4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Dentist

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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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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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Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

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Phoenix tooth brushing tips

You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and brush your teeth, to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. But are you doing it correctly? Harris Dental in Phoenix wants to make sure you are!

The truth is that many individuals are making tooth brushing mistakes. You may need to tweak your routine to better support your oral health and protect your smile from dental caries and gum disease.

Here are vital tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
It’s understandable. You want to get it over with and go to bed. Proper teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how rapidly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes. It can also be useful to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By adjusting your process, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s difficult to get rid of the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily multiply and start the decay process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people impair their enamel or gums because they brush too forcibly with a hard brush. We counsel patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is awful to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air—even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and permit it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think it’s only for kids. Not true. Your enamel is consistently under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

At Harris Dental, we want all our Phoenix-area patients to have and keep a healthy, beautiful smile. So brush and floss properly twice a day, and see us every six months for a checkup. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

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