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Toothbrush Tantrums: When Your Child Won’t Brush

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Your child’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, are just as essential to their health, speech development, and self-esteem as their permanent teeth. Some parents we meet at Harris Dental hold the misconception that the care of primary teeth is secondary to adult teeth, since they will eventually fall out.

The truth is that the twenty primary teeth lay the foundation for the health of adult teeth and a beautiful smile. Taking care of these teeth is very important!

A dislike for brushing is understandable. A parent takes a pokey bristly thing, smears some minty paste on it, puts it in their mouth and scrubs their teeth with it. No wonder it doesn’t appeal to some toddlers and children. Sometimes the battle grows to the point that parents want to give up the struggle until their child is older. Don’t!

If it is problematic to get your child to brush willingly, Dr. Harris has several suggestions.

If the toothpaste is the problem, brush with a smaller amount or even without it, at first. The goal is to remove food particles that will lead to plaque and bacteria, eventually causing dental caries. Toothpaste is not required for removing food particles. Fluoride is important, however. If your water is not fluoridated, talk to Dr. Harris about fluoride supplements.

Take your child to the store and have him or her choose a new, soft-bristled toothbrush. Maybe buy two, so your child has some control in picking which toothbrush to use each time he or she brushes.

Let your child do the brushing, then inspect and brush the areas that might have been missed. Have your child with you when you and your spouse are brushing your teeth. Let your son or daughter know that everyone needs to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Invite your child to look in the mirror and brush at the same time.

To develop the habit, keep the time short and slowly prolong the sessions. Brush heads are hard with bristles that poke. Toothpaste may seem “hot” to some children. Teaching your child that brushing is non-negotiable is the important first step. After it has become part of the routine, add time by singing songs or brushing your teeth at the same time. Some parents have had success with setting a timer.

Compliment your child on their terrific effort in taking care of themselves. Be sure to maintain a positive attitude. Let your child know that you love their beautiful smile and want it to always be shiny white. Positive reinforcement and establishing a routine are essential parts of childhood dental brushing. We want children to be enthusiastic about a habit that will influence their health throughout their life.

If your child continues to struggle with brushing, you may consider sealants. Sealants are beneficial protective barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. A sealant aids in preventing food particles from lodging in difficult places to brush – usually in the pits and grooves in the molars in the back of the mouth.

Call 480-428-0040 to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr.Dr. Harris about your child’s oral hygiene or any other concern.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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

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Hi, Phoenix, We’re Harris Dental!

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Hi, Phoenix, We’re Harris Dental! Harris Dental has been providing quality dental care since 1979. We are passionate about the oral health of our patients and we are currently accepting new patients. Our top services include:

dental implants
Invisalign clear braces
sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
CEREC same-day crowns

My name is Dr. Harris, and our patient-oriented staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about important dental topics such as cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, veneers, gum contouring, and much, much more.

We also strive to help our patients develop the oral health habits that will keep their mouths as healthy as possible and their smiles clean and bright.

Please give us a call at 480-428-0040 so we can schedule an appointment for you. We are conveniently located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Phoenix, Arizona. We are confident that you will be happy with the quality care that you will receive here.

Don’t hesitate! Call today!

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480-428-0040

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

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A Teenage Smile Without The Metal

Orthodontics

No One Will Know You Are Wearing Braces In Phoenix

Many adults want to look younger by straightening their teeth but having a mouthful of conspicuous teenager-style metal braces is not exactly what they had in mind.

If you are not pleased with your misaligned teeth, you may be interested to hear about the new, discrete straightening protocols now available for people of all ages. Custom invisible braces that are worn over teeth are now available.

Your busy lifestyle will not be hampered because invisible braces are so straightforward and convenient. The comfortable aligners allow you to eat anything you want and caring for your teeth will not become cumbersome. When you smile, nobody will know that your teeth are gently being straightened. We offer Invisalign brand braces.

Modern orthodontia and cosmetic dentistry truly works miracles to create younger, more vibrant smiles. If you have delayed orthodontic treatment because of the perceived inconvenience and obtruseviness of traditional metal braces, we hope today’s post has provided vital details that will help you make an informed decision.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, our patient-oriented team has been providing and sensational smiles since 1979. If your teeth have troubles in addition to misalignment, schedule a consultation to learn about veneers, dental implants, white fillings, gum contouring, and teeth whitening.

Some of the most popular treatments at Harris Dental include dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and sedation dentistry. Whatever your dental needs are, we will create a personalized, custom treatment outline for you.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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

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7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

Cosmetic Dentistry

Phoenix Cosmetic Dentist

Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, but we sometimes find that patients don’t know exactly what it is. Today in the Harris Dental dental blog, we’ll explain how we use dental bonding in cosmetic dentistry.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. It is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty, and then hardened or set with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists will usually consider the option of bonding when 1) decayed, 2) chipped, or 3) cracked teeth need to be repaired.

4) Large spaces between teeth can be filled with bonding material, and 5) roots can be protected by bonding after gums recede.

6) Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process. Because the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to 7) look longer or reshaped entirely. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover.

Hi. I’m Dr. Harris.  My practice, Harris Dental, offers the following services:

dental implants
Invisalign clear braces
sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry

And more! So, if you are in the Queen Creek, Scottsdale, or Mesa area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 480-428-0040 .

We hope to hear from you soon!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding, accessed on March 7, 2013

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480-428-0040

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Full Mouth Reconstruction In Phoenix

Dental Implants

Mesa Dental Implants Phoenix dental techniques and materials have advanced to a point where total and near-total mouth reconstruction is possible right here in the Scottsdale area.

Unlike conventional removable dentures, extensive mouth reconstruction involves strong, functional and aesthetically pleasing teeth with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.

You have probably heard about dental implants–the tooth replacement option that is, in most cases, the best possible replacement for a missing tooth. Dental implants have been used for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. However, they can also provide a structure for crowns, bridges, and anchored dentures that replace nearly every tooth in the mouth!

Every smile makeover patient requires a somewhat unique combination of cosmetic dental procedures, but let’s talk about a hypothetical case involving several restorations:

‘Linda’ was a 52 year-old Phoenix patient with a mouthful of problems. She was missing most of her back teeth on both her upper and lower arch. Four of her front teeth were chipped and her gums had eroded revealing the metal bases of two old crowns.

To restore a beautiful, strong and youthful-looking smile, she would receive dental implants to anchor partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth would receive a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers.

The result? A stunning smile, renewed confidence and no more slipping dentures!

    Contact Harris Dental:

    480-428-0040

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