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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.

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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.

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Men’s Teeth – Why they should see a dentist today!

We get it. Oral hygiene is probably not something that you find yourself talking to your buddies about on the weekends. You probably don’t watch YouTube videos of teeth cleanings. That’s why Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry is here to offer you only the information that you really need to know to keep both your mouth and body as healthy as possible.

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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. Dr. Michelakis, Dr. Wilharm, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hohl, & Dr. Dobransky want all Bolivia & Oak Island residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!

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Healthy Eating: 5 Foods, Great for Dental Health!


Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can be tricky, and Dr. Michelakis, Dr. Wilharm, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hohl, and Dr. Dobransky want to help Oak Island & Bolivia residents get their mouths in tip-top shape. Here are five foods you can add to your healthy eating diet that can improve your dental health and may even help you avoid costly procedures such as implants, fillings, and more. Read more ›

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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, and Implants: The Facts


There are lots of ways to deal with missing or damaged teeth. You’ve probably heard one of us at Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry talking about implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Dr. Michelakis, Dr. Wilharm, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hohl, & Dr. Dobransky know that folks in Bolivia & Oak Island  like to be informed, so think of this as your personal guide to things that might end up in your mouth. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!

Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures, Oh My! Read more ›

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