Want To Keep Your Enamel Healthy? Avoid Doing These 11 Things

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Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body, but that doesn’t mean teeth are indestructible. Far from it! To keep them healthy and problem-free, the team at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ strongly recommends you avoid the following.

  1. Hard Foods: We’re looking at you, unpopped popcorn kernels and hard candy.
  2. Hard Objects: This includes fingernails, pencils, pen caps, and ice.
  3. Tooth Grinding: If you grind your teeth, ask us about an oral appliance.
  4. Sticky Food: Gummy candy, dried fruit, and even protein bars can break teeth.
  5. Drinking Anything Beside Water: If your teeth are constantly bathed in soda – sugared or diet – or if you partake in juice, coffee, or sports drinks often, you are asking for dental issues.
  6. Playing Sports Without a Mouthguard: Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Most children are required to wear a protective mouthguard on the playing field, but adults tend to be less vigilant. Custom-fitted mouthguards are more comfortable than the cheap boil-and-bite type.
  7. Using a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush: A hard-bristled tooth brush can weaken teeth and cause gums to pull away. We recommend a soft (or extra-soft) toothbrush!
  8. Ignoring Dry Mouth: Saliva is important. It helps to rinse food particles from your mouth as well as neutralize the acids that cause plaque. Constant dry mouth (xerostomia) can lead to tooth decay. Talk to us if you have persistent dry mouth.
  9. Using Teeth as Tools: Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or pry the lid of a medicine bottle. Use a nutcracker if you are eating unshelled nuts. A quality dental crown can cost over eight hundred dollars!
  10. Ignoring Bad Breath: Bad breath might be a symptom of accelerating tooth decay. Discuss it with us.
  11. Ignoring Jaw Pain: If you suffer from jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to let us know! These can be signs of a condition called temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

If you’ve already damaged a tooth, come see us at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ. We offer complete general dentistry, and have helped patients throughout Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa. We also offer restorative dentistry and dental implants. Contact us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life gets busy for all of us, and at times, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Maybe you’ve been putting off fixing a leaky faucet for as long as you can remember. Lots of things get put on the back burner, but at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we urge you not to let your dental care be on of them!

Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Do any of them sound familiar?

Rushing Through Brushing

Your teeth deserve at least two minutes of brushing. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a process to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.

Only Seeing The Dentist When You Have a Toothache

We hope none of our patients put off evaluations and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may already be a cavity.

Neglecting Professional Cleanings

When softer plaque turns to tartar, you can’t clean it away with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of it before it can impair your enamel or irritate your gums.

Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss

While it’s better to use a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to know that they can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Ordinary string floss is by far the most effective way to floss your teeth.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we want all our patients to have good dental health. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to our office for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

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The 4 Stages of Gum Disease

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It’s a progressive condition, and is easily treatable in its earliest stages. In this article from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we have put together a list of the four main stages of gum disease, in order to keep our patients aware and educated on this all-too-common problem.

  1. Gingivitis: This first stage includes red or swollen gums that cause discomfort while brushing and flossing. You may notice bad breath on occasion. Gingivitis is often caused by the buildup of bacteria on teeth and the gum line.
  2. Early Stage Periodontal Disease: During the second stage, infection has spread beneath the gums, allowing harmful bacteria to begin eating at the bone holding your teeth in place. An aggressive treatment plan can prevent it from getting worse.
  3. Moderate Periodontal Disease: This third stage involves more advanced care. Surgery can reshape your gums and close pockets between the gums and teeth to reduce plaque buildup. This may sound intimidating, but the prognosis can be good.
  4. Advanced Periodontal Disease: Flap surgery is common for this stage and involves cleaning the actual roots of your teeth by scrubbing behind your gums. Weakened bone can be smoothed or shaped to avoid bacteria from collecting.

Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular checkups at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, can prevent gum disease. If you already have symptoms, do not despair! We also offer gum disease treatment. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Our Top Priority At Harris Dental

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At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, our top priority has always been our patients, and nothing is ever going to change that. Not only do we want want each one of you to enjoy excellent dental health, we want you to have a positive experience in our office.

What do we mean by a positive experience? No one really enjoys going to the dentist, and we understand that. Most of the procedures we offer aren’t painful, but no one likes having a bunch of tools in their mouths. One of the things we always aim for is efficiency. Rest assured, we’ll be thorough. But we won’t have you in the chair any longer than is necessary.

However, we do take the time that is needed to ensure the efficacy of your procedure. There are practices that try to rush patients through a checkup like they’re a car going through a carwash, but that is not the way we do things. No one wants to be treated like they’re just another patient!

Above all, we will keep you fully informed about what we’re doing. There is time and expense involved in your appointments, and part of our job is explaining to you everything we’re doing. Dentistry is a science with a lot of big words, but we’ll always make sure you know what’s involved with your unique situation.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, each patient is our top priority. We want you to be happy with your experience here. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Request an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

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Is Grandpa Smiling?

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How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of those who are sixty-five and over? Well, at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we have some good news and bad news.

The Good News:

  • Tooth decay rates in older Americans has decreased in the past thirty years.

The Bad News:

  • 25% of people over sixty-five have no remaining teeth
  • Nearly 20% have untreated cavities
  • 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  • There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
  • Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What elements will improve the oral health of older Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three things:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we are committed to providing all of our patients with comprehensive oral health education and care. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for our full range of general and restorative dentistry. Request an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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