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02
OCT
2015

Save Your Breath

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Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most prevalent cause is poor oral hygiene. Often, halitosis develops midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food fragments on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the nasty odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

While poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to or worsen the problem. The best remedy is regular, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be necessary depending on the cause(s).

For example, a salivary gland issue or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

Most Common Causes of Bad Breath:

Poor oral hygiene
Inability to brush between meals
Gum disease or tooth decay
Smoking
Braces
An infected root canal
Diabetes
Kidney failure
Liver problems
Infection
Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
Dieting
Age
Crooked teeth
Ear, nose, throat issues
Tonsil issues
Constant breathing through the mouth
Specific foods: garlic, onions, horseradish, etc.
Some prescription medications
Ill-fitting dentures

To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
Use a tongue spray or scraper
Use antimicrobial mouth rinse
Chew sugarless gum
Brush and floss after each meal
Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out
Talk to your doctor or dentist if bad breath continues despite proper oral hygiene

Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with your dentist.
If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, ask your dentist for help in identifying the source. It may be an issue outside of the oral cavity. If this is the case, your dentist may refer you to your family physician or a specialist.

If you don’t have a regular dentist or are not pleased with your current one, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Blackwood at Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray. Dr. Blackwood has been serving patients in the Salt Lake City area since 2005. The high-quality team of dental professionals at Salt Lake Dental Care provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including wisdom teeth removal, Invisalign and sedation dentistry.

Be sure to check our website at https://www.saltlakedentalcare.com/meet-dr-blackwood/ for more details on Dr. Blackwood’s services. Thanks for visiting our blog.

19
SEP
2014

Sedation Dentistry In Murray For Kids And Parents

Sedation Dentistry In Murray For Kids And Parents

At Salt Lake Dental Care we know that many Murray children are afraid of going to the dentist. I am Clint Blackwood, and my staff and I at Salt Lake Dental Care want to make your child’s first visit to my Murray practice a positive experience. Regular dental check-ups from toddler age are an essential part of oral hygiene.

Utah parents can follow these guidelines to help prepare their child for a dental visit.

1. Talk about the exam with your child. Answer any questions with uncomplicated answers.
2. Don’t share your bad dental experiences with your child.
3. Don’t imply that the exam will be painful.
4. Help your child understand that this is an important part of staying healthy.
5. Don’t offer a reward for visiting the dentist.

It is important for parents to make sure they aren’t anxious about Murray dental visits because children can sense their stress.

At Salt Lake Dental Care we have been treating children and adults since 2005. Our professional, friendly staff can calm the nerves of a fearful child and help them have a gentle, anxiety-free dental experience.

If you or your Murray child has had a bad dental experience or is unable to stay calm while visiting the dentist, ask us about sedation dentistry. We want all of our patients to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible while receiving excellent dental care.

For simple dental procedures, topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing oral sensation. If you require more sedation, Laughing Gas and IV sedation are safe solutions.

Salt Lake Dental Care also offers complete smile makeovers which may include dental implants, teeth whitening, dental veneers, or any other cosmetic dental procedures required. All of these can be done with some type of sedation if needed.

Don’t let your fears or your child’s fears keep your child from having a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact Salt Lake Dental Care at 801-938-8855 today!

05
SEP
2014

The Tea And Teeth Question

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What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?
Why, Denis, of course.

Joking aside, a common concern for Draper patients can be stained teeth. I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood of Salt Lake Dental Care. Today, let’s talk a little bit about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages, including tea.

Over time, tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Thorough daily rituals of oral cleaning are valuable for this. Tartar (which forms if the plaque remains on the teeth for over 24 hours), on the other hand, will need to be removed in-office during a teeth cleaning appointment. Either way, between cleanings a wise method for avoiding tea staining is to rinse with water after drinking tea or to eat something and then to be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, teeth whitening is a popular option. Our other services include:

Sedation dentistry
Teeth whitening
Wisdom teeth removal
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign

The cost of living is going up in Draper, Sandy, and Taylorsville. Come on in, Salt Lake City, and let us share our competitive pricing, financial options, and superb service with you. Cosmetic dentistry may be less pricey than you think.

Now you know that tea doesn’t have to stain teeth permanently. What’s your next question?

Clint Blackwood

Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
279 E 5900 S Ste 202
818-781-3411

02
MAY
2014

Salt Lake Dental Care Tooth Tips For Traveling

If you live in the Salt Lake City area and are planning to take a vacation or business trip soon, I recommend you coordinate your dental care with your travel schedule. It’s always a good idea to have a checkup with your Salt Lake City dentist prior to leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to developing areas without good dental care options. This quick checkup will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

More importantly, if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, discuss it with your dentist. A large number of dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re traveling by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure of the airplane may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. In addition, make sure you are aware of any necessary follow-up appointments with your Salt Lake City dentist or orthodontist before you schedule a vacation.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood and I want Salt Lake City residents to be informed about their dental care. My Murray practice offers:

wisdom teeth removal
Invisalign
sedation dentistry
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening

If you are looking for general dental care or quality cosmetic dentistry in the Sandy, Murray, or Salt Lake City areas, please call us today and let our high-quality staff take care of you.

