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What Is a Preventative Care Visit?


 When you make an appointment at Hill Dental Studio, you’ll notice something different right away. It starts with a title, but it’s more than just a name. You see, at Hill Dental Studio, Dr. Hill and his staff don’t just give patients your standard, run-of-the-mill dental exam. We give you what Dr. Hill lovingly refers to as a "preventative care visit."

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Could the TruthBrush Improve on the Toothbrush?


An estimated 268.73 million Americans use manual toothbrushes – at least according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But despite this overwhelming majority (only 101.4 million Americans use electric toothbrushes), very little innovation has been made in the manual toothbrush field since its first design in 1498. But now, a new invention from Cambridge Design Partnership is aiming to change that. It’s called the TruthBrush, and it was designed with a very specific purpose.

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March Is National Nutrition Month!


 

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Microbubbles May Soon Get Teeth Cleaner


You know that feeling you get when you leave the dentist’s office after a cleaning - that fresh, squeaky-clean feeling your teeth have when you run your tongue over them? That feeling may soon feel even better, if a new method of teeth cleaning that uses microbubbles is approved.

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February Is National Gum Disease Awareness Month


It’s now estimated that 70 percent of the U.S. population suffers from some form of gum disease, including the early stages of gum disease known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is categorized by redness and swelling of the gums around the edges of your teeth. This area of the gums is known as the "gingiva."

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Lasers Could Help Prevent Cavities


Lasers have been used in many facets of dentistry since 1994. From drilling cavities to root planing and more, lasers have made both the dentist’s job easier and patients' procedures shorter and less painful. But now, a new laser procedure under development may be able to help patients prevent one of the most common and painful dental problems plaguing teeth today: cavities.

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Are Your Teeth Cleaner Than a Monkey’s Teeth?


Generally speaking, when someone likens your behavior to that of an animal, it’s not a compliment. But that may not ring true for one particular barrel of monkeys from Great Nicobar Island in India. The monkeys are long-tailed macaques, and they are said to have impeccable dental hygiene that rivals even the most hygienic of humans. A study conducted by scientists at the Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History in Coimbatore, India, followed approximately 20 monkeys to observe their eating habits. But it wasn’t what the monkeys ate that left the scientists surprised - it was what they did after eating.

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Kids and Coffee


A recent headline in the United Kingdom’s Metro paper cautions, "You might want to stop feeding your kids Costa babyccinos if you want them to have teeth." Wait, what? 

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After-School Snack Options Make a Big Impact


If you’re like most parents, you try to feed your children the healthiest food possible.  From a nutritious breakfast to a wholesome lunch and satisfying dinner, you strive to teach good habits that will encourage your children to make a lifetime of healthy choices. But a new study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has revealed that all those efforts could be undermined by something you have little control over: the food options surrounding your child’s school.

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A Clearer View: Are Dental X-Rays Safe?


There are few things as predictable in life as going to your semi-annual checkup at the dentist office. It's almost always the same, every six months: fill out some paperwork, then head back to the exam room for X-rays, a cleaning and finally your exam with the dentist. You know the cleaning is important, as is the exam, but what about those X-rays? Are they really necessary, and if they are necessary, how safe are they?

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The Importance of Continuing Education in Dentistry


It takes eight years of full-time education to become a dentist: four years of undergraduate work and four years of graduate school, plus written and clinical examinations. Once your dentist has completed those requirements, he’s done, right? Not if he’s Dr. Hill. In fact, since graduating from dental school, Dr. Hill has voluntarily logged an additional 1,000 hours of continuing dental training - and that’s not including the time he spent as an instructor, teaching other dentists how to craft beautiful smiles just like he does with his patients every day.

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Yes, Even Cannabis Can Cause Oral Health Problems


Often touted as a safe and natural drug, cannabis, or marijuana, can still cause gum disease, according to a study from Columbia University. The study followed 1,900 recreational marijuana users over a period of one year and found that those who reported higher marijuana usage also had higher instances of gum disease.

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More Reasons to Care for Children’s Teeth


Brushing your children’s teeth may not be one of your highest priorities, but a recent survey by Delta Dental has revealed one more reason it should be.

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A Tooth Decay Vaccine Could Be Right Around the Corner


Cavities have been called one of the most prevalent health conditions facing the United States today. They are so common that, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, an estimated 92 percent of adults have at least one cavity in their permanent teeth, and at least 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have at least one cavity in their baby teeth. But while some of these instances of tooth decay can be prevented by better oral care habits, some teeth are just more prone to cavities than others.

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Chronic Gum Disease Linked to Dementia


A recent study by researchers at the Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, has revealed that patients with the chronic gum disease periodontitis are at a 70 percent higher risk of developing dementia than those with healthy gums.

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Brushing Checkup: How to Optimize At-Home Oral Care


Have you ever gone to the dentist for your semi-annual exam and left stunned at what your dentist told you about the condition of your mouth? Whether it’s surprise cavities, gingivitis, an abscess or a root canal, bad news at the dentist can sometimes come out of left field, especially if you think you’re doing a great job caring for your teeth at home. If you’re concerned about your oral health and want to make sure you’re doing the best you can to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and worse, follow these tips for your healthiest mouth ever!

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Routine Checkup the Ideal Time for Oral Cancer Screening


With oral cancer rates on the incline around the world (a recent news report by CTV news in Canada found that cases of HPV (human papilloma virus)-related oral cancers in Canada have doubled since 2002), getting screened for oral cancer is more important than ever. This year alone, nearly 50,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States. Of those new cases, only about half will survive more than five years. In fact, this year alone an estimated 9,750 Americans will die of oral cancer. That’s about one oral cancer-related death every 24 hours. Worst of all, the reason behind such a death rate is late detection. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, most cases of oral cancer aren’t spotted until they’ve spread to other organs, which makes early detection the best defense.

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When Looking to Lose Weight, Watch for Hidden Sugars


 With more than 60 percent of American adults considered overweight and one-third of all American adults considered obese, it’s no wonder many are trying to change their diets and lose weight. In fact, in the United States, we spend about $60 billion a year on weight-loss products and programs. With approximately 75 million people a year trying to shed extra pounds, that’s about $800 per person. But while many of the products sold to dieters can help make a significant difference in shedding those excess pounds, many people may not realize the toll those products could be taking on their teeth.

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Should You Try Charcoal Toothpaste?


 Around the world, beauty comes in many forms. While cultures value different body types, hairstyles and eye colors, there is one trait that seems to be universally appreciated: a bright, beautiful smile. But in the United States, and much of the rest of the Western world where lattes, wine and soda are prevalent, achieving that luminous smile can be difficult.

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Enamel Erosion May Come from Unlikely Sources


 For millions of Americans who take diligent care of their teeth, acid enamel erosion may come as a complete surprise. After all, if you’re doing everything right, this sort of thing isn’t supposed to happen. But often, acid enamel erosion can come from some a very surprising source: your stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) will affect an estimated 60 percent of the adult population in their lifetime, and that painful reflux that burns your esophagus can also cause some major damage to your teeth.

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