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Smile Big: Good Dental Health Helps People Living with Diabetes

With the end of November comes the end of Diabetes Awareness Month, but that’s no reason to stop being aware. The International Diabetes Foundation estimates more than 400 million people in the world are living with diabetes right now.  When poorly-managed, diabetes can cause serious physical issues and can lead to big problems with oral health. Practicing […]

Implants or Dentures: What’s Right For You?

The American Dental Association (ADA) estimates more than 36 million Americans are living without teeth and approximately 120 million people are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss is not only a cosmetic issue. It can increase the risk of infection, causing bone damage, affecting the ability to chew, and impairing dental functionality. Immediate dental […]

Healthy Teeth for Halloween

It’s October! Leaves are falling, pumpkins are popping and Halloween is just around the corner. You know what that means…CANDY. Here at Three Rivers Dental, we’re here to help keep your teeth happy and healthy, even if some candy is enjoyed. While we can help with a cleaning or follow up dental care after sugar […]

Gum Disease Linked to High Blood Pressure

The more severe gum disease is, the higher the chance of hypertension. The findings of a study published in the Oxford Academic have concluded that Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, has been linked to hypertension also referred to as high blood pressure. After analyzing the results of 81 studies including more than 200,000 people, […]

Myth Busters About Sedation Dentistry

More than 50% of Americans skip the dentist every year due to fear or anxiety. Three Rivers Dental Group understands some patients are uneasy about dental procedures. For nearly 40 years we have focused on helping patients overcome their anxiety and get the dental care they need. In fact, we busted those scary sedation dentistry […]

Is Vaping Damaging Your Teeth As Much As Cigarettes?

Vaping was initially introduced as a healthier alternative to cigarettes to help quit smoking. This might not be entirely accurate. According to new research emerging, vaping may be just as damaging to teeth as cigarettes.  The majority of issues stem from an e-cigarette or vape pen heating, altering oral bacteria and drying out the mouth […]

Designing Dental Implants

With dental implants becoming a popular alternative to dentures and partials, many patients wonder about the logistics of having a completely new smile. What is the process? How are the implants placed? What benefits do they provide? Many people also worry about the expense. Three Rivers Dental can create a custom dental implant solution to […]

What’s the Lifespan of Your Dentures?

Many Americans find themselves struggling with the loss of their teeth as they age. Dental implants might seem too expensive or invasive, and in that case, dentures are the perfect option. If it’s been more than six years since you got dentures it is time to get them checked. Three Rivers Dental is here to […]

Healthy Teeth You Can Afford

Annual dental visits help prevent issues like cavities, gum disease, and so much more. So why are so many Americans skipping their yearly visit? Is it fear, forgetfulness, or are annual dental visits being delayed because patients simply cannot afford the cost?   Senior citizens are affected most by the cost of dental care. Once […]

Love Your Smile. Lose the Stains.

Each time a stain-causing food or drink is consumed, plaque bacteria deposits absorb onto teeth, forming a rough surface on enamel and causing discoloration. Stains cannot attach to a smooth tooth surface. Eliminate stains sticking to teeth by visiting Three Rivers Dental regularly for professional cleaning, scaling or polishing to remove plaque and professional whitening […]


When you think of phobias, what do you think of? Acrophobia? The fear of heights? Arachnophobia? The fear of spiders? Ophidiophobia? The fear of snakes? Mysophobia? The fear of germs? Fear comes in many forms. For most Americans, one of those fears is the dentist, dentophobia. Whether it’s sitting in a reclined chair for what […]

Prevent Periodontitis linked to Hypertension.

Bad mouth taste, red, puffy gums or seeing blood while brushing, these common issues associated with periodontitis could actually be an indicator of a more serious problem—high blood pressure. Heart and dental health go hand in hand. A study conducted by the Oral Health Foundation linked bad mouth taste, or bad breath as a possible […]

Brush, Floss, Mouthwash. Repeat.

To maintain a healthy smile there are a number of good habits to adopt, here are a few to start with. Including these daily habits will decrease the chances of gum disease, bad breath, cavities, and sensitivity. Let’s start with brushing. A white smile can’t happen overnight! However, making small specific changes in your routine […]

The Four Types of Sedation

Oral Sedation – This type of sedation is for minimal relief and is done by taking a pill. Depending on the work you are being treated for you can either receive a low to a higher dosage. This pill is usually taken an hour before the procedure,  you will still be awake after you take […]

Live Longer with Good Oral Hygiene!!!

