Something to smile about Appolonia Dental Arts offering free cleaning, exam to children
Dr. George Athansios will be providing free dental exams and cleanings to children, up to age 16, on Saturday, Feb. 27, in his West Milford dental office and on Saturday, Feb. 13 in his Cedar Grove office.
BY GINNY PRIVITAR WEST MILFORD — Here is something to really smile about. Dr. George Athansios, a dentist in West Milford, is offering free dental exams and cleanings for children to celebrate "Give Kids a Smile Day" on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, at his Appolonia Dental Arts office.Athansios also has an office in Cedar Grove and is offering the same services to kids on Feb. 13.This is the first time he is donating his services during "Give Kids a Smile Day."There will be free cleanings and exams for children through age 16. To make things fun for the kids, the tooth fairy, Superman and Captain American will be there for photo opportunities. The office asks that you register through their website, http://www.apolloniadentalarts.com, to have an idea how many to expect.Athansios said he thanks his staff for volunteering their time for this event.
Athansios, known to his patients as Dr. George, said parents should encourage their kids to brush at least once in the morning and once at night, for oral and overall health.“Teeth can tell you a lot about a person’s health," he said. "Research has shown that 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestation.”Dr. George urges parents to take their children to the dentist at an early age, preferably when they get their first teeth, or by age one, not when the first tooth falls out.“If they wait until the first cavity (or losing a tooth), that builds a traumatic experience,” Athansios said. “We really need to avoid the misconception that you only go to the dentist when you have a problem.”
Love of dentistry
Athansios is a doctor of medical dentistry, a fellow of The American Academy of General Dentistry, an Associate Fellow of The American Academy of Implant Dentistry and member of many other organizations. He offers cosmetic, implant and sedation dentistry.The practice of dentistry has great satisfaction for Athansios.“You know, dentistry is like an art and a science and a really good way to give back,” he said.As part of his effort to give back, he is building the first American dental clinic in Bolivia and has traveled to Africa and South America to care for the underserved.Athansios decided early on to become a dentist.“Ever since I was introduced to the anatomy of the tooth, I had an eagerness to learn more about it,” he said.In high school, he had the opportunity to shadow dentists, and he found the work fascinating.
Advice from the dentist
Besides regular brushing, flossing and dental visits, any other advice from Dr. George?“In general avoid acidic drinks; it’s not so much the acidic drink as the length of time it’s in contact with your teeth.”Athansios said he is amazed at how good dentistry can change a person's life.“I was always amazed at how you can transform a person’s life by making a few subtle changes with their teeth, with the use of technology and the right skills,” Athansios said. “The marriage between technology and science really fueled my decision to pursue the field of dentistry.”He is certainly making an impact. Athansios was honored in 2014 and 2015 as a New Jersey Monthly Top Dentist.That is something to smile about.