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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 […]

Upgrade Your Routine Dental Cleaning With Laser Treatment!

January 20, 2012

– Patient Introduction to Laser Bacterial Reduction – Improving Your Cleaning in our office We are constantly learning and striving to advance the standard of patient care in our office.  Because of this, we have recently added a new procedure to your routine cleaning care to help fight periodontal disease and gingivitis.      Periodontal disease affects approximately 80% of adults and is a growing […]

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 compare sweat and body odor to bacteria and mouth odor!

November 28, 2011

Why compare sweat and body odor to bacteria and mouth odor! Mostly for fun, partly for information, and possibly for motivation! This blog is not for the squeemish or the faint unless they can use this information as a motivation for regular, thorough brushing and flossing and dental visits.  The terms are not particularly scientific, but we have found them to be more easily understood. […]

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, […]

Grand Junction Dentists in the October ADA News!

November 1, 2011

Home»ADA News»Colorado dentists keep promise ADA NewsADA NewsADA News ArchiveFeatured EventsVideosPodcastsMedia ResourcesOctober 17, 2011 Colorado dentists keep promise Grand Junction, Colo.—Last September, a unanimous decision was made. Team effort: Dr. Julie Gillis (third from left) and her team flash smiles on the second annual Free Dental Day in Grand Junction, Colo. The first Free Dental Day organized by Dr. Julie Gillis, a general dentist, Dr. […]

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 […]

How much toothpaste is enough?

September 21, 2011

Who do you believe when it comes to how much toothpaste is the right amount? Should you believe the toothpaste manufacturers who show photos with a delightfully big swirl of toothpaste? Should you believe your dentist, hygienist, or physician?  See small dab above! Personal preference?? Most toothpastes contain a foaming and abrasive agent, a surfactant that helps lift food and crud off of your teeth […]

Electric Toothbrushes – Are they worth it?

September 9, 2011

My hygienists hear this question often! Melanie has this response for you: “ Wondering if that high-tech electric toothbrush on display in our office is really better than the manual ones?  Electric toothbrushes, also called power toothbrushes, provide superior plaque removal compared to regular toothbrushes and they are very easy to use.  You only need to guide the toothbrush along the surfaces of your teeth and gums while […]

Free Dental Day coming soon!

August 25, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     GRAND VALLEY DENTISTS TO HOST FREE DENTAL DAY Three local dentists will offer their services free of charge  September 24th, 2011 in Grand Junction, Colorado for their second annual Free Dental Day in Grand Junction. The dental offices of Dr. Julie Gillis, Dr. Kenneth Perino, and Dr. Duane Weenig will offer basic dental treatment to persons who are […]