Nagy Family Dental - September 2019

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Thom Davis Day September 2019

What Keeps Me Motivated

When I think about my focus on community involvement, I can’t help but think about my good friend and mentor, Thom Davis. Thom was a retired homicide detective from Columbus. Ten years ago, he took his own life on the morning of Sept. 23, which I now designate as Thom Davis Day. Thom was a very generous and compassionate person underneath his tough exterior. He was the quintessential Marlboro man in outward appearance — just what you’d expect from a retired police officer — with a heart to serve others. We met through our love for water and boating, and our friendship grew from there. He became like a father to me. We were spending the day by the water, and my son Gregory was with us. Gregory was about 10 at the time. He was attending a Christian school, and they’d been talking a lot about how important it was to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. As we were hanging out by the water, little Gregory goes up to Mr. Tough Guy Thom and says, “Thom, I have a question for you. Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?” There’s a story about Thom I’ll never forget. I shared it at his funeral.

That was quite a moment for me. I think back to it frequently. I’m certain that in spite of what anyone says about what happens after we die, Thom is at home with his Lord and Savior. Thinking back to that moment brings me peace, and it gave me strength as I shared the story at his funeral. Sept. 23 was a tragic day, but I commemorate it because we want to remember the man who was always giving and always ready to help others. We want to return to the thoughts of compassion and generosity that Thom lived his life by. September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and it’s a vital reminder that there are people around us who are struggling every day. We live in a world full of anger, anxiety, and conflict that can be overwhelming. People need resources to turn to. Organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention have programs like Out of the Darkness and resources for people to learn what to look for and to help their loved ones through difficult times. The only way we can prevent it is by talking about it. It’s been 10 years since Thom died. It has only been a few years that I have been able to talk about him without breaking down. But no matter how much sadness I feel about losing him, my memories of him are all happy ones.

Thom smiled and contemplated for a moment, “You know, Gregory, yes, yes I have.”

-Dr. Nagy


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Whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned veteran, you’re likely dreading a particularly difficult period during your baby’s first year: teething. According to eMedicineHealth, a branch of WebMD, teething can begin in infants as young as 2 months old, even though the first tooth usually doesn’t appear until about 6 months old. For most babies, the first tooth is one of the lower middle teeth, known as incisors. As the tooth penetrates the gums, the area may appear slightly red or swollen, and the process can cause a lot of discomfort for little ones and their parents. A number of home remedies have been passed down through generations, but who better to offer advice to worried parents than dentists? Here are three tips to keep in mind if your baby is starting the teething process. 1. RECOGNIZE SYMPTOMS. According to Edward Moody, the former president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, look for signs like irritability accompanied by biting or chewing on hard objects, drooling, swelling and tenderness, refusing food, and disrupted sleep. If your baby is teething and experiencing more than just the above symptoms, you may need to take them to the doctor or dentist. 2. USE SOOTHING REMEDIES. To provide some relief, consider gently massaging your baby’s sore gums with a clean finger or soft cloth. You can also use cold, but not frozen, rubber teething rings. Since your baby’s gums are very sensitive, contact with frozen items might cause more pain. Be sure to keep a clean cloth nearby, as teething causes excessive drooling. Routinely clean your baby’s chin and neck to reduce irritation. Who Knows Teething Better Than Your Dentist? Tips to Ease This Painful Process 3. SCHEDULE A VISIT. It’s common for parents to believe all of their child’s baby teeth should emerge before scheduling a dental appointment, but pediatric experts recommend babies have their first visit before their first birthday. Having a dentist monitor how your little one’s teeth come in will stave off future complications, alleviate potential fear of future appointments, and teach your child good dental hygiene at a young age.

