Why You Shouldn’t Skip Dental Cleanings

dental cleaningsIs brushing and flossing enough to protect your teeth against serious dental problems? No matter how well you brush or floss your teeth, nothing can take the place of a regular dental cleaning. Professional cleanings are designed to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. If left to their own devices, plaque and tartar will cause gum disease and can easily cause serious damage to your teeth, leaving you with limited options when it comes to caring for your teeth.

Our Cache Valley Dentist is ready to protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. Our trained staff will help you feel comfortable if you do suffer from dental anxiety and are concerned about the cleaning process. We treat our patients like members of our family and want to make sure you are receiving the right procedures for your unique needs. Some patients have health conditions that need to be considered prior to a cleaning, other patients may have a history of oral health problems. We recommend coming into the office every six months for regular cleanings and examinations.

Alot of things can change in six months and many patients will end up seeing serious differences in their oral health. We do take x-rays to help us identify issues below the gums and possibly within the root of the tooth. If you are at a higher risk for gum disease, it is important to contact our office. We recommend frequent cleanings for patients with soft teeth or those with a greater risk of oral health problems.

Contact our office if you are ready to have your teeth and gums cleaned and to prevent serious oral health problems.


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Are You a Candidate for Dental Sleep Apnea Treatment?

If you suffer from sleep apnea and are dissatisfied with your current treatment, it may be time to look into oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is used to treat patients who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea.

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

As a common disorder, sleep apnea occurs when an individual has one or more pauses in breathing while sleeping. The oral appliance maintains an open and clear airway in the throat, which helps you achieve maximum comfort and opening of your airways during sleep.

How to Use Your Oral Appliance

Our dentist, Dr. Carlson, will discuss the benefits of each appliance and help you determine which sleep apnea appliance option is best for you. When you have chosen the right sleep apnea appliance for your requirements, our dentist will educate you on how to best use your sleep apnea appliance.

Oral Appliance Therapy Results

Most of our patients find the devices very comfortable. According to recent studies, oral appliances are effective in treating snoring 90% of patients.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today

Our goal is to provide our sleep apnea patients with a great night’s sleep and maximum comfort during sleep. If you current method of treating sleep apnea is ineffective due to discomfort, we can help you resolve those issues through modification to your current treatment method or even changing your course of sleep apnea treatment entirely! Please call Hyde Park Dental today if you are experiencing sleep apnea to see if we can help you get a better night’s sleep.

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Dental Care for Missionaries

Getting ready for your mission is an exciting time for a young man or woman. With so many things to prepare for, it’s easy to forget the simple things, including dental care. Fortunately, we offer missionary specials, including wisdom teeth extraction for all four teeth, 50% off missionary exam, and 20% discount on all other dental work.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

The dentists at Hyde Park Dental creates maximum comfort during wisdom teeth extraction. We use state of the art technology for this procedure to reduce swelling and recovery time following the procedure. We also work quickly to reduce the amount of time the patient is in the chair so they can get home and start the recovery process. We provide each patient with clear instructions for their recovery and we make sure that each patient has someone to drop them off and drive the home after the procedure.

Teeth Cleaning

Before heading off to your mission, it’s essential to get your teeth professionally cleaned by our dentist. This will ensure that any plaque and tartar will be removed and reduce the risk of gum disease. We may also offer fluoride treatments to protect and strengthen the enamel.

Contact Hyde Park Dental for Your Dental Care Needs

Whether you’re about to go on your mission or just get back, we can help make your mouth as healthy as possible with our skilled dental staff and missionary discounts.

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How Pregnancy Affects Dental Health

If you’re expecting a baby, you’ve most likely noticed a lot of changes in your body, including changes in your oral health. The primary changes are due to an increase in hormones. Therefore, it’s essential to practice good dental health during your entire pregnancy. Here’s everything you need to know about a mother’s dental care.

Common Dental Health Problems During Pregnancy

Being pregnant puts you at a higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, pregnancy tumors, and more. Although these conditions are avoidable with regular brushing and flossing, it may be necessary to make an appointment with your dentist to ensure your mouth stays healthy for the duration of your pregnancy.

When Should I See a Dentist?

We recommend making an appointment with our Utah dentist as soon as you find our about your pregnancy. We’ll assess your oral health and perform a thorough dental cleaning. Throughout your pregnancy, we’ll monitor changes and create a dental plan that will best work for your unique needs.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Pregnant Woman?

