All About Mouthguards!

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

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

Are mouthguards really that important?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’ve Got You Covered!

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

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

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

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

 

Discount Dental Plan:

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

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

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

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

Adult Annual: $165.00

Adult Monthly: $14.58

Child Annual: $95.00

Child Monthly: $8.75

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

 

Medicaid:

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

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

https://medicaid.utah.gov/

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

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

 

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

 

 

Tongue Cleaning: Is it something we need to do?

Should we be scrubbing our tongues clean?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Brace Treatment Without Breaking the Bank

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Orthodontic treatment is expensive and the longer you wait to correct the problem the chances of needing extensive dental work increases. If you need braces due to crowded teeth or an overbite, get the treatment you need to get the smile you want and to protect your teeth from plaque, tooth decay, and other severe dental problems.

We know braces aren’t flattering and have a reputation of being a long, painful treatment. Knowing a treatment can bring pain and great discomfort can be discouraging to get the treatment we need.  

However, new technologies within the dental industry is helping advance orthodontic treatments particularly with braces. These new technologies help take away the pain and great discomfort from orthodontic treatment as it provides dentists and you with better methods to correct and align your teeth.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we’re committed to equipping our dental facility with the best innovating technologies for effective patient treatment. Our specialized dentists treat patients with one of the two brace systems we offer, the Damon System and Fastbraces, which align teeth in a gentile manner than traditional braces.

What Do These Two Brace Systems Offer?   

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Get our ONE LOW FEE of $3999 for our two bracketing systems with a low monthly payment of $97. Orthodontic treatment made affordable and with less friction to cause pain and discomfort. If you have an questions or want to schedule an appointment call our dental office at 801-505-7152 or fill this form here.  

 

What You Need To Know About A Dental Crown and Cap

Have you been told you need a dental crown or cap but don’t know what it is? If you have, we’ve provided you with brief information on what it is and what you need to know about getting a dental crown. Learning more about your procedure can help ease the anxiety or stress of having a cap placed on your tooth.

What’s the Difference Between a Crown and Cap?

Nothing. They’re two different words for the same procedure. A dental crown is a more technical term whereas cap is more of an informal word. They are both interchangeably used when referring to the process of encasing your tooth. Crown or cap is when the visible part of the tooth is encased from the gum line and above. This dental procedure allows the dentist to salvage the tooth than have to extract it completely.

When is a Crown Needed?

How do you know you need a crown? There can be several reasons you might need to get a cap for your tooth. But if you’re in need of a cap, it can be that you need to

  • protect a weak tooth from decay or hold pieces of a cracked tooth.
  • restore a broken or damaged teeth.
  • support a tooth with a filling, if tooth can’t carry it.
  • hold a bridge in place.
  • improve on the cosmetic of the teeth.

It takes two dental visits to get a dental crown. During the first visit, your teeth will be examined and prepared if there is a need for a cap. X-rays will be taken of your teeth including the root to ensure there is no damage or further need of dental treatment. The dentist will numb the area to file your tooth down depending on the crown chosen or rebuild part of your tooth depending on the tooth decay. A temporary cap will be placed in the meantime. Temporary crowns are usually made of stainless steel or acrylic and hold in place with temporary cement.

On the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary tooth checking the tooth and the permanent cap before placing it in. Once your dentist has verified and checked your tooth and cap, they will numb the area and permanently cement the crown down.    

What Types of Caps can I Choose From?

Take into consideration the type of crown you are going to select, even though appearance will be a deciding factor, keep in mind the durability of the material you are choosing. There are three significant materials used to build a permanent crown and, they are:

  • Ceramic – which is porcelain and can be adjusted to match your natural teeth color, however, they are quick to crackTreatment, Dental Crown and Cap or chip if you’re not too careful.
  • Metal Alloys – this could be gold, platinum, or non-precious metals. This material is both durable and compatible with your teeth meaning no damage is done to the tooth. The downside is they are visible whether in the front or back.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) – have a porcelain surface but a metal substructure. They are durable but still likely to chip or crack because of the porcelain.

