Getting an oral cancer exam can save your life! The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth: Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth Chronic sore… read more

Smile Advantage: Creative Solutions Make Patients Smile!

Smile Advantage is an in-house membership program that replaces dental insurance.  We found over time that as some of our patients lost dental benefits, they sometimes began to fall behind on their routine dental cleanings and prescribed dental treatment, with some completely disappearing from the practice altogether.  This realization prompted us to do a little research to determine how prevalent this issue was with the overall population and we found that in North Carolina, an estimated 49% of the population does not have dental insurance.  Of those folks, about half have not been to the dentist in 3 years or… read more

One Proud Dad: Second Son Graduates from College

I always knew Matt (nèe Matthew to Mom & Dad), would study business. I knew it from the first week of first grade. That was the week he came home with almost ten dollars from selling pencil grips for a dollar each to his classmates, most of whom he did not know before school started. Betsy had paid two dollars for a pack of ten and Matt took them to school and sold them all save one, which he kept back for himself. His cost basis in this venture was zero, so he was earning pure profit and learning Business… read more

A Monday Morning Sneak Peek!

Here’s an inside peek at a familiar Monday morning scene at Gillespie Dental Associates: Our Morning Huddle! It's during Morning Huddle that we take time to consider every patient we'll care for during the day. We think about your dental needs, your overall health, and any relevant news that can inform how we can best care for you. We love our patients and enjoy each detailed moment we spend supporting your best life! This week marks the final voting week of Mountain Xpress’ Best of WNC Competition.  Your votes help support our independent business and the high standards we have… read more

Let’s Celebrate!

You may have heard that this  year is our office's 25th Anniversary!  We are so proud of this and plan on celebrating throughout the year- and you know how we love to celebrate!  But first and foremost, we want to honor the relationships and intentions that built this practice.  Those start with you, our patients.  Whether you've been with us for a week or for a few decades- we are incredibly grateful!  We can't say enough about how much joy we take in helping you live your healthiest, best life.   Over the next few months, we'll be releasing interview sessions with Dr. Gillespie… read more

Dentistry and the World of Augmented Reality

  Although not a digital native, I am very comfortable with the digital world.  It’s not that I have necessarily sought out cool digital technology in my life, but I certainly haven’t offered up much resistance to its ever-increasing reach into my life, either. Most recently, I find that I have inadvertently dropped into the world of augmented reality without even knowing it.  A couple of weeks ago, I spent two days in training to learn how to enhance my dental implant placement by using sensor-guided surgery.  This equipment will allow us to not only keep more of our implant… read more

If I Only Had a Brain

I’d unravel every riddle for any individual, In trouble or in pain. With the thoughts that I’d be thinkin’, I could be another Lincoln, If I only had a brain. --Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz   Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitatus Committeeatum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the Honorary Degree of ThD….Doctor of Thinkology! --Wizard to Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz   Thus spake the Wizard and thus it is so.  Just like the Scarecrow, I received a diploma recently.  But instead of a Doctor of Thinkology, I got a… read more

Enjoy Our Fall Friendly Oral Healthcare Tips!

Cooler Weather Can Signal Teeth Issues   Many people find that when cold weather arrives, their teeth become more sensitive.   This could be nature’s way of telling you there’s damage to the teeth or gums.  Cold sensitivity may be the result of several factors, including cracked teeth, gum shrinkage, thin enamel, or grinding.  Those who experience sensitive teeth for more than three days should speak with our office to have this problem evaluated. Take Time to Research Your Dental Care Options for 2018  Fall is the season when many will decide how they will manage their dental care in… read more