Cottonwood Family Dental is a general practice dental office in Murray, Utah.
Randy N. Downing, D.D.S. is the practicing dentist.
This blog will provide valuable information about dentistry and dental care for those interested in ideal dental health.
Jessie is one of our great dental assistants. She enjoys meeting patients and making them feel comfortable. If you are nervous, she is the one to help you feel confident and assured before you leave. She likes to see you smile and laugh. She love spending time with her 4 boys. She enjoys sushi🍣, going to lunch, watching movies, hiking⛰, playing sports and cooking🍱. Cooking is her passion. She also speaks 3 languages! Thanks for all you do Jessie. We love you! ❤️
She is one of our Dental Hygienist. She loves dentistry and has been in the field for over 11 years. 👩🏻⚕️ Angela enjoys building relationships with each individual patient, along with helping you feel amazing about your teeth. A healthy clean mouth is where it all starts. She has 2 adorable children, is a real salt lake soccer fan, an aspiring runner, and Ice Cream Fanatic! Thanks for all your hard work Angela!💞
She is our Marketing coordinator! Lisa's roll in the office is to come up with new and innovative ways of helping our staff deliver the best dental care we have to offer.👨🏻⚕️ She truly enjoys hearing about our patients having outstanding experiences and it gives her great job satisfaction.🏆 When she is not at work She enjoys being being a mom with 4 wild kids! Going running or taking pictures. She love to travel, and you might even find her in Hawaii a few times a year. 🌸🌺
Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports.
There are three types of mouth guards:
Stock mouth protectors are preformed
and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most
sporting good stores and department stores. However, little can be done
to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking
difficult, and they provide little or no protection. Dentists do not
recommend their use.
Boil and bite mouth protectors also can
be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than
stock mouth protectors. The "boil and bite" mouth guard is made from
thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed
in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue
Custom-fitted mouth protectors are
individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional
laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. First, your dentist
will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded
over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special
material and because of the extra time and work involved, this
custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it
provides the most comfort and protection.
mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such
as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower
jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well.
Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective
mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to
clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.
If you grind your teeth at night, a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance -- called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint -- may be created to prevent tooth damage.
Who Needs a Mouth Guard?
guards should be used by anyone -- both children and adults -- who play
contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey,
basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those
participating in non-contact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any
recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that
might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a
protective mouth guard.
children who grind their teeth at night should have a nocturnal bite
plate or bite splint made to prevent tooth damage.
Why Use a Mouth Guard When Playing Sports?
accidents can happen during any physical activity, the advantage of
using a mouth guard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of
mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your
mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve
damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.
All services are provided by our Dentist and/or staff in Murray, Utah. Randy Downing
A big question we get asked is "If I whiten my teeth will I have to give up my coffee?" Not a chance! Lets go over some tips and tricks on how to maintain your pearly whites after and during your whitening treatment.
Why does Coffee, tea or other high pigmented drinks stain our teeth?
Our tooth enamel contains microscopic pits and ridges that can hold particles of food and drink. Pigments from dark-colored drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda can become embedded in those cracks and ridges and, if the proper steps are not taken, can cause permanent, yellowing stains on your teeth.
#1 Brush and floss your teeth twice a day.
The healthier and cleaner your teeth are the less chance you have of building stain because there really isn't anything for the stain to stick too.
#2 Rinse with water after you drink.
We don't want you running to the bathroom to brush right after your coffee or soda. This can actually damage your teeth because of the acidic levels your mouth has from your drinks. Just give your mouth a quick rinse with water and that will do the trick.
#3 Drink your coffee through a straw.
I know it seems kinda weird but trust me, instead of bathing your teeth in that brown colored delicious coffee, just drink it through a straw. This makes it so your teeth aren't being constantly bathed (especially your front teeth that everyone sees) in that high colored pigment. When you drink it through a straw it skips your teeth and goes right into your stomach. (This goes for any colored drink coffee, tea, soda, even wine.)
#4 Avoid eating or drinking items that could stain your teeth RIGHT after you bleach.
Right after you bleach you want to avoid all those colored drinks just while your teeth are soaking in all that beautiful white color. It doesn't have to be forever just an hour.
We hope this helps you with some of the questions you have been thinking of. These apply to the in office bleaching or as simply as your at home trays.
What is your reason for not coming to the dentist this year?
Most People can live with having some anxiety about going to the dentist. For those with dental phobia, however, the thought of a dental visit is terrifying.
Don't let this be you, missing the dentist can cause not only pain if you have active decay that doesn't get diagnosed but sometimes a costly amount of money to fix it.
Depending on the severity of fear and anxiety, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can be combined with oral medication which is taken before your treatment to help you relax even further. It is a great choice for people who fear needles. You will be awake and aware of your surroundings but relaxed and free of anxiety. It also helps create short term partial memory loss, so most patients do remember discomfort, smells or noises associated with the dental procedures performed.
Nitrous oxide is administered through the nose by simple inhalation while your dentist works on your teeth. The amount of gas is regulated by the dentist so he has full control over the amount of anxiety control which is needed for each individual patient.
Fear of needles?
Inhalation sedation is very safe and there is almost no side effect of it. The effects of the laughing gas wear off quickly as so that you can drive yourself home after finishing your procedure without the need of an escort.
The ADA recommends going to the dentist every 6 months for the proper preventive care. If this is fearful ask your dentist for nitrous oxide during your check up appointments. This will help you prevent future decay and prevent unwanted time in the dental chair.
Schedule your appointment today 8012624662 Monday-Saturday with evenings and early morning available.