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Picking the Perfect Pediatric Dentist for your Child

What’s the best way to pick the perfect pediatric dentist for your child in Houston? Many people go off of recommendations from friends and relatives, while others look for online reviews. Both methods good preliminary ways to find a pediatric dentist. However, the best method is to actually visit the dentist you are considering. Narrowing Down Pediatric Dentist Choices There can be a lot of pediatric dentists to choose from in Houston, so how do you find the right one? The first visit to a pediatric dentist should be a very pleasant experience for your child and shouldn’t involve anything more than a cleaning. If possible, schedule a consultation with your considered dentist(s) and see what their offices are like. A dental office specializing in children should reflect that as soon as you walk in. Games, puzzles, books, and toys should be available for children in the waiting room. There…

. Posted in Pediatric Dentistry CategoryTagged . Jan 30, 2017

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Preventing Nervous Patients with Sedation Dentistry

Nervous about an upcoming visit to your Houston dentist? With sedation dentistry, you can take away the pain and the worry. Sedation dentistry is a method of relaxing patients and removing the sensation of pain by administering sedatives orally, via an inhaled gas, or by an IV. Sedation dentistry is very safe and requires special certification to administer. Additional certification is required to use sedation dentistry with children. Types of Dental Sedation For patients who are just mildly nervous about visiting the dentist, an oral sedative is usually the best course. This kind of sedative is taken just before going to your Houston dentist’s office and it will take effect right about the time your appointment starts. Patients who are moderately nervous or may be undergoing a mild to moderately invasive procedure, nitrous oxide gas is usually the go-to sedative. It is safely inhaled through the nose and relaxes the…

. Posted in Sedation Dentistry CategoryTagged . Jan 30, 2017

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Periodontal Disease Treatment Based on Disease Stage

Periodontal disease is a widespread problem in the United States. It affects about half of all Americans, including about 70% of all seniors in the nation. The best periodontal disease treatment is prevention, but beyond that, there are a few ways to reverse the effects of gum disease. Severity Dictates Periodontal Disease Treatment When your teeth and gums are healthy, maintaining that level of health will prevent disease from sneaking up on you. Proper brushing techniques to remove plaque before it can harden to form tartar will reduce the chances of bacteria getting under your gums. If bacteria does get in, the first level of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis Gingivitis is often characterized by bleeding gums, usually when brushing your teeth. You may also notice a slight discoloration or swelling in the gums. Most of the time, you can reverse this stage by upping your teeth cleaning game. Focus…

. Posted in Periodontal Disease Treatment CategoryTagged . Jan 30, 2017

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Wisdom Teeth Removal at your Tanglewood Dentist

Have you been noticing a pain in a tooth at the very back of your mouth? Perhaps a pain under the gums in that area? It very well could be a wisdom tooth that’s causing you problems, and if so, it’s time to see your Tanglewood dentist and have it removed. Wisdom Teeth Removal Process When having your teeth checked by your Tanglewood dentist, they will look for signs that the wisdom teeth could potentially or are causing problems. Most often, the potential for problems are detected using x-ray imaging. The dentist will compare the locations of the unseen teeth (if they have not broken through the gums yet) with the available space in the mouth. If the oral cavity is too small for the wisdom teeth to fit properly, they may grow in at an angle or not fully erupt (break through the gums). If you are experiencing pain…

. Posted in Wisdom Teeth Removal CategoryTagged , . Jan 27, 2017

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Why Get Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a very important preventative measure that can help children and adults reduce their risk of developing cavities. Cavities form when bacteria congregates on a tooth and is not removed. The bacteria burrow through the protective mineral layers of the tooth before attacking the dentin. To prevent cavities from occurring, regular home oral hygiene routines as well as biyearly visits to your Houston dentist for a checkup rid the mouth and teeth of this bacteria and plaque buildup. Unfortunately, there are some scenarios where home care isn’t enough to remove the bacteria. Some teeth, molars especially, have rough surfaces that are difficult to clean with a toothbrush. These areas can really only be cleansed by a professional cleaning at your Houston dentist. The good news is that dental sealants can help make home care a more viable option. How Dental Sealants Work Dental sealants are applied with a…

. Posted in Dental Sealants CategoryTagged . Jan 17, 2017

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Choosing the Best Dental Crowns in Houston

One of the top recommended restorative treatments are dental crowns in Houston. Accidental damage and decay affect teeth, but crowns restore the look and function of natural teeth. The usual materials used for dental crowns are metal and porcelain. This depends on their location of the crown and the needs of the patient. However, they are all provide a long period of use. Choosing Dental Crowns in Houston The options available to patients for receiving dental crowns in Houston vary by availability, cost, and the specific needs of the patient. Cost The different materials used for dental crowns have different price points, with resin crowns being the least expensive, metal crowns being a middle ground, and porcelain crowns residing at the high end. Each crown has different strengths and weaknesses. Durability Durability of the crowns affects the price of them, but the tradeoff is that highly durable crowns may not appear…

. Posted in Dental Crowns CategoryTagged . Jan 16, 2017

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When to See a Dentist for Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease is a common and fairly easily treated issue that faces about half of all Americans. The catch, though, is that it’s only easy to treat in its early stages. Catching periodontal disease early requires a visit to your Houston dentist. They have the knowledge and expertise necessary to find the signs of gum disease and what treatment method will work best. In the earliest stages of gum disease, treatment can be as simple as a medicated mouthwash and a better oral hygiene regimen. But as it progresses, the treatments get more and more involved. Periodontal Disease Cause The most common cause of gum disease is bacterial clustering around and under the gumline. Bacteria must be cleared away regularly to prevent the plaque it leaves behind from hardening. Hardened plaque, called calculus or tartar, protects bacteria and allows it to continue growing. Tartar is also more difficult to remove…

. Posted in Periodontal Disease Treatment CategoryTagged . Jan 10, 2017

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How to Find Best Pediatric Dentist in Houston

Looking for ways to find the best pediatric dentist in Houston? Research online is often the first tool people use, but there are a lot of other aspects that will help you narrow the search and find the best pediatric dentist for your child. Another method you can use is getting recommendations from friends and family for a conveniently located pediatric dentist in Memorial, Galleria, and Tanglewood areas. The First Visit to a Houston Dentist If you’ve recently had a child or are planning to have one soon, keep in mind they should see the dentist by their first birthday, preferably right after their first tooth comes in. Look for some pediatric dentists in your area that have a convenient location close to your home or your child’s school. Being close to your child’s school (or future school for young children) can make dental visits much easier to manage. A…

. Posted in Houston Dentist Category, Pediatric Dentistry CategoryTagged , . Jan 07, 2017