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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Dr. Farahani invests a great deal of time listening to her patients to understand not only their past dental history, but also their goals and concerns for their oral health, overall health, and well being. This includes answering all of your questions. We believe that anything you ask is important, and we've compiled a list of some of the most common questions we hear from patients. However, if you don't find the answers or information you need here, we encourage you to contact our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members or dentist.

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We hear and understand your concerns about Coronavirus and COVID-19. The good news I can give you today is that our office is one of the cleanest places you could visit! In addition to the standard, universal precautions we always take in sterilizing and disinfecting, we have added additional measures to keep you safe. We are so dedicated to your health and safety that our precautions exceed CDC and OSHA regulations!

​Every patient and staff member is pre-screened for COVID symptoms or exposure risk and their temperature is recorded before they enter the office. 

​Here are some additional measures we are using to keep you safe:

​1. Our lobby, doors, counters, keyboards, and all other frequent-touch items are being disinfected after each use.

2. Enhanced personal protective equipment is in use by all clinical staff

3. All patients are asked to disinfect their hands upon entering and leaving our office.

4. Books or other community-use items have been removed from the lobby.

5. Social distancing aids have been placed around the office to help you maintain a safe distance

6. We have extended the time for each appointment and decreased the number of patients on the schedule to allow for enhanced disinfection between patients.

​We have plenty of supplies to ensure protection of our patients and staff!
Please be confident in our care and know that we are monitoring the situation and will update our schedule and protocol as needed.

​​Should you have concerns, we are happy to answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you soon and wish health and wellness for you and yours!
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Sheila Farahani, DDS

Of course we do! Dr. Farahani uses virtual appointments to reduce the number of times patients need to come to the office. Using either photographs or video chats, Dr. Farahani is able to help answer questions or give guidance to patients. This is especially useful for patients going through Invisalign clear aligner therapy. Where as we usually see these patients every 6 weeks, we can reduce those visits to every 10 weeks or even longer between visits! Feel free to ask if Virtual Care is right for you.

Affordable Dental Services at Harmony Dental Wellness

Most of our patients have dental insurance and use their benefit with us! However, we are a little different than many other dental offices in that we are out-of-network with all insurances. This man holding stick and smiling | dentist austin txdoesn't mean that you can't use your benefits at our dental office. We are happy to file insurance claims on your behalf and even request a pre-determination to find out an estimate of your benefit! Being out of network means we don't adhere to the set fees that insurance companies hold network dentists to. This allows us to offer our patients the personalized care that they need without restrictions. Being out-of-network also enable us to work with the most exceptional dental laboratories that provide the level of artistry and quality that we know our patients deserve. 

Our patients appreciate the level of dental care they receive at Harmony Dental Wellness, which embodies care for your whole body and well being. And most of our patients agree that they have never received this type of service and dental care at any other practice they've visited. 

Paying For Treatment

We do ask that you pay for your treatments at the time of service. We will then file your claims and complete the paperwork necessary for insurance to process your visit. You should receive a reimbursement check directly from your insurance company shortly after your visit for the amount of your contracted benefit. Please feel free to contact our office anytime with questions you have about your treatment plan, financial options, and insurance benefits. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to help you receive the procedures you need to achieve optimum oral health. 

Another way we are different from other offices is that, at Harmony Dental Wellness, we pay attention to saliva. Saliva is a vital component to your oral health! Of course, there are the obvious benefits of lubricating your food and helping you speak, but did you know that saliva does so much more?

Testing For Gum Disease

Your saliva is a fantastic buffer to neutralize the acids made by bacteria and helps prevent cavities and gum disease. Throughout your experience with us, we will monitor your saliva. At your first visit, we measure the quantity and consistency of your saliva and ensure that adequate saliva is being produced from all three major saliva ducts in your mouth. At all hygiene appointments, we measure the pH of your saliva to screen for reflux, buffer capacity (quality) and other possible issues. If periodontal (gum) problems are present, we may recommend salivary testing.

A simple sample of your saliva can tell us what kinds of bacteria live in your mouth and how many of them there are. That means we will know which antibiotic, if any, is best for your mouth. Dr. Farahani always tries to avoid the use of antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and she believes that saliva testing allows her to choose a medication that will be minimally impacting to the rest of the body. Use of the correct antibiotic in conjunction with gum therapy can result in a reduction of your harmful bacterial levels to below your body's reactive threshold levels.

