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Stormy outside Lane and Associates Wake Forest Road Office

We had a very special guest at our Wake Forest Road location last week! Stormy, the mascot of the Hurricanes, was here for his annual dental checkup. We had a great time hanging out with Stormy and are so glad that he prioritizes his routine dental care. After all, Lane and Associates is the Official Team Dentist of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Our Wake Forest Road staff always looks forward to seeing Stormy and spending time with him. Dr. Lane, Dr. Wright, and Dr. Bailey had a chance to support our favorite hockey team, GO CANES!

Are you looking to see more about what happened during our visit with Stormy? Well, you’re in luck. You’ll be able to check out Stormy’s visit at Lane and Associates Family Dentistry in our upcoming TV commercial! It will be airing on TV very soon so keep an eye out for it and let us know if you see it.  Tag us on social media (@lanedds) and let us know what you think!

In the meantime, you can check out some behind-the-scenes photos of our filming day here at our Wake Forest Road location.


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Lane Kids Pediatric Dentistry 

Did you know that Lane and Associates Family Dentistry now offers Pediatric Dentistry at our Durham, St. Charles, and Dunn locations! That’s right, LAA offers a complete range of pediatric dental care services that are perfect for your little one.

Our Pediatric Dental Services at Lane Kids Dentistry include dental cleanings, sealants, safe sedation, dental care education, nutrition guidance, and much more. It’s never been easier and more fun for your child’s first dental visit.

Just ask Braxton & Trevor, who recently had their first Pediatric Dental visit with Dr. Tori Gill at our Cary St. Charles dental office.

“The boys had a great time and they really loved the kids’ music, cartoons, and the fun space-themed graphics that decorated the entire office”, said Mom. “Everything, from when we checked-in to when we checked-out was perfect and I loved how we got to enjoy the experience together as a family”.

Braxton added, “It was a great visit, but my favorite part was the treasure box. It had the coolest toys!”

Keep reading for more information on quality Dental Care for Children at Lane and Associates Family Dentistry.

When Should A Child Have Their First Dental Visit?

The American Dental Association and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states: A child’s first dental visit should occur within six months after their first baby’s tooth appears, but no later than their first birthday.

Lane & Associates always has you covered with our children’s dental programs that start for children as young as of 6 months. These dental care programs allow us to grow with your child and build out a plan to ensure proper dental care throughout their life!

You can find our Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Gill at the following Lane and Associates locations: Cary St. Charles, Durham Miami Blvd & in Dunn. Schedule your child’s dental appointment today and take the next step towards receiving the best dental care your child deserves.

How To Care for Your Child’s Teeth At Home

To ensure that your child has great oral health from a young age, it is important to stay consistent in cleaning their teeth and even their gums before teeth start to arrive.

You can monitor your child’s oral health even before any baby teeth start to erupt. Many babies don’t start to show teeth until around 6 months. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to care for your child’s oral health from before they even have any teeth.

When your child is between 3-6 months old, you can clean their gums with a soft-bristled infant toothbrush to keep their gums healthy. This can also help relieve pain when teeth start to come through their gums.

Once your child reaches 6 months and older, you can start to brush the few teeth that they may have twice a day as well as the gums where teeth haven’t yet come through. Continuing daily brushing is the key to giving your child excellent oral health from a young age.

Once your child reaches 3 years old, it is important to have them learn how to brush their teeth themselves with your assistance. Teaching your child the importance of brushing and how to do it, is a vital part of keeping their teeth and gums healthy.

How Often Should You Brush Your Child’s Teeth?

Brushing your child’s teeth twice a day is key to giving them great oral health as they grow older. Once they have grown old enough to brush their teeth with assistance, have them continue to brush on their own until they are capable of brushing their teeth by themselves.

You can also teach them how to lightly floss their teeth to encourage good habits. Having your child brush their teeth on their own is an important part of keeping their oral health in great shape.

Contact Lane and Associates Family Dentistry Today

Have your child come into our dental office to see one of our accommodating pediatric dentists today! Come visit the Lane and Associates office closest to you to improve your child’s oral health and learn how to properly take care of their teeth.



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World Oral Health Day!

Sunday, March 20th is World Oral Health Day, a day where dental communities unite and bring global awareness to the prevention of oral diseases. It’s time to brush up your own mouth healthy know-how, so this year Lane & Associates Family Dentistry is doing things a little different.

