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03
FEB
2017

Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s discuss some information about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when correctly brushing.

Working up a good foam is achieved by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming helps with dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may see tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

In addition, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:
Wet soft bristle toothbrush
Use fluoridated toothpaste
Brush at 45 degree angle
Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
Cover every surface of every tooth
Swish around in mouth before spitting out
Floss gently around each tooth and don’t miss the back surface of the rear molars
Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, a highly regarded dental practice in Murray. We are enthusiastic about dental education and confident smiles for all.

Dr. Clint Blackwood has been serving Murray area families since 2005. We are located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray. Contact us at 801-506-6009 or http://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general dentistry and cosmetic services we offer:

Visit Us Once and You’ll Be A Patient For Life

 

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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18
NOV
2016

An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

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Today in our dental blog we will highlight some of the simple things you can do with your toothbrush to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

One of the most important habits Salt Lake City residents can form is to always allow their toothbrush to completely air dry between uses. The best way to let the toothbrush air dry is by placing it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up. This method of storage is much better than sticking it away in a drawer since it will take longer to dry in there.

Also, when you travel away from the Sandy, Taylorsville, or Draper area, make sure your toothbrush is dry before you seal it away in a travel container.

A good strategy for Murray residents to make sure their toothbrush has ample time to dry is to buy two toothbrushes at your Salt Lake City drugstore. Then alternate between the two so each has time to fully dry out between uses.

And Salt Lake City dental patients should remember to replace their toothbrush (or toothbrushes) every 3-4 months, or sooner if they’ve had a cold!

Hi. I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood, a dentist in Murray. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS we offer the following services:

wisdom teeth removal
Invisalign
sedation dentistry
porcelain veneers

We are currently accepting new Salt Lake City patients and the high-quality staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

 

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, UT
84107

 

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11
NOV
2016

No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a captivating field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play a critical role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes important minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes influence your saliva’s power to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the dangerous bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The strength of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a key role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is critical for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the power to be passionate about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with industry-leading cosmetic dentistry, call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009 to schedule a consultation.

We offer the following services:

wisdom teeth removal
Invisalign
sedation dentistry
porcelain veneers

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015

 

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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21
OCT
2016

What’s Your Dental Plan In Murray, Utah?

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To achieve the utmost in oral health and a stunning smile, you need a strategy. If you’re in Murray, Utah looking for a smile makeover and need cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, dental implants or any number of dental restoration procedures done, your strategy should be: “Contact my professional neighborhood dental practice.” Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS is at your service.

Dr. Clint Blackwood has been serving the Draper, Sandy, and Taylorsville communities since 2005. Our valued patients in Murray will tell you they can’t get over the way Clint Blackwood and staff repaired and transformed their most vital feature into a unforgettable smile. We would love the chance to thrill you, as well.

If you’re worried about how pricey the work you need could be, don’t worry, you might be pleasantly surprised about the bottom line. Especially, if like many of our nearby Salt Lake City patients with dental coverage, your insurance picks up a significant portion. But even without insurance, the procedures can be affordable. We have competitive pricing and work to keep the costs reasonable when it comes to sedation dentistry, teeth whitening and wisdom teeth removal. And, before you ask, porcelain veneers and Invisalign are included in that list. Let us transform your smile into one that will light up the world.

Whether you need a bi-annual cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS assists in a variety ways with your dental needs:

 

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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30
SEP
2016

Use Five Fingers For Quick And Healthy Flossing In Murray, Utah

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5 flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time thanks to Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, on the web at http://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/.

Thumbkin: Thumb to Chest Reminder
Thumb to chest can remind me that this isn’t for my friends. Brushing the goobers off so I don’t gross them out. Rinsing with mouthwash for fresh breath as I speak. That is for friends. Flossing is for me, myself and I. I want healthy gums, therefore I floss.

Pointer: Pointer Fingers Measure
How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? The American Dental Association suggests you start with about 18 inches. About 6 lengths of your pointer finger should suffice.

Tall Man: Wrap the Middle Fingers
This is a team effort. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After curving the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and the up and down motions have wiped away plaque, then “unspool” the floss for a new section for the next tooth’s edges.

Ring Man: The Smell Test
Many a long term relationship has been cut short due to not-so-fresh breath. Smell floss before going between teeth. Smell it after. Bad smell? Brushing is not cleaning away that bacteria well enough. Hurray for floss! This smell test says the brushing needs to be adjusted. Be gentle with your gums. Keep those spots at the base of your teeth bacteria free.

Pinky: Time to Promise
Make the commitment now. Every time you look at your pinky, remember that you pinky promised to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque causes tooth decay and inflamed gums. Periodontal disease eventually leads to tooth loss. Tooth neglect is a slippery slope.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS. I encourage you to take care of your oral health needs for a happier, healthier life.

Use those fingers to dial our number for a consultation: 801-506-6009 or meet us online http://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/.

Whether you need a bi-annual cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS assists in a variety ways with your dental needs:


One of our specialties is general dentistry. If you need cosmetic dentistry or dental implants, then we are your best friends. Our staff members are trained to be courteous, responsible, respectful and focused.

