Help Me, I’m Afraid Of The Dentist!

North Tomball Sleep Dentistry

If you fear going to the dentist, you are far from alone. You may be among the millions of Americans coping with what we call dental anxiety, or even phobia. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we don’t want you or anyone else putting their dental health at risk by avoiding regular checkups and cleanings. Sedation dentistry may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Sedation dentistry means using one of several options to put you in a state of relaxation so you can get the care you deserve. We offer three types:

  • Nitrous oxide. This is the first-level option. Better known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide works quickly and wears off quickly. It is very effective. It may or may not make you laugh, but should relax you enough for your appointment.
  • Oral conscious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative an hour or so before your appointment. It will not make you sleep, but it will make you drowsy, and you will not be very aware of your surroundings.
  • IV sedation. As the name suggests, this is administered intravenously. It’s the strongest sedation we have. You may think you’re completely unconscious, but you’ll be awake, and even able to answer questions, the entire time. You probably won’t remember much of the procedure afterwards.

It takes a while for oral conscious sedation and IV sedation to wear off. You will be required to have a ride to and from our office for both of these.

Sedation dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston helps anxious patients maintain good dental health. We’ve treated patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also come to our practice for complete general 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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How Long Should You Brush?

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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we recommend brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, every time you brush. Most people think they brush that long but would probably be surprised if they actually set a timer. Many of us only brush for about a minute, if that.

Essential Dental Health

Brushing your teeth is an important part of any dental health routine. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We strongly recommend flossing, too. Before or after you brush? The jury remains out on that one. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. When you do the sides, be sure you brush along the gumline. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle.

As you do the front and side surfaces, move the brush in gentle, circular strokes.

Toothbrush

Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure the head of the toothbrush isn’t too big, especially if you have a smaller mouth. It needs to fit easily between your cheeks and gums. The handle is less important. Make sure it feels comfortable in your hand. Replace your toothbrush every three months, if not more often.

Tooth Massage

Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to brush very hard to remove it. Think of it not so much as brushing, but massaging your teeth.

And remember, brush for at least two minutes! If you’re running late, and are tempted to cut it short, resist. If it helps, use a stopwatch.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our practice for general and restorative dentistry, and much more. Schedule your next checkup 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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Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your North Tomball Diet

Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern to us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We want all of our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums.

Keeping your teeth healthy requires thorough brushing and flossing, every single day. Regular cleanings and checkups are also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining good dental health.

It’s easy to overlook the fact that a healthy diet is beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and teeth. We recommend foods rich in vitamin B, such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, like fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is vital to healthy teeth because it assists in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber encourages saliva production, as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth, or even pull out fillings.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our practice for dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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Tooth Whitening For A Whiter Smile

Houston Tooth Whitening For Whiter Smiles

Teeth whitening is one of the easiest cosmetic dentistry procedures we have, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. There are a lot of whitening options out there. How do you find what works for you?

The dental care aisle at the grocery store is filled with whitening products. Rest assured, no strips, gels, or toothpastes can match the results you’ll get from professional whitening.

We offer in-office whitening that can revitalize your smile in one visit, or a take-home kit that allows you to proceed at your own pace. Both deliver incredible results!

Having your teeth whitened professionally can be a huge boost for your self-confidence. You’ll look younger, and find it easier to make a positive impression on other people.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, teeth whitening is just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we use to improve smiles every day. People from all over East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein are thrilled with their new smiles! 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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Your Dentist Does A Lot More Than Fill Cavities

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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we are a primary care dental provider, a role that we take very seriously. When you come in for your regular checkup we will give you a thorough examination and cleaning to ensure you have good dental health.

There are nearly 150,000 dentists practicing in North America (someone really does keep track), and most of them are general or family dentists. That means you can turn to us for a wide range of services, including matters related to overall health. The link between your dental health and general health is well-established.

Other available services include:

  • Prevention. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. With daily brushing and flossing at home and regular checkups with us, you can prevent tooth decay. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime!
  • Restoration. Even with good care, things can go wrong. If we find a problem we can treat it. The most common is filling a cavity, but we can repair a chipped tooth and treat gum disease, too. There are other advanced procedures available, like root canal therapy.
  • Cosmetic dentistry. Has your smile lost its luster? We can transform your smile with a range of cosmetic procedures, from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers.

Just how important are regular checkups? If your eyes are the window to your soul, the mouth is a window into your overall health. We can detect health problems in other parts of the body.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we provide complete general dentistry. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our office for dental implants, and much more. 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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Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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A smile makeover from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston will give you a brilliant new smile that leads to greater self-confidence and improved dental health. We take a very methodical approach to make sure you’re thrilled with the results.

