Your Mouth Might Be Making Your Body Sick – How Dental Hygiene Impacts Overall Health

Your mouth talks to your body…and your body talks to your mouth. If you listen closely you will hear them say, “let’s help each other, we’re all on the same team.”

You may have heard that oral health has been linked to various diseases and conditions, but how exactly are they related?

Our mouths are filled with bacteria. If bacteria is not properly managed, it can cause inflammation and infections that have the potential to spread throughout the body. Poor oral health has been shown to contribute to health issues like cardiovascular disease and respiratory infections. It can even impact keeping diabetes in control. Read more ›

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Dentists Are Doctors, Too!

There are many kinds of doctors – Doctors of English, Doctors of Philosophy, Doctors of Medicine, Dr. Pepper… (wink).

Of course, when we use the term doctor, we most often mean a physician or doctor of medicine. But did you know that dentists are doctors, too? Every doctor has a specialty, and a dentist’s specialty is oral health.

Dr. Michelakis, Dr. Wilharm, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hohl & Dr. Dobransky, your Bolivia & Oak Island dentists explain how dentistry is a specific branch of medicine, and what it all means for the link between oral health and overall wellness.

Dentists Are Doctors

Dentists are every bit as trained and educated as physicians. They have the same general education in science as physicians before they get clinical training in dentistry. This background education helps dentists look at you, the whole package, when taking care of your teeth.

Dentists are specialists in the science and mechanics of oral health, which extends to your head, face, and neck (the craniofacial region)—important parts of your body! Read more ›

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Are Your Teeth Safe From Coffee Stains?

First things first, put your worries away! We are not about to tell you that your coffee drinking days are over. We know that each shot of caffeine is crucial and we cherish our coffee, too! Here at Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry, we want to educate you on what causes coffee stains and what you can do to fight them.

It’s no secret how Bolivia & Oak Island residents feel about their coffee, and we’re not about to get in the way of that love. However, we will help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful with tips that won’t drastically affect your lifestyle. Dr. Michelakis, Dr. Wilharm, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hohl & Dr. Dobransky and the rest of us at Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry are your oral health allies!

So let’s start off with the basics. What makes coffee stain your teeth?

Coffee is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to stained teeth in Bolivia & Oak Island, and the discoloration can be so bad it mimics cigarette stains. So what’s the secret? What can you do to keep your teeth shiny, but still get your caffeine fix?

Coffee and its Active Ingredient: Caffeine

It is best for your oral health and health of your entire body to keep your coffee consumption to a safe limit. An excess of caffeine, regardless of the source, spells negative effects for your heart and stomach and can lead to serious health problems over time. That being said, we won’t tell you to do anything crazy, like quit drinking coffee.

Guard Your Teeth against Coffee Stains with These Three Tips

1) The simplest and best way to guard your teeth is to rinse with water right after you are done with your coffee. Not only is water the best thing to nourish your body, it will also wash away the caustic chemicals, and the sooner you drink it, the better.

2) Here’s another great tip that probably never crossed your mind – drink your coffee as quickly as possible.  The less time your teeth have to soak in coffee’s tannins, the less damage your enamel will suffer.

3) Whiten Your Teeth. Do your teeth currently have stains due to coffee or other offenders? If they do, one of many different types of whitening treatments may be a possibility. As always, it is best to consult Dr. Michelakis, Dr. Wilharm, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hohl & Dr. Dobransky before whitening your teeth and our Bolivia & Oak Island dental professionals will help you design a treatment plan suited to your needs.

Whitening options come in a variety of forms, whether you choose a professional treatment, or purchase an over-the-counter product (such as strips, gels, or special toothpaste).

Here in our Bolivia & Oak Island office, it is our mission to do everything in our power to help you keep in all around (not just oral) perfect health. We at Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry are here to help you choose the best option to make stains disappear and keep your teeth safe from harm.

Should you find yourself with any questions regarding coffee stains, whitening, or anything else, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry today!


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Dental Inlays & Onlays

Bite. Crack. Ouch!

A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a tooth will not heal itself and you need to take care of it immediately. Depending on how bad the damage is and where it is located, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or a crown. All versions of the same idea, these restorative dentistry treatments are custom-made covers to protect your tooth and restore it to it’s full, healthy functioning condition.

Another reason you may need an inlay, onlay, or a crown is due to extensive tooth decay that is breaking down your tooth that requires more than a simple filling to fix.

Here’s how your options compare:

  • Fillings: only fill a small, center portion of the biting surface of your tooth and is not a treatment for extensive damage
  • Inlays: fill a larger portion of the biting surface than a filling contained within the cusp
  • Onlays: fill and cover the biting surface of your tooth including up and over the rounded ridges (cusps)
  • Crowns: covers the whole tooth; all or most of the visible portion above your gums

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Adult Dentistry: It’s Never Too Late

Good News for Grown Ups

“Adulting” can be hard. Between rent, bills, kids, a career, and other responsibilities, it can be hard to make time for yourself. But independence, parenting, fulfilling work, and the wisdom that comes with age can be pretty fantastic, too. So how does your oral healthcare fit into a grown up lifestyle?

