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Posted February 27, 2024 / Blog, Patient Care
The Doctors of CCFD

Teens & Prescription Opioid Use

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 40 Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses every day. As the opioid crisis grows, so does our expanded public knowledge—such as the realization that addiction to this family of drugs often begins with an innocent prescription. Many teens first experience opioids when a… (Read More)

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Posted December 27, 2023 / Blog, Dental Health, Patient Care
The Doctors of CCFD

Teens & Tobacco: Know the Risks

Today, Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry wants to give teens the bottom line about tobacco use: there is no such thing as a “safe” or “safer” tobacco product. Every tobacco product contains nicotine in varying amounts—and not only is nicotine addictive, but it can also harm the brain. (Many people don’t realize the brain continues developing… (Read More)

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Posted December 13, 2023 / Blog, Patient Care
The Doctors of CCFD

Social Stories: Support for Kids with Autism

In this blog article, Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry discusses Social Stories™ and how they help provide emotional support to autistic kids with the goal of improving their dental (and other) experiences. A social story about going to the dentist follows specific criteria and story elements to reinforce a safe, detailed description of a dental visit… (Read More)

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Posted November 15, 2023 / Blog, Dental Health, Patient Care
The Doctors of CCFD

Special Needs Dentistry: Everyone Deserves a Healthy Smile!

The Americans with Disabilities Act defines disability as a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” (Specific examples of major life activities addressed by the ADA include functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing and learning.)  Disabilities may be congenital (present… (Read More)

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Posted October 27, 2023 / Blog, Patient Care
The Doctors of CCFD

Grandparents, Grandkids & Dental Care

Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry has been thinking about how much things have changed in the world of dentistry since today’s grandparents were growing kids themselves. Grandparents today are often very involved in the daily lives of their grandchildren—they may live close by, provide financial assistance, or assume childcare responsibilities for working parents. Since oral hygiene… (Read More)

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Posted September 27, 2023 / Blog, Patient Care
The Doctors of CCFD

Can Children Have Gum Disease?

The smallest smiles in your family are as vulnerable to oral health issues as you are—likely even more so! Your oral hygiene regimen may already be thorough enough to keep your teeth free from cavities and your gums safe from gingivitis, but young ones typically need help brushing and flossing for years before their skills match… (Read More)

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Posted September 15, 2023 / Blog, Dental Technology, Patient Care
The Doctors of CCFD

Why Do Kids Need Space Maintainers?

If your child loses a tooth too soon or needs a baby tooth extracted due to decay, The Doctors at Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry may recommend space maintainers to support their dental health. Space maintainers are custom-made acrylic or metal dental appliances that can either be removable or cemented into the mouth. Their purpose is to… (Read More)

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Posted August 27, 2023 / Blog, Dental Health, Patient Care
The Doctors of CCFD

Oral Hygiene for Families on the Go

Today’s families seem to be busier than they were in the past—lots of homework, extracurricular activities, and hopefully, some quality time spent with the family. Here are a few ideas from the Doctors at Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry to make consistent oral hygiene a little more convenient: Brushing teeth in the shower: As hard as it… (Read More)

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Posted August 22, 2023 / Blog, Patient Care
The Doctors of CCFD

Pacifier Pros & Cons

To binky or not to binky? Pacifier use for infants has been a subject of debate as long as they’ve been around. The doctors of Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry share some pros and cons below. Pros Pacifiers can soothe a fussy baby. Whether your child has a strong sucking reflex or has difficulty falling asleep,… (Read More)

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