How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

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We see too many cases of gum disease in our patients at Harris Dental in Phoenix. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss, but it’s preventable. With that in mind, here is a short quiz  to test your knowledge of gum disease.

1. Which of the following are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Underbite
c. Diabetes
d. Genetics

2. Which of the following are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that appear longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bleeding gums
d. Tender gums

3. Which of the following are possible health matters linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

4. What percentage of men and women age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

5. Which of the following services are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Soft tissue grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

Answers
1. All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.
2. All of the above. Note: some patients don’t see any symptoms.
3. a,b,d.
4. c.
5. a,b,c.

Gum disease usually responds favorably to treatment—especially if caught early. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, or have been noticing troubles with your gums or teeth, please call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix. We treat gum disease, and conditions like TMD. We also offer a full range of dental services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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If you are the parent of a teenager, you may already have some concerns about their well-being. As young men and women progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to dental health. At Harris Dental, we can lend a hand.

You may know Phoenix teens that skip meals and others that eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some spend more hours on Instagram than they do sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and hurt a smile.

Dental problems manifesting in the adolescent years can impact teeth for life. Let’s explore some important dental issues for adolescents.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually erupt between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth problems include bite misalignment, dental caries, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is important to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the advice of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their young adult abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing problematic. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help adolescents with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any Arizona high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can hurt enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some youth who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as essential for adolescents as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit adolescents in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we encourage parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral troubles arise unnoticed. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next appointment today.

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Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

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It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, you can form a new habit to benefit your oral health in as little as 10 seconds. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, our dentist thinks that’s a pretty good idea.

Here are six ways to add critical dental care to each day.

Find a better place for your toothbrush.
Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will permit air drying and can suppress the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

Leave the floss on the counter.
If you want to build consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember that commitment.

Swish.
If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and wash away bits of food after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.

Smile in the mirror.
Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Inspect gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.

Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will curb discoloration.

Call Harris Dental.

10 digits, 10 seconds, a short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation with us. We will examine your teeth for far more than 10 seconds and help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Our services at Harris Dental in Phoenix include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call today!

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Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you are with dental hygiene. That’s why it is so important to see us at Harris Dental in the Phoenix area twice a year..

The plaque process goes something like this:

Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to remove with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it starts to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.)

This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

At Harris Dental we offer our patients general and cosmetic dentistry and take care of your dental health. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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Your Smile Doesn’t Have To Show Your Age

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Your Smile Doesn’t Have to Show Your Age in PhoenixAs we grow older, we may welcome many changes. However, most of us don’t welcome wrinkles, gray hair and dental problems. Fortunately, your smile can be attractive and healthy throughout your golden years, with a little help from cosmetic dentistry at Harris Dental.

Even if your teeth are showing visible signs of wear such as enamel loss, staining, and chips, it is not too late to restore your youthful smile. And, though tooth loss is fairly common, in most cases it is preventable.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix area, we treat patients of all ages. We offer a full array of dental services including dental implants and teeth whitening.

We invite you to call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix to learn about other cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

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