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Are you an adult with misaligned teeth? Do you regret not having orthodontic treatment when you were a teen? At Harris Dental in Phoenix, it’s not too late to get that perfect smile – and clear braces make it easy.

If you don’t want the whole world to know you are wearing braces, then Invisalign braces may be for you. Sometimes called invisible braces, they look like an athlete’s mouthguard. They are clear, but not invisible, yet they’re very inconspicuous. Someone standing just a few feet away might never realize you’re wearing them.

Invisalign braces have been on the market since 2000. They are fitted to your teeth and worn over them, so they gently move them into an ideal bite.

One of the most appealing things about them for many Phoenix-area patients is that they’re removable. Take them out at mealtime and at bedtime. Take them out when you brush, too: unlike conventional braces, there is nothing to prohibit you from thorough brushing, just like (we hope) you’ve always done.

This brings us to what may be the most critical thing to remember: the success of Invisalign clear braces depends on you. Since they’re removable, it’s up to you to wear them faithfully during the day. If you don’t, they won’t do what they’re supposed to do. And straightening your teeth is the whole point.

If you want more beautiful teeth, come into Harris Dental in Phoenix and discuss your goals with Dr. Harris, DDS. Dr. Harris will examine your teeth and recommend the most effective system for you.

Harris Dental in Phoenix is a full-service general dentistry practice. We provide cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening. For that perfect smile, call one of our four locations to make an appointment.

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480-428-0040

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C-PAP Is Not The Only Sleep Apnea Treatment in Phoenix

Sleep apnea

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Do you think you might have sleep apnea? If so, it’s important to see your doctor right away. Sleep apnea is a serious problem in Phoenix and across the nation. If left untreated, it can be life-threatening.

Does your bed partner tell you that you frequently stop breathing during the night? What if you sleep alone? Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Abrupt awakenings
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Frequently being tired during the day
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Headaches, especially right after waking
  • Difficulty concentrating

Recurring cessations in breathing during sleep robs the brain of oxygen. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, the heart slows down. When the person resumes breathing, the heart goes into panic mode to push the oxygen to the brain. Then the cycle repeats itself many times an hour each and every night. This stop-and-start action is dangerous for every organ in the body.

CPAP (Positive Airway Pressure) may be the most well-known treatment for sleep apnea. Many people don’t know that there are other ways to treat it.

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) conducted by a dentist can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved OAT in the following circumstances:

A custom-fit oral appliance allows patients to breath normally while sleeping. A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea must be made by a medical doctor. If the physician recommends oral appliance therapy, he or she will refer the patient to a dentist who is trained in treating sleep disorders.

The advantages of an oral appliance over a CPAP machine include:

  • More convenient
  • More comfortable
  • Portable
  • Quiet
  • Requires no electricity
  • Easy to clean
  • May allow wearer to talk and eat during use

If you have been suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea, OAT can restore your health. The team at Harris Dental encourages you to see an MD soon before your health is compromised. For more information about sleep apnea, call Harris Dental to schedule a consultation.

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480-428-0040

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Filtered Phoenix Water And Oral Health

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Filtered Phoenix Water And Oral Health

A simple way for Phoenix residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

 

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

I’m Dr. Dr. Harris, an experienced Phoenix dentist serving the Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa areas. I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 480-428-0040 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the Phoenix area since 1979, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Phoenix, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

 

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480-428-0040

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4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
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Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

General Dentistry

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Here is the Harris Dental guide to treating teeth grinding.

Understand
Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

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Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Dr. Dr. Harris through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

Get Control
When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at Harris Dental we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:

  1. Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding. 
  2. Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly. 
  3. Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.

Every individual in our community deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

Call 480-428-0040 today to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, or CEREC same-day crowns. Ask about sedation dentistry, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, or Invisalign clear braces. Your needs are vital to us.

Contact our patient-oriented staff at 480-428-0040 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers essential knowledge and the highest quality of care.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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

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Has Your Toddler Had A Dental Exam?

General Dentistry

dentist Phoenix If you have a toddler who has not visited a dentist, we urge you to make an appointment today by calling Harris Dental at 480-428-0040 .

The the best time to start dental check-ups for young children is when their teeth first erupt. This may seem a bit premature, however it is the best way to start your son or daughter on the pathway to lifelong oral health.

Your dentist can evaluate the condition of your child’s teeth before problems emerge or existing issues get worse. It’s also helpful for parents to get a review of proper oral hygiene for young children. You can also learn about preventative measures such as sealants and fluoride supplements.

My name is Dr. Harris of Harris Dental. The American Academy of Pediatrics counsels that parents begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday. If you have questions about childrens’ dentistry, please give us a call at Harris Dental.

Children with a higher risk of dental problems should be given a dental examination as early as possible. Here are some of the risk factors:

  • Sleeping with a bottle
  • Drinking juice often during the day
  • Abnormal tooth development
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tooth grinding
  • A mother with substantial tooth decay
  • Other physical ailments

Bring your questions to our patient-oriented staff at Harris Dental. We are located in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale, Arizona. You can reach us at 480-428-0040 . We want your son or daughter to enjoy a lifetime of oral health.

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480-428-0040

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

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