“Give Back a Smile” Program Helps Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Abuse

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I am proud to be  participating in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program geared to helping heal the effects of domestic violence endured by more than five million individuals each year in the U.S. and Canada. I am one of many volunteer dentists involved with GBAS, which is available to restore the damaged smiles of eligible adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

You may not realize that one in four women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime. Chances are, you know someone who’s been affected. GBAS has restored the smiles of more than 1,400 intimate partner violence survivors to date, and we’re looking to help even more. If you know of someone who has suffered injuries to the smile-zone at the hands of a former intimate partner or spouse, family member or due to sexual assault, please contact GBAS.

As a GBAS volunteer dentist, I will provide smile-zone restoration treatment at no charge to eligible adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Survivors apply for services through GBAS, and must make an appointment with a counselor, domestic violence advocate, social worker or therapist to complete the advocate section of the GBAS application.

GBAS conducts the initial review of the application, and the volunteer dentist makes the final determination of eligibility. GBAS will connect initially qualified applicants with a local GBAS volunteer, who then provides treatment at no charge. All applicants must fulfill certain criteria established by GBAS.

If you or you know of someone that could be helped by GBAS, or someone who would like to get involved in the program, please visit the GBAS website  or call toll-free 800.773.4227 for more information.

Any questions, feel free to contact me or the staff at my office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA

Hermey Finally Gets His Due! One of Santa’s Elves Wanted to Be a Dentist!

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Just a few years ago I was enjoying a nostalgic trip back in time watching the classic animated story of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I had forgotten and was amazed that Hermey, one of Santa’s elves, expressed a burning desire to become a dentist!

The show is now celebrating its 50th year and believe it or not, Hermey still wants to be a dentist! The story of Hermey has not gone unnoticed by the American Dental Association, which has officially recognized this brave little elf as a DDG (Dental Do Gooder). To celebrate Hermey, there are some free downloadable coloring pages, a trivia quiz, and an opportunity to enter a sweepstakes for a Hermey Prize package for those young children on your Christmas list at the ADA’s MouthHealthy.org website.

Be sure to check out Hermey’s “Have You Been Naughty or Nice to Your Teeth” checklist for keeping mouths healthy for your children.

Any questions on how to assist your children with good oral hygiene or any other oral health issue, feel free to contact me or the staff at my office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA with any questions or concerns or to schedule your next visit so we can talk more about this. Happy Holidays to everyone!

Bleachorexia: When to Call it Quits on Teeth Whitening

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Bleachorexia, or as I like to call it, bleachomania, is what occurs when someone over-whitens their teeth. I liken it to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), often but not limited to teenagers, where one is continually finding fault with their appearance.

While most of us would like to have a brighter, whiter smile, especially around the holidays, the bleaching process can certainly be overdone. When this occurs the teeth can become irreversibly pinkish-gray, almost translucent at the edges and quite sensitive.

There are many options to achieving a whiter smile including over the counter whitening strips, in-office bleaching, at home bleaching, whitening toothpastes and if all else fails, porcelain laminate veneers. You can find more information at Mouth Healthy, an information website by the American Dental Association or by visiting my website page on teeth whitening.

The most important consideration is that you choose the option right for you. That’s where professional advice is critical. While white strips may be fine for some, I’ve seen so many problems with whitening occur over the years that I would recommend professional supervision with almost any technique.

It’s what folks don’t know that can get them into trouble and potentially ruin that smile that we all want for the holidays!

Any questions on tooth whitening or any other oral health issue, feel free to contact me or the staff at my office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA with any questions or concerns or to schedule your next visit so we can talk more about this.