Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

Media, Newtown Square, Wallingford, Swarthmore and Delaware County, PA

Spring cleaning for your smile

Mon, 03/24/2014

In the northeast we are all ready for spring cleaning after a long winter.  Spring is also a good time to think about your dental cleaning routine.  Here are a few daily habits from Dr. Gregory Hillyard to help keep your teeth and smile healthy:

Use an electric tooth brush:  An electric tooth brush can significantly improve the effectiveness of tooth cleaning. At more than 30,000 strokes per minute versus an average of 100 stokes per minute with a manual toothbrush, electric tooth brushes are working harder for you.  Electric brushes push fluid between your teeth and around the gum line providing a more effective cleaning. Electric tooth brushes by enabling you to do a better job cleaning your teeth helps to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Flossing at night is best:  Flossing once a day is critical to maintain good dental health.  Before bed is the best time to floss because during sleep time less saliva is produced to naturally clean teeth and gums, this allows oral bacteria a chance to do more damage.  Therefore it is important to go to bed with your mouth as clean as possible.  So brush, floss and scrape your tongue before bed each night.

If you can't seem to floss at night, don't give up hope.  It takes bacteria 24 hours to adhere to your teeth and begin the process of bacterial colonization.  Choose a time of day that is best for you to floss your teeth well.  Just be consistent and flossing once a day will be enough to disturb the bacteria and prevent its adherence to your teeth and prevent inflammation.

To keep your smile healthy and sparkling, contact us today for regular cleaning and exams.

Dental Bonding: A Simple Way to Have a New Smile

Fri, 01/17/2014

Nearly half of American adults, 48 percent, believe that a smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone – more so than the first thing a person says (25 percent). 

You only get one chance to make a positive first impression.  Dr. Gregory Hillyard’s artistic eye can create a new smile for you with dental bonding.

Dental Bonding can be a fantastic way to improve and change your smile, especially if you are ready for a change but not ready to make the commitment to veneers.   Tooth Bonding is most commonly used to repair a broken tooth, but Dr. Hillyard can also use bonding to dramatically change the shape, size or color of any tooth or even all the teeth in your smile.   Particularly on the front teeth bonding can sometimes give a more natural appearance then veneers.

Bonding materials: high-density, modern plastics called composite resin, and porcelain—are more natural in color and can be designed to perfectly match the surrounding teeth making it difficult to discern the tooth has been altered.  Dr. Hillyard uses only the highest quality bonding materials.

Dental bonding takes about 30 minutes per tooth and is completely painless.
The tooth will be prepped with a conditioning liquid and then Dr. Hillyard will sculpt each layer of resin until your desired results are achieved.  The resin is hardened with a curing light.  Upon completion Dr. Hillyard’s bonding is long lasting and will blend seamlessly with your smile.

Click here to check out Dental Bonding images on our gallery page.

Get the smile you have always wanted, contact Dr. Hillyard today and ask about dental bonding.

What can be done to help TMJ?

Tue, 11/19/2013

TMJ discomfort is a frustrating problem for many of our patients.  The TMJ is a joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone at the side of the head.  Many things can cause this complicated joint to become irritated.  Recent research suggests that there are usually multiple causes, among them inflammation/arthritis, traumatic injury, environmental, social or emotional factors.  TMJ affects twice as many women as men.

The most common TMJ problem is called myofacial pain disorder, characterized by a dull aching pain around the ear, tender jaw muscles, clicking or popping noises and difficulty opening or closing the mouth.  Habits like clenching, nail biting, tooth grinding or gum chewing can make the problem worse. Some times TMJ can even make your teeth and /or ear hurt.

So what can you do to find relief??
For starters, rest the jaw and stop harmful chewing or biting habits!  Eat soft foods.  No chewing gum or nail biting.  Sometimes applying cold for 10 to 15 minutes and then massaging the side of the face can help, also taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, for up to two weeks.  Stress management and relaxation techniques have also been found to be helpful.  Try to let those jaw muscles relax.

In many cases Dr. Gregory Hillyard has fitted patients with a mouth guard which when worn at night can help prevent pain and clenching.