In some situations, we may recommend the use of that same saliva sample to screen for genetic markers or viruses, such as HPV, that would indicate higher risk for you of diseases such as cancer. While most people think of HPV as being related to cervical cancer, it more commonly causes throat cancer.

We are always looking for ways to prevent disease! Call our office if you have any further questions.

Harmony Dental Wellness is much different from the average dental practice in several key ways. Dr. Sheila Farahani is committed to your total health and has created an office where the whole body is taken into account. In addition, we provide an exceptional environment to help you feel relaxed. Here are a few things you can expect that set us apart.

 

A Complete Dental Experience

  • Dr. Sheila Farahani spends extra time getting to know you on a personal level so she can understand and recommend which dental procedures will best help you achieve your goals for a healthy and beautiful life. We consider the effects of diet, medications, stress, sleep habits, work environment, and even personal habits when we look at your health. We then use the most modern technology and techniques to ensure for you the longest lasting and most natural results.
  • Harmony Dental Wellness features the Solea Laser to provide many services without needles, drills or pain. We also use 3D scanning technology to streamline the communication process with our labs and provide you with higher quality restorations in less time than other offices. 
  • The Nu-Calm system is also available for your use. Originally created to help soldiers suffering from PTSD, this system reduces anxiety without medication by using soothing neuro-acoustic sounds embedded within beautiful music. Ask us to come in a few minutes before your visit to try it! 

​Environmentally Conscious

With an eye on our impact on the environment, Harmony Dental Wellness consciously chooses to use organic and natural materials, where possible. We provide comfort items for you such as heated lavender neck wraps, warm hand towels, fresh beverages, and soothing aromatherapy during your visit. Please don't hesitate to tell us if there is more we can do for your comfort!

If you are ready to learn more about experiencing dentistry in a whole new way, we encourage you to contact our dental office today to schedule your next dental appointment. 

 

 

 

Most people have a hand brush in their bathroom instead of an electric so I'll begin there. Any hand brush you use needs to be soft. If you are using a medium or hard bristle brush, please throw it away (or use it for cleaning grout). Your gum tissue is very soft and sensitive. A hard brush will damage the gums and cause recession and will actually wear away the tooth surface! There are even extra-soft (or gentle) brushes for those who already have recession or exposed roots. 

Think of the toothpaste as a the scrubber and the brush as the massager. All you need to do is gently apply the paste by rotating the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and let the paste do the work for you. 

I highly recommend an electric brush for most people. The two major brands that have been tested and approved by the ADA are the Sonicare and Oral B (Braun) Triumph brushes. Both have supportive research that they do a great job cleaning which begs the question of which to use? Here are the main differences:

1. Brush shape: The sonicare has a diamond shaped head while the Oral B has a round head. If you have a hard time getting around your upper back tooth, the round head may do a better job. Otherwise, it is personal preference!

2. Sound: The sonicare creates a higher pitch and quieter sound. Sensitive teeth may like the less aggressive feel of this brush, but some people say it feels like it tickles.  If you want a quiet and gentle feel, Sonicare may be for you. If you are typically a hard brusher, the deeper sound and more vigorous feel of the Oral B may feel better to you. 

3. Triggers: Both brushes generally feature a buzz or pause in vibration every 30 seconds to tell you to change to the next part of your mouth. (You should be brushing for 2 minutes regardless of which brush you use.) They also both feature a light that flashes to let you know you've been brushing too hard. In the Oral B, this light is high in the handle making it easier to see. If you are a hard brusher, I recommend the Oral B for this reason. If that isn't an issue, the Sonicare will work fine!

 

I hope that helps you pick a brush. Remember to change the head of your brush every 3 months or anytime you get sick. If you have questions, please feel free to call us at (512)346-1212

Solea Needle-Free Dentistry

Safe and Comfortable Laser Dentistry Options 

Our office uses a Solea Laser for some procedures for your comfort and convenience. The laser is perfectly safe for your body. It uses CO2 to make a focused beam of light to remove tooth structure or to treat the gum tissue needed. The focus of the laser is extremely precise and does not effect the surrounding tissues! Due to the nature of the type of laser we use, the tooth and gums are numbed by the laser! There is no need for needles, anesthetic, drills or stitches. The numbing only lasts for about 10 minutes so you can go on with your day without any lasting numbness. The result is simple: Solea Laser for a Painless Dental Experience | dentist austin tx

  • No Needles
  • No Pain
  • No Bleeding
  • No Stitches
  • No Lasting Numbness
  • Little or No Drilling
  • Less Time in the Chair 
  • A Better Experience!

