• Which Dentist Fits Your Case

    The ADA recognizes nine types of specialists in the dental field. Your regular dentist that you see for 6 month checkups, fillings, and crowns is usually a general dentist. If you have certain dental needs or conditions, however, you may find yourself at another office. These are the 6 most commonly seen specialists:

    Pediatric Dentists are just like general dentists as far as what they can do goes. They attend 2-3 years more of school and specialize in the treatment of children only. Dr. Chavez, a dentist in Provo, says his passion for starting good habits at an early age led him to choose this specialty.

    Endodontists specialize in procedures like root canal treatments. According to the American Association of Endodontists, the average endodontist completes about 25 root canals per week, while the average general dentist completes closer to 2.

    Orthodontists are there to treat misalignments of the teeth and jaw. It is important to have a good bite or straighter teeth to avoid speech problems, help with oral hygiene, and possible issues chewing. Platinum Dental Care can refer you to an American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certified othodontic specialist has been a part of the Platinum Dental team since 2016.

    Periodontist are a type of dentist who specializes in all things related to periodontal disease and bone loss. They will usually see more severe cases of periodontal disease. They are also trained in placing dental implants.

    Prosthodontists specialize in replacing missing teeth, whether it be by bridge, implant, or denture. They are also trained in other cosmetic and functional procedures such as treatment of cleft palate in children and TMJ.

    Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons attend the most school of all the specialties. The list of their abilities is quite impressive. They can administer anesthesia, complete extractions, implant surgery, sleep apnea, treat facial injuries, corrective jaw surgery, TMJ surgery, and that’s just to name a few. At Platinum Dental Care, our oral surgery specialist Dr. Scott Ferguson , travels to the PDC location most convenient to you if your case requires th expertise of an oral surgeon.

    In addition to these 6 specialties are less common Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists, and Dental Public Health Specialists. We welcome your family to visit our family of dentists at any one of our 11 Utah locations.

    At Platinum Dental Care, we provide our patients with the highest quality care in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and orthodontia.

  • Foods to Avoid this Christmas Season

    Christmas time is associated with family, music, and (our favorite) food! From large family dinners to the plates of cookies your neighbors drop off, this time of year is filled with delicious goodies. As much as we love the flavors of the season, however, these treats can take a real toll on your teeth. Here are some rules of thumb for keeping your teeth healthy:

    1.) Avoid sticky foods : Toffees, candied nuts, baklava, and even some syrups can stick to your teeth for hours after eating the original treat. If you can’t avoid these sticky treats, be sure to brush and floss within an hour after eating these foods to avoid the long-term negative effects of them.

    2.) Avoid hard foods : Hard cookies and candies can break your teeth and damage your enamel. Not only can hard foods take a toll, but for some reason people start putting hard objects in their mouth around Christmas time (using their teeth to break into presents and other objects). To avoid this damage, use your teeth for soft FOODS only.

    3.) Avoid sugary drinks : Martinelli’s, wassail, sodas, eggnog, hot cocoa, and other sweet beverages common to the Christmas season can leave your teeth with stains and decay. Avoid these drinks altogether or be sure to brush or rinse your mouth with water as soon as possible.

    At Platinum Dental Care, we care about your health and the health of your teeth over this Christmas season. Take care to avoid these foods or clean your mouth well after consumption and you should be fine!

    Dr. Matthew Cheney , our newest Platinum Dental dentist, works in our Logan location. With years of experience and a wonderful staff, visit Platinum Dental Logan and Dr. Cheney by calling (435) 752-3689.

  • Ensuring Your Smile is Holiday-Ready

    With thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings fast approaching, you may want to ensure your smile is squeaky-clean and sparkly. Here are 5 things you can easily do today to brighten your smile.

    1.) Eat Crunchy Fruits and Veggies: Apples, celery, carrots… these foods are high in nutrients and stimulate saliva flow in the mouth, in addition to clearing bacteria and plaque build up on the surface of your enamel.

