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Local dentist treats community for National Smile Day

Dr. Timothy Stirneman consults a patient who needs further dental work during a free Dentistry from the Heart event at Compassionate Dental Care. Courtesy of Compassionate Dental Care
Volunteers Ingrid Cruz and Jeffrey Sterner help out during the free Dentistry from the Heart event May 31. Courtesy of Compassionate Dental Care
Hygienist Raz Chanthala grabs sterilizing tools for future patients during the free Dentistry from the Heart event at Compassionate Dental Care in Lake in the Hills. Courtesy of Compassionate Dental Care

Compassionate Dental Care celebrated National Smile Day by welcoming members of the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills community to their free Dentistry from the Heart event.

Dentistry from the Heart provides free dental services such as cleanings, fillings, and tooth extractions to those without dental insurance and cannot afford biannual checkups.

Compassionate Dental Care celebrated National Smile Day Thursday, May 31, at its office, 261 Randall Road, Suite 101 in Lake in the Hills.

Created by Dr. Timothy Stirneman of Compassionate Dental Care, National Smile Day is now observed by communities across the country. Dr. Stirneman continues to use his expertise and know-how in providing treatments to those in need so that will leave smiling!

The community event showcasing that charity starts at home is a national observance that started right in Algonquin/Lake in the Hills.

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When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved

I’m 61 years old, a San Francisco homeowner with an academic position at the University of California-Berkeley, which provides me with comprehensive health insurance. Yet, to afford the more than $50,000 in out-of-pocket expenses required for the restorative dental work I’ve needed in the past 20 years, I’ve had to rely on handouts — from my mom.

This was how I learned all about the Great Divide between medicine and dentistry — especially in how treatment is paid for, or mostly not paid for, by insurers. Many Americans with serious dental illness find out the same way: sticker shock.

For millions of Americans — blessed in some measure with good genes and good luck — dental insurance works pretty well, and they don’t think much about it. But people like me learn the hard way that dental insurance isn’t insurance at all — not in the sense of providing significant protection against unexpected or unaffordable costs. My dental coverage from UC-Berkeley, where I have been on the public health and journalism faculties, tops out at $1,500 a year — and that’s considered a decent plan.

Dental policies are more like prepayment plans for a basic level of care. They generally provide full coverage for routine preventive services and charge a small copay for fillings. But coverage is reduced as treatment intensifies. Major work like a crown or a bridge is often covered only at 50 percent; implants generally aren’t covered at all.

In many other countries, medical and dental care likewise are segregated systems. The difference is that prices for major procedures in the U.S. are so high they can be out of reach even for middle-class patients. Some people resort to so-called dental tourism, seeking care in countries like Mexico and Spain. Others obtain reduced-cost care in the U.S. from dental schools or line up for free care at occasional pop-up clinics.

Underlying this "insurance" system in the U.S. is a broader, unstated premise that dental treatment is somehow optional, even a luxury. From a coverage standpoint, it’s as though the mouth is walled off from the rest of the body.

My humbling situation is not about failing to brush or floss, not about cosmetics. My two lower front teeth collapsed just before my 40th birthday. It turned out that, despite regular dental care, I had developed an advanced case of periodontitis — a chronic inflammatory condition in which pockets of bacteria become infected and gradually destroy gum and bone tissue. Almost half of Americans 30 and older suffer from mild to severe forms of it.

My diagnosis was followed by extractions, titanium implants in my jaw, installation of porcelain teeth on the implants, bone grafts, a series of gum surgeries — and that was just the beginning. I’ve since had five more implants, more gum and bone grafts and many, many new crowns installed.

At least I’ve been able to get care. The situation is much worse for people with lower incomes and no family support. Although Medicaid, the state-federal insurer for poor and disabled people, covers children’s dental services, states decide themselves on whether to offer benefits for adults. And many dentists won’t accept patients on Medicaid, child or adult, because they consider the reimbursement rates too low.

The program typically pays as little as half of what they get from patients with private insurance. For example, as Kaiser Health News reported in 2016, Medicaid in Colorado pays $87 for a filling on a back tooth and $435 for a crown, compared with the $150 and $800 that private patients typically pay.

"It’s really a labor of love to do it," said Dana Lubet, a recently retired dentist in Madison, Wis., who estimated Medicaid paid only a third of his costs. Accepting too many, he said, "could easily kill your practice."

