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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

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?

Lots of places for bacteria to hang out!

Lots of places for bacteria to hang out!

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 bacteria.  It is inevitable! And this is ok.

Insta-Hot installed in a sink

Insta-Hot installed in a sink

Really, the best way to keep your teeth healthy and your toothbrush clean is to let your toothbrush dry out thoroughly between uses.  After brushing your teeth, rinse your toothbrush very well – this removes the bulk of the food and debris that the bristles have removed from your teeth.  Then store your toothbrush so that it can dry out.  Some of you might have an extra hot water faucet sometimes called an insta-hot like this one mounted on your sink.  You can rinse your toothbrush and then finish by rinsing your toothbrush with the insta-hot (near boiling) water to disinfect your toothbrush bristles.  This won’t kill off all the bacteria present on the toothbrush, but it will eliminate most of them that were not rinsed off in the first rinse! Then store your toothbrush where it can dry out between uses.  Why is this important? Drying kills off the bacteria.

Our office would be happy to answer your dental questions about toothbrushes or any dental matter!  We are located in Grand Junction, Colorado but we see patients from all over the state.  Our website is www.juliegillisdds.com.  We also have a facebook page that you can see photos from our office and hear about the things we are up to.

We would love for you to ‘LIKE” us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc.   Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie M Gillis, DDS, PC

“Caring For and Enhancing Your Smile”

Toothpaste Is Good For My Teeth, Right?

September 26, 2012

Filed under: Oral Hygiene,Tooth Brushes,Toothpaste,Toothpaste — Tags: , — Dr 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 addition of toothpaste results in deep lesions along the cervical area of teeth.  The type of toothpaste did not seem to matter, as almost all toothpastes are abrasive.

The pattern of the wear and the intensity of the brushing accounts for the varied contours of the lesions. In general the lesions are wedge-shaped with sharp line angles.  So now what?


Toothpaste: It makes your mouth feel minty fresh but it may also be abrasive!

If you and your dentist agree that there are lesions on your teeth that may be caused by toothpaste, or excessive brushing forces combined with toothpaste it may be best to do a combination of the following:

  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush and evaluate the wear of the bristles after two months of use.  The bristles should not be splayed out from the handle of the brush.  If they are, you are using too much force.
  • Use very little toothpaste or just use mouth rinse or water when brushing.  Your teeth will still get clean with proper brushing technique and flossing!
  • Use an electric toothbrush that can sense how hard you are brushing and will alert you if excessive force is being used.
  • Monitor whether you are clenching or grinding your teeth.  Sometimes the person that you sleep with will be able to tell you if you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night
  • Ask your dentist if they feel you are clenching or grinding your teeth


Our office is dedicated to helping you save your teeth and helping you to maintain a healthy mouth.  We would be happy to answer your questions about dental care and health!  Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (see Julie Gillis DDS PC) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jmgdds@qwestoffice.net for further information.

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”


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 bridges or any other dental question.  We would be happy to help you!  Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.

Restoring health, restoring smiles!

Dr. Julie Gillis

“Caring For and Enhancing Your Smile”



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 hours for the bacteria to get ‘clingy’ enough to cause harm.  The clingy film of bacteria and food is called plaque.  So, brushing correctly a couple times a day plus flossing at least once a day seems to be enough to manage routine plaque build up.

Gum disease begins at the gum line and between teeth. Daily flossing is an important part of your oral health care routine to help remove the plaque from these areas where a toothbrush doesn’t completely reach. But to truly reap the benefits, you need to use proper flossing technique.


Ease the floss between the teeth

Four Key Elements Of Proper Flossing     

  1. Wind: Wind 18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one- to two-inch length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
  2. Guide: Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
  3. Glide: Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. DO NOT SNAP FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR TEETH. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.
  4. Slide: Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

    Slide floss below the gums as far as it will gently go in a "C" shape

man flossing

This technique applies to any type of floss: waxed, unwaxed, spongy floss or dental tape. It doesn’t matter whether you start with your upper or lower teeth, or whether you start in the front or the back. Just make sure that you floss all your teeth, including the back side of the very last tooth on the left, right, top and bottom of your mouth. And don’t forget to floss under the gum line and along the sides of teeth that border any spaces where teeth are missing — food particles can become trapped in these spaces, too.

Our office would be happy to demonstrate proper flossing techniques ar assist you to achieve the best results with dental floss or the many other alternatives available!  Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Make a "C" shape with floss to clean the tooth below the gums

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis, DDS

This information shared with you by Julie Gillis, DDS PC.  Our office is located  in Grand Junction, Colorado.  We feel that your dental health is the top priority. and if we can make your smile more attractive while improving your health that is wonderful! Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implants, crowns, bridges and periodontal care.  Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com.  For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better health,

 Julie Gillis, DDS, “Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health”



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