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Tips For Balancing Life, Part Two

September 22, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr Gillis @ 12:29 pm

Tips for balancing life with career, family, friends and self.

See part 1 on balancing life in a previous blog! Julie Gillis, DDS, AAACD submitted this article to the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry to keep the membership abreast of what’s happening in the world of credentialing.  Dr. Gillis notes, “I am far from an authority on balancing life or life management but I do work on this daily and have found the following bullet points useful.”  These ideas are intended to assist dentists who wish to improve their cosmetic dentistry skills by pursuing accreditation in the AACD, but I think the general principles apply to most of us. Hopefully you will too!

  • Make time for family and friends.

Wake up each day and put a smile on your face.  Stretch in bed if it feels good. Each day is a gift. Smooch your spouse or significant other.  Hug your children.  Maybe bring them ‘room service’ by bringing a treat to their bedroom. Toss a ball for the dog.  When you come home from work take a breath before you drive into the driveway and enter your home with a smile.  This is family time (for me) time to hear about their day, what happened at school or sports, time to enjoy dinner. If you talk about work, share positive stories more often than annoying ones.

I’ve never been a big fan of ‘quality time’ but there is something to be said for doing something unique and special on a regular basis with the ones you love. Too often we miss out on the fun of the simple things in life.

  • Appreciate the little things.

That good grade your child received, the sparkle in a smile, bubble baths even if the dog jumps in, the extra chocolate chunks in the cookie you are eating, the sunrise, how handsome your spouse is, how well centered your 1:2 retracted photo of Case Type 1 turned out . . . Oh my goodness, I could go on and on.  Tiny special moments if appreciated, will fill your life with joy.

Showing a little 'necklace bling'

My dental team balancing life, giving back, and showing a little ‘necklace bling.’ The purchase of these necklaces benefits ovarian cancer research.

  • Simple is better, people are important, always strive for improvement.

This simple saying has made a difference in my life and I try to live with this philosophy daily.  I’m not sure who said this first, but for me it is a great quote!

  • Exercise with purpose sometimes and other times just for fun!

This is huge for me!  I exercise just about every day and I am always glad that I did even though sometimes I have to talk myself into it.  Choose different types of exercise from easy to hard.  Don’t let exercise be the thing you do ‘if you have time’.  You will only have time for the things you make time for.  I believe that your physical and mental health will be better with regular exercise.  I currently enjoy running, hiking, biking, swimming, paddle boarding, yoga, photography, cross training, and weight lifting.  Is cooking exercise?  I get outside for exercise in all types of weather and I almost always have fun.  I think this makes me a better dentist, wife, mom, and friend.  I have more energy to get things done and it feeds my personal and mental health needs.

  • Eat well.

I like this Greek saying that was inscribed on one of the temples I visited there. It said “Naught in Excess”.  (It was in Greek and this is how it was translated for me!)  I think this applies to all things (food, exercise, work, play, alcohol, etc.) So I try to eat foods that are good for me, tasty, interesting, and varied.  I remember the difficulties of feeding my family and trying to please my husband, my children and myself while selecting ingredients that were good for us. Even harder to do this while wishing you had the evening to yourself to work on your accreditation cases!  The answer seems to be balance.  Sure, have some dessert, a beer or two, and some salty chips but drink a healthful smoothie daily, eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and remember ‘naught in excess.’

  • Periodically ask yourself, “will this matter in a day, in a week, in a year” How you plan your time and focus your efforts should be related to this.

You cannot do everything so some things will fall behind and that is ok! Just apply the principle above often and I think you will find this useful.  For example, going to your child’s recital or soccer game.  Hugely important if it is important to your child.  Cleaning your house?  Maybe this can be delayed.  Stressing over a patient who left your office?  Not that important.  Ponder for a minute whether this matters in a day – maybe.  In a week? Less so.  In a year? Not at all.  You really don’t have to stress over every detail when it comes to accreditation either.

  • Finally, have something to look forward to, have someone to love and spend time with, and do rewarding work.

So there it is, or there they are, the things that help me try to keep balance in my life and achieve goals. Maybe some of these things will be useful to you. I hope so. Accomplish accreditation in small bits at a time, use your mentors, appreciate your team, love and appreciate your family and friends, Have fun!  Run or walk in the rain. Go for your goals and if you are a dentist, I do hope accreditation in the AACD is one of them!  Our office would love to hear your thoughts!

Yours for better health, Julie Gillis DDS, Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles

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

Should I Use Dental Floss? Very good question!

August 31, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr Gillis @ 12:09 am

Should I Use Dental Floss?

Should I use dental floss is a good question to ask with a couple different answers!

This blog responds to the recent news article that said in effect that no studies have proven that flossing or using dental floss is beneficial.  It is!!

Dental floss and other interdental cleaning aids. All great!

Dental floss and other interdental cleaning aids. All great!

The ADA News inquired recently about why flossing was not included in the federal dietary guidelines released in 2015.  The Associated Press noted the omission in an August news story that questioned the benefits of using dental floss. (See ADA News August 8th, 2016 article, ‘National media focus on floss; government confirms importance’ for many comments in this blog.)

