October 2018

They say a smile is your best accessory. It is important you take care of that accessory so you will have a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Regular dental visits are essential to keep your teeth looking sparkling white and to keep your mouth healthy and happy. Finding a good dentist for you and your family does not have to be a chore, with a little research and the right questions. Not only are qualifications important, but you want to find a dental professional who is a good fit and who is caring, compassionate, and listens to your needs.

One of the best ways to find a dentist is through word of mouth. If your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers like someone, odds are that you will too. Surprisingly, your doctor or pharmacist may also be able to make suggestions about dental professionals in your area. Once you find a dental professional who comes highly recommended, there are a number of questions you should ask to be sure they will meet your needs. Most importantly is to be sure your dentistry professional is well-educated and properly trained; you also want to be sure he or she attends continuing education workshops and is up-to-date on the latest products and technologies available. Once this has been established, you can then inquire more details regarding the office location and business hours, so that you can be sure you will be able to make appointments as easy and convenient as possible. Finally, you will want to ask questions regarding certain policies and procedures before making your final decision in selecting a long-term dental professional. For example, it is likely important to know if your prospective dental practice accepts your insurance and then what procedures are covered and the amount of the co-pay. You may also wish to inquire about the policy for missed or late appointments and the office's procedures for dental emergencies.

Finding a dentist who is a good fit for you and your family does not have to be difficult. With a little legwork up front and the right questions, you can find a dental practice with what you can form a good long-term, professional relationship. By finding a good fit from the start, you will avoid hassles or surprises later on. Having a healthy and clean smile can affect your health dramatically and having a beautiful, white smile makes you want to show it off. Take care of your best accessory by finding the right dentist for you.

Source by Alfred Ardis

Hotdogs are the most convenient to cook on the grill. You can grill them in large batches and they cook quickly. Most importantly, they are loved by kids and adults alike that’s why they make an ideal party food. It’s how you prepare grilled hotdogs that matters – try these grilled hotdog recipes that are drool-worthy!

Rainbow BBQ Hotdog Sandwich

What you need:

  • 8 hotdogs
  • 8 buns
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced lengthwise into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced lengthwise into strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced lengthwise into strips
  • 1 onion, sliced into strips
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Mustard

In a small pan, stir together beans, cheese and salsa until cheese has melted. Toss the bell peppers and onion in vegetable oil then place on a pre-heated grill over medium high heat until lightly charred. Grill hotdogs until lightly charred. To assemble the sandwich, spread bean mixture on one side of the bun, mustard on the other. Place a hotdog on each bun topped with grilled onion and bell peppers.

Thai-Style Chili Peanut Hotdogs

What you need:

  • 4 beef hot dog franks
  • 4 buns
  • 1 mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup peanut satay sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 1/4 cup basil, chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced

Combine mango, cucumber, shallot, basil and cilantro in a bowl. Set aside. Grill hotdogs until cooked through. Spread the bun with satay sauce then top with hotdog. Spoon mango and cucumber mixture over it then drizzle with sweet chilli sauce. Serve immediately.

The Great Grilled PizzaDog

What you need:

  • 4 hotdogs
  • 4 buns
  • 24 pieces pepperoni
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Cook hotdogs on a hot grill until grill marks appear. To arrange the sandwich, place 6 pieces pepperoni in a bun followed by grilled hotdog. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the pizza sauce over hotdog then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Season with Italian seasoning. Serve immediately.

There’s nothing quite like the satisfying experience of enjoying a hotdog fresh off the grill, eaten with your favourite ingredients with a cool drink in hand. Try these grilled hotdog recipes the next time you have a backyard barbecue with family and friends!

Source by Adrian T. Cheng

My story begins when I was a youngster, around the fifth grade of Elementary school. I was an adventurist kid, spending all day outdoors until that predictable call that dinner was ready. Usually I was building or maintaining my forts! Using the neighbors fence as one side of my fort and concocting ways of hanging sheets or blankets to make the other walls of my fort took a lot of planning and execution you know! It was my second home and I spent hours in my forts with lot’s of creepy crawling insects that bothered me none. It was around this time that I came down with a horrible illness that left me bedridden for over a month. The Doctor said I had Mononucleosis, which maybe I did.