Crowns are meant to last 5 to 15 years depending on how you care for it and the condition of the crown. Visiting your dentist for your annual check-ups is essential to the seeing the progression of your teeth and cap.
You want to ensure your teeth are healthy and don’t require further dental treatment. Getting a crown can be costly ranging from an average of $300 to $1700 for one crown. If your due for an annual check-up, contact the office of The Center of Dental Professionals today at 801-505-7125 or fill out our form here.

Discover 5 DIY Essential Oils Diffuser Blends for Spring

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Enjoy the aromatic of DIY Spring oil diffuser blends this season. Diffusing oils into the air can help create a relaxing atmosphere throughout your home, room, or business. It’s the quickest way of having the essential oils affect a person’s mindset and mood.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we love using and diffusing essential oils. They help us create a welcoming and calming environment for our patients to relieving some of the stress and anxiety that comes from visiting the dentist.

During this season the most common ingredients you can find in spring blends are peppermint, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, grapefruit, and bergamot. Most of these ingredients have calming and uplifting properties to help relieve stress and anxiety while the others have an outdoor and spring sense of smell.

Here are 5 spring oil blends you can do yourself!

  1.  Springtime is allergy season, one of worst times if you have allergies that have you all over the place, I know. There’s a blend of allergy relief you can use to help clear the air and help you breathe with ease. All you need to blend is:

2 drops of lavender essential oil

2 drops of lemon essential oil

2 drops of peppermint essential oil

  1. Are you looking to kick up your feet and relax for spring? This blend has oils used to uplift and refreshen the body, making it an excellent diffuser blend to relax your body and revive it. Just use:

3 drops of grapefruit essential oil

3 drops of orange essential oil

2 drops of lemon essential oil

1 drop of bergamot essential oil

  1. If you can’t go to Hawaii, bring Hawaii to you! Our mind connects with scents and what better way to connect the Hawaiian, warm beach than in the comfort of your home. It’s perfect when you have a staycation. All you need is two ingredients.

2 drops of lime essential oil

3 drops of sacred sandalwood essential oil   

  1. During the fall and winter holidays, we like to smell the holiday season whether it’s in our food, drink or house. Well, the same can be done for the spring! Say hello to the smell of spring every time you come in through the doors by blending:

2 drops of lemon essential oil

2 drops of geranium essential oil

2 drops of grapefruit essential oil

  1. Have you done your spring cleaning, or at least in the process of your annual overhaul cleaning? There is nothing more satisfying than cleaning up a mess in efforts to reorganize our belongings. Sometimes having the house or room smell of cleaning products lets others know you cleaned but, instead of cleaning products have the house smell fresh and clean of lemons. Get rid of the chemical smells and replace it with this blend. Just mix:

2 drops of lavender essential oil

2 drops of rosemary essential oil

3 drops of lemon essential oil   

Try out these DIY spring diffuser blends to get the relaxation you need or recreate an uplifting atmosphere you can always enjoy. Essential oils are excellent for many things and diffusing them into the air is perfect to make connects with your mind to change your mindset and mood. If you want to try using essential oils, go to DoTerra Oils and purchase your oils to start blending.

What are some of your favorite oil diffuser blends to use for Spring? Share with us in the comments below.   

Healthy Spring Treats to Kick Off Spring Parties

Spring is among us, and the warm, sunny parties are just beginning. Planning and getting everything sorted is a challenge in itself but selecting foods for a get together can be difficult too. We are left to think about what the weather will be like, what foods our guests might like, is anyone allergic to certain types of foods, and what is easy but delicious to make. Depending on how many guests are going to be attending you want to be able to cook something that is quick to make.

Having a light snack or appetizer before the main course is always good to have in mind. They are a way of keeping guests happy as they wait for everyone to arrive and for the lunch or dinner to be served. Here are some recipes we’ve found that is quick to make and great for your health!

