Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10:23:55 PM

Smoking cigarettes often start out as a casual and fun thing to do but quickly turns into a dependent and unhealthy relationship. It was once considered edgy and cool to smoke cigarettes but people today are more aware of the dangers of smoking. Chewing tobacco and smoking is the quickest way of getting oral cancer. The effects of smoking on the teeth and gums are numerous, such as bad breath, discoloration of the teeth, increased plaque and tartar buildup on teeth.

Dental professionals link smoking to an increased risk of gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Gum disease causes a gradual breakdown of the bone under the gums and generally leads to teeth loss. Though it is possible to replace lost teeth with dental implants or dentures, nothing can take the place of your natural teeth.  In keeping with the changing times, smoking is no longer as socially acceptable and smokers often have to find hidden corners to have a puff. So once you decide to quit, what can you do to increase your chance of kicking nicotine addiction for good?

It requires a lot of will power, perseverance and dedication. If you know what is physiologically happening in your body when you try to quit smoking, you can conquer your cravings for a smoke. To quit, you must identify your trigger for wanting to smoke.

You should be proud after you finish your last cigarette but you may also feel a sense of panic after taking the first step to quitting.

When your first cravings begin after a few hours, take your mind off it by engaging in an activity, like taking a walk.

You will exhibit symptoms of nicotine withdrawal like irritability, fatigue, headaches, hunger pangs and troubled sleep.

Try to block your cravings by skipping your routine around smoking, like drinking your coffee or alcohol. Avoid drinking when you’re trying to quit. Change it up by drinking tea and keep healthy snacks, gum or peppermints on hand to keep your mouth busy so that you are not tempted to pick up a cigarette.

Generally by the third day, the worst cravings will subside and you can concentrate on quitting the habit for good. The first two weeks are the hardest and you can use all the support you get from friends and family.  Check out techniques to help you stop smoking in different forums ( Quit Smoking resources)

Your doctor can help you by prescribing Chantix or Wellbutrin to help tackle with mood swings while dealing with cravings for cigarettes

Pick up nicorette patches or gum to help you quit

Get in touch with Arizona Smokers Helpline at 1-800-55-66-222, for free services and medication to help you stop smoking. You can call ASHLine when you get a craving.

Find other ways of relaxing, instead of turning to tobacco as a way of relieving stress. Engage your mind and body by exercising, rewarding yourself with a massage, picking up a hobby, or even trying yoga and meditation.

When you decide to quit, deep clean your house, car, clothes, and bedding to get rid of the smell of smoke. Bin all your lighters, ashtrays, and any other smoking memorabilia.

While quitting nicotine addiction can be a daunting task, with the right support and plan you can do it easily! If your dental condition has suffered because of your smoking habit, do not fear as it is never too late to begin regular dental care.  If you are not sure of the correct dental hygiene routine for you or if you need dental treatment for gum disease or missing teeth, then get in touch with us at Higley Park Dental. Even after years of neglect, we can help you get your beautiful smile back.

Posted by higleyparkdental | 11/13/2018 2:23:55 PM

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 1:26:57 AM

A dental emergency can happen at any time of the day or night and can be anything from a lost filling to a knocked-out tooth. Anyone who has gone through a dental emergency knows how frightening and painful it can be. But what exactly constitutes a dental emergency?  Who should you call, and what should be done at home in case of an emergency?

If you currently have a dental emergency, please contact us directly at (480) 559-8098.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

You will need immediate treatment to prevent the permanent loss of a tooth or to stop severe pain or excessive bleeding. Sometimes, an abscess or infection in the mouth can lead to a dental emergency that may need to be addressed immediately. Severe infection in the mouth or jaw can become life-threatening, when left untreated.

Here are some examples of urgent dental emergencies:

  • Persistent Bleeding
  • Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
  • Jaw trauma
  • Cut lips, gums or teeth
  • Painful Swelling
  • Painful Toothache

Here are some non-urgent dental emergencies:

  • Lost Filling, Crown, or Bridge
  • Broken or Cracked Tooth that is not painful
  • Retainer or Night Guard that is broken or damaged
  • Dull toothache

Even if you experience a non-urgent dental emergency, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible to get it checked out.

Get Help for Your Dental Emergency

Dental problems will not disappear without treatment.  To get expert care for your teeth, call Higley Park Dental Care at (480) 559-8098 today for an appointment. Our team provides outstanding dental care for you and your loved ones, with extended hours and same day emergency service.