My Dad was an avid fisherman and my family spent nearly every summer at Leach Lake in the great state of Minnesota. The long car rides always made me ill with car sickness. I was the only child of 7 that got car sick every time I rode in a car for more than 10 minutes. I did, however, always look forward to our family trips to Minnesota. That was time playing in the woods, enjoying the “catch of the day”, playing capture the flag, swimming in the lake and just being a kid. I remember many bug bites, especially those from the giant size mosquito’s in the northern woods of MN! They could devourer a person in less than three minutes.

I also spent 3 weeks every summer at a christian horseback riding camp. To this day, I remember my favorite horse, his name was Turk! These were some of the best times of my childhood but also could very well have been when I contracted Lyme Disease and co-infections. I struggled in school all of my life. I couldn’t fully comprehend what was being taught regardless of the subject and I dreaded reading a book. I became more of social person who excelled at dance, figure skating and synchronized swimming. This summer camp is where I was introduced to Jesus and initially invited Him into my heart to be my Lord and Savior. Though I didn’t fully comprehend this new love relationship that had just bloomed in my heart, this single moment in my life would prove to be my strength in times of weakness, my song of joy in desolate desserts, my anchor in turbulent waters, my best friend in times of loneliness, the protector of my mind and soul, my prince of peace and SO much more. This choice was the best choice I could have ever made.

At the age of 19, I set out on a big adventure. I moved from IL to the Bay Area in CA as I had an older brother living there. My Mother died when I was 14 and my Father was an alcoholic. I may not have taken this big adventure if things at home were different. My life in CA is where I grew strong in the Lord, had my baby and met my husband. It was meant to be. I spent the next twenty years working hard and playing even harder. One very memorable camping trip to the Russian River in Norther CA rendered me sick as a dog for weeks. It didn’t make any sense as I was feeling great prior to our trip and the person I was with wasn’t sick. I often wonder if this was the point of contracting Lyme Disease, although I didn’t notice a tick on me or take note of any rashes. I wasn’t looking for these things either, as I had never even heard of Lyme Disease. I’ve read that only 30%-40% of people with Lyme Disease recall seeing a tick or the classic bull’s eye rash on them.

Like many people with Lyme disease, I don’t know when I contracted it. I spent years going to the doctors for chronic sinus infections, one after another. I began taking naps in my car while at work and was generally fatigued most of the time.

In 1995, I was in a near fatal car accident. In a coma, I found myself at the gates of heaven and in awe of the peaceful white light that was surrounding me. I was being drawn into the light where I felt sure that I was going to see the face of Jesus. The doctors were not sure if I was going to make it. My life was hanging in the balance and I experienced a life changing meeting with an angelic presence, who had a message for me. The message was a bible verse,

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. -Jeremiah 29:11

The place I was in was extremely peaceful and I was not aware of my accident or any pain or injuries. I was calm and had no fear. I deeply desired to stay in that place!

It was not to be and over the years ahead, God kept his promise and clearly showed me His plans for my life. Though the times ahead would prove to be extremely difficult and I often strayed from the God who loved me, He was still my shepherd keeping a watchful eye over His wayward child. God took me along paths where He highlighted my need for Him, placing me in situations where my strengths were irrelevant and my weaknesses were glaringly evident. Through the dessert marches, He drew me closer and closer to Him. I would discovered blooming flowers of peace in the most desolate places. For these things, I am grateful. This was His plan, I am sure of it!

Due to the brain injury I encountered, I was given massive doses of steroids to halt my brain from swelling. It was either steroids or death. Due to the steroids, my immune system was weakened and this is when Lyme disease exploded into every fiber of my body, unbeknownst to me and regardless of when I contracted it.

I was on disability for 6 months and recovery was slow going and difficult. I struggled with physical therapy and struggled with movement in general. I did months of biofeedback in hopes of regaining brain function. I was increasingly feeling sick and my body was racked with pain and fatigue. It was as though I had to teach my body how to do things again. My brain was slow and increasingly having difficulty with word processing, putting sentences together and staying focused. The other symptoms that started rearing their ugly heads were severe neck and back pain, vertigo, severe balance issues, weakness, depression, pounding headaches, memory problems, losing peripheral vision, anxiety and fear of leaving my house and fear of driving, or being in a car. This was NOT recovery.

