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Teeth Whitening: Facts vs Fiction

What is teeth whitening? You may have heard people talk about having their teeth whitened, but what does it entail? Do all people need it, or is it just cosmetic? History of Teeth Whitening Whitening your teeth, also known as bleaching them, is a method of altering the shade of your teeth to appear whiter. The practice of teeth whitening is an old one. A Frenchman by the name of Guy de Chauliac devised a method of brightening teeth in the 1300s. He suggested, “Clean the teeth gently with a mixture of honey and burnt salt to which some vinegar has been added.” The acid in the vinegar breaks up tartar and changes the color of the teeth. Vinegar is still used today as a household cleaner, making porcelain and glass shine. In 1877, oxalic acid became the prime whitening agent, and in 1884, peroxide set the bar. Today, dentists…

. Posted in Dental Bridge Categhory . Nov 14, 2017

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Houston Dental Insurance Coverage

Do you have Houston dental insurance? Did you know we accept most insurances from several providers? And did you know that there are less than 60 days to renew your insurance? The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has changed its window of coverage renewal. Instead of choosing a plan by December 31st, you need to pick a new plan by December 15, 2017. This also affects plans that include dental coverage. Several health insurance provider plans include dental coverage. Some plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), United Healthcare, and others offer dental coverage as part of their base plan. You have until December 15th to use your dental benefits for this year. Houston Dental Insurance Dental insurance is relatively inexpensive. The cost of a single, separate plan is about $20-30 per month. Some health insurance plans incorporate dental coverage into their base plan, as outlined…

. Posted in Houston Dentist Category, Kids Dentist Category . Nov 08, 2017

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Happy Healthy Halloween!

Today is Halloween, and kids everywhere are excited to go trick or treating. Parents, on the other hand, worry about the sugar intake ruining their kids’ teeth. What can you do to make sure they have a happy healthy Halloween? We have 12 Halloween dentist tips from the American Dental Association to help you out. Sweet Treats One piece of candy a day is not going to be a problem, but eating a lot of sugary treats leads to cavities. According to ADA dentist,Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty, “Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet.” Be sure to limit candy intake! Best Time to Eat Candy There actually is a good time to eat Halloween candy: right after a meal. During meals, saliva production increases, and that saliva neutralizes acids. Bacteria feeding on the sugar from candy produces acid that rots teeth. So,…

. Posted in Dental Bridge Categhory . Oct 31, 2017

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The Best Place for Periodontal Disease Treatment Houston

You may know it, but there is a good chance you experienced gum disease at some point in your life. In fact, almost half of all Americans have some level of gum disease. That number increases to 70% for seniors. Don’t let that discourage you, though, as early stages — which are most common — are the easiest to treat. What can you do to get the best periodontal disease treatment Houston? Knowing the Signs of Periodontal Disease The first step to treating periodontal disease is to know when you have it. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, and it is the most easily treated. Gingivitis causes puffy gums and the occasional bleeding of the gums. To treat gingivitis, you usually need not do more than increasing your oral hygiene regimen. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice per day, preferably after meals. If necessary, your Houston…

. Posted in Gingivitis Treatment in Houston, Periodontal Disease Category, Periodontal Disease Treatment Category, periodontitis . Oct 24, 2017

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Dental Crown Helps Your Smile

What can a dental crown do for your smile? There are several uses for a dental crown, some cosmetic, some practical. But, the bottom line is that dental crowns help your smile. Whether you’ve had a bad cavity or a fractured tooth, dental crowns restore the look and function of a tooth. The Fresh Look of a New Dental Crown Our teeth are very durable, but that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. Teeth fracture from too much stress, such as biting a very hard piece of food, like popcorn seeds or ice. Cavities and root canal infections destroy a tooth from the inside. The tooth weakens over time and eventually breaks. Accidents fracture and even chip teeth. But this damaged tooth doesn’t need to be a permanent look. A brand new dental crown revitalizes your look and renews the function of the tooth. Don’t suffer from the pain of a damaged…