If you experience jaw swelling, you may have a serious infection and need to contact a dentist immediately for proper assessment and medication to reduce pain and inflammation.

If you can’t reach your dentist for whatever reason, visit the emergency room (Gilbert Hospital) in the event of an urgent dental emergency.

Here at Higley Park Dental we are open Monday through Saturday (Saturday by appointment) and our hours are as follows:

Monday           7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday          7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday     7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday         7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday              7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday         7 a.m. – 12 p.m.  (Saturday appointments with credit card reservation only.)




Posted by higleyparkdental | 10/30/2018 6:26:57 PM

Friday, September 21, 2018 10:57:47 PM

Many people are in the dark about endodontic therapy or what is better known as root canal treatment. The term “endodontic” containing the prefix “endo” and the suffix, “dontic” refers to the area of dentistry that treats diseases of the endodontiu or the interior part of the tooth. The main aim of Endodontics is to help save natural teeth so that it can retain all its masticatory functions and also the natural appearance of a healthy tooth.

Structure Of The Inner Tooth

The dental pulp is present in the inner tooth and this is where tiny blood vessels and nerves are stored. When the inner tooth becomes infected, extreme pain is likely. And antibiotics may be useful in certain cases, where an abscess is present but the most effective way of treating this problem is with root canal treatment. People often mistakenly think that root canal treatment is painful but this is completely untrue. There can be some discomfort following the treatment because of the tooth’s natural healing process but as with all invasive dental procedures, the localized area is numbed using a strong local anesthetic so the patient feels no pain at all.

What Does Endodontics Treat?

Endodontic therapy may be required on a tooth that has a pre-existing cavity for a long enough time causing the interior of the tooth to become affected by it. An endodontic specialist has to clean the infected tissues inside the inflamed tooth and check for complications like abscess. To clean out any infection present in the interior of the affected tooth chemical and mechanical treatment of the canal system is needed.

Root canal

Endodontic therapy can be the difference between having a tooth extraction and being able to save it. This complex branch of dentistry requires dentists to undertake two years of additional schooling for specialization in this area of dentistry.

Root canal treatment requires four necessary stages including-

  • opening and accessing the canals
  • glide path
  • preparation
  • root filling

Retreatment may be recommended if a previous treatment has to be corrected.

The endodontist removes the infected inner pulp and replaces it with a special type of dental filling to save the tooth rather than extracting it. Local anesthetic is used and the top of the tooth is removed to get to the infected pulp and the interior is cleaned with an antibacterial solution to make sure that the inner tooth is infection free. A special dental filling is used in the hollow tooth and a crown is attached to the tooth to give it a natural appearance. A successful root canal clears the interior of a tooth of all bacteria and prevents any future infection.

Natural tooth

A dentist will usually recommend that you attempt to save the tooth with root canal treatment.  Because when a tooth is pulled out, there is space left in your mouth causing the neighboring teeth to shift resulting in misaligned teeth. Though issues of misalignment can be solved with prosthetic tooth replacement, it is much more costly compared to endodontic therapy. With the right therapy an infected natural tooth can recover and function well & for just as long as your other healthy teeth.

Now that you are aware of what endodontic therapy is, you can take necessary steps to address any potential root canal issue. You can get root canal treatment at Provinces Dental to successfully save your natural tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted and replaced with prosthetics such as a partial denture or dental implants. Your saved tooth should work just fine in everyday use but care should be taken not to exert extra pressure on it by trying to crack a nut, or using your teeth to open a beer bottle. You must also schedule check-up visits with your dentist to ensure that the tooth heals correctly, especially if the tooth was abscessed. You can reach out to your dentist in the Gilbert, AZ area; please call Higley Park Dental at (480) 559-8098 to schedule regular cleanings in order to keep your teeth healthy.

Posted by higleyparkdental | 9/21/2018 3:57:47 PM

Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:23:48 AM

Power brushes or electric toothbrushes are being advertised as the best way to properly clean your teeth and also to prevent tooth decay. So, are any of these claims really true? Electric toothbrushes have a number of benefits as reported by patients. Although electric toothbrushes are more expensive and have to be recharged, they can significantly recue tooth decay and gum disease. A number of studies in 2013 and 2014 tested both the sonic and the oscillating electric toothbrushes and reported that using power brushes can considerably reduce plaque and risk of gingivitis or gum bleeding.  Read further to learn more about the advantages of using an electric toothbrush, but it may be worthwhile talking to your dentist to find out if this is the right choice for you.

  1. Electric Toothbrushes Are More Effective

With a manual brush, an adult can generally complete about 300 strokes per minute whereas an electric toothbrush rotates from 7,500 to 30,000 strokes per minute! Most electric toothbrushes have two heads rotating in opposite directions for more effective plaque removal. Electronic toothbrushes thus helps keep your teeth cleaner overall and it shows better results on your teeth, without having to brush as hard. You are much less likely to injure your gums or inner cheeks.

The smaller head size of the electric toothbrush is an advantage over the traditional toothbrush, which makes it possible to reach those hard-to-brush crevices of your teeth in the back corners of the mouth, where food debris stays lodged.

Electric toothbrushes also have a built in timer that ensures the right amount of brushing time needed for your mouth! There are electric brushes that can also signal when it is time to change quadrants of your mouth.

  1. Electric toothbrushes and braces

Electric toothbrushes can clean your teeth thoroughly even if you’re wearing braces. With wires and brackets in your mouth, it becomes difficult to brush. It is hard to get to the food particles that are often stuck behind the wires with a traditional brush, which can potentially lead to tooth decay or gum disease. Patients with braces are encouraged to floss between meals, and brush twice a day.  Using an electric toothbrush can prove to be very useful because it cleans the surface of the teeth more effectively and the small head helps clean around the wires and brackets easily.

  1. Electric Toothbrushes Apply the Correct Amount of Pressure

People are often confused as to how hard they should brush their teeth. If one brushes too hard, it may lead to gum recession and enamel wear and tear.  On the other hand, gentle brushing will not thoroughly clean the teeth, leading to plaque build-up and tooth decay.  Electric toothbrushes can do all the work for you, all you have to do is turn it on and hold the brush at a 45 degree angle over your teeth.

  1. Electric Toothbrushes Are Easier For Children and Seniors

Another important benefit of the electric toothbrush, especially for children, seniors or for those with arthritis or a cognitive impairment, is that it is easier to handle. Either they have difficulty brushing because of the ability to apply the correct amount of force or they may find it too painful. Regular toothbrushes need dexterity to grip and move it around but electric toothbrushes can make the brushing process easier without straining the hands or wrists. An electric toothbrush moves itself around, so there is no stress on the wrist and elbow joints.

  1. Electric Toothbrushes Are Easy On The Enamel

Electric toothbrushes do not damage the tooth enamel and they clean the surface of enamel more effectively than traditional toothbrushes. When plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth, it can cause teeth discoloration and also eventually tooth decay. With the use of electric toothbrush, the enamel will look whiter and shinier. Using an electric toothbrush effectively prevents tooth decay and keeps your enamel healthier too.


Modern electric toothbrushes are easy to use and if you dislike brushing your teeth, it does a stellar job of cleaning most people’s teeth. Do talk to your dentist to find out which toothbrush would be the most beneficial for your needs. Regardless of what type of toothbrush you use, to maintain great oral hygiene always make sure that you brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time and follow it up with flossing and the regular use of mouthwash. If your teeth have become discolored, Higley Park Dental can help. You can call the front desk at 480.559.8098, to get more information on cleanings and prevention! We work with you to transfer skills needed to maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.


Posted by higleyparkdental | 8/16/2018 3:23:48 AM

Friday, July 6, 2018 1:37:02 PM

Many children have tooth alignment problems and may require orthodontic treatment to help fix these problems. If your child’s teeth are not developing properly or there any early evidences of problems with their teeth and jaws, they may benefit from an orthodontic evaluation. Orthodontics deals with the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities with corrective appliances. Anyone with healthy tissues and bones makes a good candidate for orthodontist braces.

Most pediatric dentists recommend that you bring your child for their first dental appointment within six months of the appearance of his or her first tooth. And if there are any signs of malocclusion, you may receive a referral to an orthodontist from your child’s dentist.

What Is Malocclusion?

Teeth and jaws have to be correctly aligned for a person’s bite to be effective and also for the appearance of straight teeth. Any deviation from this, leading to crooked, misaligned, crowded, improperly spaced teeth that do not fit together properly is considered a malocclusion.

Reasons for Malocclusions

In most cases, malocclusions are inherited, but on occasions there are some factors that contribute to the development of malocclusions, such as-

  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Trauma or accident
  • Medical problems
  • Dental decay
  • Poor nutrition

Can Crooked Teeth Correct Themselves Over Time?

Studies have shown that crooked teeth and other malocclusions do not improve over time without proper treatment. In fact, they tend to get worse over time. Early orthodontic treatment can prevent extraction of permanent teeth and allows orthodontists to influence skeletal growth during the growing phase.

When Can Your Kid Benefit From Braces

Orthodontic devices such as braces can influence growth in the jaw and help an orthodontist optimize treatment to resolve many structural and cosmetic dental problems. So, early evaluation and possible treatment usually is advantageous for most children. Proper treatment to get braces can greatly improve dental function and improve the appearance of teeth for kids. Braces can help children having difficult biting or chewing or those with missing teeth or blocked-out teeth. Even kids who have lost their primary teeth early can gain from braces. Anyone with overbite or under-bite issues or those suffering from problems with temporomandibular joints are also often recommended braces. Children who have crowded or misplaced teeth and problems with jaws or teeth that are not in proportion with facial structure can also gain from getting fitted with braces.

Braces for Kids:  When Is The Right Time To Have My Child Evaluated For Braces?

The ideal age for treatment by an orthodontist is different depending on the patient. Generally speaking, the orthodontic treatment takes place between 9-14 years old, after all of the primary teeth have gone. So while some children can be evaluated for orthodontic braces at age five or six, while others will have to wait for their permanent teeth start to come in. But dentists usually recommend getting an evaluation before age seven, because a child will have enough permanent teeth by then for the orthodontist to diagnose if there will be future malocclusion.

An early examination for diagnosis and prevention makes the future orthodontic treatment easier for the patient and the doctor. An orthodontist will perform a detailed examination of the face, the jaws and the teeth and assess x-rays, and molds of teeth, to check whether your child will require treatment and then recommend a suitable treatment plan.

Higley Park Dental Care values your smile. Getting timely orthodontic treatment can help improve the health of your teeth and improve your self-esteem too.

Posted by higleyparkdental | 7/6/2018 6:37:02 AM

Monday, April 16, 2018 11:28:01 PM

Dentists recommend that flossing should be an integral part of your oral care routine because it provides care and cleaning to the areas of your teeth that a tooth brush cannot reach. Over time when you eat and drink the areas in between your teeth and the small gaps along your gum line become vulnerable to dental problems, from a buildup of bacteria. This is because food particles get lodged in between the gaps and a tooth brush alone cannot remove them. If you do not floss and allow plaque to remain in between teeth it collects at the gum line and eventually hardens into a substance known as tartar, which can then only be removed by the dentist. On top of being a health issue the buildup of plaque then becomes a cosmetic issue because it can cause discoloration and staining on your teeth as well cavities. Here is a look at 5 reasons why flossing should not be ignored.

  1. Prevents cavities

According to the American Dental Association, the soft bristles on your toothbrush can remove the sticky plaque on your teeth that can cause cavities but flossing helps clean the spaces between teeth. Without flossing, cavities can start to form in between your teeth where your brush cannot reach. Cavities may also start to cause pain and increase tooth sensitivity to sweet, cold or hot food. If you want to avoid dental exams to detect cavities that form in between teeth then consider flossing daily.

  1. Protects gums

The soft tissue of your gum protects the roots that connect your teeth to the bones in your jaw. Small food particles can get caught in the tissue between your teeth. Plaque can build up and harden into tartar. Only a dentist or dental assistant can remove tartar from teeth. If untreated, tartar and plaque will spread bacteria below the gum line, causing periodontitis, which is the advancement of gingivitis. When teeth are left untreated periodontal disease sets in. The gums can begin to pull away or recede from the teeth and the spaces that form can become infected. Without treatment the teeth may eventually become loose and then have to be removed.

  1. Stops Bad breath

If bacteria and food particles are left in between your teeth it can actually cause really bad breath. Bad breath is caused by sulphur-producing bacteria that normally live on the surface of the tongue and in the throat. Regular flossing can help prevent bad breath and your teeth healthy.

  1. A bright smile

Flossing regularly will keep your teeth looking white and shiny. When food and drinks stick to the teeth, plaque buildup on the teeth occurs and results in staining. By flossing you can remove the stubborn yellow spots and food particles providing a cleaner, healthier smile.

