Want to go to Mars? Better see your dentist first.

By: | Published: April 9, 2014

Imagine that you are an astronaut in training at NASA, and you could be selected from a pool of aspiring space-farers to be on the very first manned flight to mars. Or maybe you have made it to the final cut in the selection process for the privately funded Mars One project, and might be one of four people to establish the very first human colony on the red planet. Pretty exciting, right?

But then you get the bad news. You have not been selected, and all your hopes, dreams, and years of preparation come crashing to the ground. All was for naught.

When you ask why you were cut from the program, they tell you it’s because of your teeth. Your less than adequate oral health and previous dental work disqualified you because your teeth, crowns, fillings, etc. could not withstand the extreme forces that you would be subjected to during space flight. Extreme pressure might cause severe pain if you have a cavity, or extreme vibration and g-forces might cause a filling to come out, or a crown to come loose.

This is no joke. Oral health is a real concern for astronauts for the exact reasons mentioned above. This issue strikes closer to home than we might think, too, considering that seven of the Mars One candidates who survived the first cut live right here in Utah. To them, we offer our congratulations and wish them luck as they strive to make history. Most of us, however, will never travel into space and probably don’t need to worry about g-forces. So why did we imagine otherwise?

Oral health has an impact on our opportunities no matter where we are, whether it be in space or with our feet firmly planted on the beautiful planet we call home. Take Olympic athletes, for example, who, like the astronauts, are striving to go where no man has gone before. Their frontier is not space, but the limits of the human body. The mouth is part of that body, and though it may not be doing all the work, it is integrally connected. An athlete with a toothache may not concentrate as well, and an athlete with an incomplete or yellow smile may not feel as confident as they would without those problems. And if you think I’m making this up, just keep reading.

A study conducted by the University College London, headed by Professor Ian Needleman in 2012 and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, concluded that the oral health of the 2012 Summer Olympic athletes was poor, compared to other groups of similar age (likely due to the high levels of carbohydrates in an athlete’s diet, and the suppression of their immune system caused by training, which can lead to increased tooth and gum decay). Furthermore, 42% of the athletes were “bothered by oral health” issues, 28% percent reported that oral health issues affected their quality of life, and nearly one in five athletes believed that those issues had a negative impact on their athletic performance.

What about the rest of us? A study by the Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC concluded that kids with poor oral health can be at a severe disadvantage at school. If you add that to the myriad of other studies on this topic, it becomes hard to miss the impact our oral health can have on our lives and our opportunities, no matter who we are.

Here at the Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry, we want our patients to succeed at life. We appreciate you and cherish your loyalty to us. We want to help you maintain good oral health so that you can do everything that life has to offer, whether it be flying to mars, winning a medal, performing well at school, or any other goal you set your mind to, big or small. Call us and come in for an appointment, and we’ll take care of you no matter what your dental needs are. That’s our promise to you, so that you can explore new frontiers in your own life with confidence. You can reach us at 801-747-8015.

“Getting old isn’t for the faint of heart!”

By: | Published: March 27, 2014


Here at the Center of Dental Professionals, we understand our seniors. We know that someone’s age, young or old, does not define them. We also know that living productive, meaningful and comfortable lives throughout the second half of life is important to our patients, and we are committed to helping you achieve that possibility. As the average lifespan increases, we need to do everything we can to preserve our health longer and better. A major part of that is maintaining our oral health.

There’s no getting around the fact that aging takes its toll on our bodies, and as my grandfather would say, “Getting old isn’t for the faint of heart!” But that toll can be reduced by doing simple things to care for our bodies. One of those things is getting regular dental check-ups.

By getting your teeth cleaned, and by getting your general oral health checked by a doctor, you can catch problems before they turn into major dilemmas. It could mean getting removable dentures at 85 years old instead of 67, or it could mean preserving your gums well enough so that when you do need a new set of teeth, you can get implants instead of dentures. Or even better, it could mean making it all the way to the end with your original, beautiful smile.

By keeping your oral health at its best, you will preserve your quality of living. You won’t have to give up the joys of life, like your favorite fresh fruits or barbeque dishes. When you get implants instead of removable dentures, you can treat them like real teeth when it comes to cleaning, and you won’t have to worry about losing them. Without those unnecessary stressors, you will have more energy and enthusiasm to do the things you love.

I remember the months before my grandmother passed away, and one story stands out to me. As my grandparents were getting ready to go to church, they were unable to find my grandmother’s dentures. They mysteriously turned up after a while of looking, but I’m sure similar things have happened for many other seniors throughout the years.

