According to the American Dental Association the number one reason American adults do not visit the dentist regularly is the cost of semiannual checkups.
Don’t let cost be the reason you neglect your oral health. The most affordable way to care for your teeth is by visiting the dentist more often, not less. Here are five ways to make your visits to the dentist more affordable.
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No matter where you choose to go this summer, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared and properly packed. Plus, while you’re out having the time of your life, you can’t neglect an important part of your hygiene routine: your teeth. Here are a couple of ideas for packing efficiently and getting the most out of your vacation without letting your teeth take a turn for the worse. Continue reading “Smart Packing Tips: Taking Care of Your Teeth On the Go”
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays at Platinum Dental Care! We love seeing the cute costumes of patients, putting on our own costumes, and decorating the operatories.
If the fact that whitening toothpaste doesn’t work surprises you, let’s clarify: Whitening toothpastes work as toothpaste, but brushing with whitening toothpaste can not remove deep stains. Whitening toothpaste has been around for a while, but has no one noticed that “whitening” toothpaste doesn’t really change the shade of your smile? Understanding the science of teeth whitening helps explain why whitening toothpastes don’t whiten.
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Platinum Dental Care patients receive an oral cancer screening at every appointment with one of our award-winning doctors. The reason we make oral cancer screenings a priority is that only a trained oral health professional can accurately identify the disease. In fact, just last year a dentist in Utah saved his patient’s life by detecting oral cancer in her mouth during a routine cleaning and exam . Oral cancer is a force to be reckoned with, but luckily many of its causes are avoidable and the disease more easily preventable than other cancers. If you are worried about the risk factors contributing to your oral health, talk to a Platinum Dental Care dentist about your concerns.
For many years, experts have agreed that excessive alcohol consumption combined with smoking will increase a patient’s risk of oral cancer. In 2008, Associate Professor Michael McCullough from Melbourne University, published findings in his study in the Australian Dental Journal about alcohol-based mouthwashes also posing a similar risk as frequent alcohol consumption . Professor McCullough stated in his findings that some mouthwashes were more dangerous than wine or beer because they contain higher concentrations of alcohol– some reaching as high as 26 percent.
While the logic behind Professor McCullough’s discussion of mouthwash was clear, no conclusive results were reached based on his hypothesis. In fact, since the publication of his research, at least ten epidemiological studies published over the last three decades strongly suggest that the use of alcohol-containing rinses do not increase the risk of oral cancer.
As with the consumption of alcoholic drinks, many believe the ethanol in mouthwash allows cancer-causing substances (such as nicotine) to permeate the lining of the mouth more easily, accelerating the process of deterioration and cell destruction.
While the logic appears sound, Professor Laurence Walsh of the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry denies its truthfulness and claims that mouthwashes are more likely to help prevent cancer as they impair the production of molecules that have cancer-causing effects.
Whether or not you believe the rhetoric against alcohol-based mouthwash or not, at Platinum Dental Care we caution our patients against using a powerful alcoholic-based mouthwash on a daily basis. For our patients who smoke and use mouthwash to reduce the smell and taste of cigarette smoke in their mouth, we issue a special caution against alcoholic mouthwash. At Platinum Dental Care, our policy on mouthwash follows the guidelines set forth by current literature. Only in specific situations, such as before or after an oral surgery, do we recommend mouthwash.
Mouthwash is a powerful cleaning agent and has the power to aid with the healing of gums after gum therapy, and should be used as a pre-rinse prior to dental procedures. For short periods of recovery and used by prescription only, mouthwash can be a powerful tool for cleaning the mouth and facilitating quick healing. For everyday use, werecommend other types of mouthwash like Act, a fluoride mouthwash.
If you have any concerns about the mouthwash that you are currently using or that we have prescribed for you please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com phone number 801-293-1234
Flossing is a key step in maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Patients who floss avoid the gum disease and decay which are almost guaranteed problems for people who do not. If you are concerned about choosing the best tools to care for your teeth at home, we have all the details you need about water flossers and string floss here. The more informed you are, the more confident you will feel as you carefully care for your pearly whites.