  1. Saves your money

By practicing regular preventive dental care, like flossing, you won’t need expensive dental procedures that will cost you time and money.  There is an increased chance of cavities if you don’t floss regularly and you will need costly procedures such as root canals and crowns or veneers which add even more to the cost of your dental care.

We hope you will contact our dentists in Higley Park Dental Care at 480.559.8098., to learn more about flossing.


Posted by higleyparkdental | 4/16/2018 4:28:01 PM

Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:49:29 AM

Winter’s arrival announces the start of the cold and flu season. Are you ready for it? The colder months are pretty harsh for your lips, teeth and gums because around this time a plague of germs can put your dental health at risk. And as you already know good oral health is absolutely necessary to keep your body fighting fit.

Being bogged down with cold and flu can mess up your brushing and flossing routine but it is worthwhile to remember that you may actually need to give your teeth some extra attention when you are sick. Maintaining good oral health through the colder months can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy. Higley Park Dental has put together a few tips to help you beat the winter bugs:

Brush Your Teeth Regularly

If you are down with a cough and cold, try and avoid cough drops and cough syrups with sugar in them. Stick to sugar-free cough drops, and when you have to take cough syrup or a liquid medicine with sugar in it, rinse your mouth well or brush after taking your medicine.

A lot of us come down with stomach flu during the busy winter season that may cause vomiting. Make sure that you brush your teeth well after you throw up. Your teeth enamel gets coated with the stomach acid when you vomit and this acid wears down the enamel making it weak and often resulting in tooth sensitivity.

Replace Your Toothbrush

Right after recovering from a cold or flu, you should replace your toothbrush. There have been some studies that show that chances of re-infection are pretty slim but toothbrushes do grow and harbor bacteria so it is better to be safe than sorry! When you’ve been sick, get a new toothbrush or risk being re-infected every time you clean your teeth.

You should replace your toothbrush regularly anyway because an unclean toothbrush can hold bacteria and germs, which then gets into your mouth. You should ideally replace a toothbrush every four months, even if it does not appear worn out so that you can reduce the spread of germs.

Disinfect Your Toothbrush and Mouth Guard

Besides sanitizing your toothbrush, you should disinfect your bite guard and other oral supplies or tools you use for oral care. Over-the-counter bite guards can be replaced easily. Consider soaking bite guards or retainers that should last you for years in an antiseptic mouthwash. It is better not to use hot water on them, as it may cause the plastic to soften and become misshapen.  Get help disinfecting retainers or bite guards with cold sterilization from your dentist’s office.

Stay Hydrated

It is vital for your oral health to keep your body hydrated. So drink lots of water all through the day to stay hydrated and keep your nasal passages clear. When you feel dehydrated or congested, you are likely to get dry mouth due to reduction in saliva production. Patients with dry mouth are always at increased risk for developing cavities because saliva helps to wash away food debris and bacteria between brushings.

Toothbrush Care

Rinse toothbrushes with tap water after brushing to remove toothpaste and debris after each use. Do not cover or place toothbrush in a closed cabinet. Instead always store it upright to air-dry and prevent the growth of more microorganisms

Do not share your toothbrush with another person or store your toothbrush next to another person’s toothbrush as it can lead to cross-contamination, which can spread illnesses.

Most importantly, when sneezing or coughing use a tissue to help prevent the spread of germs, and wash your hands often!

If you are sick on the day of your dental appointment, don’t hesitate to reschedule as it will help avoid exposing office staff and other patients to infection. And you are likely to recover faster by staying home and resting.

Dr Lonnie Eckman hopes everyone stays healthy and happy through the winter season and all year-round; but if you don’t, rest up and take good care of your smile! The trained staff at Higley Park Dental is here to assist you and your family with the best comprehensive dental care. Call us at 480.559.8098 to request an appointment. Connect with us on our Facebook page.


Posted by higleyparkdental | 2/14/2018 6:49:29 PM

Saturday, December 30, 2017 2:46:51 AM

There are different health supplements that are considered a must for stronger and more robust teeth: Our teeth are going through changes constantly due to remineralization from the saliva in the mouth. These minerals are used by the cells in the teeth to fortify and renew themselves. So besides maintaining a regular oral care routine of brushing and flossing daily, you also need to address dental problems from the inside through a healthy diet and fat-soluble vitamins and minerals in the diet. Here are some supplements that are typically recommended for improved oral health and dental healing.


