Just because it's an old adage doesn't make it any less true: an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Just ask the doctors at each American Dental of Florida location. At their practices, they avoid using the term "disease care." It's not because they don't know the ins and outs of tooth decay and periodontal disease; rather, they simply prefer to focus more on nipping possible problems in the bud instead of going through invasive treatments to fix their eventual aftermath. During regular exams and cleanings, they teach their patients how to clean, floss, and properly brush. They also point out habits to avoid—like consuming too much sugar, which is basically tooth enamel's evil twin. Of course, sometimes they still spot a cavity or other tooth trouble spot. Luckily, these dentists attend regular lectures and conventions that cover the latest techniques for procedures such as root canals and dental implants. They're also masters of cosmetic procedures as well, from single veneers to complete mouth restorations.
Even with the self-restraint to avoid candy and barroom brawls, it's possible for teeth to decay over time. At Academia Dental of Coral Springs, Dr. Burak Taskonak repairs tooth decay with durable, natural-looking implants, crowns, and porcelain veneers. He and his staff also create custom teeth-whitening trays that can be used to remove discoloration caused by drinking coffee or failing to close one's mouth while tanning.
At Coral Springs Smiles, a team of dentists coaxes smiles out of hiding with a vast menu of preventative and cosmetic services. They keep troublesome teeth from causing chaos and crookedness through wisdom-tooth extractions and braces and patch up cracks and damage with porcelain crowns and bridges. The team also performs root canals, installs dental implants, and whitens teeth during in-office whitening sessions.
Teeth are in the Cherry family’s blood, which explains why they never get bitten by vampires. It also explains why Dr. Robert followed in his father’s footsteps by graduating from Temple University's dental school. As a child, Robert spent countless hours learning from his dad at the family practice, which operated from inside the Cherry's Pennsylvania home. Now, with more than 40 years of professional practice tied to his own name, Dr. Robert tackles tooth issues alongside Dr. Thomas Leonard, a man with a comparable passion for the craft. Together, the cavity-combatting duo joins forces to offer a variety of services, including emergency care, inside a state-of-the-art facility stocked with modern technology—a far cry from the humble Cherry family home, and an even further cry from the DIY dental tips slipped inside every pack of baseball cards during that era.
Dr. Howard Finnk, who has been bettering smiles for almost 40 years, leads a talented staff of four associate dentists at Nob Hill Dental Center. Dedicated to constant improvement, Dr. Finnk and his practice take pride in staying on the cutting edge of dental technology. This includes the use of digital x-rays that reduce clients' exposure to radiation, digital intraoral video cameras, and laser dental equipment. Each treatment room is equipped with a TV to keep patients entertained during visits.
Even as a young girl, Dr. Annette Middelhof knew she wanted to be a doctor. She followed that dream to the University of Puerto Rico, where she earned her dental degree, and then to New York City, where she completed advanced training at hospitals affiliated with Cornell University and Cornell Medical Center.
Now presiding over her own practice in Florida, Enchanting Dentistry, Dr. Middelhof uses the latest dental techniques and equipment, such as Picasso soft-tissue laser technology, which can precisely cut tissue during surgical procedures or perfectly slice sandwiches during a working lunch. Dr. Middelhof maintains a friendly, relaxing manner whether she’s performing a general treatment or cosmetic procedure, and she makes sure to keep her patients informed during each step.