Provider Highlight: Dr. Devin Burns

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For October, we are happy to introduce you to one of our new providers who joined our team this past July. The short time Dr. Devin Burns has been with us, he continues to put his patients comfort first.

Dr. Burns interest in pursuing a career in dentistry stemmed from his enjoyment of helping others and working with his hands. He went on to attend and graduate from the University of Utah School of Dentistry, then shortly afterward furthered his training in a one year oral and maxillofacial surgery internship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

Although he is a general dentist, he limits his practice to oral surgery procedures. Here at The Center of Dental Professionals, Dr. Burns is one of our specialists who you can find performing wisdom teeth removal. One of the common problems he sees in his area of specialty is people waiting to get wisdom teeth removed. Waiting until you are older to remove them can lead to infection or surgical complications. Dr. Burns recommends getting your wisdom teeth evaluated by age 14 since the ideal time for removal is during your late adolescent years (14 to 18).

Through his years of experience, it had helped him avoid complications and provide his patients with greater comfort as they undergo oral surgery.

Outside the office, you can find Dr. Burns in great outdoors either hiking, camping, spearfishing, or spending time with his family. One of his achievements he is the proudest of is being a father and husband.

 

Provider Spotlight: Dr. Paul Huffaker

We’re excited to be highlighting one of our family providers, Dr. Paul Huffaker who strives to make his patients visit less anxious and scary.

Dr. Huffaker first started his career as a dental assistant where he experienced first-hand the value of helping patients in need of urgent care. Through his dental assisting experience, he went on to further pursue his dental career by becoming a dentist which he received from Roseman University.

Since then, he has come to appreciate many aspects of dentistry, but one of his favorite aspects is his patients, making him a great family dentist. He is a firm believer in conservative dentistry and working with his patients to customize their treatments. In addition to working with his patients, he strives to make his patient’s experience less scary by helping them ease their nerves.

He tries to give his patients a great experience they can remember and take with them for the next time they visit; they can recall it wasn’t scary. For his patients who are required anesthesia, Dr. Huffaker tries to make the shot as painless as possible for them. The less pain you experience, the better the experience.

A common problem he sees is decay between two teeth. One of the best treatments for decay that’s started is early intervention with a minimal invasive tooth filling. It can help prevent further problems and costly treatment in the future. Decay between the teeth can be usually prevented with regular flossing which dentist continuously encourage every time a patient comes in for their annual check-ups.

When Dr. Huffaker is not working in our office, you can find him in the outdoors camping or kayaking, or hanging out with his family. One of his greatest achievements he is proud of is his four amazing young kids.

5 Fall Diffuser Blends to Try This Season

Fall Diffuser Blend

Fall is here! Well, just a day away but it is here. Stores, restaurants and ourselves start to get ready for the season way before the summer is over, I know I do. We begin to see the decorations, the fall specials including the pumpkin spice latte Starbucks gives to the scents of what fall is to smell. As you know, most of the scents we smell come from candies we buy from the store which sometimes they don’t always have the smell you want.

With essential oils, not only do you get to the choice of choosing one oil but making a fall blend to diffuse. Just think, you can mix your combinations of fall this season. Here are some of the fall blends to try.

Do you like the scent of spice in the air? If you then these blends are for you. Let’s get spicing.

Cinnamon Spiced

There is nothing that says fall is here like cinnamon. Sweeten the spice with vanilla to give it the bittersweetness to come from the change of seasons.

2 drops of Orange Essential Oil

1 drop of Cinnamon Essential Oil

1 drop of Clove Essential Oil

5 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil

Spiced Citrus

Add a citrus smell to your cinnamon flavored air scent.

3 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil

2 drops of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

1 drop of Clove Essential Oil  

* If you don’t have Wild Orange, you can substitute it for 4 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil.

Spiced Chai

Maybe you want your house to have an aroma that’s soothing and comforting as a warm hot spiced chai tea.