 

Our Solea Laser can be used to treat cavities, ulcers, tongue-ties, nodules, excess gum tissue and many other types of dental treatments. Call us with any questions you have or to make an appointment. (512) 346-1212

Harmony Dental Wellness is much different from the average dental practice in several key ways. Dr. Sheila Farahani is committed to your total health and has created an office where the whole body is taken into account. In addition, we provide an exceptional environment to help you feel relaxed. Here are a few things you can expect that set us apart.

 

A Complete Dental Experience

  • Dr. Sheila Farahani spends extra time getting to know you on a personal level so she can understand and recommend which dental procedures will best help you achieve your goals for a healthy and beautiful life. We consider the effects of diet, medications, stress, sleep habits, work environment, and even personal habits when we look at your health. We then use the most modern technology and techniques to ensure for you the longest lasting and most natural results.
  • Harmony Dental Wellness features the Solea Laser to provide many services without needles, drills or pain. We also use 3D scanning technology to streamline the communication process with our labs and provide you with higher quality restorations in less time than other offices. 
  • The Nu-Calm system is also available for your use. Originally created to help soldiers suffering from PTSD, this system reduces anxiety without medication by using soothing neuro-acoustic sounds embedded within beautiful music. Ask us to come in a few minutes before your visit to try it! 

​Environmentally Conscious

With an eye on our impact on the environment, Harmony Dental Wellness consciously chooses to use organic and natural materials, where possible. We provide comfort items for you such as heated lavender neck wraps, warm hand towels, fresh beverages, and soothing aromatherapy during your visit. Please don't hesitate to tell us if there is more we can do for your comfort!

If you are ready to learn more about experiencing dentistry in a whole new way, we encourage you to contact our dental office today to schedule your next dental appointment. 

 

TMJ and TMD Issues

TMJ is an acronym that refers to your temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint. TMJ has also been used to describe the symptoms related to jaw pain or other issues related to TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. If you suffer from TMD, you may deal with symptoms such as frequent headaches, jaw, neck, or shoulder pain, tenderness when biting or chewing, worn teeth, or your jaw locking open or closed. Managing these symptoms can significantly improve your quality of life.

Treating TMJ

Dr. Farahani takes a comprehensive approach to treating patients with TMD. The root cause of this disorder is different for every patient, and it is critical to determine exactly what's causing your pain to effectively plan treatment for it. We use state-of-the-art technology called the T-Scan to effectively determine the optimal position for your jaw, which will help your muscles relax and in turn, alleviate your symptoms. 

Oral Appliance Therapy for TMJ

The treatment we recommend is unique for each patient but may include wearing an oral appliance or using dental restorations to adjust and rebalance your bite by reshaping your teeth.

Don't let debilitating jaw pain hold you back from living your best life when relief is just a phone call away! Contact your Austin dentist today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your treatment options.

Full Mouth Rejuvenation - Smile Makeovers

Smile Makeovers at Harmony Dental Wellness

Also referred to as a smile makeover, full mouth rejuvenation offers a unique and customized plan to restore function and esthetics to your smile. Maybe your teeth have suffered from normal wear and tear over the years, or perhaps they overlap, or they have suffered a more substantial trauma. In each of these cases, full mouth rejuvenation combines the treatment procedures that can restore your smile and oral health such as:

The Consultation Process

Dr. Farahani will sit down with you during a consultation to assess the current health of your mouth, your ideas, and desires for your smile, and your lifestyle needs. We focus first on the health of your teeth, gums, bite, and jawbone. Our next goal is to create a beautiful smile.

You may find that your treatment plan combines more than one service or procedure, in which case we can complete your treatment in phases, which helps to fit your rejuvenation plan more comfortably into your schedule and budget.

Would you like to hear more about the possibilities for your smile? Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Farahani.