Fruit and Yogurt Salad Consider a light snack with a natural sweetness that comes from the fruit rather than artificial sugars. Fruits are less damaging to the teeth and provide nutrients we need. It’s a great salad for an appetizer or dessert.

Fruit Mint Salad   Yes, another salad! You can never go wrong with salads. They are easy to make, come in many varieties, and are delicious. This salad mainly has no yogurt in it. It’s all fruit with a hint of mint. Mint is good to have an appetizer since it’s a palate cleanser and helps soothe your stomach and indigestion. A food plate for your teeth and overall health.

When it comes main courses, what is a better way to treat your guests to something different and small to eat?

Fajitas A cuisine we are familiar with, however, this a completely different plate. It’s a meatless plate with black beans and pineapple! You read right, meatless. No need to worry about the pieces of meat getting trapped between your teeth and if you’re vegetarian or vegan this the plate for you. You get all the protein you need without having meat stuck in your teeth.

Zucchini Boats and Spring Pizzas Are fun plates to have if children are present. They both contain vegetables but are in the form of a pizza. Pizza is good, but it’s not always the best choice to have if it’s oily and full of tomato sauce. These two plates are both small and have less acidic food ingredients that damage our teeth’s enamel.

We can’t forget the drinks! Spring is a warm season which means it’s all about the refreshing beverages. Instead of choosing soft sodas, artificial juices, and alcoholic drinks, opt-out for a beverage that’s better for your teeth and overall health.

There are additional drinks we can serve which are kinder to our teeth and help with our overall health but still offer a good taste. Keep in mind when making juices from fruits and vegetables, it is always better to make them yourself without using or buying artificial sweeteners and imitation fruit or vegetable flavors. There’s nothing more tasty and better than homemade foods and drinks. What are some of the homemade spring treats you like to make when you get ready for a spring party? Tell us in the comments below.        

 

Our Exclusive One Low Fee for Wisdom Teeth Extraction

There are times when your wisdom teeth can remain untouched if they provide no harm to your gums, teeth, or bone, but will be monitored to ensure there is no change. However, if your wisdom teeth are showing signs of complications then, removing them will be the best solution to further prevent infection and extensive dental treatment.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we want to make dental treatment affordable and the best you deserve. We are now offering an exclusive offer of ONE LOW FEE of $897 for ALL wisdom teeth removal plus IV sedation!

Call us today to book an appointment at 801-501-7125 for your consultation today.

 

Importance of Dental Healthcare: Our Exclusive Program

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day. A day meant to educate and encourage people and healthcare providers the need to partake in advance care planning. Yes, advance care planning that lets families and doctors know about decisions you’ve made when you’re too sick or unable to make the decisions yourself.

These are important decisions to make as we age yet we don’t always think about it. Besides medical healthcare, what about dental health care? Dental health care is also a crucial aspect of our oral and overall health.

The Importance Dental Healthcare

Why is it important? Oral health is essential to our everyday life. We need healthy teeth and a mouth to speak and eat since it’s part of our digestive system. Our dental health says a lot about our diet, self-care, and is in all a reflection of our body’s health.

Our diet can be a contributing factor as to why we might seek dental health. Our diet can contain many foods and drinks that damage our teeth. Foods that remain in our mouths and cling to our teeth and provide food supply to cavity-causing bacteria. Not only through our diet can we get cavities but they can progress into further dental problems such as tooth decay or tooth loss. Then, there is the possibility of discoloration of your teeth from all the dark drinks containing high levels of acidity, the ones which weaken your enamel. One of the ways we can rid our mouth of bacteria and acid production is by having good oral hygiene.

Do you practice good oral hygiene? Having good oral habits is an aspect of what we mean by self-care. When you remove the food debris from your mouth and teeth, the lower the chances, you’ll have to get dental problems. However, if you practice poor oral hygiene, you increase the risks of developing dental issues such as plaque, cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Poor oral hygiene leaves your teeth vulnerable to what you eat and for the bacteria found in your mouth to progressively damage your teeth over time.

