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13
APR
2018

Teeth Whitening in Murray UT

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So you want to whiten your teeth? It’s a popular service, and one of the easiest ways you can improve your smile. With professional teeth whitening in Murray UT, you’ll look younger and feel more confident in business and social settings.

Americans spend a lot of money on teeth whitening products every year, so it’s clear there’s a lot of demand for beautiful smiles. While some over-the-counter products are effective, they cannot compare to the kind of teeth whitening you’ll get at Salt Lake Dental Care.

Here are five things we recommend, when it comes to teeth whitening:

  1. Meet with us for a consultation. There are several different teeth whitening systems, and a consultation will help you identify which method is best for you.
  2. Whitening does not affect existing fillings, veneers, or crowns.
  3. During your consultation, decide how many shades lighter you want your teeth to be. Depending on the technique chosen, your teeth can be brightened three to eight shades.
  4. An alternative is to ask about take-home kits. If you choose this, be sure you follow the instructions exactly.
  5. With any of teeth whitening system, your may experience sensitivity. In most cases, it won’t last for more than a day or so. If it lasts longer than that, give us a call.

 

Salt Lake Dental Care offers general and cosmetic dental services, including teeth whitening. Visit our smile gallery to see examples of our work. We provide sedation dentistry for those with dental anxiety. At Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray UT, quality care and a comfortable patient experience are our top priorities.

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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23
MAR
2018

Dental Implants In Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Tooth ImplantsQ: For Salt Lake City residents: When is the least expensive dental implant really the most expensive?

A: When it ends up costing more in the long run.

Too often, people who lose a tooth don’t understand the importance of replacing it with a dental implant. They believe that one missing tooth is not a significant problem. In fact, some people who have an abscessed tooth extracted are so glad the pain is gone, they forget that the extraction is not the solution. When a tooth is lost, the risk of losing the adjacent teeth increases dramatically.

Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:

“Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run, however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.”

Dr. Scharf continues:

“With the price of gasoline and food soaring, people try to cut back wherever they can. Unfortunately, choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.”

If you are missing a tooth, you may be able to save the adjacent teeth if receive an implant soon. An implant bonds with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability.

To schedule a dental implant consultation, call Salt Lake Dental Care. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we provide comprehensive general dentistry.

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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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

03
FEB
2017

Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s discuss some information about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when correctly brushing.

Working up a good foam is achieved by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming helps with dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may see tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

In addition, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:
Wet soft bristle toothbrush
Use fluoridated toothpaste
Brush at 45 degree angle
Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
Cover every surface of every tooth
Swish around in mouth before spitting out
Floss gently around each tooth and don’t miss the back surface of the rear molars
Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, a highly regarded dental practice in Murray. We are enthusiastic about dental education and confident smiles for all.

Dr. Clint Blackwood has been serving Murray area families since 2005. We are located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray. Contact us at 801-506-6009 or https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general dentistry and cosmetic services we offer:

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

 

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
NOV
2016

An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

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Today in our dental blog we will highlight some of the simple things you can do with your toothbrush to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

One of the most important habits Salt Lake City residents can form is to always allow their toothbrush to completely air dry between uses. The best way to let the toothbrush air dry is by placing it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up. This method of storage is much better than sticking it away in a drawer since it will take longer to dry in there.

Also, when you travel away from the Sandy, Taylorsville, or Draper area, make sure your toothbrush is dry before you seal it away in a travel container.

A good strategy for Murray residents to make sure their toothbrush has ample time to dry is to buy two toothbrushes at your Salt Lake City drugstore. Then alternate between the two so each has time to fully dry out between uses.

And Salt Lake City dental patients should remember to replace their toothbrush (or toothbrushes) every 3-4 months, or sooner if they’ve had a cold!

Hi. I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood, a dentist in Murray. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS we offer the following services:

wisdom teeth removal
Invisalign
sedation dentistry
porcelain veneers

We are currently accepting new Salt Lake City patients and the high-quality staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

 

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, UT
84107

 

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11
NOV
2016

No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a captivating field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play a critical role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes important minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes influence your saliva’s power to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the dangerous bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The strength of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a key role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is critical for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the power to be passionate about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with industry-leading cosmetic dentistry, call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009 to schedule a consultation.

