Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix, we focus on behaviors that influence dental health. Of course, regular brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to keep a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is needed for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do consume calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are detrimental to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to cavities.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This accelerates plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice (it really can crack teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are bad for teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is better to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. Our services include general and family dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Do you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? At Harris Dental in Phoenix, the good news is that gum disease is easy to treat if it is detected in the early stages.

Regular check-ups are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

  • Gums that bleed often
  • Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  • A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  • Receding gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth

Gum disease is usually the result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis, there is a build-up of plaque, which hardens into a substance called tartar. That’s why we recommend our patients brush and floss twice a day. It’s the best way to prevent plaque from building up.

No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we encourage regular checkups.

If you notice the above symptoms, call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix right away. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for gum disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as a wide range of general dentistry services. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

Harris Dental
4444 N 32nd St #208
Phoenix, AZ 85018

 

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Boost Your Self-Confidence With Cosmetic Dentistry

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Phoenix Smile Makeovers at Harris Dental

Many of our patients have experienced a boost in self-confidence after having  cosmetic dentistry at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

We offer the latest tooth restoration procedures to correct dental problems and imperfections. We’ll work with you to create a personalized smile makeover treatment plan.

Replace Old Dental Work

For those with old or damaged crowns, we can furnish beautiful new ones. Tooth-colored dental fillings are popular for those who want to be free of unsightly silver fillings.

It is critical to be examined regularly to check your previous dental work, including fillings, tooth bonding, veneers, crowns, and bridges.

We can tailor a cosmetic or restorative dental treatment plan to fit your budget. Teeth whitening is a great way to attain a mega-watt smile without spending a lot.

It’s Not Just About A Pretty Smile

Restorative and cosmetic dentistry can relieve pain, correct bite problems, and prevent future problems. A smile makeover is an investment in yourself that you will enjoy every day.

To find out what cosmetic dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix can do for you, please give us a call. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our practice for complete general dentistry. Call us today!

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Dull to Dazzling: Teeth Whitening in Phoenix

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Maybe you’ve always wanted a dazzling, movie star smile. Or maybe your teeth have just grown dull with the passage of time. Whatever the reason might be, you’re one of millions of Americans who want to brighten their smiles with teeth whitening, one of our services at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

You’ve got plenty of options. Take a simple stroll down the dental care aisle in the grocery store and you’ll see an almost bewildering selection of teeth whitening products: everything from toothpaste to strips to bleaching trays.

Most of these products can be effective. But toothpastes generally take only the surface stains off of your teeth, and you may be disappointed with the end result. Whitening strips are more effective; they rely on hydrogen peroxide to remove stains. Bleaching trays are also good. But none of them are as strong as professional teeth whitening.

We offer highly effective in-office teeth whitening that can transform your smile in a single visit. We also have take-home kits for those who prefer to whiten their teeth at their convenience. Both deliver great results!

At Harris Dental in Phoenix our patients come from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa to improve their smiles with teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

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Better and Better: The Future of Implants

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Dentists are always reminding their patients to brush and floss their teeth. It’s the best way to ensure healthy teeth and gums. But at Harris Dental in Phoenix we know that some of our patients are going to lose a tooth, in spite of everyone’s best efforts. When that happens, we recommend dental implants as a solution.

Humans have experimented with replacing lost teeth for thousands of years. Archaeologists tell us that the first known instance of an implanted tooth comes from the remains of an Egyptian king, whose upper jaw had a copper peg in it. They think it was hammered into place, but that’s an image we do not want to dwell on.

Other ancient cultures experimented with carved bamboo, pieces of stone and steel, and even sea shells. Rest assured, dental implants since then have come a long, long way. Today dental implants are a titanium post that is surgically placed in the patient’s jaw. One implant can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple implants can support a set of dentures.

Dental prognosticators gazing into their crystal balls say that implants are going to get even better, and that improvements aren’t that far down the road. We can expect faster healing and even lower failure rates, which are already pretty low.

At present, the most common cause of failure in dental implants is oral microbial infection. New generations of dental implants are expected to feature a reservoir that slowly releases anti-microbial medicine that prevents the growth of bacteria.

To find out whether dental implants are right for you, call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Our patients come to us from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa for dental inplants, complete general dentistry and more. Call today!

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