Instead of an ordinary blog post, we’ve decided to highlight a variety of dental communities and their 2022 efforts dedicated to World Oral Health Day! So many organizations have decided to launch week to year long campaigns dedicated to the importance of oral hygiene.

So let’s start with FDI World Dental Federation who organizes, sponsors, and markets World Oral Health Day. Their year long campaign involves national dental associations from around the world with activities in over 130 countries.

Take a look at some of their resources here.

Now let’s take a look at organizations with blogs, much like this one, who are providing resourceful information about World Oral Health Day.

Dentsply Sirona Proudly Supports World Oral Health Day 2022
Nicswell World Oral Health Day 2022
ADA Dental Community Unites for World Oral Health Day
Awareness Days World Oral Health Day 2022
Delta Dental World Oral Health Day 2022
Eduwar World Oral Health Day 2022
Virt World Oral Health Day 2022
National Today World Oral Health Day 2022

Don’t forget to stay connected with World Oral Health Day on Social Media to learn more.
Let’s work together to achieve healthier mouths and healthier lives!

IG: @worldoralhealthday https://www.instagram.com/worldoralhealthday

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Happy Friday!

Lane and Associates Staff Appreciation GiftThis week, Lane & Associates has been filled with fun and fellowship. There are so many holidays in the month of March but this week we focused on some very special ones.

A company gift was distributed to all Dentists and Dental Assistants in honor of National Dentist’s Day (March 6th) and Dental Assistants Recognition Week (March 6th – March 12th). Each person received a branded Neoprene Wristband Key Chain along with a $25.00 Target Gift Card. Who doesn’t love a trip to Target?

Dentistry Conference

Lane & Associates Family Dentistry was also represented at the National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference which was held in Las Vegas. The conference featured hundreds of entrepreneurs, industry experts, brand leaders, and dental professionals from across the world – all while diving into the future of dentistry! At LAA, introducing new methods of modern dentistry is always an exciting bonus.

Business of the Week

Speaking of exciting, North Carolina Oral Surgery + Orthodontics – Dunn (NCOSO) received an award. They were featured as Business of the Week by the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce. Keep watch for Dunn Chamber announcements next Wednesday! A special shoutout to Heather with the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce who came to the office and captured some amazing shots of the shining staff!

NCOSO Staff Award

The Best Dentist

An additional award was received by Lane & Associates Family Dentistry as Best Dentist – Gold from Midtown Magazine at their 2022 Diamond Awards. LAA was also acknowledged as Best Dentist – Bronze in Cary Living Magazine.

Lane and Associates Staff Accepting a Midtown Magazine Award

Stay tuned for next week’s #LAAWeekly!

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March is Sleep Apnea Awareness Month

Lane & Associates Dental Sleep Medicine Oral ApplianceNot only is March National Sleep Awareness Month, but it is also Sleep Apnea Awareness Month which means it’s time to fix the snore that is probably keeping your partner or your neighbors awake. One of the biggest complaints we hear in our offices is, “What can you do about my husband/wife/partner’s snoring?” Now, this doesn’t mean that all loud snoring is a sign of sleep apnea but it doesn’t hurt to take a look.Another question you’re problem thinking is, “How can my dentist fix my snore?” There are so ways to care for sleep apnea with dental treatment. Dental Sleep Medicine oral appliances are the perfect alternative to a traditional CPAP machine.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Let’s start with what sleep apnea is. Sleep apnea is technically the cessation or stopping of breathing, similar to holding your breath – but the difference is you can not control it. Sleep apnea can cause snoring, mood disorders, weight gain, and even high blood pressure! At Lane & Associates, we treat Sleep Apnea! Let’s get your life back!

What kinds of C-PAP Alternative treatment options do we offer?

  • Dorsal – The Dorsal is a relatively new appliance on the market. It is unique in that the upper and lower component of the appliance is not connected as with other oral appliances, but are still adjustable. is allows for the full opening of the mouth, which improves comfort and is helpful in certain cases.
  • Herbst – EMA (Elastic Mandibular Advancement) – The EMAs primary function is to bring the jaw forward and keep the airway open. One of the major advantages of the EMA is its smaller size as well as its flexibility. Various lengths of flexible bands are used to adjust the position of the lower jaw. The EMA is one of the most comfortable oral appliances on the market.

Do you have any symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Complete the checklist below.

Lane and Associates Sleep Apnea Symptoms Checklist

Visit www.lanedds.com/sleep to learn more about Dental Sleep Medicine.

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