When Style And Oral Health Collide

Oral Health

When Style And Oral Health Collide in Phoenix

Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Phoenix, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Harris, a dentist serving the Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they look at the possible harmful consequences.

First, Phoenix patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your power to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also vital to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible problems.

Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern people is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is acute and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also affect facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

Do you really want to risk looking like a stroke victim for the rest of your life?

If you’ve read through this and still want to elect a tongue bar or lip piercing, please talk to your Phoenix area dentist so you can examine the safest decision possible for your dental health.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the Phoenix area to count on for accurate information and the highest quality care, we welcome you to Harris Dental. Call 480-428-0040 today to schedule an appointment. We offer Invisalign clear braces, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and more!

We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call today!

 

 

 

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Super Smiles Have Strong Enamel

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Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! This substance, found on the outer surface of your teeth, truly should last a lifetime. But just because it’s super strong doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to take care of it.

Here are some beneficial tips for keeping enamel healthy.

1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks hurt your teeth, and don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your incisors.

On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth and guard your enamel. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt!

2. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. Also, it’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods, especially acidic ones, can soften the enamel, thus making it more prone to damage from brushing. If your teeth are discolored or yellowish, you may feel you need to brush harder. Instead, think about teeth whitening and talk to your dentist.

3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so it is important to communicate with your Phoenix doctor about treatment.

4. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major issue for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure your dentist is aware if you observe either of these issues.

Hi, my name is Dr. Harris Dental. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible, and enamel health is a key component. Harris Dental has been serving patients in Phoenix since 1979. We offer affordable, professional services including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and cosmetic dentistry.

My practice, Harris Dental, is currently accepting new patients. Give us a call at 480-428-0040 to make an appointment!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/tooth-enamel-damage, accessed on September 18, 2013

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
AZ

 

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Why Do I Need More Than Regular Cleaning?

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Dentistry is ever changing and some things we did ten years ago (and, heck, even five years ago!) are obsolete. In the early days harris dentalof dentistry, the way we did certain procedures were based on others’ clinical experiences and little was based on scientific research. Fortunately, the field of dentistry has moved away from those ancient ways and now follows the model of medical research, backing everything up with science and facts.

One of the most important discoveries in recent dental research is the impact our gum health has on our overall health. With this has come the realization that more than half the population needs more than just a prophylactic cleaning (a.k.a. regular cleaning) due to the prevalence of periodontal/gum disease and its impact on our bodies. Technically, a prophylactic cleaning is an above-the-gum scaling and polish for those patients who have no sign of infection or bone loss. So what constitutes “no sign of infection”?…. main thing to check for: NO BLEEDING. Do your gums bleed when you floss? Do your gums bleed when your dental hygienist is cleaning your teeth or calling out all those crazy numbers (you know… “3-2-3, 3-2-4, 4-2-4”)? It is NOT normal for our gums to bleed when we clean them! Think about it! Is it normal for other parts of our bodies to bleed when we clean them? Of course not!

Bleeding, swelling, and redness of the gums are signs of infection. Infection is caused by “bad bacteria” in the mouth that has grown out-of-control…. so far out-of-control that our immune system is no longer able to keep up with the load.

Let’s face it…. Like it or not, we all have bacteria in our mouths. But when our immune system is able to keep it from over-growing and changing into more harmful and aggressive strains, our bodies maintain balance and our gums stay healthy. On the flipside, when these aggressive bacteria override our immune system’s ability to fight them off, the signs of infection show up, and this is when we require more than a “regular” cleaning. Our concern for our patients is this…. Research has shown that these aggressive, invasive, “bad bacteria” that are detected in inflamed and infected mouths have the ability to get into our bloodstream and travel through major arteries and organs, increasing our risk for heart attack, stroke, pre-term labor for pregnant mommies, and Alzheimer’s disease. They can even increase our risk for certain cancers. To learn more about oral / systemic links, visit www.oshnewsnetwork.com.

At Harris Dental, PEOPLE MEAN EVERYTHING, which is why we are always proactive when it comes to your periodontal/gum health. Without a stable foundation for your pearly whites, you can end up losing perfectly healthy teeth. Our goal is to get you to the finish line with all your teeth! More importantly, we want to help you enjoy OVERALL HEALTH for a lifetime!

So how do we achieve these goals? The answer is preventative care, which sometime involves changing the way we “clean” your teeth in our office and how you clean them at home. We believe in empowering our patients and making them part of a team effort to help in the process of achieving optimal oral health. We provide you with the tools and education you need to get the most out of your homecare, so that we get the best outcome from our in-office procedures. These procedures include the latest scientific testing and state-of-the-art equipment. If you have any questions talk to your hygienist or dentist at your next appointment, or make one today by calling 480-405-6588!

Until next time!

Dr. Cowlin

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Is Mouthwash a Must in Phoenix AZ?

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beautiful smile MesaMany folks in the Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Chandler areas wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two habits that have the greatest impact on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash necessary?

If you’ve ever walked the aisles of any Mesa or Phoenix drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others brag of fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they make or break your dental health?

We are Harris Dental, with locations in Phoenix, Mesa, Queen Creek, Chandler, and Scottsdale. When our dental patients ask about mouthwash, we usually tell them that as long as they follow the directions on the bottle, mouthwash can only benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as advertised.

For people suffering from bad breath (and the friends, family, and co-workers who are suffering with them) mouthwash can be a very effective breath freshener and can bring relief to everyone in their social circle.

Thank you for visiting the Harris Dental Health Blog. We like to tackle important issues such as dental products, cosmetic dentistry procedures, over-the-counter teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, invisible braces, pediatric dentistry, oral care habits, and more!

Harris Dental is currently accepting new patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 480-428-0040. A welcoming member of our staff can also answer any questions you have about dental implants, veneers, gum contouring, or smile makeovers.

Call today!

Harris Dental
Phoenix Location:
4444 N 32 St, Ste 208
Phoenix, AZ 85018
480-428-0040
http://www.harrisdental.com/phoenix/

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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile In Phoenix

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 ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’

Benjamin Franklin coined this phrase in the 1730s as advice for fire safety. However, like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of life in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa – particularly dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Here we highlight some of the most important guidelines.

1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush. They can be purchased at any Phoenix area drugstore.

2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy, too.

3. Wear a protective mouthguard whenever you are engaged in an activity where your mouth could possibly be injured. This includes many Mesa recreation league and school sponsored sports.

4. Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!

5. Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection, and nerve damage. It’s a dangerous Phoenix fashion that you’ll want to avoid.

6. Stay away from snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.

7. Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

My name is Dr. Joe Harris
. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, and complete smile makeovers.

Harris Dental has locations Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale, and we have been serving these areas with exceptional cosmetic and general dentistry since 1979. If you are in the market for an exceptional dentist, we invite you to contact us at 480-428-0040 so we can make an appointment for you.

Harris Dental
Phoenix Location:
4444 N 32 St, Ste 208
Phoenix, AZ 85018
480-428-0040
http://www.harrisdental.com/phoenix/


The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/preteens-and-teens/, accessed on Feb. 21, 2013

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