March 24th, 2020
It seems like our last week's post was so long ago. But only 7 days ago, we changed. Our world changed. Our expectations changed. Our daily lives changed.
Under new restrictions due to COVID and its spread, our office is now closed. We're only open for emergency appointments through the end of March, 2020.
But after March. Then what. We're not sure. Doctors aren't sure. Our government isn't sure. So while we wait. We have some reminders for us all. As we wait and watch, as we try to keep moving ahead, physically, mentally, emotionally and financially--and it will at times feel like it's at a snail pace---not fast enough, be present. Haven't we been moving at lightning speed for longer than we can remember?
We continue to receive updates and information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and containment recommendations for Ohio and the United States. It’s our top priorities to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus by adhering to federal and state health mandates, and protect the health and well-being of our staff, patients and community.
Two weeks ago, the Ohio Department of Public Health and the Ohio State Dental Board are recommending that dentists take precautionary measures by postponing elective surgery for patients if it does not put patient's health in danger.
What can you do now?
• Please continue to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily.
• Strive for good self-care practices during this time. Getting fresh air, eating right, and getting proper rest will help support a healthy immune system.
• Walking (if able) can help mental, emotional and physical well-being.
• Social distancing prevents physical connection, but doesn’t have to restrict emotional connection---use your phone and connect with loved ones, by email, text or even better, make that call!
• Share encouragement, hope, humor and love.
• Remind yourself and others with daily positive affirmations.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility. Together, we can. Be well!
Dr. Lata, Dr. K and Staff
March 19th, 2020
Dr. Stefano was recently in Money Magazine. You can check out the article in the link below.
Water piks can provide a deep level of gum cleansing than regular flossing. They can be more expensive but are also providing you with better, more comprehensive cleaning.
From the Money Magazine excerpt--Dr. Lata Stefano says:If you’re one of the millions of Americans who know they need to floss more, Dr. Lata Stefano has a recommendation for you. Based in Ohio, Dr. Stefano likes the Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra because of its “user-friendly” nature. “It’s known to be the 60-second flosser,” she says. “It has targeted cleaning and can improve gum health.”
Water piks can be found at many stores and online as well. There are many to choose from. Make sure you read up on what you require and what you're looking for.
Some water piks are more user friendly than others. There are some water piks that are more expensive than others too. Find the water pik that works best for you.
If you have questions about what water pik works best, ask your dentist. Dr. Stefano and Dr. Klassen are always available to share best practices and advice on products.
If you know you won't floss with regular floss, or need something that's more user friendly a wter pik might be for you.
We encourage you to floss no matter what water pik you choose, or just use the traditional floss. Most important, floss daily!
March 12th, 2020
Looking for more ways to give back? How about get your oral cancer screening for only $20? It's a great way to help our local Cancer Services of Sandusky and be a support to our community. Please read below. We're giving back 100% of all fees now through June 30, 2020.
If you're not sure if you need an oral cancer screening, ask your dentist. There are many reasons to get an oral cancer screening. Maybe you've been a smoker, have a family history of oral cancer, chew tobacco, etc. Oral cancer screenings help detect pre-cancerous tissue. Prevention is key with oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings can be an effective form of preventative treatment for oral cancer.
Stefano Dental of Sandusky, Ohio is offering $20 VELscope oral cancer screenings now through June 30, 2020 to help support Cancer Services of Sandusky, Ohio, where 100% of the oral cancer screening fees will be donated. VELscope oral cancer screenings can help detect pre-cancerous tissue. For more information, please go to www.stefanodental.com.
“Dentistry isn’t just about cleanings and cavities, we’re also big advocates for oral health and prevention, which is why oral cancer screenings are so important,” said Dr. Lata Stefano of Stefano Dental of Sandusky, Ohio. “Not only are we offering screenings, but we’re giving back 100% to Cancer Services to help those in need,” said Dr. Stefano.
About VELscope: The VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System is a handheld scope that can help detect oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer and pre-cancer, using a harmless bright blue light. For more information go to https://apteryx.com/product/velscope-vx-system/
March 4th, 2020
With the Democratic Primary vote all a buzz this month. Voting is on a lot of people's minds.
We encourage everyone to vote as your civic duty. Women and persons of color were not allowed to vote not too long ago. Make it a point to honor the sacrifices of those brave individuals who gave so many of us the right to vote.
There are other votes taking place too. Albeit, not as serious, and not a civic duty at all.
But Stefano Dental would love to hear from you! Who's your favorite dentist? Please take a moment to vote. Sandusky Register is asking everyone to vote for their favorites.
And you can vote once, every day, through March 29, 2020.
The link above should take you directly to the page to vote for all your favorites.
Stefano Dental has amazing patients that we are thrilled to have be part of our community.
There are not many times you get to vote every day through out a month. We invite you to show your support for Stefano Dental, if you choose to.
Our practice has been part of the community for many years, and we're successful at making smiles because we believe in healthy smiles!
Please visit us twice a year for your regular dental check ups and don't forget our Veloscope screenings. Ask our team if you're a candidate for oral screenings.
Thank you in advance for your support and vote of confidence! We're here because you make it possible.
Happy Voting Day!