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Dr. Gillis speaks on Accreditation with the AACD

April 16, 2018

AACD Accreditation – Purpose, Benefits, Process

Accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) serves to set standards for excellence in cosmetic dentistry.  Dr. Julie Gillis became Accredited with the AACD in 1997.  She was the very first dentist to become accredited in Colorado and is now one of only three dentists in Colorado and about 600 dentists around the world that have attained this honor.  Dr. Gillis has server the AACD for years as an examiner for other dentists and dental lab technicians currently trying to become accredited.  Accreditation represents the acknowledgment of a doctor’s or dental technician’s excellence in cosmetic dentistry.  Accreditation and the examination process are administered by the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Dr. Gillis currently serves on this board.

Dr Gillis (third from right) and members of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry

Accreditation is a three-part process consisting of a Written Examination, Clinical Case Submissions for Examination and an Oral Examination.  Each part must be completed in sequence.  The candidate has flexibility to proceed at a pace that works best for the individual as long as the process is completed by the fifth Annual Scientific Session following passing the Written Exam.

The Written Examination tests the candidate’s foundational knowledge in cosmetic dentistry. Dentists who are knowledgeable in all phases of cosmetic dentistry are expected to pass the test. The Written Examination is administered at the Annual Scientific Session and at additional dates as directed by the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry. The Annual Scientific Session is held in the spring at different locations, and is publicized well in advance of the meeting date.  Dr. Gillis is proud to serve as the chair of the Written Examination Committee and has done this for years.

Dr Gillis notes, “I have a strong belief in the value of the AACD credential.  I followed an unconventional path to dentistry by training and working as an entry-level architect and illustrator for firms in the Denver area.  Dentistry allowed me to take these hand/eye skills to a new level of ‘micro architecture’ in the field of dentistry.  During my first American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) meeting in 1995, I met several accredited members and knew that this was important for my career.  In two years I completed the amazing process of accreditation.”

The process of accreditation continues to evolve and improve so that it is better for dentists, better for their patients, and better recognition by the public.  I would like to see the accreditation process become something that every dentist with an interest in cosmetic dentistry wants to achieve.   I firmly believe in the purpose of the AACD as it is also my purpose, ‘to create exciting learning and social environments where the confluence of health, beauty, and function inspire excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry.’

I believe responsible esthetics with an emphasis on health should be a goal for all dental professionals and certainly is a personal goal of mine.   The AACD core ideology is that cosmetic dentistry should integrate interdisciplinary medical and dental treatment to enhance a patient’s quality of life and comfort.

I personally try to gain insight from every lecture I attend to improve the quality of my dental care and treatment, the quality of my patient’s oral health, patient’s comfort during our dental treatment, and the quality of dental care and the work environment provided for and by my entire team.  Any dentist wishing to improve the quality of their dental care will benefit by becoming accredited in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry!

Sincerely yours,

Julie M. Gillis, DDS AAACD

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health









Brushing and Flossing May Save Your Life!

April 9, 2018

Brushing and flossing – a lifestyle that may save your life!

Why do I say this?  In a study published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal by Bale, Doneen and Vigerust, in November 2016, they note evidence that pathogens (bacteria) found in periodontal disease are considered a contributing cause of arteriosclerotic vascular disease including heart attacks and strokes.  Wow!  So taking care of periodontal disease aids in getting rid of the bugs hanging out under diseased gums that travel to the bloodstream.

Periodontal Disease: All the signs of inflammation are here; bleeding, redness, and swelling. All treatable with the help of your dentist and hygienist and brushing and flossing!

Diseased and infected gum pockets as found in periodontal disease are likely to contain harmful bacteria that increase LDLs or Low Density Lipoproteins in the bloodstream.  These same bugs aid in marking your arteries more porous which allows even more LDLs to get into the blood.  LDLs can accumulate into plaques – a contributing cause of atherosclerosis.  If you have heart disease and periodontal disease it should be an easy decision to treat the periodontal disease with the help of a dentist, dental hygienist, and brushing and flossing.  The infection in periodontal disease causes bone loss which is usually permanent.  You may not even know that you have this infection!

What can you do?

  • Brush and Floss – we can show you ways to make this fun
  • Be aware of signs of infection: bleeding, redness, swelling, bad breath
  • See your dentist and dental hygienist, ask them questions!
  • Don’t neglect your overall health or your oral health

The reason that I am writing this blog is because sometimes it is difficult to think of ideas for blogs! And, because I believe that this statement is true!  And because, with the right attitude, brushing and flossing is fun!  And, it may save your life.   Know that gums are just skin and you wouldn’t neglect bleeding areas on your skin would you?  Especially if you didn’t know why your skin was bleeding!  Our office would be happy to help you take the very best care of your mouth, for you and for anyone close to you.  I recently went backpacking with my family.  We spent a wonderful week summiting mountain passes, and enjoying the outdoor splendor.  And brushing and flossing together.

Call our Grand Junction, Colorado office with any comments related to this blog or to schedule an appointment.  (970) 242-3635


Who is Dr. Julie Gillis in the World of Dentistry?

April 4, 2018

Thank you to so many for helping me get where I am today!

Who is Dr. Julie Gillis in the world of dentistry?

My team and I are committed to continuing education.  In fact each year, we exceed the requirements for state licensing.  We constantly work to update our skills and implement new technologies to provide you with the highest quality dentistry as efficiently and comfortably as possible.

Again this spring, I will be attending the annual scientific session of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Along with my position as chairman of the Written Exam Committee for Accreditation in the Academy, for the past two years I have also served on the Professional Education Committee and the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry. 

