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!

 

5 Intriguing Spots to Visit in NC

Living a healthy lifestyle is about more than eating healthy and exercising. It is important that we all take the time to enjoy life. Traveling is one of Dr. Kazmer’s favorite hobbies, and is a great way to fill your life with new experiences. However, you do not necessarily have to travel far to go on a memorable vacation. Here are 5 places to visit that are right here in our state.

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1. The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is a wonderful destination for adults and kids alike who love the beach and beach-related activities. From beautiful beaches to relax on to fishing and lighthouse tours, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy.

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2. Grandfather Mountain

There’s plenty of beautiful scenery to admire at Grandfather Mountain. While visiting, vacationers can walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, go for a hike, visit wildlife habitats, and even grab a bite to eat at Mildred’s Grill.

3. The Greensboro Arboretum

If you love plants, visit the Greensboro Arboretum. According to Greensboro Beautiful’s website, this “17-acre site features 10 woody plant collections, special display gardens, and distinctive structural features.”

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4. The North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo is another great option for a day trip, especially if you love wildlife. It is “the largest ‘natural habitat zoo’ in the United States,” according to their website. The zoo features African, North American, and Aviary exhibits. There is also a Giraffe Deck!

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5. Charlotte

This city is a great place to visit whether it is just for the day or for an extended vacation. It offers several shopping areas, restaurants, art museums, and even a NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Where will you visit this summer? There are good times to be had and memories to be made!

For more information on family-friendly places to visit in North Carolina, see this article from Carolina Parent.

Have a wonderful and safe summer. Don’t forget to take care of your smile!

 

 

Did You Know? 10 Interesting Facts about Dr. K & Kazmer Perio

It can be hard to get to know your doctor, especially when you only get to see him or her a few times a year. Like all of us, Dr. Kazmer is a regular guy with a family and hobbies. He also happens to be a periodontist with a practice that has its own special traditions. To help you get to know Dr. Kazmer and Kazmer Periodontics a little bit better, here are 10 interesting facts about the man behind the dentist’s mask and the practice that he owns.

1. Our practice has its own special shade of blue, something our Social Media Coordinator Maya likes to call “Kazmer Blue.”

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2. Dr. Kazmer is a graduate of both Tufts University in Medford, MA and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC. Go Jumbos! Go Heels!

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Photo: “Tufts Universtiy” by Eric Kilby
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Photo: “Old Well” by William Yeung

3. Our office celebrates employee birthdays with cake. Yum 🙂

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4. Dr. Kazmer and his wife Janet have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.

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5. Dr. Kazmer is very adventurous and enjoys skiing, boating, scuba diving, and traveling with his family.

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6. Dr. Kazmer has German roots.

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Photo: “German flag” by fdecomite

7. Our office has been hosting an annual Oktoberfest celebration for 17 years now.

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8. Dr. Kazmer was born and raised in Guilderland, NY (Albany County).

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Photo: “Wormer Road – Guilderland, New York” by Doug Kerr

9. Speaking of Dr. Kazmer’s hometown, this is what he looked like as a child:

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10. Dr. Kazmer’s wife Janet has her own business, Preston Counseling Services. There is an entrance to her office within her husband’s practice.

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Did any of these facts surprise you? If so, let us know what you think in the comments below!

Have a wonderful rest of your week and take care of your smile!

 

 

 

It’s the Little Things That Matter Most

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Happy New Year! We hope that you have enjoyed these first few days of 2017.

With a new year comes new hopes, dreams, and of course, New Year’s resolutions. If you are looking for some ideas for resolutions, check out our post from 2016. In this post, we are going to focus on what 2017 means for us as an office.

This year, we hope to continue providing the same great care to all of our patients, both new and current.

That means you’ll be greeted with friendly smiles and feel welcomed as soon as you walk in the door.

And we will talk with you to decide on the treatment plan that’s best for your situation.

On the day of surgery or some other procedure, Dr. Kazmer and his assistants will be prepared and ready to give you the highest quality of care possible.

We’ll share important moments with you on social media, whether it be an employee’s birthday,

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a seasonal celebration,

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or the addition of a new piece of technology that will make your experience at our office even better.

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And we’ll even try to have a little fun when we can.

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Because to us, it’s the little things that matter most.

Thank you for the support that you all have shown us over the years. We love being able to share special moments with you. Take a look at some of the exciting things that happened for Dr. Kazmer and the rest of our staff in 2016:

Take care of your smile!

(That might make a good New Year’s resolution, don’t you think?! 🙂 )

 

 

Why a NutriBullet Might be Right for You

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It can be challenging to eat healthy, especially for those of us who find a chocolate chip cookie more appealing than a kale salad. However, it is important that we all consume the necessary fruits and vegetables so that our bodies are supplied with the proper nutrients.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we consume “a variety of vegetables” and “whole fruits.”

A great way to pack all of these fruits and vegetables into your diet is by drinking healthy smoothies, and the NutriBullet is an excellent choice for smoothie making. According to the NutriBullet website, this machine uses Nutrient Extraction, which is different from traditional blending or juicing:

Nutrient Extraction is the mechanism the NutriBullet uses to break down fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other plant foods down to their most absorbable state. Unlike juicers and blenders, NutriBullet nutrient extractors break down the cell walls of fibrous plant foods, releasing important vitamins and minerals contained within.

While we can’t promise that everyone will enjoy drinking green smoothies, you may want to consider trying them if you are struggling to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. Our office manager Angela has a NutriBullet and loves her green smoothies! One of her favorite smoothies includes kale, spinach, a banana, and almond milk. The banana helps to naturally sweeten the smoothie and gives it more flavor.

