How To Familiarize Yourself With Your Dental Insurance

Familiar Dental Insurance

One of the most common problems dental practices run into has to deal with dental insurance. Most often than not, patients don’t understand the policies of their insurance or how their coverage works. What happens when we don’t understand our policy? When we don’t fully comprehend what our benefits, it’s easy for us to assume we are covered or that dental offices should be should know our policies. However, insurance policies all differ and is dependent on the plan we pay or our employer pays, if they provide dental benefits as part of their compensation package. Before visiting the dental office, you want to get familiarized with your policy to fully comprehend what it will cover and what you will have to be responsible.

Tips to Familiarize Yourself with Your Policy

Whether it’s insurance you bought or benefits your employer provides, ask for a copy of your policy. Your policy is your ticket to understanding how your benefits work. There are a couple of things you want to keep in mind, and that’s dental insurance is not medical insurance, they are separate and work differently. Dental insurances don’t cover cosmetic procedures or pre-existing conditions, and they have a 100-80-50 coverage. These are good to keep in mind as we read through our policies. Here’s what you want to look for as you read your policy.

             ☐ Deductible – what you have to pay if any before your benefits start to cover.

             ☐ Covered Services Lists – a table which lists both the service and amount of dollars the plan covers (it will allow you to determine the difference you will be accountable for paying if the dentist fee is greater than the fixed amount).  

             ☐ Annual Limitations – there are yearly maximums to how much coverage you will be given in the year whether it is cost or amounts of procedures (it can help contain cost and maximize benefits).   

             ☐ Preferred Network – some dental insurances only cover services provided by dentists in their preferred network (you want to ensure whether this applies to you; otherwise you will have to pay out-of-pocket).

We want to be aware of all four key elements above to ensure we minimize the costs of treatment and to make the most of our insurance. Reviewing our policy and highlighting key points will not only allow us to pinpoint the details we miss but will enable us to address it if our insurance isn’t willing to pay for it.

In a case where we might in to file a dental claim, we need to get into contact with our insurance to know how to submit one and get notifications on the status of our claim. Some dental practices, not all, offer to file dental claims as a service; however, they are not responsible nor required to do. We need to acknowledge dental offices are not required to submit claims for us but provide us with the necessary documents to file one to get it reviewed soon.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we can assist you in filing a claim or even submit the dental claim for you, but we do ask our patients to be aware of the status of their claim process. Contact us for any questions, feel free to call us at 801-505-7125 or if you looking to see if we accept your dental insurance go to our INSURANCE PAGE to see if your insurance is listed.

What Questions Should We Ask Our Dentist?

Questions Should Ask

Do you ever find yourself at the dental office without questions to ask or with questions in mind but reserving them? I have been here many times, and it’s is usually out of it’s going to be answered which isn’t most of the time. Sometimes we might be reluctant to ask for various reasons whether it’s already been explained, we’re shy, or out fear, it’s a “stupid” question. Regardless of the reason may be, we want to ask questions when we have them.  

Why We Should Ask Questions

Why? Asking questions is not a bad thing, on the contrary, it is good we ask questions not just for you but for the relationship you build with your dentists. Questions can help you and your dentist to

  • Eliminate confusion
  • Guide a conversation where you want
  • Build on and strengthen a relationship (btw patient/dentist)
  • Create empathy through understanding each other views or concerns
  • Gain knowledge   
  • Figure out a solution to a problem
  • Get better answers

If we want to have great dental experience, we have to do more than just let the dental office do the work. We play a role in our experience since we have our expectations of what we expect, want, and the needs we need to be met. Asking questions opens opportunities to allow us to experience the expectations we hope to have when at a dental office but gives the dentist the tools and knowledge they need to create the experience you want and, most importantly, to better assist you during your visit and treatment. Next time you’re at the dental office, don’t hesitate to ask. We want to encourage you to have an open line of communication with your dentist and dental office to enhance your experience better.

Now, there are times when we draw a blank after being asked if we have questions. Doesn’t mean that when they asked, and you don’t have anything you lost the chance to ask, not the case. Most offices can have various lines of communication you can reach out to such as via Facebook messenger, chatbots, or through a phone call. You want to take advantage of the accessibility they have. However, you also want to remember they could be a day to respond when it’s via online communication.

