Monticciolo May/June 2017

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DR. MONTICCIOLO • DR. FARES • DR. PEREZ • DR. RODENBOSTEL • DR. BRESSLER • DR. LAUN

Lift the Burden

DentaCare Gives Me a Reason to Smile

“WHILE IT PAINS ME TO WATCH PEOPLE OPT OUT OF VISITING THEIR DENTIST, I UNDERSTAND SOME PATIENTS LITERALLY CAN’T AFFORD THE COSTS. INSTEAD OF ADDING TO THEIR STRESS BY GUILTING PATIENTS WHO ALREADY FIND THEMSELVES IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES, I WANT TO HELP LIGHTEN THEIR BURDEN.”

Decades of public service campaigns and improved information have led to more people understanding the importance of dental care and oral hygiene. Even when news stories try to claim certain dental habits are “unscientific” — such as the Associated Press report on flossing last year — I still see many people continue to value the advice and trust the expertise of their dentists. Unfortunately, while most people know regular visits to the dentist are important, not everyone is able to commit to such habits. Only about 66 percent of people living in the United States have dental insurance, according to the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP). That means 114 million Americans are walking around without insurance, and they’re paying for it big time. On average, patients without dental insurance pay thousands more every year than patients with dental insurance — and that’s if they go to the dentist at all! More often than not, if someone doesn’t have dental insurance, they will avoid going to the dentist. This might keep some money in their pockets now, but treating the damage down the road can potentially cost far more than a dental checkup today, and that’s not addressing the health risks. Research from the NADP found that individuals who don’t have dental coverage of some sort are 67 percent more likely to have heart disease, 50 percent more likely to have osteoporosis, and 29 percent more likely to struggle with diabetes. While it pains me to watch people opt out of visiting their dentist, I understand some patients literally can’t afford the costs. Instead of adding to their stress by guilting patients who already find themselves in difficult circumstances, I want to help lighten their burden. This is why I’m proud to offer DentaCare, an in-house reduced-fee plan specially designed for our patients who need dental coverage.

Patients with a DentaCare Dental Plan save 20–50 percent on over 300 services we offer right here at the office. This includes everyday cleaning and crowns as well as more complicated and expensive services like dentures, cosmetic bonding, and even orthodontics. DentaCare is meant to make my patients’ lives easier, which means there’s no pre-authorization, no annual limits, and no waiting periods, exclusions, or restrictions. Individuals, large families, single parents, and even small businesses are eligible to start using DentaCare. As a dentist, I’m only able to do my job if my patients feel comfortable enough to sit in my chair. I want DentaCare to help my patients with financial hardships the same way sedation dentistry helps my patients with anxiety. We always see the best results when patients are able to enjoy their dental visits that much more.

– Dr. Vincent Monticciolo

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THE BEST AMUSEMENT PARKS IN AMERICA (THAT AREN’T DISNEY) THE RIDE OF YOUR L I F E

on nostalgia, with bumper cars, wooden coasters, and a classic carousel among an array of other attractions.

Summertime means family vacations, and few places offer as much family fun as your classic amusement park. When it comes to amusement parks, a few big names come to mind, but many of us would rather avoid the high prices and long lines found at the home of a certain mouse. Luckily, there are countless amusement parks all across this great nation! Consider some of these for your family’s vacation destination: Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Found on every thrill-seeker’s to-do list, Cedar Point has been dubbed the “roller coaster capital of the world.” Cedar Point is home to 17 current and former world record-holding roller coasters, including the Valravn, the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster. Even if roller coasters aren’t your thing, guests can enjoy other thrill rides, family rides, attractions, and several kid sections throughout the park. Knoebels, Elysburg, Pennsylvania Knoebels is the park for families on a budget, offering free parking and admittance — guests just pay for any food or rides they enjoy during their stay. While everyone else is busy scrambling for the “latest and greatest,” Knoebels prides itself

