Knowing the impact COVID-19 has on our world today, Lane & Associates Family Dentistry(LAA) has decided to join in the research to improve our tomorrow. As of Fall 2021, LAA will be partnering with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), in the trial of their latest reusable elastomeric half-mask respirators (EHMRs)

Lane & Associates Family Dentistry is proud and excited to incorporate the use of EHMRs across all 40 of its dental offices over the next several months. These EHMRs are unique because they are designed with replaceable air-filtering cartridges to prevent the spread of airborne illnesses from practitioner to the patient and vice versa.   

Respirators are the standard protection device used in many industries. But their use in healthcare is unique in that a constant supply is always needed, especially during times of public health crisis. The durability and reusability of EHMRs make them desirable during product shortages for public health emergencies and challenges.  

What will these respirators mean for me? 

These EHMRs will only be worn by clinical staff members in our offices and will not affect your dental appointments at LAA. However, we will continue to ask that all patients who enter our facilities wear their face coverings as has been our COVID policy since May 2020

How long will LAA be wearing the respirators? 

Our clinical team members who elected to test the masks will be wearing these for the next few months. Although these masks may look cumbersome, we believe they could have life-saving effects during any subsequent pandemics, especially for those in the healthcare industry. 

Our team at LAA is excited to join NIOSH in this research for a healthier tomorrow! Please reach out at [email protected] if you have further questions regarding this new partnership. 

THE OLD LINE “it takes fewer muscles to smile than frown” isn’t actually true. It takes at least ten muscles to smile but as few as six to frown, so maybe the saying should be something like “you burn more calories when you smile than when you frown!” instead. However, getting a better workout isn’t the only benefit we get from smiling!

The Feedback Loop Between Smiling and Happiness

Obviously, we smile when we’re happy, but evidence shows that the very act of smiling might make us feel happier. Smiling is so closely linked to the feeling of happiness in our brains that even a fake smile can release endorphins — the feel-good hormone — and make us feel better. The next time you’re having a rough day, try flashing a smile and see if that helps a little!

We Reduce Pain and Stress by Smiling

Those endorphins we get from smiling can do a lot of helpful things besides just contributing to a better mood. Short-term, endorphins help to reduce pain and relieve stress because they function in a similar way to painkillers (except without the side effects).

A 2012 experiment tested how long it took subjects’ heart rates to return to normal after completing a stressful task, and the smiling subjects recovered faster. The way the experiment worked was that the non-smiling group had to hold a pencil between their lips while they did the task (forcing a more pout-like expression), while the smiling group had to hold the pencil between their teeth (forcing more of a smile).

The Long-Term Benefits of Smiling: A Better Immune System!

Those short-term endorphin effects are great, but it doesn’t even stop there! Over time, when we make a habit of smiling more, the effects compound into long-term health benefits like making us more resilient against illnesses and reducing our risk of getting cancer. The reason for this is that the better we manage our stress, the fewer stress-induced mutations our cells go through over the years.

Smile More, Live Longer

People typically perceive a smiling face as being more attractive and younger than a non-smiling face, and that’s not just about appearances. Over the course of a lifetime of smiling, we might accrue enough health benefits to actually live longer. One way to make it easier to smile more is to be proud of the way our smiles look because we have healthy teeth and gums. For that, we need great dental health habits and regular professional dental care.

Bring Your Beautiful Smile to the Dentist!

Don’t fight the battle for your smile’s health on your own; the dentist can help. Schedule regular cleaning appointments to get that professional deep clean and catch any problems while they are still small, and bring any questions you have about dental health with you!

Nothing makes us smile quite like our patients! Reach out to schedule your dental appointment with Lane & Associates Family Dentistry today or call us at 877-LANE-DDS!

The Town of Cary’s 45th Annual Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival was held this past weekend at Cary Town Hall. The event featured local artists, live entertainment, children’s activities, and a variety of food and drink vendors. Lane & Associates Family Dentistry was proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s event and excited to help cool down any festival go-ers with our fans and water stations! It was a hot one! 

Lane and Associates Family Dentistry Art work
The Lazy Daze Festival 2021 featured artist Lyudmila Tomova created this custom piece for us!

