As you know, giving back to our community is an essential priority at Lane & Associates Family Dentistry. We take pride in our communities and giving back to those in need. This past weekend, our dentists and staff at the Cary Green Level office provided a Dental Outreach Day to nearly 15 patients throughout NC performing nearly $15,000 worth of dentistry!
Our LAA Volunteer Team
Of course, we wouldn’t be able to perform these amazing feats without our incredible team! Our volunteer staff included doctors Howard, DesRosiers, Piplani, and Bashir, dental assistants Sarah Benore, Alanna Johnson, Megean Rehm, Genevieve Chase Thomas, Amy Kenagy, and Darlene Rivera, hygienist Dorcas Eason, and office managers Heather Egan and Stephanie Santiago. Take a look at some photos from the event below!
Dental procedures performed ranged from dental cleanings and exams to root canals, extractions, and fillings. Patients traveled from all over North Carolina, even some driving from Greensboro to attend the event. We are so proud of our staff for volunteering their services and giving back to our communities! Thank you for your pure hearts and for sharing your talents!
It’s time to announce our Coloring Contest Winners!
We had so many incredible entries that it took us a little longer to decide than usual. Thank you for your patience if your child entered and you were looking on social media for the announcement! Today’s the day!
Winners of the Harlem Globetrotters and JoJo Siwa Tickets
We are so thrilled to announce that we had TWO Grand Prize Winners for the Coloring Contest! Our first winner was 10-year-old Maxon and his space-themed drawing. He will be going to see The Harlem Globetrotters in March! See his masterpiece below! 👇
Our second winner was 9-year-old Bayleigh and her Tooth Fairy Ballerina drawing. She will be attending the JoJo Siwa Concert in March! See her masterpiece below! 👇
Second Place Winners
We also had ten second-place prize winners who will each receive a Kids Quip Toothbrush and a Kids Lane T-shirt! Check out all of the incredible coloring contest winners below!
Thank you to all of our patients, friends, and community that entered our #LAAKidsColor contest this year! Keep an eye out for more fun prizes and giveaways as the year continues!
MENTAL HEALTH AND physical health are tied together in ways we don’t always expect. That even extends to the relationship between oral health and stress. Fortunately, there are a lot of tools we can use to protect our smiles from the effects of stress.
Stress Could Be Behind a Teeth-Grinding Habit
Bruxism is the habit of teeth-grinding and jaw-clenching. Clenching and grinding are natural responses to frustration and stress for many people. The typical signs of bruxism include a sore jaw and, eventually, flattened chewing surfaces of the teeth. Bruxism brings with it significant oral health risks, and the people with this habit might not even notice they’re doing it — particularly for those who grind their teeth in their sleep.
Stress Can Compound the Symptoms of TMD
Another oral health condition stress can contribute to is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), a disorder of the muscles, joints, and nerves in the jaw that is associated with chronic facial pain. Stress is believed to be one of the factors leading to TMD, which has symptoms like frequent headaches, pain in the jaw joint, and popping and clicking of the jaw.
Stress Weakens the Immune System
A brief period of stress is something the body can deal with pretty well, but chronic stress puts a major strain on the immune system, making it harder to fight off oral health issues like infections, canker sores, dry mouth, gum disease, and cavities.
Make Oral Health and Hygiene a Priority
Considering all the negative effects stress can have, good oral hygiene habits become particularly important. That includes brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing once a day, and cutting back on sugar intake. Giving your teeth and gums better tools to fight off oral health problems might not be a solution to the stress in your life, but it can help you feel a little better and more in control.
The Dentist Is Your Best Ally
Dental health experts, such as our team, want to help our patients stress less when it comes to their oral health. The idea of going to the dentist can be stressful for a lot of people, but we’re here to help. We encourage you to keep up with your regular dental checkups and keep a prevention mindset when it comes to oral health issues rather than waiting until an issue gets much worse to finally get treatment.
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.