    2.) Drink through a Straw: Strongly pigmented drinks like grape juice, coffee, and tea can cause surface stains that could be easily avoided by using a straw. Avoiding yellow or brown stains from diet coke or any other colored drink will make a big difference in the brightness of your smile.

    3.) Hydrogen Peroxide rinse: Dilluting hydrogen peroxide with water (1 part water to 1 part hydrogen peroxide) and swishing the solution can help you remove stains from your teeth. Whitening toothpaste can help as well, but the bubbling effect of swishing hydrogen peroxide helps you know it’s really working.

    4.) Try an at-home whitening kit: Whitening your teeth at home with an over-the-counter product such as Crest white strips or Rembrandt whitening gel will help, just be sure to follow the instructions and use the treatment through to the end (typically a 1-2 week process).

    5.) Visit the Dentist: Zoom whitening, laser whitening, gel whitening trays–your dentist has access to stronger forms of whitening than you do, and if you want your teeth whiter faster, talk to your doc about services he offers.

    This holiday season may be your most memorable yet! Don’t get caught with a yellow or brown smile as you gather with family and friends.

    Dr. Scherschligt is a cosmetic dentist in Salt Lake City. If you would like to use up your insurance benefits before you lose them at the end of the year or just want to brighten your smile for the holidays, do not hesitate to call his office at (801) 484-1032

  • Best Time for Utahns to Travel During Thanksgiving

    Our patients at Platinum Dental Care know how hard traveling can be on the roads throughout the holidays. Not only does the forecast indicate we’ll have snow well before Thanksgiving day, but road construction is a given no matter where you are planning on traveling to.

    If you plan on driving anywhere for the holiday, here are some good times to head out based on annual travel patterns around this time of year in Utah:

    Tuesday 11/22: Morning traffic will be quieter than normal, but by 1pm expect traffic to begin to ramp up. 4pm-8pm will be the busiest time on the roads today.

    Wednesday 11/23: Lighter traffic in the morning than we’re used to seeing on an average weekday, with early departures positively affecting your work commute. By 11am, expect the roads to start crowding with peak traffic between 3pm-7pm.

    Thursday 11/24: Happy Thanksgiving! Traffic should be light and similar to a Sunday’s traffic flow. Get off the roads anyway, however, and go eat some turkey.

    Friday 11/25: Traffic will behave similar to a weekend day. Most people will be off the roads, but it will likely be busy near large shopping center intersections.

    Saturday 11/26: Thursday and Friday were your two days of this week that behave like regular weekend traffic. Expect some early departures and an overall increase on traffic for the entire day.

    Sunday 11/27: Yes, you have work tomorrow. Yes, you need to go home if you haven’t already. Traffic will be heaviest bet ween 1pm-6pm, so do your best to leave in the morning or later evening. Regardless of when you’ll leave, however, expect heavier traffic than usual.

    At Platinum Dental Care we care first and foremost about your safety. Good luck and safe travels over the upcoming holiday and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dr. Blackhurst is a great family dentist in Sugarhouse, Utah. Give his office a call before or after Thanksgiving to take advantage of your dental benefits before the end of the year and prevent any damage incurred by holiday goodies.

  • Best Ways to Enjoy the Last Days of Fall

    Fall in Utah has to be one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. With the gorgeous changing leaves and moderate temperatures, this year especially has been memorably pleasant. The season will soon come to a close, however, and time is running out to enjoy the beauties fall can bring. Here are 3 ways your family can take advantage of these last weeks of fall before it gets too cold!

    1.) Go Leaf-Peeping. If you haven’t already, take an afternoon to drive through the mountains and rural areas to get a good look at the beautiful changing leaves! With bright golds, warm reds, and burnt oranges, you cannot help but admire the breathtaking swatch of color this season brings.

    2.) Check out the last weeks of Farmer’s Markets . Fresh produce from an autumn harvest make this the best time of year to check out a farmer’s market. Apples, squash, zucchini, pears, honey, and other fresh foods can be found at a relatively low price (especially if you go near the final hours of the market) and you support locally grown produce!

