Beating Horrible Halitosis

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“My neighbor’s bad breath is scaring me.”

The team at Harris Dental in Phoenix would like to take a few minutes to share with you some insight about halitosis.

Brushing just the teeth may not remove particles of food between the teeth and up in the gums. Bacteria can grow and stink from hidden floss-only locations. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Also, the food you are eating can influence the odor in your mouth. Onions, garlic, and coffee are likely to show up on the breath regardless of time spent brushing.

Illness, infection, and allergies can all cause dry mouth which in turn upset the control of bacteria in the mouth. Diabetes, kidney failure, radiation therapy, liver malfunction, dry mouth, or even postnasal drip can cause an odor. The microbe balance in the mouth is ever-changing.

Finally, dentures or a removable appliance may also carry bacteria that needs to be cleaned and freshened up on a regular basis.

1. Brush and floss the teeth as well as brush the tongue, gums, and sides of the mouth.
2. Enjoy onions and garlic a little less.
3. Stay on top of health issues.
4. Keep dentures clean.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and many other dental services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist

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Hello friends of Harris Dental! In today’s article, we are talking about general dentistry and nutrition. There is nothing that impacts your smile as much as your eating habits. Develop good eating practices and your dentist will smile down on your, too.

1. Rinse after eating

Rinse your mouth with a drink of water or brush your teeth after meals. People who snack all day long subject their teeth to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top.

2. Avoid sugary gum

Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and jeopardize your hard earned healthy gums. If you are gum chewer, do your smile a favor and go sugarless.

3. Avoid sticky foods

Sticky foods have a habit of clinging to your teeth, which puts you at risk of decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even excessive dried fruit can be risky for smiles. Brushing doesn’t always get rid of the obstinate particles, so remember to floss after eating sticky items.

4. Consume nutritious foods

A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system strong and able to combat infection.

5. Say ‘cheese!’

Cheese contains calcium and protects teeth from acid that weakens tooth enamel. (It’s vital not to go overboard as cheese is high in fat.)

6. Avoid acidic foods

Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Limit direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.

If you have questions about enamel damage that’s already taken place or need help with crooked, chipped, or missing teeth, call Harris Dental in Phoenix today. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today to highlight your dental goals.

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Not All Smile Makeovers Are Created Equal

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Hello Phoenix! Welcome to the Harris Dental dental blog. Let’s talk about smile transformations. Some Phoenix patients wonder if  the term is synonymous with general cosmetic dentistry.

Are the placement of four veneers considered a smile makeover? Well, yes and no. If your smile is attractive and healthy except for some chips in your upper front teeth, veneer placement may remedy the few cosmetic problems and result in a dazzling smile.

Generally, however, a complete smile makeover combines several carefully-chosen cosmetic dentistry procedures performed at the same time for a complete smile renewal. In other words, the sum is greater than the parts.

For example, one treatment plan could include crown restorations, veneers for teeth that are misshapen but otherwise healthy, tooth-colored filling replacement for old amalgam fillings, and teeth whitening for the crowning touch.

When we design a custom smile makeover, we study several elements in addition to the teeth. After all, the teeth are just one component of the patient’s face. The gumline, lips, mouth, facial shape, facial structure, coloring, and patient’s age affect the scope of the design. This comprehensive approach to a smile makeover achieves amazing results and sets our practice apart.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we provide cosmetic and general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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People who suffer from dental phobia may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously, and at Harris Dental in Phoenix, we have a solution.

Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a plane or riding an elevator.

A person with dental phobia or dental anxiety may skip the dentist outright, becoming at risk of entering a vicious cycle of declining oral health.

Fear causes the person to steer clear of dental checkups for years. When a minor dental issue (like a little cavity) proceeds until it contacts a nerve and leads to pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

At this point, the required therapy is an extensive procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The treatment reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some people end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

Experts believe that the prevalence of dental phobia may be as high as one in four individuals. Are you one of them?

At Harris Dental, we want to help distressed patients successfully overcome or at least manage their trepidation so they can undergo twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect teeth and gums.

If you dread going to the dentist, there is hope. At Harris Dental, we have successfully treated many patients just like you with sedation dentistry. We also provide general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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Crowning Achievements In Dentistry

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Today’s post looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental restoration.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the inception of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to construct fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

Consider the physical and chemical requirements of this incredible substance. It must tolerate forces of 162 pounds per square inch, hundreds of times a day – day after day, year after year. It must be resistant to cracking and chipping. But there’s a catch regarding its strength; it must not hurt the enamel on opposing teeth. This material must also maintain its size and shape and be resistant to shrinking.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials required for specific appliances. It must be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t trigger allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

And we haven’t even discussed the artistic properties yet. Ideally, this wondrous material would look identical to actual teeth in color, opacity, and translucence.

Of course, we know that such an item exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. At this time, there are numerous materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are exceptionally strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s esthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

It is interesting to note that porcelain, one of the perfect materials used in modern restorations, was created over 2000 years ago in China.

Harris Dental offers CEREC same-day crowns, cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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