Why Regular Dental Care Now Can Save You Big Later

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Proper at-home dental care and regular preventive dental visits can help you save money! See below for interesting information comparing the costs of dental care and see how the average person’s at-home care differs from the American Dental Association recommendations.  Please contact us to schedule your next dental visit.

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Start the New Year With a Smile!

Happy New Year from our team.

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For many reasons, January is a great time to start the year with a beautiful and healthy smile. If you have been putting off treatment or cosmetic dentistry, there’s no better time to move forward in accomplishing your oral health goals.

Now that the holidays are behind us, there is more time to schedule your next visit to our office. If you are utilizing oral health benefits, many dental insurance plans renew at the start of the year, making it a great time for cosmetic and restorative care.

If considering cosmetic dentistry, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. Start the New Year with a smile!

ADA News | Illinois Practice Owner Uses Dentistry to Give Back

Illinois practice owner says dentistry in ‘the best way I can give back’

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After battling homelessness and other setbacks for months upon his arrival in the U.S. from Jamaica, Doniel Brown had last year for the first time found a home where he felt supported and safe. His high school grades were improving and he was impressing fellow churchgoers in this suburb northwest of Chicago with his motivational talks.

But Mr. Brown still needed to see a professional for one nagging issue in his life: a toothache.

Dr. Randall Oliva was quick to raise his hand to help.

Dr. Oliva, a 1982 Loyola University Chicago graduate and a general dentist for more than 30 years who owns his own practice in Park Ridge, is a volunteer with Safe Families, a Chicago-based non profit in which families open their homes to care for children whose parents are in crisis.

Mr. Brown, now 20, had come to Illinois in 2013 to stay with relatives and work.  The transition was volatile, and the young man, who enrolled in high school, ended up with nowhere to go until Scott and Jennifer Reed, who are hosting him through Safe Families, invited him to their Skokie , Ill. home in early 2014.

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Dr. Oliva, his wife, Janice, and their two young children had once opened their home to a child in need of care with Safe Families. And, a handful of times before meeting Mr. Brown, Dr. Oliva offered dental care through Safe Families – receiving no reimbursement — to children who needed it.

But Mr. Brown, largely because of his age and tremendous likability, stood out. At 19, visiting Dr. Oliva’s practice last year was his first visit to a dentist. Having grown up chewing raw sugar cane and doing little other than washing his mouth out with water to care for his teeth, Mr. Brown said he was more than a little nervous to get his mouth checked out, especially upon seeing the spread of devices and tools beside Dr. Oliva’s chair.

“I said ‘you have to put me to sleep or something,'” Brown recalled saying. Now, he can laugh about his initial hesitation.

On his first visit to Dr. Oliva’s office the two mostly just talked about what he should expect as the two continued to meet, Mr. Brown said.

“I had to explain to him what I do, what a dentist does and why he was having problems and how we were going to fix it,” Dr. Oliva said. “I told him it would be fine.”

Soon after the initial conversation, Mr. Brown learned the cause of his toothache — he had 15 cavities.

“He said he was going to save my teeth,” Brown said, and, now, a half dozen visits later, Brown said his teeth are much healthier.

The cost of fillings and cleanings amounted to several thousand dollars, fees that Dr. Oliva waived in full.

“I said, ‘Let’s do everything. Take care of all his needs. Let’s just do it right, do what we can,” Dr. Oliva said.

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Dr. Oliva, his wife, Janice, and their two young children had once opened their home to a child in need of care with Safe Families. And, a handful of times before meeting Mr. Brown, Dr. Oliva offered dental care through Safe Families – receiving no reimbursement — to children who needed it.

But Mr. Brown, largely because of his age and tremendous likability, stood out. At 19, visiting Dr. Oliva’s practice last year was his first visit to a dentist. Having grown up chewing raw sugar cane and doing little other than washing his mouth out with water to care for his teeth, Mr. Brown said he was more than a little nervous to get his mouth checked out, especially upon seeing the spread of devices and tools beside Dr. Oliva’s chair.

“I said ‘you have to put me to sleep or something,'” Brown recalled saying. Now, he can laugh about his initial hesitation.

On his first visit to Dr. Oliva’s office the two mostly just talked about what he should expect as the two continued to meet, Mr. Brown said.

“I had to explain to him what I do, what a dentist does and why he was having problems and how we were going to fix it,” Dr. Oliva said. “I told him it would be fine.”

Soon after the initial conversation, Mr. Brown learned the cause of his toothache — he had 15 cavities.

“He said he was going to save my teeth,” Brown said, and, now, a half dozen visits later, Brown said his teeth are much healthier.

The cost of fillings and cleanings amounted to several thousand dollars, fees that Dr. Oliva waived in full.

“I said, ‘Let’s do everything. Take care of all his needs. Let’s just do it right, do what we can,” Dr. Oliva said.

Contact our office today to learn more about Dr. Oliva.

 

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Original Source: http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2015-archive/may/illinois-practice-owner-says-dentistry-is-the-best-way-i-can-give-back