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12
JUL
2019

Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

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Body piercings are a common form of self-expression seen around Salt Lake City. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS we encourage our patients to enhance their smiles in the healthiest way.

Today’s post is for those who currently have an oral piercing or are considering one. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they use can lead to serious problems with not only your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. These piercings can result in tooth damage, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and tooth loss.

Tongue Piercing

In general, any oral piercing is going to open you up to an array of dangerous oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can lead to difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing troubles. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve weakening, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also occur.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Chips, cracks, and enamel erosion compromise their stability and shorten their lifespan.

Mouth Jewelry

Though not technically a piercing, some people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is dangerous for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal necessary. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

Health Tips

Our team encourages patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their health at risk. However, if you have an oral piercing and plan to keep it, we advise you to have consistent dental cleanings and check-ups. It’s important to fix problems in their early stages before they become more extreme. Don’t wait if you suspect you may have a dental or physical trouble.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we know how to keep our patients smiling.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we offer sedation dentistry, Invisalign braces, and Six Month Smiles, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Call today for an appointment.

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-938-8855

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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05
JUL
2019

Beating Horrible Halitosis

Murray lowest price teeth bleachingThe team at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, would like to share with you some insights about halitosis.

Halitosis, or bad breath, can be embarrassing when it happens. Poor oral hygiene is often the cause. Make sure you schedule your preventive visits and teeth cleaning with us twice a year.

Brushing just the teeth may not remove particles of food between the teeth and up in the gums. Bacteria can grow and stink from hidden floss-only locations. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Also, the food you are eating can impact the odor in your mouth. Onions, garlic, and coffee are likely to show up on the breath regardless of time spent brushing.

Illness, infection, and allergies can all cause dry mouth which in turn upset the control of bacteria in the mouth. Diabetes, kidney failure, radiation therapy, liver malfunction, dry mouth, or even a sinus infection can cause an odor. The microbe balance in the mouth is ever-changing.

Finally, dentures or a removable appliance may also carry bacteria that needs to be cleaned and freshened up on a regular basis.

  1. Brush and floss the teeth as well as brush the tongue, gums, and sides of the mouth.
  2. Enjoy onions and garlic a little less.
  3.  Stay on top of health issues.
  4. Keep dentures clean.

Call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, serving the Murray, Salt Lake City and Sandy Utah area if you have a breath issue. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we offer sedation dentistry, Invisalign braces, and Six Month Smiles, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Call today 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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28
JUN
2019

Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Saliva

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At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we encourage our patients to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning.  We also encourage our patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.

Let’s discuss saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food.

But what’s in saliva?

  1. Water. No surprise here! Your saliva consists mostly of water.
  2. Enzymes. Enzymes are vital biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
  3. Immunoproteins. These are powerful cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.
  4. Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

Most Salt Lake City dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be dangerous to your dental health, so be sure to meet with your Murray dentist if you are experiencing this.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we serve the Murray area with general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us 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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21
JUN
2019

Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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Everyone needs healthy teeth that work as nature intended for a high quality of life and overall good  health. If you have dentures, you know how important healthy teeth are. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we can help with any denture issues you might be having.

Dentures are obviously preferable to a completely toothless mouth, but they are not issue free. Your mouth works all day long – and dentures can sometimes get in the way.

Dentures can make it difficult to chew and taste food. It’s embarrassing to talk when they are slipping around in your mouth and laughing can dislodge them entirely. They can even make it hard to breathe – and it doesn’t get more basic than that.

Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are very versatile and can be a tailor-made replacement for dentures.

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a substantial base for an over denture.

Here is the process for implants:

1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, our team will take x-rays and assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. We will discuss options with you and design a treatment plan.

2. Implant Placement
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant or root replacement, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.

3. Integration
Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant to create an extremely substantial foundation for the last restoration. It takes from three to six months for your jawbone to work its incredible magic.

4. Final Restoration
Whether your final step is a crown, bridge, or denture, we will work with the lab to manufacture a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are essentially indistinguishable from original teeth.

Dental implant patients of all ages are delighted with the better quality of life implants provide.

Take the first step and schedule a tooth implant consultation. This is necessary for making an informed decision about dental treatment.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we offer a full menu of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call us today for an implant consultation.

 

 

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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14
JUN
2019

How Tooth Brushing Prevents Gum Disease

Murray Teeth Bleaching The team at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS represents the best-quality dental care in the Salt Lake Valley. Let’s discuss why  everyone should brush at least twice a day.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent tooth decay.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from teeth and prevents the build-up of plaque.

If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will combine with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free.

The progression of gum disease:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums loosen from the tooth.
  3. Bacteria multiply in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
  5. Say goodbye to the tooth.

The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed if early.

Call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, serving the Murray, Salt Lake City and Sandy Utah area. You can schedule a gum disease evaluation at our office in Murray. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we offer sedation dentistry, Invisalign braces, and Six Month Smiles, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Call today 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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07
JUN
2019

Let’s Talk About Your Smile! Schedule A Dental Implant Consultation

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What’s the first step in getting a permanent tooth implant? It’s an informative, low-key consultation with Dr. Blackwood.

Take Your Time

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we don’t pressure you into treatment. We simply explain your options. We answer your questions thoroughly. Take all the time you need. We want you to be relaxed.

Tell Us About Yourself

You’ll have the opportunity to review your goals and expectations. Successful dental implant consultations help us furnish the highest level of dental care.

We Will Explain How the Implant Process Works

Because dental implants need to be strong, they are generally made of materials like titanium and are actually placed within the jaw bone.  Within just a few months, the tooth implant will fuse with the bone, allowing it to function and feel like an actual tooth.

