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22
FEB
2019

Can You Name All Nine Dental Specialties?

Draper Pediatric and Cosmetic DentistryMost people know what a pediatric dentist is and a few may even know what an endodontist does too, but did you know that the American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes a total of nine dental specialties? This post will put you to the test and  outline the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years they were formally recognized by the ADA. For an extra challenge, see if you can name all nine before reading through this post. And for the record our team at Salt Lake Dental Care is fully committed to cosmetic and family dentistry in Salt Lake City, but we know them all!

Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.” So, if you need say a root canal, you might require the services of an endodontist.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, an orthodontist is in order. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

Pediatric Dentistry (1995): This is an an easy one, short and simple: pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children, and teenagers.

Periodontics (1992): Periodontics is the dentistry specialty that encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes. Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue grafts on gums.

Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures, including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dentistry treatments, including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, and teeth bleaching.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.” It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.”1

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”

General dentists and cosmetic dentists are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures, but sometimes your dentist in Salt Lake City will refer you to a specialist or include a specialist as part of your treatment team. If you have any cosmetic and family dentistry needs in Salt Lake City or the the surrounding areas don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Salt Lake Dental Care for an appointment. We would be honored to provide you with quality dental 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

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:

801-938-8855

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah
84107

05
FEB
2016

Celebrity Smiles In Draper Without The Annoying Paparazzi

Celebrity Smiles In Draper Without The Annoying Paparazzi

Hello friends of Salt Lake Dental Care!

Close your eyes. Picture the most beautiful smile you have ever seen. Perhaps it is the smile of your significant other. Perhaps it is your favorite actor, actress, or singer. What makes this smile memorable? The brilliant color? The beautiful translucency? The pleasing shape? The alignment of the teeth? All of the above?

Would you like a smile as memorable as the image in your mind? It’s possible with cosmetic dentistry at Salt Lake Dental Care.

Dr. Blackwood skillfully redesigns smiles to correct alignment, dull color, damage, and stains.

Cosmetic dental procedures include the ever-popular porcelain veneers (gives teeth a brand new face), crown restorations, teeth whitening, orthodontia (quicker and easier than ever!), and dental bonding (affordable and effective).

You can have a billboard-perfect smile right here in Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, or Murray.

The very same cosmetic dental procedures used on famous smiles is available at Salt Lake Dental Care. A celebrity salary and jet-setting lifestyle may be out of reach, but not a red carpet-worthy smile.

Come in for a smile design consultation to learn what cosmetic dentistry can do for your world class smile! Call 801-938-8855 to book your appointment today.

Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
801-938-8855
https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/

11
DEC
2015

5 Cavity Basics For Salt Lake City

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Some of the most popular dental topics discussed in Sandy and Murray relate to cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening, veneers, and dental implants. However, the desire to avoid cavities is still the main reason Taylorsville and Draper residents visit their dentists, so today the Murray dental blog is going to highlight the 5 things you need to know about cavities.

1. 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.

2. Factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Poor dental hygiene

3. 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 your Sandy, Taylorsville, or Draper dentist today for an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among children, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is simple. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right and avoid snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Murray area, give Salt Lake Dental Care 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 gum contouring and smile makeovers.

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

20
NOV
2015

5 Simple Ways To Avoid A Cracked Tooth In Salt Lake City

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Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and pricey to repair. Today’s post in the Salt Lake Dental Care dental blog contains an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.

1. Avoiding a cracked tooth means avoiding chewing on hard things. Mind-blowing, right? Sandy and Taylorsville dental patients should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Also be careful with pitted fruits – that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.

2. It is critical to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where you mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, Draper rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.

3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.

4. Most people know that grinding your teeth is harmful, but did you know that it can lead to a cracked tooth? If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, speak with your Salt Lake City dentist so you can address the problem with stress reduction techniques and/or a mouth guard. Frequent headaches or jaw pain can ordinarily be attributed to nighttime teeth grinding.

5. Lastly, make sure that you visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. Your dentist may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. These cracks can then be repaired before further damage or decay occurs.

If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available for cracks small and large. Veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, inlays/onlays, fillings, and dental implants are all used to repair or replace damaged teeth.

My name is Dr. Clint Blackwood and I provide exceptional dental care in Murray. My practice, Salt Lake Dental Care, offers the following services:

Wisdom teeth removal
Invisalign
Sedation dentistry
Porcelain veneers

And more! If you live in Murray, Sandy, Taylorsville, or Draper and are seeking a friendly, experienced, and gentle dentist, please give us a call at 801-938-8855 to schedule a consultation.

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/

12
DEC
2014

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Murray Dental Patients?

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Murray Dental Patients?Hello, welcome to the Salt Lake Dental Care blog. Today we are going to talk about dry mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually endanger the oral health of Murray Salt Lake Dental Care dentistry patients.

Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a more common problem among older Murray adults; however, people of all ages in the Salt Lake City area may experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.

Sometimes dry mouth in Murray dental patients is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth for patients in Salt Lake City is prescription medications.

Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Murray) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.

It is common for allergy-prone Salt Lake Dental Care dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Salt Lake City hay fever season.

Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage for Murray dental patients. Adequate saliva is necessary to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive tooth decay can occur in the absence of saliva for Salt Lake City dental patients with chronic dry mouth.

If you are unsure of the cause of your dry mouth, or if you are looking for dry mouth treatments, call Salt Lake Dental Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clint Blackwood.

When you visit Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray, please be sure to bring a list of medications you are taking so Dr. Clint Blackwood can give you an accurate diagnosis.

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/

21
NOV
2014

Murray Dental News: Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Murray Dental News Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Visiting Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray for regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times, but you may benefit in ways you never imagined.

A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.

While the study could simply confirm that those Salt Lake City people who dutifully schedule regular dental cleanings also practice healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.

Common problems like inflammation with gum disease are linked to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD, (who did not participate in the study mentioned previously) said:

‘Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health.’1

While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly reap the most health benefits, Clint Blackwood of Salt Lake Dental Care recommends coming in for check-ups and cleanings every six months to catch potential problems early, saving Murray patients time and money. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.

To schedule a deep cleaning with our high-quality dental hygienist at Salt Lake Dental Care, call
801-938-8855 today!

Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
Murray, Utah 84107
801-938-8855
https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/

1 ‘Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart,’ WebMD Health News, November 16, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20111116/getting-your-teeth-cleaned-may-help-your-heart, accessed on November 29, 2011

24
OCT
2014

Advanced Dentistry in Murray

Advanced Dentistry in Murray The world of dentistry continues to advance at a rapid pace. If you have visited a Murray dentist in the past few years, you have probably noticed the things that make your visit more comfortable, such as the ability to watch TV or listen to music while receiving treatment. Many Salt Lake City dentistry patients welcome oral conscious sedation to reduce or eliminate pain.

What may not be as obvious are the advances in techniques, tools, and materials. Top Murray dentists now use digital computer imaging, which is safer than traditional x-rays. Dental technicians can store, retrieve, and transmit digital images much easier than was possible with traditional x-ray film.

The use of lasers has also changed the face of dentistry. Laser surgery requires less anesthesia, minimizes swelling, and protects surrounding tissue. Salt Lake City family dentists use lasers for detecting and treating cavities, and dental technicians use them for the curing of restorative materials.

Another exciting development in cosmetic dentistry is the CAD-CAM technology that allows Draper cosmetic dentists to perform restorations in a single visit. The types of procedures that can be completed in one visit include crowns, fillings, inlays, onlays and veneers.

If you need a thorough exam or want to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, call Salt Lake Dental Care at 801-938-8855 to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you can see before and after photos of some of our smile makeover clients. We would love to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted, and we have the tools, experience, and technology to make that happen.

-Clint Blackwood

26
SEP
2014

Salt Lake Dental Care Treats Cankers Sores, Lesions, and Fever Blisters

Salt Lake Dental Care Treats Cankers Sores Lesions and Fever Blisters

At Salt Lake Dental Care, one of the most common complaints we hear from Murray dentistry patients is problems with mouth sores.

There are many different kinds of oral lesions which can make eating and talking painful. Some are annoying but harmless, while other sores are more serious and require medical intervention.

Though not contagious, the most common complaint is canker sores, which affect an estimated eighty percent of the Salt Lake area population. Canker sores can be attributed to stress, tissue irritation, or acidic foods.

Dr. Clint Blackwood can prescribe a topical dental paste to relieve pain and guard against infection. Recurring canker sores can sometimes be a symptom of a larger health problem.

Another common complaint is fever blisters or cold sores, which are contagious, fluid-filled blisters. Salt Lake City cold sore sufferers should be aware that cold sores can become infected. At Salt Lake Dental Care, we advise our patients on how to treat cold sores and avoid further breakouts.

Fungal infections and oral cancer can cause sores in the mouth and throat. See your Salt Lake City dentist if you experience any of the following:

Lumps or discolored patches in the mouth lasting longer than three weeks
Unusually large lesions
Multiple sores

Dr. Clint Blackwood reminds patients that eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and not smoking can all aid in oral health and hygiene.

To schedule an appointment, or ask about other oral concerns, contact Salt Lake Dental Care today at 801-938-8855.

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/

Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray  provides the full spectrum of general, cosmetic, and pediatric dental services. We offer wisdom teeth removal, Invisalign, sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and complete smile makeovers.

The following online articles were used as source material for this blog:
‘Mouth Sores,’ American Academy of Otolaryngology, December 2010, http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/mouthSores.cfm, accessed on November 29, 2011
‘Dental Health and Canker Sores,’ WebMD, November 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/canker-sores, accessed on November 29, 2011

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