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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Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

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Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental troubles during pregnancy. Today’s post from your dentist in the Phoenix area contains essential information about oral health for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

Dr. Harris recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning performed by one of the expert dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes.

The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, book an appointment today. Once the baby is here, it will probably be more difficult for you to make time for a dental visit.

If you receive dental treatment at Harris Dental during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Dr. Harris that you are expecting. This will influence decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can cause cavities. If you are eating numerous small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle impact your baby, too. It is critical that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific counsel for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.

At Harris Dental, your Phoenix area dentist provides general and cosmetic dentistry, and a full range of other services.

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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. Your dentist in Phoenix says it’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the distinct location can be hard to discover.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become swollen and infected, it can affect the teeth.

In extreme cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also transpire. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most common type of oral abscess begins in the pulp of the tooth and is usually caused by cavities.

When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually cause pain.

An abscess can cause total tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.

If an abscess hurts the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection? Sinus pain generally manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will most likely feel a sharp jolt of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have an infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both issues—an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

Call Harris Dental is you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. Harris dental provides general and cosmetic dentistry. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. If it’s a sinus infection, your Phoenix dentist can help you. This is a situation where you need advice from both your dental and medical care provider.

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3 Ways To Minimize Candy Intake At Parties

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At Harris Dental we understand how hard it is to avoid sweets altogether at parties and other social gatherings. Your dentists in Phoenix encourage both unfettered joy and healthy living for all of our patients.

Here’s how you can minimize your candy intake at parties:

1. Lock yourself in a closet.
2. Sew your mouth shut.
3. Wear a shock collar that’s sensitive to sugar particles.

Then again, there is moderation. Moderation in candy intake can help with the prevention of dental caries, but so can consistent brushing and flossing and regular cleanings and check-ups at your Phoenix family dentist. Keeping the mouth clean and being meticulous are strong indicators for a happy mouth.

We’re not here to tell our Phoenix and Queen Creek patients to avoid sugar altogether. We’re not even here to tell you just to sneak a little. Eat as much as your child will let you, just be sure and brush thoroughly – same as any other time of year. Keep in mind that eating a candy bar and then brushing is better than sucking on a lollipop for a half hour.

When it comes to caring for Phoenix, Arizona’s teeth and cosmetic dentistry needs, Harris Dental works tirelessly for you. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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