Dental floss or the use of tools such as interdental cleaners really is an important oral hygiene practice! if you want to have healthy teeth, gums, and periodontal tissues!  Along with professional cleanings to remove what you cannot remove at home, brushing your teeth and cleaning between the teeth and below the gumline has been shown to disrupt and remove plaque and make your mouth healthier.  Plaque is the sticky film that contains bacteria and food that builds up constantly and must be disrupted daily to maintain or obtain health.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agreed to this in a statement August 3rd, 2016 (also from the ADA News article August 8th, 2016).

Flossing! Darn good for cleaning below the gums. And, it's FUN!!

Flossing! Darn good for cleaning below the gums. And, it’s FUN!!

Using dental floss - good for cleaning below the gums. And, it's FUN!!

Using dental floss – good for cleaning below the gums. And, it’s FUN!!

When the ADA News asked the governmental agency why the guidelines did not mention flossing or using dental floss to clean between your teeth, the U.S. Department of health and Human Services sent a statement that called flossing “an important oral hygiene practice” and said that by not mentioning flossing it did not imply otherwise.  The ADA News August 8th, 2016 article goes on to say that the ‘primary emphasis was on the nutrition-based recommendations to reduce added sugars’.

In our office, we often see the improved health changes that result from better oral hygiene practices.  Flossing is great especially when done well but there are alternatives out there for people that just don’t like to floss.  Such as soft picks, floss holders, the air flosser, water pics, toothpicks especially when used carefully in a toothpick holder that allows better access to the insides of the teeth.  We love to help our patients improve their oral health and we will be glad to come up with a plan that works with your life to help you achieve and maintain ideal oral health!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS, PC

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis

August 15, 2016

Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis

Periodontal Disease and gingivitis are diseases usually do not hurt.  By some estimates, over 90% of the population have some form of active periodontal disease and/or gingivitis.  Simply put, gingivitis is a reversible infection of the gums.  It can be eliminated with a professional cleaning and thorough home care.  However, this infection will easily return without continued personal and professional care.

Periodontal disease involves bone loss around the teeth.  It is an infectious disease – not a natural disease of aging for example – that should be treated for optimal health.  Once you have periodontal disease you will always have the bone loss unless it has been surgically corrected. You can however eliminate active periodontal disease so that the bone loss does not continue.

Advanced periodontal disease and gingivitis or gum disease prior to treatment.

Advanced periodontal disease and gingivitis or gum disease prior to treatment.

Advanced periodontal disease and gum disease or gingivitis after treatment.

Advanced periodontal disease and gum disease or gingivitis after treatment.








Leaving these diseases untreated is like leaving oozing sores anywhere else on your body!  In our office we are happy to help you successfully treat these infections with gentle, through cleanings and periodontal therapy to help you get as healthy as you would like to be.  Please call our office to schedule an appointment today at (970)242-3635.  Even though these diseases are not glamorous to treat they are probably some of the most useful services we provide!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS, PC

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health


Tooth Extraction? What Questions to Ask Now?

June 21, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr Gillis @ 11:36 pm
Tooth extraction?

This is a very visible tooth extraction site and it must be managed properly to achieve a successful result! Missing central incisor due to extensive decay and fracture.

Tooth Extraction? What Questions to Ask Now?

Have you recently had a tooth extraction? I am happy to help you come up with a couple good questions that you should ask your dentist to be better informed when making treatment decisions.  Teeth and their roots support the tissue so when a tooth is lost it is very important to support the tissue so that it does not collapse.  This is especially important for a front tooth where the tissue is on display when talking and smiling!  Your dentist may plan to do a site preservation graft to help prevent bone collapse following the extraction.  Depending on the situation, the dentist should be making you some type of custom temporary crown or treatment bridge or an interim partial denture (flipper) to maintain the space where the tooth was.

The best questions to ask before and after a tooth extraction are the following:

  1. Do the adjacent teeth need restorations? If the answer to this is yes, then doing a permanent bridge may be the best option.  Depending on the amount of healing that will change the shape of the extraction site, a bridge may be able to be done very soon after the extraction and you could eliminate the additional cost of an interim partial.
  1. Is the bone in the area of the tooth extraction healthy enough for an implant?
  1. Will bone grafting or tissue grafting be necessary for an optimal result with either an implant or a bridge?
  1. What is the prognosis for an implant long term in your mouth in this area given the health of the supporting structures, adjacent teeth and your bite (occlusion) as well as habits?
  1. If an implant is planned, a custom fabricated abutment and treatment will give you the best result for an anterior tooth to support the gum tissue as it heals, while a prefabricated abutment may be fine for a posterior tooth.
  1. If a bridge is planned instead of an implant find out if the teeth adjacent to the extraction site are healthy enough to be a supporting tooth for a bridge and what is the prognosis of doing this?

Ideally, these questions are asked and answered before the tooth extraction so a good plan is in place to have the most successful outcome!  In our office we will spend the time needed to thoroughly review your options so you can made decisions that will be correct for you now and in the future!  Keep in mind that whenever a bridge is done if anything happens to any one of the teeth supporting the bridge, an entire new bridge may be needed to correct the problem.  With an implant and a crown your future problems are one tooth problems.

I hope this information is useful! Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

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