Gum and Bone Disease Therapy

Preventative Dentistry at Harmony Dental Wellness

You may have heard rumors that you don't really need to floss. We are here to give you the long and short answer to the confusion.

The short answer is YES, you do need to clean effectively between your teeth!

The longer answer is this: Bacteria in your mouth eat the same food you eat. They digest the food and make acid as their waste product. When bacteria are allowed to stay on your teeth and gums the acid dissolves away the tooth to make a cavity or causes inflammation of the gums to cause gum disease. That's why you need to get those pesky bacteria off of your teeth! There are several ways to effectively clean between your teeth. Classically, it is thought to be best to use floss, but depending on your mouth, you may also be able to use a waterflosser (like a WaterPik), interdental brushes, stimudents or one of many other tools. Floss effectively cleans up to 3mm below the gum line when used properly in a healthy mouth. If you have buildup, bone loss, crooked teeth, deep pockets, missing teeth or other dental conditions, you should definitely check with your dentist (or come see us!) to find out what is best for your mouth. Things change quickly in the mouth so coming back for your regular exam and hygiene visit will ensure that you can hang on to those pearly whites!

We are here to support, not judge, so please don't feel embarrassed to tell us that you don't floss. We can help!

Call to Schedule to Book a Preventative Dentistry Appointment in Austin!

Maintaining good oral health is extremely important and the best way to do that is to schedule regular visits to your dentist. Call Harmony Dental Wellness in Austin, TX today! 

Another way we are different from other offices is that, at Harmony Dental Wellness, we pay attention to saliva. Saliva is a vital component to your oral health! Of course, there are the obvious benefits of lubricating your food and helping you speak, but did you know that saliva does so much more?

Testing For Gum Disease

Your saliva is a fantastic buffer to neutralize the acids made by bacteria and helps prevent cavities and gum disease. Throughout your experience with us, we will monitor your saliva. At your first visit, we measure the quantity and consistency of your saliva and ensure that adequate saliva is being produced from all three major saliva ducts in your mouth. At all hygiene appointments, we measure the pH of your saliva to screen for reflux, buffer capacity (quality) and other possible issues. If periodontal (gum) problems are present, we may recommend salivary testing.

A simple sample of your saliva can tell us what kinds of bacteria live in your mouth and how many of them there are. That means we will know which antibiotic, if any, is best for your mouth. Dr. Farahani always tries to avoid the use of antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and she believes that saliva testing allows her to choose a medication that will be minimally impacting to the rest of the body. Use of the correct antibiotic in conjunction with gum therapy can result in a reduction of your harmful bacterial levels to below your body's reactive threshold levels.

In some situations, we may recommend the use of that same saliva sample to screen for genetic markers or viruses, such as HPV, that would indicate higher risk for you of diseases such as cancer. While most people think of HPV as being related to cervical cancer, it more commonly causes throat cancer.

We are always looking for ways to prevent disease! Call our office if you have any further questions.

Invisalign Clear Aligners (Invisible Braces)

We have Invisalign Clear Braces! 

Since everyone who wants straight teeth comes to us with their own unique goals for their smile, Invisalign treatment times are different for everyone. Is your goal a cosmetic adjustment? Do you have bite problems we need to address? Are you a teen or older adult?

These are all questions we consider when discussing treatment with Invisalign at our Austin, TX dental office. Similar to ClearCorrect, Invisalign uses crystal-clear plastic aligners to move your teeth millimeter by millimeter until they’re in the desired position. We use Invisalign to make small cosmetic corrections or to address orthodontic problems like overbites or underbites.

When Dr. Farahani discusses Invisalign with you, she’ll identify your goals and develop a plan for treatment to help you achieve them. You will receive several sets of customized aligner trays, and each should be worn every day for at least 22 hours for two weeks.

The number of sets of Invisalign aligners you receive depends on your individual needs; many of our patients use between 20 and 30 sets, while more complex cases may require as many as 50.

Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation Today! 

Dr. Farahani would be happy to meet with you to explain how Invisalign in Austin, TX can help you achieve your goals. Please call Harmony Dental Wellness at (512) 346-1212 to arrange an Invisalign appointment to get started.