We also had a blast at our Kid’s Lazy Daze artwork station where they had an opportunity to draw, stamp, sticker, or color a fun piece of art! Take a look at some of the beautiful masterpieces!

Finally, nothing says festivals like a fun prize wheel and giveaways! Our prize wheel was spinning for attendees to win an assortment of swag items like T-shirts, frisbees, mints, and we even held a $100 Target Gift Card giveaway at the event. We’re sure you’re thinking, yeah, but who won?! We are so happy to announce that Jasmine S. won the $100 Target Gift Card! Congratulations, Jasmine

Thank you to all of the attendees who stopped by to hang with us or schedule their dental appointments with any of our Cary dentists! We had a wonderful time sharing smiles with our amazing Cary community! #happylazydaze

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Kid-Friendly Dentistry at LAA

We are so excited to announce that Dr. Victoria Gill, aka “Dr. Tori”, is joining Lane & Associates as our in-house Pediatric Dentist! Dr. Tori will begin seeing patients in our sister company NCOSO (NC Oral Surgery + Orthodontics) at the Cary St Charles and Durham Miami offices starting August 16th. She will also be accepting Medicaid patients at these locations. 

Pediatric Services Offered 

  • Dental Cleanings, X-rays, and Comprehensive Exams
  • Home Care Guidance
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Sealants
  • Mouthguards
  • Education and Nutritional Guidance
  • Tooth-colored Crowns
  • Nitrous and Sedation Options
  • Space Maintenance and Appliances
  • Special Health Care Needs

Schedule Your Child’s Dental Appointment

To learn more about Dr. Tori and schedule an appointment, please visit our Lane Kids Dentistry page or request an appointment through our NCOSO website now!

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It’s Back to School Season Once Again!

LAA is prepping for all of the back-to-school dental appointments and we were so thrilled to be a part of our local Cary school Cardinal Charter Academy’s Block Party! Their back-to-school Block Party was held on Saturday, August 7th from 10 am to 1 pm. Our Cary and Raleigh dental teams showed up with lots of fun games, prizes, free swag, and even a great giveaway (tickets to the Carolina Mudcats)!

There was also a Fresh Ice Cream Food Truck on-site for all of the kids and school tours were available for all of the registered families. What an amazing event and an incredible weekend! Thank you to all of the families that came out to see us and visit Cardinal Charter Academy.

Take a look at the fun below!

Looking for a dentist in Cary near Cardinal Charter Academy? Lane & Associates Family Dentistry’s Cary St. Charles location is right next door! Visit our Cary dental page to schedule a dental appointment with our Cary Dentists today!

Thank you for Joining Us

The Lane & Associates and NCOSO Dental Career Fair was held this past Friday, July 23rd at our Garner office and had an amazing turnout! We hope all who attended had an enjoyable experience learning about our company, our culture, and enjoying some yummy food at the same time! 

Thank you to xQuisito International Foods for supplying delicious Tacos and Hibachi to all who attended. We would also like to thank our corporate team members for organizing, staffing, and promoting the event. Take a look at some photos from the dental career fair below!

 

A Closer Look

Our Lane & Associates and NCOSO Corporate team at the 2021 Dental Career Fair

Want to Join Us Next Time?

Learn more about careers with Lane & Associates Family Dentistry and NC Oral Surgery + Orthodontics by visiting our careers page. Feel free to email us at [email protected] and be on the lookout for our next Career Fair coming soon! 

Let’s say it together! We all scream for Ice Cream!

 

What a beautiful day celebrating our 2 year Anniversary of our Clinton Office last week. Our marketing team came out with prizes, games, and a Mudcats Tickets giveaway while we hosted a Free Dairy Queen Ice Cream truck to our local community in Clinton. 

Take a look at some of the photos from the celebration

Congratulations are also in order for our winner of the Carolina Mudcats tickets from the event, Mariana! Thank you for coming out to see us and we hope you enjoy your tickets! 

Last but not least, we wanted to send a warm thank you to all of our patients and the community of Sampson County for having us these past 2 years. Clinton has been such a welcoming town with southern hospitality through and through. We can’t wait to see what the future holds! 

