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Brushing and Flossing May Save Your Life!

April 9, 2018

Brushing and flossing – a lifestyle that may save your life! Why do I say this?  In a study published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal by Bale, Doneen and Vigerust, in November 2016, they note evidence that pathogens (bacteria) found in periodontal disease are considered a contributing cause of arteriosclerotic vascular disease including heart attacks and strokes.  Wow!  So taking care of periodontal disease aids […]

Individualized Dental Care Should Be the Norm!

February 9, 2018

Individualized oral health care – Individualized dental care.  The way it should be! Our office believes in individualized dental care for optimal health.  Dental care should be individualized to the patient.  What works for you is not necessarily what works for other patients.  Every patient deserved individualized oral health care.  Take something as simple as the notion that every person needs to brush twice daily […]

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 […]

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!   “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 […]

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 […]

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. It is easy to minimize this uncomfortable sensation when flossing!  Let me demonstrate! You are almost there!   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 […]

What? Change Your Mouth Rinse?!

December 16, 2014

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

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 […]

Do You Really Need to Sterilize Your Toothbrush?

January 22, 2014

Filed under: Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene,Tooth Brushes — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 2:15 am

Do You Really Need to Sterilize Your Toothbrush? This is my thought on this question about toothbrushes that we get asked periodically.  You can buy special units which will sterilize your toothbrush, but in my opinion these are not really necessary! There are bacteria present always on your teeth so that when you brush your teeth you will load the  bristles of your toothbrush with […]

Does Mouthwash Make Any Difference in the Health of Your Mouth?

September 11, 2013

Why Bother Using Mouthwash? Do Mouth Rinses or Mouthwash Make Any Difference in the Health of Your Mouth? Some patients that need an extra ‘something’ like mouthwash in order to get their mouth and gums in optimal health.In our office, one of our recommendations is the regular use of a mouthwash.If you have very little problems with gingivitis, or periodontal disease, then the addition of a […]

Photos Showing Self Oral Cancer Exam and Information

March 22, 2013

Filed under: Oral Cancer,Oral Cancer screening,Oral Hygiene — Tags: , , — Dr 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 […]