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Happy New Year to everyone reading this! Though these pictures aren't great, I had to post them. I have some uber-talented patients, and this sassy lady is one of them! Was invited out this past weekend to watch her sing with her band, Shut It Down. I was NOT prepared to be as blown-away as I was. This woman can S-I-N-G and the band is fantastic. My favorite of the night was actually a mash-up of Don't Stop Believin' by Journey and Metallica's Enter Sandman. Whoa. Amazing. Thank you Joanne for inviting us and for the open mic shout out "Even my dentist is here!" (Not embarrassing at all.) 😁
December is always a crazy month in dental offices and this year is no exception. BUT, my day got an amazing start with Terry's kindness in bringing me this beautiful box of the best chocolate in the world! He gets it for me directly from Belgium and I'm beyond appreciative.
If that wasn't enough, the beautiful Pamela popped up this afternoon with the goodies in this gold bag. I must have told her at some point how much I love The Conche restaurant in Leesburg and she brought me this special box of gourmet chocolates from there! How incredibly thoughtful!
Thank you Terry & Pamela for making my exhausting Wednesday so much sweeter! 💗
This lovely teenager, whom I've been seeing since she could barely climb into my chair by herself, came to me today after a plunge into Costa Rican water left her with a broken tooth! This is the before and after...I'd say we hit it out of the park!
WA-HOO! LET'S KEEP THIS TREND GOING!!!!
Cigarette Smoking Hits All-Time Low Among Adults, Report Says.
USA Today (11/8, O'Donnell) stated a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Cancer Institute indicates cigarette smoking has reached the “lowest level ever recorded among U.S. adults.” About 14 percent of adults – around 34 million people – smoked within the past 30 days. That is down from 15.5 percent in 2016. The report also showed “about 10 percent of people aged 18 to 24 years smoked cigarettes in 2017, down from 13 percent in 2016.”
ABC News (11/8, Jackson) reported that adult smoking rates have declined by 67 percent since 1965. CDC Director Robert Redfield said, “This new all-time low in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults is a tremendous public health accomplishment, and it demonstrates the importance of continued proven strategies to reduce smoking.”
CBS News (11/8, Welch) stated that “despite the progress, health officials say too many Americans are still using tobacco products.” The article noted the data showed that “about 47 million, or 1 in 5, Americans still use a variety of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, which are increasingly popular among young people.”
The ADA News reported previously that the American Cancer Society will hold The Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15. The article noted that “the ADA has resources to assist dentists in talking with their patients about tobacco cessation,” including an online continuing education course, Tobacco Policy, Pharmacotherapy, and Dentistry; an ADA Science Institute-developed Oral Health Topics webpage on smoking and tobacco cessation; and the brochures “Tobacco and Oral Health” and “Get the Facts About Mouth and Throat Cancer.”
That's a wrap! Another successful case and a happy, beautiful patient! This lovely lady had crowns of different colors on her front teeth, her two center teeth were angled slightly towards the corners of her mouth, and the front six teeth were inconsistent in their size, shape, and positioning. We created lifelike restorations that are appropriately sized and follow the natural curvature of her smile. Her smile just makes me smile!
How super spectacular is this! My lovely and always thoughtful patient brought me this treat yesterday because we share a love of fine confections! She has brought me chocolate from all around the world. How have I not heard of this local place? They are all delish, especially the Sparkle Pops, and I cannot thank you enough for always thinking of me Michelle N.!!!
In honor of the last victim who was laid to rest in Squirrel Hill today, and who reminds me of my grandmother who was a faithful worshiper for her 99.5 years of life, I'm reposting my message from Monday in hopes that it continues to spread the message....
5710 Munhall Rd.
SQUIRREL HILL, PA 15217
This is the address at which I lived from 1996-2000 while attending dental school in Pittsburgh. The 4 years prior to that I lived in a lovely, better-known city named Charlottesville. It is ironic that just last week I discussed Squirrel Hill with two different patients in my office. I was explaining to them that it is my favorite ‘city’ I’ve ever lived in and that the people of Squirrel Hill, and Pittsburgh in general, are so very friendly. They regularly say hello to each other as they pass on sidewalks, or when you enter a Giant Eagle grocery you are always greeted by a friendly worker. I knew nothing of that little burb within the ‘Burgh when I moved there. I was in utter shock after only a few weeks when I realized what a throwback to the 50’s or 60’s it was. Specifically, kids were always outside playing in the neighborhood, unattended, without fear of something bad happening. Their little squeals of laughter and energy were always a welcomed sound. At dinnertime you’d hear the mothers yelling their names to come in to eat. No one locked their cars or the doors to their homes. On Saturday mornings, families would walk to their synagogue for services, pushing beautiful, ornate old-time baby prams. The first year of dental school was beyond grueling. I would routinely get off the city bus at 1 or 2 in the morning after leaving the anatomy lab and have to walk 3 blocks to my little rented room. I NEVER feared for my safety nor looked over my shoulder.
