Is Malocclusion Causing Your Headache?

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Phoenix Headache ReliefDo you suffer from chronic headaches? Have you tried meds, diet adjustments, and chiropractic treatment, all to no avail? Schedule an appointment with us at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

The cause may not be stress-induced tension, food allergies, spine alignment, or eyestrain. Maybe the culprit is right under your nose.

Bite misalignment or malocclusion is a fairly common abnormality yet typically goes undetected.

Nature intended the front teeth to fit slightly forward from the lower teeth. With a perfect bite, the molars fit together like precision gears. When there is bite misalignment, the upper arch may close too far back or the lower teeth may close off-center horizontally.

Malocclusion can cause headaches, tooth loosening, tooth fracture, and in extreme cases, difficulty chewing, speaking, or breathing.

If you haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause of your headaches, talk to us. We treat symptoms of TMJ/TMD, and offer complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

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What Is General Dentistry?

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If you explored our website before landing on this blog, you have may noticed the term “general dentistry” on the menu, along with other services. “General dentistry” may sound bland, but it isn’t. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, it’s your assurance that we can diagnose and treat your most essential issues, and ensure your overall dental health.

One of our watchwords is prevention. That’s why we start each of your appointments with an exam by one of our dental hygienists, who cleans and inspects your teeth and gums. Then it’s the dentist’s turn. In this way we make sure that your teeth, and the soft tissues of your mouth, are free of decay or disease.

A Wide Range of Services

If we find any issues, we are equipped to deal with most of them. If there is something beyond the scope of general dentistry we’ll give you an excellent referral. Examples of what we can do include:

  • Repair damaged teeth
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canals
  • Dental implants
  • Oral cancer screenings

Your dental health is closely linked to your overall health. In fact, research has established links between common oral infections and conditions such as cardiovascular disease. That’s one of the best reasons to see us for regular checkups.

Too often, people put off going to the dentist. Some even wait until they suspect there is a problem. Needless to say, we do not recommend this approach. Prevention really is the best medicine!

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we want to see each of our patients for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Remember, your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and with our general dentistry, they can. Our services also include xxx. Schedule your next appointment today!

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Keeping Patients Calm

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If you tense up just thinking about going to the dentist, you may benefit from sedation dentistry at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Millions of Americans stress out when they have to see the dentist. It is referred to as dental anxiety. There is a more severe form, too, called dental phobia. In both, some people would rather skip the dentist altogether than sit down for a checkup. The problem with that, of course, is it puts their dental health at risk.

There are lots of reasons why people develop anxiety or phobia over dental care. It often stems from a bad experience they had with a dentist as a kid. Fear of pain may be involved, as well as a fear of anesthesics and possible side effects.

Whatever the cause, sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get through their appointments.

We offer three types:

  • Nitrous Oxide. You also know this as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective.
  • Oral conscious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative an hour or so before the appointment. You won’t sleep, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. When the appointment is over, someone will have to drive you home.
  • IV Sedation. As the name suggests, this is administered intravenously. You won’t sleep with this on, either, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. You’ll need an escort for a ride here and back.

Whatever your issue is, it is essential that you do not compromise your dental health by skipping the dentist. Sedation dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix may be just for you. Our services also include complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

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Mouthwash Facts In Phoenix

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Mouthwash Facts In Phoenix

In this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix, we’re going to discuss mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help prevent tooth decay. While some mouthwash has cavity-fighting additives, it should never be used exclusively. Good dental health is centered on regular brushing and flossing.

It is important to know what kind of mouthwash you’re using. Some merely mask bad breath, while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque.

If you cope with bad breath, it is important to use a mouthwash with ingredients that also help prevent tooth decay, such as fluoride. Some of the ingredients can be dangerous, even toxic, if not used properly.

Some of the ingredients to watch out for are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, services include general and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule your next checkup today!

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Is The Humble Toothbrush Obsolete?

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Are manual toothbrushes obsolete? Would you believe people have been asking that question for more than fifty years? At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we assure you that the answer is no – an old school manual toothbrush is one of your best friends, when it comes to maintaining your dental health.

“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?”

That very question was addressed in the Journal of the American Dental Association, way back in 1964. Their article sensibly concluded that all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of decay.

Use What Works

Electric toothbrushes are great, and they certainly have their place. But they do not do a better job cleaning teeth, simply because they’re electric.

For most people, it comes down to personal preference. Manual and electric do a good job cleaning your teeth. An electric toothbrush can be a tremendous benefit to anyone with issues like arthritis. A manual may take a little longer. But they’re a lot cheaper! At the end of the day, though, the choice is yours.

When it comes to any toothbrush, the most important thing is to choose one with soft bristles. They are gentle on the gums, but still effective in brushing away plaque.

When all is said and done, the important thing is to find a toothbrush that works for you, and then use it. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we stress the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for your next checkup today!

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