Hot on the Trail with Oral Pathology

When it comes to your oral health, the Destin and Panama City dentists of the Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry hope you never have any pains or problems. Good preventive care will help you always feel your best! But even with the best habits, dental problems do happen. In that case, oral pathology is the science and medicine that helps diagnose and treat whatever is making you ache. If you think you have an oral disease, don’t be embarrassed, but get help as soon as possible.

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Hate Flossing? – 5 Flossing Alternatives

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who floss, and those who don’t. Diligent flossers everywhere inspire those of us who live with them or know them. Flossing may not be an actual virtue but it’s certainly high on the list of qualities amongst people who “have it together.” Read more below about why flossing is so important and what alternatives you have if you don’t like traditional floss. Read more ›

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Relief from Dry, Chapped & Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Destin and Panama City Beach, and our lips serve as proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year; it’s not uncommon to see lips suffering from annoying, painful cracks. We keep abreast of the oral health needs of our communities, so here are a few tips from The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave! Read more ›

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HPV & Oral Cancer: What You Need to Know

We love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in Destin and Panama City Beach, and as dental care professionals, we feel it is our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as you can be. While you have probably heard of the human papillomavirus and oral cancer, most people don’t know that they are linked. Here is some information from the Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry about the topic. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us! Read more ›

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Dentistry in the Digital Age

Technology has changed nearly every aspect of human life and modern society. New tools, programs, and education can greatly improve your healthcare, too! Let’s say you need any kind of standard dental restoration for a cracked or missing tooth. From x-rays and impressions to surgery and installation, your whole treatment could be digital. We’re so used to digital tools these days, you may not even notice how much technology a dentist can utilize to best serve your oral health needs. Below are some of the ways your oral care may be digitized. Read more ›

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Ice Cravings – A Sign of Something Worse?

We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of. The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry want all Destin and Panama City Beach residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!  Read more ›

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No Tradesies: Packing Mouth-Healthy Lunches for Kiddos

Breakfast is always being touted as the most important meal of the day—and for good reason! It’s important for Destin and Panama City Beach families to kickstart their day with nutrients that will help them power through school, work, socializing, sports, homework… does anyone else feel exhausted just thinking about it all?

The right foods in your child’s lunch can help boost their energy and keep those brains, bodies, and mouths going all day! Alternatively, lunches full of sugary, sticky, acidic foods and beverages can accelerate tooth decay and cause your child to feel sluggish both physically and mentally.

The Doctors of The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry love to share ideas on what to include in your child’s lunch to keep their smile safe and their health optimal… and perhaps what to leave out and have as an occasional treat for good behavior. Read more ›

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Are You Singing the Toothache Blues?

Are you or a loved one suffering from the toothache blues? Don’t wait around in pain for the problem to resolve itself. Although we do enjoy spending quality time with our patients at The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we don’t want any Destin & Panama City Beach residents to have to undergo unnecessary dental procedures. A toothache can indicate a much more serious problem that should be addressed immediately – but there are a few things you can do in the meantime for temporary relief from toothache pain. Read more ›

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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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