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Brighten Teeth With Food!

April 1, 2016

Filed under: Dental Health — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 4:33 am

Some Foods May Actually Brighten Your Teeth!

Tasty, crunchy and may remove stains on teeth!

Tasty, crunchy and may remove stains on teeth!

Can you brighten teeth with food? Celery is crunchy and delicious and just may brighten teeth and benefit your mouth!  And it’s good for you!  The extra chewing celery requires produces plenty of saliva which neutralized the bacteria Streptococcus mutans that causes cavities.  Additionally, chomping on naturally abrasive foods massages gums and cleans between teeth.

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These delicious Clifton, Colorado pears are crunchy like an apple and scrub the surface of your teeth as you enjoy them.

Strawberries:  This delicious fruit contains malic acid which can act like a natural astringident to remove stains on the surface of teeth.

There are lots of reasons to eat nuts like almonds and walnuts.  These mildly abbrasive foods rub plaque and stains off of the teeth. Yum!  And most nuts like almonds and walnuts are packed with protein and minerals which are good for you.

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Delicious Grand Junction, Colorado apples grown by one of Dr. Gillis’ treatment assistants. Yum!

Apples:  Crisp and delicious, apples stimulate saliva production.  Pears can do the same. Saliva is a natural lubricant, and it can neutralize colonies of bacteria and help maintain healthy teeth and gums.  and the chewing of apples strengthens the jaw muscles.  Eating apples naturally scrapes plaque off the surfaces of your teeth.

2014-08-23 17.58.49Carrots:  Chewing these crisp vegetables stimulates saliva production which is good for the health of your gums, and washes away food debris.  While you are chewing carrots, you are helping remove stains on your teeth due to carrots being mildly abrasive.

There you go, some natural ways to brighten your teeth with food.  Foods will just remove the surface stains though. But so many are good for you and good for your overall health.  To really brighten your teeth our tooth bleaching products really do the trick!  Please ask our office for more information about how to have the healthiest teeth and gums.  We would be happy to let you know if you would be a good candidate for tooth bleaching!

Yours for better dental health, Julie Gillis DDS, PC
Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health
You may be able to brighten teeth with carrots in a variety of colors!

Carrots in a variety of colors!

Dental Floss – Avoid Strangling Your Fingers!

February 3, 2016

Filed under: Dental floss,Dental Health,Oral Hygiene,Uncategorized — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 6:33 pm

Dental Flossing without Strangling Your Fingers

Our office has found the following technique for using dental floss to be helpful!

Can we eliminate finger strangling from dental floss?

For many people, flossing is just difficult.  Using dental floss is awkward.  It requires good dexterity.  It is a bit messy.  And, sometimes, it hurts!  Not just the teeth and gums either!  The gums may hurt especially if there is periodontal disease present.  The issue addressed here is when the fingers doing the flossing hurt.  A lot of people have complained about this to our office.

The finger strangle problem of dental floss

The finger strangle problem of dental floss

No sore fingers! The solution to painful fingers from dental flossing.

No sore fingers! The solution to painful fingers from dental flossing.

Dental floss tips!  Important flossing notes to avoid strangling your fingers and maintain proper technique:

  • Have fun!
  • Your thumbs and first fingers on both hands should be available for flossing
  • You should use a good quality dental floss, but most will work (if your floss is too thick or rough it may irritate the tissue)
  • Wrap the first or middle finger of one hand with floss over a wide area of the fingertip
  • Do not wrap in just one area as this increases the likelihood of strangling!
  • As you use the floss, continue to wrap up the floss over a wide area of your finger
  • You should be able to pull on the floss without turning your fingertip dark red or purple!
  • Wash your hands before and after flossing to avoid spreading germs to your mouth or to other areas
  • Have fun!

I’m serious, have fun!  You might as well consider flossing fun if this helps you to floss regularly.  Use dental floss every day, once a day, thoroughly to help your teeth and gums be as healthy as possible.  And try these tips to see if this helps you use dental floss without strangling your fingers!  Our office would be happy to answer any questions you have about dental floss or any other dental concern.  We serve patients all over Western Colorado and beyond.  Please visit our Facebook site for more information and fun photos.  Sometimes we post contests there as well.  Phone our office at (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better dental health, Julie Gillis, DDS

Tooth Decay That Extends Below the Gums and How to Treat It!

December 2, 2015

Filed under: Dental Health,Fillings — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 7:40 pm

Tooth Decay That Extends Below the Gums and How to Treat It!

When you have a cavity or tooth decay that extends below the gums (subgingival) it may be difficult to treat.  Most dental restorative materials require a dentist to keep the area dry during the restoration.  This can be difficult when decay is below the gums! (more…)

Is Your Diet Hurting Your Teeth?

November 3, 2015

Filed under: Dental Health,Diet for Health — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 4:45 pm
IMG_0466Our office just wanted you to see this information so that you can stay informed!

Most people know that acidic foods and sweet foods are bad for teeth – especially if you combine the two (think soda or energy drinks).  What many may not be aware of is that food and diets considered ‘healthy’ may also cause harm.  This information from an article put out by the ADA (American Dental Association) in their publication ADA Morning Huddle 11/3/15. (more…)

Dr. Gillis Describes What Our Gums Would Like to Say to Us!

July 9, 2015

What Our Gums Would Like to Say to Us!

If only they could!

Hello!  This is your gums with a message for you.

Hello! This is your gums with a message for you.


Gums don’t complain much, even when we are infected!  Can you see the soft looking white stuff between the lower teeth.  That is a lot of bacteria and debris here.  Bacteria like to live between your teeth and under your gums.”

This continues to be your gums talking to YOU!  “Could you give me about five minutes of your time?  You shouldn’t neglect me even though I don’t protest.  When I bleed I don’t really hurt you, but it is not normal for me, your gums, to bleed!  I am really like skin but inside your mouth.  Do you want your skin to bleed?  Brushing and flossing help remove the debris that is accumulating all the time.  The bone below me, your gums, doesn’t talk much either.  But those darn bacteria ‘peeing’ below your gums actually cause bone destruction and open up even more places for bacteria to hide below your gums continuing the process.”

See tartar between teeth.  Periodontal disease and gum disease.

See tartar between teeth. Periodontal disease and gum disease.

“Back to the 5 minutes per day that I, your gums, am asking for:  What I would like is for you to show focused attention to brushing all areas of the teeth, mouth and gums at least twice per day and flossing or using an inter dental device (water pic, sulca brush, hydro floss or comparable) at least once per day!”

Periodontal disease and gum disease following treatment - bone loss remains but gums have healed.

Periodontal disease and gum disease following treatment – bone loss remains but gums have healed.

“This bone doesn’t complain much either, but once it is gone – it is probably gone for good. I, your gums, can actually heal given the right treatment.”

If you don’t know exactly what to do or how to take care of me, your gums, then please ask your dentist (our office!) or your dental hygienist who you should be seeing both regularly!  Our office would be happy to help you  become aware of the condition of your mouth -all the good, all the bad – and offer options to get you as healthy as possible.  Your gums and you will be happy you have taken the responsibility for this!

“Yours for better dental health,

Sincerely, your gums”

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