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On the Cover Featured on our front cover is Dr. Azy Esfandiari, owner of the Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry. At the Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Azy Esfandiari and her team give their patients many reasons to smile. The Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry is open to patients of all ages for all general dental procedures, which include routine cleanings, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and dentures to name a few. “Starting my own practice has enabled me to incorporate my personal philosophy of how to treat patients,” says Dr. Azy. “. . . I envisioned a boutique setting that would allow me to focus on each patient’s needs and comfort.” For more information about the Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry read page 6 or visit bcdsmiles.com. The practice is located in Hammond Springs Shopping Center at 5975 Roswell Road, Suite D-229, Sandy Springs. You can reach the office at 678-701-6753 or email@example.com. Front cover photo taken by Jeremy Adamo of Adamo Photography
BLUE THANKSGIVING SUPPORTS FIRST RESPONDERS
hat started out as a simple Thanksgiving dinner served as an expression of support and encouragement to a local police department back in 2013, has grown into a year-round effort to support the many law enforcement agencies in Cobb County and other nearby jurisdictions,and to include firefighters, 911 call centers, and other public safety first responders.
Blue Thanksgiving, was started by Kim Peace Hill and her husband, Douglas A. Hill over six years ago, and is now a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose primary mission is to support the men and women in blue who are on the front lines every day. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Thanksgiving has delivered over 1,100 meals and given out 5,000 face masks and 750 bottles of hand sanitizer to various law enforcement agencies and other first responders in our community. Most of the meals have been purchased from locally-owned restaurants in an effort to support those small businesses while providing tangible support to the men and women who protect our lives and our property. Blue Thanksgiving is asking for the community’s support for their 1st Annual “Light the Night” Luminary event.
Whether you will be celebrating the Christmas Holiday, honoring the memory of a loved one, or you wish to join us in honoring front line heroes, we hope that you and your neighbors will help make our luminary event something beautiful that you will remember and cherish. For further information or questions, or to make a tax deductible donation please visit www.bluethanksgiving. com or call 770-419-4027 to see how you can help. Blue Thanksgiving is a 501(c)(3) registered organization.
BOUTIQUE FOR COSMETIC DENTISTRY: A REASON TO SMILE at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, she joined an East Cobb dental practice in 2012 and then later joined a practice in the Buckhead area. According to Dr. Azy, she was presented with the opportunity to start her own practice in 2019 and established the Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry during July of that year. “Starting my own practice has enabled me to incorporate my personal philosophy of how to treat patients,” says Dr. Azy. “I believe in quality, not quantity. I envisioned a boutique setting that would allow me to focus on each patient’s needs and comfort. And I like the fact that all decisions fall on me. If I feel a certain technology is needed, I invest in that technology. Also, my original East Cobb patients can more easily visit the location that I have chosen in Sandy Springs.”
Boutique for Dentistry Staff: (Back row: l-r:) Carsen, Shannon H, Dr. Azy & Ashley; (Front row:) Shannon C & McKenzie
It has been said that “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” At the Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Azy Esfandiari and her team give their patients many reasons to smile. Not only do they offer quality full-service dentistry along with high-tech cosmetic procedures, they also provide a friendly, professional environment for their patients. Reviews found on www. boutiqueforcosmeticdentistry.com reveal countless satisfied patients who praise many facets of the practice, including “excellent customer service” and “a calm ambiance.” Although the Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry is located in Sandy Springs, Dr. Azy considers herself to be very much a part of the East Cobb community. Because she lives at the Sandy Springs/East Cobb border, she does many of her errands and everyday living in East Cobb. In fact, she began her dentistry career in East Cobb. After receiving both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Georgia State University and completing her dental training
Dr. Azy points out that the Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry is open to patients of all ages for all general dental procedures, which include routine cleanings, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and dentures, to name a few. Her team of two dental hygienists, Shannon and McKenzie, and her assistant, Tateanna, share her patientoriented philosophy of compassionate care. Ashley, office manager, and Shannon, marketing director, round out a dedicated group of individuals who set a tone of positive energy for the practice. In addition to general dentistry, Dr. Azy specializes in cosmetic dentistry. “To us, dental care includes not only treating oral health, but also improving the overall appearance of a patient’s smile,” explained Dr. Azy. “We want our patients to be able to leave our office with a radiant smile they are proud to show off. We listen to what our patients want before telling them what they need, and our entire team is invested in their progress.” The Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry is one of a few offices in the Atlanta area that offers Digital Smile Design – a service that allows patients to explore the idea of altering their smiles before treatment begins. It’s an innovative dental