3 drops of Cardamom Essential Oil

2 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil

2 drops of Clove Essential Oil

1 drop of Ginger Essential Oil

* You can substitute the Cinnamon Essential Oil with Cassia Essential Oil if you don’t have cinnamon.

Speaking of beverages, we can’t miss the delicious smells of the autumn foods we start to see and eat.

Pumpkin Pie

We don’t have to make pumpkin all the time to have the smell surround the house, add these oils together and you’ll be smelling the pumpkin pie whenever you want.

2 drops of Ginger Essential Oil

2 drops of Cassia Essential Oil

2 drops of Cardamom Essential Oil

1 drop of Clove Essential Oil

1 drop of Vanilla Essential Oil

Apple Pie

Are apples more your taste? Apples are not only great for your stomach but have a sweet smell to them. Just add these three oils, and you have apple pie.

2 drops of Clove Essential Oil

2 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil

2 drops  of Ginger Essential Oil

Welcome the fall with these diffuser blends you can start enjoying now. Five combinations to delight in the smell of autumn foods and beverages. Tell us in the comments below what are you favorite fall blends.

5 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

End of Summer Activities

Summer season is coming to an end which means the cold season is on the way preventing us from enjoying the warm weather and activities you can do during the summer. Even though summer can be hot and humid, it lends its beautiful sunny weather for activities and adventures you otherwise wouldn’t do for the cold season where you’re packing layers to stay warm.

Summer, like spring, opens doors to many activities you can partake in to create bonds and many memories. What can else can you do before fall? Here are five things you can enjoy all while doing it outdoors where you can get some fresh air and some vitamin D.   

Watch Movie At The Drive-In

The drive-in is the perfect summer activity to do before the heat starts to creep up on us. Drive-in is hard to find in big cities, and they’re a nostalgia of the time when you would pull in front of a big screen with your family, friends, or partner. Go out and enjoy the summer breeze as you watch a movie before there stops being drive-in theaters.

Go To A County Fair

Summer is the time where fairs come into town! This another piece of nostalgia from a time were county fairs where the family fun, friends night out, or date night. Why not spend the night going through the maze of mirrors, going on the tallest Ferris wheel, or scream going up and down the roller coasters. The best part of the fair is the fair food, not the healthiest, but they are delicious such as the popcorn cones, the funnel cakes, and the ice creams. Not to mention the games you get to play for the stuffed bear you want for yourself, child, or your partner.

Getaway To The Lake

The beach during the summer is a nightmare with overcrowding people finding room to lay camp in and having a dip in the sea. Planning a small getaway to the lake can offer some seclusion from the crowds to have more space to stretch out on. Plus you get the best of both worlds, the water, the mountains and the nature of the woods and the creatures found in them. It is often less expensive experience than the beach.

Enjoy An Outdoor Concert

Concerts are a great experience to indulge in especially when you’re seeing your favorite band, singer or duo. Spring and summer is the time where outdoor concerts and festivals are the most common and popular where you can let loose in a space where you’re granted more mobility than an auditorium and venue would allow. Experience the fun of meeting others and having fun outdoors hearing some great music; you don’t get that pleasure in other cold seasons.

Camping Getaway

For those who love the great outdoors and detaching from the rest of the world, camping might be the summer activity you are looking for. There is more to camping than setting your tent, eating smores, and hiking, you can go out to the water and kayak, swim or stargaze in the night. Camping is great for connecting with nature and hear the creatures sing at night. Besides, you wouldn’t have to worry about temperatures dropping too low since it’s still summer.

There is so much to do before the summer ends and fall to begin. Before the season ends with the warm temperatures, delight in the experiences you can share with your family and friends. What are some of your favorite things to do before the fall season, tell us in the comments below?     

 

Remembering Dr. Donald Tapp

Dr. Donald G. Tapp

Dr. Donald Tapp was funny, playful, and it was a  pleasure to be in his company. He died suddenly on Monday, August 20, 2018 due to natural causes.

