It’s the Little Things That Matter Most

little-things-blog-post-feature-w-logo

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,

angelas-bday-2016

a seasonal celebration,

img_8351_1

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

IMG_3677

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

Staff Christmas Selfie

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?! ūüôā )

 

 

Advertisements

Why the Danger of Tobacco Outweighs the Pleasure

quit-smoking

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!

 

50 Things that People 50+ Should Know

50-things-for-people-50

  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 smoking.¬†While 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 Рsuch 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!

What to Expect During Your First Visit

Going to a doctor’s office for the first time can be a bit of an uncomfortable experience due to the amount of uncertainties involved: Will you like the doctor (Dr.Kazmer doesn’t bite, we promise!)? Can he provide you with the treatment that you need? What will happen during the visit?

We want you to feel as prepared as possible for your first visit. The infographic below is full of information that new patients should be aware of, so start reading! ūüôā

New Patient Infographic

Hopefully this post has helped you feel more at ease. If you are looking for more information that you don’t see here, check our website¬†or call us at (919) 468-6410.

We can’t wait to meet you! In the meantime, take care of your smile!

 

How to sELECT the Right Periodontist for You

Decision 2016 Perio2016 is an election year, which means that there are plenty of decisions to be made.

Which news sources will you listen to? Which candidates will you trust? In the end, who do you believe deserves your vote?

Choosing a periodontist is similar to electing a president, in a way. No, there are no long speeches or debates. But you, as a patient, still have an important decision to make.

Is the information on the doctor’s website helpful? Do you trust the statements that the doctor and staff make on and offline? And ultimately, which doctor is the right one for you?

While answering these questions can be difficult at times, hopefully this checklist will make the process easier for you:

BlankChecklist

To give you some key information about our office, we’ve filled out the checklist:

DrKChecklist.png

If you are searching for a periodontist and would like to keep a checklist handy, feel free to download this free PDF version of the checklist.

We wish you the best of luck finding the periodontist that is best for you and hope to see you in our office soon!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at (919) 468-6410. You can also visit our website: www.kazmerperio.com

Take care of your smile!

 

Removing the Stigma Surrounding Gum Disease

Everyone needs to be informed about periodontal (gum) disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47.2% of American adults are believed to have the disease. That’s 64.7 million people! Despite these surprising statistics, many people are relunctant to discuss ¬†the subject – and that needs to change.

Concerns About Gum Disease

So, if so many people are affected by gum disease, why don’t people talk about it more? While there are several answers to this question, here are a few common concerns involving gum disease:

  • People don’t like to floss.¬†Flossing is one of the main ways you can prevent gum disease. Yet, many people do not floss because they do not enjoy it. If you struggle with flossing, read our post Making Flossing a Priority.
  • Embarrassment.¬†Admitting that you have swollen, bleeding gums and tooth loss might make you feel embarrassed. However, the truth is that there are millions of other people who are facing the same problem. If you believe that you have gum disease, don’t feel ashamed – talk to your dentist or periodontist at your next visit.
  • Fear of painful treatments.¬†While receiving gum treatments may sound painful, dental technology has improved the way that gum disease is treated. One treatment, the LANAP Procedure, limits post-procedure discomfort and has ¬†a faster rate of healing and gum re-growth.

The “Love the Gums You’re With” Campaign

The American Academy of Periodontology is making the discussion about gum disease more engaging. A few weeks ago, they received a¬†Public Relations Society of America Skyline Award of Excellence for their campaign titled Love the Gums You’re With. The campaign uses clever sayings such as “To have and to hold – your teeth in your mouth-,” “Get to know your perio. And get closer to your gums,” and “Floss like your smile depends on it. Because it does” to talk about the importance of gum care. All joking aside, the campaign makes a valid point.¬†Neglecting your gums can cause serious problems. In fact, gum disease has been linked to tooth loss, heart disease, and diabetes.

To learn more, visit the American Academy of Periodontolgy’s website or the campaign’s blog.

Even if you don’t have gum disease, please share this information with your family and friends. It just might save their smile.

If you have any questions, or are looking for a periodontist, please contact our office.

Take care of your smile!

Anesthesia That Works Like Magic

FullSizeRender
We are excited to offer top-notch local anesthesia technology!

One of the main issues that often come to mind when patients think about visiting the dentist is pain. This is understandable, but the  good news is that advancements in medical technology have allowed dentists to greatly minimize the pain that their patients feel during a procedure. Our office uses The Wand, a machine that makes receiving local anesthesia a more comfortable experience for our patients.

How does The Wand work its magic?

The Wand uses computer-regulated flow rates and dynamic pressure sensing to deliver anesthesia with little pain. Our goal is to have anesthesia effectively delivered so that there is as little discomfort as possible felt during the delivery of the anesthesia as well as during the procedure overall. Less discomfort and pain means less anxiety for the patient.

This video from the Dental Wellness Center shows The Wand in action:

Why is The Wand better?

As Sandilands Dental Studio points out, most of the discomfort felt during an injection occurs “because the anesthetic was fired in too quickly.” Having the computer deliver the anesthesia allows it to be injected as slowly as possible, and the slower the more comfortable.

 

 

We hope that our use of The Wand will put you more at ease the next time you come in for a procedure that requires local anesthesia. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call us at (919) 468-6410.

Take care of your smile!