Tooth enamel is made of calcium so it is natural that most dentists recommend it as a top supplement for better bones and enamel strength. This mineral helps in the development of bones and supports your teeth. When your body lacks calcium, your jaw bone will start to deteriorate and weaken and it can lead to loosening of teeth, brittle teeth and eventually tooth loss. To boost your teeth’s structural integrity take calcium supplements or consume calcium rich diet such as milk, cheese, broccoli, almonds, or fatty fish like salmon or mackerel.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, without which calcium cannot be absorbed in your body. Therefore people with low vitamin D are more at risk of developing dental caries and periodontal disease. Insufficient vitamin D in your body also leads to inadequate mineralizing of the bone in the jaw can eventually lead to erosion of gums and tooth loss. For the daily recommended intake of Vitamin D spend just 15 minutes in the sun or else get it from sources of Vitamin D including milk, fish, eggs, and cod liver oil.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C gives a boost to our immune system, which ultimately helps in maintaining strong, healthy gums and tooth structure. Vitamin C deficiency can trigger a lot of oral problems, like bleeding gums, and early onset of periodontitis in adults.

Different kinds of citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and other fruits such as raspberries, and mangoes; and vegetables (broccoli, potatoes, brussel sprouts, peppers, cabbage kale, and tomatoes) are rich in vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A improves saliva production, which helps remove harmful bacteria and food debris from the mouth. This reduces the risk of developing cavities. Healthy mucous membranes protect cheeks and gums from disease too. Pick carrots, leafy green veggies, fish, and egg yolks to boost Vitamin A in your body.

B Vitamins

Inadequate intake of B Vitamins can cause inflammation in the tongue or gums. To get more B Vitamins in your diet, introduce poultry, spinach, almonds, legumes, and dairy products to your diet.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Gum disease can affect teeth structures. And foods that reduce inflammation are effective in preventing gum disease. Omega-3 fatty acids that are commonly found in fish oil and flaxseed are the best anti-inflammatory nutrients available.


To improve your immune system and reduce your susceptibility to oral infections and gum disease have Iron-rich foods including seafood, eggs, red meats, and breads.

Get Healthy Teeth With These Additions


A vast majority of Americans are magnesium deficient because of lifestyle choices, diet, and our health. Magnesium is absolutely vital for the absorption of calcium. So even if you have calcium but are lacking in magnesium, you may end up with loose teeth. Take Magnesium Calm as an oral magnesium supplement, but when dealing with tooth decay the topical variant is best.


Increase intake of live-fermented foods so that you consume enough gut-healthy flora. Probiotics can help reduce tooth decay and gum disease, with “good bacteria” for a healthy digestive system, while suppressing the odor-producing bacteria in the oral cavity. It can also reduce the risk of gum inflammation and plague formation from microbial growth, while giving your natural immunity a boost against dental ailments.


Potassium can help prevent tooth decay and is found in foods like cheese, milk, yogurt, avocados, and bananas.


Zinc can help get rid of cavity-causing bacteria. To get enough zinc in your body, include foods like pumpkin seeds, cashews, mushrooms, and red meat in your diet.

At Higley Park Dental, we offer a range of preventative care services. Please contact us on (480) 559-8098 for more information about our dental services and our dental care team.

Posted by higleyparkdental | 12/29/2017 6:46:51 PM

Thursday, November 30, 2017 3:00:37 AM

Thanksgiving was the perfect start to the busy holiday season and there are plenty more big meals on the way. Try to limit sugary and starchy treats throughout the holidays. With moderation and good dental habits, you can minimize the damage sugary desserts and drinks may cause. Remember to brush and floss after your meal! As with any other day, brush after every meal and use mouthwash to rinse off sugar that sticks to your teeth.

It is also the ideal time to check for common problems that may be indicative of a dental issue, such as gum disease or tooth decay. Based on research from Centers for Disease Control, gum disease currently affects more than 64 million adults in the United States alone.

Service You Can Get at Higley Park Dental

Gum disease is highly treatable, curable and preventable, with proper oral care routine, regular cleanings at your dentist and teeth whitening. Deep cleanings at your dentist’s can help remove bacteria, tartar, and food debris that have collected under the gum line with scaling and root planning.

Dental practices also can help you get the full and correct picture of your dental health with x-rays, and even oral cancer evaluations. Your dentist can provide proper preventative care and nutritional information for good oral health too.

