February 2020

We live in a world that tends to turn all products and services into commodities, especially in economically challenging times. It is the function of marketing to create the illusion of differentiation between brands and or services in many cases, and create a "branding ". The actual branding may be that the particular product or service is, quicker, more efficient, economical, etc. etc.

I liken it to style over substance , when we enter a physicians office on Park Ave. in New York, and are greeted by Barcelona chairs, Bauhaus credenzas and an impeccably attired receptionist with a perfect set of incisors we are prejudiced by style. Substance may also be there as well of course … but criteria to evaluate it's presence or lack there of must be established.

Within the world of dentistry there is no official designation of "Implantologist", any dentist however can claim that designation, just as a Podiatrist can decide to offer the services of a Plastic Surgeon after taking a minimum amount of CME (continuing medical education).

Patients considering dental implants "in my opinion" should look to the services provided by a Board certified Prosthodontist and or a Maxillofacial surgeon. Both of these specialties require many more hours and in some cases years of study to obtain those designs. A Prosthodontist is a dentist that "replaces teeth" in a endentulous patient. Other criteria that should be considered are if the dentist under consideration is Board certified, has maintained the requisite number of CME hours, is published, as well as the total number of implants he or she has placed over how many years. In addition the schools they attended, class ranking, or if they have ever taught or lectured within the field are important but less so.

Source by Tom Wichowski

It is important for everyone to see a dentist and that includes even young children. Everyone eats and the residue left on the teeth after a meal, even breast milk and formula, can cause plaque build up on the teeth, which results in decay, so having a pediatric dentist examine the teeth early can help prevent this build up.

It is highly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that pregnant women get regular dental check ups because research has shown that if you have any periodontal disease while pregnant you risk having a preterm baby. You could also pass the cavity producing bacteria on to the new baby.

There are several ways that you can avoid periodontal disease and the most important one is that you visit your dentist on a regular basis. Other ways are to brush and floss daily, maintain a proper diet by reducing the amount of sugar and carbs that you take in, use a toothpaste with fluoride, and avoid sharing eating utensils with your child.

Once your baby is born, there are several ways that a pediatric dentist recommends to help prevent tooth decay in their mouth. One of these is referred to as baby bottle tooth decay and that can be avoided by not allowing the baby to go to bed with a bottle because throughout the night the liquid pools in the baby's mouth which allows the bacteria to grow faster. Another thing you should do to avoid the plaque build up is to wipe out the baby's mouth with a washcloth after every meal ..

Another way that you can avoid tooth decay in your baby's mouth is to feed him a healthy diet that is comprised of the five major food groups. Having a healthy diet will help your baby's bones, teeth, and mouth to develop properly. The more often the child eats, the higher possibility there will be that there will be some tooth decay. You should also make sure that your children wear mouth guards when they are participating in sports.

Some things that a pediatric dentist can do to help prevent cavities is to put sealant on the teeth to keep the plaque from forming in the deep crevices in the teeth, usually the molars. This is usually performed on children who have gotten all their permanent teeth in. You can also discuss the use of fluoride and fluoride treatments with your pediatric dentist to help strengthen the enamel.

Because you want the best for your children, getting them the best dental care from a pediatric dentist will help them learn good mouth hygiene habits from an early age.

Source by Alfred Ardis

Alcohol, though enjoyable in a drunkard or even a connoisseur’s intoxicated state, is known to not only waste internal organs – but teeth as well. Alcohol is a napalm bomb of sugars, which, when metabolized by the saliva in the mouth, almost turns immediately into plaque. And situation gets worse because almost every drunkard forgets to brush his/her teeth after drinking a bottle full of spirits.

Gin, rummy, wine, vodka, whiskey, brandy and all sorts of alcoholic concoctions (and not to mention beer) have high concentrations of sugar. Sweet wines that have found their way into the mainstream liquor market are also taking center stage in being the primary cause of plaque and tooth decay on binging adolescents and adults. Sugar is the sole catalyst in defining sweet wine from dry wine.