I think this story illustrates the importance of our oral health in some interesting ways. First, my grandmother saw her dentures as part of her preparations for church, and was reluctant to go without them. To her, having a full set of nice looking teeth was important because she wanted to look nice, not just because she needed them to eat her favorite foods.

Second, our oral health can be preserved much more effectively with modern technology and practices, which may prevent the situation my grandmother was in. If dentures are right for you, give us a call and we will provide excellent care to you.

If you still have healthy teeth, don’t hesitate to come in so that it stays that way. We provide excellent care no matter what your dental needs are, and we are committed to helping our patients maintain their quality of life. You can reach us at 801-747-8015.

By Bryant Morrill,
Center of Dental Professionals

Top 5 reasons we love our community and our patients

By: | Published: February 18, 2014



Today’s blog post, which was planned months ago, seems remarkably fitting in light of recent events at the Center of Dental Professionals. If you haven’t had an appointment at our downtown office lately, or haven’t made the connection from stories in the media, then maybe this will help:




Thanks to our local fire department and their efforts to keep our building from going up in smoke, we are still here and open for business. We were closed for only one normal business day, and we apologize for any inconvenience that may have caused for our patients. Nevertheless, we are open again and ready to assist with your dental needs.

Because our building suffered some water damage, we do have some machines running to remove moisture from the air and crews working after hours, but nothing is hampering our ability to provide excellent care. Needless to say, we are all feeling very grateful to our local emergency services and happy that nothing worse happened. That is why this post, the top five reasons we love our community and our patients, is so relevant today.

1. The first reason we love our city and our patients is because even as we do our best to take care of them, they take care of us. The fire and the emergency services that responded on February 9th are a great example, but it’s more than just protection from disaster. We depend on all of you, and we appreciate you just as much as we appreciate the firemen. Without our patients, there wouldn’t have been a clinic to save from that fire, and without the countless other business and services in the community that we rely on, it would be impossible to offer the kind of care that we pride ourselves on.

2. Number two is diversity. We love Salt Lake City and the entire community here because it brings new perspectives, cultures, and enlightenment to our eyes. We have the privilege of serving people from a wide variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, and income levels. We accept patients with Medicaid, and go out of our way to provide interpreters for those who need them. We also have several staff members who can assist with Spanish speakers.

3. Third is the vibrant, healthy lifestyle that many Salt Lake City residents live. Utah is great place for the outdoors, and we are proud sports fans. In fact, we recently had our Represent your Sports Team day for our staff members to honor the 2014 Olympic athletes. Many of those athletes came from Utah! We know that your healthy lifestyle is likely to translate into good oral health, too, and that’s exactly what we want to see when you come in for your next check-up.

4. Utah’s family oriented culture is number four. We enjoy seeing family’s at our clinic, and have a team of dentists and staff that treat only kids (A Kid’s Place Dentistry), so that you can be sure they’ll get the best care possible. We know that visits to the dentists can be scary sometimes, and when necessary, we have facilities that can help with little ones who have an especially hard time coming in. A kid’s oral health is important, and we want to do everything we can to take care of our patients in a comfortable and relaxed environment. There’s no reason a child should be scared to come in to A Kid’s Place Dentistry for treatment.

5. Last, but not least, we love Utah’s passion for life. Whether it be snowboarding or the Sundance Film Festival in the winter, or the Fourth of July parade and camping in the summer, there is always something to experience and enjoy. Here at the Center of Dental Professionals, our staff enjoy a wide variety of hobbies like boating, soccer, hiking, artistic pursuits, etc. When we aren’t providing the best dental care in Utah, you can bet we’ll be out in the community, enjoying the same things you do.

February is “Boost Your Self Esteem Month”

By: | Published: February 5, 2014



Here at The Center of Dental Professionals, we are celebrating “Boost Your Self-esteem Month,” and having a healthy smile can certainly have an impact on one’s self-esteem. But you don’t need to have  low self-esteem for this post to be relevant to you, because all of us, even if we generally feel pretty good about ourselves, can benefit from maintaining a healthy smile.

For starters, I’d like to distinguish two different aspects of self-esteem. The first is having a feeling of self-worth, and the second is feeling confident in your own personal future. Having a healthy or unhealthy smile can influence both of these in different ways. For example, having bad teeth that no one can see might not embarrass you, but you may be worried about losing them down the road (lack of confidence), and having stained teeth might not get you in to see the dentist, but you may find yourself hiding your beautiful smile.