He was an orthodontist whose professional satisfaction came from watching his patients find their confidence through transforming their smiles. Dr. Tapp’s expertise in aligning a patient’s bite and smile made him a valued professional and a friend to his patients.

When it came to caring for his younger patients, his approach to brace treatment was to allow kids be expressive through color. He always found ways to make a dentist visit fun and less scary.

After earning his B.A. in Medical Biology, he went on to received his Doctor of Dental Surgery and later completed his Master’s degree and 2-year residency in Orthodontics from Marquette University. Dr. Tapp was a man who turned his love and passion for orthodontics into his career the past 20 some years.  

We came to know Dr. Tapp as more than just a co-work but a friend whose presence will be missed. He enjoyed reading biographies and nonfiction stories in his free time and was a aviation history buff. But the one thing he delighted in the most was spending as much time as he could with his five sons.

We offer Dr. Tapp’s family our condolences as they go through this time. His funeral will be held this Saturday, August 25  at Memorial Mountain View Mortuary, Cemetery and Pet Garden.

Start Prepping For Fall With Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger Essential Oil

It’s the middle of August which means September is almost here with the fall season! Even though fall doesn’t come into the ends of September, getting ready for the season is the best part of decorating and creating a festive house, room, or office. Changing the flowers for the pumpkins and green leaves for the warm brown hues and vibrant reds and oranges is a start to prepping for the season and holidays to come.

But we can’t forget the aroma of fall; the smell is such a big part of our senses which affects our mind. With scent, we can replay memories, change our moods, and enhance the taste. One of the ways you can start preparing for the fall is adding flavor to the air. How? By diffusing essential oils together or one at a time. One is always better to get started which is why we’ve chosen to highlight ginger essential oil.

Ginger is commonly grown in warmer climates found in India, China, and other similar weather. The root of the plant known as ginger root or ginger is a widely used spice and often used as a traditional remedy to reduce inflammation and pain. Ginger essential oil is derived from the ginger root which is gaining popularity in usage.

Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger on its own adds flavor to our foods and helps reduce inflammation when we intake it in small quantities so imagine what the essential can do! There are 3 perks to using ginger essential oil in your surrounding spaces.

#1 Boost Mood

Ginger, even though it is a spice, does not have a smell that’s irritating to our eyes, nose, or throat. On the contrary, it has a sweet aroma waking warm emotions and empowering confidence. We’re not guaranteed a fantastic every day, but sometimes it’s nice to come into a room a feel a change of air.

#2 Reduces Inflammation And Pain  

Inflammation, severe inflammation, in our bodies can be caused by an injury or medical condition, whatever the case it isn’t always the best situation to be in especially if you’re in pain. Ginger oil can be applied onto the skin with a carrier oil to help reduce the inflammation and pain. Maybe you don’t like taking pills or accustoming your body to painkillers if that’s the case, then try something natural for external use.

#3 Nourishes Hair

Our hair is a very delicate thing, and if we don’t provide it with nutrients, it can begin to lose its shine, moisture, and healthy look. Ginger is an excellent way of promoting hair growth while restoring your hair to its smooth, lustrous glow. A few drops in your shampoo will give you back the shine you need and even get rid of dandruff.

Start prepping for the fall season with the sweet, spicy aroma of the ginger oil. You’ll feel a confidence and mood booster when you smell the ginger in the air whether it’s in your office or home. Get the benefits of the ginger root besides adding flavor to your food but giving back some nutrient to your hair and alleviate any pain caused from the soreness in your body. If you’re interested in buying ginger essential oil, check out DoTerra ginger oil. What are some of your favorite essential oils to use and why?

How Stress Affects Our Oral Health

Stress Affects Our Oral Health

You’ve probably heard stress affects our body in many different ways and sometimes it’s hard to identify how. It’s not always apparent as other times but our overall health is usually the one that suffers and yes, that means your oral health as well.