After numerous attempts of getting help from the hospital that took care of me after the car accident, I started venturing out to other Doctors in hopes of finding out why I was having all these symptoms and not recovering from the accident. My quest started with seeing a Neurologist who ignored all the physical symptoms and recommended an antidepressant as a solution. I saw several MD’s that had no answers for me. The list of Doctors goes on and on…

Though I was still symptomatic, it was time to return to work. I ended up getting a great administrative job at a high tech company with an even greater boss! An angel of a boss who I grew to love because of her compassionate heart. I made good money and the job wasn’t too demanding and that is exactly what I needed upon returning to the work force. This job and my boss were a gift from God and an answer to prayer!

In 1996, I was overjoyed by the surprise of my baby daughter! Though I was to be a single parent, there was NO doubt on the birth of my child. I did well with pregnancy. I felt better while I was pregnant, not great, but better. Was this part of the “plans I have for you”? Indeed it was! I had been given the gift of motherhood, for that I am eternally grateful!

I met my husband Tom in 1998 and we married in 1999. That was quick!! It was love at first sight. On our first date, we met at church and then went for coffee. On the way to coffee, I asked him if it would be OK to put the seat back and take a little nap!! “No problem”, he says. We laugh at that often as he didn’t know just what a napper I would be. That was just a little preview! My husband became my strongest supporter and I would not be where I am today without him. He is one of God’s greatest gifts to me! Was this part of the “plans I have for you”? Of course! That verse that was placed in my heart was really resonating and I started to see very clearly that God did have a plan for my life and thus my returning to life on earth was no accident.

Shortly after marriage, we moved from the Bay Area to Livermore, CA. I’m trying really hard to be a good Mom, a good Wife, a good Homemaker and a good Step-Mom… it wasn’t happening. I was sleeping 14 hours a day, extremely fatigued, emotionally depressed, in chronic pain and overwhelmed with my new life. I found a new Primary Doctor. After a MRI of my spine, this Doctor exclaims, “I know what is wrong with you”! The best words I had heard in years! He proceeded to tell me that I had a severally herniated disc in my neck. He recommended that I have a C6-C7 fusion as the disc was severely compressing my spinal cord. After 2nd and 3rd opinions, we decided to go ahead with the surgery. More steroids… and again, the recovery was slow. I was extremely disheartened as the surgery didn’t help me feel any better, other then knowing the herniated disc wasn’t pressuring my spinal cord. This Doctor also diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia.

In conversation with my sweet sister-in-law, she suggested I see her doctor. She too was ill for many years, without any answers, until she found this Integrative Doctor that diagnosed her with Celiac disease. At that point, I was ready to see any doctor in hopes of finding out what was wrong with my health. I went to see her doctor and after an initial consultation, he said he thought I had Lyme Disease.

What!? Lyme Disease? I had never heard of it. I trusted this Doctor, unlike all the previous Doctors, he seemed genuine and really listened to me. I accepted his diagnosis, although I had no idea what it meant. He informed me that in a few weeks, one of the top Lyme Specialists in the country was moving into his office. I had blood drawn for the Western Blot test to confirm the presence of Lyme antibodies. I was so relieved to finally know what was wrong with me! I had no idea what treatment would entail and how long I would be in treatment. I also had NO idea about the toxic overload, candida issues, or herxheimer reactions. I was just, at the time, so relieved to finally have an answer!

Before I could see this Lyme Specialist, my family took a trip to Hawaii and I was sent with a bottle of artemisinin. I was taking maybe 4 a day and I started feeling better than I had in years. I also think the warmth and humidity was helping me release toxins through sweat. We had a great vacation!

Upon returning, I went in to see the Lyme Disease Specialist and she confirmed that I had all the pertinent bands for Lyme-positive on the Western Blot. I recall her telling me it will take between 3-5 years of treatment. Over the next three years I tried many different combinations of antibiotics, but could not tolerate many of them. The herxheimer reactions in the beginning were extremely tough. There were nights when I wasn’t sure if I would wake up the next morning. I clung tighter and tighter to the Lord.

Pressing 0n, I started making progress at about year 4 and I felt like I was in remission. I felt well enough to consider moving to CO and that’s what we did. Shortly after moving to CO, I started to feel ill again and there was something new. I could barely walk on my legs as they were in so much pain. I then tested positive for Bartonella and Myclopasma. Initially I was diagnosed with Lyme and Babesia. Now Bartonella and Mycoplasma? I don’t know if I was reinfected or if I had these co-infections all along. I do believe the climate change and elevation had something to do with it, but I started back sliding. Traveling to CA every three months to see my LLMD was an enormous task. I remember having several meltdowns in the airport as I was disoriented and to weak to manage my luggage.

