Jun 3, 2020 7:49:29 PM
Since resumed treating patients on Monday 18th May 2020, it is important to note that South Hill Dental does not cut corners on safety or technology. Our practice always exceeds the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for infection control. During this closure, we decided to go above and beyond that by adding further safety measures, which we have outlined below. The comfort and safety of our patients, of our team members, and of everyone's families remain our top priority.
Nov 22, 2019 1:43:05 AM
Are you ready for the holidays? When the nights draw in and the temperatures start dropping, it can only mean one thing... the holiday season is fast approaching! We’re officially at that time of year when we begin planning festive seasonal celebrations with friends, family, and coworkers. Amid the business of the holiday period, though, our thoughts also naturally start turning to how we can make sure to look our best on these special dates. Though you might have a new outfit all prepared and your hair might be looking great, have you stopped to think about your teeth?
Nov 22, 2019 1:37:29 AM
Have you had a dental check-up this year? Sometimes as our lives become busier, we know that taking care of our teeth often gets pushed to the bottom of the list. However, attending regular dental appointments is more important than you think -- not just for your dental health, but for your overall health and wellbeing. Even if it’s been months or years since you visited the dentist, it’s never too late to start investing in your smile and taking better care of your oral health.
Nov 22, 2019 1:35:37 AM
Have you got missing teeth, and ever felt self-conscious about them when smiling or talking? Having gaps in your smile is something that can cause embarrassment when it comes to interacting with others and even lead you to shy away from certain situations. It’s not all about your appearance either; having missing teeth can cause problems when you eat and negatively impact your oral hygiene and health. For example, it can be hard to properly clean in the gaps and food can get trapped there, leading to bad breath and gum disease. When you lose a tooth, it can also affect the bite forces in your mouth, causing extra pressure on your remaining teeth and ultimately damaging them. Lastly, over time you are likely to experience bone loss in your jaw as a result of the gaps.
Nov 22, 2019 1:32:18 AM
So many people put off their visit to the dentist -- maybe because they’ve had an unpleasant past experience, or maybe because they’re worried it will be uncomfortable. However, it’s always best to deal with dental problems as and when they arise, and modern dental techniques have evolved to make your experience of dental treatment much more comfortable, effective, and predictable. You’ll wonder why you waited so long!
Aug 29, 2019 2:21:22 AM
We are passionate about our community at South Hill Dental and we are proud to be part of life in Puyallup for our patients. One way in which we contribute to our local community is through our annual Dental Day initiative, which we have been running since 2009. Now in its tenth year, the free Dental Day has continued to grow, allowing us to help more and more people. We are happy to have given over half a million dollars' worth of free dental treatment to 450 patients so far. Read on to find out why we organise this annual event and how it benefits our community.
Jul 26, 2019 7:54:00 PM
Dental emergencies are nothing new - people have always had teeth fall out or get knocked out, have broken or damaged teeth on food and have needed emergency dental treatment. As dentistry has progressed, treatment has become more sophisticated, as we understand more about how our teeth work and what the best thing to do is in the case of a dental emergency. However, there are still many myths about dentistry and teeth, particularly when it comes to what to do in a dental emergency. Dentistry myths can not only be unhelpful but can actually do more damage to a person’s oral and general health. So what should do you in a dental emergency in Puyallup? Here are five dentistry myths can actually compromise your oral health in a dental emergency.
Jul 23, 2019 11:33:00 AM
A dental emergency can be a really painful and disruptive event, often cropping up out of the blue (or so it may seem). Not knowing what to do in a dental emergency can cause further problems down the line and can even cost you a tooth. Tooth pain is always a sign that action is needed. In fact, not acting quickly or taking the wrong action can cause further damage to the tooth and can even lead to permanent tooth loss. So what do we mean when we talk about a dental emergency, what are common mistakes that people make when faced with tooth pain in Puyallup and why does it matter what you do when faced with a dental emergency? Read on to find the answers to these questions.
Jun 3, 2019 5:43:49 AM
Bad breath can be a subject that is difficult to talk about, and something we all dread having, but the truth is most of us experience foul smelling breath from time to time. There can be different reasons for having bad breath and it’s important to understand the causes to effectively treat this issue. Having bad breath can affect how you interact socially, your confidence at work and when talking to others and can even be a sign of a more serious condition such as gum disease.
