Fluoride Treatments: Not Just For Kids

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You rarely hear the word “toothpaste” without it being preceded by “fluoride.” Fluoride toothpaste is good for teeth, and at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we encourage its use.

Fluoride is an essential mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpastes more effective at fighting cavities. Fluoride helps teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to the harmful acid that is formed by bacteria.

If you wonder if you or your child is getting enough fluoride, talk to us about fluoride supplements. We will let you know if they are required and determine the precise supplement dosage.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI we are committed to maintaining the dental health of each of our valued patients. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for family and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Our Team Works To Earn Your Trust

Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI is staffed by committed health care professionals who want the best possible dental health for every one of our patients. We work hard to earn your trust! With daily home care and regular checkups in our office, your teeth can last a lifetime.

As you may know, the link between dental health and overall health is† well-established. That means good dental health has benefits that last.

Regular Checkups

Twice-yearly dental appointments allow us to keep track of the overall health of your teeth and gums. We’ll also do regular screenings for oral cancer.

We promote preventative dental care and education, and view them as the keys to good dental health. That is why we encourage all our patients to see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, our entire staff wants each one of our patients to have a positive experience in our office. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for general and family dentistry. Contact 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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Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Saliva

In this post from Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we review the complexity and importance of your saliva. Saliva makes some people a little squeamish, but it’s important stuff: a finely balanced body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also helps with the digestion of your food.

So, without further ado, here are the main components of saliva.

  • Water: No surprise here! Your saliva is composed of water, for the most part.
  • Enzymes: Enzymes are vital biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
  • Immunoproteins: These are powerful cells that fight invaders, such as bacteria. The immunoproteins in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential for avoiding gingivitis and keeping the appropriate pH balance in the mouth.
  • Minerals: Saliva minerals aid in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

Most people produce enough saliva, but there is a condition called dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. Dry mouth can be dangerous to your dental health, so be sure to talk to us about it if you experience it.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we offer our patients a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for dental implants. Contact 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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Are You Watching For Cavities?

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Tooth decay is one of the most common health problems there is. Are you doing everything you can to prevent it? In this post from Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we have some practical ideas that can help.

  • Avoid Refined Sugar: This one is probably obvious, but avoiding sugar should be your number one strategy to prevent cavities. Sugar and starch forms plaque, that sticky film that can coat the teeth. The acids in plaque start the process that forms cavities.
  • Consider Xylitol: Xylitol is a type of sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in some plants. It is not the same kind of alcohol that makes people drunk, so it’s okay for anyone who is avoiding that type of alcohol. It is popular as a sweetener and can actually be good for dental health.
  • Maintain Your Brushing Habits: Daily brushing and flossing is still your best bet for preventing cavities. It cleans off the plaque that leads to cavities, and also helps to prevent gum disease.

Along with brushing, regular checkups at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI help you maintain good dental health. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our practice for general and family dentistry. Contact 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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When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life gets busy for all of us, and at times, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Maybe you’ve been putting off fixing a leaky faucet for as long as you can remember. Lots of things get put on the back burner, but at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we urge you not to let your dental care be on of them!

Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Do any of them sound familiar?

  • Rushing Through Brushing: Your teeth deserve at least two minutes of brushing. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a process to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.
  • Only Seeing The Dentist When You Have a Toothache: We hope none of our patients put off evaluations and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may already be a cavity.
  • Neglecting Professional Cleanings: When softer plaque turns to tartar, you can’t clean it away with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of it before it can impair your enamel or irritate your gums.
  • Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss: While it’s better to use a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to know that they can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Ordinary string floss is by far the most effective way to floss your teeth.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we want all our patients to have good dental health. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our office for general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Beating Horrible Halitosis

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Bad breath is no fun at all, but there are things you can do to combat it. If bad breath is an issue for you or a loved one, talk to us about it at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI.

Common, garden-variety bad breath is caused by the things we eat and drink. Food debris builds up on the teeth and forms plaque, which is bacterial. The best defense against it is to brush and floss after every meal.

