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If you’re not happy with your smile, you can improve it with cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

Cosmetic dentistry is all about using sound dental techniques to make positive changes to your smile. Even a tiny change can make a big difference.

General and family dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, and that is never overlooked. Cosmetic dentistry improves smiles as a complement  to your dental health.

There are procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers that can transform your smile. But before proceeding we consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and the facial shape and coloring of each patient.

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Veneers. Thin shells are affixed to the front of your teeth to cover gaps, cracks, and discoloration.
  • Teeth whitening. Professional whitening surpasses any whitening product you’ll find at the grocery store.
  • Dental implants. One or more titanium posts inserted in your jaw can support one or more replacement teeth.
  • Clear braces. Straighten crooked teeth without metal!

Cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can take your smile from dull to dazzling! People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our practice for complete 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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Smile Makeovers: It’s Not Just About Your Teeth

The Gentle Art of Dentistry Smile Makeovers Its Not Just About Your Teeth

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we use cosmetic dentistry every day to create fabulous new smiles for our patients. We call this a “smile makeover.” It can transform your smile into something spectacular, but it’s more than just appearance.

A smile makeover means using the techniques of cosmetic dentistry to make positive changes to your smile. These techniques might include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Bonding
  • Gum contouring
  • Dental implants
  • Clear braces

Smiles that have been improved with cosmetic dentistry tend to be easier to care for. This is especially true for teeth that have been straightened with clear braces. Teeth that are easier to care for tend to be healthier.

Any of the techniques listed here will go a long way toward transforming your smile. Two or more can leave you with the smile of your dreams.

To find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile, call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. People throughout East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our office for general dentistry services. 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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Persistent Dry Mouth?

The The Gentle Art of Dentistry Guide To Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a condition in which your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva, leaving you with a persistent dry feeling in your mouth. If you experience this, be sure to tell us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, which is pronounced zero-STOE-me-uh. It’s a known side effect of certain medications, and is also common in people who are undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. It’s also caused by a condition of the salivary glands themselves, but that is less common.

Causes

There are hundreds of medications that list dry mouth as a side effect. These include prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medicine. Antihistamines, decongestants, and pain medications may cause it, as well as many other drugs.

Dry mouth is also common in older people. Older people are often taking more medication than they did when younger. The body isn’t always as efficient in processing these medications as it once was.

Tobacco and alcohol use can also bring on symptoms of dry mouth, as well as so-called recreational drugs.

Chemotherapy may have an impact on the salivary glands, and their ability to produce saliva. It might return to normal once the treatment is finished.

Complications

In addition to discomort, dry mouth can lead to increased plaque on the teeth. This can, in turn, lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Yeast infections and sores around the mouth can also occur.

People with dry mouth may also have poor nutrition, because chewing and swallowing are more difficult.

The treatment for dry mouth depends on what’s causing it. If you have persistent dry mouth but don’t know why, please let us know at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Our services include complete general dentistry. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for dental implants, and much more. Call us to set up 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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Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

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You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to autopilot morning and night and get it done. But The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston has a question: are you doing it right?

We ask this in all seriousness. There is always room for improvement, even in something as basic as brushing your teeth.

Essential Dental Health

Brushing, after all, is an important part of any daily dental health routine. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We strongly recommend flossing, too. Before or after you brush? The jury remains out on that one. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. When you do the sides, be sure you brush along the gumline. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle.

As you do the front and side surfaces, move the brush in gentle, circular strokes.

Toothpaste

Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste – or more than pea-sized, if you’re so inclined. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough.

Be sure the head of the toothbrush isn’t too big, especially if you have a smaller mouth. It needs to fit easily between your cheeks and gums. The handle is less important. Make sure it feels comfortable in your hand. Replace your toothbrush every three months, if not more often.

Tooth Massage

Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to scrub very hard to remove it. Think of it not so much as brushing, but massaging your teeth and gums. With that in mind you should you be able to keep a light touch.

