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DENTAL TIPS & INSIGHTS




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! 



You may be waking up with teeth or jaw pain, facial soreness, or earaches. Maybe you find that when you wake up, you have a little bit of an unexplained headache. You also might come into see your dentist, and Doctor tells you that you have visible signs of tooth wear. There’s also a possibility that a loved one lets you know they’re a little concerned, because it sounds like you’re grinding your teeth at night. If this sounds familiar, there’s a pretty good chance you might be clenching the night away. For the sake of your loyal pearly whites, one recommendation may be to look into night guards to fight the negative effects of Bruxism...



Are you tired of living with crooked teeth? Are you ready to smile with confidence again? Perhaps you’ve considered straightening your teeth, but the idea of wearing braces is just as unappealing as teeth that overlap. Maybe you’ve heard of Invisalign, but you’re just not sure about it? Well, we’re here to dispel the myths about Invisalign and explain how it can help you reclaim your smile.

Myth #1: Invisalign is Only for Easy Cosmetic Cases
Invisalign is able to complete fairly difficult alignment cases, and actually works well for most patients. While it can’t correct complex bite issues, you might be surprised to learn what its capabilities are.

Myth #2: It is Much More Expensive than Braces
Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces, which makes them an excellent investment in achieving a beautiful smile.

Myth #3: Invisalign is Uncomfortable to Wear
Comprised of clear plastic, aligners are designed to fit snugly so they are very easy and comfortable to wear. Because they are clear, they’re hardly noticeable, and they don’t affect your normal activities.

Myth #4: Treatment Must Take Longer Than Braces
Most Invisalign cases actually move much more quickly than braces. Using acceleration techniques like Propel, the team at Wynkoop Dentistry can complete most treatment in under six months. Further, because you’re able to change your aligners at home, there are also fewer visits to your dentist required for completing Invisalign. This is a great option for busy patients.

Myth #5: Orthodontics is Only for Children or Teenagers
Having a healthy and beautiful smile is important at any age. Did you know your crooked teeth are affecting much more than just your confidence? Teeth that overlap are harder to keep clean with normal brushing and flossing. This means you’re at an increased risk for developing issues such as periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay and cavities. Invisalign is designed to straighten teeth with efficiency and discretion, which is ideal for adult patients.

More About Invisalign
Here’s some quick information about Invisalign for those who are unsure what it is. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners instead of traditional metal braces to apply gentle pressure and gradually move your teeth. Since aligners are removable, they can easily be taken out for eating, brushing and flossing. This means there are no restrictions to your diet or changes to your home care routine, as there would be with braces.

Our doctors can determine if Invisalign is right for your needs with an examination, X-rays and photos of your teeth. If it seems that Invisalign is not right for your needs, we’ll recommend other treatment options to help you reach your goals for your smile.

Don’t let crooked teeth affect your confidence any longer! Give Wynkoop Dentistry a call today to schedule your Invisalign consultation.

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Did you know that eating snacks throughout the day is actually not good for your teeth? This is because the health of your teeth and gums partially depends on the level of acidity (also known as pH) in your mouth. Ideally your mouth will have a neutral pH. Every time you snack, harmful acids and bacteria are left behind, which can cause your mouth to return to a neutral pH more slowly. If your teeth are exposed to enough acids, you can develop cavities. Why is snacking worse than eating main meals? Typically, it’s because you don’t drink a beverage like you would with a meal, nor brush after every snack, so snacks tend to stick around in your mouth longer than your meal does.

Also important to remember is that different types of snacks can be more detrimental to your teeth than others. For example, starchy foods such as breads and chips will stick to your teeth and are harder to wash away, so these are not good snack choices. Neither are snacks that are sugary, sweet, sticky, chewy or tangy. If you find that you can’t give up your afternoon snack, try snacking smarter with the following healthier options:

Yogurt

Yogurt is actually beneficial to both your teeth and gums thanks to the probiotics and good bacteria it contains. Watch out for yogurt that is laden with sugar! Be sure to choose a plain yogurt, or carefully examine the label for sugar content before choosing a flavored yogurt.

Almonds

Almonds provide both protein and calcium, which are great for your teeth and help strengthen tooth enamel. They’re a good choice to add to your favorite dishes or just enjoy by the handful.

Apples and Carrots

While most fruits and veggies are a good snack choice, apples and carrots benefit your teeth a bit more because of the fiber and water they contain. Fibrous texture stimulates your gums while chewing and increases saliva flow, which helps to “rinse” your mouth. Chewing apples or carrots actually works to give your teeth a bit of a scrub; however, this snack should never replace brushing.

The Bottom Line

If you’re going to partake in a snack, stay away from sugary or starchy foods. Choose fruits, vegetables, yogurt, or cheese. Drinking water along with your snack will also help free your mouth from excess food particles and debris. Always choose water above soft drinks, energy drinks, or coffees with sugar.

Give Wynkoop Dentistry a Call

Want to learn more about how to take care of your oral health? Give your team at Wynkoop Dentistry a call today. We’ll gladly answer your questions or schedule your next appointment for you!

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At Wynkoop Dentistry, our goal is to provide our patients with comprehensive care in the most relaxed manner possible. To do this consistently, we rely on the most advanced technology to make treatment procedures more comfortable and efficient for our patients. We’re excited to announce that we’ve added another piece of equipment that allows us to better serve our patients with more accurate diagnosis and the ability to offer advanced services that you may not find at other practices.

3D Imaging

Our new X-ray system delivers 3D images and X-rays with the highest definition and lowest dosages of radiation. This type of X-ray gives our doctors the ability to do many things such as:

  • Plan proper placement for dental implants before surgery, which ensures a more precise and efficient surgical procedure
  • Better diagnose for patients with a high risk of developing sleep apnea, which helps us determine the most effective treatment procedures
  • Detect fractures or other issues with roots of your teeth, which helps us perform more accurately diagnose potential problems

How Does This Benefit You?

We’re able to offer extremely high-resolution images with very little exposure to radiation. We even have a lower setting available for children. This makes taking X-rays very safe for our patients.

Clearer images allow for better diagnosis and opportunities for early detection of many dental issues. This gives patients the chance to choose treatment options that may be less invasive and costly.

At Wynkoop Dentistry, we strive to take care of all of your dental needs here at our office. Adding state-of-the-art equipment gives us the ability to offer more in-depth and comprehensive services and we are looking forward to increasing our capability to provide all-inclusive care here at our downtown Denver office.

Contact Wynkoop Dentistry to Learn More

We’re always excited to share information about the new equipment we’re constantly adding to our office, and our new CT 3D X-ray system is no exception. We can’t wait share more about its benefits with you, and we look forward to seeing you at your next dental appointment!







Our Locations:

1401 Wynkoop St, STE 160
Denver, CO 80202




1501 Wazee St, Unit 1A
Denver, CO 80202




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


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