Recognition and appreciation of those that contribute to the community is important to Lane
and Associates.  The Johnston Now Honors Award ceremony returned for their 5th year, and as a sponsor, Lane & Associates were among many to present special accolades to Johnston County leaders for their tireless work within community.

Regional stakeholders and community members from Johnston County, and surrounding areas poured in to help celebrate the achievements of each nominee.

The Johnston Now Honors presented 12 awards ranging from Spirit of the County, to Legend Award.  Each recipient was welcomed to the stage with an intro speaker to highlight the qualities exemplified to earn their place on the ballot. 

Lane and Associates was fortunate enough to present an award to Exemplary Volunteer of the Year- Leigh Hudson.  Leigh has dedicated many years serving his community, from being a volunteer firefighter, to his long time involvement in Rotary International.  

The Johnston Now team prepared gift bags full of swag from supporting local businesses and sponsors. It was a sight to watch everyone’s face light up so bright after seeing all of the great items received. Hors d’oeuvres were provided for all attendees from Sak’s Deli & Grill located in Clayton, North Carolina.  They were absolutely delicious!

Lane and Associates was  honored to grace the stage with so many upstanding community leaders. We look forward to Johnston Now’s future award ceremonies and events.

 

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Dental Outreach Day at LAA

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!

dental outreach day at Lane and Associates Cary

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!

To see more community outreach at Lane & Associates, visit our Community Involvement page here!

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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! 👇

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10-year-old Maxon holding his Coloring Contest page with a Spaceship named ‘Harlem’ for the Harlem Globetrotters

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! 👇

coloring contest winner

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!

Looking for a pediatric dentist near you? Dr. Victoria Gill is a Pediatric Dentist who offers services at our Dunn, Durham Miami, and Cary St Charles offices! Find out more about our Kids Dental services here.

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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.

We want to help our patients smile easier AND healthier! Contact our Lane & Associates dentists to schedule an appointment today!

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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You may have seen the latest Teeth Brightening filter on TikTok and thought, “Hey! That looks great!” But how do we achieve this bright white smile IRL? That’s where we come in!

 

Step 1: Brush & Floss Your Teeth Regularly

First things first, to achieve a brighter smile, you must be consistently flossing and brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. We mean it! Flossing on a regular basis is scientifically proven to prevent cavities, gum disease, and improve your oral health. So it makes sense that brushing and flossing on a regular basis would improve the discoloration of yellowed teeth and allow for a more radiant smile. 

couple brushing their teeth at same sink

Step 2: Consult Your Dentist About Teeth Whitening Products

Next, scheduling an appointment with your dentist every 6 months is a necessity. Before you can begin using any type of whitening product, you should consult a professional to see if your teeth can handle this treatment. Some people have more tooth sensitivity to teeth whitening products than others. It’s a great way to confirm that this is the best route for your dental journey. 

Your dentist may recommend other cosmetic dentistry options to customize your treatment & achieve these whitening results. These could include porcelain veneers, dental implants, or even cosmetic bonding. 

Professional Teeth Whitening Trays that look like Retainers

Step 3: Choose A Teeth Whitening Product

If your dentist agrees that teeth whitening is a safe option, the next steps are to weigh the pros and cons of different teeth whitening products or treatments on the market. There are thousands of options to choose from. Whitening strips, whitening gels, whitening toothpaste, and even in-house professional teeth whitening systems like Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening. 

 

Here are some tips on choosing the right teeth whitening product for you:

  1. How sensitive are your teeth to cold? If you answered extremely, you may want to find a teeth whitening system with a lower percentage of hydrogen peroxide or ones that use baking soda or xylitol. It may take longer to whiten your smile but will not be as sensitive to your teeth. 
  2. How fast do you want results? If you answered immediately, you will want to ask your dentist for their in-house whitening systems. Typically a Zoom Whitening Treatment at our office takes less than 2 hours and you emerge with a brighter, whiter smile! This is great for those looking for instant gratification or preparing for a big event (wedding, photoshoot, etc). 
  3. Do you want to whiten at home? Dental whitening trays and strips are available over-the-counter. However, if you want a more customized fit with less agitation on your gum line, we recommend custom whitening trays created by your dental office. 

 

Finally, select the teeth whitening product that best fits your needs, smile brighter, and never need a TikTok filter again! 

 

We hope this guide to a brighter healthy smile was helpful. If you are in the North Carolina area and searching for a dentist that offers teeth whitening near you, contact Lane & Associates Family Dentistry today! With over 40 locations across NC, nearly 18 dental insurances accepted, and Free Teeth Whitening for qualifying patients, we can help you on your way to a brighter smile today!

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Thank you for voting!

Lane & Associates has been awarded two prestigious awards in the 2022 Midtown/Cary Living Diamond Awards.

First, Lane & Associates is this year’s Best Dentist in Raleigh (Gold) during the Midtown Magazine Awards. Secondly, LAA is this year’s Best Dentist in Cary (Bronze) during the Cary Living Magazine Awards!

What an incredible achievement, brought to us by our amazing patients, staff, & communities in the Raleigh and Cary area. Thank you for voting for us and placing your dental health in our hands! We are so appreciative and honored to be your dentist!

