Use Your Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year!

Use Your Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year!

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It’s hard to believe, but there are just a few weeks of the year left! With that comes last-minute gift shopping, spending time with family, and making sure that you’ve used your medical, dental, and vision benefits.


Most people know, but many forget that you pay for your dental insurance whether you use it or not – so you might as well use it! Dental health is a big factor in overall health, and it can even play a role in your mental health and social life. 


Depending on your insurance, you’ll see varying levels of coverage, but most plans will allow for at least two cleanings and one x-ray exam each year. If you need or want work beyond that, many dental insurance benefits cover a large majority of the cost of preventative dental care treatments, if not the entire cost. 


Preventative care treatments typically include:

  • Routine cleanings
  • Examinations
  • Sealants
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Periodontal care
  • X-rays
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Mouthguards
  • Patient education


When it comes to general dental care, insurance typically covers around 50 to 80% of the cost of treatment. 


General dental care treatments typically include: 

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Porcelain inlays onlays
  • Porcelain crowns and bridges 
  • Dental implants 
  • Removable partials
  • Dentures
  • Root canals 
  • Minor tooth extractions
  • Cerec restoration 


Regardless of the type of treatment you need, it is important to remember that although you pay for dental insurance that does not mean that your insurance benefits roll over from year to year. If you don’t use your benefits before the year ends, you will likely miss out on the services your insurance can help cover. 


At Cakmes Dental Studio we provide all of the services listed above and more, and would love nothing more than to help you take care of your dental needs and help you end every year feeling confident in your smile! 


The end of one year and the beginning of a new one are always the perfect time to evaluate your progress; whether that be your progress at work, your physical health, your mental health, or even the relationships you’ve built, evaluating what you have done in the past year and what you hope to achieve in the future are healthy ways to establish goals and keep yourself accountable. 


Take care of yourself, focus on your goals, and take advantage of your dental benefits before the year ends! Book an appointment at Cakmes Dental Studio by calling us at (865) 584-6163 or by filling out this form! There’s still time to end the year on the right note, with a healthy and beautiful smile at the center of it all. 

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The Best Ways to Fix Bad Breath

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Do you find yourself constantly reaching for mints or gum throughout the day? As a dental studio, we are well versed in how embarrassing, uncomfortable, and difficult bad breath can be. Luckily, at Cakmes Dental Studio, we also know the cures for it. 

Good Oral Hygiene

Pretty much everything comes back to having good oral hygiene, so much so that we’ve detailed it in previous blogs! As a refresher, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day (don’t forget your tongue!) and floss at least once for the healthiest mouth. If you’re finding that this isn’t enough to fight off that halitosis, try brushing your teeth after every meal or strong drink, such as coffee; try to limit the amount of coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks you consume.

Also, ensure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day, as this can help prevent bacteria build-up. Water is the number one stimulator of saliva, which also helps to fight off bacteria. You may notice that your breath smells and tastes worse when your mouth is dry, and these are the reasons why! 

Home Remedies

If these daily routines still aren’t cutting it, there are more things that you can do at home to help reduce your halitosis. The first is to get a new (and possibly better) toothbrush. In 2021, we recommend using an electric toothbrush and tossing the manual brush to the side. The electric toothbrush helps reach more places than a manual toothbrush; it can remove more plaque buildup from your teeth and gums and ensures that you brush for a full two minutes each time. 

Ensure that you replace your toothbrush head every three to four months; new brushes remove more plaque than a heavily used one and firm bristles are more effective against preventing bacterial growth. Using an older toothbrush or toothbrush head could easily contribute to your bad breath, as you are essentially brushing your teeth with extra bacteria and fungal particles. 

Visit Your Dentist

You should schedule routine cleanings twice a year to ensure that your teeth and gums are in the best health possible. If all of the above remedies don’t work, let your dentist know! Our tools can provide a deeper cleaning and more plaque and bacterial removal. In addition, we know other tricks of the trade for fighting bad breath, such as discontinuing the use of specific medicines (as mentioned in a recent Ted Lasso episode!).

