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February 2020

Immense contributions were made by the great gurus of India during ancient times. Maharishi Ved Vyas is well known for protecting the Vedas and preserving knowledge.

Krishna Dwaipayan, popularly known as Ved Vyas, was born in Kalpi Island of the Yamuna River on the full moon day in the month of ‘Ashadh’ (June-July). His father was Sage Parashar, the grandson of Sage Vasishtha and his mother was Matsyagandha, a fisher girl whose original name was Satyawati. When Sage Parashar died, Satyawati got married to Shantanu, the king of Hastinapur.

Ved Vyas composed the great epic ‘Mahabharata’ which is read worldwide even today. He recorded all the history for the future generations and rendered ‘Gita’ as a part of the epic, which still serves as an ideal guide to every human being for positive actions and living a purposeful life.

Vyas made great efforts in preserving the voluminous store of Vedic knowledge. At first when he doubted that the Vedas might get extinct, he protected them by compilation and organised them into four parts. He then laid stress on handing over the knowledge from one generation to the other. This was done by a guru to his disciple and by a father to his son.

Besides these, he allotted the various branches of knowledge to several communities. The different branches were Ayurveda (medical science including surgery), Sthapatya Veda (sculpture related to metals, mortars, stones and wood), Gandharva Veda (vocal and instrumental music, dance, art etc.) and Dhanur Veda (skills of military warfare).

Ved Vyas also composed Puranas so that the common people could understand all about the Vedic principles and sincerely follow them in their lives. According to him, religion was not just belief in facts heard or told, but being a part, by realizing truths and developing them and carrying them out in actions.

The Guru-Shishya tradition for protection of Indian culture was established by Ved Vyas. He assigned each of the four Vedas to different disciples who were competent for propagation of knowledge. He gave Rig Veda to Bhaskala, Yajur Veda to Vaishampayana, Sam Veda to Jaimini and Atharva Veda to Aruni. The main goal of this tradition was to establish an ideal social order.

The Gurukul system of education in India thus gradually developed from the Guru-Shishya tradition. The sons of both the kings and the common men came from far off places to stay with the guru in his ‘ashram’. All lived together and the children were treated as part of the guru’s family. They served their guru and respected him as a deity. The disciples learned not only what they were taught but also learnt how to live with humility and dignity. The disciples attained knowledge by observing the life of their guru and experiencing truth.

Ved Vyas shall always be remembered for his sincere efforts of preserving Vedic knowledge. Hence, his birth anniversary is celebrated every year as Guru Purnima.

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For many finding low cost dental implants is somewhat of a holy grail, dental implant insurance is one option available to make the treatment more affordable, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it is low cost. Here I take a look at different ways that could be used to get low cost dental implants.

Implants are becoming more a more popular as a way of replacing missing or broken teeth. An implant is fitted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the tooth, onto which is fixed a new tooth, bridge or denture. From the time the treatment commences to the final restoration can take a number months and the patients will be billed based on the number of implants they have done. As implants are far from cheap anything from $ 800 (Â £ 500) upwards, even more if the procedure requires a bone graft; this type of treatment is not readily accessible to many.

If you're looking for low cost dental implants its important you do some thorough research before committing, so with this in mind what choices do you have

Search the Internet
Take the time to search the internet for the various dentists in your area who offer this type of treatment and compare prices, you will be surprised at how much they differ between one another

Recommendations
Maybe you know someone who has already had this type of treatment and can recommend a good value for money dentist to you

Dental Tourism
If you are really keen on seeking out low cost dental implants then one method which is gaining in popularity is dental tourism. More and more people are looking outside of their own country and traveling abroad for cheaper treatment. As the cost for implant treatment can quickly build up it maybe that the expense of the travel is more than offset by the savings that can be made. One thing to be aware of though are that return visits could required, costing you more money and time for the return travel

Two options which don't necessarily offer you cheap implants but do make the treatment more affordable are dental insurance and payment plans

Dental implant insurance is a policy you take out to cover this type of treatment, paying an annual / monthly premium you are entitled to either the full or partial covering of the treatment. Payment plans tend to be offered by the dentist themselves and provide a method of paying for the treatment, spread out over a number of months.

Finding low cost dental implants is never going to be an easy task, but by doing some thorough research, comparing prices between different companies and being willing to travel for the treatment, then you should be able to save yourself some money and still get the treatment you desire.

Source by Joe S Breeze

Don't you just hate people who talk on their cell phones while they drive? Blindly babbling away, not paying attention to the road, endangering everyone nearby … so inconsiderate.