Water Flosser vs String Floss: Points to Ponder
We considered several factors when reviewing the water flosser and comparing its performance with traditional floss.
- Price: Although waterflossers can cost between $30 and $70, the may be only cost slightly more than the lifetime supply of string floss that your water flosser would replace.
- Ease of Use: Both string floss and a waterflosser can do an excellent job in removing plaque and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, but a waterflosser is much easier to use correctly than traditional floss.
- Electricity: If you already own an electric toothbrush or any other electric bathroom accessories that use up the outlet nearest your bathroom counter, you may want to consider the logistical aspect of using your water flosser. Because waterflossers require electricity for use, consider where your water flosser will plug in and how you will fit your water flosser in with your other bathroom appliances.
- Quality of Flossing: While ease of use factors into the quality of clean you can achieve while using your water flosser or string floss, weighing in on a professional’s opinion of which type of floss can acheive the best results is important.
Can Water Flossers Replace String Floss?
No concrete verdict has been reached on whether or not a water flosser can clean the gaps between your teeth as effectively as string floss. The ADA has made no comment, and some dentists have no opinion on the matter, but most dentists agree that water flossers cannot replace manual string flossing.
Simple logic explains why string floss does a superior job at removing plaque –spraying water at the gaps between your teeth simply cannot get the traction it needs to remove sticky plaque and left behind food. For safety reasons, a waterflosser will never spit water out fast enough to acheive the “power washed” effect users may imagine.
Scraping is what cleans your teeth, which can only be accomplished with string floss. When you floss, the goal is to remove plaque and food so that the food does not become tartar, cause decay, or lead to gum disease.
Certainly water flossers or air flossers can remove food and plaque, but not as completely or effectively as string floss.
Are Water Flossers My Best Option?
While most dentists agree that water flossers do not clean your teeth as well as traditional floss, in some cases a water flosser may be a better choice.
Water flossers may be better than traditional floss if you find yourself in any of these oral health situations:
- Sensitive Gums. If your gums are sore and bleed when you floss, the gentle spray of a water flosser may be a more comfortable and effective choice for you.
- Braces. If you use traditional metal braces, a water flosser is much easier to use than string floss and is thereby more effective during orthodontic treatment.
- Dexterity issues. Threading and weaving string floss is difficult for patients with poor dexterity–water flossers are easy to use and ensure effective cleaning for people with even the lowest range of motion.
In other words, when string floss can’t be used, a water flosser provides a perfect solution.
In addition, for patients who find traditional floss to be so cumbersome and uncomfortable, to the point that they avoid flossing altogether, water flossing is a much better alternative to not flossing at all.
If you can use string floss but choose not to and are looking to waterflossing as a better alternative than not flossing at all, you may want to explore different types of string floss. Some types of string floss are easier and more comfortable to use and all string floss when used correctly will achieve a higher level of clean than water floss.
Advantages to Using Traditional Floss:
- Scrapes teeth more effectively, achieving a higher level of clean
- Lower cost when compared with water flosser
Advantaged to Using a Water Flosser
- Easy to use
- Best solution for people with poor dexterity, braces, sensitive gums, or who simply won’t floss with string
String floss is always the best option for keeping your teeth healthy and strong, but water floss will always be better than not flossing at all.
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According to the National Institutes of Health , the only condition more prevalent than tooth decay is the common cold. If you are afraid you have a cavity, you may be right! Although cavities are hard to detect on your own in the beginning, once the decay has progressed and if you eat sweets, you may trigger the pain of a cavity. Whether or not you are in the beginning stages or more advanced stages of a cavity, the best way to maintain your teeth and avoid more cavities is by seeing your dentist every 6 months for an exam and cleaning.
How Do Cavities Form?
