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The Dentist’s Tools

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Dentistry | 0 comments

Just like everybody else, going to the dentist is not how I like to spend an afternoon. I have my own anxieties about the dentist’s office, and so it’s especially hard to try and make my children feel comfortable about the dentist’s office. This year I made it a personal goal to somehow quell my anxieties surrounding a visit to the dentist, and learn to be more comfortable about the entire experience. I wanted to do this for myself, but I also wanted to do it for my children as well. I realized that one thing adding to my nervousness at the dentist is that I am oftentimes not even sure what the dentist and hygienists are using on me. I’m not sure what the purpose is of the tools that they’re putting around or inside my mouth. So I went reading online and found out about what does what on the Babylon Dental Care website.

Some of the items are a little self-explanatory. The small mirrors that dentists use make it easier for them to see around corners and get a good look at every angle of your teeth so they can adequately determine the health of your teeth.

Dentists use probes and curettes to gently scrape off hardened plaque called calculus. Most of us can spot plaque and other germ residue in our mouths. We remove this when brushing and flossing. Dentists have the expertise to spot hardened plaque that’s built up on our teeth. They can scrape away at this plaque and stop when it’s all gone. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone at home take a curette and start scraping at their teeth. We just don’t have the eye or years of experience to properly handle that sort of thing.

The most unpleasant device for me personally is that suction device they use sometimes. In order for a dentist to work on your teeth for an extended time, that suction device is necessary to keep saliva from flooding the dentist’s workspace. The dentist uses that so they can work effectively and also so that you don’t end up swallowing any hardened plaque.

Most syringes are going to be filled with anesthetic. I know that a lot of people are scared of needles, but once the anesthetic goes into your gum, the area surrounding that spot should be numb for some time. This will end up saving you a lot more discomfort in the long run.

The dental drill is one of the most scary pieces of equipment. My children freaked out when they saw it for the first time even though it wasn’t going to be used on them. These drills are used to remove decay inside a tooth so that a cavity can be filled. The vibration of the drill works to knock all that decay loose. The sensation is awkward and unusual, but it’s not causing any actual harm to your teeth.

Going to the dentist will probably not ever be my favorite afternoon chore, but I feel a lot more at ease going in now that I have an understanding of how the tools they use work.

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Divorce Trends

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Divorce Law | 0 comments

The overwhelming majority of people that decide to get married do not expect that their marriage will end in divorce. Marriage is difficult, and every union has its ups and downs. Almost half of all married couples in the U.S. end up getting divorced, but statistics surrounding this demographic are continually changing. In a world with more information than ever before, here are the latest divorces statistics for couples in the year 2018:

  • The rate at which people are getting divorced is shrinking. Compared to just a few decades ago, fewer couples are filing for a divorce in Georgia and around the entire nation. However, this doesn’t have anything to do with more families deciding to stick together. The rate has decreased because the overall number of couples getting married is diminishing. Now that more couples are choosing to avoid marriage, they don’t need divorce lawyers to call it quits.
  • Children are more likely to support their parent’s decision to get a divorce. Children are much more likely to see divorce as an appropriate solution after their parent’s relationship has legally ended, compared to children whose parents are still married. Perhaps, part of that comes from the anxiety of not knowing how things will change after their parents’ divorce.
  • People over 50 are more likely to get divorced today than younger couples. The divorce rate among Baby Boomers has more than doubled since 1990, and this could be partly because of their large population size. As people wait longer to get married, they may not realize that they need Atlanta divorce attorneys until they have been married for several years. Another possible contribution to this statistic is that people who get remarried are more than twice as likely to get divorced once again.
  • Women are usually much happier after the divorce, and they initiate nearly two-thirds of all divorces. As some women find the opportunity to climb the corporate ladder, their economic situation has an impact on their ability to divorce their spouse. Women are much more likely to initiate the divorce if they are financially independent and their friends support the transition.
  • Children are more likely to succeed if their parents are married and make a lot of money, compared to a single parent that makes a lot of money. Although this is just a trend, it may be a significant finding for future parents trying to decide if divorce is the right choice.
  • Social factors can affect the likelihood of a married couple to seek a divorce. Couples may feel pressured by certain social influences, compared to couples that do not have certain elements in their life. For people who are in their twenties, consider themselves religious, have gone to college, and make a decent living, divorce may not be a viable option or a strong consideration.
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Four Tips for Building Security

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Insurance Consultation | 0 comments

There’s a lot of talk of cybersecurity these days, but all that talk tends to leave one area of security out of the conversation: actual building security.

If you own a business, you’ve probably had nightmares about robberies. Thieves in the night, wearing black ski masks and carrying crowbars, break in and steal everything you’ve worked so hard for. Then, you wake up in the morning and think it’s just a nightmare and go about your business.

But building security isn’t something to take lightly. The nightmare may never come true, but it could. So how can you make your business more secure? Follow these four steps.

