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Tomato – Fruit or Vegetable? Maybe it is both!

June 3, 2017

Filed under: Diet for Health — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 11:18 am

Tomato – Fruit or Vegetable? They say it is important to eat your fruits and vegetables.  Shoot, I say that all the time!  Maybe it is time to respect the lovely tomato.  So, is it a fruit or a vegetable or both? Are they delicious?  There are so many different kinds of tomatoes and I love them!  Sliced for a caprese salad ( one of […]

Is Your Diet Hurting Your Teeth?

November 3, 2015

Filed under: Dental Health,Diet for Health — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 4:45 pm

Our 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 […]

Fun Way to Get Your Fruits and Vegetables? Yes!

May 19, 2015

Filed under: Diet for Health — Dr Gillis @ 6:23 pm

Fun Way to Get Your Fruits and Vegetables? Yes! While our office is mostly interested in helping you keep your teeth healthy, we want your overall health to be as good as possible as well!  Eating healthy includes enjoying lots of fruits and vegetables and drinking a smoothy is one of my favorite ways to do this! And having an awesome blender makes this easy. […]

What is Tooth Erosion?

August 25, 2014

Filed under: Dental Health,Diet for Health,Tooth Erosion — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 6:29 pm

What is tooth erosion? In the photo to the right you can see the yellow dentin showing on a first molar with severe tooth erosion.   All of the white enamel has been eroded away exposing the underlying yellow dentin.  These particular molars (first molars) typically erupt when a patient is about six years old and they are meant to last a lifetime.  So, keeping […]

Bad Breath May Be Caused By Low-Carb Diets!

January 31, 2014

Filed under: Diet for Health,Uncategorized — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 4:21 pm

I thought this information was so good that I wanted to reproduce it in the original form supplemented with some of our photos and thoughts for your information! Low-Carb Diets Can Cause Bad Breath WebMD Feature Archive By Denise  Mann WebMD Feature Reviewed by Brunilda  Nazario, MD Low-carb diets may be good for your waistline, but you might not be able to say the same […]

Cheese – A Delicious, Nutritious, Vitamin-Packed Cavity Fighter!

September 19, 2013

Filed under: Cavities and Dental Decay,Diet for Health,Tooth Decay — Dr Gillis @ 3:52 am

Yes, it’s true! Research suggests that eating cheese may help prevent the development of cavities.  In a recent study published in General Dentistry, the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) found that consuming (eating!) cheese changes the pH in our mouths.  The pH is raised or becomes less acidic after eating cheese or at least the cheddar cheese tested.  And, this may help […]

Free e-Booklet: Recipes To Keep Teeth Brighter and Stronger!

June 24, 2013

Filed under: Customer Service,Diet for Health,Uncategorized — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 11:03 pm

Free e-Booklet: Recipes for a Healthier Smile Keep Teeth Brighter, Stronger Recent studies (referenced hereand here) have shown that what you eat can have both a positive and negative impact on your oral health. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) wants to help uncover the smile secrets in your kitchen with a Recipes for a Healthier Smile e-booklet featuring delicious new recipes using key ingredients to […]

Mouth Rinses, are they useful? What kind to use?

December 28, 2011

Submitted by my hygienist Diane  hygienist with the office of Dr. Julie Gillis Mouth Rinse Options (Kidding about the soap!) Patients often ask us which mouth rinse is the “best.” Though we generally do not advocate any one in particular, we have found the use of a daily rinse containing fluoride is beneficial to patients prone to decay. Fluoride has been shown to strengthen the enamel of […]

Why is Dr. Gillis’ office giving patients xylitol gum?

October 25, 2011

 Can a sweetener be good for you?  Can candy and gum prevent decay? Xylitol may just be the sweet and delicious product that we have been looking for that prevents decay, adds fewer calories to our diets, and may improve our overall health.  Produced naturally, xylitol is a five-carbon sugar alcohol derived primarily from birch and other hardwood trees.  It is also found in some […]