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.

 

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.

Dental Health Tips to Keep Your Mouth and Smile Healthy

health dental tips

Our oral health is equally as important as our overall medical health. We use our teeth and mouth to digest and speak on a daily basis which is why it’s critical we learn to care for our teeth properly. We always want to ensure we clean all of our teeth not just some and that we are gentle when doing so.

As adults, we have more liberty to choose what we can eat and not. Some of the foods we want can be good for us while others not so much. It’s not to say you need to stop eating them, on the contrary, having them in moderation or sparingly can help us avoid running into future dental problems. Even as we eat the foods we shouldn’t, there are some tips we can make great use of to prevent dental problems and keep a healthy mouth. What kind of tips? Below we’ve listed healthy tips we can start applying to our daily oral hygiene routine.

Babies:

Babies rely on the help and care a parent gives when it comes to their teeth and gums. A baby requires the same attention as a teen and adult when cleaning their teeth. Even though their baby teeth are temporary, you want to ensure you avoid dental problems to their permanent teeth. Here are quick tips to consider when cleaning your child and feeding them.

  • Serve them naturally made juices (without sugar)
  • Don’t let them fall asleep with their baby bottle if it has juice or milk to avoid developing bottle decay.
  • With a wet cloth, gently clean their gums and tooth (until they are old enough to use a toothbrush).
  • Encourage them to eat snacks that are healthy for them (i.e., fruits, cheese, vegetables).
  • Visit a pediatric dentist once your child has turn one to ensure their teeth are developing properly and have healthy gums.

Adolescents:

When our kids get older, they have more freedom to choose the types of foods they can eat whether it is healthy or not. But we can influence it by having only healthy meals and snacks in the house. If you have a teen in the house, here are some helpful dental tips to remind them about.

  • Brush twice a day (especially before going to bed)
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Don’t neglect to clean your tongue (can lead to plaque build-up and bad odor)
  • Limit your intake of sugary and acidic drinks
  • Drink more water (esp. if you have eaten sugars, carbohydrates, and acidic foods)
  • Wear mouthguards when playing sports or at night
  • Visit your dentist annually for regular check-ups.

Adults:

With age, our health begins to decline, and that includes our oral health as well. We need to continue to take extra care of our teeth as we age to ensure our teeth continue to remain healthy and functioning. As we age, we want to continue to follow the same tips as an adolescent will.

  • Brush twice a day (especially before going to bed)
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Don’t neglect to clean your tongue (can lead to plaque build-up and bad odor)
  • Use mouthwash
  • Limit your intake of sugary and acidic drinks
  • Drink more water (esp. if you have eaten sugars, carbohydrates, and acidic foods)
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables (the crunchy, the better)
  • For dry mouth sip sugarless drinks or sugarless gum
  • Wear mouthguards at night if you clench or grind teeth
  • Visit your dentist annually for regular check-ups (twice a year)

When we are undergoing brace treatment or have dentures, we always want to ensure we are taking the proper measures to keep our teeth clean. At home, we can care for our teeth, but visiting the dentist is critical to preventing further dental complications as well as to examine our teeth and gums are healthy. If you need to visit the dentist, don’t wait to fill out our appointment  to book an appointment before the end of the year.  

 

Myths About Our Teeth: True or False

Myths about teeth

When it comes to our health, there will be some misconceptions we often believe that hold no truth. At least that’s the case when it has to deal with our oral health. Why does it matter?  Some of the misconceptions we take to be true can cause more harm to our teeth than we think.

Whether we practice or believe these misconceptions of our oral health, here are seven common myths we hear about teeth. Find out why we shouldn’t be quick to take them to heart.

Myth: The Harder You Brush, The Cleaner Your Teeth

   You would think that because you are scrubbing your teeth harder, the cleaner they will become such as when you scrub the title or counter. On the contrary, instead of making your teeth any cleaner, you are only harming your teeth.

   Brushing your teeth too hard or using a firm toothbrush can wear your tooth down by eroding the enamel that protects the inside of the tooth and even the gums. When you are too abrasive with cleaning your teeth, you make your teeth more vulnerable to sensitivity and having dental problems. Dentists recommend you not press too hard against your teeth and to use a soft brush which is less harsh on your teeth and gums.

Myth: You Should Brush After Every Meal

The reasoning behind brushing your teeth after every meal is straightforward in wanting to remove leftover food or protect our teeth from tooth decay. However, before you get your toothbrush ready, you want to wait awhile.

