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Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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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.

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480-428-0040

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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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Harris Dental Miracles

Cosmetic Dentistry

Affordable Phoenix Family Dentistry Harris Dental cosmetic dentistry can not only enhance your smile, it can improve the health of your teeth and make your face more pleasing and younger-looking. It can help with TMJ issues, and it definitely improves your self-esteem!

What’s more, cosmetic dentistry is surprisingly quick and virtually pain-free. Why? Because of unprecedented dental technology and new oral sedation options.

At Harris Dental, Dr. Harris performs dental miracles everyday. Regardless of the number of teeth affected, Dr. Harris re-designs smiles and corrects problems by skillfully performing cosmetic dental services.

Orthodontics are often the answer for misaligned teeth. Even if you have suffered with crooked teeth for years, a short time enduring braces will be well worth it.

If you have teeth that are decayed or otherwise damaged, there are multiple remedies. Porcelain crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bonding, and veneers are some of the effective procedures available. What if a tooth is missing entirely? A dental implant is a complete restoration; including a new root!

Perhaps all of this sounds too good to be true. If you are a skeptic, schedule a no-pressure smile redesign consultation today and find out for yourself. Dr. Harris will explain how your teeth can be transformed and you can see before and after photos.

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480-428-0040

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4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
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Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s look at some specifics about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when properly brushing.

Working up a good foam is brought about by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming assists in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are great for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may observe tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Additionally, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:
Wet soft bristle toothbrush
Use fluoridated toothpaste
Brush at 45 degree angle
Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
Cover every surface of every tooth
Swish around in mouth before spitting out
Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by Harris Dental, a distinctive dental practice in Phoenix. We are dedicated to dental education and confident smiles for all.

Dr. Harris has been serving Phoenix area families since 1979. We are located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Phoenix. Contact us at 480-428-0040 or http://www.harrisdental.com/dr-joseph-harris/.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic care we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

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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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Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Saliva

Cosmetic Dentistry

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Hello, my name is Dr. Harris, and I want to welcome you to my Phoenix dental blog. My dental practice, Harris Dental, wants to help our Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.

Today we are going to discuss the complexity and importance of your saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food. So, without further adieu, here are the main components of saliva.

1. Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.

2. Enzymes. Enzymes are important biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.

3. Immunoproteins. These are powerful cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.

4. Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

Most dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be harmful to your dental health, so be sure to talk to your dentist if you are experiencing this.

If you are in the Queen Creek, Scottsdale, or Mesa area and are in search of quality dental care, please call my office today at 480-428-0040 . Our patient-oriented staff would be happy to talk to you about our well-liked services, which include:

dental implants
Invisalign clear braces
sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry

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480-428-0040

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