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All About Canker Sores

It’s estimated that about half of all people get occasional canker sores in their mouth. But, while most canker sores are pretty small (usually under one-half inch in diameter) they can often pack a big punch when it comes to painfulness. So, what are canker sores, exactly- and what, if anything, can you do to prevent them?

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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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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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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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