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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

Tooth Whitening FAQ

A beautiful, white smile is a sign of youth, health, and is a social asset. Most would agree that a person’s smile is one of the first things they notice. Tooth whitening, or “bleaching”, is a popular dental treatment and there are several methods achieve a whiter smile. Following are several common questions that are … Continued

Keto Breath

Many people started 2020 with a resolution to get fit and lose weight. (Just like last year, right?) If you chose the Keto Diet for weight loss, you may be noticing an unexpected side effect known as “Keto Breath”. Blinding You with Science The basic tenet of the ketogenic diet is that it reduces or … Continued

Causes and Treatment for Sensitive Teeth

Ever get an “OWWIEE!” when eating something cold or sweet? Sensitive teeth are bothersome and can cause a great deal of discomfort. Following are several possible causes of sensitive teeth and their associated treatments. Gum Recession Receding gums leave the root surfaces exposed, allowing temperature changes to be transmitted directly to the nerve through microscopic … Continued

Managing Dental Anxiety

Some of our patients experience anxiety when presenting for a dental appointment. For a few of them, it is the memory of a bad childhood dental experience. For others it is fear of the unknown or a loss of control. Whatever the reason, the mental anxiety they experience results in physical symptoms that are very … Continued
Michael D. Gillespie, DDS

Michael D. Gillespie, DDS