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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Been A While Since You’ve Visited A Dentist?

Houston, Texas Residents Visit the Dentist

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we are committed to the highest standards of dental care, and to the experience our patients have in our office. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a checkup, we invite you to give us a call to schedule one.

Communication is one of our biggest priorities. It’s important to us that you know exactly what is going on in each appointment. Dentistry is a highly specialized field, and we may occasionally lapse into jargon that might not make sense. We try to avoid that, but never hesitate to ask us to clarify one point or another.

We may be dental professionals, but we get checkups, too. We know what it’s like to sit in the dentist’s chair. Empathy is an irreplaceable asset.

In all likelihood, you have scheduled your appointment with us months ahead of time. We respect your time, and try to minimize how long you’re in the waiting room. But sometimes procedures take longer than expected, or an emergency appears. If there is any kind of delay we will do our best to mitigate its impact on you.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, every patient is important to us. Find out why people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust their dental health to us. Our services include 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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Beating Horrible Halitosis

Houston lowest price teeth bleaching

Bad breath is no fun at all, but there are things you can do to combat it. If bad breath is an issue for you or a loved one, talk to us about it at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

Common, garden-variety bad breath is caused by the things we eat and drink. Food debris builds up on the teeth and forms plaque, which is bacterial. The best defense against it is to brush and floss after every meal.

Foods containing garlic, onions, and other strong flavorings are in a class by themselves. Food particles can actually get into your bloodstream, and from there to the lungs. Once it does, it’s on your breath every time you exhale. You’ll have to wait it out.

Other common causes of bad breath:

  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Diets high in sugar
  • High protein or low carb diets
  • Smoking

These all involved ordinary bad breath. Digestive issues, like acid reflux, can also affect the breath. Dry mouth – or xerostomia – can also cause it, since saliva helps to keep the mouth clean by washing away food debris.

Health Conditions

Bad breath can actually be a warning sign of a more serious health condition. If you have chronic bad breath even though you brush, floss, and even use mouthwash, be sure to tell your doctor. It could indicate a blood disorder, or liver and kidney problems. It isn’t common, but it could even be an indication of cancer.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, our services include general and restorative dentistry. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust us with their dental health. 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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Raise Your Dental IQ

Raise Your Dental IQ

There are simple things you can do every day to raise your Dental IQ and benefit your smile. One simple lesson from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. The critical thing is the balance of bacteria. This is where brushing and flossing come into play. Brush and floss properly each day and you will have a better chance of keeping the appropriate balance.

Other precautions you can take:

  • Wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!
  • Keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. Also, close the lid of the toilet before you flush!
  • Replace that toothbrush! When it comes to your toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. Get a new one every three to four months.

If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can minimize the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. We offer complete general dentistry, and patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our office for cosmetic 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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The Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

The Gentle Art of Dentistry Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body, but it is neither indestructible nor renewable. It’s important to brush and floss daily, and have regular checkups at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

We recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Use it after every meal to gently clean away food particles. It is best to brush right after eating. The sooner you remove food debris from your teeth, the better.

Flossing regularly is also essential to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.

As for checkups, an average of about two per year is best. In some cases we’ll want to see a patient more often.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we want each patient to enjoy excellent dental health. Patients 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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Does My Dentist Care About My Diet?

East Spring Preventive Dentistry

In this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we are focusing on your dental health. The typical American diet tends to be high in calories. And while this is a good thing, as everyone needs energy, it’s also important to make sure you’re receiving the important nutrients your body needs.

When we eat healthy, we improve not just our overall health, but our dental health as well! The tissues in our mouth remain healthy, the jaw stays strong, and teeth last a lifetime.

A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables, and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

This will not only ensure that your body remains in balance, but will also benefit your oral health. But how?

When we consume healthy, non-sugary fruits, instead of candy or soda, we are making sure that the gum-line stays fresh and free of acids. As if that weren’t enough reason to keep a healthy diet, the calcium in low-fat dairy products can strengthen the jaw bone while keeping the gums free of fats and sugars. Likewise, lean protein and whole grains provide even, non-starchy surfaces, so your teeth are not subjected to any coarseness.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we want all our patients to have good dental and overall health. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for 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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What’s New In Dentistry?

Advanced Dentistry in Houston

The world of dentistry continues to advance at a rapid pace. If you have visited your dentist lately, you have probably noticed some things that make your visit more comfortable. Offices are now equipped so you can watch TV or listen to music while receiving treatment. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we combine this kind of relaxed atmosphere with sedation dentistry, and a host of other advanced services, in order too keep you at-ease during your visit.

What may not be as obvious are the advances in techniques, tools, and materials. Most top dentists are now using digital computer imaging, which is safer than traditional x-rays. Our technicians can store, retrieve, and transmit digital images much easier than was possible with traditional x-ray film.

The use of lasers has also changed the face of dentistry. Laser surgery requires less anesthesia, minimizes swelling, and protects surrounding tissue. General dentists use lasers for detecting and treating cavities, and dental technicians use them for the curing of restorative materials.

Another exciting development in cosmetic dentistry is CAD-CAM technology, which allows cosmetic dentists to perform restorations in a single visit. The types of procedures that can be completed in one visit include: crowns, fillings, and porcelain veneers.

If you need a thorough exam, expert dental cleaning, or want to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, visit us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX. Check out our smile gallery to find out how we can transform your smile! Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also 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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Less Is More At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

There are valuable new developments in dentistry: stronger, natural-looking materials, improved techniques, more effective diagnostic methods, and more precise instruments. Combine them with the team at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX and you’re left with less of what used to make people dread going to the dentist.

  • Less Pain: Improved painkillers, lasers, and cutting-edge techniques take the pain out of dental procedures.
  • Less Inconvenience: Laser dentistry, which employs powerful beams of light, has significantly minimized the time required to complete dental treatment.
  • Less Time Needed To Heal: Laser dentistry reduces recovery times for procedures such as dental implants, root canals, smile redesigns, and other types of oral surgery.
  • Less Risk: The overall success rate of many dental procedures, including dental implants, has increased.
  • Less Loss of Healthy Tooth Structure: Dental procedures such as decay removal, inlays, porcelain veneers, and crown restoration can be performed with less loss of healthy tooth structure.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Peace Begins With A Smile

East Spring cosmetic dental veneers

Mother Theresa once said that peace begins with a smile. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? If you think there is room for improvement, talk to us about cosmetic dentistry options at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a range of procedures we use to create positive changes to your teeth and smile. The procedures are always done with your dental health in mind; it never diminishes the function of your teeth.

Even one small cosmetic dentistry procedure can make a big difference in your smile; several can have quite a dramatic effect. The procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening that surpasses any whitening product you can buy at the store
  • Porcelain veneers that mask chips, cracks, gaps, and other flaws
  • Dental implants that replace missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like the real thing

Cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also 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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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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