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treatment planning tool that uses 3D images of a person’s smile. Dr. Azy uses various tools to modify the patient’s smile, demonstrating exactly what the new smile would be if the patient chooses treatment. As Dr. Azy speaks about her successful practice, she attributes this success in part to her mentor, Dr. Ronald E. Goldstein. Often called “The Father of Esthetic Dentistry,” Dr. Goldstein has been her support system since before dental school into the present. She worked in his Vinings office while in college and discovered her interest in cosmetic dentistry through his mentorship. Dr. Goldstein invited her to contribute to the third edition of his book, Esthetics in Dentistry. According to Dr. Azy, this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be among other colleagues who are experts in the world of cosmetic dentistry. Because of the COVID pandemic, this feature would not be complete without listing the safety precautions that the Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry has taken to ensure patients feel completely safe during office visits. Each morning, the entire team meets to review the Center for Disease Control guidelines for changes that would affect office operations. Early on in the pandemic, Dr. Azy installed an air filter system that cleans the air between each patient. Upon arrival, employees and patients have their temperatures checked. All disposable masks, gloves, and gowns are used, and extra scheduling precautions are adhered to for patients with compromised immune conditions. The practice also offers antibody testing for those who are interested. If you are looking for a dental clinic where you are treated with great care, kindness, and respect coupled with amazing results, then the Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry could be your pick. The practice is located in Hammond Springs Shopping Center at 5975 Roswell Road, Suite D-229, Sandy Springs. You can reach the office at 678-701-6753 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm. Appointments can be made via phone on Mondays.
VETERANS CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT COBB Veterans Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, November 11, gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day, but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. Here are some local events planned to commemorate those who served our country.
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November 7 • 11am-2pm 1220 Old Canton Road, Marietta United Military Care celebrates Veterans by providing FREE BBQ meals for all Veterans. All non-veterans are encouraged to purchase a meal for $10 to help with Veteran programs. More info: 770-973-0014 or email@example.com
VETERANS DAY SERVICE
November 11 • Virtual Event The Dunwoody VFW Committee honors all who have served with their Veterans Day Tribute video. More info: City of Dunwoody, 678-382-6700 or dunwoodyga.gov
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67TH ANNUAL MILITARY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
November 12 • 10:30am Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta Free Admission Local businesses, community members and military representatives salute our local military. The program includes a salute to fallen soldiers, recognition of military personnel, featuring virtual guest speaker, General David D. Thompson, Vice Commander, Headquarters United States Space Force. Virtual and in-person options. Must register virtually by November 13. More info: www.cobbchamber.org/events/68th-AnnualARMAC-Military-Appreciation-Luncheon-9612/details
KENNESAW VETERANS DAY LUNCHEON
November 11 • 12pm Ben Robertson Community Center 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw Kennesaw city officials and staff will honor America’s service men and women with a complimentary lunch. All veterans and active military service members are invited to attend. No identification will be required. More info: Kennesaw Parks and Recreation, 770-424-8274 or www.kennesaw-ga.gov/event/veterans-day-luncheon4/?instance_id=7134
ACWORTH VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
November 11 • 2pm Veterans Memorial at Patriots Point – Cauble Park 4425 Beach Street, Acworth The ceremony to honor veterans is held each year at the Veterans Memorial at Patriots Point in Cauble Park. Veterans and current servicemen give comments on what service to the country means to them. Engraved pavers dedicated to those who have served in the armed forces that have been purchased since the previous Memorial Day will be presented at the event. More info: Acworth Tourism, 770-917-1234 or acworth.org
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n Tuesday, December 1, Georgians will show their support for the work and worth of nonprofits during the eighth annual Georgia Gives on #GivingTuesday. From midnight to midnight, donors statewide are encouraged to visit GAgives.org and give to their favorites of more than 3,000 participating nonprofits. Causes represent the full scope of nonprofits that make Georgia rich in social and cultural care including education, animal homelessness, the environment, youth development, healthcare and more. In 2017, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) expanded the scope of their annual day of giving, by uniting Georgia Gives Day—now known as GAgives— with the global #GivingTuesday movement. Since 2012, Georgia Gives Day has garnered nearly 160,000 donations and raised more than $28 million. Last year Georgia Gives Day and #GivingTuesday raised $7.8 million! To date, GCN has secured more than $1 million from generous backers in the corporate and foundation arenas to boost nonprofit and donor participation in GAgives. They’ve organized daylong giveaways and matching opportunities for top performers in particular cause areas and designated “Power Hours,” prizes for pre-event social media campaigns, and more, each increasing excitement and engagement. Beyond dollars raised, GAgives provides a special, high-profile opportunity each year to
