• April 29, 2016

SHOREWOOD, IL – Shorewood Family Dental Care has displayed blue pinwheels outside its dental office in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign began in 2008 as a way to build awareness about the widespread problems of child abuse and neglect. The Joliet Women’s Encore Club and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois joined together to place the pinwheels outside the office of Shorewood Family Dental Care.

“Our office is happy to serve as an avenue for local organizations to raise awareness about such an important issue,” said Dr. Robert Funk of Shorewood Family Dental Care. “We love serving the people in this community, and especially enjoy helping children establish positive oral health practices that they can carry with them their entire lives.”

Shorewood Family Dental Care regularly volunteers in the community to promote children’s health and wellness. According to Prevent Child Abuse America, child abuse and neglect cases affect nearly every aspect of America’s health and legal system — from foster care services to court costs, law enforcement involvement, mental health treatment and even special education. The organization estimates that awareness programs such as the pinwheel project can potentially save taxpayers $80 billion every year.

In addition to promoting child safety this month, Shorewood Family Dental Care also recognized its hygienists as part of National Dental Hygienists Week. The team will also celebrate Administrative Professionals Day on April 27.

“We are lucky to have great teams of hygienists and administrators and look forward to any chance we get to honor them,” Dr. Funk said.

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.” New patients can always call the office at 815-725-5991.