2007-04-13 / Columnists

Addressing The Issues

Smile And The Whole World Smiles With You!
By Geraldine M. Chapey Democratic District Leader

By Geraldine M. Chapey Democratic District Leader

Dr. Geraldine Chapey
Dr. Geraldine Chapey Your healthy and beautiful smile is "an active ingredient today in social mobility and acceptance, interpersonal relations, employability and a good self image" according to the Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health. A bright and shiny smile immediately enhances our appearance and gives us a feeling of self confidence. Dental issues affect people of all ages.

The United States has a national health strategy focusing on prevention - called Healthy People 2010. This is undertaken by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The point of this initiative is to focus on preventing major health problems in the United States. It contains specific sections addressing oral health matters because they affect our total population. "The nation's dental bill in the year 2000 was about $60.2 billion or 4.6 percent of the total health expenditures in the United States," according to Healthline Network 2005-2007.

Dr. Kathleen Ross D.D.S., the President of the American Dental Association testified on March 27, 2007 before the Health Subcommittee of the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee on the need to address oral health needs. She stressed that "every child should see a dentist within six months of the appearance of his/her first tooth and no later than the child's first birthday." National Children's Dental Health Month is celebrated nationwide in February. Local communities sponsor different events including posters, coloring or essay contests, health fairs, and classroom presentations to make children aware of their dental needs.

Good oral care is important not only in February but all throughout the year. The Office of the United States Surgeon General issued its first comprehensive study results on oral care in February, 2001. The study found that "dental and oral diseases are a silent epidemic, even in children." It's hard to believe that 51 million school hours are missed every year due to dental related illnesses. This study even made the point that "dental care is the most prevalent unmet health need among American children." It is important for children, adults and seniors to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Many people stay away from the dentist because they heard that dental work is painful. Today with the various available tools, dental work should not be a scary experience. Dentists can accommodate each persons' needs to make the session a comfortable one.

One major dental issue for children and adults is malocclusion - or crooked teeth. People of all ages are going for orthodontic treatment to correct crooked or crowded teeth. Orthodontists can also make your teeth more functional by correcting jaw alignment, and improving your "bite."

We are very fortunate in our area to have an excellent dentist who specializes in orthodontics, Dr. John Shure. He is a capable, experienced, personable and knowledgeable professional, who treats children, teenagers, adults and seniors. He has the depth of knowledge and the breadth of experience to handle any dental issue and has dedicating his professional life to serving the health needs of our communities. Dr. Shure customizes his dental treatments specifically to meet the physical and life style needs of his patients. He employs advances in teeth straightening technology and discusses each part of the treatment with his patients.

I have had numerous conversations with Dr. Shure about many and varied dental issues. His academic and practical knowledge and experience and his sincere caring for people are the hallmark of being a great person and a top-notch dentist.

Dr. Shure is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) which is the premiere source of oral health information.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Shure will be an honoree at our Trinity Luncheon on June 1, 2007 at 12 Noon at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach. Please join us in honoring Dr. Shure and in raising funds for the Trinity transportation program. Tickets are $70. Seniors receive a special discount of $50. Tables of 14 are available. We will also have a journal.

On Saturday, March 31, my husband and I joined Beverly and Owen Baxter in attending the Rockaway Artist Alliance "Wherefore ART Thou" 2007, Spring Fundraiser. Kudo's to Jeff Rawlings for leading the Rockaway Artist Alliance to great heights. Congratulations to the honorees: Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, GNRA Superintendent Lisa Eckert, RAA Member Joseph Rothenberg, RAA Educator Khadyjah Alleyne and the Rockaway Little League. The function was held at 181 Beach 116 Street. The space is beautiful. The exhibit was fantastic. The food, catered by Ludwig's was great. Congratulations to all on a very successful event.

On Saturday, April 28, Rabbi Allan Blaine and Temple Beth El will sponsor their Righteous Person Award at the Temple on Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. This year's honorees are: Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. who will be presented by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer; Dr. Kathleen Cashin who will be presented by Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, member of the New York State Board of Regents; Ernest Lutz II who will receive the award posthumously, (it will be given to his granddaughter); Joseph Mure who will be presented by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey; and Renee Freeman, who co-chairs the Rockaway Catholic Jewish Council and Irena Sandler who will have a representative of the Polish government receive her award. The Righteous Person Award is presented to non-Jewish persons who have significantly contributed to interfaith action, understanding and cooperation. Rabbi Blaine is the dean of our religious leaders who is an outstanding scholar.

Rabbi Blaine always inspires everyone with his writings and his speeches. He has the ability to bring people with him to reach new heights of understanding and provides insights and wisdom which are relevant to our daily lives. Rabbi Blaine encourages people of good will of all faiths to come together to achieve their common goals. On hand to welcome everyone to the Temple will be its wonderful President, Selma Kaplan, who has been very active and involved in our community. Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, April 28, at Temple Beth El on Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. for the Righteous Person Award. Please make every effort to join us in attending this important event.

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