Importance of Dental Healthcare: Our Exclusive Program

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day. A day meant to educate and encourage people and healthcare providers the need to partake in advance care planning. Yes, advance care planning that lets families and doctors know about decisions you’ve made when you’re too sick or unable to make the decisions yourself.

These are important decisions to make as we age yet we don’t always think about it. Besides medical healthcare, what about dental health care? Dental health care is also a crucial aspect of our oral and overall health.

The Importance Dental Healthcare

Why is it important? Oral health is essential to our everyday life. We need healthy teeth and a mouth to speak and eat since it’s part of our digestive system. Our dental health says a lot about our diet, self-care, and is in all a reflection of our body’s health.

Our diet can be a contributing factor as to why we might seek dental health. Our diet can contain many foods and drinks that damage our teeth. Foods that remain in our mouths and cling to our teeth and provide food supply to cavity-causing bacteria. Not only through our diet can we get cavities but they can progress into further dental problems such as tooth decay or tooth loss. Then, there is the possibility of discoloration of your teeth from all the dark drinks containing high levels of acidity, the ones which weaken your enamel. One of the ways we can rid our mouth of bacteria and acid production is by having good oral hygiene.

Do you practice good oral hygiene? Having good oral habits is an aspect of what we mean by self-care. When you remove the food debris from your mouth and teeth, the lower the chances, you’ll have to get dental problems. However, if you practice poor oral hygiene, you increase the risks of developing dental issues such as plaque, cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Poor oral hygiene leaves your teeth vulnerable to what you eat and for the bacteria found in your mouth to progressively damage your teeth over time.

Your dental health is not only saying something about what you choose to eat or your oral habits, but it also gives an insight of your body’s health. Some health problems can show signs based on your oral health. Health problems such as diabetes and leukemia. Sometimes dentists can detect other health that you might want to check with your primary health provider.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we offer a Discount Dental Program primarily designed for our patients.

Our office has a discount program designed to make dental treatment affordable for you and your family and provide you with the best dental care you deserve! It is NOT insurance, but a membership program offered to our patients at an annual fee. A membership that is flexible than insurance and keeps you in control of how you spend your money. This is an excellent program for our patients who don’t have insurance and are looking to save.  

How does it make it affordable? You receive discount rates on preventative and restorative treatment at any of our two locations in Salt Lake City. Each discount rate varies by category ranging from 10% to 60%. It saves you and your family money on dental health care you can be receiving yearly.  

So this month not, only think about planning advanced medical care. Think about your oral health as well. If you interested in more information on our Discount Dental Program, call our office today at 801-505-7125.   

 

Keeping a Healthy Smile During Spring Activities and Sports

Spring is here, and so are the many recreational activities and sports that come with the warm weather of the season. Activities such as baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, hiking, and mountain biking. Outdoor activities that are fun to play in and enjoy but can also be the cause of some potential injures.

Part of ensuring we keep a healthy mouth is by taking preventative precautions to protect our smile and teeth.

Our teeth are an essential aspect of our daily life as we use them to speak and chew our food. Keeping our teeth and mouth protected from dental conditions and injuries is crucial to do when playing a sport or participating in a recreational activity. How can we do that?

Mouthguards

Mouthguards are a wonderful tool to have in your sports bag. They aren’t just for kids but adults as well. They provide your mouth with an outer guard and inner cushion to keep your soft tissue and teeth from harsh impacts and from having severe mouth-related injuries. It makes the impact of a ball or falls less forceful and damaging as it would be without it.

Hydration

We need to hydrate when we’re playing or participating in sports. By hydration we don’t mean drinking sports drinks or sugary drinks; we’re referring to water. Water is an essential part of our dental health and overall health.

Water is needed to keep our body functioning by distributing the nutrients we need to get rid of waste and to keep our muscles moving. So what can water do for our teeth? It keeps them clean. It washes away any food debris or residue that can cause damage to our teeth such as bacteria. Not only does it clean mouth it can dilute the acids produced by the acids in our mouth.

Another advantage of water is, it helps with dry mouth. Our saliva is a significant component of our mouth because it’s the first line of defense we have against cavities and tooth decay. Saliva provides your mouth with the nutrition our teeth need and maintain our mouth clean. Having a low flow of saliva puts us at risk of tooth decay and cavities since it removes the protection from our teeth.   

Our teeth and mouth are essential parts of our overall health. While we partake in outdoor activities and sports, remembering to remain well hydrated is important and to put mouthguards to prevent any mouth-related injuries.

The warm weather is among us, and we should enjoy it, but safety is important, especially our smile. This spring, take the measures you need to have a healthy mouth. If you’re in need of a dental check-up, schedule an appointment with us today!  