    3.) Take your family “Half-Camping.” A great way to enjoy the fall air, fall colors, and fall treats is to take your family half-camping. You can have a bonfire and roast marshmallows (as long as you brush right after!) or wake everyone up early on a Saturday morning, head up to the mountains, and cook pancakes and hot chocolate on a camp stove. A great way to get the family outdoors one last time before winter hits, and a great way to enjoy the season, half-camping is a low stress, easy way to get out without having to sleep on the ground.

    At Platinum Dental Care, we love fall in Utah. Not only does it give our staff the chance to dress up and participate in pumpkin carving contests, but we love the flavors and scents as well. If you and your family need to schedule a dental appointment, do not hesitate to call at 801.806.4645. Our Dentist Murray UT is now accepting new patients!

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  • 3 Tips from a Hygienist

    If you are looking for ways to keep your teeth cleaner and avoid cavities, here are some common problems we see thwarting our patients’ ability to avoid tooth decay:

    1.) Don’t leave sugar (or carbs) sitting on the teeth for long periods of time . Some people have great brushing habits when it comes to consistency, brushing both day and night. However, if you drink a chocolate milk at 11:00 AM or eat a bag of pretzels as an afternoon snack or just leave lunch on your teeth, after 30 minutes the simple carbs in that food will start working on your teeth. Even if you can’t brush mid-day or keep sugars off the surface of your teeth, try to rinse your mouth clean with flouridated water or chew sugarless gum.

    2.) Floss AROUND your teeth . If you think putting floss through the gaps in your teeth and just moving the thread up and down in the gaps is enough, you are missing parts of your teeth! Do your best to go around the tooth as much as possible. Imagine the way you wrap a towel around your body to dry it off. Use the same technique to wrap the floss around your tooth and clean as much of the surface of the tooth as you can.

    3.) Use a Fluoride rinse. Mouthwashes usually employ alcohol as their active ingredient, but find a fluoride rinse to strengthen your enamel and improve your ability to fight cavities. Like fluoridated water, a fluoride rinse will make your teeth strong and help you avoid developing cavities better than a mouthwash like listerine that just kills germs in the mouth but doesn’t actually strengthen your teeth.

    Our Platinum Dental Care Dentists passionately serve individuals and families in the community through excellent dental care. If you have questions about cavities, about how to improve your ability to avoid tooth decay, or just need to schedule a routine cleaning, call his office at 801.253.8866.

  • 10 Reasons You Are Experiencing Sensitive Teeth

    Anytime the soft core of your teeth called dentin (that the hard shell called the enamel normally protects) becomes exposed, you are likely to experience pain or sensitivity to hot or cold food. This is because the dentin surrounds the pulp or nerve of your tooth, so hot foods or cold foods gain direct access to this nerve though the porous dentin, causing you to experience pain as a result.

    Understanding why you have sensitivity is the first step to combating it. Here are 10 reasons you might be experiencing sensitivity:

    1.) Your Teeth Have Had Enough: Brushing too hard or with a stiff-bristled toothbrush can wear down your enamel. Grinding your teeth can have the same effect. When you wear down the enamel your dentin becomes exposed and you will experience sensitivity:

    What to do if this is your case? Stick to soft bristled brushes and brush often but softly, remembering that you are trying to remove bactera and food particles, not the surface of your teeth. Additionally, buy a night guard to prevent grinding.

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    2.) Your Gums Have Had Enough: If you do not brush or floss properly, your gums will become puffy and bleed. Allowing this problem to continue will lead to a serious gum disease called gingivitis, which will cause your gums to recede and cause the dentin of your teeth to become exposed, resulting in sensitivity.

    What do you do? Talk to your dentist ASAP. He can help treat the gingivitis. Until then, invest in a good sensitive toothpaste and use it to increase gum/tooth health and decrease pain.

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    3.) You Just Whitened : Teeth whitening products can often lead to sensitivity.

