What Can Fluoride Do For You?

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ focuses on fluoride. What is it, exactly, and why is it so good for your dental health?

The Miracle Mineral

Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. It is found in different foods as well as in water. Many cities adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water.

Fluoride is also added to dental care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush or use mouth rinses.

And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it helps to prevent tooth decay, of course! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth stronger resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.

Essential for Young Teeth

Fluoride is especially important for children. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in. Fluoride exposure is extremely helpful for creating a strong foundation for lifelong oral health.

But fluoride is good for adult teeth, too! In addition to the oral care products mentioned previously, you can get a boost of this miracle mineral during routine dental cleanings.

Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ is as full-service practice offering complete general dentistry. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our office for dental implants, and much more. Contact 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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Have You Thanked Your Dental Assistant Lately?

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Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ would be a very different place if it weren’t for the skilled dental assistants who work here.

In this post, we would like to highlight the importance of these specialists who are often not given the credit they deserve. Dental assistants†not only make your dental appointment more pleasant, they make it effective, efficient, and safe.

You, the patient, are prepared for treatment by dental assistants. During care, the assistants speed things along by passing instruments, taking x-rays, holding devices, and recording essential information.

We think most people would agree that anyone who helps shorten their time in the dental chair deserves recognition!

Keeping the dental office clean and sterilizing instruments are other vital duties handled by dental assistants. What would we do without them?

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ we are committed to excellence in dentistry, but we couldn’t do it without our dental assistants. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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 Your Smile Holding You Back?

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In this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we begin with something we’d classify as Murphy’s Law: one of those things that’s bound to happen.

You leave the house on a pressing errand, looking completely disheveled. Inevitably, you bump into someone you know. How do you feel in your ill-fitting sweatpants and stained T-shirt?

Attractive clothing, well-groomed hair, and a fit body boost morale for most people. But do you know what others notice first? Your face. Specifically, your smile and eyes. Study after study has shown that sensational teeth and eyes always capture attention.

Now, it’s difficult to change your eyes unless you get colored contacts. But beautiful smiles are within reach, because we can work miracles with cosmetic dentistry. We can turn ordinary smiles into stunning first-impressions.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

If you are not satisfied with your smile, cosmetic dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ can help. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to us for complete general dentistry services. Contact 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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Gently Now: Protect Your Gums When You Brush

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Everyone wants nice, pearly white teeth. It makes sense, then, to brush our teeth more often to get them ñ right? Well, no. As we explain in this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, brushing too aggressively can result in receding gums.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It creates a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line. Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?

A common misconception is the idea that if you want to lighten your teeth, you should scrub them really hard. The best way to get white teeth is to brush longer, not harder. The key, though, is to use a very light touch. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

Why?

When you brush your teeth too quickly, you may not remove all the food particles. You don’t want this debris turning into plaque. If you truly want whiter teeth, brush in a slow, circular motion for about five minutes. Methodically go over each tooth surface.

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. The fluoride helps your enamel re-harden.

Let’s Review

Brushing too aggressively can lead to gum recession. Gum recession can – and most likely will – cause a space to form between your teeth and gum line. This pocket collects bacteria. Bacteria causes cavities. Plus, if the gums continue to recede, the tooth can become loose.

The best approach is to brush longer, and with a light gentle touch. Don’t forget to floss!

If you’re gums have already begun to recede, don’t despair! It’s a treatable condition. At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we offer a full range of general and restorative dentistry procedures, and specialties like dental implants. We serve satisfied patients in Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa. Contact 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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Multi-Procedure Dental Visits Save Time

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At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one.

There are some very good reasons for seeing us twice a year. Regular cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. During the checkup itself we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Your Smile

Then there is the appearance of your smile. We offer a range of procedures to address it, from teeth whitening to dental implants.

We know that your time is important to you, and in many instances†we are able to complete several procedures in one visit. Ask us when you schedule your appointment!

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we are committed to providing the community with excellent services. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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