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What Could Be Causing Your Bad Breath?

If you’re one of the estimated 50% of Americans who experiences halitosis or ‘bad breath’ at any given time, or the 25% of Americans who experiences chronic halitosis, (bad breath all the time), you may be wondering what is causing that bad breath. And what you can do to fix it. We asked Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, TX to break down some of the most common causes of bad breath, and what you can do to fix it.

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Could You Have Tonsil Stones?

When you think of your body producing ‘stones,’ you probably think of more common ailments, like bladder or kidney stones. But did you know that your tonsils can create stones, too? Most people have never heard of tonsilloliths or tonsilliths (aka tonsil stones), but these tiny formations can cause their fair share of problems in your mouth. But, due to their size of tonsil stones, many people never even realize they have them! We spoke to Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, TX about what tonsil stones are, and what you can do to get rid of them.

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More Adults Skipping Dental Care

According to a new report by the journal Health Affairs, adults are skipping dental exams at alarming rates. So what’s behind this surprising new data? Mostly, it’s cost. According to the study, a staggering 88% of seniors don’t have dental insurance. The report revealed that seniors who rely solely upon Medicare for medical insurance have no preventative dental benefits whatsoever because Medicare does not provide dental coverage unless the procedure is performed as an emergency service, rendered while the patient is admitted to a hospital.

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Is Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Worth a Try?

You may have heard about the trendy new ingredient causing a buzz among the all-natural crowd. Charcoal. No, not the Kingsford briquets that you throw on your grill- but activated charcoal. Charcoal is said to be "activated" when it becomes heated or treated to increase its adsorptive (binding of gas, liquid, or dissolved solid molecules to a surface) powers.

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Saving Your Baby Teeth Could Save Your Life

If you thought you missed your opportunity to ‘bank’ you or your child’s umbilical cord stem cells at birth, it might not be too late after all. While you can never get your umbilical cord –or its blood- back, there is a new method of stem cell extraction that removes the mesenchymal stem cells from lost teeth. But there’s another major difference besides just from where the cells are taken. While you only get one opportunity to bank the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood, your opportunities to bank dental stem cells are as plentiful as your teeth. In fact, though dental stem cells are most often extracted from recently shed baby teeth and wisdom teeth, some labs report success at harvesting cells from patients up to 80 years of age. Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, TX shares his impressions of this new scientific frontier.

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Chewing Ice: Harmless Snack or Dangerous Habit?

If you’ve ever finished your drink and absentmindedly began chomping on the ice left behind in the glass, you know how refreshing and satisfying it can be. But while this occasional treat is essentially harmless, crunching on ice cubes on a regular basis could be a red flag for a serious condition – not to mention terrible for your teeth. We asked Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, TX why something as seemingly harmless as chewing on ice cubes is so bad for you.

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Vaping’ No Safer Than Smoking

Touted as a ‘safer’ alternative to smoking paper cigarettes, a recent study by the University of Rochester Medical Center has revealed that "vaping," with electronic cigarettes is just as bad for the teeth and gums as smoking paper cigarettes. Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, TX discusses these surprising findings – and what they mean for your mouth.

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Where do Teeth go After they’re Extracted?

Most people probably have no idea what happens to their teeth and fillings once they’re extracted. Maybe it’s something you’ve never given a lot of thought to, but it’s actually pretty fascinating. Dr. Stephen Hill gives the lowdown on what happens to your teeth once they leave your mouth.

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What is a Laser Gum Lift?

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your gums when you smile, there is a cosmetic procedure that can help. A gingivectomy or "gum lift" can actually move your gum line up or down, depending on your desired results. Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, TX is one dentist who performs laser gum lifts in his practice. We spoke to him to get the details on this increasingly popular procedure.

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Dental Cleanings Can Help Eliminate Pneumonia, Too

A recent study by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond revealed that patients who received regular, twice-a-year dental cleanings had lower instances of pneumonia than those who did not receive dental care regularly. We asked Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, TX about his impressions of these findings.

