Synergy Dental’s Tips of the Day

Daily tidbits to help you along the path to oral health and overall wellness.

December 13, 2010: Canker Sores. Are you prone to canker sores?  If so, consider a toothpaste without the foaming agent sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), which research has shown can contribute to canker sores.  We recommend Dental Herb Company’s Herbal Tooth and Gums Paste – it’s the ONLY toothpaste Dr. Ulm and his family use.  Available only at select dental providers – call us at 801-701-2211 for details or visit the Dental Herb Co.’s webpage at

December 6, 2010:  Insurance Reminder. Our December schedule is filling up in a hurry!  If you have remaining benefits you’d like to take advantage of, call today to schedule an appointment.  801-701-2211

December 1, 2010: Making your child’s appointment a pleasant one. When bringing your child to a dental appointment, avoid using words like “hurt”, “shot”, “pain”, etc.  If your child needs reassurance, focus on positive aspects of their visit – shiny clean teeth, balloons, coloring, prizes!  Our philosophy is that dentistry shouldn’t hurt, period.  Our team is very experienced in working with kids and have lots of tricks up their sleeves to make things go smoothly.  When injections are necessary, Dr. Ulm is almost magical in his ability to give them without children even knowing they’ve had one.  It’s not uncommon for well-meaning parents to say things like, “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt!” which actually make their child more anxious and can plant ideas about pain and discomfort that might not have even been the root of their concern until mentioned.  Dr. Ulm and Jessica will walk your child through each step of their visit and keep them as informed as they need to be about what’s going on without offering so much information that they become concerned or anxious.  You can help make your child’s visit a great experience by keeping things positive and upbeat prior to their appointment and during their visit, and leaving the details to us.

November 29, 2010: Insurance Benefits. Take advantage of your remaining insurance benefits before they roll over at the end of the year!  If your plan allows for two checkups per year and you’ve only had one, give us a call at 801-701-2211 and use the benefits you’re paying for.  If you’ve already met your deductible for the year and still have work to be done, do it now and avoid having to pay your deductible again.   If your needed treatment is in excess of your yearly maximum benefit, we’ll work with you to maximize your benefit for 2010 and help you make a plan for 2011.

November 22, 2010: Infant teeth care. As soon as teeth erupt, they need to be brushed.  Be sure to brush baby’s teeth yourself at least once per day, using either a soft-bristled toothbrush or a damp rag, with the nighttime brushing being the most important.  Plaque allowed to remain on the teeth throughout the night can lead to severe decay in a surprisingly short amount of time.  Now is the time to build good habits!

Helpful hints to encourage cooperation in small children:

  • If baby is old enough to sit up by him or herself unassisted, give him or her a small soft-bristled toothbrush to chew on as soon as the first two teeth appear.
  • Make brushing an important part of your bedtime routine, and do your best to prevent the “just for tonight” pitfalls.
  • Sing a song while brushing!  Modify the words to a tune your child already knows, or make up an entirely new one!
  • Try a reward system, giving your child “points”, stickers, etc. each time they brush.
  • Never put your child to bed with a bottle of formula, milk, or juice.
  • Bring your child in for their first dental checkup by age three.

November 19, 2010:  Soda. It’s not only the sugar, but the acid in soda that is detrimental to your teeth.  For this reason, diet sodas aren’t entirely risk-free.  If you must drink soda, avoid sipping on it throughout the day.  This continually bathes your teeth in sugar and acid and gives bacteria more than enough opportunity to become established.   Be sure to drink plenty of water in between sodas, and ideally, drink it only with meals and brush afterward.

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2 Responses to Tips

  1. jamie baker says:

    I have had a great experience coming to Synergy Dental, very professional staff and relaxing to go to . My son actually gets excited when I tell him it’s time to go the dentist ! Dr Ulm is very knowledgeable and very effective !! I recommend Synergy Dental for sure !

  2. Candace says:

    I have been going to Synergy Dental for several years now and have been very pleased with the quality of care I have gotten there. Recently I had begun to suffer from jaw pain. Last night I discovered that I had an infection around one of my teeth. I had a fever, swelling and significant pain. I was able to discuss the problem with Dr. Ulm at nearly 9pm. He advised me to call the office to be squeezed into the schedule today. The tooth was very difficult to remove, yet Dr. Ulm and his staff was very patient and careful while working with me. The professionals at Synergy Dental stayed well past closing in order to make sure that all my needs were met. My pain is quite significant, due to the severity of the infection that prompted the tooth removal and from the removal itself, but I know that healing will be prompt and complete due to the skill with which I was cared by those at Synergy Dental. Thank you so much to everyone at Synergy Dental!

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