3 Tips to Get the Perfect Driveway

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The perfect driveway is a dream come true for many people. There are probably lots of reasons you’re looking for that wonderful, smooth, gorgeous surface. After all, it can increase your curb appeal, give you a safe place to play and park, and give your home a measure of resilience other properties just don’t have. Finding the right material may seem overwhelming, but for many, there’s just one choice: asphalt. Before you grab the first asphalt company you see to help, though, do a little planning. Here are a few tips that can help you get that amazing driveway you’re looking for.

Tip Number 1: Make sure you get the right design. The right driveway design for the way your home sits on your property is a must. Of course, you will want to clear your new driveway with the city. There are certain places you can and cannot place your new driveway. Then, you want to decide the shape and position that will be most beneficial to you. You don’t want to build a new driveway to later find that it is in an inconvenient location for you when you come home or when people come to visit you. Rather, you want to enjoy your new driveway as a convenience. You also want it to be inviting to your guests when they come to visit. Further, you want to make sure that your driveway will be large enough for all the cars that will normally sit on it.

Tip Number 2: Use good materials. The materials that make up your driveway are what is going to determine how long your driveway is going to last. This is one of those times where you truly get what you pay for. If you go ultra cheap, you’re going to have to replace your driveway sooner than if you pay a little more for the good materials. So, before you ever hire someone to do your driveway, you want to have an idea in your mind of the types of materials you want your driveway to be composed of.

Tip Number 3: Get the right company to help. If you open the phone book, you are sure to find a number of companies to call in for the job. However, you don’t want to randomly pick someone for this type of job. Rather, you want to make sure you hire a good company. The company you hire should come with high recommendations. Also, they should be willing to write a contract with you so that you get what you agreed to without any hidden fees.

If you’re looking for a great asphalt paving company in Round Rock, Texas, look no further than Bennett Paving. You’ll get the perfect driveway the first time, and it’s certain to be durable enough to withstand the incessant Texas sun.

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What Services Does Your Dentist Offer?

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While you may not even be concerned with what services your dentist currently has to offer, you’re certainly going to be as you’re making some frantic last minute phone calls because you need this procedure or that one, and your current dentist doesn’t happen to offer those services. Before you decide you have the world’s best dentist in San Antonio, TX, as many patients at Daniela Dental do, you may want to look closer at the services offered. Here are just a few that can prove helpful in the long run.

Emergency Dental Services – Not familiar with an emergency dentist? You might be if a toothache ever crops up at two a.m. on a Saturday morning. Emergency dentists are those that keep special hours, like later evenings or weekends. This helps to make certain patients, with almost any dental problem, can be seen immediately. While not all of those who specialize in emergency dental work have those late hours, all of them do have an after-hours hotline you can call to make certain you can be seen immediately. From there, you’ll be able to come to the office at almost any time of the day or night to have your procedure completed.

Tooth Implants – These are often done to help replace a tooth, or teeth, that have become particularly problematic. In some cases, it may have been broken. In other cases, it may have been removed because of decay or damage. Tooth implants aren’t just done on a singular basis. They can span several teeth to help prevent the need for partial dentures as well. While some tooth implant surgeries may just take a single visit, others can take a couple of months, so talking to your dentist about exactly what he or she offers is essential to ensuring you get the right services.

Teeth Whitening Services – Many people are looking for that perfect smile these days, and teeth whitening can help. While you may think that turning to over-the-counter tooth whiteners will help solve your smile problems, the reality is that not only are these sometimes an ineffective solution, but they can be quite damaging as well. Professional services are long-lasting, affordable, and help to protect teeth while whitening them.

Dental Veneers – If you’ve had a number of chips and cracks in your teeth, veneers might be the way to go, but not every dental office offers them. Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite materials, and they give you a great smile in as little as one or two visits. They’re perfect for stains or discoloration, chips, or even gaps between teeth. An affordable alternative to many other procedures, they are more popular than ever, and they’re fairly non-invasive as well.

Dentists, just like any other medical professional, specialize, and not all dentists offer what you need now or may require in the future. Do a bit of research to see if your dentist offers all of these services.

Daniela Dental
6415 Babcock Rd. #105
San Antonio, Texas 78249
(210) 696-8050

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Why Are There Icicles on Roofs

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You aren’t likely to see them under the hot sun of Dallas, Texas, but icicles are something you may have wondered about during your trips to the north. They can grow rather large and in a huge quantity on some homes; particularly along the edges of older homes. But, what causes the swords of wintertime crystal?