Anyway, today while I was chatting on the phone and driving to the dentist, I got a tiny bit distracted and turned onto the wrong road … twice. But I cleverly figured out a shortcut back to where I belonged and pulled into the parking lot right on time. Unfortunately, it was the parking lot at my doctor's office, not my dentist's.

Now, I've always been a little reluctant to go to the dentist. When I was young, they used to lie to me to get me there. Of course once I knew what was happening I would throw a crying fit – in the car on the way to the dentist, in the elevator on the way up to the office, in the waiting room, in the dentist's chair throughout the entire visit, in the office while my mother paid, in the elevator on the way down, in the car on the way home, and once again when my father came home that night just to be sure everyone knew how I felt about it.

My mother was afraid of the dentist. And she shared that fear and its effects with her children. She picked our dentist based solely on the fact that he would give her lots of Novocain. Lots of Novocain. Beyond that, she never really bothered about the skills-as-a-dentist thing.

My own theory is that dentistry was invented by Beelzebub, based largely on the fact that our dentist looked exactly the way I imagined a Devil's minion would look. And, oh, by the way, when we were finally done and wanted nothing more than to run as fast and as far as possible, he would smile at us kids, with his coke-bottle-thick glasses making him look popeyed, and hand us each a lollipop. Maybe not the best dentist, but surely a clever businessman lining up return customers.

Today, even after better dentists have shown me that there may possibly be some redeeming value in dental care, I still get a bit unsettled before an appointment. Therefore, I have two things to say about the cell phone thing:

1) It might have been the fact of going to the dentist that distracted me and not the cell phone. I think, maybe, my subconscious was trying to get me to go to the wrong place and miss my appointment completely. Self-protection is a very powerful instinct in times of peril. That could explain it.

2) If it was the cell phone use, I think I deserve an exemption from condemnation because, after all, I was on my way to the dentist. Maybe I wouldn't have been able to talk again when I came out. One little slip of the drill and, oops. Or I could have choked on one of the forty appliances they had crammed into my mouth just before asking me how I was doing.

Either way, I feel completely justified in continuing to judge others if they use a cell phone while driving. Unless, of course, I learn that they were on their way to the dentist.

Source by Cynthia Pinsonnault

If you are among the millions who are really concerned about the rising healthcare cost and have no control over it, now there is a solution. We all heard about outsourcing jobs done in some developing countries at one-tenth of the cost that normally companies pay in the western countries. Technology is one area that we all are familiar with but the medical tourism is equally moving forward for the very reason that it is much affordable now than ever before and at much lower prices. You still get the world class, very professional state of the art treatment from Specialists in almost every field of medical science.

India is one of the top countries in the world where medical treatment is considered at par with U.S, Canada, U.K and other European Countries. Many of the medical professionals in fact have got their higher medical education and have practiced in U.S, U.K and other Countries.

Dental treatment is one area that has shown promising results for foreigners who happened to visit India and got the dentistry work done from there at astonishing much affordable prices. In some part of the developed world, dental coverage is very limited and often patients have to pay off their own. Why not get all type of dental job done in India and save money plus do the tourism? There are very exciting and adventures places to see in India. Taj Mahal to Qutab Minar and Khujurao ancient temples to Ajanta and Allora Caves are breath taking places. It’s a life time experience. If it is your spiritual journey to learn about meditation and yoga or just your pleasure trip, India has been considered one of the most sought after country.

You don’t have to spend fortune to get the Dentures or the Crowns and for that matter Root Canal Treatment or just the cosmetic dentistry.

For example, here is the brief comparison cost-wise:

Dentistry work in U.S.A:

Dental crowns (also called caps) cost $500-$3,000 a tooth

Root Canal Treatment (RCT) $350-$600 a tooth

Dental veneers are $500-$1,300 a tooth

Dentistry work in India:

Dental crowns (also called caps) cost $100-$350 a tooth

Root Canal Treatment (RCT) $100-$150 a tooth

Dental veneers are $100-$150 a tooth

Browse through the net and you will find amazingly well-qualified board-certified dentists in India or near Delhi at very affordable rates for all your dental work. Quite surprisingly many of the patients come to India often referred and recommended by their friends, colleagues or relatives. Keep your teeth healthy and smile with confidence.

Source by Kheri Chawla

There are many factors to consider when finding the right dentist for your needs.

1. The dentist's qualifications and specialties

Dentists differ in their qualifications and expertise. Not every dentist is alike. Some dentists specialize in certain areas of dentistry, such as cosmetic dentistry or root canal treatment. Others are generalists and do not focus on any particular area of ​​dentistry.

