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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, patients sometimes ask us how they should go about choosing a toothbrush. Picking this most basic dental health tool can be as hard as choosing a paint color, and there seem to be just as many choices.

The most important consideration for a toothbrush is soft bristles. We recommend them for everyone: our youngest patients to the oldest. Soft bristles are gentle on the surfaces of your teeth, but are still rigid enough to brush away plaque and food debris. Remember to use a light touch as you brush, so that the bristles don’t bend.

Tooth enamel is extremely sensitive, and it can wear down over time. Using a hard bristled brush can scratch it. That’s also why you should use a light touch as you brush.

If your child shows any resistance to brushing, get them involved by letting them choose their own brush. There are lots to choose from at the store, including brushes with just about any cartoon character you can think of. The important thing is to settle on one with the ADA seal of approval.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. (So is flossing, but we’ll save that topic for another blog post.)

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we offer general dentistry services. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also improve their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. Call 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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Sparkling Smiles At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

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Sparkling smiles are more attractive than dull and yellow ones: you won’t get much disagreement there. Everybody likes to see a pleasing smile, and having beautiful teeth is also good for your self esteem. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we create sparkling smiles every day with cosmetic dentistry.

Unfortunately our teeth lose their luster as we grow older, but we see staining on young patients, too. To protect teeth from staining, it is vital to brush after meals to remove substances that can stain. After consuming acidic foods or drinks, however, it is better to rinse your mouth with water to dilute the acid. This will protect your enamel.

A great smile is a huge asset. It’s how we express a range of emotions without saying a word. Our goal is to draw your teeth and facial structure into harmony, so that you are able to present the world with the best possible you.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, teeth whitening is safe and effective. With whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures we have improved smiles throughout East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein. 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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Implants Prevent Denture-Related Health Problems

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no remaining teeth. Many people with missing no teeth choose dentures. But there is a better, state-of-the-art alternative at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

Problems With Dentures

Conventional dentures usually fit properly at first, but the mouth changes as you age. Normal wear and tear take their toll. Eventually, the dentures will need to be relined or replaced.

In addition:

  • Ill-fitting dentures can aggravate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation can result in additional health issues.
  • Dentures can change a person’s bite, which impacts the (jaw) joint. This, in turn, can lead to pain in the face, neck, and head.
  • Dentures trap food debris. This can result in gum disease.
  • Missing teeth eventually result in bone loss. When the jaw no longer has tooth roots, it shrinks and recedes.

With dental implants you can avoid these health issues.

Dental implants are titanium posts inserted into your jaw. Once the post fuses with the bone, it provides a solid base of support, much like a natural tooth root. One implant can support one artificial tooth, and several can support dentures.

Implant-supported dentures from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston may be the best investment you ever make. We have placed them in patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein. People also come to us for our full range of 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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Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Did you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, the good news is that gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages.

Regular check-ups are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

  • Gums that bleed often
  • Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  • A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  • Receding gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth

Gum disease is usually the result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis, there is a build-up of plaque, which hardens into a substance called tartar. That’s why we recommend our patients brush and floss twice a day. It’s the best way to prevent plaque from building up.

No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we encourage regular checkups.

If you notice the above symptoms, call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston right away. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our practice for complete general dentistry, and to improve their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. Call 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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A Root Canal Doesn’t Just Save a Tooth

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The term “root canal” describes the center part of a tooth, which when healthy is filled with pulp and the tooth’s nerve. But the term is also used to describe the procedure that removes the pulp. It’s formally known as root canal therapy, and it’s one of our treatments at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

Root canal therapy involves removing the tooth’s pulp and nerve. This becomes necessary when it becomes infected or abscessed. The tooth can still function quite well without the pulp and nerve.

The nerve and pulp of a tooth can become infected or inflamed due to decay, cracks in the tooth, trauma, or even a large filling. Symptoms include swelling and extreme sensitivity.

X-rays will confirm whether there is any infection. When the decision is made to proceed with root canal treatment, an access hole is drilled in the tooth and all of the infected tissue is removed, along with any related debris. The entire area is cleaned out and sealed.

It is common to wait a week or so before the tooth is sealed. This is a precaution against additional infection. As a final step a crown may be necessary. The original tooth is still there, but may be damaged due to decay or other weakness.

Throughtout the entire root canal procedure, patient comfort is uppermost in our minds. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston sedation is always and option. Remember, root canal treatment is safe and common, and we’ll take good care of you.

