Preventing Tooth Decay

Dental health General Dentistry

Preventing Tooth Decay in Arizona

Tooth decay remains the most important issue in dental health, and it affects people of all ages. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we are committed to preventing tooth decay in our patients.

It can be an uphill battle sometimes. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria. It merges with plaque and acids to break down the enamel on your teeth. The tiny holes that can† result are what we call cavities.

The Sugar Factor

Tooth decay is usually a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky or sugary foods are consumed and allowed to remain on the teeth, it can result in tooth decay.

To help prevent it, limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. A good oral hygiene strategy is advised, and that means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we are committed to the dental health of each patient. Services include complete general dentistry. Patients from xxx also come to us for cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Preventative Maintenance For Your Irreplaceable Smile

Dental health General Dentistry

You know the old saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we are big advocates of preventative dentistry as the best way to maintain dental health.

Preventative dentistry, though, is about more than healthy teeth and gums. Your dental health is directly related to your overall health. Poor dental health has been linked to various diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, premature birth and low birth weight, and diabetes.

Furthermore, poor dental health also leads to gum disease. With regular brushing and dental checkups, gum disease is 100 percent preventable.

More Reasons

The above should be enough to get anyone in to the dentist’s office twice a year. But if it isn’t, here are three more very good reasons why you should get a cleaning and checkup every six months.

  • Plaque and tartar. Even with brushing and flossing twice a day, plaque can build up on the teeth and gums. Plaque hardens into tartar. Simply put, there are areas in the mouth that your floss and toothbrush just cannot reach. Professional cleanings, however, can.
  • X-rays. By taking dental x-rays and updating them regularly, we can detect problems that a simple visual inspection won’t turn up. The sooner new issues are treated, the better: treatment will be easier, less painful, and less expensive.
  • Oral cancer. It isn’t just smokers who need to be concerned about oral cancer; anyone can get it. Finding it in its earliest stages gives you the best chance for successful treatment and a full recovery. We can check for any symptoms, and if we find them, tell you what you need to do.

There are lots of great reasons to see us at Harris Dental in Phoenix twice a year for a checkup. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to our office for general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Why You Shouldn’t Dread Going To The Dentist

Dental health General Dentistry Sedation Dentistry

Queen Creek gentle dentist

Countless people see their stress levels rise as they anticipate an upcoming dental appointment. It’s so common, in fact, there’s a term for it: dental anxiety. But sedation dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix can help even severe cases get the dental care they deserve.

Some people get so concerned at the thought of a dental checkup that they’ll put it off for months, even years. In severe cases, they’ll avoid the dentist completely, and trust to daily flossing and brushing to keep their teeth and gums in good shape. We’ll never discourage regular flossing and brushing, but skipping the dentist is never a good idea.

No matter how good a job you do with dental hygiene, even if it’s brushing after every meal and right before bed, it is no substitute for a dental checkup. But we understand how difficult it is, for whatever reason, for some people to get themselves to our office. Sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get through their appointments.

We offer two kinds of sedation:

  • Nitrous Oxide. Better known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective at relaxing you.
  • Oral conscious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative an hour or so before the appointment. It won’t make you sleep, but will put you in a deeply relaxed state. You’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office.

Don’t dread the dentist, and never put your dental health at risk by skipping checkups. Sedation dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix can get you through your appointment. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa rely on us for dental health care, and come here for complete general dentistry and much more. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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The Future Of Tooth Decay In Phoenix

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The Future Of Tooth Decay In Phoenix

Tooth decay is the single most common dental issue there is. Unlike a cut on your finger, a cavity will not heal itself. In a worst case scenario, an untreated cavity can lead to future problems, up to and including tooth loss. That’s why we stress regular brushing and flossing to all of our patients, at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Cavities form when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.

That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Sugar seems to be in just about everything. Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day! That’s twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association.

Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. So cut back on sugar, brush and floss your teeth, and see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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For A Healthier Smile, Stop Doing This

Dental health General Dentistry

Phoenix friendly family dentist

Your teeth can last a lifetime. With a few daily precautions and regular checkups at Harris Dental in Phoenix, you’ll go a long way toward making sure they do.

If you do any of the following, we recommend that you stop:

  • Chewing sugared gum all day. Cavities, a sore jaw, or compromised bridgework may result. If you must chew, select gum with Xylitol.
  • Drinking soda and energy drinks. These sugary, acidic beverages are immensely efficient at eroding enamel.
  • Chewing ice or hard candy. Your enamel is quite hard. But so are ice and hard candy, and head-to-head, occasionally they win, resulting in a cracked tooth.
  • Skipping flossing. Maybe you think brushing is enough. Following brushing with a careful flossing job cleans away fragments of food and plaque between teeth.
  • Using a firm bristled toothbrush. A soft bristled brush is the best tool for the job. Save your firm brush for cleaning the grout around your bathtub.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix our general dentistry will help keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for regular checkups and for cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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