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Trick, or Treat?

What are the best and worst candies for your teeth? While candy is generally recognized as bad for your teeth, some treats are worse offenders than others. In the following list, I will attempt to provide information to help you make the best choice as you dig through your child’s Halloween candy bag. Immediately below … Continued

Cleanest Air in Haywood County!*

In addition to our enhanced universal precautions for infection control, we have a clean air protocol that is unprecedented in most office spaces. In order to protect our patients and team from COVID-19 as well as other airborne pathogens, we have installed a whole-house air purifying system that sanitizes the air while we work. How … Continued

Dental Myths: DEBUNKED!

Patients frequently relay information that they have gleaned from an internet article or a Facebook post. While we all love a good conspiracy theory now and then, our practice bases treatment on time-tested science, 26 years of experience, and sound dental principles. Following are several common myths and untruths that we valiantly battle every day. … Continued

COVID and Jaw Pain: What’s Next?

Stress and tension are often implicated in cases of jaw pain. We are all dealing with the many consequences of COVID-19, including disruptions to our home and workplace schedules, as well as being sheltered for long periods with our loved ones. (They are still our loved ones, right?) Since reopening our practice after a mandated … Continued

Long in the Tooth

A Primer of Senior Dental Concerns The term “long in the tooth” originates from the practice of judging a horse’s age by examining its teeth. Likewise, human teeth may also exhibit tell-tale signs of aging. As we mature, many of us experience bone loss around the base of our teeth. The gum tissue recedes along … Continued

Hydrogen Peroxide: COVID Killer?

Following recommendations from the American Dental Association and Centers for Disease Control, we are asking each patient to rinse for 1 minute with a 1.5% hydrogen peroxide rinse prior to treatment. What is the reason for this recommendation? Hydrogen peroxide is proven to have virucidal properties. While no studies show its’ particular effectiveness against COVID-19 … Continued

Dr. Death’s List of Doom

A few years back, a dental school professor began his lecture in startling fashion. “There are 76 of you here today”, he stated, “and at some point, 18 of you will die of heart disease and its complications.”                This captured the attention of my classmates and I, most of us in our mid-twenties and … Continued

Be a Rude Host

Martha Stewart may cringe, but sometimes you need to be a rude host. When a known freeloader with a reputation for wrecking everything in its path shows up, it’s best to pull in the WELCOME mat. Such is the case with COVID-19. Like other viruses, COVID-19 cannot live on its own. It must inject itself … Continued

Temporary Closure

Let’s “Flatten the Curve” Following recommendations from the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners, the American Dental Association, and the Center for Disease Control our office will be closed for elective dental services from Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 pm until Monday, April 6 at 8:00 am. HOWEVER, we remain open during normal business hours … Continued
Michael D. Gillespie, DDS

Michael D. Gillespie, DDS