WELCOME TO THE WORLD CONRAD FRANCIS MOMNIE
We are proud to announce the birth of Conrad Francis Momnie. Conrad is happily welcomed by his mother Shana (Dr. Larry’s oldest daughter and Dr. Nina’s sister), his father Paul, and his 20-month-old big sister Clara Grace. Conrad was born May 24th, 2021, weighing 8 lbs 8 oz and measuring 19.75 inches long. Mommy and baby are both happy and healthy at home in Boston with their family.
PENNSYLVANIA DONATED DENTAL SERVICES PROGRAM
The Pennsylvania Donated Dental Service (D.D.S.) is a program of the Dental Lifeline Network, a national humanitarian organization and an affiliate of the American Dental Association. The program provides access to comprehensive dental care for society’s most vulnerable groups - such as those with disabilities, the elderly or medically fragile, or those without other avenues to access dental care. Nationally, D.D.S. has more than 1,500 volunteer dentists and 3,700 volunteer dental laboratories. Since 1996 the program has donated more than $300 million in treatment. Of this total there are about 600 Pennsylvania dentists that have served more than 4,600 patients, and given approximately $14.2 million of dental care.
Rakowsky Family Dentistry is a proud partner to this life changing organization, with both Dr. Larry and Dr. Nina currently assisting patients in achieving dental health. Dr. Larry's patient travels from Orwigsville, Schuylkill County and Dr. Nina's from Reading, Berks County.
Dolly, the RFD mascot, dodged the rain to take in some of the many sights in nearby historic Philadelphia. Here she is at Ben Franklin’s grave, Elfreth’s Alley and goofing around on the Cherry Street Pier. Where will she go next?!
DOYLESTOWN HOSPITAL'S ANN SILVERMAN FREE CLINIC
Can you imagine what it’s like to know you can’t afford to get the dental or medical help you need? What it’s like to be in pain or to watch your family members suffer? Thanks to the Ann Silverman Clinic at Doylestown Hospital the low income and un- or under-insured community members living in central and upper Bucks County can get the medical and dental care they need. Patients who qualify have a household income at least 200% below the poverty level.
Rakowsky Family Dentistry is proud to donate their time and skills to such a worthy organization
PALISADES' SCHOOL DENTAL EXAMS
The state of Pennsylvania mandates that dental exams be performed on all school students entering kindergarten, third and seventh grades. For more than 30 years, as the dentist for Palisades School District, Dr. Larry has been spending 2 Wednesdays per school year performing these exams. With the pandemic many of these students haven't been able to visit their dentist in a long time, so the service is brought to them. Dr. Larry travels between the multiple district schools - Tinicum, Durham-Nockamixon, Springfield, and the Palisades Middle School. Private schools also participating in this program include the Regina Academy and the River Valley Waldorf School. This year Dr. Larry's daughter, Dr. Nina, volunteered to join her dad to help with these exams. They had a great time and got to stop for a special lunch at the Oaks!
ICON DENTAL TREATMENT
Rakowsky Family Dentistry is now offering a new minimally invasive procedure to correct white spots on your teeth! These white spot lesions can happen for many reasons such as fluorosis, demineralization, discoloration after orthodontic treatment and more. Icon treatment works by infiltrating the enamel and filling in these areas with a tooth colored resin. Unlike traditional fillings or other cosmetic options like veneers, there is no drilling or anesthesia needed! Our office is so excited about introducing it that we even did it to our own hygienist! (Janice’s before and after pictures are the first 2) Call today for more information or to schedule a consult.
IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL
Recently, a longtime patient of Dr. Larry’s, Ryan, told him he was soon moving to Hawaii. Off handedly, Ryan asked whether Dr. Larry knew any dentist that practiced there and surprisingly he did!
For many years, Dr. Larry has participated with his alma mater, Temple University, through the Kornberg School of Dentistry's Mentorship project. His daughter, Dr. Nina, has recently also joined the program. One of Dr. Larry’s previous patients and first mentees, Dr. Steven Barba (formerly of Doylestown) has been a successful restorative dentist practicing on the island of Maui for several years. The Instagram photos Dr Steve has shared to us have all been fabulous.
Hopefully the 2 former RFD patients will meet up. Sometimes, the smallness and connectedness of the world seems to be quite amazing.
NEW RFD MASCOT
Dr. Nina has adopted a cute, little Bahamian rescue puppy and has named her Dolly. And now, RFD has adopted Dolly as their new office mascot!
Dolly, blonde in color, was named after the famous country singer Dolly Parton. Because she has donated more than a million dollars towards Covid research, Dolly Parton has been in the news recently. Dr. Nina has a sister, Dr. Shana, who is a Gastroenterology Fellow at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Shana and her husband Paul also wanted to adopt a rescue puppy. So these 2 human sisters adopted 2 Bahamian Potcake sister puppies. Dolly Parton has a real life sister named Stella and Dr. Shana used that as the inspiration to name her puppy Stella also.
