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The North Carolina Dental Society Foundation Golf Challenge was held this past week in Pinehurst, NC at the Pinehurst Resort. Lane & Associates Family Dentistry was proud to be a Tournament Sponsor where all proceeds, totaling more than $40,000, were donated to the North Carolina Missions of Mercy Dental Programs and its free dental clinics.

Two of our teams participated in the Golf Challenge and our very own Dr. Raleigh Wright won the Putting Challenge (for the second year in a row!). Take a look at the photos below to see more of the golf tournament fun!

Sponsors for NCDSF
From left to right: Dr. Kellan Graham and his wife, Dr. Raleigh Wright, and LAA Hygienist Mark Williamson posing next to $5,000 Tournament Sponsors Banner.
Putting challenge at NCDSF
Nighttime putting challenge course.
Pinehurst Resort Golf Course Charity Golf Challenge
From left to right: Dr. Kellan Graham, Dr. Jeff Hooper, Mark Williamson, and Brian Bunch on Team Lane #1.
Lane employees at NCDSF Golf Challenge
From left to right: Lilly Holcomb, Dr. Alexander Crain, Dr. Raleigh Wright, and Blair Friday on Lane Team #2.
Lane Teams at NCDSF Golf Challenge
Both of our Lane Teams!

Our golfers had a fantastic time supporting the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation while social distancing, and are excited to participate again in 2021!

Learn more about the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation and what they do to help the oral health of North Carolinians by checking out their website here. Also, if you have the opportunity to donate to their cause, you can donate to a great cause and enter for a chance to win a Luxury car worth up to $75,000 here!

Surgical Masks for Healthcare Professionals

As the world starts to reopen, healthcare professionals across all avenues of specialties are still in need of PPE. Therefore, these medically approved Fabric Surgical Masks are one way that we craft enthusiasts can help! Due to the CDC recommendations, we set out to find a mask solution for the medical community. 

Our first round of 900 masks was gladly received by local hospitals and healthcare facilities. Now, however, we want to take it one step further by creating surgical masks with slots to add filters.

WakeMed Hospital sent us directions for a Surgical Mask which allows for a filter to be inserted, along with instructions for ribbon ties versus elastic ties. Namely mentioning that these ties will give continued comfortability throughout long-time wear. We used this pattern as a template to create our own step-by-step surgical mask sewing directions for our volunteers.

Check out our new design belowMuch love to WakeMed for sharing your medical professional sewing pattern. This adaptation has been proven by our doctors to be efficient for continued use and a successful way to help the environment. Likewise, it allows the use of N95 masks to be kept for high-risk frontline workers.

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Craft Enthusiasts and Volunteers:

Deploy yourselves again! Help us to continue in the fight and push your crafting skills to the next level! Read through our new Surgical Mask Sewing Instructions below, email us at marketing@lanedds.com once you finish, and let’s keep crafting for those that need it most!

Give to a healthcare worker, friend, or return to Lane & Associates to be distributed appropriately. We hope these fabric surgical mask sewing instructions help you to create your own surgical masks for healthcare professionals.

Need materials? Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to request a kit! We would be happy to support as many crafters as possible until supplies run out!

Surgical Mask Sewing Pattern logo

LAA employee with completed Surgical Mask on

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sewing materials for surgical mask DIY

  • 100% Cotton Fabric – Cut (1) 10×16 inch rectangle and (2) 2×6 inch strips.
  • 4 pieces of 1/4 or 3/8-inch ribbons measuring 18 inches in length
  • Scissors or fabric cutter
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Cotton or Polyester sewing thread
  • Sewing pins or wonder clips

 

 

 

step 1 graphicTake your 100% Cotton fabric and cut (1) rectangle that is 10 inches wide and 16 inches long. Then cut (2) pieces of fabric into 2×6 inch strips.

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step 2 graphicWith the front side of the fabric facing down (wrong side up), fold over 1/2 inch on the top and bottom (10-inch sides). Press and stitch across both folds.

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step 3 graphicWith the wrong side up, fold the top and bottom edges to meet in the middle and use the iron to press.

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step 4 graphicOn each side of the mask, make 3 pleats. Each pleat should be approximately 1 inch in size with the top two pleats folded down from the top and the bottom pleat folded up from the bottom. These should be centered in the mask, leaving 2-3 inches of flat fabric at the top and bottom of the pleats.

