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 Summary of January Board of Directors Meeting
Editor’s Note: The Work Force publishes
ALBANY — To comply with state social gathering restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CSEA has canceled in-person meetings and this meeting was held via Zoom. In official business, the board:
Officers’ current term, the Board’s approval is necessary for this lease.
• Approved 2022 Maximum Miscellaneous Allowances,
as contained in the Statewide Treasurer’s Report to the Board of Jan. 13, 2022.
• Approved the Standing Legal Committee Report to the Board of Jan. 13, 2022.
• Approved the appointment
of Dawn Destine, Local 010 (Metropolitan Region) and Vickie Miller. Local 999 (Capital Region) to their respective Region Political Action
Committee, as contained in the Standing Legislative Political Action Committee Report to the Board of Jan. 13, 2022.
• Approved the 2022 AFSCME Delegates Election Schedule, as contained in the Statewide Election Committee Report to the Board of Jan. 13, 2022
Questions concerning the summary should be directed to Statewide Secretary Richard Bebo, CSEA Headquarters, 143 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210. (800) 342-4146 or (518) 257-1253.
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Approved Local 836, Unit 7900- 00, Orange County to enter
into a five-year agreement with Kurmo LLC, 5 Winding Lane, Central Valley, N.Y. for office space located at 100 Egbertson Road, 2nd Floor, Campbell Hall, N.Y. The lease is for five years commencing Feb. 1, 2022, and ending Jan. 31, 2027. As this lease term runs past the Local
Some guidelines to teeth whitening
Do you remember the “Friends” episode when Ross whitens his teeth to impress his date?
In that 1999 episode, Ross takes the whitening to the extreme. During the date, his intensely glowing smile is finally revealed by a blacklight, which ends his date.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), teeth whitening is the most commonly requested cosmetic dental procedure.
Though whitening is not a
covered service with any of the
CSEA Employee Benefit Fund’s (EBF) dental plans, you might consider the procedure at some point. Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist help keep your smile nice and healthy, but some people may desire brighter, whiter teeth. Before any treatment, be sure to speak with your dentist.
For any questions about your EBF dental benefits, visit or call (800) 323-2732.
Why do teeth change color?
Here are some common reasons teeth change color:
• Food and drink: Coffee, tea and red wine are the primary culprits here.
• Tobacco use: Tar, which is naturally dark, and nicotine, which turns yellow when
In-office bleaching: Usually requiring only one visit to
the dentist, a protective
gel or rubber shield is used
to protect gums. Then, a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth to effectively remove the discoloration.
At-home bleaching from dentist: The dentist will provide a tray and a bleaching solution to take home
and apply yourself over a designated period. This process may take several treatments to obtain the desired results.
• Over-the-counter bleaching products: Toothpastes,
gels and strips with a low concentration of a bleaching agent can be used over a period of time to gradually whiten stained teeth. Ask your dentist for product recommendations.
Natural teeth whitening
You may come across some
these natural remedies. The ADA stresses there is no reliable evidence natural teeth whitening is effective. None of the following remedies are recommended.
exposed to oxygen, can build • up on your teeth causing them
to change in color.
• Age: As we age, the whiter enamel wears away, revealing the yellowish dentin below.
• Trauma: More dentin is
produced after an injury to a
tooth which can cause your • teeth to appear yellow instead
of bright white.
such as baking soda. Over time, the acid in these fruits can actually wear away your enamel. Not recommended.
• Scrubs: Activated charcoal or baking soda is used to scrub teeth whiter. This process also may end up wearing enamel away. Not recommended.
• Spices and oils: There is no reliable evidence to show swishing oils like coconut oil or using spices like turmeric helps whiten teeth. Not recommended.
Side effects
Some patients experience temporary tooth sensitivity after a whitening procedure. Overuse can damage enamel or gums.
Remember, be sure to talk to your dentist about whitening your teeth before you attempt anything on your own. They will be able to recommend services or products specifically for you. As always, keep smiling!
Learn more at https://www. whitening.
• Medications: Antihistamines, antipsychotics, high blood pressure medications, chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can cause teeth to yellow over time.
How does whitening work?
Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are used to bleach your stained teeth. While effective, this process does not work on all teeth. Teeth with brown or grey tones may not bleach at all. In addition, whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings or on teeth discolored by an injury or medication.
What are some options for whitening?
• Stain removal toothpastes:
Mild abrasives in the toothpaste can scrub surface stains away.
Fruits: Acidic fruits are combined with an abrasive
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