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With the NutriBullet, making healthy smoothies is easy!

In addition to smoothies, some versions of the NutriBullet can be used to make other foods and drinks such as soups, pancakes, eggs, dips, sauces, dressings, nut milks, nut butters,  and desserts (try to consume sweet treats in moderation).

What you eat affects your entire body, and that includes your oral health. So, make good choices that help you to feel your best.

Take care of your smile!

 

50 Gift Ideas for People 50+

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Now that it is the holiday season, shopping for gifts has become a priority for many people. However, it can be hard to find the right gifts for adults To help, here are 50 gift ideas for those ages 50 and older.

  1. Baked goods. The perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth! Just remind them to eat sweets in moderation and practice good oral care techniques.
  2. Homemade gifts. Gifts made by hand are often more personal and can cost less to make than buying a gift from the store would.
  3. Lotion & other body care necessities. The cold winter air can cause skin to dry out.Help your family and friends look and feel their best with gifts such as lotion, cuticle oil, and scented soaps. These types of gifts are great for the woman who loves to be pampered.
  4. Heating pads & other first aid supplies. Injuries arise when we least expect them. Give the gift of a first aid kit so that your loved ones will always be prepared in the event of an emergency.
  5. Easy to use toothbrushes and intradental cleaners. Electric toothbrushes take the hard work out of brushing your teeth. Items such as floss sticks are a suitable alternative for people who find it difficult to floss with string floss.
  6. Family pictures. Putting together a nice photo album for family or friends who live far away or do not get to see you often is the perfect way to help them feel a little bit closer.
  7. Candles.
  8. Flowers. 
  9. Jewelry. Craft fairs are a great place to search for one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces!
  10. Fruit. Give the gift of healthy, tasty fruit with a fruit bouquet or monthly fruit deliveries.
  11. Books. The perfect gift for a bookworm is a new book to enjoy while relaxing by the fire this winter!
  12. Board games / word puzzles. Word puzzles provide a fun challenge, and board games provide family  members and friends with opportunities for bonding experiences.
  13. Bingo. A timeless classic.
  14. Easy to use computer or tablet. For the senior who is interested in technology, but not all that familiar with it, user-friendly computers and tablets are best.
  15. A flat screen TV. 
  16. A large TV remote. Seniors sometimes have trouble reading small text. Buying them a larger remote with bigger, easy-to-read numbers and text will take some of the stress out of changing the channel.
  17. Pre-paid cell phone (with large buttons). A great gift for the senior who wants to be able to communicate with others on-the-go.
  18. Warm winter clothes. Winters in North Carolina can be quite frigid at times. Make sure that the seniors in your life have plenty of coats, sweaters, scarves, etc.
  19. Easy to put on shoes.
  20. Craft supplies. A great gift for someone who loves making things with their hands.
  21. Adult Coloring Books.
  22. Fitbits. These small devices keep track of your steps & more, making exercise more fun.
  23. Easy to put up holiday decorations. This will help those who love celebrate the holidays, but struggle with tangled lights and other heavy decor.
  24. Cookbooks. For the gourmet chef in your life.
  25. Coffee makers.
  26. Personalized Mugs. Make those love hot drinks feel special with a unique mug.
  27. Reading lamps.
  28. Personalized calendars.
  29. Robot floor cleaners. 
  30. A personalized water bottle. Encourage your loved ones to stay hydrated.
  31. A camera.
  32. A gas card.
  33. Restaurant gift card.
  34. Personal Emergency Response System.
  35. Bath Tub Remodel. It may be difficult for some seniors to climb in and out of the tub. Have their bath remodeled to have a door that opens so that they can simply step in and out.
  36. Shower  chair.
  37. A light-up magnifying glass.
  38. Stair climber. An option for those who are having trouble climbing stairs.
  39. New Recliner.
  40. A journal & pens/pencils that are easy to grip.
  41. Easy to use pill organizer.
  42. Massage chair/hand massager.
  43. Assistance with house/yard work.
  44. A watch with a bigger face.
  45. A small, low maintenance pet. Pets provide a sense of joy and companionship, but are a huge responsibility.
  46. Safe exercise equipment.
  47. Grocery store gift cards (& show them how to order groceries online).
  48. Foot baths.
  49. Electric fireplace.
  50. Time with family. Sometimes, the best gift is the opportunity to spend time with those you love.

Happy Holidays & Take Care of Your Smile!

Why the Danger of Tobacco Outweighs the Pleasure

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Smoking cigarettes provides smokers with a pleasing experience. Smoking is also addictive and can have harsh consequences on one’s oral health.

This post is not meant to make those who smoke feel judged for their habits. However, it is important that if you or a loved one smokes, you understand the risks associated.

As stated in our older post, Tobacco & Your Teeth, the CDC has found that a smoker is twice as likely to develop gum disease than someone who does not smoke. This infection of the gums can lead to tooth loss and bone damage. 

If you are a smoker, here is what you can do to protect your teeth:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily, as well as visiting your dentist every 6 months.
  • Stop smoking. This is likely the hardest advice to take, but your mouth – and the rest of your body – will be all the healthier if you stop smoking. If you are having trouble quitting or don’t know where to start, smokefree.gov has resources that can help.
  • Be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of gum disease. Early signs of gum disease are red, swollen gums that bleed.
  • If you suspect that you may have gum disease, talk to your dentist. You may need to be referred to a periodontist for treatment.

No matter how old you are, it is never too early or too late to quit smoking.

Take care of your smile!