Why is it so important to maintain good oral hygiene and have your teeth cleaned every 4-6 months? The American Heart Association and cardiologists after years of research have shown and proven that the bacteria that is part of the plaque and calculus on your teeth and gums, creates an inflammation that can lead or […]

Sedation Dentistry

Three Rivers Dental Group is Western Pennsylvania’s leader in sedation dentistry. Dr. Larry Rudolph was one of the very first dentists in the Pittsburgh area to pioneer the use of IV or what is commonly called “sleep dentistry” for those patients who have a fear of the dentist.  IV sedation eliminates the sights, sounds, smells […]

New Smile In A Day?!

Walking out of a dentist office with new teeth in one day? That’s unheard of! Until recent technology has allowed us to improve the process of implants. At Three Rivers Dental, it only takes an hour or two to create a smile that you can be confident about. The process of placing dental implants is […]

The Four Steps to Dentures

Dentures are a great alternative if you don’t plan to get dental implants. The development process of dentures can take up to a month. Necessary appointments and “try on” will be scheduled to find the perfect fit. At Three Rivers Dental we have many options for Comfy Fit dentures ranging from premium to basic. Here […]

Anxiety? Not at Three Rivers Dental!

Your oral health is integral to your overall health and well-being, yet many people avoid taking care of much needed dental procedures because of their anxiety about sitting in the dentist chair. Sleep dentistry allows doctors to perform dental procedures that may be uncomfortable or lengthy, making it easier for patients to seek and receive […]

Soldier Smile Project

At Three Rivers Dental we are committed to supporting our veterans, this is why we launched the Soldier’s Smile Project. We are currently offering free dental care to a select group of heroes who need dental care. To enter, please fill out the application form on our website. Please include a brief 80-word summary of […]

Are Dental Implants For You?

  If you’re considering replacing missing teeth or if you have loose fitting dentures, dental implants are the answer. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Implants are designed to fuse with bone, so they become permanent. When using poor-fitted dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing slurred words. Dental implants […]

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Sedation can be useful if: You don’t want to be aware of what’s happening during a procedure and you want to be “out of it.” In this case, IV sedation is the method of choice. You want a little help to relax – “laughing gas” can give you a pleasant relaxed feeling. You have a […]

Oral Health and Heart Disease

Three Rivers Dental knows that oral health is connected to a healthy heart. To celebrate we are offering a Healthy Heart Discount savings of $44! Flossing your teeth adds years to your life! Through the end of January, Three Rivers Dental is offering a Healthy Heart special––teeth cleaning for only $45, *regularly priced at $69, […]

Your Dental Benefits – Don’t Lose Money!

Can you believe it is already December? The year is almost over! Three Rivers Dental Group would like to remind you that your annual dental insurance benefit will be wasted and never replaced if you do not use it in 2017. Please consider having some or all of your dental care taken care of this […]

A Salute to Corporal Dan Stephen

Three Rivers Dental would like to salute our service members this Veterans Day.  We recognize the sacrifices made by our Veterans and wanted a way to “Give Back.” We came up with the “Soldiers Smile Project” as a way to help Veterans and show our appreciation. Area Veterans and their families submitted their stories and three […]

A Salute to Sergeant Tom Lochinski

Three Rivers Dental would like to salute our service members this Veterans Day.  We recognize the sacrifices made by our Veterans and wanted a way to “Give Back.” We came up with the “Soldiers Smile Project” as a way to help Veterans and show our appreciation. Area Veterans and their families submitted their stories and three […]

Our Partnership Works

For over 35 years Dr. Steve Todorovich and his team of specialists have been providing exceptional dental care in the South Hills. As longtime friends and colleagues, Dr. Larry Rudolf at Three Rivers Dental has combined that care with 30 years of sedation dentistry expertise. With sedation dentistry, you can have the great smile you’ve […]

A Salute To Sergeant Terry “Wes” Walker

Three Rivers Dental would like to salute our service members this Veterans Day.  We recognize the sacrifices made by our Veterans and wanted a way to “Give Back.” We came up with the “Soldiers Smile Project” as a way to help Veterans and show our appreciation. Area Veterans and their families submitted their stories and three […]

Sedation Dentistry

Dave would recommend Three Rivers Dental to any of his friends! Dave,  a sedation patient, has always had a high fear of dentists, but he decided to go to Three Rivers Dental when he needed to have permanents inserted. Dave compliments by saying he “had the best experience” and they “took great care of me.”