Grapes and apples are two of the primary ingredients used in wine. Both of these fruits, when fermented, convert sugar into alcohol. Some of the fruit will not be fermented, turning some of the extract into residual sugar, which is another danger to teeth, even at a measly 1% to 3% content – meaning not even dry wine is completely free from sugar. Winemakers have also been deliberately adding sugar (sucrose) to wine to boost its alcoholic content.

As mentioned earlier, alcohol gets metabolized into sugar, and then the sugar into plaque faster than you can wake up from a hangover. The basic knowledge that we salivate more during the course of the day than at night gives us the notion that drinking during daylight will likely speed up the deterioration of our teeth, regardless if we brush or not. In addition, the chances of contracting cancer are higher if the person is a day drinker, because the metabolism of the body is highest during the day.

Gum disease is also very rampant on alcohol drinkers. Middle-aged men are prone to periodontal disease, gingivitis and bad breath. The discouraging part is men brush their teeth only for a few minutes without even gargling thoroughly. Overnight liquor stains on teeth can’t be scraped off with just a few brush strokes. If a drinking party can’t be helped, be sure to bring alcohol-free mouthwash to the event. And to secure your dental health better, bring a toothbrush and toothpaste. It won’t hurt to come prepared.

Wine has been an essential part of the lifestyle of many people and generations to come. It’s a sinful treat to bust off a week’s heavy workload. People like it. Women find it refreshing. Men indulge in it. Teenagers try every means to hitch it into a party. Old people enjoy wine-tasting. But beyond the commendation alcohol receives, it still gets no unanimous praise from the medical world – especially from dentists. So be warned.

Source by Kyle Kahveci

Macromedia's Breeze Meeting is one of the premier entries in the web conferencing software arena. This article is one in a series that describe the features of the major web conferencing software
products that are on the market today.

Let me say at the outset that the functionality and features of Breeze are much too plentiful to
be completely described here, and I'll cover only some of the Breeze Meeting features to try and give you a sense of what you can accomplish with the package.

Meeting Rooms

A Breeze "meeting room", your virtual meeting place, is persistent, which is a fancy way of saying that the content of your meeting – notes, presentations, and chat contents are automatically saved for you. Meeting rooms can have a custom layout defined that is also automatically saved. By the way, Mac users, Breeze supports OS X 10.2 and 10.3.

Application and Desktop Sharing and Remote Control

Any web conferencing software worthy of the name includes the ability for the presenter to share applications on his / her desktop with the other participants in the meeting. One very powerful use of this technology is remote software installation. I described in an earlier article in this series the process of receiving an application software upgrade using conferencing software. The latest release of Breeze includes improved desktop sharing that allows shared presentations to be viewed in full-screen mode by the participants. In addition, the presenter (the meeting controller)
has the option to synchronize all the participant's screens. The remote control facilities of the product now support full screen mode also. If you're not familiar with it, remote control actually let's one participant control the desktop of another – the first time I watched the mouse pointer on my screen under the control of someone else, it seemed a bit eerie, but I quickly adjusted – Its a very powerful facility.

Attendee Management

If you're holding an online meeting of any sort, wouldn't you want to be able to track who is / isn't there and to know if they're connected properly? Breeze provides the ability for the presenter to see who is in the meeting and their connection status. If the purpose of your gathering is training, attendance is taken for you!

Audio Conference Call Control

One way web conferencing software products provide the audio portion of the meeting is through a telephone conference call. Breeze now incorporates the ability to control an external conference call from within the application. You can dial out to meeting participants, control the mute / unmute function
(in case someone gets a little too verbal), even eject participants if necessary (the overly verbal guy!). In addition, the controls to record the meeting are part of the interface.

Microsoft Outlook Integration

Breeze is now integrated with Microsoft Outlook. Anyone working in an office environment (and overwhelmed with meetings) will appreciate the convenience of this feature. You can schedule
Breeze meetings and invite attendees right in the familiar Outlook environment. Users can even join a Breeze meeting right from their Outlook calendar.

Multi-point Video

The one aspect of a real meeting that web conferencing often does not provide is the visual presence of the participants. Breeze now features improved multi-point video – meaning that multiple users can be supported with video input from webcams. I suspect it won't be long before video input becomes a more common aspect of all web conferences.

