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Periodontal Disease and Treatment

April 8, 2014

Filed under: Dental Hygiene,Periodontal Disease,Periodontal Treatment or Therapy — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:32 pm

Periodontal Disease and Treatment Periodontal disease is the loss of the supporting structures of the teeth namely gums and bone.  Treatment can take many forms depending on the severity of the disease, the location of the periodontal disease and variables between patients based on comfort goals and finances.  In our office, we believe it is important that your periodontal disease is explained to you and […]

– Patient Introduction to Laser Bacterial Reduction –

February 28, 2014

– Patient Introduction to Laser Bacterial Reduction – Improving Your Cleaning in our office   Our office is constantly learning and striving to advance the standard of patient care in our office.  Because of this, we now offer an added procedure – laser bacterial reduction –  to your routine cleaning care to help fight periodontal disease and gingivitis.   Periodontal disease affects approximately 80% of […]

Do You Really Need to Sterilize Your Toothbrush?

January 22, 2014

Filed under: Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene,Tooth Brushes — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 2:15 am

Do You Really Need to Sterilize Your Toothbrush? This is my thought on this question about toothbrushes that we get asked periodically.  You can buy special units which will sterilize your toothbrush, but in my opinion these are not really necessary! There are bacteria present always on your teeth so that when you brush your teeth you will load the  bristles of your toothbrush with […]

Does Mouthwash Make Any Difference in the Health of Your Mouth?

September 11, 2013

Why Bother Using Mouthwash? Do Mouth Rinses or Mouthwash Make Any Difference in the Health of Your Mouth? Some patients that need an extra ‘something’ like mouthwash in order to get their mouth and gums in optimal health.In our office, one of our recommendations is the regular use of a mouthwash.If you have very little problems with gingivitis, or periodontal disease, then the addition of a […]

Can You Have Healthy Gums and Rotten Teeth?

August 22, 2013

Can you Have Healthy Gums and Rotten Teeth?  Yes, absolutely! Bacteria cause almost all the problems we see in patient’s mouths – except for trauma and muscle issues.  The problems directly attributable to bacteria are decay, cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and infections,  So, if you can control the bacteria, you can control most of the problems we dentists see and spend our careers trying to correct.  The […]

Can patients evaluate their own dental work?

March 6, 2013

Filed under: Customer Service,Dental Hygiene,General Dentistry — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 1:15 am

As a patient it would be helpful to be able to see what my dentist sees! Our previous blog discussed problems that can be seen on an x-ray.  Some problems can be seen just by looking at your teeth.  See the photos of defective restorations here.   Although it is difficult to see your own teeth, you should try to inspect your teeth in your […]

What is Tartar and Why Should I Care?

December 17, 2012

What Is Tartar and Why Should I Care? Please see the tartar on the following photos: The real problem with tartar lies in the fact that once tartar forms, it is very difficult or impossible to remove with a toothbrush and floss. We compare the formation of tartar on your teeth to the formation of calcium deposits on your faucets or the formation of barnacles […]

What Is Tartar and Why Should I Care?

August 28, 2012

Our treatment assistant, Karen, shares this information with you about Tartar: Tartar what is it?  How does it form on our teeth. How can I get rid of it? These are all very important questions .  Tartar, also known as calculus, is a hard deposit or residue that adheres to the teeth. Tartar is made up of bacteria and minerals and can range from yellow […]

My Dentist just placed a bridge to replace my missing tooth. How do I floss it?

May 30, 2012

Filed under: Dental floss,Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 5:32 am

The teeth on my bridge are attached together so I can’t floss them like my other teeth.  How do I clean below my new bridge?   The result? Your new bridge should last for years! You might be the only one (other than your dentist) who knows that you have a missing tooth. Please contact our office if you have questions about porcelain veneers, all-porcelain […]

Tongue Scraping – really, is that Necessary?

April 11, 2012

This information submitted by Julie, a treatment assistant for Dr. Julie Gillis. Tongue Scraping – Yes, it really IS necessary! Our office recommends the daily use of a Tongue Scraper or Tongue Cleaner!            The use of a tongue scraper or tongue cleaner will keep the mouth clean and reduce odor.  We have learned that bad breath, also known as halitosis, comes from […]