Has Your Child Visited A Dentist?

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Hello Arizona! Today’s Harris Dental blog is for new Chandler, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa parents. We know that your child’s health and safety is your top priority. That’s why you baby-proof your home, serve healthy foods, and buckle them tightly in their car seat before you pull out of your driveway.

At Harris Dental, we want to remind Chandler parents that oral health is an intrinsic component of overall health. Teeth and gum condition can affect speech development, nutrition, and self-confidence. From birth, there are important things parents can do to promote healthy teeth – even before your son’s or daughter’s first tooth erupts.

At Harris Dental, we maintain a kid-friendly environment so our youngest patients look forward to dental check-ups and never develop the fear of dentists that was more common in generations past. We love working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life and we can assure you that my patient-oriented staff will help your child have a positive experience.

We recommend bringing your child in for a first exam around age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the visit, we can discuss pediatric dental issues such as fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, orthodontia, and dental sealants. Dental sealants are composed of a plastic material that is applied to children’s teeth. The sealants bond to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures and protects the enamel against acids and plaque.

Chandler family dentists also advise Arizona parents about pacifier use, thumb-sucking and other habits that can affect your child’s tooth development and oral health. Remember to call us immediately at 480-428-0040 if your child (or any member of your family) experiences a tooth injury.

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Dental Sealant Q&A

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Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. Most Phoenix pediatric dentists and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.

A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can impair the risk of decay by 70%!

Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Your dentist applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is rapid, manageable and painless.

Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.

Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. Your dentist will advise you.

Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to your Chandler dentist about whether sealants could benefit you.

Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still critical to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.

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Why Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk In Phoenix

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Most health-conscious individuals in the Chandler, Phoenix, and Queen Creek areas exercise regularly, and many turn to sports drinks for hydration.

While it’s true that sports drinks help maintain electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), their acidity can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel erodes, those pearly whites are more susceptible to staining, discoloration, and decay.

Nobody wants stained teeth, so next time you’re at your Mesa or Scottsdale gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already experienced staining and tooth discoloration and would like to know more about porcelain veneers and teeth whitening in Phoenix and the surrounding areas, give Harris Dental a call at 480-428-0040 .

We are a superior dental practice with locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, and Queen Creek, and we offer the following services:

  • All-on-4 dental implants
  • CEREC same-day crowns
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Invisalign clear braces

And much, much more!

Dr. Joe Harris began his local cosmetic dental practice in 1979, and he and his outstanding staff of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and support staff welcome patients from all over the greater Phoenix area. The kind staff here can answer any questions you have about preventative oral care and cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, gum contouring, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings, and smile makeovers.

Call us today for an appointment!

Dr. Joe Harris
Harris Dental
Phoenix Office:

4444 N 32 St, Ste 208
Phoenix, AZ 85018 

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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Do Whitestrips Work?

Do Whitestrips Work in Scottsdale?If you have visited the toothpaste aisle at your Scottsdale WalMart, you have probably noticed dozens of products that claim to whiten your teeth. A few years ago, the only over-the-counter tooth whitening options in Arizona were whitening toothpastes and Crest Whitestrips. Now there is a wide variety of products at every drugstore counter in the Phoenixarea.

Whitening Rinses
Whitening rinses are similar to mouthwashes. They kill bacteria, freshen breath and may help remove plaque. Whitening rinses, however, contain tooth-whitening ingredients not found in mouthwashes. Manufacturers advise taking a mouthful of the rinse and letting it slosh around on your teeth for one minute twice a day. Though this method is simple, many users never notice a lightening of their teeth. This is probably because the rinse does not touch your teeth long enough to truly whiten them.

Whitening Strips
The whitening strips you can buy in Scottsdale grocery stores have a couple of drawbacks. Though they contain a bleaching agent, it is much less potent than those used in Arizona dental offices. Another problem is that they do not whiten between teeth because the strips only touch the front surface. Though it is possible to remove stains, it can take months to see any whitening. By that point, you have probably spent more money than you would have if you’d have chosen the professional system at your Scottsdale tooth whitening dental clinic.

Teeth Whitening Gels
Whitening gels are painted onto teeth with a small brush. One problem with whitening gels is that they only stick to dry teeth. If any saliva gets on the teeth during treatment, the gel is more likely to slide off.

If you are serious about dramatically whitening your teeth, the safest, quickest, and most affordable system is at your Scottsdale dental office.

Harris Dental has an outstanding Scottsdale office located at 20511 N Hayden Rd, Ste 150. Our phone number is 480-428-0040. You can find more information about our Scottsdale dental practice online at http://www.harrisdental.com/scottsdale/.

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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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Does Your Chandler Dentist Conjure Up Cavities?

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Cavities can be filled, but it is better to prevent cavities in the first place. If your dentist seems to conjure up cavities at every visit, then it’s up to you to break the cycle. But we are here to help you. Let’s work together.