  • Priorities: You manage a lot on any given day. Brushing your teeth and making a dental appointment may not feel like the most pressing of matters, but you know they are important in the long run—so you do it.
  • Family Life: Many people are more motivated to take care of their self when the habits easily fit in with family life and when you know someone is looking to you to set a good example. Whether you are caring for children or aging parents, preventative oral healthcare is more fun (and more likely to happen) together as a family.
  • Benefits: If you have a job that provides dental coverage, there’s really no reason not to see the dentist. You should even be able to use paid time off for the appointment. Can anyone say “me time”?
  • Holistic Dentistry: As we get older, we tend to know ourselves better. Holistic medicine is getting more popular as people consider all the ways one part of their health affects another. Keep solid notes on how your whole body and mouth are doing and share the notes with both your doctor and your dentist.

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Dentistry from the Heart

Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry’s Bolivia branch was pleased to provide another Dentistry from the Heart event on May 5th, making it their 6th year in a row to give back to their community. Drs. Anthony Michelakis, Aaron Wilharm, Darren Harrington, Matt Miller, Greg Hohl, Mark Dobransky, and Cecilia Liu were able to perform free extractions, fillings, or cleanings on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 7 dentists and 80 volunteers treated over 200 patients, providing $57,000 in free dental services to the community. There were people that camped out overnight, and folks in line as early as 4am. “There are certain clinics in Wilmington that they can go to, but sometimes people don’t qualify for that; they really have nowhere else to go, and no money to have dental services. Infections in the mouth are very dangerous, so we feel fortunate we’re able to help a lot of people.” expressed Dr. Michelakis.

Novant Health was also in attendance to give free health screenings. It was noted by Jackie Pappas, Community Relations Director, that “each year support from the business community for this event grows, as does the line of patients in the wee hours of the night before the event.”

Recipients of care included a mother of 5 children, who conveyed gratitude when saying the event is tremendously helpful for their family, and that it’s rare to find anything for free in our world today. Building relationships and giving back to our community with events like Dentistry from the Heart fills us with pride and helps us share another free service with our neighbors – smiles.

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Brunswick Biz

Proudly Serving Brunswick County for Over 20 Years

At Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry, we recently had the opportunity and the pleasure to be featured as a guest on Brunswick Biz. Brunswick Biz highlights local Brunswick County businesses to help connect, grow, and strengthen our community from within.

Featuring interviews with three of our seven doctors – Dr. Tony Michelakis, Dr. Aaron Wilharm, and Dr. Cecilia Liu – you’ll learn a bit about each doctor, the history of the practice, how we’ve grown, and some of our advanced technology.

We’re a family practice, and have been proudly serving Brunswick County for over 20 years. When we grew too large for our Oak Island office, we knew it was time to expand to take better care of our patients, and we opened our Bolivia office in 2009.

The latest addition to our practice is our Coastal Pediatric Dentistry office, which opened its doors in September 2016. Dr. Cecilia Liu loves providing a safe, kid-friendly experience for our youngest patients that makes them care about their oral health, and look forward to coming back to the dentist!

To learn more about our practice, our doctors, our services, and our advanced technology, watch the full interview with Brunswick Biz above.

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5 Common Dental Myths: Fact or Fiction?

When it comes to ridiculous beliefs on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones usually aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over Bolivia & Oak Island, so Dr. Michelakis, Dr. Wilharm, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hohl & Dr. Dobransky are here to put an end to the misinformation. Don’t feel bad if you have believed one or more of these at some point, you’re not the only one, but do make sure to give us a call at Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry if you have any questions or concerns.

If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush them Read more ›

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1st Annual Give Kids A Smile Event


Coastal Pediatric Dentistry is having its 1st Annual Give Kids A Smile Event.  Children of Brunswick County are invited to visit our Hwy 211 office for either: a teeth cleaning or sealants, Free of Charge.  There will be a patient registration form (English or Spanish) to complete prior to being seen. Children will be seen by Appointment Only. Free parking, light snacks, and beverages donated by local suppliers. Truly, this is a community event. Doctors, other professionals, and many volunteers are donating their time to put a smile on your face!

Google “Give Kids A Smile” to learn more.
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Friday, February 3, 2017        
8:00A – 5:00P


Coastal Pediatric Dentistry
3071 Southport-Supply Road (Hwy 211 by Midway Road)
Bolivia, NC 28422


The doctors at Coastal Pediatric Dentistry are committed to providing the finest in patient care, including giving back to our community. This is just one more example of our commitment to Brunswick County.  We hope to treat as many local residents as possible.  All youth ages 0-17 years of age are welcome.


We have many sponsors and supporters to thank for our free dentistry day at Coastal Pediatric Dentistry. See a list of our supporters at our website AND at the event. We want to thank all those who join us. We appreciate all of you!

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Diet Soda and Dental Health: What You Need to Know

In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find the truth among all of the health-conscious noise. Often times, Bolivia & Oak Island residents are misinformed and mislead about the health benefits of trends like as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today Dr. Michelakis, Dr. Wilharm, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hohl, & Dr. Dobransky would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please call us at Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry.

Are Diet Sodas Healthy? Read more ›

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