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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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Making Oral Health Fun at the Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas


 With so many things to do and see in the Dallas, Texas, metro area, it can sometimes be difficult to decide what to do on your day off. But a very fun museum for people of all ages is Dallas’ own Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The Perot features five floors of natural history and science exhibits ranging from dinosaur bones to priceless gemstones and even an exhibit on what it means to be human. But one of the best exhibits at the museum is tucked away on the lower level, where if you don’t know about it, you can easily miss it.

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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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New Dental Material Could Improve Fillings


Plaque. Bacteria. Food residue. Our teeth come in contact with a host of cavity-causing materials throughout the day. For healthy teeth that are cleaned properly, most of these intruders are no big deal, but for teeth that are already weakened due to improper care, damage or enamel defects, these oral intruders can really take their toll. But now, a new dental material under development at the University of Pennsylvania may help take some of the power away from those nasty outsiders - and it could change the future of oral health.

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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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Answers to Strange Oral Health Questions


There are a lot of dental myths out there - and sometimes it can be hard to tell fact from fiction. Many of us have probably heard the common myth that if you swallow your chewing gum it will stay in your stomach for seven years. Thankfully, this myth isn’t true. While it is true that the stomach cannot break down or digest the resin compound used in gum, that doesn’t mean the gum stays in your stomach. In reality, your swallowed gum just gets sent down your intestines with the rest of the digested food in your stomach, and exits your body at the same time. 

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Tooth Stains May Come From an Unlikely Culprit


The pursuit of whiter teeth is a $1.4 billion-a-year industry, and it shows no signs of slowing down. With so many options out there promising a glowing smile, it’s hard to know what really works and what doesn’t. But studies have shown that some ingredients common in whitening toothpastes may be doing the latter - that is, staining your teeth while promising to whiten them.

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Got Digestive Problems? Oral Health Could Be Responsible


With an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the American population suffering from some form of bowel disorder, the medical community is always working to find a cure for these painful and often debilitating illnesses. Now, a new link has uncovered an unlikely contributor to digestive disorders: oral bacteria.

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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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How the Mouth Affects the Singing Voice


You may not have known this, but Dr. Hill met his wife in college in Shreveport, Louisiana, singing in the choir. In fact, he’s still a choir singer with his church today! As a singer, he knows it’s important to not just warm up your vocal chords properly before singing, but also to take excellent care of your oral health. Why? Because, believe it or not, caring for your oral health can deeply affect your singing voice. Here’s how.

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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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Like Gum? Chew On This!


According to a 2016 survey by the U.S. Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey (SNCS), a mind-boggling 175.21 million Americans chewed gum (bubble or chewing) in 2016. In fact, an estimated 374 trillion sticks of chewing gum were made last year, weighing a total of 100,000 tons! With all that gum being produced, it’s easy to make the wrong choice when choosing a chewing gum. If you’re a gum chewer but want to make sure you’re taking care of your teeth while you chew, check out these tips.

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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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