Whiteboarding, participant polling, participant permissions, and moderated Q&A sessions are some of the other Breeze features that can't be covered here.

The last very interesting bit about Breeze is that it runs under Flash, which is already installed on most computers, which means they can all access Breeze Meetings without installing any additional software.

Breeze-Meeting&id=255539″>Source by Peter Cullen

Cosmetic dentistry has many advantages to offer. This is why it is so popular. Smile makeovers are so accessible nowadays that almost anyone can improve their smile somehow through cosmetic dentistry. You do not have to be born with perfect teeth anymore. A cosmetic dentist can create the smile that you want but nature did not give you.

Before we go into the list of just some of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry it is important to point out that not everyone is a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Those who do not take proper care of their teeth and whose oral care is lacking may not be healthy enough to successfully accept certain procedures. In other words you have to have a certain amount of healthy tissue to work with. Dentists are not going to compromise the function or health of your mouth for a cosmetic procedure.

If, on the other hand, you are in relatively good oral health and you are willing to do what it takes to maintain a healthy mouth, here are just a few cosmetic dentistry benefits that await you:

Speed ​​- Cosmetic dentistry is fast. In many cases you can be given a completely different smile in one to two office visits! In the case of most dentists's office teeth bleaching or whitening procedures results can be seen in a matter of minutes! At-home treatments for whitening work alright, but you can only find the efficiency of one-use results in your dentist's office. Another example of speedy results in cosmetic dentistry involves teeth straightening. Teeth straightening can take a long time to see results. Braces are painful, inconvenient, and largely considered unattractive. But since porcelain veneers became popular, you have the choice of never having to wear braces again. Veneers can be molded to fit almost any shape. A cosmetic dentist can shave away portions of your teeth that are ill-aligned and can fit you for a set of veneers that can straighten your teeth in just a few office visits, versus the months or even years it may take for traditional orthodontia.

Less Pain – Cosmetic dentistry can eliminate the pain of braces by completely replacing the need for them. As was just mentioned above, cosmetic dentistry can speed up the tooth straightening process, and in so doing you as the patient do not have to experience as much pain over time. If you have ever had braces you know how painful it can be after each tightening and straightening appointment. You can greatly reduce the number of nights that you have to go home and eat gelatin or yogurt because it hurts too much to chew.

Confidence – A cosmetic procedure is bound to make you feel more confident about yourself and your smile. Your smile is the first thing that many people see when they meet you. A cosmetic dentist can help you to attain the smile that you always hoped for. Imagine what other opportunities can be made available to you when you carry yourself with confidence. Many consider the boost in confidence and increase in self esteem to be motivation enough to have a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Comfort and ease – Many times cosmetic dentistry can solve an annoying dental problem that you may have. For example, dentures can be quite cumbersome. There are messy creams, adhesive tapes, cleaning foams, overnight soakings, etc. to have to worry about. With a dental implant (a permanent and nearly zero-maintenance alternative to dentures) you can go about your life not having to worry about whether your teeth will stay in place. Dental implants can provide you with the convenience and ease of maintaining your own teeth. No more wasted time and effort maintaining a removable dental appliance.

Source by Dr.

Cosmetic dentist professionals around the globe have added the practical and non-invasive benefits of laser treatments to their practice in a continuing effort to provide top-level service to their patients. Dental professionals can complete various procedures efficiently and are able to modify the soft tissue and hard substances in your mouth gently.

How Lasers Work

Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation or LASERs for short, project highly concentrated energy into the surface. This energy reacts with the moisture content inside the skin, teeth, or bone to build up a steam under the surface and cut or 'burn' the substance. Because dental treatments such as crowns and fillings do not have any moisture content in them, this technology generally has no effect on them.

Erbium Lasers

Erbium lasers use Erbium in pulses to remove the surface layers of whatever it is projected on. This style works best on hard materials such as bone or tooth because it easily removes the top layers without harming any of the material underneath. Since this type does not go too far under the surface, it is extremely precise. In fact, patients can often have a treatment without anesthesia. It is possible to use an Erbium laser on gums and soft tissue, but it is not as accurate as some of the other options available.

