Even patients who brush, floss, and generally maintain an excellent hygiene routine can sometimes still fall victim to tricky spots of decay or potentially serious oral issues that need a professional touch to correct. That’s where Dr. Mark Gray and his team come in. We’ve spent years of hard work cultivating an ideal office atmosphere in Houston, TX that promotes both comfort and luxury, and now we want our patients to reap the benefits. With general and family dentistry services, as well as advanced education tools, we’re happy to help patients of all ages become established on the path towards lifelong oral health.
It’s generally recommended that patients attend dental checkups twice a year, or once every six months. Dr. Gray will be sure to make these crucial appointments count. While you relax, our team will carefully inspect each and every one of your teeth so that we can ensure that we haven’t missed any telltale signs of decay or damage. We’ll also carefully inspect your gums so as to confirm that you aren’t experiencing periodontal disease. Patient education is an important cornerstone of the care we provide here in Houston; we want our patients to understand exactly what is happening with their smile in a wide variety of situations, and for that purpose, we can offer the CAESY system, which provides interesting, easy to understand information and videos on a convenient chairside monitor.
Nightguards can help guard against the common threat of bruxism, which is the scientific term for unconscious teeth grinding that primarily occurs during sleep. This can wear down the teeth, cause them to crack, and even strain the sensitive jaw joint if left untreated. A nightguard, however, can place a soft but strong barrier between the rows of teeth to prevent any harmful contact during the night, helping patients rest easy.
In addition to checking you for cavities and gum disease, we’ll also screen you for oral cancer during your routine checkups. Early detection and treatment is the best way to handle this disease, so this short procedure can literally save lives. If we find a lesion or growth that we believe to be cancerous, we can organize for a patient to get a biopsy and diagnosis right away. So, if treatment is needed, it can be started immediately, giving someone the greatest possible chance of a full recovery.
Regular exposure to fluoride has been shown to dramatically reduce the development of tooth decay and cavities, which is why it’s added to most oral healthcare products and even public water sources. After your cleaning, we’ll coat your teeth with a fluoride paste that contains a much higher concentration of the mineral than anything you can buy in stores. This will provide a big boost in cavity protection that will last all the way until your next cleaning.
Are you using the right type of toothpaste, toothbrush, and mouthwash? It can be difficult to know given the endless variety available at the store these days, but our team is happy to point you in the right direction. At your next checkup and cleaning, just ask us for a recommendation, and we’ll let you know which products are best suited for your individual needs. This way, you can make sure you’re getting the most out of your oral hygiene at home.
If you have a growing smile at home, know that they are always welcome at our practice! Dr. Marlayne Newman is excellent at helping younger patients feel completely comfortable in our office while protecting them from cavities and showing them the best ways to take care of their teeth. Whether it’s time for your child’s very first appointment or they’re already thinking about college, we’re more than ready to help them achieve and maintain a smile they’ll be proud of for life.
Dental sealants are available to protect those hard-to-reach teeth that tend to be magnets for potentially damaging bacteria. They involve applying a thin layer of dental plastic to the back teeth in order to literally seal off their deep grooves so plaque and food debris can’t gather in them and cause decay. This treatment is ideal for children who are still learning how to brush, but it can also be tremendously helpful for adults who are prone to developing cavities.
Contact the Houston office of Dr. Mark Gray today if you have any questions about our general dentistry services or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment with our attentive staff. We can’t wait to welcome you to our sophisticated, comfortable, and simply stunning office space so that you can receive the dental care you need to feel confident in the health and beauty of your smile. After a visit with us, we’ll be sure to change the way you think about dental appointments! We also welcome new patients from Bellaire, Galena Park, Pearland, Jacinto City, and beyond.