Fun Floss Facts

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Flossing is one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Doing it is simple enough, but as in most things there is usually room for improvement. At Eric Hull, DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we think trying out different types of floss is a good idea, and can help you do a better job.

The reason flossing is so important is that it removes plaque and food debris from between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. Left on the teeth, plaque hardens  and contributes to tooth decay. The Academy of General Dentistry goes so far as to call flossing the most important thing you can do to fight plaque.

WHAT KIND IS BEST?

When it comes to what dental floss to use, there is a lot to choose from. Flavored or unflavored? Waxed or unwaxed? Wide or thin?

No single type of floss is right for everyone. You might even benefit from having more than one kind in your medicine cabinet. With a little trial and error, you can narrow down your choices to find what works best for you.

Here are some things to bear in mind:

  • Waxed floss fits more easily into tight spaces
  • Unwaxed floss tends to squeak against clean teeth, an indicator that plaque is gone
  • Wider dental tape may work better in gaps between teeth, and on bridgework

We recommend traditional string floss that you can pull out in a long strand, as opposed to a flossing pick. Those little picks are popular, but with only a tight strand of floss it’s all but impossible to wrap any around your teeth – and flossing is far more effective when you do that. The picks fine for when you’re on the go. Just be sure to use regular floss as part of your dental hygiene routine before bedtime.

Whatever your preference, the important thing is to floss at least once each day.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we like to see you for a checkup every six months. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our office for general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and much more. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Eric Hull DDS:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

comprehensive dental deep cleanings Comstock ParkNo matter your age, the team at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park encourages you to have regular cleanings and checkups. Along with daily brushing and flossing, it’s the best way to stay on top of your dental health.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Sometimes people put off their next checkup because they don’t think they’re all that important. But trust us: exams are one of the best ways to prevent dental problems down the road.

Most checkups begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. We’ll remove any tartar from your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque that you can’t get off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important: it helps prevent plaque buildup!

THE CHECKUP

After your cleaning, it’s the dentist’s turn. We’ll look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we do everything possible to ensure your good dental health. We offer complete family dentistry services. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for Invisalign clear braces, and a full range of cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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9 Tips For Preventing Gum Disease

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. But it is a preventable disease, and also treatable, at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park.

Here are some simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

  1. Brush your teeth for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline. Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough.
  2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which makes it much simpler to insert floss between teeth.
  3. Although not a substitute for flossing, using a waterpik can help prevent plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong.
  4. Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A sensible diet provides the nutrients necessary (Vitamins A and C, in particular) to keep teeth and gums healthy.
  5. Don’t smoke, or use smokeless tobacco, which may bring about advanced gum disease or oral cancer. That includes e-cigarettes.
  6. Be aware that certain medications can also threaten a healthy smile. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants and heart medicines.
  7. Exercise prevention by scheduling regular evaluations — the best way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.
  8. Talk to us about dental health topics such as old, broken fillings or crowded teeth.
  9. If you grind your teeth, ask us about ways to protect them.

Prevention is always the best medicine, so brush and floss your teeth twice a day. At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we treat gum disease, and people from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for Invisalign clear braces, complete cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Eric Hull DDS:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s: Keep Those Gums Healthy!

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, but it’s a treatable condition at Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park. Keeping your gums healthy is essential for your overall health, but if you need yet another reason to keep them in good shape we’ve got a doozy.

Scientists have found a connection between a bacterium that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacterium that contributes to chronic periodontitis. It was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

The researchers concluded:

Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Gum disease is, for the most part, preventable. The best thing you can do to keep from getting it is brush and floss twice a day, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we treat gum disease, and offer Invisalign clear braces and complete cosmetic and general dentistry services. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford MI trust us with their dental health. Call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Avoid These 5 Smile Wreckers

A smile can reflect a good heart and your best intentions. It’s one of your most valuable assets, and at Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we remind you to do whatever you can to protect it.

We’ve drawn up a list of five things we call “smile wreckers.”

