It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

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The goal of preventative dentistry is to keep your teeth and gums in good condition, so that you avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems. As we say at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, it’s better to prevent a cavity than fill one.

Of course, you have to do your part. Good dental health, and preventative dentistry, begins with regular brushing. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with fluoride. Look for the American Dental Association seal on the package. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!

Floss at least once a day. There are lots of floss types out there. We recommend string floss; it’s best for thoroughly cleaning around and in between teeth. The various options ñ waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not ñ are up to you. We think flossing just before bedtime is best.

Checkups

We like to see our patients about every six months. Some patients need more frequent visits, while others can space them out further. We’ll advise you. By seeing us for regular checkups you’ll get a thorough cleaning from a hygienist, as well as a dental exam.

We’ll make sure your teeth and gums are in good shape, and treat any issues we might find. As with most things, the sooner a problem is identified and treated, the better.

If we all do our part, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have good dental health. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ for general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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5 Cavity Basics

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Preventing tooth decay is one of the main reasons people come to us  at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ. In this blog post, we’ll describe five things you should know about cavities.

  1. The word “cavities” refers to tooth decay. They happen when certain bacteria produce acids that destroy a tooth’s hard surface, called enamel, and the underlying dentin.
  2. Factors that contribute to cavities include poor flossing and brushing habits, consuming too much sugar, and between-meal eating without cleaning.
  3. Symptoms of tooth decay include tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold foot and beverages, and pain while chewing.
  4. Cavities are most common among children, but adults can get them too.
  5. Tooth decay is preventable. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once, eat right, avoid frequent snacking, and have regular dental checkups.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ we want all our patients to enjoy the best possible dental health. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for complete general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Flossing For Health And Happiness

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Most people know that flossing is an important part of oral health. As we like to remind our patients at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, its value has been proven time and time again.

Flossing is your chance to remove the food debris that a toothbrush can’t reach.

Which Kind Is Best?

When it comes to what dental floss to use, there is a lot to choose from. Flavored or unflavored? Waxed or unwaxed? Wide or thin?

No single type of floss is right for everyone. You might even benefit from having more than one kind in your medicine chest. With a little trial and error, you can narrow down your choices to find what works best for you.

A study showed there really isn’t much difference in the effectiveness of the different types of dental floss. Here are some things to consider:

  • Waxed floss fits more easily into tight spaces
  • Unwaxed floss tends to squeak against clean teeth, an indicator that plaque is gone
  • Wider dental tape may work better in gaps between teeth, and on bridgework

One word of caution: we recommend traditional string floss that you can pull out in a long strand, as opposed to a flossing pick. Those little picks are handy, but not as effective as string floss. They’re okay when you’re on the go, but be sure to use regular floss as part of your dental hygiene routine before bedtime. Whatever your preference may be, the important thing is to floss at least once each day.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we like to see you for a checkup every six months. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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6 Ways To Prepare For Your Dental Procedure

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Nervous about an upcoming procedure? At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, our team has compiled 6 ways for you to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically before your big day.

  1. Remember that your team is trained to provide the best care and comfort possible. Our dental assistants, hygienists, and receptionists will welcome you warmly and provide anything you need to stay comfortable.
  2. Take some time to relax and pinpoint what you are uneasy about. Take deep breaths and slowly let them out, as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better you. Remember that many patients have been in your shoes, and everything has worked out fine.
  3. Know your medical history. You may be asked to fill out a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.
  4. Have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we know the work you want and the results you want to achieve, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer teeth whitening, dental implants, and porcelain veneers, to name just a few cosmetic and restorative dentistry services.
  5. Trust the process. We’ve been doing this since 1996, and we take every step to ensure comfort, peace of mind, and fantastic results! We can guarantee you will be glad you visited us.
  6. Ask questions! If you have a few issues in mind, write them down before you arrive. Make sure to be open and honest about what you want answered, and your dental concerns moving forward.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we want all our patients to maintain their dental health; and the best way to do this is regular check-ups with our dental team. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general dentistry. Contact 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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Discover Why Patients Trust Their Smile To Harris Dental

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There are a lot of dentists out there. That’s just one reason why we work so hard to exceed expectations and build patient trust, at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ.

We may provide the dentistry, but it’s not about us, it’s about you. From the dentist to the hygienist to the folks at the front desk, we make it a point to address your needs and concerns.

When you’re settled into the chair in our examination room, communication is key. We’ll explain everything that is going on: during an appointment, and with any necessary procedures.

Dentistry can be a little jargon-y. If an explanation of a diagnosis or procedure isn’t clear, we encourage you to ask questions. We always want you to be aware of the time and the costs that are involved.

We always see each patient as an individual. We’ve heard about other practices that rush patients through their office, like a car through a car wash. No one wants to be treated like that! To us you’re a person, not just another set of teeth.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we want you to leave our office with a smile on your face – a beautiful, healthy smile! Earning your trust is critical to our success. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to our office for general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact 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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