According to the American Dental Association, dental x-rays are now considered safe. However, if you have any concerns, feel free to talk to our dentists. We can help evaluate whether or not you need an x-ray of if it can be postponed.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today

We take pride in helping every Hyde Park Dental patient achieve a beautiful smile and good oral health. Call Hyde Park Dental today for your general dentistry needs. We are happy to set up an initial consultation and check-up for you at your earliest convenience!

How Sedation Dentistry Works

Sedation dentistry is effective and safe for patients of all ages. We have a special process to help our patients feel relaxed during the visit to our dentist office. We offer three types of sedation methods, including:

Oral Sedation

Also referred to as “sleep dentistry” or “conscious sedation,” Oral sedation is introduced as pill form. The pill will relax the central nervous system, allowing you to feel sleepy.  Oral sedation is a great option for people who experience anxiety with needles or shots.

IV Sedation

Known as “general anesthesia,” IV sedation is the strongest type of sedation dentistry. Patients receive the sedation drug intravenously, which allows the treatment to work quickly. After the sedative is administered, the patient will become unconscious. Vital signs of patients are supervised at all times. Once the treatment is complete and the patient wakes up, it’s necessary to have a loved one drive you home.

Nitrous Oxide

As the most basic type of sedation, nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedation agent that is mixed oxygen. It’s introduced through a small mask that fits over your nose. Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide helps patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their time at the dentist. The gas tends to wear off quickly.

Customized Sedation Dentistry

We customize the sedation dentistry experience for each patient depending on age, weight, level of anxiety experienced, etc. If you choose the sedation dentistry experience please keep in mind that you will need a ride to and from your procedure. It is not safe to drive under the effects of the sedation medications. Your sedation is monitored by our dental staff in order to ensure that you are comfortable at all times while you are in our dental office.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today!

For more questions about sedation dentistry, please call the Hyde Park Dental. We are happy to give you further details and help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you or your family member.

Gum Disease Awareness Month

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During the month of February, the dental community raises awareness about gum disease. Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can easily hide behind a beautiful white smile. Paying attention to the appearance of your teeth is great, but it is important to not forget about your gums. The best way to care for your gums, is to floss every day. Flossing removes bacteria build up between your teeth, preventing your gums from becoming inflamed and swollen. If you’re not flossing, you are missing 1/3 of the surface area of each tooth.

Periodontal Disease Correlates with Overall Health

Your gums that surround your teeth are a barrier. Their role is to prevent any inflammation from damaging your body. There are several other diseases and sickness that is related to gum disease, such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Premature births
  • Low-birth weight babies.

It hasn’t been determined what the exact link is between gum disease and other diseases that come as a result in your body. Experts have a theory that the bacteria that grows in your mouth from sugary and starchy foods get into your bloodstream and affects major organs. The most common symptom that is revealed between gum disease and heart disease, for example is inflammation. Inflammation in your gums is an indicator of gum disease and could perhaps cause inflammation throughout your whole body. Inflammation is evident and an underlying problem in heart disease and other diseases in the body.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

There are a few signs and symptoms that if you are aware of, you may be able to prevent further damage to your gums.

  • Red, tender and swollen gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Any bleeding after flossing
  • Constant halitosis (bad breath)
  • Indication of pus forming in the gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Sore or any pain in your mouth

The biggest key to aid in the prevention of gum disease, is to practice perfect oral hygiene and visit your dentist every six months in order to diagnose and provide proper treatment. At any time during your oral care routine, you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with your dentist and create an action plan before it gets any worse. Call us today if you have any questions.

Getting Ready for a Special Occasion

getting ready special occasionAt our dental office, we want to help you be ready for that special occasion, whatever it may be in 2017! With New Year’s Resolutions kicked off, you want to look and feel fabulous and be ready for what this year has to bring you.It is during this time of year that you lay the foundation for how you want to look and feel by summer. Don’t forget about your smile! Perhaps you are lacking confidence because you have a gap, or discolored teeth. Whatever imperfection you feel like you have with your teeth and gums, we can help you get it fixed and feeling great!


This may be a dental procedure that isn’t heard very often. Bonding is a service that makes lightening stains possible, as well as closing gaps and fixing and teeth that are broken. Bonding is quick and easy, complete without anesthetics. Through cosmetic bonding, our dentists here at Oral Health Center, can create a dramatic difference to enhance your smile in 2017.


