How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Tooth Color

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Most people want to have white teeth and a great smile. But the majority of people have discolored or just plain yellow teeth, especially in a world of tea and coffee drinkers. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we can fix that.

Did you know that tooth enamel is like skin? It has pores that can get clogged and discolored. The most common habits that work against you are:

  • Tobacco and other smokable substances
  • Sodas and other dark colored drinks, i.e. coffee, red wines, and teas
  • Not practicing daily oral hygiene
  • Not having proper dental care

If you want to lighten your teeth, the above will consistently work against you. We advise kicking these habits to the curb if you want the whitest teeth possible. There are compelling health ramifications as well.

If, in spite of your best efforts, your smile is still dull, professional teeth whitening from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX can revive it. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust their smiles to our cosmetic dentistry! We also offer complete general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we are sometimes asked about Xylitol. What is it, exactly? Is there really a sweetener that helps prevent cavities?

The answer is not a simple yes or no. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark, but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners – natural or synthetic – xylitol is actually beneficial for your teeth. It is used in many products, including chewing gum.

Clinical studies have established that xylitol impedes the growth of the bacteria that initiates decay. It also reduces plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For those who live with frequent dry mouth, xylitol gum or mints can stimulate saliva production while preserving against cavities.

Is xylitol gum as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing the dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly, with a soft brush, after meals. We also recommend twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

Of course, xylitol-sweetened products are no substitute for brushing and flossing. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX. Our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental problems before they start! Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact 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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When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life gets busy for all of us, and at times, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Maybe you’ve been putting off fixing a leaky faucet for as long as you can remember. Lots of things get put on the back burner, but at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we urge you not to let your dental care be on of them!

Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Do any of them sound familiar?

Rushing Through Brushing

Your teeth deserve at least two minutes of brushing. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a process to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.

Only Seeing The Dentist When You Have a Toothache

We hope none of our patients put off evaluations and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may already be a cavity.

Neglecting Professional Cleanings

When softer plaque turns to tartar, you can’t clean it away with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of it before it can impair your enamel or irritate your gums.

Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss

While it’s better to use a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to know that they can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Ordinary string floss is by far the most effective way to floss your teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we want all our patients to have good dental health. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our office for general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Crowning Achievements In Dentistry

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This message from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental restoration.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the introduction of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to create fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials necessary for specific appliances. It must be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t create allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Of course, we know that such a thing exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. Nowadays, there are numerous materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are extremely strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s esthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX dental crowns are a versatile restorative dentistry option. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our office for complete general dentistry. Contact 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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Get The Royal Treatment At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

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Dental crowns have been an essential tooth restoration for many years. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we place a lot of crowns, always with the exceptional care each patient deserves.

Dental crowns can be used to address many issues. They can:

  • Protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together a cracked tooth.
  • Cover and provide durability for a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining.
  • Restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • Improve a tooth that is too small or misshapen.
  • Cover a tooth with acute discoloration.
  • Strengthen to a tooth following a root canal procedure.

Crowns are not permanent but they can last for many years when properly cared for. We will have instructions on care, once we place yours. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, dental crowns are an essential restorative dentistry procedure. Find out why patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein entrust their dental health to us. Contact 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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Dental Miracles At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we deliver dental miracles every day. Regardless of the number of teeth affected, we use cosmetic dentistry to re-design smiles and correct problems.

In order to achieve an attractive, yet natural looking result, we do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of your teeth. The shape and coloring of your face is also taken into account. So are you age, health condition and lifestyle.

In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. Even one procedure, such as teeth whitening, can make a big difference in how you see yourself, and how the world sees you.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear over the years. But cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX can restore your smile. We serve satisfied patients in East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein. Contact 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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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Dentist

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Regular cleanings and checkups are part of your first line of defense against dental health issues, so naturally you want to have the best dentist possible. What should you look for? If you’re new in town, or have been looking around for a new dentist, The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX suggests the following.

