;

5 Things you Should Know About Teeth Grinding – Bruxism

You don’t need to take your stress out on your teeth!

But many of us, when stressed or anxious clench our jaws together and grind our teeth. This condition is called “bruxism”. Though hardly a conscious act, it can nevertheless be one with serious consequences.  Here are 5 things you need to know about Teeth Grinding or Bruxism:
[Read more…]

No Need to Fear Root Canals

It seems we have all heard the root canal jokes from friends, family and even the movies. It usually goes along the line of someone comparing his or her unpleasant experience to the infamous procedure. You may me surprised though at how simple this dental procedure is, and why it may not deserve to be the butt of all dental jokes!

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal itself [Read more…]

8 Helpful Tips for Brushing Your Teeth the Right Way

Proper brushing is probably the most important way to keep your mouth healthy.  Brushing correctly and with the proper frequency can help you prevent problems before they appear.  There are four important things you will need to properly brush your teeth:  a toothbrush with soft bristles, toothpaste with fluoride, the correct angle of brushing, and brushing in a pattern.  Use the following tips to help you get the most out of your brushing.

  1. It is important to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bed.
  2. You should use a toothbrush with soft bristles.  Soft bristles with rounded tips are gentler to your teeth and gums, and the also make it easier to remove plaque below the gum line where periodontal disease starts.
  3. Use about a pea-sized amount of toothpaste that contains fluoride.  Fluoride hardens the outer enamel layer of the teeth.  It can stop a cavity before it worsens as well as provide you with more resistance to future cavities.
  4. Angle the brush along the gum line at a 45-degree angle and apply firm pressure so that the bristles slide under the gum line.
  5. Vibrate the brush while you brush in short back and forth strokes and in small circular motions.  Brush two or three teeth at a time and then move to the next two or three, allowing some overlap.
  6. Tilt the brush and use the tip to brush the backs of the front teeth.
  7. It is OK to brush in any regular pattern you choose but since the insides of the teeth tend to get less attention, you might start with the insides of the upper teeth and then move to the insides of the lower teeth.  Then switch to the outsides of the upper teeth and then the outsides of the lower teeth.  Brush the chewing surfaces of the upper teeth, then the same on the lower teeth.  Complete your routine by gently brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth.  This will remove germs that can cause bad breath.
  8. Change your toothbrush at least every three months or when the bristles are worn or bent.  Old bristles don’t clean well under the gum line and they host more plaque and disease-causing bacteria than new ones.

Following these simple steps can dramatically improve your technique and help prevent cavities.  If you feel that you have further questions, please feel free to ask us during your next dental exam.  We are dedicated to helping all of our patients in the Katy, Fulshear, and Richmond Tx area have the best oral hygiene possible, so we are here to help!

Now that you’ve mastered your brushing technique, SHARE and help others improve their smiles!

5 Easy Steps to Being Cavity Free


For all our best intentions to brush and floss consistently, it seems that we can’t always avoid the cavity diagnosis. While brushing and flossing daily is good for your teeth and important for battling gum disease there are other things that we can do to prevent cavities from forming.

  1. Use a mouthwash after brushing help clear out remaining cavity-forming bacteria.
  2. Avoid snacking between meals, especially on sugary or chewy foods can accelerate the forming of cavities. But chewing vegetable fiber, like celery, after meals can help stimulate saliva, cleansing the fissures and pits where cavities typically form.
  3. For those with braces, water picks can be used to do replace flossing which is impossible with most braces. 
  4. Chewing sugar free gum between meals, particularly sweetened by natural xylitol, can help prevent cavities by helping neutralize the PH balance in your mouth and suppressing bacteria growth.
  5. Visit our office regularly to ensure the application of fluoride, which strengthens enamel thereby preventing tooth decay.  Also, if you are prone to cavities, it’s a good idea to have ongoing checkups to catch cavities early while they are small before they can become larger problems.

Proper dental care goes beyond just brushing and flossing. Protecting our smiles isn’t always convenient, but it is rewarding and as one of the premier dental practices serving the Katy, Fulshear, and Richmond Tx communities, it is our mission to help you have the best dental care possible!

Gum Disease and Your Heart

Did you know that there is an association between gum disease and heart disease?

