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

5 Ways to Access Affordable Family Dental Care

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Unfortunately, to the detriment of their oral health, it’s common for people to avoid the dentist’s office because of a perceived lack of financial resources. But not receiving necessary care for your teeth and gums can result in inconvenient and expensive dental problems down the line. We never want patients to suffer because they are concerned about budgeting for their health. That’s why at Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of ways our patients can access high-quality dental care. Read on to learn how you can get affordable dental care for your whole family.

  1. Cash & Credit Cards
  2. We accept cash and most major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

  3. Dental Insurance
  4. We’re proud to be an insurance-friendly dental care provider by accepting most major insurance, including Careington, UnitedHealthcare, DHA, Assurant, Delta Dental, Ameritas, Humana, Cigna, Principal, BlueCross BlueShield, MetLife, and United Concordia.

  5. CareCreditSM
  6. CareCredit offers flexible financing with no hidden fees. Like a credit card for healthcare expenses, you can break up the total cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments. For convenience, you can easily apply online. CareCredit is an excellent financing option when it’s a burden to pay upfront for dental services in their entirety.

  7. In-House Dental Savers Plan
  8. We’re very proud to offer a stellar in-house dental plan for those with no dental insurance or gaps in coverage. For an annual enrollment of $399 per individual ($299 for children), you’ll receive 2 cleanings per year, a comprehensive dental examination, dental X-Rays, 2 fluoride treatments per year, 2 emergency exams with X-rays, $500 off Six Month Braces, $100 off regularly priced whitening, and a 10% discount on general dentistry services (up to a maximum of $200). If you take advantage of this simple and affordable option, you’ll never have to deal with co-pays, deductibles, waiting periods, or claims filing.

  9. Tax Refund
  10. If you got a tax refund, instead of using that money for travel or entertainment, put it toward your dental health to save yourself future time, money, and worry. In fact, a healthier smile will contribute to a healthier body, clearer skin, and higher self-esteem! So what are you waiting for?

Receive Affordable Dental Care in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

We are passionate about helping all of our patients find a way to maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you have any questions about how to afford a great smile, or if you’d like to enroll in our in-house dental savers plan, contact us today.

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Meet Dr. Tanya Orr

Dr. Tanya Orr at Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry

We know that there are many dentists you and your family can choose from, but our team thinks Dr. Orr is a standout, not only because of her skills and training but also because of her commitment and passion for her patients and their dental health. Here are a few things you may not know about Dr. Orr, and why she loves being a dentist!

About Dr. Tanya Orr

You could say that Dr. Orr was born to be a dentist. She comes from a family passionate about dental health and is a second generation dentist. Prior to becoming a dentist, she worked as a dental hygienist and assistant for two years after graduating from the dental hygiene program at St. Petersburg College in Florida. In Russia, she received her original dental training from Samara Medical University College of Dentistry and practiced for 6 years as a general dentist and prosthodontist. Dr. Orr then attended the University of Florida College of Dentistry as a resident in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and FTD Programs. She’s passionate about getting to know each patient and helping them achieve their smile goals. When not at work, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter.

About Her Extensive Training

Dr. Orr is highly skilled and trained in a number of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. She has advanced training in removable and fixed prosthodontics, and two endodontic systems (Tulsa Dental GT File and LightSpeed with Simplifill™). She’s also highly trained in oral surgery, dental implants, and assessing bite misalignment via the Tek Scan computerized bite analysis.

How Dr. Orr Can Help YOU

Our friendly Dr. Orr is caring, easy-going, and genuinely wants each patient to achieve a glowing smile. She can help with a variety of dental issues, such as teeth misalignment, stained teeth, weak or broken teeth, and the routine maintenance of cleaning teeth to remove plaque buildup. If you’re considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, braces to correct a crooked smile, or veneers to hide misshapen teeth, Dr. Orr is ready to help. If you have dental anxiety, Dr. Orr will help you feel relaxed and at ease so you can walk out smiling with confidence.

Schedule a Visit to Our Dental Office in Santa Rosa Beach, FL!

Please contact us today if you’re ready to come visit Dr. Orr. Our office accepts new patients of all ages. Be sure to let her know about any questions you have about your teeth or your dental goals. She will be thrilled to help you feel more confident about your smile!

