Developing Healthier Habits

Now that January is coming to an end, you may be reflecting on how successful you have been at keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions.

If you have stayed committed to your goals, kudos to you. However, if you are struggling or have already given up on some of them, you are not alone!

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions that deal with health, sticking to them may result in a healthier, happier you.

If you are trying to develop a habit, such as brushing twice everyday or drinking more water, here is a tip:

It often takes longer than 21 days to develop a habit. Don’t be discouraged by this. While it may take a while, with perseverance, habits can be formed in time.

Psychologists often divide the process of forming habits into 6 stages:

  1. Precontemplation. During this stage, we have not yet considered changing our ways.
  2. Contemplation. During this stage, we recognize the problem, but are not yet sure of the solution.
  3. Preparation. During this stage, we develop a general idea of the change that we would like to make.
  4. Action. During this stage, we begin implementing changes in our lives to reach the goal.
  5. Maintenance. This stage involves the necessary actions to maintain our progress towards accomplishing our goal.
  6. Termination. The final stage in the process, termination involves the termination of the old behavior now that the new behavior is a habit.

If you have created a New Year’s resolution, you are likely at stage 3 right now. The goal now is to take action and work to maintain your progress until you reach your goal! Don’t be afraid of setbacks, and take your time.

We wish you the best of success accomplishing your goals in 2018!

Source: “6 Stages and 16 Tips for Developing Good Habits” by Barbara Markway, Ph. D.  Psychology Today.


5 Tips for a Healthier 2018

A new year has begun! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you are not alone. In an article by Reader’s Digest, 8 of the 15 most popular resolutions mentioned were related to one’s health. So, here are 5 tips to help you begin a healthier lifestyle this year.

1. Brush and floss daily.


For more information on flossing, see our blog post Making Flossing a Priority.

2. Exercise at home when it is cold outside.


3. Make sure that you are drinking enough water.



For more information on how much water you should drink depending on your age and activity, see this article.

4. Trade sweets for healthy snacks.


5. Get plenty of sleep.


Learn about sleep by visiting the National Sleep Foundation’s website.

No matter what your New Year’s resolutions are, we wish you much success, health, and happiness in 2018!

September Dental Challenge

September Dental Challenge

With August ending soon, it’s as good a time as ever to issue a dental challenge for next month! This isn’t just any challenge – it’s one that can improve your smile.

The Challenge:

Brush twice daily and floss once daily every day for the rest of the month!

What You’ll Need:

  • A Toothbrush – Manual or electric, whichever you have. Be sure to check your toothbrush bristles; if they are frayed and worn your toothbrush (or toothbrush head, if you have an electric toothbrush) may need replacing! Typically, toothbrushes need replacing every 3-4 months. 
  • Toothpaste – We recommend using a toothpaste that contains fluoride.  
  • Floss – We recommend using traditional string floss, but if you have difficulty doing so you may find it easier to use floss sticks or other interdental cleaners. There are several  different types of floss, find the type that is most comfortable for you.

The Benefits:  

Cleaning your teeth properly and regularly is key to having good oral hygiene. By brushing and flossing regularly, you  can improve your gum health, prevent tooth decay, and freshen your breath.

If you already brush and floss regularly, good for you! This challenge should be a piece of cake. If not, you can do it!

Overcoming What’s Keeping You From Having a Healthier Smile: 

If you are struggling to brush and floss regularly, you are not alone! Here are a few common reasons why people don’t brush and/or floss, and how you can overcome them.

  • #1: Forgetting to brush or floss, feeling that you are too busy, or are too tired at night. One key way to ensure that you are brushing and flossing regularly is to set a routine and stick to it until it becomes habit. Check out our blog post on setting an oral hygiene routine for help with this. 
  • #2: Feeling that flossing doesn’t matter. While brushing does clean your teeth, it is not enough. Flossing removes plaque and food debris from those areas your toothbrush can’t reach. For more on the benefits of flossing, see our blog post on making flossing a priority
  • #3: Struggling to floss properly. Flossing can be difficult, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be. As mentioned earlier, there are several different types of floss and interdental cleaners available. Our post on making flossing a priority can help you overcome this flossing obstacle, as well. 

So there you go! We hope that you will accept our challenge and get on a path to maintaining a healthier smile. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 919-468-6410.

Take care of your smile!

Effectively & Comfortably Treating Gum Disease with LANAP

When left untreated, gum disease can cause serious problems such as bone loss and gum recession. The good news is that advancements in dental technology have improved the way that this disease is treated.  The LANAP procedure is a more comfortable, effective way to treat gum disease.

Known as the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP for short), this method involves using a special laser to remove infected and dead gum tissue. The healthy, live tissue is left unharmed. In fact,  LANAP stimulates healthy gum tissue to regenerate.

The following animation explains how LANAP works:

In comparison to other traditional gum disease treatments, patients who undergo LANAP can expect:

  • Less discomfort after the procedure
  • Less inflammation and bleeding during and after the procedure
  • A lower risk for dental decay
  • A more aesthetically pleasing appearance of the gums
  • A faster rate of healing and gum re-growth

If you have gum disease, please ask our staff about using LANAP as your treatment solution. To make an appointment, call our office at 919-468-6410.

