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5 reasons why we run our annual Free Dental Day

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.

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5 Dental Emergency myths that can compromise your oral health

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.  


3 Big Mistakes to avoid 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.  

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4 things the people around you wish you knew about bad breath

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.  

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A step-by-step guide to your dental implant journey

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.

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What you can expect to pay for dental implants in Puyallup

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.

Swimming And Oral Health

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.

Oral Health & Weight Loss Go Hand In Hand

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!

Common Misconceptions About Gum Disease

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!

Tooth Fairy Traditions

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!

Managing That Halloween Sweet Tooth

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.

DIY Teeth Whitening Trends: Fact Or Fiction?

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.

Cause, Effect, And Prevention Of Dry Mouth

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?

Easy Ways To Improve Your Dental Health

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.

The Effects Of Thumb Sucking And Pacifiers

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.

Protecting Your Smile From White Spots

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.

Vacation Tips To Keep Your Smile Healthy!

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!

Filling In The Gaps: Dental Implant Basics

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.”

Want To Get Rid Of Bad Breath?

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!

What To Expect At Your Next Dental Checkup

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!

4 Fun Apps To Improve Your Oral Hygiene

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!

Get Screened For Oral Cancer

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.

3 Tips To Keep Teeth Clean Between Meals

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.

Protect Your Teeth This Cold And Flu Season

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!

A Brief History Of Dental Floss

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. 

Baby Teeth Myths—Busted!

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!

How Much Calcium Do We Actually Need?

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.

Smoking Puts Your Oral Health At Risk

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?

Diabetes And Your Oral Health

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.

What Parents Need To Know About Thumb Sucking

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?”

Are You Prepared For A Dental Emergency?

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.

Have You Gotten Screened For Oral Cancer Lately?

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.

Does Your Child Grind Their Teeth?

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!

Snacking Tips To Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy

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.

How Everyday Habits Affect Your Teeth

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.

Don't Let Gingivitis Keep You From Smiling

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!

What To Do About Congenitally Missing Teeth

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?

Welcome to Our New Website!

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!


Friendliest and cleanest dentist office

This is by far the friendliest and cleanest dentist office I have ever been to in my fifty plus years. The staff is so welcoming and you can tell there is a great deal of respect amongst them as they work as a team. PLUS they are gentle and efficient at their duties. The dentist is awesome as well. Let's face it, going to the dentist isn't on anyone's favourite thing to do, but with the treatment and atmosphere at South Hill Dental, it was even kinda a pleasure! Five stars for them!

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A+! Well taken care of, on my first visit.

A+! Well taken care of, on my first visit. Thank you...Marcie, Steve and Dr Kunal. I look forward to my next visit.

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South Hill Dental is great!

South Hill Dental is great! I had a tooth that felt like it was ready to explode and they were able to get me in to perform what ended up being two root canals. Got on the same day I called. Jill was great and so was everyone else. Can't remember everyone's name because when you're getting work done, it's hard to remember things like names. The dentist really knew what he was doing and I'm feeling better already. I highly recommend them!

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