Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Plaque is that filmy stuff that forms on teeth. Since it is caused by the breakdown of the foods we eat, plaque formation is a constant process. And that’s why we keep reminding our patients to brush and floss twice a day, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

The plaque process goes something like this:

Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth. It will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth.

At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it begins to harden. Give it 10 days and it will turn into that substance most difficult to remove, tartar.

This bacteria feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth.

Brushing and flossing twice a day is your best defense against plaque. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX for general and cosmetic dentistry, and so much more. Schedule your next 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

How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is one of the best things you can do to maintain good dental health. You’ve probably heard us say that more than once, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

Not many patients like to admit it, but studies show that some people have a hard time working regular brushing into their daily schedule. If that sounds like you, please keep reading. We’ve got five tips to help turn brushing into a habit.

  1. In Plain Sight: Leaving your toothbrush where you’re sure to see it will remind you. In a cup on the bathroom counter, or in a holder just by it, are tried-and-true techniques.
  2. Find A Toothbrush You Like: Leaving it in plain sight is part one. Part two? A toothbrush you like! A brush with a comfortable handle can be a pleasure to use.
  3. Consider Your Toothpaste: There’s a wide selection of toothpaste out there. You may want something specific, like a sensitive-teeth paste, or one that whitens. Just make sure you like the flavor, and that it contains fluoride. Read the label!
  4. Make It Fun: Making it enjoyable is a great motivator. You like your toothbrush and toothpaste. Now, how about listening to your favorite music when you brush? Or brushing while you watch TV or listen to a podcast?
  5. Put It On Your To-Do List: A lot of us are motivated by lists. Having a to-do list of daily activities that includes brushing might encourage you to pick up the toothbrush. It can be satisfying to check off another item on your list.

That’s five. We have more! Set an alarm. Brush in the shower. Right after breakfast. Right before bed. Whatever works! At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we want all our patients to have clean teeth and healthy gums. Brush twice a day, remember to floss, and see us for regular checkups. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our practice 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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Dental Health: Don’t Leave The Party Early!

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we are busy ringing in the New Year, same as you. But we decided to take a break in order to remind any patients, potential or recurring, to brush, floss, and watch what they eat during these holidays.

As much as we despise being the serious ones during such joyous festivities, we all know that holiday parties are filled with sugars and abrasive foods that can damage your enamel and gums. So, while it might be pretty impossible to refrain altogether, we advise that you put systems in place to ensure you are caring for your smile.

1. Pick A Favorite: If you have a favorite dish, try to stick to that one for these holidays. That way, you can minimize a host of other options.

2. Floss, Floss, Floss: While full-on brushing might seem inappropriate at an aunt or grandmother’s house, having dental floss or floss picks handy can make cleaning your teeth on-the-go super easy. After every meal, give them a small cleaning when you excuse yourself to the bathroom.

3. Drink Water After Meals: This one applies all year as well! Drinking a glass of water after sticky, sweet, or abrasive meals can help clean out your gums and teeth. It doesn’t beat brushing, but it beats doing nothing at all!

4. Brush When You Get Home From The Party: This New Years, some of us are bound to be out late, perhaps waiting for that ball to drop. Just remember, no matter how late you return to your home, you should brush before bed! Sleeping with your teeth covered in food particles and bacteria is a surefire road to cavities.

The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX wants you to enjoy the holidays to the fullest, and how can you unless your teeth are protected. The last thing you want is a missing or cracked tooth to put an early end to your New Year’s party. We serve satisfied patients in East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein and offer general 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

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Your Dentist

You smile deserves regular attention. If you haven’t had a dental exam in a while, give us a call at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX. Consider these important reasons for having regular cleanings and checkups:

  1. Check Up: It’s time, and this is the best way to prevent dental problems.
  2. Clean Up: Our dental hygienist is ready to give you a super clean smile.
  3. Brush Up: If it has been a while since your last dental visit, it’s probably time to come in for a refresher course on appropriate dental hygiene.
  4. Avoid Pain: If you have dental pain and have been putting off a trip to the dentist, come in now, because we specialize in†relieving dental pain.
  5. Fillings: We can find and fill all your dental cavities in almost no time at all. This will help you skip more painful dilemmas down the road, and helps some of those sensitivities to hot and cold.
  6. Prevent Gum Disease: We’ll evaluate the health of your gums and make any suggestions to help you improve.
  7. A Whiter Smile: We can help. We have tooth whitening options available that will upgrade your smile and make your teeth whiter.
  8. Tooth Replacement: If you are missing a tooth, we can help restore your smile with a dental implant.
  9. Cosmetic Dentistry: Considering making improvements to your smile? We have the procedures to do it.
  10. Confidence: Nothing brings you more confidence than a healthy smile.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we can maintain your dental health and improve your smile! People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for general, 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

Beware Of Hidden Sugar

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Most of us consume far too much sugar. That isn’t exactly a news flash, but at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we want to remind you what sugar does to teeth, and what you can do about it.

We get cavities when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.

That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Sugar seems to be in just about everything. Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day. That is twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association!

Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.