No one wants bad breath, and luckily, there are many ways to fight against it. If you or someone you know is suffering from halitosis, give these at-home remedies a shot! If you’re still not happy, head to our Knoxville, TN studio for a deeper look and a more personalized diagnosis. We’re here to help your oral hygiene be the best it can be, and minty fresh breath goes right along with that. Give us a call to schedule your next appointment or ask any questions you may have about fighting halitosis or any other ailments your mouth may present to you.

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Stress Awareness Day

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Stress is such a big part of most people’s daily lives that there is an entire day dedicated to the awareness of it all. This year, we all acknowledge the role stress plays in our lives on November 3, and we do what we can to eliminate it ahead of what some consider the most stressful two months of the year. 

Stress can manifest in many different ways; one of which is by causing problems in your mouth, such as teeth grinding, TMJ pain, gum disease, and much more. 

Grinding or clenching your teeth, also known as bruxism, is a well-known sign of stress or anxiety. The difficult part about this is that many people do it subconsciously, oftentimes in their sleep. While a night mouthguard can be a good option, it is always wise to consult your dentist to be sure that is the root cause of your pain and that there are no long-term effects from your bruxism. 

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is found in the muscles and joints of your jaw. Those experiencing TMJ pain find it hard to eat, chew, and sometimes even open their mouth. There are signs to look for, including sore jaw muscles and a pop or click in your jaw. If you are experiencing jaw pain or soreness, especially while under a great amount of stress, even if you don’t hear pops or clicks, you should make an appointment to see your dentist. Stress is the number one cause of TMJ, so your dentist will work with you to find a solution that best fits your lifestyle, such as Botox. 

Stress can cause even more severe issues, such as gum disease and infections; over half of all adults in America have periodontitis, which is the most severe form of gum disease. Stress can cause a weakened immune system, which can lead to oral infections and other bacteria spreading through your gums. 

Chronic or severe stress can also manifest into dry mouth and canker sores. While a dry mouth can generally be treated by drinking plenty of water and using non-alcoholic mouthwash, you should see your dentist if you experience dry mouth often and more than just during stressful periods. Canker sores are painful sores that are formed on the tissue of your mouth. Stress can increase the risk of developing these canker sores, and each one takes between 10 and 14 days to fully heal. While most canker sores can be treated at home, you should call your dentist if you are constantly battling them. As you can see, stress has a crazy way of affecting your daily life. If you’ve noticed any of these above symptoms (or anything else relating to your mouth, gums, or teeth), give us a call. We know that everyone has their own ways of dealing with stress, but we’d love to help you reduce yours – whether that’s a mouthguard to cut down on your grinding, Botox to help reduce your TMJ, or anything else that works for your specific situation.

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Periodontal Care

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When thinking about everything that contributes to a healthy smile, many may think that brushing and flossing are sufficient. The truth, though, is that gum care is just as important as dental care. Periodontal care, also called gum care, is an essential part of maintaining good oral health. 

Healthy gums contribute to strong teeth and a healthy mouth, overall. If left untreated, gum issues can cause severe damage. When bacteria and plaque build up below or along the gum line, it can lead to inflammation, which may result in gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontitis. Bacterial infections can also attack bone tissue which can cause teeth to become loosened from the gums. 

Many people who have gum disease in the early stages don’t realize it or are unaware of the signs. Inflamed or swollen gums, loose teeth, tenderness around the teeth along the gum line, and bleeding gums are often the first signs and symptoms of gum disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, there are links between periodontal disease (gum disease) and several systemic diseases. The diseases include, but are not limited to, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular disease. Gum disease has also been linked to preterm childbirth. When handled in the early stages, gum disease is easily treated and has an excellent prognosis. 

Before brushing your teeth, always be sure to floss in between each tooth. This allows you to reach areas that your toothbrush can not, which helps remove any remaining food in the teeth and can help prevent bacterial growth. Regular dental cleanings are also important in the overall health of your gums. Your dentist will be able to examine your gums to check for any irregularities or signs of infection.