Allow me to make an analogy with cars. If you had a sweet looking Porsche that is starting to have transmission problems, and they are getting worse, you may not feel too good about driving it to Las Vegas even though it still looks fine. This is like that annoying twinge in your molar that you feel from time to time, reminding you of the impending root canal down the road. You try not to think about it, but is adds to your long list of anxieties and increases your daily stress.

On the flip side, if you had a super reliable sedan that runs perfectly, but has dents, rust, and faded paint, you might not use the valet parking at the big party. This is like the chipped, missing, or ugly teeth that many of us feel embarrassed about. Every time we want to smile, our joy is cut short by our need to hide it. I could go further and talk about how bad oral health can make our breath stink, etc, but I think you get the point.

Appearances aren’t everything, but no matter how other people see us, we need to have a healthy respect for ourselves. Our mouths and everything in them are part of us, and I personally find it hard to respect a tooth if it’s causing me pain, or if it’s distracting others from what I’m trying to say. Fortunately, we don’t need to buy a Porsche to feel good about our smiles.

The Center of Dental Professionals offers a full range of dental care, from under-the-hood repair and maintenance to more cosmetic needs, including restorations and whitening products. Imagine having the confidence to smile and live life without any concerns regarding your teeth and oral health. The little, every day stressors like concerns about our Oral Health can add up to cause us a lot of anxiety, so why wait? Give us a call, and we can help you achieve greater self-esteem and self-confidence by helping you to have a healthy smile.


“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”

By: | Published: January 17, 2014

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What can oral health tell us about our bodies, and our life?

Have you ever heard the expression, “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth?” If not, that’s okay. It means you shouldn’t second guess or scrutinize a gift you receive. But where did this old proverb come from, and why on earth would someone look inside a horse’s mouth? As it turns out, the answer to those questions may reveal something important about oral health, not just in horses, but in humans too.

The oral health of an animal may provide important clues to its overall health, so it makes perfect sense that someone would check out a horse’s mouth before buying or accepting it. I suppose the modern day equivalent would be looking underneath the hood of a car before signing on the dotted line – one look won’t tell you everything, but it will certainly give you some insight. So what can we find out by looking into our own mouths?

The implications of oral health on overall health are as true for humans as they are for horses. Although research is relatively new in this area, more and more connections are being made, and some of them are quite alarming. According to the New Jersey Society of Periodontists, “Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.” They go on to explain how the same bacteria that causes inflammation in gums could be a contributor in clot formation within blood vessels.

The connections between overall physical health and oral health are too many to discuss in depth, but they include links between gum disease and stroke, oral infections and diabetes, early tooth-loss and dementia, and several other connections. One study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that pregnant women with periodontal disease are 25% less likely to have pre-term births if they use mouth wash twice a day, and a study by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology found that gum disease may increase the time it takes for women to become pregnant. Periodontal disease is also associated with the harmful effects of tobacco on the rest of the body, and may be linked to pneumonia, pulmonary disease, and acute bronchitis, according to the Journal of Periodontology.

Not only can oral health impact the rest of your body, but it can also impact your mental well-being and appearance. How happy is someone with a toothache? Probably not as happy as they will be after they get it taken care of, right? I’m sure most of us can recall a time or two that someone’s poor oral health, maybe even our own, was a turn off to other people. As superficial as it may sound, oral health can have a big impact on the way others react to us.

Our mouths are necessary for survival. Eating, speaking, and even kissing depend on our mouths being in good order. There are many things we can and should do to maintain our oral health, and by extension, our overall health. Part of it is simply taking an interest in our own health, and the rest is acting on that interest. Flossing and brushing your teeth several times a day are no-brainers, but I’m sure we’d be surprised at how many people don’t take the time to do those simple things. Going to the dentist for regular check-ups and getting treatment for problems as they arise are also vital to our overall health. A cavity might not be affecting you now, but if it requires a root canal down the road, you’ll be wishing you had done something about it sooner. If you are interested in your health, give the Center of Dental Professionals a call. We can help you promote your overall health by promoting your oral health, and that can make a huge difference.

A New Year, A New You!

