Cosmetic Dental Blog

Dental Insurance 101

Published on June 6, 2011 by

In my experience, the topic which causes the most misunderstanding in dentistry is dental insurance. My goal in this series of articles is to give you some basic information to help you understand this often confusing issue. First of all the term “insurance” is really a misnomer in the context of dentistry. The word “insurance” […]

Pearls from Boston

Published on May 25, 2011 by

I recently returned from the annual conference of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in Boston. This meeting, more than any other, re-ignites my passion for dentistry and gives me a higher vision of what is possible to achieve. The lectures and workshops I attended were first rate, and the knowledge and skills I acquired […]

The Truth about Tooth Colored Fillings

Published on May 6, 2011 by

In the last decade tooth colored fillings have become a very popular alternative choice to traditional silver/mercury amalgams. The latest insurance company statistics show that 65% of the fillings placed in the US are tooth colored composites compared to 35% amalgam. If you prefer tooth colored fillings, there are some things you need to know. […]

What Sally Fields Doesn’t Tell You

Published on April 17, 2011 by

Bisphosphonates are medications commonly used to prevent or treat osteoporosis (a thinning of the bones) or as part of cancer treatment. Some bisphosphonate medications (such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva) are taken orally (swallowed). Others, such as Aredia, Bonefos, Didronel or Zometa, are administered intravenously (injected into a vein). In rare instances, some individuals receiving bisphosphonate […]

HOW TO PREVENT ONE OF THE MOST COMMON SPORTS INJURIES

Published on April 6, 2011 by

According to the American Dental Association, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented annually in this country by sports mouthguards. While this is an impressive preventative figure, unfortunately many teeth will still be damaged because failure to wear a proper sports mouthguard exposes an athlete to a 60 times greater chance of dental injury. In […]

Change the Oil in Your Mercedes

Published on March 16, 2011 by

I see patients in my office who have previously committedsignificant amounts of time and money to have their teethrestored. They have replaced missing teeth, repaired damagedones, straightened them, and enhanced the appearance oftheir pearly whites through a variety of cosmetic procedures.Most of these folks recognize the importance of follow up careto preserve their investment, but […]

Walk Your Way to a Healthy Mouth

Published on March 7, 2011 by

Walking really does your body good from head to toe. Not only will it help keep your heart and legs strong and your waist trim, but it may protect your pearly whites, too. It all has to do with the aerobic fitness benefits that walking confers. In a recent Japanese study, the folks who were […]

What Will You Do for Your Smile This Year?

Published on January 5, 2011 by

As you set goals for your personal health this year, don’t forget to include your teeth and your smile. There is a growing body of scientific research that shows a significant connection between oral health and systemic health in general. So, if you goal is to be healthier in 2011, taking care of your smile […]

Hat Adoption

Published on December 14, 2010 by

Valley Dental Works invites you to adopt a hat. Stop by and pick a fun, stylish winter hat. Then show it the world. If you send us images in your hat, we will enter you into a drawing for a flat screen TV at the end of 2011.

Mission of Mercy 2010

Published on November 27, 2010 by

Tuesday afternoon, I had an amazing opportunity to see my dental family in action serving the Portland community. Mission of Mercy is a national organization that organizes free dental clinics in cities all over our country. This is the first time Portland has hosted a MOM clinic and it was an amazing sight. Semi trailer […]

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