Everything you didn't know that you need to know about Dental Insurance.

Who is frustrated with dental insurance?!  It is constantly increasing in price and decreasing in value, not to mention benefits changing with no notice to subscribers or to the providers who agree to file a claim with them as payment for their services.  It’s a constant struggle to keep up with dental insurance companies and their new rules, and we know that if we’re frustrated, surely our patients are as well.  I hoped to write this blog post as a reference for our patients when insurance does something wacky that doesn’t make sense, and our patients end up with a bill they weren’t expecting.  Hopefully you can find answers here and even come to the table better prepared if you are searching for a new dental insurance provider in the future.  When it comes to dental insurance, you really don’t know what you don’t know.  A little bit of education goes a long way in determining if dental insurance is even worth what you pay for it.

First, it’s important to understand that dental insurance isn’t really ‘insurance’ at all.  It is actually a benefit typically provided by an employer to help employees pay for routine dental treatment.  The employer usually chooses a plan based on the amount of benefit and how much the premium costs.  Most benefit plans only cover between $1,000 (an average plan) and $2,000-$2,500 (an excellent plan) of dental costs per person per year.  (Interesting side note:  despite the fact that dental costs tend to rise a little each year, annual maximum levels for dental care have not changed since the 1960s.) We are happy to help you maximize your benefits, but understand that it is our experience that some dental benefit providers are making changes that may or may not be communicated to you.  We promise to be fair and consistent with all our patients, but we have no control over what insurance companies ultimately cover or don’t cover and at what rate.

We are participating providers with many dental insurance companies.  What this means is that we agree to accept the fee schedule that they provide, in exchange for recommending us to their clients and listing us as a preferred provider on their directories and websites.  We discount our fees when we provide services to the patients that are contracted with any of the dental benefit providers we have contracted with.  In some cases, the same dental insurance company will have several fee schedules that your employer can choose from.  The lower the reimbursement rate to the dental provider, the lower your and your employer’s monthly fee, but there are fewer dentists that will accept these fees.  (This is often the difference between a ‘Gold’ and ‘Platinum’ plan.)

How do dental insurance companies come up with allowed payments or fee schedules?  Companies refer to these fees as UCR, or ‘Usual, Customary and Reasonable’ fees.  This listing is related to the cost of the premiums and where you live.  UCR in New York is very different from UCR in Utah.  The UCR is usually always less, sometimes even much less, than what any dentist in your area might actually charge for a dental procedure.  This UCR also varies greatly in different companies, and as mentioned before, even within the same company there are often several different fee schedules. 

Dental insurance is different from medical insurance in that in most cases your dental insurance will still pay an out-of-network provider (unless they have specifically stated that they will not), where medical insurance usually pays little or nothing if you see a doctor or go to a hospital that is not contracted with your insurance company.  Dental insurance companies will still pay, but only at the rate that they would pay an in-network provider.  Because the out-of-network provider has not entered into an agreement to discount their fees, the patient is then responsible for the difference in what the insurance paid and the dentist’s fees.

We are not always sure who we are contracted with.  Sounds silly, right?  Believe me, we do our best to stay on top of who we are contracted with, and don’t like finding out we are contracted with someone we thought we weren’t!  There are so many smaller and even mid-sized insurance companies who are being bought out by larger companies, or a bunch of small companies who get together and merge, that it is impossible to keep track.  The worst part is that nobody is notified of these changes!  The best way for you (and us!) to find out if we are contracted with your insurance is to call them directly.  If they are a smaller company, ask them if they are under a larger ‘umbrella’ company or if they are contracted to use another company’s fee schedule.  Sometimes an employer wants to fund their own insurance but uses another group to manage the plan.  This would usually mean that if a dentist is in-network with the managing company, they are with the employer also, even if they’ve never heard of it.  Clear as mud??

“Why doesn’t my insurance company cover all the costs for my check up and cleaning?  They used to!”  Good question!!  I think the better, more telling question is “Why didn’t anyone notify me that my plan benefits changed, even though my monthly premium hasn’t changed?”  In the good old days, it used to be that all cleanings and check-ups were covered at 100%, with zero patient responsibility to pay.  That is increasingly not the case.  Dental insurance companies are providing less and less for the same and in many cases even higher premiums, all while leaving their customers in the dark about the changes.  Some of the tricks they use now are:

·         only paying for fluoride once per year even though it is the AAPD standard of care to apply topical fluoride twice per year,

·         applying x-rays to your annual deductible and only covering them once per year,

·         no longer considering sealants as preventative and covering them at only 80% after applying your annual deductible.  What are sealants if they’re not preventative?!

