist retired, I went 10 years before finding another dentist I trusted. South Tampa Smiles is everything I want in a dental practice…understanding my reluctance, patient, professional and friendly with a wonderful office staff and hygienists. They solved my dental issues and I feel confident keeping my every 6 months appointments.

Tony Miller (Source: Google)


I am not someone who goes to the Dentist when he supposed to not even a cleaning I am that terrified. I had in affected tooth that was unbearable to deal with South Tampa smiles got me an appointment within 24 hours and he stracted that tooth within 30 minutes it’s been a day and a 1/2 and I have yet to feel pain from the procedure. Best dentist of ever gone to the best staff of ever encountered in any professional setting. Thank you South Tampa smiles you are now my dentist of choice.

Jadelia Jones (Source: Google)


I am very pleased with the work that I got done today! From the desk receptionist whom was patient with me figuring out my insurance to the nurse who walked me through my procedure step by step and making sure I was comfortable. To the dentist(doctor) who preformed extracting my two wisdom teeth, they were all AMAZING!! From the moment when she started to until the very end she was gentle and communicated with me;knowing this my very first time every getting any tooth extracted. I thank they soo very much and I ever need anymore dental care done it will be with them.

Rex S. from Tampa, FL (Source: Yelp)


Three years ago I had an experience at a downtown dentist that was so horrible, it took 3 years to muster up the courage to see another dentist.  Thank you Dr. Cannariato for making my first visit back so pain free and also for fixing some of the shoddy work from my last visit.  Also a huge thank you for saving my main molar!!!  And a special thanks to Sandra & Nicole at the desk, you gals rock; you made the boring paperwork fun with your awesome personalities and pretty smiles!!!  I wish I could find this kind of service other places in town!!!

Jo A. from Honolulu, HI (Source: Yelp)


I had my upper fillings done by Dr. Benedict and she has magic hands. It’s a bit hard to truly see but her work on redoing my silver fillings to composite is amazing. She molded them perfectly and the best thing was the aftermath. The last time I got my fillings done here in Tampa on Dec 2016, there was some discomfort for a few days and when that dentist called me, he said it was normal. I rather have no discomfort at all after such procedure therefore having my future cavities filled (hopefully none- Eek I hate those needles) or silver redone, the best dentistry to come to is this place for sure!!!! — Like most people, I already dislike going to the dentist period and wish teeth were less maintenance to upkeep and seeing a dentist twice a year is already dreadful but going to a place that makes the experience less scary will make you not dread going to the dentist as much. Therefore, I believe going to a dentist that has sincere care is very important to me where I will feel happy going even though I dread and fear going to the dentist. I am so glad that I had a horrible experience at the other dentistry I was at in person and online or else I wouldn’t have switched to South Tampa Smiles. What I love about South Tampa Smiles is format of the practice. You have privacy and they operate on you in a closed door. When you’re waiting and they have a tv you can watch with close caption and their sink is right next to the chair like all the dentistry I’ve been to except the last dentistry I went (I learned from them that you can wash your mouth after getting it cleaned, especially if fluoride is not used- I don’t think fluoride was used on my last dental cleaning). The tv is also where they show you your X-rays and explain to you what they’ll fix and why. Dr. Cannariato saw problems in my upper silver fillings which I really want to be replaced not only for health reason (mercury-eeek) but also cosmetic reason. I’m very happy that he saw such problems others have not because it will save me pain in my mouth and pocket if I do not take care of it now. The biggest reason why I chose to switch to South Tampa Smiles because they have 200+ positive reviews and 4 negative reviews on google and they responded to those complaints professionally. That shows a lot about them. Everyone knows you can’t please everyone in business, you’ll come across dissatisfied customers- whatever the reasons- the important thing I saw is how their complaints was handled, just total professionalism and it showed they sincerely care about their patients and not only their reputation. I highly recommend South Tampa Smiles for the great service, sincerity and professionalism.

Roland Castillo (Source: Google)


Today was my first appointment with South Tampa Smiles and am very pleased with how kind and professional everyone was. With all that was done today (X-rays, cleaning, and consultation), my appointment was completed in less than an hour. Also, I am very happy that in spite of current health events, they are still open on Saturdays. As my current work schedule makes it very difficult for weekday appointments, knowing that I can take care of my dental needs on the weekend is fantastic. I definitely would recommend South Tampa Smiles to anyone looking for quality dental care and would like the ability to be flexible in their scheduling as well.

Mike Develle (Source: Google)


I believe we have been patients of Dr. C for over 10 years. Recently, we visited his office for cleanings. Robin was as professional and efficient as always making my wife and I feel comfortable during this pandemic. Dr C made sure we were doing OK before we left the office. Appointment was on time, the front office took care of the schedule for next time and the employee who greeted us and set us up for Robin’s time was very professional, making us both feel at home. After moving from the area a year ago, we come about 30+ miles one way to continue doing business with Dr. C and his group. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a truly professional, efficient and compassionate Dentist!

Savanna Bennett (Source: Google)


I am new to this office and this is the best experience I have ever had with a dentist office. I have been a patient at private practices as well as big box practices and South Tampa Smiles made me feel comfortable and they truly took care of me as their patient and not just a wallet. I am happy to have them as my new dental provider! The hygienist was super sweet and talked to me like I was a friend and so did the dentist! Staff was super polite and the atmosphere is relaxing. Thank you for being awesome!! Highly recommend them!