CO2 Lasers

CO2 Laser treatments use energy known as proprietary hollow wavelength to remove the upper levels of tissue, teeth, and bone. This style has a high absorbency level making it the ideal technology for procedures that require deep cuts into the gums. It provides a precise and clean cut while eliminating any bleeding. The cosmetic dentist may also use this laser specifically to control bleeding during other procedures.

Diode Laser Technology

A Diode Laser uses a special component made from GaAIAs crystal and a fine thread to project its energy beam. Oral care professionals use these systems for treatments that involve gums and other soft oral tissue because it offers superior precision cuts without having to be concerned about harming the surrounding area. Diode lasers also stop bleeding and are virtually painless, which is a plus for frightened patients. In addition to the painlessness of the treatment, many of them do not require any anesthesia.

Cosmetic Dentist Laser Treatments

Dental professionals use lasers for a wide variety of treatments. Gum reshaping, biopsies, and even cold sore treatments are performed using this technology on a regular basis. Procedures such as crown lengthening, dental implants, and TMJ treatments are also far more pleasant and accurate.

Orange County cosmetic dentist offices and oral care professionals throughout the country are bringing in this technology to give their patients a painless and higher quality treatment. As a patient, you can rest easy knowing you can have the best treatment possible with the benefit of suffering very little pain or bleeding.

Source by Chris A. Harmen

Crystal Cove State Park is a popular location for professional photographers in Orange County to shoot weddings, engagement sessions and family sessions. This article provides practical information and tips to photographers and their clients when scheduling a photoshoot at Crystal Cove.

How to Get to Crystal Cove

A good portrait photographer pays attention to details. Clear directions to the session site is often a missed detail that derails some sessions (by causing clients arrive late and frustrated). To avoid this situation, a professional photographer should give clear information to his clients on how to arrive at the park. The following instructions should be sufficient:

The park is located on Pacific Coast High between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. The address (for their mapping software) is:

Crystal Cove State Park
8471 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach CA 92651

For those who use Latitude / Longitude, the coordinates are 33.5701 / -117.8756.

Provide this information to your clients early. They may wish to visit the site before the shoot to identify the locations that work best for them.

Parking At Crystal Cove for Photo Session

There is a small fee for parking at the park. Advise your clients of this fee. If you are photographing a large extended family and they car pool, they will be able to save money on both gas and the parking fee. Remind your clients of this fact before the shoot.

This fee is normally paid upon exiting the park. Therefore, if your clients leave the parking lot after the lot is closed they will normally not be required to pay the parking fee.

Use the Shuttle Service for the Photo Session

There is some distance from the parking lot down to the beach. During regular operating hours, the park provides a shuttle service. This service is a great convenience when your session includes small children or aged grandparents.

Price of Photographing at the Park

Unlike many other beaches in Orange County, Crystal Cove requires the payment of a fee for a photographer to shoot in the park. A photographer should advise his clients of this fee long before the shoot so the client can make an educated decision as to whether it is worth paying the fee (the fee is around $ 60 for a individual family session) to shoot in this beautiful location or if They would like to shoot at one of the many others beaches that does not require a fee.

Crystal Cove Family Photography Friendly Factors

Crystal Cove has several attributes which makes it an ideal location for family photography.

As noted above, there is a shuttle services. This service is a great convenience to those families who have small children or aged grandparents who may find hiking down to a beach to be somewhat challenging.

Additionally, the park is large and provides a wide variety of backgrounds. Many family sessions include extended families. Thus, these sessions may include up to 30 or 40 people between the ages of 1 and 100. With the wide variety of backgrounds, a photographer can use to better match personality, age and size of group.

Examples of Terrific Crystal Cove Photography Locations

-Between the parking structure and the beach is a narrow path with green over brush and a variety of vegetation. While Crystal Cove is primarily a beach, this section of the park provides a wooded feel to the photo shoot

-At the entrance of the beach there are a couple of wooden barns that have been painted red and blue. These provide a rustic country backdrop for those desiring a more Midwestern look rather than a Southern California beach look.

