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Ever wondered what Girl Power is?

Look no further than the Girl’s World Expo!! This year Lane & Associates Family Dentistry had the pleasure of being Presenting Sponsors for the Raleigh NC 2019 Girls World Expo at the Hilton Raleigh in North Hills on May 19th. Girls World Expo is a day-long event created BY local teen girls FOR local teen girls – the local Raleigh Girls Advisory Board is made up of teens from Raleigh who have created this unique show! These girls have also worked closely with their local media partner, to fill the day with seminars, performances, demonstrations, and vendors that serve needs in the Raleigh area!

Starting off the day with a bang was the welcome and Girls of Merit Award Ceremony where local Raleigh girls were recognized for their many achievements in the community. Our very own Social Media Manager, Alicia Wilson, spoke at the brunch to give our sincere congratulations to the girls. Check out the beautiful stars who were chosen as this year’s Raleigh Girls of Merit below!

Included in the day’s events were musical and dance performances by a variety of female artists, singers, and dance groups. Miss North Carolina USA and Miss North Carolina Teen USA were also in attendance along with a wonderful panel of strong female leaders in their industry. Exhibits and Workshops including Robotics, Tae Kwon Do, Wood Sign painting, STEM projects, Fashion Shows, and Vision Boards for Success were scattered throughout the expo. The attendees also had a chance to attend sessions such as “Using LinkedIn to Obtain Scholarships and Internships”, “Walking in My Womanness”, and “The Achievement Mindset” while also hearing from the Fearless Female panel. This panel included such names as Dr. Jo Allen (President of Meredith College), Carnela Renee Hill (CEO of CR Hill Design Group LLC) and Dina Schweisthal (Founder/Owner of KNACK DIY Craft Studio).

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Many of the attendees also had opportunities to win prizes, interact with vendors at the Exhibitor Marketplace, enjoy the Live Music and Entertainment while also learning new & exciting trends for females! From Comic book graphics to Science & Tech, the future is female and we at Lane & Associates are proud to sponsor events such as the Girls World Expo that breathe life to the true foundation of a healthy happy journey for women at every age. Thank you for coming out to spend time with us and we hope to see you at next year’s event!

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Have you ever thought to yourself, “Do I reeeeally want to go to the dentist today?” Maybe you even considered not worrying with the dentist at all. Well after reading about one of our Garner NC patients you will definitely reconsider. We want to spotlight one of our patients named Rick Heilmann who came into the dental office for his routine dental exam in January 2018 and found something unexpected. Find out why a routine dental exam could save your life!

Read the article published on page 8 of Johnston Now Magazine here or continue to read below.

 

ROUTINE DENTAL EXAM PROVES LIFE-SAVING FOR
JOHNSTON COUNTY BUSINESSMAN

Submitted by Communicopia Public Relations
Rick Heilmann brought his dentist, Dr. Chitra Hardikar, candy and flowers after she discovered tongue cancer during a dental exam in January 2018. One of the first things he wanted to do after his cancer surgery was to thank her.

CLAYTON — Rick Heilmann thought his January dental visit was going to be routine, much like the many other dentist appointments he had through the decades. Heilmann, General Manager and owner of WKJO Country Superstars 102.3 in Clayton, knew from raising three children that regular dental checkups were important. What he didn’t realize is that they could also be lifesaving.

He went to the Garner Lane & Associates Family Dentistry office for his biannual appointment. “My hygienist came in and did the cleaning, followed by the exam by my dentist. She mentioned a white spot on the bottom of my tongue,” he said. “I said ‘I never see the bottom of my tongue.’ When I inquired about what her concern was, she said it could be cancer.”

While this would be shocking news to most patients, he was relatively calm. A few months earlier, his dermatologist discovered skin cancer below his earlobe. When it was removed, he was told that cancer would not spread to other parts of his body. So, he wasn’t expecting the finding by his dentist.

The follow-up appointment was for a biopsy by NCOSO oral surgeon Dr. Ryan Milewski in the Raleigh office of Lane & Associates. The results came back as squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, a relatively common form of skin cancer with three percent of all malignancies arising within the oral cavity. About one million cases of squamous cell carcinoma are diagnosed each year in the U.S. There are more than 15,000 deaths annually from the disease.

After being referred to an ear, nose and throat doctor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he underwent surgery to remove cancer in his tongue and to further explore his neck area, where additional Stage 3 cancer cells were discovered.

Heilmann, 64, did not need to undergo chemotherapy but had radiation treatments for seven weeks which were completed in July. He worked throughout his treatments and maintained a positive, upbeat attitude through it all. He’s been married to his wife Teri for almost 40 years. They have three children, Carlie, Jessica and Joey, and six grandchildren — all who live within 50 miles.

“I would have never known I had a problem if the dentist would not have done a thorough exam,” he said. “What if I had gone to a dentist who wasn’t as thorough?”

Dr. Don G. Lane, who founded Lane & Associates Family Dentistry almost 40 years ago in Fuquay-Varina, said dentists are doctors for the head and neck & don’t just look at a patient’s teeth. “We perform oral cancer screenings for every patient during their comprehensive exams,” he said. “We look at your joint, your bite, your oral health environment, possible pathology of your oral cavity and neck, and even how well you sleep. Ultimately, all these things play a vital role in your total overall health.