A few years ago, while in his mid-50s, Nick DiGeronimo, a facility maintenance worker at a New Jersey sports center, obtained private insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, hoping to get treatment for progressive tooth decay.

He needed two implants but, to his dismay, the plan did not cover them. To pay the $10,500 bill, he had to take out loans. "Dental insurance is basically useless," said DiGeronimo. "It’s a sham, a waste of money, and another case of the haves versus the have-nots."

As for older Americans, many lose employer-based dental coverage when they retire even as they suffer from increasing dental problems. Among those 65 and older, 70 percent have some form of periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet basic Medicare plans do not include dental coverage, although options exist for seniors to purchase it.

Overall, in 2015, almost 35 percent of American adults of working age did not have dental insurance. By contrast, only about 12 percent of American adults under 65 did not have medical insurance in 2016. That lack of coverage and treatment can diminish economic and social opportunities — for instance, it can be costly at work or in a job interview not to smile because of unsightly or missing teeth.

Eventually, poor prevention and treatment can become a medical problem — leading to serious, and occasionally deadly, health consequences. In an infamous 2007 case — described by Mary Otto in her book "Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health in America" — Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old boy in Maryland, died after a tooth infection spread to his brain. The family’s Medicaid coverage had lapsed.

Research has demonstrated links between periodontal infections and chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Studies have found associations between periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as premature labor and low birth weight. Tooth problems also hinder chewing and eating, affecting nutritional status.

The split between the medical and dental professions, however, has deep roots in history and tradition. For centuries, extracting teeth fell to tradesfolk like barbers and blacksmiths — doctors didn’t concern themselves with such bloody surgeries.

In the U.S., the long-standing rift between doctors and dentists was institutionalized in 1840, when the University of Maryland refused to add training in dentistry and oral surgery to its medical school curriculum — leading to the creation of the world’s first dental school.

Dentists have in some ways benefited from the separation — largely escaping the corporate consolidation of American medicine, with many making good livings in smaller practices. Patients often willingly pay out-of-pocket, at least to a point.

Some people deliberately forgo dental coverage, considering it less urgent than having insurance against medical catastrophes. "You might not get a job as hostess at the restaurant, but by the same token people that have a lot of missing teeth live to tell the tales," Lubet said.

With fluoridation and advances in treatment, many Americans have come to take the health of their teeth for granted and shifted their attention to more cosmetic concerns. And the dental field has profited from the business.

In my experience, which includes extensive travel in other countries, Americans often seem disoriented or even horrified when confronted with imperfect dentition. During my period of intense dental care here, I hated wearing temporaries and often braved the public with missing front teeth. I found myself routinely reassuring people that, yes, I knew about the gap, and yes, I was having it dealt with.

Meanwhile, the bold line between what is covered or what is not often strikes patients as nonsensical.

Last fall, Lewis Nightingale, 68, a retired art director in San Francisco, needed surgery to deal with a benign tumor in the bone near his upper right teeth. The oral surgeon and the ear, nose and throat doctor consulted and agreed the former was best suited to handle the operation, although either one was qualified to do it.

Nightingale’s Medicare plan would have covered a procedure performed by the ear, nose and throat doctor, he said. But it did not cover the surgery in this case because it was done by an oral surgeon — a dental specialist. Nightingale had no dental insurance, so he was stuck with the $3,000 bill.

If only his tumor had placed itself just a few inches away, he thought.

"I said, what if I had nose cancer, or throat cancer?" Nightingale said. "To separate out dental problems from anything else seems arbitrary. I have great medical insurance, so why isn’t my medical insurance covering it?"

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Denver’s marijuana tax money being used to fund local projects

DENVER — Aging irrigation systems are getting replaced. Historic sites will soon be restored. Get ready to see positives changes popping up around Denver. But how the projects are being funded may surprise you.

FOX 31: “What do pot and playgrounds have in common?”

“Hopefully nothing. Haha,” mother, Cassie Hart said.

One is helping pay for the other. The marijuana industry in Denver brings in millions of dollars annually in tax revenue. But this year, for the first time, the Denver Parks and Recreation department is benefiting big. They are receiving four million dollars in funding.

“This is where they started to build out the benches for the seating that would eventually become the stadium of Red Rocks today,” Shannon Dennison, Cultural Resource Administrator with Denver Mountain Parks said.

The very men who built the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre lived in nearby barracks during the Great Depression.

“The Civilian Conservation Corps was based here. There were about 200 young men who were out of work in the country who came here,” Dennison said.

