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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

Dr. Gillis Describes What Our Gums Would Like to Say to Us!

July 9, 2015

What Our Gums Would Like to Say to Us!

If only they could!

Hello!  This is your gums with a message for you.

Hello! This is your gums with a message for you.

 

Gums don’t complain much, even when we are infected!  Can you see the soft looking white stuff between the lower teeth.  That is a lot of bacteria and debris here.  Bacteria like to live between your teeth and under your gums.”

This continues to be your gums talking to YOU!  “Could you give me about five minutes of your time?  You shouldn’t neglect me even though I don’t protest.  When I bleed I don’t really hurt you, but it is not normal for me, your gums, to bleed!  I am really like skin but inside your mouth.  Do you want your skin to bleed?  Brushing and flossing help remove the debris that is accumulating all the time.  The bone below me, your gums, doesn’t talk much either.  But those darn bacteria ‘peeing’ below your gums actually cause bone destruction and open up even more places for bacteria to hide below your gums continuing the process.”

See tartar between teeth.  Periodontal disease and gum disease.

See tartar between teeth. Periodontal disease and gum disease.

“Back to the 5 minutes per day that I, your gums, am asking for:  What I would like is for you to show focused attention to brushing all areas of the teeth, mouth and gums at least twice per day and flossing or using an inter dental device (water pic, sulca brush, hydro floss or comparable) at least once per day!”

Periodontal disease and gum disease following treatment - bone loss remains but gums have healed.

Periodontal disease and gum disease following treatment – bone loss remains but gums have healed.

“This bone doesn’t complain much either, but once it is gone – it is probably gone for good. I, your gums, can actually heal given the right treatment.”

If you don’t know exactly what to do or how to take care of me, your gums, then please ask your dentist (our office!) or your dental hygienist who you should be seeing both regularly!  Our office would be happy to help you  become aware of the condition of your mouth -all the good, all the bad – and offer options to get you as healthy as possible.  Your gums and you will be happy you have taken the responsibility for this!

“Yours for better dental health,

Sincerely, your gums”

Because We Care About Your Oral Health!

June 18, 2015

Because We Care About Your Oral Health!

This letter is for you, my patients,

Do you have gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontal disease?  Do you know if there is any infection present in your mouth? Do you have oral cancer? Ninety percent (90%!) of people have some type of disease or infection in their mouths!  My guess is that far less than 90% are aware of this.  Once you take ownership of the condition of your mouth, you can make decisions that are appropriate for you to address these concerns. If you don’t know the answer to these questions, ask us! We are happy to provide you with the tools and information you need to achieve the level of health you would like.

Periodontal disease prior to treatment

Periodontal disease and gingivitis  prior to treatment

Periodontal disease after treatment

Periodontal disease and gingivitis after treatment

Only you can make the changes necessary to get your mouth healthy, so it is very important for you to OWN these diseases if present and own the responsibility for their treatment.  One of the most important things I can do for my patients is to let you know exactly what is going on in your mouth – good and bad – and offer you options to address any areas of concern.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie M Gillis DDS PC

“Caring For and Enhancing Your Smile”

(970) 242-3635 office

www.juliegillisdds.com

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Avoiding the Dreaded Strangled Finger When Flossing!

June 3, 2015

Filed under: Dental floss,Oral Hygiene — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 2:47 pm

Avoiding the Dreaded Strangled Finger When Flossing!

Yes!! It is possible! And, Easy.

Avoid this!

Avoid this!

It is easy to minimize this uncomfortable sensation when flossing!  Let me demonstrate!

Hold the floss across the tip of one middle finger

Hold the floss across the tip of one middle finger

Then, start to wrap the floss gently around the tip of the finger - ONE time, then -->

Then, start to wrap the floss gently around the tip of the finger – ONE time, then –>

Continue wrapping gently by spiraling the floss down the finger tip - not several wraps in one space.

Continue wrapping gently by spiraling the floss down the finger tip – not several wraps in one space.

You are almost there!

The floss should look like this when you are done - an open coil of floss that does not strangle when you pull on it!

The floss should look like this when you are done – an open coil of floss that does not strangle when you pull on it!

 

Now you can really get to flossing!

 

 

 

By wrapping the floss around a middle finger and leaving the other end free you will have freedom to floss with a first finger and a middle finger, two first fingers, or a finger and a thumb.

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between two fingers.

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between an index finger and a thumb OR –>.

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between two fingers.

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between two fingers.

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between two fingers or two thumbs!

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between two fingers or two thumbs!

And, by making flossing more comfortable, I hope I have made it more fun! Our office is happy to help with any of your dental hygiene concerns – we have lots of tips on flossing and more to maximize your efforts.  Our phone number in Grand Junction, Colorado is (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis, DDS. PC

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

What? Change Your Mouth Rinse?!

December 16, 2014

Filed under: Dental Health,Dental Hygiene,Mouth rinses,Mouthwash — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 1:54 am

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Did you know it was a good idea to switch the type of mouth rinse you use periodically?  It is!

 

To maximize the effectiveness of your mouth rinse (also called mouth wash) you should switch mouth rinse types every 2 – 3 months per a study from Clinical Research Associates. This can be thought of like the need to periodically switch hair products to keep them performing as well but in the case of mouth rinses has more to do with bacterial resistance.

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There are four main reasons to use a mouth rinse:

1)  For improved oral hygiene and fresher breath,

2)  For better overall oral health – especially gingival health,

3)  To reduce tooth sensitivity, and

4)  To prevent caries.

It would be a good idea to switch between mouth rinses that have different active ingredients such as the ones shown here!

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So read the labels on different mouth rinses and ask your dentist for suggestions!  Some of the mouth rinse products shown here are available over-the-counter but some are only available in professional dental offices.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis,DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

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