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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 […]

Individualized Dental Care Should Be the Norm!

February 9, 2018

Individualized oral health care – Individualized dental care.  The way it should be! Our office believes in individualized dental care for optimal health.  Dental care should be individualized to the patient.  What works for you is not necessarily what works for other patients.  Every patient deserved individualized oral health care.  Take something as simple as the notion that every person needs to brush twice daily […]

Professional Cleanings and Exams – Are They Necessary?

December 21, 2017

Professional Cleanings and Exams – Are They Necessary? An alternate title for this might be, “Isn’t it pretty obvious if I have a problem with my teeth or my mouth?  Why not wait I am concerned to have a professional cleaning and exam?” Is the mouth above healthy? Are their conditions that can’t be seen or felt?  Would you be surprised if I told you […]

Flossing, necessary or optional??

December 14, 2016

Filed under: Dental floss,Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene,Uncategorized — Dr Gillis @ 1:43 am

Flossing, necessary or optional?? People are still asking is it necessary to floss?  They read the recent news article that said in effect that no studies have proven that flossing is beneficial.   Many people were left questioning, ‘flossing, necessary or optional?’ It is amazing to me what a controversy a news article can cause.  The simple answer is YES we should floss! Let me […]

Can Tooth Decay Cause Bad Breath? Absolutely!

April 22, 2016

Filed under: Crowns,Decay,Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene — Tags: , , — Dr Gillis @ 11:28 pm

Can Tooth Decay Cause Bad Breath? Tooth decay can and does cause bad breath!  So the answer is one of the following: Yes Absolutely Are you kidding? Sure! Heck yes! Bad breath and more! The reason for this is easy to understand if you think of tooth decay as an infectious process that causes tooth destruction and creates openings (holes, cavities) in the teeth where […]

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!   “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 […]

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 […]

Tartar or Calculus on Teeth – Why Do I Get It?

February 5, 2015

Filed under: Dental Health,Dental Hygiene — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 6:57 pm

Tartar or Calculus on Teeth – Why Do I Get It? This information about tartar brought to you by our wonderful treatment assistant, Julie Why do I get Tartar ?   Even with proper tooth brushing at home, you still have bacteria in your mouth.  This bacteria mixed with proteins and food byproducts forms a sticky film on your teeth called plaque.  When plaque accumulates […]

What? Change Your Mouth Rinse?!

December 16, 2014

Filed under: Dental Health,Dental Hygiene,Mouth rinses,Mouthwash — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 1:54 am

Did you know it was a good idea to switch the type of mouth rinse you use periodically?  It is!   To maximize the effectiveness of your mouth rinse (also called mouth wash) you should switch mouth rinse types every 2 – 3 months per a study from Clinical Research Associates. This can be thought of like the need to periodically switch hair products to […]

Now That I Have An Implant, How Do I Take Care Of It?

May 19, 2014

Filed under: Dental Hygiene,Dental Implants,Implant,Oral Hygiene — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 5:12 pm

Now that I have an implant, how do I take care of it? I am so glad that you asked! Taking care of your dental implant is important.  Your implant crown will never decay, but you can get gum disease and periodontal disease around your implant!  This could result in the loss of your implant and may result in a significant bony defect where the […]