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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Preventive Dentistry at The Gentle Art of Dentistry

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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care. With preventive dentistry, you can avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental health problems.

The most effective preventive dentistry is a joint effort. You do your part with daily brushing and flossing, and we do our part with thorough cleanings and checkups at your regularly scheduled dental appointments.

Daily brushing and flossing is the most important part of the equation. You should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, using a fluoridated toothpaste. Brush at least two minutes!
  • Remember to brush your tongue.
  • Floss with string-style dental floss or tape at least once a day.
  • Replace your toothbrush after about three months.
  • Limit sugary snacks, including soft drinks. That includes simple carbohydrates like white bread.
  • Drink plenty of water each day. You’ll stay well-hydrated, and the water will help cleanse your mouth of food debris.

By following these simple rules you can avoid or reduce the following:

  • Gingivitis (early stage gum disease)
  • Cavities
  • Enamel loss

Preventive dentistry is one of the best things you can do for your dental health, and for your children’s dental health, too. A clean mouth is a happy mouth! At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we believe that prevention is the best treatment. We serve satisfied patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who come to us 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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Smile Like You Mean It!

Hey Houston Smile Like You Mean It!

Have you ever noticed how some people never show a genuine smile? In family pictures, they stay tight-lipped. Even if they’re laughing at the funniest joke ever, they cover their mouths. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we can improve any smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry.

There are many reasons a someone could be shy about their smile, such as injury, tooth discoloration, or poor spacing. You might even have missing teeth.

Rest assured that there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help. Many people start with teeth whitening. Other procedures include dental implants, porcelain veneers, crowns, enamel shaping, and bonding.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we are passionate about helping people have healthy teeth and great smiles. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for general and restorative 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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Whitening vs Bleaching At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

Whitening vs Bleaching At The Gentle Art of Dentistry In Houston

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that we provide almost daily at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX. Everyone, it seems, would like to have a brighter smile.

And why not? A whiter smile boosts self confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away.

Since modern dentistry offers a vast list of cosmetic options, we know it can be hard to distinguish between different procedures. In order for our patients to stay informed, we have put together a simple comparison between teeth whitening and teeth bleaching. The terms actually describe two different procedures.

Teeth whitener consists of any over-the-counter product used to remove stains from tooth enamel. Toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and cost-effective, and can improve teeth with continued, regular use. They’re a good choice for anyone with sensitive teeth and gums.

The term “bleaching,” however, refers to a teeth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. For best results, teeth bleaching should be administered by a dentist. The results tend to be far superior than any over-the-counter product.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we have brightened countless smiles with professional-grade teeth whitening. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services. Request an appointment with us today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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7 Ways To Fix A Chipped Tooth

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In a perfect world, each of your teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. Unfortunately, most of us will need to restore a tooth at some point. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we can help.

A tooth can be compromised by decay, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess. Our team has put together a list of your options, so you can pick the one that works best for you!

Seven Different Options

  1. Dental Bonding: Bonding is used to fix minor cosmetic problems like small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A composite resin is applied and shaped as necessary.
  2. Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells that are permanently attached to the front of natural teeth. They can cover chips, cracks, and gaps, or the alignment of a tooth.
  3. Fillings: Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. Patients love them because they blend in so well with natural tooth color. People concerned about the safety of metal fillings often replace those with non-metal white fillings.
  4. Inlays and Onlays: Inlays are applied to the center of a tooth’s biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point). An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
  5. Crowns: A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. A crown is often necessary for a tooth that has had a root canal, with severe decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge.
  6. Soft Tissue Grafts: Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prevent further damage. Gum surgery is also done for cosmetic reasons, such as reshaping a gumline.
  7. Dental Implants: Implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. Once they fuse with the bone, implants can support one or more artificial teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we offer complete restorative dentistry. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry, 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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Why a Root Canal Is Not Something To Fear

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This post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the root canal.

If you find out you need a root canal, don’t panic. When we recommend this procedure, it’s to repair and save a damaged or infected tooth.

Why do people fear root canals? Simple: they have the reputation of being extremely painful. But in most cases, the patient is already in pain because of the damaged or infected tooth.

Root canals will eliminate that pain. And the procedure itself? The area being treated is completely numb from local anesthetics.

