Your Oviedo Dentist October 2017

Oviedo Smile Trends Your Life. Your Health. Your Smile.


95 Alafaya Woods Blvd, Oviedo, FL 32765

October 2017

Meet Our Dental Assistant Team Leader, Juliana Silva ADiverse Career inDentistry

Fortunately, I absolutely love to travel and do so as often as I can. In fact, I recently returned from a trip to Europe, where I visited Spain, France, and Italy. Every country and every city offers something special. I love to meet new people, learn about the different cultures, and try new foods.

I’ve been in the dentistry field for the last 20 years,

so one would assume I wouldn’t have much left to learn. Of course, that’s not true at all. That’s the amazing thing about working at Your Oviedo Dentist with Dr. Lopez. I’m always learning something new.

As much as I love to travel, I’m always excited to return home to my dog, Becca. She’s a terrier mix, and she’s 16 years old.

I love being a part of this great team. Since joining in 2009, they have become like family to me.

Many years ago, I was a dentist in my home country of Colombia. After graduating from dental school, I started practicing dentistry in 1998. Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked in many dentistry roles, and I have learned so much from those experiences. After working in Colombia, I decided to make the move to the United States, where I continued to work as a dentist. Though there are different standards, I was able to find a role that I loved. Today, I am the dental assistant team leader with Your Oviedo Dentist. As the team leader, I am here to support my team and help them succeed. Dental assistants provide the support that keeps everything running smoothly for patients, hygienists, and doctors. I love being a part of this great team. Since joining in 2009, they have become like family to me. Many of my closest relationships have been formed in the workplace. I do travel back to my home countrywhen I can. I love to visit my family and especially my sister and her daughter. My niece, who is 2½, is myworld.

She’s getting up there in years! I adopted her 13 years ago, so you could saywe’ve been through many adventures together.

Even in dentistry, I’ve had many adventures. My role has changed over the years, but every one of those years has been great. Working in dentistry gives me the opportunity to change lives and help people. Good dental health promotes overall health. Dentistry is important for every community. Whether they come in for cosmetic, restorative, or preventative dentistry, they all leave with a healthier, happier smile. –Juliana Silva

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How toHelp Your Kids Get Over Their FEAR OF THE DARK

Show that there’s nothing to be afraid of, whether by shining a light into the closet or taking a look under the bed — with the child looking too — to prove there’s nothing to worry about. Empower them to banish their fears themselves. If they get frightened and run into your bedroom, escort them back to their own bed and help them relax. Their own bedroom must become a safe space. Only give your child healthy snacks before sending them to bed. Sugars and processed foods activate brain activity, putting your kid on high alert. Try vegetables, nuts, or string cheese. Of course, adding more light is always an option as well. Get a lamp with a dimmer that goes on their nightstand or plug in a few fun night lights. Over the period of a few months, steadily decrease the amount of light in the room. Eventually, they’ll be fully acclimated.

For many kids, there’s nothing scarier than the unknown of a dark room. Luckily, there are ways to

help your child overcome the terror they feel as soon as you turn out the light. You can chase the beasts away for good, just in time for the spooky Halloween season. The first step to curing a child’s fear of the dark is to find out exactly what they’re afraid of. Ask your child what scares them, using open-ended questions. Don’t belittle or dismiss their specific fears. As trivial as it may seem to you, it’s all too real to your kid. A simple statement like “I can see you’re really scared” can go a long way. Then, you need to ensure your child feels safe in the dark. Spend some time with them after the lights are off, calmly reassuring them that they’re safe in their bedroom.

“The first step to curing a child’s fear of the dark is to find out exactly what they’re afraid of.”

Invite Your Friends And Earn Big

Through 2017!

There’s never been a better time to invite your friends and family to become patients at Your Oviedo Dentist. Send them our way through the end of the year and earn exciting prizes along with entries into our monthly drawing for a $100 gift card and our quarterly drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree! It’s our way of saying thank you to all of the amazing patients who never keep us a secret!

Congratulations to Darlene, the most recent winner of our $1,000 shopping spree! We are so excited to give away our final shopping spree of 2017 on December 19!