If you require cosmetic dental treatments such as veneers or crowns, make sure that the dentist has completed the relevant courses or certifications in these areas. For complicated procedures such as implant dentistry, check that the dentist has done more than just a weekend course on this subject.

2. The dentist's location

You need to find a balance between a dentist nearby in your area, and the right dentist for you. Don't simply settle for your local dentist down the road simply because it's convenient. Find a balance between the location and expertise of the dentist.

3. Equipment and lab

Does your dentist have the latest equipment, or does much of the work get sent off to a lab. While there is nothing wrong with lab work, and often it is the only option for most dentists, it is often faster and more efficient to have the dentist do the work in house.

4. Professionalism of the dentist

Although this may seem obvious, it is not to many patients. Some dentists are more professional than others. If your dentist talks on the phone to his friends while performing a procedure, or keeps leaving the surgery to attend to other matters, he is not treating you with the respect that you deserve. You are paying money for a professional service, and you have a right to it. Find another dentist unless you are treated properly.

5. Professionalism of the staff

If the receptionist does not return your calls, is sloppy with appointments, and does not follow up, or if the staff at the practice are not friendly, perhaps you should be looking for a better solution to your needs.

6. Solutions to your needs

Many dentists who specialize in one particular area of ​​dentistry, such as implant dentists, are only able to see solutions to your dental problems based on their area of ​​specialization. If the only tool someone has is a hammer, then all problems seem like nails. Shop around, and get a second or third opinion, if you feel that there may be other or better solutions to your dental problems.

Source by Joshua B Jacobs

Protecting your pride and joy and one of your largest investments this winter. The automobile has become an extension of its owners personality as well as representing a huge chunk of our hard earned income. Lets face it, as Americans we love our cars. We want them to look good, cruise smoothly and last a long time. Then of course there is the weather. Man is constantly adapting to his environment and adjusting to his climate. We put stuff on the roads so we can drive in any weather without fear of becoming the next human driven hockey puck.

During the Winter Months different agencies apply different things to the roads to keep them drivable like salt, sand and chemicals such as de-icing chemicals, which are environmentally friendly but can destroy a regular wax job. Magnesium Sulfate works great to keep cars from sliding into the guardrails and ditches, but it plays hell on an automobiles finish. With rust and corrosion threatening to destroy your investment and reduce the value of your car by thousands of dollars the stakes become high. We may not be able to control the weather quite yet, but we can give you the tips from years of experience and industry knowledge to help you minimize your risk, fight back against jack frost and work with mother nature to co-exist and cruise successfully through winter. How can you win the war on winter?

Winter is coming and will soon be in full swing. Roads will be packed with vacationers and outdoor sports aficionados. You and your car need to be ready. We know from experience that bare metal will rust when exposed to moisture and harsh elements. Take a look around your car, are there paint chips? Even small chips can allow moisture to get underneath your cars finish and work its way all the way through the metal. Holes in your car needless to say will not improve your chances for good resale value. And if your car is on a lease they will be hitting you hard on its return. There are several things you can do to take care of these chips now. To find a chip repair person go to Paint Bull’s website and find one of their 500 mobile chip repair dealers. If you have a fiberglass body or a primarily plastic car such as a Saturn it may not be as critical if you have a chip or two.

Every car that drives through harsh winter climates needs some type of undercoating. There are many options. You can go down to your local auto parts store, buy a can of undercoating and spray it on yourself or you can go to any auto detailing company and have it done for about $80-100. There are a few detailing companies who have a number of stores throughout the country as well as mobile units, which can provide this undercoating for you. You can also go ziebart’s website, they have 216 stores Nationwide. They have been closing stores at a fast rate of about 30 per year. They charge about $200-300 and will touch up the undercoating job free each year. They use this as a gimmick to get you in their store next year to sell you more stuff. Their guarantee is of questionable value since if the store closes then who will do the guarantee wok. Another problem with the lifetime guarantee is that most people do not own their cars for their entire life.

If you own a truck or a cargo van you may consider a lining. There are a few different types of linings. Rhino Lining at Rhino Lining Wesbite has a rubber like lining. An average bed runs about $300. There is Line X, which is a harder liner at Line-X website and Permatech which has a really good liner that is between the hard Line X liner and the softer a Rhino Lining. All these brands have hundreds of franchisees and dealers. You can conveniently search their websites to find a location near you. The going rate is around $300 for an 8 ft bed and you can negotiate a little with your local dealer.