If you have any gum concerns or are in need of a regular cleaning, Cakmes Dental Studio is here to provide you with the best dental care available so that you can be confident in your healthy and beautiful smile. Our office offers a variety of periodontal care services to ensure that your gums stay in great shape. A few of the services we offer include periodontitis treatment, gingivitis treatment, bacterial infection treatment, and inflammation care. Contact our office at (865) 584-6163 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.   

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Oral Hygiene Habits to Start Implementing Today

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Good oral hygiene starts with keeping your teeth and gums healthy by practicing good dental habits. Taking a little time each day to follow some of these healthy habits is key in preventing problems down the line, such as gum disease, cavities, and more. Maintaining good oral hygiene is also the first step in ensuring that you’re in good health overall. Following these healthy dental habit tips daily and having regular checkups with your dentist are two of the best practices to keep your smile healthy and happy.


Brush Twice a Day

For most people, it’s a given that brushing your teeth is the key to good dental health. However, there are many factors involved when it comes to proper brushing techniques. First, be sure to have the correct toothbrush. Always choose toothbrushes that have been certified by the American Dental Association (ADA) and try to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. When brushing, do so twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Use circular motions and remember to brush all sides of your teeth, as well as your tongue and inside of your mouth.


Floss Each Time You Brush

Flossing should be done every time you brush your teeth. It helps to remove any plaque or bacteria, especially in areas where your toothbrush may not reach. Flossing also reduces inflammation at the gum line and can help prevent gum disease. 


Drink Plenty of Water and Follow a Healthy Diet

What you eat and drink has a big impact on your oral and dental health. Limit the number of sugary foods and drinks you consume, as these can lead to cavities and are harmful to the enamel of your teeth. Drinking plenty of water can help rinse some of the acids from these sugary foods and drinks out of your mouth as well. 


Check-In with Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental checkups and cleanings are necessary even for those who take the best care of their teeth. Dentists can perform thorough cleanings of your teeth to remove all possible plaque. They’ll also be able to check for any potential problems such as cavities or gum disease. Most insurance companies cover two dental checkups per year, so be sure to take advantage of this and schedule your dental appointment accordingly. 

At Cakmes Dental Studio, our number one goal is keeping patients feeling confident by ensuring that they are maintaining the best oral health possible. If you have any concerns about your teeth or gums, give our office a call to set up an appointment. In between dental checkups, be sure to follow these daily habits to promote a lifetime of good dental health!

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The Importance of Preventative Dental Care

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Just like going to the doctor for a yearly checkup is important for your overall health, paying a visit to your dentist each year, preferably twice, is critical to ensuring proper dental health. We all know how easy it can be to put off dental appointments until we notice an issue or have some sort of tooth or gum pain. However, routine preventative care is the best way to prevent future dental issues down the road – and this type of care will save you a lot of time and money. At Cakmes Dental Studio, we offer effective preventative care to make sure that your dental and oral health stays in perfect shape.

There are many reasons why preventative dental care is so important to your routine health. First, it helps reduce the chance of any cavities or gum disease. It can also minimize the occurrence of periodontitis, gingivitis, and enamel wear. Routine dental exams also help to prevent any bacteria growth or decay, which keeps your mouth clean and healthy. Without any sort of preventative care, these dental problems can become worse, much more painful, and end up costing you quite a bit of money for the proper dental treatment. 

Cakmes Dental Studio is proud to offer many services related to preventative dental care. In addition to routine cleanings and examinations, we also offer sealants, fluoride treatments, periodontal care, and X-rays. All of these services allow our team to thoroughly examine your oral health to identify any potential issues that could become worse without proper treatment. It’s always a good idea to bring up any concerns that you may have about your oral health during your routine dental checkups; we’ll be sure to address these issues and help you to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. 