-Directly before entering the beach, there is a quaint restaurant with picnic table on one side. This is a favorite spot for engaged couples to get some shots sharing milkshakes with a single straw.

-The beaches include sandy and rocky beaches. Not only does this provide great fun for and variety for small children who may want to seek out seashell or other sea animals it allows for great flexibility in posing.

-Many locations include ocean backdrops or cliff backdrops or a combination of cliff and ocean backdrops.


Crystal Cove is a unique and popular location for the photographing of families, engagements, and even weddings. Photographers in Newport Coast, Corona Del Mar, and Newport Beach should offer this state funded park to the list of locations they use to photograph families, couples and even pet photography.

Cove-State-Park-Photography-Tips&id=4920538″>Source by Vanessa Honda

There are 2 types of carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates are considered simple or complex based upon their chemical structure. So what are complex carbohydrates, or some call them starch?

Complex Carbohydrates

They are simply sugars bonded together to form a chain. Because of it’s complex chain form, your digestive enzymes have to work much harder to access the bonds to break the chain into individual sugars for absorption through the intestines.

Because of that, the digestion of complex carbohydrates takes longer. The slow absorption of sugars provides you with a steady supply of energy and limits the amount of sugar converted into fat and stored!

Usually people consider complex carbohydrates as good carbohydrates.

Here’s a list of complex carbohydrates foods.

  • Spinach
  • Whole Barley
  • Grapefruit
  • Turnip Greens
  • Buckwheat
  • Apples
  • Lettuce
  • Buckwheat bread
  • Prunes
  • Water Cress
  • Oat bran bread
  • Dried apricots
  • Zucchini
  • Oatmeal
  • Pears
  • Asparagus
  • Oat bran cereal
  • Plums
  • Artichokes
  • Museli
  • Strawberries
  • Okra
  • Wild rice
  • Oranges
  • Cabbage
  • Brown rice
  • Yams
  • Celery
  • Multi-grain bread
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Pinto beans
  • Potatoes
  • Dill Pickles
  • Low fat yogurt
  • Soybeans
  • Radishes
  • Skim milk
  • Lentils
  • Broccoli
  • Navy beans
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Brussels
  • Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Kidney beans
  • Eggplant
  • Soy milk
  • Lentils
  • Onions
  • Whole meal bread
  • Split peas

Complex Carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates are digested quickly. Many simple carbohydrates contain refined sugars and few essential vitamins and minerals. People usually consider these as bad carbohydrates.

Why bad?

These simple carbohydrates are actually smaller molecules of sugar unlike the long chains in complex carbohydrates.

They are digested quickly because the individual sugars are ready to be absorbed immediately plus digestive enzymes have easy access to the bonds in the paired molecules.

You could say most of the work has been done for the digestive system! Foods like cake, pastry, biscuits, chocolate, etc (you get the idea) contain lots of “empty” calories.

Because our cells usually do not require that amount of energy at that time of eating, the sugar must either be converted to glycogen (sugar storage within cells) or converted to fat.

Your body cells can only store a limited amount of glycogen, so in many common cases, taking too much food that contains simple carbohydrates may contribute to body fat stores.

Here’s a list of simple carbohydrates foods.

  • Table sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Fruit juice
  • Candy
  • Cake
  • Bread made with white flour
  • Pasta made with white flour
  • Soda pop
  • Candy
  • All baked goods made with white flour
  • Most packaged cereals
  • Honey
  • Milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Jam
  • Chocolate
  • Biscuit

There are a lot more foods that contains simple and complex carbohydrates. You can using the list above as a starting point for a healthier diet immediately.

Source by John Mcewen

As a woman, I'm naturally very appreciative, as well as curious, about the male anatomical design and I've always been fascinated by the slightly raised line that seems to be the join of the scrotum.

Known as the perineal raphe, it extends from the anus, through the mid-line of the scrotum (where it becomes the scrotal raphe) and upwards through the posterior mid-line aspect of the penis (to form the penile raphe).

This noticeable line is due to a phenomenon of foetal development where the scrotum (the equivalent of the labia in females) and penis close toward the midline and fuse, causing a ridge of tissue.

