6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist

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Hello friends of Harris Dental! In today’s article, we are talking about general dentistry and nutrition. There is nothing that impacts your smile as much as your eating habits. Develop good eating practices and your dentist will smile down on your, too.

1. Rinse after eating

Rinse your mouth with a drink of water or brush your teeth after meals. People who snack all day long subject their teeth to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top.

2. Avoid sugary gum

Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and jeopardize your hard earned healthy gums. If you are gum chewer, do your smile a favor and go sugarless.

3. Avoid sticky foods

Sticky foods have a habit of clinging to your teeth, which puts you at risk of decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even excessive dried fruit can be risky for smiles. Brushing doesn’t always get rid of the obstinate particles, so remember to floss after eating sticky items.

4. Consume nutritious foods

A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system strong and able to combat infection.

5. Say ‘cheese!’

Cheese contains calcium and protects teeth from acid that weakens tooth enamel. (It’s vital not to go overboard as cheese is high in fat.)

6. Avoid acidic foods

Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Limit direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.

If you have questions about enamel damage that’s already taken place or need help with crooked, chipped, or missing teeth, call Harris Dental in Phoenix today. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today to highlight your dental goals.

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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. Your dentist in Phoenix says it’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the distinct location can be hard to discover.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become swollen and infected, it can affect the teeth.

In extreme cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also transpire. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most common type of oral abscess begins in the pulp of the tooth and is usually caused by cavities.

When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually cause pain.

An abscess can cause total tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.

If an abscess hurts the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection? Sinus pain generally manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will most likely feel a sharp jolt of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have an infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both issues—an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

Call Harris Dental is you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. Harris dental provides general and cosmetic dentistry. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. If it’s a sinus infection, your Phoenix dentist can help you. This is a situation where you need advice from both your dental and medical care provider.

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3 Ways To Minimize Candy Intake At Parties

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At Harris Dental we understand how hard it is to avoid sweets altogether at parties and other social gatherings. Your dentists in Phoenix encourage both unfettered joy and healthy living for all of our patients.

Here’s how you can minimize your candy intake at parties:

1. Lock yourself in a closet.
2. Sew your mouth shut.
3. Wear a shock collar that’s sensitive to sugar particles.

Then again, there is moderation. Moderation in candy intake can help with the prevention of dental caries, but so can consistent brushing and flossing and regular cleanings and check-ups at your Phoenix family dentist. Keeping the mouth clean and being meticulous are strong indicators for a happy mouth.

We’re not here to tell our Phoenix and Queen Creek patients to avoid sugar altogether. We’re not even here to tell you just to sneak a little. Eat as much as your child will let you, just be sure and brush thoroughly – same as any other time of year. Keep in mind that eating a candy bar and then brushing is better than sucking on a lollipop for a half hour.

When it comes to caring for Phoenix, Arizona’s teeth and cosmetic dentistry needs, Harris Dental works tirelessly for you. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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Treatable: Gum Disease in Phoenix

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Periodontal disease is not as common as it once was, but it is still more common than you might think. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we see patients with gum disease more often than we like.

Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until it’s diagnosed. That’s because in its earliest stages, gum disease doesn’t give many signs. It does give a few, though: tenderness in the gums, and a little bleeding when you brush. Fortunately, it can be treated.

Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gums. In its mildest form, it is known as gingivitis. The more serious variety is periodontal disease. It can be very painful in extreme conditions, and limit your ability to eat normally. In severe cases, it can result in tooth loss.

Both gingivitis and periodontitis raise your risk of such conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. As with most ailments, early detection is key to treatment.

Treatment
After we diagnose gum disease, the first task is to control it. The first step is a careful, in-depth cleaning that goes beneath the gum line. We’ll use special instruments in a deep cleaning.

A procedure called scaling is the removal of tartar both above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths out any rough surfaces of the roots of your teeth.

In addition to these, we may prescribe oral gels and other medications.

If deep cleaning doesn’t fully correct the issue, we may recommend surgical procedures like gum grafting or flap surgery.

Gum disease is a serious matter, but the thing to remember is that most cases are treatable, especially if it is diagnosed early enough. Harris Dental in Phoenix provides gum disease treatment, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry.

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Oral Cancer Screening in Phoenix: Early Diagnosis

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When it comes to oral cancer survival rates, two numbers are key: 40% and 90%. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we provide oral cancer screenings that might save your life, so those numbers make all the difference.

Here’s what they mean: 40% of individuals who receive a late-stage diagnosis die within five years. However, the survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.

Oral Cavity and Oropharynx—Mouth and Throat

Cancers that originate in the mouth (oral cavity) are labeled oral cancers. The oral cavity is comprised of the inside tissue of the mouth and cheeks, the lips, the tissue below the tongue, the roof of the mouth, and the front two-thirds of the tongue.

“Why only two-thirds of the tongue?” you might ask. Because the back third of the tongue is considered part of the throat. Throat cancers, or oropharyngeal cancers, start in the oropharynx, the part of the mouth behind the parts considered part of the oral cavity. The oropharynx consists of the soft palate, the tonsils, and the throat.

How Are Oral Cancers Diagnosed?

Some oral cancers produce symptoms which prompt the patient to see a doctor and others are found by dentists and doctors during exams. Thousands of lives could be saved every year if more people received regular screenings.

A visual oral cancer exam is relatively quick and convenient, especially compared to other cancer screening tests such as colonoscopies and mammograms. If an abnormality is discovered during an exam, the patient is referred to an appropriate specialist for further testing and diagnosis.

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Tobacco use (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or snuff)
Heavy drinking
Unhealthy diet
HPV infection
Weak immune system
Frequent exposure to UV light

Be proactive. Ask us at Harris Dental to carry out an oral cancer screening during each examination. If you have one or more risk factors, it’s critical to communicate with us for advice on oral cancer screenings and prevention. We also provide cosmetic and general dentistry.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Phoenix, Arizona
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