Your dental health is not only saying something about what you choose to eat or your oral habits, but it also gives an insight of your body’s health. Some health problems can show signs based on your oral health. Health problems such as diabetes and leukemia. Sometimes dentists can detect other health that you might want to check with your primary health provider.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we offer a Discount Dental Program primarily designed for our patients.

Our office has a discount program designed to make dental treatment affordable for you and your family and provide you with the best dental care you deserve! It is NOT insurance, but a membership program offered to our patients at an annual fee. A membership that is flexible than insurance and keeps you in control of how you spend your money. This is an excellent program for our patients who don’t have insurance and are looking to save.  

How does it make it affordable? You receive discount rates on preventative and restorative treatment at any of our two locations in Salt Lake City. Each discount rate varies by category ranging from 10% to 60%. It saves you and your family money on dental health care you can be receiving yearly.  

So this month not, only think about planning advanced medical care. Think about your oral health as well. If you interested in more information on our Discount Dental Program, call our office today at 801-505-7125.   

 

One Low Wedding Fee: Teeth Whitening

Wedding season is on the way, and spring is the time to get the last minute check-ups and details all in order before the wedding. Planning the wedding is always the stressful part of the event itself from getting the venue, catering, flowers, the perfect wedding dress, photographer, just to name a few. The list is endless, and at the end of the day, you want to look your best for your spouse-to-be.

Part of looking your best is, having the right dress, the right hairdo, the proper accessories, and shoes. We tend to fixate on every little detail, and we want to look great, confident and smiling. We want to have photos that show us this and our smile is one of the details we tend to focus on.

Besides having the great smile, we want to have glossy-white teeth. And at The Center of Dental Professionals, we want to help you make this possible! But before you can start treatment for whitening your teeth, we want to ensure you take these steps to get the teeth you want and that they’re healthy.

1. Make an appointment with your dentist. You want to consult with your dentist first. You want to make sure your teeth are healthy before starting an intensive treatment on your teeth as it can damage your enamel if they are not healthy.

There are preparation steps that need to be taken for your safety such as evaluating and diagnosing your oral health. If dental problems are present, there will be a need to treat them before starting the process of whitening your teeth. During this visit, your dentist can advise you whether you’re eligible to whiten your teeth and what different options are both safe and effective.

If your teeth are not healthy, don’t get your teeth whitened. Don’t go home and try to whiten your teeth if your dentist didn’t do it. You will only be extending the damage of your teeth to further pain and dental problems like discoloration of teeth and losing teeth.

2. Let’s begin your treatment. Once you have had a full evaluation and diagnosis of your teeth and have been cleared, then consult with your dentist to see what treatment is right for your teeth. Even though your teeth are healthy, you want to make sure your teeth aren’t receiving an intense treatment that can damage your healthy teeth. There are various options to choose from such tray whitening to whitening strips to bleaching systems.

During this process, you might experience discomfort, sensitive teeth and possibly irritation in your gums.

3. After treatment, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. Just because you whiten your teeth does not mean your teeth are clean or healthy. On the contrary, after you’ve gone through the treatment, your teeth’s enamel will have become weaker. This means caring for your teeth is essential. Brushing twice a day and flossing is critical to protecting your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria, acid production caused by sugars in our mouth, and to help maintain your white teeth.

Just because your teeth have been whitened does not mean that they will remain white. Your teeth are now vulnerable so what you eat and drink can cause them to stain. There are foods and beverages you might want to restrain from having.

Foods such as

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranate
  • Red Wine

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we want to help you have the smile you want to see! Which is why our office is offering you a deal you can’t refuse.

If you’re a bride, you can get our one time offer of $149 up until June 30, 2018. Please note you will need to present a wedding announcement or documentation verifying your wedding date to get our offer.

Remember, whitening your teeth takes time to ensure your safety and teeth’s health. So, if you are interested in whitening your teeth, book an appointment with us today by calling  801-505-7125 to consult with our dentist.

*NOTE: Consultation and other dental treatment is not included in the offer.*

***UPDATE: This promotion is no longer offered.***