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Everyone loves having bright, white teeth and there is no better time than now to whiten at Dental BLU! Summer are peak months for wedding season, vacations, and fun family gatherings. As quarantine is ending and we are all starting to integrate back into society, make sure your teeth are even whiter than they were before quarantine began! Our Dental BLU team can help you achieve your whitest smile, and we have many options including everything from whitening trays to in-office professional whitening treatment. Check out some of our options and call our office to schedule a consult to see which whitening treatment would be best for you: 

Opalescence Go – These quick trays are easy to use and whiten your teeth fast. Ultrafit tray material closely adapts to every surface holding the whitening gel where it belongs – against the tooth surface. This option comes with 10 sets of trays (10 upper, 10 lower). Wear 15-20 minutes for 5-10 days. Contains 15% hydrogen peroxide (equivalent to 40% Carbamide Peroxide) to create beautiful, white sparkling teeth.

Custom Whitening Trays – For this option you will need to schedule a quick appointment to take impressions of your teeth to make custom trays. Custom trays will be made from a soft, flexible material that will hold the whitening gel against your tooth surface. Trays are ready within a few days. Bleaching Gel will be dispensed with your trays (4 tubes for upper and lower arch or 2 tubes for 1 arch) with patient instructions for use. Carbamide Peroxide Gel comes in different strengths: 10% for 8-10 hrs or overnight 15% for 4-6 hrs, 20% for 2-4 hrs or 35% for 30 minutes (% allowed depends on sensitivity) typical wear time 5-7 days, but varies from person to person. A customizable option perfect for anyone wanting whiter teeth!

In-Office ZOOM Whitening - Professional in-office whitening treatment that requires about a 2-hour appointment. This option creates rapid results, and custom trays included for touchups. This option is only available at dental offices like Dental BLU as it is a professional whitening option. ZOOM safely whitens teeth an average of 8 shades for a sparkly noticeably whiter smile!

KoR Whitening System has multiple different options depending on the severity of your staining; however, each create brighter and noticeably whiter smiles! Our KoR options are:

KoR Max: A versatile and super-effective whitening system that combines at-home whitening with a single in-office visit. This option provides the very best possible whitening result for the average patient. 2 weeks of at-home nighttime whitening with 16% carbamide peroxide; a single in-office whitening visit utilizing 34% Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel Hydrogen Peroxide gel, and periodic at-home maintenance for whiter teeth!

KoR Ultra: Delivers whitening results on stubborn cases such as fluorosis and dark geriatric staining. We will start with an in-office conditioning visit utilizing 13% Dual-Activated, TriBarrel Hydrogen Peroxide gel; 3-4 weeks of at-home nighttime whitening; a final in-office whitening visit utilizing 34% Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel Hydrogen Peroxide Gel; and periodic at-home maintenance to create a white, sparkling smile.

KoR Ultra-T: Specifically developed to deliver truly exceptional results on cases of tetracycline staining that were once thought to be untreatable! We will start with an in-office conditioning visit utilizing 13% Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel Hydrogen Peroxide gel; 6-8 weeks of at-home nighttime whitening; final in-office whitening visit with 34% Dual-Activated, Tri-Barrel Hydrogen Peroxide gel; and periodic at-home maintenance for whiter teeth on extremely tough stains.

We have so many whitening options and our expert staff at Dental BLU can help you decide which treatment is best for you. Call our office at 859-442-8200 to learn about pricing, and to schedule an appointment to see which whitening treatment would be best for you!

Wednesday May 27th is a national holiday known as “Nothing to Fear Day”. It was given this title because of a statement by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 27th,  1941 when he said “We must not be defeated by the fear of the very danger which we are preparing to resist.” This year this holiday seems to have a new meaning as COVID-19 is definitely something we should all be aware of and take more caution to be safe right now, however we wanted to write a blog post informing our patients of all of the new protocols at Dental BLU to keep our patients safe! Hopefully, after reading this article, you will see that there is “nothing to fear” when scheduling your appointment and coming back to see us, as we are working our hardest to protect you and your families, as well as our team members! Some of our newest changes to our office to keep everyone safe are:  

