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Houston Dentist Compares Manual And Electric Toothbrushes

When you’re in the grocery store, chances are you pass by several manual toothbrushes. Depending on the store, you might also pass by some electric toothbrushes, which have been available to the public for many years. Often, our Houston cosmetic dentist patients ask us which one they should be using and if manual toothbrushes remain an effective option. In this article, we will compare the two and offer insight on which method you should be using to brush your teeth.

Manual Toothbrush

Manual toothbrushes are obviously the default method for cleaning your teeth. In reality, they do a great job so long as you use this toothbrush correctly. The correct way to brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush is to hold it at a 45-degree angle and brush all the surfaces of your teeth (front, back, and edge) in gentle, circular motions. Be sure to brush for 2 minutes, which can be split into 30 seconds per quadrant.

Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes have surged in popularity over the last several years because they do all of the work for you by moving the brush-head in a circular motion at the right pace and pressure. Most models even have a built-in timer that can go off at intervals to let you know when to switch quadrants and/or when 2 minutes have passed. Some fancier models offer different modes for tongue cleaning, deep cleaning, and for patients with sensitive teeth and gums.

Now That You Know What Each Toothbrush Offers, Which Is The Best Type Of Toothbrush?

Our Houston dentist suggests trying out both methods because this can really come down to preference. Both are also great options when wearing dental braces.

Some of our Houston pediatric dentist patients struggle to brush their teeth properly (causing cavities) while others have no issue. If your child has cavities due to improperly brushing with a manual toothbrush, then you may want to consider giving them a kid-friendly electric toothbrush with a timer so all they have to do is glide the brush across their teeth. 

When evaluating our patients who didn’t know how to properly brush their teeth and then switched to an electric toothbrush, we did notice a significant reduction in the amount of plaque on and in between their teeth. On the other hand, patients that were already brushing correctly did not experience a major difference. 

The Final Verdict

Both toothbrushes work effectively, as long as they are used correctly. If you would like to determine whether you and/or your child are adequately brushing, please book an appointment with us so we can conduct a dental exam to evaluate your health. We will also gladly take this opportunity to teach you the best way to floss and brush your teeth for optimal health.

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Avoid DIY Teeth Whitening; Visit Our Houston Dentist Instead

Teeth whitening is quite accessible these days. You can buy teeth whitening kits online, in some pharmacies, or come into our Houston cosmetic dentist office to receive in-office teeth whitening treatment. Although teeth whitening kits purchased for use at home seem ideal, in this article, our Houston cosmetic dentist will break down why you should stay away from DIY teeth whitening kits and stick to in-office treatment.

Teeth Whitening Kits Aren’t As Effective As They Seem

Ads for teeth whitening kits are very effective at highlighting all of the benefits you get from using them, but that’s what advertising is meant to do. They don’t tell you about the drawbacks because then that means these companies wouldn’t get any sales. 

Drawbacks Of At-Home Teeth Whitening

At-home teeth whitening kits are far from convenient because they require you to do every step yourself, which is a rather tedious process. Take into account the following issues with DIY teeth whitening:

It Takes Multiple Tries To Get The Shade Right

When it comes to DIY teeth whitening, it tends to take multiple applications in one round of treatment to get close to the right shade, simply because there is considerable room for error. Even then, you may not achieve an even result.

Multiple Tries Leads To Increased Tooth Sensitivity

If you apply the whitening treatment incorrectly, then this can lead to excessive tooth sensitivity and pain, since these are harsh chemicals you’re putting on your teeth.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Is More Expensive

Although the first purchase of a teeth whitening kit may be far lower in cost than getting your teeth whitened at a Houston dental office, keep in mind that these kits aren’t designed for long-lasting results. They may last a few weeks, but in order to maintain your white smile, you will need to buy these kits very frequently, which adds up over time.

Visit A Houston Cosmetic Dentist For Teeth Whitening Treatment Instead

If you would like a pearly white smile, the best way to achieve this is through in-office teeth whitening treatment. By relying on a cosmetic dentist, you can rest assured that our professional-grade equipment will give you a winning smile by reducing any possibility of tooth sensitivity and maximizing your results so they last for months–not weeks. If you’re ready to show off a bright smile, then please book an appointment with our Houston cosmetic dentist so we can discuss your needs.

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Risks Associated With Wisdom Teeth After Dental Braces

Tooth extractions may sound intimidating, but this is a procedure we successfully complete on a regular basis with ease. Our Houston dentist patients commonly undergo tooth extraction if we diagnose them with impacted wisdom teeth. In this article, we will explain what wisdom teeth are and what risks are associated with them if you’ve had dental braces before.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Here’s some background: a wisdom tooth is also referred to as a third molar. These days, some humans may have anywhere from 1-4 wisdom teeth, or none at all. As humans, we once needed those extra molars to eat properly, but these days, they are unnecessary and can, instead, compromise your dental health.

Wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 17 and 21, but in some cases, wisdom teeth appear in our Houston pediatric dentist patients when they're 13 or 14 years old. If wisdom teeth have not yet appeared by 25, chances are they never will.

Why Does Our Houston Cosmetic Dentist Extract Wisdom Teeth?

