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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 […]

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 […]

Gum Disease Bacteria Alert! Where to Live?

February 23, 2016

Filed under: Gingivitis or Gum Disease,Periodontal Disease — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 9:26 pm

If you were a Gum Disease causing bacteria, whose mouth would you live in? Well, that depends!  If you were a bacteria that causes gum disease, tooth decay, or periodontal disease and your goal was to live undisturbed as long as possible, you might want to live in one of the areas shown here.  You would live. eat, proliferate (multiply in that way bacteria do), […]

Periodontal Disease and Treatment

April 8, 2014

Periodontal Disease and Treatment Periodontal disease is the loss of the supporting structures of the teeth namely gums and bone.  Treatment can take many forms depending on the severity of the disease, the location of the periodontal disease and variables between patients based on comfort goals and finances.  In our office, we believe it is important that your periodontal disease is explained to you and […]

Can You Have Healthy Gums and Rotten Teeth?

August 22, 2013

Can you Have Healthy Gums and Rotten Teeth?  Yes, absolutely! Bacteria cause almost all the problems we see in patient’s mouths – except for trauma and muscle issues.  The problems directly attributable to bacteria are decay, cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and infections,  So, if you can control the bacteria, you can control most of the problems we dentists see and spend our careers trying to correct.  The […]

What is Tartar and Why Should I Care?

December 17, 2012

What Is Tartar and Why Should I Care? Please see the tartar on the following photos: The real problem with tartar lies in the fact that once tartar forms, it is very difficult or impossible to remove with a toothbrush and floss. We compare the formation of tartar on your teeth to the formation of calcium deposits on your faucets or the formation of barnacles […]

What Is Tartar and Why Should I Care?

August 28, 2012

Our treatment assistant, Karen, shares this information with you about Tartar: Tartar what is it?  How does it form on our teeth. How can I get rid of it? These are all very important questions .  Tartar, also known as calculus, is a hard deposit or residue that adheres to the teeth. Tartar is made up of bacteria and minerals and can range from yellow […]

My Dentist just placed a bridge to replace my missing tooth. How do I floss it?

May 30, 2012

The teeth on my bridge are attached together so I can’t floss them like my other teeth.  How do I clean below my new bridge?   The result? Your new bridge should last for years! You might be the only one (other than your dentist) who knows that you have a missing tooth. Please contact our office if you have questions about porcelain veneers, all-porcelain […]

If your Teeth Could Talk … The Mouth Offers Clues Part 2!

March 7, 2012

If only the gums shown here could talk! The adjacent photos were taken at the office of Dr. Julie Gillis in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  This patient had no idea of the extent of gum disease and periodontal disease present in her mouth! The treatment in our office consisted of periodontal debridement (a specialized cleaning) and diode laser treatment combined […]

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 […]