So, what happens if you draw a blank or don’t know what to ask? It can be challenging to generate inquiries especially when you don’t know what to ask or how to formulate it. We’ve compiled a list of questions for specific topics you might want to consider asking next time you’re in for a dental visit.

Questions I Should Ask My Dentist

What kind of questions should we be asking? I don’t know about you, but I get stuck in how to form them. It may be your case, and it’s okay it happens, so how are we going to help? We’ve compiled a list of questions you should be asking on specific topics we may not always be open about or don’t think of at the moment. We highly encourage our patients, including yourself, to ask about our policies, procedures, treatments, or anything related to our practice and how we can provide you with the best experience.

Our Practice

A basic overview of what needs to be addressed about a practice such as policies, regulations, etc. which provide us with a clear understanding of how things work in the practice you go to or plan on going to for your dental healthcare needs.

  • Is there a fee for cancellation or missed appointments?
  • Are there penalties for being late or missing appointments with notifications?
  • Are you open in the late evenings and Saturday?
  • Can I book more than one appointment for my family around the same time?
  • What kind of emergency after hours do you offer?
  • What does your clinic have a specialty?
  • Do your dentist see children as well as adults?
  • Do you have more than one location?
  • Does your office have any promotions going on?
  • How much does a consultation cost?
  • Does your office offer payment plans?
  • Does your office offer services in filing claims or will I have to do that?
  • How does payment work? Will I have to pay the full amount upfront?
  • Does your office accept my insurance?

* Keep in mind some of these questions can be answered through their website and if you can’t locate the answer to your question, reach out to ask.

Dentist

  • What are your approaches to treating patients with special conditions such as medical conditions and disabilities?
  • How are my child’s teeth and jaw developing?
  • Are there signs I should be aware of that indicate oral health problems?
  • How can I ensure I clean my baby’s teeth and gums?
  • Do you have any recommendations of nutrients my child needs concerning their oral health?
  • Does my child need to have x-rays taken for their annual visit? Are there other options?
  • Are there hand signals my child or I should be aware of communicating how we are doing?

Treatment/Procedures

  • Are there other alternative treatments, if so, what are they?
  • What are material options are there for fillings?
  • What kind of sedation do you offer and will I receive for this treatment?
  • Can we spread out the treatment, cover what’s essential first?
  • Will there be follow-up procedures or check-ups, if so, how many appointments can I expect?   

Next time you’re at the dental office don’t be hesitant to ask questions. Asking your dentist about your concerns, their practice, or policies, allows you to eliminate doubts, and confusions you may be having. To get the most out of your dental experience, you need to be able to ask and tell us what concerns you and what you expect, after all, we aren’t mind readers. You want to have open communication with your dentist to develop your relationship with them and express any worries. Feel free to contact our offices via Facebook messenger or by calling out offices at 801-505-7125.

 

Take Advantage of Your Dental Insurance Before It Resets

Dental benefits reset

The last month of the year is here! Only giving us a few weeks to use our dental benefits before they reset for the new year. Dental insurance is not like medical insurance; if you aren’t taking advantage of your benefits, you run the risk of losing your annual maximum for next year. Therefore if you have dental insurance, take advantage of the coverage you pay for to maintain a healthy smile and mouth.

Maximize Benefits

You still have a couple of weeks to maximize your insurance, but you first want to verify with your insurance policy when your benefits reset since some dental insurances may earlier dates. If you’re going to maximize your benefits, here are some of the useful tips you can try.

  • Review policy
  • Update information
  • Visiting a preferred dentist
  • Get annual check-up
  • Split treatment

Prepping for Next Year

If you don’t use your benefits, they expire and reset for the coming year. What does that mean? It means you’re starting from square one. Some dental insurances can adjust your annual maximum based on the amount of coverage you used last year which is why you want to use your benefits. For the coming year, here’s what you need to know about your dental benefits to get the most out of them next year.

