Swollen Gums?

If Your Gums Are Swollen And Sore, Call Harris Dental

If you are a worried Chandler resident experiencing inflamed gums or an aching tooth, you’re are not alone.

About one third of U.S. adults are affected by tooth decay, according to the CDC, and gum disease plagues one in seven people age 35 to 40.1 Don’t ignore these symptoms, call Harris Dental today at 480-428-0040 for immediate treatment.

At Harris Dental we take gum disease, sometimes called gingivitis, seriously because left untreated it can lead to loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. You will know you have it if your gums bleed easily and look red and swollen. If this condition is not reversed it can lead to periodontitis. With this condition your gums become loose and separate from the teeth forming cavities that can become infected. This can spread to the bone supporting the tooth. If this is damaged, the tooth can be lost. (If you have already lost a tooth to gum disease, ask us about dental implants.)

At Harris Dental we recommend daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings to help combat gingivitis. Our team has been treating gum disease and other dental problems for Arizona patients since 1979.

If you want your teeth to feel fresh and bright, come in for a cleaning and check-up. Don’t become a statistic, prevent gingivitis by treating your teeth and gums with the TLC they deserve. (After all, they work pretty hard for you day in and day out.)

My name is Harris Dental and my staff and I at Harris Dental offer quality general and cosmetic dental services including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and
sedation dentistry.

Take care of your beautiful smile by calling Harris Dental today. Where People Mean Everything

Dr. Harris Dental
Harris Dental
5 locations in Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Chandler, Arizona

1“Adult Oral Health,” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/topics/adult.htm, accessed on January 7, 2012

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Full Mouth Reconstruction in Arizona

Chandler Cosmetic Dental ImplantsArizona dental techniques and materials have advanced to a point where total and near-total mouth reconstruction is possible right here in the Chandler area.

Unlike conventional removable dentures, extensive mouth reconstruction involves strong, functional and aesthetically pleasing teeth with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.

You have probably heard around Chandler and Mesa about dental implants, the tooth replacement option that is, in most cases, the best possible replacement for a missing tooth. Dental implants have been used in Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. However, they can also provide a structure for crowns, bridges, and anchored dentures that replace nearly every tooth in the mouth!

Every Chandler smile makeover patient requires a somewhat unique combination of cosmetic dental procedures, but let’s talk about a hypothetical case involving several restorations:

‘Linda’ was a 52 year-old Chandler patient with a mouthful of problems. She was missing most of her back teeth on both her upper and lower arch. Four of her front teeth were chipped and her gums had eroded revealing the metal bases of two old crowns.

To restore a beautiful, strong and youthful-looking smile, she would receive dental implants to anchor partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth would receive a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers.

The result? A stunning smile, renewed confidence and no more slipping dentures!

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Which Tooth Whitener Works Best in Chandler?

Dazzling White Teeth in ChandlerWhat is the best professional tooth whitening system to use in Chandler?

There are two main types of dentist-supervised tooth whitening systems available in the Chandler area. In order to determine the best choice for your teeth, schedule, and budget, you need to understand the differences in the systems.

Both systems use a bleaching agent containing peroxide. Chandler dentists who offer professional in-office tooth whitening use a whitening gel with a high concentration of peroxide. Some in-office tooth whitening systems use a light that causes the tooth bleaching agent to work faster. When the light is shined at the teeth where the whitening gel is applied, it causes the peroxide to break down into free radicals, which are active oxygen molecules. This process naturally occurs without the light, but the light makes it happen faster. That is why you can get whiter teeth in just one hour.

Most cosmetic dentists also offer take home tooth whitening systems. Although these procedures take a bit longer to work, they achieve the same dramatic results. For many clients in the Chandler, Mesa, and Phoenix areas, this is the most affordable teeth whitening system.

At Harris Dental, we offer safe and effective teeth whitening. Our cosmetic dentistry patients can’t believe how great their teeth look when they remove the stains and restore the brightness. If you would like to learn why our system is superior, schedule a consultation by calling our office at 480-428-0040.

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A Youthful Smile at Any Age

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Declining health, limited mobility, financial strains – clearly, aging is not for wimps. Though some challenges Mesa seniors face can’t be avoided, others can. Dental problems, for instance. Many dental problems common among Scottsdale retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.

