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We are excited to announce that our experienced dentist and fearless leader, Dr. Julie Gillis, was the subject of a recent profile in BEACON Senior News! In the article, “Grand Junction Dentist Uses Creative Background to Serve Patients,” Dr. Gillis talks about her background in architecture and sketching, and how her artistic talents ultimately led to her interest in pursuing […]

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It is a good idea to complete a thorough examination of your mouth at least once a month with good lighting.  Get to know what it looks like below your tongue, at the very back and sides of your tongue, inside of your cheeks, under your lips, and at the back of your throat.  In this way you will be […]

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You, or someone you know may have discolorations on the gums that look like the photo of our patient above. These areas shown here are melanotic macules or flat brown pigmented areas.  They are harmless and may have been present since birth.  Doctor are not exactly sure what causes these ‘freckle-like’ areas to occur.  Some people develop areas like this […]

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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 in getting rid of the bugs […]

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Drugs and dentistry, specifically marijuana use and dentistry is a topic seen more often in the literature.  Marijuana use has a connection with your oral health.  So, yes, your dentist should care about your Marijuana use! This blogs reviews current findings and explains some of the dental associations related to Marijuana use and concerns your dentist may have. Should dentists […]

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Some of this information is from the January 2016 issue of AGD Impact and from the July/August 2017 issue of Discover Why should your dentist care whether you use Marijuana?  Because Marijuana can affect your dental health and your dental treatment! As the use of Marijuana becomes more common, we will continue to see more of the possible side effects.  […]

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Playing sports may affect an athletes oral health.  Here are some reasons why. An athletes oral health may be more prone to problems than the general population. I think most people would assume that the answer to the above questions is a resounding No. Actually, the answer is Yes!  Athletes in general, are concerned with their physical health.  For peak performance […]

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Tips for balancing life with career, family, friends and self. This article was submitted to the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry to keep the membership abreast of what’s happening in the world of credentialing.  I am far from an authority of life management but I do work on this daily and have found the following bullet points useful.  These ideas […]

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What is an Underbite? There are many articles out there discussing the underbite.  If you ask around many people have heard this term but few know exactly what that means. It is important to note that an underbite is not necessarily a bad thing and may never need to be corrected.  Basically in dentistry, a ‘bite’ is how your upper […]

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