Mouthwash Facts In Houston

Mouthwash Facts In Houston

In this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we’re going to discuss mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help prevent tooth decay. While some mouthwash has cavity-fighting additives, it should never be used exclusively. Good dental health is centered on regular brushing and flossing.

It is important to know what kind of mouthwash you’re using. Some merely mask bad breath, while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque.

If you cope with bad breath, it is important to use a mouthwash with ingredients that also help prevent tooth decay, such as fluoride. Some of the ingredients can be dangerous, even toxic, if not used properly.

Some of the ingredients to watch out for are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next checkup 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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Reinvent Yourself With A Smile Makeover

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A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can boost your confidence. The possibilities include teeth whitening, invisible braces, veneers, or even dental implants.

Better Smile, Better You
Is this the year to reinvent yourself? Consider improving your physical fitness, taking up a new hobby, pursuing continuing education or a new career to go along with your new smile.

A smile makeover is defined differently for every person. We can help you decide what is best for your smile!

A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can give you a whole new smile. We also offer complete general dentistry services. Call us 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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Schedule Your Coronation

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We treat all of our patients royally here at The Gentle Art  of Dentistry in Houston, but some of them receive actual crowns. Not what a king or queen wears, of course, but crowns for your teeth!

Crowns are sometimes called caps, and they’re placed over a tooth to restore its shape and strength, and to improve its overall appeaerance. They are useful for a many problems:

  • To cover and provide durability to a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining.
  • To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • To improve a tooth that is too small or misshapen.
  • To cover a tooth with acute discoloration.
  • To add strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure.

There are different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We carry out an extensive examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

Once they are placed, dental crowns can last many years. They are great way to guard and enhance your smile. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we also offer a full range of general dentistry. 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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Eating Got You Down?

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When you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth, chewing can be difficult and even painful. Dental implants from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.

Dental implants are metallic posts inserted into the jawbone. The posts are usually titanium, which is an ideal material because it is lightweight and fuses with bone so well. One of these posts can support an artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge and even a full arch.

One of the many benefits of dental implants is that the prevent bone recession. This is common after tooth loss. The bone recession results in a sagging appearance to your face.

A missing tooth can also result in teeth around the gap to shift in position, affecting your bite.

But one of the biggest benefits of tooth replacement with a dental implant is a restored ability to bite and chew, as well as a restored smile. Call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston for an appointment. We offer complete general dentistry services. Call 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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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

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If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston may be the answer to your prayers.

Why is that? Dental implants are replacement teeth that look and function like the real thing. Not only that, they help to preserve your jaw bone, which can deteriorate after you lose teeth.

Technically, a dental implant is not a replacement tooth. It’s really a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw. Because it fuses with the bone, it becomes a part of your body. An implant is strong enough to support an artificial tooth, just like a natural tooth root. Several implants can support a bridge, and even a full dental arch.

Other artificial tooth options, including conventional dentures, need to be replaced every few years. This is because the bone beneath it gradually deterioriates.

Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime. They prevent bone loss, because the implant is part of the jawbone. Furthermore, the artificial tooth or teeth attached to the implant will never decay.

Dental implants from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston are indistinguishable from other teeth, and most people won’t realize it’s there. You may forget, too! We also offer complete general dentistry services. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8026

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Should Houston Teens Whiten Their Teeth?

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Getting a smile just like their favorite singer or movie star might be high on your teen’s priority list. However, you may want to talk with The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston before buying an at-home tooth whitening product.

As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening should be overseen by a professional. There are a number of variables that can influence the results such as an existing crown or teeth that have not yet erupted. Some medical conditions can cause teeth to darken. Your dentist can determine if tooth stains are a symptom of an underlying condition.

It’s always a good idea to stress prevention over treatments, especially with kids. Make sure your teen is observing sensible oral health habits. Make sure they understand that coffee, tea, cola, and energy drinks can stain their teeth.

And if they need another reason not to smoke, remind them that tobacco products will destroy their beautiful smile along with their lungs. Lastly, warn them of the dangers of oral piercings which include tooth damage and infection.

If you or any member of your family decides to use an over-the-counter teeth whitener, be sure to follow the instructions exactly as the bleaching agents used can damage your mouth and gums.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, teeth whitening is one of our cosmetic dentistry services. Call for 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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Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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In this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many people are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists? How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling!
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools. (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material. (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey. There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find unmatched dental care. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to 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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Saving Teeth

Root Canals in HoustonWhen a tooth is threatened by extreme decay, disease, or damage, a root canal may be the only way to save it. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, root canals relieve pain.

During a root canal  (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is taken out. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

The root canal is only the primary step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The last steps are the core build-up and crown.

Too often, people are frightened by the prospect of having a root canal. But it’s usually the only way to save a tooth, and at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston they’re not much different than having a cavity filled. We also offer complete general dentistry services. Call for 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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Let’s Take Care Of Those Tooth Stains

Houston Teeth BleachingThe effectiveness of teeth whitening depends partly on the types of stains. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we get consistently good results.

There are two basic types of tooth stains.

  • Extrinsic stains are the simplest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages, as well as tobacco. Time also takes a toll.
  • Intrinsic tooth stains appear from the inside out. Tooth injury or tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove, but it is possible.

We have a couple of options for our patients. The Kör Whitening System is a proven method that can lighten teeth over several weeks. We set you up with custom trays made from impressions of your teeth. The trays hold high-potency whitening gel against your teeth.

Alternately, we offer an in-office whitening treatment that can be completed in a single appointment.

At the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, professional teeth whitening can transform your smile and take years off of your appearance. It’s just one of our cosmetic dentistry options. Call 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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Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

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Body piercings are a common form of self-expression. This post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston is for anyone who has an oral piercing or is considering one.

Our brief summary? Bad idea. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious issues with not only your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. Oral piercings can bring about tooth damage and decay, gum disease, bone recession, compromised immune system function and even death, though that is rare.

In general, any oral piercing opens you up to an range of potential infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs, and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can lead to unnatural chewing patterns that may, in turn, lead to swallowing problems. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve weakening, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also arise.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracks, chips, or other damage. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Damage compromises their durability and shortens their lifespan.

Complications with some piercings develop by the introduction of hepatitis and herpes simplex viruses, and even more complications have occurred with bacteria entering the bloodstream and eventually lodging in the heart valve. In rare cases, such infections are fatal.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we encourage patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry. If you plan to keep yours, be sure to have regular check-ups. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for 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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