Schlitterbahn Water Park, New Braunfels, Texas In the heat of summer, sometimes we just want to take a swim. Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels, Texas, is the answer! Amusement Today’s “Best Water Park” for 15 years, Schlitterbahn encompasses 65 acres of amazing fun. Along with the classic waterslides, wave pools, and floating rivers, guest can also spend a long day surfing, enjoying refreshments in a heated pool, and riding an uphill water coaster. Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, California Don’t let its age fool you — one of America’s oldest amusement parks has no problem keeping up with the expectations of today’s guests. Packed full of thrill rides and roller coasters, family rides and 4-D experiences, live entertainment, a full ghost town, and some of the best dining you’ll find at any amusement park, Knott’s Berry Farm knows how to have fun. You can even grab a jar of famous Knott’s jam before you head out! If you’re ready for roller coasters, one-of-a-kind attractions, delicious food, or are just looking to create new memories with your family, you really can’t go wrong with an amusement park. Just hold tight and have fun!

SURPRISES, SUSPENSE, AND SNORKELING KELLY CHARD — WHAT CAN CHANGE IN 7 YEARS?

Kelly Chard is the youngest of five kids, and her whole family has been seeing Dr. Monticciolo for years. After getting her degree in health service administration at the University of Central Florida, Kelly enrolled in the dental hygiene program at St. Petersburg College before coming to work at the office in 2010. “It was nice to work among so many familiar faces,” Kelly says, recalling her early days as a hygienist. “I knew a lot of people from when I was a patient, so it made the experience more comfortable, especially since this was my first job out of

the way. While this is Kelly’s first pregnancy, this won’t be her first child — she’s been a mom to her stepson, Devon, for several years now. If you’re wondering about names or the gender of the new baby, don’t ask us. Kelly has decided to keep everyone in suspense, herself included.

“We want it to be a surprise. We have a list of names we like, but we won’t know until the due date.”

Speaking of which, the new baby is due on Devon’s birthday, but luckily, he doesn’t mind sharing the date — he’s just excited to have a sibling! Devon’s certainly going to have a lot of things to teach his new brother or sister. Kelly’s family shares a love of the outdoors, and if they’re not headed up north to camp, you can bet they’re kayaking or snorkeling. Kelly brings a fun spirit of adventure with her every day, and we’re truly lucky to have her around. Thanks for everything, Kelly. We can’t wait to meet the new baby!

school. I stayed at the office until Dr. Monticciolo moved to a new location, but I really loved working with him and the rest of team. When he opened his new office, I was happy to come back to work here!” A lot can change in seven years, and we don’t just mean the new office. Kelly is now married to her husband, Jarod, and they have a new baby on

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A Chip off the Old Tooth CHIPPED AND BROKEN TEETH

A chipped tooth can happen in the blink of an eye. From biting into a piece of candy to taking a hockey puck to the mouth, teeth break for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, you may not even know a tooth has been broken until someone else points it out. In the event that you do chip or crack a tooth, the first course of action you should take is to schedule a dental appointment. While chipped teeth may not be all that painful, they are uncomfortable. Sometimes they even make eating difficult. Left untreated, a broken tooth can also lead to infection. To limit pain, take ibuprofen. A piece of wax paraffin or gum will help keep any sharp edges of your tooth from cutting your tongue. You should avoid eating, but if you can’t, stick to soft foods. You can also buy temporary dental cement if you’re on vacation and cannot get an appointment for an extended period of time.

Once we take a look at the damage, we can make an assessment on the best course of treatment. If the breakage is caused by the decay of the tooth or an old filling, we might recommend upgrading to a modern filling or removing the tooth entirely. For breaks and cracks, treatment may not be required. Your tooth may simply need polishing or a basic cosmetic filling. Deeper cracks, however, where the nerve is exposed, will often require a root canal and a crown.

Regardless of the severity of your break or chip, we can help. While a chipped tooth may feel like a big deal, modern dentistry is more than equipped to deal with it.

