7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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Anyone with chronic bad breath understands the embarrassment and frustration associated with this condition. As unpleasant as it is, rest assured, we can help at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ.

There are several possible causes for bad breath, some that you may overlook:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Digestive problems
  • Systemic infection
  • Bacteria on dentures
  • Gum disease
  • Food particles on tonsils
  • Dry mouth

If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck; this is one of the easiest types to treat. Make sure you brush for a full three minutes before you climb into bed, and don’t forget to floss.

People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to floss around each tooth to wash away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

You can also brush after each meal to prevent food debris from sitting on your teeth. In addition to freshening your breath, brushing after each meal will improve your dental health.

Treating bad breath starts with a visit to Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ. Be sure to mention it! People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for our comprehensive general dentistry. Request 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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What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

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When a wisdom tooth tries to come in but is obstructed by the adjacent tooth, it becomes impacted and can result in such complications as pain, inflammation, or tooth decay. At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we can extract wisdom teeth.

It’s challenging to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of decay, we pay special attention to them. They can also cause decay in the neighboring molars.

For most people, wisdom teeth come in in the late teens or early twenties. As many as 85% of wisdom teeth need to be extracted. It is a routine outpatient procedure; most patients experience minimal discomfort and recover in a few days.

If you or your teenager has wisdom teeth that need attention, please call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ to schedule an appointment. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Request 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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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Phoenix, Arizona Dentist

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Regular cleanings and checkups are part of your first line of defense against dental health issues, so naturally you want to have the best dentist possible. What should you look for? If you’re new in town, or have been looking around for a new dentist, Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ suggests the following.

  • Location and Office Hours. It’s a little like real estate: location, location, location! Choosing a dentist that is near to where you live or work is important, since it makes it easier to make and keep your appointments. On the other hand, it is not the only consideration; some dentists may be worth driving a little further. Their office hours may be better suited to your schedule.
  • Chairside manner. This is one of the more important considerations. You want to feel comfortable with the person you are trusting with your smile. Do they explain all symptoms and procedures? Do they listen to your concerns and answer all of your questions?
  • Qualifications. You can get information about a dentist’s qualifications from your local dental society or your insurer. It’s also a good idea to see what special qualifications your dentist may have.

Once you’ve done your homework, ask around. What do family and friends say? What about online reviews?

Regular checkups at the dentist are essential to any good dental health regimen, and at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ we are always honored to be part of the equation. Patient from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa trust us with their dental health! Our services include 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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5 Tips For Treating Mouth Sores

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When people get mouth sores, one of the things they can do while waiting for it to heal is evaluate what they’re eating and make some changes. Here are some tips from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ that can help minimize the discomfort of eating and help to increase the speed of healing.

  • Eat soft or pureed foods. Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat baby food. Plenty of adult dishes fit the bill. Yogurt, mashed potatoes, smoothies are good choices.
  • Keep your meals bland for a while. It might make for boring eats, but watch out for overly spicy, tart, salty or acidic foods while you have a mouth sore.
  • Keep it cool. Only eat meals served at room temperature or chilled.
  • Use a straw. This way, whatever you are drinking can avoid contact with the mouth sore altogether.
  • Moisten dry foods. You can add sauces, dressings, and gravies to your meals.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, our specialty is dental health. We offer complete general dentistry. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our practice for cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Request 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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5 Ways To Prevent A Cracked Tooth

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Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and costly to repair. In this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we offer an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.

  • Avoid chewing on hard things. Patients should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky.
  • Avoid pitted fruits. That peach may be soft, but, if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.
  • Protect your teeth. It is essential to care for your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where your mouth can be struck. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, flag football, and any such activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.
  • Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Locate a pair of scissors to open a package or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.
  • Avoid grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding not only wears teeth down, it can lead to a cracked tooth. If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, talk to us so we can address the problem.
  • Get regular dental check-ups and cleanings. We can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. We may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. Repair these cracks early, before more damage ensues.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health. Patients in Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for complete general and restorative dentistry services. Request 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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