·         There is another, more confusing way that insurance companies are getting out of paying 100% for your regular cleanings.  Remember how I previously mentioned about the contract we as providers enter into with dental insurance companies where we agree to accept what the insurance company deems appropriate as payment for our services?  Well, some companies are now also coming up with what they call an ‘allowed fee’.  This ‘allowed fee’ is different (read: lower) from the fee schedule that was agreed upon with the provider.  And, guess what?  The insurance company will happily pay 100% of the ‘allowed’ fee, and leave the patient paying the difference between their ‘allowed fee’ and the contracted fee schedule.  Pretty tricky, right? 

Benefit plans are often difficult to understand.  If any part of your plan is not clear to you, or if you are unsure as to what your plan actually does and does not cover, contact your employee benefits coordinator or the human resource department where you work for more information.  This could end up saving you a lot of unpleasant surprises down the road.

To save money, some dental benefits will only pay toward the least expensive alternative treatment.  For example, we  only do composite (or white) fillings in our office.  Composite fillings cost more than amalgam (silver) fillings.  Many insurance companies choose to only pay for a filling at the amalgam rate even though a composite filling was actually placed, because it’s a less expensive alternative.  So let’s say a composite filling was placed and charged at $125.  This insurance company chooses to downgrade their benefit and only cover that filling at the amalgam rate of $100.  If this company covers fillings at 80%, they would pay $80 which would leave the patient responsibility at $45 which is the difference in the amalgam filling charge and insurance payment PLUS the difference in the amalgam and composite filling.  Not all insurance companies do this, but it’s nice to be aware of it if yours does.

Sometimes, dental insurance companies won’t pay anything toward some procedures.  This is usually because they limit the frequency that a procedure can be billed.  This happens most frequently on cleanings, fluoride treatments, and x-rays.  There are more limitations popping up all the time, however.  A new one we’ve just come across in our office is an insurance company only paying for two fillings per year.  With this plan, if your child has four cavities that need to be restored you will end up paying 100% of two of the fillings because they will only pay for two, no exceptions.  This is something to be aware of and ask while shopping for dental insurance.

Many medical insurance plans now have an embedded dental benefit, but it’s usually not as great as it seems.  Often, preventative pediatric dental benefits that are included in your medical insurance are considered covered, but they are applied to your deductible so you end up paying for your child’s visit to the dentist anyway.  That’s not usually what you expect when you hear that dental benefits are included, because we’re all so used to preventative care being covered with no cost to the patient.  Just be aware of this if it’s the case for you.

Most insurance companies have a waiting period for any restorations.  This can be anywhere from 90 days to 1 year.  This means that until the waiting period is up, anything done beyond a simple exam and cleaning may not have any benefit and can be left 100% up to the patient.

What do you do when your dental insurance company didn’t pay for treatment that you expected to be covered?  First of all, we must emphasize that as health care providers, our relationship is with you, not your insurance company.  Your insurance is a contract between you, your employer, and the insurance company.  We are not a party to that contract.  Any amount the insurance does not pay will be your responsibility.  We always do our best to inform you of what your portion should be after insurance, but it is difficult to be exactly correct 100% of the time.  Often, if our estimate is wrong it’s because your plan benefits have changed from the last time we billed your insurance, and neither of us was informed of this change.  If you expected your insurance company to pay us differently than they did, may we kindly suggest that you CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY.  The natural reaction is to call our office because the bill came from us, but to be honest, that is what your insurance company is hoping for.  Once your insurance company comes back with their payment, an EOB or Explanation Of Benefits comes with it.  In the EOB it is listed exactly what the patient portion is to be, and that is what is sent on to our patients.  This amount is determined by your insurance company to be your financial responsibility, not us.  Just as we are bound contractually to accept what they pay us, you are bound contractually by them to pay what they have decided is your portion.  If either party goes back on that contract, it could be considered insurance fraud which means big trouble for us, and possibly a cancellation of your dental policy for you.  Call your insurance company!  Ask them why their benefits are no longer what you expected them to be, why you weren’t informed, and why your premiums still went up this year!  You are their customer and they need to hear it from you when you expected more out of them.  We’re always happy to help from our end as much as we can, but dental insurance companies must be held responsible for changes to the benefits they provide.

