Toothbrush Tantrums: When Your Child Won’t Brush

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Your child’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, are just as essential to their health, speech development, and self-esteem as their permanent teeth. Some parents we meet at Harris Dental hold the misconception that the care of primary teeth is secondary to adult teeth, since they will eventually fall out.

The truth is that the twenty primary teeth lay the foundation for the health of adult teeth and a beautiful smile. Taking care of these teeth is very important!

A dislike for brushing is understandable. A parent takes a pokey bristly thing, smears some minty paste on it, puts it in their mouth and scrubs their teeth with it. No wonder it doesn’t appeal to some toddlers and children. Sometimes the battle grows to the point that parents want to give up the struggle until their child is older. Don’t!

If it is problematic to get your child to brush willingly, Dr. Harris has several suggestions.

If the toothpaste is the problem, brush with a smaller amount or even without it, at first. The goal is to remove food particles that will lead to plaque and bacteria, eventually causing dental caries. Toothpaste is not required for removing food particles. Fluoride is important, however. If your water is not fluoridated, talk to Dr. Harris about fluoride supplements.

Take your child to the store and have him or her choose a new, soft-bristled toothbrush. Maybe buy two, so your child has some control in picking which toothbrush to use each time he or she brushes.

Let your child do the brushing, then inspect and brush the areas that might have been missed. Have your child with you when you and your spouse are brushing your teeth. Let your son or daughter know that everyone needs to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Invite your child to look in the mirror and brush at the same time.

To develop the habit, keep the time short and slowly prolong the sessions. Brush heads are hard with bristles that poke. Toothpaste may seem “hot” to some children. Teaching your child that brushing is non-negotiable is the important first step. After it has become part of the routine, add time by singing songs or brushing your teeth at the same time. Some parents have had success with setting a timer.

Compliment your child on their terrific effort in taking care of themselves. Be sure to maintain a positive attitude. Let your child know that you love their beautiful smile and want it to always be shiny white. Positive reinforcement and establishing a routine are essential parts of childhood dental brushing. We want children to be enthusiastic about a habit that will influence their health throughout their life.

If your child continues to struggle with brushing, you may consider sealants. Sealants are beneficial protective barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. A sealant aids in preventing food particles from lodging in difficult places to brush – usually in the pits and grooves in the molars in the back of the mouth.

Call 480-428-0040 to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr.Dr. Harris about your child’s oral hygiene or any other concern.

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Hi, Phoenix, We’re Harris Dental!

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Hi, Phoenix, We’re Harris Dental! Harris Dental has been providing quality dental care since 1979. We are passionate about the oral health of our patients and we are currently accepting new patients. Our top services include:

dental implants
Invisalign clear braces
sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
CEREC same-day crowns

My name is Dr. Harris, and our patient-oriented staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about important dental topics such as cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, veneers, gum contouring, and much, much more.

We also strive to help our patients develop the oral health habits that will keep their mouths as healthy as possible and their smiles clean and bright.

Please give us a call at 480-428-0040 so we can schedule an appointment for you. We are conveniently located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Phoenix, Arizona. We are confident that you will be happy with the quality care that you will receive here.

Don’t hesitate! Call today!

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Help Me – I’m Afraid Of The Dentist!

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Phoenix Sleep Dentistry If you are afraid of your dentist, you are not alone. At Harris Dental, we encounter many nervous first-time Phoenix dental patients. How do we calm their fears, provide a comfortable dental environment and earn lifelong patients?

1) We carefully explain the findings of the initial dental examination and thoroughly outline any recommended procedures. The consultation also includes a discussion about pain control including oral conscious sedation medications. This allows our dentistry patients to make informed decisions about their oral health and necessary dental procedures.

2) Dr. Harris practices gentle, pain-free dentistry. cosmetic dentistry treatment will not begin until you are numb. Keep in mind, however, that every dentistry patient reacts to numbing agents and sedation medications differently.

Speak up quickly if you start to feel discomfort. We will pause treatment, administer additional analgesic and wait until it takes effect. At Harris Dental, we never rush cosmetic dental or restorative procedures.

We will do our best to make you comfortable, whether you are receiving dental veneers, undergoing crown-lengthening treatment, having your teeth whitened, or replacing your old silver fillings.

3) Our practice provides many in-office amenities to help our dental patients focus on something pleasant during cosmetic dental treatment. Not every dental patient chooses sleep dentistry. Sometimes, chemical-free diversions such as listening to your favorite music provide a distraction while letting you remain clear-headed.

We are located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Phoenix, Arizona.

To schedule a friendly consultation, call 480-428-0040 or visit https://www.harrisdental.com/.

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Beware Of Hidden Sugar

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preventative dentistry in Scottsdale We advise our Scottsdale dental patients at Harris Dental to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to unsweeten your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in a pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in Scottsdale grocery stores and Queen Creek school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice (what kind of cane do you think they are talking about?)

Do the math: when shopping at Scottsdale markets or health food stores, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.

At Harris Dental, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. For more information on how your diet affects your dental health, contact us at 480-428-0040 . If you have a toddler or child who has not yet visited a dentist, call us today for a pediatric oral examination and information on fluoride and sealants.

We are located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Phoenix.

 

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Gap-Tooth Smiles Aren’t Quite As Adorable Anymore

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Have you lost teeth? It’s a lot different than when you lost your baby teeth way back in the day. Unfortunately, these don’t grow back. (And a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as cute as it did when you were in kindergarten.)

If you have had teeth extracted or if your teeth are compromised by staining, decay, chipping, or brittle aging, then it’s time to visit with Dr. Harris at Harris Dental. Since 1979, Dr. Harris has built a practice teeming with experience, filled with kindness, flowing with a gentle touch, and carrying all the wisdom of skilled professionals.

When it comes to the prospect of losing your adult teeth, the preference is always to retain your natural teeth. If this is not feasible, we offer several ways to maintain your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile in selfies.

Dental Veneers
If you still have your teeth, but are not content with them, these might be your answer. Stunning porcelain veneers offer a reasonably-priced approach to cosmetic adjustments – uneven color, size, or shape. These are very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They brighten unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.

Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is used where a tooth is missing. It “bridges” a gap between teeth. It is a restoration with a false tooth (or teeth) attached to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges have been used with success for generations of dental patients who have lost teeth for various reasons.

Dental Implant
A dental implant is a more extensive replacement for a missing tooth. An implant consists of an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). With local anesthesia, the artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. An implant is often the optimal restoration as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often transpires at the site of a missing tooth.

Dentures
Most Phoenix residents have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed by the wearer. These are customized and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled and a denture created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.

Don’t worry about losing your grip on the adult teeth you’ve been enjoying all these years. We have experience and training in many essential services to meet your dental needs including sedation dentistry, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and Invisalign clear braces.

Schedule your initial consultation at 480-428-0040 to visit us at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Phoenix, Arizona. We are perfectly situated for our neighbors throughout the Phoenix area.

Your consultation will include a customized treatment plan for restoring teeth, an outline of the cost of desired procedures and a schedule for completing the work. Come with questions and leave with answers.

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