By: | Published: January 1, 2014


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Welcome to 2014, from The Center of Dental Professionals. We hope that 2013 was a good year for you, and that this one will be even better. Most importantly, we hope that 2014 will be a year of transformation for all of our patients, associates, friends, and family. The transformation we speak of is not what you might call “change.” There is a powerful distinction between change and transformation, and we’d like to share what we believe are the keys to truly transforming yourself, so that this year you can really be a brand new you.


For many of us, the start of a New Year is a time to reflect on the previous year and reconcile ourselves with whatever did or did not happen. We determine where we failed, where we succeeded, and what we’d like to do differently for the next 365 days of our lives. We hope to tie off any loose ends and rid ourselves of unwanted problems, including bad habits, unresolved conflicts, or any lingering issues that we just don’t want to carry into the New Year. To this end, we often find renewed determination to change our ways, and we promise ourselves that we really are going to change.


Many of us whole-heartedly believe the declarations we make for the New Year, but depending on our own experience, it can be difficult to keep our own doubts at bay. Unfortunately, that little voice in our head that nags at us with predictions of failure probably has some precedent to go on. According to a study published by the University of Scranton in December of 2012, less than 10% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve them (http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/).


If you are one of those people who achieve your New Year’s resolution each year, then we applaud you. The same study states that “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.” So there is obviously great power in making declarations and sticking to them. Then why, you might ask, do so many of us fail?


Here at The Center of Dental Professionals, we like to be more concerned with being than simply doing. For example, our clinic might go the extra mile to provide exceptional care (doing), but it takes a lot more to truly be an exceptional provider. Being exceptional requires that everything we do is done exceptionally, not just one thing, and not just on our best days, either. Being exceptional requires that we act accordingly, because that is who we are, even behind the scenes.


Imagine if everyone took this approach to life, or at least to their New Year’s resolutions. What would happen if a person declared they were going to be healthy, instead of just lose fifty pounds, or be loving and loveable, instead of just fall in love? That healthy person would probably lose that fifty pounds, but they would also seek health in other ways, such as relationships, mental and emotional well-being, etc. What about the person who became loving and loveable? They would have a much higher chance of falling in love than someone who simply made a New Year’s resolution to do so.


When people make goals, they often think in terms of doing. This year, The Center of Dental Professionals invites you to make a different kind of goal – one that requires more than just change, but transformation. Make a goal to be something, right from the start. (Notice that “be” is different from “become.”)


We invite you to make a declaration of significance in your life. Avoid thinking in terms of “change” or “doing.” You can be who you want to be this instant, regardless of who you have been up until now. If you fully embrace this concept, and make a declaration of whom you will be from this point forward, we know that you can and will transform. In this New Year of 2014, you could be a brand new you.


If you decide to be a person with good oral health, or someone who is proud of their smile, then you can be that person right now and act accordingly. Don’t hesitate to call and make The Center of Dental Professionals part of your transformation.


Lastly, as you consider what to be for the New Year, we wish you the very best for 2014. We promise that we will continue to be an exceptional provider for all of your and your dental needs, and that will show in everything that we do.


Best Wishes,


The Center of Dental Professionals


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Use it or Lose it!

By: | Published: December 20, 2013



That’s right, on Dec 31st your Flex Benefit Dollars and Insurance Benefits will go away, never to return.

To avoid losing your benefit dollars, we encourage you to call and schedule your appointment now.  Failure to do so is the same as handing a check to your insurance company!!

We will be in both of our convienient office locations now through the end of the year, closing Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day.

Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your appointment, our remaining appointments are booking up quickly.

Please call now to reserve your appointment and use the money and benefits that you earned! (801)747-8015.

We hope to see you soon!


$99 Zoom Whitening, Just in Time for Christmas!

By: | Published: December 6, 2013

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Purchase In Office Zoom Whitening now through Dec. 23rd 2013 for just $99!




Refer to Win!

By: | Published: September 24, 2013

Come play with us!

As a “Thank You” for your continued support of our Dental office we are having a drawing for an Ipad or Samsung tablet now through December 20th!

See game rules on flyer on how you can Refer to Win!




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By: | Published: September 5, 2013

Proffessional Developement


The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kid’s Place Dentistry will be closed for Professional Development Training on September 5th and 6th.  We apologize for any inconvenience.   We will be checking our voice mail periodically to schedule appointments or answer questions.   We will be back in the office on September 9th.

If you are a patient of record and have a dental emergency please call 801-824-6007.

Remember our FREE Carnival and Pancake Breakfast this Saturday 8am-12pm at our New South Salt Lake office.  Check our our facebook page for details :)

See you there!