Wynkoop Dentistry Blog

DENTAL TIPS & INSIGHTS



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In today’s rapidly changing environment, many people have seen significant changes to their dental plans and dental coverage. With these changes, it can be difficult to understand what your new dental policy does or does not cover. In some cases, new dental insurance can be costly and ineffective in helping address your specific oral health. These challenges are the exact reason the Wynkoop Wellness plan was created.  

The Wynkoop Wellness Plan is a great program that can help reduce the annual cost of maintaining a healthy smile. With monthly payment options, the program looks and feels a lot like other dental plans, but without all of the confusion and additional overhead. The plan works well for many patients because you only pay for treatment that you receive, AND you still get a discount on other restorative procedures. So, you get what you pay for instead of having to pay a premium for something you may never use. 

Traditional dental insurance has many limiting factors and doesn’t make sense for many people. Many plans, especially self-insured plans, charge $30-60/month and have a waiting period for treatment of 6-12 months with a maximum insurance contribution of $1000-1500. The insurance company may require you to pay premiums for a year or more before they start contributing, and when they do start contributing they will stop once you have hit the maximum.  Because of this, you may elect to defer treatment; deferred treatment can cause small problems to become big problems. The Wynkoop Wellness Plan provides another option for those without insurance or those who are unhappy with their current dental benefits plan.  

The Wynkoop Wellness Plan lumps together all of your recommended preventive care for the year and gives you a discount on most needed restorative or elective procedures. Unlike traditional dental insurance, our plan has no waiting period and no maximum contributions. Plus, it can be paid for with an HSA using pre-tax money, thus saving an additional 15-30%.

If you’ve seen changes to your dental coverage this year, we are here to help! Whether that means reviewing new dental insurance plans, or answering questions about the Wynkoop Wellness Plan, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always happy to help, and look forward to providing you with the best options to keep your smile happy and healthy.

 


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We loved seeing a recent article published by Fast Company describing how MIT researchers found that visiting the dentist was one of the few situations where “leaving your bubble” had amazing benefits that far outweighed the minimal risks of contracting COVID-19. This is supported by recent studies that show that COVID-19 patients with periodontal disease face a greater risk of dying. While we’ve always understood the importance of good oral health and the relationship it has to a strong immune system, it’s a good reminder that oral health has far reaching impacts on multiple facets of our body.  

Our immune system is a complex system of cells, organs, tissues and proteins that patrol our bodies looking for invaders that may cause us harm. Inflammation caused by these invaders attracts immune cells that attack harmful organisms and bacteria. One of the best ways to keep our immune system healthy, and to prevent it from getting overwhelmed, is to reduce sources of inflammation. 

One common cause of inflammation is found within the bacteria in our mouth. Most of what we find in our mouth is common and healthy bacteria, but lack of good oral care can lead to a buildup of unhealthy bacteria. These “bad” bacteria cause localized problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. They can also enter your bloodstream and cause inflammation in other parts of the body. Scientists have reported strong correlations between systemic problems such as heart disease, diabetes, preterm or low birth weight babies, and gum disease.

Daily brushing and flossing help remove food debris that the “bad” bacteria feed on. Regular dental appointments allow us to also help to remove harder deposits that adhere to your tooth where a toothbrush and floss are unsuccessful in removing the debris. We use a variety of recommended treatments to control bacteria on tooth structure causing tooth decay: fluoride, laser bacterial decontamination, scaling and root planing, fillings, or crowns. These treatments help improve your overall oral health and have proven to effectively decrease overall inflammation. 

Some patients may not have heard of laser bacterial decontamination and may be wondering whether this should be included with a typical cleaning. For many, the laser therapy has proven very effective in reducing irritated and inflamed gums. Laser bacterial decontamination is targeted toward areas in the mouth with gum inflammation to quickly and safely decrease bacterial load reducing inflammation.

Protecting ourselves from COVID-19 is top priority for all of us. Wearing masks and physically distancing when possible are commonly described methods to stay healthy. We must also remember to keep our immune systems in tip-top shape.  Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a great way to help our immune system function at the highest level. For additional details on how we’re keeping you safe during your dental appointment, please see our previous blog post that describes some of the additions and changes we’ve made. Your safety is a top priority and we want to be sure we’re taking the utmost care of each and every one of you!