While your mouth is full of bacteria, not all bacteria is harmless. In fact, when you eat sugary or starchy foods like pretzels or candy, the bacteria in your mouth feeds on that sugar and then produces acid. The acid formed when bacteria metabolizes sugar is strong enough to break down the enamel of your teeth. Your enamel, or the hard protective shell of your teeth, will erode completely when the dangerous acid is left on the surface of your teeth for an extended period of time and a dental cavity or cavities begin to form.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has found that cavities can be reversed when detected and treated at an early stage in their formation. Fluoridated toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash can help strengthen your enamel and prevent cavities from growing larger.
Do I Have a Cavity?
How can you know you have a cavity? Until the cavity grows large enough to hit a nerve, you will feel nothing. The enamel has no nerves, so an enamel-deep cavity can only be detected by a dental professional. If your cavity becomes large enough to penetrate the soft inner core of your teeth called the “dentin”, you may start to feel the signs of a cavity. You may experience sensitivity to cold or hot foods, feel a dull ache or sharp pain when eating sweets, or you may even experience mild swelling in rare cases.
Aside from oral pain, you may be able to see cavities form on the surface of your teeth. You can recoginize cavities by the brown or yellow spots they form on your teeth’s surface.
Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Eat Sugar?
Why do sweet foods make your cavities hurt? The enamel erosion caused by tooth decay allows acid to penetrate the tender core of your teeth. When you eat sweet foods, the bacteria in your mouth produce acid that burns the nerves in your teeth. produced. This results in sensitivity and pain when you eat sweet foods on an advanced cavity.
Visit the Dentist
If you think you have a cavity, you should call and schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately. Preventing or reversing a cavity is possible in the early stages, but by the time you feel sensitivity or pain only a dentist can reverse the damage.
Your dentist will take an x-ray to see how deep your cavity goes. Typically, dentists fill a cavity with metal to strengthen the tooth and prevent bacteria from hiding in the crevices and deep pores formed by the cavity. In severe cases, your dentist will need to replace part of your tooth with a crown and/or root canal.
Whether or not you think you have a cavity, seeing a dentist every 6 months is the best way to save the pain and expense of treating cavities and other dental emergencies. The reason the American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and exam with your dentist twice a year is because perfectly healthy teeth can start to decay in 6 months without proper maintenance.
Platinum Dental Care has been providing service for patients in Utah looking for a “Dentist Near Me” for over 30 years. Our service is top-notch and our practices carry the latest dental technology. We never over-charge and we strive for complete transparency in our billing and treatment proposals. If you are new to Utah County, Wasatch County, or Salt Lake County, call Platinum Dental Care today at 801-806-4645.
Human teeth are extremely strong! In fact, the enamel that acts as a protective shield to the soft inner core of your teeth can withstand quite a lot of damage before you may notice anything. Teeth are built to last a lifetime, which is why teeth can survive years of neglect before alerting the body with even a twinge of pain. The American Dental Association recommends getting a cleaning every 3-6 months, and they make that suggestion with the longevity and health of your teeth in mind.
Why do I need cleanings so often?
If you are having a hard time remembering when you had your last cleaning, exam, and check-up, today is the day to schedule your next appointment with the dentist. The ADA suggests getting a cleaning every 3-6 months because that’s how quickly things can change in your mouth. A clean, healthy mouth can start to form decay that will leave irreversible damage in just 6 months. If you have gum disease or weak enamel, your mouth will need an exam sooner than every 6 months.
What Can I Expect at My Dental Cleaning?
Whether you have dental insurance or not, your next dental cleaning will give you peace of mind and a lasting fresh feeling in your mouth! Cleanings begin with a hygienist flossing and polishing your teeth. He or she will scrape your teeth of tartar and check your enamel for any soft spots. Most cleanings will finish with a professional fluoride treatment that will strengthen and protect your teeth for up to six months. At Platinum Dental Care, your cleaning and exam will also include an x-ray in order to ensure no problems are lurking below your gumline. The dentist will double check your cleaning and go over any problems that he or the hygienist may have detected.
