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Treatable: Gum Disease in Phoenix

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Periodontal disease is not as common as it once was, but it is still more common than you might think. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we see patients with gum disease more often than we like.

Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until it’s diagnosed. That’s because in its earliest stages, gum disease doesn’t give many signs. It does give a few, though: tenderness in the gums, and a little bleeding when you brush. Fortunately, it can be treated.

Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gums. In its mildest form, it is known as gingivitis. The more serious variety is periodontal disease. It can be very painful in extreme conditions, and limit your ability to eat normally. In severe cases, it can result in tooth loss.

Both gingivitis and periodontitis raise your risk of such conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. As with most ailments, early detection is key to treatment.

Treatment
After we diagnose gum disease, the first task is to control it. The first step is a careful, in-depth cleaning that goes beneath the gum line. We’ll use special instruments in a deep cleaning.

A procedure called scaling is the removal of tartar both above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths out any rough surfaces of the roots of your teeth.

In addition to these, we may prescribe oral gels and other medications.

If deep cleaning doesn’t fully correct the issue, we may recommend surgical procedures like gum grafting or flap surgery.

Gum disease is a serious matter, but the thing to remember is that most cases are treatable, especially if it is diagnosed early enough. Harris Dental in Phoenix provides gum disease treatment, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry.

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480-428-0040

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4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Phoenix, Arizona
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Oral Cancer Screening in Phoenix: Early Diagnosis

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When it comes to oral cancer survival rates, two numbers are key: 40% and 90%. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we provide oral cancer screenings that might save your life, so those numbers make all the difference.

Here’s what they mean: 40% of individuals who receive a late-stage diagnosis die within five years. However, the survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.

Oral Cavity and Oropharynx—Mouth and Throat

Cancers that originate in the mouth (oral cavity) are labeled oral cancers. The oral cavity is comprised of the inside tissue of the mouth and cheeks, the lips, the tissue below the tongue, the roof of the mouth, and the front two-thirds of the tongue.

“Why only two-thirds of the tongue?” you might ask. Because the back third of the tongue is considered part of the throat. Throat cancers, or oropharyngeal cancers, start in the oropharynx, the part of the mouth behind the parts considered part of the oral cavity. The oropharynx consists of the soft palate, the tonsils, and the throat.

How Are Oral Cancers Diagnosed?

Some oral cancers produce symptoms which prompt the patient to see a doctor and others are found by dentists and doctors during exams. Thousands of lives could be saved every year if more people received regular screenings.

A visual oral cancer exam is relatively quick and convenient, especially compared to other cancer screening tests such as colonoscopies and mammograms. If an abnormality is discovered during an exam, the patient is referred to an appropriate specialist for further testing and diagnosis.

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Tobacco use (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or snuff)
Heavy drinking
Unhealthy diet
HPV infection
Weak immune system
Frequent exposure to UV light

Be proactive. Ask us at Harris Dental to carry out an oral cancer screening during each examination. If you have one or more risk factors, it’s critical to communicate with us for advice on oral cancer screenings and prevention. We also provide cosmetic and general dentistry.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

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Beautiful Smiles in Phoenix with Cosmetic Dentistry

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Harris Dental Cosmetic Dentistry For Drop-Dead Gorgeous Smiles

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we provide all of the advanced dental procedures available to give you a beautiful smile that will be the envy of all your friends.

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include teeth whitening, dental crowns, and porcelain veneers.

We also fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings that blend perfectly with your natural teeth. In addition, our hygienists perform thorough deep cleanings for our patients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

If your smile needs a lot more than a deep cleaning, let’s talk about cosmetic dentistry. There have never been so many ways to create the smile you deserve.

Having a drop-dead gorgeous smile is not just about attractiveness. It’s about oral health and its connection to overall physical health. It’s about self-esteem and self-respect. It’s about being comfortable with your age and stage of life. It’s about presenting yourself polished and professionally in your Phoenix career, among your family members, and with your friends and colleagues.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we also provide general dentistry, gum disease treatment, and oral cancer screenings.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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Orthodontic Options: Clear Braces in Phoenix

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Imagine straightening your teeth into a perfect smile, without having to wear metal braces for the next few years. With clear braces from Harris Dental in Phoenix, it is possible.

Clear braces by Invisalign have revolutionized orthodontics. Sometimes called invisible braces, they are thin plastic trays, or aligners, that look like an athletes mouth guard. They aren’t really invisible, but they are so clear that most of the people around you won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

Clear braces work by gently bringing your teeth into proper alignment. People love them not just because they work, or because they are almost undetectable. They also love them because, unlike metal braces, they are removable. Take them out at mealtimes, and you’ll never have to bother with cleaning bits of food from your braces.

Invisalign braces are custom-made for each patient. Specialists use dental impressions, pictures, and x-rays to create them. They are the perfect choice for those who want to re-align their bite, but don’t want the inconvenience of metal braces.

For more about Invisalign clear braces, call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

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Help For Stained Teeth: Whitening in Phoenix

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Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At Harris Dental

Here at Harris Dental in Phoenix, our goal is to make the smiles of our patients white and bright. We can do that with professional teeth whitening, one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options we have.

If you are like many Phoenix adults, you have sipped thousands of dark beverages over the years. All that coffee, soda, or wine did a number on and your teeth. We can help you do something about it.

Every year, Americans spend millions of dollars on over-the-counter products like toothpastes and whitening strips. They can do an adequate job, but can’t match the results of professional teeth whitening.

We have two take-home options for our patients: Day White and Nite White formulas. The names tell you when you use them. With each one, a whitening agent goes into a tray and the patient wears it for a specified time. The results are impressive.

We also offer Zoom! in-office teeth whitening. Zoom! involves dental-grade hydrogen peroxide gels, activated by LED lamps. The treatment goes deep into the enamel of your teeth to bleach away discolorations.

At Harris Dental, we’re proud to offer the most effective teeth whitening options in Phoenix. Visit our smile gallery to see what we can do. We also provide a range of general dentistry services. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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