Where I am Today

After 10 years of antibiotics and other various treatments, I am roughly 70% better than I was when first starting treatment. I have also used various alternative therapies, supporting therapies and have made some big diet changes. One way I plan on supporting and sustaining my health is through a more natural approach, healthy eating and healthy life style practices. These steps have all been crucial to regaining the amount of health that I have. Probably more importantly, I have adopted a great change of mindset. I am NOT my disease and life with Lyme Disease is but a fleeting moment in time compared to eternity. I know what eternity holds for me and I will make the best of my life until that day comes, one day at a time. I no longer focus on what I cannot do, but find joy in the simple things in life. I do not focus on every symptom I have, but rather focus on living a contented and functional life the way I am. I also focus on the one who sustains me and my first true love, Jesus Christ. He has given me many glorious gifts and breaths His life into me daily. His mercies are new every morning!

What has Helped me to Regain Health

First and foremost, I will be eternally grateful to my LLMD. She is a brilliant and very compassionate woman. Antibiotics, no doubt have helped me to regain much of my health. I am starting to focus on more natural approaches going forward. I will stay on a low dose maintenance antibiotic regimen while adopting a more holistic lifestyle and incorporating more natural treatments to maintain and further my health. Living a more balanced life through prayer, education, exercise, diet, nurturing my own body and having healthy relationships has become a priority, not an option.

I am a big fan of using a FIR Sauna and have done so regularly for the past 5 years. I believe I would not have been able to tolerate antibiotics for as long as I have without the regular use of the FIR Sauna. It has been the best health investment I have made. I use Glutathione in a liquid form to further help with detoxification. I will also be incorporating various detoxing “cleanses” through the Global Healing Center and other well known health institutions.

I take quality supplements and herbs. It has taken me years to figure out the most effective regimen for me. I absolutely believe I am a much healthier person because of them. One way I know this is when I miss a few days, I don’t feel as well. I write extensively about supplements and herbs on my “supplements” page. Many have been recommended by my LLMD. Others, I have learned about through the Lyme community and research. Trial and error has been part of the process. On occasion, I get vitamin infusions at my LLMD’s office. I am always left feeling refreshed and energized by them.

Diet has played a key role in regained health. I went gluten free about one year ago. The effects were felt almost immediately. I had less abdominal bloating, I lost weight, I noticed less stomach aches and more energy. I am currently studying at the IIN! I believe diet alone can be the difference between health and sickness in general and there are more studies linking chronic illness to poor diet. I am working towards the best diet possible and looking forward to more health gains through optimal eating. I have started juicing and I look forward to these wonderful vitamin infusions daily.

Exercise has always been a major struggle due to muscular skeletal pain and stiffness and lack of energy. I am pushing myself to walk at least two times a week. I have found that it is really motivating if you like the area you are walking in. With that, I drive to the beach for some natural Earthing and walking. Walking through a pretty park is also quite pleasant. I’m progressively increasing the number of walks I take and also the duration. There was a time where walking around a block was too exhausting. I have also been doing restorative yoga on a fairly regular basis. I always finish feeling very relaxed. I do experience increased pain the next day, however I’m expecting this will decrease with more practice and time. Moving increases oxygen in the blood stream and helps to keep our joints more flexible.

Prayer and a positive mindset have worked wonders. I am strong in my faith and the Lord is my rock. He is also my Prince of Peace, my Wonderful Counselor, my Defender, my Healer, my Light in the Darkness and the Way, the Truth and the Life! He is my everything and I take great comfort in Him. If I am focused on all of His wonderful ways, I cannot sit with a negative mindset. Reading my daily devotional is how I start my day and prayer is how I finish it. It is a great way to live life and keeps me grounded.

I still have bad days, but many more good ones. This is a stark contrast to the early days of treatment. I still live with daily chronic pain, fatigue ( to a much lesser degree), cognitive challenges and other symptoms that wax and wane, but nothing compared to years ago. I have come a long way and you can too!

I am still researching and praying for a cure and making every effort to become a healthier person because I want to make the most of the time I have on earth. I have faith that a cure is coming! Lyme awareness is on the rise. With IBM commercials talking about Lyme disease and LD plastered on the Jumbo Tron in N.Y. City and the Daytona 500. These are huge leaps towards awareness. Our day of healing will come!

