Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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Here is the Harris Dental guide to treating teeth grinding.

Understand
Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

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Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Dr. Dr. Harris through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

Get Control
When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at Harris Dental we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:

  1. Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding. 
  2. Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly. 
  3. Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.

Every individual in our community deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

Call 480-428-0040 today to schedule an appointment.

We are committed to healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, or CEREC same-day crowns. Ask about sedation dentistry, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, or Invisalign clear braces. Your needs are vital to us.

Contact our patient-oriented staff at 480-428-0040 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers essential knowledge and the highest quality of care.

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480-428-0040

4 Locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Phoenix, Arizona

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Has Your Toddler Had A Dental Exam?

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dentist Phoenix If you have a toddler who has not visited a dentist, we urge you to make an appointment today by calling Harris Dental at 480-428-0040 .

The the best time to start dental check-ups for young children is when their teeth first erupt. This may seem a bit premature, however it is the best way to start your son or daughter on the pathway to lifelong oral health.

Your dentist can evaluate the condition of your child’s teeth before problems emerge or existing issues get worse. It’s also helpful for parents to get a review of proper oral hygiene for young children. You can also learn about preventative measures such as sealants and fluoride supplements.

My name is Dr. Harris of Harris Dental. The American Academy of Pediatrics counsels that parents begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday. If you have questions about childrens’ dentistry, please give us a call at Harris Dental.

Children with a higher risk of dental problems should be given a dental examination as early as possible. Here are some of the risk factors:

  • Sleeping with a bottle
  • Drinking juice often during the day
  • Abnormal tooth development
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tooth grinding
  • A mother with substantial tooth decay
  • Other physical ailments

Bring your questions to our patient-oriented staff at Harris Dental. We are located in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale, Arizona. You can reach us at 480-428-0040 . We want your son or daughter to enjoy a lifetime of oral health.

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3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you “gotta do”. At Harris Dental, we understand that. But we urge you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty things on your to-do list.

Twice-yearly dental exams are crucial for keeping your smile in optimal shape!

“But my teeth feel fine.”
We’ve heard this excuse. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental troubles can be progressing without you being aware of it.

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in jeopardy.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any deterioration.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 men and women will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.1 Dr. Harris will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is essential.

After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Harris will detail what is needed moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will be certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful! Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Dr. Harris at Harris Dental will ensure you avoid extreme dental problems.

1http://oralcancerfoundation.org/

 

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480-428-0040

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Are Childhood Cavities Inevitable?

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Parents who want their children to develop healthy habits know that they need to set the example. The “Do as I say, not as I do,” approach does not instill confidence in children.

If we want our child to exercise, we should get off the couch too. If we want our child to select an apple when he wants an afternoon snack, we better not be snacking on chips and cookies. If we routinely stay up until 1:00 a.m, our teen will probably not learn the importance of recharging their physical and mental batteries with restorative sleep.

What about healthy oral habits? Do our children see us brush carefully after meals? Do our children find water bottles in our car cup holders or empty sports drink cans? Do we schedule twice-yearly dental visits for ourselves and our kids? Do we wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports? Do we floss every night?

Did you know that tooth decay is the second most common childhood health problem  after the common cold? If you have a newborn or toddler, you have a phenomenal opportunity to establish daily habits for lifelong oral health.

If every pre-teen in your Phoenix neighborhood has at least a few fillings, it may seem that cavities are inevitable for Phoenix area kids. At Harris Dental, we don’t believe this common notion. There is much you can do to keep your young child’s baby teeth and adult teeth cavity-free.

In fact, there are vital things to do even before your baby’s first teeth erupt. Remember not to put your baby to bed with a bottle. Wipe milk or formula off their gums with a soft, damp cloth after feeding. Don’t let your infant drink juice all day. If you want your baby or toddler to drink between meals, water is just fine.

When should you bring in your toddler for their first dental check-up? The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist before their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday.

If your children are older and have had a lot of cavities, don’t give up. It is never too late to improve daily habits to keep teeth healthy. Even if your upbringing didn’t include an emphasis on oral hygiene, you can set your own traditions starting today.

Harris Dental is devoted to oral health for the entire family. We advise parents about tooth development, thumb-sucking, water fluoridation, dental sealants, oral sports protection, orthodontia, and much more.

Our friendly dental team will make your child feel comfortable and relaxed. If you are looking for a child-friendly dentist in the Phoenix area, we invite you to schedule a pediatric dental appointment by calling 480-428-0040 .

 

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Location: 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale

 

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Dental Questions? We Have Answers.

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Hello! If you have questions about oral health, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, children’s dental sealants, tooth implants, oral sedation, safe teeth whitening, or invisible braces, come to Harris Dental for answers.

My patient-oriented staff has helped me create an atmosphere of active listening. We enjoy getting to know our patients and determining each patient’s unique needs. We want to understand your dental goals and challenges and help you understand the hows and whys of recommended treatment.

We are currently accepting new patients. If you are seeking a friendly children’s dentist or cosmetic dentist, we invite you to come in and meet our patient-oriented team.

Many of our new dental patients ask us about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, smile makeovers and dental implants. We would love to meet with you about these procedures as well as our other dental services.

If you have small children, it is important for you to make decisions about protective sealants and fluoride supplements. If you have older children, it is helpful to discuss braces, sports mouthguards, and dental caries prevention. If you are not happy with your smile, we would like to introduce you to the latest in cosmetic dentistry. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, we can counsel you about the impact their condition has on oral health. Oral cancer screenings are critical for patients of all ages.

Thank you for visiting our dental blog and taking the time to learn more about Harris Dental. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
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