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15
NOV
2019

Don’t Underestimate The Importance of Retainers

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The retention phase is an important milestone. When you’re ready for an orthodontic retainer, the slow, challenging work of moving teeth is over.

Your smile looks amazing, but stay with the program.

There is still a lot going on behind the scenes—under the gums. Your jawbone, muscles, and soft tissues are adapting. This takes a while.

What is a Retainer?

A retainer is a custom-made appliance that helps teeth preserve their new position after orthodontic treatment. Retainers may be removable or fixed in the mouth.

Patients who neglect to wear their retainers are at risk. Their beautifully-aligned teeth may shift. If your bite was corrected during treatment, it may revert back to the original condition.

Follow Dr. Blackwood’s Recommendations

Your dentist will prescribe a schedule for wearing your retainer. Your orthodontic treatment plan is unique. It may differ from that of other patients.

What If I Lose My Retainer?

Occasionally, patients lose their retainers. If this happens, contact Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS right away for a replacement. We understand that life can get hectic. We urge you not to let weeks pass without getting a replacement retainer.

We teach our patients how to care for their retainer. It’s helpful if parents reinforce this training at home for their kids undergoing treatment.

Keep Your Retainer Clean

After eating, clean the retainer with a toothbrush. Brush it carefully with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can use denture cleaner periodically for a deeper clean.

If your teen has a cell phone, set an alert to remind them to clean their retainer. While you’re at it, set an alert reminding them to keep the retainer in its case when not in use.

Keep Your New Smile Clean!

If it’s important to clean your retainer, it’s no surprise that it’s even more important to clean your beautiful new smile. It will be easier now that the braces are off.

Practice daily oral hygiene. This includes brushing after meals and flossing at least once a day. Flossing and brushing before bed ensures that particles of food don’t sit on teeth all night. For extra cavity prevention, use a fluoride rinse before going to sleep. This helps to rinse food particles from your mouth as well as neutralize the acids that cause plaque.

 

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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11
OCT
2019

Is A Tooth Implant The Same As A Dental Crown?

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The team at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS would like to clear up the confusion surrounding dental implants and crowns. Many people wonder what is the difference between an implant and a crown.  They can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations.

Let’s clear up the confusion.

 A dental implant can work as a foundation for a crown.

A complete dental implant/crown procedure includes a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and a beautiful crown.

A crown can be used to protect a weakened tooth.

Removing decay weakens the tooth. Once the decay is removed, a filling may not be enough to restore necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. A crown may be used in both of these scenarios. A strong, natural looking crown protects the remaining tooth and functions like a natural tooth

A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.

When a tooth has been taken out, a dental bridge may be used to restore part of it. The reason we say ‘part’ is because a dental bridge does not restore the root of the tooth. A crown can be used with a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth. A dental bridge used to replace one tooth requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. With a bridge, it requires three crowns to replace one missing tooth!

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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13
SEP
2019

Is Grandpa Smiling?

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The team at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS wants to discuss how are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population.

The Good News:

The rate of decay in the elderly has decreased in the past thirty years.1

The Bad News:

  • 25% of persons age 65+ have no remaining teeth2
  • Nearly 20% have untreated decay3
  • 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  • Advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What important factors will improve the oral health of age 65+ Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three needed components:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care1

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we are committed to providing our elderly patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care that addresses the special challenges that influence seniors. These challenges include difficulty brushing and flossing due to arthritis, dry mouth caused by prescription medications, tooth sensitivity, bone recession, and complications due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

We want our elderly patients to not only have a healthy smile, but a beautiful one as well. Many of our senior patients have elected to improve their smiles with services such as crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and tooth whitening. The majority of our cosmetic dental smile makeover patients are thrilled with their new smile and report that it has improved their life immensely. They feel happier, more attractive, and more confident in social settings.

