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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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What to Know About Whitening


A recent study by Philips Sonicare and USA Today revealed that, for 47 percent of people, the first thing they notice when they meet you is your smile. No pressure there or anything, right? Unless, of course, your smile isn’t quite as white as it could be. Thankfully, if that describes you, there’s plenty you can do about it – from whitening toothpastes to professional whitening treatments and even veneers, there’s no shortage of solutions to give you a bright, white, healthy-looking smile. But unfortunately, despite these myriad options, there are still a lot of misconceptions about teeth whitening. If you’re interested in polishing up those pearly whites, check out these lesser-known facts so you know exactly what to expect from your whitening treatment.

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Braces Aren’t Just for Kids!


Some common misconceptions we hear from adult patients is that "braces are just for kids" or "I’m too old to get my teeth straightened." But in most cases, those statements are simply not true. The truth is, you’re never "too old" for braces or aligners, but there are some things to consider when attempting to align teeth as an older patient. Whether you’re an adult who is considering braces or even one who thinks you’ve missed your chance at straighter teeth, don’t lose hope. Here’s what you need to know about getting braces as an adult.

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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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Where Did Our Teeth Come From?


Our teeth are pretty amazing things, aren’t they? But have you ever stopped to think about just how fascinating they really are? They’re exposed bones that grow in, fall out and then grow in again. They finish developing when we're in our teens, but with proper care can last the entire rest of our life. The same teeth we get at around age 6 will be with us until we’re 96. Think of all the smiles they’ll make and foods they’ll chew in that time. When you really put it into perspective, teeth are incredible – but believe it or not, they’re even cooler than you may have realized. Teeth and their fascinating history are the subject of a new TED-Ed video by Pete Unger titled "How Did Teeth Evolve?"

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British Baby Born with Fully Formed Tooth


When little Cruise Horsburgh was born on January 27, 2018, he greeted the world with a surprise in his mouth – a fully formed tooth. Cruise's parents, Shannon MacAllister and Dean Horsburgh, were understandably shocked to see the bottom lower central incisor in their baby’s mouth, but they soon learned that it does happen - just not very often.

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All About Veneers


Is your smile dull, stained or discolored? Are your teeth broken, crooked or misshapen? You may be an excellent candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that permanently adhere to the front-facing surface of the teeth. Though they are similar to dental crowns in that they are made of the same material and cover a large surface of the tooth, the similarities between veneers and crowns end there. Here’s everything you need to know about porcelain veneers!

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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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A New Adhesive Could Prevent a Common Braces Problem


When orthodontic patients finally get to experience the relief and joy of getting their braces removed, most have a few expectations: that their teeth will be straight, their bite will be adjusted, and their smile will finally be something they can be proud to show off. But while this best-case scenario is a common one, in many cases, patients get a little more than they bargained for. That’s because for some patients, the adhesive used to mount the braces brackets to the teeth leaves behind an unpleasant reminder of the orthodontic treatment in the form of tooth stains.

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A Popular Injectable Drug Could Help Stop Bruxism


For the approximately 10 percent of Americans who suffer from the condition known as bruxism, or teeth grinding, relief can often be hard to come by. While it is unknown exactly what causes bruxism, many factors, including stress, anxiety, and psychological and genetic factors, could be to blame. Currently the most common and effective way to treat bruxism is with a mouth guard or night guard. Unfortunately, despite their effectiveness, many people with bruxism either cannot afford a mouth guard, or simply forget or choose not to wear it.

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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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Unfiltered Tap Water: Worth the Risk?


Up until recently the main debate over water was fluoridated versus not fluoridated. Activists from both sides of the issue have presented their cases to communities around America, to varying degrees of success, but the debates still rage on. Now, a new risk has entered the fold in the water debate, and it could complicate an already confusing situation.

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Could ‘Smart Braces’ Shorten Orthodontic Treatments?


Wearing braces is one of those rites of passage that nobody looks forward to - from the teens stuck wearing them to the parents stuck paying for them, most families would rather complete the process as soon as possible. Unfortunately, orthodontic treatments only go as fast as your teeth are willing to move. But a new spin on braces may help speed up the process.

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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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Everything to Know Before Whitening Teeth


For some people, the pursuit of whiter teeth can be a bit of an obsession. From toothpastes and gums that promise to whiten while you use them to trendy all-natural treatments like charcoal and turmeric, it seems like people are willing to try just about anything. But while these treatments may not get the kind of results you’re hoping for, at least you’re not out a lot of money. The danger happens when patients begin investing tons of money into products like white strips, over-the-counter trays and those special lights you hold in your mouth to help accelerate whitening. Do these products work? And if they do, do they work as well as the treatment options available at your dentist’s office?

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Dental Controversies: A Dentist's Perspective


With so many conflicting reports in the news, it's hard to know which side of an issue is the right side to be on.  Thankfully, there are experts we trust to help us separate fact from hysteria. In that spirit, here are some of the most controversial dental topics to make headlines, and Dr. Hill’s take on them.

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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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