All About Mouthguards!

Football season is coming up, and we all know what the means! Concussions, broken bones, torn ligaments, and so many other potential injuries. But have you ever thought about your child’s teeth when they are playing high impact sports?

A chipped, cracked, or even a lost tooth is a possible injury that your child could sustain during a game. With a mouthguard, the teeth are protected and have a barrier between the contact and the teeth.

Are mouthguards really that important?

The answer is an astounding YES! Not only do they help protect teeth, but they are known to help lessen the severity of concussions and help with overall jaw injuries.

According to the American Dental Association,” an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard.”

So your child doesn’t play football. Do they participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, lacrosse, soccer? Do they skateboard, snowboard, mountain bike, rock climb? All of these are activities that the participant can benefit significantly by wearing a mouthguard.

There are a few mouthguard options that you have with your child: the stock mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” mouthguard, or a custom mouthguard made by a dentist.

Here at The Center of Dental Professionals, we can make custom fitting mouthguards that will fit your child better than any store-bought one.

Each option has a different price point, but you pay for what you get. When you go with a store-bought option or even a boil-and-bite one, they often don’t fit correctly and are made from less resistant material.

A custom mouthguard is the better choice for many reasons! When a mouthguard is more comfortable, your child will wear there’s more! When a dentist makes a custom mouthpiece, they are made with more durable materials and offer more protection and are longer-lasting.

On Monday, August 19, we are offering a deal on mouthguards! For only $149, your child can get fitted for a custom mouthguard! Call us at (801)747-8018 and we can set up an appointment to get your child fitted for their custom mouthguard!

We can help take a little stress out of the football season and your child’s involvement in sports this school year!

We’ve Got You Covered!

I don’t know if you have been around here long, but we at The Center of Dental Professionals love to be able to offer our services to everyone! We know that insurance can be tricky to work with sometimes. And often we know that insurance isn’t always available to everyone or offer good dental coverage.

About 74 million Americans do not have dental insurance. That is close to a quarter of our country’s population who does not have access to affordable dental care. Or even dental care at all.

It has been proven that when we meet someone for the first time, one of the first things that we notice about them is their smile/teeth. If someone doesn’t have access to proper dental care, are they setting themselves back in the public world?

We offer a myriad of options to make sure that every person has access to top of the line dental care.

 

Discount Dental Plan:

Our first option of payment and coverage is a plan that is unique to our office. While the Discount Plan does not take the place of insurance, it helps make the costs manageable for those without insurance.

Each plan comes with two cleanings, fluoride varnish, and x-rays! Our three treatment options offer even more services and treatments.

We created this plan to serve our patients better and aid them in receiving the best dental service!

The first thing I am sure you are asking is, what is the cost?

Adult Annual: $165.00

Adult Monthly: $14.58

Child Annual: $95.00

Child Monthly: $8.75

See I told you that we made it affordable for everyone! Call in at (801)747-8018 to get more information and answers to your questions!

 

Medicaid:

Our office also accommodates those patients that are covered by Medicaid.

“Medicaid is a state/federal program that covers medical expenses for certain groups of people who have limited income and resources.”

https://medicaid.utah.gov/

Medicaid is an excellent option for assistance if you qualify. Go to the above link to get more information and see if you are eligible for coverage.

We want to see every person with a smile that they feel confident showing off. Because of that, we offer many options to ensure that anyone who wants dental care can have it. If you have any questions about your options, or would like to talk through your financial arrangements with us before you come in to give us a call at (801)-747-8018!

 

Come join the family! Despite your situations, and your insurance coverage, we want to see you in our waiting room soon! Call the number above for appointment booking and feel free to visit our website to get more information about our office!

 

 

Tongue Cleaning: Is it something we need to do?

Should we be scrubbing our tongues clean?

We focus so much on our teeth and making sure those are in tip-top shape, that often our tongues get overlooked. But is cleaning our tongue something that needs to be done?

Think about it, just like our teeth, everything that we eat and drink comes in contact with our tongue.

According to healthline.com John D. Kling, DDS, said: “Bacteria will accumulate greatly in the areas of the tongue between the taste buds and other tongue structures.”

Those areas on our tongues are mating grounds for bacteria! If we don’t take care of that it can lead to bad breath, higher bacteria growth, plaque build-up, potential loss of senses, and not taking care of our tongue can even end up damaging our teeth!

Of course, many of these things take a long time to develop and are worse case scenarios, but we still need to be aware! So while that might have been a tad dramatic, knowing these things help motivate us to establish a habit of good oral hygiene that includes scrubbing/brushing your tongue.

Now that we know that cleaning our tongue is necessary for our daily routine, we can dive into the question you are all asking; “How I do I clean my tongue?”

There are many ideas and suggestions out there, so we have gathered some of the more common ways to help you better take care of your mouth.

Brushing: Every morning and night when you are brushing your teeth take a few extra seconds and run those bristles across your tongue. Make sure you are cleaning all around, but still being careful! Our tongues are sensitive and have a layer of skin on them, so when brushing, you need to make sure you aren’t causing damage.

Tooth scraper: Much like a toothbrush, you can purchase a tooth scraper at your local drug/grocery store. Add this to your daily toothbrushing, and it will assist in the fight against bacteria and bad breath!

Mouthwash: Mouthwash is also an excellent cleaning method that can be effective when paired with brushing your teeth. Most mouthwashes have ingredients that target the bacteria in your mouth and on your tongue and leave your mouth feeling nice and fresh!

Lastly, if you want more options, or want to talk to someone not named Google to get more information; chat about it with your dentist the next time you are in for a visit! They will have lots of additional information and can offer suggestions for a more personalized routine to help you clean ALL parts of your mouth.

If you have not seen your dentist for your yearly check-up, call us at 801-747-8000 or submit an appointment request to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon! Happy brushing!