NuCalm Relaxation

Stay Relaxed with NuCalm 

If you feel anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist, we offer a medication-free solution called NuCalm. This technology was created to help soldiers suffering from PTSD, and it combines dental cleaning | dentist austin txthe use of an all natural product with acoustic therapy to provide deep comfort and relaxation. Here's how the four-step process works:

  1. All-Natural Chewable Tablets (Gaba and L-Theanine) are administered at the beginning of your appointment. These chewable and good tasting tablets immediately create a natural relaxation response.
  2. FDA-cleared Microcurrent Stimulation is applied via tiny patches placed below each ear. This current helps to rapidly assist the relaxation response.
  3. Soothing Music is then delivered through noise-canceling headphones. The music actually features a proprietary neuroacoustic pattern designed to facilitate deep relaxation.
  4. Light blocking eyemasks are then used to remove visual stimuli and help to maintain your peaceful and relaxed state.

Sedation Alternative

Many of our patients find that this is all the relaxation that they need to feel at ease during their dental procedures, which eliminates the need for other sedation methods such as Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation.

If you would like to learn more about NuCalm and how it can benefit you, please contact your dentist in Austin.

Harmony Dental Wellness is much different from the average dental practice in several key ways. Dr. Sheila Farahani is committed to your total health and has created an office where the whole body is taken into account. In addition, we provide an exceptional environment to help you feel relaxed. Here are a few things you can expect that set us apart.

 

A Complete Dental Experience

  • Dr. Sheila Farahani spends extra time getting to know you on a personal level so she can understand and recommend which dental procedures will best help you achieve your goals for a healthy and beautiful life. We consider the effects of diet, medications, stress, sleep habits, work environment, and even personal habits when we look at your health. We then use the most modern technology and techniques to ensure for you the longest lasting and most natural results.
  • Harmony Dental Wellness features the Solea Laser to provide many services without needles, drills or pain. We also use 3D scanning technology to streamline the communication process with our labs and provide you with higher quality restorations in less time than other offices. 
  • The Nu-Calm system is also available for your use. Originally created to help soldiers suffering from PTSD, this system reduces anxiety without medication by using soothing neuro-acoustic sounds embedded within beautiful music. Ask us to come in a few minutes before your visit to try it! 

​Environmentally Conscious

With an eye on our impact on the environment, Harmony Dental Wellness consciously chooses to use organic and natural materials, where possible. We provide comfort items for you such as heated lavender neck wraps, warm hand towels, fresh beverages, and soothing aromatherapy during your visit. Please don't hesitate to tell us if there is more we can do for your comfort!

If you are ready to learn more about experiencing dentistry in a whole new way, we encourage you to contact our dental office today to schedule your next dental appointment. 

 

Sleep Apnea

Are you often accused of snoring loudly at night and keeping your partner awake? Do find it's difficult to focus on tasks due to chronic fatigue? Do you frequently feel exhausted even after a full night's sleep? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a dangerous and potentially fatal sleep disorder that causes you to repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night. In fact, you may stop breathing hundreds of times during your sleep without even realizing it. This occurs most often because of a blocked or constricted airway, and the lack of oxygen causes your brain to wake you up.

Health Risks of Sleep Apnea

Even though you don't realize you're waking at night, your body does because it is not getting the rejuvenating sleep that it needs, which causes a whole host of issues. Sleep apnea can be debilitating for patients, and it can contribute to other health concerns such as:

  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Hormone imbalance
  • High blood pressure
  • Memory loss
  • Frequent headaches or migraines

Dr. Farahani has advanced training in working with patients suffering from sleep apnea, and she can create a customized oral appliance that often eliminates the problem by repositioning the jaw during sleep to open airways for unobstructed breathing.

If you think that you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, please contact our dental office to learn more about how we can help.

The Comprehensive Examination

Preventative Dentistry at Harmony Dental Wellness

You may have heard rumors that you don't really need to floss. We are here to give you the long and short answer to the confusion.

The short answer is YES, you do need to clean effectively between your teeth!

The longer answer is this: Bacteria in your mouth eat the same food you eat. They digest the food and make acid as their waste product. When bacteria are allowed to stay on your teeth and gums the acid dissolves away the tooth to make a cavity or causes inflammation of the gums to cause gum disease. That's why you need to get those pesky bacteria off of your teeth! There are several ways to effectively clean between your teeth. Classically, it is thought to be best to use floss, but depending on your mouth, you may also be able to use a waterflosser (like a WaterPik), interdental brushes, stimudents or one of many other tools. Floss effectively cleans up to 3mm below the gum line when used properly in a healthy mouth. If you have buildup, bone loss, crooked teeth, deep pockets, missing teeth or other dental conditions, you should definitely check with your dentist (or come see us!) to find out what is best for your mouth. Things change quickly in the mouth so coming back for your regular exam and hygiene visit will ensure that you can hang on to those pearly whites!

