Our Exclusive Discount Dental Program

Put the power of your oral health back in your hands with a Dental Discount Program.

Many Americans these days struggle to pay rising cost of health insurance and find it difficult to add in dental coverage to top it off. These rising costs have left many American families without traditional dental insurance coverage.

Since the rise in health care costs and the dictation of traditional dental insurance companies of what services you can and cannot have, many families have chosen to take their oral health into their own hands by deciding to sign up for a Discount Dental Program.

Alleviate some of the financial burdens of dental procedures with our Discount Dental Program. In addition to the phenomenal discounts and affordable price structure, for December, we will be waiving the initial sign-up fee for our affordable program!  

We’ve designed a program with you in mind to bring alternatives to receiving the dental care you deserve without making a weighty impact on your finances. You can’t get this Discount Dental Program anywhere else! Only The Center of Dental Professionals offers this exclusive Discount Dental Program for you and your family.

Our Exclusive Discount Program:

We know raising a family can be costly and so can health care expenses which are why we’ve created this plan. A perfect membership plan to offer you and your family an affordable alternative to visiting your dentist without worrying about high dental expenses. If you don’t have insurance, enroll in our program today to start receiving the dental health care you deserve.  

Offers You Can’t Refuse:

Our Discount Program is NOT an insurance but a membership program where you’ll pay an annual fee. Some might ask, how does it save money if I am paying a yearly fee?  By spending that annual fee, you receive discounted rates on preventive and restorative treatment options, just to name a few, at any of our two locations in Salt Lake City. Our discount rates vary by the category, but the percentages range between 10% to 60%. Saving you and your family noticeable dollars on dental health care, you would otherwise be spending without our program. We put you back at the helm of controlling how you spend your money and what dental treatments options are best for you.

If you don’t have dental insurance and require dental treatment but feel it’s unaffordable, then enroll in our Discount Dental Program today! For December, we’ll be waiving the sign-up fee so you can get the dental treatment you deserve. Feel free to contact us at 801-747-8018 if you have any further questions, concerns, or want to enroll today. You can also chat us here online, or message us over on Facebook, for a quick and easy reply.

FREE Whitening with New Patient Exam

Just in time for Christmas, a Bright, SNOW-WHITE Smile!

No, we are not talking about the Disney Snow White character, we are talking about Teeth Whitening and how you can get it for FREE right now!

The number one thing our patients say they wish they could improve with their smile is having white teeth and removing all the staining their teeth have acquired over the years. Be a show-off this year at your holiday parties with a beautiful, white, and radiant smile!

It’s Christmas, and we are offering FREE Teeth Whitening to all our New Patients who come in and see us now through December 31st, 2017! Yes, that’s right, FREE Teeth Whitening, a $499 Value, our Gift to you this Holiday Season!

In addition to this exclusive offer, FREE Teeth Whitening, we want to make sure your oral health is A-OK! Often, self-care is the last thing on our minds during the holiday season, and those pesky toothaches, when disregarded off can lead to further damage and costly dental treatments. So, make sure you take the time to get in and see us for a routine dental check-up, needed x-rays, oral cancer screening and detailed cleaning from one of our fabulous hygienists.

Our gift to you isn’t, just FREE Teeth Whitening, it’s also looking out for your future oral health wellness. A good cleaning and knowing your cavity free and your gums and gingiva are in optimal health give you peace of mind. If you come in and we happen to find any cavities on the rise or needed dental treatment, you will have your very own personal assistant there to guide you in completing your dental treatment, explaining any procedure necessary, an overview of your dental benefits and treatment plan. Our team will present you with all your treatment options and answer any lingering questions you have.

Lastly, we know it can be nerve-racking coming in and seeing the dentist, don’t even worry! Our office has interior distractions, such as TV’s in the ceiling, and we offer doTERRA Essential Oils with hot, warm towels to soothe and calm your nerves. Often patients say how relaxing it was, or how fun, YES, FUN it was to be seen with us. Whatever concerns you have for not coming in and having your routine dental exam, we are here to walk you through it.