  • Sports Injuries. Nothing can wreck your smile faster than a knocked-out tooth, and playing sports can really put yours at risk. Even sports we think of as non-contact, like basketball, can get you an accidental elbow to the mouth. We’d never say don’t play; it’s too much fun. But always – repeat, always – wear a mouth guard when you play.
  • Ice Chomping. Who isn’t tempted to crunch that ice at the bottom of your cup? There’s no sugar and no calories, so it may seem harmless enough. But biting down on something hard and frozen can chip or crack one or more teeth.
  • Too Much Coffee. A lot of people rely on that morning cup to jump start the day. But coffee is a notorious stainer, and can give your teeth an unsightly brown tint. We’re realistic enough to not recommend giving it up. But try to drink some water afterward to rinse out any residue.
  • Sticky Candy. First of all, we’ll never say that any candy is okay, since it’s all loaded with cavity-causing sugar. But the stickier the candy, the worse it is for teeth. That’s because, well, it’s sticky, and stays on your teeth a long time. If there’s such a thing as good candy, it’s chocolate. Yes, chocolate! We mean the kind without nuts or a sticky center. It washes off the teeth quickly and easily. (Pro tip: dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate.)
  • Overbrushing. Yes, it is possible to brush your teeth too hard. We recommend brushing twice a day. But we also recommend a light touch: brushing harder and longer won’t get your teeth any cleaner, and you really can hurt tooth enamel and your gums. Two minutes is enough. Use a soft-bristle brush and replace it every few months.

At Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we want you to have the best smile possible, and that means doing everything you can to protect it. Our services include family and restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Patients throughout Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also love our Invisalign clear braces. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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Implant-supported dentures  may sound like a dream come true: dentures that are attached to the jaw, and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality. At Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, they are a reality!

When it comes to artificial teeth, implant-supported dentures are a whole new ballgame.

Here is the process:

  1. Examination and Assessment
    During your first visit, we take X-rays and assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone.
  2. Implant Placement
    Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw at an oral surgeon’s office.
  3. Integration
    What makes implants so effective is that they actually fuse with the jaw bone. It takes at least a few months for them to fully integrate, a process called osseointegration.
  4. Final Restoration
    Once the implants have fused they are strong enough to support the final dental arch or arches.

At Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we have placed implant dentures in patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and much more. Call us for an appointment today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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A Fast Anti-Aging Treatment Available At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry

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Many of us go to great lengths to stay healthy and stop, or at least slow down, the aging process. Whether it’s a surgical procedure, hair implants, or just working out at the gym, we do what we can to maintain a youthful appearance. Porcelain veneers from Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park can help!

Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options available. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic or composite resin. We custom fit each one to go over the front part of your teeth, giving them a youthful, completely natural appearance. You can use veneers to fix stained, discolored or chipped teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or abnormally spaced teeth.

To find out more, call Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park to schedule a complimentary consult. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our practice for porcelain veneers, Invisalign clear braces, and complete cosmetic dentistry options. Make an appointment today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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What Does Your Dentist Need To Know?

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For the best possible dental health, you should see us at Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park twice a year for a cleaning and exam. It’s our chance to make sure you’re brushing and flossing properly, and your chance to discuss any dental health concerns you may have.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Remember: if the eyes are the window to the soul, then your mouth is a window into your general health. Poor dental health has been linked to various diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, premature birth and low birth weight, and diabetes.

At Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, the dental health of each patient is our primary focus every single day. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for family and cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and much more. Call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Implant Dentures: Strength and Stability

Implant dentures Comstock ParkDentures that rest on the gums have been the standard in tooth replacement for many generations. But a change is underway, and they are no longer the only option. At Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we offer dentures supported by dental implants.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into your jaw, where they fuse with the bone. One implant can support one artificial tooth. Multiple implants can support a full dental arch.

Implant-supported dentures have many benefits:

  • Stability. They don’t move around in your mouth.
  • Like a New Root. Dental implants promote healthy bone by mimicing a tooth root.
  • Bone Retention. The implant prevents bone recession and stimulates blood circulation.
  • Comfort. No gum irritation.
  • Appearance. Get your smile back!

Implant-supported dentures from Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park can transform your life. We have placed them in patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI, who also come to us for Invisalign clear braces and complete family and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Your Dentist Does A Lot More Than Fill Cavities

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At Eric Hull DDS in Comstock Park we are a primary care dental provider, a role that we take very seriously. When you come in for your regular checkup we will give you a thorough examination and cleaning to ensure you have good dental health.

There are nearly 150,000 dentists practicing in North America (someone really does keep track), and most of them are general or family dentists. That means you can turn to us for a wide range of services, including matters related to overall health. The link between your dental health and general health is well-established.

Other available services include:

  • Prevention. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. With daily brushing and flossing at home and regular checkups with us, you can prevent tooth decay. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime!
  • Restoration. Even with good care, things can go wrong. If we find a problem we can treat it. The most common is filling a cavity, but we can repair a chipped tooth and treat gum disease, too.
  • Cosmetic dentistry. Has your smile lost its luster? We can transform your smile with a range of cosmetic procedures, from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers.

At Eric Hull DDS in Comstock Park we provide complete family dentistry. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to our office for Invisalign clear bracescosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and much more. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Eric Hull DDS:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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