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!

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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!

 

20 Ways for People 50+ to Stay Current

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There are so many things changing in our world today. Technology is everywhere, and social media is changing the way we communicate. While keeping up with all of these changes is easier for younger people, older Americans may find staying up-to-date more challenging. However, it is important for those in the 50+ age bracket to be understanding of today’s society. Doing so will help you get jobs, stay in touch with your family, and live a happy and healthy lifestyle overall.

Below, we have listed 22 things that you can do to stay current. Not everything on this list will apply to you – for example, you may already have a computer and watch TV. Our advice is to select the tasks that you can handle and work on completing a few at a time. Some of these tasks are harder than others, such as learning to use a smartphone, so be patient with yourself!

Social Media & Technology

  1. Buy a smartphone and learn how to use it. Smartphones are everywhere now. Owning one will allow you to do everything from text and call your family to receive discounts while shopping. | Recommended article: Best Smartphones for Seniors
  2. Learn to text. Speaking of texting, it has become one of the most popular forms of communication. While you may prefer to talk on the phone, learning how to text will probably encourage your children and grandchildren to contact you. | Recommended article: Texting for Seniors
  3. Download apps on your smartphone, and learn how to use them. The word “apps” is short for applications. Think of them as digital tools that will make life easier for you, whether you need to track your blood pressure or make a grocery list.
  4. Create at least one social media account, and check it regularly. Social media provides us with a great way to keep in contact with one another, especially if you live far from your family or friends. There are so many options to choose from – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn – and it is free to create an account on any social media platform! | Recommended article: 11 Reasons Why Seniors Should Care About Social Media
  5. Create an email address. Email is used to communicate what does not necessarily need to be said over the phone or sent via traditional mail. Sites such as Gmail and Yahoo will let you create a new email account for free.
  6. Purchase a computer. While smartphones are like mini computers, it is also useful to have a desktop computer or laptop. Not all websites and softwares are mobile friendly, and having a bigger screen means that you can make text bigger and easier to see. | Recommended article: Computers Designed Specifically for Seniors
  7. Learn to video chat.  Video chatting is a wonderful way to keep in touch with others, and you may like it better than texting if you are the type of person who prefers communication by telephone. When you videochat, you can see the person that you are talking to on your computer or phone screen, and they can see you on theirs.
  8. Learn to use Google and YouTube. Nowadays, when someone is looking for information, they often search for it on Google or YouTube. Familiarize yourself with these websites, they can even help you accomplish some of the tasks on this list!
  9. Follow a blog. Bloggers often update their readers on the latest trends and events in their field. Find a blog on a topic that interests you (like ours!) and follow it. | Recommended article: Best Blogs for Senior
  10. Learn to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. If you want to get a job working in an office or substitute teaching, chances are you will need to know how to use Microsoft Office, and those working in other industries use these tools, too. Check with your local community college to see if they offer courses that teach you how to use these programs.
  11. Get WiFi. Laptops, tablets, and smartphones use WiFi to connect to the internet. Chances are, when your grandkids come to visit, they will want to know your WiFi password.

Lifestyle

  1. Get involved in your local community. Staying current involves more than understanding technology, you need to be able to interact with others. Visit your local community center to see if they have any activities planned that interest you. | Recommended article: Serving the Cary Community
  2. Engage with today’s youth. One of the easiest ways to understand today’s culture is to spend some time with young people. Whether that means having dinner with your children, inviting your grandkids to visit, or volunteering at a local elementary school, find a way to connect with those of the younger generation.
  3. Watch TV, even if you only watch the local news. Television programs say a lot about today’s culture. Take the time to watch TV, even if you simply watch the evening news. | Recommended article: Simple Television Remotes for Designed for Seniors
  4. Be aware of the latest US dietary recommendations. Advancements in technology have changed more than the way we communicate. They have also allowed researchers to learn more about how we can stay healthy. | Recommended: Nutrition after 50
  5. Do yoga, Zumba, go for walks, or find another fitness activity that you enjoy. Exercise to keep your body and mind feeling great. It will make accomplishing your daily tasks and keeping up with your family easier for you.
  6. Upgrade to an electric toothbrush. One of the wonderful things about technology is that it makes life easier for us. Swapping your traditional toothbrush for an electric one will make cleaning your teeth a breeze!
  7. Use your resources to learn more about managing your money. Preparing for retirement and managing your finances once you enter retirement can be difficult. There are countless articles, videos, and apps that will help you do this so that you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying life. | Recommended article: Spending Plans & Money Management for Seniors 
  8. Swap out dentures for dental implants. Having to take your dentures in and out can be irritating, and having dentures limits the foods that you can eat. Visit a periodontist to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants. | Recommended article: Endosteal Dental Implants
  9. Try new foods and/or restaurants. From the cronut to sushi, there are tons of food trends out there. Indulge your tastebuds by trying something new! | Recommended article: 5 Local Restaurants/Bakeries  That Make Us Smile 