We will be here, waiting to hear from you and ready to book your next Routine Dental Check-up and Cleaning, oh, and let’s remember that FREE Teeth Whitening as an added bonus!

Santa’s Gift…Braces just $2997!

Christmas has come early this year my friends! We are now offering Full Orthodontic (Braces) Treatment for only $2997!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You!!

We have never offered this phenomenal price before, and it is a saving of thousands of dollars to our patients. It’s a never heard of before price for Orthodontics too, and you can get it if you act NOW! Our offer expires on December 31st, 2017 and appointments are booking up fast!

The Center of Dental Professionals makes getting braces easy, affordable and convenient.

We offer services that are designed with patients in mind. When it comes to braces, we know teens and even adults are reluctant to get them. There are always reasons not to get braces; we hear them all the time. However, we believe you deserve to have and show your beautiful smile, and we are here to encourage you to do so!

So what can we offer you that other dental clinics can’t? We can save you money, time and give you peace of mind, just consider the following:

Personal Treatment Coordinator: Before you get your braces on, discuss your dental needs with our treatment coordinator. Our coordinator will work with you one-on-one to create a payment plan that best fits your budget. They’ll help you understand and discuss the costs of your treatment and the available payment plan options so, you can progress with braces without financial concern. No surprises when it comes to treatment procedures and expenses.

More Treatment Options: Learn about our treatment options when it comes to braces. We know some of our patients don’t want to be seen with braces and want braces that are low maintenance. We have a solution! With more than one treatment option, you can now learn and choose which treatment best fits your needs, both of which are less noticeable and low in maintenance than traditional braces.

Earn Patient Rewards: Earn points with every visit when you come in with good oral hygiene (yes, you still gotta brush with braces!). You can quickly earn points for simple tasks, like flossing daily, keeping your appointments, and fun things like tagging us in your social media posts! We’re here to encourage you through your treatment while you earn points to exchange for gift cards you can select through your personal online portal we will assign to you.

Exclusive Activities: We offer private activities to our Orthodontic patients, with things like adventure park tickets, premier movie nights and other fun events with our Ortho Team. Our games are limited and only provided at our dental clinic. We create a memorable experience for our patients and families!

Convenience: Are you a parent who hates for their child to miss school, no problem, we got you covered. We offer early morning and late evening appointments so you can come in at a time that works best for you. No more missing school, and for working parents, no more lost work.

So, there are really no reasons not to choose The Center of Dental Professionals for your Orthodontic needs, we made it easy, convenient, and most of all uber affordable. Take advantage today, call and schedule your FREE consultation and save thousands!

Going…Going…GONE!

Save money…..read this!

We discovered, according to the National Association Of Dental Plans that an astounding 97.8% of PPO plan participants never reach or exceed their dental plan maximums. The consequences of not utilizing yearly dental benefits are costly, and we are here to help to maximize your plan.

Here are just a few reasons why you want to complete any necessary dental treatment before the new year.

