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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Correcting Severe Dental Problems At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

Correcting Severe Dental Problems in Houston

Each restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedure performed at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX can address a specific issue. A porcelain veneer can correct the surface of a tooth that is discolored or has had enamel loss. Bonding can fill a small chip in an otherwise healthy tooth.

Some dental problems are more extensive and require a combination of procedures. Crown restoration combined with soft tissue grafts can restore a severely decayed tooth with the root exposed. A bone graft and dental implant can restore a missing tooth in an area where the jaw bone has receded. Orthodontics followed by tooth whitening totally transforms a smile by straightening and bleaching it.

What is the difference between tooth bleaching and whitening? Whitening is the term for procedures which remove surface stains to restore the degree of natural lightness. Bleaching goes even further by lightening teeth beyond their natural shade.

We live in an age where virtually any dental issue can be corrected. To find out what cosmetic and restorative dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX can do for your smile, come see us! Find out why people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust us with their smiles. 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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General and Family Dentistry in Houston

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When you do an Internet search for a dentist, you may comes across the terms “family dentist” and “general dentist.” You mean there’s a difference? At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we’re going to explain.

There is indeed a difference, but it’s a subtle one. The main difference is in the age of patients. A family dentist, as the term makes plain, can treat everyone in your family, from children to parents, and on through their parents.

General and family dentists are both concerned with the dental health of their patients. That means treating issues involving the teeth and gums. There is a strong emphasis on good oral hygiene.

A family dental practice is a one-stop practice. That saves parents from having to take your ten-year-old to one dentist, and your sixteen-year old to another.

Above all, family dentists are able to focus on the unique dental needs of children. Not only does a family dentist understand how young teeth change as children grow; they also respect the fact that a lot of kids are afraid of going to the dentist, and take that into account.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we specialize in general and family dentistry. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our practice for cosmetic options 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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4 Reasons To Look For The ADA Seal

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Here’s a suggestion from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX: when you go to the store for dental products, be sure that what you choose has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Here are four ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

  1. Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your dollars on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.
  2. The ADA only places its seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.
  3. When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with us right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?
  4. The ADA seal is not the organization’s endorsement of one particular product or another, but a verification of the claims made by that product. This means you will receive accurate, unbiased information about the product.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health, and one of the ways you maintain it is using quality dental care products. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for our general and restorative dentistry options. 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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Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile

Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile In Houston!

No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we have cosmetic dentistry solutions for your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a group of procedures that, individually or collectively, create positive changes to your smile. One procedure, such as teeth whitening, will go along way toward upgrading your smile. Two or more gives you a complete smile makeover.

Cosmetic Procedures

The term “cosmetic dentistry” means different things to different dentists. One practice might call a dental implant cosmetic, while another will consider it restorative.

With that in mind, here are some of the more common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

  • Teeth Whitening: Nothing you buy at the store can can compare to teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist. The bleaching ingredients may be the same, but professional strength whitening far surpasses anything over-the-counter. You’ll get a dazzling new smile!
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Made to match existing teeth, they can hide cracks, gaps, and other imperfections.
  • Dental Implants: Implants are state-of-the-art tooth replacement. Strictly speaking, it’s a titanium post inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth root. A replacement tooth is attached to the post. They look and function like natural teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we use cosmetic dentistry to complement the smiles of each patient. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for our complete general dentistry. Request 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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Why Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk

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This post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX looks at the risks posed by those ubiquitous sports drinks. Many health-conscious people drink them regularly for hydration during workouts.

While it’s true that they help maintain electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), their acidity can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel erodes, those pearly whites can become stained, discolored, and full of decay.

Nobody wants darkened teeth, so next time you’re at the gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already noticed staining or tooth discoloration and would like to do something about it, cosmetic dentistry can help! Consider professional teeth whitening. We offer the KöR® bleaching system, which can brighten your smile in a single office visit.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we have brightened countless smiles with teeth whitening. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for dental implants, and much more. 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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When Style And Oral Health Collide

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we focus on cosmetic dentistry and patient-centered dental care. Today, we wanted to talk to you about the potential health benefits that cosmetic dentistry could bring you!

We know that the term ‘cosmetic’ might be fitting, but it can also be misleading. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures actually do double duty! They help you with the aesthetics of your smile and they also improve and maintain your dental health.

Our team has put together this simple list containing the health benefits of procedures that might seem, at first, to be purely cosmetic.

Oral Health Benefits

  • KöR® teeth whitening not only helps your smile shine brighter; it also helps keep your teeth healthy by removing stains. This strengthens your enamel and keeps your gums clean.
  • Porcelain veneers might be our most popular cosmetic option, but, in addition to the improvement of aesthetic smile consistency, they can protect the front of your teeth and create long-lasting, structural support for your jaw and teeth.
  • Invisalign® Clear Braces can correct smiles in need of some restructuring. In addition to giving you a red-carpet smile, these help keep your teeth and jaw lined-up and prevent overcrowding, allowing you to easily clean your teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry is where oral health and style combine. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we serve  patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who come to us for these and other cosmetic options, as well as general dentistry. Contact us today to find out how you can look and feel healthier!

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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