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LOOK BACK AND LOVE YOUR SMILE The holiday season is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and show gratitude for the year’s blessings. If your family is like mine, these family gatherings usually involve taking pictures of everyone and all the fun being had. While it is fun to look back at past photos and reminisce, no one wants to see themselves in pictures and wish their smile were better. Tooth bleaching is one simple way you might be able to improve your smile for those holiday photos. If you think you might benefit from a brighter smile, here are three bleaching options to make your smile shine this holiday season: 1. Whitening Toothpastes contain abrasive particles that scrub surface stains from teeth. This quick and inexpensive option may not be a long-term fix but could help brighten your smile right before the cameras start flashing. 2. At Home Bleaching with Custom-Made Bleaching Trays involves placing a peroxidecontaining bleaching gel in a custom-made tray that is worn over your teeth for one to a few hours a day over several days. Over the
counter whitening strips are also available to use at home; however, the concentration of the bleaching agent in these products is lower than that of the gel dispensed by a dentist, and the fit of the strips is not as precise as that of the trays a dentist custom makes for your teeth, so the whitening results are typically not as dramatic. 3. Bleaching at Your Dentist’s Office achieves the fastest results and is great if you want a whiter smile immediately or simply do not have the time to do it yourself at home. During this process, a dental professional will first place a protective barrier on your gums before applying a concentrated bleaching solution to your teeth which is then activated by a light. Your smile could be several shades brighter in just one hour! While teeth bleaching is effective for most patients, it is always best to speak with your dentist before deciding on a whitening treatment. Many factors contribute to tooth discoloration. Pigmented foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine and tomato sauce, stain our teeth as does tobacco use. Other factors such
as age, trauma, and medications can also contribute to tooth discoloration. It is important to know that different types of tooth discolorations respond differently to bleaching agents. Yellow stains respond well to tooth bleach, whereas brown stains respond more slowly, and gray stains may not respond at all. Restorations such as fillings, crowns and veneers will not change shades with bleaching. Patients may also experience sensitivity while using teeth whiteners. While this sensitivity is usually only temporary, overuse of teeth whiteners can result in damage to the tooth’s enamel and gums which may result in prolonged sensitivity. If you are interested in whitening your teeth and would like to discuss your options, the team at Cheek Dental would love to help you smile brighter this holiday season!
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LOCAL BUSINESS & COMMUNITY LEADERS RAISING FUNDS FOR EAST COBB PUBLIC SAFETY CELEBRATIONS
2019/2020 Public Safety Appreciation Committee
For the last seven years a group of local business and community leaders have worked together to raise funds for two annual events to honor and recognize our community’s public safety heroes. In the Fall of 2019 the group hosted the officers and their spouses from Precinct 4, for an evening of fun and fellowship at Olde Towne Athletic Club. In the Spring of 2020 the annual Cobb County Fire Department’s annual awards banquet, also scheduled to be held at the club in East Cobb, was postponed due to the pandemic. While the police officers and firefighters continue to provide the community with exceptional ‘round the clock services, due to COVID-19, the group is unable to honor these heroes with in-person celebrations. The committee is continuing to raise funds however, and plans to sponsor the police precinct’s holiday party in early December. In the event that this is not possible, the group will have a special holiday meal delivered to Precinct 4. Also planned are special deliveries for the fire stations serving the East Cobb community. The committee looks forward to being able to continue the traditional events in 2021. “We are honored to continue to partner with Cobb County Public Safety Foundation, Inc., enabling us to recognize and celebrate our heroes using tax-deductible contributions made to the Foundation. We are especially grateful to the East Cobb Business Association and the Cobb Chamber’s East Cobb Area Council for their continued support as our co-host organizations, and to Wellstar Health System and the Rotary Club of East Cobb for their presenting sponsorships. Our sponsors and donors have been incredibly generous over these last several years. From businesses and civic organizations to individuals, schools, and churches, we have been able to thank and celebrate these true public servants for all they do to keep our community safe”, says Susan Hampton, co-chair of the East Cobb Public Safety Celebration committee. Co-chair Kim Paris agrees and added “We are so proud and grateful for the hard work of our committee and the continued support of our community. The outpouring of support year after year has been amazing, and in 2020, even faced with the challenge of the pandemic we have received extraordinary support from donors.” Information on how you can contribute is included in this issue. For more information please call Susan Hampton at 404-218-6216 or Kim Paris at 770-367-0609.