I also loved the blending and sharing of so many ethnicities and faiths. We would go every year to the Greek Food Festival at the Orthodox Church near the dental school or to the Jewish Food Festival hosted by the JCC down the block from me. There were also the Italian, Russian, and Ukranian neighborhoods that offered up their food and hospitality. Great memories that I still remember vividly.
There were 5 or 6 synagogues within my small neighborhood, and Tree of Life was at the border of it, a stone’s throw away. I was in utter disbelief over the news of the killings this weekend. But, happy and proud of the community that has rallied around that temple and demonstrated the type of support and blending that I know as ‘my’ Squirrel Hill. I don’t know the answer to end all this senseless violence in our country but I do know good and bad will always exist. I’m reminded by the sadness of the weekend to judge people as individuals and not as a group based on ethnicity, religion, color, education, sexual preference, etc...Make good choices and do the right thing!
Kindness and love win in the end—even if it’s hard sometimes. As a Jewish female happily married to a kind and loving Muslim man, I speak firsthandedly. We are trying to be the change we wish to see in the world. Won’t you join us…
[10/20/18] A super-duper HUGE congratulations to my patient, Cheryl, who came in for an appointment this morning and left me waiting anxiously for information....at midday, she informed me she passed her Virginia Bar Exam! This is a second career for this single Mom who worked full time while putting herself through law school at George Mason. Congratulations to you! You earned this! So proud of you and excited to see where this new path leads. Celebrate!!!!
I LOVE it when I realize my repetitiveness pays off and my patients truly hear what I say! For those who I'm fortunate enough to have as part of my practice...you will understand this.
I had my back to him when this awesome guy came in and announced "I figured we needed cocktails for our 'date'! So here's what I brought for you. The guy at Starbucks says this is what the ladies like the most."
This was for me, and green tea for him. THANK YOU, Marcelo!!!! You made my day. A generous patient who is part of one of my favorite families. They're all just stellar people.
It may not look like much, but it truly is 118 items for donation in 2018 to ALIVE family assistance program!
Pretty awesome day here in this dental office. A HUGE thank you to that lovely hygienist I highlighted in my last post, for the first delivery of the day. You are an amazing hygienist, colleague, and friend! Thank you to Dr. Bidgoli--world's BEST Endodontist--for my second delivery. And a super special thank you to a super special dude for my flower delivery.
Dentistry has definitely allowed me to form some amazing relationships over the years with both patients and coworkers. I met these two crazy kids at my very first job out of my residency, when we worked in Silver Spring, Maryland. It was a nutty office environment, but having great people to work alongside made it tolerable. Trudy was my very first hygienist, and though she's moved out of the country and back in and lives way down South, we have stayed friends over these 16 years! Dr. Obeid was the prosthodontist in the office, doing the big smile makeovers. He happened to precede me in the same Advanced General Dentistry residency I completed, so we were able to connect over our experiences with the doctors and patients in that program. So happy to spend an evening with these two again, laughing and reminiscing!
How's this for a start to the day?! This handsome man is married to a lovely lady and has 3 adorable daughters, but he also has this cute girl as part of his family! Heritage and I always spend some time together after his appointment. She's such a sweet girl! Thank you Officer Mowery and Heritage for keeping our communities safe!
What a great day here in Ashburn:
This hilarious dude came to see me today. We've been teaming up for many years and he's just the funniest! Today, he called Thea, his outstanding caretaker, his "Sweet Love" and I said, "What about me?!" He replied with, "You're my number 2!" I'll take it!!! Then he threw his arm around me for our picture. Thanks, Franklin, for always brightening my day.
My afternoon got a kick-start from Catherine who is part of a duo who still FLY up from Texas to see me twice a year. Can't ask for more dedication than that!
Happy Friday, everyone! My soul is swelling with joy....Frannie's heart is beating like a drum and I just received this email from a sweet patient who has made a complete turnabout to her oral health:
"Dr. Dina! You have absolutely made my entire month! Thank you so much for those kudos! Thank you again for even taking me on as a patient because I know I was in really bad shape when I came to you and you were courageous enough to take me on. I so appreciate everything you have done and are doing to help me keep my original teeth and to make my gums healthy! I know I was a challenge, but you certainly met the challenge head on! I remember you asking me at my 1st appointment was I serious about doing what needed to be done in regards to my teeth and I said to you "yes, I'm serious" and I hope I have proven that!"