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Why Should You Visit the Dentist for Teeth Whitening?

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For those living with stained or yellowed teeth, teeth whitening is a great way to gain confidence and take years off of your appearance. With so many whitening options out there, however, it can be difficult to know which options can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed about without spending a fortune. Luckily for you, our professional teeth whitening services at Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry are safe, effective, and come with flexible payment options.

  1. Safety First
  2. Whether you opt for our in-office tooth whitening or for the take-home whitening trays, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. Our team customizes each treatment to fit your mouth and your smile goals while ensuring that your teeth are safe at all times. Of course, our knowledgeable team is ready with answers if you have any questions or concerns.

  3. Dazzling Results
  4. Dr. Orr and our team use professional products for our tooth whitening services. This means that we use a highly-concentrated bleaching gel that is not available over the counter. This allows you to achieve lasting results in a shorter amount of time. In fact, our in-office tooth whitening procedure can deliver dramatic results in about an hour!

  5. Flexible Financing
  6. In addition to accepting most major dental insurance, our office also accepts CareCredit®, a program similar to a credit card for healthcare. If neither of those options appeal to you, you can take advantage of our in-house Dental Savers Plan. In addition to covering basic preventive care, our Dental Savers Plan offers a discount for teeth whitening services! Our friendly team will be happy to work with you to find the financing option that fits your budget.

Achieve a Whiter, Brighter Smile at Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry!

Don’t waste another day when the smile of your dreams may be in reach. To ask our team any questions about our professional teeth whitening services or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.

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Types of Smiles

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When you smile, you can reveal aspects of yourself to the world that you might not be aware of. In this article, we’ll summarize how a smile can illuminate one’s feelings and emotional state:

5 Types of Smiles

  1. Joyful & Happy
  2. This is a true toothy grin of genuine enjoyment and contentment. The smile is bright and full, often accompanied by a chuckle or laughter, and it pulls up the cheeks. Sometimes a person’s nose and eyes crinkle, and their eyes often appear to be “twinkling”.

  3. Melancholy
  4. It might sound like an oxymoron, but there are some smiles that reveal a person might be feeling sad. A slight, asymmetric smile, often with pursed lips, furrowed eyebrows, and downcast eyes, can reflect sadness.

  5. Contempt or Sarcasm
  6. The corners of the lips often appear tightened in a smile that is contemptuous or sarcastic. While the mouth may be upturned, the smile can look crooked. The eyes also reflect a sense of disdain and the chin could be haughtily raised.

  7. Flirtatious
  8. This coy smile usually features pursed lips, a closed mouth, and a sideways look. Similar to flirtatious smiles, there are seductive ones as well. The person will give a slight smile, make direct eye contact, and then slowly glance away. However, it’s likely they will continue to hold the smile and bite their lip.

  9. Forced
  10. With a smile that is forced, the eyes say it all. A fake smile does not quite reach one’s eyes. This is the smile we often wear to say hello to strangers or to laugh politely at a joke. However, some people can feign this smile well enough that it does reach the eyes, so it can be a difficult one to detect. Interestingly, this kind of smile can sometimes trick the smiler into feeling happier!

How to Keep Your Smile Looking Beautiful

Superb at-home oral hygiene, a healthy diet, plenty of water, and regular checkups at our Santa Rosa Beach dental office will keep your smile dazzling and strong. If you haven’t already scheduled your next checkup, what are you waiting for? Contact us at Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry to set up an appointment with Dr. Orr today!

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Fun Facts About Ancient Dentistry

Although modern dentistry is a fairly new field of study, which includes advancements in the prevention and treatment of a variety of oral health ailments, humankind has experimented with dental techniques since the prehistoric era. Here are some fun facts you may not know about ancient dentistry!

Did You Know?

  1. Neanderthals cared about their teeth
  2. A study done in 2017 concluded that Neanderthals had very basic forms of cleaning tools for their teeth.

  3. Ancient Egyptians used dental prosthetics
  4. Dental prosthetics were most likely used to enhance the appearance of mummified bodies and prepare them for the afterlife.

  5. In ancient Mesopotamia, tooth extractions were used as punishment
  6. One of the first documented forms of written law, The Code of Hammurabi, mentions tooth extraction as a form of punishment.

