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21
SEP
2018

4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your General Dentist in Sandy

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We all go to our dentist for check-ups and toothaches, but there are other less-obvious issues that your general dentist in Sandy can help you with. Today, we would like to consider some of the most prevalent oral conditions that should be discussed with your dentist.

1. Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath can be treated. It is usually associated with bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating cavities. Discuss it with your dentist who can help you overcome this malady. Your friends will appreciate it.

2. Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very annoying and can predispose dental patients to a host of problems such as cavities and gum disease. Some people experience it because of prescription medications or chronic diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment

3. Jaw Issues. If you notice inexplicable jaw pain or a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with your general dentist in Sandy right away! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

4. Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth or if your partner tells you that you’re doing it in your sleep, discuss it with your general dentist in Sandy. A simple appliance can guard your teeth and prevent you from damaging your teeth. If you have suffered damage from grinding such as fractured or chipped teeth, we will give you details about cosmetic and general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today and let us help you improve your smile with dental implants and porcelain veneers.

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
AUG
2018

Modern Dentistry In Murray With No Oxen Hooves

Modern Dentistry In Murray

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, something that we are proud of is that we have been providing excellent dental care and modern dentistry in Murray for our patients since 2005. Today in our blog, we’re going to discuss an overlooked aspect of modern dental health, toothpaste.

Finding the Right Toothpaste

One of the critical habits of good oral health is daily tooth brushing with an effective toothpaste. There is a wide variety of toothpaste available. We recommend you use one with fluoride and make sure it has the ADA seal. This ensures that the toothpaste has been tested, claims are being met, and the ingredients are correct. Just because a toothpaste claims to have a ‘whitener’ in it, doesn’t mean it has fluoride.

A Brief History of Toothpaste

Toothpaste as we know it has only been in existence since the late 1800’s. Fluoride was added in 1914. The earliest evidence of toothpaste or dental cream dates back to 3000-5000 BC. The Ancient Egyptians pulverized oxen hooves, egg shells, pumice, myrrh, and water creating one of the earliest forms of toothpaste.

The Greeks and Romans began adding crushed bones and bark to the mix. The taste most likely was not very pleasant. During this same time the people of China and India were using a similar paste, but adding flavorings, like Ginseng and herbal mints making it a bit more palatable.

Schedule a Cleaning with Modern Dentistry in Murray

Salt Lake City toothpaste users have no excuse for not brushing their teeth daily with the toothpaste we have available today. The experienced staff at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS wants to help all Utah smiles be whiter and healthier. Contact us today at 801-506-6009 so we can answer any questions you may have about tooth whitening, invisible braces, cosmetic dentistry, and modern dentistry in Murray.

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
JUL
2018

Let’s Make A Plan with your Aesthetic Dentist in Murray

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When you are committed to reaching a goal, the difference between success and failure often comes down to whether or not you follow a plan. Occasional effort is almost never effective.

Do you have a goal to improve your smile? Perhaps you have not thought much about your teeth in the past but lately, have noticed problems. These troubles can be purely aesthetic such as tooth staining or a pressing risk such as gum disease. If you want to improve your smile, you’ll need to consult an Aesthetic Dentist in Murray.

Do you have an objective for your smile?

There are several cosmetic and general dentistry services that could benefit your smile, but in order to improve your smile, you’ll first need to decide exactly what you want to improve. Here are a few common improvements that patients will ask about during a consultation with our aesthetic dentist in Murray.

  • Reverse gum disease
  • Whiten your teeth and prohibit future staining
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Straighten crowded teeth
  • Repair chipped teeth
  • Prevent tooth loss
  • Complete smile redesign

Here at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we are committed to customized patient-focused care. This means that we devise a personalized treatment plan for every single patient; after all, each patient is unique. Age, lifestyle, current condition of oral health, overall physical health, and risk factors are all taken into account.