I can say I've never put out a post like this in my career. But, I feel compelled to do so today! I need all my patients, friends, and family that see my page to think good thoughts for my patient and friend, 'Frannie'. She's one of my 'ride or die' patients who has been with me since my prior office and followed me when I ventured out on my own. She was the FIRST cosmetic case I did over a decade ago and she still sports that beautiful smile!!!
Today, as I type, someone else's loss is hopefully going to be Frannie's gift of life, as she receives her new heart. I have my fingers, toes, and every hair on my body crossed for you and I know this surgery will be a success! I cannot wait to see your smiling face again.
Awww...this was the email I received from the lovely lady in the prior post about her new smile! This is what makes the work the most rewarding:
HI Dr. Dina
Thank you very much for my new smile. It took a while but was so worth the time.
You did a great job. I am so very happy to have a nice smile again!
Here's a little somethin' I just completed on this lovely lady! Unlike those zany t.v. commercials, this DID NOT happen in a day. It took a lot of time and meticulous planning (and willing patient), but that led to these great results. As you can see, she had a severely deep bite with her upper teeth completely covering her lower teeth. She had broken, missing, and decayed teeth, broken crowns, and overlapping upper front teeth. Her treatment consisted of:
-Extractions -Lower arch ridge reduction -Bite opening
-Implants -New crowns -Implant crowns -Veneers
My lab and I created beautiful, natural restorations that reestablished her collapsed bite to a normal position and gave her an award-winning smile. What a life-changer!!!
**A special thank you to Dr. Maharaj of Lansdowne Oral Surgery for helping me give my patient the smile she's wanted for decades.**
“Cellular Messengers In Saliva” May Regulate Oral Bacteria Growth, Study Finds.
The UCLA Newsroom (5/7, Aldrich) states a new study led by UCLA researchers “provides clear evidence that cellular messengers in saliva may be able to regulate the growth of oral bacteria responsible for diseases, such as periodontitis and meningitis.” The article adds the study suggests that “a body’s cellular messengers play an important role in managing the amount of good and bad bacteria in the mouth.” The researchers believe the findings may lead to the development of new treatments for periodontitis and other diseases. “Our findings could lead to new therapies to treat diseases caused by harmful bacteria,” said study co-author Dr. Wenyuan Shi, chief executive officer and chief science officer at the Forsyth Institute and a former professor of oral biology at the UCLA School of Dentistry.
It's difficult to end the day with tears in my eyes, it's difficult to lose wonderful patients, and it's difficult to keep having to to say goodbye to those gone too soon. But I care too much to not acknowledge each and every one. It is with another heavy heart that I must say goodbye to Doug--a kind and wonderful patient, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know him, to admire his ivy-league intelligence, to live vicariously through his worldly travels (60+ countries!), and to have he and his wife warmly welcome me (AND my husband) into their home. They are not just patients, they have become friends. His tenacity throughout these past few years will be remembered--he fought a valiant fight.
Sweet Sally, I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Oh happy day! Loved spending the weekend with this beautiful patient, bride, and friend, and her new husband! Thank you Molly & Jeremy Pierce for including me in your amazing day!
This is how the day started here at Pipeline Plaza! This little nugget came in for her complimentary cleaning before her wedding. I have known Molly since she was 13 and now she's marrying a handsome Marine! How many dentists can say they get invited to their patient's wedding? I CAN! Can't wait to see you (and your pearly whites) walk down the aisle, Mrs. Pierce-to-Be!
Who realllly likes Mondays? But, when your day contains an email like this from a patient, how can your day be bad?!
Thank you so much for everything! Seriously Dr. Dina,
you are a superb dentist. Just the absolute best.
These are NOT the kind of posts I enjoy writing, but I must acknowledge things that impact my practice and my heart. It is with the deepest sadness that I am sending out one more farewell to another favorite woman…person…and patient of mine who has sadly departed. Pom was my little spitfire from Thailand—small enough to carry in my pocket, but with immeasurable intelligence and a personality big enough to fill a room. I can’t even begin to recount how many conversations we had on culture, religion, ethics, food, and the list goes on and on. I loved hearing her stories and ‘take on life’ as someone who grew up halfway around the world and traveled the globe extensively---very informative, interesting, and captivating for someone like myself who has been born and raised in the US. I will miss her more than I can express in words and so grateful that she touched my life.
And to Julie…the love of her life, I give you my deepest condolences. You two are a prime example of how love can conquer all—no matter the hardships, no matter the ailments, and no matter the opinion of others. To spend 40 years with someone is truly an amazing accomplishment, and it gives those of us who have been lucky enough to know you both something to strive for in our own lives. Ale-ha Ha-shalom.
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