Importance of Dental Cleanings and Exams

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Experts recommend that every see a dentist for a routine check-up at least once every six months. However, between other important appointments and the duties of everyday life, this can be easy to forget about. Some may also think this requirement does not apply to them, as they take good care of their teeth. Getting a dental cleaning and exam twice a year, however, is vital to really maintain good dental and oral health.

Did you know that only dentists can remove plaque from your smile? Plaque is a sticky substance that develops from sugar and carbohydrates, and causes decay and gum disease. It is more easily removed when newly developed, and not after a long period of time. This is one main reason why regular cleanings are so important.

During a routine dental exam, many areas of the mouth are checked for several health issues. The teeth are checked for decay, cavities, and looseness. The gums are checked for disease, abrasions, and sores. It is during these appointments that oral cancer is most commonly detected. It is important to remember that health concerns such as this are more easily treated when detected at an early stage. Do your smile a favor and schedule your dental appointments with our dentist in Houston on time.

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Importance of Dental Cleanings and Exams

What You Should Know About Zoom Whitening

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Certain foods, drinks, and lifestyle habits can lead to brown and yellowed teeth. These include red sauces, berries, coffee, tea, and smoking tobacco. This can lead to self-consciousness about your smile, and a look that you don’t take pride in. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry offers teeth whitening treatment in order to get your smile back to sparling and bright.

Zoom is one type of whitening treatment. Impressive effects are possible due to a unique formula and process. The material contains hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide, amorphous calcium phosphate, and potassium nitrate. These materials provide bleaching intensity, enamel protection, and even comfort.

Our Houston cosmetic dentist will use a barrier around the mouth to protect the soft tissues, such as the gums and the lips. The Zoom gel is applied and left on the teeth for fifteen minutes at a time. The ingredients are activated by a special Zoom light, so the peroxide can take effect. This is done for three cycles of fifteen minutes.

If you are a candidate for regular teeth whitening, you are likely also able to get Zoom whitening. Those with severely sensitive teeth should address this issue first before whitening treatment, as the material can make it worse for a few days.

What You Should Know About Zoom Whitening

What Does Restorative Dentistry Do?

Restorative dentistry is the avenue of dentistry concerning mending dental and oral health back to peak conditions. If you are experiencing pain in the teeth or mouth, chances are you require restorative dentistry. Here is a look at the treatments and procedures found in this category.

Fillings

Teeth that have suffered from decay and developed cavities can be filled and fortified with dental material, such as composite resin. Modern dental technology can provide fillings for inside or on the surface of the teeth (inlays and onlays) in just one appointment.

Crowns

Possibly the most common restoration used today, crowns serve many purposes. They can be placed on top of teeth that are misshapen, worn, too weak, or cosmetically displeasing.

Tooth replacements

Knocked-out and extracted teeth can be replaced with one of three options: implants, dental bridges, or partial dentures. Which is right for you is dependent on your oral health and the recommendation of our expert in restorative dentistry in Houston.

Root canal treatment

An infected tooth must be treated before the condition gets worse and the tooth becomes abscessed. Our dentist in Houston will removed the decayed tissue from the canals and replace it will a substitute filling before repairing it with a dental crown.

What Does Restorative Dentistry Do?

Causes of Jaw Pain

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Jaw pain is a symptom for many different conditions and problems. The following is information about some common causes of pain in the jaw, which may help you determine the source if you are experiencing pain in this area.

 

Bruxism

This is the medical term for habitual teeth grinding. Many individuals will clench and grind their teeth when they are stressed, but others do this in their sleep without noticing. This can cause pressure and stress in the jaw area. Our Houston dentists can prescribe you a mouth guard in order to prevent the teeth from meeting.

 

 

TMJ

 

This is the acronym for temporomandibular joint disorder. It occurs when one or both of the jaw joints becomes partially dislodged or inflamed. It can lead to pain in many surrounding areas, as well as popping and clicking sensations, lock jaw, and ringing in the ears.

 

 

 

Orthodontic and oral conditions

 

If the teeth and/or jawbone are misaligned, more stress could be put on one side than the other. This can lead to TMJ, but may also just cause pain and discomfort. Additionally, some oral conditions, such as gum disease or an abscessed tooth can radiate pain to surrounding areas, including the jaw.

 

Visit our expert in treatment in jaw pain in Houston to get a better idea of your condition.

Causes of Jaw Pain

What to Do with a Broken Tooth

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Experiencing a dental emergency is often a traumatic experience. If a tooth breaks, it can be a very painful one, as well. It is important to know what to do if this occurs in order to minimize panic, pain, and risk of the problem becoming worse.

Our teeth are naturally very tough, but can break if they become weakened due to lack of dental hygiene, or during a physical accident, such as a car crash. If this occurs, you should first call our Houston dentists as soon as possible. Before you leave for treatment, rinse the mouth out thoroughly with warm water. This will clear out any debris that you do not want to damage the tooth further or accidentally swallow.

The surrounding gums will likely be bleeding. Applying gauze for about ten minutes should reduce blood flow. To subdue pain and reduce swelling, apply a cold pack to the outside of the mouth over the area for as long as needed.

There are also some products found at most general retail stores that can help in these types of situations. Dental cement can protect the nerves of the tooth from being exposed, and certain expert-approved liquids are used to store knocked –out teeth. Talk to our expert in treatment in broken teeth in Houston about where to find these products.

What to Do with a Broken Tooth