Win a Smartwatch!

What better way to start your new year than with a new piece of technology!

We are giving away a FREE smartwatch to a new patient this month! The year 2020 is starting with a bang!

Every new patient for the month of January will be entered in to win a FREE smartwatch.

With a smartwatch you can track your health goals, set reminders for all of your new resolutions and look cool in the process.

Come in for your appointment and then get entered; it is that easy! Give us a call at (801)747-8018 to schedule your appointment and your chance to win a smartwatch!

Here’s another secret…we are offering new patient exams/cleanings for ONLY $99. It’s a double whammy of deals and excitement for new patients!

What a way to welcome you to the Center of Dental Professionals family. If you haven’t been in to see us before, 2020 is the perfect year to come in and experience extraordinary patient care!

Opportunity to Give

Here at The Center of Dental Professionals, we love being involved in our community! This year we are partnering with the Christmas Box to help local kids and teens have a brighter Christmas and happy holiday. 

In December, we will be hosting an item drive at both of our locations. We will have trees set up with different ornaments on the tree that have items that Christmas Box needs. 

Some of the items include: 

  • Gift cars to stores (Target, Old Navy, Walmart, etc.)
  • Clothes for boys and girls 
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Toiletry items

For each item donated, we will be sending a toothbrush kit along with it. Giving to Christmas Box is a great time to help your community and get involved in a simple way!  



With every donation that is received, you will automatically win a pair of tickets to our Star Wars movie premiere on December 19th at 9:30 pm.* 

That’s right! To thank you for your donation, you will win FREE tickets Just. Like. That. 

Here’s How it works: 

  • Pick an ornament from our tree
  • Purchase item
  • Bring back In

Your donations will be used to help meet basic needs this winter and go towards Christmas gifts for the kids and teens that Christmas Box helps. 

We ask that your donations be new and unused to ensure high-quality items are given to the kids. If you have any questions about the donation drive, give us a call at (801)747-8018. Feel free to come into our office and pick your ornament off of our tree. You don’t need to have an appointment to stop by and donate!  



*One pair of tickets per patient 




We’ve Got You Covered!

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

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

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

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


Discount Dental Plan:

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

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

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

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

Adult Annual: $165.00

Adult Monthly: $14.58

Child Annual: $95.00

Child Monthly: $8.75

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



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

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

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

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


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



Provider Highlight: Dr. Devin Burns


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.