How Stress Affects Our Oral Health Stress in today’s world is no surprise as we deal with stress on a daily basis, however, coping with the stress can be hard and start to take a toll on your body if it becomes negative where you experience little to no relief or relaxation. We highly recommend finding ways you can take time to ease some of the stress whether it’s for 30 minutes to an hour, you need to make the time to avoid complicating your health especially your oral health.

How can stress affect our oral health? There are a couple of ways it does, and we’ve listed them below.

Teeth Clenching – most often than not we do this when we least expect it and goes unnoticed. Stress can cause us to clench our teeth while in thought or when we’re working on something. It’s hard to realize when you’re clenching until you notice your jaw hurting which causes more tension on your jaw muscles than there needs to be.

Teeth Grinding – grinding your teeth can happen when you sleep when you’re feeling stressed out. Since it is most likely to occur at night, it’s difficult to notice it at the moment. If you’re waiting up with headaches, chances are you went to sleep feeling stressed and grinding your teeth at night. Teeth grinding can damage your teeth and enamel which leads to headaches and soreness in the jaw.

Nail Biting – although it’s not always a stress habit but a nervous habit, it can still cause damage to our teeth. Whether your stress is causing you to worry or feel frustrated and overwhelmed, biting your nails is not the answer. When you bit down on your nails, you can crack, break, chip or wear out your front teeth, not to mention you can show signs of worn gum tissue caused by the nail edges. You can also cause infection, remember our tongue carries a lot more bacteria than you think which can enter your bloodstream if you bite more of the nail.

Stress Eating – we’ve all been here at some point, think back to when you were in school or college. Making a poor diet decision can lead to a lack of the nutrition we need such as vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants. Most of the time, we choose foods that carry more sugar and sodium that linger in our mouth feeding the bacteria which cause tooth decay.

Dry Mouth – now, I know this isn’t exactly something we do, but it is a result of what we feed our bodies and of stress. When we’re stress, there are probably sleepless nights on the horizon and more coffee intake or energy drinks for the boost of energy we need. These drinks along with a few others cause our mouth to dry. Having a dry mouth leaves our teeth vulnerable, we need to have saliva flow to wash away food particles from our teeth and gums. It’s a defense towards the bacteria found in our mouth.

If we don’t find ways to cope with our stress levels, it can soon be taking a toll on our bodies and oral health. Stress can be useful when it keeps us alert and energized but, it can also prevent us from relaxing and easing some of the tension we carry. Before heading to bed, ask yourself if you’re stressed out if you are, try some light exercise, medications, yoga or whatever relaxes you to help you go to bed feeling less stress and calmer. It will improve your sleep and avoid any teeth grinding at night. Share with us what are some of the ways stress affects you in the comments below.  

Provider Spotlight: Dr. Hyrum Cannon

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Meet one of our family providers, Dr. Hyrum Cannon who strives to make every patients’ visit a comfortable and less stressful.

Dr. Cannon is a general dentist that works closely with both adults and children as their primary dental provider. He diagnoses, treats, manages the overall oral health of his patients by meeting their dental needs with preventative methods.

One of the most common dental problems Dr. Cannon sees in his patients is dental caries (tooth decay). If the decay is small he can fix it with a filling; however if it has been left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. He takes great pride in delivering quality treatment which is why he gives an overall, comprehensive treatment so current and future treatment needs can be addressed.

One of the joys Dr. Cannon enjoys is helping his patients feel at ease when it’s time for their visit. He works hard and diligently to make every patient feel comfortable and leave feeling better off than when they came in. One of his favorite things his patients’ can say to his is “I didn’t feel that at all” after he has applied local anesthesia. When it comes to his patients, Dr. Cannon is concerned with helping them achieve a beautiful, healthy smile along with their safety and comfort.

He graduated from Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah then, shortly afterward began his dental career at the University of Iowa. Dr. Cannon has been to a fair part of the U.S. practicing dentistry such as the Bay Area of California. He eventually moved back to his home state, Utah, where he is now working for The Center of Dental Professionals.

He likes anything sports related and food and when he is out of the office, you can see him working out in his garden and most importantly, spending time with his family.