    How do you combat this? Buy a sensitive toothpaste and the discomfort will go away. If not, see your dentist.

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    4.) You Just Had Some Dental Work : Sometimes, getting a filling or root canal can leave your teeth more sensitive than before.

    What should you do? Keep an eye on it, but this sensitivity is natural and should disappear in 4-6 weeks.

    5.) Your Teeth are Decaying . If the enamel of your teeth has worn down, don’t be surprised if the decay you experience as a result brings sensitivity. Afterall, the pulp of your teeth will be even more vulnerable once the dentin has been eaten away.

    What do you do? Schedule an appointment ASAP to get your cavities filled and prevent further damage.

    Ultimately, if you are experiencing senstive teeth and cannot pinpoint why, you should see your dentist for a consultation, because sensitive teeth is sometimes a small symptom of something more serious.

    If you are looking for a Lehi dentist with experience in working with Utah families, call Dr. Hepworth, voted the best dentist in Lehi Utah. Call his office at 801.331.8545.

  • Taking Advantage of Dental Benefits Before 2017

    2016 is drawing to a close which means if you want to take advantage of your dental insurance benefits, now is the time to schedule your appointment! If you are unsure of what your benefits include, here are some basics for interpreting your policy:

    Yearly maximum: This is pretty self explanatory. This is the maximum amount your insurance will pay toward your dental work for your dental year.

    Most insurance companies run off a calendar year January-December but some will run on a contracted year. If it’s a contracted year they will specify which month it starts and ends in. ie: July-June or April-March.

    Deductible : There will usually be an individual deductible of $25-75 and a family deductible of $75-225. Your insurance will start paying for dental work after you’ve covered the deductible amount after the first part of your insurance year.

    Family deductible: Typically, the deductible applies to up to 3 people in the family. Once it’s been met for the year for those 3, you do not have a deductible for any remaining members on the plan. Verify this with your insurance carrier.

    Waiting period: If you are getting insurance because you were just seen at the dentist and have a major treatment plan and you want a little help with paying, you’ll want to ask about a waiting period. Some insurance will have a 6 month waiting period on basic procedures and/or a 12 month waiting period for major procedures. This means they will not pay anything on that treatment for 6-12 months from your effective date, and until then, you are only covered for preventative treatment.

    Missing tooth clause: A few insurance companies have a missing tooth clause in place. This typically means if you have a tooth that was missing before you accrued the insurance plan, they will not pay for any treatment to replace it. This will generally include partials, bridges, or implants.

    Coinsurance: Coinsurance is when you have an insurance plan that will pay a percentage of a procedure, leaving you with the remaining percentage and a portion. A common rate is 80% coverage on fillings, which leaves you, the patient, with a 20% portion.

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    If something comes up that you have questions or concerns about, your dental office or insurance customer service line should be able and willing to assist in answering them for you. Our dental office answers calls 24/7 if you have questions about the insurances we accept. Please call 801. 806. 4645

    Dr. Chavez, a dentist in Provo , and his staff answer lots of patient questions about insurance. It can be confusing! But taking care of your teeth and taking advantage of your benefits is a win-win. To schedule an appointment with the best dentist in Provo , call 801-426-6255

    Platinum Dental care serves patients throughout Utah. If you are looking for a Lehi Dentist, Salt Lake City Dentist, Sugarhouse Dentist, Logan Dentist, Provo Dentist, Murray dentist, Mapleton Dentist, West Jordan Dentist, Sandy Dentist, Draper Dentist, you can count on us.

  • October is Here! Keep Kid’s Teeth Healthy All Month Long

    Halloween is one thing, but it seems like the whole month of October involves candy and other sticky treats. At Platinum Dental Care, we love the excitement and fun associated with this beautiful season, but we do see a lot of cases where the surge of candy in October gets the best of some of our younger patients.