  • Yearly Maximums Reset: Insurances give an annual dollar maximum of what you can spend on dental care. Every year insurances reset your individual and possibly family maximums. Sadly, these benefits are not like cell phone minutes and roll over. If you do not use them, they are gone!  
  • Annual Deductibles Reset: Like most Medical Insurance, Dental Insurances have Deductibles which are a specific amount of out-of-pocket money you have to pay before your benefits begin to cover any services. Typically an individual and family deductible ranges between $25-$150 per year. Unfortunately, this money must be paid each year newly before coverage comes into play. Yearly Deductibles usually do not apply to routine dental check-ups and cleanings and come due when dental treatment is needed.  Maximize your dollars and complete any required dental treatment you have this year.
  • Premiums Remain Active: As long as you or your employer has paid your Dental Insurance Premium, you have benefits, why not use them? Take advantage of the FREE dental services which are provided per your plan and use the percentages of coverage to facilitate completing any needed dental procedure. Look at your dental insurance as a bank of money set aside for your dental well being. A specific amount of money is deposited into your account typically at the beginning of the year (calendar year plans) and is yours to use until it is gone or expires, which is usually January 1 each new year.
  • Dental Fees Increase: Dental fees charged by dental offices, and allowed by Dental Insurances tend to rise at the beginning of each year to accommodate for cost of living and materials. These increases could lead to a higher co-pay. You can divert some of those increased costs by maintaining your regular six-month check-ups, dental cleanings and completing your dental treatment at the time of diagnosis.
  • Avoid Exacerbated Dental Problems: Waiting to complete simple dental treatment, such as a cavity can turn into extensive dental treatment. Through proper oral care, following the dental hygiene instructions of your hygienist and completing necessary dental treatment, you can avoid future costly procedures.

The best approach to maximizing and utilizing your Dental Insurance benefits is to work with your dental office’s Treatment Coordinator. Through establishing some simple treatment plan goals and financial planning, you can maximize your current and future dental plan benefits.

As a Special Gift to you, we are giving FREE Teeth Whitening to all our dental patients who complete their dental treatment now through December 31st, 2017, this is a $300 savings!

Don’t miss out on using your Dental Benefits, and FREE Teeth Whitening! Contact us today to see how we can help you save money while maintaining good oral health!

Being Truly Healthy Starts With Your Gut

Did you know our health is dependent of your gut? I was surprised to discover how much of an impact our health can be affected by the way we treat our gut. The various systems our gut affects is concerning which is why we can’t stress enough the need to care for it! The gastrointestinal tract is a vital system that is commonly known to be the “second brain” of our body. It’s a system independent of the rest and the one where we know so little of until we start to show symptoms when there is a severe problem.

Our gastrointestinal system makes us seventy-five percent of our immune system which has it’s own operating system of its own and contains more bacteria than most parts of our body. It’s a system where many resources are allocated and where many systems can be affected by a dysfunctional gastrointestinal problem such as the brain, gut, thyroid, and kidney and a decrease in energy. The gastrointestinal system is responsible for our digestive system and immune system and affects the body’s mineral and vitamin absorption and elimination of toxins. It doesn’t have pain-sensing systems which is why we have a hard time finding out we have a problem until it is bad where we begin to have symptoms. If we are interested or moving towards the direction of a healthy body, then we need to start with our gut!  

Healing your gut will have significant, positive effects on your entire body and will allow your gut to build a stronger immune system and build good bacteria. Some the ways to stop the problem in your gut is reducing the inflammation and identifying food sensitivities. Most of the inflammation we experience is caused by the food we eat. Foods that cause inflammation are sugar, dairy, gluten, soy, refined grains, grain-fed meats, tropical fruits, and bad fats such as vegetable oils. It’s important to know what we put into our body and how it affects us since everything we eat and drink passes through the gastrointestinal tract where nutrient absorption takes place. So how can we start having a healthy gastrointestinal and digestive system? By following the 4Rs of gastrointestinal and digestive health: Remove, Replace, Repair, and Restore.

You want to start off by removing foods that cause inflammation and cause digestive irritants like dairy, soy, processed food, and processed food. You want to reduce the inflammation caused by our food to keep your body from being continuously inflamed. This can cause irritation over time because your body is in overdrive.

Removing certain foods from our body means we have to replace the nutrients we require for digestion to take place and to produce enough stomach acid to digest properly. We are talking about the replacing the nutrients our body needs to gain its healthy daily functions. Part of replacing is restoring what we have deprived our body.  

Restore the good bacteria! Once you have eliminated the problem and start addressing the inflammation then, it is time to restore the good bacteria. The good bacteria found in our gut affect the rest of our health which is why we need to reestablish a balance of microflora in our gut. Fermented foods are a great way of introducing beneficial bacteria to the digestive system and balance out the bacteria.