Ready to get started? Schedule a consultation by calling 801-506-6009. Clint Blackwood, DDS will discuss your current goals with you, as well as carry out a comprehensive examination and explain your options. You will leave with all of your questions answered and a personalized dental treatment plan. Furthermore, our aesthetic dentist in Murray will give you information about several of our services including sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, wisdom teeth removal, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign.

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
JUN
2018

Is Your Diet Giving You Bad Breath? Ask Your Dentist In Salt Lake City

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Many men and women mistakenly believe that bad breath is the result of brushing your teeth incorrectly. The truth is that there are many causes of bad breath. Your dentist in Salt Lake City can help you pinpoint the cause of your trouble and discuss how to cure bad breath.

Taking a Look at Your Diet

Taking a look at your diet with your dentist in Salt Lake City is always a good idea. Your diet considerably impacts how your breath smells, because foods begin to be digested the second they enter your mouth. Furthermore, food is absorbed and distributed throughout the body, so if you’ve eaten strong-smelling foods like onions and garlic, you’ll probably be able to smell them long after you’ve eaten them. Therefore, using a mouthwash will only mask the smell. Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not the best choice. Mints may bring additional oral issues—especially if the mints have sugar. If you want real relief, you may need to avoid the strong smelling foods altogether.

In addition, many patients find that their diet regimen is making it harder for them to keep their mouth fresh and clean. Low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning, but the side effect of this is that the chemicals released during this process may cause bad breath. Although, increasing water intake may help alleviate this effect.

Changing Up Your Hygiene

Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. Many people don’t realize how much food can be stuck between their teeth, and this food can cause bad breath if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles can turn into plaque which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

At Salt Lake Dental Care, our practice provides general, sedation, and cosmetic dentistry to residents in the Salt Lake City area. Our dentist in Salt Lake City is committed to prime oral health for all of our patients, and that includes making sure they don’t have bad breath. We also want our patients to love their smile, so if you have any questions about smile transformations or other cosmetic dental services, give us a call 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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15
JUN
2018

4 Oral Cancer Facts From Your Dentist in Murray

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At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS we urge patients to come in at least twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning.  Sometimes patients skip these dental checkups because they believe that they don’t have any cavities, however, your dentist in Murray isn’t just checking for cavities. Our staff is also checking for signs of oral cancer during your dental visit.

Dental Checkups Are Not Just About Cavities

In the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have drawn a lot of public attention. There is relatively less awareness of oral cancer even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we work to raise awareness about oral cancer and the importance of early diagnosis. Courtesy of the CDC, Oral Cancer Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, here are 4 vital things you should know about oral and oropharyngeal cancers.

1. About 80% of individuals with oral cancer use some type of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).

2. 40% of men and women who receive a late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer die within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.

3. In many cases, it is practically impossible for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce inconspicuous symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be analyzed by a dentist or doctor.

4. If you have tested positive for HPV, you have a higher risk of developing oral cancer. HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US, is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the numerous strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most often linked to oropharyngeal cancer.

Along with Cancer Screenings, your dentist in Murray provides Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry Services. For more information about our six month smiles, call our office 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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08
JUN
2018

Prevent Childhood Cavities With Family Dentistry in Murray UT

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Parents who want their children to develop healthy habits know that they need to set a good example. Part of that is bringing them in for regular family dentistry checkups at Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT.

Tooth decay is an increasingly common childhood health problem. There are strategies that any parent can use, to get their kids to brush and floss their teeth every day. Whatever you do, try not to make it a struggle!

When taking care of their teeth is fun, kids are more likely to practice dental hygiene well into adulthood. Just like adults, they should brush for at least two minutes. Two minutes is a long time for a kid. You can make that time go by quickly by singing a silly song while they brush. You can also offer incentives, like letting them stay up half an hour past bedtime if they do a good job. Positive reinforcement like that works wonders.

The dental care aisle at the grocery store has a lot of toothbrush options. Let your child pick out a fun brush – one with a favorite cartoon character, for example. Let them choose their own toothpaste, too. There are plenty of choices here, too, and at this age, the important thing is to establish healthy habits.

Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT provides general and family dentistry to patients of all ages. We also provide cosmetic dentistry, and for those coping with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry. 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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25
MAY
2018

How Do You Measure Success?

Affordable Salt Lake City Tooth Bleaching At Salt Lake Dental Care, we are passionate about success. Our experience, ability, and commitment to excellence results in positive outcomes every day. Each team member at Salt Lake Dental Care this passion for success.

What does dental success mean to you?

For many our patients, success is a routine check-up that reveals healthy teeth and no cavities. For others, success is a stunning smile makeover using porcelain veneers or teeth whitening.

We also enjoy completing successful teeth-straightening procedures for youth and adults. Though these transformations are usually longer-term, the results are no less extraordinary. We provide Invisalign clear braces, and Six Month Smiles clear braces.

Sometimes, success is as simple as helping a nervous patient feel relaxed during their appointment. We provide sedation dentistry for those coping with dental anxiety.

At Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT, our success depends on your complete smile satisfaction. We provide general and family dentistry to patients of all ages. 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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11
MAY
2018

The Cure, Not the Cause: Root Canals in Murray UT

Too many people see a dentist’s office as a painful place. At Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT, we dispel that with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Even so, when patients hear they need a root canal, a lot of them can’t help getting tense.

It doesn’t need to be that way. Patients need to get a root canal because of an infected tooth. That tooth is usually giving them pain, sometimes a lot of pain. A root canal relieves it, and saves the tooth. The procedure itself is painless.

The term “root canal” comes from the fact that we clean out the canals inside the tooth’s root. We remove bacteria, soft tissue, decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is put in place.

Most root canals are successful, and result in the infected tooth being saved. The only alternative is to have the tooth extracted. As worrisome as it might be to hear you need a root canal, the alternative is worse.

We want root canals, and all other procedures, to be as comfortable as possible. We have several sedation dentistry options: nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative beforehand, and IV sedation, which is administered intravenously.

Nitrous oxide wears off quickly. But those who get oral conscious sedation or IV sedation will need a ride home afterward.

In addition to root canals, Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT provides general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening. Call our office today to schedule 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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27
APR
2018

Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Perfect Smile

Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth Murray At Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT, it’s not uncommon to see patients with stress-related dental issues. You might not realize it, but stress can do a number on your oral health and your perfect smile.

Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

People who have difficulty managing stress need to realize it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend an over-the-counter topical anesthetic.

Clenching and grinding the teeth is common, and many people do it unconsciously. We can determine whether a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to reduce grinding.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.

As a final note, many people are more likely to neglect their dental health routine when they are under stress. They also tend to eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

Protect your perfect smile! If you’re concerned about the effect stress is having on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT. We offer general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening. Make an appointment 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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06
APR
2018

Hidden Sugar! Family Dentistry in Salt Lake City

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Every health-conscious parent in Salt Lake City knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities. And cavities are a central concern of family dentistry.

The jury is still out on whether sugar has much nutritional value. But there is little doubt that sugar is a villain when it comes to tooth decay.

Because of cavity risks and high calorie content, many parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Obviously, there is a lot of sugar in a vast array of readily-available sweets, like bubble gum, lollipops, and gummy candy. But there is also hidden sugar a lot of processed foods.

The following snacks may have more sugar than you think:

  • yogurt (and yogurt-covered raisins)
  • fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
  • rice cakes
  • juice drinks
  • flavored milk
  • barbecue sauce
  • fruit smoothies
  • cereal bars

Controlling sugar intake in your child’s diet is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks, read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

Sugar is not the only thing to watch out for. If your child’s diet is lacking key vitamins and minerals, the tissues in their mouth may have trouble fighting infection. These infections can lead to gum disease.

At Salt Lake Dental Care, services include cosmetic dentistry for Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. We also provide high-quality general and family dentistry. If you have a toddler who has not yet visited a dentist, call us today to schedule a first-time dental check-up.

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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