Cosmetic Dental Blog

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 […]


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 […]

Are You Afraid of the Dentist?

Published on November 22, 2010 by

One of the primary reasons that people do not go to the dentist is dental anxiety. Estimates vary, but somewhere between 10-15% of the American population, or 30 – 40 million people, avoid much needed care due to anxiety and fear surrounding the dental experience. Whether this stems from a previous bad experience, the media, […]

Mission of Mercy

Published on November 22, 2010 by

Nearly 100 dental chairs are ready, 1500 volunteers have been oriented. Patients are camped out waiting for the doors to open. Oregon Mission of Mercy is the largest free dental clinic in the history of Oregon. It happens Monday and Tuesday. Dr Stafford will be there Tuesday. Check back for a first person report.

Got Atlanta?

Published on November 17, 2010 by

We know our patients are busy and we try hard to respect their time. Our computer software is the glue that keeps everything from scheduling to charting to accounting humming. But when an opportunity arose to receive additional training, we jumped at the chance to improve our skills in the hopes it would improve our […]

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