Healthy Spring Treats to Kick Off Spring Parties

Spring is among us, and the warm, sunny parties are just beginning. Planning and getting everything sorted is a challenge in itself but selecting foods for a get together can be difficult too. We are left to think about what the weather will be like, what foods our guests might like, is anyone allergic to certain types of foods, and what is easy but delicious to make. Depending on how many guests are going to be attending you want to be able to cook something that is quick to make.

Having a light snack or appetizer before the main course is always good to have in mind. They are a way of keeping guests happy as they wait for everyone to arrive and for the lunch or dinner to be served. Here are some recipes we’ve found that is quick to make and great for your health!

Fruit and Yogurt Salad Consider a light snack with a natural sweetness that comes from the fruit rather than artificial sugars. Fruits are less damaging to the teeth and provide nutrients we need. It’s a great salad for an appetizer or dessert.

Fruit Mint Salad   Yes, another salad! You can never go wrong with salads. They are easy to make, come in many varieties, and are delicious. This salad mainly has no yogurt in it. It’s all fruit with a hint of mint. Mint is good to have an appetizer since it’s a palate cleanser and helps soothe your stomach and indigestion. A food plate for your teeth and overall health.

When it comes main courses, what is a better way to treat your guests to something different and small to eat?

Fajitas A cuisine we are familiar with, however, this a completely different plate. It’s a meatless plate with black beans and pineapple! You read right, meatless. No need to worry about the pieces of meat getting trapped between your teeth and if you’re vegetarian or vegan this the plate for you. You get all the protein you need without having meat stuck in your teeth.

Zucchini Boats and Spring Pizzas Are fun plates to have if children are present. They both contain vegetables but are in the form of a pizza. Pizza is good, but it’s not always the best choice to have if it’s oily and full of tomato sauce. These two plates are both small and have less acidic food ingredients that damage our teeth’s enamel.

We can’t forget the drinks! Spring is a warm season which means it’s all about the refreshing beverages. Instead of choosing soft sodas, artificial juices, and alcoholic drinks, opt-out for a beverage that’s better for your teeth and overall health.

There are additional drinks we can serve which are kinder to our teeth and help with our overall health but still offer a good taste. Keep in mind when making juices from fruits and vegetables, it is always better to make them yourself without using or buying artificial sweeteners and imitation fruit or vegetable flavors. There’s nothing more tasty and better than homemade foods and drinks. What are some of the homemade spring treats you like to make when you get ready for a spring party? Tell us in the comments below.        

 

Our Exclusive One Low Fee for Wisdom Teeth Extraction

There are times when your wisdom teeth can remain untouched if they provide no harm to your gums, teeth, or bone, but will be monitored to ensure there is no change. However, if your wisdom teeth are showing signs of complications then, removing them will be the best solution to further prevent infection and extensive dental treatment.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we want to make dental treatment affordable and the best you deserve. We are now offering an exclusive offer of ONE LOW FEE of $897 for ALL wisdom teeth removal plus IV sedation!

Call us today to book an appointment at 801-501-7125 for your consultation today.

 

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.   

 

One Low Wedding Fee: Teeth Whitening

Wedding season is on the way, and spring is the time to get the last minute check-ups and details all in order before the wedding. Planning the wedding is always the stressful part of the event itself from getting the venue, catering, flowers, the perfect wedding dress, photographer, just to name a few. The list is endless, and at the end of the day, you want to look your best for your spouse-to-be.

Part of looking your best is, having the right dress, the right hairdo, the proper accessories, and shoes. We tend to fixate on every little detail, and we want to look great, confident and smiling. We want to have photos that show us this and our smile is one of the details we tend to focus on.

Besides having the great smile, we want to have glossy-white teeth. And at The Center of Dental Professionals, we want to help you make this possible! But before you can start treatment for whitening your teeth, we want to ensure you take these steps to get the teeth you want and that they’re healthy.

1. Make an appointment with your dentist. You want to consult with your dentist first. You want to make sure your teeth are healthy before starting an intensive treatment on your teeth as it can damage your enamel if they are not healthy.

There are preparation steps that need to be taken for your safety such as evaluating and diagnosing your oral health. If dental problems are present, there will be a need to treat them before starting the process of whitening your teeth. During this visit, your dentist can advise you whether you’re eligible to whiten your teeth and what different options are both safe and effective.

If your teeth are not healthy, don’t get your teeth whitened. Don’t go home and try to whiten your teeth if your dentist didn’t do it. You will only be extending the damage of your teeth to further pain and dental problems like discoloration of teeth and losing teeth.