May 20, 2019 7:04:44 AM
Physical pain is a common human condition; it is a physical response to an injury or trauma, a way of your body letting you know that something isn’t right. Only in the rarest of cases there are people who never feel physical pain. Jo Cameron, a woman from Scotland, UK, recently spoke out about her experience of feeling no pain - even when she was giving birth!
Mar 25, 2019 8:34:00 AM
The details of dental implant treatment can vary from patient to patient. Whether you have one or several missing teeth, understanding what to expect when you visit an implant dentist in Puyallup can help to reassure you and inform your decision about taking up treatment. You may have recently lost a tooth or have had a gap in your smile for many years. Everyone has a unique smile and set of circumstances, so every dental implant journey is different. There are some common stages, however, that can give you an overview of what you can expect. We have broken this down into six simple steps.
Dec 8, 2018 10:23:00 AM
A major factor when choosing dental implant treatment to replace missing teeth in Puyallup is the cost. How much should you expect to pay? What are your options and is there any way you can lower the cost of treatment? It is understandable that unknown costs will be an obstacle for people seeking this type of dentistry. It is true that dental implants are an investment of both money and time. However, there are a number of factors that influence the cost of treatment and also that make dental implants a suitable choice for replacing your missing teeth in the long term.
Nov 28, 2018 12:36:55 PM
It might seem like diabetes and oral health have little to do with each other, but this is unfortunately not the case.
Nov 14, 2018 8:44:15 AM
When we picture someone with braces, we usually picture a teenager with a mouthful of colorful brackets.
Oct 10, 2018 10:26:01 AM
When we think of an emergency, we probably don’t imagine it could have something to do with our teeth.
Sep 26, 2018 8:27:36 AM
Medical problems are things none of us ask for but many of us have, and with medical problems come medications.
Sep 12, 2018 2:28:56 PM
Animals might not be as concerned with maintaining their oral health and hygiene as we are, but that doesn’t stop some of them from having very interesting teeth!
Aug 22, 2018 8:07:04 AM
We all use toothbrushes to take care of our teeth, but what are we doing to take care of our toothbrushes?
Aug 8, 2018 8:19:52 AM
We all know what it’s like to have a cold, with a nose so stuffy that you can’t breathe through it.
Jul 25, 2018 7:59:48 AM
There are so many things that can make us smile, from seeing an old friend to watching a good movie to randomly remembering a great joke we heard years ago.
Jul 11, 2018 12:46:39 PM
There’s nothing better than a swim in the pool to cool down during the hot summer months.
Jun 20, 2018 3:12:49 PM
Going to the dentist is something we should all be doing twice a year every year.
Jun 6, 2018 3:17:18 PM
Sports injuries, accidents, and tooth decay are just a few of the reasons we might lose a tooth. Thanks to modern dentistry, however, we don’t need to settle for having a gap in our smiles for the rest of our lives. There are a few ways to fill that gap, and one of them is with dental implants.
May 23, 2018 3:21:08 PM
Wisdom teeth removal is a major rite of passage for many in their late teens and early twenties. They post images of their swollen cheeks on social media, share videos of themselves acting loopy from the anesthetics on YouTube, and enjoy an excuse to drink as many smoothies as possible. But why do we have these teeth in the first place if most of us just get them removed?
May 9, 2018 3:41:35 PM
Most people will develop a total of twenty baby teeth that are gradually replaced by a total of thirty-two adult teeth.
May 3, 2018 11:11:14 AM
A healthy lifestyle is the best prevention for illness and chronic disease. It can also be just as effective as any medicine a doctor could prescribe. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, or simply live more healthily, the good choices you’re making not only do wonders for your body and overall health, but they also have a beneficial impact on your smile!
Apr 25, 2018 3:44:24 PM
You hear all the time about the importance of brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day, and you hear almost as often about the importance of daily flossing.
Mar 29, 2018 11:20:48 AM
We believe the more educated our patients are about dental health issues, the better they’ll be able to prevent them. We often warn of periodontal disease and the detrimental effects it has on the mouth and body. But there are also many common misconceptions about gum disease. To help you better understand it, we’ve decided to bust some myths today!
Mar 2, 2018 2:57:09 PM
The tooth fairy is one of many childhood fantasy figures we remember fondly. We lost our baby teeth, stuck them under our pillow, and the mysterious tooth fairy would swap our teeth out for money! What could be better? The tooth fairy isn’t quite the same for everyone though! The legend of the tooth fairy has changed over the years and even varies widely around the world. Let’s learn a little bit more about other tooth fairy traditions!