The primary limitation of implant dentistry is bone mass: there must be enough bone to accept the surgically implanted device.  If you don’t have enough bone mass to accept the tooth implant, then options (such as grafts) may be considered in order to have the procedure.

We Are Proud Of Our Success

While you are here, you can inspect photos of dental implant patients. You know what they say…a picture is worth a thousand words!

You may be wondering:

  • How many years has Dr. Blackwood been performing implants?
  • What type of specialty training have you received?
  • How many dental implants have you executed?
  • What is the success rate for dental implants?
  • Am I a suitable candidate for a tooth implant?

We will answer all of these questions and can talk about the costs of tooth implants and financing options if needed.

You’ll Like It Here At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS

We will show you our comfortable, well-appointed dental office and our many patient amenities. If this is your first visit to Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, you’ll discover whether you feel comfortable with our treatment team. (We are convinced you will!)

Take The First Step Toward A New Smile

Take the first step and schedule a tooth implant consultation. This is necessary for making an informed decision about dental treatment.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we offer a full menu of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call us today for an implant consultation.

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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MAY
2019

4 Reasons To Make Sure Your Child Sees A Dentist

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The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should be when their first tooth appears or before their 1st birthday, whichever is first. The team at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS agrees with that recommendation. Serving the Murray, Salt Lake City and Sandy Utah area, we represent the best-quality dental care in the Salt Lake Valley.

4 Reasons for Dental Visit by 1

  1. Twelve months of age happens to be about the time when a little one’s first teeth tend erupt. Once those teeth are out, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.
  2. One of the important things your dentist will do at this visit will be to check those young teeth and make sure they’re cavity free. Topical fluoride may also be applied.
  3. Visiting the dentist at a young age is a great way to help your child get used to the dentist’s office. This will help them to be more at ease with the dentist as they grow older.
  4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults in establishing good dental habits in their children.

If your child is nervous about visiting the dentist, you might want to bring them for a short tour of our office beforehand. They can meet our friendly staff and learn what to expect when they come in for their exam.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we offer sedation dentistry, Invisalign braces, and Six Month Smiles, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Our team will transform your smile into one that you will want to show all the time. Call today 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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17
MAY
2019

Your Unique Smile – Only Better!

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Everyone has their own way of smiling. When it comes to flashing those pearly whites, whether it’s a quick grin or a full smile, your smile makes you unique. But if your teeth have become stained or crooked over the years – maybe you’re not smiling as much lately. Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray can give you a beautiful smile.

When Clint Blackwood DDS designs a smile, he carefully analyzes the macroesthetics (larger facial characteristics and relationships between bone structure, tooth size, and shape), and microesthetics (more delicate features such as tooth shade and degree of translucency). There is no one-size-fits-all treatment, and each smile design is as unique as you are.

Whether you have chipped teeth, yellow enamel, a broken dental bridge, or even missing teeth, there are procedures to fix your dental problems and give you a smile that you will be proud to show.

A smile makeover in Murray at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS typically involves two or more procedures, which may include: clear bracesporcelain veneers, tooth implants, crown lengthening, dental bonding, and teeth whitening. Of course, just one of those procedures can make a world of difference.

If you’ve stopped smiling lately, call Salt Lake Dental Care today for a smile consultation.

 

Contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS:

801-938-8855

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

 

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10
MAY
2019

Why Aren’t You Smiling?

Salt Lake City DentistryWe all notice smiles.  Some would even say that smiles have superpowers. There may be a good reason you’re not smiling – but being nervous about your teeth shouldn’t be one of them. Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS can help you with cosmetic dentistry or adult orthodontics so you can flash your pearly whites with pride.

There are many different professional treatments that can completely transform a frown into a healthy and beautiful smile.

Come talk to us about a smile makeover. Whatever your excuse is for not seeking dental treatment, we can discuss all of your concerns with you during a consultation.

Perhaps you are afraid of dental work. Have you ever considered sedation dentistry? With sedation dentistry, even extensive treatment is virtually pain-free. Sedation will calm your mind as well as the nerves in your mouth.

Perhaps the cost of cosmetic dentistry is holding you back. My high-quality staff will be happy to talk to you about financing plans.

It is essential to remember that if your teeth are decayed, postponing treatment will cost more money in the long run. Filling a cavity is far more affordable than a root canal procedure or, in the case of an extracted tooth, a permanent dental implant.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we offer sedation dentistry, Invisalign braces, and Six Month Smiles, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Our team will transform your smile into one that you will want to show all the time.

 

Schedule your visit with us 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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MAY
2019

Your Dentist Does A Lot More Than Fill Cavities

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Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS provides a wide variety of dental services to help you get that perfect smile. You visit your dentist for toothaches and dental cleanings, but did you know there are other issues they can help you with?
 
Dry mouth, technically called xerostomia, is caused by a lack of saliva and can be quite uncomfortable. It also predisposes dental patients to a host of troubles such as decay and gum disease. A lot of men and women experience dry mouth because of medications or medical conditions. Make sure you bring a list of current medications with you to your appointment.
 
Bad breath is usually a result of bacteria build-up in the mouth. Regular trips to your dentist can help you keep your mouth clean and sweet-smelling. Do you have good oral hygiene and still have bad breath? Then your dentist can help you discover the source of your halitosis.
 
Your dentist may also be able to help you with teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is dangerous for teeth and it can trigger headaches. If you suspect that you grind your teeth at night—make an appointment for an examination.
 
Your dentist does a whole lot more than fill cavities. Call for an appointment today at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS.

 

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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