How Should I Prepare for My Dental Cleaning?
Your dental cleaning should be a relaxing and pain-free experience. Aside from bringing your ID and insurance card, the only thing you need to do to prepare for a dental cleaning is to think about any questions you may have for the doctor. Any time with the dentist is valuable and important, take advantage by writing down any thougts you may have in preparing for your cleaning. Your dentist may ask about your brushing and cleaning habits just to ensure that you are confident in your brushing and flossing technique.
What Does My Dental Insurance Include?
Although coverage varies from plan to plan, dental cleanings are almost always covered by dental insurance as preventative care. At Platinum Dental Care, we work with all dental insurances. Whether you have insurance or not, call today to schedule your appointment. We offer deals and cash discounts for patients with no insurance.
At Platinum Dental, we do not believe the idea of creating a new smile this year is a cliche–in fact, it could be the most important decision you make this year! Perfecting your pearly whites will boost your confidence, improve your health, and make you smile more! In 2018, we are rolling out a number of great offers for anyone looking to improve or maintain the health and appearance of their smile. Here is a preview of some of the deals you can take advantage of now!
Free Teeth Whitening or Free Exam and X-rays with a Cleaning
If you want to improve the appearance of you smile today, take advantage of our free whitening or free exam and x-rays with a dental cleaning! Once you schedule your bi-annual cleaning in one of our convenient Platinum Dental Care locations , you can elect to receive free custom bleach trays with bleach or a free exam and x-rays with you appointment. This deal will not last forever so call and schedule your appointment today!
You might ask–which of these freebies is the better deal? That depends on your smile and preferences. Custom bleach trays fit your teeth perfectly and are not cheap, neither is the professional strength teeth whitening bleach we provide with your trays. However, if you believe that your teeth are not permanently stained but really just need a good cleaning then your exam and x-rays may be the best deal. The question comes down to which type of stains you may have on your teeth.
There are two types of discoloration that you may experience, causing your teeth to be less than bright-white. The strongest type of stains are called “intrinsic stains” and cannot be resolved with typical whitening solutions. These stains reside within the structure of the teeth, which is why even a powerful dosage of hydrogen peroxide cannot break them out. It’s extremely difficult if not impossible to change the color of a tooth’s core. Don’t worry that you may have intrinsic stains–they are not common because they are often caused by powerful medications not often prescribed. If you believe that a medication you have been taking may have caused your teeth to be stained from the inside out, you may want to consult with your dentist. He or she will be able to tell almost at first glance which type of stains you are dealing with, and your medical history will provide clues as to which if any of the medications you have been taking could have caused intrinsic stains. If your child is taking a strong medication daily, you may also want to consult your dentist to see if they may be altering the chemical makeup of their developing adult teeth by doing so.
Another common source of of intrinsic staining can be caused by ingesting too much supplemental fluoride. Bright white stains on the teeth are tell-tale signs of this occurrence, known as fluorosis. Many children who drink fluoridated water and take a fluoride supplement have white fluorosis stains.
Whether your intrinsic stains are caused by a fluoride overdose or a strong medication, the only real way to reverse the appearance of these stains is by capping your teeth with veneers. Veneers are porcelain covers for natural teeth that will improve the appearance of your teeth instantaneously, and will never need bleaching or whitening treatments to maintain their bright white appearance. Talk to your dentist today about veneers as a possible solution to the deep-seeded stains on your teeth.
Most people do not have intrinsic stains–in fact, extrinsic stains are much more common and much more easily reversed. If you have extrinsic stains, you may recognize them by mild discoloration or a yellow hue. The most likely cause of extrinsic stains is diet. Tobacco use, drinking coffee, tea, wine or other deeply pigmented food or drink are likely culprits for yellow or discolored teeth. Foods like pomegranates and dark sodas like Coke and Pepsi are also common sources of discoloration. Not only are these foods strong in color but many of them are also acidic, which means they break down your enamel when you consume them, making their staining power more effective.