When we eat, our teeth are undergoing harsh movements as they break our food down and chew it. During this time, our teeth become vulnerable temporarily. So when you brush after a meal, you may wear off some of your tooth enamel. Besides, the process your mouth goes through as it begins to digest the food has a purpose of breaking down it down and washing any food particles, remember our saliva is a line of defense to our teeth. Not to mention, the dentist recommends you brush your teeth twice a day. There is no need to be continually brushing.

Myth: Stop Flossing Your Teeth If They Bleed

   Spotting blood is a flag of alertness, in this case, when we see blood in our teeth due to flossing, we find ourselves stopping and not trying it again. We get it; no one wants to make themselves bleed.

   However, because your gums bleed doesn’t mean you should stop flossing. Our gums can bleed due to inflammation. Inflammation is caused when there is bacteria build-up causing the swelling and the reason for the bleeding. If you don’t floss daily but ever so often or twice a month, there’s the problem. Flossing on a daily basis will help reduce the plaque and bacteria build-up along with the bleeding. Another reason our gums can bleed is we are too rough when flossing. We want to be gentle and if you need tips on flossing ask your dentist or dental assistant for some suggestions.

Myth: Sugar Is The Cause Of Cavities

Even though sugar does cause cavities, we can put all the blame on the sugar. Aside from the candy, there are other forms of getting tooth decay. Carbohydrates are another source of food to the bacteria found in our mouth.

Carbohydrates are as harmful as sugar since it lingers in our mouth and is broken down to simple sugars. When it is broken to sugar, the bacteria then starts to produce acid resulting into wear and decay. Doesn’t necessarily mean sugar is the only cause of cavities. Other foods we eat on the regular can cause tooth decay such as chips, crackers, or white bread to name a few. Just make sure you rinse your mouth with water or floss after eating.

Myth: A Toothache Means You Have A Cavity

   Toothaches to us can mean we have a cavity, but it isn’t the case all the time. We can have pains for various reasons some more serious than others. But cavities aren’t the only dental problem to cause toothaches.

   They can result from grinding your teeth, sinuses, impacted teeth, misalignment, or gum disease. Before you diagnose yourself, visit the dentist to find out what is the primary cause of your toothache. Most of the time, dental problems are no visible to our eyes which is why we recommend getting a dental check-up to verify it isn’t a severe problem.

Myth: Don’t Need To Fix Baby Teeth Since They Fall Out

   We know baby teeth are only temporary fillers until our adult teeth come out which is why we come to think they don’t need to be fixed or check. However, our baby teeth no matter how long they’re with us, they still play a role in our oral health.

   If we neglect a need for dental treatment on a child’s tooth, it can later affect their adult teeth which are permanent. This can happen through purulent inflammation. When it comes to caring for the baby teeth of your child, we want to ensure we brush them and teach them to practice good oral hygiene.

Myth: White Is A Natural Teeth Color

Teeth are not white naturally. Not everyone’s teeth are the same. Many factors determine the color of our teeth such as the thickness and enamel shade, not to mention there can be health problems which affect the coloring of our teeth.

You can have healthy teeth and have them be an off-white or a bit yellow. In general, our teeth fall in a yellow spectrum and is dependent on our enamel. You can have a thick and lighter shade of enamel which reflects the lighter shade of teeth color, but it doesn’t mean it is the natural color of our teeth. Remember our teeth color changes over time with age, the foods, and drinks we have, and health problems we might have. If you want to have your teeth whitened, we recommend getting a consultation to see if your teeth are healthy and strong to endure the treatment, you don’t want to damage your teeth.

Our oral health is a critical part of our everyday life which is why we should care for our teeth. Not everything we hear is true, and we should be watchful of what we do when it concerns our teeth. If you haven’t gotten around to visiting your dentist this year, don’t wait to fill out our appointment form to schedule your visit.

Six Places Salt Lake City Has To Offer For October Fun

Places for October Fun

October is here, what exciting events are you planning to go to this month? With the fall season among us and with Halloween at the end of the month, there will be plenty of places hosting various events to attend to and enjoy with family and friends. See what type of entertainment is right for you.

Salt Lake City is a big city with much to do but where to go? Do you ever get stuck where roads meet trying to decide where to go for amusement? I know I do, and it can be frustrating trying to narrow it down to two places which is why we came up with a list. We’ve compiled a list of sites to you can go based on the type of experience you want to have and with who will be going with you.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo

           During October, Utah’s Hogle Zoo holds Halloween theme events you can attend to join the fun with your kids, family or friends. In addition to having fun at these events learn about the beautiful creatures the zoo houses. If you’re looking for a calming and fun time, the Hogle Zoo has fun activities and featured events from you to choose from and enjoy.

