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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

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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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When to Seek Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease starts out with very mild symptoms. Most people may not even notice the early stages. Unfortunately, this also means that the disease often advances to later stages without proper treatment. Early periodontal disease treatment is the key to reversing damage caused by bacteria. Knowing the Signs of Periodontal Disease It’s pretty easy to spot gum disease early if you know what to look for. It doesn’t always start with pain. In fact, there usually isn’t any pain at all in the beginning. You should be on the lookout for: Bleeding around the gums, especially after brushing your teeth Swelling of the gums Slight color changes in the gums (often an inflamed red color) These are the earliest indicators of gum disease. The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. Most people associate gingivitis with bleeding gums, but this symptom is not always present. As there is usually no…

. Posted in Gingivitis Treatment in Houston, Periodontal Disease Category, Periodontal Disease Treatment Category, periodontitis . Jul 16, 2017