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Can Tooth Decay Cause Bad Breath? Absolutely!

April 22, 2016

Filed under: Crowns,Decay,Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene — Tags: , , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 11:28 pm

Can Tooth Decay Cause Bad Breath? Tooth decay can and does cause bad breath!  So the answer is one of the following: Yes Absolutely Are you kidding? Sure! Heck yes! Bad breath and more! The reason for this is easy to understand if you think of tooth decay as an infectious process that causes tooth destruction and creates openings (holes, cavities) in the teeth where […]

Treating Tooth Cavities Without The Drill? Yes we can!

April 17, 2014

In September 2009 DMG America came out with a new product for dentists known as ICON Our Treatment Assistant, Regina, shares these notes about this exciting new product for treating small areas of decay or decalcification without using the drill as would normally be done for dental fillings! ICON stands for infiltration concept. Dentists with the use of this new technology can treat incipient tooth decay […]

ICON – It’s New, It’s Cool, and It’s Good For Teeth!

November 21, 2013

Filed under: Cavities and Dental Decay,Fillings,Tooth Decay — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:12 pm

When a tooth starts to decay, the tooth looses minerals in the affected area and gradually becomes weaker and weaker until a soft area or hole forms in the tooth – a cavity.  Early tooth decay may be treated as an area to ‘watch’ by your dentist. As the tooth decay progresses, the tooth is usually treated by drilling out the weak area and restoring […]

Bad Dental Work? Defective Fillings Can Cause Serious Problems!

May 4, 2013

Several defective restorations shown here along with decay! Can you tell if you have a bad filling? The answer to this question is YES – usually you can! Patients should expect their dentist to provide the highest quality dental care. There should not be rough fillings, decay remaining below fillings – sealed in decay, or rough areas that are difficult to clean.  These types of […]

Photos Showing Self Oral Cancer Exam and Information

March 22, 2013

Filed under: Oral Cancer,Oral Cancer screening,Oral Hygiene — Tags: , , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 12:15 am

Photos Showing Self Oral Cancer Evaluation We have featured a couple blogs about evaluating your own dental work.  I feel it is very important to take an active roll in the health of your mouth.  The more familiar you are with what is going on in your own mouth, the more you will be able to determine when something changes or when something is not […]

Can You Tell If You Have a Cavity or Decay?

February 27, 2013

Filed under: Cavities and Dental Decay,Dental x-ray,General Dentistry,Tooth Decay — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 3:20 am

Can You Tell If You Have a Cavity? Sometimes you can, ususally you can’t!  However, the more aware you are of what is going on in your mouth, the more likely you will be to notice if something changes.  Little things like your dental floss ‘catching’ on a rough area between your teeth or on the edge of a filling or a crown could mean […]

Toothpaste: What Good Is It?

February 8, 2012

Filed under: Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene,Toothpaste,Toothpaste — Tags: , , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 4:30 am

Toothpaste Includes information from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   Toothpaste is a paste or gel dentifrice used with a toothbrush as an accessory to clean and maintain the aesthetics and health of teeth. Toothpaste is used to promote oral hygiene: it serves as an abrasive that aids in removing the dental plaque and food from the teeth, assists in suppressing halitosis, and delivers active ingredients such as fluoride or xylitol to help prevent tooth […]

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 […]