We offer the following services:

wisdom teeth removal
Invisalign
sedation dentistry
porcelain veneers

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015

 

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
OCT
2016

What’s Your Dental Plan In Murray, Utah?

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To achieve the utmost in oral health and a stunning smile, you need a strategy. If you’re in Murray, Utah looking for a smile makeover and need cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, dental implants or any number of dental restoration procedures done, your strategy should be: “Contact my professional neighborhood dental practice.” Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS is at your service.

Dr. Clint Blackwood has been serving the Draper, Sandy, and Taylorsville communities since 2005. Our valued patients in Murray will tell you they can’t get over the way Clint Blackwood and staff repaired and transformed their most vital feature into a unforgettable smile. We would love the chance to thrill you, as well.

If you’re worried about how pricey the work you need could be, don’t worry, you might be pleasantly surprised about the bottom line. Especially, if like many of our nearby Salt Lake City patients with dental coverage, your insurance picks up a significant portion. But even without insurance, the procedures can be affordable. We have competitive pricing and work to keep the costs reasonable when it comes to sedation dentistry, teeth whitening and wisdom teeth removal. And, before you ask, porcelain veneers and Invisalign are included in that list. Let us transform your smile into one that will light up the world.

Whether you need a bi-annual cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS assists in a variety ways with 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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30
SEP
2016

Use Five Fingers For Quick And Healthy Flossing In Murray, Utah

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5 flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time thanks to Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, on the web at https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/.

Thumbkin: Thumb to Chest Reminder
Thumb to chest can remind me that this isn’t for my friends. Brushing the goobers off so I don’t gross them out. Rinsing with mouthwash for fresh breath as I speak. That is for friends. Flossing is for me, myself and I. I want healthy gums, therefore I floss.

Pointer: Pointer Fingers Measure
How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? The American Dental Association suggests you start with about 18 inches. About 6 lengths of your pointer finger should suffice.

Tall Man: Wrap the Middle Fingers
This is a team effort. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After curving the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and the up and down motions have wiped away plaque, then “unspool” the floss for a new section for the next tooth’s edges.

Ring Man: The Smell Test
Many a long term relationship has been cut short due to not-so-fresh breath. Smell floss before going between teeth. Smell it after. Bad smell? Brushing is not cleaning away that bacteria well enough. Hurray for floss! This smell test says the brushing needs to be adjusted. Be gentle with your gums. Keep those spots at the base of your teeth bacteria free.

Pinky: Time to Promise
Make the commitment now. Every time you look at your pinky, remember that you pinky promised to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque causes tooth decay and inflamed gums. Periodontal disease eventually leads to tooth loss. Tooth neglect is a slippery slope.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS. I encourage you to take care of your oral health needs for a happier, healthier life.

Use those fingers to dial our number for a consultation: 801-506-6009 or meet us online https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/.

Whether you need a bi-annual cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS assists in a variety ways with your dental needs:


One of our specialties is general dentistry. If you need cosmetic dentistry or dental implants, then we are your best friends. Our staff members are trained to be courteous, responsible, respectful and focused.

Currently accepting patients from all over: Salt Lake City, Draper, Sandy, as well as Taylorsville.

 

 

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
SEP
2015

Beware Of Hidden Sugar

preventative dentistry in Taylorsville We advise our Taylorsville dental patients at Salt Lake Dental Care to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to unsweeten your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in a pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in Taylorsville grocery stores and Sandy school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice (what kind of cane do you think they are talking about?)

Do the math: when shopping at Taylorsville markets or health food stores, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.

At Salt Lake Dental Care, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. For more information on how your diet affects your dental health, contact us at 801-506-6009. If you have a toddler or child who has not yet visited a dentist, call us today for a pediatric oral examination and information on fluoride and sealants.

We are located at 279 E 5900 S Ste 202 in Murray.