Produced to improve your dental health and awareness Spring 2008
Would You Put That
Spot Light On Folga
In Your Mouth? from The trip that changed my life
Would You Put That
In Your Mother’s
the As many of you know last year on February 14th, 2007
I went to India with Dr. Aragona. Most people imagine
Mouth? dentist India as a beautiful, highly populated and advanced
country. These facts might be true but, it is also true that
Dear Friends, more than half of the population work hard labor jobs,
get low wages, sleep on
These two simple questions have been a “yardstick” for our dirt floors, are homeless
practice for over 28 years. We continue to seek out materials, and barely get to eat a meal
methods, and techniques to help our patients achieve optimal a day. As I imagined this
health, function, aesthetics, and comfort. We simply will not view of life and compared
compromise our patient’s well-being by using inferior products it to my own I realized how
or techniques. fortunate and lucky most
The media, in the past year, has made it very clear to the of us are to live the life style
American public the health risks associated with outsourcing that we do. These thoughts
products to countries with inferior quality control. Lead paint, made me take a stand and decided to go on this mission
poisoned food, and counterfeit products, including toothpastes, trip. On this trip we had an assortment of different doctors
toothbrushes and even dental implants and crowns are now so a lot more patients were seen. The total number of
available to us. patients seen in five days was about 5,000. From what the
We would like you, our valued patient, to know we have doctors had seen all five days they concluded that many
never used outsourcing suppliers or dental laboratories. The of their medical problems were from issues related to
materials we use are certified and FDA approved, and purchased poverty and malnutrition. 80% of the patients that
through long established and respected U.S. suppliers and Dr. Aragona and I saw had really decayed, infected,
laboratories. When the local media exposes the dental treatment broken down to the gum line teeth. However because of
risks with outsourcing practices, you can rest assured the the limited equipment the only diagnosis we could offer
materials and laboratories we have been using are safe! was to pull their tooth. Most patients coming in were
Likewise with practices such as biofilm management of dental very scared and afraid but
unit waterlines and treated bottled sterilized water supply for once their tooth was pulled
our dental units, standards which are not currently required by they would kneel on their
the dental profession but we find necessary to insure your best knees and kiss our feet, they
interest in health. were truly very grateful. It
Or maintaining an advanced AED unit with CPR assist to was quite an experience to
handle any cardiac emergency in our office with not only the see patients that have been
very best equipment available in the event of a life threatening suffering for a life time to
heart attack but our sincere commitment to you, our valued go home pain free with a
neighbor. smile on their face toward the journey of Christianity.
We think this kind of standard, while not required, is what The medical clinic and the Gospel meetings both were
you and your family deserve. the best part of the trip, which both drove me towards a
Yours for Health, life changing experience that will never be forgotten. The
Gospel meetings were for the community to hear the word
Continued on back
Thank you for all your referrals. We appreciate them!
More Power To You
Make the right connections ... and smile!
Homophily is the natural tendency of people to associate and bond more
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strongly with people who are similar to them. So what can we do to help you
connect with all those other beautiful people? Well, according to research, a
cosmetically enhanced smile will make you appear more attractive and
popular with the opposite sex, as well as more intelligent, interesting,
successful, and wealthy!
Together, we can choose cosmetic options that will enhance your natural
smile foundation and make your smile sing out success! We can...
Brighten your teeth with whitening, bonding, or porcelain veneers.
Rebuild chips and cracks and close gaps that make you self-conscious.
Straighten and even out the appearance of crooked, crowded teeth.
Reproportion tooth shape, length, and width to ideally balance your features.
Recontour an uneven or too high/low gumline.
Correct a receding gumline that exposes roots and makes your teeth look
longer – and you look older.
Widen your smile to fill in the gaps at the corners of your mouth.
Diminish lip lines and make your lips appear fuller by adding volume.
And there’s even more that we can do...
We can maximize the dramatic impact of whichever cosmetic procedure you Take Heart!
choose. How? By helping you achieve clean teeth and pink healthy gums with a
& Save your smile
strong supporting bone structure.
Nothing makes a connection better than optimal oral health and a high-
In the earliest stage of gum disease,
you won’t even know you have it. Early
on, it’s reversible with home care and
crowns & veneers regular dental treatment, but in later
stages it can lead to tooth loss and only
professional dental intervention can help.
Studies have linked gum disease and
cardiovascular diseases and stroke – the
number-one killers of men and women.
Brighten Stay fit and keep your mouth and
Exercise regularly to
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control your weight,
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cholesterol, and diabetes.
Eat fruits, whole
grains, vegetables, low-
fat dairy products, and
sources of protein,
orthodontics & legumes, and Omega-3
Don’t use tobacco, a
risk factor for oral
cancer, tooth loss, and
Get regular medical
and oral health
or All Reasons
For many people, appearance is the greatest inducement to on our
sustaining oral health. Who among us does not want to make a great whiteness
first impression at a job interview, look fabulous in photos, and shine
at significant moments like weddings? scale?
Beautiful crowns can help you do all
that and more. They are the most
popular restoration not only because
they can create a natural-looking
improved appearance for discolored,
misshapen, or missing teeth, but
because they prevent and protect to
Prevent a cracked tooth from getting
Strengthen and halt further damage
to a broken tooth, either...
one that has undergone root canal
one with a large filling or fillings.
In fact, when your custom dental Modern crowns & veneers
crown is created, it becomes your tooth’s turn a smile into ... a SMILE!
1. Not all of your natural tooth
new outer surface. Technicians incorporate precise measurements to suit
enamel is the same color...
your bite, jaw movements, and anatomy. Durable metal or metal
your front teeth are usually
camouﬂaged with white porcelain can be used, and all-porcelain materials
can exactly match your smile’s enamel.
molars tend to be in-between
Attaching multiple crowns to a natural-looking bridge is an excellent technique
eye teeth are commonly
for replacing several missing teeth. It can prevent drifting teeth, challenges to
eating and speaking, and increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
2. Discoloration can be caused by:
And the bonus: avoid the premature wrinkles and age lines that may
coffee, tea, red wine, colas, or
accompany an altered bite. Your smile will look even more attractive!
illness and medications
It’s hot, hot, hot! ageing
3. Structural changes occur over
The whole world is charmed by the ﬂamboyant the life of your teeth and affect
extravaganzas produced by Bollywood, India’s unique their whiteness...
young teeth are whiter and
counterpart to the Hollywood film industry. Another
cultural export, famous Indian curry dishes, aren’t merely usually have a highly
gorgeous, aromatic, and appetizing. It seems they have the opalescent enamel with milky
potential to improve your oral and overall health. brightness
older teeth are darker with a
Turmeric, a yellow spice that gives Indian curry
powder its distinctive color, contains a compound that more translucent, thinner
appears to relieve or suppress Alzheimer’s symptoms. enamel and a grayish
Curcumin, an antioxidant known to benefit periodontal appearance
health, also found in turmeric, has been shown to help 4. People perceive teeth as
prevent tumors. whiter and more attractive when
Curry leaves, common in South Asian cooking, release they are contrasted against pink,
fragrant essential oils when chewed or combined with healthy gums.
water. They are an ingredient in some mouthwashes and 5. We don’t add whitening to
can help to reduce caries and chronic bad breath. your teeth – we remove stains to
Want to spice it up a bit? Explore your Asian grocery! brighten your teeth enamel by up
to eight shades!