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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

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Kids Dental Sealants in Houston

When your children start getting their molars, it’s time to consider kids dental sealants. Dental sealants protect teeth from developing cavities by smoothing out rough surfaces. How exactly does it work? Kids Dental Sealants What are kids dental sealants? The sealant is a gel like substance that fills the grooves of teeth, especially the molars. Molars have rough surfaces to aid in grinding up food for easier digestion. These rough surfaces also play host to bacteria, however. Bacteria gathers in the low spots of the grooves, just out of reach of toothbrushes. Here, it produces plaque (bacterial waste) to further protect itself. Uncleared plaque hardens to form tartar, also called calculus within a couple days. Tartar is much harder to remove. The purpose of dental sealants is to smooth out these rough surfaces and make them easier to clean with a toothbrush. Your Houston kids dentist spreads a bit of…

. Posted in Dental Sealants Category, Kids Dentist Category, Sealants and Fillings Category . Sep 04, 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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Love Your Smile

“Smile, and the whole world smiles with you.” That famous line from Frank Sinatra in the 1950 song “When You’re Smiling” is absolute truth. Smiles are infectious! You can brighten someone’s day just by smiling at them. Now you can love your smile brighten your own day with restoration dentistry. Restoration Dentistry Options Restoration dentistry covers a lot of topics. They range from fixing a chipped tooth to receiving dental implants. People often feel self conscious about their smile when they perceive something to be wrong with it. Even a tiny chip is enough to make some refrain from smiling. Don’t let your smile stay hidden! Learn to love your smile with some of the best restoration dentistry options in Houston. Dental Bonding – Fix a chipped tooth easily with dental bonding. The bond uses a special gel to keep the chipped piece connected to its tooth. This method is best…

. Posted in Restorative Dentistry . Aug 16, 2017

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Dental Filling Demographics

Have you ever gotten a dental filling? Fillings are among the most common dental treatments in Houston and throughout the country. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 91% of adults in the US have cavities. That means if you don’t have a cavity, chances are very high that you know at least nine people that do. According to the 2011-2012 report by the CDC, adults in the US between the ages of 20 and 64 had cavities. Certain demographics of those adults show increased and decreased prevalence of cavities. Which Demographics May Need a Dental Filling In general, untreated tooth decay causes cavities. But people of certain heritages are more likely to get cavities than others. The CDC found that untreated tooth decay is most common in African Americans at 46% and least common in Asians at 17%. Hispanics are the second highest group at 36% and Caucasians are…

. Posted in Dental Fillings Category, Sealants and Fillings Category . Aug 07, 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