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step 5 graphicSew pleats into place.

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step 6 graphicFold the lengthwise sides of the 2×6 edging material inwards at the middle and press.

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step 7 graphicPlace the edging material with unfinished sides up and lay the mask front side down. Align the sides to the middle of the edging. Place the ribbon 1/2 inch from the edge corner, pin it into place, and sew across the stitching to hold everything in place.

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Step 8 GraphicFold the top and bottom edging pieces inwards, meeting in the middle. Be sure they cover the raw edges of the mask and ribbon (this may fold the mask inward as well).

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Step 9 graphicStitch both sides of the edging closed.

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Step 10 graphicSew (2) 1-inch stitches, approximately 1/4 inch across the top of the mask, so a pipe cleaner can be inserted if desired.

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Be sure to finish the ends of your ribbons in some form of fashion. We recommend the quickest approach of safely using a lighter to burn and cauterize the ends. You can also simply roll the ends and stick across.

 

LAA employee with DIY surgical face mask on

And there you have it! DIY Surgical Masks for healthcare professionals & beyond!

If you would like to request a surgical mask kit to be delivered or picked up from one of our Lane & Associates dental offices, please fill out the form below. Thank you, craft enthusiasts and healthcare professionals, for everything you continue to do for those in need during COVID-19!

Ear Savers for Surgical Masks

UPDATE: An increasing need as of June 2020 is ear-savers for essential workers wearing masks.

Wearing masks throughout an entire day causes stress on ears leading to headaches and rubbing of sensitive skin. We would love to help use any materials we still have to also create ear-savers for these essential workers. If you would like to request ear-saver sewing kits to contribute, please fill out the same form below.

Here is a great link with instructions on how to sew ear-savers for masks for reference! You can also check out the instructions provided by UNC Healthcare on their ‘Ways to Help’ page.

Request Mask Kits and/or Ear Saver Kits

  • Each kit contains materials for 12 masks or 12 ear-savers.
  • Please let us know if you are interested in mask kits, ear-saver kits, or both.

Even though many of our offices are temporarily closed, our company is rallying together to give back to our communities during this time of need.

We know many emergency and healthcare systems are remaining open during this time to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and they are continuing to care for other necessary procedures.

In light of this, many of our talented employees have started creating masks for healthcare workers due to the shortages across the world. We have enlisted their help and have started creating kits for each of our employees that they can work on at home during this social distancing period. We are beginning with 870 masks and hope to continue making more! Once the masks are ready, our staff is working with the UNC Health Care system to drop off these masks to those hospitals and medical facilities in need.

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Our marketing team creating face mask kits to send to our staff.

 

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LAA Staff member sewing medical masks.

Lane & Associates loves North Carolina & we hope that our beautiful state can bounce back from this pandemic quickly. If you would like to help by donating masks of your own, please read below!

How to Make a Mask:

Contact us if you are interested in helping our teams by making masks at home with your family. We have a long list of North Carolina medical facilities that are in need of these masks and want to do as much as possible to help. Email us at marketing@lanedds.com for more details on drop-off locations and deliveries.

We value & appreciate all of our community healthcare heroes! Thank you for all that you are giving & we hope this small act will help.

Lane & Associates Family Dentistry supports The Blood Connection, UNC Health, WakeMed, PNC Arena, and the Carolina Hurricanes as they team up for an important community event!

Give Blood, Save Lives.

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The blood drive will be next Thursday, March 26th at the PNC Arena from 10 am – 6 pm.

Make an appointment now: thebloodconnection.org & support your community during this time! All Donors will receive a $20 VISA Gift card!

Donor info

More information on how PNC Arena is complying with all social distancing protocol can be found on UNC Health Care’s website here. 

What you can expect from Lane & Associates Family Dentistry during the Flu & COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally published: March 12, 2020 | Updated: May 14, 2020

At Lane & Associates, we strive to uphold the highest level of care for our patients at all times. During every office visit, your health and safety are our highest priorities. With the recent Flu and Coronavirus (COVID-19), this year’s season has been particularly difficult which reinforces the need for all of us to be vigilant in the prevention of the spread of these diseases. 