Genetics and age can also play a role in the discoloration of your teeth. In other words, some people are simply predisposed to have yellow teeth. Our enamel wears away over time, making it harder for your teeth to stay white as you grow older. Enamel protects your teeth and naturally has a whiter appearance than the dentin within the hard shell of your enamel.
If you are looking for a deal on your cleaning appointment, check out our Groupon deal! This deal will end soon, so take advantage while you can. This deal provides you with 92% off dental services, see Groupon for details!
Why is our Groupon such a great deal? We honor it at all of our locations from Logan North to Mapleton and it includes your cleaning, x-rays, and exam for $39. Pretty sweet–just purchase the Groupon deal and then call one of our offices to schedule your appointment.
For our patients without insurance or those who pay cash for their dental work, we provide many financing options. Our most exciting and most recent deal is our Platinum Dental Membership deal! Patients who sign up for the Platinum Dental membership receive 2 free cleanings every year, free fluoride, free exams, a free emergency visit, and 20% off all treatment. Membership simply requires paying the $300 yearly fee for adults or $150 for children. Enrolling in our membership is the best deal on dental work you can get in Utah. Call one of our offices to enroll your family today!
Teeth Whitening at a Dentist Near Me
Finding a Platinum Dental Care office near you is as easy as typing in “dentist near me” into you maps. Our dentists care about your health and individual circumstances. To schedule your consultation you can call us at 1-801-806-4704. We’re ready to help you finance your oral health goals today.
Everybody wants a healthy, beautiful smile without enduring a lot of pain or expense. While taking care of your teeth affordably is totally possible, keeping your teeth free of tartar, plaque build-up, cavities, gingivitis, and other more serious oral health concerns is almost impossible on your own. Unfortunately, avoiding professional help (especially in a dental emergency) will only make dental problems worse, more painful, and more expensive to fix. At Platinum Dental Care Dental, we want to change the way patients search for an affordable dentist. Rather than using a “dentist near me” search, patients can reference several Platinum Dental Care Dental locations within their area which includes dental financing at every location. The dental professionals at Platinum Dental Care want to help you focus on what’s most important–you and your health! Don’t let financing your health distract you from taking proper care of yourself.
Sometimes people put off taking care of their teeth simply because they don’t understand their financing options. Even patients with dental insurance are sometimes surprised to find out what procedures are covered. Searching for the cheapest dental care may not be the best quality and can lead to more expensive problems later on. Learn how to best maintain and care for your smile by educating yourself on the different financing options and best quality of care available. Affordable dental plans at a respected dental clinic can help make your dream smile entirely possible. Knowing what dentists near you are capable of providing will be your first step to lifelong affordable dental care.
1. Preventative Care !
Visiting your dentist every 6 months for an exam and cleaning is vital–if you don’t have dental insurance, maintaining your 6 month cleanings is still the most affordable way to care for your teeth. This is because reducing the cost of dental care comes down to preventing expensive issues in the first place. Paying out of pocket for professional teeth cleanings and oral exams will pay off over time, and is definitely worth the small sacrifice. In fact, most offices offer a cash discount if you ask them when paying out of pocket. Your dental cleanings will keep your teeth free of tartar build up, preventing cavities and gum disease. Your cleaning and exam will prevent larger issues like advanced periodontitis and root canal therapy, problems which carry a much higher price tag than the initial oral exam that could have prevented them.
Consider the investment you put into your smile as just that–an investment. Not only will your “investment” pay off by saving you money in the long run, but there are unquantifiable benefits like increased confidence and overall systemic health. Most people plan their routine visits by checking our Platinum Dental Care locations page to find a dentist in your area. Make sure you find an affordable dentist that can still offer you quality care. Maximize the benefit of your appointments by preparing questions to ask your dentist. You will prevent major dental problems and save thousands of dollars over a lifetime. Again, not all dental insurance plans will cover the full amount of every procedure done, especially for issues that could have been prevented with routine cleanings. In fact, for patients with advanced periodontitis or abscessed teeth that need root canal therapy, dental insurance may only cover up to a portion of the full cost. Keeping teeth healthy will help prevent such issues, helping you avoid the pain, cost, and time required to treat such issues.