Cary Dentist

Want to schedule with our Triangle Area Dentists?

Our award-winning dentists and staff in the Raleigh and Cary area are accepting new patients. Services include a full range of dental care including comprehensive exams, cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, kids dentistry, and more! At Lane & Associates, we love to make you smile! Schedule an appointment with our Raleigh dentists or Cary dentists today!

See more Award Winners

The Midtown Magazine and Cary Living Diamond Awards are held each year for the communities surrounding the Triangle. Readers throughout the Triangle vote for their favorite businesses, services, and venues. See all of the 2022 winners by visiting the Midtown Magazine or Cary Living Diamond Award pages.

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We are so excited to announce that the newest Lane & Associates dental office is NOW OPEN in Downtown Raleigh! 

new downtown raleigh dentist

Searching for a dentist in downtown Raleigh? LAA is an award-winning dental company that loves North Carolina and loves to see its patients smile. We are thrilled to expand our reach and allow for a more convenient location for our downtown Raleigh patients! 

The new office will be located at 2401 Capital Blvd. and led by our team of Raleigh Dentists. The newly refurbished office boasts a great location to downtown Raleigh and is conveniently located near I-440!

 

Exciting new things you will find at Lane & Associates:

 

  • Full range of dental services for the entire family including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, kid-friendly dentistry, and restorative dentistry.
  • In-house specialty services include Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Periodontics, TMJ and Sleep Apnea treatment. 
  • Teledentistry services for online consultations with a certified dentist. 
  • Free Teeth Whitening Program for all qualifying Lane & Associates patients!
  • Pediatric Dentistry and our Child’s First Dental Visit Program: including a First Dental Visit t-shirt, baby tooth album, tooth fairy toy, and photo of the first visit!
  • We accept and file with over 18 insurances and offer incredible financing options for patients, including our Lane Advantage plan for those without insurance.

 

Office hours will be Mondays 8 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays 9 am to 6 pm, and Fridays 9 am to 6 pm. For patients to schedule an appointment, please request an appointment on our website or call our office at (919)827-8980

 

Visit our Raleigh Downtown office page to learn more!

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THE ONE INGREDIENT a tube of toothpaste must contain to earn the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance is fluoride. (And, conversely, it must NOT contain sugar.) Fluoride is also added in trace amounts to drinking water to help keep our teeth healthy and strong. We’ve been relying on fluoride like this for decades, and its history is fascinating.

The Naturally Fluoridated Water of Colorado Springs

In the early 1900s in Colorado Springs, local dentists noticed a strange pattern. They were seeing many cases of brown — but not decayed — teeth. There were so many cases that the phenomenon was nicknamed “Colorado brown stain.” We now know that the condition they observed was fluorosis, and so many locals were getting it because of the abundance of naturally occurring fluoride in the town’s water.

Residents of early-20th century Colorado Springs were obviously getting too much fluoride in their water, but those dentists wanted to find out if there was a level of fluoride that would still protect against cavities without leaving teeth stained, and they turned out to be right. The first town to add fluoride to its drinking water was Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it brought the rate of childhood caries down by a whopping 60%. Aside from a few cases of mild fluorosis, there were no adverse effects.

Modern Fluoridated Water

Today, more than half of Americans enjoy the dental health benefits of fluoridated drinking water, something the CDC counts as one of the top ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Everyone benefits from fluoridated water, whether male or female, young or old, rich or poor.

Adding fluoride to water might seem odd but it has similar effects as other additions. It’s essentially the same as how we use iodized salt (which prevents goiters), bake with enriched flour (which helps digestion), and drink milk with vitamin D added (which prevents rickets in children).

Fluoride and Our Teeth

Why is fluoride so good at preventing cavities? It’s because it’s a key ingredient in the remineralization process constantly happening in our tooth enamel. If we are intaking a lot of sugary and acidic foods or drinks, minerals get pulled out of our enamel. This wears away at the enamel through demineralization. If we’re limiting those foods and drinks while using fluoridated toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water, then we keep our teeth well stocked with the raw materials they need to stay strong.

The Goldilocks Zone of Fluoride

“Colorado brown stain” proved that fluoride can do more harm than good to teeth when the exposure level is too high, but avoiding fluoride entirely leaves the teeth vulnerable to decay. Fluoridated drinking water protects our teeth with only 1.2 parts per million of fluoride, particularly when paired with fluoride toothpaste. To prevent fluorosis, parents should be careful to use only small amounts of fluoride toothpaste with children. Everyone should also be spitting it out rather than swallowing it.

Bring Us Your Fluoride Questions!

If you want to learn more about fluoride in toothpaste or in drinking water, you can ask us or check sources like the CDC or the ADA. We want our patients to have all the information they need to be confident about their dental care. This is why the daily dental hygiene habits we encourage are so important.

It’s wonderful to see our patients’ healthy smiles!

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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Donating to a Great Cause

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.

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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.  

Employees at Golf Classic standing in front of Lane Sign

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.

Golf team of employees at the MMIA Tee off for Troops
Lane & Associates’ team at the 13th Annual Golf Classic

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. 

If you would like to learn more about Military Missions in Action, please visit their website. If you would like to see the many causes that LAA supports, please visit our Community Involvement page for more information. 

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