Thank You, Ron!

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Every month, we identify our next “Share a Smile” patient. As some of you may remember, this is a relatively new program here at Future of Dentistry. We designed it as a way to thank our patients for being… well… awesome!

Ron Gerace is our “Share a Smile” recipient for the month of February. We invited him to stop by the office recently to receive his gift — a $100 cash card and a bag full of goodies for Ron and his wife.

Ron exemplifies why we have this program. He has recommended Future of Dentistry to family members, which is the highest praise we can receive. He is prompt, friendly and a pleasure for our staff. He’s also a great community member in general.

Thank you, Ron, for Sharing a Smile!

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What’s New?! Changes at Future of Dentistry

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One of Future of Dentistry’s teams in the Wakefield Basketball Assoc.

The year is off to an exciting start for Future of Dentistry. Here are some of the changes and additions we’ve unveiled:

  • New community partnerships and sponsorships, including the Wakefield Basketball Assoc., pictured here!
  • A new-and-improved website with lots of photos, patient forms and more.
  • An upcoming guest column on the Wicked Local newspaper sites in several local communities — Wakefield, Reading and Stoneham.
  • New computers in patient rooms, to help provide you a clearer picture of your oral health.
  • Expanded office space to handle our growing business.
  • Additional staff, both on the clinical side and the administrative.
  • New ways to share: Keep up on programs and news through our Facebook page and by following this blog. You can also sign up to receive our newsletter in email format; just notify us of your preference by sending an email to lisa.futureofdentistry@gmail.com.

Brain Injury Awareness: The Role of Mouthguards

From the NFL to local schools, there is increased awareness of the damage caused by concussions. Health experts are still researching and trying to better understand the health implications of mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI).

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. It’s an appropriate time to focus on this important issue, since families begin to think about registration and equipment for the spring sports season.

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People often splurge on the best helmet — but what about the quality of the mouth guard attached to it?

In a recent study, high school football players wearing store-bought mouth guards were more than twice as likely to suffer MTBI/concussions compared to those wearing custom-made, properly fitted mouth guards.

While the study focused on one sport, it demonstrates that “boil and bite” mouth guards purchased over the counter aren’t as effective as customized ones created by a dental professional.

As some of you may know, Future of Dentistry offers special programs to make mouth guards more affordable for the families of young student athletes. A patient from Wakefield recently said to our staff, “It’s too bad you don’t offer mouth guard programs for basketball.” In fact, we do. Although mouth guards are associated with high-impact sports like football and hockey, we do not restrict our programs based on which sport your son or daughter plays.

Safety comes first for kids, and that’s true for all sports. Ask our staff about our special offer for Wakefield residents, as well as our participation in the Grin and Wear It program, which benefits patients in all Massachusetts communities.

To learn more about this opportunity, call our office at 781-245-2299 and tell them you read about the mouth guard program in our blog.

Dental Assistant Recognition Week

Cosmetic_add toDental Assistant Recognition Week (DARW) is held the first week in March. Many people are unfamiliar with the role of dental assistants, but they’re a vital part of any dental team.

We think of our assistants as clinical concierge, because they focus on patients’ needs in addition to assisting Dr. Casazza and our other dentists. Assistants are educated and certified for a variety of duties, including patient care, administrative tasks and laboratory functions.

An assistant’s responsibilities include taking x-rays, making impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts, tracking a patient’s medical history, taking blood pressure and pulse, teaching patients strategies to improve oral health, and providing post-treatment dental asst recog wk 2instructions. These are just a few of the many services assistants provide.

Future of Dentistry is blessed to have fantastic dental assistants! They are essential members of our team year-round, but Dental Assistant Recognition Week is a great time to honor their efforts. This year, recognition week falls March 6-12. A special thank you to our assistants for all their hard work and diligence.