. Posted in Dental Bridge Categhory . Oct 12, 2017

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Houston Family Dentist

Looking for the best Houston family dentist? Look no further! Naba Dental treats patients of all ages with the best care and the latest technology. Everything from checkups to dental bridges and fillings help protect your whole family’s teeth. The Best Dental Care from The Friendliest Dentist Dr. Rubab Mirza cares about her family, her patients, and her community. Being a dentist is more than a job to her. It is a way to help her community continue to be healthy throughout their lives. How does she ensure the health and well-being of her community? She is very active in her children’s school, promoting healthy teeth and gums with parents and kids alike. Therefore, when families need dental care, they know where to turn. And Dr. Mirza provides the best care in the Galleria area of Houston. Naba Dental promotes the use of dental insurance to families as a way of…

. Posted in Houston Dentist Category, Kids Dentist Category . Oct 04, 2017

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National Dental Hygiene Month

Next week begins October, a time of changing leaves, cooler temperatures, pumpkins, and dental hygiene. That’s right, October is National Dental Hygiene Month. And amidst all the pumpkin spice lattes, be sure to keep your teeth and gums healthy! American Dental Hygienists Association The ADHA was founded in 1923 and represents over 185,000 registered dental hygienists in the United States. During the month of October, we focus on these pillars of dental health support. Take pride in your dental hygiene and thank dental hygienists for their hard work! Why do we want you to take pride in dental hygiene? First and foremost, we want you to be healthy. Healthy teeth and gums contribute to your overall health. However, we also know that a healthy smile makes people feel good. You’ll smile your brightest when you are confident in your smile. Dental hygienist help clean your mouth, removing plaque and bacteria…

. Posted in Dental Bridge Categhory . Sep 26, 2017

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Houstonians Bunny Hop to Good Dental Health With These Garden Tips

Gardens Help Houston Kids Bunny Hop to Good Dental Health If too many trips to those Galleria-area candy boutiques is now sending you to your Galleria family dentist, take a lesson from Dr. Rubab Mirza and chase away the dental bunny blues with Peter Cottontail’s favorite garden fresh treats – garden fresh seasonal vegetables, vegetables, and fruits. Holiday Sweets Mean Special Care for Teeth No matter what spring holiday you celebrate, sugary treats are fun for the family but you should brush soon after eating them to ensure bacteria does not form not matter how old you are. Desserts are the obvious culprit during celebrations, but did you know that pasta and bread can also create dangerous levels of bacteria in the mouth? Milk and acidic foods also cause problems by eating away at tiny cracks in the enamel and allowing cavities to form in the teeth. This allows cracks…

. Posted in Houston Dentist Category . Sep 18, 2017

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Which is Better Dentist or Orthodontist? Do I Need to See Both?

Picking a dentist is hard enough but when it comes to making the decision about when to see a dentist or an orthodontist, it can get confusing. The good news is, there is really no need to decide which is better dentist or orthodontist. It really does depend on your needs. When a doctor studies orthodontics, they first become a dentist like Dr. Rubab Mirza of Naba Dental. Then they study orthodontics, defined as the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws, including the use of braces. Here are some important things to keep in mind when deciding which is better dentist or orthodontist for you. If you have what you consider to be normal teeth and a normal bite when you are chewing your food, and your major needs are regular cleanings and occasional fillings, you will be fine with Dr. Mirza or your traditional family dentist practicing pediatric…

. Posted in Houston Dentist Category, Kids Dentist Category, Oral Health . Sep 15, 2017

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What to Use and How to Floss

There is a joke that makes the rounds on the internet about dentists hassling patients about flossing their teeth. We only want to make sure you clear out those tight spaces between your teeth! Any time bacteria collects, it causes damage. The tight spaces between teeth can be difficult to clean with a tooth brush, but flossing gets into those spaces and clears out plaque and bacteria. We’ll lay out some dental floss tips to help your hygiene game. Dental Floss Tips If you’re unsure of how best to utilize floss, we’ll give you a step by step guide. First, you want to cut a strip of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap a small amount around one middle finger and the rest around your other middle finger, leaving about two inches between them. Gently wrap this section of floss around a tooth. Slide the floss up and down in…

. Posted in Dental Bridge Categhory . Sep 11, 2017