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Building Bikes; Building Community

September 20th, 2018


Team building.  Companies spend a lot of money, time and different ways working on team building. Here's our tip on team building. Find a team building exercise that helps others.

Stefano Dental made more than 10 bikes for Erie County, Ohio foster care kids. It was a way to work on our own communication, but it was a great way make an impact for kids in need.

Our team started from the nuts and bolts of bike building and worked our way up to a completed bike for kids in need.

You don't need to have all the answers, all of the time. You can start something new, try something new, and end with a great accomplishment. Success is not measured by the amount of attempts.

I don't think any of us were experts at bike assembly. For many of us, it was our first time. But we did it. Together.

One of the greatest things we like about our jobs, is making smiles. And the best smiles are sometimes the ones we make outside of the dental chair.

Several foster care kids of all ages will get a new bike. So many of these kids go with out something to own, and these bikes will be theirs. This bike will be a way for them to socialize, get exercise, and have independence. It will give them smiles.

We're honored and grateful to have this experience. And grateful we can be part of these foster care kids 'smiles.'

Give back, when you can, how you can, where you can. Make smiles...last!

Colleen--Employee of the Month!

September 14th, 2018

Congratulations to our employee of the month, Colleen! Colleen has been a certified dental assistant for us for many years, and we're thrilled to have her as part of our Stefano Dental team!

Colleen stays busy each day by assisting our hygienists and doctors with whatever they need. She often x-rays, handles dental charting and assists our practice in whatever way is needed. She loves interacting with and catching up with our patients; they are all so interesting. And patients love to visit with Colleen too. She makes their dental experience that much more enjoyable.

In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her husband and daughter on their boat, loves taking trips to the Lake Erie islands, and also spending time in the gym.

Colleen considers herself a true foodie, and always has great recipes to share. She enjoys the local restaurants and experiencing new flavors and dishes. But she loves to cook and share her cooking with others.

If you stop by Stefano Dental this month -- make sure to congratulate Colleen on earning employee of the month status!

We're so proud of her and appreciate all that she does for our office. Whenever, however, wherever, Colleen is always willing to pitch in and help the team. She's a valued member of our team and we all applaud her this month for always going the extra mile.

Not only does she go the extra mile, but she always has a smile on her face when she does it.

We specialize in smiles, and Colleen is a great example of that! Thank you Colleen!

The Link Between Dental Hygiene and Your Overall Health

September 6th, 2018

When patients of Stefano Dental hear any mention of oral or dental hygiene, they probably think of brushing and flossing their teeth. Although these are extremely important, the term dental hygiene encompasses much more than that. Your mouth’s health, including your teeth, has an important impact on your overall physical health. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research published the surgeon general's first ever report on dental health. It is called A National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health. In that report, the Surgeon General states that the 1948 World Health Organization expanded its earlier definition of health to "a complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being, and not just the absence of infirmity."

The Importance of Oral Health to Total Overall Health

One of the most important themes that the dental health report stressed is that you cannot be healthy without oral health. It went on to explain that oral health and general health are inextricably linked, and therefore can't be seen as two separate things. Because oral health is so critical to overall health, it should be included in all community health programs. For individuals, this means that it is just as important to take care of your mouth, your teeth, and your overall oral health as it is to take care of the rest of your body. The two most prevalent dental diseases are caries (cavities), also known as tooth decay, and periodontal (gum) disease.

Ways that Oral Health Impacts Overall Health

One important way in which good oral health contributes to better overall health is seen in the findings of several studies in which the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients were significantly lowered when their periodontal (or gum disease) was successfully treated. Your mouth has roughly 500 different species of bacteria. Many are harmless, and some are even good bacteria that help maintain the balance of your intestinal flora. Harmful bacteria can infect your gums, causing gingivitis. Your body's immune system may try to fight off the alien invaders, but they attack your gums, causing inflammation and bleeding when you brush.

Now that you know how important good dental hygiene is, be sure to see to get your teeth cleaned every six months, have regular dental checkups, brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily, and replace your toothbrush at least every couple of months. Call us to schedule your next appointment at our convenient Sandusky, OH location.

You Did It Again; Because Giving is Limitless

September 5th, 2018

Here's the news headline:

Stefano Dental Donates 200 Household Goods to Support Norwalk Immigrant Kids - Sandusky Dental Office Collects Groceries for St. Paul Catholic Church Fundraiser

Lata Stefano, D.D.S of Stefano Dental of Sandusky, Ohio collected more than 200 household goods for the Norwalk, Ohio immigrant children, as part of St. Paul’s Catholic Church fundraiser to support the immigrant children. For more information on Stefano Dental, visit www.stefanodental.com.

Items collected, include:  four cases of diapers, seven sets of shampoo/conditioner, two cases of baby wipes, five mops with bucket and cleaning supplies, 10 bottles of bleach, 10 boxes of cereal, 10 dish soaps, 50 canned goods, 15 bottles of laundry detergent, 15 boxes of tissue, five packs of toilet paper, a case of toothbrushes and toothpastes, and chocolate syrup.

But this isn't about us. It's about you. How many of our patients and community members came forward to give and make a difference!

No matter the cause or the need - you show up. And we very much appreciate your effort and commitment to make a difference in our community.

How we show up makes all the difference with someone else. So, thank you you so much for giving back! We're honored to be a part of this community!

We know the immigrant children of Norwalk, Ohio will appreciate the effort and this will certainly make a difference for their families.

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