  • Location and Office Hours: It’s a little like real estate: location, location, location! Choosing a dentist that is near to where you live or work is important, since it makes it easier to make and keep your appointments. On the other hand, it is not the only consideration; some dentists may be worth driving a little further. Their office hours may be better suited to your schedule. our practice serves the East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein areas!
  • Chairside Manner: This is one of the more important considerations. You want to feel comfortable with the person you are trusting with your smile. Do they explain any symptoms you have, and procedures they want to do? Do they listen to your concerns and answer all of your questions? Our team always prioritizes direct patient communication and an empathetic tone.
  • Qualifications: You can get information about a dentist’s qualifications from your local dental society or your insurer. It’s also a good idea to see what special awards or memberships your dentist may have. Dr. J. Scott Anderson is a member of the American Dental Association, as well as a host of other prestigious organization. He has been helping patients smile for years!

Once you’ve done your homework, ask around. What do family and friends say? What about online reviews? Regular checkups at the dentist are essential to any good dental health regimen, and at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we are always honored to be part of the equation. Patient trust is everything to us! We offer¬†general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

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A lot of people have tooth sensitivity to one degree or another, causing them to avoid certain foods and beverages. If this sounds like you, please talk to us about it at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

People with sensitive teeth are most likely to have problems with temperature. Hot or cold things, like coffee and ice cream, can be really difficult. Chewing hard foods can also be difficult.

There is more than one cause of sensitive teeth, so it’s important to have a proper diagnosis. A common cause is worn tooth enamel. This can expose the dentin just beneath it. Enamel can wear down from using a hard-bristle toothbrush and brushing too aggressively. That’s why we always – repeat, always – recommend using a soft-bristle brush and a light touch.

Other causes:

  • Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Bruxism or teeth grinding

The treatment for sensitive teeth may involve filling a cavity or replacing a worn filling. If it’s caused by gum loss, you may need a graft. Many cases respond very well to sensitive-teeth toothpaste.

Take a look in the store: just about every major brand includes a line for sensitive teeth, and they are known to work. Many people see results within a week or two. The most important thing is to talk to us about it, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our office for dental implants. Contact 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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How White Fillings Improve Your Smile

It is an unfortunate fact of life that we get cavities in our teeth. When a tooth is compromised by decay, a filling is needed to restore it to its previous condition. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we offer white fillings that blend in easily with the rest of your teeth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with white fillings. White fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old metal fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly by getting rid of the metal.

While white fillings have an obvious cosmetic benefit, there are other reasons for considering them. Although traditional metal (amalgam) fillings still have the approval of the Food and Drug Administration, many people are concerned that they are not healthy.

If you would like to improve your smile by replacing your old fillings with white fillings, call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact 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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Toddler With A Toothache?

When your little one complains of mouth pain, you want to relieve it as soon as possible. Remember us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX!

There are many possible causes of children’s tooth pain.

  • Tooth decay
  • Emerging teeth
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Mouth sore or cut
  • Sinus pain or earache
  • Large fragment of food between two teeth

Examine Your Child’s Mouth

  1. First, take a look in their mouth. If you see swollen gums, it indicates the general area of the dilemma. A large red bump near the tooth root could indicate an abscess.
  2. If there is swelling in the gums, take your toddler to a pediatric dentist right away.
  3. You may see a piece of food caught between two teeth. Use a string of floss or a floss pick to remove it. (Do not use a toothpick.) The pain may not go away immediately, but if this was the source, it should go away within a couple hours.
  4. If your child has a cavity, you may or may not be able to see it. We can locate small cavities or those hidden between two teeth.
  5. Make an appointment at Center for Dental Anesthesia in the unlikely event that your child has a cracked or chipped tooth.

If The Pain Is Caused By Teething

If your child has a runny nose and seems unusually irritable, they might be teething. A cold (not frozen) teething ring can help relieve the pain. Note that teething only causes a low-grade fever. If your son or daughter has a fever over 100 F or diarrhea, take them to a pediatrician right away.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, parents from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein have trusted their youngsters to our general dentistry. We also offer complete restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Contact 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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