Protect Athletes Pearly Whites From Long-term Damage


Protect Athletes Pearly Whites From Long-term Damage

By Cynthia Wright

While growing up, almost 50 percent of kids will have some type of injury to a tooth, often after a fall, sports injury, or a fight. In most cases, teeth injuries are not life threatening, but occasionally, a child may develop serious complications. Injuries can also have long-lasting effects on appearance and self confidence.

When opening her second dental office in Sandfly, Dr. Angela Canfield decided to develop and implement the Canfield Mouth Shield Program, as a way to help the youth in Savannah maintain a healthy smile. Last year was the first year running the program, and Benedictine Military School Cadets received a donation of over $9,000 worth of custom fit mouth gear for their entire team.

Trained to provide dental implants, one-day crowns, bridges, dental surgery, and porcelain veneers, Dr. Canfield began her career with an undergraduate degree in Biology with an emphasis in nutrition and gerontology from West Virginia University. From there, she graduated from West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 2005 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

“After attending West Virginia School of Dentistry, I completed advanced courses in restorative and cosmetic dentistry as well as orthodontics and periodontics,” said Dr. Canfield.
 Now, she is a licensed member of the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentistry.

“My husband and I wanted to live near the beach,” she says. “In an area with warmer weather. We loved the history and vibe in Savannah, and here we are.” And here she has grown her Dentistry business.

Dr. Canfield owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA at 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental located in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Working with all members of the family, including young children, 
Dr. Canfield said, “We integrate the latest dental technology, including E4D technology, low-radiation digital X-rays, intra-oral cameras and high-powered telescopic loupes with a friendly and personal approach.”

Dr. Canfield said, “I decided to start the Canfield Mouth Shield program last year after opening my second dental location as a way to give by to the community. My husband and I love sports, and mouth guards are a very important protective piece for a young athlete to wear.”

Custom-made intact mouth guards provide stability to the players’ jaws and cushion blows that can cause severe dental injuries, like broken teeth, fractured jaws, gum lacerations and injuries to their lips or tongue by their teeth. According to the American Dental Association, the most effective mouthguard should be comfortable, resistant to tearing, and resilient. A mouthguard should fit properly, be durable, easily cleaned, and not restrict speech or breathing.

“Damaging jaw and tooth impact can be caused by anything from direct contact to a misplaced step while running,” said Dr. Canfield. “Research shows that wearing custom-fit mouth guards reduces the risk of severe injuries.”

Types of Dental injuries to the teeth can be grouped in three different categories with care specific to each type: Fracture, Avulsion and Luxation. A fracture can be classified as a root fracture, broken tooth or chipped tooth. If a player fractures a tooth, Dr. Canfield recommends stabilizes the portion of tooth still in mouth by gently biting on towel to control bleeding. The player should then be immediately taken to a dentist, with tooth fragments transported in a cup of milk, saline soaked gauze, or under the athlete’s tongue.

Avulsion is when the entire tooth, including root, is knocked out of the player’s mouth. When this happens, only do not handle tooth by the root and do not brush, scrub, or sterilize tooth. If tooth is dirty, gently rinse with water. Place the tooth back in socket and have the athlete gently bite down on towel. If you can’t reimplant tooth, transport it in the same solutions as you would for a fracture.

Luxation occurs when the tooth is in socket, but in a wrong position. An extruded tooth appears longer than surrounding teeth because it is pulled up; a lateral displacement is when a tooth is pushed back or pulled forward.

It is important to remember that damaged teeth do not grow back. Athletes undergoing orthodontic treatment present a particular problem as they are potentially at greater risk of injury because of increased tooth mobility and the presence of orthodontic appliances.

Dental injuries can be easily prevented, and it has been suggested that a properly fitted custom mouthguard may reduce the rate of concussion as well as dental injuries. The American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that the use of mouth guards prevents approximately 200,000 injuries per year in high school and college football teams alone. But mouth guards are important for all types of sports.

Some experts recommend that mouthguards be worn by athletes in competitive and recreational sports in which impact, contact and collision are likely to occur. The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards for the following sports: acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling. Other experts include baseball and softball infielders on that list. They further recommend the mouthguard to be worn during all practices and competition.

Last year, Dr. Canfield donated maroon and white mouth guards to the Benedictine Military School football team, a donation totaling over $9,000 worth of protection equipment. This year, the advisory board chose Robert W. Groves High School and Hancock Day School to be the recipients for the 2015 Canfield Mouth Shield Program. These schools were selected out of the applications received from all over Savannah.