The answer is quite simple – heat loss. In other words, icicles – while beautiful and fascinating – are actually not a good thing. In order to understand the process that forms these sheaths of ice, you must revisit the lessons you learned in high school regarding heat transfer. The most basic principle at work is the rising of heat. Warmer air is less dense and therefore rises. It will continue to do so until it is prohibited from doing so by some sort of barrier.

Icicles form because the insulation between the attic and the roof, in a heated home, is not adequate enough. The rising heat, therefore, finds no barrier to prevent it from travelling further upward. It warms the roof’s sheathing and then the shingles and finally the snow atop it. When the temperature at the surface gets warm enough, the snow begins to melt. Due to the slope of the roof, the water drizzles on toward the ground. Before it can reach its intended destination, however, it must fall from the roof’s edge. There is no more warmth when it reaches this point and it rapidly cools and freezes forming the start of an icicle.

As more snow melts and more water runs, the icicles grow in length and size. They are undoubtedly beautiful, but they are also trouble. The weight can be tremendous and harmful to gutters and other roofing components. There is also the underlying problem of too little insulation.

Worse than the actual dangling icicles – which pose a threat to walkers by as they could fall at any moment – are ice dams. This occurs when the water re-freezes before it falls from the roof’s edge. It continues to build up at the edge building a wall of frozen water. This stops any snow or water that might otherwise fall from the surface. Instead it continues to build up, adding undue weight to the house. When the ice thaws and freezes over and over again, it can cause the shingles to lift and allow water beneath. This can lead to substantial water damage in the home. That of course is the catalyst for mold growth, wood rot, and a host of other problems.

Though Dallas temperatures do not fall far enough to produce the risk of large icicles, one should still pay attention to the insulation in the attic. Too little insulation can allow an abundance of heat to escape during the cooler months of the year. In the hot Texas summers, one wants to the heat to escape, but that is what roofing vents are for. If you are wondering about how adequately insulated and ventilated your roof is, contact roofers. Dallas experts can be reached at www.dallasroofing.co.

To learn more about the potential danger to your roof and how to prevent these winter problems, visit http://www.dallasroofing.co/garland-texas-roofing/.

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3102 Maple Ave #400-A1
Dallas, Texas 75201
(972) 351-8266

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How Do Bad Windows Cause Mold?

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If you are seeing a lot of mold or mildew forming on or around the windows in your home, then it might be time to consider replacement windows options. Unfortunately, windows do not last forever. Over time, air gaps can form between the walls and the windows. This can allow moisture to travel into the home and it can also allow air to come and go. When cold air comes in contact with warmer air, the result is often condensation, a buildup of moisture. Mold, which is a living organism, thrives in moist environments. That means that the moisture that is allowed to settle on and around the windows is a waiting invitation for mold.

There are many reasons why you should now let your old windows to continue growing the spores. While window replacement can be pricey, after reading this list you will understand just how affordable they really are.

Allergies – Have you found that you or a loved one has had increasing trouble with allergies? Mold can be a big contributor to these problems. Itching and watering eyes, congested head, heavy chest, and coughs can all increase when mold is present. This can occur in all people, even those who aren’t as susceptible to allergies. Others can be highly allergic to mold spores and are sure to suffer in its presence. The direct and indirect costs tied to allergies in this country total to a whopping $14.5 billion.

Asthma – Respiratory problems are much more prominent in those who have prolonged exposure to mold. Asthmatics in Katy, Texas, are far more likely to have attacks and need hospitalizations if they are in the presence of mold for any extended period of time. There are many scary statistics tied to asthma, such as the fact that nine Americans die as a result of asthma each day. However, while most will survive the attacks, the cost of dealing with asthma can become astronomical. It is figured that Americans spend eighteen billion dollars on the disease each year.

Depression – Did you think that mold stopped at affecting your physical health? Think again. In 2010, a group of scientists found that high presences of mold in a household made it much more likely that those living within it showed the key signs of depression. Did you think that the $18 billion spent on asthma was bad? The overall cost of living with and treating depression greatly outweighs that figure at $83 billion.

So, while it may seem like a big out of pocket expense to invest in new windows to replace those covered with mold spores, the truth is that you could be saving yourself an immense sum in the future as the mold spreads and the health status of those living in the home declines. Not only can they save you money on medical bills. Replacement windows are known to improve the energy efficiency of a household and can even protect the decorative elements of a home. The question should not be how much windows will cost, but rather what will they afford you down the road. The answer might just be a happier, healthier lifestyle.

