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20
DEC
2013

Time To Floss In Salt Lake City

Important Dental Health Habits For Salt Lake City Smiles

Many residents of the Murray UT, Salt Lake City, and Sandy area are finding that they just don’t have time to floss and that it’s difficult to fit it into their daily schedule. If you’ve found this to be true, here are some ideas for when to fit this important dental health habit into your day.

The most common time is right before bed, but make sure your aren’t too tired to do a good job.
Right when you wake up is also an option, but if food is left between teeth all night, it has a chance to turn into plaque.
Try just after lunch, but before you go back to work.
Floss while you are in the car sitting in traffic. It’s easier one-handed with the pre-strung floss pics. (You might get some strange looks from other drivers, but it’s worth it.)
After you exercise – keep some floss in your gym bag.
While you’re watching the nightly news.

I hope this gives you some ideas to help you make flossing part of your daily routine. Flossing is essential for anyone in Murray or Salt Lake City who wants to have a healthy smile.

If you want to improve your smile, look into cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, invisible braces, teeth whitening or Murray UT dental implants.

My name is Dr. Clint Blackwood and I am a high-quality Murray dentist. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, as well as helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

We are currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 801-938-8855 to make an appointment!

Dr. Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
801-938-8855
https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/

22
NOV
2013

Soda Spells Double Trouble For Salt Lake City

Soda Spells The Need For Teeth Whitening For Salt Lake City

Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems that these days it’s the dietary villain of choice. Today in the Salt Lake Dental Care Dental Blog, we are going to give you yet another reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

For dental health, soda deals a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is bad for your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to decay. This is especially harmful to Salt Lake City, Murray UT, and Sandy children and teens because their enamel is not fully developed.

Some people think that they can avoid problems by choosing diet soda for their refreshment, but, unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.

Soda consumption can also lead to discoloration of teeth and the need for cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or dramatically reduce your soda consumption to improve your dental health. Also, keep your kids away from soda as much as possible so their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water right after you have soda and brush more often (but wait a half hour after you consume your soda so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

My name is Dr. Clint Blackwood. I provide advanced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the Murray area. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to have the dazzling smile they desire, so if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at 801-938-8855.

Call for your appointment today!

Dr. Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
801-938-8855
https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/

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01
NOV
2013

Mouthwash Facts In Murray

Mouthwash Facts From Your Murray Dentist

Hi, I am Dr. Clint Blackwood and this is the Salt Lake Dental Care blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Utah residents use mouthwashes to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good oral hygiene starts with a thorough tooth brushing followed by flossing. Mouthwash is just a supplement in your dental hygiene tool box.

It is important for Utah residents to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.

If you are one of the Murray residents that suffers from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay, such as fluoride. Utah folks also need to use caution when using mouthwashes because many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.

Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions if you feel have over used your mouthwash.

At Salt Lake Dental Care we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.

In addition to preventative dental care, Salt Lake Dental Care offers a wide range of Murray UT cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, Salt Lake Dental Care offers various teeth whitening in Murray options. Salt Lake Dental Care also provides general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

At Salt Lake Dental Care we have been improving the smiles of residents in Murray, Salt Lake City, and the surrounding areas since 2005. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray Utah
801-938-8855
https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/

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18
OCT
2013

Salt Lake Dental Care Sealants Prevent Cavities For Murray Kids

Salt Lake City Family Dentist Your child’s first dental exam at Salt Lake Dental Care should occur when the first teeth are in, usually between six months and one year of age. During your child’s first check up at our Murray office, we will tell you about sealants, a clear layer of plastic applied to the grooved surfaces of the teeth.

Sealants protect the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the crevasses where food particles can get caught. They are especially effective in the back teeth where most cavities are found.

The application process takes only one short visit at Salt Lake Dental Care. The teeth are cleaned, dried, and then liquid sealant is applied to teeth and hardened: it’s quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.

Sealants are covered by most Utah dental insurance plans. For Salt Lake City parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some Utah dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. Salt Lake Dental Care recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.

If properly cared for, Salt Lake Dental Care sealants can last for many years, protecting your child during the most cavity-prone ages.

Diligent oral hygiene and refraining from biting into hard objects will help the sealants last longer. Clint Blackwood will check the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair if necessary.

Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly Salt Lake Dental Care dental visits are essential for pediatric dental health. For more information about sealants, contact Salt Lake Dental Care today.

Dr. Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
Serving Murray since 2005
https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/

27
SEP
2013

Filtered Murray Water And Oral Health

Filtered Murray Water And Oral Health From Your Salt Lake City Dentist

A simple way for Salt Lake City residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood, an experienced Murray dentist serving the Murray UT, Salt Lake City, and Sandy areas, and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 801-938-8855 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the Murray area since 2005, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Murray, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

06
SEP
2013

Developing Good Dental Habits In Murray UT

Good Dental Habit Tips From Your Salt Lake City Cosmetic Dentist

Benjamin Franklin once said:

 

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

This holds true for almost everything in life, including cosmetic dental care. For parents in the Murray area, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will help them avoid the lifelong consequences.

If you wait too long to teach your child how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer brushing their teeth each morning and night. But, if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay or the need for children’s cosmetic dentistry in Murray.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood, a dentist serving the Salt Lake City area. I know that helping children learn proper oral hygiene is a critical indicator of future oral health, and I want to help Murray parents teach these habits to their children.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Murray UT, Salt Lake City, or Sandy area, give us a call here at Salt Lake Dental Care. We are currently accepting new patients, and we would love to help you learn how to teach kids good brushing habits or answer questions you have have about cosmetic dentistry or smile makeovers.

Our services include:

dental implants
cosmetic dentistry
wisdom teeth removal
dentures
general dentistry

Call today!

Dr. Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
801-938-8855
https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/

09
AUG
2013

Raise Your Dental IQ In Salt Lake City

Raise Your Family Dentistry IQ In Salt Lake City

There are many simple things that the average Salt Lake City area resident can do to raise their Dental IQ and improve their oral health. One simple lesson involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But, don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. Dental problems occur for Salt Lake City patients when the balance of bacteria becomes unhealthy. This is where brushing and flushing might come into play. Another precaution you can take to guard against the wrong kind of bacteria is to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible, and close the lid of the toilet before you flush.

Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!

When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.

If you can avoid decay, it’s less likely that you will need more extensive dental work such as Murray UT dental implants and crowns.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood and I am a passionate family dentist that cares about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. If you would like to know more about a custom smile makeover in the Salt Lake City area, give us a call at 801-938-8855 and a member of our high-quality staff will answer any questions you have and schedule a consultation at your convenience.

Call today!

Dr. Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
801-938-8855
https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/

26
JUL
2013

The Dangers of Oral Piercing

Aoviding The Dangers of Oral Piercings With Your Murray Dentist If you live in the Murray area and are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, read this:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Murray dentists and doctors are continually treating serious infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem, and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily chip tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray offers many tooth restoration options such as dental crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease, or ‘gum disease’, can cause gum recession and exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hyper sensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the problem right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers. Cosmetic dentist Clint Blackwood at Salt Lake Dental Care can give you more information about the risks of oral piercings. If you already have damage, call 801-938-8855 to schedule a consultation.

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