The mouth guards for Groves have a one year warranty. The warranty covers the dental expenses incurred by players if they are injured while wearing the mouth guards. The warranty also pays $1,093.75 per injured or replaced tooth and up to a maximum total liability of $35,000 per incident.

Every year, Dr. Canfield will be selecting an impact sports team to donate mouth guards as part of The Canfield Mouth-Shield Program. Applications for the 2016 Canfield Mouth-Shield Team should be submitted before June 1, 2016 to be considered by the advisory board. For more information or to apply, visit or call 912.826.4037.


Moon-River Lullaby


As I went down to the River to pray, singing about the good-ole way, and who shall wear that thorny crown; good Lord show us the way.

Small dirt path under bare naked toes. Softly singing under the bright moonlight that guides my way.

My lullaby dances through the leaves and a symphony comes to life. Notes caress and distort the woods around me as I walk down to the River to pray.

Eyes open wide though darkness can’t touch me; I’m under the moon. The goddess that brings light to the night. My namesake. Moon protects me, bathes me in brilliance and shows me the way.

And I’m down at the River to pray. Suddenly, I can’t find words to say. And the moon smiles down as if reading my mind, and I know in that instance it will be okay. I’m alive and I’m free and my light shines on. From the depth of my soul, from the pupils of my eyes, comes a golden ray. Invisible to most, but the others awakened: a buoy, a beacon, a lighthouse guiding their way down to the River to pray.

Midnight Syndicate – Secret Chamber:

Midnight Syndicate – Secret Chamber:

Content Analysis of CASA Primary Research


Content Analysis

The Ogeechee Judicial Circuit branch of CASA is a nonprofit organization built upon volunteer support dedicated to find a permanent home for a child currently in the foster care system or child welfare system.  This organization depends upon individuals donating their time and energy to be the voice in court for a child.  Our biggest concern was the dwindling numbers of recent volunteers.  The main goal of this campaign was to generate ideas for recruiting more volunteers.  In an effort to effectively reach appropriate publics, a group of students from the Public Relations Campaign Strategies course at Georgia Southern University researched the situation.  To effectively understand the situation, the group utilized research methods including: scholarly research, case studies, surveys and interviews.  After this research was analyzed, the group compiled material they believed would be helpful.  These materials provided a better understanding of the situation surrounding CASA.  Specifically, our group chose to conduct a participant survey for individuals who attended the Superhero 5K event, which allowed us to determine the involvement status for participants at CASA events.  Also, we interviewed several volunteers currently working with CASA, which allowed us to get an idea of how individuals had learned about CASA, the motivations behind why they became advocates, and if they had friends or family who would be interested in becoming an advocate.

In total, 30 surveys were distributed at the 5K event held Nov. 2, 2013 in historic Guyton.  The participants consisted of 17 females and 13 males.  Almost half of the respondents held full-time employment.  The majority of participants hear about the event through a friend.  Furthermore, 70% would attended another CASA fundraising event, and 38% would be interested in learning more information about becoming a volunteer while only 7% of these individuals had ever been involved with the organization.  Over half of the responses suggested that participants would like to stay updated about CASA through social media sites.  The second preferred choice of communication would be through emails. A copy of the survey and the results were included in the following pages.

We also collected six interviews from current volunteers.  This method was decided upon based on the advantages interviews provide such as an indication of attitudes and the rich detail of responses.  Common responses were coded to be analyzed.  It was interesting that all of the interviewees had heard about the CASA program through friends, family or professional relationships.  The volunteers had only worked with the organization for less than three years.  However, all of the respondents affirmed that they will continue to volunteer at CASA for “as long as possible”.  The responses are included in the following pages.

It is our belief that this information provides an accurate view of the situation, problems and opportunities surrounding this local branch of CASA.  This data will also be helpful in the evaluation stage of the campaign.

*This satisfies one point towards Professionalism*

Budget Created for Hope for a Child Campaign for Local Nonprofit


Examples of business skills development satisfy one point towards Professionalism:

Below is a budget I created for the “Hope for a Child” Campaign, I created with three other Public Relations majors for the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit CASA.

