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My staff and I were privileged to have participated in the annual National Night Out at Tawasentha Park sponsored by the Guilderland Police Department on August 2nd. It was so nice to see many of our patients outside of the office as well as meet new families that attended. We want to thank everyone for visiting our booth and hope the information we provided regarding sugary drinks, abrasive toothpastes, our Quality Dental Plan (for those who do not have dental insurance), etc. and as always we welcome you to call our office or stop by for more information. Also, we would like to congratulate Brooklynn McBride who won our coloring contest and received a $25.00 gift card to Walmart. We wish everyone a safe and healthy school year.

As I was preparing for this event, I found myself reflecting on my own experience with our local police and fire departments. As many of you know, in December 2013, I suffered a fire that totally destroyed my dental office. Despite the devastation of the fire, I remain so grateful that no one was injured. I owe this to the police and fire department who responded to the calls and courageously battled this fire in frigid temperatures. Currently, our nation is faced with much turmoil over recent events of police brutality. I have seen up close the dedication of law enforcement officers and firefighters and have the greatest respect for their sacrifices and service. I also recognize other people have had different experiences. The Night Out was an opportunity to triumph over a culture that isolates us from each other and allowed us to discover our own communities bringing neighborhoods together with the men and women who protect them. They are truly our first line of defense. They serve and protect us maintaining peace in our communities and around the world. We are humbled by the sacrifices made by these men and women and their families-sacrifices beyond what any of us could imagine. Time and time again these heroes have put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of people they do not even know, uncertain each day of where and what their next orders or call will be. Time and time again they have paid the ultimate price in the service of the human community. They are individuals of integrity, courage, common sense, common decency and uncommon courage to fulfill these roles in society and we thank them for the gift of their lives.

With Oshins of Smiles

– Dr. Steven Oshins