  • We ask that if you have a mask that you bring it with you to your appointment so you can wear it in the office before and after your treatment as our supplies are limited.
  • When you arrive, we ask that you please text us via your confirmation message that you have arrived or knock on the front door as the door will be locked.  As a reminder, please follow social distancing guidelines as you approach the door.  You will be greeted by a staff member where they will take your temperature & will ask you a few questions.  We will give you hand sanitizer & have sanitizing spray for your shoes.  If you have to update forms, you will be taken back to your designated room and they will be filled out electronically on an iPad.
  • Due to social distancing guidelines, we ask that only the patient comes into the office and any parents, guardians, caretakers, etc., wait in the car for the duration of the appointment. The reception area is not open at this time.
  • Once in the treatment room, you will be asked to rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide or another approved rinse to minimize the viral transmission during treatment.
  • We have installed GermAwayUV Xtreme Heavy Duty Surface UV-C Sterilizers for each room.  These are used in hospitals, ambulances, and in food production to sterilize large areas with great efficacy.  This will be used to sanitize the rooms between patients.  You will notice medical-grade drapes hanging in the doorways as well.  These are to contain the UVC light. 
  • We have also installed UV-C Air Purifiers and HEPA Filters to cleanse the air in each treatment room as well as the reception area. 
  • We also have extraoral chairside suction devices to control the aerosol during appointments.
  • When receiving treatment, the doctors are implementing the use of dental dams or specialized IsoVacs that will be used on each patient.  These tools drastically reduce the amount of aerosol that is released into the room. 
  • Our doctors and staff will be wearing more personal protective gear to protect you as well as ourselves.  This pandemic has led the CDC and our state dental board to update the PPE requirements for dental health care providers.  Due to the high demand & minimal availability of these products-costs of risen drastically.  For a period of time there will be a $10 Personal Protective Equipment Fee added to each appointment.  The American Dental Association has reached out to insurance companies to ask them to cover these extra charges.  Some of them are.  Some are not.  If you have a concern please reach out to your insurance provider and ask them to cover these charges.  Hopefully, in the future, these costs will become reasonable again.  We are working diligently to minimize these fees but also keep our staff and patients safe. 
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for adequate social distancing as well as proper disinfection and sanitization of each treatment room; therefore, there may be fewer appointment times available. Please bear with us as we learn to navigate this changing social environment and new safety regulations, and know that we will always do our best to accommodate you safely and in a timely fashion.

We are so happy to be seeing patients again, and we believe that with all of these new protocols there is “nothing to fear” when scheduling your appointment, as we are doing our best to keep you all and ourselves safe! Please call our office to reach out with any concerns at 859-442-8200, or to schedule an appointment for yourself or your family members!

 

Have you ever noticed when the weather is bad your teeth may be more sensitive? This isn’t just because you’re having a bad day, it is actually very common to experience dental pain when it’s the weather is cold, rainy and dreary (like it has been for the past few weeks)! As the weather changes, your teeth can contract and expand in response to the changing temperatures and pressures outside. This can cause pain, similar to when you drink ice cold water and your teeth may feel sensitive. This expanding and contracting, if severe enough, can actually cause tiny cracks to form in your teeth. If you have large fillings, cavities beginning to form, or don’t have healthy oral hygiene you are at even greater risk for these cracks to form. If they get big enough, your enamel can erode and cause dentin, the inner part of your tooth, to be exposed. Dentin contains the nerves of your teeth, so if dentin is exposed you will most likely experience a severe toothache. These tiny cracks will definitely cause the need to have dental treatment in the future.

Another reason your teeth may feel pain during winter is actually from your sinuses! Sinuses are quite close to the root of your tooth, and if you have a stuffy nose or a sinus infection (which is common in the winter time) your sinuses may actually be pushing against the nerve of your tooth and causing pain. Many times this can cause quite severe pain in patients since the nerve is very sensitive, but it may actually not even be a problem with your tooth! After your sinus infection clears up, your tooth may even stop hurting. If it doesn’t, you are most likely dealing with another dental problem related to that tooth and not just your sinuses!

During this cold, rainy, flu-season it’s a great idea to keep an eye out for tooth pain. Does your tooth hurt mostly on rainy, cold days? Or when you wake up congested do you feel extreme pressure in your tooth? Or maybe you even have a toothache all of the time but it gets worse when you drink cold water! Any of these signs may be showing that you have an untreated dental problem that may need to be addressed. At the home page of our website we have a new “dental emergencies” feature. We encourage you to see if your dental problem shows up there and what advice we have for you, and if it’s severe enough to come in to be seen by one of the dentists to see if you need any dental treatment.

Whatever the reason, if you are experiencing dental pain this winter please don’t hesitate to call our office. Many times dental pain will not go away on its own, especially if it is related to the nerve or a cavity, so it is important to come in to see us so that your dental pain does not worsen. 

Call us at 859-442-8200.

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It’s the start of a new year, new decade, and a new season of opportunities. Whether or not you have made New Year’s Resolution’s in the past, this year we encourage you to make a 2020 resolution to try and better yourself at the start of the new decade. And, as your dental team, we specifically would love to see our patients try a New Year’s Dental Resolution. Oral hygiene is connected to all over body health, and as new research comes out we are finding dental health is even more important than ever before because of its implications in total body health. Additionally, practicing good oral hygiene will also save you money by helping to prevent the need for dental treatments such as fillings. There is no better time than now to start practicing good oral hygiene, and luckily we have a list of potential resolutions for you to try out!

