GENERAL DENTISTRY IN HOUSTON, TX
It can be easy to lose sight of a few important things. One thing which often gets overlooked is the importance of your oral health. The American Dental Association recommends having your teeth cleaned and examined by dental professionals every six months. When was the last time you had your teeth cleaned?
If you are a few months behind on having your teeth cleaned, or it’s been many years since you visited the dentist, the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, can provide you with the general dentistry services and general dentistry procedures you need for a healthy smile.
Because we offer so many exciting services like dental implants and Invisalign, patients often forget that we also offer general dentistry services and general dentistry procedures. While it’s true that we offer many exciting cosmetic and restorative dentistry services, we haven’t forgotten that general dentistry is the foundation of your oral health.
At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we’re proud to offer the convenience of same-day dental cleanings and exams. Even if you brush and floss your teeth everyday, it’s still possible to develop some problems with your oral health. That’s where we come into save your smile.
Every six months, you need to have your teeth cleaned by the professionals at the Antoine Dental Center. During a dental cleaning, we will painstakingly remove the plaque you can’t reach through normal brushing and flossing. We’ll also remove dental tartar which generally cannot be removed without professional health.
During the same appointment as your teeth cleaning, we’ll begin by examining your teeth. We use digital x-rays to get a clear image of your teeth almost instantly while exposing you to much less radiation than a traditional x-ray. Once we’ve taken your dental x-rays, we can plan your treatment to ensure you and everyone in your family has a healthy smile.
During your dental cleaning, we’ll use an ultrasonic cleaner to remove deposits of plaque and dental tartar. This is a pain-less process and a relatively fast process. However, don’t underestimate the importance of dental cleaning; it’s a vital step in your mouth’s war against tooth decay and gum disease.
If you’re displaying early signs of gingivitis, we may smooth the roots of your teeth to prevent a gum disease infection. Then we’ll remove stains and discoloration from your teeth by using a special electric brush and gritty polish. We also recommend undergoing a fluoride treatment to help protect you from decay.
After we’ve cleaned and examined your teeth, we’ll sit-down and discuss your oral health. If your teeth are healthy, we’ll schedule a follow-up exam and teeth cleaning in six months. If there is a problem with your oral health, we can provide recommendations for additional treatments. We can coordinate your treatments and perform them right here in our comfortable and modern office.
If you have a minor cavity, we may recommend having it filled with a tooth-colored filling. If there’s an infection present in your tooth, you may need to undergo a pain-free root canal. For more advanced decay, we may recommend a porcelain crown or bridge. If your tooth is damaged beyond repair, we painlessly remove it with a simple extraction. If you’re missing teeth, we can replace them with dental implants. If you have crooked teeth, we can provide orthodontic treatments.
When to See Your Dentist
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you will want to make an appointment with your dentist for an examination; these symptoms may not seem like much, but they have the potential to be serious, so you should get them checked out ASAP. These symptoms can vary from cavities to something more serious.
- Excessive bad breath/bad taste that won’t go away
- Pain in the jaw
- Pain in your teeth
- Teeth sensitive to hot or cold
- Broken teeth
- Dry mouth that won’t go away
The health benefits of oral health can’t be overstated. Your oral health and overall health are connected, which is why you need to do everything you can to make sure that your teeth and gums are kept as healthy as possible. If you want to know the best ways to ensure that you have a healthy, happy smile, consider the following 5 tips for a healthier smile.
1. Make a routine to floss and brush your teeth every day
You have to brush your teeth at least twice a day—ideally after breakfast and then before bed—and floss at least once a day in order to maintain a healthy, happy smile. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps prevent the build-up of plaque, tartar and other bacteria that can cause cavities, gingivitis, and other health problems.
2. Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups
Dental cleanings are vital for your oral health since they remove all of the plaque and tartar that your toothbrush and flossing couldn’t reach in the meantime. Regular dental visits are also necessary so that your dentist can take x-rays and examine your teeth for signs of incoming cavities. Your dentist will also be able to look for any other oral health issues that need to be addressed during these visits.
3. Avoid foods that are hard on your teeth
For the best oral health, you should avoid food that is hard on your teeth. This includes food that is physically hard—such as hard candies, chips, and popcorn—as well as foods that are high in sugars and acid, such as candy, soda pop, and coffee. If you do need to drink something high in sugar or coffee, use a straw to help protect your teeth enamel.
4. Stop smoking and similar bad habits
Smoking and similar habits can greatly impact your oral health. Smoking can cause gum problems, including gingivitis and receding gums. If you are having trouble quitting smoking, consult your doctor about ways to help you quit smoking.
5. Always see a dentist when you suspect something is wrong
One of the best things you can do for your oral health is to always trust your gut feeling when you suspect something may be wrong with your teeth or gums. If you are having tooth sensitivity, tooth pain, bleeding while brushing or flossing or similar symptoms, then these are all signs that there is something that needs to be addressed in your oral health. Making an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible will help ensure that these problems are addressed sooner rather than later.
Your oral health is vital for your overall health, so make sure that you follow the above tips that will keep your teeth, gums and oral health as healthy and happy as possible!
Don’t lose sight of your oral health! Routine general dentistry services and general dentistry procedures can ensure the health of your teeth and safeguard you against the need for lengthier and more expensive treatments.
Remember, brushing and flossing alone is not enough to prevent gum disease and tooth decay! Schedule an appointment today at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX. You can reach our office by calling 713-497-1499.