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At Pleasant Valley Dental, we are passionate about continuing education so we can ensure we’re providing the best dental care possible. But what good is our knowledge if we don’t share it with our patients and our community? If you’re interested in learning more and taking your health into your own hands, follow along on our blog for bi-monthly articles on all things oral health—from facts about crowns, bridges, and dentures (oh my), to oral-systemic health, to the history of the toothbrush!

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Posted August 13, 2022 / Blog, Dental Health

Sugar Rush: When Sweet Turns Bitter

You’ve heard it before: too much sugar is not good for little bodies. Or, more precisely, added sugar is not good for people, big or small. The more we learn about how sugar affects the body, the more we realize that additional sugars have many downsides for health. This is particularly true of dental health. […]

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Posted July 27, 2022 / Blog, Dental Services, Dental Technology

4 Facts About Dental Implants

Many people will lose a tooth at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean your smile needs to suffer. There are numerous ways to fix a lost tooth, but today, Pleasant Valley Dental would like to educate you about the best option for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime: dental implants.  […]

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Posted July 19, 2022 / Blog, Dental Health

Do I Have Herpes? Cold Sores 101

Cold sore. Fever blister. Herpes Simplex Virus-1. These babies go by a lot of different names, but the experience is always the same: Telltale burning or itching near the lip A red bump appears a day or so later The bump becomes a cluster of blisters The blisters dry up and scab over The scab […]

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Posted June 27, 2022 / Blog, Dental Health

Vitamins and Minerals for a Healthy Smile

Most patients know which foods to avoid to keep a healthy smile, however, do you know what vitamins and minerals are good for your teeth? If you answered calcium, you are correct! But there are many more vitamins and minerals you need to keep your mouth and smile looking great. Let’s explore some lesser-known vitamins […]

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Posted May 27, 2022 / Blog, Dental Health

What’s Lurking in Your Saliva?

Saliva. Just the word can conjure an array of images in your imagination. From salivating at a delicious meal to studying Pavlov’s dogs to watching a baseball player spit, life is full of saliva! And that’s a good thing because saliva is very important for oral and overall health. Problems with saliva can lead to […]

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Posted April 27, 2022 / Blog, Patient Care

Are Baby Bottles Bad for Baby Teeth?

Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often called baby bottle tooth decay. This happens when liquids with natural or artificial sugars remain in an infant’s mouth for extended periods of time. Bacteria in the baby’s mouth thrive on these sugars, using them to produce acids that attack the teeth and gums. Today, […]

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Posted April 14, 2022 / Blog, Patient Care

Mouthguards – Do They Really Work?

Sore jaw? Restless nights? Play sports? If any of these apply to you, you might be surprised to hear that you could use a mouthguard!  Functions of Mouthguards Mouthguards are solid pieces of plastic that keep your teeth and jaw in a specific resting position. The basic function of a mouthguard is protection. Mouthguards help […]

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Posted March 27, 2022 / Blog, Dental Health

Dry Mouth: Nothing to Spit At

Can you imagine a 2-liter bottle of your favorite soda? Now imagine that same bottle filled with spit. That’s approximately how much saliva the average adult produces in their mouth every day! It may be gross, but it’s definitely important. Saliva is a normal body fluid that’s crucial for oral health and overall wellness.  If […]

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