How to Sew Surgical Masks for Medical Professionals | More COVID-19 Updates from Dr. Lane

Our offices follow all of the current recommendations for infection control and disease prevention published by the CDC(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), OSHA, and other significant organizations. 

As always, the most important priority at Lane & Associates is the safety and wellbeing of our patients and team members. In addition to our already rigorous daily sanitizing procedures, we will continue to go above and beyond these guidelines. We are increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of the lobby, dental exam chairs, equipment, bathrooms, and all other areas of our offices. At each of our locations, you will also find hand sanitizer next to the front desk. All patients are encouraged to wash their hands frequently during their visits for at least 20 seconds, as the CDC recommends.

New Policies & Procedures (as of May 2020):

  • As we begin to reopen our offices, you may see some changes during your next appointment.
  • Our office will communicate with you before your appointment to ask screening questions.
  • Before entering the building, we are offering curbside check-in and temperature screenings for all patients. All staff are also screened before entering the building each day.
  • You may see that our waiting rooms are closed or adjusted for social distancing measures. Furniture is further apart and all magazines/children’s toys have been removed (since these items are difficult to clean).
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. You may also be escorted into and out of the building.
  • All consent forms, treatment plans, and payments may be presented to you in the treatment room.
  • Hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations will be available for patient use.
  • We may ask you to wait in your car to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

Lane and Associates dental staff screening patients taking temperatures

7 Health recommendations during this Flu & Virus Season: 

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, avoid close contact with others to prevent them from getting sick as well.
  2. If you are sick, please postpone any non-emergency or elective dental procedures until you are feeling well. If you are unsure, please call your home office to discuss your treatment with your dental provider. 
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you are coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  4. Wash your hands as set by the guidelines from the CDC. **See the Handwashing Instructions infographic below**
  5. Do not hoard medical masks or gloves as these are needed by healthcare professionals. Due to the high demand, the CDC does not recommend the general public buying these items but instead practicing everyday preventive actions, such as washing hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you are sick. 
  6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  7. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, take care of your oral health, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Washing Your Hands the Right Way

One of the most important steps in preventing the spread of infection is to consistently wash your hands as set by the guidelines from the CDC. See our infographic below with step by step instructions on how to properly wash your hands. The basics to remember are to rinse with water first THEN lather on the soap. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds and be sure to get underneath your fingernails and in between each finger. If you are wearing rings, either take these off before scrubbing or get underneath during your 20-second scrub. Rinse your hands with clean water once you’ve completed scrubbing. Remember, after rinsing – use the paper towel or one-use towel to turn off your sink.

How to Wash Your Hands:

Hand washing infographic

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Watch this video from the CDC with FAQs about Handwashing:

Next Steps…

According to the American Dental Association, “Respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette infection control measures along with contact precautions are currently recommended for preventing transmission of COVID-19 and all flu-like illnesses in a dental healthcare setting.”If you currently have the flu or have had direct contact with anyone diagnosed with the Flu or the Coronavirus, or if you have recently traveled to an area where the Coronavirus is prevalent, please inform one of our team members.

All of our employees are well trained and given periodic updates on infection control policies and procedures to ensure that your visit and treatment at Lane & Associates is as safe and comfortable as possible. As always – we sincerely appreciate your trust in us to provide your dental care.

Have further questions? Contact our offices or email us at info@lanedds.com

 

Happy 2020 from Lane DDS!

Marketing team at Lane holding 2020 signs

We are so elated that 2020 is finally arriving not only because this is the start of a New Year but also because we are celebrating 40 years in business!! Dr. and Mrs. Lane started their first practice in 1980. Lane & Associates has since grown to over 30 general practices with 10 specialty locations! We are proud to say that we employ over 450 amazing dental professionals in North Carolina including over 60 doctors.

It is amazing to see how far we’ve come in the last 40 years and the incredible relationships we’ve been able to develop with our patients. Some of our patients have been with us since day one & we thank you for the loyalty you’ve shown us. We are also incredibly thankful to be a part of so many communities throughout North Carolina & consistently give back through volunteer work, sponsorships, & so much more.

Again, thank you to all of our friends and family in the dental community and beyond. We are incredibly thankful to be apart of your lives.

