Finding the Right Dentist in Palm Harbor

May 24th is National Scavenger Hunt Day and searching for the right dentist in your neighborhood can feel very much like a scavenger hunt. Palm Harbor residents should be selective when choosing the right health professionals for their families. There are many considerations when searching for the perfect dentist and practice that fits you and your family’s needs. We love keeping our community readers informed by sharing helpful information about all aspects of dentistry. We have put together a few pointers to aid in the process of finding the right dentist in Palm Harbor for you:

  1. Location – For some people a convenient location holds a lot of weight when deciding on a dentist. If location is a big factor, your search can be narrowed down significantly. Our office is conveniently located at 4066 Henderson Blvd Palm Harbor, FL 33629 by Kahwa and CVS in Palm Harbor. View Map.
  1. Hours – Finding a dentist that has appointment times available before and after work can make all the difference for those with busy work schedules. We accommodate our patients with difficulties taking time off of work. Our hours are from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday.
  1. Fees – The cost of dental care is high on the priority list for many people. Dental insurance and provider networks probably hold the most weight. Most dental offices will help in determining your coverage and your out-of-pocket expense.
  1. Level of Care – For some, level of care is the most important factor and their only concern is to received the highest quality of care possible. Word-of-mouth is a great way to learn about the quality of care from other patients and community. Another great resource is reading reviews online about different dental offices to get some insight.

We are happy to offer tips in the decision making process of finding the right dentist for you and your family. We hope this helps with narrowing down your search so you can find the right dentist that can provide quality dental care for you and your family for years to come.

Contact Us

Visit our website for more information about our hours, location and fees. Read about our outstanding dentists Dr. John Cannariato and Dr. Rebecca Benedict to learn about their background and expertise.

Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (813) 289 – 0560 for further questions or to make your next appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!


Smile More

Cosmetic dentistry boosts confidence and gives you the self-assurance to smile more! Cover your mouth when laughing or speaking in public? If your smile is holding you back, or non-existent, there are dental enhancement procedures that can make you love your smile. When you are not afraid to let your teeth show, you are much more at ease. You are less likely to hold back because of insecurities with your teeth.

Professional Success

People who are unsatisfied with their teeth miss out on countless opportunities in their life from being overly self-conscious. Restraining from the impulse to smile and speak freely without inhibitions can be detrimental to any career advancement. This can leave you feeling “stuck” in life and further bring down your level of self-confidence. A radiant smile boosts confidence to succeed in whatever your career choice.

More Fulfilling Personal Life

Cosmetic dentistry boosts confidence, which has a direct impact on your overall happiness. A person that is insecure about their teeth can find it more difficult in the dating game or engaging in other social situations without feeling insecure. This can leave you feeling unsatisfied in your personal life. Consider cosmetic dentistry if you are unhappy with your smile. People that love their smile enjoy life to the fullest.

Overall Wellness

Improving your physical appearance is important, but the biggest impact of a beautiful smile is your overall wellness. A radiant smile could fill that missing element holding you back. Cosmetic dentistry can positively change your self-image and live the most fulfilling life possible.

Dr. Marian Khalil of Palm Harbor Premier Dental specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry. Contact us today at (813) 289-0560 for further questions or start the process of getting a healthy, radiant smile you deserve.








At Palm Harbor Premier Dental, we try to educate our patients about all aspects involving dental care so they are knowledgeable about their oral health and live healthy lives. We take dental education seriously, although there are some facts about teeth that we would like to share for the purpose of entertainment as well as enlightenment.

We have compiled a few fun facts about teeth that we thought you would enjoy learning about.

Our Top Picks of 10 Fun Facts About Teeth:
  1. The average person produces a quart of saliva per day. That’s 10,000 gallons in a lifetime.
  2. The plaque found on teeth hosts more than 300 different types of bacteria.
  3. Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the body, even our bones.
  4. Humans have two sets of teeth in their lifetime. Baby teeth and permanent teeth.
  5. Teeth are formed in the womb, but they come through at 6 to 12 months old.
  6. Humans have 4 different types of teeth: incisors to cut, canines to tear, and premolars and molars to grind.
  7. If you floss once a day, you will use about 5 miles of floss over your lifetime.
  8. If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, you will brush your teeth for about 24 hours each year.
  9. Each individual tooth and tongue is unique has it’s own “finger print”.
  10. One third of your teeth are under your gums. Only two thirds of your teeth are exposed.

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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.






Reasons for Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles re-position crooked or badly aligned teeth over a period of approximately 6 months. Most people that seek orthodontic treatment are concerned about the esthetics of their teeth. This is an ideal choice of treatment for those needing tooth correction without having to go through two or three years of treatment. The ultimate goal of 6 Month Braces is to move the teeth to their most desirable position in as little time as possible.

What Do They Look Like?

6 Month braces are designed to be as little noticeable as possible. The braces themselves are clear and the wires are white, making them nearly invisible!! Six Month Braces are hardly noticeable compared to traditional “Train Track” braces.

How Do They Work?

These discreet wires apply a constant force to the teeth to shift them into their desired position over time. This results in small, noticeable changes to your teeth. Once the treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer in order for your teeth to maintain their correct positioning. Retainers may be fixed to your teeth permanently or worn as a removable retainer.


The most obvious advantage of Six Month Smiles is faster treatment period. Other advantages are that they are relatively painless and a less expensive than most other treatments for braces. Six Month Braces can treat any of the following:

  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Crowded Teeth
  • Gaps Between Teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Can Affect Speech
  • Can Increase Salivation
  • Need for a Retainer Following Treatment
  • May Not Be Suitable Treatment for Everyone
    (Consultation Required for Suitable Orthodontic Treatment)
The Process

First, you will need an initial consultation to determine your orthodontic requirements. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for Six Month Smiles , you will begin a series of stages involving fitting and adjustments.