Pumpkin Days

           Need to go pumpkin buying? Why don’t you make it into a chilling family or friend outing where you can go pumpkin picking in the fields. Get lost for a while in the hay maze or go for a wagon ride, appreciate the scenery and the crisp air of the cooling season. Enjoy the mellow fall season and picking a pumpkin to carve out or cook that day.

Hee Haw Farms

           Want a little fright to go with your other Halloween fun activities; Hee Haw Farms is the perfect place. There is fun for everyone whether it’s picking your pumpkin to carve, petting the farm animals, getting lost in the corn maze or enjoying The Haunted Tale Hayride. Don’t worry the level of scary is mild unless you scare easily in which case you might want to think about entering the haunted attractions.

Night of the Running Dead Zombie

           For our workout enthusiast, maybe a 5k run with a twist is more up your alley. Let your thoughts of whether you would be able to outrun a zombie come true as you race the undead to the finishing line. Test your endurance or have fun playing with your imagination. In addition to getting the workout, you get zombies added to the mix of enjoyment.

Frightmares Lagoon

           The family-friendly Halloween destination for amusement rides and a fright. See the other side of the lagoon. They have haunted attractions, entertainment, games, and we can’t forget the foods we like to grub on during the amusement experience. There is plenty of attractions to see and go through if you want scary to get you going.

The Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus

           Maybe you want a good scare that’ll get your adrenaline going. As you know from horror stories, circuses are meant to be a fun time, but it’s the place where it all goes wrong. Go through the haunts of The Strangling Brothers as a test run before going to a haunted attraction that’s extreme.

Don’t miss out this month on going out for a good fright or mellow outing with family and friends. Check out some of the places from the list above and see how you like it. Salt Lake has a lot to offer, what are some of your favorite places to go during this time, tell us in the comments below?

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Posted by The Center of Dental Professionals on Sunday, September 30, 2018

Why Should You Come In For A Consultation

Why a Consultation

Ever wondered why you get directed to come in for a consultation when trying to get a dental problem fixed or figure the cost of treatment? There are various reasons why you should come into a dental office for a consultation. For one, a consultation is a perfect time for a dentist to asses the situation and to full-on understand of what needs attention. It’s for the dentist to understand the depth of the problem and for you to get all the information you need before agreeing to do treatment.

Discover why you should make an appointment to get a consultation and why it’s sometimes worth paying the extra small fee for that consultation.

Explore Dental Options

Visiting the dentist does not have to be a scary experience. The first reasons we should see the dentist is for a consultation. Before getting a treatment done, you want to ensure you know what the dental problem is. Most dental issues have possible solutions which you should choose based on your budget and comfort level. During a consultation, your dentist will go over your possible dental options available to you to help determine which treatment plan is best for your needs. It’s the time to see what treatment options you will have access to and if you agree with them, remember your consultation is to understand your possible treatment options.

Understanding Treatment

In addition to knowing your treatment options, understanding the procedure of the treatment is essential. Not all procedures are as simple as cleaning the tooth and adding a filling, some are more complex and may require more than one visit. As a patient, if you have questions or concern, address them when you’re at your consultation. Get a detailed explanation of what to expect and any instructions you should follow before the procedure. Sometimes, your dentist could present you with visuals so you can see how treatment will be performed or let you see product samples. It can also ease some of the anxiety you might be feeling by expressing your concerns to your dentists.

Are You Eligible?

When it comes to dental care, it is personalized to you and your needs. Not all people are the same, and neither is their dental problem. During a consultation, your dentist will verify whether you are eligible to receive treatment that’s recommended or that you’ve chosen. You will be asked about your medical history and current medication to ensure what is the best protocol for you. Other conditions outside of your oral health can affect your eligibility for specific procedures. The more your dentist knows about your medical history, medication and the state of your teeth, the quicker it will be for him to be able to figure out the best protocol for you.    

Knowing Your Payment Options

One the questions we get ask before seeing a patient is how much will it cost to get treatment. Off the bat, we know some dental treatment is expensive and sometimes it is a reason we avoid getting treatment. We should not be quick to dismiss dental treatment due to costs that’s why we should consult with a dentist first. A consultation serves as an opportunity to discuss your financial options to treatment such as how much will your insurance cover or what other options you have for payment.

Discuss Your Oral Hygiene

When you go to the dentist for a consultation, it gives the dentist the opportunity to exam your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. Besides finding dental problems, they can also tell if you have been practicing good oral hygiene or if there is a need for key elements to improve your dental care routine. A dentist can offer you advice on how to floss correctly without causing you to bleed, what toothpaste or mouthwash to use, or which toothbrush to use. A dentist can provide you with information on how to care for your teeth to ensure they stay healthy.

