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29
SEP
2017

3 Tips To Make Brushing In Murray Count

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Many of Dr. Clint Blackwood’s patients walk in for general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or dental implants. Many for routine checkups and cleanings. Most really want to know if they are brushing properly. Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered – from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques – is our business. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we are all about educating our patients. Sometimes life is as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush
Gentle brushing will accomplish the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are pliable before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing
Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to address the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow decay to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any beginning buildup. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day
Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve amazing dental hygiene, brushing is priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is critical. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of buildup.

We understand that nature has dealt crooked teeth, sensitive teeth, and weak teeth to many patients throughout the Draper, Sandy, and Taylorsville communities. When you schedule an appointment to communicate with Dr. Blackwood, you will be advised on ways to fix your smile.

We provide our patients with the following services and many more: porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign, sedation dentistry, and wisdom teeth removal. Schedule a consultation at our office at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray, Utah 84107 to ask about Invisalign braces, dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening, white fillings or the cost of dental procedures. We are devoted to providing answers. Call 801-506-6009 today.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS: 801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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22
SEP
2017

3 Problems Requiring A Root Canal

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Let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy”). The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment routinely done today, but it is important that dental patients know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing procedure.

Thread-like tissue at the center of each tooth is called the pulp and it can be damaged by the following:

An injury to a tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth

When damaged or infected, pulp builds up at the root tip inside the jawbone and forms an abscess. This can destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort if left untreated.

When a dentist or oral surgeon performs a root canal, they remove the dead or diseased pulp, and cleans, shapes and fills in the gap. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry 

Hi. I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood of Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray. I hope that today’s dental blog post helped you better understand root canals. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible and accurate dental information. If you have any questions about a smile makeover, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please give us a call at 801-506-6009.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS we offer:

wisdom teeth removal
Invisalign
sedation dentistry
porcelain veneers

“Visit us once and you’ll be a patient for life.”

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Popular-Topics/Common-Dental-Procedures/article/What-is-Root-Canal-Treatment.cvsp, accessed March 14, 2013

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS: 801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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15
SEP
2017

Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other issues. However, it is usually the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus necessary for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prohibit bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the harmful infection.

Gum infections can proceed undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increase the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if needed.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

I am Dr. Clint Blackwood. If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s consider your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and prevent further recession. Call 801-506-6009 to make an appointment for an informative exam and consult.

I pride myself in the personal attention and premium dental care I provide to each of my patients. I understand that visiting a dentist can cause anxiety for some people. I promise you that you will feel comfortable in my care and leave the appointment with accurate information and an individualized treatment plan.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS: 801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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08
SEP
2017

Smile Like You Mean It!

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Hello, Murray friends! Have you ever noticed someone who refuses to flash a genuine smile? Even in a family picture, they stay tight-lipped. Even if they’re laughing at the funniest joke ever, they cover their mouths. Maybe this person is you and maybe you need a smile makeover.

Don’t be embarrassed! Here at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS we provide the most advanced cosmetic dentistry care for our Salt Lake City area patients. There are many reasons a dental patient could be shy about their smile, such as injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, or missing teeth. But chances are, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the confident smile you’ve always wanted?

Many patients start with teeth whitening. Other procedures include dental implants, veneers, crowns, enamel shaping, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an orthodontist if needed.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood, and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy teeth and sensational smiles. If you would like to know more about smile redesigns, give us a call at 801-506-6009 and our high-quality staff can schedule an appointment.

Call today to get a smile you’ll never want to hide!

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS: 801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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01
SEP
2017

Ready To Smile Again?

Are You Ready to Smile Again, Murray? Are you one of those people who cover their mouth when they laugh? Do you keep your mouth closed when someone takes a picture of you? Have you been hiding unsightly teeth for years?

It’s time to take care of those tooth problems and get a new lease on life.

Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS can make it happen!

If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to us about dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that includes both root and crown. Because it is anchored into the jawbone, it looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Are your teeth yellow or gray? Have your teeth whitened at our Murray dental practice and experience an instant transformation.

If your teeth are crooked, talk to us about Invisalign braces. You may be able to straighten your teeth in less than a year.

Many of your friends and neighbors have benefited from porcelain veneers. They correct several types of imperfections and may cost less than dental crowns.

We look forward to developing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. Call today!

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS: 801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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04
AUG
2017

Teeth Look Too Short? Lengthen Them!

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Most Murray people who are considering cosmetic dentistry are aware of the cosmetic dental procedures that are frequently advertised in the Salt Lake City area.

There are porcelain veneers: a custom made wafer-thin covering permanently attached to the front of a tooth to make it stain-free and perfectly shaped. Veneers can repair small chips and crack in teeth that are free of decay. Many Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS patients get minimally invasive veneers on their top six teeth for a dramatic improvement.

Orthodontia has received a lot of attention in Utah in the past twenty years with the introduction of invisible and short-term braces. And braces are not only for ‘tweens and teenagers. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we have seen more adults straighten their teeth to achieve beautiful smiles with discrete orthodontic treatment.

Porcelain crowns have been around for generations but continue to restore decayed or damaged teeth while providing beauty, strength and natural function. Porcelain crowns are also used with state-of-the art dental implants to restore missing teeth.

