How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adult Americans, yet many people are surprisingly under-informed about it. In this blog post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we share some basic facts about gum disease.

  • In its earliest and most treatable stage, gum disease is called gingivitis. The more advanced form is called periodontitis.
  • More than half of Americans who are thirty and older have periodontitis. That equals nearly sixty-five million people.
  • The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, and have a dental checkup twice a year.
  • Gum disease is silent. You could have it but be completely unaware.
  • Tiny amounts of blood in the sink when you brush is not normal. If you see a little blood when you brush and floss, make an appointment with us right away.
  • Improved brushing and flossing, along with using an antiseptic mouthwash, is often enough to successfully treat gingivitis.
  • Advanced gum disease affects bone and ligaments, in addition to the gums. It requires more aggressive treatment, such as deep cleaning, but it too can be reversed.
  • Gum disease has been linked to more serious health conditions, including heart attacks, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.

These are frightening facts. It reminds us of the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

To put it another way: guard your dental health with regular brushing and flossing, and regular checkups at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Love Your Smile

Love Your Smile in Houston

There is nothing like bright white teeth that light up a person’s face when they smile and laugh. No one has to settle for dull, yellow teeth. With cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, anyone can have a fabulous smile.

If you have an important upcoming event such as a wedding, party or formal family portrait sitting, a smile makeover will give you extra confidence as you pose for photos (even close-ups).

A smile makeover is a process that draws on different cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve your smile. We can whiten your teeth, restore missing teeth, close gaps between them, and repair chips, cracks, and other damage. We have an array of tools and techniques that can improve any smile.

Let’s consider teeth whitening as just one example. Our teeth get dull and discolored as the years go by, stained by the things that we eat and drink. Tobacco, too, can take a toll on your teeth. We offer several whitening procedures to restore the brilliance of your smile.

You can learn a lot from someone’s smile, and at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we help you make great impressions on others by putting your best smile forward. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, as well as general dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Let That Winning Smile Shine

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Everyone wants a winning smile, but as we age, it can get harder and harder to keep yours dazzling. If you’re grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth, teeth whitening from  The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston might be the answer.

These irregularities are usually simple to fix. Having your teeth whitened professionally can be a huge boost for your self-confidence. You’ll look younger, and find it easier to make a positive impression on other people.

There are lots of whitening products you can pick up at the store. Rest assured, no strips, gels, or toothpastes can match the results you’ll get from professional whitening.

Our in-office whitening can lighten your teeth up to eight shades in a  single office visit. We also have take-home trays, which are ideal for those who prefer to whiten their teeth at their own pace.

Teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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6 Reasons To Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants

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Dentures that rest on the gums have a long history in dentistry. But a revolution has taken place, and these traditional dentures are no longer the only option. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we offer implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into your jaw. Within a few months the post has fused with the bone. This forms a rock-solid foundation for a replacement tooth.

One implant can support one artificial tooth. Multiple implants can support a full dental arch.

Dental implants provide the following benefits:

  • Stability. Implants don’t move around in your mouth.
  • Form and Function. Implants look and function like natural teeth.
  • Like a New Root. Dental implants mimic a natural tooth root, promoting healthy bone
  • Bone Retention. The implant prevents bone recession and stimulates blood circulation
  • Comfort. No gum irritation
  • Appearance. Get your smile back!

Before you can get a dental implant, we must make sure you’ve got enough healthy bone to support it. Even if you have experienced some bone recession, though, a bone graft can stimulate new bone growth. In a matter of months you should have enough bone mass in the jaw to support the implants.

Implant-supported dentures from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can change your life. We also offer complete general dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

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At least three million Americans have replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant, and that number grows each year. You can restore your smile with a dental implant from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. They blend in with your remaining teeth, and look and function like the real thing. Dental implants are a long-term tooth restoration.

Dental implants also prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, and helps strengthen the bone.

Implants can also be used to anchor dentures, providing a much firmer, more secure fit. Many patients report newfound confidence in  themselves, after years of embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in dentistry. To find out more, call The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Our services include general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Mouthwash Facts In Houston

Mouthwash Facts In Houston

In this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we’re going to discuss mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help prevent tooth decay. While some mouthwash has cavity-fighting additives, it should never be used exclusively. Good dental health is centered on regular brushing and flossing.

It is important to know what kind of mouthwash you’re using. Some merely mask bad breath, while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque.

If you cope with bad breath, it is important to use a mouthwash with ingredients that also help prevent tooth decay, such as fluoride. Some of the ingredients can be dangerous, even toxic, if not used properly.

Some of the ingredients to watch out for are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Reinvent Yourself With A Smile Makeover

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A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can boost your confidence. The possibilities include teeth whitening, invisible braces, veneers, or even dental implants.

Better Smile, Better You
Is this the year to reinvent yourself? Consider improving your physical fitness, taking up a new hobby, pursuing continuing education or a new career to go along with your new smile.

A smile makeover is defined differently for every person. We can help you decide what is best for your smile!

A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can give you a whole new smile. We also offer complete general dentistry services. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Schedule Your Coronation

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We treat all of our patients royally here at The Gentle Art  of Dentistry in Houston, but some of them receive actual crowns. Not what a king or queen wears, of course, but crowns for your teeth!

Crowns are sometimes called caps, and they’re placed over a tooth to restore its shape and strength, and to improve its overall appeaerance. They are useful for a many problems:

  • To cover and provide durability to a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining.
  • To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • To improve a tooth that is too small or misshapen.
  • To cover a tooth with acute discoloration.
  • To add strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure.

There are different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We carry out an extensive examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

Once they are placed, dental crowns can last many years. They are great way to guard and enhance your smile. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we also offer a full range of general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Eating Got You Down?

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When you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth, chewing can be difficult and even painful. Dental implants from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.

Dental implants are metallic posts inserted into the jawbone. The posts are usually titanium, which is an ideal material because it is lightweight and fuses with bone so well. One of these posts can support an artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge and even a full arch.

One of the many benefits of dental implants is that the prevent bone recession. This is common after tooth loss. The bone recession results in a sagging appearance to your face.

A missing tooth can also result in teeth around the gap to shift in position, affecting your bite.

But one of the biggest benefits of tooth replacement with a dental implant is a restored ability to bite and chew, as well as a restored smile. Call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston for an appointment. We offer complete general dentistry services. Call today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

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If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston may be the answer to your prayers.

Why is that? Dental implants are replacement teeth that look and function like the real thing. Not only that, they help to preserve your jaw bone, which can deteriorate after you lose teeth.

Technically, a dental implant is not a replacement tooth. It’s really a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw. Because it fuses with the bone, it becomes a part of your body. An implant is strong enough to support an artificial tooth, just like a natural tooth root. Several implants can support a bridge, and even a full dental arch.

Other artificial tooth options, including conventional dentures, need to be replaced every few years. This is because the bone beneath it gradually deterioriates.

Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime. They prevent bone loss, because the implant is part of the jawbone. Furthermore, the artificial tooth or teeth attached to the implant will never decay.

Dental implants from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston are indistinguishable from other teeth, and most people won’t realize it’s there. You may forget, too! We also offer complete general dentistry services. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8026

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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