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Test Drive an Electric Toothbrush in Our Office!

September 7, 2016

Test Drive an Electric Toothbrush in Our Office!

Would you like to Test Drive an Electric Toothbrush in Our Office?  How about the Oral B Pro 5000?

Now you can do just that in our office and here is how:

Purchasing an electric toothbrush  to improve your oral hygiene is a good idea.  But which one do you buy?  How do you know the differences or whether or not you would even like using the electric toothbrush?  Our office and Oral B have made this easier for you.  You can now use an Oral B Pro 5000 in our office and test it on your own teeth.  You can see how this electric toothbrush feels in your mouth and how your teeth feel after using the brush for free in our office.

Our office is always trying to think of ways to make getting and keeping your mouth healthy as comfortable as possible.  Although you can clean your teeth very well with a regular manual toothbrush, studies have proven that you will be more effective when you use an electric toothbrush.  The Oral B Pro 5000 is a great one to try!  My hygienist, Melanie, explains how our patients can text drive the Oral B Pro 5000 in our office.  How the electric toothbrush handle is protected and how each patient wanting to test drive the toothbrush gets their own toothbrush.

Call our office in Grand Junction, Colorado at (970) 242-3635 for more information.  We would love to have you visit us on Facebook and see all the fun things going on in our office!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

Do You Really Need to Sterilize Your Toothbrush?

January 22, 2014

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

Do You Really Need to Sterilize Your Toothbrush?

Lots of places for bacteria to hang out!

Lots of places for bacteria to hang out!

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 bacteria.  It is inevitable! And this is ok.

Insta-Hot installed in a sink

Insta-Hot installed in a sink

Really, the best way to keep your teeth healthy and your toothbrush clean is to let your toothbrush dry out thoroughly between uses.  After brushing your teeth, rinse your toothbrush very well – this removes the bulk of the food and debris that the bristles have removed from your teeth.  Then store your toothbrush so that it can dry out.  Some of you might have an extra hot water faucet sometimes called an insta-hot like this one mounted on your sink.  You can rinse your toothbrush and then finish by rinsing your toothbrush with the insta-hot (near boiling) water to disinfect your toothbrush bristles.  This won’t kill off all the bacteria present on the toothbrush, but it will eliminate most of them that were not rinsed off in the first rinse! Then store your toothbrush where it can dry out between uses.  Why is this important? Drying kills off the bacteria.

Our office would be happy to answer your dental questions about toothbrushes or any dental matter!  We are located in Grand Junction, Colorado but we see patients from all over the state.  Our website is www.juliegillisdds.com.  We also have a facebook page that you can see photos from our office and hear about the things we are up to.

We would love for you to ‘LIKE” us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc.   Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie M Gillis, DDS, PC

“Caring For and Enhancing Your Smile”

Toothpaste Is Good For My Teeth, Right?

September 26, 2012

Filed under: Oral Hygiene,Tooth Brushes,Toothpaste,Toothpaste — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 12:55 am

 Toothpaste Is Good For My Teeth, Right?

Toothpaste  is a combination of flavor, medication (usually fluoride) and sand or grit.  It is the grit in toothpaste that causes the abrasive damage.  Recent research using a ‘brushing machine’ showed that brushing without toothpaste does not cause any wear problem.  (Dzakovich JJ: In vitro reproduction of the non-carious cervical lesion.  American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, February 2006) The addition of toothpaste results in deep lesions along the cervical area of teeth.  The type of toothpaste did not seem to matter, as almost all toothpastes are abrasive.

The pattern of the wear and the intensity of the brushing accounts for the varied contours of the lesions. In general the lesions are wedge-shaped with sharp line angles.  So now what?


Toothpaste: It makes your mouth feel minty fresh but it may also be abrasive!

If you and your dentist agree that there are lesions on your teeth that may be caused by toothpaste, or excessive brushing forces combined with toothpaste it may be best to do a combination of the following:

  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush and evaluate the wear of the bristles after two months of use.  The bristles should not be splayed out from the handle of the brush.  If they are, you are using too much force.
  • Use very little toothpaste or just use mouth rinse or water when brushing.  Your teeth will still get clean with proper brushing technique and flossing!
  • Use an electric toothbrush that can sense how hard you are brushing and will alert you if excessive force is being used.
  • Monitor whether you are clenching or grinding your teeth.  Sometimes the person that you sleep with will be able to tell you if you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night
  • Ask your dentist if they feel you are clenching or grinding your teeth


Our office is dedicated to helping you save your teeth and helping you to maintain a healthy mouth.  We would be happy to answer your questions about dental care and health!  Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (see Julie Gillis DDS PC) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jmgdds@qwestoffice.net for further information.

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”


Dental Floss – A history and does floss type matter?

November 22, 2011

(Submitted by my hygienist, Pam)

Recently a patient reminded me of a saying I hadn’t heard in a while.  “You don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.”  Hopefully we all want to keep all our teeth for the rest of our lives.  And research has shown that flossing can prolong life, up to 10 extra years!  

In 1815, Levi Spear Parmly began advising his patients to use a thin silk tread to clean between their teeth.  Dental floss was born!  The idea caught on and by 1898 Johnson & Johnson took out a patent for dental floss that was made from the same silk material used by doctors for silk stitches. 

During WWII, Dr. Charles C. Bass developed nylon floss to replaced silk.  This allowed for the development of waxed dental floss and dental tape by the 1950’s.  Today we have a variety of types of dental floss types including new materials such as Gore-Tex. 

Studies have found most Americans brush their teeth to some degree, but as few as 10% reports flossing daily.  Flossing is a key part of a healthy routine for maintaining your oral health as well as overall health.  If not removed, within 24 hours bacteria can begin to cause the gums to become inflamed. Gingival inflammation or gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth.  Dental floss reaches the area between the teeth as well as below the gums to help eliminate bacteria resulting in healthier gum tissue.

Patients are always asking me what the best type of dental floss to use is.  And I tell them that it is whatever works best for them! If flossing is difficult you won’t do it.  There are many different kinds of dental floss commonly available. You have your basic flosses, expensive, inexpensive, thick, thin, waxed, non-waxed, flat, woven, etc. along with floss holders, floss picks, and various different adjuncts.

Dental Floss Options

Unwaxed dental floss fits into tight spaces if your teeth are close together, but can be prone to shredding or breaking. Waxed dental floss is less likely to break, but the wax coating may make it harder to use in tight spots. Dental tape is a broader and flatter type of dental floss. People with more space between their teeth often find dental tape more comfortable to use than standard dental floss. Gore-Tex type dental flosses like Crest’s Glide floss slide between the teeth easily and is less likely to shred. Some of the yarn-type material is good to use around implants and dental bridges. Experiment with different sizes, kinds, and brands. But the important thing is that you floss every day! 


Water floss and more!

Have you flossed today?   

 Pam Bersch, RDH

This information shared with you by Julie Gillis, DDS PC.  Our office is located  in Grand Junction, Colorado.  We feel that your dental health is the top priority. and if we can make your smile more attractive while improving your health that is wonderful! Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implants, crowns, bridges and periodontal care.  Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com.  For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better health,

 Julie Gillis, DDS, “Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health”