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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

This April will mark the 14th annual Oral Cancer Awareness month. Statistics have shown that nearly 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year. Of those diagnosed, the 5 year survival rate is approximately 64%. The numbers are astounding and...

Dental Retainers

Having a perfect set of teeth is certainly a blessing. However not all of us are so blessed and we can have alignment problems. Dentists use retainers to help align teeth and get them back to their perfect setting. Typically, a dental retainer is made with a wire that...

How Smiles for Life Works

Help improve a child’s life by having your teeth whitened. Sound easy? That’s because it is. The 16th annual Smiles For Life Campaign begins today, which means dental patients nationwide can brighten a child’s future just by visiting one of the 5 locations of Harris...

Reduce Tooth Erosion and Restore Enamel

If there is a strongest substance in our body – tooth enamel it is. Not only does it keep our teeth look glisteningly white, the hard layer protects the teeth in more ways than one. But, the enamel can erodes, and teeth become sensitive and exposed to infections and...

How Cheese Can Aid in Cavity Prevention

It is well known that dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese offer many benefits to strengthening bones and overall health, but a recent study has found that cheese can be very beneficial toward preventing cavities. Many people know that the oral bacteria...

How Sleep Apnea is Linked to Dentistry

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, and it is caused by irregular breathing patterns during the course of one’s night time sleep cycle. Given that the REM stage is the most crucial for physical and mental recovery and that the frequent episodes...

Tips for Parents When Bringing Children to the Dentist

What is it about the dentist’s office that strikes fear into the heart of children? Ok, this may be a stretch, but I certainly remember never wanting to go when I was a kid. Perhaps it was the thought of all those metal trinkets and tools that made me feel uncertain,...

Uneven Gums and the Benefits of Contouring

A smile makes your day. However a smile is made of things like even gums and the perfect set of teeth. Dental problems could effect your ability to smile thereby making you more self-conscious. One of the problems is that of uneven gums. How Receding and Uneven Gums...

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry had brought about a revolution in the field of dental sciences. It is a boon for treating those with a phobia of going to the dentist and for that matter getting a procedure done. Although any or most of the procedures are conducted with the help of...

How to Stay Healthy This Fall Season

Most of the people who live in the Phoenix area look forward to the transition from the hot summer to the pleasant fall season when the temperatures are great for outdoor activities. Unfortunately, fall is also the beginning of the time of year when bacteria and...

Symptoms of Cluster Headaches

Almost every one of us suffer from headaches. Irrespective of being young or old, small or big, male or female, one can be a victim of headaches. However, the classifications can be different. Headaches can be regular headaches, migraines, or a totally different...

Harris Dental Celebrates Grand Opening!!

Last week, in celebration of our Grand Opening in Scottsdale and Chandler, we teamed up with several local Charities and offered free dental care for the day to their beneficiaries. We had an entire team at both locations offering services. We donated over $10,000 in...

5 Stress Relief Techniques That You Can Do At Home

Stress has become an abundant part of daily life for most people which can sometimes be debilitating and detrimental to their productivity. This is very bad for anyone, including the average working person who spends copious amounts of time at work, often taking it...

Mouth Guards for Sports

It is the perfect time and season for football. Most of us parents would love to see our children be involved in some sporting activity or the other. While it certainly is a fun time it also brings with it the risk of accidents which questions the safety factor....

Soda: The Common Cause of Permanent Tooth Erosion

Many people can agree that drinks such as cola, citrus pop, sports drinks, and the popular energy drinks taste undeniably good. Unfortunately, they are doing more harm than the taste is worth in today’s young people who drink far more pop than any other generation....

Can Stem Cell Regeneration Be Used to Create New Teeth?

Almost anyone who has ever had a cavity or needed a root canal will tell you that the procedure was unpleasant. While the treatment for small cavities may be less harsh, a root canal can be considered to be a surgical procedure which can leave patients in severe pain...

Do You Brush Your Tongue?

It is by far common knowledge that one needs to brush and floss regularly to be in the pink of oral health. It helps to keep your teeth sparkly white and removes the possibilities of germs. But, how important is it to be brushing your tongue? Is it a must to brush...