  • Reset Annual Maximum – depending on the coverage used this year, it can affect the amount you get next year. You want to ensure you use the most of your annual maximum to keep it.
  • Pay Deductible – a deductible is a sum of money you pay out-of-pocket before your insurance pays for any services. They reset too; and depending on your policy, if you do not meet your deductible, you will continue to pay out-of-pocket. The earlier you start to use your benefits, the quicker you meet your deductible, and the less you pay for treatment.   
  • Fees Increase – fees increase to accommodate for the material and living cost meaning your co-pay will rise, but it’s better than having to pay for the full cost of treatment.
  • Doesn’t Cover Pre Existing Conditions – dental insurances can be particular about what it covers, and if you already have a pre-existing condition, you are more likely going to have to pay out-of-pocket.
  • “100-80-50” Coverage – 100-80-50 is the percentage coverage describing our dental insurance. 100% coverage usually goes to preventative and diagnostic care (excellent for annual check-ups), 80% – 70% on basic procedures, and 50% or less significant treatments. The percentage of coverage is dependent on the plan you or employer purchase.

As you prep for the coming year, you can start getting ready to use your benefits. The first of January leaves you open to begin being proactive in your oral health and start taking practicing good oral habits.

Other Options

What if you don’t have dental insurance? Most people opt out of visiting a dentist because they don’t have coverage or can’t afford to pay for treatment. We get it; it can be off-putting to have to need dental treatment but not be able to afford it.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we have a Dental Discount Program designed to save you money and get the dental care you deserve. Our program is exclusive to our offices only and is a cheaper alternative to insurance. If you want to know about dental insurance, check out Our In-House Dental Discount Program post.    

Fun Facts About Our Mouth

Fun Facts About Mouth

When we think of our health, we usually think of our overall health and the main functions that keep us going such as heart, lungs, and so forth. We hardly think of our oral health as being an essential aspect of our overall health; however, it plays a significant role in keeping us healthy. Instead of giving you paragraphs of information about why it’s crucial we maintain a healthy mouth, we have compiled a list of fun facts about our mouth and saliva that contribute to our health.

Learning is more fun when you can take small bits of information and learn the interesting facts of what makes our anatomy function as a whole. Here’s what we can learn from our mouth and why need to work towards maintaining a healthy mouth.

Mouth/Teeth:

  1. In a lifetime we only have two sets of teeth, our baby teeth, and adult teeth.
  2. Our teeth can reveal a lot about ourselves such as how old we are, what we eat, and where you live. It is a personal record of yourself.
  3. Our teeth are unique! There are no two teeth we have as a baby and adult that is the same; they’re different and unique to us as an individual.
  4. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance of your tooth which is made of dentine.
  5. Many diseases can be linked back to your oral health such as diabetes or osteoporosis.

Tongue:

  1. Our tongue is where we have our taste buds.
  2. All parts of our tongue can sense sweet, salty, bitter, sour and savory tastes, although, the sides of our tongue are more sensitive than in the middle.  
  3. It is the strongest muscle in body but also sensitive.
  4. The tongue helps us speak, spit and swallow food.
  5. Bacteria on tongue causes bad breath.

Saliva:

  1. Saliva contains healing properties which help heal wounds in the mouth faster (it only applies to the mouth).
  2. It’s part of the digestive process as our teeth. Saliva helps break down your food by making it softer.
  3. Our saliva is made up of at least 99% of water which is why we need to stay hydrated and what keeps our mouth lubricated when eating and swallowing.
  4. Saliva protects and cleans our mouth from food particles as it neutralizes the acids in food.
  5. Can’t taste food without saliva! We wouldn’t be able to distinguish the sweet from sour without our saliva.  

There’s always room to learn about our health including our oral health and how we start caring for it. Practicing good oral hygiene is critical to keeping our teeth and mouthy healthy, however, we still need to visit our dentist for an annual checkup. Our dentist can examine our teeth thoroughly and detect if we have minor or severe dental problems that needs to be addressed. If you haven’t visited your dentist this year, don’t wait until your benefits expire or until you start to experience tooth discomfort, make an appointment with today for a consultation by filling out our form.

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Break

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

We want to wish each and every one of our patients and members of our staff a merry and safe Thanksgiving!

Oprah Winfrey once said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Even though Thanksgiving is a day we gather with family and friends to give thanks, we all have something to be grateful each and everyday. Gratitude comes in many forms and we want to encourage you to let the people you love and yourself know what you are grateful for. 

We’re grateful for our patients who have entrusted us to care for them and their families. They are the best! They make us laugh and smile, especially our little patients.  

   

We’re also grateful for our staff who continue to provide the care and treatment our patients deserve.  