We offer alternatives to dental insurance!  We have a loyalty program in place in our office called CV Smiles which cuts out the insurance company altogether.  If you are searching for a reasonable dental insurance company, I encourage you to check out our program HERE

If you made it all the way to the end of this post and you didn’t find an answer to your question or you would like more detail, please don’t hesitate to call Lindsay or Tori at (435)752-4330 during business hours.  We will always do our best to answer any questions and help in any way we can.  Please also refer to our financial policy available upon request and various payment options HERE.

*This post was written with a lot of help from the Dental Practice Management post HERE.*

Patient Incentives and Rewards

Through the years, we've had all sorts of prizes, games, contests and incentives that add a little more to our awesome patient's visits.  With some of them we have the kids in mind, some we're thinking about the parents, and some are for whole families!  It's gotten so that we have SO MUCH to remember every time you come to our office, it's hard for our team to go over all of them.  Here is a quick run down of everything we offer every day at CVPD.  This list doesn't include special contests or prizes we have periodically, just the things we do every day.:)

Gold Tokens:      These are given to every patient at every visit to our office.  It can be stressful and hard (for little ones especially) to allow us to do what we need to at our office.  We believe in rewarding them for a job well done! These coins can be used at the large bank of prizes right by our front door.  Our machines don't take anything but our gold coins.   

Wooden Nickels:     We like to hand these out at special functions and parades.  They are also given to every patient at every visit, and I think they mostly end up on the floor of your car and in your junk drawer at home.  If parents understood the worth that these have they would be collected and guarded much more carefully!  If you'll look on our rewards page you will find a list of our favorite family-friendly businesses in the valley that offer something for FREE in exchange for your Wooden Nickel. There's a huge variety of possibilities!  If you saved your wooden nickels for a few visits, you could have a whole family night out for nearly free!  Let's look at what a day could look like with a bunch of wooden nickels, shall we?? 

We'll start out with ice skating at the Eccles Ice Center for buy one get one free ice skating and skate rentals.  After skating around for an hour or so, who's hungry?? Let's stop by Lee's and get a free banana! Then head over to the Fun Park where one Wooden Nickel gets you one free activity.  Next, stop by Old Grist Mill for a free cookie! While you're out, why not stop at Joyride Bikes and get your FREE bike reflector?! Sounds like a fun-filled afternoon to me using 5 Wooden Nickels, and that's only a small sampling of the offers that are listed!  Save those nickels!  They're worth it!

Social Media:     Where do you go for a dentist recommendation?  Gone are the days when we opened the yellow pages and just started calling down the list when we needed a new dentist or doctor.  Today, asking for referrals on social media is so easy, and boy, do people looove to share their opinions on the internet!  We recognize that the best referrals come from a friend or loved one.  That's why when you are in our office, if you have a social media account and would like to check in or share your visit with your friends, we would love to reward you!  If your kid totally rocked his visit and is cavity-free, share it on Instagram!  Your kids are crying because they have to LEAVE our office? When does that happen?  That's Chatbook worthy! Tell your friends! Your usually squirmy 4 year old let us take xrays and you still can't believe it, tell the Facebook world!  The only thing that we ask is that you include only pictures of YOUR CHILDREN in your photos.  We respect those who choose not to put their kids on social media. We love what we do and we are proud of the fact that we do it well, so we are honored when you show us a little love in the social media world.  Our office has several social media accounts:  Instagram (@cachevalleypediatricdentistry #cvpdkids), Facebook (Cache Valley Pediatric Dentistry) and Pinterest (Cache Valley Pediatric Dentistry) that are updated regularly.  Connect with us! Here's what we offer in return: for each share on the platform of your choice, we offer either one $5 movie gift card per family OR one Aggie Ice Cream card per child which you can pick up from Melissa at check-out.  Pretty great, right?  Add that to your Wooden Nickel Day and you're golden.