Comfy Fit Dentures at Three Rivers Dental

Three Rivers Dental offers a variety of Comfy Fit Denture options to serve your denture needs. The newer options are flexible and removable and can be used temporarily or permanently. At Three Rivers Dental, our Comfy Fit Dentures options range from premium to basic. Comfy Fit Premium dentures look natural and realistic, provide a secure […]

The Miracle of IV Sedation

If you’re one of the fifty million people that have fear over going to the dentist…there is hope. Now you no longer have to put up with painful injections, broken and unsightly teeth, loose fillings and going in for appointment after appointment. Now you can have all your dental work done in one visit…while you […]

Is a Kiss Really Just a Kiss?

Who ever said a kiss is just a kiss? In fact, it was Dooley Wilson and Louis Armstrong in the famous film, Casablana. However, as suggested by Mouth Healthy, a part of the American Dental Association (ADA), “before cozying up to your loved one this year, make sure your mouth is in good health because, […]

Common Questions About Dental Implants

What are dental implants? They are metal posts made of titanium, that, through surgery are placed into the jawbone.  Once the surgical fixtures are in place, your dentist can mount replacement teeth on top. How do dental implants work? Basically, implants are fused to your jawbone, providing support for the artificial teeth. For a more […]

Calming Dental Anxiety

Does the thought of going to the dentist cause you extreme anxiety? Join the club! You’re not alone in this feeling. Millions of people share this sentiment. At Three Rivers Dental we are experts in sedation dentistry. Through sedation dentistry we offer safe and effective treatment options for calming your dental anxiety. To help calm […]

Brushing My Teeth Before Going to Bed

Do I really need to brush my teeth before going to bed? The short answer is: yes! But why? Going to bed without brushing your teeth allows for the bacteria that lives in your mouth to make a meal on the food residue that remains in your mouth. The bacteria that excretes waste following a meal, […]

All I Want for Christmas …

“All I want for Christmas Is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth…” This catchy tune was written in 1944 by Donald Gardner, an elementary school teacher. When asking his second graders what they wanted for Christmas, he looked around and saw that almost every child was missing at […]

Things your dentist wants you to know

We all know how important dental hygiene is to our overall health, but we thought we would give you some reminders while you are waiting and thinking about your next dental appointment. 1. Dentists know more than teeth! Dentists know more than your teeth. They are experts in your entire oral health, including “correcting jaw […]

Back to School Check-ups

With the start of school just a few weeks away, it is time to start scheduling all your children’s appointments. “When people are beginning to do their pediatrician checks to make sure their kids are school-ready, make sure teeth are part of it,” says pediatric dentist and American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Mary Hayes. Regular […]

Summer Picnics: What to watch out for

What you eat matters to your dental and mouth health. So before you go to pile up your plate during that summer picnic, think twice about what is best for your teeth! While some foods and drinks can be harmless to your dental health, others can damage your teeth and mouth overtime. Sugar Exposure to […]

Fun ideas to help your children clean their teeth

Have you had a difficult time convincing your children to brush their teeth morning and night? Or maybe the struggle is with how long they need to brush for? Well with these few tips, brushing their teeth can be a fun and enjoyable process. Buy an awesome toothbrush Get your children excited about brushing by […]

Infant Oral Health Care

Even though most babies begin getting teeth around six months of age, their dental care is very important from the beginning. Soon after birth it is important to make cleaning the gums part of the daily routine. Although dentists recommend not using a toothbrush until the baby teeth emerge, it is important to wipe down […]

Flossing for Your Best Spring Smile

Flossing is an important aspect of dental health that will really make your smile shine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque. Plaque can hide in many areas where your toothbrush cannot reach, including between your teeth. Over time plaque hardens into calculus or tartar, so removing […]

Women’s Dental Health

A number of scholarly articles report that female dental hygiene differs to the male counterpart because of the difference in hormone balance throughout life. Expectantly, oral hygiene should change based on each stage of a woman’s life, i.e. puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. In each of these unique stages, hormones make a woman’s gums more […]

Are Dentures Right for Me?