Uplift Your Mood and Refresh Yourself With Lemon Oil

Lemon oil

Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is here! Well by the end of the day it will be and what better day to kick off the weekend then by telling you about an essential oil that can ease you into a relaxing weekend.

Do you find yourself stressed, tired, and ready for a boost? Lemon oil is an excellent essential oil to have around. Essential lemon oil has many benefits to you and your possessions. Check out some of the reasons you might want to have a bottle of lemon oil in your drawer.

Relieves Stress

Who wouldn’t want to smell something to help you calm down and relax? Nowadays, we are busy with more things than we have minutes in the day to complete things which can bring on some of the stress we experience in the day. Lemon oil has been known to have a calming nature making it the perfect aroma to have around your room, office, or in the house. It can help you relieve some of the tension and fatigues you experience from stress.

Nourishes Skin

Lemon oil has detoxifying and antioxidant properties that are a good remedy for restoring your skin and skin problems you might be experiencing. It helps treat acne problems, reduce excess oil, and nourish your skin if it is dry by hydrating it. But before you start placing the oil on your skin, you might want to dilute it and try it on a small section of your skin to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

Relieves Nausea

If you ever find yourself feeling a bit queasy, get a small whiff of lemon! It is the best way of getting rid of nausea. It’s effective, natural and can be easily taken everywhere.

Boost Immune System

Need a boost in your immune system? Try lemon oil which is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which is perfect for boosting your immune system, coughs, and sore throats. If you feel a cold coming on, have lemon tea. It’s excellent for your throat and sleeping soundly, the best way to relax and ease into a sound sleep at night.

Natural Disinfectant

Ever noticed cleaners have lemon properties and scents, well there is a reason for it. It’s a natural disinfectant which is perfect for cleaning surfaces and clothes. You can polish and clean your wood furnishes with the oil.

Lemon oil is excellent to have around the house to use whether it’s for your health or as a cleaning product. If you’re interested in buying some lemon oil, you can purchase doTerra’s oil. We’ve been buying their oils for years and enjoy using them to create a calming environment in our dental offices. Tell us in the comments below what you like using lemon oil for or what your favorite essential oil is?

 

Provider Spotlight: Dr. Reed Lobrot

Dr. Reed Lobrot

We’re excited to be highlighting one of our valued providers who take pride in giving each of his patients a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Dr. Reed Lobrot is a general and cosmetic dentist, who completed his general dentistry training at Creighton University School of Dentistry in Nebraska in 1999 and has since then been practicing in the state of Utah for over 15 years. Although he practices the full scope of general dentistry, his primary areas of dental focus are cosmetic dentistry and superior anesthesia.

His preferred procedure of cosmetic dentistry is crowns and veneers because he loves to instill confidence in his patients and if a beautiful smile gives them the boost of confidence they need, he is thrilled to make it happen.

He works not only with adults but children and his great with children! Dr. Lobrot is a patient and caring dentist who loves treating kids. He likes to make sure his little patients are feeling happy and secure by asking them about their life and what they’re involved in. Every little patient he cares for is heard as he does everything he can to make their visit a comfortable and soothing experience.

To Dr. Lobrot, it is a great compliment when someone comes into the office and says “Betty had such a great experience here that I decided to check you out!” Not only does he focus on his areas of expertise, but he is also focused on 5-star patient rapport, and he does it through imbuing confidence in our patients, so they don’t fear or have anxiety of dental treatment. By reducing their fear and anxiety, they will want to come in regularly and refer us to their friends and family.

One of the most common problems he sees is caries (cavities) and periodontal disease. Dr. Lobrot has seen many patients who only brush their teeth one time a day and don’t floss. He cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting regular check-ups and proper home care to overcome these problems. Catching cavities early when they are small and having frequent check-ups is key to maintaining your oral health and saving money on treatment.

When he isn’t at our Murray location treating and caring for our patients, you can find him enjoying the outdoor activities, music, and most importantly, spending his time with his wife and children.