  7. The first dental filling was made of beeswax
  8. It was discovered in Slovenia and dates back 6,500 years!

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  9. Ancient Greek scholars studied an early form of dentistry
  10. Hippocrates and Aristotle observed and wrote about dental problems and potential solutions, including rudimentary ideas for treatment on what we now understand to be gum disease and tooth decay.

  11. Beginning in the Middle Ages, barbers would be the ones to take out teeth
  12. In Europe, tooth extractions were commonly performed by barber surgeons. This practice lasted all the way through to the mid-nineteenth century.

  13. The first toothbrush was made of boars hair & animal bone or bamboo
  14. Though there is evidence of chew sticks being used as an ancient dental cleaning device, the first toothbrush similar to what we use today was officially invented by the Chinese in 1498.

Utilize Our Modern Dental Services at Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry

Humankind has always had a fascination with the care of teeth. Throughout history, improvements in dentistry have allowed us to have better access to care today than ever before! Be sure to take advantage of every opportunity to improve your smile and maintain superb oral health. And remember that our team at our Santa Rosa Beach dental office is here to help. Contact us today if it’s a time to schedule your next cleaning and checkup.

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Can You Feel the Difference Between a Dental Implant & a Real Tooth?

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Implants are an increasingly popular solution to missing teeth caused by a variety of dental damage. If you opt for a dental implant, the result will be a smile that looks as good as new, but how will it feel? Read on to learn what to expect when you replace a tooth with a dental implant.

Dental Implant Basics

Dental implants are an alternative to dentures and bridges, and are used to address issues like a missing tooth, cracked tooth, infection, or decay. An implant consists of a biocompatible titanium rod inserted into the jaw to replace the missing tooth root. Once it heals and is fully integrated into the bone, a replacement tooth will be attached on top, which is crafted to blend in seamlessly with the patient’s smile.

Drawing of a patient's mouth with a dental implant, which consists of a titanium rod, abutment, and crown

As Good As New

As with any dental procedure, patients are always concerned with the lasting effects of a dental implant. Though it may be hard to imagine that a fake tooth could ever feel like a real one, dental implants do the trick! One of the reasons why implants are becoming the preferred solution for so many patients is that they look and feel just like regular teeth. With implants, the replacement tooth is custom-made to be a natural fit and color. And because the implant base is fused into the jaw, the implant is truly a part of the smile–functional and long-lasting. There is no need to worry about impaired speech or eating, and they are completely comfortable and very convenient. You can enjoy a beautiful smile with daily brushing and flossing, and biannual dental visits to keep your gums and neighboring natural teeth healthy and strong.

Dental Implants at Gentle Family Breeze Dental

Think you’re ready for a dental implant? Give us a call here at Gentle Breeze Family Dental. A member of our team will be happy to address any lingering questions or concerns, set up a consultation, and get you on your way to a brand new smile!

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How to Help Your Kids with Dental Anxiety

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At Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry, we deliver gentle dental care with a gentle touch. This applies to all of our patients but most especially to our youngest patients. We understand that dental anxiety is a real struggle for children and adults alike. For this reason, we like to work with parents to help put their kids at ease concerning their dental visit. We aim to boost your child’s confidence and help them see the value of preventive dental care. Here are some tips on how to assist your children with their dental anxiety.

  1. Understand That Information Is Key
  2. Like all of us, children are afraid of the unknown. Dental anxiety can arise from visiting a dentist for the first time. Firstly, walk your child through what they can expect at their appointment. Let them know you have a lifetime of experience visiting a dentist and it’s helped you maintain your beautiful smile! Children will appreciate the information and knowing what to expect. Additionally, it’s critical we see your child on a regular basis. Kids are more likely to experience dental anxiety if they haven’t been to the dentist in a while. Visiting us every six months for a cleaning and checkup will allow them to become familiar with us and normal dental procedures.

  3. Be Patient & Positive
  4. Above all, a successful dental visit requires patience from every adult involved. We take our time helping children feel comfortable in our office. Before beginning any procedure, we show young patients our tools and explain to them what we will be doing, all while ensuring their safety and comfort. For your part, avoid scolding your child for being afraid. Only speak to your child in a kind and compassionate manner to help them feel brave. Praise them when they do demonstrate courage during their appointment, and reward them with a small (non-sugary) prize after their visit. Even if it’s just a little extra time on the playground, a sticker, or a special outing, they’ll begin to develop a positive association with the dentist.

