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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 […]

Should Dentists Care About Your Marijuana Use?

October 24, 2017

Should Dentists Care About Your Marijuana Use? Drugs and dentistry, specifically marijuana use and dentistry is a topic seen more often in the literature.  Marijuana use has a connection with your oral health.  So, yes, your dentist should care about your Marijuana use! This blogs reviews current findings and explains some of the dental associations related to Marijuana use and concerns your dentist may have. […]

Does Marijuana Affect Your Dental Health?

October 5, 2017

Filed under: Customer Service,Dental Health — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 4:45 am

Does Marijuana Affect Your Dental Health? Some of this information is from the January 2016 issue of AGD Impact and from the July/August 2017 issue of Discover Why should your dentist care whether you use Marijuana?  Because Marijuana can affect your dental health and your dental treatment! As the use of Marijuana becomes more common, we will continue to see more of the possible side […]

Are Athletes More Prone to Oral Health Problems ?

October 31, 2016

Filed under: Customer Service,Dental Health,Occlusion or Bite — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 6:13 pm

Are athletes more likely to have oral health problems? Playing sports may affect an athletes oral health.  Here are some reasons why. An athletes oral health may be more prone to problems than the general population. I think most people would assume that the answer to the above questions is a resounding No. Actually, the answer is Yes!  Athletes in general, are concerned with their physical […]

Balancing Life and Dentistry! Part One :-)

September 14, 2016

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Customer Service — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 7:50 pm

Tips for balancing life with career, family, friends and self. This article was submitted to the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry to keep the membership abreast of what’s happening in the world of credentialing.  I am far from an authority of life management but I do work on this daily and have found the following bullet points useful.  These ideas are intended to assist dentists […]

Underbite Described by Dr. Julie Gillis

March 10, 2016

Filed under: Customer Service,Occlusion or Bite,Uncategorized — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 4:36 pm

What is an Underbite? There are many articles out there discussing the underbite.  If you ask around many people have heard this term but few know exactly what that means. It is important to note that an underbite is not necessarily a bad thing and may never need to be corrected.  Basically in dentistry, a ‘bite’ is how your upper and lower teeth fit together. […]

Because We Care About Your Oral Health!

June 18, 2015

Because We Care About Your Oral Health! This letter is for you, my patients, Do you have gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontal disease?  Do you know if there is any infection present in your mouth? Do you have oral cancer? Ninety percent (90%!) of people have some type of disease or infection in their mouths!  My guess is that far less than 90% are aware of […]

Drugs – It Pays to Shop Around!

April 8, 2015

Drugs – It Pays to Shop Around! If you actually pay for your prescription medications out of pocket this may be important.  Our office does not prescribe many medications.  We leave that to the MD’s and other care providers.  Our office does prescribe occasional pain medications, antibiotics, and other prescription medications as needed for dental infections and pain.  We use a couple medications for our patients […]

All 32 Teeth – All Healthy!

September 9, 2014

Filed under: Customer Service,Dental Health — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 2:20 am

All 32 Teeth – All Healthy!   Sometimes you just have to blog about a person having all 32 teeth – and all of them healthy.  Most of us have at least lost our four wisdom teeth leaving us with 28 teeth.  A very few people have more than 32 teeth but this is considered an anomaly.  In general, probably over decades of evolutionary time, […]

Yikes! What is That Lump In My Mouth?

March 12, 2014

Filed under: Customer Service,Oral Cancer screening,Tori or Dental Tori — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 12:16 am

That hard lump could be a harmless bone growth called a tori! Tori are also known as Torus or exostoses. It is always a good idea to examine your mouth thoroughly looking for anything unusual: Check for growths – are they hard, soft? Note the size. Check for sores – especially sores that do not heal within two weeks. Check for any inflammation usually noted […]