Consider a mouth guard to prevent sports-related injuries

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

It’s back to school time, which means that the kids are running back onto the soccer and football fields in droves. Other sports are also getting into gear, so it is a time to revisit the idea of protective mouth guards.

The mouth guard is a wonderful tool to help avoid sports-related dental injuries. It is an essential piece of equipment for all people who play contact sports.

Protective mouth guards are also recommended patients who skateboard and participate in other activities that involve risk. The custom fitted mouth guard is individually designed and fitted in the dental office, using an impression made of the teeth.

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Waiting to buy a home may cost you in more ways than one

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

If you’re considering a move, whether it’s into your first home or a larger one, waiting to do so could end up costing you thousands of dollars. With most economists in agreement that interest rates will most likely rise by the end of the year, the first way you end up behind the eight ball is with a higher interest rate for your mortgage.

Consider this – if rates move from their current 4% up to 5%, a $300,000 mortgage jumps $177/month from $1434 to $1611 for principal and interest. Or, that payment of $1434 now only buys you $267,000 worth of mortgage money – $33,000 less, which puts you in a different price category.

The combination of lower interest rates and moderate price appreciation also gives today’s buyers a huge leg up over renters and delayed purchasers when it comes to building long-term wealth.

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Want to show more at the shore?

submitted by Valerie Higgins, LMA, Lifestyle MedSpa

Want to show more at the shore this summer? We all want tighter, firmer bodies…right? The “Venus Legacy” can help with that!

You eat right, and work out but there are those stubborn areas that just don’t seem to budge no matter what you do. “Venus Legacy” is the gold standard for achieving your perfect beach body!

The “Venus Legacy” is designed to stimulate your own collagen to firm and tighten the skin and at the same time smooth and shrink unwanted fat. Whether it’s your upper arms, abdomen or the back of your thighs and buttocks, non-invasive body contouring is the way to go! With no downtime it can easily fit into anyone’s busy schedule.

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Avoid regrets by maintaining good oral health

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

Many people live (and die) with regrets.

“I should have spent more time with my family,” “I shouldn’t have fought with my friend,” “I wish I had traveled more” are just a few regrets that float in our brains as the years pass. There is one regret, however, that you don’t ever think or hear – “I shouldn’t have taken such good care of myself”!

Your health is a precious commodity that needs to be maintained and monitored throughout your lifetime. In addition to regular check-ups with your physician, proper eating, and regular exercise, it is essential that you pay attention to what is going on in your mouth.

When you are young, it is relatively simple to maintain good oral health. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, combined with taking care of any cavities or infections that develop, you can cruise to adulthood and a healthy mouth with ease.

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Getting the most from your garden…in deer country

submitted by Kelly Thompson, Master Gardener, and Dan Piestor, Owner, Seasons Garden Center

Let’s be honest. Many of us can fill in the blanks when we discover that a bleeping deer has dined on our precious landscape plants. We come home to sit in the garden or look at our flowers and see the #$%@*&^ damage.

We’re disheartened, angry, and maybe we even say things we don’t mean (wink wink).

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Taking care of your wood flooring during the summer (Part 3 of 3)

submitted by MaryAnne Applegate, Co-Owner of Applegate Wood Floors

During the summer, even the most carefully installed wood floors tend to expand and sometimes cup or even buckle. These events occur because of wood’s relationship with moisture in the air.

Air with a high moisture content (MC) or high relative humidity (RH) cause wood to gain moisture.

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How bisphosphonate therapy can affect your dental health

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

When making the decision to take a medication, it is important for the patient and physician to understand the risks and rewards of a particular drug, because all drugs have side effects. Some drugs that have side effects with implications for dental health are bisphosphonates.

Bisphosphonates have names that many of you will recognize -Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, and Reclast are popular drugs in this class. Bisphosphonates are used to treat osteopenia (lower than normal bone density), osteoporosis (brittle and weak bones), and some cancers. They are antiresorptive medications used to stop or slow the natural process of bone loss, which occurs as we age.

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Non-ablative skin resurfacing and rejuvenation

submitted by Brittany Bray, B.A., LMA, Aesthetics Director, Lifestyle MedSpa

Lasers have gained popularity in the last decade for skin rejuvenation. With less downtime and safer recovery than deep chemical peels, this momentum is easy to understand.

The conditions that may be treated include skin tightening, sun damage removal, elimination of scars, redness reduction and wrinkle correction. To correct these issues, some lasers may use more ablative technology within one treatment but have more risks involved.

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Dentistry as a profession

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

Dentistry is a marvelous profession. It is exciting, intense, constantly changing, frustrating, and very rewarding. For these reasons, and many more, earning a spot in any dental school in the USA has become a very difficult accomplishment.

In addition to excellent grades in your undergraduate degree, which includes many required science courses, you must score well in the Dental Admission Test (DAT). Admission committees also look carefully at your extra-curricular activities and work experiences, especially those that are dental related.

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Why selling your home yourself is a BAD idea

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors – Newtown Office

Probably for the same reason they say that attorneys who represent themselves have fools for clients – and attorneys are educated about the process and presumably, understand the law! Below are some reasons that becoming a “For Sale By Owner” may not be the best idea:

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