May 22nd, 2018
May is Military Appreciation Month. Take a moment to thank all those who serve in the armed services. We are grateful to have Dr. Alexis Klassen as part of our team. Dr. Klassen has served with the US Navy Reserves for many years.
She's committed to serving her country, her community and her patients!
She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Upon completion of dental school, she spent the following year studying and gaining experience in the fields of general dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, and acute care during a credentialing tour with the United States Navy.
She's always had a strong desire to live a life of service to others and thus decided to join the United States Navy as a dental officer upon the completion of her schooling. While in the Navy, she lived in Rhode Island, South Carolina, Mississippi, Illinois and Okinawa, Japan.
Upon the resignation of her active-duty position, she started her service in the Navy Reserves and moved to Ohio with her husband and two sons, to be closer to family and friends. They are frequent visitors to the local Ohio parks; and love bike rides, basketball games, bonfires, and trips to their Northern Michigan cabin where cell phones and the Internet still do not exist!
Please help us thank Dr. Klassen for her military service!
May 15th, 2018
We all love happy hour, the specials, the snacks, the drinks. Keep in mind that all alcoholic beverages pose a serious threat to your oral health. Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth. This reduces saliva flow which can cause serious problems over time such as tooth decay and gum disease. Sipping on sugary cocktails has the added danger of bathing your teeth in sugar for a long time.
Wine deserves special mention as we know it stains your teeth. There are other concerns as well. Being an alcohol, wine dries the mouth and can also make teeth sticky, promoting stain formation. In addition, both red and white wines are very acidic which we already know may be harmful to your teeth. Keep in mind that while red wine can stain your teeth, white wines are more acidic, so they might be even more dangerous to your enamel.
When it comes to coffee, its common knowledge how bad coffee stains your teeth, and coffee stains are among the worst for your teeth as they are very stubborn. In addition, just like with wine, coffee makes teeth sticky and also dries out your mouth. It gets even worse if you add sugar to sweeten your coffee as there are few things worse for your teeth than sugar. If that’s not enough, coffee is also acidic, which we know wears down enamel. Of course, we don’t expect you to stop drinking your favorite beverage, but to minimize the damage please drink plenty of water afterwards and try to avoid additives like sugar.
Brushing after a meal/beverage is of course always a great option, remember to wait 20 minutes if you’ve consumed highly acidic foods/beverages that have weakened your enamel. If possible, always rinse your mouth with water after a meal and drink lots of water throughout the day as well. Try using a straw when drinking highly acidic beverages to minimize their contact with your teeth.
May 11th, 2018
Happy Mother's Day! It's time to take a moment to cherish, remember, spend time with your mom. Whether it's a mentor or step-mom, grandmother or friend; whomever gave and gives you that motherly love, take time to say thank you to her this weekend!
Nothing better than to see your mom's smile. You can whiten her smile now through June and 100% of those whitening services will go directly to Smiles for Life charities. Give back to children and make mom's smile even more spectacular!
We have many moms in our Stefano Dental office, including Dr. Stefano and Dr. Klassen, but we want to acknowledge one our Stefano Dental moms, because she's also our Employee of the Quarter!
Every quarter we like to give a shout out to one of our employees! This quarter we're honoring Colleen, one of our amazing certified dental assistants.
Colleen assists our hygienists and dentists with whatever they need. Whether its taking X-rays or handling charts. She loves interacting with and catching up with our patients; they are all so interesting! When she's not at Stefano Dental making smiles, she enjoys relaxing with her husband and daughter on their boat. Her favorite boating trip is a trip to the local Lake Erie islands, and also spending time in the gym. She loves different types of food and is a self-proclaimed foodie! You can see Colleen's favorite recipe on Stefano Dental's newsletter, posted on its website.
Happy Mother's Day! Give a brighter smile and give back!
May 4th, 2018
Smiles for Life is upon us and we're looking to whiten people's smiles for Junior Achievement! Teeth whitening products can be confusing to sort through. Here's an overview of what to look for. The ADA distinguishes between whitening and bleaching products that contain peroxide.
Some of these whitening products can be done at a dental office, or dentists can give patients the product to use at home, or the products can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC).
Tooth sensitivity can occur with bleaching treatment. Talk to your dentist about what's best for you.
There are many whitening toothpastes to choose from with the ADA Seal of Acceptance program. These toothpastes remove surface stains for a brighter smiles. There are many over the counter options.
Make sure you consult with your dentist to see what option works for you!
The best part of whitening your teeth with Stefano Dental is that all our whitening services are given back to Junior Achievement now through June 30, 2018. We raised almost $3000 last year for charity and we want to increase our donation for 2018. With the support of our patients, we know we can do it!
Give yourself a whiter smile this summer! Make a difference in a young person's life!