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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 […]

Do You Really Need to Sterilize Your Toothbrush?

January 22, 2014

Filed under: Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene,Tooth Brushes — Tags: , — Dr Julie 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 […]

Toothpaste Is Good For My Teeth, Right?

September 26, 2012

Filed under: Oral Hygiene,Tooth Brushes,Toothpaste,Toothpaste — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 12:55 am

   Toothpaste Is Good For My Teeth, Right? Toothpaste  is a combination of flavor, medication (usually fluoride) and sand or grit.  It is the grit in toothpaste that causes the abrasive damage.  Recent research using a ‘brushing machine’ showed that brushing without toothpaste does not cause any wear problem.  (Dzakovich JJ: In vitro reproduction of the non-carious cervical lesion.  American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, February 2006) The […]

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 […]

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 […]

So, how soon should (could) kids start flossing?

January 25, 2012

What age to floss?  Most dentists agree that teeth should be flossed as soon as any two of them touch and brushing with a toothbrush will not clean between them!  This translatets to beginning flossing anytime from about 8 months on!  Flossing correctly (see future Blog!) takes some talent however, and most little kids cannot floss well until about age eight.  However, it is a good […]

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, […]