Sooo...2 sisters adopted 2 sisters and named them after 2 sisters!
What is a Potcake many of you might ask? This is a mixed breed dog found only in the islands of the Bahamas. The potcake name comes from the congealed crust at the bottom of a pot when native Bahamians would make one of their traditional foods, heated green peas and rice. As the rice became over cooked, some of it would adhere or “cake” itself to the bottom of the pot. Instead of discarding it, the natives would feed this potcake to the abandoned Bahamian dogs, thus the name “potcakes" was developed.
And you thought these newsletters only dealt with dentistry!
DIGITAL DENTAL NOMADS - TECHNOLOGY THAT MAKES SENSE
Say hello to our new x-ray units! These new digital Nomads used at RFD have lessened the radiation that was previously needed to take dental x-rays. Our practice is comfortable not being on the "cutting edge" of technology, but we will invest in new technologies that make sense. This mobile, handheld, digital x-ray units not only decreases radiation, but it is more comfortable for our staff and patients, so it just made sense. Here is a comparison of some normal radiation levels for your reference!
Sources of Radiation in microsieverts: (1 microsievert = 100 REMS)
- 50.00 = maximum allowed annual dose permitted for US radiation workers
- 0.005 = 1 digital Nomad dental x-ray
- 0.01 = 1 day of natural environmental radiation
- 4.00= 1 average mammagram
- 10.00 = 1 average CT scan
- 36.00 = smoking 1.5 packs of cigarettes per day for 1 year
BOTULINUM TOXIN TREATMENT FOR TMJ ISSUES AND DENTAL ESTHETICS
Signs of stress and anxiety can often be seen in one's dental condition. We at RFD are seeing a significant increase in the number of patients who are reporting problems associated with clenching or grinding their teeth. These habits can be very destructive and lead to permanent tooth loss. Even in simple clenching and grinding cases that may not have pain, there is still often the permanent side effect of loss of permanent tooth structure. Most of these simple cases can be readily managed by the simple regular use of a day or night guard.
However, many of those who have more serious cases awake with daily pain and can experience stress / tension headaches, pain chewing, and the inability to open completely without discomfort. In the most severe cases these habits not only cause damage to the teeth, but to the jaw as well. These patients require more advanced treatment and at RFD Dr. Nina is accredited by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to administer such treatments. Along with the use of day or night guards, Dr. Nina often uses a combination of a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy along with Botulinumtoxin A injections (Botox or Xeomin) into targeted muscle trigger points to break the cycle of destructive clenching and grinding.
While many of you are familiar with the esthetic benefits of Botox, fewer are aware of the proven therapeutic benefits of Botulinum toxin A for TMJ pain. Botulinum toxin A works by inhibiting the nerves of the overactive muscles from firing, which can relieve many of the symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. With Dr. Nina's AAFE certification she is able to asses and treat patients with both Botulinum toxin and fillers to improve not only their facial esthetics, but provide pain relief for patient's suffering from TMJ pain / its associated symptoms. Call the office today to schedule a consult and see how these new treatments can benefit you.
WHAT IS CARE CREDIT?
Since 72% of our patients do not or never had dental insurance, we have always been sensitive to the strain dental costs can put on our patients. For those patients specifically, we provide a 18 month plan through a lending company named Care Credit. We are proud to be a participant in the Care Credit Financing Program; if the patient qualifies they can obtain a 18 month line of credit with 0% interest.
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RFD COVID BUSTERS
Meet the two new additions to our practice: Charlie & Chloe.
Each is a tripod supported, UVC light system able to destroy all COVID, whether on contaminated surfaces, or if found in dental aerosol floating in the air. They each accomplish their goal within a 5 minute cycle. Government agencies already have established strict guidelines for all dentists. These guidelines appear to be effective, as there has not been one reported case of a dentist / patient COVID-19 transference up to this date in Pennsylvania. Lately, however, there has been a lot of press regarding dental aerosols. How far can Covid travel in aerosol form and how long can it linger, especially in enclosed rooms?
We at RFD strive to keep our working environment as safe as possible, even if it means exceeding governmental regulations.
So at your next visit, say hello to Charlie & Chloe, the RFD Covid Busters. Know their only purpose is to keep our environment germ and virus free. They will be working hand in hand with the already installed, individual room HEPA filters. Combined they will continually make sure that our air is never stagnant, but it is also virus free.
"LIKE US" ON FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM
Ninety percent of our new patients find our office through the old tried and true method of "word of mouth." However, times are definitely changing. Due to the advancement of social media, newspaper readership is dramatically down and telephone books have been antiquated. More and more patients are finding their needed services through social media. We felt now is the time to jump on that social media train.
Our Facebook page will appear a lot like the Chatter page in this website. However, our communication with you through Facebook will be more weekly than monthly. We hope you truly enjoy it. Provide us a "Like" on Facebook and enjoy our weekly updates. We also thank you for all your great Google reviews!
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