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February 21st, 2017

Which Professional Teeth Whitening Method Works the Best? When it comes to professional teeth whitening methods, it’s not so much about which treatment works best but rather how long does it take each one to whiten your teeth? Our cosmetic dentist in West Jordan offers Zoom! in-office whitening and customized take-home trays to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home. Both of these whitening options offer advantages, but to find out which will work the best for you, ask yourself, “How quickly do I want to achieve a brighter smile?”

Advantages to Zoom! In-Office Whitening

Some of our Oklahoma patients come in wanting a whiter smile for an upcoming event such as a wedding or graduation—in which case, Zoom! is likely the best option to give you whiter teeth in time for the event.

Some benefits of Zoom! include:

  • Noticeably whiter teeth after just one treatment session.
  • A protective guard is used to prevent tissue damage to your gums and lips.
  • Zoom! evenly whitens the surface of your teeth.

Advantages to Customized Take-Home Whitening Trays

Our take-home trays can also effectively whiten your teeth, but it can take a few weeks to reach your desired results. Take-home trays from our cosmetic dentistry office work exponentially better than over-the-counter whitening products and offer a variety of advantages.

Some benefits of take-home kits include:

  • The kits use consistent whitening agents.
  • Trays are customized to fit over your teeth and prevent damage or irritation to your gums.
  • The trays whiten your teeth evenly.
  • Our take-home kits can be combined with Zoom! in-office treatments.

If you’re interested in teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Warr in West Jordan today at (801) 216-3713 to schedule your consultation. Warr Dental serves patients in West Jordan, Salt Lake City, Midvale and nearby areas of Utah. 

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January 30th, 2017

5 Ways Dental Implants Improve Your Health | Salt Lake CityMissing teeth can have a severe impact on your dental health and may actually impact your overall health as well. The longer you go without replacing missing teeth the more you put your teeth, gums and jawbone in danger. Dental implants are the best way to replace lost teeth and prevent long-term damage to your oral health.

Dental implants are an important procedure to consider when you are missing one or more teeth and offer a variety of benefits including:

1.Prevent your remaining teeth from moving. The empty space from your missing teeth causes your remaining teeth to migrate in order to close the gap. Dental implants are customized for you and stop your teeth from becoming crooked.

2.Stop further tooth loss. Missing teeth can lead to more missing teeth as gum disease and bone recessions worsen.

3.Protect your jawbone. Your jawbone’s job is to support your natural teeth. When one or more teeth are gone, the jawbone begins to deteriorate and recede because its strength is no longer necessary.

4.Retain your natural facial shape. Your teeth and jawbone work together to maintain your facial shape. As your jawbone loses density and your teeth migrate, the profile and shape of your face will change.

5.No risk of cavities. Dental implants mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth, but there’s no risk of cavities as they are prosthetic.

Apart from the health aspect, missing teeth often causes significant embarrassment and may prevent you from smiling and socializing. Additionally, you’re more likely to maintain a proper dental hygiene routine when you’re proud of your smile. You can care for dental implants the same way you care for your natural teeth: Flossing regularly, brushing twice a day and rinsing with mouthwash.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, please call our dentist in Salt Lake City today at (801) 216-3713 to schedule your dental exam. Warr Dental serves patients throughout Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale and West Jordan. 

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January 23rd, 2017

How to Choose a Family Dentist | Salt Lake City, West JordanTeaching your child how to care for their teeth is an important part of parenthood. The dental hygiene habits you instill in them now will have a lasting impact on how they take care of their teeth in adulthood. There are a number of dental concerns that can start as early as 12 months old such as pacifier use and thumb sucking. The first step you can take toward helping your child maintain good oral health is finding a family dentist and scheduling an exam when they reach their first birthday.

Choosing the Right Dentist for Your Family

When choosing a dentist, you want to make sure they can address the dental issues that concern your entire family. Our family dentist takes pride in serving several generations in our Salt Lake City office. Dr. Warr knows how to treat young children, teens, adults and senior citizens with the individual dental care each family member needs. No matter your age, preventative care is essential to maintaining a healthy mouth.

