Hosting a Backyard Memorial Day Celebration

Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service. In June of 1968, Congress moved the official date of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May in order to create a 3-day weekend. Today, it has become more of a day we spend time with family and friends, while there is certainly an air of remembrance on Memorial Day. This day has also been unofficially marked as the start of summer with many schools finishing for the year around this time.

This Memorial Day weekend many people will take road trips to visit family members or head to the airport to kick-off a nice vacation get-away. But, there will also be plenty of folks having backyard gatherings and spending time with friends and family right at home. However you spend your Memorial Day weekend, there are a few things you can take care of to ensure your celebration is a success when hosting a backyard Memorial Day celebration.

Tips for Hosting a Backyard Memorial Day Celebration


  • Beverages – Refreshing beverages such as ice tea, lemonade, and fruit punch are a nice way to keep everyone’s thirst quenched. If you are serving alcohol, strawberry daiquiris, margarita’s and sangrias are great summer cocktails. Setting up drink stations works well along with coolers to keep drinks ice cold. Try to keep your coolers out of direct sunlight. Placing them under an awning will help extend the length of time your ice and drinks will stay nice and cool inside.
  • Food – Outdoor grilling is a national favorite. You can grill just about anything: hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, brisket and more. You can also grill an assortment of vegetables for easy sides. Party trays work well for snacking such as cheese, olive, fresh fruit and veggie trays. When it comes serving a crowd, buffet-style is perhaps the easiest way. Another great tip is to keep a separate area for utensils, plates and napkins. This will keep the food line running more smoothly.
  • Keep Cool – Keeping everyone cool and comfortable can be a challenge during this time of year. Use any outdoor fans you may have available. Keep your guests covered with umbrella tables, awnings, and canopies if possible. Providing decorative paper fans is a nice touch and can also be given as party favors.

Our team at Palm Harbor Premier Dental wants everyone to enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend safely and comfortably. We hope you find our tips for hosting a backyard Memorial Day celebration helpful. Place your focus on creating memories with family members and friends while enjoying your favorite Memorial Day traditions.

Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day from all of us at Palm Harbor Premier Dental!

Contact us for your next dental appointment at (813) 289 – 0560. We have appointment times before and after work available. Call for details.


Further reading about the Memorial Day holiday.






Cinco De Mayo, May 5th, is a day of celebration that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Many people will be celebrating this holiday at their favorite Mexican restaurant with a salt-rimmed margarita, tortilla chips with salsa and a signature “spicy” Mexican dish. These fiery foods pack a powerful punch that can break you into a sweat. We can all agree that this food is appetizing and keeps us craving more, but we would like to open the discussion:

Is spicy food bad for your teeth?

Perhaps the most recognizable and distinctive ingredient in Mexican cuisine is the chili pepper. Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which help minimize infection and also believed to alleviate pain. Another commonly used ingredient to spice up a dish is onion. Onions are packed with manganese, which helps bind calcium to bones and teeth. There are a variety of chili spices that are often used to add some heat. Chili spices are loaded with vitamin A that promotes strong bones and teeth. Spicy foods also stimulate salivary production, which acts as a natural cleanser to wash away bacteria and debris.

Foods that are high in spice can actually have a positive effect on your teeth in moderation. Of course, too much of anything is never a good thing. Frequent consumption of chili peppers can be too acidic and cause erosion of enamel. Also, most of these zesty dishes are topped with a tangy squeeze of lime. Any citrus can be harsh on your teeth when consumed too frequently.

At Palm Harbor Premier Dental we believe that variety is the spice of life so celebrate and enjoy your favorite spicy foods in moderation. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and rinse the food particles and bacteria away. Maintain proper dental care at home, regular checkups and professional cleanings. Contact your Palm Harbor Dentist at (813) 289 – 0560 to make your next appointment and keep your smile in excellent health.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo from your Palm Harbor Dentist Staff at Palm Harbor Premier Dental!

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Dental Treatment Payment Options - Palm Harbor, FLAt Palm Harbor Premier Dental, we are committed to helping people of all ages achieve healthy, beautiful smiles on any budget. Putting off dental care due to financial considerations can lead to more costly dental treatments later. We know that in today’s economy, many families struggle to obtain quality dental care at a cost that fits their budget. With this in mind, we happily offer a variety of payment options to suit each individual budget and dental care needs.

Our dental treatment
payment options include:
  • Dental Insurance
  • Major Credit Cards
  • Cash / Check Payments
  • CareCredit Financing
Dental Insurance

We gladly accept most dental insurance programs. Most insurance plans provide free checkups and cleanings every 6 six months. Insurance companies are aware that preventative care is essential and can alleviate costly dental treatments over time. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of in order to stay on top of you and your family’s oral health.

