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May 10, 2022
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There are several things that can stain the teeth. Surface stains, such as those caused by foods and beverages, are typically easy to remove with topical teeth whitening. Some of these, including Zoom!®, our in-office teeth whitening option, utilize ultraviolet light to address deeper and darker stains as well, but not all staining will respond to topical solutions.

Intrinsic tooth discoloration (staining underneath your enamel) does not typically respond to topical teeth whitening. In some cases, whitening the outer enamel will actually exacerbate deep discoloration, serving to further detract from the smile. In these cases, a more advanced cosmetic solution is needed – and…

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Category: Cosmetic Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening

April 06, 2022
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Bruxism is the medical name for jaw clenching and tooth grinding. A common stress response, bruxism can have a profound impact on the health and appearance of your smile, increasing risks for uneven and aggressive tooth wear, gum recession, tooth loss, and persistent pain. When bruxism continues unchecked, it may even result in TMJ, a condition marked by jaw pain, chronic headaches, and facial sensitivity.

Stress is a common consequence of our modern lives. Because it is overwhelming to several of the body’s systems, when stress occurs, the body goes to work to address the issue. In many cases, this comes by way of movement. Not all of those movements are conscious. Teeth…

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Category: General Dentistry, Family Dentistry, TMJ

March 08, 2022
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TMJ is the name given to a group of conditions that can cause misalignment of the jaw. Sometimes, TMJ is the result of trauma, while other times, it may be a result of uncorrected bite issues. It may also be a result of stress and habits, such as tooth grinding, which accompany anxiety. Oftentimes, the cause is not fully understood.

Understanding the cause of your TMJ is important for understanding if it may go away on its own. When TMJ is the result of tooth grinding, for example, stress-reduction and mindfulness techniques may be sufficient to address the issue. When the problem is related to a temporary issue, such as acute trauma, it may self-correct as well, healing in…

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Category: TMJ

February 15, 2022
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Most dental insurance plans provide 100% coverage for cleanings and examinations. Depending on the plan, coverage for restorations, tooth replacement, and similar general and restorative services may also be covered – at least to an extent – helping to make dental care more affordable.

At Warr Dental, we work with many insurance providers and can submit claims to those outside of our network for reimbursement. Give us a call to learn how we can work with your insurance for general dental care.

Cosmetic treatments, orthodontics, and treatments for neuromuscular dental issues like TMJ are not covered by most dental insurance plans. This makes these treatments out-of-pocket…

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Category: Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Family Dentistry, TMJ

January 18, 2022
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Here’s a frightening statistic: at least 25 million adults in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea – the type of apnea related to soft tissue collapse or other airway blockages while you sleep – but 90% of these cases remain undiagnosed. Why is that frightening? Because left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea increases risks for serious health problems including metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and more.

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

The most common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring. Individuals with sleep apnea stop breathing for several seconds, multiple times while sleeping. Sometimes, when breathing…

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Category: Sleep Apnea

December 16, 2021
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Warr Dental has been identified by the Salt Lake Tribune as one of the three Best Dental Practices in SLC. Featured in the paper’s new Salt City Best magazine, we are honored by this recognition and want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for our practice.

With “over 7,000 businesses, organizations, and individuals competing to be named in the top three spots of 323 categories,” the editors of Salt City Best received more than 25,000 votes from patrons, fans, and friends of the nominees. There are dozens of dentists in and around Salt Lake City. We are humbled by our new distinction and look forward to continuing to provide the safest and most effective dental…

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Category: News

November 12, 2021
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National Flossing Day is the day after Thanksgiving, which falls on November 26th this year. But why have a day dedicated to flossing? Isn’t that kind of silly?

Not at all. In fact, this particular step in what should be daily at-home care could probably use its own month.

How Many People Floss Regularly?

The first and, thus far, only national study to evaluate the daily flossing habits of Americans found that just around 30% of the population floss daily. Nearly 37% of those surveyed reported flossing occasionally, but not daily, and more than 32% of people reported not flossing at all. This is bad news for teeth and gums.

Flossing removes…

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Category: General Dentistry, Family Dentistry

October 06, 2021
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Don and Melissa (Actual Warr Dental Patients)

When a partner improves their smile with porcelain veneers, the changes can be profound. Sometimes, this transformation is inspirational, prompting the other partner to start considering the process themselves. This was certainly the case for Don and Melissa, a married couple who both chose Warr Dental for their smile restorations.

Melissa received her veneers first and, based on her exceptional experience, Don admits to having high expectations when he came to us. Citing our team’s commitment to building strong and healthy smiles from the foundation to the top, Don has said we surpassed those expectations, providing him with…

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Category: Cosmetic Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers

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…

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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