What can you do to protect your cars paint? Several things. It is important to understand the different types of wax and how they perform against salt spray tests. Carnauba the most popular wax name amongst consumers, will not hold up well under harsh salt conditions, de-icing wetted areas or on magnesium chloride soaked roads. It does however work well against roads, which have been covered, with sand. Teflon and silicone waxes do not work well in any of these conditions or in colder climates.

So what is the best modern wax for these Winter environments? Polymers work best, but are usually put on in a liquid form and therefore goes on in thinner coats. It may take several coats to insure that the protection last longer than three months. It is best to put on several coats and then re-apply in three months. If you do not feel that you want to do this yourself you can call several companies that provide onsite service at home or office. National Detail Systems has over 300 dealers.

Ask for polymer wax and ask for a multiple coat discount. Expect to pay $65-90 plus $15-25 for each additional coat from National Detail Dealers. It will vary significantly from dealer to dealer. The Car Wash Guys have standard pricing and charge $35 for an exterior polymer coat and charge $10 for additional coats. Many car washes also have express detailing service starting at anywhere from $35-55. To get a listing of car washes and the new J.D. Powers Car Club website. This site is quite helpful. The website will give you a map to the nearest carwash based on the zip code you put in. You can print it out and drive down and get your car waxed. Fixed site carwashes vary so much from operator to operator it is hard to say what additional coats might cost, it may even depend on the day of the week you go, which manager is working and how busy they are that day. You should try to go on a Tuesday.

You may wish to put a protective coating on your cars carpets. The very popular product ScotchGuard was taken off the market this year due to environmental problems in manufacturing and is no longer available. Blue Coral does make a similar aerosol product although not as good as the former 3M leading brand. With new genetic woven splicing of nylon into cotton plants we are seeing a new breed of interior carpeting in vehicles. It is more durable easier to clean and holds up well under multiple steam cleaning passes. Perhaps a simple plastic cover over the carpets might be your best bet. Most modern day min-vans come standard with plastic covers and if yours did not, you can buy plastic covers for next to nothing at any auto parts store.

There are also some very high tech solutions to automotive protection. For window glass there is a hydrophobic treatment called Diamon Fusion. It prevents chips in the window and allows you to drive in heavy rain without use of wipers. A simple solution may be RainX, which can be purchased at any auto parts store for about $5. All of the companies listed in this article can also put on RainX for you. Be sure to ask them to apply it to the interior windows also because it prevents unnecessary fogging when you do not have your defroster set exactly right. The coating industry has evolved and out of the NASA Space Program came a glass coating used on the tiles on the bottom of the Space Shuttle, which can be put on at room temperature. It is put on 2 to 4 milimeters thick. Glass of course is impervious to moisture.

This new revolution in ceramic technology is also being perfected by the Japanese. PP&G, the leading automotive paint company, is also on the cutting edge of this new field and we may soon have a new and more advanced clear coat for cars for the 21st century. That is the good news. We may see a new clear coat for cars coming out which will make waxes obsolete in the next few years. The bad news is that for now there is no substitute for waxes, coatings and undercoating. You can pay now or pay later. You really should consider protecting your investment. If you neglect to take this opportunity to plan your winterizing strategy, Mother Nature already has a plan of her own and she is coming soon.

Many people are only going to keep their car for two years on a lease and then trade it in for a new model. So if there are no chips in the paint, you may only need a single coat of polymer wax and new windshield wiper blades before Winter. If you are going to keep your car for many years however protect your investment against the inevitable Winter. Please realize that most manufacturers warranties on bodies and paint do not cover salt or environmental damage. If you pay attention to these simple things you can cruise through winter with no problems providing your tires dont get recalled and you can still afford the gas.

Source by Lance Winslow

As summer approaches, new and seasoned gardeners alike are planning strategies for bountiful gardens. Your local plant nursery or greenhouse is a good resource for information from how to grow heirloom tomatoes to ripe watermelons, so you'll soon be enjoying fresh produce straight from your yards. Planting and caring for a thriving garden starts months before the actual harvest. Here's what you need to know to make the most of your summer planting.

Deciding what to grow

Planning what's going to go into your garden is the first step. What produce do you love to eat? Are there items at the grocery store you buy often that you could grow to save money? Is your soil perfect for a certain kind of vegetable? Answering these questions will help you put together a garden wish list.

If you want a specific crop, such as peppers, but are unsure of what will grow well, here's an insider tip: try planting different varieties. One type of pepper may struggle, while others will flourish. Trying two or three varieties of your most important herbs or vegetables ensures you won't be disappointed in the results.

