Gum Disease & Birth Defects

What is Gum Disease?

The short answer: Gum disease is a common gum infection that can become very problematic, but you can prevent it!

The long answer: all the tissues in your body have a self-defense mechanism called “inflammation.” When bacteria build up in your mouth, your gum tissue will inflame to try and kill it. Gum inflammation is called gingivitis and looks like red, soft, and sore gum tissue.

Over time, gingivitis can lead to more troublesome gum disease (called periodontitis) that can grow even deeper and start to harm the bones of your teeth and jaw. Severe gum disease can wreak havoc in your mouth. Pregnant women need to be especially careful because gum disease is linked with pre-term births and babies with low birth weight.

Every mom and mom-to-be wants the best start for their baby on their journey into parenthood. Read on from The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to learn more about gum disease and pregnancy. Read more ›

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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

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 trusty toothpaste that delivers that fresh, clean feeling.

So, what’s the scoop on toothpaste? What knowledge is essential to get the most out of your toothpaste? You might be surprised as you learn more about this common product. The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Destin & Panama City Beach gives you the full story on toothpaste to empower you to take oral health into your own hands. Read more ›

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Fluoride: Good or Bad?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride can actually be toxic if ingested in large enough quantities.

So which is true? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry know that Destin & Panama City Beach folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to give us a callRead more ›

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Oral Anatomy 101

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. Read more below from The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Destin & Panama City Beach to get an in-depth look at the human mouth and how it works. Read more ›

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Breastfeeding & Dental Work

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 for keeping you and your baby in tip-top shape. If something happens and you need dental work, it shouldn’t prevent you from breastfeeding regularly – or from seeking the dental treatment you need. Dr. Lichorwic, Dr. Baya, Dr. Skinner, and Dr. Dubois are experienced dentists in Destin and Panama City Beach and can explain how prioritizing your own health needs is safe and important during this stage of a woman’s life.

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TMJ – The Root of Your Pain

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a really long name … so let’s call it TMJ. Ah, yes, that’s right, now the name is more familiar! You’ve heard it before. Maybe even some lingering pain in your chewing muscles and bones has you wondering if you’ve got it.

TMJ dysfunction is sometimes called TMD, TMJD, or TMJ Syndrome if there seems to be a collection of related issues with your jaw. The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are here to tell you more about TMJ and what to do if you’ve got it. Read more ›

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Dental Implants – A Security System for Your Smile

Your mouth is a genius system made to work with every piece doing its part. If you’re missing a tooth, the empty spaces are more than unsightly; they can be dangerous! Your other teeth, your gums, and even the bones in your face rely on you having a full smile.

Enter: dental implants. Thanks to improved technology, you can replace a single tooth or a whole row of them quickly and effectively. Dental implants can actually improve your overall oral health and are now considered the gold standard in modern tooth replacement technology.

The doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Destin & Panama City Beach offers professional placement and restoration of dental implants, so let us tell you more about them and how they can help protect your greatest asset and secure your smile! Read more ›

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Oral Health Tips at Every Age

A few things are equally important for your oral health no matter your age or stage of life. Good nutrition, brushing and flossing habits, visiting the dentist and a little fluoride are always (always) the essentials. And you won’t ever hear us say otherwise.

However, your dental hygiene routine requires unique considerations at each new season of growth and maturity. Read below as Center for Cosmetic &Family Dentistry shares what is especially important to know for your oral health throughout your life. You may be surprised at what we have to share! Read more ›

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What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are time-tested treasures gaining new popularity among fans everywhere. These potent liquids are fun and fresh ingredients that you can customize for almost any oral hygiene need.

As with any DIY dental treatment, do your research and be cautious. Not all oils are safe to ingest and some may hurt you if applied directly onto your skin. Read more ›

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Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Destin & Panama City Beach resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, the Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry depend on your input for optimum dental health. We at The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry like to go above and beyond for our Destin & Panama City Beach patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why:

The average Destin & Panama City Beach resident might not think to mention to their dentist what’s going on with their physical health, but you’d be surprised how much that information can make a difference in your oral care. The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry need to be able to see the whole picture so that we can keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Read more ›

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