What Is General Dentistry?

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If you explored our website before landing on this blog, you have may noticed the term “general dentistry” on the menu, along with other services. “General dentistry” may sound bland, but it isn’t. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, it’s your assurance that we can diagnose and treat your most essential issues, and ensure your overall dental health.

One of our watchwords is prevention. That’s why we start each of your appointments with an exam by one of our dental hygienists, who cleans and inspects your teeth and gums. Then it’s the dentist’s turn. In this way we make sure that your teeth, and the soft tissues of your mouth, are free of decay or disease.

A Wide Range of Services

If we find any issues, we are equipped to deal with most of them. If there is something beyond the scope of general dentistry we’ll give you an excellent referral. Examples of what we can do include:

  • Repair damaged teeth
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canals
  • Dental implants
  • Oral cancer screenings

Your dental health is closely linked to your overall health. In fact, research has established links between common oral infections and conditions such as cardiovascular disease. That’s one of the best reasons to see us for regular checkups.

Too often, people put off going to the dentist. Some even wait until they suspect there is a problem. Needless to say, we do not recommend this approach. Prevention really is the best medicine!

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we want to see each of our patients for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Remember, your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and with our general dentistry, they can. Our services also include xxx. Schedule your next appointment today!

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Mouthwash Facts In Phoenix

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Mouthwash Facts In Phoenix

In this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix, we’re going to discuss mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help prevent tooth decay. While some mouthwash has cavity-fighting additives, it should never be used exclusively. Good dental health is centered on regular brushing and flossing.

It is important to know what kind of mouthwash you’re using. Some merely mask bad breath, while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque.

If you cope with bad breath, it is important to use a mouthwash with ingredients that also help prevent tooth decay, such as fluoride. Some of the ingredients can be dangerous, even toxic, if not used properly.

Some of the ingredients to watch out for are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, services include general and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule your next checkup today!

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Find A Few Minutes To Floss

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One of the reasons people give for not flossing their teeth is that it’s hard to fit it into their daily schedule. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we want to remind those folks that flossing their teeth is every bit as important to their dental health as brushing.

It has an entirely different role, of course. Where brushing removes plaque from the surface of the teeth and along the gum line, flossing gets into the tight spaces between your teeth. It loosens the debris that always gets wedged in, and any plaque building up.

In short, it gets those places that your toothbrush can’t.

Should you floss before brushing, or after? The jury is out on that one. Some research suggests that flossing first can make brushing more effective. The idea is that after flossing, there isn’t any gunk between your teeth. The fluoride in your toothpaste is able to get in there better.

Before or after? Do whichever you prefer. Just make sure you find the time to do it! While you watch TV at night, or while you take a bath – wherever and whenever you’ve got a few spare minutes.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

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Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

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In this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix, we address the unpleasant topic of halitosis, also known as bad breath.

While poor dental hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to the condition, or even make it worse. One of these is the lack of saliva, or xerostomia.

Saliva and Oral Health
One of the functions of saliva is moistening the teeth and gums and removing odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel stability.

Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby shielding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This protects against cavities and infections.

Many people are plagued with dry mouth sporadically; perhaps when they are perceiving anxiety or stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have occasional periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can result in additional oral and physical health problems.

If you are coping with either condition, we recommend that you set up an exam and consultation with us at Harris Dental in Phoenix. We can help you discover the source and guide you on treatment. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

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Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s: Keep Those Gums Healthy!

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix gives you yet another reason to keep your gums in good condition.

Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that can result in chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

The research study is called “Porphyromonas gingivalis in Alzheimer’s disease brains: Evidence for disease causation and treatment with small-molecule inhibitors.” Researchers concluded:

“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Gum disease is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, it is preventable.

Risk factors include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we remind our patients to brush and floss at least once a day. Twice is better! If you develop gum disease, don’t despair: it’s a treatable condition. We also offer a fullrange of general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

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