Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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Water flossers have been around for more than fifty years, and there have been at least that many studies on their effectiveness. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we’re using this space to present what is known about water flossers, and whether they’re better than ordinary string floss in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues.

Dental Floss

First of all, the main benefit of standard dental floss – string floss – is that it passes easily between the teeth to remove food debris and plaque. It is easy to use, inexpensive, readily available, and a very efficient way of removing plaque.

On the down side, some people find it hard to reach certain areas of the mouth, like way in back. It can cause minor bleeding, and gum sensitivity. People with agility issues may find it hard to use.

Water flossing

Water flossers use pulsing water to clean between teeth and along the gum line. A special machine directs a jet spray that can be very effective. They too are easy to use, and in addition to cleaning your teeth can also massage the gums.

They’re also great for people with braces and other dental work. The stream of pulsing water makes it easy to get those areas that are harder to reach with string floss. They are also an excellent solution for people with issues like arthritis.

On the other hand, water flossers can be expensive. You need to find a place to store them when not in use. And they require electricity.

The Bottom Line

It isn’t really an either/or situation. The best dental health routine at home may well be to floss, brush, and water floss (not necessarily in that order). The sequence in which these are done comes down to your personal preference. To put it another way: whatever works!

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we think the most important thing, by far, is that you establish a dental health routine that you practice every day. We also like to see you for a cleaning and checkup in our office every six months. We offer general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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Don’t Let Fear Of The Dentist Compromise Your Oral Health

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If you have claustrophobia, you avoid enclosed spaces. If you have arachnophobia, you stay away from spiders. Fair enough! But if you fear the dentist you may be inclined to avoid checkups. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we know this is a bad idea. Sedation dentistry may be just what you need.

The connection between your dental health and overall health is by now well-established. Skipping regular checkups due to fear, or any other reason, puts your general health at risk, too.

Help Is Here
We offer three types of sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.

  • Nitrous Oxide. Better known as laughing gas, nitrous has been used with great success in dentistry for more than one hundred years. It works quickly and wears off quickly.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation. This involves taking a prescribed sedative an hour or so before your appointment. It won’t put you out, but it will make you very groggy. An escort to and from our office is required.
  • IV Sedation. As the name implies, a strong sedative is adminsitered through a needle. It puts you in an even deeper state of relaxation. You’ll need a ride with this, too.

Sedation dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix has allowed countless patients to get the treatment they deserve. We offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call one of our offices to schedule an appointment today!

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Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s: Keep Those Gums Healthy!

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix gives you yet another reason to keep your gums in good condition.

Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that can result in chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

The research study is called “Porphyromonas gingivalis in Alzheimer’s disease brains: Evidence for disease causation and treatment with small-molecule inhibitors.” Researchers concluded:

“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Gum disease is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, it is preventable.

Risk factors include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we remind our patients to brush and floss at least once a day. Twice is better! If you develop gum disease, don’t despair: it’s a treatable condition. We also offer a fullrange of general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

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Save Your Breath

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix focuses on a problem experienced by many people, bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most common is poor oral hygiene. Halitosis often happens in the middlle of the day, due to an to brush teeth between meals. Small food pieces on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. This in turn creates a sulfur compound, which emits the unpleasant odor.

While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause, other circumstances can contribute to or worsen the problem. The best remedy is scheduled, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be needed.

For example, a salivary gland problem or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

Remember, the best defense against bad breath is a good dental care routine – daily brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist.

If you struggle with bad breath in spite of vigilant oral hygiene, ask about it at your next checkup with Harris Dental in Phoenix. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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Replace A Missing Tooth With A Durable Dental Implant

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Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advances in the field of dentistry, and with good reason. Implants are an artificial tooth root that is inserted in the jaw of a patient, to replace a missing root. One implant can support an artificial tooth; multiple implants can anchor a set of dentures. Dental implants are available at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advances in the field of dentistry, and with good reason. An implant-supported tooth looks and functions like a natural tooth. Implants are made of titanium, which fuses with the bone. In addition to providing a solid base for the artificial tooth, it helps to prevent bone recession.

When they are properly cared for, dental implants can last for twenty-five years or longer, and have a success rate of greater than ninety percent.. Those are additional reasons why they have become the tooth replacement option of choice.

Dental implants are among the restorative dentistry procedures available at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

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