Some aspects to consider when you are looking for a family dentist include:

  • A kid-friendly, comfortable environment
  • Dental insurance coverage
  • Patient reviews

Your Child’s First Appointment

Dr. Warr and our skilled staff believe in educating our patients on the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums and this starts at your child’s first dental exam. We will conduct a thorough pediatric exam, which includes recording your child’s development from prenatal care to when their first tooth came in. We’ll discuss everything from fluoride supplementation to preventing tooth decay and bad habits at an early age.

Schedule your child’s dental exam with Dr. Warr in Salt Lake City today at (801) 216-3713. Warr Dental serves patients of all ages in Salt Lake City, West Jordan and Midvale, Utah. 

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January 12th, 2017

DID YOU KNOW that the average American consumes 1.8 pounds of gum each year? With so much gum going into our mouths it’s important to know how chewing gum affects our dental health. You may have heard that it’s both good and bad for your teeth… so what’s the real answer? Read on to find out!

Avoid Chewing Gum Sweetened With Sugar

Gum has always been a childhood favorite! What child doesn’t love that sweet burst of flavor or a bubble-blowing competition with friends? Unfortunately, gum sweetened with sugar is bad news for teeth.

When you or your child choose sugary chewing gum, you’re not the only ones satisfying your sweet tooth. The bacteria in our mouths like sugar too! And they enjoy it long after we’ve spit our gum out. These bacteria use sugar as fuel, producing acids that weaken tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Stick To Sugarless Gum

Here’s the good news: chewing sugar-free gum can actually boost your oral health! Chewing gum increases saliva flow in your mouth, strengthening your teeth and washing away food debris and bacteria. While the same is true for sugary gum, the increased saliva flow isn’t quite enough to offset the damage that the sugar can do.

According to the American Dental Association, studies show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can prevent tooth decay. Saliva helps neutralize acids in our mouths after eating. It also contains calcium and phosphate which strengthen tooth enamel, our teeth’s first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria.

So, when choosing gum, “stick” to the sugarless kind!

Gum Can’t Replace Good Oral Hygiene

Chewing sugar-free gum can only act as a supplement to your daily oral hygiene routine and can’t replace daily brushing and flossing. Keep up your everyday mouth-healthy habits and you’ll have strong, beautiful teeth for life!

Check out the video below to learn more about how chewing sugarless gum can supplement your oral hygiene routine!

Make The Right Choice For Your Smile

Chewing gum is fun and delicious! But remember, the type of gum you choose can make a big difference for your teeth. So next time you’re at the checkout counter and reach for a pack of gum, make sure it’s sugar-free. Your smile will thank you!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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December 29th, 2016

Why Your Whitening Toothpaste Isn't Working | West JordanEveryone has a natural shade of white, yellow, gray and even brown when it comes to the color of his or her teeth. This puts a limit on just how white your teeth can become through at-home or in-office professional teeth whitening treatments. Many types of toothpaste make promises to whiten your smile as you brush over time. Unfortunately, whitening toothpaste products typically have little to no impact on the brightness of teeth, especially considering your whitening threshold.

There are three main reasons why your whitening toothpaste won’t work to whiten your teeth including:

  1. Whitening toothpaste only removes surface stains. Most tooth stains develop over time and seep into the enamel of your teeth. Whitening toothpastes only scrape off the initial surface stains you may get from wine, coffee, etc. If you have deep tooth stains, consider professional teeth whitening at our office in West Jordan.
  2. The toothpaste contains minimal amounts of whitening chemicals. Whitening toothpaste contains whitening agents similar to at-home kits and in-office treatments. However, toothpaste products typically contain very little whitening chemicals, which is too weak to make a visible difference on your teeth.
  3. Whitening chemicals take at least 20 minutes to brighten teeth. The recommended length of time to adequately brush your teeth is two minutes, but in order for whitening toothpaste to work, the gel would need to be in direct contact with your teeth for at least 20 minutes.

Whitening toothpaste can clean off the initial film as you brush, but these products won’t make a noticeable or lasting impact on the shade of your teeth.

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening with our dentist can safely and effectively whiten your teeth. In-office treatments involve a stronger, more consistent whitening agent than over-the-counter products to provide optimal results without damaging your tooth enamel and gums. Our dentist will go over your whitening options and help determine how white your teeth can become during your initial exam.

