For A Healthier Smile, Stop Doing This

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Your teeth can last a lifetime. With a few daily precautions and regular checkups at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, you’ll go a long way toward making sure they do.

If you do any of the following, we recommend that you stop:

  • Chewing sugared gum all day. Cavities, a sore jaw, or compromised bridgework may result. If you must chew, select gum with Xylitol.
  • Drinking soda and energy drinks. These sugary, acidic beverages are immensely efficient at eroding enamel.
  • Chewing ice or hard candy. Your enamel is quite hard. But so are ice and hard candy, and head-to-head, occasionally they win, resulting in a cracked tooth.
  • Skipping flossing. Maybe you think brushing is enough. Following brushing with a careful flossing job cleans away fragments of food and plaque between teeth.
  • Using a firm bristled toothbrush. A soft-bristled brush is the best tool for the job. Save your firm brush for cleaning the grout around your bathtub.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, our general dentistry will help keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition. People 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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Brush Gently For A Brighter Smile

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Everyone wants nice, pearly white teeth, and a common misconception is that, if you want to lighten them, you should scrub them really hard. As we explain in this post from Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, you should always brush gently to maintain healthy gums!

If you brush too hard, you might be at risk for gum recession, which is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth. The best home remedy for dull teeth is to brush longer, not harder! The key, though, is to use a very light touch. Gently brush your teeth in a slow, circular motion for about five minutes.

Methodically go over each tooth surface. Don’t rush it and don’t scrub too hard. Use a toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you clean off all recent food particles and the fluoride helps your enamel re-harden.

If you’ve tried several at-home solutions and your teeth are not as white and bright as you’d like them to be, Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI offers cosmetic dentistry options like home and in-office teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. In just a visit, we can brighten your smile by several shades. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for dental implantsContact 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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Getting a Dental Implant in Comstock Park MI

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Want to transform your smile? Getting a dental implant from Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, MI is a surprisingly easy process! Below is a summary of the implant process.

  1. If bone grafting is necessary, we would allow 3-6 months healing prior to beginning your implant journey. However, if the jaw has sufficient bone structure to support an implant, you may skip this step altogether!
  2. The implant consists of a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw to provide support for additional restorations. We would then allow the implant 3 months to integrate with the bone.
  3. One more visit to the oral surgeon, to check the implant’s integration, certifies that you’re ready for the final steps.
  4. You would follow up with our office for a final impression and then return a few weeks later to receive your crown or denture.

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If you are embarrassed by missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, don’t wait any longer. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Implants can serve as a sturdy foundation for dentures, support a dental bridge, or replace a damaged tooth, without disturbing the surrounding teeth.

Since dental implants fuse with your jaw bone, they also help prevent bone loss.

If you are missing one or more teeth, please call Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, MI and schedule a consultation to discuss your dental implant options. We’ve helped people throughout Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI, who also come to us for complete cosmetic and general dentistryContact 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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Does My Dentist Care About My Diet?

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In this post from Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we are focusing on your dental health. It is important to make sure you’re receiving the important nutrients your body needs.

When we eat healthy, we improve not just our overall health, but our dental health as well! The tissues in our mouth remain healthy, the jaw stays strong, and teeth last a lifetime.

A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables, and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. This will not only ensure that your body remains in balance, but will also benefit your oral health.

When we consume healthy, non-sugary fruits, instead of candy or soda, we are making sure that the gum-line stays fresh and free of acids. The calcium in low-fat dairy products can strengthen the jaw bone while keeping the gums free of fats and sugars. Lean protein and whole grains provide even, non-starchy surfaces, so your teeth are not subjected to any coarseness.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we want all our patients to have good dental and overall health. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for complete general and cosmetic dentistrydental implants, and much more. 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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Why Trust Your Smile to Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry?

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Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day.

It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and seeing us at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI at least twice a year.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  1. Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  2. Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  3. Using fluoridated toothpaste. There are dozens of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It can help strengthen your teeth and maintain that smile!
  4. Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize your intake.
  5. Seeing the dentist twice a year. Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional tooth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we see patients from  Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI. Our services include cosmetic dentistry, general dentistrydental implants, and Invisalign orthodonticsContact 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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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Comstock Park, Michigan Dentist

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Regular cleanings and checkups are part of your first line of defense against dental health issues, so naturally you want to have the best dentist possible. What should you look for?

If you’re new in town, or have been looking around for a new dentist, Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI suggests the following.

  • Location and Office Hours: It’s a little like real estate – location, location, location! Choosing a dentist that is local and serves the area you live in is smart, as it makes it easier to keep your appointments. This is why, at our practice, we like to cast a wide net. We serve satisfied patients in Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI and you can find our hours here.
  • Chairside Manner: This is one of the more important considerations. You want to feel comfortable with the person you are trusting with your smile. Do they explain symptoms and procedures effectively? Do they listen to your concerns and answer all of your questions? Our office provides a comfortable atmosphere and our patient-centered approach means we treat each individual case with unique solutions.
  • Qualifications: You can get information about a dentist’s qualifications from your local dental society or your insurer. It’s also a good idea to see what special qualifications your dentist may have. At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, our team of certified professionals is led by Dr. Eric Hull, who has achieved an impressive number of certifications in the most cutting-edge dental technology. He exceeds the required C.E. hours each year, is an Accredited member of the AACD, a Kois graduate and a Fellow in the AGD.