Many studies show an as-yet-unexplained association between gum disease and several serious health conditions–including heart disease–even after adjusting for common risk factors.  [Read more…]

Dental Treatments for Sleep Apnea


It is estimated that millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but far fewer know very much about what it is or how it can be treated. Quite simply sleep apnea is the disruption of normal breathing during sleep and can become a very serious problem if gone untreated.  Sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose since no one remembers how his or her breathing was the night before.  

People suffering from sleep apnea also may choke or gasp during sleep to draw in breath, experience loud snoring, awake suddenly to restart breathing, sweat frequently through the night, experience headaches, sore throat, or dry mouth in the morning, and even may experience daytime sleepiness.
[Read more…]

family dentistry katy texas, texas child dentist

Passing On Dentophobia

 

family dentistry katy texas, texas child dentist

Many people are afraid to visit the dentist, and some parents even pass on the same fear to their children, which can keep them from going to even the most routine dental check-ups that are vital to promoting healthy teeth and a lifetime of good oral habits. Although a good deal of children are afraid to visit the dentist, they are far more likely to feel this way when their parents share the fear.

There are many reasons that children suffer from dentophobia:

 

  • pain
  • sensitive teeth
  • the noise and smell
  • drills and other dental equipment
  • shots and needles

Helping Your Child

These are fairly common fears, but they can be avoided by following a few simple tips that can help children to feel more comfortable whenever they are in the dentist’s chair.

  • Let Us Know: If you tell your dentist that your child may be nervous about an upcoming visit, the office can usually provide toys or music that will help children relax and make the session more fun and enjoyable.
  • Stay Simple, Stay Positive: If your child asks questions about the dentist, avoid any words that might scare them: drill, shot, etc. You should also avoid comforting them by saying that it won’t hurt. This merely brings the pain to their attention. Try explaining that the dentist will simply check their smile or count their teeth. This allows them to form their own opinion.
  • Start Early: Children should start going to the dentist when their first tooth shows up. This allows children and parents to establish a bond with the dentist and begin a regular routine.

Negative experiences often mean children avoid the dentist later in life. To find out more about how Dr. Jahangiri can help you and your child, contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to speak to a member of our team!

 

 

What is Fluoride?

It’s one of those things you hear about a lot at the dentist, and it gets discussed a lot in topics surrounding dentistry, but many people do not actually know what fluoride is and why we use it. Well, in reality fluoride is rather easy to explain. If you’re curious about fluoride and why it’s such a crucial part of dental care, read on to find out more about this dentist’s dream come true.

 

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, and a negative ion of the element Fluorine (which many former chemistry students may recognize). In the 1930s, water that was fluoridated through Sodium Fluoride (NaF) was discovered to have a positive impact on the deterrence of cavities in dental patients. Since then, fluoride has been used for a variety of purposes and benefits in the dental industry. It is believed to be especially important for the healthy development of the teeth of children.

 

What Does Fluoride Do?

Nowadays, we know more than just “fluoride is good for your teeth.” Today, we understand the science behind why fluoride can have a positive benefit on dental health. The benefits of fluoride for dental health fall into two main categories:

  • Prevention of Demineralization — Demineralization is the process that occurs when plaque creates an excess amount of acidic byproducts from the breakdown of sugars in the mouth. Essentially, demineralization is one of the main sources of cavities and other dental dilemmas. Fluoride has an inhibiting effect on on the process of demineralization. Though it won’t stop it entirely, a healthy amount of fluoride can help deter the spread of tooth decay and demineralization in the first place.

  • Promotion of Remineralization — Simply put, remineralization is the reinforcement of the enamel of your teeth. Remineralization happens naturally every day, but fluoride can help enhance and improve this process, causing an overall improvement to your dental health.

 

Where Do We Get Fluoride?

So we’ve established that fluoride is good for you, but you can’t just go buy pure fluoride in the store. Likewise, too much fluoride can actually be bad for you. So where can you get fluoride? Here are some common sources:

  • Water Fluoridation — Many area water supplies fluoridate their water for the prevention of cavities. Some may contain high levels, though, and for younger children, this could cause fluorosis in teeth.