With my education at the IIN, I am hoping to be able to help others who are struggling with Chronic Lyme Disease and other chronic diseases in a very practical way. I deeply desire to be used by God to encourage, support and share what I have learned in the past 10 years relating to chronic illness.

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Source by Jennifer L Mortensen

The Maldives are one of the most beautiful collections of islands on Earth; boasting blue lagoons, lush tropical forests, white sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs. The idyllic islands are popular with tourists who come to experience a true island paradise, but this picture-perfect archipelago is likely to be the first and biggest victim of rising sea levels, which government scientists say are rising by almost 1cm per year. That might not sound like a lot, but when the highest natural point of your country is only 2.3 meters above sea level, and much of it a lot lower than that, the threat of submersion is very real.

It’s therefore perhaps not surprising that the Maldives were the first country to sign up to the Kyoto Protocol, a set of maximum emissions targets that industrialised countries should meet. However, on a global scale the Maldives’ carbon emissions are negligible, and while countries like the USA continue to delay their commitment to cutting carbon, sea levels continue to rise and time is running out for the islands.

In an effort to buy time, the Maldives’ capital, Male, has been surrounded by a 3m high wall, a project which took 14 years to complete and cost $63m. However, the wall offers protection for just one of Maldives’ 1200 islands (200 of which are inhabited) and even this impressive structure can only hold off Neptune for so long.

The rising waters pose a huge problem, not just for the tourist industry, which includes dozens of luxury hotels in the Maldives but also for the islands’ inhabitants. Some atolls have already begun to plan migrations, as tidal surges present a more regular problem, with homes being flooded every couple of weeks in some areas. On one island, Kanholhudoo, 60 percent of the residents have already volunteered to evacuate over the next 15 years, and presumably those left behind will eventually have to go the same way.

The Maldives government is also trying to combat the effect of climate change by encouraging the forestation of beaches to prevent erosion, and protecting the coral reefs, which in turn provide a barrier from tidal surges. However, these actions merely address the symptoms of rising seas and ultimately do nothing to stop the cause.

The unfortunate truth for the Maldives is that its future lies in the hands of the major, industrialised nations of the world. It is the conduct of the USA, Russia, China, India and Europe that will ultimately seal the Maldives’ fate unless serious, major action is taken to tackle global warming very soon.

It seems that the Maldives are destined to become the next Atlantis – an entire nation swallowed up by the sea; a beautiful paradise – forever lost.

Source by Elisha Burberry

Cosmetic dentistry is incontestably one of the hottest specialties in dentistry at the moment. Most of the young dentists graduating from schools of dentistry are finding themselves very drawn to cosmetic dentistry, when considering specialties to go into. Even for those who do not ever end up in cosmetic dentistry, it usually at least one of the things they seriously consider. All this, of course, begs the question, to the critical thinker, as to why so many dentists are going into cosmetic dentistry.

You do not have to look very far for answers to the question as to why so many dentists are going into cosmetic dentistry.

For one, if we are to be honest with ourselves, cosmetic-dentistry is one of the fields where the money really is. Nobody wants to get into a specialty where they will face real challenges getting 'their daily bread' – the interests of medicine notwithstanding. The economic allure of cosmetic dentistry is attributable to the great demand for the services the specialty offers today's 'image obsessed' person. As we all know, from elementary economics is that when the services of a particular specialist increases, their pay rates are likely to go up too. Even where the pay rate does not increase in terms of margins charged, opportunity exists to make up in volumes: there are simply too many people looking for the services of the cosmetic dentist.

Second is the fact that cosmetic-dentistry is one of the fields in dentistry which gives one the opportunity to indulge their creative side. Dentistry, as indeed all fields of medicine, is a rather scientific field – and it is only in a few sub-fields, an instance of which is cosmetic dentistry, that a practitioner who is artistically incurs a way of practicing that artist in bringing an end to human suffering. This is important for many aspiring dentists who find themselves torn between going for an artistic career or going for a scientific career, before finally opting for dentistry. In cosmetic dentistry, where dentistry meets art, these guys find a good compromise, where they can practice the artistry they forewent in favor of a scientific career.

