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Are You Ready to Toss the Floss?

If you’ve been anywhere on social media lately you’ve seen the buzz. Are you wondering why flossing is a trending topic? That boring hygiene habit hardly seems very newsworthy. That is until an expert claims that the public may be able to stop doing it! According to an investigation, the Associated Press asked the government for evidence that supports the benefits of flossing. The shocking response was that there wasn’t any! There was no conclusive evidence that flossing had any medical benefits. For years, dentists across the country have emphasized the importance of daily flossing to their patients. And the dental community isn’t quite ready to give up flossing yet! Dr. Hill stands firmly behind his stance of always recommending flossing from his patients.

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The Longevity of a Smile: How long will your porcelain veneers last?

Preserving the look and integrity of your smile is an important factor for many patients, and finding an option that will help them achieve this can be a daunting task. That’s why many of our patients at Hill Dental Studio turn to porcelain veneers.

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TMJ

It is perfectly reasonable to go to the doctor of the dentist to get out of pain. If you are in pain, you hope it is possible to diagnose the cause of the pain so it can be treated and/or repaired. However, what happens when you go to the doctor and the source of the pain can‘t be found? Most typically, pain medications are recommended. Sometimes the pain goes away. Sometimes it does not.

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The Ethical Dilemma of Pediatric Dental Restraint

 

On May 18, a report by CBS News out of Boston WBX-TV brought to light a dilemma for pediatric dentists and parents that has been controversially debated for several years, yet has not gotten much mainstream press attention. Dr. Stephen Hill offers pediatric sedation dentistry as a safe alternative to the controversial papoose board.

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Teaching Your Child How to Floss

Flossing is an important step in a good oral hygiene regimen, even for children. Dr. Hill understands that teaching children to floss can be intimidating for many parents. Getting those tiny hands used to a new way to clean their teeth can be a daunting task, and parents oftentimes aren’t sure where to start. Here are a few simple steps to help ease your child into the process of flossing regularly.

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The White You'll Wear Long After the Big Day

The month of April kicks off wedding season, and there is one thing everyone should be thinking about as they prepare to participate in an event that will be captured in photographs and remembered forever. Members of the wedding party may not be able to pick out their own dress or suit, but they do get to choose the brightness of their smiles. Who doesn’t want to be remembered forever with a dazzling white smile? 

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Sneaky signs of TMJ and helpful treatment options

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, is a condition that causes problems with the jaw and the muscles in your face. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million people suffer from this condition. Dr. Hill treats many patients who live with this disorder, and he sees just as many patients who are unaware this is what they’re experiencing. There are several sneaky signs of TMJ that patients may not attribute to the condition itself.

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Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening

There are number of teeth whitening solutions currently available to patients who are interested in brightening their smiles, and Dr. Hill offers a number of great options in his office. Yet many patients turn to over-the-counter whitening kits readily available at most grocery stores and pharmacies. But are these at-home kits really the best option?

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The Two Types of Tooth Fillings Explained

Dental fillings create a durable barrier that protects the tooth from further decay. This becomes important in protecting overall dental health because it prevents bacteria from making its way into the tooth pulp – the part of the tooth roots have nerves and receive blood supply. Getting and properly maintaining dental fillings can prevent the need for more painful, more serious and more expensive procedures such as root canals down the road. Dr. Stephen Hill recommends getting fillings checked routinely in exams at least once a year.

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Sedation Dentistry Can Soothe Your Dental Anxiety

Sedation dentistry is an option that has been growing in popularity for children and adults with anxiety about dental work or who need an extensive amount of work done. At Hill Dental Studio we offer nitrous oxide sedation that can take the edge off of patients with anxiety, or for those who have their own ride home, we can offer a deeper sedation through a prescribed oral medication.

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Missing teeth can put your jawbone at risk

There is an obvious connection between missing teeth and loss of bone in the face that many people miss. That ability to chew strongly is a clear benefit when a person replaces missing teeth. However, replacing missing teeth also saves the whole face by keeping underlying bones healthy. The best way to replace missing teeth is through dental implants.

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Do your gums measure up?

For most people, a little blood in the gums doesn’t seem like a cause for concern. Our teeth are strong, so we assume are gums are too. The problem with that frame of mind is that are gums are supposed to act as protection for the teeth. When gums are inflamed or bleeding, it means that they are the source of infection rather than actively working to prevent it.

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Importance of Protecting Baby Teeth

“Aren’t my child’s teeth just going to fall out anyway?” That’s a question I get from many parents after warning them about preserving the baby teeth. While the baby teeth do fall out by around age 12, they have important functions while they are in place. It’s important for teeth to be kept healthy and in place until the body is ready to let go of them naturally.

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Impact of Oral Health on Overall Health

To understand the impact that oral health has on overall health, it’s best to visualize the mouth as the body’s largest doorway. When you think about it like that, it’s easy to see how infection can spread from the mouth to the body. We tend to think of our teeth as strong and invincible, but the reality is leaving them to fend for themselves can do serious harm in the long-term.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Many people are unaware of the importance of replacing missing teeth. In order to keep bone tissue from deteriorating, the living structure must be stimulated as if there were still a tooth in place. This is why dental implants provide the best long-terms benefits for a missing tooth or teeth.

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Beat Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

When you think about how much revolves around functions of the mouth, it’s easy to see why people have a difficult time allowing someone to mess with it. Many people have had a negative experience at the dentist in the past causing them to avoid checkups all together. Others simply fear the thought of what could happen. Either way, neglecting oral hygiene can have serious implications on your health.

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Migraines vs. TMJ Pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) plays the very important role of connecting the jaw to the side of the head. The majority of TMJ disorders stem from malocclusion, or “bad bite.” This means that the jaw does not close properly, putting strain on various parts of the body.

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Do you ever find yourself breathing through your mouth? While it seems harmless, this could be a sign of a much larger issue.

Our bodies are designed to breathe through the nose for several reasons. The nasal structure allows oxygen to pass through at the optimal rate. Hairs trap bacteria from getting into the bloodstream. So when this process is thrown off by mouth breathing, a large amount of stress is put on the body.

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Sleep Apnea

Do you ever find yourself breathing through your mouth? While it seems harmless, this could be a sign of a much larger issue.

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What do you know about the dangers of sleep apnea?

Most people are aware that sleep apnea causes health risks but those risks are generally misunderstood. While it is commonly known that sleep apnea means a disruption of air for the sleeper, it seems on the surface that sleep apnea might cause a person to stop breathing. Of course that is cause for concern but most rare as a cause of death. It is more likely that the intermittent breathing is having serious systemic side effects that can be very dangerous.

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