A smile makeover means combining different cosmetic dentistry techqniues to improve the appearance of your smile. These may include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Bonding

Before moving forward with any of the actual procedures, though, we schedule a consultation to evaluate your overall dental health, and to determine what it is about your smile you’d like to improve. We’ll check the state of your teeth and gums, as well as the underlying structure.

We’ll also check to see that your bite is good: that is, the way your upper and lower teeth come together. If we discover any problems we’ll need to address those first.

Some of the evaluations may surprise you. We’ll consider the color and shape of your face, including lips and cheeks, and even your hair. The goal is to find just the right balance between these features and the proposed smile improvements.

From there we’ll develop a plan to address the smile improvements you want to make.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we’re committed to excellence in cosmetic dentistry. Patients throughout East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein appreciate our orderly approach, and we’re confident you will too! We also offer implant dentistry. 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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Modern Dentistry In Houston With No Oxen Hooves

Modern Dentistry With No Oxen Hooves In North Tomball

One of the essential habits of good oral health is daily tooth brushing with an effective toothpaste. There is a wide variety of toothpastes available. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we recommend you use one with fluoride, and make sure it has the ADA seal.

That seal ensures that the toothpaste has been tested, claims are being met, and the ingredients are correct. It also means the toothpaste has fluoride, an important ingredient for strengthening teeth.

Toothpaste as we know it has only been in existence since the late 1800s. Fluoride was added in 1914. The earliest evidence of toothpaste or dental cream dates back to 3000-5000 BC. The Ancient Egyptians pulverized oxen hooves, egg shells, pumice, myrrh, and water creating one of the earliest forms of toothpaste.

The Greeks and Romans began adding crushed bones and bark to the mix. The taste most likely was hard to take. During this same time people in China and India were using a similar paste, but adding flavorings, like Ginseng and herbal mints making it a bit more palatable.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we are always happy to recommend a toothpaste for you. Patients come to us from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. 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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Help For Tetracycline Stains At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

There’s hardly anyone out there who wouldn’t like to have a brighter, whiter smile. With professional teeth whitening at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, getting the whitest possible smile has never been easier.

You might think that over-the-counter whitening products are a simple shortcut to whiter teeth. It’s true there are lots of whitening gels, strips, and toothpastes at any grocery store. But they won’t deliver the results you’ll see from professional whitening.

Effectiveness is one of the biggest advantages to professional whitening. Another is speed. Imagine walking into our office with dull or yellowed teeth and leaving with a brilliant smile! In most cases teeth whitening can be finished in a single office visit.

When it comes to hard-to-remove stains, like those from tetracycline, the ballgame changes a little. Tetracycline is an antibiotic, and in high doses can permanently stain teeth. Lighter stains can usually be removed with teeth whitening. For more serious discoloration, veneers may be in order. These are thin porcelain shells that are custom-fitted to cover the surfaces of teeth.

Teeth whitening from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can give you a stunning new smile. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our office for porcelain veneers, and much more. 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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Celebrity Smiles Without The Annoying Paparazzi

Celebrity Smiles In Klein Without The Annoying Paparazzi

Close your eyes for just a moment, and picture the most beautiful smile you’ve ever seen. Maybe it is the smile of your significant other, or your favorite actor or actress. What makes it so memorable? Whatever it is, you can get a smile just like it with cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

We redesign smiles to repair alignment, dull color, damage, and stains.

Cosmetic dental procedures include porcelain veneers (they give teeth a brand new face), crown restorations, teeth whitening, orthodontia (quicker and easier than ever!), and dental bonding (affordable and effective).

You can have a billboard-perfect smile right here.

The very same cosmetic dentistry procedures used on famous smiles are available at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We’ve improved the smiles of people throughout East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also come to our practice for dental implants. 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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Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we explore some specifics about brushing your teeth. One key to getting the most out of your toothpaste is getting plenty of foam when brushing.

Working up a good foam is brought about by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then brushing at a 45 degree angle. The foam helps dislodge food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around as you finish brushing to pick up any stragglers.

The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel. Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization of your teeth. This takes time, so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes, and get the foam throughout your mouth.

Flossing is an important part of cleaning your teeth. It doesn’t matter whether your floss before or after brushing. There are different types of floss available and they’re all effective. We do, however, recommend string floss over floss holders, because with string floss you can get all around individual teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want all our patients to brush and floss twice a day. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust us with their dental health by scheduling twice a year checkups. Our services include dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. Set up 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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