 

Learn More

Interested in a dental appointment with our Clinton Dentists? Visit our Clinton office page or request an appointment online. At Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, we love to make you smile!

Becoming a Dentist is a highly sought-after Career

One of our most frequently asked questions from patients who visit us is, “How does someone become a Dentist?” In this article, we are going to take you step-by-step on the process of becoming a Dentist. Let’s get started!

 

How Long Does it Take to Become a Dentist?

The process of becoming a Dentist is much more competitive than in years past and requires a specific set of qualifications during high school and college to be eligible for entry into Dental school. Overall, after completion of high school, students need a 4-year college bachelor’s degree plus a 4-year graduate Dental School degree, totaling 8 years. 

However, this does not include any additional schooling for specialty dentists such as Endodontists, Orthodontists, Periodontists, Pediatrics, Prosthodontists, or Oral Surgeons. These students require either another degree, a residency, or both which can range from 2 – 6 years depending on the specialization they have chosen.

Many dental school graduates also choose to continue their education through AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) or GPR (General Practice Residency) programs. These typically last one year and are designed for postdoctoral clinical training as an advanced supplement to the predoctoral dental curriculum. Both program types award a postgraduate certificate upon graduation. 

For specifics on each specialty or additional education, please visit the American Dental Association’s Education center here.

Overall, becoming a Dentist will take anywhere from 8 to 14 years depending on the type of dentist a student wishes to become. 

What Do I Need to Major in to Become a Dentist?

Students can major in a variety of fields and be accepted into dental school. However, most dental school admissions require taking prerequisite courses related to the field of biology, physiology, and chemistry. This ensures the student has an accurate baseline of information to prepare them for dental school courses. You can find specific course requirements for each dental school on their website to ensure you are on the right track. 

For example, at ECU School of Dental Medicine in Greenville, NC they require a minimum of one year (8 semester hours) of biology, organic chemistry, general chemistry, & physics with 6 semester hours of English and mathematics courses from a 4-year accredited US college or university. 

In most cases, pre-dental students major in biology or chemistry. However, there have also been successful dental students who have majored in Business (helpful for starting your own practice after dental school), Medical Textiles (great if you plan on developing dental products), or Engineering (physics and mathematics play an important role in dentistry).

 

What Other Requirements Do I Need to Become a Dentist? 

Score High on Your Dental Admissions Test

Other than your course prerequisites and a high GPA, you will need to take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). This is similar to the MCAT for Medical School entry. The test has four sections: Perceptual Ability, Quantitative Reasoning, Survey of the Natural Sciences, and Reading Comprehension. 

DAT scores range from 1-30, with 17 being the average. To be considered a competitive applicant for dental school, an Academic Average (AA) of 19-20 is desirable. This number can fluctuate from school to school but statistics on average acceptance scores can be found on each dental school’s website.

Obtain Letters of Evaluation 

Another requirement for dental school entry will be letters of recommendation or evaluation. At most 4-year colleges, a pre-health or pre-dental committee can help you with a committee letter. Otherwise, you will need to submit 4 letters: 2 from science professors, 1 from an academic advisor, and 1 from a dentist. Read more about letters of evaluation on the ADA website here

Acquire Dental Volunteer or Shadowing Hours

Most dental schools require applicants to have some form of dental shadowing. This shows that the applicant understands the career they will potentially be joining. It is also extremely helpful to shadow the profession early on to truly grasp if this is the right career for you. Most dental schools require at least 100 hours of dental shadowing. 

Typically you can contact a dental office directly to request to shadow a dentist. You can also join your pre-dental or pre-health club and volunteer at local dental clinics. For instance, in North Carolina, there is a Volunteer Dental Clinic called NC Missions of Mercy (MOM) that holds events throughout the state. 

If you would like to shadow one of our dentists at Lane & Associates, please email us at [email protected] and our clinical team will be in touch!

A great resource for applying to dental school is the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools. Click the image below to learn more!

ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools 2021 2022

 

How Long is Dental School?

Dental school is a 4-year doctorate program. There are also options to continue your education if you choose to specialize in a field. These specialties can be Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Pedodontics, or Periodontics. Please read the section, ‘How Long Does it Take to Become a Dentist?’ above to learn more!