2. Let’s begin your treatment. Once you have had a full evaluation and diagnosis of your teeth and have been cleared, then consult with your dentist to see what treatment is right for your teeth. Even though your teeth are healthy, you want to make sure your teeth aren’t receiving an intense treatment that can damage your healthy teeth. There are various options to choose from such tray whitening to whitening strips to bleaching systems.    

During this process, you might experience discomfort, sensitive teeth and possibly irritation in your gums.

3. After treatment, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. Just because you whiten your teeth does not mean your teeth are clean or healthy. On the contrary, after you’ve gone through the treatment, your teeth’s enamel will have become weaker. This means caring for your teeth is essential. Brushing twice a day and flossing is critical to protecting your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria, acid production caused by sugars in our mouth, and to help maintain your white teeth.

Just because your teeth have been whitened does not mean that they will remain white. Your teeth are now vulnerable so what you eat and drink can cause them to stain. There are foods and beverages you might want to restrain from having.

Foods such as

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranate
  • Red Wine

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we want to help you have the smile you want to see! Which is why our office is offering you a deal you can’t refuse.

If you’re a bride, you can get our one time offer of $149 up until June 30, 2018. Please note you will need to present a wedding announcement or documentation verifying your wedding date to get our offer.

Remember, whitening your teeth takes time to ensure your safety and teeth’s health. So, if you are interested in whitening your teeth, book an appointment with us today by calling  801-505-7125 to consult with our dentist.

*NOTE: Consultation and other dental treatment is not included in the offer.*

 

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!  

 

Orthodontics Treatment: Braces for One Low Fee

Orthodontic treatment is important to get when needed as it can result in a healthy smile and mouth, treatment remedying any irregularities found in the teeth and jaws such as braces. Braces are the most common orthodontic treatment to align teeth. Orthodontic treatment involving braces usually begins between the ages 8 and 14 even up into adulthood.  

When do you need braces and why should you get them?

Well, you need braces to align your teeth, that’s what they are used for. Getting braces as soon as there are signs of misalignment is critical to preventing further dental problems down the line. What indicates we need braces:

  • Crowding – when there’s not enough space for your teeth resulting in crooked teeth. The most common reason to get braces especially for kids.
  • Overbite – when there’s overlap of the front lower teeth by the upper teeth.
  • Crossbite –  is an abnormal bite where one or more teeth are at a buccal or lingual position than the opposing teeth. It’s a misalignment of the dental arches.
  • Underbite – is where all the upper teeth are behind the lower teeth.
  • Open Bite – is when front upper and lower teeth do not touch even when the mouth is closed.

Ensuring that these conditions don’t worsen is critical to our teeth and oral health. We don’t want to leave these dental and oral conditions left untreated since overtime; it can worsen and cause more dental harm. If left untreated, you can experience the following complications:

  • Oral hygiene
  • Plaque
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Gum disease
  • Jaw problems
  • Chewing
  • Speech problems 

Not to mention there’s an increased risk of fracturing your front teeth and wearing your teeth out. We need our teeth for breaking down foods and for speaking. It plays a vital role in our overall health, so we need to take measures to prevent dental problems and maintain a healthy smile and healthy mouth.

New braces systems align teeth in a gentle, comfortable and faster possible way for the patient!

With new technologies and new treatment methods, orthodontic treatment involving braces has become more optional, comfortable, and with fewer adjustments and dental visits for the patient.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we offer two brace systems our specialized dentists use to treat patients. They are the Damon System and Fastbraces, both of which align teeth but in a much gentle manner than traditional braces.

What’s the difference between the Damon System and Fastbraces?

Both of these brace systems are used to treat misalignment of the teeth in a faster way. However, the approach to straighten teeth is very different.

Damon System is a self-ligating brace that allows you to experience treatment without tightening since the need for elastic bands are eliminated. They were designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to clean. Treatment time for this bracing system is shorter than conventional braces.

Fastbraces is a system that is a non-extraction system. It uses an innovating triangular bracket and square shape wire to correct the position of root from the beginning of treatment. This is done through the combination of realigning the root and crown of the tooth simultaneously for a one-step approach to straighten teeth. Treatment time for this bracing system can last up to 3 months or 1 year.   

At our dental offices, we are offering one low fee for both bracketing systems. What’s the ONE LOW FEE? For $3999, you’ll get your orthodontic treatment with a monthly payment as low as $97.

Call us at 801-505-7152 today to make an appointment to start your orthodontic treatment 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.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction One Low Fee

What do you know about wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the late bloomers of our mouth also known as our last molars. They usually erupt between the age of 17 and 21 during the beginnings of our adulthood.

Wisdom teeth can be complicated teeth that can cause us pain and swelling. Part of the reason why this happens is, wisdom teeth usually don’t emerge properly or are impacted. What does that mean? It means it’s the root of your discomfort and pain.

