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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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Too many people wait too long to get a new toothbrush, and this can contribute to poor dental health. At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ we recommend a new toothbrush about every three months.

How often you replace your toothbrush depends, of course, on how often you use it. We recommend, strongly, that you brush at least twice a day. If you’re brushing twice a day, picking up a new toothbrush at the store every three months is recommended.

Keep It Fresh

A toothbrush can become familiar, like a comfy pair of shoes. Sometimes the idea of tossing out the old one and replacing it isn’t very appealing. But after three months, the bristles get bent and frayed. There is probably some dried toothpaste foam starting to build up, too. So toss that old brush, and get a fresh one!

What kind of brush should you be using? There are so many choices. The most important thing is to choose a brush with soft bristles. They are gentle on the gums, but still effective in brushing away plaque.

To recap: for good dental health, replace your toothbrush every three months. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa
come to Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ for 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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Missing Pieces In The Mouth

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Have you ever seen an unfinished puzzle? An image of the Eiffel Tower without the spire? Or a picture of a warm, fuzzy kitten with a few pieces missing? Most of the time, you can make out the whole picture without needing the rest. But when it comes to dental care, you need every piece in order to stay healthy!

If you’ve ever lost teeth, cut your mouth on chipped edges, or struggled with eating, all because of your own, specific dental puzzle, Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ has the solutions you need to take control! To understand the types of braces, the cost of veneers, or the price of dental implants, sit down today with our dentists for the helpful consultation you deserve.

There has never been a better time to fill in those missing pieces! At Harris Dental, you will find modern cosmetic dental procedures, state-of-the-art materials, and the combined expertise of a team of knowledgable cosmetic dentists who all work to create beautiful smiles.

Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ serves patients in Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, and beyond! No matter the degree of dental disarray, your smile could be the next puzzle we put back together. We offer the missing pieces: CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and Invisalign clear braces. Give yourself the gift of a brighter, stronger smile.

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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4 Reason To Look For The ADA Seal

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Here’s a word of advice from Harris Dental in Phoenix: when you go to the store for dental products, be sure that what you choose has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Here are four ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your dollars on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.

The ADA only places its seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.

When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with us right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?

The ADA seal is not the organization’s endorsement of one particular product or another, but rather is a verification of the claims made by said product, claims on which savvy consumers can rely.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health, and one of the ways you maintain it is using quality dental care products. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for our general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for 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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Common Dental Questions

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At Harris Dental in Phoenix we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the questions we’re frequently asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! Remember the time-honored truth: prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then the dentist examines your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

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When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general dentistry, and love that we are a lecture-free zone. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

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