If you’re overdue for a dental exam, give our team at Cakmes Dental Studio a call to schedule an appointment. We’ll do everything we can to keep your teeth, gums, and overall oral health in the best possible condition. While you’re here, we’ll also provide you with the best tips for at-home dental care so that you can reduce the chances of cavities, gum disease, and much more.

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Routine Tooth Extractions

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Keeping your original teeth is always preferable, but sometimes, routine extractions are necessary. When a tooth has been damaged from trauma or disease, baby teeth are out of place, or orthodontic treatment is needed, routine extractions may be the best solution to ensure that your smile stays healthy. This procedure is routine and simple but it’s a good idea to know what to expect during and after a tooth extraction procedure. 

When a Routine Tooth Extraction is Necessary

There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. In the case of trauma or injury where a tooth is fractured or cracked, extraction may be the best solution. Sometimes, the cause of a tooth extraction may be due to disease. Gum disease, untreated cavities, and infections may all result in a damaged tooth that requires a routine extraction procedure. If baby teeth grow out of place or you’re undergoing an orthodontic treatment, your dentist may decide that tooth extractions are needed to ensure that your teeth have enough room to grow or shift to their proper positions. 

What to Expect During the Procedure

Routine tooth extractions are done in-office and typically only require local anesthesia around the tooth area. Once the area is numb and your dentist has a good idea of what the tooth and root look like, they will begin the procedure. After using a tool to loosen your tooth, forceps will be used to actually remove the tooth. If necessary, your tooth may be removed in several pieces depending on the details of your case. Patients can expect to feel pressure around the area but should not feel any pain during the procedure. Once completed, your dentist will apply gauze and stitches, if needed, to the extraction site to help the blood clot formation process.

What a Typical Recovery Period Looks Like

After having a tooth extracted, you should plan to rest for at least 24 hours, avoid straws, rinsing, and spitting in order to allow the blood clot to form properly. Take any medications as prescribed by your dentist and focus on eating soft foods that will not irritate the extraction site. Patients should be sure to follow up with their dentist as needed after the procedure. 

At Cakmes Dental Studio, our goal is to help our patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted by offering each individual the highest quality care available. When a routine tooth extraction is necessary, you can trust that our team has the experience and most advanced technology to ensure that the process is successful. Visit our website to learn more about the many services we offer and to schedule an appointment.

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Effects and Treatments of Teeth Grinding

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Every April we acknowledge the causes, symptoms, and treatments for stress. For around 30 years, Stress Awareness Month has strived to bring awareness to the ways stress impacts our daily routines and what we can do about it. In order to find ways to alleviate stress, it’s first important to identify the cause and what symptoms you may be experiencing, even without realizing it. Teeth grinding and clenching your jaw are common signs of stress or anxiety and can have damaging effects if they continue in the long term. 

Effects of Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also referred to as Bruxism, occurs when you are constantly grinding, gnashing, or clenching your teeth together. This behavior can be unconscious, and you may notice that it increases when you’re feeling stressed or while sleeping. Grinding your teeth can chip and fracture your teeth as well as cause them to become loosened from the repeated pressure. Your tooth enamel can also be worn down, which leads to increased pain and sensitivity. Along with the effects on your teeth, Bruxism can cause jaw pain and headaches. 

What Treatments are Available?

One way to reduce teeth grinding is to start by managing your stress. Find ways to keep yourself relaxed or make note of times when you’re feeling stressed and focus on keeping your jaw relaxed to prevent clenching or grinding your teeth together. Practicing relaxation techniques can also help you reduce this behavior. Some dentists may recommend a mouth guard for sleeping which can keep you from gnashing your teeth at night. Another option that’s been proven beneficial is that of Botox®. Botox® relieves tension in the jaw by making the muscles unable to physically perform the movements that cause the pain, especially when they are unconscious. If you notice any tooth or jaw pain, or have chips and fractures as a result of teeth grinding, it is important to get in to see a dentist who can recommend a personalized treatment plan.  

