Say Hello to iTero: For a Better, More Comfortable Dental Experience
added on: May 5, 2022
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When you come to Ponderosa Dental Center and meet with your Bend dentist Dr. Joshua Prentice, you will be impressed with our state-of-the-art technology: we just know it. One of the ways we provide a more comfortable, innovative dental experience is by using an exciting piece of technology known as… Read More…


The Many Benefits of a Full Mouth Restoration in Bend
added on: April 11, 2022
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Do the words “full mouth restoration” give you just a touch of dental anxiety? While it may sound a bit intimidating, rest assured that your Bend dentist Dr. Josh Prentice will show you all of the benefits of restoring your smile to improve its appearance and overall function. You’ll be… Read More…


Home Remedies and Treatments for Tonsil Stones
added on: December 21, 2021
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Have you ever heard of tonsil stones? Your Bend dentist thought it might be a good idea to shed some light on this often overlooked health issue. Let’s talk a little about what exactly it means to have tonsil stones and how you can help yourself at home should they… Read More…


4 Ways to Straighten Your Smile
added on: November 30, 2021

Did you know that crooked teeth can affect more than just your appearance? Teeth that are overlapped or crooked can affect your bite, make it difficult to properly clean your teeth, and even cause problems with digestion. But there’s good news — you don’t have to live with a crooked… Read More…


How Quitting Smoking Can Improve Dental Health
added on: November 17, 2021

Smoking can be harmful to many parts of your body, including your teeth. It increases the likelihood of tooth discoloration, cavities, and oral cancer, among other things, so it’s no surprise that quitting smoking can improve oral health. If you currently smoke but are interested in quitting, let your dentist… Read More…


Are Cavities Contagious? 
added on: October 29, 2021

The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold. Of course, we all know how easy it is to catch a cold, but can you also catch cavities? Sounds pretty far-fetched. But guess what your dentist in Bend knows? Catching a cavity… Read More…


Does Dental Insurance Reset Every Year?
added on: October 20, 2021

Dental insurance can be a good thing to have, but the benefits don’t last forever. If you have dental insurance, there’s a chance that it’s going to expire at the end of the year. Unfortunately, many people let their benefits sit unused. However, there are several good reasons why you… Read More…


What To Do After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Taken Out
added on: September 30, 2021

Once your wisdom teeth have been removed, it’s important to take good care of your mouth during recovery to minimize pain and speed up healing time. Even though wisdom teeth removal is usually a pretty straightforward procedure, it can still cause some pain and discomfort as you heal from the… Read More…


“Do I Have Gum Disease?” 
added on: September 16, 2021

Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and can cause some unwanted side effects, such as your gums pulling away from the teeth. This can lead to deep pockets between your teeth and gums. Gum disease also makes your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay, and, if left… Read More…


How Can I Get a Whiter Smile? 
added on: August 26, 2021

If you want to know how to get whiter teeth, you’ve come to the right place! Thanks to advancements in whitening technology, your dentist in Bend offers several ways for you to whiten your teeth and give you back that gorgeous smile! Read on to find out which methods will… Read More…


Got Bad Breath? Here’s What You Need to Know
added on: August 5, 2021

What’s the best way to freshen your breath? We’re glad you asked! August 6th is recognized as National Fresh Breath Day, and your dentist in Bend wants to take a closer look at what you can do to get that minty freshness all day long, as well as what may… Read More…


Does Vaping Cause The Same Oral Health Problems As Cigarettes? 
added on: July 27, 2021

You might think that vaping is a safe alternative to smoking — and you wouldn’t be alone. Many former smokers, and even never-smokers, are turning to electronic cigarettes as a safer smoking option. But just how much safer is vaping than cigarettes? As it turns out, not much safer at… Read More…


4 Things That Can Happen If You Don’t Brush Your Teeth Regularly
added on: July 16, 2021

The American Dental Association, along with your dentist in Bend, recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day, every day. However, many people don’t brush their teeth as often as they should. This can increase the risk of developing some serious oral problems.  1. Cavities The… Read More…


3 Things You Should Do If Your Filling Falls Out
added on: June 25, 2021

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 90% of American adults have had at least one cavity in their lifetime. Most of the time, these cavities will be fixed with a filling from your dentist in Bend. While dental fillings are tough restorations, there is a chance… Read More…


Soda Isn’t The Only Drink That’s Bad For Your Teeth
added on: June 14, 2021

We’ve all heard our dentists talk about how important it is to take it easy on the soda. But did you know that there’s another drink out there that can also harm your teeth? It turns out that the sugar content in sweet sodas isn’t the only thing that concerns… Read More…


Is Tooth Discoloration Bad? 
added on: May 25, 2021

If you notice that your teeth aren’t quite as white as they used to be, or if there’s a sudden appearance of brown, yellowish, or black spots, you have every right to be concerned. After all, we all want to have bright, white smiles we’re proud to show off. But… Read More…


Allergies & Cavities
added on: May 18, 2021

Pollen counts are high, eyes are itchy, noses are drippy, and sinuses everywhere are stuffy. It’s allergy season, and even though allergies don’t directly cause cavities, allergies can still be concerning for your dentist in Bend. In fact, the way our bodies react to allergens can put us at increased… Read More…


How to Protect Teeth From Acid Reflux
added on: April 29, 2021

Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, is an incredibly common problem associated with the digestion process. So why in the world is your dentist in Bend writing about something that’s typically seen as a stomach problem? The truth is, acid reflux can wear down tooth enamel… Read More…


Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Eat Sweets?
added on: February 24, 2021

It’s no secret that your dentist in Bend isn’t a big fan of sugar. After all, this sweet ingredient can feed mouth bacteria and increase the risk of decay. But what does it mean when your teeth hurt while enjoying the occasional sweet treat? This type of tooth discomfort is… Read More…


Pandemic Stress & Oral Health Problems
added on: February 15, 2021
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As we head into the one-year mark of this pandemic, there are still several unknowns. But one thing has remained constant the whole time — stress levels are high, and rightfully so. Stress isn’t the best thing for health, especially at times like these. Prolonged periods of high stress can… Read More…


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