Author Archives: Dr. Gary Vance

About Dr. Gary Vance

Dr. Vance has been a practicing dentist for more than 35 years and is currently a dental associate at a private practice in Plymouth, Mich. He graduated from the University of Detroit’s School of Dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Detroit District Dental Society and the American Association of Dental Consultants. Dr. Vance has been a dental consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for the past 15 years and is the newest blogger for A Healthier Michigan.


Tooth-friendly stocking stuffers for the family

Hung by the chimney with care, stockings typically hold the best bite-size gifts of the holiday. Unfortunately, the majority are filled with tins of licorice, bags of butterscotch, and chocolates in the shape of Christmas trees. This year, skip the…

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Holiday edition: Foods your dentist won’t eat

The holidays are known as a time to indulge in homemade sugar cookies, your coworker’s famous fudge, and cup after cup of eggnog. But while these tempting goodies may taste good, they aren’t necessarily great for your teeth. According to…

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Dogs and dental distress: Conquering dental anxiety with man’s best friend

They have been known to bring happiness to adults and children alike, ease veterans’ post-traumatic stress and provide support to those following a tragedy. And now, therapy dogs are moving to a new practice – easing a dental patient’s fears…

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Ask the Dentist: What foods protect against cavities?

There is nothing better than biting into a juicy Michigan apple fresh from the farmer’s market. Besides the incredible taste, this in-season produce is packed with nutrients to keep the family healthy. Plus, did you know apples have been shown…


Trick or treat: What Halloween’s spooky treats can do to your teeth

Candy apples, superheroes and pumpkin-flavored coffee can only mean one thing…Halloween is here! Kids across the state will venture door to door to ask their neighbors “trick or treat.” Before your kids eat all those treats, here are some tricks…

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Ask the Dentist: When should I get my wisdom teeth out?

All of your baby teeth may have been replaced many years ago, but you may begin to notice a few new teeth trying to erupt in the back of your mouth – these are your third molars or better known…

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#HealthyMurr: David goes back to the dentist for a filling

In case you missed it, David visited the dentist after avoiding a dental exam for 10 years. The result – he had a cavity that needed a filling. David paid another visit to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s dental…

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#HealthyMurr: David visits the dentist

After 10 years of avoiding the dentist, David paid a visit to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s dental expert Dr. Gary Vance for a check up. David received a full cleaning and spoke with Dr. Vance about the importance of visiting the dentist twice a year, as…

Ask the Dentist: Is TMJ causing my headaches?

What would it take to pack the house at Spartan Stadium from now until year 2079, or keep Maize and Blue fans cheering in the Big House for the next 327 football games? Just add the 35 million people in…

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