Dr. Tanya Orr, DDS
6880 W County Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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Your Pet’s Oral Health is Important Too

close up of brown dog peeking over edge You probably take care of a lot of things for your pet, like feeding it and taking it for walks, but make sure you don’t forget about their oral health too! Although pets have natural instincts to keep their teeth clean, like chewing on a toy or a hard treat, it’s important for you to also brush their teeth so that they don’t develop oral diseases in the future.

Dental Issues in Dogs & Cats

Dogs and cats, like humans, suffer from plaque and tartar buildup every day. Not only does this cause bad breath, but it can also develop into painful gum disease if left untreated. This may mean having to endure costly dental procedures for your pet, and it could also pave the way for your pet to develop other health problems in the future because of their inability to properly eat or rid their mouths of harmful bacteria themselves.

How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

While pets, especially dogs, have the natural instinct to chew a bone or a toy after eating to clean their teeth, it’s important to brush their teeth at least a couple of times a week, preferably daily. Human toothpaste is toxic for dogs and cats, so make sure to buy a pet-friendly toothpaste and toothbrush. Not every pet likes having a dental instrument in their mouths, so start off slowly and as early as you can to get them used to it. You can begin by massaging their gums a few times a week, then introducing the toothpaste, and slowly integrating the brush over the course of a few weeks. Soon your pet will be a pro at getting their teeth brushed!

Other Preventive Measures

In addition to brushing, you can also get your pet treats that are specially made for dental care to keep their teeth healthy and their breath fresh. Your veterinarian should check your pet’s teeth during their checkups to make sure that they are healthy and perform a dental cleaning if your pet needs one. Behind every healthy pet is a healthy human, and at Gentle Breeze Family Dental, we’re here to help your family have beautiful and healthy smiles. We offer a range of services from general to advanced dentistry. Contact us to plan your next dental visit! Contact Us

In-Office vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening

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These days, it seems easier than ever to whiten your teeth. Toothpastes, mouthwashes, and even toothbrushes themselves all proudly proclaim their whitening benefits from the dental care aisle at the grocery store. Additionally, at-home whitening kits promise dazzling results at an affordable price.

As your Santa Rosa beach dentist, we understand that our patients want a healthy, bright white smile. While at-home whitening treatments may be a great fit for some folks, they may not be the right read more

Bad Breath From Dry Mouth?

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Do you suffer from bad breath? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from halitosis (the formal name for bad breath). For many of them, this is caused by a condition called dry mouth.

What Is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a lack of saliva production. It is often characterized by stickiness in the mouth, a feeling of thirst, and sores or cracks in the mouth. Saliva is important for many reasons, one of which is that it washes away dead cells that build up in our mouth. If not removed, read more

Safe Alternatives to Sugar

It’s no secret that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and then eventually produce a damaging acid that can destroy your tooth enamel and lead to cavities. And when we say sugar, we mean sucrose (table sugar), glucose (corn syrup), and fructose (agave nectar). Yes, even natural sugars like honey and maple syrup as well as artificial sugars can end up harming your teeth. It can seem daunting to try and cut sugar from your life completely, but there read more

Why It’s Worth Investing in Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic dentistry includes any procedure that improves the appearance of your teeth. It usually involves making your teeth look more natural and healthier. Common cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, tooth bonding, tooth restorations and fillings, veneers, and dental implants.

Who can benefit from cosmetic dentistry?

Many people can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. If you suffer from missing or crooked teeth, discolored teeth, misshapen teeth, or have unsightly metal fillings, cosmetic dentistry could be right for you.

5 reasons why it’s worth investing in cosmetic dentistry

1. Natural-Looking Teeth

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Is Saltwater Bad for Teeth?

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If you’ve been out swimming in the ocean, chances are at some point or another you’ve had the unpleasant experience of accidentally getting saltwater in your mouth. As dental professionals, we can’t help but think of how certain things affect your oral health, so when it comes to saltwater, is it good or bad for your teeth? It turns out that as unappealing as it might taste, saltwater can actually benefit your teeth.

Benefits of Saltwater Rinses

Saltwater rinses are a time-tested remedy for getting rid of bacteria, read more

How Do You Know If You Have Gingivitis?

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Gingivitis is a fancier term for the initial stage of gum disease. You’ve probably heard it mentioned in mouthwash commercials where they say their rinse can help prevent, reverse, or stop gingivitis. It occurs whenever the starches and sugars from food combine with the bacteria in your mouth to form bacteria and plaque. This plaque in turn hardens into tartar and irritates the gums. Gingivitis can affect all different ages, and it’s been shown to have connections to other serious health concerns read more

How Long Does the Pain Last After a Tooth is Pulled?

man holding jaw in pain

For most people, tooth extractions are synonymous with pain. As tooth extraction processes have become more refined, however, the recovery time isn’t all that bad, and there’s a lot you can do to prevent any pain or infection after you have had the procedure.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

First, your dentist or oral surgeon will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth so that you don’t feel the extraction at all. If you’re having wisdom teeth removed, you may also opt for a general anesthetic, which read more

Causes of Jaw Pain & What to Do

woman holding her jaw in pain

Many people experience jaw pain at some time in their life. Sometimes it’s just temporary while for other people it’s a continual problem. What exactly causes jaw pain? How can we help you to feel better?

What Causes Jaw Pain?

Skeletal Development

Jaw pain may relate to how the bones of the temporomandibular joint, often abbreviated as TMJ, develop. Sometime the bones grow disproportionately to each other and put an abnormal stress on the joint. We can take X-rays to check for skeletal abnormalities.

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Rise and Shine: Lack of Sleep & Your Health

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It’s no secret that a lack of sleep can have profound effects on your body. Besides causing you to nod off at work, sleep deprivation can impair your decision-making ability and cause a whole host of other issues.

If that’s not worrisome enough, a lack of sleep can also affect your oral health. It can cause raise your risk of gum disease, prevent your body from repairing itself, and lead to tooth wear and breakage. How’s that for a rude awakening?

Gum Disease

Chronic sleep deprivation can raise your risk read more

Affordable Payment Options

We believe that dental care should be available to everyone, but we also don’t want it to be a financial burden. To accommodate our patients, we accept a wide variety of flexible payment options. We are very insurance friendly, accept CareCredit financing, all major credit cards, and even have our very own in-house dental savers plan. We have something for everyone, so contact us today for any questions about our affordable payment options.

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