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What is the Vertical Dimension of Occlusion?  Laymen’s terms, please! At its most basic, the vertical dimension of occlusion is a measurement between two specific points when the teeth are biting fully.  As teeth wear or shift, this measurement changes.   It is very important if you are having major dental work that your face and your mouth are comfortable when […]

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This blog describes how our office is using Perio Trays.  We are loving the results! If you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, there are many options for treatment.  This is great because we are not all alike and finding the right treatment can mean the difference between success – saving our teeth and gums or failure – losing your teeth […]

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Lip Piercings – are they a problem for teeth? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with all lip piercings.  I do point out to my patients though if I think the piercing is causing damage to their teeth or gums.  I have even seen such extensive trauma from ‘playing’ with the lip or tongue piercing that the […]

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Bleaching Gray Teeth: my teeth are gray, will they still bleach? You asked this question, “Is bleaching gray teeth possible?” The answer used to be a very guarded ‘maybe’.  Bleaching gray teeth is not only probable but very likely if the dental office follows a very specific protocol.  We have recently had very good success bleaching very gray and very […]

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Perio breath – by this I mean the breath of someone who has active and probably untreated periodontal disease is unmistakeable and I wish I could just guide any person with this condition into prompt treatment!  Just do it!  Do this for you, for your improved health, for improved taste, and for improved interpersonal conversations! I can smell periodontal breath across […]

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Would you like to close the gaps in your smile with Porcelain Partial Crowns, veneers, or bridges?  Many would like to do this but they could use more information! This blog reviews one method for closing gaps between teeth with Porcelain Partial Crowns and Bridges.  Porcelain partial crowns are described as well as the benefits of this treatment. Our patient […]

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What is a gingival papilloma?  Should you be concerned if you think you have one?  What treatments are available? Small lump seen on gums between the central incisor and the lateral incisor in the photo to the left is a gingival papilloma. A gingival papilloma is simply a lump of tissue on the gums as seen in this photograph.  The […]

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People are still asking is it necessary to floss?  They read the recent news article that said in effect that no studies have proven that flossing is beneficial.   Many people were left questioning, ‘flossing, necessary or optional?’ It is amazing to me what a controversy a news article can cause.  The simple answer is YES we should floss! Let […]

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Tips for balancing life with career, family, friends and self. See part 1 on balancing life in a previous blog! Julie Gillis, DDS, AAACD submitted this article to the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry to keep the membership abreast of what’s happening in the world of credentialing.  Dr. Gillis notes, “I am far from an authority on balancing life or […]

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