Fun At The Festival Italia!

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The Chamber of Commerce’s tent at the Italian festival in Wakefield!

Future of Dentistry had a great time at Wakefield’s Festival Italia this weekend! Or perhaps we should say “Oggi è un buon giorno per sorridere,” which means “Today is a good day to smile.”

We had beautiful weather on Saturday and a huge turnout with people of all ages. There was something for everyone: amazing food, games and attractions, unique shopping opportunities, and live entertainment.

The Chamber of Commerce did an amazing job helping the local businesses organize for this event — a special thanks to Marianne Cohen and Cheryl Carroll for the long day they put in! And of course, much gratitude to Wakefield’s Event Planning Committee for bringing the festival to life again this year.

This event is special to Future of Dentistry because of our many Italian-American staff members and patients. Our founder, Dr. Gerry Casazza, has strong roots in Italy and is bilingual. He even speaks Italian to our patients from Italia!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Chamber of Commerce’s tent to chat and enjoy the giveaways and raffles from Future of Dentistry and many other Chamber businesses!

A special thanks to the ladies you see here — from the Core of Wellness, First Financial Trust, and the Chamber — who were kind enough to pose for a photo with Future of Dentistry’s 25th anniversary newsletter.

The Dangers of DIY Dentistry

The “Do-It-Yourself” movement is trendy these days, but unfortunately, some people are applying the DIY approach to dentistry. There are countless home remedies and methods for dental care. The vast majority of these solutions are ineffective at best. At worst, they cause permanent damage your health and teeth.

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Charcoal is a potentially damaging as a home-whitening method. It’s also not proven to work.

Some DIY options seem outrageous, but sadly, there are people trying them all the time. Kids and young adults are especially susceptible. If you think “my kid would never do that,” just look at the many YouTube videos of normal, well-adjusted kids trying crazy DIY methods!

DIY Extractions: Scarily enough, there are step-by-step instruction on the internet for how to remove a tooth at home. This is incredibly dangerous. Infection, gum damage and root damage are just a few of the possible consequences that can cause bodily and permanent harm.

DIY Braces: People are using rubber bands to close dental gaps and straighten their teeth. Viral videos are only making this trend worse, but dental alignment is right up there with extractions when it comes to things that should NEVER be tried at home. The risks are numerous: infection; tearing gums that may not heal properly; cutting off blood supply; and damaging the attachment between the tooth and gums, reducing support for the tooth and even leading to tooth loss.

DIY Whitening: Many home remedies have some combination of lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide or baking soda. The acidity of lemon juice can erode the outer layer of teeth. The occasional lemonade won’t harm you, but repeatedly applying lemon juice to your teeth can be detrimental. Over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide won’t get you the results you’re looking for, and because it’s not designed for dental use, you run the risk of accidentally ingesting too much. As for baking soda, the grittiness can be detrimental to your enamel, causing you more problems in the long run.

DIY With Charcoal: This is also a whitening method, but it deserves its own section, because it’s gaining popularity — much to the dismay of dentists everywhere! Charcoal has many beneficial properties, but there’s no proof yet that it works for whitening. What we do know is that it can cause enamel deterioration and tooth erosion, which of course is terrible for your teeth.

It’s understandable to look for shortcuts to a better smile, but Dr. Casazza strongly recommends you avoid methods and remedies that haven’t been researched. The same is true of “too good to be true” deals offered by non-dental professionals. Your teeth and oral health are simply too important to risk.

Summertime Shine: Offers On Dental Whitening & Hair Highlighting

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Our summer whitening special was so popular, we decided to extend it to the end of September! If we’re lucky, we’ll still be enjoying warm weather for all the weddings and reunions and fairs and festivals that typically take place that month.

We also teamed up with our neighbors at Vanity Hair Salon. They’re a popular, highly-rated salon located right across the street from us in the Greenwood Plaza. Keeping with the theme of “Shine For the Summertime,” Vanity is offering 20% off your first highlights at their salon.

Our offer at Future of Dentistry, for those who don’t already know, is 25% off laser whitening. It’s open to both current and new patients.

You can take advantage of both the whitening and the highlights offer, or both, whichever you prefer. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

 

A Wheel Inspiration: Dr. Strock Completes PMC Ride

Congrats to Dr. Heather Strock for biking nearly 200 miles for a wonderful cause! As many of our patients know, Dr. S participated this year in the Pan-Mass Challenge. This event, often called the PMC, is an intense cycling fundraiser.