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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Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

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Do you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we have five cosmetic dentistry procedures that can usually be completed in one office visit, to quickly improve your smile!

1. Veneers
Porcelain veneers have been a successful treatment for decades but we never fail to be amazed by the results. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the front of a tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or correct a misshapen tooth.

2. Gum Contouring
Perhaps your teeth are sensational and healthy but you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation. Gum contouring can reshape the gumline and beautify your smile.

3. Enamel Shaping
Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the aspects of a smile even if all the other teeth look great. Let us reshape the tooth so it blends in seamlessly.

4. Bonding
Dental bonding just gets better and better. Bonding is used in a multitude of applications to fix teeth with cosmetic and structural problems. The newest prep techniques are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure.

5. Teeth Whitening
Make your smile pop with professional in-office teeth whitening. There is nothing like a terrific white smile to give you optimal confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston is an investment that will bless you every day. We’ve improved the smiles of people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also come to our office 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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Are All Carbs Created Equal?

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Houston

Most people know that the sugar in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. As we’ll describe in this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, a handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

Another  way people can improve their oral health is to get plenty of calcium: 800mg a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want all our patients to enjoy clean teeth and healthy smiles. Our services include general dentistry. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for cosmetic dentistry. Call for 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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Extraction Is Not The End Game

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Have you had a tooth extracted? You may be left with a gap in your smile. Unsightly as that may be, there is  more than the issue of appearance. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we can address that with a state-of-the-art dental implant.

Problems With Extracted Teeth

After a tooth is extracted, the bone surrounding the extraction site shrinks and recedes. This happens because there is no longer a tooth root requiring a blood supply, and the bone reacts accordingly.

People who have had numerous teeth extracted from the upper palate eventually develop a sunken-in look because they lose a significant portion of their jawbone. Another issue is that the missing tooth may cause the surrounding teeth to shift.

The Best Solution

Fortunately, there is a procedure that will prevent these issues. A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw bone where the tooth root used to be. An artificial tooth goes on top of the implant.

The result is a permanent, natural-looking restoration that gives you back your smile while retaining the healthy bone and gum tissue at the tooth site.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we provide dental implants to restore extracted teeth while preventing additional dental problems. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our practice for complete general dentistry services. 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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Focusing On The Top 3 At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

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There are three dental health issues that affect as many as a third of all Americans. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want all of our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. If any of these common issues affect you, tell us. We can do something about it.

The problems were identified by the Health Policy Institute, which is part of the American Dental Association. In a survey of fifteen thousand people from all walks of life, they asked about problems with teeth and gums.

The top three answers were:

  • Tooth pain
  • Difficulty with chewing
  • Dry mouth

Tooth Pain. When a tooth hurts, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong. The most likely cause of tooth pain is a cavity, but it’s not the only one. It could also be a sign of gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.

Difficulty With Chewing. This too may indicate a cavity, but again, there could be other problems. There may be enamel erosion, a cracked tooth, or recessed gums. It can be serious, because certain foods may be difficult. If you avoid them you could be missing out on important nutrients that your body needs.

Dry Mouth. This, in fact, was the most common issue cited in the survey. It isn’t just a matter of being thirsty all the time. Chronic dry mouth can indicate poor saliva flow. This, in turn, can indicate a systemic condition. Dry mouth is a common side effect from some prescription medications. Poor saliva flow makes you more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston right away to schedule an appointment. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein know they can trust our general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a cleaning and 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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Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

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Do you have severe tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? This post is for North Tomball area residents whose mouths are in a world of hurt.

First off, we feel for you. We understand how severe dental issues influence you every day of your life.

Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, severe mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, pleasing smile or give you the remarkable smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that impact your life?

Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that occurs when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term which refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with numerous damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, tooth implants, porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and tooth whitening.

Dental implants are commonly the best tooth replacement for The Gentle Art of Dentistry patients with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. If there is not enough bone to anchor an implant, bone grafting may be performed to augment existing bone. The post integrates with the bone to provide a durable foundation for the abutment and beautiful crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from initial teeth in both form and function.

If you currently have dentures, talk to us about implant-anchored full or partial dentures. Significant improvements can be made even if you only get two or three tooth implants.

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can correct a bite misalignment and is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

The Gentle Art of Dentistry offers a full menu of cosmetic dental care including total mouth reconstruction. Cosmetic dentistry may be more cost-effective than you think. Talk to us about financing or a multi-procedure treatment schedule that allows you to pay as you go. Restoring a healthy smile may be the best investment you ever make.

 

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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