Built in the 1930s, time has weathered the Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Core Camp.

“You can see areas of the window where they’ve been nicked, where we have peeling walls, the glass is broken. You can see some sag in the roof and some of the buildings sink into the ground over time,” Dennison said.

But now $500 thousand dollars of Denver’s marijuana tax revenue will help restore history.

“It’s really going to give us the ability to keep this place going for another hundred years,” Dennison said.

$600 thousand dollars of the pot tax is allocated to Sloan’s lake to repair the boardwalk. Parks and Rec said it has structural issues that will be fixed at the Northeast corner.

$750 thousand dollars will pay for a new irrigation system at Harvard Gulch north.

$400 thousand dollars will give the park at Asbury and Tejon, a major facelift. It’s located on the southern end of Denver. The redesign includes more playable space for park users while also improving the functionality of the waterway and basins that capture water after the rain to improve water quality before it enters south Platte river.

“Brick that is falling apart, people damaging and vandalizing the structure. We’ve got trees growing out of it,” Scott Gilmore, Executive Director of Parks and Planning for the City of Denver said.

$1.7 million dollars will fund phase three of Sullivan Gateway, to restore the crumbling, 101 year-old terra cotta walls. They are located on the north side of Colfax, near East High School. It was built in 1917.

“We definitely want to make this a beautiful entrance to our crowning jewel park in the city of Denver,” Gilmore said.

So the next time you sit at a park bench or head to a Red Rocks concert, it could be the pot tax that’s keeping these spots in top condition.

“No matter what your stance is on marijuana, those tax revenues are coming back to the Parks and Rec department to help us get projects done that would not have been done before,” Gilmore said.

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Digital Dentistry at Southpoint of Durham, North Carolina Makes it Easy for Patients to Book a Visit

DURHAM, N.C., May 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Digital Dentistry at Southpoint is now offering patients the ability to book an appointment online.

Dr. Gary Schlotterer, the owner of Digital Dentistry at Southpoint, has always been on the cutting edge of dental technologies and techniques. After getting feedback from patients about the difficulties of waiting for open business hours to make an appointment, Dr. Schlotterer went looking for a solution.

He found that solution in an online scheduling platform called LocalMed. LocalMed allows patients to see Dr. Schlotterer’s schedule in real time and select the appointment that works best for them. This new tool is a button, on the website, that lets the patient view what appointments Digital Dentistry at Southpoint has open that week.

There are typically several slots left open during the week exclusively for patients that prefer to book online. But, there is no guarantee that the open appointments are recurring every week.

This online appointment tool is simple to use. You can see the openings by visiting the website at (just click on the Make An Appointment button), their Facebook page, the Google business listing, and even on some insurance carrier’s sites.

The great thing about instant real-time online scheduling is that it gives patients options. You can still call the office during business hours and speak to one of the staff, you can email the office, or you can book instantly online, even from your phone.

The ability to schedule a visit 24 hours a day is helpful to many folks, including busy families. A mother with three children once told Dr. Schlotterer, she wanted to make an appointment for her daughter at 7:30 pm (when the office is closed) because at 7:30 am (when the office is open), she’s busy running the kids to school and doesn’t have time to call.

Well, now that problem is solved. With online scheduling, it is now as easy to book a visit to Digital Dentistry at Southpoint as it is to buy a plane ticket or buy toothpaste on Amazon.

Whether you are in need of regular teeth cleaning, a dental filling, a cosmetic enhancement like teeth whitening, or emergency dental services, you can get the best in dental service with a friendly and personal touch from Dr. Gary Schlotterer at Digital Dentistry at Southpoint in Durham, North Carolina.

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Woman Was Sexually Assaulted in Dentist’s Chair While Under Anesthesia

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A woman who was sexually assaulted while in the dentist’s chair is calling it "a devastating experience." In an Inside Edition investigation, Valerie Oliva revealed she was still groggy from anesthesia after having her wisdom teeth pulled when the dental assistant groped her. Video obtained by Inside Edition showed the assault at the dentist’s office in California in 2016. "It was a devastating experience, something that no one should have to go through," Oliva said.

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April 22 arts and entertainment

Second Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted: Greenwood’s Coloring (adults only) hosted by Dohnna Boyajian at Aromas Village Coffee, 7-9 p.m. Bring coloring pages, colored pencils and markers.

April 26, Uptown Live Spring Concert Series at Uptown Market in Greenwood, with Eloveation.