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

Do your teeth hurt when you eat cold or food? If so, you may be suffering from a sensitivity condition. This is very common, but can be very aggravating and annoying when you are trying to enjoy a meal. There are many reasons why people develop sensitive teeth...

Why Use Mouthwash: Choosing the Right One

Everyone learns at a young age that good oral hygiene is important to maintaining a pleasant smile and living a healthy life. As we grow older, new aspects of proper oral hygiene are gradually introduced; for example: most children learn to brush their own teeth...

Good Laughter Heals

It is a common saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine’. No matter how depressed or unwell you are, or stressed out, a smile from a child or a friend, or even a passerby is enough to lift your spirits. This is applicable to the young and old equally. Medical...

Adult Braces – Are They the Solution?

Braces are something that help fix your teeth and align them to perfection. Typically, when in childhood or teens, dentists advise braces to improve their smile and align their teeth. But what about adults, who suddenly feel the need to mend a crooked smile? Adults...

Adopt Good Habits and Curb Dental Erosion

Tooth erosion is an issue that affects a lot of people, including children. It is also called acid erosion or dental erosion. How Dental Erosion Occurs In dental parlance tooth erosion refers to a situation where the teeth enamel starts wearing off due to various...

Fever Blisters and Home Remedies for Relief

Most people do suffer from this common phenomenon called the fever blister, commonly known as cold sore blisters. This is a common problem that accompanies or occurs in tandem with a viral infection, or caused by infected herpes. What Are Fever Blisters? You may not...

Bruxism: Do Mouth Guards Help?

Have you heard your child grinding his or her teeth relentlessly at night? The sound is intense and probably the feeling to. In medical terms grinding of teeth is referred to as bruxism. For some, it may be but just a common phenomenon, but in reality it can have far...

Why Do Gums Bleed When I Brush My Teeth?

A perfect morning! Life couldn’t be much better, but you suddenly are out of your reverie when you notice the tingly feeling in your gums and traces of pink while brushing your teeth. What could be wrong? Why Do Gums Bleed? Unfortunately it is a symptom of gum...

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Good Dental Health is Imperative for Children It is very important to be in the pink of dental health. This is not just for your oral hygiene but for your overall well-being. Irrespective of one’s age one needs to be conscious and take steps to make sure that the...

Oral Health is Related to Overall Health

Most of us feel that oral health is independent of one’s overall health. That is not so. In reality, oral health is also linked to your overall well-being in general. Your teeth, breath and gums are an indication of how the rest of your well-being is. The telltale...

How Much Toothpaste Should You Be Using?

As little as we think about it, toothpaste is an essential item that we use every day. Everyone knows that they are supposed to brush their teeth at least twice a day, and it’s surprisingly very common to run out of toothpaste more quickly than it seems they should. A...

All About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth; we all have them, but many of us often wonder what their purpose is. Most people have them removed during their teen years, due to the rather large size they can grow to. Pain caused by lack of space is the main reason dentists remove wisdom teeth. Other...

Throat Infections and Treatment Methods

Throat infections can be quite a painful thing to deal with. Irrespective of the age of one suffering from it, it can leave you in a constant condition of helplessness. Pain, losing one’s voice, and fever are a few of the symptoms that can make life unbearable....

Cause and Treatment for Cervicogenic Headaches

About 95 percent of people around the world suffer from severe headaches. Most of us attribute it to stress, diet issues, bad lifestyle or medical problems. Medical issues like sinusitis, or eye or dental related issues can also be the cause of headaches. Unknown to...

All About Tonsils

Should You Have Your Tonsils Removed? Your tonsils are the useful body tissues in your throat which help kill bad bacteria, and reduce your risk of suffering from serious infections. Tonsils usually do a great job of keeping us healthy, but sometimes they become...

Oral Cancer Therapy

It is alarming to know that more than 25,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in a year. Oral cancer is an abnormal tissue growth in the oral region – mouth, lips, and throat and is primarily considered malignant. Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer There are...