  5. Encourage At-Home Oral Hygiene
  6. Encourage your child to keep up with their daily oral hygiene at home. Brush their teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and floss between their teeth until they have enough coordination to do so independently (usually around age five or six). Consider implementing a non-sugary reward system and even investing in an electric toothbrush for kids. Moreover, set a good example of preventive oral care for your children by keeping up with your own preventive oral care. Explain to them that properly caring for teeth includes cleaning them at home and going to the dentist. Over time, practicing dental care at home and coming in for dental checkups will feel routine and less anxiety-inducing for your child.

  7. Incorporate Relaxation Techniques
  8. We also recommend relaxation techniques to soothe anxiety. Reminding your child to take deep breaths leading up to a dental visit can help them calm down. Establishing positive rituals around dentist appointments is also effective. For example, take a walk with your child beforehand, read a book with them while in the waiting room, and provide lots of hugs and affirmation before, during, and after.

Schedule Your Child’s Next Checkup!

Ask a member of our friendly team if you have other questions about how to help your child with their dental anxiety. We want to help your child overcome their fears, and instead feel happy about their visit. Don’t put off your child’s checkup and cause their dental health to suffer. Contact us today to schedule their next appointment!

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5 Oral Health Tips to Impress Your Dentist

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Feeling confident in your oral health goes a long way when it comes to being comfortable in the dentist chair. Aim to have strong teeth and healthy gums at your next dental visit with these five tips.

  1. Cut down on sugar
  2. Sugar feeds the bacteria that exists in your mouth, wreaking havoc on your teeth. By cutting down on sugar, you’ll put yourself at a lower risk for cavities, bad breath, teeth discoloration, and gum disease. By your next checkup, not only will we notice a healthier mouth, but you’ll feel an improvement in your overall body wellness. Those who limit their consumption of sugar report benefits like improved skin, weight loss, increased energy, and much more.

  3. Stock up on foods that are good for your oral health
  4. Sugary foods increase your likelihood of dental issues, but did you know there are many foods that actually promote strong and healthy teeth? For example, crunchy apples, celery, and carrots help to clean your teeth and increase saliva production, and milk, cheese, yogurt, and almonds strengthen your teeth against damage and decay. Swapping sugary sweets for these foods will contribute to major improvements in your oral health, in conjunction with daily oral hygiene.

  5. Perfect your brushing routine
  6. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste. Brush gently and meticulously brush every surface of each tooth. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush, which can help you clean those hard-to-reach areas better than a manual toothbrush. Moreover, remember to replace your toothbrush (or electric toothbrush head) every three to four months and after you’ve been sick.

  7. Finally make flossing a habit
  8. Although flossing helps clean out the bacteria and food particles under your gumline and from between your teeth that just can’t be reached with a toothbrush, it’s regularly skipped in many oral care routines. Are you one of the many Americans who dreads the moment in their cleaning when the hygienist asks, “How often do you floss?” A 2015 study by the American Academy of Periodontology found that more than a quarter of Americans lie when asked how often they floss. Lying won’t impress us, but healthy gums from daily flossing certainly will!

  9. Clean your tongue
  10. Lastly, don’t only give your teeth all the love; be sure to use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to give your tongue daily attention! A clean tongue will leave your mouth feeling extra fresh and will help prevent bad breath.

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Follow these tips for outstanding oral health, and make sure your next cleaning and checkup is on your calendar. Contact our Gentle Breeze Family Dental team today to set up an appointment at our office.

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History of Toothpaste

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When you reach for your toothpaste in the morning, do you ever think about how that toothpaste came to be? Here, we’ll discuss the history of toothpaste from the very beginning up until present day.