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You Think Halloween is Scary? Jobsite Frights on the Roof

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With Halloween just around the corner, many people are beginning to think about horror movies, scary costumes, and creepy campfire stories. However, frightful isn’t always a fun term. I figured that this was a good time of year to write a fear-worthy post about the roofing industry. The stories included below are true, accurate, provided by the OSHA website, and, most of all, truly and utterly scary!

Snap… Snap… Ahhh! One of the dangers of working up high is the potential for life-threatening falls. While some might assume that the vast majority of these falls would occur at the edge of the building, that is certainly not always the case. Imagine being in the middle of roof repair in Houston, TX,, working away and as you stand and step back to prepare the next shingle, you hear ‘SNAP!’ You wouldn’t have much time to process what was happening before the fall left you seriously injured (or worse!) in the living space of the homeowner. This happens a lot due to workers being unaware of their surroundings. Skylights present serious hazards to roofers as they are not meant to hold the weight of a man of woman, who unintentionally steps on them. This is exactly what happened to a worker at L&C Exteriors in Overland, Missouri. The roofer wasn’t even on a sloped surface, but the risk of falling was still very real. The company learned the hard way how dangerous skylights could be.

That’s not to say that workers have not fallen from the edge of buildings and been seriously injured or killed. An example did occur only one day before the skylight incident, hundreds of miles from the Missouri worksite. A worker fell from his extension ladder and landed head first. The head trauma quickly claimed his life in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Another man in Florida suffered a similar fate when he fell a whopping sixty feet from atop a commercial building in June.

ZZZZap! It’s not just falls that can claim lives in this industry. One of the most talked about safety issues in roofing is electricity. Roof repair often requires men and women to work in close proximity to power lines. It doesn’t take more than a split second or a single poor decision for electricity to claim a life. Just as the family of the worker in Augusta, GA who was performing electrical repair and accidentally caught hold of a life wire. He was killed in June as well. Another man in Jefferson, GA fell onto a active switch and suffered the same fate.

Fore! The common warning in the game of golf is just as meaningful on the jobsite, where materials are often hanging precariously overhead. A worker on the roof can cause serious harm or even kill a man below with a slip of the hand. A hammer that falls free from his grip could cause obvious damage to the heads below. Jay Construction of Ridgewood, NJ recently lost an employee when he was struck on the head by falling debris. This is exactly why, when performing roof leak repair, all workers should wear hard hats and be very aware of their surroundings.

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From Mine to Rooftop: The Story of Slate Shingles

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Slate has been mined for hundreds of years and used for many different types of applications from the creation of tombstones, roofing, flooring, wedging materials, and there are even homes built entirely from slate. One of the most common uses for slate is for roofing. It is a wonderful material to use for roofing. It has very low water absorption, at an index of less than 0.4%. This makes slate a wonderful material to use in areas that have a lot of rain and also makes it less susceptible to frost and ice. Austin roofing contractors can give estimates on what it may cost to re-roof or to install a new slate roof. The initial cost is very expensive, but the longevity of the roof is superior to almost all other roofing materials, with an average life span of 80 to even 100 years.

Installers of slate roofs are sometimes called ‘slaters’ and, in some cases, that is the only type of roofing these installers perform. Installing a slate roof requires a certain finesse and knowledge of how to use this wonderful material to cover the roof and make a water proof barrier for decades to come. Slate has two lines of breakability, cleavage and grain, these areas of the slate make it possible for manufactures of slate to cut and split the stone into thin stone sheets called roofing tiles. Slate is easily stackable and when cut properly provides a uniform surface to stack, and build upon.

Pflugerville roofing contractors may use nails or hooks to fix the slate roofs. Nailing is done by drilling a hole in one end of the slate and fixing a copper nail into the plywood or timber batons. The other method that can be used to hang the slate roof is by using hooks. Hooks can be the preferred method because there are less weak spots in the slate tiles due to the lack of drilled holes. Small ridges and tight angles are easier to overcome using the hook method because the tiles can be cut smaller. The only downside to using the hook method of fixing slate tiles is that the hook is exposed and visible. This may not be suitable for some historic restorations.

