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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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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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17
MAY
2019

Your Unique Smile – Only Better!

Salt Lake City Extreme Smile Makeover

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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03
MAY
2019

Your Dentist Does A Lot More Than Fill Cavities

Bad Breath Treatment Salt Lake City

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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APR
2019

Tooth Whitening: What The ADA Has To Say

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When a cosmetic dentistry procedure like teeth whitening becomes popular, it’s natural to want to experience it for yourself. At Salt Lake Dental Care we offer Zoom! teeth whitening.

Smart consumers, of course, want to know what they’re getting. What does the American Dental Association say about teeth whitening?

The ADA advises patients to ask their dentist before committing to any whitening procedure. An initial examination will help us know if teeth whitening is for you. This is especially important when you have dark stains on your teeth or multiple crowns and/or fillings.

Everyone, it seems, would like to whiten their teeth, and there has been a veritable explosion of whitening products in recent years. There’s a big selection of products in any grocery store, but over-the-counter products cannot match the results you’ll get from professional teeth whitening.

At Salt Lake Dental Care in Salt Lake City, we offer Zoom! teeth whitening that can transform your smile in a single office visit. It’s just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we have. Schedule an appointment 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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22
MAR
2019

Bad Breath Q & A

Murray bad breath exam

Our team at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS is committed to educating you on the many ways that you can maintain optimal oral health. It’s one reason we consider ourselves your top choice for general and cosmetic dentistry in the Murray, Utah area.

This post offers some answers to some common questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is terrible, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?

A. Bacteria can increase and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can discuss other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not remove food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?

A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and gives off a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can cause stinky breath. Antihistamines can diminish post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth hydrated, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can cause bad breath?

A. As discussed before, any condition that lessens saliva creation can cause halitosis. It is also a frequent side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my breath become dreadful when I went on a strict low-carb diet?

A. Ketones were most likely the culprit. Ketones are generated when the body digests fat—which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, sounds like you weren’t cheating!

We hope this q&a provided some answers to common questions. Don’t you think it’s time to secure yourself a consultation with a high-quality dental practice? We will examine your teeth and also answer questions about how to improve your oral hygiene in Murray. We offer a wide array of services, such as general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and dental implants. That’s just one reason we have been a trusted dental option in the Murray, Utah area since 2005. Please call us today for an appointment. We would be honored to take care of all 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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15
MAR
2019

Are Dental Implants Worth It?

Are Murray Dental Implants Worth It? Are dental implants worth the investment? At Salt Lake Dental Care, your premier general and cosmetic dentistry option in the Murray, UT area, we say absolutely!

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. Also known as a tooth implant, it goes in place of a root in order to support dental restorations. It can also act as an anchor for other dental prostheses, like crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Dental implants need to be strong, they are generally made of materials like titanium and are actually placed within the jaw bone.  Within a few months, the tooth implant will fuse with the bone, allowing it to function and feel like an actual tooth. The post meshes with the bone to provide a stable foundation. This is critical because the root replacement post helps prevent jaw bone deterioration that generally occurs after a tooth has been lost.

When the implant has meshed securely with the bone (it can take up to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached. Same day implants are available for some patients that fit the criteria. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Blackwood about your situation.

The industry-leading dental implants available at Salt Lake Dental Care are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of configurations. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth. Again, a series of implants can replace more than one tooth or anchor a dental bridge. Denture wearers should know that tooth implants may also serve as a sturdy base for partial or full dentures.When calculating the cost of dental implants, it’s important to compare them to other restorative options such as a dental bridge.

Our team at Salt Lake Dental Care, would be honored to consult with you on dental implants or any other cosmetic or general dentistry services that you may need in the Murray, UT area. Please call us to schedule a visit and to discuss your dental goals and the possibility of affordable dental implants.

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
FEB
2019

Your New Smile Makeover Is Within Reach In Murray

cosmetic dental MurrayFew physical improvements can have as dramatic of an impact on  your self-confidence and self-esteem as a smile makeover. Excellent oral health and an attractive smile can contribute to overall physical health and a high quality of life. Our team at Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray is passionate about upgrading your smile through cosmetic dentistry.

During your no-pressure smile transformation consultation we will cover:

  • How you want your smile to look and feel after the makeover.
  • The overall condition of your oral health.
  • The individual aspects of your teeth and gums that you wish to fix.
  • A detailed explanation of each needed treatment (e.g. porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, gum contouring, crown lengthening, tooth implants, braces, or teeth whitening).
  • Showing you before and after pictures of previous smile makeover clients.
  • Your options for how to schedule the procedures (all at once or over time).
  • Information about oral conscious sedation.
  • Answers to any questions or concerns.
  • Cosmetic dentistry expenses and financing options.

If you have ever wondered how cosmetic dentistry could change your life, it is time for you to pick up the phone today to  schedule a consultation with our team at Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray. Remember, your remarkable smile begins with us!

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

22
FEB
2019

Can You Name All Nine Dental Specialties?

Draper Pediatric and Cosmetic DentistryMost people know what a pediatric dentist is and a few may even know what an endodontist does too, but did you know that the American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes a total of nine dental specialties? This post will put you to the test and  outline the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years they were formally recognized by the ADA. For an extra challenge, see if you can name all nine before reading through this post. And for the record our team at Salt Lake Dental Care is fully committed to cosmetic and family dentistry in Salt Lake City, but we know them all!

Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.” So, if you need say a root canal, you might require the services of an endodontist.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, an orthodontist is in order. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

Pediatric Dentistry (1995): This is an an easy one, short and simple: pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children, and teenagers.

Periodontics (1992): Periodontics is the dentistry specialty that encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes. Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue grafts on gums.

Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures, including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dentistry treatments, including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, and teeth bleaching.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.” It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.”1

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”

General dentists and cosmetic dentists are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures, but sometimes your dentist in Salt Lake City will refer you to a specialist or include a specialist as part of your treatment team. If you have any cosmetic and family dentistry needs in Salt Lake City or the the surrounding areas don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Salt Lake Dental Care for an appointment. We would be honored to provide you with quality dental care.

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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