Dr. Tanya Orr, DDS
6880 W County Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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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

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

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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

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Causes of Jaw Pain & What to Do

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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

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Today’s Dental Imaging

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Here at Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry, we believe that it’s our responsibility to work with you to help you obtain and maintain a happy, healthy mouth. Our job is to carefully listen to you to find out our specific dental needs. We provide a comprehensive exam and take X-rays. We thoroughly clean your teeth and repair any damage or decay that is happening. It’s our job to do all of that and keep you as comfortable and happy as we can while you’re visiting us. Over the years

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2 Factors to Consider When Choosing Dental Coverage

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Depending on your situation, you may have different options open to you when deciding on dental coverage. There are a few factors you’ll want to think about when it comes to this, and even more so when you are selecting coverage for your entire family. Here are two things to consider when choosing a dental insurance plan.

1. Affordability

You’ll want to take into account how much the premium is, of course, but also any other fees you will be responsible for. Would there be a deductible? If so, that

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Root Canal Therapy You Can Trust


When you’re having pain or discomfort with your teeth, the procedures for alleviating the pain seems daunting. You want the pain to disappear, the issue with it. Thinking of the phrase “root canal” conjures images of pain and discomfort. Yes, the cause of needing the procedure is painful, but the procedure itself actually relieves the pain. 

When is a Root Canal Needed?

Teeth are multi-layered and a root canal is needed when the inner most layer of a tooth, the pulp, becomes infected and inflamed. This can

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How Can Thumbsucking Affect My Child’s Teeth?


While thumbsucking has helped to calm babies and infants for hundreds of years, researchers and dental professionals are discovering many ways by which this habit can harm children’s teeth. Parents don’t have to feel alone in helping children transition to healthier dental habits.

Have you been wondering how can thumbsucking affect your child’s teeth? Read on as we share 2 major reasons why this is a big deal. But don’t you worry, we’ve also included some

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Dental Implant FAQs


Dental implants are a big decision to make, but once you’re ready to restore your smile, you may have some questions you want to discuss with Dr. Orr. Dental implants are the next-best-thing to your natural teeth, and with dental implants, you can talk, smile, and eat again without having to think twice!

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Dental implants can cost around $1,000-$3,000 for a single implant, which may seem like a lot, but implants are an investment and will often last a lifetime if cared for properly. We have

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Keeping Your Smile Healthy While at the Beach

Summer is here and that means it is time for some fun in the sun with your friends and family! But even though the summer is a great time for fun, you still want to keep your smile healthy! Family smiling on a beach

Water, water, water!

Water is especially important in the summertime. Not only will help your dental health, but your overall health as well. Summertime brings hot days so it is important to stay well hydrated.

Healthy eating

It is so easy to fall into bad habits with food during the summer. BBQs and beach snacks can not only affect your waistline, it can hurt your teeth, too. While its okay to indulge sometimes, eating healthy foods and snacks most of the time will go a long way towards keeping your teeth white and your smile beautiful.

Protect your teeth

Whether you are playing volleyball on the beach or Frisbee in the park, don’t forget to guard your teeth. Accidents can happen and mouth guards are an inexpensive way to protect your teeth. You also need to protect your teeth from pool water, rinsing out your mouth now and then while swimming. This rinses away the chemicals that can damage your teeth.

Keep to your routine

Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean your dental care routine has to suffer. Pack your floss and keep up your routine. Your teeth will thank you! Get out there and enjoy everything the beautiful summer days have to offer. But don’t forget to take these extra steps to keep your smile radiant!

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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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