These positions keep my passion alive for learning all I can about dentistry’s new technologies, materials, and techniques.  Experts from all over the world lecture and provide hands-on courses during this week-long session.

Dr. Gillis followed an unconventional path to dentistry by training and working as an entry-level architect and illustrator for firms in the Denver area.  “Dentistry allowed me to take these hand/eye skills to a new level of ‘micro architecture’ in the field of dentistry.  During my first American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) meeting in 1995 I met several accredited members and knew that this was important for my career.  In two years I completed the amazing process of accreditation.”  Dr Gillis serves  or has served in the  following leadership positions:

  • Accredited member of the AACD since 1997 – Dr Gillis was the first dentist in Colorado to become accredited and now is one of only three dentists who have achieved this honor.   We hope that more dentists will achieve accredited status for the benefit of their patients and their practices!
  • Accreditation Examiner for the AACD since 1998 helping other dentists to become accredited
  • Chairman of the Written Exam Committee in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011 – 2018 and as a member on this committee since 2001
  • Contributing editor for the AACD Journal since 2010
  • Several years volunteering within the AACD as a new member mentor, speaker host, meeting help, and assistance with photography seminars.
  • Contributing editor for the AACD Journal since 2010
  • Volunteering history including 25 year volunteer for the Dental Lifeline Network and Colorado Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped as well as sponsoring many Free Dental Days in our office for patients who could not otherwise afford dental treatment.
  • Give Back a Smile volunteer to serve victims of domestic abuse

Dr Gillis is an accomplished and energetic dentist with a solid history of achievement in Cosmetic and Restorative dentistry.  She believes in giving back to her local community as well.  She had donated time and services to groups such as Donated Dental Services since she started practicing.  Along with her talented team, she held a Free Dental Day for many years to give dental care to those who could not otherwise afford it.  A motto that Dr. Gillis believes in and lives by is, ‘People are important, Simple is better, and Always strive for Improvement.’

I look forward to providing you with the best dentistry has to offer!

Restoring smiles,  Restoring health

 Dr. Julie Gillis and Team

Athletic Mouthguards or Sport guards

March 30, 2018

Filed under: Athletic Mouthguards — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 6:45 am

Athletic Mouthguards or Sportguards

How do you help prevent the kind of impact trauma seen here?

Prevent this:

Impact tauma to front teeth may be prevented with an athletic mouthguard.

With this:







Athletic Mouthguards can prevent these types of traumatic injuries.  Our office makes several types of Athletic or Sports Mouthguards with varying degrees of protection.  What you need depends on your sport of choice and perhaps, how aggressively you play. Some appliances can be made with a ‘helmet strap’ attached.  Some are available in your choice of color or colors and you can even add names and graphics to the guard.

A simple nightguard like the ones shown below can give you some degree of protection from an impact.  The thicker, multilayered guards are much more protective and probably slightly less comfortable to wear.

Hard or soft nightguards can double as Athletic  Mouthguards or Sport Mouthguards and offer some protection although not as much as an a mouthguard specifically designed for this.

We would prefer that you wear some type of appliance to protect your teeth and the gums and bone that surrounds them with some type of athletic mouthguard.  Please call our office at (970) 242-3635 for more information!

Yours for better dental health,

      Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles

Snoring Appliances may also benefit Sleep Apnea!

March 21, 2018

Filed under: Snoring and Sleep Apnea — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 9:02 am

Snoring Appliances and Sleep Apnea

This diagram illustrates opening the airway with an appliance from a Silent-Nite brochure




Our office has made snoring appliances for our patients for over 25 years.  So, we are good at it!  We now offer a few different kinds of snoring appliances depending on the situation.


This durable snoring appliance has been worn by our patient for several years.  He brings it with him to our office for regular cleanings.  All acrylic appliances will change in color over time.  This one started out as clear!  Smooth tabs on the side of the appliances can be adjusted to bring the jaw forward and open the airway.

Snoring appliances also benefits patients with sleep apnea!


Below is the same appliance in position.

Our patient has worn this appliance for years as a remedy for sleep apnea and snoring.






Snoring is the sound made when the airway is restricted in some way.  It may or may not be annoying or even harmful or to the person who snores or to the person who hears the snoring.  As your body relaxes during sleep, the soft tissues and/or the tongue may impinge on the airway at the back of the throat.

During snoring, the volumetric capacity of the airway is decreased and the air entering or escaping from the lungs may cause snoring.  This may be accompanied by sleep apnea and a decreased supply of oxygen to the body during nighttime breathing.

Snoring appliances like the ‘Silent Nite’ are easy to wear, comfortable, and decrease snoring by increasing the volumetric capacity of the airway.

Snoring appliances will often benefit persons with sleep apnea as they promote a forward movement of the lower jaw and thereby open the airway and increase the volumetric capacity.  This aids in the prevention of both snoring and sleep apnea.  The photo to the left shows a Silent Nite appliance.

Herbst Appliance

Our newest, and current favorite sleep apnea and anti-snoring device is called a Herbst appliance.  This  appliance shows great promise for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea, and it is durable and comfortable.


How do you know if you have just snoring or snoring with sleep apnea?

It is usually whoever you sleep with or whoever is close to you when you sleep that will happily tell you that you snore.  It may in fact interfere with their sleep more than with yours!  Sleep apnea is potentially more serious.  Sleep apnea is the temporary cessation of breathing especially during sleep.  Thousands suffer from sleep apnea.  The best way to know if you have sleep apnea is to have a professional sleep study completed where you are monitored throughout the night to see if your breathing and air intake is affected.

Please ask us if you have further questions about snoring or sleep apnea.  We are happy to help!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles


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