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The last few months have been challenging for our community and our team is more than ready to get back to serving our patients in office.  While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

As always, we set our infection control standards to go above and beyond what is required of us.  We will continue to provide a clean and safe environment as we transition back into the office. 

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment;

  • Screening: Prior to your appointment, you will be receiving communication from our office with a Covid-19 related screening questionnaire. Please read through the questions carefully, and inform us before arriving at our office if you answer “yes” to any of the pre-screening questions.
  • Virtual Welcome: For the immediate future, we will be employing a virtual interaction with our front office. When you arrive for your appointment we ask that you first call us before entering the office.  We will welcome you, and answer any questions before you enter which allows us to walk you straight back to your treatment room when you arrive.
  • Arrival Screening: When you enter the office, we will offer you hand sanitizer upon entering.  You will be asked to confirm all questions on the Covid-19 screening questionnaire are still “no” answers. We will also use a digital thermometer to check your temperature. If any question on the questionnaire is a “yes” or if you are found to have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees, we will be required to reschedule your appointment after an appropriate amount of time to insure the safety of all our patients and our team.  Our team is undergoing the same screening to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep germs out of the office.
  • Enhanced Cleaning Protocols: All commonly touched surfaces will be disinfected continually throughout the day to ensure your safety.  We are also extending appointments to allow us to properly change extra personal protective equipment we will be required to wear.
  • Clean Air: We have purchased Surgically Clean Air medical grade HEPPA filters to keep the air in our offices healthy and clean. These units will purify the air every 30 minutes through a six stage filtration and sterilization system.

All of these changes add time to our appointments and minimize the amount of people we can have in the office at once.  We also understand the importance of rescheduling missed appointments.  We have extended our hours May 11th until May 29th to allow us to balance both these needs.

The systems we’ve implemented for everyone’s safety are new to us, and I’m sure we will have some speed bumps as we begin using them. In the spirit of constant and never ending improvement, we welcome any feedback you may have to improve our protocols.  Our focus is to do everything we can to take great care and accommodate you.


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Anyone else sick of hearing about what they can’t do right now? No haircuts, no lunch dates with friends, no hugs!  We are too. Wynkoop Dentistry is working everyday to gather information that will be used to support our patients with the shelter in place restrictions.

The governor of Colorado, along with the American Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association, have mandated that dental treatment be limited to “dental emergencies”. The mandate is set to expire April 30th, 2020, but mandates, research, and guidance continues to change everyday. We anticipate a slow transition in returning to previous dental operations.

We are working to support our patients during this time, and we know that oral health is important. With current mandates in place, we have adapted our practice to meet the needs of our patients. We will return phone calls promptly, answer emails, and continue to check on patients daily.  

For many of you, now is a great time to schedule a consultation. Social distancing hasn’t stopped us from educating our patients and answering questions about a variety of topics.  From the comfort of your home, you can join a virtual dental consultation. All of our consultations are free, and the treatment we provide via video conferencing will be discussed up front. A few virtual consultations available today:

  • Invisalign (a clear aligner option to straighten teeth)
  • Esthetic dentistry review
  • Implant dentistry options
  • HealthyStart (an alternative to braces for younger kids)  
  • Address jaw or neck tension with myofunctional therapy exercises  
  • Review sleep appliances that help manage sleep apnea 

We also have doctors and hygienists available to review delayed treatment due to COVID, or to discuss available options for previously recommended dental treatment.  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to schedule online by clicking here or by calling us at 303-572-4487. We want to help, and we thrive on educating our patients! We are excited to provide assistance in any way possible, and look forward to serving you.

Continue to look for additional communication from us. We will begin seeing more patients in the office soon and will provide additional clarity as it’s available. As always, we set our goals to exceed the standards set forth by the dental governing bodies. We will continue to provide a clean and safe environment protecting our patients and team from COVID-19. We look forward to providing guidance on all new and changing dental office standards in the weeks to come.



With three young kids at home, it seems like we’ve been exposed to every germ this winter. Parent or not, I know I’m not the only one who feels like they need hand sanitizer in their back pocket this time of year. We take so many precautions to avoid getting sick, but we might be forgetting to disinfect the appliances that go in our mouth.