Referrals:   WE LOVE REFERRALS!  As I mentioned before, a referral from a loved one or friend goes a long way.  If you know someone you think could benefit from what we do here at Cache Valley Pediatric Dentistry, send them our way!  Make sure they tell us they were referred by you and you will receive a $10 cash card!  It's just our way of saying 'Thanks' for trusting us to care for your loved ones.

We love you and your kids here at Cache Valley Pediatric Dentistry!  We love the relationships we form and being able to watch families grow.  Thanks for being so great.

 

Halloween Party and Candy Buy Back

Now that Christmas is upon us, let's talk about Halloween!!

Every year we host a Halloween Party and Candy Buy Back as a way to have fun with our patients and donate to a good cause.  We have tons of games and prizes to win, let kids loose in our office to play, and we pay $1 per pound up to $5 for all the hard-earned candy kids have that they are willing to donate.  We get a lot of questions about our party, so here's a little Q & A plus a review of this year's party! 

Q: What do you do with all that candy?

A: We got about 500 pounds of candy this year, which was our biggest year yet!  All of this candy is donated to Operation Gratitude.  We ship it to California where it is sorted and sent to our service men and women serving overseas.  Some packages are also sent to their children left behind, and to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. The candy is used in many different ways.  Some soldiers fill their pockets before going out every day to pass out to children in the streets.  We are proud to be a part of this organization.

Q: I want my kids to donate candy!  How do I talk them into it?

A: Nothing harder than taking candy from kids, is there?! In our experience, letting kids choose a set amount of candy (20 pieces? 30 pieces?) and then donating the rest is the way to go.  Have them pick out a certain amount and then tell them to look at what's left.  Do they even like whats' there?  Usually after picking out their favorites kids are eating candy just for the sake of eating it, not because they actually like it.  Might as well make a few $$. Also, explain that a lot of the candy ends up going to kids in far away countries who wouldn't otherwise get anything like it.

Q: We want to come, but my kids won't give up their candy.  Can we still come?

A: OF COURSE! Donating candy is just a small part of what we do at our annual event. Come write a thank you note to be included in our donation, enter to win one of MANY prizes, get your face painted, and play!  Everyone is welcome whether you want to sell your candy or not!

Q: Do I have to be a patient to come?

A: OF COURSE NOT! Come hang out with us!

Q: What else is there to do?

A: We have AMAZING face painters come.

We have fun guessing games with great prizes!

We also have a fun fishing pond, not to mention all the fun things that are just part of our normal every-day activities around here like our huge slide and iPlay.

We are looking forward to next year's party being our biggest and best yet!  Be sure to follow this blog and our Facebook page for updates on all our fun activities!

Welcome! We're so happy you're here!

Just walking in our front door you realize that this is a dentist office like no other you've been to before.  It's not unusual for someone to walk in, stop and say, "Woah!" while looking around.  We get it, there's a lot to take in.

To your right you'll find our new and improved 'Dr. 2th' bus that the little ones love so much, a TV and comfortable seating.  There's a little nook with funny mirrors where we always hear laughter coming from the cute kids watching their bodies contort in funny ways.  And you can't miss our custom-made slide, where kids love to climb and declare, "I'm the king/queen of the castle!"

Straight ahead you'll see cute Dustrie waiting to check you in and make sure your visit starts out in the best possible way.

To your left, there's another TV and more seating. The chairs are comfy, but don't deep-couch sit!  Your wait is never long in our office!  Take a few steps and you'll see our bonus room that includes a desk with 3 iPads filled with fun games.  There's also a bunch of fun books to curl up and enjoy on our bean bag, special tot-sized chair or rocking chair! 

With all of that just in our waiting room, what could we possibly have in store for you once your appointment actually starts?  You could check back soon to find out, but why not just schedule your child's appointment and come see it for yourself?! 

Posted on November 17, 2015 .

New office love!

We have been loving our AMAZING new office so much that we completely forgot to update our little blog with pictures!  This place is SO FUN!  Dr. Gehring and his wife Emily really put so much thought and effort into the smallest details of this office and it shows!  In this post I will show you around a bit, and coming soon I will post some of the really fun small details that make this office special.  

This is your view when you walk in to our office, minus cute Dustrie sitting at the desk waiting to greet you.  

 

This fun slide is in our waiting room!