Besides filling in cavities, your dentist can help you get that perfect smile with repair services for your teeth, such as tooth veneers, crowns, inlays and onlays, tooth bonding to reshape teeth, where necessary.  Even missing or cracked teeth are easily fixed with dental bridges or implants.

Thank You Note

Dr. Lonnie Eckman, Dr. Jennifer Bailey and our dedicated staff at Higley Park Dental in Gilbert, AZ know how easy it is to forget what we are thankful for so we wanted to stop for a moment to express our appreciation to our great patients for blessing us with your business and placing your trust in our dental team. We are lucky to work with you and your family in making your smiles healthy and the best they can be.

We value your relationship with us and hank on your continued trust as we continue to serve you with the best quality care possible.

We are also thankful that you or your family members are maintaining strong dental health! We hope that your holiday season be filled with abundance, peace and prosperity.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Higley Park Dental Care Team



Posted by higleyparkdental | 11/29/2017 7:00:37 PM

Monday, November 6, 2017 2:32:21 PM

Breastfeeding is absolutely crucial for your baby to fight off infections and reduce risks for developing conditions like asthma, SIDS and child obesity. Mothers should ideally breastfeed their child exclusively for the first six months and then continue till the second year. Nursing moms are less prone to developing breast and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding has many dental benefits too. Therefore it is essential that nursing mothers should adopt proper oral health practices to maintain good oral hygiene and reduce chances of getting cavities from the very beginning. Let’s look at how breastfeeding affects the dental health of both baby and mom.

Breastfeeding Can Help Develop a Better Bite

Breastfeeding helps babies develop better facial muscle growth because it molds the palate, jaws and teeth. According to the August 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months reportedly have dental irregularities and less teeth alignment issues such as open bites, crossbites, and overbites, than those who aren’t breastfed or those breastfed for a shorter time period. But this certainly does not mean that exclusive breastfeeding will never have any dental issues because there are other factors like genetics, thumb sucking, and use of pacifiers that affects teeth alignment. Breastfeeding requires the baby to move its jaws and tongue in a certain manner, thereby acting like jaw exercise. This action stimulates the muscle tone in the jaw laying the ground for proper teeth alignment. Moms should take their baby to the dentist regularly as soon the first tooth begins to erupt so that the dentist can monitor whether the baby teeth are coming out at the right time. This ensures that permanent teeth develops at the right time too

Don’t Need To Wean When Your Baby Gets Teeth

New moms are often confused about whether to stop breastfeeding when the baby starts teething. The answer to that is an emphatic ‘NO.’ Your nursing relationship must not be disrupted by the eruption of your baby’s teeth. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year of a baby’s life at least so mothers should not start weaning the baby when they notice the first tooth. There is no reason to worry as an actively nursing baby will not bite or nip the breast while feeding as the tongue covers the lower jaw. And for babies that do develop the habit of biting, the behavior can be stopped with a little persistence from the mother.
You should only stop breastfeeding when you think it is the best decision for you and the baby and certainly not just because your baby’s teeth start appearing.

Less Chance Of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay When Breastfeeding

When breastfeeding, there is much less risk of your baby getting tooth decay from being bottle fed. With prolonged exposure of your baby’s teeth to sugary drinks that contain sugar. Tooth decay can occur when a baby is put to bed with a bottle, whether it contains milk or fruit juice. Water is fine though because the teeth won’t be exposed to sugary drinks for a long time. Bottle tooth decay mostly occurs in the upper front teeth.

Can Breastfed Babies Also Get Cavities?

The short answer to that question is ‘Yes, it can’ because natural, breast milk is also like formula, and contains sugar. Therefore, it is important to practice proper oral care for your baby’s teeth right from the start. You should wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth every day after breastfeeding. When the first tooth emerges, you should brush his/her teeth twice a day and use fluoride toothpaste the size of a rice grain for brushing.

Most importantly, remember it is safe to go to the dentist while you’re pregnant and while you’re nursing. Check out the U.S National Library of Medicine’s Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) to search for any information on medication and how it affects your supply, your baby and whether there are any alternatives available. But always consult your doctor about what you find. Higley Park Dental Care can help protect the dental health of your baby right from the start with proper examination and comprehensive oral care. You can ensure your family’s dental health by scheduling an appointment with us on 480-559-8098!

Posted by higleyparkdental | 11/6/2017 6:32:21 AM

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