Planning your space

Once you've decided what you want to grow, it's helpful to learn about those plants' requirements. Are you considering plants that need full sun, which usually means a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight per day? Do plants on your list thrive best in a partially shaded area? With this in mind, select some likely areas on your property.

Scoping out the right measurements for your garden is easy. If it's your first time gardening, start with a smaller plot that's easier to manage. The Farmer's Almanac wisely says it's better to be proud of a small garden than frustrated by a large one. A 16 foot x 10 foot square garden allows for 10 rows of planting which will feed a family of four for one summer.

Prepping the soil

The first step in prepping your soil is understanding what type of soil you have. Soil is comprised primarily of three elements: clay, silt, and sand. The ideal mix is ​​about 40% sand, 40% silt, and 20% clay. The easiest way to determine your soil type is to buy a soil test kit at your local garden store. Depending on your soil type, you'll need to add some elements to balance it out.

To improved sandy soil, mix it with compost or peat moss. Compost and coarse sand helps counterbalance clay-rich soil. Sand and compost can be used with silty dirt. Your last step in enriching the dirt is to add nutrients . Ideal fertilizer contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Once the soil is ready, let it settle for at least 24 hours before planting. Then it's time to plant your seedlings or starter plants.

Become a watering expert

Watering your plants is a delicate balance: you can't let them get dry and you don't want to over-water either. Experts recommend that you give plants a hearty watering after they're transplanted to help them take root. After that, watch the soil and replenish moisture when the top inch or so of the soil feels dry.

The type of soil you have will determine how frequently you need to water. Sandy soil does not retain as much moisture; clay-rich soil stays damp for much longer. Focus your watering on the roots of the plant. Avoid any kind of high pressure watering that might damage plant stocks or leaves. Finally, avoid watering during the hottest part of the day and instead water plants in the early morning or at sunset.

Focus on smart maintenance

Once you've done all the work needed to help your garden thrive, it's important to follow-up with maintenance. Weeding keeps down the competition for resources in your garden. Some plants, such as corn, need more fertilizer during the growing cycle.

Watch for issues such as wilting or failure to grow that can signal a need to adjust your watering schedule or more fertilizer to enhance the soil's nutrients. Keep an eye out for bugs or signs of disease. If caught early on, many of these issues can be fixed. If you're in doubt about how to proceed most effectively with a problem, contact a specialist at your local garden store.

Throughout the late summer and fall, you'll enjoy your hard work in the form of fresh salads and delicious side dishes. With a bit of planning and time invested in caring for your plants, your gardening efforts will be a big success.

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People buy bespoke exterior wood doors for a number of reasons, with priorities being different depending on what is deemed most important to the buyer themselves.

Some may be swayed by their durability. Others may be tempted by their naturally high insulating properties. Others still may feel giving their house a truly unique look is the most important factor.

Having custom exterior wood doors designed and installed is one thing, and is almost certain to give your home a style unique on your street, but it’s the extra adornments that make the real difference.

However, if the design elements you’re adding to your exterior doors are the same as everyone else’s, the bespoke element you’ve paid for is going to be lost behind them.

You need adornments as unique as your exterior wood doors.

And if you need ideas, you need to read on.

Fancy flower holders

Hanging foliage on exterior wood doors is nothing new, as we see with wreaths during every festive season, but neither holly nor mistletoe sit quite so well in the warmer months.

Brightly colored flowers bring life, energy, and the joys of spring to your home, and bunches can be kept on the front door until the onset of fall.

However, what will really set your home apart is the receptacle you use to hold them in.

There are a number of bright, cheap, and unique options. Some of which you may already have somewhere in your home.

Children’s rain boots, folded umbrellas, or even old watering cans can give a colorful or rustic flavor to your door when filled with real or even artificial flowers.

Another door frame

If you’re an arty person, or even family, and want to give a hint to visitors what kind of home they are entering, consider hanging an empty yet otherwise decorated picture frame on your front door.

Artificial or real flowers can again be used to bring color and life to your exterior wood doors by incorporating them in your picture frame designs, while dried or fabric flowers will bring a more vintage or rustic look.

Cut-out wooden letters can be used to give a positive message to visitors or even passers-by, while numbers can be used to help these visitors or delivery men locate your home.

Alternatively, a mirror can be placed in the frame. This is an especially handy addition if you have friends you suspect would like to fix their hair before you open the door to them.