Finally, brush for at least two minutes. If you’re running late, and are tempted to cut it short, resist. If it helps, use a stopwatch. You’ve probably got one on your smart phone.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. People come from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein for complete general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next checkup 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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Smile Necessities And Possibilities

fast braces HoustonA smile transformation doesn’t just make your smile more attractive. It also builds self-confidence: you will be more comfortable in your professional and personal interactions. Cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston creates brilliant smile transformations.

Even the smallest improvement can make a big difference and boost your self-confidence. We have many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can whiten teeth that are discolored, fix chips or cracks, and even replace teeth that are missing.

Traditional dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums. While dental health is always first and foremost, our cosmetic dentistry aims to improve the appearance of your smile. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and how it complements the shape of your face, and even your coloring.

Your smile takes a lot of wear and tear, but cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can restore your smile to its youthful appearance. We’ve transformed  the smiles of people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also come to us for restorative dentistry and more. Call us for 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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How Do Implant Dentures Work?

implant dentures HoustonDental implants are an ideal tooth restoration. They can restore anywhere from one to all missing teeth. Dental implants are available at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the patient’s jaw. What makes implants so unique is that they actually fuse with the bone, to provide a solid support for one or more artificial teeth.

The implant acts as a replacement tooth root. Because of this, they help to prevent bone recession and, in turn, support the patient’s facial structure.

What Are Implant Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are attached to the titanium posts. It takes from four to six to support a full dental arch.

The titanium posts are usually inserted into the front part of the patient’s mouth. That’s because there tends to be greater bone mass there. It’s essential to have enough healthy bone to support the post. Even if the patient doesn’t, though, bone grafting can promote new growth, enough to support the implant.

Implant-supported dentures from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston transform lives! People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein call us about implants and other restorative 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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Is Grandpa Smiling?

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How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of those who are sixty-five and over? Well, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston ave some good news and bad news.

The Good News:

  • Tooth decay rates in older Americans has decreased in the past thirty years.

The Bad News:

  • 25% of people over sixty-five have no remaining teeth
  • Nearly 20% have untreated cavities
  • 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  • There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
  • Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What elements will improve the oral health of older Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three things:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we are committed to providing all of our patients with comprehensive oral health education and care. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for our full range of xxx. Please 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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Think It’s Not Necessary To Replace Missing Back Teeth?

dental implants HoustonSometimes when people lose a back tooth they wonder whether they should bother doing anything about it. After all, the gap doesn’t show when they smile and there are other teeth to do the chewing. Why not leave it be and save some money? Actually, there are several very good reasons to replace a back tooth with a dental implant from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

  1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting. If a tooth tilts, moves, or rotates, it can impact the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.
  2. The underlying bone will begin to atrophy. Without the tooth root, the jaw bone shrinks. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decline in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.
  3. There will be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions. This can bring about excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing back tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for implants and for comprehensive general dentistry services. 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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Smokeless Is Not Harmless For Houston Tobacco Chewers

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Cigarette sales have decreased in the past decade, and at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we won’t kid you: we’re happy about that. But some people have switched to smokeless products, on the assumption that smokeless tobacco is harmless.

This is absolutely not true. No matter its form, tobacco is dangerous stuff.

We encounter the consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco.

Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is a bad idea, period. Tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from teeth.

Smokeless tobacco increases the risk for several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat. Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery.

These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. In addition, there are two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.

If you have any concerns about the state of your oral health, be sure to talk to us about it at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our office for general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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What If My Dental Crown Cracks, Comes Loose, or Comes Off?

what to do if dental crown comes off HoustonDental crowns are restorations that are cemented over a tooth that has been repaired, and we place a lot of them at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

While the cement is strong and reliable, crowns have been known to come off. It may have loosened or come off while brushing or flossing, or eating something sticky.  Here is what to do if your crown comes off.

There are three steps:

  1. First things first: find your crown if it has come off entirely. If you can’t find it, don’t worry. We can make a replacement.
  2. Next, give us a call. Even if we didn’t do the original we can reattach it.
  3. If your crown comes off after business hours, use denture adhesive to get it back in place temporarily. Do not use ordinary glue! You can find denture adhesive at a drugstore.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we place a lot of dental crowns, and with great success. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our office for our complete cosmetic dentistry. 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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