• February 29, 2016

SHOREWOOD, IL – February means more bulky coats and Valentine’s Day plans. At Shorewood Family Dental Care, February is a month to focus on children’s dentistry in recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

The National Children’s Dental Health Month is held every February and focuses on educating children about the importance of proper oral hygiene and the dangers of cavities. Tooth decay is the leading chronic disease in children around the world. This year’s slogan is “Sugar Wars.”

“We are spending the entire month educating children about the adverse effects sugar can have on their teeth,” said Dr. Britly Barton of Shorewood Family Dental Care. “This is a great month for us because we get to see children outside of the office to remind them about the importance of at-home oral hygiene.”

Throughout the month of February, Dr. Barton has visited local schools to educate children about proper brushing and flossing. The doctor and staff of Shorewood Family Dental Care handed out toothbrushes and floss.

Dr. Barton said the staff uses the annual program to share information about oral health but also to spend some time with youngsters outside of the dental office.

“By getting out in the community and showing these children a different side of us, we’re hoping to make them more comfortable with the dentist,” Dr. Barton said. “While home care is of the highest importance, we still need patients, young and old, to maintain regular dental visits to ensure their mouth is healthy.”

Shorewood Family Dental Care offers preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, children’s dentistry, laser gum disease treatment, dental implants and IV sedation. The practice provides orthodontic services like Six Month Smiles and can stabilize dentures or replace missing teeth with dental implants.

The practice has eight operatories, digital X-rays, a CT scanner and digital impressions. The office is open for 12 hours Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Dr. Funk earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa in 1991. During his General Practice Residency, he completed training in trauma dentistry from Loyola University Medical Center. He also completes numerous hours in continuing education every year.

Dr. Funk holds certificates in IV sedation, dental implants and prosthetic implant restoration, mini dental implants, Six Month Smiles, cosmetic dentistry and laser periodontal treatment. He holds memberships with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Academy of General Dentistry, Illinois State Dental Society, American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society and Will County Dental Society. Dr. Funk also serves the community as a volunteer with the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic and as a member of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce. He also has served on the board of directors for the Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Henry Vicioso has been a dentist for more than 20 years. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and his undergraduate degree in biology from Loyola University of Chicago. Before entering dentistry, Dr. Vicioso earned a degree in electronics engineering technology from DeVry Institute of Technology in 1979.

Dr. Vicioso has training in full-mouth reconstruction, cosmetic dentistry and periodontal surgery. He is also certified in dental implants, mini dental implants, Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, laser dentistry and general orthodontics. He is a member of the International Association for Orthodontics, American Dental Association, Illinois Dental Society and Will County Dental Society. Dr. Vicioso is active in the Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce, Holly Club, United Cerebral Palsy, Joliet Boys and Girls Club, Joliet Junior Woman’s Club, Shorewood Hugs, Will Buy Local, Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living and the C.W. Avery Family YMCA. Dr. Vicioso also volunteers dental services at the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic.

Dr. Gina Bruck completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997, and then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 2001. She has completed several hours of continuing education to implement new technology into her procedures.

Dr. Bruck has completed training in pediatric dentistry, dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. She is certified in laser dentistry, Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Dr. Bruck holds memberships with the International Association for Orthodontics, Illinois Dental Society, Will County Dental Society and American Dental Association. She also supports the C.W. Avery Family YMCA and the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic.

Shorewood Family Dental Care is declaring 2016 as “The Year of Your Best You.” Patients can always call the office at 815-725-5991.