Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix, we focus on behaviors that influence dental health. Of course, regular brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to keep a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is needed for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do consume calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are detrimental to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to cavities.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This accelerates plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice (it really can crack teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are bad for teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is better to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. Our services include general and family dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Do you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? At Harris Dental in Phoenix, the good news is that gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages.

Regular check-ups are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

  • Gums that bleed often
  • Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  • A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  • Receding gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth

Gum disease is usually the result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis, there is a build-up of plaque, which hardens into a substance called tartar. That’s why we recommend our patients brush and floss twice a day. It’s the best way to prevent plaque from building up.

No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we encourage regular checkups.

If you notice the above symptoms, call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix right away. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for gum disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as a wide range of general dentistry services. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

Harris Dental
4444 N 32nd St #208
Phoenix, AZ 85018

 

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Common Dental Questions

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At Harris Dental in Phoenix we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the questions we’re frequently asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! Remember the time-honored truth: prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then the dentist examines your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

And More!

When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general dentistry, and love that we are a lecture-free zone. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

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Need An Implant? Let’s Do A Checkup And Talk About It.

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When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At Harris Dental in Phoenix we recommend having a check-up every six months. If you are considering a dental implant, we will assess your oral condition and take it from there.

Dental implants are an ideal replacement for one or more missing teeth. An implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw, where it fuses with the bone. One implant is a solid base for one artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge or full dental arch.

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is someone in good overall health. That includes healthy gums. Adults are better candidates than younger people, because their jawbones are fully grown.

It’s essential to have enough bone mass, because the implant needs it. Even if you don’t, though, bone grafting can grow new bone. Once the implant is in place, it prevents further bone loss.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a viable candidate for a dental implant. People with systemic conditions like diabetes, or who have had radiation treatment to the head or jaws, are not good candidates. Neither are people with uncontrolled gum disease. All of these conditions can affect the success of the implant.

Dental implants from Harris Dental in Phoenix can change your life for the better, and it begins with a thorough checkup. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, and throughout the area love that we are a lecture-free zone. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

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Periodontal Disease Is Linked To Systemic Diseases

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Nearly half of Americans over the age of thirty have gum disease in some form. Fortunately, it’s a treatable condition at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

What do your gums do?

Gum tissue has an important job. It protects the roots of your teeth and provides a barrier for the connective tissues and ligaments that hold your teeth in their sockets. It also protects the alveolar bone in which your teeth are anchored.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is inflammation and infection of this soft tissue. It starts with inflammation. Gums become swollen and tender. Early stage gum disease is called gingivitis. If it progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth, developing pockets. This more severe condition is called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • A change in the color of gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Changes in your bite

As serious as gum disease is on its own, it also puts you at risk of conditions like heart disease. The good news is that gum disease is 100% preventable with regular brushing and flossing, and dental checkups.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we treat gum disease and provide complete general dentistry. Patients come to our office from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, and throughout the area. Please call to schedule your next checkup today!

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