DENTISTRY FROM THE HEART

• Dental Care Team:

• Ridgepointe Dental: The Colony, Texas May 20, 2017 • Renaissance Dental Group of Columbus: Columbus, Indiana May 20, 2017 • Dr. Douglas J. Snyder: Elkhart, Indiana May 20, 2017 • Cedar Village Dentistry: Mason, Ohio May 20, 2017 • Mid County Dental Associates: Largo, Florida May 20, 2017 • Park Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Naples, Florida May 20, 2017 • Bradford Family Dentistry: Bradford, Ontario May 26, 2017 • Altoona Smiles: Altoona, Iowa May 30, 2017 • Advanced Dental Care of Springfield: Springfield, Illinois June 2, 2017 • Dr. Younes Dental Care Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry: Trenton, Ontario June 2, 2017 • Hagerstown Smiles Dental Care: Hagerstown, Maryland June 3, 2017 • Dr. Raja Sandhu: Prescott, Ontario June 3, 2017

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Grand Blanc, Michigan May 12, 2017 • Hudsonville Dental Associates: Grand Rapids, Michigan May 12, 2017 • Key Dental Group: Madison, Mississippi May 12, 2017 • Longwood Dental: Brookline, Massachusetts May 13, 2017 • Grand Haven Dental Care: Grand Haven, Michigan May 13, 2017 • Taylor Street Dental: Springfield, Massachusetts May 13, 2017 • Navarro Dental Center: Corsicana, Texas May 13, 2017 • Jackson County Dental: Seymour, Indiana May 19, 2017 • Media Dental Associates: Media,

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced • 1 large onion, diced • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 2 tablespoons chili powder • 4 teaspoons ground cumin

• ½ teaspoon ground chipotle chile (optional) • ¼ teaspoon salt • 2 ½ cups water • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes • 4 teaspoons lime juice • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oil in large pot. Add sweet potato and onion and cook until onion begins to soften. Add spices and salt and stir for 30 seconds. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 10-12 minutes, or until sweet potato is tender. 2. Add beans, tomato, and lime juice. Increase heat and return to a simmer, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and cook until slightly thickened and reduced, about 5 minutes. 3. Remove from heat, stir in cilantro, and serve.

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Delafield, Wisconsin May 19, 2017

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Pennsylvania May 20, 2017

Recipe inspired by eatingwell.com.

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INSIDE THIS What Is DentaCare?

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America’s Best Amusement Parks Surprises, Suspense, and Snorkeling

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A Chip off the Old Tooth Vegan Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

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Local Events

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EXPERIENCE SOMETHING NEW Local Events for Making Memories

FIRST ANNUAL ST. PETE STREET FOOD FESTIVAL Where: Port St. Pete, Saint Petersburg, Florida When: Friday, May 19, 6–9 p.m. Admission: Free Website: events.stpete.org

Latin music that’s perfect for dancing the night

away. The evening starts off with free salsa lessons, so even first-time dancers are sure to have a great time. This is a free, all-ages community event, so bring the whole family! SKATE FOR HOPE Where: Florida Hospital Center Ice, Wesley Chapel, Florida When: Saturday, June 17, 5 p.m. Admission: See website for admission Website: skateforhope.org In the U.S. there are over 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses every year. Skate for Hope exists to battle the disease. Local ice skaters join national champions and Olympic gold medalists in stunning performances of grace and athleticism, all to raise money for cancer research and education programs. Get your tickets now for an icy event that is sure to warm your heart.

Start a new tradition at the first St. Pete Street Food Festival! Fill up on the area’s best food-truck cuisine while you stroll through the market or tour the Sir Winston cruise ship. Enjoy a warm spring evening, complete with live music, that is sure to be fun for the whole family! SALSA ON THE SPONGE DOCKS Where: Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs, Florida When: Saturday, May 27, 6–10:30 p.m. Admission: Free Website: tarponarts.org/event/salsa-on-the-sponge-docks

There’s only one way to improve a night spent under the stars: salsa dancing! Come out to historic Ybor City for live

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