If you’re embarrassed of your yellow-tinted teeth, call our dentist in West Jordan today at (801) 216-3713 to schedule your tooth whitening consultation. Warr Dental provides general and cosmetic dentistry to patients in West Jordan, Salt Lake City, Midvale and surrounding areas of Utah. 

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December 21st, 2016

I came to SLC from San Antonio, Texas for a job, along with a broken partial and finally having enough of the discomfort I picked Warr Dental off the internet. What a stroke of luck. Warr Dental was and is superior in quality of work and personal care. From the initial consultation, I was given the can do and personal feeling of attention that my dental needs and satisfaction was going to be met. With my job, I had a difficult time restriction and Warr Dental took the challenge and I'm thankful and blessed they did. Not only were they able to make me a new partial far greater than the one I had, their procedures and care they took in the preparation work to get me ready for the new partial was virtual pain free. The office itself is warm and friendly to the point the whole staff's kindness makes you feel like your among friends. That's something you won't find anywhere else. Their work and personal care is something other dentist can and need to learn from.

Oz Morrow

San Antonio, Texas

October 2, 2016

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December 13th, 2016

A recent Utah report shows that two-thirds of children from 6 to 9 years of age have had cavities. Schedule your child's dental exam in Salt Lake City todayIt’s difficult to make sure your child brushes and flosses their teeth every day, but it’s important to instill good dental hygiene habits in them now to avoid potential health problems in the future. Poor oral health has been linked to some life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke, and good dental hygiene is key to keeping your overall health in check.

The Utah Department of Health recently released a report showing more than two-thirds of children in Utah ages 6 to 9 have had cavities. What’s more worrying is that several of the kids involved in the report had severe undiagnosed dental issues such as infections or abscesses.

You should start to take care of your child’s teeth as soon as they begin coming in. There are several tooth-related issues that can happen in infants and small children such as bottle rot from excess exposure to milk, formula, juices, etc. Our family dentistry office in Salt Lake City recommends you bring your child in for their first dental exam by their first birthday. You should also watch what foods they consume, and brush their teeth until you feel they can adequately do it on their own.

Signs of Tooth Decay in Young Children

There are symptoms you can watch for in your children to identify early to late stages of tooth decay including:

  • White, light brown or dark spots on their teeth
  • A hole appears on the tooth
  • Sensitivity to cold or sweet foods and drinks

Your children are more likely to develop cavities during the holiday season, so make sure they brush twice a day and floss before bed.  

Schedule your child’s dental exam with our family dentist in Salt Lake City today at (801) 216-3713. Warr Dental serves patients in Salt Lake City, Midvale, West Jordan and surrounding areas of Utah. 

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November 29th, 2016

3 Ways to Stop Tooth Decay From Holiday Sweets | SLC, UtahThis is the time of year when adults and children alike indulge in holiday sweets such as Christmas cookies and candy canes. Many parents try to keep sugar to a minimum, but you don’t have to hide all of the candy from your kids. You can use these three tips from our family dentist to avoid tooth decay over the holidays:

1. Consistent Dental Hygiene Habits

You can prevent cavities from forming all year round by instilling good dental hygiene habits in your children. Kids learn by example so be sure you (and your children) brush twice a day, floss before bed and rinse with water or mouthwash after meals.

2. Schedule a Dental Exam and Cleaning

With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas, Hanukkah and other religious holidays quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to schedule a dental exam and cleaning for your child. Our dentist recommends six-month cleanings to maintain good oral health. It’s also important for adults to have bi-annual cleanings, especially if you have gum disease or are diabetic.

3. Stock Up on the “Good” Kind of Holiday Candy

There are a few types of candy that are better for the teeth than others including:

  • Dark chocolate (70-85%)
  • Sugarless candy and gum
  • Candy with nuts

Unfortunately, some kids are allergic to nuts, don’t like the taste of dark chocolate or prefer real sugar. Any form of candy in excess is bad so you can let your children splurge now and then, but encourage them to brush their teeth after eating holiday sweets.

In contrast, these three types of candy are considered the worst for dental health:

  • Sticky candy such as Tootsie Rolls
  • Suckers and lollipops
  • Gummy worms

Schedule your child’s dental exam and cleaning at Warr Dental in Salt Lake City today at (801) 216-3713. Our family dentist serves patients in Salt Lake City, Midvale, West Jordan and surrounding areas of Utah. 

