Putting Some Bite Into the NFL

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Wakefield native Anthony Fabiano is headed for the NFL! (Courtesy photo)

Some of our patients may have already heard the great news about the Fabiano family. Anthony Fabiano recently signed to the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent. In NFL draft terms, Anthony’s “athleticism and football IQ” are strong qualities in his favor.

Anthony attended Wakefield High School, where he was a star tight end/defensive end for the Warriors. He was also the epitome of a student-athlete — taking honors and AP classes, earning a place on the honor roll and ending up in the top 10 percent of his class.

His abilities on and off the field attracted some of the country’s best universities to recruit him. After graduating from WHS in 2011, Anthony went on to Harvard University.

He continued to distinguish himself as an offensive lineman, a committed student and — we can vouch for this — a wonderful young man. Anyone who’s met Anthony can understand what the NFL sees in him. Not only is he 6-foot-5 and gifted at football, he’s also intelligent and has a great attitude.

Anthony was also the inspiration for Future of Dentistry’s mouth guard program. Back when he was still in high school, Anthony’s parents, Lisa and Tony, mentioned how many students were still using “boil and bite” mouth guards that aren’t as effective as custom-made ones, and how students sometimes lost or forgot their guards.

“We educate our patients about mouth guards, so they understand the potential dangers and the need for custom-fitted guards. But that isn’t enough. After our conversations with the Fabiano family, we were determined to raise public awareness,” says Dr. Casazza.

We began by offering complimentary, customized mouth guards to Wakefield High School’s football team. We even chose red-and-white mouth guards, to match the Warriors colors!

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The Fabiano family’s insights inspired our mouth guard program for student athletes.

Future of Dentistry expanded the program to include all types of sports for Wakefield high school and middle school students. We also partnered with the Grin and Wear It campaign, working with the Massachusetts Dental Society to help ensure youths in every community have access to this important piece of safety equipment.

“The Fabianos’ insights drove Future of Dentistry to tackle the problem and work toward protecting all young athletes,” Dr. Casazza explains.

Congrats to Anthony and his family on this wonderful achievement! And from our team to yours, thank you for inspiring our mouth guard program.

Guys: Don’t Brush Off Dental Care

When it comes to health, men aren’t always vigilant about preventing and addressing issues. There’s a wealth of research to support this observation, and you’ve probably noticed it in your own life.

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Who, me, put off a medical visit? Never!

Oral health is no exception. At most practices, including Future of Dentistry, female patients are more likely than male ones to maintain their schedule of biannual hygiene visits. Additionally, more men delay dental treatment compared to women.

According to sources like the CDC and the American Academy of General Dentistry:
• The average man will lose 5.4 teeth by age 72.
• Males are more likely than females to never floss (about 39 percent don’t).
• The average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day.
• Women are more proactive about scheduling recommended treatments.

There are three key reasons to maintain your oral health. No. 1 is cosmetic. Your smile is one of the first things people notice, including the opposite sex. A Match.com poll examined the factors women and men judge each other on, and 71% of single ladies ranked teeth first!

Reason No. 2 is more serious. You’re more likely to develop oral health problems if you don’t stick to a schedule of continuing care visits. The same is true of delaying recommended treatment — a cavity today can turn into tomorrow’s root canal if neglected.

The link between oral health and overall health illustrates the importance of care:
• Men are more likely to have gum disease — which is linked to serious health issues such as pancreatic, kidney and blood cancers.

• Many of the medications commonly prescribed to adult men (including blood pressure and heart meds) inhibit the flow of saliva, which can wreak havoc with your oral health.
• Men are more likely to develop oral and throat cancer.

Guys, it may seem easier to avoid the dentist’s office. But Reason No. 3 says otherwise. When you delay or avoid dental maintenance and restoration, you’re more likely to need serious work later on. It could end up costing you far more time, money and inconvenience.

In the end, isn’t it easier to have a simple cleaning and exam twice a year? June is Men’s Health Month, a perfect time for guys to start fresh with good dental habits.

2 Ways to Whiten, 2 Ways to Save

At this time of year, many patients are looking for advanced whitening options. It’s wedding season, which is definitely a time when you want pearly whites to match the dress. No one ever asked for pearly yellows! It’s also a time for graduation parties, reunions and many other celebrations when we’d like our smile to be at its best.

This month is Future of Dentistry’s 25th anniversary, so we’re celebrating too. In honoutside-back page_CROPPEDor of the milestone, we chose whitening as one of our special offers. Throughout June, July and August, you can save on two of our best whitening treatments. Here’s a look at your options.

WHITE OVERNIGHT—LASER METHOD: If you’re looking for dramatic results on a short timeline, laser whitening is the way to go. This sophisticated yet gentle technology activates the powerful whitening gel we apply to your teeth. The appointment lasts only about an hour and provides you with a noticeably brighter, whiter smile. This is the ideal solution for those who want to dazzle on short notice. Take 25% off this treatment during the three summer months.

WHITE WHEN YOU WANT IT—CUSTOM TRAYS: Take-home whitening trays are your best bet if you’re looking for professional-grade whitening that’s more effective and faster than strips. We custom-fit the trays for you, for maximum coverage of your teeth. Since you take home the trays and gel, they can be used as often as needed — giving you control over how quickly you whiten and how often you wish to renew the results. You’ll save $25 on this service when you come in from June to August.

These offers are open to both new and current patients. Mention this offer when you book your appointment, and our team will apply the discount when you come in to the office.