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

The following online article was used as source material for this blog: “Tourism (Dental Care Away from Home)”, ADA.org, http://www.ada.org/3029.aspx?currentTab=1, accessed on Nov. 28, 2011

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!

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/

24
MAY
2013

Tooth Whitening Dentistry In Salt Lake City

Tooth Whitening Dentistry In Salt Lake City

Tooth whitening has really taken off in Salt Lake city. It has become a popular dental procedure and can provide excellent results if done properly.

There are a lot of options when it comes to tooth whitening. You can choose from a selection of over-the-counter options that you can get at your local pharmacy, or can go to a professional to get a complete tooth whitening solution.

It is a good idea to consult with your dentist before a tooth whitening, regardless of whether you choose to use an over-the-counter product. Your dentist will be able to help you understand the results you can expect, and can help recommend a product that will work for you.

There are many variables when it comes to tooth whitening. The color of your teeth at the beginning of your treatment will make a difference for your ending result. Different tooth whitening treatments will each produce a different result. Your Murray dentist has experience with tooth coloration and the types of treatments available.

In many cases, your Murray dentist will be able to provide you with a tooth whitening solution that you can take home with you. In some cases, your Murray cosmetic dentist may recommend a professional treatment that is done at the dentist’s office.

Professional tooth whitening can produce dramatic results in a single treatment, and is often done over a few treatments.

Tooth whitening is less expensive than it was in the earlier days of tooth whitening technology. Today, tooth whitening treatments are very affordable, and don’t take the time they used to.

If you are interested in a tooth whitening consultation in the Murray area, please call Salt Lake Dental Care and make an appointment to see me. I will be happy to give you a check up, assess your tooth color, and recommend tooth whitening treatments that may be right for you.

-Clint Blackwood, Dr.

03
MAY
2013

Tooth Knocked Out? Call Salt Lake Dental Care ASAP!

Call Your Salt Lake City Dentist With Any Dental Emergency

It may sound like a catastrophe to many Salt Lake City area dental patients, but having a tooth knocked out doesn’t always mean you’ll need cosmetic dentistry to fix your smile. If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions, chances are your tooth can be salvaged.

The most important things for Murray UT residents to do if they’ve had a tooth knocked out is to find the tooth, handle it carefully and keep it in the best condition possible so their Salt Lake City dentist can reinsert it properly.

Do not handle the tooth by the root, be careful to only touch the crown. It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth.

If it is possible, the best place for the tooth to be held is back in the socket (placed there gently, of course). Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too, just be careful not to swallow. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.

Next, you’ll want to get to your Murray UT, Salt Lake City, or Sandy dentist as soon as possible. Most teeth that can be reinserted by a dentist within an hour can be saved.

I’m Dr. Clint Blackwood a cosmetic and general dentist in Murray. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Murray UT, Salt Lake City, or Sandy area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 801-938-8855. We offer dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, wisdom teeth removal, complete smile makeovers, and dentures.

Call us at 801-938-8855 immediately if you have a dental emergency such as the one discussed above.

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/

 

04
JAN
2013

Choosing A Dentist In Salt Lake City

Choosing A Dentist In Murray The American Dental Association offers some welcome advice for choosing a dentist in Salt Lake City. We have already talked about how word of mouth is an important factor in how many people find a dentist. Here are some things you should look for:

Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist. If you live in the Salt Lake City area, there are many options, and most locations are not too far out of the way. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with their Salt Lake City dentist.

Relationship is a strong factor. Your dentist should be approachable, and should make you feel comfortable when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your dentist will be working very close with you to help you achieve a high level of oral hygiene; you most certainly will want to have a good, professional, comfortable relationship with your Salt Lake City dentist and the dental office staff.

Specialty is another important factor in choosing a dentist in Salt Lake City. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in corrective dentistry such as braces. Depending on your need, you may select a local dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a family dentistry professional who can maintain your dental history and work with you to through the years.

If you are looking for a dentist in Salt Lake City, please come by and speak with me. I can address your interest in any of these critical areas, and will be happy to introduce you to Salt Lake Dental Care.

I look forward to meeting you.

-Clint Blackwood, DDS

801-938-8855

14
DEC
2012

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Salt Lake Dental Care – Dr. Clint Blackwood

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Hello Salt Lake City dental blog visitors, welcome to the Salt Lake Dental Care blog. I am Dr. Clint Blackwood and I specialize in general dentistry and dental implants.

A close friend of mine in Salt Lake City recently expressed fears about her upcoming root canal. She was anxious about the pain she might experience and worried about getting work off for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern Salt Lake City dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two short office visits.

My friend’s anxiety was diminished when she knew what to expect. If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Salt Lake City dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today. We are accepting new dentistry patients at Salt Lake Dental Care – Dr. Clint Blackwood.

My staff and I at Salt Lake Dental Care offer clear braces, fast teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and all general and preventative dental procedures.

If you are interested in dentures or general dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment.

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

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