This cosmetic dentistry service is both beautiful and long-lasting. Veneers are a great option that is smart and a stylish fix to broken, cracked, misshaped, or other ways your teeth may be flawed. This procedure happens over a few appointments. We find the perfect shade and create porcelain shells and with a long-lasting dental glue, place them on your teeth. With a lot of experience, we can place veneers on your teeth that will give your teeth a perfect shape and the confidence to always be smiling.


Invisalign is an option to create a straighter, more aligned smile. Through clear aligners, your teeth will gradually align. The aligners are removable and not very noticeable. This makes the service not very distracting to those you interact with regularly. With Invisalign, you can still eat and drink what you want.

Call us today if you are preparing for a special occasion. We will have your money maker of a smile whiter and brighter in no time.




Give the Gift of a Smile Makeover

Steps to a Great Smile Makeover | Hyde Park DentalSmile! It’s one of the very first things that people noticed about you when greeting, or speaking to them. A smile is often something that people feel self-conscious about, particularly when it isn’t as bright or as healthy looking as they would like it to be. If you personally struggle with the confidence of your own smile, or feel that it isn’t up to standards, or if you know of someone that is in need of or wanting to improve their own smile, you can give the gift of a smile makeover today! Giving the gift of confidence makes the world of a difference in someone’s life, which will positively affect their life for many years to come.

When having a smile makeover done, it’s important to take some things into consideration. For example, what is the size of the individual’s mouth and teeth, the current health of the gum tissues, and overall dental health? Also, the color, age and health of the teeth should be considered, as well. There are many elements that go into making a perfect smile, and not every person may need the exact same things. A smile makeover can include a wide variety of different things, such as:

  • Teeth Whitening– One of the simplest ways to give a mini makeover to any smile is by brightening it up! Over time, teeth naturally begin to yellow for environmental reasons, and from certain eating and drinking habits. Various long-term medications can also affect the coloring of teeth, as well.
  • Replace Any Old Dental Work– If there are a lot of older silver fillings within the mouth, replacing them with a color-matching composite is another great way to get started on a dental makeover. Other outdated dental work such as veneers or implants, can also be replaced as part of the makeover process. This not only helps to improve the overall health of a person’s smile, but it also improves the appearance of it, as well. Properly conducted dental work is nearly impossible to detect.
  • Replace Missing Teeth and Fill Gaps– This can have a huge effect on the appearance of a smile, and reduce the risk of dental decay. Missing teeth and gaps can be replaced with dental implants, bridges or partial dentures.
  • Straightening and Aligning– If the teeth appear to be either crooked or crowded, there are straightening options available such as braces, or dental implants to help fix these issues.
  • Perfecting the Teeth-Whenever dental work is done, there is a method used to perfect the length of the teeth, giving the individual their very best smile possible. If dental implants and veneers are already present, it’s important to make sure that they are adjusted accordingly to coincide with the face of the patient. A smile should look natural, with teeth that are proportionately sized appropriately.

To achieve the patient’s goals for their smile, it’s important to take into consideration that these improvements could take multiple visits to achieve. But once thoroughly completed, it is well worth the time! A bright, confident and healthy smile is a wonderful asset to anyone. If you would like to see what options are available for a smile makeover, please contact us today. We look forward to giving you the confidence you deserve!

Oral Health Care Tips for All Ages

oral health care tipsOral Health is something that is important for all ages. It isn’t just for those with all their teeth either! Some of the basics of oral health care are the same throughout all ages, such as…

Regular Check-ups

Dental checkups should be done every six-months, for some depending upon their current oral health status may need to have a cleaning and check-up done more often than every six months.  A check up will include an examination from the dentist, x-rays, fluoride and sealing treatments as needed and a thorough cleaning to clean off build up.

  •  By the age of 1 a child should have visited the dentist, or within 6 months of receiving their first tooth. This is important to develop a trusting relationship between the child and the dentist. The dentist can also monitor any possible issues with the child’s dental health and make plans accordingly.
  • By age 5 kids should start to be getting x-rays of their teeth, some kids need x-rays earlier but most around this age when the adult teeth will be coming and baby teeth being lost.

Brush, Floss and Rinse Twice a Day, Every Day.

