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Stonisch celebrates milestone with book-signing event

Jody McVeigh Editor

July 20, 2017
In honor of Faircourt Dental’s 30-year anniversary, Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch is hosting a book-signing event Tuesday, July 25, at The War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

“It’s a dinner and presentation for the people who’ve been such faithful patients for the last 30 years,” Stonisch said of the invitation-only portion, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event precedes a performance by the Michigan Opera Theatre at 7 p.m., at which time Stonisch invites the community to a free event on the lawn that includes Wally’s Frozen Yogurt, raffles for whitening treatments and other festivities. Proceeds from frozen yogurt sales benefit cleft lip and palate patients, she said.

“I look forward to a beautiful evening. It’s a 30-year celebration of excellence in dentistry,” Stonisch said. “I’m so grateful to have been so blessed with this wonderful community and people of integrity who have come through the door these last 30 years.”

During 30 years of operating Faircourt Dental, Stonisch has gained a wealth of experience, which she decided to compile in her book, “Smile Fitness,” to help people better communicate with their own dentists.

“The book is meant to change people’s perspectives on dentistry and update them on current trends,” Stonisch said. “It’s a consumer-friendly book that addresses everything from A to Z. All the categories are presented in an easily digestible manner. It gives the consumer a place to start so they can take questions to their own dentist.”

Stonisch said when a person visits a dentist, getting treatment is enough for one day, but understanding the risks, benefits and alternatives moving forward is too much to consume at once.

“Through this book, they can come up with an educated decision of how to best proceed with dental treatment,” she said. “I believe patients are their own best doctors. In this book, they can choose something that fits their lifestyle, but is also scientifically proven.”

Stonisch said in the past her philosophy was all about prevention. Now she takes a risk-management approach with her practice.

“We have found, when we look at decay and gum disease, there’s such a genetic component that it may not be preventable,” she said, “but it is manageable. That’s where I come in with the new philosophy, the risk-management approach.”

Decay, she said, is an epidemic for children and adults. Forty percent of kids entering kindergarten have decay. But, for example, sealing a child’s six-month molars is a risk-management approach that decreases the propensity for the decay process.

“We know gum disease is hereditary and not as previously thought, when we assumed it occurred due to neglect,” Stonisch said. “We take such a different approach now.”

Stonisch, who studied at the Kois Center in Seattle under the tutelage of Dr. John C. Kois, is a mentor at the institute and has been trained to assist in the training of other dentists on risk-management techniques. She also is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is a diplomat of the American Academy of Oral Implantology. The Grosse Pointe South High School, Albion College and University of Detroit School of Dentistry graduate said she set her sights on dentistry at an early age.

“Along with my training at Kois and AACD and my diplomat status in implant dentistry, I am able to practice all modalities of dentistry and can combat and tackle any dental problem that walks through the door,” she said. “Science tells us we are not truly healthy without a healthy smile. You can be sick with a healthy smile, but not healthy with a sick smile. Seeing your dentist regularly and having a fit smile can send you on the road to total wellness.”

For a copy of Stonisch’s book, “Smile Fitness,” call the office at (313) 882-2000 or visit fair courtdental.com/smile-fitness.

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