A Guide to Cavity Prevention

Imagine this – you have come to see Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone for a cleaning and routine check-up. The cleaning goes well, but then Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone tells you that you have a cavity. You’ve been dreading the possibility of this news and now you fear that something must be wrong, since you have been brushing and flossing regularly.

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, Dubois, & Perone. Use this guide to learn about what cavities are and how you can prevent them.

Cavities: The Basics

Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which is a byproduct of too much plaque. Here’s how it works: every day, our saliva breaks down the food we eat into bacteria and then into acid, which mixes with the saliva and forms the nuisance commonly referred to as plaque.

Remarkably, it only takes 20 minutes for plaque to form on your teeth after eating. Plaque is corrosive to the outer layer of your teeth (enamel). If plaque is left to its own devices, it will likely result in tooth decay, which literally causes decay in the structure of your teeth. Both enamel and dentin (the layer beneath enamel) may be damaged during this process, and a cavity can often form as a result.

How to Prevent Cavities

Now that you know the cavity’s life story, it’s time to find out how to keep your teeth protected! First of all, it’s important to understand that the majority of people will get at least one cavity in their lifetime, and although cavities most often affect children, it is possible for people of all ages to get them at any time. How do you prevent them? Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone recommends these tips:

  1. Brush and floss at least twice a day, every day, especially after eating sugary or starchy foods! These foods transform into cavity-forming acid with ease.
  2. Mouthwash/rinses and fluoridated pastes (such as Carifree®) help your teeth stay protected.
  3. Watch for common warning signs- tooth pains or aches, particularly when caused by foods/beverages that are cold, hot, and/or sweet.
  4. Come see us at The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for your cleanings and check-ups. We are experts at stopping cavities in their tracks and we love to see confident Destin & Panama City Beach smiles.

If you still fear cavities, that’s OK. We just want you to know that they are quite common and you should never be embarrassed or ashamed about having one. That being said, it is not a good idea to ignore them. Eventually, cavities can cause tooth discoloration and even lead to actual holes in your teeth.

Don’t fret! Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone is Destin & Panama City Beach’s leading expert on cavities and our office is equipped with modern X-ray and laser technology capable of detecting cavities early. Please feel free to contact us at The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry with questions any time and make sure to come in regularly for your check-ups. Schedule an appointment online today!

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Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

At The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry want every Destin & Panama City Beach resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to give us a call! Read more ›

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Sleep Apnea in Children

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 apnea is most commonly found in adults, but in rare cases can also affect children. The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Destin & Panama City Beach care about treating your little ones. Read below to learn more about how dentists can treat sleep apnea. Read more ›

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The Oral-Systemic Link: Risk Factors for Tooth Decay

Did you know the same plaque that decays your teeth can cause major heart problems? What if you could fight plaque and heart failure both by improving your oral health? Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone in Destin & Panama City Beach are here to tell you more!

Someone dies from a heart attack every minute, according to the American Heart Association, and most heart attacks (and 85% of strokes) are caused by cholesterol build-up – aka plaque.

But there is good news. You can work with your Destin & Panama City Beach dentist and your doctor to understand and minimize your risk factors for developing plaque and tooth decay. Read more ›

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Bacteria: The Good, The Bad & The Neutral

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 in keeping up your overall health. Some oral bacteria, however, can cause serious problems and must be fought with good oral hygiene. Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone from The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Destin & Panama City Beach help you understand the role bacteria play in your health and wellness. Read more ›

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Sugar: Teeth’s Worst Nightmare

People in the United States eat more sugar than any other country in the world. (Fortunately, we also have some of the best dentists in the world.) You hear it all the time: “sugar rots your teeth.” But is it true? What exactly does sugar do to your teeth and why is it so bad? You might want to learn more about this substance that is added to nearly every edible item in the grocery store the Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Destin & Panama City Beach tell us more below. Read more ›

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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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