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!       

Discount Dental Program

Have you heard of our Discount Dental Program? We’re excited to present our patients with our discount plan which can alleviate some of the financial burdens of dental procedures and bring satisfaction to them. We’re dedicated to bringing our patients alternatives to receiving the dental care they deserve and seek for a healthier and beautiful smile. The Discount Dental Program allows our patients of The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kid’s Place Dentistry to receive affordable dental care for themselves or their families.

It is designed for you to save money and it’s a perfect plan our patients without insurance to enroll in to get the dental treatments they require. It offers you with an affordable alternative for you and your family to visit your dentist without worrying about high expense.

The Discount Dental Plan?

It’s developed to provide better service to our patients and to have them receive the best dental care they deserve! It’s a membership program where you pay a yearly fee and receive discounted rates on preventative and restorative treatment options at both dental offices at The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kid’s Place Dentistry. Note, this is an in-house discount program only offered in our offices and NOT insurance.

Our Discount Dental Program is more flexible than an insurance because you get to control your money and how and where you want to spend it depending on the treatment best suited to your needs. This an excellent plan for our patients who don’t have dental insurance, plus you get to save on dental procedures without the expensive cost of insurance.

What is Offers?

By enrolling in our Discount Dental Program, you will receive the following services:

  • Prophylaxis Cleaning 2x a year
  • Fluoride Varnish 2x a year  
  • Full Mouth Bite Wing X-ray 2x a year
  • Panoramic X-ray every other year
  • Unlimited amount of limited exams*
  • Reduced pricing on treatment options

*ask our dental assistants about what’s included in our limited exams.

What’s the cost?

The annual and monthly cost for adult and child membership vary. A one-time processing fee will apply for every additional membership at the time of purchase.     

    Adult Annual – $165.00

    Adult Monthly – $14.58

    Child Annual – $95.00

    Child Monthly – $8.75

If you don’t have dental insurance and require dental treatment but feel it’s unaffordable, then consider signing up for our Discount Dental Program! It’s a great plan to get the dental treatments and healthcare we deserve to preserve our oral health. Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns, questions, or want to enroll. We are here to help you.

Massive Fire Nearly Destroys Dental Office

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.