2. Discounts and Offers
Many patients are often surprised by the Platinum Dental Care money saving offers, available on Groupon! These types of promotions or offers are run from office to office, and can vary depending on your location. Follow your office’s Facebook or Instagram for information on your dentist’s current promotions. Recently, many Platinum Dental Care offices offered promotions on teeth whitening or an Invisalign treatment. Whatever the reason for your next dental visit, be sure to inquire about promotions. Understand that quality dental care doesn’t always have to come at a premium. If your local dental offices have the option for reduced cost for routine professional teeth cleanings and oral exams, you can also take advantage of preventative care that should be performed on a regular basis.
3. Use Flexible Spending Dollars
Some employers offer a flexible spending account (FSA) to help assist with the cost of medical and dental care. You can use these pre-tax dollars to fund preventative or emergency dental care that can happen at a moment’s notice. Some patients will use their flexible spending accounts strategically, helping to pay for preventative dental care such as routine teeth cleanings or oral exams. Others may find them useful when they have a sudden tooth extraction or root canal to take care of.
Flexible Spending Accounts are not all structured alike and yours may have plan-specific stipulations for dental care, so check with your provider beforehand. Generally, cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers are not covered by FSA’s. However, one of the greatest benefits of FSA’s is that they allow you to plan and budget your dental care in advance. For single adults and families alike, FSA’s can greatly reduce the cost of dental care.
4. Dental Payment Plans
Platinum Dental Care offers flexible payment plans especially designed for families paying out-of-pocket. Even if you have dental insurance you may find that certain procedures are only partially covered by your plan. Dental payment plans can help you pay the remaining balance after a big procedure. Many of our patients use our Care Credit payment plan which helps them plan for expensive procedures with minimal stress.
Talk to your office’s manager to learn more about payment plans for your dental care. Ask about possible extended term options for patients that qualify, helping to eliminate any stress associated with paying for your dental care. Both your self-esteem and systemic health benefit when you take care of your teeth. Following the instructions of your dentist and receiving proper dental care will lay the groundwork for an exceptional smile your whole life long. Taking advantage of our dental plans to pay for your care in monthly installments will make your oral care much easier.
5. Compare Using a “Dentist Near Me” Search
Do your research when choosing a local dentist to ensure quality and affordable care. Our many Platinum Dental Care locations provide convenient care at an excellent price. Read our thousands of Google, Yelp, and Facebook reviews to compare offices and get a fair opinion. Call our office or check your bill to see what’s included in the price of a routine teeth cleaning and oral exam . Before you schedule an appointment for a exam or cleaning, go over any questions or concerns you have about what’s being offered and how much it will cost you over the phone or in person.
If you do have dental insurance, you can check our insurance tab to see what insurance plans we accept. We accept almost any plan, but if our office is out-of-network give us a call to see if we can work with your provider. You can call your Platinum Dental Care office at 801.806.4704 as we do accept most dental insurance plans. We also have a wide range of services from general services, cosmetic dentistry, and even specialists so that you can handle most of your dental needs in one office, making your visit less complicated :).
Taking care of your smile does not have to be expensive. At Platinum Dental Care, our mission and responsibility is to offer affordable, quality care. As dental professionals, we want to give our patients the best oral care without the premium. This is why we offer dental plans, try to work with your dental insurance, and have a team of people equipped to handle your financial needs. Whether you are looking for preventative care or more intensive procedures, our staff will make your experience as comfortable and easy as possible. You can make an appointment with us online or calling at 801.806.4704 for hours that work with your schedule.