At Cakmes Dental Studio, we want everyone to feel confident and happy with their smile. If you have teeth grinding tendencies or have noticed the effects of grinding your teeth, we can help you restore, and even improve, your smile. We can address and fix any painful teeth as a result of damaged enamel and can repair any chips with our aesthetic contouring services. Long-term teeth grinding can lead to more significant issues down the road, so it’s important to not put this off. Give us a call at (865) 584-6163 or visit our website to request an appointment.

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National Dentist’s Day

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Every year we take time to celebrate the many dentists who help to keep our teeth clean and healthy as part of National Dentist’s Day. This day takes place annually on March 6th and allows us to show appreciation to dental staff as well as pay attention to our own dental care. There are many ways you can observe this day as an appreciative patient!

Thank Your Dentist and Dental Staff

Letting your dentist know that you’re thankful for their help in maintaining your overall dental care goes a long way. This could be as simple as a quick “thank you” next time you’re in the office for an appointment. A nice thank you card or post on social media is also a great way to show your appreciation. If posting on social media, be sure to include the #NationalDentistsDay hashtag.

Schedule A Dentist Appointment

It’s recommended that all adults and children have a routine dental health checkup twice each year. If you’re due for a checkup, give your dentist a call and schedule an appointment. Regular cleanings are important in keeping your teeth, mouth, and gums all healthy. Your dentist will also be able to identify any early warning signs so that you can get the best care right away. Best of all, routine checkups leave your teeth feeling clean so that you can have confidence in your smile. 

Monitor Your Dental Health

Take extra time on National Dentist’s Day to make it a goal to improve your dental health. For example, if you only find yourself flossing occasionally rather than every day, commit to a regular flossing routine. Also pay attention to your brushing behaviors, ensuring that you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. 

What better way to celebrate National Dentist’s Day than by taking care of your teeth and scheduling a dentist appointment? At Cakmes Dental Studio, we’re thankful for our wonderful dentists, Dr. Nick and Steven Cakmes, and our entire dental staff, as they allow us to provide our patients with the highest quality of care, day in and day out. If you’re due for a dental cleaning or checkup, give us a call at (865) 584-6163 or contact us; we’d love to hear from you for any of your dental needs!

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which serves to remind parents, caregivers, and healthcare workers why taking children to the dentist and helping them maintain proper dental health is so important. Developing positive habits at a young age will follow children as they age, ensuring that they keep happy, healthy smiles all their lives. 

Children should be taken to the dentist as soon as their first tooth grows in or before their first birthday, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). This allows the dentists to identify any potential areas of concern, such as tooth or gum decay. The dentist will also help teach caregivers how to properly clean their child’s teeth. Children’s teeth should be brushed twice a day for around 2 minutes each time. The amount of fluoride toothpaste will depend on the age of the child but can vary from just a smear to a pea-sized amount. 

Some children may not want to brush their teeth every morning and evening. However, there are several ways that you can make teeth cleaning more enjoyable. One great way to get children excited to brush their teeth is to make brushing and flossing a fun routine that they can look forward to. For example, try letting your child pick out their own toothbrush (just make sure it’s ADA approved!). You could also try playing a song for 2 minutes which can help reinforce the amount of time that should be spent brushing.

Education is key to help children understand why taking care of their oral health should be a priority. If you’re unsure about where to start, the ADA has worksheets, activities, and a planning guide that can help caregivers and teachers promote good oral health to children. 

Just like with adults, preventative care is the best way to maintain proper oral health in children. In addition to brushing and flossing, it’s a good idea to limit your child’s intake of sugary foods and drinks. It may be shocking to learn that around 42% of children ages 2-11 have some amount of tooth decay. Water is always the best drink option, as most town water sources contain fluoride which helps contribute to healthy teeth. Regular checkups are also essential for addressing any concerns early on.

At Cakmes Dental Studio, we’re committed to providing you and your family with the best dental care possible. If you have any oral health needs or concerns, feel free to get in contact with our office. You can visit our website or call us at (865) 584-6163 for any questions you may have or to set up an appointment.

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