“It doesn’t do you a lot of good to give you white, bright, straight teeth if you die of oral cancer. At Lane & Associates, we don’t just treat symptoms, we treat disease.”

You don’t have to convince Heilmann of that.

“My experience changed the importance I place on regular check-ups,” he said.

“This is life-saving dentistry.”

Life Saver Gummies being given to the dentist that found Oral Cancer from patient

At Lane & Associates, we are proud to offer Oral Cancer screenings for every patient at our routine dental cleanings throughout all 29 offices in central North Carolina. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Oral Cancer Screenings or any issues you may be experiencing please reach out to our dentists & give our offices a call! 

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Looking for something fun to do in Raleigh NC this weekend?! Join your Raleigh Lane & Associates dental team at the 19th Annual Caniac Carnival on September 30th for a FREE event to all fans of the Carolina Hurricanes!

When is the Caniac Carnival in 2018?

This year the Caniac Carnival will be on Sunday, September 30th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where is the Caniac Carnival being held?

The 2018 Caniac Carnival will be located at the PNC Arena in Raleigh NC at 1400 Edwards Mill Rd. Raleigh, NC 27607.

Who will the Carolina Hurricanes be playing on Sunday, Sept. 30th?

For the FREE pre-season game, the Hurricanes will be hosting the Nashville Predators at 1:30 p.m. Please visit the Carolina Hurricanes website for tickets information.

What part of the Festival is actually FREE? ALL OF IT!

The carnival itself is completely FREE and open to the public but the pre-season game requires tickets due to space. At this time, all pre-season free tickets have been claimed but according to the Canes website, you can sign up for the waitlist to be notified if tickets become available here. If you can’t get tickets to the actual game, you can still participate in the outdoor Caniac Carnival. There will also be FREE parking and attendants will direct you to the correct lots.

What activities will they have at the Caniac Carnival?

A better question would be what WON’T they have at the Caniac Carnival this year. All ages will have something fun to do! There will be bouncy houses, inflatable rides, interactive games, food trucks, a Kid’s Zone, a Sports Area, Live Music, and appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad! Since our Lane Raleigh dental team participated last year as well we know that you absolutely cannot miss the face painting or spin for a prize at our prize wheel!

 

Check out the Schedule of Events here:

10:00 a.m.

Caniac Carnival begins (The Eye and PNC Arena’s box office will open at this time)

12:00 p.m.

PNC Arena opens for Season Ticket Members

12:15 p.m.

PNC Arena opens for general public

12:45 p.m.

State of the Hurricanes, hosted by John Forslund

1:30 p.m.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators preseason game (State of the Hurricanes will continue during intermissions)

3:00 p.m.

Caniac Carnival ends

For more information or other FAQs about the event please visit the Canes website here.

We had a fabuloso time in Downtown Raleigh for La Fiesta Del Pueblo 2018 this weekend!

El Pueblo is a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, NC, specializing in leadership development for both youth and adults among Wake County’s growing Latinx community. Through La Fiesta del Pueblo and other cultural events, El Pueblo is able to foster multicultural understanding and appreciation of Latin American art and culture in a large, diverse audience.

Thank you to all of our staff and volunteers that showed up & to all of our patients that came out to see us!

VISIT LANE & ASSOCIATES AT THE RALEIGH NC GIRLS WORLD EXPO 2018!

Girls World Expo is a day-long event created by local teen girls for local teen girls – the local Girls Advisory Board is made up of teens from Raleigh who have created a unique show just for teenage girls! We have also worked closely with our local media partner, to fill the day with seminars, performances, demonstrations, and vendors that serve your needs in the Raleigh area! All of our Raleigh NC Dentist offices will be present at the event.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, April 22nd from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd Cary, NC 27513

Find out exactly what Girls World Expo Raleigh is all about by watching the video below and stop by our booth at the Expo to win some amazing prizes!!

EVER HEARD OF A DENTIST OFFICE WITH A VISITING FOOD TRUCK?! WELL, NOW YOU HAVE!

Come on out to our Food Truck Thursday at our Raleigh Wake Forest Rd Dentist Office!

From now until the end of December 2018 we will be having a recurring Food Truck stop by our Raleigh Wake Forest Rd office on Thursdays from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm! Schedule your dental appointment before or after so that you can enjoy some delicious food truck cuisine!

This week we will have Pablanos Tacos and More visiting, check out the facebook event below and follow our facebook page to stay up-to-date with all upcoming trucks!

Come on out and visit Lane & Associates Family Dentistry during the 18th Annual Caniac Carnival at the PNC Arena in Raleigh on Sunday, September 17th from 10am-3pmLane & Associates will have a booth with fun prizes on our FREE prize wheel and a drawing to win a Bluetooth Toothbrush, valued at over $200!

The Caniac Carnival takes place each year before the start of the season. The Carnival takes over the outside and inside of PNC Arena and features activities for fans of all ages, typically including a free Hurricanes Red-White scrimmage, an autograph session with Canes players, food trucks, 20-plus inflatable rides, interactive games and booths, a kid’s zonesports area, live music, appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad, discounted food & beverage and much more!

Visit the Carolina Hurricanes site to see more about the schedule and day of events!