Leave a message

When choosing unique adornments for your exterior wood doors, it’s entirely possible you’ll change your mind after a time and want to change the look or message your door is giving to visitors.

However, by hanging a chalkboard, your decorative addition will already have this functionality.

Leave a message to any visitors you’re expecting, an inspirational quote to lift the mood of any passers-by, or just your house number whenever you have nothing else to say.

Chalkboards on your exterior wood doors can also be used to leave messages for non-social visitors. This may be for expected delivery men to call a number should you not be in, or for unsolicited callers to not disturb you when you are.

If you’re buying exterior wood doors to take advantage of their bespoke style, adding run-of-the-mill decoration is going to negate their inherent unique looks.

To ensure they stand out as much as they possibly can, get creative with what you hang on them with some of these unique adornments.

Source by L R Lindsay

Teeth can discolour with time as the outer layer of enamel wears away allowing the darker inner layer of dentine to show through. Teeth can also appear discolored due to developmental blemishes. Fortunately, stained or discolored teeth can usually be treated with tooth whitening procedures. Tooth whitening is a safe procedure when done by a qualified dentist and typically involves a custom made tray being made to hold the bleaching gel in contact with your teeth. Instructions regarding the wearing of the tray will be provided by your dentist who will also review your progress. Results are usually seen within two weeks. Tooth whitening procedures may also be carried out in the chair by dentists. For advice on the best method for you, it is important to talk to a qualified dentist. Tooth Whitening may not be appropriate for all people.

Veneers are another way to create a beautiful smile and are one of the most preferred cosmetic dental treatments. Veneers are made from thin tooth colored materials which are carefully bonded to the front of your tooth. Veneers can be used to alter the appearance of teeth which are chipped or worn, slightly misaligned / gappy, discolored or simply not quite the right shape (often used where a tooth is too small). Veneers can be made from a ceramic material like porcelain) which requires an impression and a couple of dental visits, or they can be applied directly to the tooth surface in a single visit using composite resin. Once complete they look very natural. Whilst veneers are not suitable for all teeth, your dentist can advise you on your individual circumstances.

Crowns are another cosmetic dental treatments option. Crowns are a custom made restoration which fits over the prepared existing natural tooth. Crowns can be an effective option for addressing concerns such as broken, chipped, discolored or weakened teeth. As well as improving the appearance of a tooth, crowns add durability and stability to your bite and assist in strengthening a weak or compromised tooth. Crowns are typically made from porcelain (or an alternative ceramic) or a precious metal. Because they are created uniquely for your mouth, they can be designed to blend with your existing teeth and enhance your overall smile.

Source by Joseph Collin

If you are one of the more than 30 million Americans who grind their teeth, your dentist has probably recommended you buy a mouth guard. When it comes to the choice between buying a $10 to $50 custom-moldable or custom configurable mouth guard, and buying a $300 to $700 dentist-made mouth guard, you might not be surprised that most dentists recommend the dentist-made mouth guards. But who benefits more from these dentist-made mouth guards, you or your dentist?

In a recent phone survey conducted in the Boston area, various dentists were charging between $300 and $700 for exactly the same dentist-made mouth guard, so if you decide to go for a dentist-made mouth guard to keep your tooth grinding from wearing down your teeth, you might want to be a smart shopper and call around first to compare prices.

I inquired recently at the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston how much the dentist-made mouth guards cost the dentists to make. The various companies that make the systems used to make the guards said the price of the materials is about $12 per custom mouth guard. Add to that technician time, and they assured me “the cost is well under $100 – these are very high-profit items for dentists“. I was not shocked, but this does seem to present a possible conflict of interest for a dentist deciding whether to recommend you buy an inexpensive over-the-counter mouth guard or an expensive dentist-made mouth guard.

More and more brands of inexpensive custom-moldable or custom-configurable mouth guards have become available in recent years. Some of the units were designed by dentists who say they are just as good (or in some cases better) than the dentist-made mouth guards. 

Any mouth guard could make your pain worse if the feel of it winds up feeding your tooth grinding and clenching habit and having you grind and clench more. Since dentists don’t offer money-back guarantees on the custom mouth guards they make, you might want to try one or two of the inexpensive over-the-counter versions before you plunk down the big bucks for a dentist-made mouth guard. You might also want to try biofeedback, which can be tried for free, to see if that can significantly reduce your tooth grinding and clenching and reduce or eliminate your pain.  There are many other things you can try, and it makes sense to try first the things that can be tried for free or with a money-back guarantee. 

Source by Lee Weinstein

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