 

Health Precautions During National Days in April

Easter Sunday has just past which means you probably had some Easter chocolate eggs or marshmallow birds. It doesn’t even have to be candy sweets; it could be sweet desserts that contain a lot of sugar.

Beginning this month with an Easter egg hunt is a great way to kick off the rest of the national days to come this April. National days celebrating foods that are sweet to the tooth but damaging to our smile. What national days are we talking about?

If you didn’t know already, today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Now, there isn’t anything wrong with having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, however, some products contain more sugar than others. Then, there is National Caramel Day and National Caramel Popcorn Day and many more national days, days of sweetened foods to come and celebrate by eating those delicious foods.

I mean who doesn’t like eating something sugary once in awhile? I know I do, but there are some precautions to take while celebrating national food days especially when it’s foods that can damage our teeth and smile. I’m talking about two types of foods here.

Sticky/Chewy Foods

We are referring to the foods which cling and stick to our teeth and anywhere within our mouth. The foods that overstay their welcome and as a result, help bacteria produce more acid than usual. They are easy to get in between your teeth and can stay there longer.

Acidic Foods/Drinks

As we mentioned before, when food causes bacteria to produce more acid it damages our teeth. Drinking or eating foods or beverages containing citrus or acidic properties are more damaging than you think and can see immediately. Why? Because our tooth enamel is being eroded by the acid. Eroding teeth results in cavities or tooth decay and, in some cases, serious problems like sensitive teeth and discoloration.

These are two of many types of foods we need to keep an eye on especially when Easter has just past and upcoming national days are on the way celebrating foods not so kind to our teeth. When you eat these types of food, it is best to ensure you are rinsing and cleaning your mouth right away to ensure you’re removing any food debris.

Cleaning our teeth immediately afterwards is important to prevent further damage to them from substances that erode our teeth. Flossing your teeth to remove sticky/chewy substances is one way to assure there isn’t more acid production. In addition to keeping up with personal hygiene and self-care, visiting your dentist for a regular clean up and check up is a crucial part of preventative care.

If you’re due for dental check-up soon, make an appointment with our dental office to get your exams with X-rays and cleaning for $97.

What To Do When You Have Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing can be worrisome, so what can be causing your gums to bleed? There are many factors that can contribute to your bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, some are temporary and some are more concerning. Learning about the causes of these can help you better assess what you need to do.  

Causes

What can be causing your gums to bleed? Before making an appointment with the dentist, we recommend you assess and adjust some of the possibilities of why you might be bleeding. Common factors to bleeding gums are:

  • Plaque buildup along the gumline and in between the teeth  
  • Improper dental care and tools
  • Vitamin C or K deficiencies
  • Side effects of medication

Plaque Buildup

By not removing plaque in a timely manner, it can harden into tartar. This leads to gum irritation, bleeding, and into advanced forms of gum disease such as gingivitis or a more serious disease known as periodontitis. Flossing once a day or twice a day can help remove the plaque building up from the food we eat. Once plaque has become tartar you need to make an appointment with your dentist to remove it.

Improper Dental Care and Tools

If your gums are bleeding from brushing or flossing there could be a few things happening. Either you’re dental care regimen needs to change, or the tools you use are  too rough on your teeth and gums. When you floss and notice blood, it can mean you’re using vigorous, aggressive motions with the floss, you need to floss more often, or you’re brushing hard. Being gentle on your teeth when brushing and flossing can help ease the irritation you cause. If you are gentle and regularly brush and floss, you may want to change your medium or firm bristle toothbrush into a soft bristle one.

Unbalanced Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet is important not just for health but for our teeth. We need to have a diet rich in nutrients to keep our teeth and gums healthy. Not eating a meal rich in nutrients can cause vitamin deficiencies particularly vitamin C and K. These two vitamins are pivotal to your oral health since vitamin C is essential to keeping the connective tissues of your gum strong while vitamin K helps block substances from breaking down bone. Having deficiencies in these vitamins can weaken your gums and teeth making them loose and bleed increasing your risk of gum disease.

Medication Side Effects

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen are commonly known as blood thinners, which increase bleeding when you cut yourself. If you brush hard and begin to bleed you might bleed more than you should. Prescribed medication can even cause mild side effects like gum bleeding. Noticing if bleeding gums are a side effect of prescribed medication is reason enough to go see you primary doctor for new medication alternative to rule out medication as a possible reason to your bleeding.

What Do You Do?

Bleeding gums can be rinsed with warm salt water to kill bacteria around the infected area and keep it from spreading deeper into the gums and roots of the teeth. In addition to rinsing your mouth, applying pressure with gauze to stop the bleeding. Make sure your hands and gauze are clean to avoid increasing your infection.   

As I mentioned earlier, before booking an appointment with your dentist right away. try to eliminate some possible causes. Once you’ve eliminated some of the causes and there’s been no improvement in your condition, then make an appointment to see your dentist to get further examinations done.  

