How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

General Dentistry Oral Health

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Too many people wait too long to get a new toothbrush, and this can contribute to poor dental health. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we recommend a new toothbrush about every three months.

How often you replace your toothbrush depends, of course, on how often you use it. We recommend, strongly, that you brush at least twice a day. If you’re brushing twice a day, picking up a new toothbrush at the store every three months is recommended.

Keep It Fresh

A toothbrush can become familiar, like a comfy pair of shoes. Sometimes the idea of tossing out the old one and replacing it isn’t very appealing. But after three months, the bristles get bent and frayed. There is probably some dried toothpaste foam starting to build up, too. So toss that old brush, and get a fresh one!

What kind of brush should you be using? There are so many choices. The most important thing is to choose a brush with soft bristles. They are gentle on the gums, but still effective in brushing away plaque.

To recap: for good dental health, replace your toothbrush every three months. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa
come to Harris Dental in Phoenix for general and cosmetic dentistry. Request an appointment with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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If your gums bleed when you floss your teeth, should you drop flossing from your dental health routine? We’re asked about this from time to time at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Our answer is short and right to the point: “No!”

Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly, not leave them alone. It is all but impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never made flossing a habit, your gums might bleed the first few times you do it. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding usually stops within a week or two.

Gum disease is extremely common, and is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for good dental health.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we want all our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us for regular checkups. We treat gum disease. Patients from all over Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Request an appointment with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Floss Pick Facts

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At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ we are huge advocates of daily brushing and flossing. No surprise there! We also understand that a lot of our patients want convenience. That’s why so many choose floss picks instead of ordinary string dental floss.

We must admit, those little picks are handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed at one end for use as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung across a U-shape at the other. They are affordable and can be used more discreetly than regular floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true, floss picks are, in fact, a step below regular floss when it comes to effectiveness. Only string floss has The American Dental Association approval for cleaning in between teeth.

One of the issues with floss picks is that they can’t curve around teeth, which is necessary for thorough plaque removal.

What to do? If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. Carry them in your purse or backpack. But try to use regular dental floss, too, especially at the end of the day.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to our office for complete general dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and all their dental health care needs. Call to schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

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The Mark Of The Perfect Dentist

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Looking for a new dentist? It’s easy to find one. A quick Google search, an online review or two, and you’ll have a short list of possibilities. The trick is finding the right dentist – one you’re happy with, and will stick with for years to come. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we’re proud to have lots of happy patients and positive online reviews.

Everyone would like to find the perfect dentist. Are there certain qualities you should you look for? Many factors come into play. Do you choose the dentist nearest your home? By experience and education? Or maybe because a friend recommended the practice?

What To Look For

It may not be an exact science. But here are some of the things we think you should look for when trying to find a dentist:

  • A Good Listener. Whether it’s a general dentist, a pediatric dentist, or some other specialty, a good dentist will listen to your concerns and address any issues you might raise.
  • Sharing Information. A good dentist is always ready to explain what’s going on with your dental health. Any issues you might have should be explained in plain English.
  • Conservative. Not every smile needs to be corrected; not every cavity needs to be filled right away. A good dentist will take a conservative approach to treatment, and always do what is best for you.
  • Continuing Education. Dentistry is complex, and always changing. A good dentist is committed to staying on top of innovations and developments. A desire and willingness to improve is a trait to look for.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we want all our patients to be happy with our work, and strive for excellence in dentistry every single day. Our patients come from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa for dental implants, complete general dentistry, and all their dental health needs. We would love to see you in our office for a cleaning and checkup soon!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Harris Dental Is Here For You

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Harris Dental in Phoenix is staffed by committed health care professionals who want the best possible dental health for every one of our patients. With daily home care and regular checkups in our office, your teeth can last a lifetime.

As you may know, the link between dental health and overall health is  well-established. That means good dental health has benefits that last.

Regular Checkups

Twice-yearly dental appointments allow us to keep track of the overall health of your teeth and gums. We’ll also do regular screenings for oral cancer.

We promote preventative dental care and education, and view them as the keys to good dental health. That is why we encourage all our patients to see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, our entire staff wants each one of our patients to have a positive experience in our office. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry, and all their dental care needs. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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