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obble Jog is MUST Ministries’ #1 fundraising event of the year and the nonprofit’s leadership has been working diligently to find ways to continue the annual Thanksgiving morning tradition. However, due to restrictions on public gatherings, the Marietta Daily Journal Gobble Jog will be a virtual race.
At the same time, MUST Ministries is experiencing the greatest food need in its 49-year history. Food sources are scarce. Food banks’ inventory is very low, grocery stores have a limit on quantities, and the aluminum shortage has reduced the availability of canned goods. “For 49 years, MUST Ministries has been called to offer help and hope, but we have never seen such an insurmountable need,” stated MUST Ministries President and CEO Dr. Ike Reighard. “During the pandemic, we have done everything we can to serve those in poverty and those plunging into poverty for the first time.” MUST has distributed more than 1.42 MILLION POUNDS of food since March 16. The organization provides 38 school food pantries and 3 client services pan-
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tries, sends food boxes to senior citizens in two counties, and finished the annual Summer Lunch program with a record 379,471 meals provided to at-risk children in five counties. But a lack of food is still a critical problem for many area residents. “Families are trusting us in one of the most trying times of their lives and yet we must have more help to meet the overwhelming need,” he stated. “We are asking the local community to please sign up to run the Marietta Daily Journal Gobble Jog virtually and post your time or donate money that will provide food for your neighbors in need.” Runners and walkers choose between a 10K, 5K, 1K, Tot Trot (50 yards) or phantom runner and then run their own race anytime between November 1 - 26. The race cost is $35 and includes a color-wash, long-sleeved t-shirt that will be mailed after Thanksgiving. Once registered, runners can also help raise money by letting family, friends and co-workers know the following three ways they can donate: 1) Running in honor or memory of a loved one 2) Donate a dollar to match each date of November (totaling $351) 3) 26 Days of Thanks – post what are you thankful for on social media each day and raise money in thankfulness All proceeds will go to provide food for the local community. To sign up for the Marietta Daily Journal Gobble Jog virtual race, please visit www.gobblejog.org. #nohungernovember
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he American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29% of all cancer deaths. Recognizing the dangers of tobacco use, many Georgians have made the decision to stop using tobacco or tobacco products. Georgia’s adult smoking rate dropped to 17.4 percent in 2014 from 18.8 percent in 2013. Even more significant, the smoking rate has dropped to 16.4 percent among young adults ages 18 to 24. However, more than 50,000 middle and high school students in Georgia say they use e-cigarettes and twice as many say they have tried them. “Electronic nicotine products go by many names, including “vapes,” “vape pens,” “e-hookah,” “e-cigarettes,” and are not safe for youth to use. Teens are trying these products in increasing numbers, despite the fact that they can lead to nicotine addiction, exposure to toxic chemicals, and stroke,” said Jean O’Connor, J.D., Dr.P.H., chronic disease prevention director for the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Emissions from electronic nicotine delivery products may include formaldehyde, propylene glycol, acetaldehyde, acrolein, lead, and tobacco-specific nitrosamines in addition to nicotine. The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line offers free confidential counseling on how to quit smoking or any nicotine product or delivery system. They provide free counseling, a resource library, support and referral services for tobacco users. It is available for all Georgia residents age 13 or older. The Tobacco Quit Line is funded by the master tobacco settlement through the state’s Tobacco Use Prevention Section in partnership with the Georgia Cancer Coalition. It has no commercial bias and no products to promote. As a caller, you will receive free, professional support that’s tailored to your needs. At the Quit Line, a counselor conducts an initial interview with a caller to determine tobacco usage and willingness to quit. An assessment is made based on the caller’s needs and multiple options are presented. Callers will receive a customized quit plan, including up to five additional counseling phone calls. Up-to-date information about physician-recommended pharmacological support, such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches, and other items are available. A Tobacco Quit Kit, including materials tailored to the caller’s readiness to quit is also available. So stop smoking and start dialing: call the Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP.
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