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08
DEC
2017

Creating Beautiful Smiles At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS

Creating beautiful Murray smiles at Salt Lake Dental Care - Clint Blackwood DDS I am glad you found our blog! I’m Clint Blackwood, DDS, of Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, a full-service dental practice in Murray. My profession is dentistry, but my passion is providing superior and affordable dental care for my patients.

I began serving the Salt Lake City area back in 2005. Since that time, my profession has undergone dramatic changes that directly impact the health and lives of my patients.

We offer general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

I know my patients have many choices for their dental care and work hard every day to surpass expectations and build relationships with them.

I constantly educate myself on the latest procedures to determine how I can best serve my patients.

My Sandy lumineers patients appreciate the time I take to thoroughly analyze their total oral health. My high-quality staff enjoys keeping my Murray family dentistry practice running smoothly so I can concentrate on what I do best—serving my Salt Lake City patients!

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
DEC
2017

Be Glad Dr. Blackwood Has X-Ray Vision

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It’s not extremely pleasant. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold a rigid piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while your dentist’s assistant takes x-rays. Is it really needed? Absolutely! No question about it.

Your dentist can’t see everything that is going on with your teeth, bone, and surrounding tissue without x-rays.

What Hidden Problems Do Dental X-rays Detect?

  • Cavities below existing bridgework, crowns, or other restorations
  • Abscesses, cysts, and infections
  • Cavities between teeth just below where adjacent teeth touch (interproximal cavities)
  • The position of wisdom teeth

How Often Should X-rays Be Taken?
This depends on the patient. A patient with no history of tooth decay, no present tooth decay, no braces, and no existing crowns, veneers, or bridgework is at low risk for cavities. A high-risk patient is in the opposite situation and may have one or more of the following: previous dental caries, existing restorations, braces, eroded enamel, chipped or cracked teeth. In addition, patients with an eating disorder or other medical condition may be considered high risk. People who haven’t had their wisdom teeth extracted also need to be checked with x-rays more frequently.

We will counsel you on the frequency of x-rays when your treatment plan is discussed. If you are not a current patient and are searching for an experienced, friendly dentist in the Murray area, we invite you to connect with us at 801-506-6009 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you.

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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24
NOV
2017

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a straightforward answer can be frustrating. But there is a reason for that.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood. Thanks for stopping to read my blog. I know it can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid on the internet. Let me take a moment to explain why most dental practice website don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than It Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a straightforward consultation to review dental history, evaluate needs and establish a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the procedure won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the procedure.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an exact price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can precisely calculate dental implant surgery costs based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers. Call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009 for more details.

We offer comprehensive dental services including:

sedation dentistry
teeth whitening
wisdom teeth removal
porcelain veneers
Invisalign

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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10
NOV
2017

How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

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Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of periodontal disease, an inflammatory gum disease. Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. Infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, it can influence the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the detrimental material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss will occur.

Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. Inflammation coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver. The more inflammation there is, the more the liver produces CRP. The more CRP present, the more likely cardiovascular disease is present, along with related problems. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal troubles.

Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. Links have already been discovered between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will arise, eventually causing tooth loss.

It is crucial to practice preventive dental care daily at home and have regular visits to the dentist. Dental appointments should include an exam, cleaning, and full mouth x-rays, along with the essential knowledge and instruction on how to properly care for teeth and gums at home. It is also very important to see your dentist promptly if a tooth suddenly becomes sensitive or you see any other changes.

Thanks for visiting our blog. For more specifics about inflammation or periodontal disease, give us a call at 801-506-6009.

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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03
NOV
2017

Floss Pick Facts For Murray

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Dental patients who live in the Sandy, Taylorsville, and Draper area want to keep their mouths as healthy and clean as possible. However, they are also looking for convenience, and that’s why many of them turn to floss picks instead of old-fashioned dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are inexpensive and can be used more discretely than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss in effectiveness.

The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? The first thing is to speak with your Murray, Utah dentist and see what their opinion is. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient, but still try to use regular dental floss daily.

If you are in the process of looking for a new dentist, we hope that you consider Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS. We have been serving the Salt Lake City area since 2005 from our practice.

Our high-quality staff would love to field any essential questions you have regarding flossing and other dental health concerns, as well as questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.

Call 801-506-6009 today to schedule an exam or consultation.

The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/product-category-information/floss-and-other-interdental-cleaners, accessed on August 1, 2014

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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27
OCT
2017

Do You Have A Thumbsucking Toddler?

Open Bite For years, parents have been warned that thumb-sucking can cause future dental problems for their thumb-loving toddlers. One of these problems is a type of malocclusion called an open bite.

An open bite occurs when the front teeth in the lower and upper jaw have been moved forward; often to the extent that they do not meet when the mouth is closed. In most cases, an open bite has been caused by thumb sucking, but pacifiers and tongue thrusting can also move teeth out of alignment.

Tongue thrusting refers to an abnormal swallowing action in which the tongue is pushed forward during swallowing. Normally, the tongue is on the roof of the mouth and the teeth closed completely when swallowing. A tongue-thrusting habit can develop due to factors other than thumb sucking, though this is a common cause. Allergies, large tonsils, tongue size, jaw angle, muscular problems, frequent sore throats, and anything that makes swallowing difficult can result in a tongue-thrusting habit.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray, we diagnose bite problems in young dental patients such as underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites. If dental treatment is started early in a child’s life, many bite issues and their associated problems can be prevented.

Call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009 to schedule a dental examination for your toddler or child. If you need dental treatment for your child and do not have dental plan insurance, talk to us about financing options.

Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS offers comprehensive dental care in the greater Salt Lake City area. Because our friendly staff puts our youngest patients at ease, your child can grow up without fearing visits to their Murray family dentist.

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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20
OCT
2017

When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life is chaotic. At times, it’s impossible to get all the “gotta do’s” done and many are postponed or dropped altogether. Sometimes your car has to wait another 500 miles for an oil change or you are a month late replacing your furnace filter. Many important tasks get put on the back burner. We urge you not to neglect essential dental care.

Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Are you guilty of any of them?

Rushing Through Brushing
Your teeth deserve a conscientious two minutes or more. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a system to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.

Only Seeing Your Dentist When You Notice a Problem
We hope none of our patients put off checkups and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may be way too late to prevent a filling or even a root canal.

Neglecting Professional Cleanings
When softer plaque turns to calculus, you can’t clean it away with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the calculus or tartar before it can hurt your enamel or irritate your gums.

Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss
While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to know that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. A floss pick holds just a small length of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval. A straight piece of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the outline of the tooth as well as traditional floss. When you wrap a string of floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more thoroughly clean that crucial area around and just below the gumline. We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay in a minuscule crack the floss pick missed day after day.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we urge our patients to practice preventative dentistry to safeguard their smiles for life. We deliver the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental procedures including sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, wisdom teeth removal, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign. For more information, call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS today at 801-506-6009 or visit https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/.

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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13
OCT
2017

Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic

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You can handle a chipped tooth in one of two ways::
1. Panic.
2. See Dr. Clint Blackwood right away and get on with life.

Dr. Clint Blackwood at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly performing the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even crowns can impact the course of treatment.

Time is often an important factor when it comes to tooth repair so don’t wait, call 801-506-6009 to schedule an appointment. Our address is:
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah 84107

We’ve been around since 2005 – serving your neighbors in Murray  and improving smiles for Sandy patients.

We offer sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, wisdom teeth removal and porcelain veneers. Trust Dr. Blackwood to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No mistakes. No worries.

Relax.

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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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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