How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

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We see too many cases of gum disease in our patients at Harris Dental in Phoenix. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss, but it’s preventable. With that in mind, here is a short quiz  to test your knowledge of gum disease.

1. Which of the following are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Underbite
c. Diabetes
d. Genetics

2. Which of the following are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that appear longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bleeding gums
d. Tender gums

3. Which of the following are possible health matters linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

4. What percentage of men and women age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

5. Which of the following services are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Soft tissue grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

Answers
1. All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.
2. All of the above. Note: some patients don’t see any symptoms.
3. a,b,d.
4. c.
5. a,b,c.

Gum disease usually responds favorably to treatment—especially if caught early. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, or have been noticing troubles with your gums or teeth, please call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix. We treat gum disease, and conditions like TMD. We also offer a full range of dental services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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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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Queen Creek cosmetic dental and tooth implants

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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4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Dentist

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Bad Breath Treatment Phoenix

We all go to the dentist for cleanings and toothaches, but there are other less-obvious issues that your dentist can help you with. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we would like to review some of the most frequent oral conditions that should be discussed with your dentist.

1. Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath can be treated. It is usually associated with bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating dental caries. Discuss it with your dentist who can help you overcome this malady. (Your friends will appreciate it.)

2. Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very bothersome and can predispose dental patients to a host of problems such as dental caries and gum disease. Some men and women experience it because of prescription medications or chronic diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment

3. Jaw Issues. If you experience frequent jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist promptly! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

4. Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth (or if your partner tells you that you’re doing it in your sleep), discuss it with your dentist. A simple appliance can protect your teeth. If you have sufferred damage from grinding such as fractured or chipped teeth, we will give you information about restorative dentistry.

With four offices to serve you, Harris Dental in Phoenix provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

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6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist

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Mesa cosmetic dental and tooth implants

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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