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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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23
FEB
2018

Is The Humble Toothbrush Obsolete?

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Many of our tools for everyday living have become outmoded. Online search has replaced the paper phone book. Telephone answering machines have gone the way of manual typewriters. Even the iPod, which was hailed as the pinnacle of technology just a few years ago, is now gathering dust as people play music on their smart phones.

What about the ordinary toothbrush? Has something flashier and more advanced replaced it? Absolutely not!

“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush? Actually, all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of cavities.

When choosing which type of toothbrush to use, think about cost and convenience. Some people argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more pricey, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no definitive studies to back up this claim.

Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores sell all brands of electric toothbrushes. It is frustrating to spend over a hundred dollars for a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush and then not be able to find a replacement head when necessary. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack.

Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, you need to be careful about the pressure you put on your gums. Some family dentistry patients say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with an electric toothbrush, while others say that because of the quick electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums. Regardless of the toothbrush brand, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

Special consideration should be taken for men and women with arthritis. Some Murray area dentists recommend their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is diminished. As for kids, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern for Salt Lake City parents. In addition, Dr. Blackwood, your dentist in Salt Lake City, guides patients to only purchase dental products that carry the ADA seal.

When it comes to the toothbrush, old school is excellent for giving you a beautiful smile.

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

16
FEB
2018

Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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Here is the Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS guide to treating teeth grinding.

Understand
Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Visit Your Murray Dentist
Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Dr. Clint Blackwood through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

Get Control
When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:

  1. Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding. 
  2. Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly. 
  3. Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.

Every individual in our community from Salt Lake City to Murray deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

It’s no problem to come down to our office at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202, Murray, Utah 84107 and consult with Dr. Blackwood about this or any other dental concern. Call 801-506-6009 today to schedule an appointment.

We are dedicated to healthy, happy family dentistry patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or dental implants. Ask about sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, wisdom teeth removal, porcelain veneers, or Invisalign clear braces. Your needs are important to us.

Contact our high-quality staff at 801-506-6009 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers important knowledge and the highest quality of 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

02
FEB
2018

Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Hi kids, adults, and golden-agers in Murray UT. No matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are an essential practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! (If you don’t have any teeth, meet with us about dentures and dental implants.)

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we have an excellent office and high-quality team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best practices for preventative care. At each family dentistry check up, our experienced and well trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth will receive a comprehensive analysis. They will be inspected for any tooth decay, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is indispensable so you can be sure that they don’t turn into larger troubles.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Clint Blackwood at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS will ensure you avoid acute dental issues.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving promptly, so it’s essential to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check up is detailed and comprehensive. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. With technology like our advanced dental x-rays, nothing will get past Dr. Blackwood. If a problem is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be created.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Blackwood will detail what is required moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major cosmetic dentistry fixes such as braces, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

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

15
DEC
2017

Are You Getting Your Dose Of D?

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Most people know that vitamin D is important for healthy teeth and bones, but many of us fail to get adequate amounts. Today’s article is a friendly reminder to our patients – especially expectant mothers – about the importance of vitamin D.

Here is a sampling of vitamin D findings from around the web:

“Several recent reports demonstrate a significant association between periodontal health and the intake of vitamin D.” 1

“Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s determined vitamin D — which we often garner from sunlight — was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.”2

“Inadequate vitamin D levels in pregnant women may be associated with dental caries in their children during the first year of life.”3

“The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, but it is hard to quantify how much vitamin D you get from time in the sun and the risk of skin cancer may outweigh the benefits. Food first, says Baylor College of Medicine dietitian Keli Hawthorne. “Supplements can fill in the gaps but it is always better to try to meet your nutritional needs with foods that contain fiber, phytonutrients, and so much more,” Unless you enjoy a diet that includes fatty fish or fish liver oils, it may be hard to get enough vitamin D naturally without eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. “The major dietary source of vitamin D comes from fortified diary, along with some yogurts and cereals,” Hawthorne says. Mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and beef liver contain small amounts.” 4

I’m Clint Blackwood of Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray. I encourage all of my patients to practice preventative medicine by eating a healthy diet complete with all vital nutrients. We offer the full complement of dental services in our well-appointed office. Ask us about sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, or Invisalign.