Foods containing garlic, onions, and other strong flavorings are in a class by themselves. Food particles can actually get into your bloodstream, and from there to the lungs. Once it does, it’s on your breath every time you exhale. You’ll have to wait it out.

Other common causes of bad breath:

  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Diets high in sugar
  • High protein or Low Carb diets
  • Smoking

These all involved ordinary bad breath. Digestive issues, like acid reflux, can also affect the breath. Dry mouth –  or xerostomia – can also cause it, since saliva helps to keep the mouth clean by washing away food debris.

Health Conditions

Bad breath can actually be a warning sign of a more serious health condition. If you have chronic bad breath even though you brush, floss, and even use mouthwash, be sure to tell your doctor. It could indicate a blood disorder, or liver and kidney problems. It isn’t common, but it could even be an indication of cancer.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, our services include general and restorative dentistry. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI trust us with their dental health. Contact 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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The Unsung Heroes Of Dentistry

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At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we know that the dentist is the first person that comes to mind when thinking of dentistry. However, our team is made up of several crucial members, all of whom work in tandem to make your experience as comfortable and successful as possible. So, while we are proud to be led by the innovative Dr. Hull, this post will focus on the unsung heroes of our profession.

Front Desk Staff

Our patient service professionals are the first people you see when you come to our office. We know coming to the dentist can be a stressful experience.

This is why our front desk staff is trained to communicate directly and empathetically. The last thing you need when visiting the dentist is the added stress of an uncooperative staff member.

Dental Assistants

The dental assistant is the office professional that assists our dentist during dentistry procedures. They also have a role in preventive education, make temporary crowns, and remove sutures, to name a few of their integral roles.

Dental Hygienists

These professionals are responsible for the preventive portion of patient treatment. This includes, but is not limited to, oral prophylaxis, oral cancer screening, periodontal screening, and oral hygiene education. Our dental hygienists will give you any and all care information that you need, leading up to or following a procedure.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we would not be able to work our dentistry magic without these important team members. Our team is ready to add you to our list of satisfied clients. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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Can you remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? If you are like most of us, you got some cavities fairly young, and the ubiquitous silver fillings that were once standard. At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, there is a better option.

Composite fillings can be made to match the color of your teeth, so even though a cavity has been filled, they’ll blend in seamlessly. They are made of a composite resin material that is strong when bonded to the tooth.

Another benefit is that they may, in the long run, be better for your health. While standard metal fillings are still considered safe by the American Dental Association, some people don’t want them because they contain small amounts of mercury.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, white fillings are standard. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for complete general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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What If My Dental Crown Cracks, Comes Loose, or Comes Off?

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Dental crowns are restorations that are cemented over a tooth that has been repaired, and we place a lot of them at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI.

While the cement is strong and reliable, crowns have been known to come off. It may have loosened or come off while brushing or flossing, or eating something sticky. Here is what to do if your crown comes off.

There are three steps:

  1. First things first, find your crown if it has come off entirely. If you can’t find it, don’t worry. We can make a replacement.
  2. Next, give us a call. Even if we didn’t do the original we can reattach it.
  3. If your crown comes off after business hours, use denture adhesive to get it back in place temporarily. Do not use ordinary glue! You can find denture adhesive at a drugstore.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we place a lot of dental crowns with great success. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our office for our complete general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Don’t Let Poor Oral Health Take You Out Of The Game

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This article from Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI is about the growing body of evidence that emphasizes the importance of good dental health.

A recent study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor dental health affects athletic performance at the elite level.

“More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance,” the Journal noted.1

The dental problems experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are no different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth. It’s important to note that these issues are largely preventable.

Athletes are also at risk for mouth injuries suffered while competing or training. Tooth trauma can prevent injured athletes from competing in the short term and cause ongoing complications down the road.

Whether you are an Olympic runner or a busy working mom, dental health affects your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let your performance suffer because of poor dental health.

If it has been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, we invite you to schedule a checkup with Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI right away. Patients in Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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