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If Your Teeth Could Talk… The Mouth’s Clues Part 1

February 28, 2012

       Please see the photographs here:  Is this you?  This is a before and after of the same patient.  The treatment consisted of oral hygiene instruction, periodontal debridement, laser assisted periodontal therapy, and improved brushing and flossing by the patient. The time elapsed bnetween these photographs is a few months.  It doesn’t take long to get healthy and you will achieve a […]

Flossing is Good, But Flossing Correctly is Awesome!

February 3, 2012

So, how do you floss correctly? Dental floss is made of either a bundle of thin nylon filaments or a plastic (Teflon or polyethylene) ribbon used to remove food and dental plaque (see below!) from teeth.  Correct flossing pulls harmful bacteria and food particles out from below the gums and massages the tissue.  Bacteria are constantly accumulating on your teeth and gums.  It takes a few […]

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 […]

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy

January 3, 2012

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy As described to patients by my treatment assistant, Regina   Everyone has spaces between the gums and the teeth where bacteria and food accumulate.  Bacteria under the gums in patients with periodontal disease and gum disease or gingivitis cause inflammation which leads to deepening of the pockets in the gum tissue around the teeth.  Normal healthy pockets range from 1-3mm in depth.  You can […]

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 […]

Should You Brush Your Pet’s Teeth? Yes! Pets get periodontal disease too.

December 12, 2011

Should You Brush Your Pet’s Teeth? Absolutely, especially if you suspect that there is gum disease or periodontal disease!  And especially is your pet is a cat or a dog.  Beagle dogs are so prone to periodontal disease that they are often used to study medications and therapy for human periodontal disease. See this information from PetMD.com! Periodontal Disease in Dogs Periodontal disease is an […]

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, […]

So it IS important to have a healthy mouth!

October 17, 2011

Filed under: Gingivitis or Gum Disease,Periodontal Disease — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 5:24 pm

Gum Disease Links to Heart Disease and Stroke Researchers have found that people with gum disease and/or periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease! Heart Disease Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques […]