Harris Dental in Phoenix serves patients of all ages and provides general dentistry for children. Our patient-oriented staff takes special care of our youngest patients to make sure they are comfortable and safe.
We Pamper Our Youngest Patients
Being extra gentle with our young patients is important. We understand that going to the dentist can be a bit frightening for a child, so we make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings, and always invite mom or dad to join them in the room. We make sure they understand which procedures are required and answer their questions.
Children’s dentistry requires more than just comfort, however. Our skilled team of dentists understands how children’s dentistry differs from the treatment for older patients. If you have questions about dental sealants or sports mouthguards, call 480-428-0040 today to set up a consultation.
The American Dental Association counsels parents to bring their toddler to a dentist when their first tooth breaks through or around one year of age. By starting regular dental visits at the toddler age and teaching appropriate hygiene, we can help you reinforce vital oral care habits and lifestyle choices that will produce strong and healthy teeth.
In addition to children’s dentistry, Harris Dental offers:
In today’s post, let’s look at some specifics about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when properly brushing.
Working up a good foam is brought about by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming assists in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.
Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are great for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may observe tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.
The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
Additionally, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.
To recap: Wet soft bristle toothbrush Use fluoridated toothpaste Brush at 45 degree angle Brush gently for 2-3 minutes Cover every surface of every tooth Swish around in mouth before spitting out Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars Rinse out debris
This article is brought to you by Harris Dental, a distinctive dental practice in Phoenix. We are dedicated to dental education and confident smiles for all.
Dr. Harris has been serving Phoenix area families since 1979. We are located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Phoenix. Contact us at 480-428-0040 or http://www.harrisdental.com/dr-joseph-harris/.
Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic care we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!
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.
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:
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.
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/.