When wisdom teeth start to erupt, they can come out improperly which can lead to many complications such as:

  • allows food to become trapped causing cavity-causing bacteria to grow.
  • make it difficult to floss between wisdom teeth and neighboring molars.
  • allows bacteria to enter the gums for infection to occur.
  • painful crowding and disease.

Impacted teeth can cause great discomfort and swelling in the gums and jaw. Having impacted teeth means

  • there’s no room for them to come out causing them to crowd or damage other teeth.
  • can form a cyst on or near the impacted tooth damaging the roots of teeth or destroy the bone supporting your teeth.

Removing your wisdom teeth is a short process but is usually a longer dental recovery.

If your wisdom teeth are showing signs of complications, removing them is the best solution to prevent further infection or dental treatment.

Before getting your wisdom teeth removed, you want to talk with your oral surgeon about the process, questions you might have about the surgery, and the type of anesthesia you’ll be getting. Knowing as much as you can about the procedure and what to expect can ease some of the anxiety you might be feeling.  

During the surgery, you can expect it to be 45 minutes or less to remove your wisdom teeth. There are 3 types of anesthesia you can be given,

  1. Local anesthesia – the numbing of the gums and may even be given nitrous oxide to breathe to relax you or doze you off.
  2. I.V. sedation – numbs your mouth and might inject into your veins to make you drowsy.
  3. General anesthesia – you are put to sleep throughout the whole process by injecting you through the veins or breathing gas in through a mask.

Once you’ve been sedated, your wisdom teeth will be removed and stitched up in no time. The process of recovery can take 4 days up to a week but it is dependent on every person.

If you’re in need of getting your wisdom teeth removed you’re in luck! We’re offering a ONE LOW FEE of $897 for….get ready for it…

ALL wisdom teeth removal plus IV sedation…for just a low fee of $897.

Call today to book an appointment or consultation. Get your wisdom removed in no time without breaking the bank.

Healthy Treats for St. Patrick’s Day

March is here along with another holiday we celebrate to the fullest. St. Patrick’s day occurs on March 17 in observance of the death of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick and was first celebrated as a religious feast. Now, it has become more than just a feast but has evolved into festivals, parades, music, and everything green to celebrate Irish culture.

It’s the only month and day where we see the most green food and drinks and one of the reasons we need to be precautious about eating such food. This year make healthy delicious food that appeals to both you and your child or guest. If you’re looking to add green to your food, then we have some yummy recipes for you to try in celebration.

Green Eggs

They are not just green eggs but, ham as well. In addition to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with your food make a tribute to Dr. Seuss with this green eggs and ham recipe we’ve found for you. What a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and a beloved author with your breakfast eggs. Get the protein, nutrients and healthy full breakfast you need to keep you energized throughout the day and that is kind to your teeth.

Green Tortilla Chips

Making your own tortilla chips can be fun because you can make them in the shape of a shamrock, pot-of-gold, or anything St. Patrick’s Day theme! Tortilla chips may seem simple but they’re food accessories for party gatherings or just for your meal. Place them with your salad, on a plate with red or green salsa, or better yet nachos! It’s a festive way of celebrating and making your gathering or party St. Patrick’s Day theme.

Shamrock Smoothie

You’ve probably heard of shamrock smoothies before but we’re talking about a different shamrock smoothie. When you make your own shamrock smoothie rather than buying it you are opting out from the preservatives and sugar you find in the bought shamrock smoothies. Smoothies are easy to make and great if you’re in a rush in the morning or just want a snack.  

Now, you don’t need to have green food to celebrate. When we think of St. Patrick’s Day we think of shamrocks, everything green, and beer but what about the rest of what we associate with the day? The leprechauns, the pot-of-gold, and the rainbow where the gold lies. We can have rainbow colored food with are own yum pot-of-gold.

Veggie Wraps

A rainbow veggie wrap with bright rainbow colors, how fun is that. It looks like you are eating candy but it’s all healthy nutritious food. This is a great dish to serve at gatherings and children or even for a lunch meal. Keeping it simple and rich in nutrients allows you to maintain your teeth safe and healthy from the sugary foods. You can even cut the wrap to make them appear as rolls, smaller wraps for those of us who don’t eat that much.

Fruit Trifle

Need a snack during the day or after your meal opt for getting a rainbow fruit trifle! Have fun picking out your favorite food to create your rainbow tower of natural sweets. Fruits are great sugar alternatives to give to your children plus they provide the nutrients your body needs. They are easy snacks to make and take on the go.

During this holiday celebration, try new recipes which are both good and healthy for your teeth and body. Keeping healthy teeth is important step to maintaining your overall health and what better way to do it by making your own meals or snacks. What are some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day foods to eat?

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.