Cash Payments

We are currently offering Non-Insured Cash Prices with the following discount codes and most insured patients enjoy these services for free:

  • Cleaning, Polishing & Exam – FREE
    (Normally $254)
  • Comprehensive Exam, X-Rays & Consultation – $59
    (Normally $266)
    (D0150, D0210)
  • Children’s Exam & Cleaning – $98
    Regular value of $214 includes necessary x-rays & fluoride treatment
    (D0150, D0210, D1110)
Credit Card Payments

For your convenience, we also accept all major credit cards. This is a great option for those not wanting to seek financing, but yet need to keep their available cash on hand. Credit card payments accepted include Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

CareCredit Financing

For those looking to finance their dental treatment, Palm Harbor Premier Dental gladly accepts CareCredit as paypent for our patients. CareCredit is the nation’s leading payment program for financing 100% of all of your dental needs including restorative, cosmetic, dentistry and dental emergencies. For more information and to apply online, visit CareCredit.com.

Contact Us

Don’t let financial concerns keep you from seeking proper dental care. Investing in your oral health is a top priority at Palm Harbor Premier Dental. Although payment is required at the time of services rendered, we work with you to find the best source of affordable financing available to you. Give us a call at (813) 289 – 0560 to discuss your dental treatment payment options today.



Valentine’s Day is the special day for everyone can spend time with our special someone or express love and appreciation to our loved ones and dearest friends. It is a time to enjoy a night at the movie, dinner at your favorite restaurant, or simply sharing a big box of chocolates. Many people like to show affection by gifting sugary treats to their loved ones. The Palm Harbor Premier Dental staff would like to spread awareness that everyone can celebrate the holiday in a healthier way by making dark chocolate your confection of choice.


Choosing Your Chocolate

Chocolate candy can be enjoyed in moderation without damaging the health of your teeth. Choosing dark chocolate is a great way to treat your self this Valentine’s Day without any feeling of guilt. Dark chocolate has some surprising health benefits. The antioxidants in dark chocolate are believed to be good for your heart and even lower blood pressure. It is also better for your teeth than some other sticky candies such as taffy or caramel. These types of candies are more likely to get stuck in between the teeth and put you at risk of developing cavities. When you choose your chocolate, try opting for the plain varieties. They do not contain the sticky ingredients that could get lodged in the crevices and remain on the teeth for a much longer period of time.

Enjoy in moderation

Most of us have the mindset of “save some for later” and continue nibbling on our chocolatey treats for several days. So instead of enjoying the candy for a brief time and brushing right away, we repeatedly expose our teeth to sugar. It is this constant exposure of sugar that damages the teeth rather than the amount. It is easy to make health conscious decisions for your sweetheart, friends, and loved ones. Offer them sweet indulgences that have hidden health benefits and less damaging to their oral health.

We encourage everyone to enjoy the sweeter things in life while maintaining long-lasting dental health. Keep your smiles in top health with regular dental visits along with your at-home routine.  Call us today at (813) 289 – 0560 to schedule your next dental exam, cleaning and x-rays.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Palm Harbor Premier Dental!

For further reading on candy and oral health,
Read Top 5 Healthy Halloween Dental Tips



With the Golden Globes around the corner, the most talented actors will be gleaming as they are honored for their most outstanding performances. All of the famous celebrities will be dressed to impress with bright, beautiful smiles on that Beverly Hills night. You can get that celebrity smile right here in Palm Harbor, FL from your Palm Harbor Dentist. Dr. John Cannariato of Palm Harbor Premier Dental can provide you with that beautiful celebrity smile you’ve always wanted.


A healthy and natural smile is one of the most valuable assets you can possess. Unfortunately, not everyone is born blessed with the perfect smile naturally. We can help you get the flawless smile you deserve. Stains, cracks and other common aesthetic problems can rob your smile from its brilliance. Dr. John Cannariato and his team create beautiful, bright long-lasting smiles using the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry.


The cosmetic treatment needed would depend on what issues you have with your teeth. It could be as simple as teeth whitening treatment to brighten your smile if your teeth are already in great shape. There could be some uneven spacing or chips that need to be addressed. In that case, porcelain veneers may be the right option for you. Some cases may need a little longer treatment if the teeth are misaligned and contributing to further dental health concerns. With today’s technology, we have 6 month braces. They are practically invisible and only take 6 months vs. the 2+ years from traditional orthodontic treatment.


If you have been unhappy with your smile, you are not alone. Millions of people do not have the beautiful, flawless smile of their dreams. At Palm Harbor Premier Dental, we offer our experience, expertise and advanced technology in cosmetic dentistry. Visit your Palm Harbor dentist, Dr. Khalil to find out your options. Call us at
(813) 289 – 0560 and reward yourself with a celebrity smile that even the Golden Globes couldn’t outshine.