Happy 2020! Let’s make this the best year yet! 

Written by: Kaitlin Painter, Digital Marketing & Content Manager

At Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, we appreciate and support our military and their many sacrifices. As a special offer, we are providing discounted dental services to all Veterans throughout the month of November. Find out more below!

Veteran's Day special at Lane and Associates

Check out the letter from our founder Dr. Don Lane:

Veterans Day Letter from Dr. Lane

OUR SPECIAL VETERANS OFFER FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER IS 20% OFF TREATMENT PLANS!!

This offer is for Veterans and Active Duty Military who supply proper ID. This discount applies to patients only, not including family members. Treatment must be completed within 3 months of the start date.

Ask our offices for more details or call us today at 1-877-526-3337!

Friday Night Rivals with Lane and associates Family Dentistry

Lane & Associates is proud to Sponsor the NC High School Football Friday Night Rivals 2019

This year is back and bigger than ever as the toughest NC high school football teams battle it out to see who will be the Friday Night Rival Champion! Lane & Associates Family Dentistry is proud to be involved in the Friday Night Rivals for two years in a row and is excited to be attending every game during the season.

Read more about Lane & Associates | See our Community Involvement

Win Free Swag at each Game!

Lane and Associates’ Smile Squad will be out and about at every game this season to hand out FREE T-shirts, pop-sockets, holographic sunglasses, water bottles, and more! So be sure to stop by our booth for a chance to win even more prizes by spinning our prize wheel or tag us on social media wearing any of our gear!

Use #LAASMILE for a chance to be featured on our social accounts (and maybe win some other fun prizes)!!

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FULL 2019 FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:

  • August 23, 2019 – Cardinal Gibbons at Wake Forest
  • August 30, 2019 – South Granville at Sanderson
  • September 6, 2019 – Broughton at Cary
  • September 13, 2019 – Northern Durham at Riverside Durham
  • September 20, 2019 – Panther Creek at Middle Creek
  • September 27, 2019 – Terry Sanford at Rolesville
  • October 4, 2019 – Holly Springs at Garner
  • October 11, 2019 – Enloe at Broughton High School
  • October 18, 2019 – Wakefield at Heritage
  • October 25, 2019 – Cleveland at Clayton

Check out the schedule of upcoming 2019 football games above. Lane & Associates is proud to sponsor this year’s Friday Night Rivals and is looking forward to a great season! See you there!

Read more about Friday Night Rivals on the MyRDC TV page here.

Join us at Cardinal Charter Academy!

Come join us this weekend on Saturday, August 10th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Cardinal Charter Academy Block Party with Lane & Associates Family Dentistry!

We will have Pizza & IceCream food trucks and a Kids Art station to take home your masterpieces! Music will be jamming and Prizes will be available on our prize wheel to spin and win. Our backyard games like Corn hole will be out. There will also be some AMAZING New Patient & Orthodontic Giveaways!!

Our in-house Orthodontic and Oral Surgery practice across the street from Cardinal Charter is offering a $299 Down payment on Orthodontics including Invisalign! Lane & Associates is also offering a FREE Kids Quip toothbrush for all New Patients that schedule at any of our Lane Cary offices. You don’t want to miss these specials! Come see us on Saturday, August 10th!

Enter to Win our Vacay with LAA Contest Today!

Lane & Associates Family Dentistry and NCOSO are partnering with PDL Beach Properties to give away a 3-night beach house stay at PDL’s Coral Cottage during the NC Seafood Festival weekend! The house has a private swimming pool, 2nd-row beach access, AND sleeps up to 14 guests! Each Vacay with LAA raffle ticket is $1 and ALL proceeds will be benefitting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund!

Vacay with LAA Contest runs from July 17th to August 17th & donations will be accepted on our site here.

Each $1 donation = 1 Raffle ticket. NO LIMIT ON # OF TICKETS YOU CAN PURCHASE!

After donating you will receive raffle tickets at the closest Lane & Associates office to you which will be drawn LIVE on August 27th at 12pm EST on Lane’s Facebook page. Be sure to TUNE IN!

For more information about our Vacay with LAA contest and entry rules, visit LaneDDS.com/VacaywithLAA to learn more!