Patients with severe cases may need to see a specialist at a hospital.  But before embarking on expensive treatments, contact Dr. Hillyard for an exam and to see if less invasive, non-surgical treatments might be all you need.

The Importance of Flossing

Thu, 07/18/2013
FLOSSING is one of the best things you can do for oral health and your overall health. It can add years to your life.  I tell my patients "If you want to live a longer and healthier life you need to have healthy gums.  I know a lot of 80 year olds with great gums, people in their 70's that have bleeding gums generally do not make it (live into) to their 80's  I don't know many people in their 80's who have gum disease."
The number one area for inflammation in your body is your mouth. Gingivitis (gum disease) is an inflammation of the gum tissues.  This can lead to the gradual and progressive destruction of connective gum tissue and progress to a loss of the bone structure that supports the teeth.  
Over the past 20 years research has clearly connected gingivitis (gum) disease with increased risk of illnesses like coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and the list goes on.  
What is the best way to prevent gum disease?  It’s so simple - FLOSS!
Flossing well and every day is a wonderful and easy way to improve your health.
Flossing helps prevent your gums from becoming inflamed. When your gums are inflamed you have a chronic bacterial infection in your mouth. This harms your arteries in two ways:
  • The bacteria find their way into your arteries and hang out, causing plaques.
  • Your body mounts an immune system response, causing inflammation. This can cause your arteries to narrow making it harder for your heart to do its job. 
Our office is always happy to help you learn the best flossing techniques and 
help you keep your gums healthy!  Get in the flossing habit!  To learn more about the importance of flossing, contact our practice today!


Protect Your Athlete's Smile

Thu, 04/25/2013

Protect your athlete's smile this spring with a custom fitted Under Armour mouth guard. Under Armour offers the latest mouth guard technology and Dr Hillyard can provide a precision, custom fit to your teeth.

Three different models of mouth guards are available and Dr Hillyard can help you decide which is right for you based on the sport you play and the level of contact.

To learn more about custom fitted Under Armour mouth guards, contact our practice today!

Snoring problems?

Mon, 03/04/2013

Researchers suggest that more than 60% of adults occasionally snore and more than 30% snore regularly.  Many of our patients (and their significant others) have been delighted to learn that we have a simple solution to many snoring problems. 

Dr. Gregory Hillyard can make and fit a simple snore guard just for you.  This appliance is similar to a rubber mouth guard that children wear for sports.  Dr. Hillyard will fit this simple device exactly to your mouth in order to keep your airway open and clear all night.  Patients report feeling more rested and energized when using the snore guard.

The snore guard has several advantages versus the noisy CPAP machines often prescribed by other doctors.  The snore guard is completely quiet, portable, and requires no power source.  Often snore guard is a much simpler solution to snoring and sometimes even to Sleep Apnea problems.

If you snore talk to Dr. Hillyard to determine if a snore guard might be the answer to your getting a quiet and restful night's sleep.

Welcome to Our Blog

Thu, 02/28/2013

Welcome to the blog of the Media, Pennsylvania cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Gregory Hillyard. We make every effort to educate our patients regarding optimal oral health practices, and we will use this space to provide additional information about the many services we offer.

Dr. Hillyard is the third generation dentist in his family to serve residents of Media and surrounding communities. His grandfather started the practice more than 100 years ago. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure you experience the highest levels of comfort, safety, and satisfaction every time you visit us. To learn more about our practice or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 610-566-0291 today.

Our Services

For nearly three decades, Dr. Hillyard has been providing patients in the Media area with exceptional cosmetic dentistry restorations to help achieve a beautiful smile. These services include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Clear braces
  • Dental implants

We also offer the option of a complete smile makeover for people who face several aesthetic and functional issues with their smiles.

Our general and family dentistry services include:

  • Professional teeth cleanings and thorough examinations
  • Dental fillings
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Gum disease treatment

In addition, we offer treatments for common issues such as sleep apnea and TMJ, allowing us to help keep your smile and body at peak health.

To learn more about our practice and the many ways we can help you achieve the strong and beautiful smile of your dreams, please contact Dr. Gregory Hillyard today to schedule your initial dental appointment. We serve patients in Media, Newtown Square, Wallingford, Swarthmore, and Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

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