3 Ways Mouthguards Prevent Kids’ Sports Injuries

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we treat far too many sports injuries. These run the gamut, and include knocked out teeth, broken teeth, and mouth lacerations.

Many of these injuries could be minimized or even prevented with the proper protective gear.

All athletes who participate in contact sports are at risk of injuries to their mouth and teeth. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional athlete or a 6-year-old playing youth soccer. Even so-called non-contact sports like basketball carry the risk of accidental mouth injuries.

An athletic mouth guard can:

  1. Absorb force from impact
  2. Prevent broken teeth
  3. Prevent lip and tongue injuries

A custom mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be used from an early age. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we want everyone participating in sports to protect their teeth with an athletic mouth guard. That includes weekend warrior grownups! People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us 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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For A Healthier Smile, Stop Doing This

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Your teeth can last a lifetime. With a few daily precautions and regular checkups at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, you’ll go a long way toward making sure they do.

If you do any of the following, we recommend that you stop:

  • Chewing sugared gum all day. Cavities, a sore jaw, or compromised bridgework may result. If you must chew, select gum with Xylitol.
  • Drinking soda and energy drinks. These sugary, acidic beverages are immensely efficient at eroding enamel.
  • Chewing ice or hard candy. Your enamel is quite hard. But so are ice and hard candy, and head-to-head, occasionally they win, resulting in a cracked tooth.
  • Skipping flossing. Maybe you think brushing is enough. Following brushing with a careful flossing job cleans away fragments of food and plaque between teeth.
  • Using a firm bristled toothbrush. A soft bristled brush is the best tool for the job. Save your firm brush for cleaning the grout around your bathtub.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, our general dentistry will help keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for regular checkups. 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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Pamper Yourself With Professional Teeth Whitening

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Have you ever thought about getting your teeth whitened? At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX you get to relax in a comfy chair, and enjoy a bright smile when you leave.

Everyone, it seems, would like to have teeth that are whiter. The good news is that it has never been easier to achieve. There are tons of whitening products available at the grocery store: toothpastes and strips and other whitening products.

Most commercially available products do an adequate job whitening your teeth. But none can match professional teeth whitening.

We use the KöR® whitening system. A powerful whitening gel is placed in trays that are custom-fitted to your teeth. The trays have a special seal to keep the gel in and keep saliva from contaminating it. The results, we think you’ll agree, are quite startling.

You deserve to be pampered! At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX our teeth whitening is unmatched. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. 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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Use Five Fingers For Quick And Healthy Flossing

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Today’s post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX is for patients who are trying to make flossing a habit. Here are five flossing steps, so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time.

  1. Thumb to Chest Reminder: Point your thumb at your chest to remind yourself that flossing is for you! Not for anybody else. While you might use mouthwash and brush your teeth with aesthetics in mind, a helpful flossing routine is a way to help you avoid dental issues.
  2. Pointer Finger To Measure: How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? The American Dental Association advises that you start with about 18 inches. Roughly 6 lengths of your pointer finger should be adequate.
  3. Wrap the Middle Fingers: This is a team effort. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After curving the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and wiping away plaque with an up-and-down motion, “unspool” a new section for the next tooth.
  4. Ring Finger Test: Lightly run the tip of your ring finger over the surface of your gums as you go, making sure to check that your enamel is smooth and free of plaque.
  5. Pinky Promise: This last one might seem cheesy, but every time you look at your pinky, remember that you promised yourself to keep those gums healthy. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about making sure your teeth are clean, shiny, and bright!

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we offer complete cosmetic and general dentistry services. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for dental implants. Our team of dental professionals is ready to help improve your smile and boost your confidence! 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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No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we stay on top of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a compelling field of research: genetic dentistry.

According to Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, “About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.”

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link:

  1. Enamel Strength: Your genes play an important role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.
  2. Sugar Cravings: Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. But it still isn’t good for your teeth!
  3. Chemical Composition of Saliva: Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes critical minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes influence your saliva’s power to prevent decay.
  4. Immune Response to Bacteria: We don’t like to think about the detrimental bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The durability of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a critical role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

So thank your parents if you have good dental health, and maintain it with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us 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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Sealants Prevent Cavities For Kids

The Gentle Art of Dentistry Sealants Prevent Cavities For Houston Kids

Regular brushing and flossing are essential in preventing tooth decay. But another valuable tool are dental sealants, available at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

Dental sealants are a thin layer of plastic painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars. Applying them is completely painless, and once they’re on they can prevent eighty percent of cavities for up to two years. After that, they can be re-applied.

Sealants are used mostly in children’s teeth, but adults can get them too.

Of course, dental sealants are not a substitute for daily oral care. They should be considered a supplement to brushing and flossing: an added layer of protection against cavities.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we offer complete general dentistry for everyone in your home! People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for cosmetic dentistry and 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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Questions To Ask Your Dentist

Questions To Ask Your Houston Dentist

Your smile is important to you, and it’s important to us too, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, since it’s our job to help keep it clean and healthy. We encourage all our patients, from newcomers to those who have been with us for years, to bring questions about their smiles to each and every checkup.

In this article we’re going to describe some of the most common questions we get.

  • How Can I Improve My Smile? This is one of the most common, and it’s a really good one. The answer is not going to be the same for every patient, of course. If you’re already in good dental health, we can talk about what cosmetic dentistry procedures may be best, like teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. If your dental health has room for improvement, we can talk about, which leads us to the next common question.
  • What Should My Daily Dental Health Routine Be? Your at-home care is probably the most important part of your dental health regimen. We strongly recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Brush for at least two minutes, gently and thoroughly. Right after breakfast and just before bed are good times. Don’t forget to floss!
  • Do I Have Any Dental Health Conditions I Should Know About? If you do, we’ll see them and tell you, but it’s still good to ask. Think of it as a conversation-starter. If there are issues, we can talk about treatment plans.
  • How Often Should I Have a Checkup? There is no hard-and-fast answer for this. As a rule of thumb, we recommend every six months. Some patients can go longer between checkups, while others may need to see us more often, especially if there are ongoing issues and treatment.

These are the most common, but we encourage you to bring your unique questions to every checkup. Patient education is an important part of what we do. People come to The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein 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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Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we have two quick ideas to overcome your exhaustion and pick up your toothbrush.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth

As you lie there in bed after a long hard day and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times. As you do, visualize the plaque: that filmy stuff on the teeth and gum-line. It’s loaded with the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Then jump up and give your mouth just two minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat

Another convenient and uncomplicated approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content, the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda, if brushing isn’t going to happen soon.

Remember that brushing your teeth is an important part of any daily dental health routine. We recommend brushing twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We strongly recommend flossing, too.

Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the top. Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste. or more than pea-sized, if you’d like. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough!

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our practice for general and cosmetic dentistry. Request 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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Why Look For The Seal?

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Here’s a reminder from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX: when you go to the store for oral care products, make sure your purchase carries the seal of the American Dental Association.

You can depend on the American Dental Association (ADA), which only places its seal on a product after it has been found to be safe and effective. This means that companies have to meet ADA standards, which are even higher than those required by law.

Making sure to purchase products with the seal is practically like shopping with a dentist by your side!

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, the products you use at home are just one part of the dental health equation. The other part is seeing us for regular cleanings and checkups! People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust us with their smiles, and 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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Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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This blog post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already brush and floss every day at home.

The answer is yes: both are important because they work together to maintain your dental health.

We encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Maintaining a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
  • Regular dental cleanings
  • Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tartar that can accumulate, even if you brush and floss every day. When plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, our services include general and restorative dentistry. Patients 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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