Once we restore our gut, we have to repair the damage that has been done. We do this by providing the body with nutrients to heal the wall and lining of our gut and supporting the immune function of our gut. We want to make sure we are replenishing our body and gut with the nutrients it needs to regain its strength and normal functionality again.

What we eat affects our body even if we aren’t aware of the complications now, they will later when the problem has worsened. A healthy lifestyle starts by taking care of the inside of our bodies, and this means our gut! Our gut is an essential system that needs extra attention since it is associated with so many of our body systems. Let’s start our health with our gut to achieve the overall healthy life we want. Remember to watch what you eat and to be conscious of how it affects your body.

 

Here is What to Expect if Your Child Needs Oral Surgery

What can you expect when your child needs oral surgery? The thought of your child getting oral surgery can be a bit daunting especially when you know very little of what to expect. Anticipating what can happen before, during and after the surgery can alleviate some of your concerns and help you explain to your child the procedure.

Before

So your child needs surgery, there are a few tips to help you prepare your child for their procedure and yourself. Make sure you have confirmed your appointment for child’s oral surgery and that you’re fully aware of which procedure your child will need. Get to know the surgeons and details of the operation, so you feel comfortable leaving your child’s oral health in their hands. Make sure they have not eaten any food since midnight. Your child will be allowed to drink water up until three hours before the surgery just to have their tummy full. If your child has prescribed medication, take it in the morning before coming into surgery.

During

You’ll be asked to wait in the waiting room while your child is in surgery but not to worry you will be able to ensure your child is getting the proper treatment before the surgery. During surgery, there isn’t much you can do but wait. As for the child, they will be under the special care of the orthodontist as dental assistants. The process of the surgery will vary depending on the procedure they will be undergoing, but typically surgery takes up to an hour or less.    

After   

Expect to care for your child for the next 24 hours. Common symptoms the child might experience are minor bleeding from the mouth, nausea or vomiting, discomfort of the mouth or jaw, mild swelling of lips or cheeks, and temporary effects on sleep and eating. Your child should be resting and doing quiet activities such as watching T.V. or reading nothing that involves rough movements for the next 24 hours. You want to make sure you keep your child’s mouth clean from infection by adjusting their diet to liquids and slowly progressing to solid foods. So, in the meantime, your child will have to eat soft foods such as soups or yogurts. Making sure your child brush their teeth will help reduce infection. After the surgery, you will need to request a follow up with the dentist to ensure everything’s running smoothly.

Your child’s safety is important and ensuring you’re knowledgeable of the details about your child’s surgery will help ease your worry and your child’s anxiety. If your child needs oral surgery, you should get all the details in advance to prepare your child. We hope this information serves you as a guide in what to expect when your child has an appoint for oral surgery.

 

Which Foods Are Most Damaging To Your Enamel?

The diet we choose can affect our body and most importantly our teeth! Our teeth are the first to help with our digestive system and are the ones prone to damage from the food we eat. Our teeth don’t grow back so when we damage them; they are damaged. Some foods keep our teeth and gums healthy, and others do the opposite. There are four kinds of foods we should avoid while eating or at least minimize the amount we intake.

Foods High in Sugar

Even though foods high in sugar are delicious and have more flavor, they are harmful to our bodies and our teeth. We should be careful with how much intake we get from sugar foods. The bacteria in our mouth feeds off the sugar to create acids, the first steps to what can lead to cavities and tooth decay. You want to minimize your intake of sugar especially if it is refined sugar and not to let sugar linger in the mouth too long. Foods high in sugar include sugar, soft drinks, candies, dried fruit, desserts, jams, or cereal.

