Is Arthritis Preventing You From a Healthy Smile?

By: | Published: February 23, 2015

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Is Arthritis Preventing You From a Healthy Smile?

By David L. Steed

As we all get older, maintaining proper care of our teeth can seem like a daunting task. Prescription medications and health conditions like arthritis that severely limit mobility in the hands and fingers can quickly deteriorate a healthy mouth. The circumstances of aging don’t have to be detrimental to your health. With the help of a proper Dental Provider, like the Center of Dental Professionals, you can continue to experience a beautiful smile.

The number one recommended practice for adults to maintain a healthy mouth is brushing teeth twice a day and flossing once per day to prevent oral health problems. These problems may include debilitating conditions like gum disease, root decay, tooth loss, dry mouth as well as a variety of other periodontal diseases. When proper tooth care is combined with regular visits to the dentist (every six months) people feel healthier and many individuals are able to sustain longer lives.

In 2008, a combined study by the American Dental Association and Crest/Oral-B found that most American adults believed that regular brushing techniques and visiting the dentist often were the key to proper mouth care. Of those individuals, 25% self-reported not having visited a dentist in the past year and an additional 54% only visited the dentist once.

It is because of this data that The Center of Dental Professionals urge all patients to visit the dentist regularly. With the help of a family dentist that you trust, most oral diseases are highly preventable or at the very least treatable with specialized care. Many healthcare providers are sensitive to the needs of their elderly patients and can make suggestions during consultation to meet individual circumstances. Other ailments such as arthritis, cancer treatments, and prescription medications should be discussed with your dentist to help them suggest alternative treatments to prevent bone loss or tooth decay.

At The Center of Dental Professionals we know that healthcare is a highly individual experience. Our amazing team of dentists, hygienists, and administrative staff want to find ways to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle for years to come. Please visit any of our office locations to discuss any concerns you might have about your oral health in Salt Lake City, Utah.

It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month

By: | Published: February 18, 2015

National Children's Health Month

 

February is more than just Valentines, it is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. Little teeth need checkups twice a year to make sure they are growing  healthy. (It’s also fun to see cute little smiles running around the office.)

Remember to make your biannual appointment with A Kids Place Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have an amazing group of pediatric dentists, hygienists and dental assistants to make your visit comfortable and safe. All of our little patients will also receive a goody bag after each visit.

Call (801) 747-8000 or schedule your appointment online at dentalprosutah.com.

Massive Fire Nearly Destroys Dental Office

By: | Published: February 7, 2015


Massive Fire Nearly Destroys Dental Office

David L. Steed

One year ago, a massive 4-alarm fire erupted in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The fire was set by an electrician working on the construction site adjacent to The Center of Dental Professional’s downtown offices at around 6pm. Salt Lake City fire fighters responded to several calls from neighbors and set up a defensive perimeter around the burning building to keep other businesses and homes safe from harm.

The fire continued to burn for several hours as emergency crews battled the blaze. Temperatures became so intense that a construction crane overlooking the inferno collapsed into the building remains. With several onlookers taking pictures and video, the fire was safely contained with very little damage done to surrounding structures.

One year later The Center of Dental Professionals is still doing business. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the Salt Lake City Fire Department, the dental offices suffered very little damage and caused our staff to only miss a single day of office appointments.

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To see additional images of the fire visit Fox 13 News.

Please visit The Center of Dental Professionals in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

 

 

5 Healthy Foods for Valentines Day

By: | Published: February 4, 2015

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5 Healthy Foods for Valentines Day

David L. Steed

It’s that time of year again. Valentines Day is just around the corner. Every year we remember (hopefully) to get our significant other candy presents and heart felt gifts. This year The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry wants you to show your teeth “the love.” Milk chocolate and candy hearts can be harsh on your pearly whites. That is why we are suggesting you try out some of these romantic food ideas from our Pinterest page.

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Image Source: Spend with Pennies.com

1. Strawberry Roses: These cut strawberries make the perfect culinary snack. The rose pattern is fairly easy to make and your friends and family will think you are quite the gourmet chef.

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Image Source: Snapguide.com

2. Heart Shaped Carrots: Top your salad appetizer with some of these festive heart shaped carrots to really set the mood. Simple touches like these are easy to do and only require a little creativity (thanks Pinterest).

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Image Source: blog.celebratethebigandsmall.com

3. Heart Shaped Cheese Platter: This cheese plate is another great idea to host a party or treat as an appetizer before a long romantic meal. You can add hard meats like salami to the mix if it needs some variety.