 

We want to remind you that our offices WILL BE CLOSED until Monday. However, if there is an emergency contact us via Facebook Messenger or Christine Marie at 801-824-6007 for an emergency.

Again, HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! Be safe and enjoy the break.

Foods Good For Our Teeth And Oral Health

good foods for teeth

We often hear about how there are foods that are bad for our teeth, but rarely do we hear about the foods we should eat which promote a healthy mouth. We can focus on pointing the bad rather than the good which is a bit of a damper if you think about it because you are left wondering what can I eat that’ll be good for me. With so many foods, trying and tasting them isn’t the problem, it’s what they contain that can be either damaging or beneficial to us. Rather than looking at the bad foods we shouldn’t eat, we are going to see what we could eat to help us maintain healthy teeth.  

Have you ever heard of the saying “we’re the food we eat”? We may not like to listen to it; however, there is truth in it. If we spend our mealtime eating sugary foods, we are likely to present some of their properties such as a decrease in energy and have our teeth vulnerable to getting tooth decay. When we choose our snacks and ingredients for our meals, we want to be able to select nutritious foods that will help enhance our overall health which includes our oral health. So, what do you want to choose?

What to Know Before

Maintaining a healthy mouth is a critical aspect of our health since we use our mouth to speak and digest our food. We need to have healthy teeth and gums to help break down our food before we can swallow. When our teeth and gums are unhealthy, the simple process of chewing can be affecting how much we eat and what we choose to eat. It can even change the way we speak if we have teeth missing or if we’re in pain or have discomfort. Part of preserving our oral health is providing it with the foods it needs to function.

Like the rest of our body, our teeth and gums require nutrients to function properly. We sometimes get these nutrients from the foods we eat or supplements our doctor prescribe us. However, it’s preferable to get the nutrients from the food we eat than the supplements. What nutrients do we want to intake? Our teeth, gums and overall oral health requires certain nutrients which help promote a healthy smile and mouth. You want to be selecting foods rich in

  • Calcium and Phosphorus – they’re both needed to build the structure of your bones and teeth.
  • Water – yes, you can drink water, however, eating foods high in water will help neutralize the bacteria found in your mouth and produce saliva while you eat.   
  • Vitamin D – is needed to help absorb the calcium you need for your bones and teeth.
  • Vitamin C – is what helps our tissue develop and repair body tissue along with the function of the immune system and healing.
  • Antioxidants – help reduce inflammation and lower risks of infection.

Now that you know what you want in your foods how can you tell which foods have these nutrients? I think we’ve all been at the grocery store where we’ve been in the same aisle for some time looking at all the food lost in what to choose. I go through this at least once and week. Sometimes we can tell from reading the labels, or when it’s vegetable and fruit, we can have a good idea of what to select. However, other times we don’t know or want to try something new. We want to give you an idea of foods you can choose the next time you want to try a fresh taste or when you go grocery shopping.

Foods That Provide Nutrients

The most apparent foods which are rich in nutrients are fruits and vegetables, although, some are better than others. We’ve listed below possible foods you probably buy or can try to help promote good oral health. Open yourself to some of the delicious tasty flavors of

  • Cheese, yogurt, milk, or kefir
  • Leafy greens veggies such as spinach, kale, and broccoli
  • Fruit like apples, strawberries, oranges, pears, kiwis, and cranberries
  • Fish    
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Nuts and sesame seeds
  • Gum – although it is not food, chewing sugar-free gum can help stimulate the production of saliva which we need to help wash and neutralize bacteria found in our mouth.

Next time we go grocery shopping let us opt for one or two things on this list to ease our way into keeping a healthy smile by providing our mouth the nutrients it needs to function. We still have to brush and floss our teeth on a daily basis to keep our teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you haven’t seen your dentist for your annual check-up, do so now before your end of the year benefits reset. To make an appointment at any one of our two locations, you can fill out our appointment form here, and you’ll hear from us soon.

 

A Trend In Financing Options For Dental Practices

financing options

How many times have you rethought going to see the dentist because you have no insurance or the cost of visiting the dentist? It’s understandable; any form of medical treatment is expensive and continues to become costly as technologies and new advances arise. Even though there is more emphasis on health care, our dental health is as important as the other since dental problems can become severe or be linked to other health problems which is why we recommend seeing a dentist yearly to avoid complications and extensive treatment.