Sticky/Chewy  Foods:

Soft foods are another type of food you want to avoid eating. The softness of food may sound good and effortless when it comes to chewing, but it causes more damage to our teeth. Sticky and chewy foods are clingers to our teeth; they stick and stay on teeth especially in between them for a long time. The longer the food stays in our mouth, the more acid bacteria produce. After eating sticky/ chewy foods make sure you clean your teeth thoroughly by flossing! Flossing will help you get in between your teeth where your toothbrush doesn’t reach. Foods that are sticky and chewy are jelly beans, Laffy Taffy, dry fruit, beef jerky, cereal bars, or ginger cookies.

Hard Foods:

Our enamel is hard, but it doesn’t mean it’s durable. Our enamel may handle breaking down hard food when we choose to eat it; however, we always run the risk of chipping a tooth and damaging our enamel over time by weakening it. If food is too hard to chew on, then it means it’s not supposed to be in our mouth to eat. Hard foods to avoid are ice, Japanese peanuts, jolly ranchers, or uncooked popcorn.

Starchy Foods and Refined Carbohydrates:

Starchy foods are complex carbohydrates which contain a chain of sugar molecules. Not all starch foods are a source of fiber, and some contain more starch which are the ones we want to avoid to decrease tooth decay since they stay in the mouth longer. Refined carbohydrates are another source of carbohydrates to avoid as the fiber and nutritional value of the food is extracted. Refine carbs and starchy food quickly change into sugar the minute they enter our mouth due to the bacteria and saliva. Specific foods to be careful with are white bread, pasta, white rice, breaded or battered food, ice cream, bagels, corn chips, or pies.

Acidic Foods:

Foods high in acid are dangerous! They can erode our teeth’s enamel causing tooth decay and cavities. It can even cause us to weaken our teeth making them sensitive. Sensitive teeth aren’t the best to have when you are drinking cold or hot beverages not to mention they continue to hurt over time. Foods high in acid are lemons, limes, oranges, tomatoes, coffee, or pickles.

Dry Mouthing Foods:

Having a dry mouth is always uncomfortable, sometimes it’s an unpleasant experience when you are trying to eat, talk or walk from one place to another without feeling the dryness in your throat. Foods causing our mouths to dry isn’t the best choice of food to have. We need to have saliva in our mouth regularly. Our saliva contains minerals our mouth needs and helps wash out plaque. It can even help prevent specific food from sticking to our teeth! We need to keep ourselves hydrated, and foods doing the opposite are coffee, energy drinks, alcohol, crackers, or toasted bread.

These are just some of the types of foods we want to avoid eating or minimize our intake of to reduce the damage we can cause to our teeth’s enamel. Our teeth need to have the same care as the rest of our body, but it needs extra attention as it’s the first step to our digestive system and is exposed to the damages of food. We choose what foods we eat and even though there are foods we eat that can harm our teeth but are good to our body doesn’t in no way mean we can’t have it. It just means we have to be cautious of how much we eat and creating a balance with the foods we eat to minimize the production of acid and the risks of damaging our teeth’s enamel.   

 

End of Year Dental Benefits

 

The holidays are here, and the end of the year is just around the corner! But before we get too excited to end the year with a bang, have you thought about your insurance benefits? Did you know your dental insurance benefits expire at the end of the year? Yes, you heard right, expire! Take advantage of your insurance and use your benefits to care for your oral health before they are taken from you. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, there is 2.8% of PPO dental plan participants who reached or exceeded their plans annual maximum. We want you to be part of that percentage who take advantage of their benefits!

Why should you be active in using your dental benefits before losing them?

Yearly maximums: Insurances give an annual maximum of what can be spent on dental care on an annual basis. If you have dental benefits and aren’t using them, then you run the risk of forfeiting those benefits. Every year insurance resets, and if you didn’t reach the maximum, it doesn’t roll over to the next year. 

Increase in Deductibles: Deductibles are the amount of money you pay out of pocket before your benefits take effect. If you prefer to see a dentist outside of your network, then the deductible will be higher. When your plan rolls over, you’re going to have to pay your deductible again to use your dental benefits.