We are here to support, not judge, so please don't feel embarrassed to tell us that you don't floss. We can help!

Call to Schedule to Book a Preventative Dentistry Appointment in Austin!

Maintaining good oral health is extremely important and the best way to do that is to schedule regular visits to your dentist. Call Harmony Dental Wellness in Austin, TX today! 

Another way we are different from other offices is that, at Harmony Dental Wellness, we pay attention to saliva. Saliva is a vital component to your oral health! Of course, there are the obvious benefits of lubricating your food and helping you speak, but did you know that saliva does so much more?

Testing For Gum Disease

Your saliva is a fantastic buffer to neutralize the acids made by bacteria and helps prevent cavities and gum disease. Throughout your experience with us, we will monitor your saliva. At your first visit, we measure the quantity and consistency of your saliva and ensure that adequate saliva is being produced from all three major saliva ducts in your mouth. At all hygiene appointments, we measure the pH of your saliva to screen for reflux, buffer capacity (quality) and other possible issues. If periodontal (gum) problems are present, we may recommend salivary testing.

A simple sample of your saliva can tell us what kinds of bacteria live in your mouth and how many of them there are. That means we will know which antibiotic, if any, is best for your mouth. Dr. Farahani always tries to avoid the use of antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and she believes that saliva testing allows her to choose a medication that will be minimally impacting to the rest of the body. Use of the correct antibiotic in conjunction with gum therapy can result in a reduction of your harmful bacterial levels to below your body's reactive threshold levels.

In some situations, we may recommend the use of that same saliva sample to screen for genetic markers or viruses, such as HPV, that would indicate higher risk for you of diseases such as cancer. While most people think of HPV as being related to cervical cancer, it more commonly causes throat cancer.

We are always looking for ways to prevent disease! Call our office if you have any further questions.

Harmony Dental Wellness is much different from the average dental practice in several key ways. Dr. Sheila Farahani is committed to your total health and has created an office where the whole body is taken into account. In addition, we provide an exceptional environment to help you feel relaxed. Here are a few things you can expect that set us apart.

 

A Complete Dental Experience

  • Dr. Sheila Farahani spends extra time getting to know you on a personal level so she can understand and recommend which dental procedures will best help you achieve your goals for a healthy and beautiful life. We consider the effects of diet, medications, stress, sleep habits, work environment, and even personal habits when we look at your health. We then use the most modern technology and techniques to ensure for you the longest lasting and most natural results.
  • Harmony Dental Wellness features the Solea Laser to provide many services without needles, drills or pain. We also use 3D scanning technology to streamline the communication process with our labs and provide you with higher quality restorations in less time than other offices. 
  • The Nu-Calm system is also available for your use. Originally created to help soldiers suffering from PTSD, this system reduces anxiety without medication by using soothing neuro-acoustic sounds embedded within beautiful music. Ask us to come in a few minutes before your visit to try it! 

​Environmentally Conscious

With an eye on our impact on the environment, Harmony Dental Wellness consciously chooses to use organic and natural materials, where possible. We provide comfort items for you such as heated lavender neck wraps, warm hand towels, fresh beverages, and soothing aromatherapy during your visit. Please don't hesitate to tell us if there is more we can do for your comfort!

If you are ready to learn more about experiencing dentistry in a whole new way, we encourage you to contact our dental office today to schedule your next dental appointment. 

 

The Dental Hygiene Experience

Preventative Dentistry at Harmony Dental Wellness

You may have heard rumors that you don't really need to floss. We are here to give you the long and short answer to the confusion.

The short answer is YES, you do need to clean effectively between your teeth!