Bridgette K. from Tampa, FL (Source: Yelp)


This is hands-down the best dentist I’ve ever been to. I’ve been seeing Dr Cannariato for 6 years now and I recommend him to everyone. He’s extremely friendly and most importantly, extremely honest. Where in the past I’ve had dentists tell me I’ve needed certain procedures he’s admitted that I do not and can simply use dental hygiene products found in your local drug store to help combat the issues Im facing – in this case slight gum recession with exposed dentin. Lo and behold he was correct I no longer feel any pain. As of late he has added another dentist to his practice which has extended his office hours to be more convenient for working people. The office is small and I would say their X-ray equipment is a bit dated but for an honest dentist I’ll put up with that.

Heather C. from Tampa, FL (Source: Yelp)


I was referred to this office via a Yelp friend. The office was easy to find and they were very accommodating to my schedule. I just needed a cleaning and check-up, so I took advantage of their “cash patient” pricing which was $95 for cleaning, exam and X-rays. My 8 yr old accompanied me so they were kind enough to keep an eye on him in the waiting room. The dental assistant was very nice and thorough. After my cleaning the Doctor came in to check her work and go over my X-rays. Total appointment lasted just over an hour and I left with some beautifully clean teeth. I would only suggest they offer you goggles or something to wear while cleaning your teeth as the water pick sprays in your face.

Alexandra L. from Tampa, FL (Source: Yelp)


This was my first time to the dentist in Tampa and I cannot speak highly enough of the staff and service. I’ve always been someone who hates the dentist and this was the best and least painful dentist appointment of my life. Not to mention that it looks like I went for a teeth whiting from the polish job done by dental hygienist Cheryl. I highly recommend this office to anyone and everyone!

Lisa G. from Zephyrhills, FL (Source: Yelp)


I was seen yesterday after a horrible experience with an oral surgeon in New Tampa.  Lisa at South Tampa Smiles made an appointment for Dr. Benedict for consult and extraction of an infected tooth that had 2 previous root canals.  Dr. Benedict removed the tooth with local anesthesia in one piece that included the crown.  I am extremely impressed with her and each staff member.  Dental assistant was great as well.  I highly recommend this practice.

Mary Gonzalez (Source: Google)


I’ve been going to South Tampa Smiles several years and the staff is wonderful. From the ladies at the front desk to the dentists, techs and hygenists, everyone is friendly and professional. Minimal waiting from the moment one arrives. The hygenist that did my cleaning yesterday is amazing and has the most gentle hands, in addition to doing a thorough job as always, thus an excellent customer experience. I have sensitive teeth and she always takes her time to do a manual cleaning instead of using the electric cleaning device that makes me cringe. Greatly recommend this office.

Helen McGrath (Source: Google)


This was a big step for me to leave the house after 71 days to visit my dentist. From the time I walked in the door I felt it was a safe environment. The excellent dental hygienist and the doctor both wore face masks, face shields, gloves, and hair coverings. Everything was very efficient, friendly and professional. Dr. Cannariato has been my dentist for 7 years and I highly recommend South Tampa Smiles.

Valerie Nicole Ryan (Source: Facebook)


Seriously hate dentists. But dr C was down to earth caring and funny. I was in so much pain and they got me in within an hour of calling and they helped keep an eye on my children since I had no choice but to bring them. And the office staff was so kind. An overall amazing experience

Sharhonda Royal (Source: Google)


I absolutely love this dentist great friendly staff from the front desk to the dentist they get to in for an appointment quick they are here for all your emergency needs. You are never waiting long to be seen. I have been there twice and had multiple teeth pulled at once and have never been there longer than an hour. Great place for all your dental needs I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great affordable dentist

Toni Villarosa (Source: Facebook)


I highly recommend dr John cannariato & dr Rebecca Benedict their services are great and you do not have to wait very long to be seen and Cheryl the dental hygienists is awsome and very helpful and the staff is great. Toni villarosa

Gretchen San Miguel (Source: Google)


I am extremely happy with my care from South Tampa Smiles! I recently moved to Tampa and was hesitant to find a new dentist. A co-worker strongly recommended Dr. Cannariato and since I was due for my cleaning, I scheduled my appointment. Everyone was fantastic from the front desk, to my hygienist and most of all Dr. Cannariato. I was seen at my appointment time with no wait and extremely personalized care. I had complained to my prior dentists about an issue with no avail and Dr. C immediately knew what it was and was able to resolve the issue! Today was my 6 month check-up and the visit was once again on time with excellent service while still following all the pertinent CDC and OSHA guidelines. I consider myself lucky to be Dr. C’s patient.

Crystal Johnsen (Source: Facebook)


I would highly recommend Dr. John Cannariato! I have pretty bad anxiety when it comes to dental visits, however, I think this doctor might have alleviated my dread! His bedside manor is impeccable. After telling him about my anxiousness, he completely put me at ease. I didn’t feel judged for waiting longer than I know I should have. He simply said, “well, you are here now so I will take good care of you!” I also love how this office has everything needed to do the job in one visit! They are up on technology, have compassionate well trained staff members from the front desk staff and everyone else I met during my visit. I believe this office is setting a new standard in dentistry, creating a positive and much more hospitable approach to something so many of us dread.