Halloween Candy and Your Child’s Dental Health

For kids the best time of the year other than Christmas is Halloween. It is a time of the year when there is a slight nip in the air, promises of fulfilled festivities and of course an unlimited supply of candy treats. They can last you for a long time to come, or...

Home Remedies for Headaches

Aches and pains – minor or major – are totally unbearable. Headaches can be quite excruciating and prove to be a nuisance, with one not being able to concentrate on anything. Unless the pain is due to other medical grounds, one can use home remedies for headaches....

Natural Remedies for Bad Breath

Sometimes bad breath or foul smells emanating from the mouth is a result of bad or deteriorating oral health. It can be extremely embarrassing and can actually go against you and your personality. Bacteria that accumulates beneath the tongue and the crevices between...

Dental Guards Help Prevent Bruxism

In simple terms, bruxism refers to clenching of the jaw tightly and grinding of the teeth. Typically grinding occurs when one is sleeping. They are oblivious to the action and continue to do so. More than being a serious health problem, it is a nightly sleep disorder...

Help Your Child Learn the Benefits of Brushing Teeth

Your child is the apple of your eye. He or she is completely dependent on you. As a baby he or she needs that special attention mainly with regard to health, as well as other issues. As they grow old their habits – good or bad – are so formed based on what you...

Floss Your Teeth – A Simple Way to Good Dental Health

It’s a fact to know that it is essential to take care of your teeth and gums. Teeth and gums are an integral part of your physiology and needs to be taken care of the same way as you would do for other body parts. However, truth be told, we often tend to neglect...

Do You Have Dry Mouth?

It isn’t uncommon for people to have an occasional dry mouth. But, when your mouth seems to be dry very often you may have actually have a medical condition. This condition is simply referred to as dry mouth and can have many causes. Causes of Dry Mouth Dry mouth,...

How to Care for Invisalign

Everyday more people are switching from traditional metal braces to clear braces such as Invisalign. The myriad of benefits are widely known to users of these great products and as time goes on they are certain to become the dental standard for braces. While clear...

All About Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is an embarrassing condition which affects everyone at some point in their life. While most people often notice it when they eat certain foods such as onions, garlic, or fish; bad breath can be a result of many medical conditions....

Dental Forensics

Many people across the United States watch prime-time television each night to enjoy their favorite shows. While many of Americas favorite shows are reality series, most people enjoy watching crime dramas involving solving murder mysteries and forensic detective work...

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Be Using?

Taking care of your mouth and teeth is important when wanting to have a healthy, clean smile. Most people know that brushing is essential to taking care of your teeth, but aren’t sure which type of toothbrush to use. There are a number of toothbrushes you can...

Ways to Comfort a Teething Baby

It is important to be able to understand your little ones mood swings. One moment he or she might be the happiest one, and the next they might be fussy and squirmy. If you notice that your baby is overtly fussy, tends to chew at everything and drooling, sure enough he...

Oral Care Before Bedtime

It is important that we take care of our teeth as part of our daily regimen. When many people wake up and prepare for their day, they simply brush their teeth. But, what about oral care before bedtime? There are a few things you can do before bed to help keep your...

A Simple and Healthy Diet to Boost Oral Health

Most of us forget the adage, “eat to live, and don’t live to eat.” More often than not, we eat food stuff that is not conducive to our health but does a great job at tantalizing our taste buds, irrespective of the fact how it impacts our heath in general, or...

Remedies for a Toothache

Despite how much effort we put into taking care of our mouths we occasionally have problems. One of the most common problems that occurs is a simple toothache. Despite the commonality of this problem, its discomfort can persist. There are number of remedies for a...

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April has come, which means that it is officially oral cancer awareness month. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, it is an unfortunate fact that an average of 4,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Oral cancer is often the least thought of cancer...

Health Issues Could Be Linked To Oral Health

Could My Health Problems be Linked to My Dental Problems? Yes! Your mouth carries more germs and bacteria than any other part of your body. Infections in your mouth that go untreated are carried by your bloodstream to other parts of your body. Imagine for a moment...

