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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The importance of periodontal charting

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

If you have ever found yourself in a dental chair, with your mouth open, while the hygienist uses an instrument to measure your gums, tooth by tooth, you are one lucky patient. You are lucky (or maybe just smart) because you have chosen an office that cares about your periodontal health.

The process described above is called periodontal charting. It is usually done by the hygienist while a staff member records the information in your chart. The hygienist will state numbers while going around each side of each tooth. These numbers are creating a “picture” of the health of your gums. Lower numbers are good; the higher numbers indicate potential problems (4 & 5) or existing problems (above 5).

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What is Invisalign?

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

Of the many advances in the field of dentistry in the last 15 years, one of the most exciting has been the introduction of a new orthodontic (teeth straightening) system, commonly referred to by the trade name “Invisalign.” This new system, available through orthodontists and many general dentists, alleviates some of the common problems of the old metal braces. It is a technology that will work for most, but not all, problems that require traditional braces.

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End of year dental health tips

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

As we get into the activities of the holidays, and look towards a new year, it is the time to wrap up a few things up before 2014 fades away. From a dental perspective, here are a few tips.

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Some common seller positions when selling and why you shouldn’t take them

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

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