A perfect time of year to get your children a dental appointment

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design

The dog days of summer are here, and the back to school ads abound. As parents get the kids ready to go back to school, everyone tends to look ahead to the coming fall. It’s a good time to get organized and get ready for shorter, busier days.

Keeping that in mind, it is a wonderful time to make healthcare appointments. From a dental perspective, it’s time to get the kids in for check-ups and cleanings before school starts.

Dental offices will sometimes increase its hygiene schedule to accommodate these last minute back to school appointments. Be sure to bring your school form with you so the staff can complete it and return it to you as you walk out the door.

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Why do you need a real estate agent to sell a home?

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

For the same reason you don’t represent yourself in court or try to diagnose your ailments – when it’s important, you bring in the experts. And what’s more important than your home? Consider this…

  • A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing – Real Estate is hyper-local, and national headlines don’t tell the story of what’s happening in your marketplace. Do you understand local market trends and how they will impact the sale of your home? A good real estate agent does.
  • Are you a pricing expert? Instant home valuations are interesting to look at, but the algorithms used don’t factor in location or condition. A real estate agent has the tools and resources to properly position your home in the market.

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The question of flossing

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design

Earlier this summer an article was published in the “USA Today” newspaper about flossing, questioning whether teeth flossing was necessary. The article refuted long held beliefs in the dental community regarding the importance of flossing teeth to maintain good dental health.

Other news outlets picked up the flossing story, calling into question the proof that regular flossing did help to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Since maintaining healthy teeth and gums for life is the dental goal for many people, it is an issue that warrants further discussion.

When you floss your teeth you disrupt the plaque that is constantly developing around your teeth before it has a chance to harden into calculus. Flossing also helps remove food material left behind after eating and brushing.

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Why do you need a real estate agent to buy a home?

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

Just like you have an attorney by your side in court and a doctor to set the leg you broke, it makes no sense to go it alone or do it yourself when purchasing what is likely your largest single investment.

Consider this:

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Staging don’ts when preparing your home for sale

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

Unless you’ve been living in East Jibip, you’ve probably heard how staging your home can positively impact the sale price and shorten the marketing time.

There’s been plenty written about what to do when staging your home, but consider a few things NOT to do:

  1. Exercise restraint! Keep it simple and don’t overdo it. Staging should enhance, not overwhelm. The objective is to create space a buyer can imagine themselves living in with their stuff. Set the stage, but don’t paint the entire picture, as it could be one they’d never buy.
  2. Furniture doesn’t always belong up against the wall! Configure furniture so it promotes conversation in the living and family rooms whenever possible.
  3. Pay attention to details. The goal is to provide a blank canvas for the Buyer to work with, but create some interest with small details. Things like fresh flowers in the master bedroom and kitchen, plush towels and pretty soaps in the bath, a soft blanket draped across a bed, colorful pillows or nice glassware at the bar are all special touches that don’t overwhelm.
  4. Not every room must be staged. All areas should be immaculate and uncluttered, but focus on the kitchen, living and/or family room, master bedroom and the baths. Again, the goal is for the Buyer to imagine their stuff in your space, which is hard for most Buyers to do when a house is over decorated.
  5. Conventional wisdom dictates that you should remove yourself as much as possible, which means your personal photos have gotta go, especially those bad wedding pictures from the 80’s, your kids’ school pictures with the newly cut bangs, and the bear rug glamour shot that hangs over your bed. A baby photo in your child’s room or a picture of your spouse on your bedside table tells a story of love and happiness in your home, which can’t be a bad thing.

Above all, be brutal on yourself when de-cluttering, and clean like your life depends on it. Of course it doesn’t, but the successful sale of your home does.

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How dentists can alleviate dental anxiety

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design

Treating a person with dental anxiety is always a challenge to the conscientious dentist. Luckily, dentists have some tools that they can use with these patients.

Anxiety about going to the dentist can range from a mild feeling of nervousness to an almost paralyzing fear of walking into the office (or making that first call). It is important for the dental practitioner to recognize the anxiety and address it in order for the patient to achieve good oral health.

One option is to prescribe a mild relaxing medication (i.e. valium) for the patient to take before leaving home. This is good for dealing with mild to moderate anxiety. The negative, however, is that the patient will need a driver to get to the appointment and home again.

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How you handle money is critical to your well-being

submitted by Joan Reading, President of the Credit Counseling Center

Do you find yourself asking where your money goes at the end of each month? Do you worry that you won’t have enough money to pay for car repairs or to fix your washing machine if it’s on the blink?

According to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, three-quarters of people in households making less than $50,000 a year and two-thirds of those making between $50,000 and $100,000 would have difficulty coming up with $1,000 to cover an unexpected bill.

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Medicare now covers conversations about end-of-life care

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

Did you know that 40% of people over age 65 have not written down their wishes regarding life support and other end-of-life treatment? One reason for this may be that people have not had a conversation with their doctor about the options that are available.

In the past, Medicare did not cover these doctor-patient conversations – except during the patient’s initial “Welcome to Medicare” visit, a time when the topic might not seem very relevant. Under new regulations, however, Medicare will cover these conversations at any time.

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The reality of a dream home

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

Everyone has their idea of a “dream” home. The problem occurs when it has no basis in reality. Budget constraints, differing priorities, limited inventory and unrealistic expectations can all influence the home buying experience.

While buying a new home is never without its stressors, there ARE steps you can take to make sure your experience is as fun as it should be.

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Consider ‘fast food dentistry’ as a viable option

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design

Good dentistry can be likened to fine dining. Just like a meal in a fine restaurant is prepared specifically for the individual, allowing time to prepare with great attention to detail and service, so also is good comprehensive dentistry. There are times, however, where an individual might need, or want, that fast food burger and fries.

In the world of dentistry, the same concept exists. Sometimes fast food is just right. When a patient is approaching a big event, he may decide that he would like to improve his smile – without investing a lot of time or money. The dentist can work with the patient to determine the cosmetic issues and offer some suggestions that fit the time and money criterion.

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