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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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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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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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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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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

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Kids Sedation Dentistry

When your child has a bad toothache, you want nothing more than for their pain to stop so they can be happy again. And if they are afraid of the dentist thinking it will hurt, they’re less likely to go. You can help your child get the best dental treatment in Houston pain free with kids sedation dentistry. What Is Sedation Dentistry? Sedation dentistry is a method of using oral, inhaled, or injected sedatives to reduce pain and calm patients. Sedation comes in the from of a swallowed pill, an inhaled gas, or an IV of stronger sedatives. Oral Sedation – For patients who feel little discomfort, oral sedation is often enough. Your child may take a light pain medication like Advil or Tylenol before their procedure. Sometimes, the dentist will prescribe a much stronger dose instead. Nitrous Oxide – Nitrous oxide is a gas that reduces sensation and calms…

. Posted in Dental Bridge Categhory . Aug 28, 2017

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Houston Kids Dentist Tips

Ready to bring your little ones to the dentist for the first time? We have some tips for your child’s first visit to a Houston kids dentist. Finding a Houston Kids Dentist When your child’s first tooth comes in or by the time they turn 12 months old, it’s time for their first dental visit. You want to find a Houston kids dentist that: Specializes in treating children (either a pediatric dentist or a family dentist in Houston), Has a welcoming atmosphere and staff, and Offers thorough preventative care for children. It is often more convenient for parents to find a dentist that treats both children and adults. This makes scheduling appointments easier. Additionally, you may want to consider finding a dentist that is close to your child’s potential school or near your workplace or home. First Visit to a Houston Kids Dentist The first visit should not be anything…

. Posted in Dental Bridge Categhory . Aug 21, 2017

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Dental Checkup Procedures

Do you know why it’s important to get a dental checkup? Do you know what goes into one? Dental checkups in Houston are a method of examining teeth to check on the progress of their development and catch problems early. The American Dental Association recommends getting a dental checkup every six months. They also recommend getting x-rays every year. Dental Checkup Procedure Getting a dental checkup is a pretty easy process. The first thing you’ll want to do is schedule an appointment with your Houston dentist. When you come in for your first appointment, there will be some paperwork to fill out. This paperwork provides the dentist with a little bit of your medical history. Additionally, there is a section to list any medications or supplements you are taking. Some medications and supplements affect teeth in various ways. Some increase the risk of periodontal disease. Others increase the risk of…

. Posted in Dental Bridge Categhory . Aug 01, 2017

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Do You Need to Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that come in between the ages of 17 and 23. These extra teeth are not necessary to live a normal life, nor do they affect speech, eating, or drinking. However, there are some instances where you need to remove wisdom teeth. Learning When to Remove Wisdom Teeth There are signs that will indicate your wisdom teeth may become a problem later in life. When they haven’t come in yet, your Houston dentist checks for signs like this. The early warnings are subtle, such as the size of the oral cavity. As a result, most people won’t notice them. As you grow, the dentist compares the location and development of your wisdom teeth with the space they have to erupt. If the oral cavity is too small, they won’t fully emerge from the gums. This is known as impaction. An impacted tooth becomes…

. Posted in Dental Bridge Categhory . Jul 27, 2017

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Bring Back Your Smile with Restorative Dentistry

Have you lost confidence in your smile? Do you feel like your smile could use some improvements? Whether you need a filling, a crown, or even new teeth, there is hope. With restorative dentistry, you can get your smile back. What is Restorative Dentistry? Restorative dentistry is a specialized part of general dentistry for restoring teeth. This may include applying fillings, bonding teeth, creating crowns and bridges, or building dentures. Your smile says a lot about you. Make sure it says the best things with healthy teeth. Bonding & Filling Dental bonding uses a special adhesive to join a tooth with a piece that has broken off. This is generally a low cost repair, but it’s mostly cosmetic and won’t be very durable. As a result, it is best to use bonding on front teeth. The material used for dental bonding can also be color matched to your teeth, giving…

. Posted in Dental Bridge Categhory . Jun 25, 2017

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