If you wear dentures, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth. Implant-supported dentures are proving to be a superior solution, and they’re available at the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.
The problems with contentional dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.
The good news? Implant- supported dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.
The idea is this: dental implants are titanium posts inserted into your jawbone. Within a few months they fuse with the bone to become a rock-solid base for replacement teeth. One dental implant can support one artficial tooth, while several – usually four – can support one full dental arch.
Implant-supported dentures are a reality, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!
Visiting The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months may seem inconvenient sometimes, but you may benefit in ways you’d never imagine.
A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.
Not only that, but brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower your risk of heart disease. The study says that eople who brushed less than twice a day, and for less than two minutes, were three times as likely to have heart issues than those who brushed at least twice, and for at least two minutes.
A cardiologist who was not associated with the study said it’s possible that those who are attentive to their dental health may simply be more health conscious overall.
Still, researchers believe it strengthens the notion that there is a clear link between your dental health and your overall health.
At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we encourage all our patients to brush their teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, and to floss, too. It’s the best way to keep cavities at bay. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!
This post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston answers some common questions about toothpaste, and its relationship to dental health.
Why does toothpaste seem gritty?
The abrasive quality of toothpaste is to aid in removing plaque and food debris from the surface of the teeth. Forceful brushing becomes unnecessary because the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering bits of food and polish the enamel at the same time.
What’s with the strong minty flavors?
Minty flavors are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath). While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger.
To treat halitosis, it is best to prevent periodontal disease and to also brush bacteria from far back on the tongue. Removing the source is critical and more effective than covering it up with minty flavorings.
What is fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?
Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious people for preventing decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are added to many toothpastes to add another important dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.
How are toothpaste and flossing related?
Along with brushing, regular flossing aids in preventing bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque build-up by removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.
Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?
The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash (or fluoride rinse) simply adds yet another powerful layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.
At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we encourage and promote dental health through brushing and flossing, and regular checkups at our office. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next appointment today!
At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we find teeth endlessly fascinating. Since we’re a dental practice, that probably doesn’t surprise you. But think about it: while we use them every day to smile and eat, there is more to our teeth than meets the eye.
Here are fifteen things you might not know about teeth.
Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
Your gum tissue is as critical as your teeth.
Some prescription meds can increase your risk of tooth decay.
Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
19 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated tooth decay.
Heartburn can be harmful for teeth.
Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
Dried fruit is just as adverse for teeth as sticky candy.
Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
A Harvard-led team used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab.
There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.
At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we want all of our patients to have clean and healthy teeth, along with beautiful smiles. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!
At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, our top priority has always been our patients, and nothing is ever going to change that. Not only do we want want each one of you to enjoy excellent dental health, we want you to have a positive experience in our office.
What do we mean by a positive experience? After all, no one really enjoys going to the dentist, and we understand that. Most of thte procedures we offer aren’t painful, but no one likes having a bunch of tools in their mouths. One of the things we always aim for is efficiency. Rest assured, we’ll be thorough. But we won’t have you in the chair any longer than is necessary.
We always want to get to know you as a person. We know there are practices that try to rush patients through a checkup like they’re a car going through a carwash. That is just not the way we do things. No one wants to be treated like they’re just another patient!
Above all, we will keep you fully informed about what we’re doing. There is time and expense involved in your appointments, and part of our job is explaining to you everything we’re doing. Dentistry is a science with a lot of big words, but we’ll always make sure you know what’s involved with your unique situation.
At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, each patient is our top priority. We want you to be happy with your experience here. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!
Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.
Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages. Our goal is to help our patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs.
Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.
If you are showing any signs of gum disease at all, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let us know at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we consider many factors when designing a smile for one of our patients. One of the elements involved is the facial midline.
We consider the length and angle of the facial midline to properly position porcelain crowns, veneers, and dental implants. When front teeth restorations do not line up with the facial midline, it is called a canted midline. This is something that experience has taught us to avoid.
Many people do not realize the level of 3-D engineering required in cosmetic dentistry. In addition to the orientation in relation to the facial midline, there is also the angle and size of the teeth in relation to each other and in relation to the size and shape of the lips and gums.
If you are considering an extensive smile makeover, you certainly don’t want to entrust your smile to just any cosmetic dentist.
At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we use cosmetic dentistry to create beautiful new smiles for our patients, every day. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call us to schedule an appointment today!
Most people are embarrassed by a missing tooth in the front of the mouth. It may not be fair, but a gaping hole in their smile has negative connotations. A dental implant from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston is an ideal replacement.
When someone loses a back tooth, on the other hand, they are more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right?” “I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, it’s a done deal after the extraction.
This attitude is unfortunate. The goal of this article is to dispel the myth that a missing back tooth has no consequences.
When a tooth is lost, the bone at the extraction site shrinks and recedes over time. Surrounding teeth may also move toward the space where a tooth used to be.
Since a dental implant replaces the tooth root, it maintains the health of the bone, and prevents neighboring teeth from moving.
Investing in a dental implant could be far less costly than treating the after effects. At the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we offer dental implants and a full range of general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!
Is your smile beginning to look a little dull? Has its luster faded over the years? Maybe you’ve got a chipped tooth – or maybe even a couple. You don’t have to live with these imperfections if you don’t want to. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, porcelain veneers can mask these and other dental flaws, leaving you with a magnificent smile.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic or composite resin. We custom fit veneers to go over the front part of your teeth, giving them an attractive, completely natural appearance. You can use veneers to fix stained or chipped teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or abnormally spaced teeth.
Veneers are one of the most popular options available from modern cosmetic dentistry. They are so effective they’ve even been called “instant orthodontics.” Technically, of course, they are not orthodotnics – but they’re very strong, and can work wonders on any smile.
One caveat: a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the front of each tooth being covered with a veneer, in order for them to properly adhere. Once they’re cemented in place, they are permanent. But once they are in place, you’ll have the best-looking teeth of anyone you know.
To find out more about porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment with us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today!
You may have heard that cosmetic dentistry procedures can totally transform a smile. You may be a little skeptical of the claims – after all, the promise of total transformation is a tall order. But we live up to the promise at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.
A smile makeover is all about using cosmetic dentistry procedures to make positive changes to your teeth. It combines two or more of these procedures to upgrade your smile.
If your smile has several problems such as decay, stained teeth, chipped teeth, old silver fillings, or misaligned teeth, you may think that a smile makeover would take many hours and several visits. The truth is, smile re-designs are quicker and easier than ever before.
Cosmetic dentistry possibilities include:
The procedures include:
There are few physical features that bring the long-term pleasure and satisfaction of a beautiful smile. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we use cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles every day. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Schedule your next checkup with us today!