Oct 25, 2017 10:28:43 AM
Halloween is our favorite spooky time of year, but when it comes to sugar’s effects on teeth, all that candy can be downright scary.
Oct 11, 2017 10:35:21 AM
Trends impact just about every aspect of life, from slang and fashion to which toys are collectibles this year and which fad diet everyone’s aunt is doing.
Sep 13, 2017 10:40:47 AM
Most of us already know that sharks constantly grow new teeth, venomous snakes use their fangs like syringes full of poison, and elephants have enormous tusks. As lovers of teeth of all shapes and sizes, today we’d like to take a moment to spotlight a few lesser known bizarre teeth out there in the wild.
Aug 23, 2017 10:44:29 AM
Have you ever woken up with your mouth feeling like a barren desert? Then you’ve probably experienced dry mouth, although it can be even more severe, making it difficult to speak or even eat. Dry mouth affects a tenth of the population, but why is it such a problem, why does it happen, and what can we do about it?
Aug 9, 2017 10:47:18 AM
We’ve all heard that if we want healthy teeth, we should brush twice a day, floss once a day, and schedule regular dental cleaning appointments twice a year. Definitely keep doing those things, but if you want to step up your oral health game, here are a few easy ways to do that.
Jul 19, 2017 10:50:23 AM
Being a parent, though wonderfully rewarding, can also be stressful and full of uncertainties, especially when it’s your first child and everything is new and overwhelming. Our practice might not be able to take away all of the uncertainties, but we can certainly help you out when it comes to pacifiers and thumb sucking and their effects on your child’s dental health.
Jul 5, 2017 10:53:04 AM
White spots appear on our teeth for a variety of reasons. Although not all of them are harmful to our oral health, they still prevent our smile from truly shining through. Today we want to share with you some of the most common reasons these white spots appear, and what treatment is available to remove them and give you a bright, beautiful smile.
Jun 21, 2017 10:56:25 AM
Summer is finally here and you know what that means–family vacations, impromptu getaways and fun trips! Just like you, we couldn’t be more excited. As dental professionals, however, we want to make sure that when you leave on vacation, you don’t leave your oral hygiene behind. Follow these tips to keep your teeth healthy and bright, even when you’re traveling!
Jun 7, 2017 10:58:56 AM
Dental implants are permanent false teeth designed to look just like your other teeth. They’re a popular alternative to dentures or bridges, and the American Dental Association considers them to be “one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.”
May 24, 2017 11:03:56 AM
We all know that feeling... you wake up in the morning to sun shining, birds chirping and happily lean over to your significant other to say hello! Instead you are greeted by the horrible smell of morning breath. Or maybe you run into friends after work and suddenly become conscious of that bad taste in your mouth. We’ve all been there! Unfortunately, bouts of halitosis, or bad breath, are pretty much inevitable. Today we’re going to explain why that is, what causes that nasty smell and what you can do to keep bad breath at bay!
May 10, 2017 11:09:39 AM
Visiting your dentist every six months is an important part of maintaining your oral health. Not only does it keep your smile clean, but it can help you keep an eye on your overall health too! For some, it may have been a while since your last visit or you or a loved one may be apprehensive about visiting the dentist. Knowing what to expect can help relieve much of this anxiety, so today we want to explain the basics of what happens during your bi-annual cleaning and how you can prepare for your next appointment!
Apr 19, 2017 11:14:22 AM
Our smartphones are never farther than an arm’s length away and help us do everything from track our calendars to track our calories. Today, we want to show you the wonders they can do for our daily hygiene routines with the help of these apps!
Apr 5, 2017 11:19:13 AM
When people go to the dentist, it’s generally because they have a toothache, they need some dental work done, or they want to get their teeth cleaned. But this month being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we want to emphasize more than ever how important regular, twice-yearly dental exams are. Of course your dentist will make sure you don’t have any cavities, but what you may not realize is that regular dental exams could actually save your life.
Mar 8, 2017 10:26:15 AM
We understand how busy life can get–between work, school, sports, and having a social and family life, it can be hard to find time for your dental health.
Feb 22, 2017 10:28:51 AM
The last thing you want to worry about when you’re sick is your dental health. Unfortunately, your teeth can be extra vulnerable when cold and flu season strike. If you find yourself under the weather, read on for helpful tips on protecting your mouth!
Feb 8, 2017 10:31:57 AM
We talk a lot about what you need to do to keep those teeth of yours healthy and beautiful. While you’re taking care of your smile, don’t forget about your pet’s! Your furry friend’s teeth need to be cared for as well.
