CARL F. ERN, DDS VINCENT M. CAFARELLI, DMD GIANNA FERRANTI, DDS JEANNINE HOLZ, DDS
It’s an experience. It’s not an appointment. A PASSION FOR WELL-BEING How My Love for Health and Fitness Translates to My Profession
Hi, everyone! As many of you know, my name is Francine Capalbo, and I am a dental hygienist at Putnam Dental Associates. I am passionate about health, gardening, and working out. I call the gym my second home! I have been married to my husband, Tom, for 43 years, and together we have a son, also named Tom.
Eight years ago, I was introduced to nutraMetrix, which is a program that was created by health professionals, for health professionals. The program focused on antioxidants, and I began to include more antioxidants in my own diet to reduce inflammation. I saw a significant change in my health, and I knew I needed to tell others about the program. My patients have seen phenomenal changes in their own bodies, especially in their mouths. Individuals who were using the antioxidants saw a reduction in inflammation, pocket depths, and bleeding sites, and their overall oral health was pristine. It just goes to show that the condition of the mouth is a great indicator of overall health. When the mouth looks better, the body is doing better, as well. I feel fortunate that I can add additional tools to my patients’ health toolboxes outside of the normal toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Whole body health is extremely important to me, and it’s great to see my patients taking it seriously, too. As part of Putnam Dental’s initiative to ensure oral and overall health, we will be hosting a seminar on the increase of HPV-causing oral cancer in teenagers. We will discuss the benefits of vaccinating our children and the reasons we are seeing an increase in oral cancer. The more educated we are on this topic, the more we can prevent it. The seminar will be held on September 28 from 6–8:00 p.m. at Clock Tower Grill. Seats are limited, so please register by calling our office at 855-347-7476 or by visiting our Facebook page. Francine Capalbo
My family loves to vacation together, eat out, and hang out at the beach. We love
getting together as much as we can. My son has worked for a telecommunications company for many years, and my husband is retired now, which he loves!
As an overall health fanatic, I believe it is my responsibility to promote health in my community. I have worked with Putnam Dental for over 40 years, and I am certified in dental anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration. I also have a certification in low-glycemic weight management. I am passionate about overall health, and I am dedicated to improving the health of my patients. Fifteen years ago, Putnam Dental offered a continuing education program on the link between oral health and heart disease, periodontal disease, osteoporosis, and premature babies. The gist of the course was this: If we can make sure our patients practice good oral health, we can prevent disease and ensure bodily health, as well.
Inside This Issue:
Page 2 A Closer Look at Preventative Care
Here’s What’s Happening at Putnam Dental
Page 4 A Celebration of Hard Work
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NIP IT IN THE BUD A RENEWED LOOK AT PREVENTATIVE ORAL CARE
We are all familiar with the adage “Prevention is the best medicine,” and when it comes to oral health, and health in general, preventative care really can make all the difference. Not only can preventative care lead to better overall health, it can lower health care-related costs in the future. The results of preventative oral care are impressive. A seven-year study spearheaded by the University of Sydney in Australia confirmed the aforementioned truism. Originally published in 2015, the study examined 1,000 patients at 22 dental practices around Australia. Researchers compared two groups of patients: those who had “drill and fill” treatment (they had two or more cavities per year, plus fillings) and those who took preventative measures. The preventative patients received high-concentration fluoride varnish treatments from their dentists, regularly brushed and flossed, and limited their intake of sugary foods and beverages.
The group of patients who focused on preventative oral care saw their risk of developing tooth decay fall by 30–50 percent. In addition, patients who were considered at high risk for developing tooth decay, but who had improved their oral care, saw their risk drop by a staggering 80 percent! The lead researcher on the study, Professor Wendell Evans, concluded that, in many cases, tooth decay had the potential to be stopped and reversed, if not outright prevented. All it takes is a deliberate approach to care, treatment, and lifestyle. This study is great news for people who hate the idea of getting a filling, whether that antipathy stems from the procedure itself or the resulting medical costs. It also confirms what many dentists have long reminded patients: You can’t beat prevention when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile.
On Thursday, September 28, we will be hosting a VERY important free seminar. HPV-related oral cancer has become an epidemic in the U.S. The seminar will include information on the changing sexual behaviors among tweens and teens, how HPV can cause oral cancer, how HPV-related oral cancer has become an epidemic, the HPV vaccine, and signs and symptoms of HPV-related oral cancer. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The seminar will take place at the Clock Tower Grill in Brewster from 6–8 p.m. Space will definitely fill up quickly, so please call the office ASAP to reserve your space.
All the News That’s Fit to Print HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING AT PUTNAM DENTAL
In case you haven’t been to our office, stop by and check out our new photo booth! Both patients and our team are having a blast with it, and it shows that we really mean it when we say, “It’s not an appointment. It’s an experience.”
New Faces at Putnam Dental EVELISE CASTIELLO PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR CLARE KAUFMAN FRONT DESK TEAM LEAD
In July, a local band called Niteshade hosted a very special event at Tina’s Rest in Holmes to help raise money for Putnam Dental Missions. Niteshade, a local rock band, performs throughout the Hudson Valley and helps many non-profit organizations raise funds.
local residents were in such intolerable pain as the result of a lack of preventative care that the team was forced to extract more teeth than they were able to save. While the group is slowly progressing toward saving more teeth, the need is still critical. Working conditions are deplorable. Lawn chairs placed on concrete slabs act as dental chairs, flashlights are the only source of light to help the team perform procedures, sheets are hung from the ceiling as privacy screens, and so on. If you would like to donate to Putnam Dental Missions, or volunteer with us please call the office and ask for Toni.
Putnam Dental Missions was created by our team at Putnam Dental Associates in Brewster and has been providing free dental care and oral health education to those in need for the past five years. Each year in November, a team of Putnam Dental Associates’ and patients travel to Palmarito, a very poor village in the Dominican Republic. The need for basic dental care is overwhelming, and because of the enormous amount of need, the team has yet to be able to serve everyone who needs help. In fact, the first year, so many
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A CELEBRATION OF HARD WORK The History of Labor Day
Americans work hard, and on the first Monday of every September we take a moment to acknowledge their efforts. Labor Day has a fascinating history, and one that you might not expect. The roots of Labor Day stretch back to the Industrial Revolution, when employment became plentiful, but not without a cost. As conditions worsened and work days grew longer, unions sprang up as a way to protect the rights of the common laborer. Workers in Canada didn’t fare quite so well because unions were illegal. In 1872, workers marched directly to the door of Canadian Prime Minister John Macdonald, demanding the right to organize. He relented, and the march became a Canadian tradition. As for who brought the tradition to our country, there are two competing candidates. Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and member of the American Federation of Labor, witnessed
the celebrations in Canada and proposed a similar parade to New York City’s Central Labor Union in 1882. That same year, machinist Matthew Maguire proposed a national Labor Day after a public demonstration by the Central Labor Union. Labor Day didn’t become a federal holiday, though, until a few years later. In 1894, the American Railway Union went on strike against the Pullman Company in what is now known as the Pullman Strike. President Grover Cleveland called in the Army and U.S. Marshals in an attempt to break the strike, and several workers in Chicago lost their lives. In an effort to quell tensions and garner union vote support, President Cleveland signed Labor Day into law just six days after the strike ended. Our country would not be what it is today without the immense effort of laborers. As you enjoy the last long weekend before fall, take a moment to acknowledge just what a difference these hardworking people make.
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