Now that the holiday season is over and we are back to our usual routines, we have had time to reflect on 2017 and set goals for the new year. For many of us, 2017 was a most unusual year – filled with ups and downs, sunshine and hurricanes, triumph and tragedy.
At Mitchell Dentistry, we dealt with the loss of a beloved member of our dental “family,” braved Hurricane Irma with minimal damage to our office rooftop, adopted several new technologies, and welcomed new staff members into the fold. It was quite a year – and as a group, we can say that we are all the stronger for what we have shared.
As we set our goals for 2018, we reflect on a few of our accomplishments and celebrate all we have to look forward to in the New Year, personally and professionally.
- TECH TALK
Taking the lead in dental technology to enhance patient care, we recently added a specialized 3D printer to the practice. The Moon Ray 3D printer makes it possible to print precise dental models from intraoral or 3D scans.
We can now provide patients with more speed, accuracy and durability when designing dental models, without having to send scans out to a lab.
“We researched many options before selecting a 3D printer system designed especially for dentists,” said Dr. Joe. “The layered scans are significantly more accurate than traditional models, and offer our patients speed, convenience, and extremely accurate results.”
- SLEEP TIGHT
As many of our patients know, Mitchell Dentistry was among the first in our community to talk to patients about the dangers of sleep apnea and how we might be able to help with this life threatening disorder. For several years, we have worked with area physicians, and have introduced ever evolving oral appliances to ease the situation for many patients. We’ve talked with many who are relieved about breathing better – and many more who are excited that their loved ones have stopped snoring all night!
Our continuing education over the past year enables us to help our patients with:
- Understanding how breathing-related disruption of sleep is not limited to apnea
- How upper airway flow limitation creates an environment for poor sleep and chronic stress
- The causes and correlation between the top 10 dental problems and dysfunctional breathing
- The importance of breathing disordered sleep on the systemic, neurocognitive, and craniofacial development of our pediatric patients
- Understanding the importance of nasal breathing, the damaging sequela of mouth breathing, and the strategies to promote proper function
- A systematic approach to controlling and resolving sleep-induced airway issues
- WELCOME, PATRICE
This fall, we welcomed the newest addition to the Mitchell Dentistry team, Patrice Schiop. Patrice stepped in for April Fox who moved to Gainesville to care for her aging parents.
A skilled and experienced dental hygienist for more than 38 years, Patrice graduated from Prairie State College in Illinois. Originally from Chicago and Michigan, Patrice has been a Southwest Florida resident since 1995. She avidly attends continuing education courses in dental hygiene, and obtained her anesthesia license in 2014. Patrice is excited about building one-on-one relationships with her patients at Mitchell Dentistry, and looks forward to the opportunity to educate them in their oral health.
Patrice resides with her husband and her two cats. During her time off, she enjoys traveling, searching for sea shells, and spending time with her friends.
- ON THE RADAR FOR 2018
|Always a top priority, continuing education will always continue in our practice. Workshops, seminars,
conferences, and hands-on training will take place throughout the year to keep us on top of our game,
bringing our patients the latest tools and techniques to enhance their oral health.
Our staff is growing, so be on the lookout for introductions to skilled, talented professionals as we
continue to add to our team.
Community involvement is also a key factor: Dr. Joe performs his duties as president of
the Lee County Dental Society; Dr. Yolanda speaks to various groups throughout Southwest
Florida; and our entire team continues to volunteer for the annual Head & Neck Cancer 5K, donating toys
to the Dr. Piper Center, and gathering toothbrushes and toothpaste for hurricane victims both in
SWFL and Puerto Rico.
- MOUTHHEALTHY RESOLUTIONS
As we conclude, here are six resolutions courtesy of MouthHealthy.org that you can adopt to keep your mouth healthy in 2018:
- Start brushing 2min2x. Always brush twice a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems.
- Floss daily. Flossing is part of being mouth healthy.
- Chew sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Drink fluoridated water. Fluoride helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities.
- Visit Mitchell Dentistry. Regular dental visits will help you be Mouth Healthy for Life.
As always, please call us with any questions or concerns. We love your feedback, so feel free to send your comments our way.
All the best from our family to yours,