Use It Before You Lose It!

It is November, which means the end of the year is just around the corner! Do you know what else that means?

 

As the clock strikes midnight on December 21st, your dental benefits expire and start over again with the new year. Only about 2.8% of people with PPO dental plans reach or exceed their annual maximum. If you are on a flexible spending account, the deadline is the same for those benefits. Don’t let them go to waste, use them while there is still time this year!

To help you get the most of your benefits and maximize your coverage, here are some tips to consider!

 

Call your insurance carrier or employer for more information!   

No one knows better what’s included in your plan than the people that wrote it for you. They can help discuss your options and tell you what coverage you have left for the year and how to get the most out of your policy.

 

Find a dentist you trust!

When looking for a provider, make sure you find one that accepts your insurance and can work with your needs and schedule. For a list of insurances that we take click here

 

Keep your account updated! 

Insurance companies are not always up-to-date on your account and information. Making sure that your account is current allows no room for gaps in coverage and helps avoid waiting for your dental treatment!

 

Splitting Treatment  

If you need extensive work, split the appointments and work between this year and the new year. Doing this allows you to use up your benefits from this year and have to pay less out of pocket next year. Make sure to discuss this option with your dentist and treatment coordinators to find the best breakdown of costs and treatment.

 

DON’T WAIT!  

Every year your benefits will reset and expire. Knowing this will allow you to use your interests throughout the year and help you stay on top of your treatment and avoid losing out on your coverage.

 

With holiday breaks coming up, it’s a great time to get you and your family in for any end of the year treatment! Give us a call at (801)747-8018 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you at our clinic!

 

How Do Coffee and Tea Affect Your Teeth?

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The temperature is dropping, and getting out of a warm bed in the morning is getting harder and harder!

Sometimes the only thing that can get us up and going in the morning is a big cup of coffee or tea. While that can be a great jump-start to our day, coffee and tea often have negative effects on our teeth and oral health.

We have heard and we know that dark drinks stain your teeth over time.

According to colgate.com, “although the enamel of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body, it is not flat and smooth. On the contrary, your tooth enamel contains microscopic pits and ridges that can hold particles of food and drink.

Pigments from dark-colored drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda can become embedded in those cracks and ridges and, if the proper steps are not taken, can cause permanent, yellowing stains on your teeth.”

Beyond the staining are there other effects of coffee and tea on our teeth?

Coffee and tea have acids, tannins and chromogens that are harmful to your teeth in more ways than one. The tannins and chromogens are the enzymes that stain your teeth. The acid breaks down the tooth enamel and weakens your tooth and makes it more susceptible to staining and other damages.

The caffeine that is in coffee and most teas also dries out your mouth and can lead to dehydration.  Dry mouth also contributes to tooth decay and even gum disease.

Coffee and tea are great in moderation and are still great ways to wake yourself up, or give you a mid-day pick me up.  Herbal teas are a great alternative that have no caffeine and often contain less acids and tannins. Green tea has often been known to boost your dental health, while still giving you that hot drink for the morning!

Still have questions about the effects of coffee and tea? Give us a call at (801)747-8018 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to sit down and talk about your teeth and set up a treatment plan for a brighter, stronger smile!

SPIN THAT WHEEL!

Have you spun the prize wheel yet?

At both of our locations we have installed prize wheels for our patients to spin and have chances to win great things! We are keeping these around till the end of the year, so there are lots of opportunities to win!

During the month of October we have:

-Free haunted house tickets

-Free Nintendo Switch Lite

-Spa day package for mom

In November we are going to be giving away:

-Star Wars movie tickets

-Echo Dot

-Gift Cards

Every appointment earns you a chance to spin the wheel! At the end of every giveaway we go live on Facebook to announce the winners! Make sure you are following us on both our Facebook and Instagram(@dentalprosutah)

We announce all of our upcoming promotions as well as give patients and followers extra chances to win the prizes!

If you want a chance to spin the wheel call us at (801)747-8018 to schedule your appointment and SPIN THAT WHEEL!

 

It’s Spooky Season!

Fall has officially fallen across the land! Piles of pumpkins, colored leaves, and the candy lined grocery isles are all indicators of the season!

