Whether you have lost a tooth due to decay or injury, or you have had a tooth extracted because it is past saving, chances are that you will be feeling concerned about both the function and appearance of your teeth. Depending on the location of the gap in your mouth, you may find that you need to change the way that you bite or chew your food, and in some cases, your speech may even change as your tongue pushes against your teeth to form sounds.
How do you feel about your smile? Do you share it freely, or does it cause you to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth? Research has shown that a great smile is one of the most desirable physical attributes that a person can have, and this simple gesture can be used to portray a variety of positive traits – happiness, honesty, health, and success. Nevertheless, many of us are unhappy with various aspects of our teeth and as a result, aren’t as confident in our smile as we would like to be.
Flossing is one of the most overlooked aspects of dental care, but it is also one of the most important. This is because whilst brushing is effective at removing plaque and bacteria from the larger surfaces of the teeth, only the flossing technique can successfully remove that which collects in the tiny gaps that form around and between our teeth. For this reason, pediatric dentists recommend that children are taught the importance of flossing from a very young age, and of course, how to floss their teeth. Nevertheless, there is no getting away from the fact that flossing using conventional dental floss can be tricky – especially for small hands. Children can be notoriously fussy and difficult to please, and as parents, we try and find ways to make typically ‘boring’ tasks like brushing their teeth as fun as possible for them. You may have bought a toothbrush with their favorite cartoon character on or bought a cool timer to teach them how long they need to brush their teeth for. But what do you do about flossing if your little one can’t get to grips with conventional dental floss? Fortunately, there are some alternatives available.
Many of our patients come into our office because they are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. If you have been thinking about improving the look of your smile, consider calling The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today to see how we can help!
When it comes to dental restorations, cavity fillings are by far the most commonly carried out by dentists across the U.S. Used to fill small to moderate-sized holes in our teeth caused by decay, cavity fillings restore the function of the affected tooth and prevent the decay from spreading where it can cause infection and more complex problems that may require invasive, extensive and expensive treatment.
Sleep apnea is a common condition that principally occurs when the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse when the sufferer of the condition sleeps. This causes a blockage that prevents air from passing normally through the airway. As a result, the patient appears to stop breathing/hold their breath. Once their body realizes there is a blockage, it prompts the patient to take a particularly large breath that is strong enough to push past the blockage and restart the normal pattern of breathing. This sounds like a snore or snort. This type of sleep apnea is known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.
One of the most common questions we are asked is whether Invisalign is a suitable option for kids. In fact, although there are plenty of adults who choose Invisalign for their orthodontic treatment, it is just as successful and valuable for children. However, if you are intending that your child has Invisalign over conventional braces there are several important things that you will need to bear in mind.
When it comes to choosing a replacement toothbrush, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed with the options before you. There is a huge range of different varieties to choose from, so how do you know which is best for your dental health? Here are some of our top tips for selecting the right toothbrush for you.
If you are looking into orthodontic treatment options, learn about the differences between the two main types of treatments: traditional braces v Invisalign.
If you have teeth that don’t meet perfectly when you close your mouth, or are twisted, crooked, gapped or overlapping, you may well be thinking about orthodontic treatment to improve both their function and appearance. In the past, patients had little option but to wear an orthodontic brace – a device made of metal wires and brackets, to force teeth into their new position. While the design of orthodontic braces has evolved into something far less intrusive, development in the dental world has created other solutions that eliminate the disadvantages of conventional orthodontic treatment. This solution is known as Invisalign.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular and transformative types of cosmetic dentistry available that offers functional as well as esthetic benefits for your teeth and smile.
Learn why The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry has been recognized for providing high quality dental care for 20 years. Interested in learning about cosmetic treatments? Call today!
Cosmetic dentistry refers to a range of different dental procedures the main purpose of which is to improve the physical appearance of your teeth. There can be a variety of aspects of our smile that we dislike. Fortunately, there is at least one cosmetic dentistry treatment that can resolve all of them. However, in addition to an esthetic improvement, many of these treatments also provide some level of benefit to your oral health too. For example, while porcelain veneers can be used to cover imperfections of the outer enamel of the teeth, they can also strengthen your natural teeth and make them more durable. They can also close small gaps between them where decay is more likely to occur.
Fortunately, for patients dealing with an intense fear of the dentist, sedation dentistry can help patients feel comfortable at the dentist. Whether you need to go to the dentist for a regular tooth cleaning or a more extensive treatment, sedation dentistry is a great way to ease your anxiety and minimize discomfort.
Dental Implants can drastically change the appearance of your smile and is a top solution for missing teeth. Find out more on why dental implants are so beneficial.