Root Canal Therapy

During the root canal procedure, we remove the pulp inside the affected tooth. You may think of a tooth as bone-like, but in reality there is a soft pulp inside. It surrounds the nerves and blood vessels within.

When this pulp is damaged or infected it leads to a lot of pain, as well as a darkened appearance. Once we have removed it, the space it leaves is filled and the tooth is sealed. Then, it’s covered with a crown, which protects it and gives it a natural look.

Some patients report tenderness or pain in the days immediately following the procedure. But it’s usually minimal, and easily controlled with simple, over-the-counter medication you may already have in the cabinet at home.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, a root canal is nothing to fear. We’ve serve satisfied patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also come to our practice for a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. 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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Bright And Healthy Smiles

Bright and healthy 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 healthy for your self esteem. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we create bright and healthy smiles every day with cosmetic dentistry.

We use cosmetic dentistry to create positive changes to your smile. We can close unsightly gaps and brighten your smile with porcelain veneers, or replace old silver fillings with white fillings that blend seamlessly with your teeth.

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 TX, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for general 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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Gap-Tooth Smiles Aren’t Quite As Adorable Anymore

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Let’s face it: a jack-o-lantern smile doesn’t look as cute as it did when you were five. Except for unique circumstances, when you lost a tooth as a child, you could always fall back on the reassurance that it would grow back. If you’ve lost a tooth as an adult, or have cracked or chipped teeth, The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX can help restore that same reassurance. We can’t guarantee they’ll grow back, but after our treatment, they’ll sure look like they did!

Teeth can become compromised over time by various factors: staining, decay, chipping, or aging. In order to help, our team provides only the most informative, kind, effective care solutions. We understand the anxiety that comes from the prospect of losing your adult teeth. So, our preference is always to preserve your natural teeth. However, this is sometimes not feasible. Don’t worry! No case is a lost case! We offer several alternatives to maintaining and improving your smile.

  • Dental Veneers
    If you still have your teeth, but are not comfortable with them, these might be your answer. Porcelain veneers offer an economical approach to cosmetic adjustments, fixing uneven color, size, or shape. They consist of very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They enhance unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.
  • Dental Bridge
    A dental bridge is used where a tooth is missing. It “bridges” a gap between teeth. It is a restoration with a false tooth attached to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges have been used successfully for decades.
  • Dental Implant
    A dental implant is a more extensive replacement for a missing tooth. An implant consists of an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). With local anesthesia, the artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. An implant is often the optimal restoration, as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from the bone recession that often occurs at the site of a missing tooth.
  • Dentures
    Most people have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed by the wearer. These are custom-made and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled, and a denture created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.

Request an appointment today! At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we serve satisfied patients in East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, and would love to talk to you about your dental needs.

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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9 Tips For Preventing Gum Disease

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. But it is a preventable disease, and also treatable, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

Here are some simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

  1. Brush your teeth for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline. Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough.
  2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which makes it much simpler to insert floss between teeth.
  3. Use a mouth rinse. Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, a mouth rinse can prevent plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong. Remember that fluoride mouth rinses are not the same as mouthwashes. Mouthwashes have alcohol and are designed to freshen breath.
  4. Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A sensible diet provides the nutrients necessary (Vitamins A and C, in particular) to keep teeth and gums healthy.
  5. Don’t smoke, or use smokeless tobacco, which may bring about advanced gum disease or oral cancer. That includes e-cigarettes.
  6. Certain medications can also threaten a healthy smile. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants and heart medicines.
  7. Exercise prevention and schedule regular evaluations — the best way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.
  8. Talk to us about dental health topics such as old, broken fillings or crowded teeth.
  9. If you grind your teeth, ask us about ways to protect them.

Prevention is always the best medicine, so brush and floss your teeth twice a day. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we treat gum disease, and people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for complete general dentistry services. 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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Trust Us For Accurate Dental Info

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Dental patients are more informed than ever before, and much of their knowledge about dentistry comes from online sources. This can be a good thing. But at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we recommend, strongly, that you not rely exlusively on the Internet.

Misconceptions about dentistry began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous. But for all its virtues, the Internet has accelerated the speed and distance misinformation can travel.

Some of the most common dental myths have to do with the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we are dedicated to the dental health of each of our patients. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein rely on us for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Call our office 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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