The longer answer is this: Bacteria in your mouth eat the same food you eat. They digest the food and make acid as their waste product. When bacteria are allowed to stay on your teeth and gums the acid dissolves away the tooth to make a cavity or causes inflammation of the gums to cause gum disease. That's why you need to get those pesky bacteria off of your teeth! There are several ways to effectively clean between your teeth. Classically, it is thought to be best to use floss, but depending on your mouth, you may also be able to use a waterflosser (like a WaterPik), interdental brushes, stimudents or one of many other tools. Floss effectively cleans up to 3mm below the gum line when used properly in a healthy mouth. If you have buildup, bone loss, crooked teeth, deep pockets, missing teeth or other dental conditions, you should definitely check with your dentist (or come see us!) to find out what is best for your mouth. Things change quickly in the mouth so coming back for your regular exam and hygiene visit will ensure that you can hang on to those pearly whites!

We are here to support, not judge, so please don't feel embarrassed to tell us that you don't floss. We can help!

Call to Schedule to Book a Preventative Dentistry Appointment in Austin!

Maintaining good oral health is extremely important and the best way to do that is to schedule regular visits to your dentist. Call Harmony Dental Wellness in Austin, TX today! 

Another way we are different from other offices is that, at Harmony Dental Wellness, we pay attention to saliva. Saliva is a vital component to your oral health! Of course, there are the obvious benefits of lubricating your food and helping you speak, but did you know that saliva does so much more?

Testing For Gum Disease

Your saliva is a fantastic buffer to neutralize the acids made by bacteria and helps prevent cavities and gum disease. Throughout your experience with us, we will monitor your saliva. At your first visit, we measure the quantity and consistency of your saliva and ensure that adequate saliva is being produced from all three major saliva ducts in your mouth. At all hygiene appointments, we measure the pH of your saliva to screen for reflux, buffer capacity (quality) and other possible issues. If periodontal (gum) problems are present, we may recommend salivary testing.

A simple sample of your saliva can tell us what kinds of bacteria live in your mouth and how many of them there are. That means we will know which antibiotic, if any, is best for your mouth. Dr. Farahani always tries to avoid the use of antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and she believes that saliva testing allows her to choose a medication that will be minimally impacting to the rest of the body. Use of the correct antibiotic in conjunction with gum therapy can result in a reduction of your harmful bacterial levels to below your body's reactive threshold levels.

In some situations, we may recommend the use of that same saliva sample to screen for genetic markers or viruses, such as HPV, that would indicate higher risk for you of diseases such as cancer. While most people think of HPV as being related to cervical cancer, it more commonly causes throat cancer.

We are always looking for ways to prevent disease! Call our office if you have any further questions.

 

 

Most people have a hand brush in their bathroom instead of an electric so I'll begin there. Any hand brush you use needs to be soft. If you are using a medium or hard bristle brush, please throw it away (or use it for cleaning grout). Your gum tissue is very soft and sensitive. A hard brush will damage the gums and cause recession and will actually wear away the tooth surface! There are even extra-soft (or gentle) brushes for those who already have recession or exposed roots. 

Think of the toothpaste as a the scrubber and the brush as the massager. All you need to do is gently apply the paste by rotating the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and let the paste do the work for you. 

I highly recommend an electric brush for most people. The two major brands that have been tested and approved by the ADA are the Sonicare and Oral B (Braun) Triumph brushes. Both have supportive research that they do a great job cleaning which begs the question of which to use? Here are the main differences:

1. Brush shape: The sonicare has a diamond shaped head while the Oral B has a round head. If you have a hard time getting around your upper back tooth, the round head may do a better job. Otherwise, it is personal preference!

2. Sound: The sonicare creates a higher pitch and quieter sound. Sensitive teeth may like the less aggressive feel of this brush, but some people say it feels like it tickles.  If you want a quiet and gentle feel, Sonicare may be for you. If you are typically a hard brusher, the deeper sound and more vigorous feel of the Oral B may feel better to you. 

3. Triggers: Both brushes generally feature a buzz or pause in vibration every 30 seconds to tell you to change to the next part of your mouth. (You should be brushing for 2 minutes regardless of which brush you use.) They also both feature a light that flashes to let you know you've been brushing too hard. In the Oral B, this light is high in the handle making it easier to see. If you are a hard brusher, I recommend the Oral B for this reason. If that isn't an issue, the Sonicare will work fine!

 

I hope that helps you pick a brush. Remember to change the head of your brush every 3 months or anytime you get sick. If you have questions, please feel free to call us at (512)346-1212

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