Jan 25, 2017 10:34:02 AM
Today, flossing is a staple of oral hygiene and health. But have you ever wondered when we started flossing? You might be surprised by the answer.
Jan 11, 2017 10:36:35 AM
Did you know that the average American consumes 1.8 pounds of gum each year? With so much gum going into our mouths it’s important to know how chewing gum affects our dental health. You may have heard that it’s both good and bad for your teeth… so what’s the real answer? Read on to find out!
Dec 28, 2016 1:50:42 PM
History is full of outrageous tales about teeth! How many of these dental facts have you heard before? The Dental Woes That Won the Battle Of Yorktown? During the Revolutionary War, George Washington wrote a letter to his dentist requesting some dental cleaning tools to be sent to New York, noting that the American forces wouldn’t be in Philadelphia any time soon. The correspondence was intercepted by the British, making them think that Washington would not move his army to Yorktown. When the Americans attacked Yorktown anyway, the British were caught unawares and the battle was ultimately won.
Dec 14, 2016 1:53:50 PM
You might think that baby teeth don’t matter because “they’re just going to fall out anyway,” but think again!
Nov 30, 2016 1:56:14 PM
We've all heard calcium builds strong bones and is key to preventing osteoporosis. But did you know taking in the right amount of calcium also has a huge effect on our oral health? Calcium Benefits Our Oral Health Does calcium really make a difference in our oral health? The answer is yes! Even before we’re born, we begin storing a supply of calcium and other nutrients to grow strong, healthy teeth and bones. As we grow older, calcium continues to repair and strengthen our teeth, making them more resistant to decay and fortifying them against disease.
Nov 16, 2016 1:59:29 PM
Did you know that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States?
Nov 2, 2016 3:01:28 PM
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases today. In fact, 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and millions more living with the condition don’t even know they have it. You may know that diabetes can result in other health complications such as vision loss, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. But many are surprised to learn of the impact diabetes can have on your mouth.
Oct 19, 2016 3:03:53 PM
Thumb sucking is normal for infants, but many parents wonder about its effect on their child’s future dental health. As a parent, you may have questions such as, “When should I be worried about thumb sucking?” or, “What will happen if my child continues to suck their thumb?”
Oct 5, 2016 3:07:12 PM
Accidents always seem to happen when we least expect them. When those accidents involve tooth damage, it’s important to know what steps to take. Being prepared before a dental emergency occurs can save a damaged or knocked out tooth, prevent infection and decrease the need for extensive treatment.
Sep 21, 2016 3:09:32 PM
Throughout life people get regular prostate exams, mammograms and colonoscopies. These preventative health care exams are extremely important for detecting any abnormalities–including cancer–early, so they can be treated as soon as possible. These exams save lives. So do oral cancer screenings. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand that a regular oral cancer screening is just as important as these other preventative exams. We want our patients to know that coming in to see us every six months isn’t just to make sure you don’t have cavities; it can actually save your life.
Sep 7, 2016 3:24:51 PM
Sudden Toothaches are painful and far from convenient in today’s busy world. However, getting to a dentist as quickly as possible is the best thing you can do to treat and relieve your pain as well as prevent any further problems.
Aug 24, 2016 3:27:17 PM
Many parents have heard their children (loudly) grinding their teeth while they sleep at night, or even during waking hours. You may worry about the health of your child’s teeth or what their tooth grinding habit means and what has caused it. We hope this blog post answers your questions!
Aug 10, 2016 3:29:42 PM
Good Nutrition is essential for a child's healthy growth and development. It's also important for their dental health! A good diet can help your child build strong, healthy teeth, while poor eating habits put your child at a higher risk of tooth decay.
Jul 27, 2016 3:32:09 PM
Tooth enamel has the pretty cool reputation of being the hardest substance in the human body. So it may come as a surprise to know that while enamel is super tough, it can also break quite easily! The truth is that our teeth are not invincible, and a lot of everyday habits can put our oral health at risk.
Jul 13, 2016 3:34:19 PM
There are many forms of self-expression, art, writing, fashion, even body piercing. When it comes to oral piercings, however–such as lip, labret, cheek and tongue piercings–it’s important to know all the risks involved. Know The Risks Before You Pierce Piercing anywhere near the mouth is very different than simply piercing an earlobe. The oral cavity is home to an abundance of bacteria as well as an intricate system of nerves and blood vessels. Because of this, there are a number of health-related risks associated with oral piercings. Some of these include:
Jun 29, 2016 3:37:53 PM
You're sitting in the dental chair, everything going as planned at your checkup, until your dentist tells you that you have gingivitis. If you haven’t heard of gingivitis before you’re probably thinking, “What is gingivitis? Is it serious? Is it treatable?” We’ve compiled all the information you need to know about gingivitis so you can keep your smile healthy!
