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May is National Dental Health Month; Let's Smile

May 21st, 2019

With all the special holiday months --- we just got another one named in 2019---May was also designated as National Dental Health Month. It's also National Strawberry Month, National Mental Health Month and National Military Appreciation Month. All things we love to talk about. Have you tried any local strawberries yet?

Of course, our favorite topic is National Dental Health Month! At Stefano Dental, your oral health is what keeps us going and educated on the latest procedures and technologies.

Many people ask me why I got into dentistry? I always knew I wanted to be a physician of some kind. And toward the end of my undergraduate program which was in zoology...yes, zoology! I love animals too, have you met my two dogs, Josie and Maggie?

Toward the end of that program, I was leaning toward dental school...and got accepted into the THE Ohio State University Dental School. Go Bucks!

What I didn't realize then, was that smiles would be why I love dentistry! Who knew the power of a healthy smile back in my 20s. As I age, I see how a healthy smile can create confidence, self-esteem and positive feelings in a patient.

Could you say a healthy smile helps with your emotional well-being? I think so. Smiling helps no matter what, but when you smile AND feel good about yourself, you're creating a whole other dynamic.

So maybe it's a perfect pair to join National Dental Health Month and National Mental Health Month. Smiles are contagious and smiles help us spread positive vibes inside and out.

I'm grateful to be a part of that chemistry!

Keep on smiling!

Whiter Smiles-Brighter Futures

May 13th, 2019

Why do we whiten smiles for charity? Every year we take time to help a local shelter or organization in need. Our office provides all the services for free, the only thing the patient gives is $99 --- which goes directly to the charity. Stefano Dental receives no fees or compensation for the whitening.

This year we chose the local Care & Share. The Sandusky Care and Share supports families in need with food and necessities for living.

They rely on the generous donations of the community to provide for these families in need.

If you're planning to whiten  your teeth, please think about stopping by, because whitening your smile can bring a smile to other's faces.

Something as simple as dental procedure could provide necessary food and care to a family that's struggling with everyday needs.

And if you decide you don't want to whiten, please consider donating a grocery store gift card. Any amount can help.

Stefano Dental has been whitening teeth for charity for several years, and we're committed to giving back through our dental services.

If you have suggestions on organizations that need support, we'd love to hear from you.

Together we can make a difference and there are so many ways to help.

Our whitening procedures are simple and effective and can go a long way for a brighter smile. A brighter smile can help someone have a brighter future.

We're offering our whitening service for charity through June 30. So please consider what you can do to make a difference.

Whiter smiles can offer brighter futures!

Military Appreciation Month in May

May 10th, 2019

We like to give a big shout out to our Dr. Klassen! A long-time military reservist, serving in the US Navy.

Dr. K is an important part of our Dr. Stefano staff. Her critical thinking, superior clinical care and passionate patient care are what makes her an excellent part of our team.

When Dr. K isn't making beautiful smiles, she's spending time with her husband and two sons. 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 was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and lived in nearby Brighton and attended Bowling Green State University to earn her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. She has 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 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 moved with her husband and two sons to Woodville, Ohio, to be close to her family and friends. As a family, they are frequent visitors to the parks in the area, and love bike rides, basketball games, bonfires, and trips to their cabin in Northern Michigan where cell phones and the Internet still do not exist.

Help us thank Dr. K for her service in the military.

May is National Mental Health Month

May 6th, 2019

May is National Mental Health Month! Many people either know someone suffering with mental illness or suffer from a mental illness themselves.

There are many organizations that can help you with treatment, support and guidance in dealing with mental illness. One of the largest mental health advocacy groups is NAMI. The National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Here is some information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness that you can use to help get the resources you need.

  • 1 in 5 people live with a mental health condition.
  • Out of the 2 million people living in the Northern Virginia, 400,000 will experience a mental health condition in any given year.   And many more are family members and friend of someone who lives with a mental health condition
  • Mental health conditions include: bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and many other diagnoses.
  • There is typically 10 years between the emergence of symptoms and treatment!
  • We can all reduce stigma and provide a safe space for people to reach out for help by better understanding mental health and remembering that having an illness or disorder does not define who a person is.
  • With support and effective treatment—which is unique to each individual—there is hope!  Everyone can move towards wellness.
  • FNAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers support groups, classes, educational presentations, a Help Line and much more for both individuals living with a mental health condition and family members--at no cost to the participants.
  • These programs are a great way to learn more and to connect with other people who really “get it.”  And . . . you discover that you are not alone and there is hope!
  • NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) has a thousand affiliates across the country.
  • You can find your local affiliate by going to NAMI.org and searching under “Find My NAMI.”

Don't wait --- get help now.

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