This ridge of tissue is formed when the genetic coding decides that the foetus is going to be a boy. If things had gone the other way, then the tissue would have become the lips of the female labia and the tip of the penis would have been her clitoris.

If you look at the upward V formed by the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes and then corresponds to the upside down V of the penis and testicles you can see how it all works.

In cases where the genetic signals become confused, you get babies that have genitals which are neither one thing nor the other and none of it works properly.

Thinking about it in this way, the whole miracle of the formation and gestation of a foetus is quite extraordinary.

But, as a friend who has studied this genetic question explained to me, it goes much deeper than this.

There are homophobic arguments about people being "unnaturally" or "pervertedly" gay, or suffering what's known as 'body dysmorphia' – where they have all the characteristics of one gender, but are mentally the other. People also think of Hermaphrodites (from a fusion of Hermes and Aphrodite) as being genetic mutations outside the norm.

The point is that we are all hermaphrodite until a certain point in our development, when the X or Y chromosomes should fulfill their potential towards one gender specific development.

Sometimes, for some reason, either the body develops one way and the mind the other (Body Dysmorphia) or the genes get confused or crossed allowing both sets of genitalia to begin to develop (Hermaphrodite), or everything seems to be OK in the complete gender specific arena, but the sexual interest is towards one's own gender, which could possibly be viewed as very mild body dysmorphia.

The evidence for the completely natural, though incorrectly developed issues above are obvious in the evidential similarities, shown not least in the perineal raphe, but also the similarity between the internal and external genitalia as below:

The G-spot in the female and prostate in the male giving deeper and more convulsive pelvic floor orgasms.

The fact that men still have 'totally useless' nipples for no apparent reason.

The fact that, given heavy doses of steroids which directly trigger hormonal responses, transgender mutations can still be engineered in a person's hirsuteness, voice tone, and both organ and bone shape.

The type of superficial intensity of the clitoral / glans-penile orgasm.

The appearance of the clitoris (which tumesces – ie: swells under stimulation, out from under a hood) and the penis with its foreskin.

The similarity between the testes, vas diferens (tubes) and the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

In short, we are all more alike than we think, and only genetic irregularity makes any of us stray from the male / female norm … and being gay, or a man / woman trapped in the other gender's body is not a perverted choice . It's just the unfortunate way it is for that being who developed in that way, and has to live in an ignorant society.

Ridge-on-My-Scrotum?-How-a-Line-Can-Define-Your-Gender-and-Sexuality&id=3418830″>Source by Joanna Cake

For patients that are seeking out dental implants, they may go to the dentist and hear that they are going to have to have to undergo bone grafting before they are able to have their dental implants placed. The obvious questions that follow involve what bone grafting is and the purpose of bone grafting.

What Is Grafting?

Bone Grafting is the procedure of adding bone to an area of the mouth where it is missing. It can be used in any area of the mouth where it is needed. When adding it to a patient’s mouth, the dentist will use one of three types of bone: autogenous, allograft, or alloplasts. Autogenous bone belongs to the patient receiving it. Allograft bone refers to a donor and alloplasts are synthetic substitutes. The dentist may use a combination of the above as well.

In conjunction with the bone, the dentist may add PRP, a healing agent that comes from your blood and is accessed through the IV. The area will be closed off with either artificial collagen or donor membrane.

Why Is It Performed?

Bone grafting is performed for two reasons: to create enough bone for dental implants or to fill out deterioration under the gums. Bone creation is often needed when a patient has been without teeth for a while or for another reason has lost bone in the area where the implant will be placed. The dental implant will need the bone in order to hold it in place. If the bone grafting is to fill out the bone alone, the reason is generally cosmetic or for gum contour reasons.

Time Frame

Many times the dental implant can be placed at the same time the bone grafting surgery is performed. However, this will often depend on the facility that your implants and grafting are being conducted in and the size of the area that has to be grafted.

When grafting is done before the implant is placed, healing time for the bone to heal prior to having the implant placed can be from 4 to 6 months.

Source by Dr. Lee Fitzgerald

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