Premiums: This is what you pay for when you buy a plan, it is the upfront dollars. Why wouldn’t you use your benefits that you have paid for?! Unused benefits get taken away by the insurance and puts your money in their pockets. 

Fee Increases: We all know prices increase over time which is reason enough to use our dental benefits. Fees will be raised to accommodate for cost of living and material costs, which in turn means an increase in co-pay. It is better to pay a high co-pay than the actual cost of the treatment.

Dental Problems: Even though this has nothing to do with insurance, I still think it is worth mentioning. Why? Well over time our health declines and it’s reason enough to start caring for it now! Dental problems don’t get better over time, what starts off as a simple toothache from a cavity can become a root canal or tooth extraction. Care for your teeth now, don’t wait until you have extensive treatment down the line.

Take advantage of your dental insurance and care for your oral health.  Don’t let the money go to waste and don’t let your benefits be taken from you if you haven’t used them or if you haven’t reached the yearly maximum. Get all the information you need from your insurance to know when is the end of the year deadline for you to use your benefits. If you need to see a dentist, schedule an appointment  with us, we are always happy to attend to your dental needs!

Bad Breathe Remedies For Kids

Have you noticed a bad odor coming from your child’s mouth? Like adults, kids can suffer from bad breath and it often stems from poor oral hygiene. Medically known as halitosis, bad breath is a condition even a healthy child can have at times. This can be temporary or it can remain for an extended amount of time which may be a sign of a more severe problem.  

What Causes Bad Breath?

There are many factors that can contribute to the problem. Some of the causes are:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: not brushing or flossing frequently can result in bad breath and can lead to other dental issues.
  • Bacteria in the Mouth: most odors reside on the tongue, which is why you should check and make sure your child doesn’t have a white or yellow coat. Make sure your child brushes their tongue thoroughly to prevent the accumulation of bacteria.
  • Dry Mouth: saliva helps to cleanse the mouth. Keep your child hydrated! If they suffer from dry mouth, there are a variety of mouth rinses you can buy to keep your mouth moist.
  • Mouth Breathing: if your child has a stuffy nose or is a mouth breather by habit, there is less saliva to wash the bacteria away.
  • Infections in the Mouth: bad breath can be a result of infection from cavities, plaque buildup, mouth sores, oral surgery, or gum disease. It is important to see your dentist every 6 months for a routine check up and cleaning.
  • Foreign Object: Kids, especially small toddlers, are continually touching objects and placing them in their nose. A foreign object stuck in the nose can cause bad breath, you’ll need a doctor to check their nasal passage if you suspect the smell comes from their nose.
  • Swollen Tonsils: check if your child’s tonsils are healthy or if they are infected. When tonsils are red, inflamed and have white spots they are swollen. Its the perfect place to collect bacteria and can cause terrible breath.
  • Foods: foods containing strong odors like onions, garlic, or caffeinated drinks can give your child a temporary, sour smell to their breath.
  • Illness or Medical Condition: suffering from sinus infections, uncontrollable diabetes, malnutrition, or other conditions can cause bad breath.

These are just some of the causes of bad breath and they can be treated from home!  Teach your child to brush their teeth before bedtime to promote a good oral habit and prevent bad breath. 

Remedies for Bad Breath:

If you’re noticing a less refreshing breath from your child, one way to start is by following a healthy dental routine. Healthy teeth are integral to the overall health of a child and helping your child develop good oral care is a step towards avoiding bad breath. Remedies to freshening up your child’s breath are:

  1. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, try to supervise so that no toothpaste is consumed in the process.
  2. Scrape you tongue each morning to decrease bacteria.
  3. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months, especially after your child has been sick.
  4. Arrange regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
  5. Remove your dentures and clean them regularly to get rid of bacteria.
  6. Drink plenty of water and swishing cold water to have a fresh morning breath.
  7. Chew on a lemon or orange rind. The citric acid stimulates the salivary glands and fights bad breath.
  8. Chew a fresh sprig of basil, cilantro or mint to neutralize odors.
  9. Try swishing mouthwash that’s alcohol-free for 30 seconds.

