Your Oviedo Dentist - September 2017

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September 2017

Meet Our Lead Hygienist, Natalie Carducci Encouragement and Education

I came to Your Oviedo Dentist right after I graduated from Valencia with my associate degree in dental hygiene. It was part of a career path I had been following since I was young. As far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to work in the field of dentistry, and it’s all thanks to my mom! From a time before I was born, my mom was a dental assistant. Then, growing up, I was always hearing about all things dentistry. When I was finishing high school, I found myself facing that all-important question: What am I going to do next? It wasn’t a hard decision. I wanted to follow in my mom’s footsteps. My mom encouraged me to get into dental hygiene, which comes with a unique set of opportunities. I followed her advice, and now I get to say I work with the best group of people I could have possibly asked for. They are a wonderful work family! I can’t forget to mention my family. I spend a ton of time with my parents, stepparents, siblings, and, of course, my loving husband. But the person I spend the most time with is our 2-year-old daughter. My day can’t get any better when I’m watching her explore the world. Whether we go to the park or to the beach, there’s always a new adventure around every corner. And, this summer, my daughter had her first swimming lessons! She’s been learning the basics, which will come in handy as she gets older and spends more time in the pool at my mom’s house and at the beach. Natalie Carducci

I’ve been a part of the Your Oviedo Dentist team for five years, and in that time, I’ve learned so much. I’d even say

I’ve learned more during these past five years than I did in college while pursuing my degree in dental hygiene — and that’s certainly a good thing!

Dentistry is always changing, and there will always be new things to learn. As our dental hygiene team lead, part of my responsibility is to stay up to date on everything related to patient care, along with keeping up with the needs of the practice in general. As you may know, education is a big deal at Your Oviedo Dentist. Learning is constantly encouraged by the doctors and by the team. Dr. Lopez and Dr. Colon (and now Dr. Delman!) have done everything to make continuing education as easy as possible, giving me, as well as our entire team, as many resources as possible. And this means we can do even more for you, our patients! As a team lead, I’m also a cheerleader for the team. I’m here to encourage and to make sure we are all on the same page when it comes to patients. It’s all about delivering a consistent, high level of care. The doctors set the bar high, and I do my part to maintain the excellence we’re known for.

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Latest Trends

This Month inHistory Celebrate a Muppet of a Man

encouraged Lucas to hire puppeteer Frank Oz instead. Oz has since voiced Yoda in five Star Wars films, with rumors he will return to the character for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Today, almost 30 years after Henson’s sudden death in 1990, the legacy he left behind still creates joy around the world. The Muppets recently returned to the public spotlight with two features films and a sitcom; and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop continues to create fantastic designs, from the puppets on “Sesame Street” to characters that perform onstage beside singer Lady Gaga. This past summer, the Creature Shop announced they were teaming up with Netflix to produce a 10-episode prequel series to “The Dark Crystal.” When it comes to people who left the world a better place, it’s easy to see how Jim Henson’s unique brand of magic and creativity allowed him to do just that.

September 24, 2017, would mark the 81st birthday of Jim Henson.

While the general public may know Henson best for his zany, beloved Muppets, the celebrated storyteller was involved in many groundbreaking shows and movies. Other fantastical productions beneath the Henson banner include the eerie and magical cult classic “Labyrinth,” starring music icon David Bowie, “The Dark Crystal,” and the TV series “The Storyteller.” Henson also founded Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, a special effects company that specializes in puppetry, animatronics, and creature suits. Henson also helped create movie history when he was invited to the set of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” to aid in the creation of an iconic character: Yoda. Prior to Henson’s involvement, director George Lucas intended to use a trained monkey in a mask to portray the Jedi Master. Henson

“My hope is still to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.”

–Jim Henson

Office happenings

Grand Re-Opening!

As progress is being made on our new home, plans are already underway for the biggest celebration in Your Oviedo Dentist history! We are keeping the exciting details under wraps for now. After all, we don’t want to spoil any surprises. You can

be sure there will be great live music, food, family fun, and, as always, some incredible prizes! Can’t wait to see you there!

SATURDAY January 27, 2018 1-3 p.m. at Oviedo On The Park.

