Time to Overcome Your Dental Phobia


November 24, 2015

dental phobiaScared to visit the dentist? You are certainly not alone.

According to the Dental Fears Research Clinic, between five and eight percent of Americans avoid visiting the dentist because they are scared. Another 20 percent say they go to the dentist only when they have to because of their fears. And most parents will tell you their children went through a phase where they were terrified of getting into the chair — even if they’ve since outgrown it.

We get it. At AZ Family Dental, we deal with dental phobia every day, and we know it’s a legitimate concern. While our goal is always to make you as comfortable as possible and to give every patient a great experience, we understand that dental phobia is real and can be truly scary. (more…)

Ask Dr. Parker: How to Maintain a Dental Implant?


November 20, 2015

take care of implantsDental implants are the closest thing you can get to having real, permanent teeth. A popular alternative to removable bridges or dentures, dental implants (specifically the screw) are actually absorbed by your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This means the implant (crown, titanium screw, and abutment) remains unmovable, just like a genuine tooth with a root.

Care of dental implants involves good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing, flossing, and using a fluoridated rinse, as well as seeing a dentist every six months for a checkup and professional, dental implant cleaning. How well you pursue maintenance of your dental implants essentially determines how long your implant will last. (more…)

Weak Enamel: The Truth about Tooth Erosion


October 21, 2015

Tooth Erosion Weak Enamel Before you slurp down your next soda, consider this: Soda is public enemy number one when it comes to dental enamel erosion, a common and often painful condition.

Enamel loss often starts as a simple annoyance and grows into a serious dental problem. Tooth enamel is a precious substance that gets worn down by the foods and drinks we consume — including but not limited to — soda and other sugary beverages.

If you want to protect your teeth and look out for your long-term dental health, it’s important you learn: (more…)

The Insider’s Guide to Phoenix Food Trucks


September 29, 2015

Phoenix Food Truck Guide

The modern food truck craze hit the United States in 2008, when the Kogi barbeque truck began crisscrossing Los Angeles, bringing delicious, gourmet eats to hungry customers instead of forcing them to go to a restaurant.
The idea took off immediately. Soon other trucks were popping up around LA, and it didn’t take long for the trend to spread to other cities. Within the next few years, hundreds of food trucks popped up in cities across the country, offering everything from Mexican to Asian to fusion cuisine. (more…)

Do Wisdom Teeth Have to Be Removed?


September 8, 2015

Do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?

Like getting your driver’s license and attending your high school prom, getting your wisdom teeth removed is known as a rite of passage for teenagers. Some have the surgery before the teeth have even begun to break through the gum surface. Others get theirs removed only after the painful eruption of the wisdom teeth has begun. (more…)