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A Morning Huddle

February 17th, 2020

How you start your day; is how you set the rest of your day. That one moment, minute or or hour before you get the day going, is sometimes, everything. We sometimes spend our mornings in a rush. But what if we slowed it down enough to take in the richness of a new day. A new start to another day that might seem like any other day, but this time might reveal something very different, very new, very wonderful.

At Stefano Dental, we start the day with a morning huddle. The Stefano Dental team gathers around and we discuss the day that is to come. We gather to inspire, to encourage and to rally each other to a wonderful day.

And in that morning huddle we simply say:  We ask for your help to heal the people entrusted to our care and bless them with the best outcome of which they are in need.

Entrusting ourselves to our best selves and to a higher power is so empowering for our team. Believing that together, we can do great things and surrendering to the idea that we are IN SERVICE to other's well-being is so gratifying.

In the healthcare, sometime we might get caught up in procedures and appointments, diagnoses and treatments. But in truth, we're dealing with human beings with families, and lives. People with goals and dreams and fears.

And so while in our care, we're not only treating oral mouth concerns, we're connecting and treating the whole person.

Thank you for entrusting us to your care!


Why You Shouldn't Skip the Dentist

February 11th, 2020

Stefano Dental loves to see its patients at least twice a month for cleanings. And why is that?

A thorough dental check up isn't just about making sure you have no cavities, no tartar, no plaque build up.

Nowadays, dentists are trained to look for symptoms that go far beyond basic dental care.

Mouth sores, and other symptoms can help detect diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, high blood pressure. Not to mention, dentists can help detect for oral cancer too.

Why is it important to invest in bi-annual teeth cleanings? By the time you have serious gum disease, it might be too late to either save a tooth or prescribe preventative treatment.

The preventive measure of bi-annual cleanings can help avoid much larger, long-term dental costs.

If you're avoided the dentist, because you don't want to pay for a cleaning or you think you don't need it, think about the amount of money you're saving by investing in this preventive check-up.

Remember, as we age, our oral health habits change, and our teeth change. It's important that you keep a regular pattern of check-ups for the youngest to the oldest.

Beautiful smiles are only part of the outcome of regular, bi-annual check-ups. The real pay off is the healthy smiles, and overall physical health too.

If you have questions about your oral health or the importance of cleanings, please ask our staff about it. We love to talk about teeth, gums and oral health.

We look forward to seeing you at your next cleaning!



Melanie -- Employee of the Month

February 4th, 2020

Stefano Dental is thrilled to announce that Melanie is our new employee of the month. As Insurance Coordinator, the tasks she performs are mainly done behind the scenes. She works to ensure our patient's insurance eligibility and dental benefit information are obtained and verified. To achieve the best results, she works closely with the front desk. In doing this, we strive to help our patients receive and maintain their best oral health care needs. Other responsibilities she has includes assisting our Business Administrator, with duties such as assembling accounts payable, insurance explanations and benefit remittances. She also helps  Dr.Stefano and the team  organize and prepare the agendas for  weekly Team meetings.

Melanie has been in the dental field since 1997 and has been part of the Stefano Dental Team since 2006. Outside of work, she really enjoys spending time with her husband, Donny and their seven wonderful children. She also likes reading, dancing and playing dominoes.

She loves to ensure that patients have a great dental experience, and she will continue to assist our dental team, and look forward to helping you in anyway that she can.

Melanie is patient and kind; and her customer support skills make her a wonderful asset to the Stefano Dental team.

She always gives one hundred percent and does so with a smile on her face. Patients don't get to have a lot of one-on-one time with Melanie because she's behind the scenes much of time, but if you've had an insurance question and had to call our office, you've probably spoken to Melanie.

Please give her a shout out next time you see her or speak to her!

Give Kids a Smile Day - Feb. 26

January 28th, 2020

We're ready to give back again for Give Kids a Smile Day, coming up Wed., Feb. 26 at the Erie County Healthy Department for those kids in need.

It's the 17th Annual Give Kids a Smile Program of the Ohio Dental Association on Wed., Feb. 26 from 1 PM to 7 PM. Free exams, cleanings and x-rays and other dental services will be offered at the Erie County Health Department at 420 Superior St., Sandusky, Ohio for children in need. Dr. Stefano will be volunteering alongside the Erie County, Ohio health department dentists. For more information, contact the Erie Co. Health Dept. at 419-626-5623, ext 218, or go to www.stefanodental.com.

Children, ages 1 to 18, in need of dental care, will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. The volunteer services are offered to children whose families meet the following criteria: they have no private dental insurance, nor the means to afford dental care; are living on a limited income; are experiencing financial difficulty (could be due to divorce, illness, death, loss of job, etc.); child is in apparent need of dental examination and may need care; and the child is not a current patient at another dental office.

ABOUT GIVE KIDS a SMILE (GKAS) PROGRAM of the Ohio Dental Association:   The 15th annual Give Kids a Smile program of the Ohio Dental Association brings local dentists and other volunteers in Ohio together to educate, examine and/or treat children who do not have access to dental care.  Many children getting the free dental care have never been to a dentist before. GKAS Day was started by the American Dental Association in 2003 and has grown to “more than just a day” in many areas of Ohio. For more information, go to https://oda.org/community-involvement/give-kids-a-smile/.

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