Be sure to call a professional with a proven track record when it comes to installing slate and get a roof estimate. Killeen, TX is home to many roofing professionals that can give an accurate time frame for installation, cost of installation, and free inspections to make sure that your building can have slate installed. This is not an application that is well handled in a DIY manner. If there is pre-existing slate that needs to be fixed, there should be a contract of details of what type of slate was used on the job, thickness of the slate, and the origin of the slate. This information can be crucial to restoring your slate roof. If this is a new installation, pressed wood should be avoided because it will not last as long as the slate. Solid wood batons, tongue and groove, or boards should be used with thicknesses of ¾” to 1 ½” inches.

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7000 N Mopac Expy #200-A1
Austin,TX 78731

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Preventing Razor Burn on Sensitive Skin

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When it comes to shaving, there is, believe it or not, a right way and a wrong way to go about it. When a person practicing the wrong method, or simply has super sensitive skin, the result can be a painful, unsightly skin irritation. Known commonly as razor burn, the red swollen bumps can be difficult to get rid of once formed. So, the best thing to do is to avoid it in the first place.

Shave Safe When you set out to achieve hair removal in a particular area – whether it is the armpits, legs, or bikini line, be sure that you choose a well suited shaving cream. Creating a silky lather can help defend moisture levels in the skin and also defend against ingrown hairs. In addition, choose a razor that pivots easily around the contours. You want to be sure that your razor is up to the task. If it is a cheap blade that will easily chip, or if it becomes overly clogged with hair, then you are basically asking for razor burn. You may also have to trim before you shave, using scissors or trimmers, depending on how long it has been since your last shave.

Prep Before the Shave Just as important as the type of razor and cream that you choose is the ritual that you follow. Remember, it is important to treat your skin right, or else the months of exercise and abiding by the HCG diet could be in vain as you drive to the beach in a full cover up. That being said, the best arena for a simple shave is the steamy, hot shower. To prepare the skin, stay under the water for ten minutes or so before beginning. It is also a good idea to consider a quick exfoliation before shaving. This will better prepare the skin and allow for a close, clean cut each time.

Dealing With It

Ok, so you didn’t follow the advice above, you didn’t know that you were doing it wrong, or it simply didn’t work for you; so what do you do then? First thing is first… don’t shave again! The biggest mistake that you can make is shaving when razor burn is already present. You are just going to further irritate the skin, causing the situation to get worse. Lay off the razor for a while and give the area a few days to heal. Secondly, keep the area clean and moisturized. Choose a cream or gel that will soothe the skin and provide natural moisture, such as an aloe gel or a cream with Jojoba oil. It is also essential to avoid rubbing or irritation. Depending on the area being shaved that might mean wearing very loose clothing or it could mean a shift from tight, high cut underwear to something more similar to boxer shorts. Remember, in the bikini area, rubbing can also come in the form of sexual intercourse, which is best to be avoided for a day or two if you want to heal quickly. Finally, while heat is a good thing before you shave, hot water can be horribly drying and, therefore, detrimental when trying to renew the skin. Treat your skin right for a couple of days and you will be back to the start line, better prepared to practice save shaving. In no time, you’ll be ready to leave Austin for the day for some skin showing at the beach

 

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4613 Bee Caves Rd #105-B
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 337-2466

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Beginner’s Guide: How to Change a Flat Tire: Auto Repair in Austin

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Often, we find ourselves having to fix a flat tire in emergency situations and when weather conditions, the time of the day, and the location play against us. One of the best, and simplest ways to better your odds of success, whenever you are dealing with an auto repair, is to go over the owner’s manual. This should point out where the OEM (original engineered material) tool kits are located before you venture out onto the open road. Most vehicles come with their own tire jack and lug nut tool in case of such an emergency. Just by familiarizing yourself with these simple items and their location can significantly help in that moment.

The first thing to do when dealing with a flat tire, or any auto repair, is to find the best possible working environment. If you find yourself on the side of the highway with cars and trucks flying by you at highway speeds, it may be best to slowly move the vehicle off of the nearest exit before you start working on your tire problem. If you stop to think about it, the tire is ruined anyway, and if you drive carefully, you should be able crawl to the exit and put yourself in a safe position to work on your vehicle. Your life is more important that the tire. This rule, however, has its limitations. It is not a wise decision to drive your vehicle on the rims for any extended length of time, you could ruin the bead, the sealing portion of your rim which provides a means for your tire to properly seal and inflate to proper operating pressures. If you are miles away from the next exit than pull your vehicle over, as far as you can, on the side of the road and try to keep a look out while working.