Palm Harbor Premier Dental provides comprehensive dental care with a focus on beautifying our patient’s smiles. We use the latest techniques and technology available to provide a natural, healthy smile that helps build confidence in each of our patients.

We are happy to share the results of some of our patients in our Smile Gallery. The Smile Gallery highlights just some of the transformations we have helped our patients achieve. It was created to help you understand the outcome of various dental treatments. It is categorized by treatment. You can simply click on the treatment to scroll through the interactive gallery.

The treatments in the smile gallery include:

  • Bonding
  • Same Day Crowns
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Crowns
  • Six Month Braces
  • Smile Makeovers
  • Veneers
  • Whitening

Our latest addition to the gallery shows a patient that completed the Six Month Braces. It is a series of six photos showing the patient’s smile before having the braces placed and her amazing results after completing her treatment. Visit the smile gallery to view a collection of before-and-after Six Month Braces photos. While you are there, browse through other treatments in the gallery. Please enjoy some of our amazing smile transformations.

It is easy to see why our patients are loyal to Dr. Khalil , our experienced cosmetic dentist in Palm Harbor. If you would like to learn more about what treatments may be right for you, we invite you to call Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (813) 289 – 0560. Our caring staff is ready to assist you.


Most people will experience some sort of toothache pain at some point in their lives. Toothaches can range from mild pain that subsides quickly to more severe pain that lasts longer than just a few seconds. The most common cause of dental pain is dental decay, but certain symptoms can aid in pinpointing the exact cause of your toothache pain for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Pain While Eating

 A toothache that arises from decay or a cracked tooth may cause pain or discomfort only while eating. It is important to have it checked and taken care of as soon as possible so the condition doesn’t worsen causing more discomfort and more extensive dental treatment.

Sharp, Shooting Toothache

This type of toothache pain typically comes from a cracked tooth, a cavity or an abscess. They usually occur in response to cold, hot or sweet foods and beverages. Another cause for this type of pain could be receding gums or loss of enamel due to age or brushing too hard.

Dull, Lingering Toothache

Tooth decay, trauma and nerve damage can all be the cause of chronic tooth pain. Grinding your teeth over long periods of time can also cause nerve damage over a long period of time.

Severe Throbbing Pain

Severe, throbbing toothaches are typically signs of infection or abscess and generally do not go away. If you are experiencing severe pain and swelling, see a dentist right away.

Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can arise from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders, wisdom teeth impaction, and grinding your teeth. Jaw pain can also be felt in the face, cheekbones, eyes and ears.

It is important to have any type of dental pain checked for proper diagnosis as some forms of pain mimic that of toothache or jaw pain. These non-dental related illnesses can range from sinusitis and ear infections to heart disease.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (813) 289 – 0560 promptly. We are here to help.








Palm Harbor Premier Dental’ dedicated and professional team offers the highest quality care with the latest dental technologies in Palm Harbor dentistry. We go above and beyond educational requirements, training, and standard dental technology to give our patients the best dental treatment possible. We continue taking courses on the latest techniques and technologies so that our patients get the most up-to-date treatment available in dentistry.
Educational Background

Dr. John Cannariato grew up in New York and left in 1992 to attend Florida State University. In 1996, Dr. Khalil began classes at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, from which he later received his dental degree. He is also a graduate of the Esthetic Epitome at the prestigious Nash Institute for Esthetic Dentistry.

Dr. Khalil places a strong personal emphasis on continuing education, also called post-graduate education, to ensure that he is up on the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques. He consistently exceeds the required amount of continuing education courses per year resulting in the most beneficial treatment for Palm Harbor dentistry patients.

Dr. Khalil is a nationally published clinician on esthetic dentistry and a member of numerous dental associations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • West Coast Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Staff Experience

The Palm Harbor Premier Dental team consists of a group of dental professionals dedicated to giving our patients individualized care for their personal dental needs. Lisa is our office manager and she is also in charge of patient scheduling while Theresa controls the front desk greeting patients and handling inquiries. Together, they have over 20 years of experience in the field of dentistry. Our dental assistants, Barbara and Ciara, work alongside Dr. Khalil to ensure you feel comfortable and informed throughout your dental experience. Our Registered Dental Hygienists are Robyn and Cheryl. They keep our patients’ smiles bright and knowledgeable about the best practices for most optimum dental health possible.

Latest Techniques & Technology

Through our continued efforts to keep abreast of changes in technology and procedures, Palm Harbor Premier Dental is able to offer our patients the latest techniques and equipment in dentistry.

