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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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#LAAKidsColor 2024 Contest Announcement

We want to send a huge thank you to all of our amazing entries to the Kids Coloring Contest in February. We had SO MANY amazing entries. Our top three  prize winners have been chosen. Here’s a look at our winners!

2nd Place Prize Winner – Winning a $300 VISA Gift Card & a PNC Arena VIP Experience


3rd Place Prize Winner – Winning a $100 VISA Gift Card & a PNC Arena VIP Experience



Our Grand Prize Winner of a $500 VISA Gift Card & a PNC Arena VIP Experience is…



Thank you for all of your creativity and we hope you had a fun time with us this February! #LAAKidsColor

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To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, Lane & Associates is excited to announce our Kid’s Coloring Contest! Throughout the month of February, we will be collecting coloring pages from kids age 12 and under to enter to win a $100 Marbles Kids Museum Prize pack!

FEBRUARY is Children’s Dental Health Month, so we wanted to let you know that our practice is always trying our best to help children achieve great dental health!


Visit our Coloring Contest page to download and print off your coloring pages! Simply color your page and then tag us on social media using #LAAKidsColor


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BABY TEETH MAY BE TEMPORARY, but they’re certainly not “practice teeth.” Your child’s early dental care is so incredibly important! Did you know that your child could be seen at a dentist as early as 12-18 months? That’s why at Lane & Associates we will soon start offering Baby’s First Dental Visits! 

Baby Teeth Are Essential To Future Development

Baby teeth perform many functions, including:

  • Ensuring proper nutrition through chewing and eating
  • Aiding in speech development
  • Holding suitable space for permanent teeth to come in even and healthy
  • Creating the groundwork for good dental habits


We’re Experienced Working With Children

Since our launch of our Child’s First Dental Visit program in 2017, there has been an even greater desire from parents to have a ‘Baby’s First Visit’ option. You asked and we listened! Our Baby First Visit Kits will come with a special baby “toothbrush” that they can hold themselves, a cuddly teddy bear, and a free “First Dental Visit” zipper bag!

Our dentists who specialize in Baby Oral Exams are experts when it comes to your child’s dental health. Utilizing training from programs such as BOHP (Baby Oral Health Program) allows our offices to answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health.

Let Us Know If You Ever Have Questions

We want to be your go-to resource whenever you have questions about your family’s dental care. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!

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