Even if you’ve tried some of these remedies and still notice your child has terrible breath lingering, then consult with your dentists for further treatment. Together, you can both track the origin of their bad breath by doing a proper cleaning and oral exam. Your dentist can help rule out oral health problems and advise you on further steps to take.

Regardless of what the cause may be for your child’s bad breath, start implementing good dental and oral habits at an early age. When was the last time you went to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned? If you can’t remember, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us to get your teeth cleaned!       

Are You Brushing Correctly?

On average, how long does it take you to brush your teeth? I admit there are times where my time is counted for that I do a quick brush which is bad. Did you know we should spend at least two minutes brushing our teeth? Two minutes! I know I can spend less than that and the average person usually falls short of the two minutes our teeth need to ensure they’re clean. Properly brushing your teeth is part of maintaining a good oral hygiene and promoting healthy dental care.

We need to use proper brushing techniques to remove the bacteria and plaque from our teeth including our tongue! There are four areas we should be focused on cleaning when it comes to our teeth and mouth:

  1. The outer surfaces of your upper teeth and lower teeth
  2. The inner surfaces of your upper teeth and lower teeth
  3. The chewing surfaces
  4. The tongue

These areas should be our primary focus when we brush our teeth along with how we clean them. As a general rule, to properly brush our teeth we have to be gentle! Try not to press so hard on your teeth; they are sensitive need to be handled with care. In addition to brushing gently, our strokes should be short, and our attention should be given to our gum line, the back teeth and the areas where dental work has already been done such as fillings and crowns. As for ways to brush our teeth, there are four commonly known techniques designed for manual toothbrush use.

Horizontal Reciprocating Motion:

Probably the most used technique to brush our teeth. The toothbrush is placed on either the left or right side of teeth then moved back and forth along the side. This motion follows from the back and front region of the teeth which can be harsh against our teeth and gums. In the long run, this technique can damage our teeth making us prone to sensitivity and risk of stripping tooth’s enamel. It is also not as effective in cleaning since we miss the spaces in between our teeth.

Vibratory Motion:

This technique reminds me of how our phones vibrate when they’re set on the table or a flat surface. There is a constant small movement to our phone which primarily occurs when we apply this vibratory motion to our teeth. It is small, continuous movements along our teeth covering the entire surface in a rapidly to and forth motion.  

Bass Method:

It’s the most efficient way of cleaning our teeth. The bristles of the toothbrush are placed at a 45-degree angle to the surface of the tooth as we press gently to have the bristles enter the gumline. We vibrate the brush back and forth for about 10-15 strokes over the entire tooth before moving on to the next. 10-15 strokes per tooth is a long time not to mention time-consuming which makes this technique the longest.

Stillman Technique:

The stillman follows the same angle of the bass method with the only difference of the position of the bristles. The bristles for this technique are placed with half of them on the gums and the other half on the tooth surface. The short and light horizontal movements help remove plaque and stimulate the gums.

Another brushing method we can use is the circular brushing motion. Again the bristles are placed at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line then lightly make small circular strokes until the all the surfaces of the tooth is covered. Whichever method we choose to approach when brushing our teeth, we should make sure we’re reaching all surfaces of the teeth including the chewing surfaces, gum, and tongue.

We should make sure we wiggle our toothbrush to allow the bristles to cover each tooth and find their way in between our teeth. Gentle strokes help us from damaging our teeth, gums or any tissue while ensuring we remove all food particles and plaque with every brush. We should aim for the two-minute mark and brush our teeth twice a day for healthy teeth and a beautiful smile! Let us know what method worked for you and if you saw an improvement in the comments below. Happy brushing!