Ancient Times

The first people to clean their teeth with a tooth powder are said to have been the Egyptians in 5000 BC. Similarly, the Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indians used types of tooth powder in 500 BC. These powders were sometimes paired with twigs that had splayed ends. Ancient tooth powder was utilized for the same reasons we brush our teeth today with toothpaste: to freshen breath, whiten teeth, keep gums and teeth clean from food particles, and reduce the occurrence of decay. However, the specific ingredients were vastly different. Both the Greeks and Romans incorporated crushed bones and oyster shells for an abrasive texture, while the Romans also put a little something extra in their toothpaste in an attempt to freshen breath: powdered charcoal and bark. In China, toothpaste ingredients included things like herbal mint, salt, and ginseng.

1800s

In the 1800s, something more closely associated to what we call toothpaste nowadays was developed. Early versions included soap, chalk, ground charcoal, betel nut, and the fruit of the areca palm, which is found in parts of east Africa, the tropical Pacific, Southeast, and South Asia. In the 1850s, toothpaste transitioned from a powdery substance to something more pasty. Then, in 1872, Dr. Washington Wentworth Sheffield developed Crème Dentifrice, even adding mint to flavor the creamy paste, and was credited with inventing modern toothpaste.

1900s

Soap was a main ingredient in toothpaste up until 1945 when it was replaced with other ingredients, such as sodium laurel sulfate, to make a smoother paste. Sodium lauryl sulfate is still a common ingredient in modern toothpastes. The 20th century also saw the creation of toothpaste that was formulated to combat specific dental issues, such as tooth sensitivity and decay, with fluoride being added in 1914.

Present Day

At-home oral hygiene practices and toothpaste have come a long way since ancient times. Today, there are toothpastes for every dental issue imaginable: toothpastes to prevent gum disease, plaque, cavities, discoloration, and bad breath. Our toothpastes include ingredients very different from those of past pastes, including colorings, sweeteners, flavorings, and even those that make the paste smooth, foamy, and moist.

Toothpaste Is Only One Part of Proper Oral Care

Remember that brushing twice a day for two minutes each time with a fluoridated toothpaste is just one aspect of an outstanding oral hygiene routine. Daily flossing, a healthy diet, and biannual checkups are critical too. Contact us today to schedule a checkup and cleaning!

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What Happens to an Untreated Cavity?

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Cavities are a very common dental health issue. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, roughly 90% of adults in the United States have had cavities in their permanent teeth! Moreover, 26% of these adults have untreated cavities. So, what happens to untreated cavities?

What Are Cavities?

First, we’ll explain what a cavity is and how it occurs.

  1. Bacteria feast on residual food and beverage particles containing sugar and starch that linger on your teeth. As a waste-product, they create acid that dissolves enamel, your tooth’s outer protective layer.
  2. Bacteria multiply and form a thin, sticky biofilm called dental plaque on the surface of your teeth and along your gumline. Plaque releases toxins that irritate your gums and cause them to pull away from your teeth. This creates pockets that harbor additional oral bacteria.
  3. The acid produced by feeding bacteria hollow out tiny holes and pits of decay in your teeth, called cavities.

How Do I Know If I Have a Cavity?

Cavities are hardly noticeable when they first begin. Most cavities must be detected by a dental professional via digital dental X-rays and a visual examination. However, some indicators that a cavity has extended beyond your enamel to the underlying layers of dentin and pulp include:

  • A chronic toothache with either intermittent or throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to extreme hot and cold temperatures, sound vibrations, chewing, and the pressure changes on an airplane during take-off and touch-down
  • Perpetual bad breath
  • Visibly brown or black spots or pits on your teeth

What Happens to an Untreated Cavity?

Cavities don’t just magically heal themselves. If you leave a cavity untreated, the decay will advance deeper into your tooth and can spread to surrounding teeth. Root canal therapy is required to save a tooth from severe cavities that have damaged your tooth’s inner pulp of blood vessels and nerves. Teeth beyond repair must be extracted. Furthermore, an abscess, or infection, from unchecked bacteria can contribute to other systemic health problems, such acne, heart disease, pneumonia, and premature delivery of babies with a low birth weight.

Schedule Your Biannual Checkup!

Are you cavity-free? You can protect yourself from decay through daily at-home oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings and examinations. Contact our team at Santa Rosa Beach office to schedule your dental appointment today.

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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.

CareCredit Carington United Health Care DHA Assurant
Delta Dental Ameritas Humana Cigna Principal BlueCross BlueShield
Metlife
United Concordia

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