Use Five Fingers For Quick And Healthy Flossing

Dental health General Dentistry

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This message is for smart kids who want to make flossing a habit. Here are 5 flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time thanks to Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Thumbkin: Thumb to Chest Reminder
Thumb to chest can remind me that this isn’t for my friends. Brushing the goobers off so I don’t gross them out. Rinsing with a fluoride rinse for fresh breath as I speak. That is for friends. Flossing is for me, myself and I. I want Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums, therefore I floss.

Pointer: Pointer Fingers Measure
How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? The American Dental Association advises that you begin with about 18 inches. Roughly 6 lengths of your pointer finger should be adequate.

Tall Man: Wrap the Middle Fingers
This is a team endeavor. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After curving the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and the up and down motions have wiped away plaque, then “unspool” for a new section for the next tooth in line.

Ring Man: The Smell Test
Many a long term relationship has been cut short due to not-so-fresh breath. Smell floss before going between teeth. Smell it after. Bad smell? Brushing is not cleaning away that bacteria well enough. Hurray for floss! This smell test says the brushing needs to be improved. Be gentle with your gums. Keep those areas at the base of your teeth bacteria free.

Pinky: Time to Promise
Make the pledge now. Every time you look at your pinky, remember that you pinky promised to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque creates tooth decay and inflamed gums. Periodontal disease can eventually bring about tooth loss. Tooth neglect is a slippery slope.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we offer complete general dentistry. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our practice for restorative dentistry. Call to schedule a checkup 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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Can Replacing a Missing Tooth Improve My Life?

Dental health Dental Implants Restorative Dentistry

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If you have one or more missing teeth, you are probably self-conscious about it. A smile is one of the first things people notice. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we use dental implants to restore smiles.

The Teeth Surrounding The Missing Tooth

When a gap is left by a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth tend to shift. This can cause the other teeth to become crooked, and new gaps may appear. Teeth that are displaced are more vulnerable to gum disease, tooth decay, and TMJ pain.

Difficulty Biting and Chewing

Missing teeth also affect the way you bite a chew. Teeth should work together as a unit. Properly aligned teeth come together harmoniously when you bite and chew. When a tooth is missing more stress is placed on the others.

Speech Problems

Missing teeth, especially front teeth, can affect the way you speak. It may become hard to pronounce certain words. You may even develop a lisp. These speech problems may cause you to abstain from social situations.

What is the best solution for missing teeth?

A dental implant is a permanent anchor (post) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of an extracted tooth. In the months after implantation, it integrates with the jawbone. One or more implants can provide a sturdy base for a crown, bridge, or denture.

A dental implant from Harris Dental in Phoenix can restore your smile and improve your life. We’ve placed them in people throughout Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa. We also offer complete general dentistry. Call to 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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Is A Loose Tooth A Dental Emergency?

Dental health Emergency Dentistry

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When they are properly cared for, adult teeth can last a lifetime. If you get a loose adult tooth it is a sign that something is going on, and you should call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix right away.

There are a number of reasons why a permanent, adult tooth can become loose, some more serious than others.

  • Pregnancy. Higher-than-usual levels of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy can result in a loose tooth. The ligaments and bone holding a tooth in place can actually loosen. It’s usually temporary, but don’t assume it is.
  • Osteoporosis. Our bones can become less dense as we age: not just the jaw, but throughout the body. If it happens in the jaw then teeth can become loose. It can happen to men and women, but is more common in women.
  • Trauma. An impact from a collision – in an auto accident or playing sports, for example – can result in one or more loose teeth. Teeth grinding can also be enough force to loosen teeth. Any injury to the mouth might cause this, and should be considered a dental emergency.
  • Gum Disease. Often the result of poor dental hygiene and the buildup of plaque and tarter, gum disease can be painful and also lead to loose teeth, and even tooth loss. It can be treated, but the sooner it is diagnosed the better the chances of a successful outcome.

All of these issues should be taken seriously. If you notice any of them, call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix immediately. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa trust our emergency dentistry and appreciate our lecture-free zone. 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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Let’s Talk About Your Smile! Schedule A Dental Implant Consultation

Dental health Dental Implants

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What’s the first step in getting a dental implant? It’s not an X-ray. It’s not an exam. It’s an informative, low-key consultation at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Take Your Time

At Harris Dental, we don’t pressure you into treatment. We simply explain your options. We answer your questions thoroughly. Take all the time you need. We want you to be comfortable.

Tell Us About Yourself

You’ll have the opportunity to review your goals and expectations. Successful dental implant consultations help us provide the highest level of dental care.

We Are Proud Of Our Success

While you are here, you can inspect photos of dental implant patients. You know what they say…a picture is worth a thousand words!

You may be wondering:

  • How many years has Dr. Harris been performing implants?
  • What type of specialty training have you received?
  • How many implant placements have you performed?
  • What is the success rate for dental implants?
  • What additional cosmetic dental procedures do you provide?
  • Am I a well-suited candidate for a tooth implant?
  • Do you offer sedation dentistry?

We will answer all of these questions and any other ones you have. We also talk about the costs of tooth implants and financing options if needed.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we want you to have all the information you need if you are considering a dental implant. We’ve placed them in patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa, who also come to us for complete general dentistry and more. 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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Our Standard Of Excellence

Dental health General Dentistry

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we are committed to the dental health of each one of our patients. We want everyone who settles into one of our chairs to have a good experience. But just as important, we want our work to result in healthy teeth and gums that last a lifetime. That is our standard of excellence.

We offer comprehensive services to treat your dental issues, whatever they may be. We promote preventative dental care and education, and view them as the keys to good dental health. That is why we encourage all our patients to see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months.

Regular Checkups

Twice-yearly dental appointments allow us to keep track of the overall health of your teeth and gums. We’ll also do regular screenings for oral cancer, and in our younger patients, make sure their teeth are coming in as they should.

If the eyes are the window to the soul, your dental health is a window to your overall health. The link between dental and general health is by now well-established. Knowing your overall medical history helps us to be informed of your general health.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, our entire staff wants each one of our patients to have a positive experience in our office. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa appreciate our commitment to the highest standards of general dentistry. Our services also include complete restorative dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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