    How can your child avoid the perils of Halloween candy? Luckily, we do not suggest that you remove candy from the equation altogether. However, we do suggest these 3 tips for keeping teeth healthy all month long:

    1.) Avoid sticky candy and treats. Caramel apples, taffy, and sugary gums can stick to your child’s teeth long after they finished eating the treat. Our advice? Just avoid these treats all together–they are not worth it! If, however, your favorite treat just happens to be sticky caramels, be sure to brush thoroughly, floss, and do everything you can to get the sticky stuff OFF. If it sits on the surface of your teeth for any amount of time, you can almost guarantee some permanent damage.

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    2.) Eat the soft stuff. Chocolates, peanut butter cups, pixie sticks, and other treats that, although sugary, do not stick to the teeth are preferrable than any other treats. Why? Because although they create an environment in your mouth where decay can form by nature of being candy, they do not stick around to perpetuate the damage. Have a few chocolates, brush or rinse your mouth out, and your teeth should be fine.

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    3.) Keep a Toothbrush and Flouridated Water handy . We’ve said it before but keeping your mouth clean is the best defense against sugar. When sugar sits in your mouth, it creates acids that break down the enamel of your teeth and rot the soft core called dentin within. Damaged enamel has no return–you can not undo that kind of damage and it causes huge, expensive problems once it occurs. So, prevent this from happening by allowing sugar to sit on your teeth for NO MORE than 30 minutes by brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth out.

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    This October, keep your teeth free and clear of decay and enjoy the season by keeping these three rules.

    At Platinum Dental Care, we love seeing our patients in their costumes. Please post pictures of your child’s costumes and tag us on Facebook to enter our costume contest for a prize.

    Dr. Darin Dickerson, a great family dentist in Sandy , loves Halloween. Perhaps it’s the season with changing leaves and warm sweaters, but October is a great month to be in Utah. Additionally, if you have insurance benefits that you need to use up before the end of the year, now would be the time to schedule your next appointment at Platinum Dental Care in Sandy or in any of our convenient locations throughout Utah.

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  • Can you Blame “Bad Teeth” on Genetics?

    According to scientists, the health of your teeth depends on two things: dental hygiene and your genes. In fact, most experts agree that 60% of your susceptibility to tooth decay is based on your genetics.

    If your genes play such a big role in the health of your teeth, how can you thwart the harmful effects of “Bad Genes”?

    1.) Based on your genetic makeup, you are more or less likely to eat sweets.

    Your sweet preference is determined in large part by your genes, and those who eat more sweets are more likely to experience decay. The stronger your genetic “sweet preference”, the more cavities you will likely develop.

    2.) The strength of your enamel is a genetic trait.

    Some people just have a thicker, more effective protective shell around their dentin than others, and that’s why they experience less cavities. Strong enamel makes for stronger teeth less susceptible to decay and damage. If you were born with thin, weak enamel you simply have to work harder to prevent cavities and decay than others, as the plaque and bacteria in your mouth will more quickly break through and rot your teeth.

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    3.)Your ability to taste food plays a role in your oral health.

    The degree to which a person can taste and differentiate between flavors is a genetic trait, and studies show that people who cannot discern as well between flavors are more likely to develop cavities than those who can. So, the larger spectrum of flavors you can sense will make you that much better off when it comes to oral health. How do you develop a broader taste profile? Little is known about why this connection between taste-ability and dental health is strong, but many scientists believe that those who possess a stronger sense of taste have a lower sugar pereference which means they eat less sweets and have stronger teeth as a result.

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    4.) Metabolizing the right nutrients.

    Some peoples’ saliva is simply more effective at breaking down important nutrients like Calcium and magnesium. Eating the right foods is half the battle, metabolizing them correctly is the next. Those with “better” saliva will experience fewer cavities.

    Dr. Chavez, a dentist in Provo, has seen patients with near identical hygiene habits when it comes to their oral health, who have very different oral health profiles. Your family dentist may not recognize that for all your brushing and flossing, your genetics are thwarting you! If you believe that genetics is playing a larger role in your dental health than you are comfortable with, give Dr. Chavez’s office a call at (801) 396-2944.