Take care of your smile!

Tips for Getting Motivated

No matter what stage of life, we all struggle with motivation at some point or another. Yet, motivation is crucial to achieve success. Here at Kazmer Perio, our desire to provide quality care motivates us each day.

So, next time you are pursuing a goal and find yourself lacking motivation, keep these words of wisdom in mind:

#1: Your motivation starts with you.


#2: Don’t let your age discourage you.


#3: Define your goals.


#4: Perseverance is key.


#5: You don’t have to rush.


#6: Don’t give up if you experience failure.


#7: There is always room for improvement.

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#8: Surround yourself with people who support your goals.

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We can certainly attest to this piece of advice. There is such a wonderful team of people working here at Kazmer Perio!

We wish you the best of luck in accomplishing your goals. As you become motivated in other areas of your life, remember to take care of your smile!

What to Do During a Dental Emergency

What to doDuring a Dental Emergency

Life is often unpredictable, and it can be hard to be prepared to handle mishaps ahead of time. However, when it comes to handling certain dental emergencies, such as knocking out a tooth, it is important to act quickly. I (Maya, the Social Media Coordinator here at Kazmer Perio) experienced this first hand when I knocked out my front tooth.

When I was six years old, I fell while walking up the brick steps on the side of my house. I immediately got up and ran over to my father, who was outside doing yard work. He took one look at my bleeding mouth and knew that something wasn’t right. As he lead me into the house, he noticed my tooth – root and all – sitting on the step. He picked it up, rinsed it off, and rushed me to the hospital.

Even though I was only six, the tooth that I knocked out was an adult tooth, not a baby one. The doctor at the hospital decided that the tooth needed to be put back into place as soon as possible if there was any chance of it surviving. However, in my case, that meant waiting until the next morning when I could see an oral surgeon. Long story short, the oral surgeon tried to place my tooth back into my mouth, but it did not survive. (Don’t worry though, this story has a happy ending. Once I was old enough, I received a dental implant from Dr. Kazmer and I am so happy with the results! You can read more about my dental implant experience here).

One of the doctors that we saw after my accident told my father that it was great that he acted so quickly after my accident. However, he also explained that if my father had placed my tooth in a cup of milk, it would have had a better chance of surviving.

My point in sharing this story with you all is to illustrate how knowing the steps to take during an emergency before the emergency occurs can make a difference.

The American Dental Association (ADA) has a list of instructions for handling dental emergencies on their website.

Here’s a quick summary of the ADA’s recommendations:

What to do if an adult/permanent tooth is knocked out:

“Keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.”

What to do if a tooth is cracked:

“Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.”

What to do after biting your tongue or lip:

“Clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.”

What to do if you have a toothache:

“Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.”

What to do if an object becomes stuck in your mouth:

“Try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with sharp or pointed instruments.”

As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, you can call our office at 919-468-6410.

Take care of your smile!



We’re Here to Help!

We're Here to Help!

In 2010, Dr. Kazmer was featured in Cary Living Magazine when he gave a deserving patient free treatment. Today, pages of the magazine article are on display in our Office Manager Angela’s office.

There is something about those photos that makes them memorable. The smile on the patient’s face after treatment says it all – it is obvious that she is thrilled to be able to show off her new smile.

That is the wonderful thing about periodontics. Every day, our staff gets to help people. Seeing the smiles of happy patients is so rewarding.

However, periodontics is a rewarding field of practice for more than cosmetic reasons. While we are working to make smiles more beautiful, we are also improve the state of a patient’s  oral health. This is important for many reasons. For one, gum disease has been linked to other medical problems and can lead to tooth loss and bone damage. Also, dental problems can make it difficult to eat. By enabling patients to eat, smile, and talk without concern, we are improving their quality of life.

I (Maya, the Social Media Coordinator here at Kazmer Perio) experienced first hand the impact that the work of Dr. Kazmer and the rest of the staff can have when I received a dental implant in May of 2016.

Before receiving my implant, I managed to get by with solutions that were certainly workable, but not always the most comfortable or practical. After getting my braces off, a fake tooth was placed on my retainer. It was aesthetically pleasing, but every time I took my retainer out to eat, the spot where I was missing a tooth became visible to those around me.

I later had a Maryland bridge placed in the space. This bridge was not easily removable, so it was always in my mouth, even when I ate. It solved the problem of having to take my retainer in and out each time I wanted to eat, but I had to be careful. I could not bite with my front teeth, with the exception of some soft foods. Over the years, I began experiencing problems; the tooth popped off repeatedly and the bridge eventually broke.

Having a dental implant placed solved this issue completely. Since the implant was placed into my jaw bone, I no longer have to worry about having a tooth that comes in and out. Also, it’s strong enough for me to bite into anything that I want. The fact that the crown of the implant (the part that looks like a tooth) looks incredibly natural is icing on the cake!

Being able to have a lasting impact on patients that improves their life is one aspect of periodontics that makes it so worthwhile.

If you are looking for  a periodontist, please contact our office. We’d love to help you!

Take care of your smile!