*This satisfies one point towards Professionalism*

Hope for a Child Campaign Budget
Item Cost per Price Quantity Total
CASA Casino Night Flier (8 1/2 x 11)  $                0.37 25  $         9.25
Heels and Hearts Fliers (8 1/2 x 11)  $                0.37 25  $         9.25
CASA Fiesta Night Fliers (8 1/2 x 11)  $                0.37 50  $       18.50
CASA Color Run Fliers (8 1/2 x 11)  $                0.37 50  $       18.50
CASAblanca Invitations (8 1/2 x 11)  $                0.32 30  $         9.60
Card Packs (Copag 2pk. Jumbo Index Red/Blue- Walmart)  $             13.74 2  $       27.48
Cups (Great Value – 40 pack – Walmart)  $                3.96 3  $       11.88
Tea (Lipton Regular- Walmart)  $                6.45 1  $         6.45
Pink Lemonaide (Country Time – Walmart)  $                2.50 1  $         2.50
Appetizer Trays for Hearts and Heels  $             50.00 1  $       50.00
Appetizer Trays for Casino Night  $             50.00 1  $       50.00
Powder Paint (  $          11.00/lb 8  $       88.00
CASAblanca Catering  $           200.00 1  $     200.00
CASAblanca Volunteer Gifts- 1. CASA Koosie – CASA decal (  $                0.22 30  $         6.60
CASAblanca Volunteer Gifts- 2. Coin Purse – CASA decal (  $                0.95 30  $       28.50
CASAblanca Volunteer Gifts- 3. Yellow Star Stress Relief – CASA decal (  $                0.73 30  $       21.90
CASAblanca Volunteer Gifts- 4. Hand Sanitizer – CASA decal (  $                0.54 30  $       16.20
Advocate of Hope for the year award plaque ( (5 x 9) (Solid Blond Cherry engraved)  $             25.00 1  $       25.00
CASA Color Run Poster (18 x 24)  $             20.00 2  $       40.00
CASA Fiesta Night Poster (18 x 24)  $             20.00 2  $       40.00
CASA Color Run Shirts (  $             13.15 50  $     657.50
Thank You CASA cards (5 x 7)  $                0.37 100  $       37.00
CASAblanca Venue  $      60/2hours 4 hrs  $     120.00
Subtotal  $  1,494.11
*Registration Fee for CASA Color Run  $     20/person 50  $  1,000.00
Campaign Total  $     494.11

PRSSA Eagle PRide Newsletter Writer


Professional Associations
(5 points with demonstrated active membership)

I have been an active member of the PRSSA Eagle PRide Newsletter Team since August 2013. Below is a screenshot of the latest issue that had one of my stories published.

*This satisfies 5 points towards Professionalism*

Eagle PRide Newsletter Feb 2014

Eagle PRide Newsletter Feb 2014

/// My Final Speech for Women’s Speechcraft Workshop ///


Speeches satisfy three points towards Academics for LEAP Certification.

/// My Final Speech for Women’s Speechcraft Workshop ///

Theme: Who’s Got Your Back?


“They say that it is a man’s world, but you can’t prove that by me” – Aretha Franklin sang those words in 1967, on her album, I Never Loved a Man the Way that I Love You.

Now, I don’t know what type of love Aretha was referring to, but I think there is a special bond between a father and a daughter.  An unspoken agreement to have each other’s backs.  A love that will never be comparable to any other…

My father and I have this bond.

From an early age, I was my father’s fishing buddy. He would take me out the J-buoy, where the mouth of the river meets open water, and we would just sit there.., baking under the sun for hours… He would help me bait my hook, and help me get the fish off my line…

Well… Until I was fifteen – then he decided if I was going to fish, I was old enough to do those things myself.

My father always challenged me to “Do it myself”.

He taught me how to do many things, like how to jump start a car… change a tire.., hit a baseball, shoot a gun.., and even snorkel for lobster in the Florida Keys. Heck, my dad even taught me how to run wire through an attic (Which shows you how long I’ve been his buddy, since we don’t ordinarily run wires anymore).

I remember there was this night, as he drove me home from one of our crazy adventures, he looked over at me and said, “One day, Wright Security will be yours and your brothers.  And I know you are a girl, but you are going to have to know how to conduct yourself in business.”

The words shocked me. I mean… What business did I have being in business?… But this was Daddy’s way of issuing me another challenge.

I need to be able to prove that it’s not a man’s world.

I need to be able to support myself – defend myself –and uplift myself.

So, as I close, I extend this challenge to you.

Live by Aretha’s lullaby. They may say that it’s a man’s world, but don’t let them prove that by you.

–         Thank you.


*This satisfies three points towards Academics*