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September 16, 2021

The term “whitens teeth” is almost ubiquitous on toothpaste tubes. Some, of course, contain ingredients like peroxide, baking soda, or activated charcoal that provide some legitimacy to the claim, but the truth is, any toothpaste that can, with consistent use, help reduce topical stains can claim to “whiten teeth.” That’s pretty much every type of toothpaste on the market.

Not to be dismissive. Indeed, some whitening toothpaste can lighten teeth a few shades over the course of several weeks. But if you are dealing with severe stains or more progressive discoloration, you are not likely to get optimal results with toothpaste alone. Not even if you add in a whitening mouthwash.…

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Category: Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

August 17, 2021
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The first day of school in SLC is August 25th, marking a good time to think about scheduling dental visits for your family. As a family dentistry practice, Warr Dental maintains extended hours, open early Tuesday through Thursday, and late Monday through Wednesday, we can often schedule multiple family members around the same time to help ensure optimal convenience – and optimal oral health – for every member of your family.

With the start of school fast approaching, scheduling a visit now can help ensure limited interruptions to your fall schedule while setting you and your family up for the healthiest and most beautiful smiles around.

Dental Health Matters

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Category: General Dentistry, Family Dentistry

July 13, 2021
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Ice cream has calcium, a nutrient necessary for healthy and strong teeth. It also contains magnesium, which is essential for absorbing calcium and building strong tooth enamel, along with potassium, which works in conjunction with magnesium to help the teeth use calcium more efficiently. This is all good news for your teeth.

On the flip side, ice cream contains sugar – many ice cream toppings even more – which can increase risks for cavities. Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar, producing an acidic byproduct that, when plaque develops, can be held close to the teeth and increase risks for decay and infection.

It’s National Ice Cream Month

It’s National Ice Cream…

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Category: General Dentistry, Family Dentistry

June 15, 2021
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You may have heard that one of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a “migraine-like headache.” This is accurate in that both can cause debilitating pain and both can result in lost productivity and relentless discomfort. But the causes and symptoms of these two types of headache are not the same.

Migraine headaches are a neurological disorder. The underlying cause is not always known, but symptoms include:

Dull, sometimes throbbing pain in the face or neck Increased sensitivity to light and sound Dizziness and lightheadedness Nausea and vomiting Visual aurora, flashes of light, and distorted vision

Migraine headaches often require…

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Category: TMJ

May 18, 2021
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May is Dental Care Awareness Month, providing a great opportunity to review you and your children’s daily oral hygiene routines. As a refresher, it’s a good idea to brush your teeth at least twice a day – perhaps when you wake up and right before you go to bed – but it is ideal to brush after every meal and snack as well. Remember, if you eat or drink something acidic, be sure to wait for about 30-minutes before brushing to avoid damaging your enamel.

Speaking of enamel damage, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and reconsider abrasive ingredients like charcoal and baking soda. These may help to remove some surface stains, but they can also harm restorations and aren’t right…

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Category: Family Dentistry

April 15, 2021

Porcelain veneers are placed over the front of teeth that have been impacted by cosmetic imperfections. These include:

Spacing issues Irregular shapes and sizes Crooked presentation Chips and cracks Severe staining

Shaded and sculpted to look and feel like your natural teeth, dental veneers reflect light in the same manner as tooth enamel, helping to ensure your smile maintains a consistently healthy and attractive appearance.

Taking Care of Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are cared for in the same manner as your natural teeth. This means brushing after every meal and snack, flossing at least once daily, and visiting our office every six months for…

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Category: Cosmetic Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers

March 17, 2021
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Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime. Made of titanium, a metal that is stronger than steel but lighter than aluminum, dental implants are impervious to decay and highly resistant to trauma. They are also the only form of tooth replacement that serves to replace a tooth’s missing root, allowing dental implants to preserve the structure of the jaw as well.

When a tooth is lost, its root is lost as well. When a root is lost, the body will begin to take minerals from surrounding bone for use elsewhere in the body. Unless the root is restored, this loss of minerals will, over time, result in a complete collapse of that section of the jaw. Dental bridges cannot…

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Category: Dental Implants

February 11, 2021

TMJ, alternately known as TMD, is the name given to a range of disorders that can impact the alignment of the jaw. Some of the symptoms of TMJ are fairly obvious, these include clicking, popping or grinding noises when you bite and chew; pain and/or swelling around the jaw joints; limited jaw mobility or lockjaw; and visible misalignment. Related issues, such as uneven tooth wear, are often noticed during routine cleanings and examinations. There are, however, a number of TMJ symptoms that may not seem related to the jaw at all – and these can be particularly worrisome if you don’t have a dentist who knows how to detect and diagnose TMJ.

Facial Pain

One of the most…

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January 07, 2021
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There are two types of tooth stains:

Extrinsic. These stains are largely caused by foods and beverages, but lifestyle choices, including daily brushing and flossing habits, can also play a role. Sitting on top of the enamel, extrinsic stains can often be entirely eliminated through topical teeth whitening treatments Intrinsic. A result of things including aging, certain medications, and even excessive fluoride, these stains form underneath the enamel. Topical teeth whiteners are not often effective on intrinsic stains. They can, in fact, make matters worse by lightening the enamel around intrinsic discoloration, serving to heighten the appearance

The Zoom!® Tooth…

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Category: Cosmetic Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening

December 04, 2020
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Bruxism, more commonly known as jaw clenching or grinding teeth, is often a stress-related condition. Commonly unconscious, bruxism may occur while you are working, recreating, and even sleeping, making it something that can be very difficult to bring under control. But bringing the habit under control is absolutely essential. Bruxism causes profound damage to the teeth.

What’s Wrong With Clenching Your Jaw?

Jaw clenching can lead to stress headaches. Because this habit is a contributing factor to TMJ, it can also result in lockjaw, clicking and grinding noises when you eat, and chronic facial pain. 

In addition to an increased risk for neuromuscular…

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Category: General Dentistry, TMJ