Plaque: How You Can Prevent It

You may be used to being lectured about needing to practice proper oral hygiene each time you go to get a checkup from your dentist. Your dentist emphasizes the fact that you need to properly brush your teeth, and floss on a regular basis to prevent tooth decay, gum...

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

With each visit to the dentist, patients will learn new things about their personal oral hygiene. Perhaps you are told that you have a cavity, or your gums are bleeding excessively during the cleaning process. Many people find themselves feeling a bit disappointed by...

3 Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry

Parents always want what is best for their children, especially when it comes to their health. Despite the fact that kids are well fed, exercised, and socialized there is still a problem that persists; oral health. It’s a common belief that as long as kids brush their...

Why Is Dental Digital Radiography So Important?

In today’s world there are many advances in technology that make our lives easier and more convenient. The medical and dental field is a particular area that has seen great leaps in technological advances in even the past 20 years. Many of these technologies include...

Improve Gum Health and Prevent Gum Disease

We often take our health for granted. Little do we realize how each part of our body is important to our well-being and everyday living. The importance is not felt till one starts suffering. This applies too for one’s oral health. Oral health not only affects the...

How a Laser Dentist Enhances your Smile

Today dentistry is a science that needs the skill and precision of art. With hundreds of dollars pumped into research for the benefit of the field and further development, researchers are developing new and advanced technologies that are being put to use by the...

Phoenix Whiter Smiles

Wishing for a Phoenix whiter smile but not sure how to get it? New to Arizona smile tooth whitening lingo? At Harris Dental, we educate clients on the variety of Paradise Valley affordable teeth whiting treatments; from whitening trays to Glendale teeth bleaching to...

What is Oral Hygiene?

Caring for your teeth is no less important than taking care of any other part of your body. But what is oral hygiene? Oral hygiene is the process in which one cleans and takes care of their mouth, teeth, and gums. There are three ways that you can optimize your oral...

Porcelain Crowns

Dental health has been an important aspect of basic hygiene that has escaped some people for many years.  Many people simply could not afford to go to the dentist, while others simply never established good dental habits. In recent years this problem has changed....

Teeth Whitening For Better Smiles

There are many reasons to consider a teeth whitening and there are equal number of options available. It cannot be said too often that your smile is one of the most important attributes. It adds an extra oomph to your personality and is most likely, the one thing...

Get a Brilliant Smile with the Help of Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you get self conscious flashing that brilliant smile of yours? Are you worried that people would snigger at those not so perfect set of dentals of yours? Are you suffering from discolorations cracked or damaged teeth? You no longer have to be worried. With the help...

Implant Dentistry In Scottsdale

An implant dentist does so much more than just perform the required surgery. Scottsdale patients who visit an implant dentist will see that the procedure goes well beyond just implanting restorations to fill holes in their smile. The first thing an implant dentist...

Braces? Inconspicuous? You Bet!

Who is getting Invisalign? Just about anyone and everyone who wants straighter, healthier teeth! So why don’t you hear about it more often? Good question. Scottsdale residents are undoubtedly familiar with how traditional metal braces work…as well as how...

The Straight Truth

There’s a good reason Invisalign tends to be an orthodontic procedure for adults and older teenagers in Paradise Valley, while traditional braces are still used for younger children: Invisalign requires a high level of responsibility and commitment. Aligners can...

Implants vs. Dentures

Phoenix patients who have lost their teeth may believe that dentures are the only option available to them. This is incorrect. Dental Implants are not only an alternative to dentures, but they are in most cases a better option for people in Phoenix. Dentures are...

Implant Dentist Scottsdale

An implant dentist does so much more than just perform the required surgery. Scottsdale patients who visit an implant dentist will see that the procedure goes well beyond just implanting restorations to fill holes in their smile. The first thing an implant dentist...

Enhancing Your Smile With Veneers

Veneers have been used by Phoenix dentists for decades to alter the look of their patients’ teeth. They were originally introduced in the early 1900’s as a costuming tool for actors. At the time, they were perfect for changing one’s appearance for a...

Pros and Cons of Invisalign

People in Phoenix want to be as informed as possible when making decisions about something as important as their smile. That includes knowing the advantages and disadvantages of any cosmetic dental procedure you are considering. Phoenix patients who are considering...

