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.

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

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#3: Define your goals.

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#4: Perseverance is key.

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#5: You don’t have to rush.

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

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#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!

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What to Do During a Dental Emergency

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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!

 

 

50 Things that People 50+ Should Know

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  1. You matter. Even if your kids and other family and friends don’t call everyday, your are still special and have a purpose in this world.
  2. Exercise is important. It will make getting out of bed a little easier in the morning.
  3. It’s time to quit smokingWhile it can be hard, quitting smoking is worth it. Doing so will lessen your chances of getting diseases such as cancer and COPD.
  4. Know the signs and symptoms of gum disease. If you have bleeding, swollen, or red gums, you may have gum disease. See a periodontist to have your gums evaluated.
  5. Take advantage of those senior discounts. Look at this list from Gift Card Granny to find out where you can save money!
  6. Are you having trouble climbing stairs? Consider purchasing a stair lift. This guide from Easy Climber Stair Lifts provides tips on how to choose the one that is right for you.
  7. Enjoy your retirement. Now’s your chance to live life to the fullest.
  8. If you’re feeling down, talk to someone. Many senior citizens experience depression. Know the signs and symptoms of depression and how you can get help.
  9. Joining your local Kiwanis Club is a great way to get involved in the community. 
  10. Gray hair is “cool” now. Kids are coloring their hair gray now. So, don’t be ashamed – show off those silver locks!
  11. Having a pet adds excitement to your life.
  12. Now’s the time to take up that hobby that you have always wanted to. 
  13. You can become an AARP member. 
  14. Grandparents, there’s a holiday just for you. While Grandparent’s Day 2016 has already passed, plan to celebrate your special day next year!
  15. If you or someone you love has Alzheimer’s, know that you are not alone. 
  16. You may be able to trade your dentures for dental implants.
  17. Plan for retirement as best you can. Take a look at these 10 Key Retirement Ages to Plan For, courtesy of US News.
  18. It’s not too late to start saving money.
  19. Eating healthy can give your brain a boost (and the rest of your body, too). Foods such as cherries, collard greens, and salmon can improve your memory.
  20. It is important that you have certain health screenings done. You can find the recommended screenings for women here and the recommended screenings for men here.
  21. Designers make clothes especially for older women. 
  22. Don’t be afraid of technology
  23. Be ready for flu season. Here’s what you should know, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  24. Fight back against obesity.
  25. Switch vehicles, if you need to. This article from Consumer Reports lists the best cars for seniors.
  26. It’s not bad to reminisce. 
  27. Don’t be ashamed if your going bald.
  28. It’s never too late to go back to school. 99 year old Doreetha Daniels graduated from College of the Canyons. If it’s something that you want, go get that degree!
  29. Following your dreams isn’t just for youngsters. 
  30. Your wisdom is valuable.
  31. Don’t let the changes taking place in society separate you from your community.
  32. Drink water. Seniors are especially susceptible to becoming dehydrated.
  33. Budgeting will help you manage your money.
  34. Find people you trust who will help you during times of need. Emergencies can be troubling. If your family lives far away or can’t help you, find a neighbor or friend who is willing to be there for you.
  35. Make moving from one house or apartment to another as easy as possible. 
  36. Comfortable shoes make a difference. As far as walking shoes go, podiatrists recommend models such as the Asics GT-1000 and the New Balance 990 for seniors.
  37. Seek help if you are having trouble hearing.
  38. Take care of your eyes, too.
  39. Wear sunscreen. Did you know that older Americans are at a higher risk for developing skin cancer?
  40. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have before undergoing surgery.
  41. If you have a chronic disease, living a healthy lifestyle is important. 
  42. Your old dental fillings may need to be replaced. Your dentist will most likely talk to you about this if he/she notices a problem.
  43. Beware of internet ad telephone scams.
  44. You can still get your news without going out for the morning paper. Newspapers are becoming less common, which can be disappointing to those who enjoy reading them. If your local paper stops printing the news, go online and see if they are still updating an online version or find a TV news station to watch.
  45. You can get your groceries delivered to you. Grocery stores, such as Lowes Foods, are now offering grocery delivery services. Check to see if any grocery stores in your area will deliver to you.
  46. Have a plan in case of an emergency situation. For adults, injuries and illness can cause serious setbacks – such as inability to work while recuperating. Have short-term and long-term plans in place in case an emergency occurs.
  47. Don’t just brush, floss, too. Like brushing, flossing is important – it helps prevent gum disease.
  48. Staying positive helps. 
  49. Social media is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. 
  50. You are always welcome at our office. Dr. Kazmer has plenty of experience treating seniors. If you are looking for a periodontist, schedule an appointment.

Take care of your smile!