Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics

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Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics Phoenix

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we think it’s great that so many of our patients are conscious of their dental health. Having a better understanding of exactly what a cavity is will help them take better care of their pearly whites.

Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities. Different factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

  • Frequent eating
  • Consuming sugary beverages
  • Oral bacteria
  • Insufficient tooth brushing and flossing

Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call us right away for an appointment.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Phoenix area, give Harris Dental a call. We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Make an appointment today.

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Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix focuses on dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is that both processes are critical, because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

We encourage our patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
  • Regular dental cleanings
  • Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that accumulate, regardless of how often your brush and floss. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prevent food particles from lodging in small spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, we may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let us know if your teeth are sensitive so we can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we pride ourselves on going that extra mile to ensure y0ur dental health is at its best. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a straightforward answer can be frustrating. But there is a reason for that, and at Harris Dental in Phoenix, we’d like to explain it.

It can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid on the web. There are good reasons why most dental sites don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a simple consultation to review dental history, assess needs and create a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the procedure won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the process.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an exact price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can correctly calculate dental implant surgery rates based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Nevertheless, dental implants remain the best way to replace a missing tooth, because they look and function like natural teeth. One implant can support one tooth, and several implants can support a set of dentures. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we also offer general dentistry. Call us for an appointment today.

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5 Reasons To Schedule A Dental Cleaning Today

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There are plenty of good reasons to see us for a cleaning and checkup at Harris Dental in Phoenix, and your dental health is at the top of the list. But “dental health” can be vague, so we’ll break it down into five very specific reasons to schedule a cleaning with us today:

1. Protect Your Gums

It’s not only extreme dental caries that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as harmful. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. A professional cleaning gets rid of the plaque before it can cause the gums to recede.

2. Prevent Cavities

Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can build up. We have many patients who are vigilant brushers but are surprised when our hygienist finds plaque on their teeth.

3. Check for Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this sobering news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year. Each checkup at Harris Dental include an oral cancer screening.

4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many men and women treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but overlook their teeth. At Harris Dental, we’ve often wondered about this common disconnect. Did you know that there is compelling evidence to suggest that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes increases with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is dramatically influenced when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.

5. It May Be Free

Many dental insurance plans cover semiannual dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most affordable ways to keep ideal oral health.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next appointment today.

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Unexpected Stress? Don’t Forget Your Smile

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A reminder from the team at Harris Dental in Phoenix: when life gets busy (it always does) and you suddenly have to juggle extra balls, some are bound to get dropped. Maybe you took on a second job or started night school to earn an advanced degree, or became the caregiver for an ailing parent.

Not every stressor is negative. A new baby, marriage, career, or move can be exciting but overwhelming. It’s okay – and sometimes helpful – to drop some of the balls. You can probably let another parent take over room mother duties for a few weeks, forego a haircut, or skip poker night until things calm down.

When life hands you extra challenges it is easy to get lax about oral hygiene. Sometimes you feel too exhausted to brush or floss and skip regular check-ups and cleanings. Harris Dental wants to remind you to consider the possible consequences of neglecting your smile.

  1. Tooth decay
  2. Gum disease
  3. Tooth and gum pain
  4. Bad breath
  5. Infection
  6. Tooth loss

Your plate is already full – you don’t want to add poor dental health, and the expense of treating advanced problems, into the mix.

Let the car go unwashed for a few weeks. Record your favorite show to watch it later when things slow down. Postpone that kitchen remodel. But keep your smile healthy – it really will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we care about the dental health of each one of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

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