Lane & Associates had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Pink Tie Affair in Downtown Raleigh at the Marriott City Center in honor of the amazing 1ofUs Foundation. This year’s Pink Tie Affair was Carnival-themed and the entire fundraising event was decked out from head to toe with a Live Auction, performances, and entertainment!
The 1ofUs Foundation was started in 2010 and has since assisted more than 4,000 cancer patients in direct, non-medical related expenses that occur during cancer treatment. This financial assistance ranges from grocery assistance, gasoline and transportation, to rent, utilities, and even childcare. This direct financial assistance during cancer treatment is so important and has touched so many lives.
As a proud Presenting Sponsor for the event and long-time supporter, Lane & Associates was able to donate over $50,000 to support the cause! Thank you to all other supporters who have donated to this amazing foundation and supporting our North Carolina friends and families going through tough times during cancer treatment.
To find out more about the 1ofUs Foundation and ways to get involved, please visit their website at 1ofUs.org.
Last week our Lane & Associates team was proud to join the 13th Annual Tee-Off for the Troops Golf Classic held by Military Missions in Action(MMIA). The event took place at the Bentwoods Golf & Country Club in Fuquay-Varina and was a beautiful day spent golfing and giving back to Veterans with disabilities, members of the Armed Forces, and their families.
Dr. Raleigh Wright and marketing team member Lilly Holcomb (shown above) golfed the classic and participated in the competitions along the course.
Military Missions in Action is dedicated to assisting veterans with disabilities, homeless veterans, members of the Armed forces, and their families. MMIA’s varied programs work at providing support to Veterans who need construction project assistance due to disabilities or sub-standard living conditions and our homeless Veterans. They also send Care Packages to units that are down-range, as well as assist military families that are trying to make ends meet.
From the silent auction to the 50/50 raffle to the Red Wagon, the MMIA Golf Classic was a great way to reach its fundraising goal of $150,000. Lane & Associates was proud to be involved and donate to this amazing cause.
YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD the expression “long in the tooth.” It conjures up the image of gum recession as a synonym for growing old, and yet gum recession isn’t always connected to age. This oral health problem is when the gingival tissue shrinks away from the crown of the tooth, slowly exposing more of the root. The extremely gradual nature of gum recession is why we tend to associate it with age, but it can start as early as childhood for a number of reasons.
Genetics and the Risk of Gum Recession
One risk factor for gum recession that we can’t do anything about is genetics. Some people are unlucky enough to have more fragile gum tissue or less jaw bone to support the gums all the way up to the crowns of their teeth. The good news is that other factors that contribute to gum disease are easier to control, so even those with a genetic predisposition can still minimize it.
Bruxism Is Bad for the Gums Too!
A chronic teeth-grinding habit, or bruxism, leads to a wide variety of oral health problems, including an increased risk of gum recession. The constant harsh friction of the teeth puts a lot of pressure on the gums and can damage them over time. Bruxism can be a very difficult habit to break, especially sleep bruxism. If grinding is something you struggle with, talk to the dentist! You have great allies in this fight.
The Damage of Overbrushing
A major contributor to gum recession can actually be brushing too much or too hard, leading to enamel erosion and wearing away of the gum tissue. This is why it’s so important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Another important thing to remember is that cleaning your teeth doesn’t require the same elbow grease that goes into scrubbing tile grout. If you’re brushing hard enough to make your toothbrush bristles bend outward in a matter of months, you should definitely ease up. The same goes for flossing: daily flossing is essential, but be gentle. Use a C-shape and work your way down instead of snapping the floss directly onto your gums.
Gum Disease Makes the Gum Tissue Vulnerable
The more advanced gum disease becomes, the more it destroys the supporting gum tissue and bone around teeth, which is why it’s ultimately the main cause of gum recession. The best way to maintain good gum health is by being diligent in keeping up with dental hygiene habits.
Brush (gently) twice a day, floss daily and make regular dental appointments a priority. The professional cleaning you get from the hygienist is essential because brushing and flossing alone can’t remove plaque that has hardened into tartar. Plaque and tartar both cause irritation to the gums the longer they remain.
Gum Recession Can Happen to Kids?
The causes of gum recession in adults also apply to kids, which is why it’s important to help them with proper brushing and flossing (especially avoiding overbrushing) and pay attention to whether they have a grinding habit. Childhood gum recession could also happen as the result of an injury to the mouth. The best treatment is prevention through building and maintaining good oral health habits.
Take Care of Your Gums!
If you want to learn more about how to prevent gum recession or you’re worried that your gums may begin to recede (remember that the process can be extremely slow, so it can creep up on you), schedule a dental appointment! The dentist can help you look after your gum health and discuss treatment options if they’re necessary.
We’re rooting for our patients’ healthy gums!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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At Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, we appreciate and support our military and their many sacrifices. As a special offer, we are providing discounted dental services to all Veterans throughout the month of November. Find out more below!
OUR SPECIAL VETERANS OFFER FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER IS 20% OFF TREATMENT PLANS!!
This offer is for Veterans and Active Duty Military who supply proper ID. This discount applies to patients only, not including family members. Treatment must be completed within 3 months of the start date.