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

 

1“Periodontal Disease in Seniors (Age 65 and Over),” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/PeriodontaldiseaseSeniors65over.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

2Oral Health for Older Americans,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult_oral_health/adult_older.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

3Dental Caries and Tooth Loss in Adults in the United States, 2011–2012,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db197.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

 

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23
AUG
2019

Dental Miracles Seen And Unseen At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS

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At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS  we provide comprehensive full service dentistry for patients in Salt Lake City and surrounding communities. Quality dental care and cosmetic dental procedures can be extremely visible -think porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and teeth whitening.

Today, however, let’s talk about some unseen procedures that can contribute to a healthy, dazzling smile. We will discuss 3 incredible cosmetic dental treatments: white fillings, invisible braces, and dental implants

WHITE FILLINGS

We tailor tooth-colored fillings to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth color. These are made out of strong composite resins and porcelains. If you would like to get rid of the silver amalgam fillings in your teeth, white fillings are the solution. You can’t go back and get rid of those cavities, but you can make the silver disappear.

INVISIBLE BRACES

Straightening your teeth with orthodontia has become less of a metal mouth experience with the availability of invisible braces. You wear custom invisible braces either over teeth or behind the teeth. Invisible braces are effective and convenient. They have helped many people straighten their teeth for an improvement in their smile.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Sure, the crown of a tooth implant is clearly visible. But the important part, which is the component that makes them so much stronger than a dental bridge, is anchored into your jawbone. A titanium post secures your restoration to offer the look, feel, and strength of a natural tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth, consider dental implants.

Whether you need an examination or a dental implants, at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS we’ll get you smiling again.  The dental health of each patient is always our top priority.

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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09
AUG
2019

Using Nature As Our Guide At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS In Murray

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The team at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with  problems) into stunning smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to know if you will still look like yourself.

The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, our team uses nature as a guide—nature at its best—when improving smiles. It is important to bring your entire face into harmony when designing a smile makeover. Here are a few:

  • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
  • Teeth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
  • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
  • Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Gumline – shape and color
  • Face Shape and Bone Structure
  • Skin Tone
  • Lips – color, shape, size
  • Age
  • Gender

This list is not complete but gives you an idea of the complexity of smile makeovers. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are devoted to the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to speak with our team about your current smile and the brilliant smile you desire.

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

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:

385-217-9145

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

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26
JUL
2019

Feel Like A Movie Star With A Smile Makeover

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Most celebrities flash stunning smiles that don’t appear to have any flaws.  At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS , we can help you attain that stunning smile so you can flash it all day long.

Have you ever noticed that some famous individuals with perfect smiles didn’t have the best teeth early in their careers? Those that wanted to improve their smiles took advantage of cosmetic dentistry. Whether it’s porcelain veneers or a complete smile makeover—cosmetic dentistry can improve any smile.

Can ordinary men and women obtain a celebrity-caliber smile? Absolutely!

  • TEETH WHITENING The most common cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening can reverse discoloration caused by age, foods and beverages, and other causes. Our team uses BOOST to give patients a glistening white smile, all done in our office in approximately one hour. Teeth whitening is an effective way to restore a dazzling smile.
  • PORCELAIN VENEERS Porcelain veneers are an excellent aesthetic dentistry solution to improving the appearance of chipped discovered, uneven or misshaped teeth, as thin pieces of porcelain are permanently bonded to the tooth, improving tooth appearance and function. Porcelain veneers closely resemble the natural tooth, are highly stain resistant, and can last for a long time.
  • DENTAL CROWNS Dental crowns are an excellent solution for heavily damaged or missing teeth. .
  • CLEARCORRECT INVISIBLE BRACES AND SIX MONTH SMILES Clear braces can be an excellent way to straighten your smile, without drawing extra attention to your teeth. Whether you want to realign teeth that have shifted since you had braces, or have never had orthodontics, our team is happy to do a consultation to determine if these aesthetic dentistry treatments can work for you.
  • DENTAL IMPLANTS Dental implants replace the root of a tooth, and are anchored to the jaw bone. The implants then attach to crowns, providing a permanent way to replace teeth lost to accident, trauma or decay.

Most of us will never star in a movie or walk the red carpet at the Oscars. But all of us can have a smile every bit as beautiful as our favorite actor, singer, or supermodel.

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:

385-217-9145

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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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!

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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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