Whiten Your Teeth, Help A Child

How often do you get the opportunity to help other people by doing something great for yourself? Not very often, right? Well here’s your chance! Right now you can make a huge difference in the lives of children in our community and around the world just by...

Becoming A Cosmetic Dentist

Some people in Phoenix might wonder how a person gets into cosmetic dentistry as a career. The pursuit this profession begins with obtaining a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Many Phoenix residents who intend to have a career in...

Dental Implant Vocabulary

When Phoenix residents choose to get dental implants, they may not always know what their dentists are talking about when they throw out terms like “osseointegration” or “bone graft.” Here are some important definitions to help you better...

Benefits Of Invisalign

Invisalign does not just straighten teeth; it provides Phoenix patients with other benefits not usually associated with traditional metal braces, including greater comfort and improved dental health. When fixed appliances are adjusted approximately every six weeks...

A Makeover For Your Smile!

cosmetic (adj.): serving to beautify; imparting or improving beauty Many women in Phoenix use cosmetics such as lipstick and eye shadow to enhance their natural beauty. Cosmetic dentistry can be used to enhance your smile in much the same way. By highlighting the best...

Titanium Implants

In 1952, a Swedish professor named Per-Ingvar Brånemark made a scientific breakthrough that significantly changed the way Phoenix dentists install dental implants. At the time, Brånemark wasn’t thinking about dental implants at all; instead, he was...

Invisalign: Better Than Braces

Brace face. Railroad tracks. Metal mouth. For most people in Phoenix, the word “braces” reminds them of grade school teasing and unkind nicknames. Fortunately for anyone with crooked teeth, braces have changed dramatically since the days of awkward metal...

Nuts and Bolts of Dental Implants

When people in Phoenix lose a tooth or several teeth, they have a few options. They can leave the unsightly gap alone, they can fill it with removable dentures, or they can get dental implants. The most permanent and natural-looking option is dental implants. Rather...

Love Your Smile

Many people in Phoenix think cosmetic dentistry is only for two groups of people: those with hideously disfigured teeth and those who are extremely vain. They couldn’t be more wrong! The idea of cosmetic dentistry is not to cater to the conceited or to make...

Not Your Ordinary Veneers

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we use two different types of veneers to enhance our patients’ smiles. The first kind—traditional porcelain—is probably the most familiar. These are like porcelain facades for your teeth, and are used to cover up...

Why Veneers?

Veneers are a great choice for people in Phoenix who wish to correct dental issues such as slightly crooked teeth or permanently discolored enamel, especially for those who are squeamish about most dental procedures. Because very little of the tooth’s original...

Use Flex Account Funds for Phoenix Dentistry

If you have money in your Phoenix flexible spending account you may want to schedule some cosmetic dentistry before the deadline. Remember, you lose any funds left over after the plan year ends. Why not improve your smile with tax-free dollars? Even a small change can...

Correcting Severe Dental Problems in Phoenix

Each separate restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedure performed in Paradise Valley can address a specific dental problem. For example, a porcelain veneer can perfect the surface of a tooth that is discolored or slightly misshapen. Dental bonding can fill a small...

Sedation Dentistry in Phoenix

Picture the following scenario: You are stretched out in a chair at your Phoenix dentist office holding a remote as you try to tune into your favorite Arizona radio station. A woman clips a paper bib around your neck. Someone switches on a bright overhead light and...

Phoenix Dentistry

Hi,we are Drs. Joseph, Brian, Eric and Scott Harris, DDS. Most every day, we can be found at our Phoenix area dental office treating dental patients with tooth and gum problems or helping patients prevent them. There are many common medical conditions that pose a risk...

Dental Care for Children in Phoenix

For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised Phoenix parents to begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday. The AAP now advises Scottsdale and Mesa parents to take their toddler to a Arizona dentist before their first birthday, or about six...

Keeping Bones Strong in Phoenix

There is a tooth connection that links osteoporosis and oral health. If you are a woman, you have probably heard about the high rate of osteoporosis in America. The state of Arizona is no exception. Osteoporosis can often progress without any outward symptoms....