 

Here you can see that our fish made the move with us! Oh, and those awesome green dental chairs?  They are MASSAGE dental chairs. These chairs are bigger for our Totally Cool Teenage Patients:) 

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Here is a view of our hygiene area on the other side of our fish tank.

This is our iPlay, which you pretty much just have to experience to believe.  It's so much fun, kids don't want to leave!

There you have it, a little taste of what our new office is like.  Check back often and I'll update on the smaller details of what sets our office apart from the rest.  And don't forget: our Halloween Candy Buy Back is coming soon, you won't want to miss it this year!

Here is a picture of one of the troops receiving a package from Operation Gratitude.  This is the organization that we send all the candy we collect at our Candy Buy Back.  It all goes to a great cause:)

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Posted on September 28, 2015 .

New office updates!

We are very excited on the progress with our NEW OFFICE!! Check back on our blog for weekly updates on the progress. Our current office is located in the center of Cache Valley at 1451 North 200 East in Logan. The new office location is:

1624 N. 200 E. North Logan (across from the Sports Academy).

Building progress so far:

Posted on January 14, 2015 .

Candy Buy Back

Halloween is just around the corner, and everywhere you look, kids are being bombarded by candy displays and sugary treats. While there's no denying the fun of this spooky holiday, it can be truly scary for their teeth!

So how can you and your kids enjoy all the festivities without damaging your dental health??

Check out these 5 simple suggestions from Dr. Daren Gehring at Cache Valley Pediatric Dentistry:

#1 Halloween Candy vs. Cavities: Don't make kids choose

Don't deny your child the Halloween experience. Instead, let them have the joy of Halloween in all its ghoulish goodness and the experience of going to a party or trick-or-treating. However, after your children get back from the party or trick-or-treating, go through their bags of Halloween candy together. Tell them to pick the 10 or so (whatever number you decide together) treats they want most. Then get the unpick treats out of sight. **(see below)

#2 Set a "Treat Time"

Cavities and tooth decay are caused by prolonged exposure to sugar. If kids know there is a specific time for a special treat, they can learn to enjoy the treat in that moment and then be done for the day. After the "treat time" encourage brushing to remove the sugar that remains on their teeth, or at the very least, have them swish with water to remove as much sugar as possible. This helps children learn that eating sweets shouldn't be an all-day feast. Moderation is the key.

#3 Choose your candy carefully

  • Sticky candies are the worst for teeth. Taffy, caramels, and gummy candies adhere to every nook and cranny on the surface of the teeth, and because they are so sticky, the saliva isn't able to wash them away as effectively as other types of candy. Kids should brush their teeth as soon as possible after eating these types of candies.
  • Hard candy like lollipops and jawbreakers are almost as bad. Although they do not stick to their mouths, they take a long time to dissolve. As a result your child's teeth are exposed to sugar for a longer period of time.
  • Sour candy is also bad for your teeth because of its higher acidity, which can break down tooth enamel quickly. Even though candy such as Pixi-sticks dissolve quickly in the mouth and don't require chewing, they contain nothing but sugar and acid and can quickly change the mouth's PH and give bacteria a quick sugar to eat. Candy that is both sour and sticky should really be avoided as much as possible due to the double threat of the candy sticking to the teeth longer with additional acidic content.
  • Chocolate, with no sticky fillings, is a much better option. This type of candy will generally not stick to teeth as easily as other sweets, making it a better choice when your child is asking for a treat.
  • Sugar-free gum may be the best choice because it leaves no sticky residue. It can also help clean out food debris and stimulate saliva production which helps keep our mouths less acidic and less prone to cavities.

#4 Candy is not dinner

Let's face it, if left to their own devices, many kids would be perfectly content eating candy for dinner. However, feeding kids a healthy dinner before they head out to trick-or-treat is a great way to decrease their desire to binge on candy. Plus, eating dinner will kick start saliva production, which in turn protects teeth from sugar and acidity of candy eaten later.

#5 Keep teeth brushing fun

Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 to 4 months anyway, so make Halloween an occasion for getting your child a new toothbrush. Children are more apt to brush when they like their toothbrush. Children also like to pick out their own toothpaste. Give them the freedom to pick from gels or pastes, different colors and different flavors. Just check the label to be sure it contains fluoride. There are also apps such as "toothsavers" that encourage teeth brushing as well as video games to play involving brushing the "bugs" away. Check out 2min2x.org as well as mychildrensteeth.org for additional ideas for more "fun" dental information.