 

How Much Do Dentists Make?

The salary for general dentists varies significantly. This can be based on the experience of the dentist, the type of dentist, and the needs of their patients. The typical salary of a General Dentist can range anywhere from $128,000 – $221,000 per year with an average of $170,000 in 2021. 

For specialists such as Orthodontists, their salary can range from $259,000 to $372,000 with an average of $292,000 per year. This salary can also be much higher depending on the number of cases and types of malocclusions they are treating. 

What is the Highest-Paid Type of Dentist?

Typically the highest-paid type of dentist is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMFS). This is the dentist whose job is the most invasive of all dentists. Typically Oral surgeons use sedation options to remove wisdom teeth, place dental implants, perform bone grafts, and much more. They go through rigorous training and education well past many of their colleagues due to these advanced medical procedures. Therefore, the typical salary for an Oral Surgeon can range anywhere from $250,000 to $400,000 per year (or more). Usually, the average salary for an Oral Surgeon is around $310,000 per year. 

 

Learn More About Our Dentists

Ready to learn more? Visit our dentists’ page and scroll through their biographies to learn what it takes to become a dentist! Looking to schedule with one of our dentists? Request an appointment online with our dentists today!

Are you looking for a rewarding career in Dentistry? 

Lane & Associates Family Dentistry is hosting a Career Fair on Friday, July 23rd from 11 AM to 3 PM!

We have job openings for entry-level positions all the way to Doctors and Specialists & will be offering Direct Hire Opportunities with sign-on bonus potential! Be sure to bring your valid Driver’s License or ID, resume, and all relevant certifications to be considered! 

Our Career Fair will be a day of fun including a Free Food Truck, prizes, giveaways (Apple Airpods and Carolina Mudcats tickets!), and one-on-one interviews with our recruitment staff. 

 

Who are we hiring?

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

  • Dentists/Specialists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Treatment Coordinators
  • Dental Assistants (DA I, DA II, Head Dental Assistants)
  • Hygiene Assistants/Sterilization Techs
  • Surgical Assistants 
  • Office Managers
  • General Managers/Specialists
  • Corporate Positions

 

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, join us on Friday, July 23rd at our Garner Location!

Garner NC Dentist office exterior white building and wedding venue

Career Fair Details

Location: Lane & Associates Family Dentistry – Garner, 12450 Cleveland Rd. Garner, NC 27529

Date: Friday, June 23rd

Time: 11 AM – 3 PM

REGISTER NOW

Free Parking on site. Please enter the building around the back under the awning to check in at our First Floor station. You will then be directed to the Third Floor of the building for the Career Fair. No masks required for vaccinated patrons. 

Want to learn more about us? Visit our Careers page to see all the reasons to join Lane & Associates and NCOSO. 

Take us out to the ballgame! 

Lane & Associates Family Dentistry is incredibly excited to announce that we are now partnering with The Carolina Mudcats! 

It’s not hard to fall in love with the southern charm, hard work, and fun that The Mudcats put into each and every game. From Muddy the Mudcat’s crazy antics to the amazing food and drink options, every game at Five County Stadium is a perfect Summertime activity for the entire family! 

The sponsorship began on May 4th and will continue into the 2022 Baseball Season. If you stop by and see our sign at Five County Stadium, tag us on social media @LaneDDS or use #LAAMudcats. We would love to see your photos!

 

More About The Mudcats

The Carolina Mudcats (southern slang for “Catfish”) is a Minor League Baseball team based out of Zebulon, NC. They are a proud licensed affiliate of The Milwaukee Brewers. Some well-known MLB players that came from The Carolina Mudcats are Dontrelle Willis, Francisco Lindor, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Holiday, and Adrian Gonzalez. See a full list of their fan’s choice all-time favorite MLB players in their ranking list here.

 

Join Us at Five County Stadium

What better way to share our love of the game than with YOU! As a celebration of this new partnership, we are giving away a 4-pack of tickets to The Carolina Mudcats during their 2021 season to our amazing patients! To enter, just fill out our Freebie Friday giveaway this week with your name, office, and phone. We will contact our winner and announce it on social next week!

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