How can you lift the cavity curse? Schedule a preventative dental consultation and examination at Harris Dental by calling 480-428-0040 . You will be served by several members of our friendly team. One of our experienced dental hygienists will give your teeth and gums the best cleaning they have ever received. He or she will review proper oral hygiene and discuss ways to incorporate these critical habits into your lifestyle.

One of our expert dentists will perform a thorough examination and discuss your dental conditions and goals. We welcome questions about brushing, flossing, diet, medical issues, and lifestyle choices. These are all factors that affect your dental health.

Here at Harris Dental, as much as we love to see our patients, we would prefer they all enjoyed healthy smiles and only had to visit a couple times a year for cleanings and checkups. Use preventative dental visits to improve your oral care techniques and break the cavity curse.

Dr. Joe Harris is an experienced dental professional who promotes preventative dentistry. Harris Dental in Chandler was launched in 1979 to provide the residents of Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale with the highest standard of personalized dental care.

Harris Dental offers a comprehensive menu of dental services including emergency dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, dental crowns, and laser dentistry.

Find us nearby at our Mesa location: 4540 E Baseline Rd, St 101 in Mesa, Arizona; call 480-428-0040 or visit http://www.harrisdental.com/dr-joseph-harris/. We also have locations in Chandler, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Phoenix.

We look forward to working with you to break the cavity curse.

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Not Happy with Your Queen Creek Dentist?

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Hello Arizona friends! Welcome to Harris Dental with locations in Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix, and Chandler. At Harris Dental, we provide general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and revolutionary cosmetic dentistry for the whole family. We offer:

Teeth whitening
Sedation dentistry
Dentures
Dental crowns
Immediate care for dental emergencies
Strong, natural looking restorations
A clean, comfortable, and friendly dental atmosphere to make your experience as pleasant as possible

I am Dr. Joe Harris. Our Queen Creek office is located at 20261 E Ocotillo Rd, Ste 120. I have been practicing advanced dentistry at Harris Dental since 1979 and am a member of Crown Council. By working with an experienced dentist, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Perhaps your smile is stunning and you only need a cleaning. Our talented Harris Dental dental hygienists perform thorough deep cleanings to remove plaque and tartar and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, or if you are not happy with your current dentist, we invite you to visit our Harris Dental for an informative consultation and examination.

Joe Harris
Harris Dental
20261 E Ocotillo Rd, Ste 120
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
http://www.harrisdental.com/services/

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What’s Your Dental Plan in Phoenix, AZ?

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To achieve the utmost in oral health and a beautiful smile, you need a strategy. If you’re in Phoenix, Arizona, looking for a smile makeover and need family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or any number of dental restoration procedures done, your strategy should be: “Contact my professional neighborhood dental practice.” Harris Dental is at your service.

Harris Dental – Phoenix Office
4444 N 32 St, Ste 208
Phoenix, AZ 85018
480-428-0040

Dr. Joe Harris and his extraordinary team of dentists have been serving the Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, and Chandler communities since 1979. Our highly regarded patients will tell you they can’t get over the way Joe Harris and staff fixed and transformed their most essential feature into a unforgettable smile. We would love the chance to exceed your expectations, as well.

If you’re worried about how expensive the work you need could be, don’t worry, you might be pleasantly surprised about the bottom line. Especially if, like many of our nearby Chandler and Mesa patients with dental coverage, your insurance picks up a significant portion. But even without insurance, the procedures can be affordable.

We have competitive pricing and work to keep the costs reasonable when it comes to porcelain veneers, emergency dental care, and teeth whitening. And, before you ask, dental crowns and sedation dentistry are included in that list. Let us transform your smile into one that will light up the world.

Here’s the strategy you need: Harris Dental!

During your consultation, we will discuss all of the procedures we offer – from braces to crowns to veneers to bridges. Knowledge is power.

 

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Afraid Of The Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help

Afraid of the Dentist? Your Scottsdale Sedation Dentist Can HelpIf you live near Scottsdale and experience severe anxiety when undergoing (or even thinking about!) dental treatment, oral sedation is for you.

Conscious sedation dentistry is available in Scottsdale at Harris Dental. Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, oral conscious sedation, or anxiety-free dentistry, it is completely safe and very popular for nervous cosmetic and restorative dental patients in the Phoenix area.

Though it may sound impossible, with oral conscious sedation, Mesa and Queen Creek dentistry patients can actually relax during dental visits. In addition, healing times for oral surgery and extensive cosmetic dentistry procedures are often shorter if the patient is sedated during treatment.

Sedation dentistry is great for alleviating anxiety for Scottsdale patients, and oral conscious sedation can be effective for treating or working with the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Fear of needles
  • A powerful gag reflex
  • Difficulty controlling body movement
  • Lengthy multi-procedure visits
  • Difficulty becoming numb with traditional injections

If you need dental work more extensive than a filling – such as a root canal, tooth implant, crown replacement or wisdom tooth extraction –  call Harris Dental at 480-428-0040 for information about sedation dentistry.

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