Our Spring Newsletter 2017
Kicking off 2017 with Charitable Giving
As we discussed in our previous newsletter, we have made a huge commitment to charitable giving during 2017. Each month, a portion of our proceeds will be given to a deserving charity nominated by our staff. During the first quarter of 2017, we made contributions to the following charities:
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-$3,690
Alzheimers Association- $3,360
Adoption by Shepherd Care- $4750
Pictured below are the proud staff members who nominated each of the selected charities. Keep reading for information about our next 3 charities!
Sherry Tells Why Adoption by Shepherd Care is Her Charity of Choice
My journey towards adoption started nearly 28 years ago. My husband and I were expecting our first child and could not have been any happier! Happiness quickly turned to shock, sadness and fear as we were told that we had in fact lost the baby, and that I had ovarian cancer. After multiple surgeries and months of aggressive chemotherapy, I was pronounced cancer free, and for us, that was an absolute miracle! I always knew that I would be a mother, but now the only way that would be possible for me, would be through the unselfish, beautiful act of adoption.
We were told of Shepherd Care by a friend, and we went for an interview. The people at Shepherd Care were amazing throughout the process, a process which was exciting, intense and emotional! My amazing husband, my strong faith in God, and my loving, supportive family carried me through all of it; the heartache of losing a child, battling cancer, the adoption process, and the waiting.
24 years ago this May, a beautiful baby boy was placed in my arms. My husband and I will never, ever forget that moment. All the pain, all of the tears, all of the waiting…it was ALL worth it.
Shepherd Care is an agency that really cares about people. They have a heart for birthmothers, adoptive parents and of course the babies and children! They know that they are helping to complete families. Adoption is amazing and beautiful, but it is also expensive. I am so blessed to work for a company that cares about people too! Thanks to the very generous donation to Shepherd Care from Smiles in the Gardens, another young woman with her own story to tell will be one step closer to becoming a mom.
Here at Smiles in the Gardens, we know the importance of giving back to the community that supports our business. Throughout the year, we participate in and sponsor many organizations and charities in our community. For 2017, we are looking to turn our charitable endeavors up a notch.
The doctors have decided that during each month of 2017, we will select a charitable organization to receive a portion of our proceeds from that month. The staff was given the opportunity to select charity organizations that are important to them, and we then selected the charities at random from these selections.
For the second quarter of 2017, we will be donating a portion of our proceeds to the following charitable organizations:
April: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer-West Palm Beach
Nominated by: Freda
May: Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness
Nominated by: Ellen
June: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Nominated by: Juliann
We are grateful for the opportunity to help these charities accomplish their mission of serving our community through their good works. We will select three more charities to support during our next quarter.
During our first quarter, we donated more than $11,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Adoption by Shepherd Care. To read more about our charitable giving from the first quarter, click here.
Staff Spotlight: Maggie
Maggie has been in the dental field for 30 years. She loves applying current trends in dentistry, nutrition, and science to patient care. Maggie says that the professional relationships that she has made with patients are the most precious to her. Outside of the office, Maggie is an animal lover who is a passionate volunteer at “Save the Chimps” Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Fort Pierce. She is also a butterfly gardener who’s been welcoming the flying flowers into her garden for about 15 years. She also is a student of yoga since 2010. Maggie was raised in the Alleghany Valley of Pennsylvania and is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan!
Maggie was recently awarded our Team Member of the Quarter!
Refer Your Friends & Family to Win Big!
Each quarter, we like to say thank you to our patients for sending in their friends and family throughout the year. Since we’ve started this gifting program more than 3 years ago, we have given away everything from spa packages, to televisions, to BBQ Grills.
In 2017, we are going high tech! If you refer your friends and family between April 1st and June 30th, you will be entered for a chance to win an iPad Mini & Wireless AirPods, valued at more than $500. You don’t want to miss your chance to win this awesome prize package. Send in your friends and family today to earn your entry!
6 Bad Habits That are Ruining Your Teeth
We all know that the key to healthy teeth is brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly. But there are many other things that can contribute to keeping your teeth in tip-top shape. Here are a few ways that you may be damaging your pearly whites without even realizing it:
- Aggressive Brushing: Many people don’t realize that you can do damage to your teeth by not using the proper technique or toothbrush. Hard bristles and excessive force when brushing can do damage to both the enamel of your teeth, as well as your gums. Not sure if you’re an aggressive brusher? Talk with your dentist or hygienist at your next checkup and ask them for some brushing suggestions.
- Grinding & Clenching: Dentists often suggest bite guards or occlusal splints to patients who are known to grind their teeth while they sleep. Breaking the habit of clenching or grinding when you are awake can be more difficult. Over time, clenching and grinding can wear down your teeth and even cause fractures. Newer devices like the TMJ NextGen are offering an all-day solution to those who suffer from clenching and grinding.
- Scissor Substitutes: Have you ever had a hard time opening a ketchup packet? If your go-to instrument for these tough to open packages is your teeth, you might be in for a rude awakening. Teeth can easily break or chip when being used in this fashion. Reach for the scissors next time you’re trying to open a bag of candy, or else you could have much bigger things to worry about than a cavity.
- Chewing Gum Replacements: Do you bite your nails? How about chewing on the end of a pen or pencil? Chewing and biting objects like nails or pens can cause abnormal wear on the enamel of your teeth. Overtime this stress can cause your teeth to move out of alignment. Nail biting has also been linked to TMJ.
- Food & Drink: Sugar and acid are two major offenders to oral health. Staying away from sugary and/or acidic food and drink goes beyond the obvious things like soda and candy. The acids in alcohol can damage your teeth and dry out your mouth. Diet soda and club soda are not guilt-free for your teeth as they still contain high levels of acid.
- Tobacco Use: Tobacco use is one of the worst habits for your oral health. Using tobacco in any form can cause tooth discoloration, bad breath, periodontal disease, and oral cancer. If you are a tobacco user, be sure that your dentist does regular oral cancer screenings during your checkups. Your hygienist can check for the presence of periodontal disease during your cleanings.