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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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20
JUL
2018

Orthodontia: Challenges Of Oral Hygiene in Salt Lake City

oral hygiene in salt lake city

It is harder to keep your teeth clean if you wear braces, there is no doubt about it. It’s always unfortunate when those with braces develop tooth decay which can weaken their teeth. This is why oral hygiene in Salt Lake City is so important, especially for our younger patients.

Why Oral Hygiene in Salt Lake City Is Important

The brackets and wires on traditional metal braces create hard to reach places where harmful bacteria can thrive. If patients don’t pay careful attention to oral hygiene, their teeth can be permanently damaged. The cycle of decay goes like this:

  1. Food particles are trapped in the tiny spaces in and around the wires
  2. The bacteria in the food particles multiply
  3. The bacteria creates plaque
  4. The plaque erodes the enamel
  5. Cavities form

Teeth are not the only thing at risk here, orthodontic patients can also develop gum disease which can progress quickly into periodontitis and eventual tooth loss.

What To Watch Out For

Bottom line, orthodontic patients need to be vigilant about a healthy diet and effective oral hygiene in Salt Lake City. Most of our patients with braces know that they should avoid sticky, sugary foods that stick to their braces, but some don’t realize that any carbohydrate-based food turns into sugar. Thus, a cracker can be just as bad for your teeth as a Tootsie Roll, if the food particles are not removed.

Those with braces should also watch their intake of highly-acidic foods and beverages. Though some acidic foods are very healthy – think tomatoes, oranges, raspberries – it is wise to substitute less acidic foods that contain similar nutrients. There are few beverages as harmful as soda and sports drinks, both of which have the detrimental duo of acid and sugar.

Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS provides quality general and cosmetic dentistry including sedation dentistry, wisdom teeth removal, and Invisalign. Our understanding team is enthusiastic about oral health and beautiful smiles.

If you are new to the Salt Lake City area, we invite you to call us at 801-506-6009 to schedule an exam and cleaning. Our team looks forward to meeting you.

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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