Currently accepting patients from all over: Salt Lake City, Draper, Sandy, as well as Taylorsville.

 

 

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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11
SEP
2015

Beware Of Hidden Sugar

preventative dentistry in Taylorsville We advise our Taylorsville dental patients at Salt Lake Dental Care to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to unsweeten your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in a pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in Taylorsville grocery stores and Sandy school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice (what kind of cane do you think they are talking about?)

Do the math: when shopping at Taylorsville markets or health food stores, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.

At Salt Lake Dental Care, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. For more information on how your diet affects your dental health, contact us at 801-506-6009. If you have a toddler or child who has not yet visited a dentist, call us today for a pediatric oral examination and information on fluoride and sealants.

We are located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray.

26
JUN
2015

Dental Confidence Or Caution In Utah?

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Whether you are one of the Murray folks who goes willingly for your check-up, or if you are hesitant about getting dental work done, Salt Lake Dental Care has opened its doors to smiling patients since 2005. We give straightforward answers about the cost of dental implants, the price for a crown, and the average cost of veneers for patients throughout Taylorsville, nearby Sandy or even Draper.

The cost of cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to be an unknown. A suitable consultation can bring you up to date about possible procedures and shed light on the pros and cons of general dentistry, our specialty.

801-506-6009

Not only do we offer wisdom teeth removal, we’ll schedule patients for sedation dentistry because we want to make a difference in the lives of our Murray neighbors. We’ll have you open wide for Invisalign because we know we’re superior at what we do for Salt Lake City smiles.

We’ll get you in a comfortable seat before you enjoy placement of porcelain veneers because comfort is the key to happy patients. And of course, we offer teeth whitening as well. Your enjoyment of any of these is entirely up to us. We make it our business. Interested in an outstanding experience? Dr. Clint Blackwood encourages thrill seekers and cautious patients alike to visit us at our 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 office or to look us up on the web: http://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/.

Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah 84107
801-506-6009

15
MAY
2015

Not Happy With Your Murray Dentist?

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Hello Utah friends! Welcome to Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray, Utah. At Salt Lake Dental Care, we provide general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and industry-leading cosmetic dentistry for the whole family. We offer:

  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Invisalign
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Immediate care for dental emergencies
  • Strong, natural looking restorations
  • A clean, comfortable, and friendly dental atmosphere to make your experience as pleasant as possible

I am Dr. Clint Blackwood. We are located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray, Utah. I have been practicing advanced dentistry since 2005 and am a member of Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. By working with an experienced dentist, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Perhaps your smile is sensational and you only need a cleaning. Our talented Salt Lake Dental Care dental hygienists perform thorough deep cleanings to remove plaque and tartar and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, or if you are not happy with your current dentist, we invite you to visit our Salt Lake Dental Care for an informative consultation and examination.

Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah 84107
http://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/

13
MAR
2015

Affordable Dentistry In Murray

aesthetic dentistry Murray UTA perceived lack of affordable dentistry in Salt Lake City is one of the biggest reasons many people in our community avoid going to the dentist. However, the truth is that affordable dentistry is available in Murray at Salt Lake Dental Care.

We provide top-quality services at competitive prices. Whether you need wisdom teeth removal, Invisalign, or sedation dentistry, we can help you.

Of course, the best way to keep your dental costs low is through preventative dentistry. We work with you to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. If problems arise, they are detected early at your six-month check-up. A small filling is alway better for your wallet (and smile!) than a root canal and dental crown.

Ask us about dental financing or other payment methods. Our friendly staff can review your dental insurance (if you have it) and discuss payment planning to help you afford your dental care.

Affordable dentistry is available to everyone in the Murray community. Give the high-quality staff at Salt Lake Dental Care a call at 801-506-6009 to learn how we can provide you and your family with affordable dentistry.

Our office is located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202, in Murray.

Visit Us Once and You’ll Be A Patient For Life

20
FEB
2015

Get On Top Of Your To-Do List by Calling Salt Lake Dental Care

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Is it time to get your life back in order, Murray? Call it Spring Cleaning. Call it a Hard Reset.  I like to call the small and simple tasks cling-ons. These are things like refilling a prescription, changing your furnace filter, getting your oil changed, replacing the lightbulb or making a dental appointment.

If you’ve been pushing dental work onto the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way and move on to your other tasks. Call 801-506-6009 to set up a consultation. Once and for all determine your dental needs and create a easy, all-encompassing plan.

Here at Salt Lake Dental Care we see patients for many smile repairs including the following:

Sedation dentistry
Teeth whitening
Wisdom teeth removal
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign

Dr. Clint Blackwood strives to provide superior service to our awesome patients in Murray, Utah. At your consultation feel free to ask about veneers, implants, invisible braces, bridges and all things dental. We answer cosmetic dentistry questions all day long and Dr. Blackwood knows how to clearly explain the pros and cons related to various treatment plans.

Since 2005, Murray patients have enjoyed having Salt Lake Dental Care nearby, ready to provide general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants.

Move through your to-do list today – change your oil, check. Replace that lightbulb, check. Make a dental appointment, check. It feels great.

Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah 84107
801-506-6009