Keeping a regular dental check-up with your dentist every 6 months is your first line of defense for any oral or dental conditions from worsening. Be sure to visit your dentist twice a year and to be gentle during your oral hygiene. Healthy teeth and gums makes for a great smile. If you need to schedule an appointment for regular cleaning, call us at 801-747-8018.

5 Ways to Survive Braces

Have you recently gone to the dentist to get braces? We know getting braces on is a big change, and we know you’re wondering how you’re going to survive this!

Change can be uncomfortable, but thinking about the long-term benefits of why you’re going through this treatment will motivate you to see that it’s worth it. But let’s be real, we never see the bright side so quickly as we like to think.

So, we’ve come up with 5 ways to SURVIVE YOUR BRACES! These helpful tips are ways to maintain your oral hygiene to prevent further dental treatment after your braces, and to help alleviate the pain you might experience.

  1. Learn to brush your teeth carefully and after your meals. Yes, you may already know how to brush your teeth but having braces means having extra care. You need to brush all of your teeth gently from top to bottom particularly around the braces. With more surfaces for food and bacteria to hide and build up, brushing after a meal will keep your teeth healthy and clean. An interproximal brush can help get in between your braces (it looks like a little Christmas tree). Ask your orthodontist for techniques on brushing with braces.
  2. Floss your teeth or use gum soft picks to avoid food build up. Using floss with braces will be challenging, yet it’s necessary to prevent bacteria build-up. Eating and maintaining your oral hygiene has just gotten a bit difficult, but if you make it a habit of flossing, you’ll keep your teeth clean and gums healthy.  Floss threaders make it easier for you to be able to get the floss in between each bracket and wire.
  3. Carry dental wax with you. Why might you want to use dental wax? When you get a sore in your mouth due to your braces, the dental wax is great to protect it from further damage. Placing the dental wax over the bracket that’s causing irritation in your mouth will protect it and alleviate your discomfort.
  4. Have over-the-counter pain relievers. As an adult, this is no problem, but with a child make sure you’re giving them right over-the-counter medicines. Most common pain relievers are Tylenol and ibuprofen. Verify with your orthodontists which is better to use and when it should you give it to your child. This is usually given as a last resort to alleviate the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. Having a few on hand can be handy, especially when you’re away from the comfort of your home.   
  5. Numb the pain or discomfort with cold drinks and foods. Experiencing discomfort or pain of any kind is always unpleasant. Drinking or eating something cold like ice cream or a smoothie can help numb the pain which allows you feel at ease. Of course, you don’t want to overdo it with the sugary foods. Try having healthy cold beverages and foods to avoid getting bacteria build up.

Braces can be a pain but the better care you take of your teeth during the process, you’ll see it was worth going through the treatment. You’ll have a beautiful and a healthy smile you’ll want to share. Surviving your braces is always easier when you have a survival kit. When you come in to get braces, you’ll leave with your very own survival kit to help you during your orthodontic treatment! If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment or need consultation, set an appointment with us today.

Dental Travel Tip: When Fillings and Veneers Fall Off

What do you do when your filling or veneer falls off? Panic seems to be the first reaction, but there’s no need to panic. If you take the necessary measures to care and protect your tooth, then you’ll be fine.

It’s difficult to see your dentist when you’re away on vacation, and we are here with some traveling tips on how to deal with your dental mishap. Follow these steps to keep your tooth protected and safe.

  1. Remove the remaining filling or veneer. In some cases, the filling or veneer has broken and left some of the remains. Check that you don’t have any spare parts on your tooth or in your mouth. If you do, carefully remove it without further damaging your veneer or swallowing your filling.
  2. Practice good oral hygiene. An interior of a tooth that’s exposed needs special care and measures to ensure there’s no bacteria growth. Gently brush around and inside the tooth to remove any food debris. As a precaution, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water after eating.     
  3. Protect your tooth with toothpaste, temporary  dental cement, or dental wax. If your veneer or filling has fallen off intact, clean it out and place it back in your tooth with temporary dental cement you can find at the store or toothpaste made for sensitivity. Or you can use dental wax to fill a void. This will protect your tooth from bacteria entering, growing, and accelerating decay. Don’t use home-glue as it can increase your condition to becoming a dental emergency.
  4. Use clove oil to alleviate pain and sensitivity. If you have thermal sensitivity or pain on the surface, you can place dental wax to lessen the pain. But a more efficient method is to apply clove oil to ease discomfort and numb the pain. And you’re in luck, cause we sell it in our office.
  5. Call your dentist. Even though you’re away on vacation, making a dental appointment at your earliest convenience upon your return is important. It will allow you get your tooth examined and taken care of right away.

