Dental Questions? We Have Answers.

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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like it when patients ask questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the questions we’re often asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! But a better answer would include the time-honored truth that prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then the dentist examines your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problems. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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3 Smart Smile Solutions

smile makeovers HoustonIn this article from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we take a look at three procedures often used in cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are transforming dentistry. For most patients, a dental implant is the prime solution for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

When the final crown is placed, the dental implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth in function and appearance.

2. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic. We attach them to the front of your teeth to cover chips or cracks, gaps, and other imperfections. they leave you with a fantastic smile!

3. White Fillings
If you had tooth decay in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, significantly improving your smile without crowns.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we use cosmetic dentistry to improve the smiles of patients every day. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our practice for complete restorative dentistry. Call for 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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An Ugly Duckling In Your Mouth?

Cosmetic Denistry in North TomballDo you have a damaged tooth that causes you embarrassment – what you might call an ugly duckling? No matter how hard you try, that it detracts from your smile and is impossible to ignore. We can fix it with cosmetic dentistry at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

Dental bonding is an affordable procedure and we us it in a variety of ways. In addition to repairing damage, dental bonding can close gaps between teeth.

Porcelain veneers are another minimally invasive cosmetic remedy. LIke bonding, veneers can correct chips, cracks and improve tooth shape.

If you have a tooth that is missing entirely, it can be replaced with a dental implant that looks and functions like a natural tooth.

There is no reason to live with an unsightly tooth.  There is a cosmetic dentistry procedure at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston that can help. We’ve restored the smiles of people all over East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also come to us for complete general dentistry. Please give us a 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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You, Only Better

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If you’re not happy with your smile, you can improve it with cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

Cosmetic dentistry is all about using sound dental techniques to make positive changes to your smile. Even a tiny change can make a big difference.

General and family dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, and that is never overlooked. Cosmetic dentistry improves smiles as a complement  to your dental health.

There are procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers that can transform your smile. But before proceeding we consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and the facial shape and coloring of each patient.

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Veneers. Thin shells are affixed to the front of your teeth to cover gaps, cracks, and discoloration.
  • Teeth whitening. Professional whitening surpasses any whitening product you’ll find at the grocery store.
  • Dental implants. One or more titanium posts inserted in your jaw can support one or more replacement teeth.
  • Clear braces. Straighten crooked teeth without metal!

Cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can take your smile from dull to dazzling! People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our practice for complete 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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Smile Makeovers: It’s Not Just About Your Teeth

The Gentle Art of Dentistry Smile Makeovers Its Not Just About Your Teeth

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we use cosmetic dentistry every day to create fabulous new smiles for our patients. We call this a “smile makeover.” It can transform your smile into something spectacular, but it’s more than just appearance.

A smile makeover means using the techniques of cosmetic dentistry to make positive changes to your smile. These techniques might include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Bonding
  • Gum contouring
  • Dental implants
  • Clear braces

Smiles that have been improved with cosmetic dentistry tend to be easier to care for. This is especially true for teeth that have been straightened with clear braces. Teeth that are easier to care for tend to be healthier.

Any of the techniques listed here will go a long way toward transforming your smile. Two or more can leave you with the smile of your dreams.

To find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile, call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. People throughout East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our office for 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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Persistent Dry Mouth?

The The Gentle Art of Dentistry Guide To Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a condition in which your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva, leaving you with a persistent dry feeling in your mouth. If you experience this, be sure to tell us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, which is pronounced zero-STOE-me-uh. It’s a known side effect of certain medications, and is also common in people who are undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. It’s also caused by a condition of the salivary glands themselves, but that is less common.

Causes

There are hundreds of medications that list dry mouth as a side effect. These include prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medicine. Antihistamines, decongestants, and pain medications may cause it, as well as many other drugs.

Dry mouth is also common in older people. Older people are often taking more medication than they did when younger. The body isn’t always as efficient in processing these medications as it once was.

Tobacco and alcohol use can also bring on symptoms of dry mouth, as well as so-called recreational drugs.

Chemotherapy may have an impact on the salivary glands, and their ability to produce saliva. It might return to normal once the treatment is finished.

Complications

In addition to discomort, dry mouth can lead to increased plaque on the teeth. This can, in turn, lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Yeast infections and sores around the mouth can also occur.

People with dry mouth may also have poor nutrition, because chewing and swallowing are more difficult.

The treatment for dry mouth depends on what’s causing it. If you have persistent dry mouth but don’t know why, please let us know at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Our services include complete general dentistry. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for dental implants, and much more. Call us to 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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Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

Houston tooth brushing tips

You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to autopilot morning and night and get it done. But The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston has a question: are you doing it right?

We ask this in all seriousness. There is always room for improvement, even in something as basic as brushing your teeth.

Essential Dental Health

Brushing, after all, is an important part of any daily 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.

Toothpaste

Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste – or more than pea-sized, if you’re so inclined. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough.

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 scrub very hard to remove it. Think of it not so much as brushing, but massaging your teeth and gums. With that in mind you should you be able to keep a light touch.

Finally, 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. You’ve probably got one on your smart phone.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. People come from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein for complete general and cosmetic dentistry services. 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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Smile Necessities And Possibilities

fast braces HoustonA smile transformation doesn’t just make your smile more attractive. It also builds self-confidence: you will be more comfortable in your professional and personal interactions. Cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston creates brilliant smile transformations.

Even the smallest improvement can make a big difference and boost your self-confidence. We have many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can whiten teeth that are discolored, fix chips or cracks, and even replace teeth that are missing.

Traditional dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums. While dental health is always first and foremost, our cosmetic dentistry aims to improve the appearance of your smile. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and how it complements the shape of your face, and even your coloring.

Your smile takes a lot of wear and tear, but cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can restore your smile to its youthful appearance. We’ve transformed  the smiles of people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also come to us for restorative dentistry and more. Call us 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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How Do Implant Dentures Work?

implant dentures HoustonDental implants are an ideal tooth restoration. They can restore anywhere from one to all missing teeth. Dental implants are available at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the patient’s jaw. What makes implants so unique is that they actually fuse with the bone, to provide a solid support for one or more artificial teeth.

The implant acts as a replacement tooth root. Because of this, they help to prevent bone recession and, in turn, support the patient’s facial structure.

What Are Implant Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are attached to the titanium posts. It takes from four to six to support a full dental arch.

The titanium posts are usually inserted into the front part of the patient’s mouth. That’s because there tends to be greater bone mass there. It’s essential to have enough healthy bone to support the post. Even if the patient doesn’t, though, bone grafting can promote new growth, enough to support the implant.

Implant-supported dentures from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston transform lives! People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein call us about implants and other restorative 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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Is Grandpa Smiling?

elderly oral health Houston

How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of those who are sixty-five and over? Well, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston ave some good news and bad news.

The Good News:

  • Tooth decay rates in older Americans has decreased in the past thirty years.

The Bad News:

  • 25% of people over sixty-five have no remaining teeth
  • Nearly 20% have untreated cavities
  • 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  • There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
  • Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What elements will improve the oral health of older Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three things:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we are committed to providing all of our patients with comprehensive oral health education and care. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for our full range of xxx. Please 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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