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Image Source: Ilovetocook.org

4. Mozzarella Cheese Filled Hearts: These delicious cheese filled hearts are made with mozzarella and a roasted red pepper pesto. Yum!

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Image Source: krokotak.com

5. Cupid’s Hot Dog Hearts: We know that hot dogs aren’t a staple of French cuisine, but having something fun for kids can make Valentines Day all the more special!

For more great ideas like this, please visit our Pinterest page or any of our other social media sites.

The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry want to encourage you to have a fun Valentines Day and remember to brush your teeth after enjoying any sweets this holiday. Visit any of our wonderful dentists at our 2 office locations in Salt Lake City, Utah for more information on oral health. To make an appointment call (801) 747-8018.

New App Makes Brushing Fun!

By: | Published: February 2, 2015

 

New App Makes Brushing Fun!

David L. Steed

Brushing our teeth twice a day for 2 minutes takes a very small portion of our time, but even just 2 minutes can feel like an eternity to a child. That is why fun products like the FREE tooth brushing app from Oral B are so much fun!

The new Disney Magic Timer app features your child’s favorite Disney characters as part of an interactive stopwatch. This app (available on Iphone and Android) is cleverly designed to promote a healthy mouth with programmable reminders and an interactive sticker chart. The timer itself allows you to scan Disney and Marvel themed characters on your tooth brush or tooth paste to create scenes that your child can earn every time they brush their teeth. These fun rewards are collected as part of an album that can be viewed and shared with others to incentive brushing twice a day per dentist recommended guidelines.

The interactive timer is an excellent way to emphasize good brushing habits that build a healthy smile. At The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry we love to see cavity free kids in our offices. By using this fun new timer you can use positive reinforcement to keep their little mouths clean and healthy. If they are cavity free on their next visit, we will give them a certificate and a prize for being a part of our “No Cavity Club.”

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For questions about popular ways to get help encourage brushing or to make an appointment, please call The Center of Dental Professionals at (801) 747-8018.

Helping Your Grandchildren Learn About The Dentist

By: | Published: January 29, 2015

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Helping Your Grandchildren Learn About The Dentist

By David L. Steed

For many, the dentist can be a daunting experience. He is often thought of as the one who inflicts pain with rudimentary implements while getting paid handsomely to do it. While this isn’t true, anxiety about the dentist affects many of the patients we see every day, especially young children.

A Kid’s Place Dentistry tries to alleviate some of that fear with our child friendly services and doctors that care about patient comfort. Parents and grandparents can also help stem many of the fears that accompany a child’s first visit to the dentist. You are your grandchild’s greatest ally when it comes to learning about the world and using teaching materials like books, movies and games can help them see the dentist in a more positive light.

A great resource for kid friendly learning materials can be found on Pinterest.com. The Pinterest website operates like an online scrapbook where people can share creative projects and pin them to virtual pin boards. The Center of Dental Professionals page on Pinterest has many great ideas for learning about how to maintain a healthy mouth, including printable materials to share with your children.

One of our favorite project ideas from Pinterest is to take a large building block or styrofoam egg carton to use as teeth. By applying salt dough or clay between the grooves you can teach young children the importance of flossing with a string of yarn. This tactile project is fun and engaging for young minds that will remember how much fun they had when they go to their next dental appointment.

Take a children's building block and add a little dough to teach kids the importance of flossing.

Take a children’s building block and add a little dough to teach kids the importance of flossing.

Another strategy to prepare them for their first visit to the dentist is to read books or watch educational videos while answering any questions they might have. It is an excellent way to bond with your grandchild and gives them safe environment to learn about potentially frightening experiences. With websites like Youtube, Hulu and PBS, you can find educational programs about visiting dental offices and maintaining proper oral health for free. Many popular programs such as The Magic School Bus series and Sesame Street have episodes about the dentist that are great fun for kids.

For reading materials the website wegivebooks.org has some of the newest and most popular children’s titles for free. You can browse their collection of thousands of books and easily search by subject, genre, author or title. The non-profit organization has many fun books to read with your family including “A Trip to the Dentist,” by Penny Smith.

At a Kids Place Dentistry we try to make the experience at the dentist as fun of a learning experience as possible. We know that going to the dentist can be scary at times, but our team of dental professionals is invested in your children’s oral health. If you have any questions about children’s dentistry or where to find more great learning materials please visit our website dentalprosutah.com or contact our offices in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Come See Us At Winter Palooza!