A fallen filling or veneer doesn’t mean your vacation is at a halt. It just says you have to take precautions to protect your tooth from bacteria growth. Ensuring you clean the area gently or placing dental wax or cement can help decrease your chances of bacteria entering and accelerating tooth decay. Remember to keep your tooth protected until you can see your dentist.

 

Healthy Alternatives to Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is almost here, just 9 days away! Who’s ready? If you’re at a roadblock, we understand what that can feel like. Not knowing what gifts to give to your partner, family, and friends can be overwhelming.

This year why not start your Valentine’s day with a healthy treat? They’re a great way of replacing the sugar sweets with natural sweetness and benefits the body and teeth.

We’ve collected 5 cute, healthy Valentine’s Day treats you can make for your loved ones. They’re easy to make and suitable for kids. So, let the fun treats begin!

Strawberry Roses

Get creative with your strawberries! Roses- who doesn’t want them on Valentine’s day right? Instead of getting flowers make your strawberries into edible roses for an enjoyable snack. This recipe offers a healthy natural sweetness from your strawberries and in a simple arrangement in the form of a planting pot with raisins as dirt.

Ladybug Apples

Now, I know we shouldn’t play with our food, but it’s a lot more fun to make our fruits more appealing to eat than shoving them aside on our plate. Make ladybugs out of your green and red apples! A snack not only for adults but for kids who shy from eating their fruits. Not only will they be fun to look at but they will bring health benefits to your body such as essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that we need, even the calcium our teeth need.

Veggie Bouquet

We can’t forget our veggies! Creating a bouquet of our greens is great food option for a small gathering or party. Adding some green to your diet will increase the functions and maintenance of your body. Fun shape veggies can be more tempting to eat than it’s natural shape and size plus they can be made fit to be snackable bites for children. (If you prefer to have a fruit bouquet, you can always do that too.)

Blueberry-Lemon Tarts

This is a pastry, I know. It’s something for pastry lovers, and different from the other recipes we’ve mentioned. It’s February, and it’s American Heart Month meaning it’s awareness month for heart health. Blueberries are an excellent source of food to promote your heart health and to add flavor to your pastries. Not only will you be eating something delicious but it’ll boost your heart health and contains less than 7 grams of sugar.

Strawberry Ice

For those of us who aren’t that crazy for Valentine’s Day celebration but still want to participate, there’s a way! Consider it a small celebration for you but adds flavor in your water. Strawberry heart-shaped ice allows you to participate in a small way while giving your plain water some sweetness to it. It’s a simple recipe and if you’re struggling to get your kids to drink water add strawberry ices to get them drinking.

This Valentine’s Day give your loved ones something healthy to eat that’ll benefit their body. Have fun making and re-creating recipes you’ll love to use over and time again. Choose to eat naturally sweeten foods and sources of food promoting and increasing the functions of your body and heart health.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and heart health awareness month, treat yourself and your loved ones to treats made of blueberries and strawberries along with raspberries and blackberries as a source of boosting your heart health. Your body will thank you for it later. What healthy recipes do you make during Valentine’s Day or know of that’ll make a great Valentine’s Day treat?  

 

Confirming and Keeping Your Dental Appointments

Do have a dental appointment coming up soon? Have you confirmed it? If you haven’t you should do so now. It’s important you confirm and keep your appointment to avoid any setbacks or getting penalized by your dental office.

When you set an appointment with your dental office, you are setting aside a time not just for you but for the office and its staff. It is valuable thing which is why reciprocal respect of each other’s time is critical. Dental staff make the time to prepare for your visit, to care for your needs, and to complete your treatment. It’s time allocated to serve you.  

Yes, there are times where emergencies come up and offices are willing to accommodate for such incidents. However, repeated failed appointments and short cancellations done in less than 48 hours is not a good reflection on you and doesn’t allow for another patient to get their dental needs met. It gives your dental office less time to accommodate another patient who may need treatment.

You should also consider the penalty dental offices have when patients have failed to meet their appointments repeatedly or cancelled on short notice. Some dental offices will charged you for missed appointments. It’s good to know ahead of time if you’ll be able to meet your appointment time.  

We can’t stress enough the importance of confirming your appointment. When you receive a call or text from your dental office asking to confirm your appointment, it is the perfect time to double check your calendar and confirm you can still make it. If not, then notify them to reschedule for another day and time. It keeps costs at a minimum for your dental office when you confirm dental appointments.

Ignoring confirmation calls does not opt you out nor does it cancel your appointment. You need to call to respond in order to cancel or reschedule an existing appointment. Consider not only yourself in this equation but your dental office and potential patients who could be receiving dental treatment should you choose not to attend.

Confirmation and keeping appointments reflects well on your part but also gives you time set aside to care for your dental needs and treatment. Time scheduled is for dental staff to serve you and ensure your receiving best dental treatment you deserve. So, make sure you confirm your next dental appointment.

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.

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!