We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as much fun losing teeth as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental
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We at The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry see this happen every day and we want to put your mind at ease. Cavities are very common and usually a simple fix for Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, or Dubois. Use this guide to learn about what cavities are and how you can prevent them.
You may think being exhausted simply comes with the territory of being a parent (and it does), but there may also be a serious medical condition causing your child to wake up often throughout the night – sleep apnea. Sleep…
Living in a land of antibacterial gels, soaps, plastics, and even fabrics, it might surprise you to hear that tons of bacteria live in your mouth every day, and they aren’t all bad! In fact, some play an important role…
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The short answer: Gum disease is a common gum infection that can become very problematic, but you can prevent it!
Fresh breath sets the tone for every moment of your day: first thing in the morning, before an important meeting, after working out, or just before bed. Whether you prefer cool mint, invigorating cinnamon, or herbal anise, it’s your favorite…
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Welcome to your mouth! You might be surprised at how many different parts work together to make your mouth work for you. A healthy mouth is necessary for a healthy life.
If you’re a new mom or about to be one, you’re likely already used to putting your needs second to the needs of this beautiful new little person in your life – but maintaining good oral hygiene is still important…
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If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Destin & Panama City Beach teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration.
We’ve all had a toothache at some point at some point or another. While you should always consult your Destin and Panama City Beach dentists, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal.
If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Destin & Panama City Beach children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth.
The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but the doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry remind us that proper denture care requires more than just that.
We’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist.
When it comes to ridiculous beliefs on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones usually aren’t quite so over the top.
If you had to give up your toothbrush or your car, which would it be? According to a recent survey, 42 percent of adults and 34 percent of teens would rather turn in their keys, computer, cell phone, or microwave than get rid of their toothbrush.
One of the most common and destructive myths about dental hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed.
Dental Cavities are a result of tooth decay. Decay is the deterioration of the tooth structure; both the enamel and the dentin can be affected.
Every Destin and Panama City Beach parent remembers seeing their baby’s first teeth emerge, watching the rest pop up, and finally cheering as their child loses their first baby tooth, all in the blink of an eye! In fact, baby teeth come and go so quickly that some people are led believe they don’t have an impact on a child’s dental health later in life.
The benefits of natural and artificial sugar-free sweeteners were first recognized as a safe option for diabetics, but have since exploded in popularity because food, beverage, candy, and snack companies have discovered that it is easier to sell fewer calories.
Sugar is not the only thing that can harm your teeth. In fact, there are plenty of other substances that slowly chip away at our smiles.
Have you or any of your family members injured a tooth these past few months? Maybe you got a little overzealous with some corn on the cob, maybe your daughter tripped during a game of tag and chipped her tooth, or maybe your mother chipped her tooth on a walnut, we can help fix these broken and loose teeth!
There is a good chance you have heard Dr. Lichorwic, Dr. Julia Skinner, or Dr. Stephanie Baya or someone else at The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry mention the term ‘bruxism’ and discuss the problems it can cause for your oral health.
We all learned how to brush our teeth when we were about three or four, so you’d think we have it mastered by now. Right? Unfortunately, probably not.
First things first, put your worries away! We are not about to tell you that your coffee drinking days are over. We know that each shot of caffeine is crucial and we cherish our coffee, too! Here at The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we want to educate you on what causes coffee stains and what you can do to fight them.
Dr. Dennis Lichorwic, Dr. Julia Skinner, and Dr. Stephanie Baya are not the type of dentists that will tell Destin and Panama City Beach residents they can’t ever eat candy.
Let’s be honest. If you are like most Destin and Panama City Beach folks, you’ve probably put off going to the dentist at one time or another. Some of us have even avoided seeing a dentist for years at a time. In fact, one in three Americans avoid going to the dentist regularly.
We at the Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry know that some Destin folks avoid the dentist’s chair like the plague.
You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all of that effort has left you hungry! The question is, what can you eat after having dental work done?
With modern advances in dental medicine and the careful attention that Destin residents pay to their dental hygiene, it is hard to imagine what life for teeth was like when the pilgrims first landed on these shores.
Most of us in Destin have experienced a toothache. At their mildest, toothaches may cause just enough discomfort to get on your nerves and disrupt your concentration, but at their worst, they can be debilitating.
At Destin Dental, we often hear root canals compared to some genuinely unpleasant circumstances.
Having a great smile is a privilege that everyone in Destin should enjoy.
You have probably heard of diabetes, but did you know that it affects more than seven million people and they aren’t even aware of it?
If you have started taking a new medication recently, chances are your doctor told you that a side-effect would be dry mouth.
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