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Dental Bits

It’s Halloween night, and the kids have just returned from trick- or-treating. As they eagerly sort through their candy, you decide it’s time to take out the “Parent Dental Emergency LET US TREAT YOUR

visits because their teeth “feel fine.” Unfortunately, check-ups are necessary to spot red flags before they become expensive problems. If left untreated, a small cavity can weaken teeth, leading to terrible pain and fractures. While many patients wait until they’re in pain before they realize it’s an emergency, a dental emergency is not always as obvious as an intense, throbbing pain. Sensitivity to hot or cold, discomfort when biting down, aching

Tax” and snag some butterscotch. The moment you bite down on the stolen sweet, pain ricochets from your back molar into your skull. A cavity you have been neglecting is finally ready to take its revenge, and the pain feels like it’s never going to let up.

gums, and areas in or around your mouth that feel hotter than the surrounding area are all signals that it’s time to visit the dentist now. If something feels wrong in your mouth, don’t delay; call our office immediately. We are often able to accommodate same-day emergency patients.

Everyone knows that their local dentist provides dental cleanings, crowns, root canals, and other common procedures, but just like every hospital has an ER, we also have a team on hand to

While we’re available to help in any emergency, our goal to the help people view dentistry in a different

way. Don’t wait until a painful emergency to make an appointment. Scheduling regular checkups is the best way to help keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright!

help with any dental emergency. At our office, the most common emergency visits we see are for patients experiencing cavity pain. Emergency visits are often the result of patients skipping regular Grand Re-Opening!

Recipes For a healthy You!

What’s Cooking

ORANGE-BALSAMIC LAMB CHOPS Impress any dinner guest with this surprisingly quick and easy-to-make meal.

SATURDAY January 27, 2018 1-3 p.m. at Oviedo on the Park

Catering by 4 Rivers Smokehouse


8 (4-ounce) lamb rib chops, trimmed 1 teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 teaspoons olive oil, divided 2 teaspoons grated orange rind 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

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Cooking spray

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


with cooking spray. Add lamb and cook 2 minutes each side. 3. Place vinegar in a small skillet over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes or until vinegar is syrupy. Drizzle vinegar and remaining teaspoon oil over lamb.

1. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, rind, and juice in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add lamb to bag; turn to coat well. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Remove lamb from bag and add salt and pepper. 2. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE PG 1 Getting to Know Juliana Silva

PG 2 Cure Kids of Being Afraid of the Dark How to Earn Big Through 2017

PG 3 Emergency Dental Treatment Orange-Balsamic Lamb Chops

PG 4 Tips for Your Trip Back in Time

Travel Corner

The Acropolis of Athens: Tips for Your Trip Back in Time When people think of a vacation to Greece, the first images that come to mind are often the picturesque beaches of Mykonos Island or plates of delicately which houses over 4,000 artifacts from the site, it’s a good idea to avoid the

layered moussaka. But no trip to the cradle of Western civilization would be complete without a visit to one of the most incredible historical sites in the world: the ancient Acropolis of Athens. Around 468 B.C., while Athens was enjoying its status as the greatest cultural hub of the era, Pericles initiated a robust reconstruction of the Acropolis. Almost half of the population was on the public payroll during the project, generatingwhat would become many of the most memorable structures in history, including the famous Parthenon. Today, the ruins of the Acropolis still stand, a testament to the ingenuity of one of the most advanced civilizations of the classical age.

Mediterranean cruise hordes and get there

early, as close to 8 a.m. as possible. A four-day pass to peruse the Parthenon, the temples

of Athena and Zeus, and many other world-famous sites costs around 12 euros, but keep in mind you can visit each site only once per pass. Due to the scorching heat that hits the area in the summer, you maywant to visit during late winter or early spring. To absorb the incredible history of this ancient monument, it’s a good idea to either pay for the audio guide as you enter or go to the “Watch, Read, Listen” section of

and download his audio guide for free. You can also get a full tour from a local guide. Head to to find the perfect guide for your trip.

If you plan on exploring the breathtaking ruins and the Acropolis Museum,

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