Your vehicle has tire changing points that the manufacture has designated. Typically, this information is in the operations manual or labeled on the vehicle. These points are located anywhere from twelve to eighteen inches behind each tire on the frame of the vehicle. Take a look at the jack that is supplied by the manufacturer. More of the time, the tip or head of the jack is specifically designed for changing tires on that particular make and model vehicle. Take the tire rod, or lug nut removal tool that is supplied by the manufacturer and loosen the bolts on the deflated tire first. Do not try to do this when the vehicle is jacked up. Next raise the vehicle up in the air using the supplied tire jack, just enough so that the tire is freewheeling off of the ground. At this point, finish loosening the lug nuts and remove them. Put them in a safe place while you finish the job. The tire may free right up and come off, if you are lucky, but it is not uncommon for the tire to be bonded to the rotor. You may need to give the tire a swift impact to break it free; sometimes the tire rod that is provided has a beveled edge opposite of the socket head. You can use this to pry off the tire.

Once the tire is off, grab the spare tire or donut that has been provided by the manufacturer and repeat the steps in reverse order. Be sure to tighten the lug nuts as much as you can while the vehicle is lifted up. When the vehicle is set back down, be sure to tighten the lug nuts again in a star pattern. This will ensure that they are evenly tightened down.

If you find that the flat tire is stuck in place or that the area you have to work in is truly unsafe, it will be best to call the professionals. Austin motorcycle repair and traditional auto repair shops will be equipped with a tow truck if necessary and experienced in removing difficult tires. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, when necessary.

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Does Your Filling Need to Be Replaced?

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Millions of Americans have received fillings in their teeth in an effort to protect them against further decay or related complications beneath the surface. However, over time, those fillings can wear down or suffer harm do to the daily grind of chewing, talking, brushing, and so on. It is perfectly understandable why the fillings don’t last forever. In some instances, they can even fall out or crack, which will call for premature replacement. Also, if the filling begins to leak, issues can arise that will call for the dentist to act faster than usual.

Why Do Fillings Fall Out? In most cases, a filling won’t fall out. It will be replaced only when the dentist rules that it has been weakened over time. However, on occasion, when a person bites down on something unusually hard or when a weaker filling material was used in a large space, it can break or fall out. This is also seen when saliva is allowed to contaminate the filling during the initial procedure. Similarly, cracking can occur because the top of the filling sits higher than the top of the tooth or just as a result of wear and tear over the years. Regardless of the reason, once gone, it will need to be replaced.

Why Do Fillings Leak? This occurs when the filling doesn’t fit tightly to the side of the cavity. This allows food debris, saliva, and bacteria to seep beneath it, which can cause serious damage to the tooth and nerve within. In most cases, after an amalgam filling, a person will notice some sensitivity to cold. However, a solid filling will corrode and the corrosion with strengthen the bond with the tooth. The sensitivity, as a result, fades after a couple of weeks. When that sensitivity continues or is suddenly noticeable (with any type of filling material), then there is reason for concern. The forming gaps between filling and tooth can be a result of shrinkage, wear and tear, or because the filling never bonded correctly.

How Long Does it Take for a Cavity to Wear Out? The best fillings will last through numerous dentist visits. They can remain strong for fifteen years or longer. However, there are certain habits that can break a filling down faster.

What Can I do to Prolong the Life of a Filling? The best way to prevent the need of a filling replacement is to be aware of what you eat, avoiding foods that are too hard, and to have problems with jaw clenching or grinding addressed right away.

How Do I Know if There is a Problem with My Filling? There are a few different warning signs to look out for that could signal the need for a dentist visit. A sudden increase in sensitivity, a visible crack, or noticing a chip in the filling is reason to pick up the phone. Make an appointment to have the tooth evaluated. In some instances, the dentist may be able to repair the existing filling, rather than replacing it entirely.

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Can Toothaches Be Fatal?

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To many this would seem a rather ridiculous question. After all, how could a toothache kill a person? But, the question does not have such an obvious answer and a recent story making headlines gives reason for people to rethink their stance on oral care.

In September, it was reported by many worthwhile news sources that a twenty-four year old man was pronounced dead at Cincinnati’s University Hospital. The cause of his death was tied to a toothache that the man had complained about some time before. Though his dentist urged him to have the tooth pulled, the man failed to do so. Soon, that pain, which had started as a mere discomfort around the tooth, spread and was accompanied by severe headaches and facial swelling. At that time, the young man headed for the emergency room where he was prescribed antibiotics and pain killers. He could not afford to pay for both, so he opted to fill only the latter. Though the pain was effectively diminished, the underlying infection was allowed to spread, reaching his brain.