We are currently accepting new patients at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS. My friendly team of dental professionals would love to serve your family with all of their dental needs. You can schedule an appointment by calling 801-506-6009.

1 SH Stein, DA Tipton, “Vitamin D and its impact on oral health–an update., Spring 2011, PubMed.gov NIH,” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21748977, accessed on June 23, 2014
2 1University of Washington, “Vitamin D linked to lower rates of tooth decay,” ScienceDaily, November 27, 2012, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121127130321.htm, accessed on June 23, 2014
3 “Maternal Vitamin D Levels and Early Childhood Caries May be Linked, Researchers Find,”Journal of the American Dental Association, June 1, 2014, http://jada.info/content/145/6/526.3.full, accessed on June 23, 2014
4 “Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?,” WebMD, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/are-you-getting-enough-vitamin-d?page=2, accessed on June 23, 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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18
AUG
2017

Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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Today, we’re talking about the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The gadget is now known by the brand name “Waterpik”, though many people use the term generically.

Since its origin, many other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.) More than 65 studies have affirmed the safety and proficiency of water flossing.

A water irrigation instrument oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out fragments of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you put the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you move the stream of shooting water around the gum line, hesitating momentarily at each gap between adjoining teeth.

Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have gingivitis, perhaps. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have dental appliances.

First, talk to Dr. Blackwood to receive an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following factors may impact whether or not Dr. Blackwood guides you to use an interdental irrigation device.

Braces or other orthodontic appliances
A physical condition that diminishes ability to brush and/or floss
Gum disease
Gums that bleed when flossing
Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
Aversion to flossing
Sensitive teeth

Our high-quality team would love to help you learn the best suited techniques for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. To schedule an appointment, call 801-506-6009.

Sources:
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,” https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
“Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017

 

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
AUG
2017

Debunking Dental Myths

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Today’s Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS blog post focuses on three dental-related myths prevalent in the Salt Lake City area.

All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth
We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately. For example, sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.

You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway
Healthy primary teeth serve several important purposes. They allow the child to eat and speak properly. They retain proper spacing of teeth. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.

Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal
We will let the American Associate of Endodontists explain this one:
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.1

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we provide accurate answers to all of your dental questions.

If you are interested in wisdom teeth removal, porcelain veneers or teeth whitening, call us today to schedule an appointment.

1“Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain,” American Associate of Endodontists, http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/myths-about-root-canals-and-root-canal-pain.aspx, accessed June 4, 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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21
JUL
2017

Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental troubles during pregnancy. Today’s post contains vital information for expectant Murray mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

Dr. Clint Blackwood recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning executed by one of the skilled dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prohibit gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes.

The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment today by calling 801-506-6009. Once the baby is here, it will probably be harder for you to make time for a dental visit.

If you receive dental treatment at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Dr. Clint Blackwood that you are expecting. This will influence decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can lead to dental caries. If you are eating many small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle influence your baby. It is critical that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific guidance for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we take special care of our patients who are expecting.

 

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
JUL
2017

Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics

Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics Salt Lake City

Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS patients use the word “cavity” often when discussing oral health practices. Along with teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, cavities are a hot topic.

At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS we think it’s great that people in the Salt Lake City area are so conscious of their teeth, and we feel that having a better understanding of exactly what a cavity is will help them take better care of their pearly whites.

Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities. Different factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Insufficient tooth brushing and flossing

Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call today for an appointment.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Murray area, give Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around Salt Lake City since 2005. We can also answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.

We hope to hear from you soon!

 

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
JUL
2017

Preventing Tooth Decay In Utah

Preventing Tooth Decay in Utah In Utah, tooth decay is one of the most common childhood problems, yet tooth decay also affects adults. Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS serves people from 2 to 90 years old to help fight tooth decay.

Bacteria is a common cause of tooth decay. Bacteria live in your mouth and combine with plaque and acids to break down the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.

Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed frequently throughout the day, tooth decay can result. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to stay around for a while and create an environment where bacteria thrive.

To help prevent tooth decay, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your local Murray dentist in Utah for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.

Hello, my name is Clint Blackwood. My practice, Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, is located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 Murray, Utah.- 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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