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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

Filed under: Dental floss,Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 5:32 am

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]