  1. Limit entrance points – While it can be nice to have an open feeling to a business and allow people to approach from all sides, what you gain from walk-ins you lose in security. Confining doors and windows to a small portion of your building limits the ways criminals can get in. It makes it hard for criminals to hide and makes it easy to concentrate your security on a few major points.
  1. Keep your cameras up to date and at good angles – If you have a business, you probably have some security cameras in place. Make sure they are up to date and make sure the cameras cover every angle. Run some tests to see if there is any way to get into your business where a face can’t be seen. If you have a parking lot, see if there is any space where a camera couldn’t pick up a license plate. Get all your blind spots covered. Because if they exist, thieves will find them.
  1. Keep valuables visible and locked up after hours – If you have a store, keep your valuable selling items in a highly visible area, but make them visible only from within the store. Not only does this help sell them, it allows you to keep an eye on them, and it discourages thieves. It also makes it less likely thieves will target your store if they can’t see the items presented from outside the store. They may assume your store just doesn’t have anything worth stealing. After closing, lock up everything in a good safe. Again, you’ve limited the ability of thieves to see the items, and you’ve made it harder for them to get them even if they know the items exist.
  1. Hire a consultant – While points 1-3 are all very good, the best possible thing you could do for your business is hiring a consultant, like K2 Consulting, that I’ve heard good things about, to give your top quality advice. There are plenty of consultants out there but hire one that has a good reputation. If they have made a name for themselves, they probably know all the tricks of the trade. Once you have some good advice, implement everything they suggest that you can afford.
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Meet the Staff

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

A Gastrointestinal disease (GI) is any disease that involves the gastrointestinal tract, namely the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, as well as the accessory organs of digestion, the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), Gastrointestinal diseases can occur when “nerves or muscles in any portion of the digestive tract do not function in a coordinated fashion, or when the sensitivity of the nerves of the intestines or the way in which the brain controls some of these functions is impaired.”

GI symptoms commonly include pain, heartburn, abdominal distension, nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation and diarrhea

GI disorders affect millions of men, women, and children – people of any age. These can discomfort, ranging from inconvenience to deep personal distress. For those with severe symptoms, however, the disorders can be debilitating, rendering them incapable of fully participating in life and work. This is why it is important for anyone suffering from a GI disorder to get friendly, compassionate care from the dedicated Gastroenterologist immediately.

According to Dr. Bradley Rieders, a Gastroenterology in GastroCare LI (Long Island), anyone suffering from GI disorder should receive only the best service possible. This is why he and all others working with him, like Dr. Gautam Reddy, who specializes in biliary procedures and currently a member of the Medical Board at Long Island Jewish-Valley Stream, are committed to providing the best service, and are able to offer their services in several languages for everyone’s convenience, including Spanish, Italian, Hindi and Urdu.

Board certified, formerly the President of the Medical Staff at Long Island Jewish – Valley Stream and the current Chief of Gastroenterology, Dr. Rieders, who is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, and is currently an Assistant clinical professor at Hofstra Medical School, advises that patients with gastrointestinal disorder should entrust their gastrointestinal health only in the best hands.


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A Truck’s “No-zone” Areas

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Truck Driving | 0 comments

A Truck’s “No-zone” Areas

A semi-trailer truck, also called 18-wheeler or big rig, is about 70 feet long and weighs about 80,000 lbs. – that’s around 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger cars. Due to its size and length, a semi-trailer requires not only heavy-duty and high-quality tires, but also 20% to 40% more road surface to be able to stop. Any lighter vehicle that stands in its path when it is on the move or when its brakes fail to work can easily be damaged like tin can.

Though its size serves as a really big threat to smaller and lighter vehicles, this does not ensure its driver automatic safety in case of an accident. In fact, from 1992 – 1995, compared to any other occupation in the U.S., truck drivers had a higher total number of work-related deaths. The major cause of so many truck accidents (during those times) was lack of knowledge among drivers of lighter vehicles on how to maneuver and drive properly when sharing the road with trucks.

Semi-trailers are subject to various federal and state laws to ensure their safe operation. Some of these laws, which are enforced by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), include the maximum number of hours of service (HOS) of commercial drivers, limitations on truck length, skills required of truck drivers and the exams they need to pass when applying for a commercial driver’s license.

Skillful driving and constant awareness are necessary when driving a commercial vehicle as long as a semi-trailer due to it “no zone” areas or blind spots. “No zones” of blind spots are areas around a truck where smaller vehicles become invisible to a truck driver. Not being aware of the presence of smaller vehicles on these areas, a driver often commits the mistake of maneuvering the truck, hitting the vehicle in the process. There are four blind spots around trucks:

  • Front: For whatever reason, some drivers (of smaller vehicles) have the very bad habit of cutting in front of a truck and then immediately slowing down after passing it. This is one very dangerous move which invites nothing less than a tragic accident that can result to severe injuries or death.
  • Rear: The length and width of a truck will render its driver to fail to notice smaller vehicles tailgating it. Besides not being able to see any danger ahead, a driver of a smaller vehicle may also have nowhere else to go but under the truck if it suddenly tries to stop or slow down.
  • Sides: Two other areas that drivers of smaller vehicles should totally avoid are the sides of semi-trailers, especially the right or the passenger side, where truck drivers can totally fail to notice them. Also, if a truck driver needs to change lane or swerve to the right, this can be big trouble to the smaller vehicle.

As explained in the website of the Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, however, truck drivers are well trained in monitoring their vehicle’s four blind spots, known as “no-zones,” serious accidents can result if they do not take adequate precaution to check these areas before changing lanes or turning. While such accidents are preventable with proper training, unfortunately, they are extremely common.

Because the consequences of truck accidents are frequently devastating, resulting to life-threatening health problems, costly medical treatment, and time away from work, Houston personal injury lawyers of Williams Kherkher advises injured victims (or their families) to file a lawsuit against the negligent party to get financial compensation for suffering and losses.

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