There are types of brain infection, which result from infections elsewhere in the body, for instance, the cerebral abscess. Severe headache, fever, and a generalized ill feeling are commonly associated with this condition, which can be treated effectively with antibiotics. They can result from bacteria commonly found in the mouth, which spreads through open wound into the blood stream. When this condition is found, doctors will often opt to release some of the intracranial pressure while treating with antibiotics. It can be fatal if left untreated. However, thanks to modern medicine, this condition has been successfully resolved in up to ninety-five percent of all cases. Had the man followed the advice of his emergency dentist in the first place, he too could have been one of the survivors.

The bad news is that people like this young man overlook the importance of oral health. Infections in the mouth may seem a minor inconvenience, but left untreated, bacterial infection can eat away as soft tissue and bone before entering the blood stream. It is not only the brain that is in danger after that. There have been definitive links drawn between gum disease and heart disease.

Gum disease – known as Gingivitis and Periodontitis (at different stages of the disease) – begins rather silently. Gingivitis, which is at the mildest form of the oral condition, is noted by red and swollen gums and can be diagnoses by an Austin dentist. There may be minor pain, but not necessarily. Another warning sign is gums that bleed easily during brushing or flossing. If this condition is left untreated, it can become Periodontitis, which is defined as the stage at which the gums begin to pull away from the teeth. Deep pockets are formed, which provide the perfect breeding ground for more bacteria. At this point the supporting bone that holds the teeth in place is at risk of deterioration. That often results in tooth loss and added discomfort. dental implants will likely be needed to disguise the missing teeth, but if the bone is too badly damaged, that may no longer be an option.

The same bacteria that create plaque on and around the teeth — and that leads to Periodontitis –can also create plaque in the arteries, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Without doubt, if not treated properly, a toothache can be fatal… in more ways than one.

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2304 Hancock Dr. Suite 1
Austin, TX 78756-2537
(512) 454-0414

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What are the Basics of LASIK?

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LASIK eye surgery stands for laser in situ keratomileusis. It’s a procedure used to change the shape of the cornea and thus improve the patient’s vision. LASIK has become a popular method of vision correction. It is one of the biggest advances in the field of opthalmology and many Austin residents have either had it or are considering it.

Before signing on for any surgical procedure, it’s a good idea to have at least a basic understanding of what in involved. Here are a few of the basics of LASIK to get you started.

How can I tell if I’m a good candidate for LASIK?

Not everyone who wants to have LASIK is an ideal candidate. A LASIK surgeon will assess whether or not this procedure can help you but here a few general guidelines. An ideal candidate will be in good overall health: free of infection, not troubled by autoimmune conditions and a good healer.

Who performs LASIK surgery?

A board-certified LASIK surgeon should be the person who performs any LASIK procedure. He should also be the same doctor who examines your eyes and discusses your health history and answers your questions.

What does this procedure do to my eyes?

The LASIK procedure is a bit more complex than can accurately be described in just a few words. However, the general idea is that the shape of the cornea is reshaped to give it a more spherical surface so that light is not improperly bent or distorted as it passes through. A flap is cut in the cornea and this flap is lifted open. A laser removes a certain amount of corneal tissue to achieve the proper shape and the flap is then replaced.

Does it hurt?

Most patients say that they feel pressure but no pain. Some patients are more prone to panic, particularly since this procedure is performed while the patient is awake. These patients may need a higher dose of medication to help them relax during the procedure.

What conditions can LASIK fix?

Myopia or nearsightedness is one of the conditions that can be treated with LASIK. Others include hyperopia or farsightedness and astigmatism. Presbyopia (or “elder eye”) may be improved with LASIK, depending on the patient.

Will I have to stay in the hospital overnight?

LASIK surgery is typically done as an outpatient procedure. This mean you will not be staying in the hospital. Many LASIK clinics do the procedure in their own offices so a trip to the hospital is completely unnecessary.

How fast will I recover?

Patients will be asked to keep still and quiet for at least the rest of the day after their surgery. They may be prescribed a sleeping pill to take once they arrive home to ensure that the eyes remain closed and moisturized as they heal. Most will return to the office for a checkup the next morning and then be able to return to work or life with greatly improved vision and without their glasses or contacts. The cornea heals very rapidly and little to no living tissue is damaged in the procedure.