The main reason why we recommend extracting impacted wisdom teeth is that they can easily cause damage to the neighboring teeth by:

  • Causing cysts: impacted wisdom teeth are trapped beneath the gums and make an attempt to emerge. Because of this, it is possible for a patient to develop painful cysts. 
  • Crooked teeth: impacted wisdom teeth tend to make adjacent teeth crooked as they try to make room in your mouth to fully emerge, which causes a chain reaction that results in a complete shift/crookedness in your teeth. If you’ve completed your metal braces or Invisalign treatment, crooked teeth are the LAST thing we want for you.
  • Tooth decay: it’s no secret that crooked/crowding teeth are hard to keep clean because it becomes more difficult to brush and floss between all teeth, and it’s no secret that poorly cleaned teeth make you more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease

Wisdom Tooth Extraction At Our Houston Cosmetic Dentist Offices

We are proud to offer exemplary dental care to Houston from our offices in Gulfton, Briarforest, and Greater Inwood. If you are experiencing pain in the back of your jaw, this could be a sign that your impacted wisdom teeth are emerging, so please book an appointment with our Houston cosmetic dentist so we can take some x-rays and develop a plan of action. 

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Effective Cavity Treatment At Our Houston Kids Dentist

Let’s talk about cavities. They can go unnoticed until it’s rather late when they can become extremely painful and uncomfortable. Try as you might to keep your child’s dental health in check, some kids are just more prone to cavities. Whether your child has cavities because of genetics or because they don’t floss correctly, we have a great solution: tooth-colored cavity fillings. In this article, our Houston pediatric dentist will break down what you need to know about these types of fillings.

What Are Tooth-Colored Cavity Fillings?

The technical name for “tooth-colored fillings” is actually “composite" filling. This type of filling is made with a blend of plastic resins and silica. When these are combined, they form a color similar to that of human teeth.

Before Composite Fillings, There Were Amalgam Fillings

You may associate the imagery of a cavity filling with the imagery of an amalgam filling. A traditional amalgam filling is silvery in color and has been used for over 100 years due to its low cost and effectiveness. However, we don’t offer amalgam fillings simply because they are very obvious when a patient is laughing or speaking, and, as a practice that also offers cosmetic dentistry, we don’t want our patients to feel insecure in their smile.

Why We Prefer Composite Cavity Fillings

As mentioned before, we want our patients to feel confident in their smiles. By treating cavities with composite, the location of the cavity will be practically invisible.

Further, unlike with amalgam, we don’t have to remove any of the healthy parts of the tooth. Composite enables us to preserve your natural tooth and strengthen it, which is why composite fillings tend to last longer. However, adequate dental hygiene is key to making these fillings last as long as they can and also prevent future cavities.

Long-Lasting Cavity Fillings At Our Houston Kids Dentist Offices

Cavities are extremely damaging (and may lead to a root canal) and can be uncomfortable, which is why we recommend your child visits our Houston pediatric dentist every 6 months. Not only do we perform regular cleanings, but we also perform x-rays about once a year. Both of these services help us spot cavities early on so damage and discomfort are minimal and we can quickly intervene with composite fillings. If your child is experiencing a toothache, then please book an appointment so we can conduct a dental exam. If we find a cavity, we will be more than happy to treat it with composite, tooth-colored fillings.

Young lady getting her teeth cleaned at our Houston dentist before her dental benefits expire

Why You Need A Houston Dental Cleaning This Month

Not everyone seems to understand the importance of getting their teeth cleaned professionally at our Houston dentist office. In this article, we will discuss the importance of dental cleanings and why now is the best time to get one.

Our Houston Dentist Needs To Regularly Check The Health Of Your Teeth

As a top-rated Houston dentist with offices in Gulfton, Briarforest, and Greater Inwood, we offer a multitude of services, including cosmetic dentistry and pediatric dentistry treatments. Among our several treatments is a dental cleaning, which we recommend everyone gets twice a year. Our cleaning not only polishes your teeth and cleans them much more thoroughly than you possibly could at home yourself, but it also allows our dentists to take a closer look at your teeth when they’re in their cleanest state. 

Dental Check-Ups Are Effective Preventative Care

Once our hygienists clean and floss your teeth for you, our Houston dentist performs a dental health exam. In our exam, we check your bite to determine if you might need dental braces or Invisalign and take a closer look at the soft tissues in your mouth in order to spot any subtle signs of health issues. Illnesses such as diabetes, gum disease, some cancers, and even cardiovascular disease may actually exhibit their earliest signs in the mouth and, like most illnesses, the earlier the issue is found, the easier the illness is to treat and correct. 

Get A Teeth Cleaning While Your Insurance Still Offers Coverage For It

If you don’t already know, your dental insurance benefits will reset at the end of the month, so if you haven’t taken advantage of the benefits that come with your monthly premium, now is the time to get the most out of them by scheduling your outstanding dental treatments for the month of December. Cleanings are typically covered by most dental insurance plans, so take advantage of the coverage while you can.

Victory Smiles Houston Dentist Is Here To Help You Achieve A Winning Smile!

If you have yet to get your semi-annual dental cleaning, then please book an appointment for December with our Houston dentist. We’ll gladly help you go into the new year with a healthy smile you’re proud to show off!