Whether it’s a toothbrush, Invisalign® tray, mouth guard, HEALTHYSTART™ appliance or a sleep appliance, it’s a good idea to make sure these appliances aren’t carrying germs. It’s recommended that you:

  • replace your toothbrush every three months or after recovering from an illness
  • Store your toothbrush in a dry area away from the toilet
  • Wash your hands before brushing and flossing
  • Use your own tube of toothpaste if you’ve been sick
  • Keep travel sized toothpaste on hand this time of year. You can throw a smaller tube away after an illness and reduce waste by avoiding throwing an entire tube of toothpaste out.

An oral appliance is not easily replaced like a toothbrush. So, throwing out your appliances isn’t feasible. Heat (dishwasher or boiling) can damage an appliance. Knowing the proper cleaning techniques will help ensure you stay healthy and ensure the longevity of the appliance. Using a Denture Cleaner or soaking them in a vinegar water mixture is a great way to keep them clean. It’s also best practice to have a dedicated toothbrush to clean the appliances with dish soap and water daily. Invisalign® trays and HEALTHYSTART™ appliances can be brushed with toothpaste. When you brush the appliance, let the toothpaste sit for about five minutes before rinsing. Toothpaste is too abrasive for most other oral appliances. If you’ve been ill, the best way to disinfect your appliance is to soak it in 100 parts water, one part bleach, for 60 minutes. Please use caution with bleach, and rinse the appliance thoroughly before placing it back in your mouth.

As the days get longer, we look forward to putting snotty noses in the past. In the meantime, stay healthy by keep your mouth as germ free as possible!


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The complexities of dental insurance and the lack of sufficient information provided by insurance companies make understanding benefits almost impossible.  Even more confusing is understanding how to properly work with your dental insurance company to achieve the highest level of benefits to which you are entitled. As Wynkoop Dentistry patients, we want you to be informed, and we have insurance experts to help you navigate through this process as best we can! 

What Is Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance is a contract between your employer (or yourself) and a dental insurance company. The benefits that you receive are based on the terms of the contract negotiated between your employer and the dental insurance company; dental practices have no control over your coverage options.

How Our Office Helps

We believe transparency of fees adds huge value to your dental experience and Wynkoop Dentistry will do everything possible to help you understand and make the most of your dental benefits. If we have updated insurance details prior to an appointment we will verify insurance, check remaining benefits, and attempt to contact you if there are any discrepancies.  Any treatment beyond preventative cleanings are always reviewed ahead of time and will include an estimate showing expected insurance benefits along with total out of pocket cost if insurance denies the claim. Finally, our experts make the effort to keep up to date with Insurance coverage amounts and update our software regularly (this is a huge undertaking) which allows us to give estimates as accurately as possible.   

Our office will complete and submit dental insurance forms as quickly as possible. We frequently send claim appeals to get you the insurance coverage that you’ve paid for. Please be aware that some dental insurance companies take longer than others to complete payment.  If necessary, our office will contest denials, send additional records and even letters from the doctors as to why treatment was necessary. There are some instances where the dental insurance company will request to have the patient call them directly to review the services. While we do our best to avoid this effort, there are times where insurance requires speaking with the patient directly.

Our efforts help to mitigate miscommunication and surprises surrounding your financial responsibilities.  Please understand that ultimately insurance companies exist to make money. They have loopholes and deliberately lack transparency.  The efforts we make are a courtesy to our patients and our way of helping you feel comfortable and confident at your dental home. When an insurance company doesn’t cover treatment, it is ultimately the patient’s responsibility. 

Our Philosophy

We believe in providing quality care in a kind and conservative manner using the best dental products and technology available.  We understand that insurance coverage is important to our patients, and we always recommend the treatment that is best for your oral health. We do not submit treatment recommendations based only on what an insurance company will cover. Instead, we provide treatment recommendations based on the years of training and experience we have with oral care. For patients that do not have dental insurance, we provide an affordable “Wynkoop Wellness Plan” that will ensure you can get the treatment needed. Ask our front office about our in office plan for more information! 







Our Locations:

1401 Wynkoop St, STE 160
Denver, CO 80202




1501 Wazee St, Unit 1A
Denver, CO 80202




Contact Us:

New Patients: 720-799-0717
Current Patients: 303-572-4487
office@denverwynkoopdentist.com


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