By: | Published: January 15, 2015

Kids Place Winter Palooza

The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry are committed to being an integral part of our community. That is why this year we will be a part of Winter Palooza at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. This fun event is put on by the Utah Kids Club and we are happy to be a local sponsor.

The event will take place on January 24th from 10am to 8pm and only costs $7.00 per person if you purchase your tickets online. A Kids Place Dentistry will be there to help with one of the many Bounce Houses and have fun activities and prizes at our booth. The Winter Palooza has many other fun activities for families like face painting, animal shows, balloons, food and so much more! It is a great way to wear your kids out while creating lasting memories.

A Kids Place Dentistry will also be teaching kids the importance of a healthy mouth with fun activities encouraging children to brush their teeth and seeing their dentist twice a year. For more information about our offices or the Winter Palooza event please call (801) 747-8000 or visit our website, A Kids Place Dentistry.

We can’t wait and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces at Winter Palooza!

Proper Mouth Protection for Athletes

By: | Published: January 12, 2015

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Tonight is the arrival of the first ever College Football Playoff. The Heisman winner, Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks will take on Urban Meyer and his Ohio State team. It will be an excellent match for the inaugural championship game.

While we hope that no players will be injured, it is important for athletes to take proper precautions to protect their bodies. This includes things like helmets, pads, braces and other appropriate attire for the grueling physical nature of sports like football. One thing that often gets overlooked by athletes is protection for their teeth. While a helmet can protect a football player’s mouth, it is important to remember when playing other contact sports like basketball and hockey to wear a properly fitted mouth guard. This can help prevent injuries such as chipped or broken teeth that may cost thousands of dollars to repair.

A simple mouth guard can be purchased for $5-$15 at a local sporting goods store and ready to use in just a couple of minutes. They can be a little awkward to use and make talking difficult, but will save time, money and pain. Your local dentist can recommend brands and sizes for your athletic needs. They can help instruct you on how to prepare a mouth guard before use and how to maintain it. Mouth guards can save teethe and help you maintain a healthy smile.

For More information about mouth guards and other ways to prevent oral health problems please visit The Center of Dental Professionals in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Make Flossing Fun!

By: | Published: December 18, 2014

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Image Source: ABC and 123 Learning Cooperative

Oral health is one of the most important things that we can teach our children and it can be so much fun! Young kids love to learn about everything that is going on around them.  Learning about their teeth with sensory activities can make future trips to the dentist more enjoyable for parents. Here is a fun project that you can do with your children to help them understand the importance of flossing.

Things you will need –

  • An egg carton or building block piece
  • A soft bristle hair brush
  • Yarn to act as dental floss
  • Play-doh or tissue paper

The first thing you will need a large building block piece or an egg carton to act as your teeth. Show your child how the teeth feel and compare them to the ones in their own mouth. You can then prepare the teeth for the experiment. Take your egg carton or building block and stuff bits of play-doh or tissue paper sporadically through the teeth. These act as bits of food that your child will need to try to remove by brushing the teeth with their pretend toothbrush (hairbrush) that you have given them to use.

After a couple minutes of brushing ask them if they were able to get all of the food out from between the teeth. Hopefully the answer is no so that you can teach them the importance of not only brushing their teeth but how flossing between teeth helps maintain a healthy smile. Give them the piece of yarn and show them how to make soft strokes between the pretend teeth. Carefully remove the bits of tissue paper or play-doh, being mindful to explain that the gums holding their teeth are delicate.

This is a fun and easy activity to do with your kids. For more information about your children’s dental health please visit A Kids Place Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can make an appointment by clicking here or by calling our offices at 801-747-8000.

Go back to school with a healthy smile!

By: | Published: August 5, 2014

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Do you have shiny white teeth for the school year?

Whether you go to school or not, having healthy teeth is important. But for students both young and old, school is a very social place and having a nice smile can make a big difference in the confidence and ability to excel.

As the 2014 to 2015 school year kicks off, what better time is there to come in for a check-up and to make sure you won’t have any dental problems as you focus on learning. After all, it is much easier to schedule an appointment before your busy schedule starts, and there’s less of a chance that maintaining your oral health will fall between the cracks when the homework starts piling up.

So whether you are in 1st  grade, 12th grade, or college, call us and make an appointment today!