 
 

**Here at Cache Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we are excited to be participating in our 3rd annual

Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Buy Back!

Your child can bring their extra candy to our office Saturday, Nov 1st from 10:00 - 2:00 for our annual Candy Buy Back and donate it to our troops overseas. Your child will receive $1 for every lb of candy donated (up to 5 lbs). There will also be prizes and games for all the kids as well as awesome prize drawings for those that make a card to send to the troops along with the candy. It's a win, win, WIN situation! The troops win by getting treats and cards from home, your child wins by getting $$ for their donation and best of all, your child's teeth win.

For more information on operation gratitude visit: operationgratitude.com or call our office 435-752-4330.
We are located at 1451 North 200 East in Logan (just west of Lowes by the clock tower).

**Some information for this article is found on WebMd in an article titled 5 tricks for dealing with Halloween Treats, by Kathleen Doheny.

Posted on October 20, 2014 .

Voted Best Pediatric Dentist!!

THANK YOU Cache Valley for voting Dr. Gehring as the best Pediatric Dentist in the valley!!!  We love our patients and we look forward to continuing to provide the best possible care to our patients and our future patients!!

Posted on October 20, 2014 .

Featured in Hometown Values Highlights Page

We had the great opportunity to be the Highlights Page in the September issue of Hometown Values Magazine.  If you didn't get a chance to read it, here it is again:

 

Pediatric Dentist, what exactly is Pediatric Dentistry? This is a question I am often asked. So the short answer is... "Pediatric dentistry is a specialized field of dental treatment, revolving around the dental needs of children. A pediatric dentist has taken two to three additional years of specialized schooling beyond that of a regular or general dentists, in order to learn about the best treatment for children's unique dental issues."

The next question to follow is, "WHY in the world would you want to become a Pediatric Dentist?" I usually chuckle at this question and respond with the fact that I absolutely love what I do. I didn't always know I wanted to become a pediatric dentist. In fact, it wasn't until my 3rd year of dental school at Virginia Commonwealth University that I had an experience with my own child that helped me make the decision to specialize in the field of Pediatric Dentistry. My son, Josh, was 18 months old and decided to ride his big wheel down a huge flight of stair. He came out of the ordeal for the most part unscathed. However, he did suffer some mouth and tooth trauma. He was my first pediatric patient. I was surprised at the unique care and treatments available specifically for kids. That experience gave me the desire to look into Pediatric Dentistry as my career choice. So, after I graduated from dental school, I completed two additional years in the pediatric dental residency program at the University of Florida and the rest is history.

We opened Cache Valley Pediatric Dentistry in 2003. Cache Valley has been a wonderful place to live. My wife, Emily, and I graduated from Utah State (as true Aggies) and absolutely loved all that this beautiful valley and mountains have to offer. We knew this would be a fantastic place to live and raise our family. We have been blessed with 5 great kids, Hailey, Josh, Chad, Case and Tessa who keep us moving and bring us a lot of happiness.

In my practice, I encourage great communication regarding treatment options and diagnosis. I have an open door policy where I encourage parents to come to the treatment rooms with their child if they so choose. I feel communication is more effective and questions are best addressed in that setting. Children also usually feel more comfortable with a parent close by. This is an option for each family individually.

We spend time with each child and parent, teaching them how to properly care for their teeth and gums. This dental education - at and early age - can stay with a child for a lifetime. We know that it is essential to establish regular, healthy dental habits such as flossing and proper tooth brushing as early as possible.

We all know that some adults have an exaggerated fear of seeing the dentist. Some children experience the same dread. A dental office can be a scary place for a child, with all of the specialized dental equipment and the sounds made by some of the dental tools. However, my staff and I know how to work with a frightened child, comforting them and relaxing them before proceeding with an exam or any needed treatment. we will do our best to set your child at ease, explaining everything that is going on, and never creating an atmosphere of fear.

A positive dental experience - especially for a young child - is likely to result in the child growing into an adult who is comfortable with routine dental care and who regularly gets dental checkups. Establishing good dental habits early, means your child is going to have less dental problems as they age.

