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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4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Dentist

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We all go to the dentist for cleanings and toothaches, but there are other less-obvious issues that your dentist can help you with. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we would like to review some of the most frequent oral conditions that should be discussed with your dentist.

1. Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath can be treated. It is usually associated with bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating dental caries. Discuss it with your dentist who can help you overcome this malady. (Your friends will appreciate it.)

2. Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very bothersome and can predispose dental patients to a host of problems such as dental caries and gum disease. Some men and women experience it because of prescription medications or chronic diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment

3. Jaw Issues. If you experience frequent jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist promptly! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

4. Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth (or if your partner tells you that you’re doing it in your sleep), discuss it with your dentist. A simple appliance can protect your teeth. If you have sufferred damage from grinding such as fractured or chipped teeth, we will give you information about restorative dentistry.

With four offices to serve you, Harris Dental in Phoenix provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

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The Benefits of Laser Dentistry

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In this Harris Dental blog post we discuss laser dentistry. It may sound scary, or it might make you think of science fiction. But laser dentistry provides an alternative to drills. Many services done with lasers don’t require patients to be medicated, allowing for quicker healing times.

Less Stress

Many patients become distressed while waiting for a shot of painkiller before a dental procedure. Laser dentistry allows for a more relaxed, less stressful dental visit. My patients also welcome going home without a numb mouth or drool dripping down their chin.

People in need of oral surgery will experience less bleeding thanks to laser dentistry. Some of the procedures that are executed with lasers are: infected root canal treatment, gum and bone reshaping, wisdom teeth extraction, and teeth whitening.

Many procedures at Harris Dental in Phoenix are done with laser dentistry. Our services include general dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

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Lighten Up In Phoenix

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Hello! This article is for people with stained teeth. Do you think your teeth are too stained for teeth whitening to have any effect? Think again. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we are whitening smiles for patients with both intrinsic and extrinsic stains.

What’s the difference? you may ask. Fair question. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark colored foods and drinks, smoking, and normal aging. Harris Dental cosmetic dentistry patients with extrinsic stains achieve great results from both in-office and take-home teeth whitening systems.

Intrinsic stains form on the inside but can be seen from the outside. Tetracycline, excessive fluoride, trauma, and aging can cause intrinsic staining for unfortunate Phoenix dentistry patients. Though these stains are harder to remove, many patients with intrinsic staining can whiten their teeth with take-home whitening kits. The process often takes longer, but with persistence, intrinsic stains can be lightened.

In addition to teeth whitening, Harris Dental provides a full menu of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call us to schedule a consultation.

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