Third is the fact that cosmetic-dentistry is one of the fields in medicine where a person gets an opportunity to truly and substantially impact on their patients' lives. Let's face it: we are living in an extremely image-conscious society, where a person's happiness (and to some extent, success) depends on a very large extent on their looks. People who happen to have the varieties of woes addressed by cosmetic-dentistry: from 'colored' teeth to misaligned teeth, are at a major disadvantage in many competitive platforms. Many become extremely unhappy. With the help of a cosmetic dentist, of course, these people's happiness can quite easily be restored. So we end up with a situation where a dental practitioner who drives on restoring a smile to a person who had lost it can find the perfect (and rather literal) opportunity to do just that, in cosmetic dentistry. Here is the popularity of cosmetic dentistry amongst dental practitioners who want to impact where it matters most, and where results (to the patient) are often very immediate.

Source by Simon Mahoney

If you dream of having a perfect smile, but the thought of having veneers applied to your teeth makes you wince in pain, you’ll be happy to know there is a new, pain-free alternative to help you get a fantastic looking smile. Lumineers are porcelain coverings, made from a patented type of porcelain known as Cerinate, applied directly to your teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, your dentist can apply these contact lens-thin “smile shapers” to teeth without any grinding or shaving. They can be applied without the use of anesthesia, so no shots are required.

Porcelain veneers, also known as “dental porcelain laminates,” are wafer-thin shells that bond to teeth. Most traditional veneers require that your dentist grind down sensitive tooth structure for a good fit. They are permanent, custom-shaped

and require the removal of roughly .5 mm of the original tooth to allow space for the new veneer.

Lumineers laminates are thinner (.2mm); roughly the thickness of a contact-lens. The original tooth structure needn’t be shaped for placement and, if desired, Lumineers can be removed. It is claimed that Lumineers resist micro-leakage and micro-cracking more so than traditional porcelain veneers. Unlike other porcelain veneers, you won’t need to wear temporary veneers until the Lumineers are created. Lumineers are expected to last just as long as traditional porcelain veneers and normally cost less than traditional dental laminates.

In addition to being made of thin, porous porcelain, both products offer permanent whitening with no staining or discoloration. Both Lumineers and traditional porcelain laminates can strengthen, lengthen and shape your teeth. They can be used to repair minor tooth imperfections, are stain proof, natural in appearance, and highly resilient. This procedure does not hurt, it is fast, and in most cases, affordable.

Lumineers can be a more comfortable and time-saving solution for adults who are considering braces. If your bite problem isn’t severe, Lumineers will change the shape and alignment of your teeth, making them look straighter and more uniform. They will help restore and strengthen teeth and aid in preventing wear over time.

There may also be some disadvantages to Lumineers. As there is little to no tooth reduction needed for Lumineer porcelain veneers, there is a limit to how much smile correction can be accomplished. This can also lead to bulky appearing and feeling veneers in some cases. Also, if you suffer from bruxism, clenching or grinding of your teeth, veneers can be damaged, chipped or cracked.

Since these are a little thinner than the average veneer, it actually requires even more skill and artistry on the part of the cosmetic dentist and the laboratory. Color management is challenging even with thick porcelain. When it is three-tenths of an inch thick, as these are, it is even more demanding for the laboratory and the cosmetic dentist. The thinness also makes the shaping of the teeth trickier. It is a good idea to seek the services of an expert cosmetic dentist, and make sure to view the dentist’s previous work with Lumineers. Hue, chroma, translucency, color depth, brightness, and highlights, all need to be handled correctly for you to have a beautiful smile.

Source by Budda Oliver

An appointment for dental check-up is something most people do not like to have. Even if it is a routine check-up, many may be related to go through it. You must have often wished that the date of the appointment received postpones or canceled. Furthermore, there are many people who have not yet succeeded to realize the importance of availing the service of a regular dentist. Many times, crooked and yellow teeth became the cause of humiliation in the midst of friends and peers. Bad oral hygiene also has several other adverse effects in the body. It is advisable to maintain a routine dental check-up to ensure the maintenance of your dental hygiene.

Dentists are in all probability the most dreaded amongst other medical practitioners, owning to the "myth" of painstaking dental procedures. The fact still remains that a good dental period is essential for everyone. Most of you may prefer that the dentist has been acquainted with your family for years. But the point remains that, whether your family dentist is offering you the best and the right kind of dental services. So it is always wise to assess the dental services being offered to you. The problem of finding the perfect dentist also increases while migrating to a new town or city.

