Seeking A Relationship In Phoenix?

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The relationship you have with any health care professional is more important than you might think. This is as true for a dentist as any other provider. That’s just one reason why, at Harris Dental in Phoenix, we work hard to make our office a friendly, welcoming, and thoroughly professional place.

When it comes to your dentist, you should want more than someone who just happens to have an office near where you live. Likewise, you should want more than someone who can clean your teeth and fill cavities. Your dental health is important: studies show beyond any doubt that there is a connection between healthy teeth and gums and your general health.

We want all our patients to be fully informed. Never hesitate to ask us questions about what we’re doing: whether you’re curious about an instrument we use, or about a procedure you need, or a problem we’ve found.

Our office is meant to be fully functional, in the sense of meeting the needs of our patients. In addition to regular checkups and cleanings, we want to provide you with everything you need to know to care for your teeth and gums between visits. We believe that a clean mouth is a happy mouth!

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, the dental health of every patient who settles into one of our chairs is our absolute top priority. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to our practice for dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule 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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Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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This message from Harris Dental in Phoenix is for anyone who is finding it difficult to improve their dental health. We urge you to keep working at it and assure you that we’re here to help!

Keep Trying To Floss

Many people are good about brushing their teeth, but sometimes skip flossing. This is a bad idea. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from between teeth.

Failure to floss can lead to cavities, and even gum disease. Our recommendation? Brush twice a day, and floss before going to bed at night.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is as bad for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried to quit but just can’t, you’re far from alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, former smokers now outnumber active smokers. Everyone who has kicked the habit was once right where you are. Keep trying!

Keep Getting Checkups

Regular cleanings and checkups are a critical part of maintaining good dental health. Along with brushing and flossing, they are your first line of defense against tooth decay. On average, we recommend a checkup every six months. Some patients can spread them out a little more, and others may need more frequent visits.

Remember, the link between dental health and overall health is well-established. Patients come to Harris Dental in Phoenix from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa for general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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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Questions To Ask Your Dentist

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Questions To Ask Your Phoenix Dentist

Your smile is important to you, and at Harris Dental in Phoenix it’s our job to help keep it clean and healthy. We encourage all our patients, from newcomers to those who have been with us for years, to bring questions about their smiles to each and every checkup.

In this article we’re going to describe some of the most common questions we get.

  • How Can I Improve My Smile? This is one of the most common, and it’s a really good one. The answer is not going to be the same for every patient, of course. If you’re already in good dental health, we can talk about what cosmetic dentistry procedures may be best, like teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. If your dental health has room for improvement, we can talk about, which leads us to the next common question.
  • What Should My Daily Dental Health Routine Be? Your at-home care is probably the most important part of your dental health regimen. We recommend, strongly, brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Brush for at least two minutes, gently and thoroughly. Right after breakfast and just before bed are good times. Don’t forget to floss!
  • Do I Have Any Dental Health Conditions I Should Know About? If you do, we’ll see them and tell you – but it’s still good to ask. Think of it as a conversation-starter. If there are issues, we can talk about treatment plans.
  • How Often Should I Have a Checkup? There is no hard-and-fast answer for this. As a rule of thumb we recommend every six months. Some patients can go longer between checkups, while others may need to see us more often, especially if there are ongoing issues and treatment.

These are the most common, but there are others. We encourage you to bring your dental health questions to every checkup. Patient education is an important part of what we do. People come to Harris Dental in Phoenix from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa for dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. Please call our office to schedule your next appointment 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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3 Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix is about root canal therapy. Root canals are often feared, but they shouldn’t be, because they allow you to keep a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted.

As the saying goes, knowledge is power. It can help when you understand what is happening during what can be an anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.

At the center of each tooth is tissue called the pulp. The tissue can be compromised by any of the following:

  1. An injury to the tooth
  2. A very deep cavity
  3. A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. Left untreated, it can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort

When we perform a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out first. The space that is left is cleaned and then shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for the tooth to be pulled.

Root canals have a bad reputation, but remember, they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

Root canals are among our services at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our practice for complete general dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment 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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Dental Confidence Or Caution

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Whether you are one of those who goes willingly to the dentist or are hesitant about getting work done, the team at Harris Dental in Phoenix wants you to make and keep regular appointments for cleanings and checkups.

Regular dental appointments are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. For most patients, we recommend a visit to our office every six months. We occasionally need to see a patient more often.

Appointments, Parts 1 & 2

There are two parts to a typical dental appointment: a cleaning and a checkup.

During a cleaning, one of our dental hygienists inspects your teeth and gums, and uses special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that have built up. It also includes polishing your teeth, which removes any surface stains. The last step is flossing.

During a checkup, the dentist checks your overall dental health. If there are any issues, like a cavity or signs of gum disease, we’ll usually schedule a follow-up appointment. It will be planned for your convenience, of course, but sooner is better.

What you do between your six-month visits is really important. Plaque is contantly forming on the teeth, so we recommend – and we cannot say it strongly enough! – that you brush and floss your teeth every day. Ideally, you’ll do it twice.

You have a lot of toothpaste choices. The flavor is up to you, but be sure to choose one with fluoride.

By seeing Harris Dental in Phoenix twice a year and maintaining a good dental health regimen at home, you can have confidence that your teeth and gums are in great shape. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa from to us for general dentistry, specialties like dental implants, and much more. If you haven’t already, schedule your next appointment 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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