  • Food Sources — Some foods contain fluoride: tea and food cooked in fluoridated water, for example, will contain small amounts of fluoride. Likewise, seawater has a significant fluoride content, so seafood typically contains fluoride, too.

  • Breast Milk & Formula — Again, fluoride is crucial for the development of small children. Breast milk and infant formula contains fluoride for the healthy development of teeth.

  • Fluoride Therapy — More a medical treatment in nature, many dentists offer a fluoride therapy treatment to patients who suffer from the potentially negative effects of severe demineralization, tooth decay or other dental disorders.

Are you interested in more information on fluoride or fluoride therapy treatment, or would you like to schedule an appointment with our office? As always, contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to speak with our staff and schedule an appointment!

Studies Say Dental Implants Improve Quality of Life

Nobody likes to lose their permanent teeth, it’s definitely not ideal, not for dentists — and especially not for patients. Obviously though, many treatments exist out there for tooth loss. Over the past couple of decades, bridges and crowns have been the de facto industry standard for edentulous patients. However, new research on over 14 other prior studies is suggesting that dental implants could not only be more cost-effective but also better enhance the quality of life for those suffering from permanent tooth loss. We’ve got the summary below:

  • Cost-Effectiveness — When compared to the conventional treatment options, the consensus is that dental implants are the most cost effective option. Though the treatment is more expensive than any single bridge procedure, implants end up costing less in the long-run. This is because crowns and bridges require regular maintenance and usually need to be replaced between every five and fifteen years. Once you add the possibility of multiple procedures with a bridge versus a singular procedure with an implant, the savings implants offer becomes more evident.

  • Patient Satisfaction — Implants on the whole provide patients with a higher rate of satisfaction post-treatment. While patients are often content with the results of bridge procedure, studies indicated that overall happiness with the treatment was higher among groups of patients with implants. The willingness-to-pay was also higher among patients who had received dental implants.

  • Improved Oral Health — Utilizing a standardized set of metrics, studies indicated that oral health improved more in patients who had undergone dental implant surgery when compared to those with bridges or crowns. We imagine this is due to the simplicity of caring for a dental implants, which are just like caring for regular teeth, while bridges require threading floss through and dentures cause other hassles.

  • Improved Quality of Life — The final conclusion of the study was that patients who had undergone dental implant surgery experienced a better quality of life due to all of the above factors listed.

 

If you have any questions about dental implant surgery, or would like to talk to Dr. Jahangiri about the possibility of dental implants for your tooth replacement treatment, please contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment!

What’s Causing My Bad Breath?

Bad breath (professionally known as “Halitosis”) isn’t commonly thought of as a disorder falling under the jurisdiction of dental health issues, but bad breath strikes many of people each year. Some of the underlying causes stem from many issues that are important and significant to dental health. Below, we’ve listed some of the potential causes of bad breath:

Causes of Bad Breath

  • Dietary Habits — What you eat can have a significant impact on the possibility of bad breath. If you frequently eat foods that give off strong odors such as garlic or onions, these foods when digested pass into the bloodstream and to the lungs where they will be released on your breath. This means that even if you brush or use mouthwash the odor is only temporarily masked and won’t truly disappear until the food has been passed out of the bloodstream. Cutting down on foods with strong odors may alleviate your bad breath problem.

  • Oral Hygiene Habits — Brushing and flossing are usually thought of us as preventative against the spread of cavities, but they also help prevent the buildup of bad breath too. If you neglect to brush and floss, then food particles persist in your mouth and odor-causing bacteria will begin to spread. By practicing regular oral hygiene you remove any food and deter the spread of these bad breath causing bacteria.

  • Smoking & Tobacco Use — In addition to a plethora of other negative effects on your teeth, tobacco use can cause bad breath for frequent smokers and users.

  • Dry Mouth — If you have a persistent problem with dry mouth it may be causing bad breath for you. Regular saliva production functions to clean out the mouth and neutralize any acidic bacteria — including the aforementioned odor-causing ones. If you find yourself suffering from dry mouth, your breath might not be so hot either.

If you have any questions about bad breath, how you can treat it or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jahangiri, you can contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at your earliest convenience on our website.