It is probably best to look for a practitioner who provides you with the complete oral solution for your family. A good dental clinic enterprises of a team of qualified and certified practitioners operation towards a common goal to make your dental visit as pleasant as possible. The dental services you're looking should include bone grafting, dental cleaning, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, porcelain veneers, fillings, emergency dentistry, full mouth reconstruction, etc., so that you can choose to avail all of these dental solutions as per your requirement. Now-a-days all the necessary dental services are available under one roof, owing to the growing number of reputed dental clinics. Many dental clinics are equipped with the latest technology, which can cater to your dental needs rather painlessly.

So, where can you find your perfect dentist? Well in the digital world today, availing online services are the new rage. Therefore looking for a dentist online is as simple as a child's play and definitely more convenient. Similar to the yellow pages, you may choose from the web listings that display the best available services in your neighborhood. You can browse through various websites to compare the services offered by them. You can choose to read previous client testimonials and reviews in order to make an affirmative choice. Finding the best dental treatment center can be an unnerving task even on the web, especially if you are also mindful of your budget. Therefore remember to ensure that you're being offered the best competitive pricing and an array of services to select from. Make sure that you're in safe hands by visiting a reputed clinic. Also ensure the quality of customer treatment. For further information you may read dental blogs and forums.

Source by Prachetas Nair

Images of picture-perfect smiles complete with straight, even, white teeth are often as a result of the work of an orthodontist. Regular dentist visits to fill cavities, check for healthy gums and professionally clean teeth provide us with great oral care, but, in some cases additional care is necessary. Orthodontists specialize in treating irregularities and abnormalities of the jaw and teeth which may necessitate the use of braces, headgear or specialty pieces to align the teeth and achieve facial balance. Becoming one of these specialized dentists is a process that involves a few critical steps and the passion to provide excellence in oral care and hygiene for patients.

One of the first steps to becoming an orthodontist involves acquiring a 4-year Baccalaureate degree. This four year degree should ideally be in pre-medicine or nursing as the courses that are usually required to obtain said degrees contain a variety of science courses as well as generic requirements that will help boost GPA as well as prepare you for admissions into a dentistry program. Be sure to research your Dental school of choice before determining your Bachelor's degree. Courses in Biology, Physics, Psychology, English and other language courses are recommended to include in your degree program. Depending on the program you are looking to enter after your Bachelor's degree, community service or volunteer hours are also a good thing to include during your academic career as these will set your application apart from others. Taking other supplementary courses to boost your GPA is also recommended during your program.

Once you have completed your Bachelor's degree, you will need to study for and take a Dental Aptitude Test. Similar to the MCAT's for medical students the DAT is an entrance requirement for any Dental school you apply for that measures your skills and knowledge in dentistry. Be sure to research schools before applying as each school will have specific admissions requirements and deadlines to adhere to in order to gain acceptance. Check your local library or university library for a copy of a previous DAT exam to get an idea of ​​what will be on the examination and what to study for. Bookstores often carry tests as well that you can purchase, located in the reference sections. Flashcards may also help you study for this all important test.

The next step in becoming an orthodontist is the successful completion of a 4-year graduate degree in Dental School. Once you have completed this program, you will have obtained a Doctor in Dental Medicine or Dental Surgery allowing you to specialize in multiple post-graduate programs including Orthodontics. (Some schools require a separate Masters Degree in a specialization in order to be considered for a specialty study in Orthodontics.) This final program in Orthodontic Specialties differs from school to school and may contain various research and teaching components as well as surgical residencies to complete the program. After you have completed this final specialty program generally lasting 2-3 years, you will need to apply for design and take a final certification test in order to practice as an Orthodontist. Each province or state has different guidelines for certification and the procedure may be different in each area, so be sure to research ahead of time when deciding where to apply for work.

The process leading up to a rewarding career in Orthodontic Medicine can seem long and tedious; however, with the dedication and passion for practicing specialized dental medicine and making short-term goals, you will find you will find the dream of becoming an Orthodontist is well within your grasp. Commitment and hard work will be necessary to achieve this goal as well as planning your steps wisely taking university courses and choosing extra-curricular activities. Be sure to plan financially as well for the tuition and living costs, researching each school thoroughly before committing to a program. Academic advisors will help you make an informed decision as will practicing Orthodontists who may be able to address any concerns or questions you may have regarding the profession and the process to join the prestigious Orthodontic community.

