Common Dental Questions

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At Harris Dental in Phoenix we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the questions we’re frequently asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! Remember the time-honored truth: prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then the dentist examines your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

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When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general dentistry, and love that we are a lecture-free zone. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

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Periodontal Disease Is Linked To Systemic Diseases

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Nearly half of Americans over the age of thirty have gum disease in some form. Fortunately, it’s a treatable condition at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

What do your gums do?

Gum tissue has an important job. It protects the roots of your teeth and provides a barrier for the connective tissues and ligaments that hold your teeth in their sockets. It also protects the alveolar bone in which your teeth are anchored.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is inflammation and infection of this soft tissue. It starts with inflammation. Gums become swollen and tender. Early stage gum disease is called gingivitis. If it progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth, developing pockets. This more severe condition is called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • A change in the color of gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Changes in your bite

As serious as gum disease is on its own, it also puts you at risk of conditions like heart disease. The good news is that gum disease is 100% preventable with regular brushing and flossing, and dental checkups.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we treat gum disease and provide complete general dentistry. Patients come to our office from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, and throughout the area. Please call to schedule your next checkup today!

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Brush or Floss?

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix asks you something a little bit like the chicken-or-egg question: which should you do first, brush your teeth, or floss them?

The answer depends on who you ask. Some dentists will tell you it’s better to floss first. That way, you loosen plaque, or food debris from between your teeth, and brush it away. Also, you won’t be tempted to skip flossing after you’ve brushed.

On the other hand, other dentists say it’s better to brush first. Then when you floss, you’ll get some toothpaste between your teeth.

According to one survey (they really do study these things), there’s about a fifty-fifty split among Americans, with a slight edge going to those who brush first. We think you should do whichever you prefer. Just be sure to do both!

Our recommendations are in line with the American Dental Association:

  • Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day
  • Use a soft-bristle brush, replaced every three months
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line
  • Brush in circular, half-tooth-wide strokes
  • Be sure to get the back teeth
  • Be sure to get in, outer, and top surfaces
  • Don’t forget your tongue!
  • With flossing, use about eighteen inches of floss, so you’ve got a clean piece for each section

Brushing and flossing are an essential part of your dental health regimen, and so is proper technique.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we want all our patients to have excellent dental health. Brush and floss every day, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups. Services include general dentistry, and our office is a lecture-free zone. Call today!

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How Does Your Overall Health Affect Your Smile?

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Educating Phoenix Dental Patients About Little-Known RisksAt Harris Dental in Phoenix we emphasize the importance of good dental health to each one of our patients, every time one of them sits down for a checkup. We stick to the basics: brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a checkup twice a year. But there’s more to it than that.

Over the years research has demonstrated, time and again, that there is a link between good dental health and good general health.

Here’s a good example: people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments

Here’s another one, and it’s a doozy. Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes gum disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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

Our conclusion? Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, along with regular dental checkups, will not only help to prevent tooth decay, but help to maintain your general health.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we want the best possible health for all our patients: dental health and general health. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule a checkup today!

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Happy Teeth Don’t Just Happen

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Your Arizona Dentist And Cleaning Your Teeth

Keeping your teeth clean is a critical part of maintaining a beautiful smile. One of the advantages of visiting us at Harris Dental in Phoenix is having a thorough teeth cleaning and a review of your brushing habits.

Your Partner in Oral Health

Our dental hygienist can professionally clean and polish your teeth at your semiannual check-up. The hygienist also helps you keep your teeth clean by assessing their condition and recommending improvements to your daily teeth cleaning habits.

Having a professional dental cleaning is the only way to eliminate tartar, a calcium deposit that forms on teeth and contributes to decay.

Don’t Forget Basic Dental Hygiene

Brushing and flossing at least twice each day can keep plaque and tartar from collecting on your teeth and results in a cleaner, healthier smile.

To keep your teeth and gums in first-rate condition, come in to Harris Dental in Phoenix for a check-up and cleaning. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

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