4 Reasons To Look For The ADA Seal

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Here’s a suggestion from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX: when you go to the store for dental products, be sure that what you choose has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Here are four ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

  1. Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your dollars on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.
  2. The ADA only places its seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.
  3. When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with us right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?
  4. The ADA seal is not the organization’s endorsement of one particular product or another, but a verification of the claims made by that product. This means you will receive accurate, unbiased information about the product.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health, and one of the ways you maintain it is using quality dental care products. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for our general and restorative dentistry 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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Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile

Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile In Houston!

No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we have cosmetic dentistry solutions for your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a group of procedures that, individually or collectively, create positive changes to your smile. One procedure, such as teeth whitening, will go along way toward upgrading your smile. Two or more gives you a complete smile makeover.

Cosmetic Procedures

The term “cosmetic dentistry” means different things to different dentists. One practice might call a dental implant cosmetic, while another will consider it restorative.

With that in mind, here are some of the more common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

  • Teeth Whitening: Nothing you buy at the store can can compare to teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist. The bleaching ingredients may be the same, but professional strength whitening far surpasses anything over-the-counter. You’ll get a dazzling new smile!
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Made to match existing teeth, they can hide cracks, gaps, and other imperfections.
  • Dental Implants: Implants are state-of-the-art tooth replacement. Strictly speaking, it’s a titanium post inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth root. A replacement tooth is attached to the post. They look and function like natural teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we use cosmetic dentistry to complement the smiles of each patient. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for our complete general dentistry. Request 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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Why Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk

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This post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX looks at the risks posed by those ubiquitous sports drinks. Many health-conscious people drink them regularly for hydration during workouts.

While it’s true that they help maintain electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), their acidity can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel erodes, those pearly whites can become stained, discolored, and full of decay.

Nobody wants darkened teeth, so next time you’re at the gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already noticed staining or tooth discoloration and would like to do something about it, cosmetic dentistry can help! Consider professional teeth whitening. We offer the KöR® bleaching system, which can brighten your smile in a single office visit.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we have brightened countless smiles with teeth whitening. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for dental implants, and much more. Request 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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When Style And Oral Health Collide

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we focus on cosmetic dentistry and patient-centered dental care. Today, we wanted to talk to you about the potential health benefits that cosmetic dentistry could bring you!

We know that the term ‘cosmetic’ might be fitting, but it can also be misleading. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures actually do double duty! They help you with the aesthetics of your smile and they also improve and maintain your dental health.

Our team has put together this simple list containing the health benefits of procedures that might seem, at first, to be purely cosmetic.

Oral Health Benefits

  • KöR® teeth whitening not only helps your smile shine brighter; it also helps keep your teeth healthy by removing stains. This strengthens your enamel and keeps your gums clean.
  • Porcelain veneers might be our most popular cosmetic option, but, in addition to the improvement of aesthetic smile consistency, they can protect the front of your teeth and create long-lasting, structural support for your jaw and teeth.
  • Invisalign® Clear Braces can correct smiles in need of some restructuring. In addition to giving you a red-carpet smile, these help keep your teeth and jaw lined-up and prevent overcrowding, allowing you to easily clean your teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry is where oral health and style combine. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we serve  patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who come to us for these and other cosmetic options, as well as general dentistry. Contact us today to find out how you can look and feel healthier!

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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Preventive Dentistry at The Gentle Art of Dentistry

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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care. With preventive dentistry, you can avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental health problems.

The most effective preventive dentistry is a joint effort. You do your part with daily brushing and flossing, and we do our part with thorough cleanings and checkups at your regularly scheduled dental appointments.

Daily brushing and flossing is the most important part of the equation. You should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, using a fluoridated toothpaste. Brush at least two minutes!
  • Remember to brush your tongue.
  • Floss with string-style dental floss or tape at least once a day.
  • Replace your toothbrush after about three months.
  • Limit sugary snacks, including soft drinks. That includes simple carbohydrates like white bread.
  • Drink plenty of water each day. You’ll stay well-hydrated, and the water will help cleanse your mouth of food debris.

By following these simple rules you can avoid or reduce the following:

  • Gingivitis (early stage gum disease)
  • Cavities
  • Enamel loss

Preventive dentistry is one of the best things you can do for your dental health, and for your children’s dental health, too. A clean mouth is a happy mouth! At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we believe that prevention is the best treatment. We serve satisfied patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry. Request 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 Like You Mean It!

