The Gentle Art of Dentistry Guide To Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth And Your Houston Dentist

Wisdom teeth are usually the very last teeth to grow into the jaw. They’re located way in the back, which can present problems for some people. We handle a lot of wisdom teeth cases at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth usually come in between the late teens and early twenties. Sometimes they grow in straight and healthy, but unfortunately that is in a small percentage of people. Most have them extracted because they can be troublesome. The younger you are when you have them pulled, the better.

Problems

There are several common issues with wisdom teeth.

  • Angling: Wisdom teeth often grow in at an angle, so that they lean too far inward or outward.
  • Positioning: They can grow in too horizontally in the tooth socket, instead of vertically.
  • Impacted: Sometimes wisdom teeth grow into the gums or the jawbone. This is known as an impacted tooth. They can become infected and be extremely painful.

We can X-ray the jaws of our younger patients to see how their wisdom teeth are coming along. When we see they are going to be a problem we usually recommend extracting them.

When wisdom teeth are extracted at a young age, the recovery time is faster and the procedure itself is usually much easier. Wisdom teeth extraction is common at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, and we have pulled them in patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein. People also come to see us for 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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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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For A Healthier Smile, Stop Doing This

Houston friendly family dentist

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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