Saving Teeth in Phoenix

When a tooth is threatened by severe decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled Phoenix dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is often...

Children’s Dental Health in Phoenix

For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised Paradise Valley parents to begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday. The AAP now advises parents to take their toddler to a Arizona dentist before their first birthday, or about six months after...

Aesthetic Dental Transformations in Phoenix

Many Phoenix professionals, students and retirees are enjoying the lasting benefits of aesthetic dentistry. A beautiful smile not only looks great, it makes you feel great! When you first look in the mirror in the morning while brushing those gleaming babies, you...

Creating Memorable Smiles at Harris Dental

A smile takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever. You can make your smile memorable and beautiful with a smile makeover at Harris Dental in Phoenix or Queen Creek. Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that specifies dentistry with an emphasis on...

Tooth Restoration in Phoenix

At Harris Dental in Phoenix and Queen Creek, we use a variety of techniques to restore damaged teeth. Most dental clients are familiar with fillings. Traditional fillings are also called ‘direct restorations‘ because they are applied to the tooth, shaped...

Affordable Phoenix Cosmetic Dentistry

Will your Arizona dental insurance cover Phoenix cosmetic dental procedures? Many dentistry clients assume their dental insurance won’t cover any cosmetic dental procedures. This is probably true for tooth bleaching or first time dental bonding. However, many Arizona...

Your Smile Doesn’t Have to Show Your Age in Arizona!

As we grow older, we may welcome many changes. However, most Phoenix retirees do not welcome wrinkles, gray hair and dental problems. Fortunately, your smile can be attractive and healthy throughout your golden years! Even if your teeth are showing visible signs of...

Sedation Dentistry in Phoenix & Queen City

Picture the following scenario: You are stretched out in a chair at your dentist’s office holding a remote as you try to tune into your favorite Arizona radio station. An assistant clips a paper bib around your neck. Someone switches on a bright overhead light and you...

What a Beautiful Arizona Smile Says About You

It’s not just about looks. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a healthy and attractive smile makes you appear more intelligent, successful, friendly and interesting. (See http://www.aacd.com for complete survey results.)...

Phoenix Teeth Whitening and Veneers

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in Phoenix and throughout Arizona. Numerous ads for whitening products in our local Phoenix media contain terms such as ‘white brite’, ’22 carbamide peroxide’ and ‘peroxide...

Are Dental Implants Worth It For Phoenix?

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels and works like a natural tooth. The actual dental implant material is usually titanium. A post is surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates...

Dental Specialties Available In Phoenix

General dentists in the Phoenix area are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. However, sometimes, your general dentist will refer you to a local specialist, or include a specialist as part of your treatment team. Following are some of the most common dental...

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment in Phoenix

Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you felt a sudden jolt of pain in one of your teeth? If the enamel is eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves...

Harris Dental – Dental News For Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix and Queen Creek tooth whitening treatments have advanced significantly. The team at Harris Dental is trained on the safest and most effective products and systems. If you need the latest dental info on teeth whitening, schedule a consultation by calling (480)...

Don’t Settle for an Unattractive Smile in Phoenix

No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. We are Drs. Joseph, Brian, Eric & Scott Harris DDS at Harris Dental in Phoenix & Queen Creek.  We have the  solutions for your smile problems. You don’t have...

Preventing Gum Disease at Harris Dental

Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus. Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances...

Are You Ready to Smile Again, Phoenix?

Most Phoenix and Queen Creek residents have plenty of things to smile about. However, there are some folks who avoid smiling at all costs. Are you one of those people who cover their mouth when they laugh? Do you keep your mouth closed when someone takes a picture of...

Phoenix Cosmetic Dental Artistry

Cosmetic dentistry is part science and part art. We are Drs. Joseph, Brian, Eric and Scott Harris of Harris Dental and we enjoy using extensive dental training and specialized artistic skills to design treatment plans unique to each of our Arizona cosmetic dental...

Gummy Smile?

Many Arizona cosmetic dentistry patients with a gummy smile undergo crown lengthening surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Gum tissue (and in some cases bone) is removed to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that...

