Find A Few Minutes To Floss

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One of the reasons people give for not flossing their teeth is that it’s hard to fit it into their daily schedule. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we want to remind those folks that flossing their teeth is every bit as important to their dental health as brushing.

It has an entirely different role, of course. Where brushing removes plaque from the surface of the teeth and along the gum line, flossing gets into the tight spaces between your teeth. It loosens the debris that always gets wedged in, and any plaque building up.

In short, it gets those places that your toothbrush can’t.

Should you floss before brushing, or after? The jury is out on that one. Some research suggests that flossing first can make brushing more effective. The idea is that after flossing, there isn’t any gunk between your teeth. The fluoride in your toothpaste is able to get in there better.

Before or after? Do whichever you prefer. Just make sure you find the time to do it! While you watch TV at night, or while you take a bath – wherever and whenever you’ve got a few spare minutes.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

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7 Ways To Fix A Tooth

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In a perfect world, each of your priceless teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most of us will need to restore a tooth at some point.

Here are 7 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:

Dental Bonding
Bonding is used to repair minor cosmetic issues – small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth.

Fillings
Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling leaves you with more of nature’s optimal dental material — your own enamel and dentin.

Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are commonly called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown.

Crowns
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, stability, and function.

Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to avoid further damage. Gum surgery is also completed for cosmetic reasons such as reshaping a gumline to eliminate a “gummy” smile.

Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jaw. One implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge or arch.

For more information about any of these procedures, call Harris Dental in Phoenix. We offer general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

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Think A Missing Back Tooth Is No Big Deal?

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Most people are embarrassed by having a missing tooth in the front of the mouth. It may not be fair, but a gaping hole would have negative connotations for just about anyone. We can address that issue with a dental implant, at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

But what about a missing molar? Someone who loses a back tooth, it seems, is more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right?” “I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, they consider an extraction the final answer.

Bone Recession

Since we can’t see the bone that anchors our tooth roots, we may not consider its condition. The health of a jawbone plays an essential role in overall oral health.

When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site begins to shrink and recede. A dental implant prevents that: it replaces the tooth root and maintains the health of the bone.

A dental implant is a titanium post that gets inserted into the jaw. One implant can support an artificial tooth, and several of them can support a dental bridge, or even a full dental arch (denture).

The implant not only supports a replacement tooth and prevents bone recession. It also helps neighboring teeth from shifting and rotating.

To find out more about dental implants, please schedule an appointment with us at name of practice. We have complete general dentistry services. Call today!

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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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Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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Water flossers have been around for more than fifty years, and there have been at least that many studies on their effectiveness. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we’re using this space to present what is known about water flossers, and whether they’re better than ordinary string floss in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues.

Dental Floss

First of all, the main benefit of standard dental floss – string floss – is that it passes easily between the teeth to remove food debris and plaque. It is easy to use, inexpensive, readily available, and a very efficient way of removing plaque.

On the down side, some people find it hard to reach certain areas of the mouth, like way in back. It can cause minor bleeding, and gum sensitivity. People with agility issues may find it hard to use.

Water flossing

Water flossers use pulsing water to clean between teeth and along the gum line. A special machine directs a jet spray that can be very effective. They too are easy to use, and in addition to cleaning your teeth can also massage the gums.

They’re also great for people with braces and other dental work. The stream of pulsing water makes it easy to get those areas that are harder to reach with string floss. They are also an excellent solution for people with issues like arthritis.

On the other hand, water flossers can be expensive. You need to find a place to store them when not in use. And they require electricity.

The Bottom Line

It isn’t really an either/or situation. The best dental health routine at home may well be to floss, brush, and water floss (not necessarily in that order). The sequence in which these are done comes down to your personal preference. To put it another way: whatever works!

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we think the most important thing, by far, is that you establish a dental health routine that you practice every day. We also like to see you for a cleaning and checkup in our office every six months. We offer general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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