Some of these procedures include:

  • Six Month Braces
  • Single Visit Crowns
  • White Fillings
  • All-Porcelain Crowns
  • Deep Bleaching

Our equipment is top notch and includes the CEREC machine used to make our Single Visit Crowns right in our own dental office. To find out more about CEREC technology read here.

Visit our website at SouthPalm HarborSmiles.com for further details on our procedures or give us a call for further questions or schedule your appointment at (813) 289-0560.






Palm Harbor Premier Dental takes pride in the many conveniences we provide to our patients. We give our patients the ability to make appointments quickly and easily, miss as little of your business day as possible and receive all dental services at one Palm Harbor Dentist location.

Convenient Hours

Looking for a Palm Harbor Dentist that stays open late and opens early? Needing a dental appointment on Friday?

Palm Harbor Premier Dental offers convenient scheduling for our patients. We extend our hours to accommodate our patients that need appointment times beyond normal business hours. We have Friday appointments available and are open on Wednesdays until 7pm. We also have 7am appointment times available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for those needing to schedule early morning visits.

Convenient Location

How about a dentist that is close to work or home? One that doesn’t take hours from your day to make your appointment?

Palm Harbor Premier Dental is centrally located on Henderson Blvd near CVS and Kahwa Coffee. Our location is right in the heart of Palm Harbor with easy access. We are close by no matter which direction. There is no reason for your travel time to your dental appointment to take longer than the actual visit. We are just a few blocks away.

Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental

Call (813) 289-0560 to make your initial appointment or for your FREE Second Opinion/Consultation. We are currently offering Non-Insured Cash Prices with the following discount codes and most insured patients enjoy these services for free:

  • Cleaning, Polishing & Exam – FREE
    (Normally $254)
  • Comprehensive Exam, X-Rays & Consultation – $59
     (Normally $266)
    (D0150, D0210)
  • Children’s Exam & Cleaning – $98
    Regular value of $214 includes necessary x-rays & fluoride treatment
    (D0150, D0210, D1110).

We have a friendly and welcoming staff with a comfortable office atmosphere. Enjoy a pleasant dental experience along with the many conveniences provided by Dr. Marian Khalil and the Palm Harbor Premier Dental team.





At the beginning of every New Year, millions of people make resolutions to change things about themselves or improve the person that they were the year before. It can range from giving up cigarettes, to losing weight, or to saying you’ll try sky diving before the next year rolls around. At the center of all this, is the desire to feel better about yourself in some way. Being a dentist in south Palm Harbor, we can’t really help you quit a habit, put down that extra donut, or provide you a perfectly good plane to jump out of, but we can make you feel better about yourself!

Think about it: what’s the first thing you do when you meet someone new? You smile at them! It’s a good way to make a good first impression. If you don’t feel totally confident in your smile, it can really take its toll on your self-confidence. Lucky for you, there are a ton of options to help improve an imperfect smile. In this blog we’ll discuss a few different options you have at you disposal.

Six Month Braces | 6 Month Smiles | Six Month Orthodontics:


The above-mentioned 6 month braces procedures represent the same thing. The benefit of choosing this type over traditional, clunky braces is the fact that you can be showing off that perfect smile in as little as six months. This is compared to the 2+ years that other methods make you wait. Our highly experienced south Palm Harbor cosmetic dentist and resident Smile Expert, Dr. Khalil can work with you to achieve your dream smile in virtually no time.

This short turnaround time is attributed to the fact that Six Month Smiles focuses on straightening the teeth that show when you’re actually smiling. This is achieved by a combination of time-tested orthodontic techniques that includes the use of clear brackets and wires that are white-colored, which make them virtually undetectable – unlike the large, clunky metal braces of the past. These specific teeth are gently moved to their desired positions over time by the light force provided by the bracket and wires.

Smart Moves (Simple Tooth Movement):


Sometimes someone’s smile can be just about perfect except for one pesky tooth. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients aren’t looking for complete orthodontic care, but instead are looking to simply move one tooth into the right position. This can be achieved through a procedure called Simple Tooth Movement. It can be likened to Invisalign, but a lower cost.

It uses a series of invisible retainers to straighten teeth without the need for those ugly metal brackets that can be used for run of the mill, unsightly braces. These retainers are developed in a special lab, which allows Palm Harbor Premier Dental to provide this procedure at a much better price point than Invisalign. Achieving your ideal smile could be done in a few short months and in the least invasive way possible.

If you’re interested in achieving the perfect look, you’ll definitely want to call 813-289-0560 to get in touch with our veteran Palm Harbor dental staff. We provide a friendly atmosphere and unmatchable service with great pricing, making us the Best Palm Harbor Dentist according to The Palm Harbor News Reader poll. You can also read our reviews on our Google+ page. Don’t delay; get your dream smile today!

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