Teeth and dental care is very personal, so when you suffer from tooth loss it can be difficult to figure out what to do. Dentures are a solution for tooth loss that have been around since the early 7th Century and thankfully dental technology has improved tremendously since then. Dentures provide their wearers support for […]

Your Teeth’s Partner; Your Gums

We all know brushing and flossing are imperative for healthy teeth, but what about your gums? Gums, or Gingiva, are soft tissue that surround and seal your teeth, and their health is as important as your teeth’s health. Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your gums are as healthy […]

Holiday Comfort Foods and Your Smile

As the holiday season is upon us and the weather gets chillier, we all start craving warm comfort foods and sweet desserts; hot cocoa, cider, cookies, bundt cakes, the list of wonderful winter foods goes on. However, the holiday season is a time when we have to be especially aware of what we are eating […]

Three Rivers Dental Explores New Oral Health App

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could measure the amount of bacteria and hydration levels in our mouths to prevent bad breath and unnecessary trips to the dentist? Well, there’s about to be an app for that. On a 2013 episode of ABC’s Shark Tank, all of the judges decided to invest $1 million in […]

Men’s Dental Health

Since June is the month we celebrate our fathers, we wanted to share some tips from a recent study by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) that shows men are generally less likely to take care of their oral health needs than women. The AGD cited several studies that suggest men are more inclined to […]

How to Floss Safely and Pain-Free

Flossing is one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth healthy, but only if you floss correctly. Here’s the American Dental Association’s guide on how to floss your teeth to gain the benefits of flossing without the pain. Remember, it’s better to correctly floss once a day than to floss badly […]

What are My Teeth Made of?

Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body. Are they bone or something more? While both teeth and bones are hard and calcium-heavy, teeth are even stronger than bones. Bones contain the protein collagen, which provides a flexible framework that allows them to withstand pressure. Teeth mostly consist of hard, calcified tissue called dentine […]

Sedation Dentistry: What to Expect

  Sedation dentistry, otherwise known as “sleep dentistry,” uses medication to help patients relax when they visit the dentist. At Three Rivers Dental, our extensive experience in sedation dentistry helps you relax before, during, and after your procedure. Before your appointment, be sure to inform your dentist of your complete health history, because it can […]

Brushing Up On Brushing Teeth

Follow these eight tips to safe, healthy tooth brushing for sparkling white teeth! 1.  Choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles and a head that is small enough to reach all of the teeth in the back of your mouth. 2.  Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Using too much creates over-sudsing, forcing you […]

Gingivitis 101

Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease involving inflammation of the gums caused by not brushing and flossing the teeth enough. When the sugars and starches in food interact with the bacteria found in the mouth, they form plaque–a soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums. When plaque […]

5 Tips to Holiday Dental Safety

Keeping your smile healthy during the holiday season doesn’t necessarily mean avoiding sugar entirely–it means making good choices around which sweet foods to eat. 1.  Sweet foods that are chewy or sticky, like fruitcake, tend to cling to the surface of your teeth more than non-sticky foods like chocolate or grapes. The more sugary foods […]

Daily Flossing Can Save Your Life!

While it often takes a back seat to brushing, flossing is an essential part of your oral health care routine. 70% of Americans brush their teeth twice a day, but only 50% of Americans floss daily. In reality, flossing is even more important than brushing. While brushing helps clean the surface of your teeth, flossing […]

Overcoming Fear

Overcoming fear of the dentist can be the greatest roadblock to lasting dental health. Here’s how we can help. We understand that fear can be a major stumbling block in regular dental care, and often prevents patients from receiving the regular procedures necessary to obtain maximum dental health – our experienced staff is trained to […]

Location, Location, Location

Three offices make getting there easy. Our Greentree, Greensburg and Jennerstown offices are open and conveniently serve the Western Pennsylvania area.  Each location offers plenty of free parking.  The first exam and x-rays are free so book an appointment, select an office and come on in.  Your smile will say it all. There is an easy […]