Did you know in 2016 there was approximately  77% of the population with dental benefits which we have seen an increase since previous years due to publicly funded programs (National Association of Dental Plans)? However, there was still “some 74 million Americans [who] had no dental coverage in 2016” (National Association of Dental Plans). Even with coverage, there are still some people who don’t get the treatment they need because of the little coverage their benefits provide. Not all insurance benefits cover all dental procedures, they usually include the basics of preventative care and emergencies. Although, it is great to have the basics covered sometimes our dental needs go beyond the basics which we often have to pay out of pocket.

When we have to pay out pocket that’s where we enter the rethinking loop of whether we should get treatment or not. We get it; We understand the hesitation to get the dental treatment done. Change is constant especially within industries, and sometimes businesses are quick to adapt to changes in their field to either improve their services, products, or company. For the dental area, more dental practices are creating financial options for patients that will encourage them to get treated. A trend which is picking up in some dental practices.  

People who have dental coverage “are more likely to visit the dentist, take their family to the dentist, and receive restorative care” which contributes to their overall health (National Association of Dental Plans). If having or getting access to dental benefits encourages people to seek dental care, as a dental practitioner and dental owner, you want to stimulate people to seek ongoing dental care not merely for the appearance but the health complications that can arise if continue to postpone treatment. Our oral health is as important as overall health.

Some of the ways dental practices are beginning to get creative with financial options are through, in-house payments, flexible payments, credit cards, or loyalty or in-house programs (might want to check the regulation for having a loyalty program). Not all dental practices offer financing options or at least contain one to two choices. You always want to talk with your dentist about your financing options before getting a treatment done to ensure you are both on the same page.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, the goal is to maximize your insurance benefits and make the remaining balance easily affordable. For our patients who have insurance, we are participating providers with up to 30 insurances, to see the full list of the insurances we accept click here. Aside from taking insurances, our financing options include:

  • Accepting cash, debit cards, and major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.     
  • Financing through Care Credit, a third-party health care credit provider, where you can receive promotional values with 0% APR financing for a procedure of $200 or more for a specific period.
  • Enrolling in our exclusive Dental Discount Program, it’s not an insurance but a membership program designed to save you money and get the dental treatment you deserve for you and your family.

If you wish to know about our program or financing through care credit, ask one of our dental staff members, and they will be able to assist you. When you come to our offices, our billing specialist and financial treatment coordinator will go over all financing options and treatment estimates at the time of your consultation to help you better understand your treatment and costs. If you want to make an appointment for a consultation, fill out this form here, and we will get you all set up.

Why Is Replacing A Missing Tooth Important?

missing teeth

When you smile is there an open window? Tooth loss as a child marks a turning point in their life as their adult teeth begin to erupt and the soon visits from the tooth fairy. However, for an adult, a tooth loss becomes an occurrence to be concerned about. It’s not usual for adults to lose teeth to make way for new ones; we only get two sets in a lifetime your baby teeth and adult teeth, when teeth are missing it’s ofte

Losing a tooth may not seem that big of a deal for some if it’s missing from the back where no one can see, but it should still be looked at and replaced by a dentist. Why do we lose teeth as an adult? Find out why and the importance of replacing a tooth.

Why Do We Lose Teeth?

Sometimes we lose our teeth due to an accident whether from playing sports or hitting something with your face. (It happens! Have you not seen the funny videos?) When it’s from an accident, there is nothing to worry about it having to be related to a health problem since you know how you lost your tooth. But if your tooth has fallen without an outside force impacting you then, you might want to contact your dentist so they can examine your teeth. There are a couple of reasons why you might experience tooth loss, and they are due to:

  • Gum Disease – also referred to as periodontitis, is the cause of poor oral hygiene and the inflammation and infection of the gums and can affect the tooth and jawbone. When tartar builds up, it begins to infect the gums which later starts to break down the bone and the supporting tissue of the teeth causing the tooth to loosen and eventually fall out. Visiting the dentist will allow your dentist to examine and ensure your teeth are in healthy shape.
  • Osteoporosis – is a bone disease where the body loses bone or makes little bone which results in your bones becoming weak and to break easily from a fall. When you have osteoporosis, your bones lose density or mass and contains an abnormal tissue structure where there are more space and holes present. It’s a disease which is silent because you can’t feel your bones getting weak. As you get older (around 50 years old), you might want to talk to your primary doctor about getting a bone density test done.    
  • Injury – I mentioned this before, an injury due to playing sports can be another contributing factor, although not as severe as the previous two. Getting hit in the mouth is not the only injury to teeth that can cause tooth loss. Are you a grinder or a clincher? Grinding or clenching your teeth wears them down and loosens them resulting in tooth loss and jaw pain. If you have jaw pain but don’t know why, most people don’t realize they clench or grind their teeth, visit the dentist to ensure it’s not caused by dental damage.

Tooth loss is no fun especially when it prevents us from smiling. Even if you have lost a tooth from the back, you don’t want to keep an open window.

Why Should We Replace Them?

Each of our teeth has a place in our mouth. When we lose a tooth or teeth, the rest of our teeth can start shifting and affect the rest of our oral health. If we leave our smile with empty spaces, there can be changes such as,

  • Moving teeth: an area in between our teeth can cause the possibility of a shift in your teeth alignment which results into your bite changing and possible tooth decay.
  • Affects Speech Patterns: Depending on where you’re missing a tooth, it can affect the way you speak. It can change the sound of a letter or pronunciation of a word which can make you conscious of the way you talk and can lower your confidence or self-esteem.  
  • Bone Loss: there are some cases where bone loss can occur around the missing tooth or teeth.
  • Lack of Nutrition: missing a  teeth makes it difficult to break down certain foods that give our body the nutrients it needs such as vegetables, nuts, and meat. We need to feed our body’s the vitamins and minerals it needs without compromising on the food we eat when we don’t have teeth.

You don’t want to leave your smile with open spaces that results in later complications. When you have experienced a tooth loss, you want to replace it as soon as possible.

Replacing Your Missing Tooth (Teeth)

With new advances in treatment, now you don’t have to be toothless since there are various options for your dentist to replace your missing teeth. These are the three most common methods of treatment.

  1. Bridges – they anchor to the surrounding teeth and can be removable or fixed.
  2. Dentures/Partials – if you have lost more of your teeth, dentures might be for you since it allows for you to have a set of teeth.
  3. Implants – the “artificial tooth roots” that bond with the jawbone and become the base to support your crowns (your artificial teeth).

Every patient’s case differs which is why we recommend you make an appointment with us. Our providers will be able to examine your teeth further and identify any dental problems you may be experiencing. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your oral health and your treatment options.  

What Were Wisdom Teeth Used For?

Wisdom teeth used for

When we’ve been told by our dentist our wisdom teeth need to be removed, do you ever find yourself sitting in the dental chair pondering why we have wisdom teeth that need to be taken out? Most of the time when we think of wisdom teeth removal, we imagine the procedure and the soreness that comes afterward, plus the limitation of foods we have to go through for a couple of days. We know it’s not the ideal treatment when you have to give up eating something you can’t let go of, but sometimes it’s necessary.

Wisdom teeth also referred to as our third molars, don’t always erupted properly. They like to wreak havoc in our mouth especially on our second molars which aren’t pleasant to endure when we start to feel some discomfort and pain. Then, we begin to ask ourselves why our wisdom teeth would come out if we have no room from them? That’s a question we can often find ourselves asking when we’re told they need to be removed. Did we once used them before, and if so for what? Let us find out what theory says about our wisdom teeth.

What’s the theory got to say?

According to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, our third molars were “helpful to our early ancestors who ate tough, uncooked foods that wore away their teeth.” A theory has it that before our ancestors could cook food with fire, their diet contained more grains and hard food which our molars are needed to grind that resulted in excessive wear. If you think about it, the way our ancestors got their food was through hunting and gathering which they had to take their methods of preserving their leftover food. During a time where we needed more molar energy to break down our food, the extra teeth we got from our wisdom teeth were a great help!  

However, of course, with time, our diet and the way we get our food has changed. Our modern diet has less hard foods and more soft foods we can chew with ease or breakdown with less energy from our molars. Since our food is processed, our food remains “fresh” for longer times than before making it soft to break down with our teeth. Aside from our current diet bringing dental problems, it doesn’t promote the development of our jaw and teeth which is why there is no room for our wisdom teeth when they erupt.