This is something that is very important for your oral health. It doesn’t matter if you have one tooth and are one year old, or a grown adult with a mouth full of teeth. Brushing, flossing and rinsing are important. Things to consider by age are the types of brushes, toothpaste and rinsing that should be used.  With toothbrushes regardless of the age look for a softer bristled brush and the head of the toothbrush shouldn’t be too large, smaller for children and slightly larger for adults. You want to be able to thoroughly clean around all your teeth, and a big brush limits that.  With toothpaste, for children select a pediatric toothpaste that will be safer if swallowed accidentally and won’t be too strong tasting. For adults look for a tooth paste that has tarter control, fluoride and if you desire a safe whitening agent. For a mouth wash to rinse with avoid alcohol strong tasting ones for kids to use. There are lots of great kid rinses that also help show how well they are brushing.

  • Help your children remember to brush, floss and rinse every day, and don’t forget to get in there and show them how to do it. Especially with younger children, help them brush and floss until they can do it on their own.
  • Avoid or limit things that will cause harm to your teeth. Avoid tobacco products, these are not only terrible for your teeth but are also terrible for your overall health. Limit sugary or acidic foods and drinks that can cause damage to your enamel, keep it to moderation and be sure to thoroughly clean as soon as possible afterwards.

Your oral health is important regardless of the age, and it is important to remember to take the time to take care of your oral health every day. You want to have a brilliant, healthy, nice smelling smile to greet people with.


Do You Live In Logan and Need a Dental Implant?

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are utilized to replace the root of the tooth. Implants are posts that are surgically planted in the upper or lower jaw, performing as anchors for replacement teeth. They will provide you with a natural look while restoring your smile.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental Implant Advantages

There are several dental implant advantages, including:

  • Convenience: With dental implants, you eliminate the need for removal and the messy adhesives.
  • Improved Oral Health: Dental implants can replace a single tooth without surrendering the health of adjacent teeth. Other common treatments for a loss of a tooth require grounding down of neighboring teeth. In addition, dental implants will better preserve the bone. In addition, you’ll be cavity free with an implant.
  • Durability: Many dental implants are capable of lasting a lifetime when properly cared for.
  • Natural look: Dental implants seamlessly blend in with your other teeth. They allow you to maintain a beautiful, natural smile.

Dental implant surgery is known to be a reliable and long-term solution to repair or replace missing teeth.

Dental Implant Procedure

Our dentists will create an individualized treatment plan to address and meet your specific needs. Dental implant surgery is typically completed in stages. First, the damaged tooth is removed by the dentist. The implant, made of titanium is surgically set in the jaw. As the jawbone heals, it develops around the implanted post, securing it in the jaw. The healing process can take anywhere from six to twelve weeks. Once the implant has fused together with the jaw, a connector post is attached to provide a firm hold on the new tooth. Our dentist will create an impression of your teeth and a model of your bite. Once completed, a crown is then attached to the connector post.

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Dental Implant Pain

Most patients, who have had dental implants, claim to feel very little pain during the procedure. A local anesthetic will be done to make the patient feel completely comfortable. Mild tenderness may occur after the surgery is performed. The pain felt can be easily treated with over-the-counter medications.

Dental Implant Recovery

Recovery time for dental implant surgery is different for each patient. Many factors come into action, including the number of teeth affected, the individual patient, and how you manage your recovery process. In the case of dental implant placement, with little or no grafting, there is little or no post-operative discomfort or swelling. Patients will be able to continue their day to day activities with little problem. Brushing carefully and incorporating a soft diet for a few days may be required.

Dental Implant Care

To properly care for dental implants, it is essential you treat them like your real teeth, including flossing, brushing, and regular visits to your dentist. With your invested time and money in your implants, it’s imperative you preserve them so they can last a lifetime. Having proper dental hygiene will help diminish bacteria, infection of the gums, and bone deterioration around the implant.

Dental Implant Cost

The cost for dental implant surgery varies depending on several influences, including the number of teeth being repaired and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. The cost may also be impacted by additional procedures needed to ensure long-term health. Hyde Park Dental understands that this is an important decision. We have financing options available for patients who qualify, and we are devoted to helping you find a way to afford the procedure.

Dental implants are available at Hyde Park Dental as part of our general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services. No matter the reason for a dental implant, we can help you select the right dental implant for you. We also provide custom implants for patients that need a specific type or size of implant. Dental implants are used when there has been extensive damage or decay to a particular tooth beyond the point of repair. This may occur on a tooth that has previously had a root canal or a tooth that has been purposely or accidentally removed for any reason.

If you are considering a dental implant, please call Hyde Park Dental today to schedule a consultation and discover which options you have.