Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

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In this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix, we address the unpleasant topic of halitosis, also known as bad breath.

While poor dental hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to the condition, or even make it worse. One of these is the lack of saliva, or xerostomia.

Saliva and Oral Health
One of the functions of saliva is moistening the teeth and gums and removing odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel stability.

Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby shielding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This protects against cavities and infections.

Many people are plagued with dry mouth sporadically; perhaps when they are perceiving anxiety or stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have occasional periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can result in additional oral and physical health problems.

If you are coping with either condition, we recommend that you set up an exam and consultation with us at Harris Dental in Phoenix. We can help you discover the source and guide you on treatment. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment 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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Afraid Of The Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help

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Afraid of the Dentist? Your Phoenix Sedation Dentist Can HelpIf you experience severe anxiety when undergoing (or even thinking about!) dental treatment, sedation dentistry from Harris Dental may be for you.

Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, sleep dentistry, or anxiety-free dentistry, it is completely safe and very popular for patients in the Phoenix area with dental anxiety.

Though it may sound impossible, with  sedation dentistry patients can actually relax during dental visits. In addition, healing times for oral surgery and extensive cosmetic dentistry procedures are often shorter if the patient is sedated during treatment.

Sedation dentistry is great for alleviating anxiety, and can be effective for treating or working with the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity;
  • Fear of needles;
  • A powerful gag reflex;
  • Difficulty in controlling body movement;
  • Lengthy multi-procedure visits;
  • Difficulty becoming numb with traditional injections.

If you need oral surgery such as a dental implant or wisdom tooth extraction, call Harris Dental in Phoenix for information about sedation dentistry. We offer general dentistry.

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Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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People who suffer from dental phobia may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously, and at Harris Dental in Phoenix, we have a solution.

Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a plane or riding an elevator.

A person with dental phobia or dental anxiety may skip the dentist outright, becoming at risk of entering a vicious cycle of declining oral health.

Fear causes the person to steer clear of dental checkups for years. When a minor dental issue (like a little cavity) proceeds until it contacts a nerve and leads to pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

At this point, the required therapy is an extensive procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The treatment reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some people end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

Experts believe that the prevalence of dental phobia may be as high as one in four individuals. Are you one of them?

At Harris Dental, we want to help distressed patients successfully overcome or at least manage their trepidation so they can undergo twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect teeth and gums.

If you dread going to the dentist, there is hope. At Harris Dental, we have successfully treated many patients just like you with sedation dentistry. We also provide general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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