Some people might get lucky and not get their wisdom teeth while others get their wisdom teeth without having to get them removed. But it is rare when it happens, most of the times others have all four wisdom teeth come in at once which can often lead to problems. Over time our jaw structure has adapted to the changes in our current diet and way of gathering food. Having a smaller jaw creates a problem with our wisdom teeth, it can either impact our teeth or block them from erupting. These problems can cause infections due to bacteria growth or discomfort and pain from ramming into another tooth. There is no way of really knowing what complications you can get from wisdom teeth if any.

When do wisdom teeth come in?

Our wisdom teeth begin to erupt around the age of 17 and 21. Visiting the dentist for our annual check-ups ensures our teeth’s health including the development of our wisdom teeth. Through x-rays, your dentist can identify whether you’ve developed your wisdom teeth and if they’re causing dental problems in your mouth. You want to consult with your dentist first to discuss your dental issue, treatment, and costs.

Wisdom teeth are expensive, but at The Center of Dental Professionals, we are offering a deal you can’t refuse. For $897, you can have all your wisdom teeth removed plus IV sedation! Don’t miss out on our ONE LOW ORTHO FEE you can’t get anywhere else. Book an appointment with our offices by filling out our form here.

What theories do you have on why we have third molars we don’t have room for? Let us know in the comments below.

What’s Gingivitis?

What is Gingivitis

The most common dental problems we can often hear in a dental office is dental cavities, root canals, tooth extraction or crowns. It’s not every day we hear the word gingivitis being thrown around, let alone know what it is. So, what is gingivitis and why should we treat it as soon as we are diagnosed with it?

These are some of the topics we will be discussing in this post. It’s important to know we can face other dental problems which we must treat to avoid further complications to our oral health. What do we need to know first?

What is Gum Disease?

You may think gum disease is another topic of its own. You’re right, it is, however, it is related to gingivitis. How? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues supporting and surround our teeth. It is usually caused by poor oral hygiene that allows plaque buildup to harden and affect the tooth and gums which can cause to soreness, bleeding gums, and tooth loss.

What’s Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums which is referred to as the first stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat. It’s the non-destructive stage of gum disease; however if left untreated it can lead to serious dental problems and an advanced stage of gum disease.

Causes of Gingivitis

When plaque accumulates around and in between the teeth, it can destroy our gums’ tissue, but first, our immune system is the first to respond. Here are some factors that are likely to cause you to develop gingivitis.

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Crooked teeth – makes harder to clean teeth properly
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Age
  • Illness
  • Genetics
  • Medications

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Caused by the plaque buildup, the early signs of symptoms we can experience are:

  • red, swelling gums
  • tender gums
  • bleeding of gums while brushing or flossing
  • bad breath

Although there can be a mild case of gingivitis, regardless of its acute or chronic case, it should still be treated since it can progress to something more serious.

Treatment Methods

When gingivitis is caught early and is treated early, it is possible to reverse the effects of plaque buildup. Treatment is first started at the dentist office and then carried on at home. Once you have been diagnosed with gingivitis, your dental professional will remove the buildup of plaque or tartar that has around your teeth. You might feel discomfort depending on how much plaque you have and the sensitivity of your gums.

Once your dentist has removed all plaque from your teeth, they go over oral hygiene tips and why it’s critical to continue to practice good oral hygiene. Sometimes, dentists may make follow-up appointments to continue to monitor your teeth and ensure they are properly clean.  

If your dentist diagnoses you with other dental problems, part of maintaining a healthy mouth and smile is correcting any other problems that contribute to oral hygiene. You don’t want to leave them untreated and expect to have a healthy mouth.

At home, you want to continue to practice good oral hygiene such as brushing twice a day especially before bedtime, flossing once a day, and maybe even rinsing your mouth with mouthwash. Taking caring our teeth starts at home, and when we lack to care for them, that’s when dental problems begin to arise.

Dentists can’t emphasize enough the importance of practicing good oral hygiene. If you haven’t had your annual dental check-up, don’t wait until you start to see or feel symptoms. Make an appointment with your dentist by filling out the form here to book an appointment.

If you want to know more information about gum disease or gingivitis, we’ve provided you with links.  

Gum Disease

Gingivitis