Since we opened our doors back in 2003, we have been so blessed to get to know some of the best patients and families in Cache Valley. We love all of our patients. we have many patients that have been with us for the entire 11 years since we opened. In fact, we have many former patients who now bring their children to see us (that really makes me feel old).

As our practice has grown, we have felt a bit restricted by a lack of space and services that we are not able to provide in our current location. As a result, we are excited to announce the opening of our new location this fall!!!

We have put a lot of thought and consideration into this new building. We want every patient and every family to feel as comfortable as possible. We have designed this new office to have some great new features, such as, a "Teen Only" area where there are dental chairs their size and where orthodontic procedures can be done more efficiently. We will also have great play areas in the reception area as well as the treatment bay where siblings are free to play while their brothers and sisters are being treated. Our operatories will be larger to accommodate families better, and of course we will still have TVs in the ceiling as well as a few exciting new features yet to be revealed. And last buy not least, many have asked if our huge fish take will be making the move with us. We are happy to say, YES!! Nemo and Dori are coming along!!

If you are considering a new dentist for your child, please think of us. We treat infants, kids, teens and patients of all ages with special needs. Our friendly and competent staff is dedicated to the comfort and quality car of your child. We look forward to welcoming you to our dental family.

Sincerely,

Dr. Daren Gehring, DDS

P.S. Check out the rest of our website for great information, fun activities for kids and to follow the progress of our new building on our blog.

 

Mr. Molar

We had a blast at the North Logan Founder's Day Parade!!  Mr. Molar was there to wave to the kids.  We passed out our wooden nickels and threw toothbrushes in hopes that the kids could brush those pearly whites after eating all the tons of candy that was thrown:)  It was a beautiful day and a great celebration to commemorate our great valley and the people who sacrificed so much to make our lives and our home here a wonderful place to live.  We love Cache Valley and the amazing people who live here.

Posted on July 24, 2014 .

The New Office!!

We are so excited to finally be starting our new beautiful state-of-the-art office!!  It is currently under construction just about 2 blocks north of our current office.  The address is 1624 North 200 East in North Logan - just across the street and a bit south of the sports academy.  There will be some great new features to make dental visits even more comfortable and fun for our awesome families. In other words - it's going to be "TOTALLY AWESOME"!!!

Our goal with this new office is to make our dental office one of your child's favorite places to be. Dr. Gehring is super great with all of his patients, whether they are 1 year or 18 years old.  Check in on the blog often because we will be posting updated photos of the construction and leaking a few of the fun new features this amazing office will have. Be sure to tell your friends and family to check us out as well.  We love your referrals, so be sure to spread the word.  We are currently accepting new patients and know they will love being a part of our dental family.  Make an appointment today and be one of the first to experience our new TOTALLY AWESOME office:) 

Posted on July 17, 2014 .

Smiles for Central America

Dr. Gehring has had many wonderful and life changing opportunities to travel to Central America for Humanitarian dental trips with his wife and kids.  

So far he has traveled to Honduras (Tegucigalpa, April 2011), Guatemala (Guatemala City, April 2012), Guatemala (Quetzaltenango, Nov 2012), and Nicaragua (Managua, November 2013).

They travel with a humanitarian organization called Smiles for Central America.  While there the group is able to perform dental work on approximately 700 - 900 patients.  Many of the patients they treat have never, ever been to a dentist.  Dr. Gehring and his family share a deep love and concern for the wonderful people of Central America and have come to love the rich cultures and unique beauties of each of the countries they have visited.  It is a very cherished "vacation" that they look forward to each year.

Besides dental work, there are many opportunities for additional humanitarian services. Orphanages, Hospitals and Schools are also visited and given many helpful humanitarian supplies.  Somehow this group miraculously travels to Central America each April and November.  As a result, there is always a need for humanitarian supplies.  If you are interested in donating items for Dr. Gehring or the organization to take with them on their next trip, please take a look at the official website of the organization.  There you will be able to read more about the amazing work that is done as well as learn how to make donations as well.  Of course you are welcome to talk to Dr. Gehring about donation ideas as well as other opportunities to help with this great cause. 

www.SmilesForCentralAmerica.com

Watch the "about us" video below, it captures the miracle of this amazing organization we feel so blessed to be a part of.

^ Click the link here to watch Smiles for Central America "About Us" video on Vimeo!


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Posted on April 30, 2014 .