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Tips for Dealing With Your Austin Ford Dealers

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When it comes time to purchase a new vehicle, some people look forward to the transaction, while others look on it with dread. Those who look forward to it often have unlimited funds at their disposal, making it easy to select whatever vehicle they want. And, if they don’t like the vehicle after they’ve owned it for a short time, they can always purchase another one. But the average person doesn’t have the type of funds necessary to be able to purchase a vehicle every year, which is why so many do not look forward to having to buy a car. If you know a few tricks, however, going to your Austin ford dealers can actually be a real pleasure, no matter what your budget is.

Know What You Need

The biggest trick in dealing with an austin ford dealer is in knowing what you need. For starters, do you need a new or used vehicle? Do you need something that’s practical, or do you want something a bit more stylish like the 2011 Mustang GT in Texas? This is a very popular car. And most importantly, know what your budget is. Figuring out your budget is actually something that’s very easy to do. Simply add up all of the income that you bring in on a monthly basis. If your income varies month to month, average the amount for the last twelve months. Then, take all of the monthly bills that you’re currently paying and add them up. Make sure you include any credit card bills, cell phone bills, and the amount that you pay out (on average) a month for groceries, gas, and eating out.

If you have two car payments currently, only include the expenditure for the car that you’ll be keeping in the bills. Subtract the amount that you spend every month from your income and you’ll have a number that shows you how much you can afford to spend on a monthly car payment. Remember to leave a little leeway in the numbers for incidentals. Once you have this number, you can go back to your car dealer and explain to them how much you can afford to spend.

While this will help you with the price line, it won’t help you to decide what you want. In order to do that, feel free to try out a number of vehicles while you’re at the dealership. In Austin Lincoln Towncar may be the perfect fit for you, or maybe you need something bigger. The Ford F250 in Texas, especially some of the more remote parts, is one of the most popular trucks, and there is definitely a reason for that. The best way to know if the vehicle will suit your needs is to give it a try at the dealership. Take it for a spin, talk to the dealer about all of the pros and cons of the model, and see if it fits your lifestyle, and your budget, and you’ll have found that your car buying experience is a good one indeed.
About the Author: Don Robinson has worked in the new car market industry and is the author of several puplications on informing new car buyers

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Are all drug and alcohol rehab programs the same?

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If you’re ready to look into drug and alcohol treatment programs that treat the whole person and not just the immediate detox, you need to find a family alcohol rehab center. Not all rehabs are the same. You need to find one that focuses on drug relapse prevention.

There is definitely a difference between rehabilitation programs. If you are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, or have a family member who struggles, you need a specialized rehab facility that treats both conditions or a long term drug rehab center.

A program should design a long term plan for each patient individually. You should be given a program that aims to see you stay sober for life, and not just for a few weeks until you can go out on your own again. A good program will use a 12-Step approach including sponsors, step work, and mentors. You should have access to counseling in both an individual and group setting. You should feel comfortable visiting the center before making a decision.

A family alcohol rehab center of excellence doesn’t lump everyone together and treat them all the same way. You want a program that assists you in overcoming your chemical dependency, but also looks at you as an individual on a spiritual path. A program should seek to provide nutrition counseling, healthy advice, exercise options, and a way to safely interact with others. You should have staff members dedicated to seeing you the whole way through.

If you are a family member or friend of a person who is addicted to substances, you want to be sure you make the calls for information that they might not otherwise make for themselves. If a person can’t see any hope, they certainly aren’t in a good frame of mind to select the right facility. You will be doing them a lifetime of good by taking those few exploratory steps for them.

Those who have relapsed after an inpatient program of treatment may feel they no longer have any options. But the truth is, the right rehab center and drug relapse prevention can design a course of treatment that teaches the life skills and coping strategies necessary to make it in the real world substance-free.

Don’t shy away from asking the tough questions of a rehab center. Ask to speak to a director. Ask for a facility tour. Find out exactly how they plan to treat you or your family member. You should receive a warm reception and not feel rushed or like you’re being a nuisance. You have the right to understand what your options are and now is the time to ask, before you check in.

The reality of today is that there is a real need for quality drug and alcohol rehabilitation. But the good news is there is excellent help available for this very purpose. Do not lose hope. There is a substance-free future on the horizon and you are just a few steps away from it.
About the Author: Marc Samuels has years of experience working in the drug & alcohol rehab industry and helping individuals find a life sobriety

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Should I Look Into a Dental Crown?

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Thanks to Dr. Google, and the various websites that are online and that give out tons of medical advice, many people now know when they should visit a doctor and when they shouldn’t. They’re able to actually see what certain conditions look like, and to compare what they have with what each condition actually looks like. This is something that only doctors used to be able to do, and the very fact that the average person can do it now actually saves people a great deal of money. Although you should always book an appointment with your doctor if you feel that something is wrong, no matter what the internet says. But the same isn’t true for dental care.

