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.


Healthy Dental Habits for Kids

From the moment your little one gets their first tooth, it’s time to teach proper dental care. A few lessons now can make a difference in how their healthy habits evolve as they get older. According to the Centers for…

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The surprising link between medicine and oral health

If you take any sort of medication—over-the-counter or prescribed—you’ve probably noticed those long lists of potential side effects listed on the labels. These can range from skin discoloration and headaches to blood clots or worse. But one symptom most people…

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Are your favorite foods causing tooth erosion?

Do you drink a glass of orange juice every morning? How about a warm cup of tea to beat the 3 p.m. slump? These habits seem harmless (even healthy!), but they may be causing tooth erosion without you even realizing…

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Dental prescriptions and the dangers of teen drug abuse

There are some dental procedures that, in order to control post operative pain, require narcotic analgesic medication.  The most common drugs in this category are: Vicodin and Oxycontin.  When used as directed, these medications are effective in minimizing the pain…

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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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