Jun 15, 2016 3:41:11 PM
With all the amazing technology we see today, it's easy to overlook the small wonders of the world—like the toothbrush! This small, but remarkable invention is the staple of our oral hygiene and health. Join us on a journey through time as we explore the way the toothbrush has changed across the ages!
Jun 1, 2016 3:43:12 PM
We've all been told (and many of us tell our children) that milk builds strong bones. But our nutritional and dietary preferences are not only widely varied, they also change from time to time. Does milk really “do a body good”? Some believe it does, and others believe it doesn’t.
May 18, 2016 3:45:16 PM
Ever think about how great your saliva is? Probably not. We’d love to enlighten you! Saliva has an all-important role in your oral and digestive health. Saliva Has Many Important Functions Our bodies make two to four pints of saliva a day. That means that over a lifetime, a person will create enough saliva to fill two swimming pools! So, why is saliva important? Well, there’s more than one answer to that. Besides allowing us to give wet willies or make spit wads when we were kids, our saliva has many important functions.
May 4, 2016 3:47:08 PM
Did you know that stress can have an effect on your oral health? As if you needed any more on your plate! Knowing how stress and oral health are connected can help you combat any problems that might arise.
Apr 20, 2016 3:49:14 PM
While most people have thirty-two permanent teeth that develop (including the wisdom teeth) some people’s permanent teeth never grow in at all. These are called congenitally missing teeth—teeth missing from birth—and it’s actually more common than you think! So, what do you do if you find out you or your child have one or more congenitally missing teeth?
Apr 6, 2016 3:51:24 PM
We dentists make a pretty big deal about fluoride and how good it is for your teeth. Truly, fluoride is the best cavity fighter out there, helping our teeth stay healthy and strong! But how exactly does fluoride do such an awesome job at keeping our mouths cavity-free?
Mar 23, 2016 3:54:04 PM
The truth is, our teeth are amazing! Without them we wouldn’t be able to speak, eat, sing, or smile properly. We’d like to celebrate our teeth by sharing some interesting dental facts you may not have known!
Mar 9, 2016 2:56:02 PM
Have you ever heard of a person being “tongue-tied” or “lip-tied”? As dental professionals, we care about the health of your mouth as a whole, not just your teeth.
Feb 17, 2016 3:00:37 PM
Smiling at someone can turn their whole day around. But have you ever thought about the impact the act of smiling has on YOU? Smiling is a hidden superpower that can change our lives for the better if we let it!
Feb 10, 2016 3:01:38 PM
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that nobody likes sensitive teeth! Tooth sensitivity can cause discomfort during daily tasks such as brushing, flossing, eating, drinking, and even breathing in a cold gush of air! If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, there are measures you can take to relieve pain and treat discomfort.
Feb 3, 2016 3:09:14 PM
Your child’s baby teeth are just as important as their permanent teeth. Kids may not keep their first teeth forever, but they require just as much diligent care as future permanent teeth. In fact, maintaining your child’s dental health when they are young will provide health benefits well into adulthood as well as set them on the right track of good oral health habits!
Jan 20, 2016 3:11:52 PM
Do you ever wonder why many people enjoy chewing their leftover ice after finishing a nice refreshing drink? It may surprise you to learn that the cool crunch of the ice may not be the only thing drawing people to chew those last few cubes.
Jun 26, 2014 10:20:04 AM
We're proud to announce the launch of our brand new website. The site was designed with you in mind and is jam-packed with several useful features. It's now easier than ever to make an appointment, download patient forms, view current specials and promotions, and learn about the many services we offer at our dental office in Puyallup. Plus, you now have the option of viewing the website on your desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet without losing any functionality. The site simply adapts to the screen you're using. We hope you enjoy using the new website and look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!
Jun 26, 2014 10:20:04 AM
The holidays are some of the few times in the year where we can feast, indulge, and not feel guilty about it. Although eating lots of great food comes along with the festivities, we should all remember to take care of our teeth. Here are five tips to keep in mind to help prevent cavities:
Contact Dr. Happy Smiles – South Hill Dental to schedule an appointment or to request additional information about our services. We look forward to hearing from you.