What Is On Your Dental Wish List?

A cosmetic dental consultation is informative and enjoyable. As the patient, you’ll have the opportunity to describe your goals and expectations. If this is your first visit to the practice, you’ll discover how comfortable you feel with our dentists and...

Restoring Smiles at Harris Dental in Phoenix

A great smile is essential for putting your best face forward. At Harris Dental, we not only restore teeth to their original condition; we make many Arizona smiles better than they ever were before! Some patients have only a few problems they wish to correct. Perhaps...

The Dangers of Oral Piercing

If you live in the Phoenix or Queens Creek area and are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, read this: Infection Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into...

Harris Dental on Jaw Bone Deterioration

To remain dense, your jaw bone requires the continual stimulation and pressure of chewing, biting and talking. Each of your teeth has a root structure attached to the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates...

Let’s Talk About Your Smile

We are the dentists of Harris Dental, Dr. Joseph, Brian, Eric and Scott Harris. We have two dental office locations– in Phoenix and in Queens Creek, Arizona. One of things we like best about practicing dentistry is interacting with our patients. During initial...

Bad Breath Treatment at Harris Dental

Do you suspect that you have bad breath? At Harris Dental–with full-service dental offices in Phoenix and Queen Creek, Arizona–we help our dental patients diagnose and overcome this unpleasant and potentially embarrassing condition. Halitosis is caused by...

Dental Crowns at Harris Dental in Phoenix

Dental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2000 years. There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D., they began using gold crowns to construct artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians...

Total Tooth Restoration

Your face is always on display for others to see. You can’t hide it behind long sleeves or baggy jeans, and a hat won’t hide it away on a sleep-in Saturday. Many lucky Phoenix residents who have received smile makeovers at Harris Dental believe their...

Overbites And Underbites in Phoenix

When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same size, bite problems can occur. When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite. Another related alignment...

Wisdom Teeth And Your Phoenix Dentist

Wisdom teeth are the last of the molars (grinding teeth) to erupt from the gum. They usually appear in the late teens and early twenties. Not all people develop these teeth while others have from one to four. Though some people never experience any problems with these...

Phoenix Dental Emergencies

Many people will experience at least one tooth emergency in their life. You could break a tooth playing a sport, accidentally dislodge a crown, experience sudden pain caused by an abscess or break a wire on your braces. In the case of a dental emergency, see your...

Oral Conscious Sedation

Some people experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment. With oral conscious sedation, it is possible to relax during dental procedures instead of being tense and fearful. Oral sedation dentistry, relaxation dentistry, conscious sedation and...

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Have you thought about upgrading your smile? Cosmetic dentistry offers many exciting possibilities. The quickest and least invasive procedure is light teeth whitening. The results are dramatic and teeth whitening side effects are minimal. If your teeth are slightly...

Professional Teeth Whitening

A brilliant smile leaves a lasting impression. Professional teeth whitening in our Phoenix office can dramatically improve your overall appearance and give you a boost in self-confidence. Our teeth often turn yellow or gray as we age. The things we eat and drink...

Phoenix Dental Implants

When our patients ask us about tooth restoration, we usually tell them about the important developments in  dental implants. Tooth replacement has been a highly requested procedure at our Phoenix dental practice. Patients from the greater Phoenix area including...

Porcelain Veneers in Phoenix

With porcelain veneers, you can revamp your smile without significant restorative dental work. Porcelain veneers are glass-like, wafer-thin covers that are attached to the front of your teeth. Porcelain has been used in dentistry for many years because no other...

Welcome to the Harris Dental Blog

We would like to officially welcome everyone to the Harris Dental Blog.  We recognize that Cosmetic Dentistry is progressing at a rapid pace, and we pride ourselves on being trained on the latest and greatest procedures in cosmetic dentistry.  Our goal is to give you...

John Lennon’s Tooth Sells for $31,200

John Lennon’s tooth recently went up for auction when his former housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, passed the not-so-pearly white down to her daughter as a souvenir. Apparently, the tooth was reported as too fragile to accurately identify as John Lennon’s. Even...
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