Of course, some things are obvious. Eliminate or minimize the sweet stuff, like soda, candy, cookies, cakes, and donuts. Sweet things may seem to make life worthwhile, but there is a high cost.

If you have an incurable sweet tooth, you might try softening the blow by eating more fruit. You’ll still need to brush, of course, but the natural sugars in fruit aren’t as harmful as those in processed foods. If making that change sounds difficult, remember what a wise person once said: we like what we learn to like.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we care about the dental health of each of our patients. So please cut back on sugar, brush your teeth at least twice a day, don’t forget to floss, and see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. 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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How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Tooth Color

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Most people want to have white teeth and a great smile. But the majority of people have discolored or just plain yellow teeth, especially in a world of tea and coffee drinkers. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we can fix that.

Did you know that tooth enamel is like skin? It has pores that can get clogged and discolored. The most common habits that work against you are:

  • Tobacco and other smokable substances
  • Sodas and other dark colored drinks, i.e. coffee, red wines, and teas
  • Not practicing daily oral hygiene
  • Not having proper dental care

If you want to lighten your teeth, the above will consistently work against you. We advise kicking these habits to the curb if you want the whitest teeth possible. There are compelling health ramifications as well.

If, in spite of your best efforts, your smile is still dull, professional teeth whitening from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX can revive it. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust their smiles to our cosmetic dentistry! We also offer 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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Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we are sometimes asked about Xylitol. What is it, exactly? Is there really a sweetener that helps prevent cavities?

The answer is not a simple yes or no. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark, but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners – natural or synthetic – xylitol is actually beneficial for your teeth. It is used in many products, including chewing gum.

Clinical studies have established that xylitol impedes the growth of the bacteria that initiates decay. It also reduces plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For those who live with frequent dry mouth, xylitol gum or mints can stimulate saliva production while preserving against cavities.

Is xylitol gum as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing the dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly, with a soft brush, after meals. We also recommend twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

Of course, xylitol-sweetened products are no substitute for brushing and flossing. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX. Our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental problems before they start! Services include general 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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When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life gets busy for all of us, and at times, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Maybe you’ve been putting off fixing a leaky faucet for as long as you can remember. Lots of things get put on the back burner, but at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we urge you not to let your dental care be on of them!

Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Do any of them sound familiar?

Rushing Through Brushing

Your teeth deserve at least two minutes of brushing. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a process to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.

Only Seeing The Dentist When You Have a Toothache

We hope none of our patients put off evaluations and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may already be a cavity.

Neglecting Professional Cleanings

When softer plaque turns to tartar, you can’t clean it away with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of it before it can impair your enamel or irritate your gums.

Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss

While it’s better to use a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to know that they can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Ordinary string floss is by far the most effective way to floss your teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we want all our patients to have good dental health. People 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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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Dentist

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Regular cleanings and checkups are part of your first line of defense against dental health issues, so naturally you want to have the best dentist possible. What should you look for? If you’re new in town, or have been looking around for a new dentist, The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX suggests the following.

  • Location and Office Hours: It’s a little like real estate: location, location, location! Choosing a dentist that is near to where you live or work is important, since it makes it easier to make and keep your appointments. On the other hand, it is not the only consideration; some dentists may be worth driving a little further. Their office hours may be better suited to your schedule. our practice serves the East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein areas!
  • Chairside Manner: This is one of the more important considerations. You want to feel comfortable with the person you are trusting with your smile. Do they explain any symptoms you have, and procedures they want to do? Do they listen to your concerns and answer all of your questions? Our team always prioritizes direct patient communication and an empathetic tone.
  • Qualifications: You can get information about a dentist’s qualifications from your local dental society or your insurer. It’s also a good idea to see what special awards or memberships your dentist may have. Dr. J. Scott Anderson is a member of the American Dental Association, as well as a host of other prestigious organization. He has been helping patients smile for years!

Once you’ve done your homework, ask around. What do family and friends say? What about online reviews? Regular checkups at the dentist are essential to any good dental health regimen, and at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we are always honored to be part of the equation. Patient trust is everything to us! We offer 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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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

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A lot of people have tooth sensitivity to one degree or another, causing them to avoid certain foods and beverages. If this sounds like you, please talk to us about it at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

People with sensitive teeth are most likely to have problems with temperature. Hot or cold things, like coffee and ice cream, can be really difficult. Chewing hard foods can also be difficult.

There is more than one cause of sensitive teeth, so it’s important to have a proper diagnosis. A common cause is worn tooth enamel. This can expose the dentin just beneath it. Enamel can wear down from using a hard-bristle toothbrush and brushing too aggressively. That’s why we always – repeat, always – recommend using a soft-bristle brush and a light touch.

Other causes:

  • Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Bruxism or teeth grinding

The treatment for sensitive teeth may involve filling a cavity or replacing a worn filling. If it’s caused by gum loss, you may need a graft. Many cases respond very well to sensitive-teeth toothpaste.

Take a look in the store: just about every major brand includes a line for sensitive teeth, and they are known to work. Many people see results within a week or two. The most important thing is to talk to us about it, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and people 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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