Harris Dental http://www.harrisdental.com Just another WordPress site Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:52:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 6 Ways To Prepare For Oral Surgery In Chandler, Arizona http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/6-ways-to-prepare-for-oral-surgery-in-chandler-arizona/ http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/6-ways-to-prepare-for-oral-surgery-in-chandler-arizona/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 04:31:59 +0000 http://www.harrisdental.com/?p=5972 When it comes to preparing for oral surgery, or any dental procedure for that matter, the admired patients of Harris Dental are given 6 important instructions to get them through from start to finish. First, Choose Wisely Understanding the pros

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When it comes to preparing for oral surgery, or any dental procedure for that matter, the admired patients of Harris Dental are given 6 important instructions to get them through from start to finish.

First, Choose Wisely
Understanding the pros and cons of a procedure helps you attain your ideal outcome. This essential knowledge about your dental experience opens up a conversation with our staff. Which leads us to the next instruction:

Second, Question Up Front
Before calling 480-428-0040 to schedule an appointment for a desired procedure, please schedule a consultation to answer these 4 important questions:

-What are the alternatives to having it done?
-Why is this the best option?
-How many visits should I expect?
-What kind of complications or risks are there?
(After you’ve asked your questions, we’ll ask ours.)

Third, Update Records
This is not just for billing purposes. The conscientious staff here at Harris Dental want to prepare for any emergency. Making sure your personal contact information is up-to-date helps us convey vital information to you post-procedure.

Fourth, Be Honest
While Dr. Harris Dental has a gentle, responsive touch, we find that slight pinches and cramping and other pain can occur while you are in our chair. When the doctor asks if you are comfortable, please, please be honest with them. We understand it is difficult to communicate clearly when your mouth is inundated with tools. Experience has helped us to read your cues. Let us make you as comfortable as possible.

Fifth, Rest and Recover
After any extensive procedure, it is important to allow a period of rest for your mouth. This rest period may vary depending on how the procedure goes. This instruction will be given to you along with any other recovery instructions. Follow these as issued.

Finally, Sixth, Accept our Thanks
We appreciate your business and we appreciate the way the Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale communities have spread the word that Harris Dental is Chandler’s best kept dental secret located right here at 5 locations in Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale Chandler, Arizona Arizona or on the web at http://www.harrisdental.com/dr-joseph-harris/. We are so grateful for the trust you’ve placed in our hands. Thank you.

We would love to have you invite your friends to enjoy the same excellent service and care we’ve given you whether they need sedation dentistry, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, or details on how to improve general oral hygiene. We are here to serve.

Harris Dental
Harris Dental
5 locations in Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Chandler, Arizona Arizona
480-428-0040
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Why Do I Need More Than Regular Cleaning? http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/why-do-i-need-more-than-regular-cleaning/ http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/why-do-i-need-more-than-regular-cleaning/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:21:32 +0000 http://www.harrisdental.com/?p=5524 Dentistry is ever changing and some things we did ten years ago (and, heck, even five years ago!) are obsolete. In the early days of dentistry, the way we did certain procedures were based on others’ clinical experiences and little

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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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The Painful Truth About Toothaches In Chandler, Arizona http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/the-painful-truth-about-toothaches-in-chandler-arizona/ http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/the-painful-truth-about-toothaches-in-chandler-arizona/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:40:56 +0000 http://www.harrisdental.com/?p=5946 Toothaches always get worse on Friday night right before the weekend. Waiting to care for a sore tooth may leave your Phoenix dentist saying things like “I wish you had come to me sooner.” Even with all the various causes

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Toothaches always get worse on Friday night right before the weekend.

Waiting to care for a sore tooth may leave your Phoenix dentist saying things like “I wish you had come to me sooner.” Even with all the various causes of mouth concerns, a toothache sends a simple, clear message: get it checked!

If you wait, the cost to treat it may get more expensive as the pain gets more extensive. Affordable dental care is available at Harris Dental in Chandler. Call Harris Dental now for a straightforward yet critical consultation.

480-428-0040

Mouth pain is never “normal.” The dental team at Harris Dental expertly treats the causes of mouth pain including cavities, gum disease, broken crowns, mouth sores, and bite issues. Let us take care of you and you will quickly be back to pain-free eating and grimace-free speaking.

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Harris Dental is also well-versed in all things cosmetic dentistry can offer. Cosmetic dentistry in Chandler, Arizona creates confident smiles, a stronger face-to-face presence, and a clearer presentation of the real you.

It’s easy to schedule an appointment for cosmetic dentistry. In our Chandler cosmetic dentistry office, patients who want teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or CEREC same-day crowns are given exceptional, first-rate care.

Book a consultation for any dental implant questions, emergency dentistry questions, or veneer information. Harris Dental offers superb dental wisdom when it comes to Invisalign clear braces, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, CEREC same-day crowns, and dental implants.

Don’t wait to get in to our Chandler family dental practice when a tooth demands your attention.

Harris Dental
5 locations in Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
480-428-0040

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Harris Dental on Jaw Bone Deterioration http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/harris-dental-on-jaw-bone-deterioration-2/ http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/harris-dental-on-jaw-bone-deterioration-2/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:57:48 +0000 http://www.harrisdental.com/?p=5875 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

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Chandler 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 the bone to which the root is attached.

When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that previously surrounded the root structure begins to recede. Though tooth extraction is often the only possible treatment for our Chandler patients with tooth damage beyond repair, every effort should be made to preserve the root structure.

Fortunately, tooth implants provide a new root which keeps the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant consists of a titanium post which is placed in the jaw bone. It replaces the original root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone. After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and meshed with the implant, a post is inserted into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.

To learn more about dental implants, call Harris Dental at 480-428-0040 . The friendly professionals at Harris Dental in Chandler provide world-class dental treatment for patients in Phoenix and the surrounding areas.

Harris Dental: Where People Mean Everything

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Has Your Child Visited A Dentist? http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/has-your-child-visited-a-dentist/ http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/has-your-child-visited-a-dentist/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:33:29 +0000 http://www.harrisdental.com/?p=5839 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

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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 http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/dental-sealant-qa/ http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/dental-sealant-qa/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18:06:23 +0000 http://www.harrisdental.com/?p=5836 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

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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 http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/why-sports-drinks-put-teeth-at-risk-in-phoenix/ http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/why-sports-drinks-put-teeth-at-risk-in-phoenix/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 21:43:47 +0000 http://www.harrisdental.com/?p=5807 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),

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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 http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/a-youthful-smile-at-any-age/ http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/a-youthful-smile-at-any-age/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 21:45:03 +0000 http://www.harrisdental.com/?p=5809 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

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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? http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/do-whitestrips-work/ http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/do-whitestrips-work/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 18:51:57 +0000 http://www.harrisdental.com/?p=5812 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.

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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? http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/how-long-should-you-brush/ http://www.harrisdental.com/blog/how-long-should-you-brush/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 18:00:43 +0000 http://www.harrisdental.com/?p=5816 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

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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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