Know that you are not alone when it comes to struggling to understand all of the innovations and changes going on around you. In fact, the 2012 family movie Parental Guidance highlights some of the challenges that grandparents face. Here is the trailer for the movie, if you have not seen it:

We wish you the best of luck in trying to understand and stay connected to today’s culture and trends.

Remember to take care of your smile!

How Parents Can Stay Organized & Grandparents Can Stay in Touch During the School Year

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The end of August is here, which means summer is over for many kids in the area. As students head back to school, parents are preparing for the responsibilities and events that go along with having a child in school. The start of the school year means forms to fill out, snacks and lunches to prepare, carpool arrangements, sports, and more. It can be a lot to keep track of. When family gets this busy, grandparents often lose touch with their loved ones. To make things easier for everyone, we’ve rounded up some tips on how parents can stay organized and grandparents can stay in touch throughout the school year.

Tips for Parents

Tip #1: Create a Student Management Binder

Never worry about losing a form or progress report that has to be returned to school again! Student management binders help you organize your child’s information and important papers so that you will always be prepared. If you have multiple children, you can keep all of their information in one binder. The video below from At Home with Nikki shows just one example of how a student management binder can be set up.

 

Tip #2: How to Manage Your Time Better

The time management tips in this video are geared towards stay-at-home moms, but some of them can apply to moms who work outside of the home as well. Managing your time is important, especially if you have a busy family and lots on your to-do list.

 

Tip #3: Use Your  Crock-Pot & Plan Out Your Meals for the Week

How many times have you rushed from work to your child’s soccer game, then grabbed some fast food for the family on the way home because you were too tired to cook? It happens to the best of us. While there’s no harm in eating fast food every once in a while, doing this repeatedly can really take a toll on your family’s health. Try cooking meals in the Crock-Pot so that dinner will be ready when you get home. If you would like, you can even go a step further and plan out your meals for the week.

Here is just one example of an easy, healthy Crock-Pot recipe:

And here are some tips for planning out your meals:

Tip #4: Rush, Rush, Brush – Making Time for Proper Oral Hygiene Practices

By the time a busy day is finally over, parents and kids alike may be left feeling exhausted and ready for bed. This often leads people to skip brushing their teeth at night. However, it only takes two minutes to brush. Pick a certain time each night to brush (and floss, if you floss at night) and stick to it. Teach your kids that it is important to brush at night, too. It is an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile.

Tips for Grandparents

While your children and their kids are busy attending all of these school activities and sports games, it can be hard to stay informed. Use these tips to help you stay in the loop.

Tip #1: How Grandparents Can Stay Informed When it Comes to Their Grandchildren’s Academics

Grandparents.com has a list of articles that tell you what your grandchildren will be learning from kindergarten to Grade 8 . It is helpful to know what is going on in the classroom so that you can have better conversations with your grandkids about school and be more prepared to answer any questions they may have.

Tip #2: Use Technology to Communicate with the Grandkids

We know that it can be hard to understand all of the gadgets that kids are using now days, but trying to better understand today’s technology will help you better communicate with your family. Kids are texting more and talking on the phone less. If you haven’t already, consider buying a smartphone. This article has some great information for those who are purchasing a piece of technology for the first time. It’s okay if you don’t know how to use it, you can ask your grandkids to teach you – it might just be a great bonding experience for you all.

Whether You are a Parent or Grandparent, Take Some Time to Enjoy These Special Moments…

While the school year can be busy and cause a lot of stress, make sure that you take some time to enjoy the life that you have with your family. Kids/Grandkids don’t stay kids forever. One day, you won’t have to rush to a volleyball game. Your kids or grandkids won’t beg you to come to class for career day. On some nights, everyone won’t be home for dinner. So, enjoy this time while it lasts.

Take care of your smile!