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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
If you are a teenager or the parent of a teenager, this Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ post is for you. We’ll discuss dental issues of special concern to adolescents. Dental risks for teens include both developmental and lifestyle-related factors.
At our practice, we see decay and gum disease far too often in teens. Possible causes and complicating factors include insufficient dental hygiene, unhealthy diet, malocclusion (misaligned bite), smoking, hormonal changes, tooth grinding, mouth breathing, eating disorders, and side effects of medications.
As children become more independent, some get lax about brushing and flossing. Additionally, some teen’s diets become worse when they have more freedom to choose what to eat. Few parents let their four year-old drink an energy drink, but they are consumed frequently by adolescents.
Malocclusion can make proper brushing and flossing challenging, leaving even vigilant brushers with decay from food particles that are almost impossible to remove. Malocclusion can also trigger TMD (Temporomandibular disorder). If you suspect that your teen’s bite is not aligned properly, or if your teen hears a clicking sound in the jaw joint, it’s time for an exam!
In spite of numerous public service campaigns aimed at preventing teen smoking, many youths take up the dangerous habit even before they graduate from high school. Smoking wrecks teeth as surely as it wrecks lungs.
Puberty also has a significant impact on dental health. It causes all sorts of changes in the body, and the mouth is no exception. Increased hormone levels can cause the body to react to a very small amount of plaque, triggering inflammation of gum tissue and increased risk of the more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Your dentist can guide you if more frequent professional cleanings are needed to preserve gum health.
There’s also the threat of injury; many young athletes fail to protect their teeth. If your adolescent participates in a contact sport, communicate with us about custom athletic mouth-guards.
One dental concern that can impact a lot of young people is wisdom teeth. It’s best to start monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth early so they can be treated before they result in problems with the jaw or surrounding teeth. And you certainly don’t want to send your high-school grad to an out-of-state college without addressing their third molars. If problems appear, your youth won’t be near their regular dentist, will probably miss class, and will either need to come home or use an out-of-network dentist or oral surgeon.
This article is by no means exhaustive on the vital subject of adolescent oral health. If you are looking for a family dentist, contact Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ today. We have been providing trusted dental care to families in Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa for decades. For more specifics about teen dental health or general dentistry, request an appointment today!