Source by Ralph Waren

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, the main thing which tends to put people off is the cost of treatment. Cosmetic dentistry costs vary from practice to practice, however no matter where you go the treatment will never be cheap.

Cosmetic Dentistry Costs

When you are looking into cosmetic dentistry prices, you will see that procedures such as veneers and dental implants are the most expensive. Veneers can look really good, but they do come at a high price and all cosmetic dentists will tell you that while they are permanent, they can still be broken. So if you do have them done and you are not careful with them, you could end up paying even more on top of the what you’ve already paid.

While every cosmetic dentistry practice does charge a different amount of money for treatment, the following is a rough idea of how much you should expect to pay:

· Dental Implants – $3000-$4000 per tooth

· Porcelain Veneers – $600-$1000 per veneer

· Teeth Whitening – Anything from $600-$2600 depending on procedure

· Porcelain Crowns – $800-$1600 per crown

The above are obviously just a rough estimates and it will vary depending upon which cosmetic dentistry practice you go to.

What Cosmetic Dentistry Prices Include

Just like the cosmetic dentistry costs vary from practice to practice, the prices will also include different things too. Some Practices will include aftercare, while others will include very little apart from the treatment. Generally the higher the prices, the better care you will receive afterwards.

It is hard to give an exact sum as to how much you will have to pay. Cosmetic dentistry prices will vary depending upon how severe your problem is. Sometimes you will have to have extra work done if the work is so severe. For example you may need veneers but you may first need quite a lot of the original tooth removed. Some cosmetic dentists will charge extra if a lot of work has to be done on top of the procedure.

If you look around you will be able to find cosmetic dentists who charge lower prices but you should always be wary of low prices. Ask the dentist what the price includes and whether there will be any extra fees. Sometimes it is not made overly clear what the cost actually is and that can cause problems for many patients.

Overall the cost of cosmetic dentistry will vary from practice to practice. So always do a little research before you choose the right dentist to suit your needs.

Source by Garry L. Neale

Before, dental implant procedures lasted for several months and people had to wait for months for them to get dental implants supported fix teeth or denture. This is no longer the case. Nowadays you can get permanent implants in as little as one day.

Who should undertake the same day dental implants procedure?

Anyone can undertake the procedure. Whether you have lost one tooth, a few teeth, or all of your teeth you should undertake the procedure and the professional will give you a beautiful smile in just a few hours.

The cool thing about the procedure is that the implant supported teeth do not interfere with your stomatognathic system. This means they do not interfere with your jaw joints, nerves, and muscles. Since you will be replacing your teeth permanently, you do not have to worry about your teeth coming off now and then.

As you know, when you lose teeth you lose your facial features. By replacing the missing teeth and lost gum you restore the support of your facial structures that gives you a youthful appearance. You are also able to eat the food you would not have ateen without teeth. These teeth are as good as the other types of teeth and function just like real teeth. You also keep them the same way you maintain your real teeth-by regular hygiene practices such as Dental Water Jet teeth cleaner and brushing.

How the same day dental implants work

If you are interested in the implants you should visit your local dental clinic and the dentist will analyze your situation and come up with a plan on how to fix the problem. The dentist goes ahead and designs your new set of teeth using the 3D scan and plan pathway. Once the design is complete, the doctor installs the implants on your jaw bone.

Depending on your clinical case, the dentist will place 4, 5 or even 6 implants on your jaw. The technology takes advantage of the existing bone; therefore, if you have scarce bones in your teeth you do not have to go bone grafting and sinus lifts. The implant dentist will place the implants in your pterygoid bone which means that the new teeth are more stable so giving you a great service for a long time. The implants are made from titanium which fuses with the bone through osseointegration. This stabilizes the new implants further. After the dentist has inserted the implants then put abutment, he attaches the fixed bridges to the abutment and you can use your new teeth just like you would use your regular teeth.

Success of the same day dental implant procedure

The success of the procedure depends on the dentist who undertakes it. This is why it's important for you to take your time to research and find a reputable and experienced professional to undertake the procedure. An experienced professional will strategically place the new teeth ensuring that they are strong and stable. The success will also be determined by how you take care of the new implants. You should avoid hard foods for the first 6-8 weeks. This is to give the implants time to integrate with the bones.

Source by Dr Bharat Agravat

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