Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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If you are the parent of a teenager, you may already have some concerns about their well-being. As young men and women progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to dental health. At Harris Dental, we can lend a hand.

You may know Phoenix teens that skip meals and others that eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some spend more hours on Instagram than they do sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and hurt a smile.

Dental problems manifesting in the adolescent years can impact teeth for life. Let’s explore some important dental issues for adolescents.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually erupt between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth problems include bite misalignment, dental caries, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is important to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the advice of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their young adult abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing problematic. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help adolescents with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any Arizona high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can hurt enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some youth who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as essential for adolescents as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit adolescents in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we encourage parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral troubles arise unnoticed. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next appointment today.

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Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

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It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, you can form a new habit to benefit your oral health in as little as 10 seconds. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, our dentist thinks that’s a pretty good idea.

Here are six ways to add critical dental care to each day.

Find a better place for your toothbrush.
Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will permit air drying and can suppress the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

Leave the floss on the counter.
If you want to build consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember that commitment.

Swish.
If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and wash away bits of food after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.

Smile in the mirror.
Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Inspect gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.

Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will curb discoloration.

Call Harris Dental.

10 digits, 10 seconds, a short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation with us. We will examine your teeth for far more than 10 seconds and help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Our services at Harris Dental in Phoenix include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call today!

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Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you are with dental hygiene. That’s why it is so important to see us at Harris Dental in the Phoenix area twice a year..

The plaque process goes something like this:

Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to remove with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it starts to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.)

This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

At Harris Dental we offer our patients general and cosmetic dentistry and take care of your dental health. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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A Proud Dental Practice

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Harris Dental is proud to serve not only Phoenix but the greater Phoenix area. Our professional dental team consists of members of the community we serve. It’s worth the trip for the change it will make in your life.

Are you proud of your smile? You should be. Your smile is unique. It can express friendliness and confidence. Why not make it the ideal expression of who you are? Cosmetic dentistry offers answers for chipped teeth, missing teeth, crooked teeth, and discolored teeth.

We offer care above and beyond basic cleaning and oral care instruction and guidance. While oral hygiene is vital, sometimes advanced dentistry is needed for a true smile redesign. Come see our office for cosmetic dentistry. Your smile is our priority. We want your personality to shine.

At Harris Dental, we have been passionate about improving lives in the Phoenix area with dental expertise since we opened our doors in 1979. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment

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Phoenix Pediatric DentistryWishing for a whiter smile but not sure how to get it? New to tooth whitening jargon? At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we educate patients on the variety of teeth whitening procedures, from whitening trays to over-the-counter products. We do smile lightening every day.

Toothpaste Can’t Erase All Stains

Almost every toothpaste claims to brighten teeth, but as we age our teeth gradually turn yellow or gray, despite all the whitening toothpastes we use repeatedly. Tooth enamel, while one of the toughest substances in the body, is porous. Over time, the food and drinks that come in contact with our teeth bring about staining and discoloration. You probably have already noticed that a toothbrush cannot clean these microscopic pores.

Powerful Peroxide

Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are the two main smile whitening substances. They can penetrate the outer layer of your teeth to remove the build-up and help restore the initial color.

Call Harris Dental in Phoenix to schedule a teeth whitening appointment, and we will explain the difference between these tooth bleaching ingredients and how they may impact your smile whitening results. We also offer general dentistry. Make an appointment today.

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