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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart!

The connection between dental health and heart health has recently become more clear due to several studies that found oral bacteria in the arterial plaques of heart patients. Inflammation is the driving force behind arterial disease and along with many other factors, pathogens from the mouth lead to inflammation in the blood vessels. So how … Continued

5 Dental Tips to Avoid the “Freshman 15”

Read our blog post for tips to prevent the “freshman 15” weight gain, cavities, bad breath, and gum disease during your first year of college. We want to help you have great oral health and overall health! Contact us for more dental tips and to schedule your checkup over a holiday break.

5 Vacation Dental Tips

Are you traveling soon this summer? Check out our blog post to learn 5 dental tips that will help keep you and your family safe while on vacation. Schedule an appointment at our office to be sure your oral health is in good shape before you go—contact us today!

Periodontal Care Program

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 50% of Americans have gum disease. So what, exactly, is gum disease? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissues caused by bacteria in the mouth. It begins when dental plaque is not adequately removed, allowing the plaque to mineralize and … Continued

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Sex: Oh My!

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great time to get informed on the causes, signs, and symptoms of oral and oropharyngeal cancer. FACT: Approximately 80% of oral cancer patients use tobacco. Tobacco use, both smoking and smokeless forms, has a well-established link to oral cancer. Be aware of any color or textures … Continued

February is Heart Month!

Research has found that people with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease. The link between the two is still being studied, but it is a fact that the same bacteria found in the mouth is found in the blood vessels of those who suffer from hardening of the arteries. Inflammation of … Continued

ClearCorrect Orthodontics

Many adults who had orthodontics in their youth have experienced orthodontic relapse, in which the teeth shift back to their original state. The thought of wearing braces again is not appealing to many adults and that’s where ClearCorrect aligners can fill the gap. The procedure involves impressions of both arches, either with traditional impression material … Continued

Modern Orthodontic Options

A beautiful smile is a social asset as well as a sign of good health. Teeth that are properly positioned are easier to clean and therefore, maintain for a lifetime. At our Waynesville, NC office, Michael D. Gillespie, DDS offers several modes of orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth for children and adults alike. Traditional braces … Continued

Regain Your Confidence with Dental Implants

ind out how this long-term tooth replacement could boost your appearance! Dental implants are pretty amazing restorations because they are the only ones that actually both look and even act similarly to natural teeth. This is because our Waynesville, NC, dentist Dr. Michael Gillespie places this small, biocompatible titanium post into the jawbone, where it … Continued
Michael D. Gillespie, DDS

Michael D. Gillespie, DDS