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November 18th, 2016

Embarrassing tooth stains and chipped or cracked teeth can prevent you from smiling in your daily life and in photographs. Call our cosmetic dentist today.Soon families across America will come together to celebrate Thanksgiving, and Christmas isn’t too far away either. There will be food, fun and—undoubtedly—pictures. If you’re one of the many men and women self-conscious of their smile, it’s time to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with our dentist in Salt Lake City.

There are a variety of ways to better your smile before the holidays, and some of them can be completed in as little as one visit to Warr Dental. These dental options can give you the smile you’ve been wanting in time for the Christmas family photo:

  1. In-office teeth whitening can get rid of unsightly tooth stains from red wine, coffee and nicotine. We also offer custom-made, at-home teeth whitening kits to give you the flexibility of brightening your teeth at home.
  2. Porcelain veneers can correct more than tooth stains; they can fix chipped, gapped and uneven teeth. You could have a brand new smile in just two visits with Dr. Warr. A portion of your tooth enamel will need to be shaved in order to accommodate the thin, porcelain shells.
  3. Lumineers are similar to veneers in many ways: they can fix cracked teeth, chipped teeth and other tooth issues, but this option is reversible. Lumineers are thinner than traditional veneers and don’t require tooth enamel reduction. The process can be completed in two visits to our office.

Our cosmetic dentist can transform your smile into one you’re proud of. You could have the perfect, pearly-white teeth you’ve always wanted by Christmas or New Year’s Eve.

Schedule your consultation at Warr Dental in Salt Lake City today at (801) 216-3713. Our general and cosmetic dentistry office serves clients throughout Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale and West Jordan. 

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November 10th, 2016

TOOTH ENAMEL IS THE hardest substance in the human body. But don’t let that fool you–it’s far from invincible. In fact, there are things you may be doing on a regular basis that weaken your enamel, which could lead to more frequent cavities, tooth discoloration and sensitivity.

Tooth Enamel Acts As A Protective Barrier

The enamel makes up the tooth’s protective outer layer and is the first line of defense against harmful acids and bacteria. Unlike other parts of the body, tooth enamel cannot regenerate or heal. This means that once damage is done to the enamel, it cannot be repaired. That is why we want to give you some tips on how to best take care of your teeth and keep your tooth enamel in tiptop shape!

Keep Your Tooth Enamel Healthy And Strong

There are a number of things you can do to care for your enamel and protect it from erosion.

Watch what you eat and drink

Sugary, starchy and acidic foods and beverages are the top offenders when it comes to weakening and ultimately eroding tooth enamel. Calcium-rich foods and drinks, however, help to neutralize acids in the mouth and strengthen tooth enamel. You can find calcium in dairy products, dark leafy greens such as kale, soybeans, and sardines.

Our simple recommendation is to try to eat healthier and cut back on sugary snacks and drinks, soda in particular. Soda is especially damaging to tooth enamel due to its high sugar content and acidity. If you must drink something acidic or sugary, even fruit juice, use a straw!

Drink plenty of water

Drink water throughout the day to avoid dry mouth. Rinse your mouth out with water after meals to get rid of food debris as well as stimulate saliva flow. Not only does our saliva contain antimicrobial agents that protect teeth and defend against bacteria, it also consists of calcium and phosphate that remineralize and build up tooth enamel.

Brush and floss properly and regularly

When bacteria in the form of plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth for long periods of time, they produce acids that eat away at tooth enamel. Regular brushing and flossing rid the mouth of plaque and food debris. Be sure not to brush too aggressively as this habit will weaken enamel over time.

See your dentist

Regular checkups and cleanings are vital to maintaining a healthy mouth. When you come in for your biannual appointments we look for signs of tooth enamel wear, such as tooth grinding and cavities, and can help you get them under control early.

Do Your Teeth A Favor

Your tooth enamel works around the clock to defend your teeth. By following the above guidelines, you can return the favor by protecting your enamel from wear and erosion. Do you have any questions about tooth enamel? Feel free to comment below or send us a message on Facebook!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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