April 28, “Whose Line is it, Abbeville?” Improvisation classes 10 a.m.-noon and 5-6:30 p.m., with competition/show at 7 p.m. Contact Amber Swann at Abbeville Opera House box office, 864-366-2157.

May, TBA, Keith Jamison, opera tenor, Greenwood Performing Arts at GCT, 7:30 p.m., 864-227-8744.

May 5, Bluegrass in the Park with Cane Creek and RoundUp, Dogwood Park on South Main Street, Honea Path, noon-5 p.m. Free. In case of rain, to be indoors. Sponsored by Honea Path Civitan Club. Contact: Deborah Tucker 864-729-3039.

May 13, Pan Harmonia Chamber Ensemble, described as “eclectic and genre-smashing” part of the free Festiva series at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, 4 p.m., 864-229-5814.

Sept. 21, 22, 28 and 29, “Keep on the Sunny Side: The Songs and Story of The Original Carter Family,” Abbeville Opera House, 864-366-2157.

Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15, “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas,” Abbeville Opera House, 864-366-2157.

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Future of Dentistry Brings Smiles To Food Pantry

A release from the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry:

Future of Dentistry, which is located at 968 Main Street, recently donated approximately 100 toothbrushes, 50 mini-tubes of toothpaste, 50 lip balms, and various food items.

"Such a great donation!" says Maureen Miller, director of operations at the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.

On behalf of its board of directors and volunteers, the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry is incredibly grateful for Future of Dentistry’s very generous donations to the organization’s clients. The donation drive was facilitated by Lisa Guerriero at Future of Dentistry.

In photo (left to right): Dr. Heather Strock and Dr. Gerry Casazza, on behalf of Future of Dentistry

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Broncos sign former Raiders punter Marquette King to three-year deal

The Denver Broncos have signed free agent punter Marquette King to a three-year contract, the team announced on Thursday.

AFC West rival Oakland released King on March 30, parting ways with the popular and productive punter, whose social media presence was just as large as his punts were booming. While the Raiders did not offer a reason for cutting King, there were whispers that new head coach Jon Gruden’s old-school ways might not have jibed with King’s larger-than-life personality, especially for a punter.

King, 29, originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and the team signed him to a five-year, $16.5 million contract extension in 2016.

Last season, Pro Football Focus ranked him third among all punters, and he finished third in the NFL in net punting average at 42.7 yards.

Since 2013, when he took over for Shane Lechler in Oakland, King is second in the league in that time frame in total punts (426), eighth in gross average (46.8 yards), eighth in net average (40.8), third in punts inside the 20-yard line (168) and first in punts inside the 10-yard line (65).

ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.

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Alice Faye Napier


Alice Faye Napier, 73, of Greenwood, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Greenwood Village South after a four-year stay due to a stroke. She was born to the late Alex and Lola Dye on April 4, 1944 in Arjay, Kentucky.

Alice married her lifetime partner, Carl Napier in 1962. She spent her life being a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing and doing puzzles. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family and home. Alice enjoyed traveling and going on vacations. A few of her favorite spots were the Smoky Mountains and Myrtle Beach. She loved going to watch her grandchildren play sports and other activities. Alice was a long-time member of the House of Prayer Tabernacle. She loved God and reading His word. Alice loved shopping, whether it was going to the stores or garage sales.

Alice is survived by her husband, Carl Napier of Greenwood; her four children, Jeff (Bonnie) Napier of Martinsville, Tim (Traci) Napier of Greenwood, Carl Napier of Greenwood, and David (Andrea) Napier of New Whiteland; one brother, Richard (Geraldine) Dye of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be Wednesday, March 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, 729 N. U.S. HWY 31, Whiteland, IN, 46184. A service will be Thursday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at the Whiteland Chapel. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. To leave condolences go to

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March 18 arts and entertainment

SSecond Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted: Greenwood’s Coloring (adults only) hosted by Dohnna Boyajian at Aromas Village Coffee, 7-9 p.m. Bring coloring pages, colored pencils and markers.

April 21, Rock ‘n’ Roll Cruisers cruise-in at Uptown fountain in Greenwood, 6 to 9 p.m.

May, TBA, Keith Jamison, opera tenor, Greenwood Performing Arts at GCT, 7:30 p.m., 864-227-8744.

May 13, Pan Harmonia Chamber Ensemble, described as “eclectic and genre-smashing” part of the free Festiva series at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, 4 p.m., 864-229-5814.

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