Hey Houston Smile Like You Mean It!

Have you ever noticed how some people never show a genuine smile? In family pictures, they stay tight-lipped. Even if they’re laughing at the funniest joke ever, they cover their mouths. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we can improve any smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry.

There are many reasons a someone could be shy about their smile, such as injury, tooth discoloration, or poor spacing. You might even have missing teeth.

Rest assured that there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help. Many people start with teeth whitening. Other procedures include dental implants, porcelain veneers, crowns, enamel shaping, and bonding.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we are passionate about helping people have healthy teeth and great smiles. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Request 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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Whitening vs Bleaching At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

Whitening vs Bleaching At The Gentle Art of Dentistry In Houston

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that we provide almost daily at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX. Everyone, it seems, would like to have a brighter smile.

And why not? A whiter smile boosts self confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away.

Since modern dentistry offers a vast list of cosmetic options, we know it can be hard to distinguish between different procedures. In order for our patients to stay informed, we have put together a simple comparison between teeth whitening and teeth bleaching. The terms actually describe two different procedures.

Teeth whitener consists of any over-the-counter product used to remove stains from tooth enamel. Toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and cost-effective, and can improve teeth with continued, regular use. They’re a good choice for anyone with sensitive teeth and gums.

The term “bleaching,” however, refers to a teeth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. For best results, teeth bleaching should be administered by a dentist. The results tend to be far superior than any over-the-counter product.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we have brightened countless smiles with professional-grade teeth whitening. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services. Request an appointment with us today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
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7 Ways To Fix A Chipped Tooth

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In a perfect world, each of your teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. Unfortunately, most of us will need to restore a tooth at some point. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we can help.

A tooth can be compromised by decay, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess. Our team has put together a list of your options, so you can pick the one that works best for you!

Seven Different Options

  1. Dental Bonding: Bonding is used to fix minor cosmetic problems like small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A composite resin is applied and shaped as necessary.
  2. Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells that are permanently attached to the front of natural teeth. They can cover chips, cracks, and gaps, or the alignment of a tooth.
  3. Fillings: Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. Patients love them because they blend in so well with natural tooth color. People concerned about the safety of metal fillings often replace those with non-metal white fillings.
  4. Inlays and Onlays: Inlays are applied to the center of a tooth’s biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point). An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
  5. Crowns: A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. A crown is often necessary for a tooth that has had a root canal, with severe decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge.
  6. Soft Tissue Grafts: Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prevent further damage. Gum surgery is also done for cosmetic reasons, such as reshaping a gumline.
  7. Dental Implants: Implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. Once they fuse with the bone, implants can support one or more artificial teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we offer complete restorative dentistry. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Request 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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Why a Root Canal Is Not Something To Fear

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This post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the root canal.

If you find out you need a root canal, don’t panic. When we recommend this procedure, it’s to repair and save a damaged or infected tooth.

Why do people fear root canals? Simple: they have the reputation of being extremely painful. But in most cases, the patient is already in pain because of the damaged or infected tooth.

Root canals will eliminate that pain. And the procedure itself? The area being treated is completely numb from local anesthetics.

Root Canal Therapy

During the root canal procedure, we remove the pulp inside the affected tooth. You may think of a tooth as bone-like, but in reality there is a soft pulp inside. It surrounds the nerves and blood vessels within.

When this pulp is damaged or infected it leads to a lot of pain, as well as a darkened appearance. Once we have removed it, the space it leaves is filled and the tooth is sealed. Then, it’s covered with a crown, which protects it and gives it a natural look.

Some patients report tenderness or pain in the days immediately following the procedure. But it’s usually minimal, and easily controlled with simple, over-the-counter medication you may already have in the cabinet at home.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, a root canal is nothing to fear. We’ve serve satisfied patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also come to our practice for a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Request 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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Bright And Healthy Smiles

Bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull and yellow ones: you won’t get much disagreement there. Everybody likes to see a pleasing smile, and having beautiful teeth is also healthy for your self esteem. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we create bright and healthy smiles every day with cosmetic dentistry.

We use cosmetic dentistry to create positive changes to your smile. We can close unsightly gaps and brighten your smile with porcelain veneers, or replace old silver fillings with white fillings that blend seamlessly with your teeth.

A great smile is a huge asset. It’s how we express a range of emotions without saying a word. Our goal is to draw your teeth and facial structure into harmony, so that you are able to present the world with the best possible you.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for general dentistry. Request 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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