  • Floss every single day. If you’re already doing this, start flossing twice a day. If you never floss, try starting every other day and then working your way up to every day. Flossing helps to prevent gum inflammation and diseases such as periodontal disease, and also helps get food and bacteria that was stuck between your teeth out to prevent cavities. Try Dr. Depp’s favorite Cocofloss. It comes in flavors such as strawberry and vanilla and is coated with coconut oil to decrease inflammation in the gums and help the floss slide between your teeth easier.  
  • Brush twice a day. If you already do this maybe try brushing after lunch as well! Brushing is the best way to get built up bacteria and leftover food off your teeth, and also freshens your breath. This is such an important key to bettering your oral hygiene.
  • Purchase a Waterpik water flosser or a Sonicare electronic toothbrush. Proper oral hygiene is so important, and these cool dental tools help make oral hygiene easy, can be more effective than traditional methods, and can help improve your oral hygiene in 2020. We sell both of these products in-office, so stop by to purchase one or both!
  • Chew more sugar free gum. Yes, your dental office is telling you to chew gun! Chewing sugar free gum between meals helps to get leftover bacteria off your teeth and actually helps to clean them! Bonus points if you use Xylitol – this tasty sugar-replacement actually helps fight cavity causing bacteria in your mouth as well.
  • Start using mouthwash. Mouthwash is a great tool to eliminate extra bacteria in your mouth and freshen breath. However, not all mouthwash is created equal.  Make sure to ask your hygienist about good mouthwash options.  Add this to your daily routine to improve your oral health!
  • Eat less sugar. Sugar is a huge culprit for causing cavities. It sticks to your teeth, eats away at bacteria, causes acid buildup and in turn causes cavities. Try to cut back on the sugar in 2020, you may also experience other benefits from this like losing weight as well!
  • Drink more water!  Not the bottled waters that may actually have had the good minerals removed and be detrimental to your teeth, but good old-fashioned filtered tap water.  If you really want to drink a bottled water, look for those that have a balanced or more “basic” pH.  In pH the higher the number the more “basic” the water is.  Waters that are in the 7-9 range are better for your teeth.  
  • Schedule your dental appointment. Whether you’ve been putting off your biannual cleaning for a few months, or have unscheduled treatment that is causing you pain, make it a resolution to call our office and schedule that treatment you’ve been putting off. 

We hope this list has inspired you to make a resolution this New Year and to improve your oral health in 2020. Don’t forget to call our office at 859-442-8200 for any questions you may have about your oral health, and to schedule a cleaning to start the new decade with great oral health.

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Did you know if you don’t use your dental benefits by the end of this year, you could lose them? With a little under 2 months left in the year, this is your friendly reminder to use those dental benefits now before they run out! Every insurance plan is different and has different benefits, so call your insurance company or our office to figure out what specific benefits are included on your plan. If you haven’t been into our office lately, we also recommend that you make sure you’ve gotten your 2 yearly cleanings and have scheduled any necessary treatment – read further to learn more about dental benefits and how to make the most out of these last few months of 2019.

Cleanings

Preventative cleanings are fully covered by many insurance companies (not all insurance plans cover these cleanings, so call your insurance company to see if your plan includes them) – this usually includes 2 cleanings a year. If you have periodontal disease and require a deeper cleaning, they are not always covered in full, but there is usually some type of discount or amount taken off. If you have only gotten 1 cleaning this year, or none at all, you should definitely call our office and see if you still have unused benefits and schedule another appointment! Not only might you have benefits to cover the appointment, but it is also recommended to get your teeth cleaned twice a year to help prevent cavities and asses your oral health, so it’s very important to get these cleanings to have the healthiest smile possible. Also, by January 1st you could potentially lose whatever benefits you haven’t used, meaning if you haven’t gotten your biannual cleanings yet you should call ASAP to make sure you don’t miss out! 

 

Treatment

If you have unscheduled treatment, call and set up an appointment to get it done as soon as possible as well. Not only will your dental pain get worse without treatment (which could lead to a larger and more invasive treatment plan), but also you may still have benefits left in your yearly maximum to put towards treatments– if you don’t use it you will lose it! This money does not roll over and may expire January 1 for many insurance plans, so contact our office to figure out what benefits you have left and how to maximize them. Many times, our Doctors are able to help “stage” treatment for you so that you can start back up again in January when benefits renew.  We are always here to help you achieve the best oral health possible.  

 Appointments fill up very quickly during this busy time of the year, so call as soon as possible to make sure you get in before December 31st. We look forward to seeing you soon! Contact us at 859-442-8200