The first day’s ride is 110 miles. The riders are understandably tired going into the second 13958298_10207397538596651_8399953410240363075_oday. Despite this, Dr. Strock says the second day was easier because it was “only” 82 miles!

The cyclists were on the road at dawn, battling aches and pains as well as the physical and mental challenge of riding an incredibly long distance.

Dr. Strock and her husband, Michael Strock, had a special inspiration to keep them going. They rode in honor of Mike’s late father, Rick Strock. He was a remarkable man, and his heroic battle with cancer motivated the couple to raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Mike even rode with a photo of his dad taped to his bike! He and Dr. Strock were able to stay together for most of the ride, which is no easy feat since there are thousands of participants.

The couple was part of the Boston Bruins Foundation team. They raised $27,000 for life-saving cancer research and treatment.

This was their first year riding in the PMC. Dr. Strock says she’s planning to ride again next year!

You can visit http://bit.ly/DrStrockPMC if you’d like to learn more about Dr. Strock, her team or the PMC.

Get Cozy with Our Comfort Menu!

Once upon a time, people dreaded medical care. Whether it was a routine cleaning and exam at the dentist, or a checkup with your primary care physician, healthcare experiences weren’t exactly pleasant. You were stuck with outdated magazines, long waits with squirming kids, and the feeling that you were muddling through health and insurance information with no help.

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From lip balm to neck pillows, our Comfort Menu is designed with our patients in mind.

Happily, the old days are long gone! Patients expect a higher standard of care and consideration today. At Future of Dentistry, we aim to set that standard.

Since Dr. Casazza founded our practice 25 years ago, we’ve offered a more personalized approach. That means individualized attention to your unique priorities and needs — including your health, scheduling and finances.

It also means we’re dedicated to making every in-office experience a positive one. That’s why we developed our “Comfort Menu.” This is an assortment of options designed to make your visit relaxing and cozy. It includes:

  • Lip balm
  • Stress balls
  • Neck pillow
  • Ergonomic wedge pillow
  • Ear plugs
  • Blankets
  • Headphones
  • Water, coffee or tea

Our goal is to make you feel at home from the second you step into 968 Main St. to the moment you exit. Some of the other amenities and options we offer include:

  • If your kids are with you, they can choose a toy from our Toy Chest at every visit.
  • Have a suggestion for a good magazine for the office? Let our staff know.
  • If music helps you relax but you’d prefer not to use headphones, tell us what you want to hear. You can choose the tunes that play on our sound system.
  • Ask us for our WiFi password if you feel like checking emails, updating your Facebook or surfing the Web.
  • We use distilled water in our water lines, so you’re rinsing with the best!
  • Left your umbrella at home on a rainy day? The team at our front desk will be happy to provide you one to take home.

If you have an idea for our Comfort Menu, or our office in general, email it to info@futureofdentistry.com.

Dr. Strock Rides For A Cure

The countdown is on for the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC)! This amazing fundraiser takes place from Aug. 6-7, and Dr. Heather Strock will be part of it. The event is called a challenge for a good reason. Participants like Dr. Strock traverse nearly 200 miles by bike.

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Dr. Strock is our DMD at the PMC!

Their efforts raise funds for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Strock and her husband, Michael Strock, are part of the Boston Bruins Foundation team. They’ve spent months gearing up for the PMC. “We have been training since April, working our way up to 90 miles,” she says.

Their typical week includes a long-distance ride of about 70 miles, a shorter ride of 15 to 20 miles, and two days of yoga. This training helps them prepare for the intense PMC, which challenges riders to cycle 110 miles the first day and 82 miles on the second day.

The Strocks have also participated in other charity biking events. In June they rode 80 miles in the ALS Tri-State Trek, followed by 55 miles in July for Reid’s Ride.

Dr. Strock has also spent months fundraising, from auctions to word-of-mouth. Everyone at Future of Dentistry is so proud of her! “Dr. Strock has done an incredible job preparing for the race and advocating for a truly worthy cause,” says Dr. Gerry Casazza, founder of Future of Dentistry.

An inspiration — in the truest sense of the word — is behind Dr. Strock’s PMC efforts. She rides in honor of her father-in-law, Rick Strock, who recently passed away. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Mr. Strock decided to fight. He continued his fight for 22 years thanks to his indomitable spirit and the support of his loved ones.

“Without the wonderful doctors and staff at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Rick would not have been able to accomplish all he did,” adds Dr. Strock.

All donations to Dr. Strock’s team benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If you’d like to support this cause, or learn more, go to http://bit.ly/DrStrockPMC.