If you are in need of any dental work, you will need to have that work done prior to any orthodontic treatment. This is to ensure that your teeth are in good condition to receive the braces.

You will be fitted for your braces and then undergo a few adjustments to make sure of a correct fit. You will also be fitted for a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back out of position once the treatment is complete.

Frequent dental visits are necessary to make sure your teeth are moving and cover dental care advice throughout your orthodontic treatment.


Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental for a consultation with Dr. John Cannariato to see if you are a good candidate for Six Month Braces at 813-289–0560.






On July 7th, 2003 Palm Harbor Premier Dental opened its doors and began treating patients in the Greater Palm Harbor Area. Dr. Khalil and The Palm Harbor Premier Dental Team would like to extend the warmest wishes to all of our patients that have been with us since inception and those that have made Palm Harbor Premier Dental their family dentist over the last twelve years. We look forward to being your family’s dentist for years to come.






An abscessed tooth is a bacterial infection causing the accumulation of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include pain and sensitivity, redness and swelling to the gums and jaw, fever, bitter taste or foul smell to breath, and open sore or bump on the side of the gums. An abscessed tooth can cause very serious consequences including tooth loss, jaw bone damage, sinus involvement, brain infection, heart complications and even death.

Tooth & Bone Loss

Swelling inside the jaw bone can cause inflammation of the bone. This can lead to bone death in the area of the swelling. If the bone surrounding the tooth dies, the tooth loses its support and become loose and fall out. There is risk of losing the adjacent teeth if the inflammation spreads to the surrounding bone.


Sinus & Brain

The maxillary sinus often holds roots of the upper molars. If a tooth becomes abscessed, the sinus can become affected also as it is filled with pus. The brain is located closely to the tooth roots. Infection from tooth abscess can spread to the brain through the veins, a very serious condition called Septicemia or Sepsis.


Heart Damage

If left untreated, a tooth abscess can also cause a condition known as Endocarditis. Endocarditis is the inflammation of the inner layer of the heart. Permanent heart damage can occur if the bacteria attach to the inside of the heart and grow. Also if the bacteria enter the lungs and cause pneumonia, another life threatening illness.


There are many serious conditions caused from the bacterial infection of abscess teeth. Serious heart, lung, and brain infections can lead to death if left untreated. Another risk of death caused by an abscessed tooth is the swelling of the floor of the mouth. The swelling under the jaw can block off your airway causing you to suffocate. This is a condition known as Ludwig’s Angina.

Abscessed Tooth Treatment

It is imperative to seek treatment at the earliest signs of infection. Treatment of a dental abscess depends on the extent of infection. The first step is to eliminate the infection. This may be done by root canal therapy where the abscess is drained through the tooth. Extraction of the tooth is another way to drain the infection. An incision into the swollen gum tissue is another way to drain the area. Antibiotics are prescribed to help fight the infection. Once the infection is clear, you can begin your restorative dental treatment and be on your way back to a healthy smile.

Don’t wait and put your life in danger. The treatment for an abscessed tooth is nothing compared to the potential outcome of neglecting to seek treatment out to fear. Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental promptly if you are having any of the symptoms we have listed. We are here to help.






Choosing the right toothbrush can be quite daunting with so many varieties on the market today. We have put together a few guidelines to aid in your decision of which toothbrushes are right for you and your family members from safety and comfort to size and durability.

Safety & Durability

Always choose a soft brush with rounded bristles. Using hard, stiff bristles can be harsh on the teeth and gums. The handle should be manufacturer-tested for strength and durability to withstand normal, everyday use. To show the product is safe for both soft and hard oral tissues and dental restorations, check for the ADA Seal to assure the quality and safety of the product.

Shape & Size

Make sure the head of the brush has a design that is not too large to fit in your mouth comfortably and reach the back molars easily. There are a variety of sizes on the market, from toddler and adolescent to adult. Each designed to fit comfortably within the average mouth of that age range.

Powered Vs. Manual

Both manual and powered toothbrushes are effective. Most adults find it difficult to make the switch from manual brushing to powered. Children may find power toothbrushes fun giving them more encouragement for regular brushing. Also, powered toothbrushes offer aid to those who need assistance with manual brushing. 

Weighing in all the factors above, safety and comfort are important when choosing the right toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush that is easy for you to use and reach all of your teeth for proper cleaning twice daily.

Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental for further questions.




Situational Stress

You overslept. You jump out of bed, scurry through your morning shower, throw on your clothes and rush your way out the door. No time for breakfast, you’ll grab that on the way.  You get in your car and are driving along until you hit a wall of traffic backed up for miles. Now you will miss an important meeting and your whole morning is thrown off schedule. You start getting anxious and feel the build-up of tension all before 8 am. What a way to start your day and this is a common situation in our daily lives today.

Pressure & Pain

Suffering with headaches, jaw pain or facial pain? All are all common symptoms of TMJ or TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). Stress can cause your facial muscles to tighten. Grinding your teeth can put pressure on undue pressure on the joint. The Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ is located where the jaw meets and attaches to the skull, TMJ is also a term used to describe disorders related to this area  also referred to as TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). TMJ symptoms come from brain-muscle conditioning acquired by trauma or stress.

Damage Control

If you think you have TMJD, it is important to address the causes of stress in your life and take measures to relieve some of the strain. What relaxes you? A long walk? Meditation? Music? Make sure you find time for enjoyable activities so you become less tired and anxious.

If you are grinding your teeth at night during your sleep, you need proper treatment to prevent further damage involving fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Proper care can eliminate jaw soreness, headaches and keep your teeth from being worn down from grinding. Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (813) 289-0560 for a FREE consultation. You don’t have to live in pain.

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