In case you missed it, here are the recordings of the radio interviews Erin did this week about our Sharing Smiles event happening this Saturday, March 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.!
This Saturday, March 25th, marks our 7th annual Sharing Smiles Event! This is a day where our entire staff volunteers and provides free dental care to community members in need and without means. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. and we will see patients on a first come, first serve basis from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Treatment will be determined on an individual basis by the provider but exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions will be offered.
We are also taking both cash and canned good donations for the Hartford Food Pantry. Community members can drop off their Food Pantry donations any time this week during normal business hours or anytime on Saturday. It's just one way you can be a part of our Sharing Smiles mission!
We hope to see you this Saturday as we host this wonderful event again!
We were honored to be named the 2016 Business of the Year by the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce! We received the award at the Hartford Chamber Annual Dinner on March 3rd, where Dr. Wilk thanked all of our staff for their dedication and hard work. We are truly grateful to be part of this community and for our Sharing Smiles philosophy to be noticed in this way.
Business of the Year for Hartford means a lot to us, as so does our community! Our mission of Sharing Smiles is about providing outstanding customer service and care to our patients when they are in the office, AND making sure we are giving back and Sharing Smiles beyond the doors of office as well.
And our community offers some wonderful events to get involved in. Just an example of some of our favorites (but not all!) are:
The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing
The Medical Center Foundation of Hartford Goldbug Golf Outing
The Hartford Business Improvement District Christmas Parade
If you haven't attended or heard of some of these events, we encourage you to check them out! We also really look forward to our Sharing Smiles Events. More on this to come soon, as our next one is March 25th, but these are our days of free dentistry to serve community members in need and without means.
This award will serve as a great reminder of why we do what we do and what our mission is all about. We are truly honored and humbled to have received the 2016 Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award and we thank the Chamber for recognizing us in this way!
Every year, in February, we celebrate National Children's Dental Health Awareness Month. We believe it is SO important to educate our patients, families, parents and young children about how they can and why they should care for their teeth.
We like to celebrate by going to local classrooms and talking directly with the children within our community about why it's so important to take care of their teeth. This year, we are visiting 17 local classrooms and talking to over 350 children! That's a LOT of teeth!
So, why is it so important to take care of your child's teeth?
- You only get one set of adult teeth ... and they have to last the rest of your life!
- Decay can cause pain and eventual tooth loss, if not treated.
- We use our teeth to eat, talk and smile ... EVERY day.
How can you take care of your child's teeth?
- See a dentist and hygienist for a professional cleaning every 6 months
- Brush your teeth 2 times a day, for 2 minutes each time
- Floss once a day
- Eat healthy foods and drinks
- Eat sugary, acidic or sticky foods in moderation
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 - 6 months
- Regularly check to see if your child is doing a good job brushing and even assist them in brushing once a day (generally until they are 8 - 10 years old, but can vary)
- Have your dentist or hygienist place sealants on your child's teeth
- Use a fluoride rinse at home
All of these things are actions we can take on a frequent, if not daily, basis to ensure that we are properly caring for our teeth. Our teeth are so important to our well-being and they will only last as long as we take care of them.
Be sure to schedule your child for their preventative dental visit and make sure your child is brushing 2 minutes, 2 times a day and flossing once a day!
For more information on sealants or questions about your child's care, feel free to ask any of our staff or your dentist.
For more information on Children's National Dental Health Month and for downloadable activities, visit these sites:
Last Thursday we invited our 30 finalists from July through December into our office for a little get-together and to draw the Dream Vacation winner! It was a lovely event and a great chance to get to know our patients better. We drew some door-prizes, offered tours of the new expansion and had some food and drink.
Lastly, we drew a winner for the Dream Vacation Giveaway. And the winner is: Nick Wagner! Nick and his wife, Molly, were here for the event and are thrilled to have won this prize! While they don't yet know where they are going, we have a hunch that their three little boys might have something to say about it!
Congratulations to Nick and Molly! They were entered into the giveaway because they referred their friends and family to our office, which is the greatest compliment any patient can give us. Thank you to Nick and Molly and to all of our patients. We are truly blessed and honored to serve you!