Regular checkups at the dentist are essential to any good dental health regimen, and we are always honored to be part of the equation. Patient trust is everything to us! Our services include Zoom!® teeth whiteningimplant dentistry, general dentistry, dental veneers, and so much more. Contact 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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5 Ways To Floss Daily

Since flossing is such a cornerstone of dental health, the team at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI has some tips for our patients. We have put together a short list of ideas for unique times to floss, so you can keep working this crucial practice into your daily oral health routine!

5 UNIQUE TIMES TO FLOSS

  1. If you’re an early riser, try flossing in the morning right after you brush. It can be satisfying to start the day with a clean slate!
  2. There’s never a better time than after lunch, before you go back to work.
  3. Before or after you exercise. Your oral health is just as important as your physical fitness. Keep some floss in your gym bag and give your teeth and gums some attention, along with the rest of your body.
  4. While watching Netflix, or the nightly news, is as good a time as any to give your teeth a quick floss. We recommend having floss picks handy to make it easy and quick!
  5. At the end of your day, before going to bed, is a great time to floss and remove food particles left throughout the day.

Along with brushing, flossing should be part of your daily routine. So should regular checkups at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI. We offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry services that can make your smile shine! Satisfied patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI see us for chipped tooth repairtooth-colored fillings, implant dentistry, and more. Contact 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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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we think that dental health is easier to navigate when information is widely available and directly transmitted. This is why our team has put together some interesting facts about your teeth.

We want our patients to love their own smile! What better way to start than outlining the many ways in which teeth are interesting? Here are fifteen things you might not know about them.

INTERESTING FACTS

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body!
  3. Your gum tissue is as vital as your teeth.
  4. On average, people spend about 38 days of their lives brushing their teeth.
  5. Fluoride is added to drinking water to keep everyone’s teeth healthy.
  6. Smiles are as unique as a fingerprint; nobody has the same set of teeth.
  7. The first toothbrushes humans used were twigs!
  8. Despite the similarities in make-up, teeth are not considered bones.
  9. The first official toothbrush commercial was made in 1938.
  10. If you brush your teeth twice a day, you are 33 percent more likely to avoid any dental conditions.
  11. The first dentists in recorded history emerged in Ancient Egypt and lived more than 5000 years ago.
  12. Right-handed adults will often chew with the right side of their mouth, and left-handed adults will chew with their left.
  13. Teeth are icebergs. Only two-thirds of your teeth are visible; the rest are hidden underneath your gum-line.
  14. You use four different types of teeth to eat: incisors, canines, premolars, and molars.
  15. Americans buy more than 15 million gallons of toothpaste every year.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we want all of our patients to have clean and healthy teeth, along with beautiful smiles. But we also want them to share our passion for dental health. It is really one of the most interesting and important cornerstones of overall health. People from Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry services, including dental implants, veneers and Invisalign® clear braces. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan

 

What To Expect From Your Dental Checkup

Along with your daily dental health routine, regular checkups at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI are essential to maintaining good dental health and the peace of mind that comes with it.

For most patients, we recommend a checkup every six months. Sometimes we need to see a patient more often and sometimes less often. But twice a year is the norm.

Checkups are divided into two parts: the cleaning and the examination.

THE CLEANING

A Professional cleaning of your teeth is done by a hygienist and usually comes before the exam.

  • Teeth and gums are inspected
  • Built-up plaque and tartar are removed
  • Your teeth are polished

Plaque is a filmy, sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove it with daily brushing and flossing, but there may be hard-to-reach areas where some has remained. When it isn’t removed, plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. It can only be removed with special tools, in a process called scaling.

THE EXAM

A dental examination is performed by the dentist. It involves your teeth and gums, as well as an inspection of the tongue, throat, face, head, and neck.

  • Teeth are inspected for cavities
  • Gums are inspected for any sign of gum disease
  • Tongue, throat, and head area are inspected for any signs of cancer

Any issues are usually addressed in a follow-up appointment.

Between checkups, it’s important to brush and floss every single day. Plaque is constantly forming on teeth, but if you remove it every day it shouldn’t cause you any problems.

At Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, MI we offer cosmetic, general, and implant dentistry. People from Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for Invisalign® orthodontics. Please call to schedule a cleaning and 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

 

 

Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

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Visiting Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months may seem inconvenient sometimes, but you may benefit in ways you’d never imagine.

A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.

Not only that, but brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower your risk of heart disease. The study says that people who brushed less than twice a day, and for less than two minutes, were three times as likely to have heart issues than those who brushed at least twice, and for at least two minutes.

A cardiologist who was not associated with the study said it’s possible that those who are attentive to their dental health may simply be more health conscious overall.

Still, researchers believe it strengthens the notion that there is a clear link between your dental health and your overall health.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we encourage all our patients to brush their teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, and to floss, too. It’s the best way to keep cavities at bay. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our practice for family and cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and much more. Schedule your next cleaning and 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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