While you can look online to learn about the different types of tooth decay, as well as the many different treatments available for someone who has teeth issues, most people simply don’t think about doing it. This is probably because having bad teeth is a sore issue for many people, often because they’re embarrassed or scared to visit a dentist. But a visit to today’s dentist is not like a visit to yesteryear’s dentist, and dental care has evolved to a point where it’s practically painless to visit a dentist. And now dentists can fix many teeth problems quickly and easily, using things like tooth colored fillings or dental crowns.

When to Visit

You know that your teeth aren’t perfect, but you don’t know if there is anything that your Austin dentist can do to help you. That’s when it’s the perfect time to make a dentist appointment. If you book an appointment with not only a dentist, but with a cosmetic dentist, you’ll quickly find that no matter how severe the problem is, the dentist will have a way to fix it. One of the more common fixes, and one that is fairly painless and inexpensive, is to use a crown. Dental crowns are made of a synthetic material that perfectly mimics real teeth. A crown is made when a tooth is discolored, or when it is severely decayed or chipped. It goes right over the old tooth and is shaped to perfectly match the rest of your teeth, so that no one will ever need to know that it’s there. You may, in fact, know a number of people who have crowns, you just don’t know it.

If you’re someone who is unhappy with your teeth, even if you have problems that you feel are severe, you should definitely make an appointment to talk with a dental expert. You may find that a simple procedure, like having a crown fitted and applied, is all that is necessary to fix your teeth and to get them looking beautiful. If you are nervous, look into a dentist who provides sedation dentistry, which allows you to basically sleep through the entire procedure so that you experience everything painlessly. There is help out there for anyone who is looking for better teeth, and if you’re wondering how your dentist can help, book an appointment today.
About the Author: Denver Smith has extensive experience in the dental field and actively consults in this industry

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Concerts

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This year is starting to come to a close but it will not go quietly. The final months of 2010 will be jam packed with concert opportunities for you to enjoy. There is a wide and eclectic pool of musicians coming to Austin.

For your hard rock fix, The Pixies are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their “Doolittle” album on a tour of the same name. They will be at the Austin Music Hall for 2 nights on the 21st and 22nd of September. As an extra added treat, the performance will be recorded during the first 16 tour dates (including the 2 Austin dates) and will be available immediately after that night’s performance.

September 25th may leave you having to make a tough decision. The Black Crowes and Stone Temple Pilots will both play the night of the 25th at Stubb’s Barbeque and The Backyard respectively. The Crowes are supporting their greatest hits anthology “Croweology” on the “Goodbye to the Bad Guys” tour. The album spans the last 20 plus years of material, so the live show is sure to have all of your favorites. Stone Temple Pilots are touring in support of their self-titled 2010 release. The group’s current album is the first since 2001, following the bands 2003 break up and 2008 reunion. They are back with a vengeance.

On October 13th, the Paramount Theatre-Austin will showcase the smooth vocals of Chris Isaak; show time is at 8pm. His most recent album is “Mr. Lucky”. Come and get your rockabilly fix on the 13th. If one band at a time simply will not do, check out the Austin City Limits Festival. October 8th-10th, you will have the chance to see 74 bands over the course of the weekend. Some of this year’s headliners are The Eagles, Phish, Sonic Youth, Norah Jones, and Blues Traveler. The ACL Festival is a great show for the whole family, as kids 10 and under are free with a paid adult admission. October 22nd at the Erwin Center, The Gorillaz will sail into town on their “Escape to Plastic Beach” tour. Come and see Damon Albarn , and Jamie Hewlett as well as their animated personas perform live.

The Levon Helm Band will roll into Austin on the 12th of November at the Bass Concert Hall. Helm is a former member of the legendary rock group “The Band”. Come and see his new venture the Midnight Ramble. Opening act for the tour is Ray Lamontagne and The Pariah Dogs. November 18th, punk legends, Social Distortion will perform at Stubb’s Barbeque with opening groups Lucero and Frank Turner. The band is currently working on a new studio album due for release in 2010. How about some Cake with your champagne this New Year’s eve? 90’s alternative rock group Cake will be sending 2010 off right with a 7pm show at Austin Music Hall.

Austin is known for its music scene. Whether you go and see a national act, attend a festival or just see a new local band at the corner bar, get out there and make the most of what your city has to offer.

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