Here at The Center of Dental Professionals we are gearing up for Halloween! Our office is decorated, we have parties and activities planned, but what will we be wearing on October 31st?

We have gathered some of our favorite dental costumes from the internet to help you narrow down your outfit for this Halloween!

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A tooth and toothpaste costume offer a twist on the common couple/partner costumes and allow you to stand out in the crowd, or on the streets during trick-or-treating!

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This family really knows how to celebrate great oral health! What better way to let everyone know you take care of your teeth than dressing up as common oral cleaning tools!?

Robyn: Our 4 year old daughter Abby spends her days seriously believing she is Tinker Bell and has been dressed up in fairy wings most days since before her 1st birthday....

Of course the tooth fairy is a great costume option too! Throw some teeth on a poofy dress or skirt with a crown and you have an easy, but cute costume!

 

Those are just a few of the GREAT costumes that we have seen on the internet! If you aren’t sure what to be for Halloween, why not try out one of these great options not only to celebrate Halloween, but to show everyone how much you care about your dental health too!

 

If you dress up this year, comment below with your picture, we would love to see your costumes and creativity!

 

The week of Halloween feel free to wear your costumes to your appointment and snap a spooky picture with your dentist!

All About Invisalign!

Have you ever wanted straight teeth, but didn’t want to have brackets and wires covering your teeth?

We all know the traditional metal bracket route, and in more recent times the clear brackets have started to become more popular, especially in the adult population.

But are those our only options?

Lucky for you there is another option…Invisalign!

Invisalign is a series of clear trays that slowly move your teeth in a more comfortable and convenient way. Each tray is created and designed with exact calculations to gradually move your teeth into their perfect place!

Invisalign is perfect for EVERYONE! Teens through adults can enjoy this orthodontic treatment.

You come in for your consultation, figure our your treatment plan, and start wearing your first retainer!

With Invisalign your daily habits don’t change! Since you don’t have to worry about brackets and wires you can eat what you want, brush normally, and not have to worry about uncomfortable wires poking you in your mouth. Invisalign is a highly effective treatment for a wide variety of orthodontic issues including:

-crowding

-spacing

-overbite

-underbite

-deep bite

-open bite

Since Invisalign has pre-determined trays that help move your teeth, your appointments are less frequent and often shorter and more convenient for the patient.  You can go from one appointment a month to one appointment every THREE months.

Invisalign is created with ease and convenience in mind! You are able to achieve your dream smile without having to adjust your life at all!

Thinking about Invisalign? Call us at (801)747-8018 to book your free consultation!

 

We are holding an Invisalign Seminar on November 5th from 6-7 pm at our downtown location! Come to get a free scan of your teeth and see a simulation of what Invisalign can do for you! There will also be opportunities for prizes and up to $499 off of your treatment!

 

Want some more information? Click below to see their website:

https://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works/living-with-invisalign

GIVE-A-WAY Time!

Hello all!

For the month of September we are giving away a pair of Air Pods to one lucky patient!

You read that right…we are doing a giveaway at both of clinics this month.

The only thing you need to do is come in for your appointment! IT’S AS EASY AS THAT!

When you come in for your appointment you’ll have the opportunity to enter your name into the drawing.Do you have two appointments this month? you get two entries!

If you want more opportunities to win, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We will be posting extra entry opportunities throughout the month. Make sure to follow along so you don’t miss out!

We will be announcing the winner on our Facebook October 1st, just in time for fall! Invite all of your friends to make an appointment and come in by the end of the month, this is a big deal and we want everyone to have a chance to win!

Air pods are Bluetooth ear pods that work with any device that has Bluetooth pairing. So even if you don’t have Apple products, you can still use the pods!

 

Qualifications/Restrictions:

-Only the patient who has the appointment can enter; not anyone that accompanies them

-A patient must show up for their appointment to be entered

-If a patient shows a staff member they follow The Center of Dental Professionals on Facebook or Instagram they get and extra entry

 

Hurry in before the month ends! Don’t have an appointment? Call us at (801)747-8018 to schedule a time to come in! We still have openings for the month of September!

 

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 Braces 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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We offer orthodontic treatments 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.