With modern cosmetic dentistry at Harris Dental, mature Mesa men and women can have an exceptional smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile – even if you have some missing teeth.

At Harris Dental with locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Queen Creek, we pamper our esteemed patients. We offer comprehensive general and innovative cosmetic dental services including porcelain veneers and dental implants.

If you live in Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, or Scottsdale, call 480-428-0040 to schedule an exam and consultation. You can communicate with us about porcelain crowns and veneers, tooth-colored fillings, implant-supported dentures, invisible braces, and teeth whitening.

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Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable In Mesa

Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable in Mesa

Nobody enjoys pain. Your Mesa dentist knows this, and that is why the welcoming dental team at Harris Dental have made patient comfort a top priority. In conjunction with creating a relaxing environment, your dentist has various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.

Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in Mesa dentist offices and around the country are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue and numb the surface layers. Topical anesthetics can reduce the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.

Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to specific areas of the mouth. Scottsdale and Phoenix dentists commonly numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or performing cosmetic dentistry procedures.

More involved dental procedures may necessitate nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about oral conscious sedation.

Dentists generally recommend an OTC analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

Because your Mesa cosmetic dentist will most likely use a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the treatment, make sure you jot down a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.

I’m Dr. Joe Harris and I want Mesa patients to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Mesa, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Queen Creek, or Chandler areas and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at 480-428-0040. Our welcoming staff would be happy to speak with you about teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and the other services we offer.

Harris Dental
Mesa Location:
4540 E Baseline Rd, St, 101
Mesa, AZ 85206


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Tooth Whitening Dentistry in Chandler

Tooth Whitening Dentistry In Chandler One of the easiest ways to brighten your smile is to have your teeth whitened. There are several options when it comes to tooth whitening systems. You can choose from a selection of over-the-counter tooth whitening products at your local Chandler drug store, or you can rely on your Chandler dentist.

It is a good idea to consult with your dentist before using OTC tooth whitening products. Your dentist knows your teeth and dental history and can recommend a tooth bleaching product best suited for you.

There are many variables when it comes to tooth whitening. The color of your teeth at the beginning of your treatment will influence the end result. Other factors include existing cosmetic dentistry such as crowns and dental bonding, gum health, and tooth sensitivity. Your Chandler dentist has experience treating tooth discoloration and understands the benefits and drawbacks of the available methods.

Your Chandler dentist may offer a tooth whitening solution that you can take home with you. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a professional treatment that is done at the dentist’s office. Professional tooth whitening can produce dramatic results in a single treatment, but is often done over a few treatments.

Tooth whitening in the Chandler area is less expensive than it was in the earlier days of tooth whitening technology. Today, tooth whitening treatments are very affordable.

If you are interested in tooth whitening and live in the Chandler area, please call Harris Dental to make an appointment for a tooth whitening consultation.

Harris Dental
Chandler Location:
3200 S Alma School Rd, Ste 103
Chandler, AZ 85248

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How Long Should You Brush?

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Did you remember that brushing and flossing fights bad breath and removes stains?

If you have persistent stains that brushing can’t remove, get your teeth bleached at Harris Dental for a dazzling, stain-free smile.

The American Dental Association recommends two minutes as a minimum time for brushing. Most Chandler men and women think they brush that long but would be surprised if they actually set a timer. Most of us only brush for about a minute, if that.

I am Dr. Joe Harris of Harris Dental. In my practice, we emphasize preventative dentistry by working with our patients to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you are looking for a a family dentist in Chandler, I invite you to come meet my welcoming team.

Our Chandler office is located at 3200 S Alma School Rd, Ste 103. We offer general and restorative dentistry, including gum disease treatment and emergency dentistry.

And here’s a quick cold-fighting tip for my Chandler patients: get a new toothbrush when you catch a cold. A toothbrush teeming with germs can re-infect you!

Give us a call at 480-428-0040.

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Infant And Toddler Teeth Q&A

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Today’s post is for new Chandler parents. It contains beneficial information about caring for baby’s and toddler’s teeth.

How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wipe their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended. Young children rarely spit after you brush their teeth, they swallow. When your child’s teeth start to erupt, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.