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Don't Try This at Home: What You Should Know About the "Homemade Braces" Trend

The age of sites like Pinterest has ushered in a new era of ‘do it yourself’ or DIY projects. Coupled with the increasing affordability of 3D printers and the broad reach ‘how to’ videos available on sites like YouTube, it’s easier than ever to attempt projects many never dreamed would be possible to do from home. One such project? Do it yourself braces. We spoke to Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, TX about why this is one project that’s better left to the experts.

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Don’t Let Anxiety Come Between You and a Healthy Mouth

For nearly 40 million Americans (roughly 15% of the population!) dental anxiety is the real deal. But while a little apprehension is totally normal, we don’t want it to come between you and your oral health. If you find yourself avoiding everything from routine exams to dental procedures, Dr. Hill has a few suggestions to help you relax during your appointment.

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Should Your Community Fluoridate Its Water Supply?

With election season around the corner, a health-related topic that is coming up is fluoridated water. A community in Maine is considering re-adding fluoride to the water this November, as is the town of Wilkes-Barre, PA and Flagler County, FL. On the opposing side, a community in Washington State is considering removing fluoride from their water supply. Internationally, Queensland, AU, and Calgary, AB are also discussing a fluoridated water ban. We spoke to Dr. Stephen Hill of Richardson, TX for a dentist’s opinion about this debate.

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Getting a Handle on Halloween Candy

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s not just the zombies, ghosts, and vampires that parents find truly terrifying this time of year: It’s all the candy your kids will no doubt bring home from trick-or-treating and Halloween parties. So how do you control all that sugar- and which candies are the safest bet for your teeth? We asked Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, TX to weigh in on this so-sweet-it’s-scary debate.

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Sinus Pain Can Hurt Your Teeth, Too

With fall allergy season here and cold and flu season right around the corner, many people will experience dental pain due to sinus pressure without even realizing the root cause. If you find yourself experiencing sudden pain in your teeth- especially the upper teeth- and you are also experiencing symptoms of a sinus infection or sinusitis, it is possible that the two are related.

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Possibly Dangerous Teeth Whitening Trend

A disturbing trend we've heard more about recently is the onslaught of illegal and under-qualified teeth whitening services popping up seemingly everywhere. Recently this type of service made headlines in the UK when a father and son team were charged with selling unsafe teeth whitening kits without a medical license. The home kits were sold through trade shows and deceptively claimed to be used by dental professionals (they weren’t), and when tested by trading standards officers (kind of like the UK’s version of the FTC) the active ingredients were found to contain 146 times the legal limit of peroxide! That’s enough peroxide to cause some serious tooth and gum damage- and one of the many reasons you should always get your teeth whitened by a medical professional.

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Poor posture can be a contributor to TMJ

A recent study by the Mayo Clinic reveals that jaw pain associated with the temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) can often be caused or contributed to by poor spinal posture. The study found that the pressure on the jaw from the angle in which we hold our heads of the head often can worsen TMJ symptoms.

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Oral Health Problems Affect Education

With children around the US returning to school this month, a recently released study by the National Children's Oral Health Survey by Delta Dental Plans Association took a closer look at why so many children were absent last year. The study found that 30% of children between the ages of 6 and 12 missed over 9 million days of school during the 2015-16 school year due to oral health problems alone. This number did not include days missed due to routine dental exams.

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Teens Who Stay Up Late at Higher Risk for Cavities

A recent study published in the Daily Mail claims that teenagers who stay up late are at a higher risk for dental problems such as tooth decay. The British Journal of Dental Hygiene study found that teens who stay up later than their parents had quadruple the risk of cavities than their earlier resting peers.

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UV Toothbrush Sanitizers – Worth it or a Waste of Money?

Bacteria in the bathroom is a given.  Yet that’s where we spend the majority of our effort cleaning our bodies and brushing our teeth.  For years, we have heard reports that ultraviolet light can kill up to 99% of bacteria, manufacturers are marketing UV toothbrush sanitizers for anywhere between $5 to $500.  Dr. Stephen Hill weighs in on whether these devices are worth the expense.

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