Dental consultations can tell you more than what the problem is; it can be a constructive and informative conversation you can have with your dentist. It’s for you to discover whether you are eligible for treatment, gain knowledge of the procedure, and your financial options. Don’t skip on visiting the dentist for a consultation to discover something more about your dental situation. Consultations allow you to get various opinions if you are searching for them or cheaper cost of treatment. If you’re in need of a consultation, fill out this form to schedule a consultation.

5 Best Ways to Relieve Stress

Ways to Relieve Stress

Stress is everywhere, and we experience them in small or heavy doses. Not all stress is good, in other cases, it can be a built up of something toxic and harmful to our physicality and mentality. Some days we are so packed with responsibilities and tasks that it can be overwhelming and need to take your next couple days steady to calm down or take the day off to recharge.

We aren’t built the same way to cope with stress. We find what works for us, our body and mind. A step of seeing what works is noticing our stress response. How do we react in moments of stress? Is it more physical or emotional? Do we get angry and lash out, frustrated, cry, get anxious, cravings, or headaches? It doesn’t have to be one or the other because you might have a combination of the two.

Knowing how our body reacts to stress is essential to discovering ways to alleviate some of the stress and to cope with it. When you notice your body getting stress, it is time to release it to avoid building tension and having severe effects on our body. What are some of the ways you can release stress? Check out our list below.

Mediation

Mediation is a common and popular choice to reduce stress but to promote emotional health. If you experience an emotional response from stress, mediation helps train your mind and redirect moods and thoughts. It’s an excellent way of clearing the mind from pressures we face daily and to have a calming effect on our body by focusing on our breathing. You don’t have to specially train to meditate, find a quiet place to sit at and focus on your breathing for three minutes when starting out. Mediation allows you to increase your surrounding awareness and of yourself. There are many perks to taking a couple of minutes to mediate such as sleeping better, control your anxiety, improve your concentration, and reconnecting with yourself and others.

Yoga

Yoga is for everyone, not just women! Yoga is a discipline which encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual practices such as breath control and mediation. If you’re an emotional and physical responder to stress, then yoga might be for you. In addition to being a way of gaining flexibility and strength, yoga can serve many purposeful benefits for our body. Yoga allows us to perfect our posture, promote bone health, release tension in your limbs and muscles, helps you focus and relax your system, and ease the pain. Sometimes when we do continuous work without a break or some movement, we can stress out muscles out which result into ache or pain. Stretching out our limbs can ease the pain and stress we feel. If you’re looking for a way to clear your mind but add some physicality, yoga can provide you.

Exercise

When we say exercise, we mean it as a broad umbrella term to all forms of activity whether it’s aerobics, running, cycling, or swimming, to name a few. Stress can make us lash out with anger, frustration, or in negative ways and instead of lashing out toward others we can use that energy to exercise. Some workouts or exercise classes are perfect to let some steam out and enjoy yourself, to have fun and something for yourself that makes you feel good. For example, if you’re searching for a way to let out the anger try boxing or kickboxing classes, get into shape while releasing some of the stress with every hit.

Massage

Make room for a 30-minute massage to undo the knots found in your shoulders and back. Yes, you will feel some pain if you have knots but trust me they are so worth it because at the end of your 30-minute massage you’ll feel calmer and relaxed. Perfect to go home and lounge on your couch or bed and enjoy a restful sleep. Massages help reduce muscular pain, tension, and improve your circulation. As we mentioned before, stress affects our body in many ways including headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and back pain. What we feel during a stressful day can start to build if we don’t cope with it or take the time to release it. There are various types of massages you can try and enjoy. Have a spa day, get pampered for the evening or day.

Take Personal Day

After having a busy week of non-stop work, it can be tiring to get back into the rhythm of non-stop when you been to feel worn out. Taking the day off means taking the day to indulge yourself in your pleasures whether it’s going to the movies, going to the beach, to an amusement park, or doing one of your hobbies. It’s about doing something for yourself that alleviates the stress by disconnecting from work or anything related to your stress. When we find ourselves doing the things we enjoy after a heavy day or week is the best way to relax and recharge from the energy we pour out in our responsibilities and tasks.

We all react to stress in different ways, and the sooner we find out how our response, the better we’re at in relieving some of it. The better we are at coping with our stress, the higher the chances of getting rid of some of our symptoms such as muscle aches, headaches, stress eating, and teeth clenching. Our overall health gets affected every day no matter the dose of stress we have which is why it’s critical to discover some ways of easing the tension we experience. What are some of the activities you like to do to alleviate your stress?