When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents to take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is important for their oral health and also to help them become comfortable with a dentist from an early age.

What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call your dentist to make an appointment. Some practices will let you come in without a pre-scheduled appointment for dental emergencies. Rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Don’t put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it.

How can I prevent my toddler from getting cavities?s

  • Have your child get their first dental check-up before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears.
  • Have your child get a dental check-up every six months or more frequently if your dentist advises.
  • Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
  • If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
  • Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
  • Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
  • Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
  • Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to protect enamel.
  • If your child sucks his/her thumb after the age of three, communicate with your dentist or pediatrician.
  • If your child grinds his/her teeth, seek counsel from your dentist or pediatrician.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
  • If your child has special medical conditions, seek additional guidance from your pediatric dentist.
  • If you have significant tooth decay, seek additional guidance from your pediatric dentist.
  • Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
  • Follow your dentist’s recommendations regarding dental sealants.
  • Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
  • Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
  • Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is important.

Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper techniques are followed. The diagnostic benefit greatly outweighs the almost non-existent risk of dangerous radiation exposure.

If child’s baby teeth are widely spaced, does that mean their permanent teeth will be too far apart?

No, this is normal and does not necessasrily mean that their permanent teeth will be spaced too far apart.

Dr. Harris Dental
Harris Dental
5 locations in Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Chandler, Arizona Arizona

The following article was used as resource material for this post:
“Parent Resources,” American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, http://www.aapd.org/resources/frequently_asked_questions/#40, accessed on June 12, 2015

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Pregnancy And Oral Health In Chandler

Pregnancy And Oral Health In Chandler

In today’s Harris Dental blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. I am Dr. Harris Dental and I want all expectant Arizona mothers to realize the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body there are potential dental health issues that may arise.

Many Chandler women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.

Most Chandler residents have experienced gingivitis, but during pregnancy the hormonal changes increase your risk for gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.

If you are a pregnant Arizona woman, my staff and I at Harris Dental recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush for daily brushing. Floss carefully and rinse your mouth with a fluoride wash. If you experience morning sickness, clean your mouth with a baking soda and water mixture.

If you are planning to become pregnant, we recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible. If you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy, please call and schedule an appointment at 480-428-0040 . Untreated dental disease can affect your overall health.

At Harris Dental we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant patients, we provide quality preventative care and dental implants for the entire family. Our Chandler patients can expect professional cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and Queen Creek cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Harris Dental
Harris Dental
5 locations in Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Chandler Arizona

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Same Day Smile Makeovers At Harris Dental In Chandler

Same Day Smile Makeovers At Harris Dental In Chandler Have you ever wished your Chandler cosmetic dentist could glue new pearly white covers on your existing teeth as easy as you paint a wall in your house? Guess what? With porcelain veneers, it’s possible. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth.

Unlike a crown procedure, your Chandler dentist does not need to remove tooth structure to place the restoration. If the teeth in question have decay, come see us immediately.

Call 480-428-0040 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

At Harris Dental in Chandler, veneers are used alone and in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures to create complete smile makeovers. Because they can correct cosmetic tooth misalignment in one visit, veneers are sometimes referred to as ‘instant orthodontics’.

Do veneers look like natural teeth?
Skilled Phoenix cosmetic dental lab artists create porcelain veneers with the color, reflective properties, and translucency of natural teeth: perfect natural teeth, that is. In addition, porcelain veneers can be made in any size or shape.

Are veneers at Harris Dental
Porcelain veneers are fabricated out of extremely durable material. If you have questions about whether a veneer or dental crown is the best choice for you, talk to Harris Dental. Dr. Dental will consider the size and condition of the tooth and its position in the mouth.

How long do veneers last?
Some Harris Dental smile makeover patients have veneers they received over 15 years ago. (And they still look terrific!) If properly cared for, veneers can last as long as dental crowns.

Are porcelain veneers affordable in Phoenix
The cost of cosmetic dental veneers at Harris Dental is competitive with other premium cosmetic dental practices in the Phoenix area. We use what we believe is the top Arizona dental lab to create our veneers and a significant portion of the cost of veneers goes to the lab. Porcelain veneers are often less expensive in Phoenix than crowns and orthodontia. For questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, call our office at 480-428-0040

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