February 2008

Increase your Face Value: Add a Smile!

Author: Linda Hopkins

What are you wearing today? Chances are you put some thought into your apparel. Did you remember to put on a smile? Think of your smile as a welcome mat. It’s what makes you approachable, and it can go a long way in helping you get what you want in life: a job, a friend, a love interest…

An attractive smile starts with healthy teeth, and healthy teeth start with regular care. Herein lies the dilemma for many people. If a visit to the dentist office doesn’t exactly evoke joy, it’s time you met Dr. Kevin B. Fader, D.M.D.

Unpleasant dental experiences often lead to a lifetime of dental phobia. But at Island Family Dental, patients of all ages are discovering a new level of compassionate care that defies fear and redefines family dentistry. “I treat all my patients as if they were my own family,” said Fader. “They don’t have to be afraid. It’s pain free, and it’s not going to take up their whole day.”

Island Family Dentistry takes pride in:

Eliminating pain. Citing different anesthetics, quieter electric drills and quicker procedures, many of the perceived unpleasantries of dental care have been alleviated, Fader explained. After completing dental school, he spent a year as an oral surgery intern and another year in an anesthesia residency, giving him an edge on pain-free dentistry. “I was on my route toward oral surgery, but I sort of fell into dentistry. I found my niche,” he said. “The bottom line is you have to be numb. One of the secrets is knowing how to give a pain-free injection.”

Minimizing the time commitment. Fader is committed to providing comprehensive services for the convenience of his patients. Although specific problems occasionally require a referral to area specialists, Fader has the training and experience to perform fillings, root canals, crowns, bridges and cosmetics in house. At Island Family Dental, time is on your side. “We pretty much stay on schedule,” said Fader. “As far as time in the waiting room, if it’s 15 minutes, it’s too much.”

Easing the financial burden. If it’s pain in your pocketbook you fear, Fader urges you to consider the potential savings you get by taking preventative measures. “I really stress catching things early before it gets worse and gets more expensive to fix,” he said. Tooth decay caught early might require a $200 filling; ignored, you might be looking at a $2,000 root canal down the road. For about $300 per year, you can have two routine cleanings and exams and head off future problems. Island Family Dental offers interest-free care credit and is happy to file for your insurance.

Improving your appearance. Proper dental care is not only a long-term investment in your health, but a down payment on your good looks. Those who want to look younger or just improve their overall appearance are amazed at the difference dentistry can make. “I’ve really fallen in love with the cosmetic end of the industry,” said Fader. “The results have just been phenomenal.” But don’t expect a hard sell. “We give people their options, but we don’t push things,” he continued. “It’s what you need. Certainly cosmetics are fantastic, but unless you want it or need it, we don’t force it.”

Think of your smile as a personal asset and a daily gift to others. Make an appointment today and get started on a healthy new dental routine. Call 843-842-3555. Coming soon: www.islandfamilydental.com.

Lowcountry Connections
While technically new to the island, visiting here since age two, Kevin Fader is no stranger to the Lowcountry. His grandfather, Harold Sorensen (deceased), lived here and was one of the early pioneers of our leisure paths in the 1970s. His grandmother, Ruth Sorensen, resides in a local nursing home. For many years, his parents owned a second home here and eventually became island residents. His father, Lynn B. Fader, currently practices oral surgery at Hilton Head Oral & Maxillofacial and Dental Implant Center, P.C.

While vacationing at Shipyard Plantation nine and a half years ago, Fader met his wife, Valerie, who was also here on vacation. Married 6 years, they now have two children, Gracie, age five and Garret, age three.

Practicing dentistry in New Jersey for the past 15 years, weary of the cold winters, Fader decided Hilton Head Island would be a good place for his family. In August, 2007, he took over the practice of Dr. William G. Sturgis, located in the Professional Building at 2 Corpus Christie Place.

When not practicing dentistry, find Fader spending time with his wife and kids and enjoying golf, tennis and other outdoor sports. Valerie is a full-time mom and avid tennis player.

Setting down roots both personally and professionally, it looks like the Faders are here to stay!

Children’s Dental Health Month
Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. As a family practitioner, Dr. Fader has the opportunity to influence many young children and help them establish healthy dental routines. “If they are done well starting young and they have good experiences, they have that for life,” he said.

The American Dental Association recommends taking children to the dentist before their first birthday. But if you already regularly brush and floss your child’s teeth and don’t see any sign of trouble, waiting a couple of years probably won’t do any harm. The American Academy of Pediatrics says children should see the dentist before age three.

Dr. Fader recommends:
Professional cleaning starting at age three. “Bring kids in when they’re young so they get used to the feel of the office. Get them started early, and it will be second nature going to the dentist every six months,” he said.

Regular brushing and flossing. “Let them brush on their own,” he advises. “Make it fun for them.” Look for flossing aids and toothbrushes that light up or play songs. Those equipped with timers will encourage kids to brush longer. “Always check afterward to make sure they got them clean. They might not do it exactly right, but at least they are learning,” he said.

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