This exciting event will reach capacity! RSVP for your family today at

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Dental Bits

Sensitive Teeth What Are the Causes and What Can You Do?

you grind your teeth, contact us for a mouthguard to wear at night. Consider limiting your intake of carbonated drinks, citrus fruits,

If you have sensitive teeth, brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking can cause sharp, temporary pain. Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel, exposed dentin, or exposed tooth roots. However, sensitive teeth can also be caused by cavities, cracks or chips, bleaching, or recent dental work. If your sensitive teeth hinder your daily life, contact us. We may be able to rule out underlying causes of your tooth pain and recommend treatments. Desensitizing toothpaste can sometimes help block pain associated with sensitive teeth after several applications. We may also apply fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth to strengthen enamel and reduce pain. Treatment options for exposed tissue are bond resin, surgical gum grafts, and root canals. To prevent sensitive teeth from recurring, brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily. Make sure you aren’t brushing with too much pressure. If

wine, and yogurt, all of which remove small amounts of tooth enamel over time. If you eat acidic food, drink milk or water to balance the acid levels in your mouth. Also, refrain from brushing your teeth immediately after eating, as some foods and drinks can soften the enamel of your teeth. Sensitive teeth can be debilitating, but proper oral hygiene and dental care coupled with avoidance of acidic food and drink can reduce or cure your tooth sensitivity.

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Recipes For a healthy You!

What’s Cooking

ONE-PAN Harvest Pasta

It’s time for another Social Giveaway, and this month it’s in honor of the amazing patients who’ve helped us grow by sharing their experiences! At the end of the month, we will be rewarding one deserving social follower with a $150 spa day! HOWTO ENTER: 1. Share your experience by writing a review on Google. 2. Comment on the contest posts found on our Facebook or Instagram pages. 3. Be entered to win a spa day! While a spa day isn’t enough to show our true appreciation for all of thepatients who’ve been so generous in providing reviews and testimonials over the years, we are so excited to reward someone with this small token of our appreciation!


• 1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained 1 3/4 cups reduced- sodium chicken broth 1 cup dried whole grain elbowmacaroni 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper Ground black pepper (optional) Snipped fresh basil Grated Parmesan cheese a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer 7–10 minutes more or until vegetables and pasta are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper; top with basil and Parmesan cheese and serve. • • • • • Kosher salt • •

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups) 1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped (2 cups) 2 tomatoes or 4 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (1 cup)

1/3 cup chopped red onion

2 cloves garlic, minced


1. In a very large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic. Cook, uncovered, 7–10 minutes or until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally. 2. Add beans, broth, pasta, and crushed red pepper. Bring to | 3


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PG 1 Meet Natalie Carducci

PG 2 This Month in History Mark Your Calendars!

PG 3 What’s Causing Your Teeth Sensitivity? One-Pan Harvest Pasta

PG 4 5 Fascinating Facts About Fall

Fascinating Facts 5 ABOUT FALL Just because summer is over, that doesn’t signal an end to fun. How about those Halloween parties, sweater weather, and football season? The list goes on and on. 1. Itwas originally called “harvest.” The reasons for that should be fairly obvious. In a world that was far more agricultural, the season was defined by the harvesting of crops. It’s also a reference to the harvest moon, which was essential to farmers during the season. The names “autumn” and “fall” have no known origins, but fall is used almost exclusively in America. 2. Fall babies tend to be impressive. Not only does the world’s most common birthday, October 5, land in fall, but those babies have built an impressive resume. The British Department for Education found that they tend to do better in school and also tend to live longer. 3. Weight gain is most common in the fall. It’s not only the Halloween candy or Thanksgiving turkey. Researchers believe it’s primarily caused by lower levels of vitamin D. As the In fact, fall might be the most interesting season of them all. Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the season.

days shorten and temperatures drop, we tend to get less sun. It’s

another reason to be careful about diet and exercise this season. 4. Autumn is good for the economy. “Leaf peeping,”

which is a slang term for fall foliage tourism, is more than just a funny name. It’s also a $3 billion industry in New England alone. So, if you thought winter and summer were the only seasons that brought along seasonal tourism spikes, you thought wrong. 5. People fall in lovemore in the fall. Men andwomen’s testosterone levels tend to spike in the autumn, which makes women even more attractive to men than in the summer months. A data study on Facebook also found that more people change their relationship status from “single” to “in a relationship” during the fall than any other season.

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