Pass the Salt, Share the Light Our Free Dental Care Initiative As Dr. Nagy shared on the cover, the legacies of generous people like Thom Davis inspire him to serve his community and create new opportunities to help those in need. When it comes to dental care, we have the skills, knowledge, and resources, and our community has the need for additional services. Can you imagine having a toothache but not being able to afford to see the dentist? No one should be put in that situation. Not everyone is blessed to have access to health care, and, for people who aren’t, we knew we needed to provide more opportunities for them to receive necessary dental care. That’s why we began our Salt & Light Free Dental Care Initiative. The Salt & Light Free Dental Care Initiative is a program created, sponsored, and funded by The Nagy Family Foundation. Dr. Nagy; his wife, Kathy; and their children, Gregory and Danielle, founded the organization to support our community, as well as other domestic and international projects helping people in need. The foundation’s primary focus is on oral and systemic health, and the initiative itself is focused on helping those who are uninsured and do not qualify for state assistance. Our treatment focus will include preventive and restorative care, including crowns, bridges, and full or partial dentures. The name for this initiative draws from a deep history. Salt represents security and steadfastness; “salt of the earth” describes a reliable and dependable individual. Light is hope; light banishes the dark; light in the form of a candle can brighten an entire room, the original flame growing no less for being For patients who qualify, the Salt & Light Free Dental Care Initiative will be completely free of cost. Qualification will be in accordance with the current financial vetting standards of the Lorain County Free Clinic. To contact Salt & Light for more information, submit inquiries to saltandlight@nagyfamilydental. com or call the Lorain County Free Clinic at 440-277-6641 and ask about starting the application process. We are excited to see how the initiative can be the “Salt of the Earth” and the “Light of the World” for our community. shared. It is these sentiments we bring to the clinic, sharing what we are fortunate to have with others so that it grows rather than diminishes.


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a little high. Before she can get control of the poor pass, the ball hits her in the mouth. The game pauses as everyone rushes over to make sure she’s okay. Thank goodness she was wearing her mouthguard! Thanks to the small oral appliance, other than a little bruising, your child’s teeth are intact, and there’s no need for an emergency dental appointment. It really saved the day! SPORTS AND DENTAL INJURIES Injuries to the mouth are all too common in athletic activities, accounting for over 30% of all sports-related injuries. In the event of impact to the mouth, a mouthguard can help protect the mouth and prevent fractured and lost teeth. In fact, they reduce the risk of injury by up to 99%. HOW A CUSTOM MOUTHGUARD OFFERS BETTER PROTECTION Mouthguards have long been the preferred way to protect athletes from oral trauma. Today, we’re lucky to have access to better technology and more options when it comes to protecting our kids while they play their favorite sports. While you can find over-the- counter mouthguards at many stores, custom mouthguards created by a trained dental professional offer a better, more comfortable fit that will provide protection tailored to your child. Dr. Nagy recently received his team dentistry certification through the Academy of Sports Dentistry, bringing this specialized treatment to our practice and allowing us to better serve our patients with customized sports mouthguards.

The Game Winning Advantage of Custom Mouthguards

It’s the first game of the season, so, of course, you’re there to cheer on your little one. It’s her first season of soccer, and you — and she — couldn’t be more excited. She’s running down the field, getting open for the perfect pass. Suddenly, the ball comes sailing toward her, and it’s

Tomato Salad

Suicide Prevention Walk We are joining forces with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Out of the Darkness program and participating in the Lorain County Out of the Darkness Walk at Lakeview Park on Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. to help raise awareness for suicide prevention. In the state of Ohio, someone dies by suicide once every five hours. Suicide is a leading cause of death, and it is preventable! The AFSP’s goal is to reduce the suicide rate by 20% by 2025. We would love to invite all of our patients to participate with us! You can join our team to walk with us or donate online at You can also donate a basket to be raffled at the event and drop it off at the office at 5201 N. Abbe Rd., Sheffield Village, OH 44035, before Sept. 12. Funds raised from Out of the Darkness Walks allow the AFSP to fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

With Horseradish

Inspired by Food & Wine Magazine


1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup buttermilk

2 tbsp prepared horseradish

Salt and black pepper, to taste

2 1/2 lbs heirloom and cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped

2 scallions, thinly sliced


1. For the dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, and horseradish in a mixing bowl; season to taste. 2. In serving bowls, arrange tomatoes and top with scallions. 3. Lightly drizzle tomatoes and scallions with dressing and serve.



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What’s Inside? 1 2 The Significance of Thom Davis Day Tips to Ease the Teething Process

Game Winning Advantage of Custom Mouthguards Pass the Salt, Share the Light Tomato Salad With Horseradish



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