A cosmetic dental procedure that is lesser known in the Murray area is crown lengthening. If you feel that your teeth appear too short or that your smile exposes more gum than you would like (a ‘gummy smile’), you may be interested in crown lengthening.

Crown lengthening surgery is a safe and effective procedure that exposes more of the visible part of the tooth while minimizing the vertical length of exposed gum tissue.

When a gummy smile is corrected, our Murray crown lengthening patients are often surprised at how it positively affects their whole face. They love their new smile which reveals pleasing, symmetrical portions of their upper teeth that have been hidden under gum tissue their whole life.

Sometimes, crown lengthening is used when a tooth is fractured at the gumline. The surgery makes tooth structure accessible for the needed restoration.

Digital imaging helps Salt Lake City dental professionals perform crown lengthening with exactness. A highly-detailed, 3-D image of tooth and bone structure allows the cosmetic dentist to contour a gumline to the patient’s exact specifications.

If you would like to find out if crown lengthening is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009. We are located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray. We look forward to showing you photos of crown lengthening patients who are enjoying their new look.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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28
JUL
2017

Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

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Do you have severe tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? This post is for Salt Lake City area residents whose mouths are in a world of hurt.

First off, we feel for you. We understand how severe dental troubles impact you every day of your life.

Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, severe mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, beautiful smile or give you the unforgettable smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that influence your life?

Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that ensues when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term which refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with numerous damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, tooth implants, porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and tooth whitening.

Dental implants are ordinarily the best tooth replacement for Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS patients with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. If there is not enough bone to anchor an implant, bone grafting may be handled to augment existing bone. The post integrates with the bone to provide a strong foundation for the abutment and beautiful crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from former teeth in both form and function.

If you currently have dentures, communicate with us about implant-anchored full or partial dentures. Significant improvements can be made even if you only get two or three tooth implants.

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can repair a bite misalignment and is usually needed after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS offers a full menu of cosmetic dental services including total mouth reconstruction. Cosmetic dentistry may be more cost-effective than you think. Talk to us about financing or a multi-procedure treatment schedule that allows you to pay as you go. Restoring a healthy smile may be the best investment you ever make.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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23
JUN
2017

The Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS Guide To Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth And Your Murray Dentist Wisdom teeth are the last of the molars (grinding teeth) to erupt from the gum. They usually appear in the late teens and early twenties. Not all people develop these teeth while some have from one to four.

Though some Murray dental patients never experience any problems with these extra molars, many times wisdom teeth can create serious dental complications. If the wisdom teeth do not have the room to develop and erupt normally, they are referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. An impacted tooth may never emerge from the bone and gum, emerge only partially, or come in sideways.

Impacted teeth can damage the adjacent molar, cause infection or trigger gum disease. Sometimes these problems cause no noticeable symptoms for a period of time. To prevent these serious complications, wisdom teeth are often removed.

Wisdom teeth symptoms include pain when opening mouth, gum swelling, bad breath, and pain when chewing. These indicators can be constant or intermittent.

To learn more about wisdom teeth extraction, call 801-506-6009 to schedule an exam at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS. Our high-quality dental team can recommend the best course of treatment.

Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS provides comprehensive dental care for Salt Lake City area families since 2005.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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16
JUN
2017

Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring

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Some Salt Lake City and Murray dental patients who are interested in a full smile makeover might want to consider gum contouring. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is helpful for people who feel that their gums rest too low or too high on their teeth.

If you feel that your gums cover too much of the surface of your teeth, it may seem that your teeth are too small and out of proportion with your mouth. For Sandy, Taylorsville, and Draper residents who have teeth that appear too long, gum contouring may help with your appearance, but your Murray dentist may also feel that it is necessary to counteract gum recession, a condition that can lead to periodontal disease.

Talk to your Salt Lake City area dentist about gum contouring. Many periodontists in the Murray area perform this procedure, as well as some general dentists.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood, and I’ve been practicing dentistry in Murray since 2005. One of the most rewarding things about my job is seeing my Sandy, Taylorsville, and Draper patients gain renewed confidence in themselves after undergoing simple cosmetic dentistry procedures.

We are currently accepting new patients, so if you are looking for quality dental care in the Murray area, call us today at 801-506-6009 for an appointment!

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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09
JUN
2017

It’s Not About Vanity

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Since 2005, Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS has been providing confidence and dignity to our amazing Salt Lake City and Murray patients through general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

Many Murray people seem to have it all together with bright eyes and great smiles. We want you to be on the same footing as your friends, colleagues and customers. Wanting to look your best and feel your best is not about VANITY, it’s about reality in the Salt Lake City professional community. An unforgettable smile creates a favorable first impression and demonstrates polish and attention to detail. These are advantages for Murray people in every field of work.

Popular ways to achieve such a worthy goal might be found in the services we offer at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray. We offer wisdom teeth removal, Invisalign, and sedation dentistry as ways to improve your confidence and security. Don’t hesitate to ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, sedation, dental implants or any other questions that might be gnawing at you. We’ve got the answers and Dr. Clint Blackwood can set you up with a dental treatment plan that will make your jaw drop!

No matter your age, 2 to 90 – no matter your location from Sandy to Taylorsville to Draper – we invite you to see our high-quality staff and take the step toward that impressive smile you deserve.

A phone call away at: 801-506-6009. Book a consultation today!

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-506-6009

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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