Seniors and the condition of ‘dry mouth’

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

Caring for elderly patients in the dental office can be challenging, but also extremely gratifying. It is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to see a patient age while maintaining healthy teeth and gums. This is rarely achieved without truly focusing on oral health.

One major problem that senior citizens can encounter is the condition of Xerostomia, or dry mouth. While the name sounds frightening, the actual effects on the mouth can range from a nuisance to serious.

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Wealth accumulation of homeowners

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

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors recently wrote an article in Forbes magazine outlining the difference in wealth accumulation between homeowners and renters. The difference is astounding.

According to data collected in 2013 by the Federal Reserve, a typical homeowner’s net worth was $195,400, compared to $5400 for a renter. Based on what’s happened in the real estate market since 2013, along with conservative projections for 2016 – which is when the next report will be issued – the gap will widen to $225,000 for owners and $5000 for renters.

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Bucks County real estate update

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

It’s impossible for national and regional statistics to tell you the full story on the many factors surrounding our local real estate market. Consumer sentiment and confidence have much to do with where we stand, and the statistics we’re seeing year-to-date and year-over-year are very good for Bucks County overall. Low interest rates continue to keep affordability up for buyers, which is also good news for sellers.

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Caring for the oral health of the elderly

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

Many adults today are responsible for the care of an elderly parent, relative or friend. Although the circumstances vary (the person might be living alone at home, as a resident in a senior facility, or as a patient in a nursing home, to name a few situations), the challenges are usually quite significant. One of the biggest challenges is making sure that the senior citizen is availing himself of the necessary healthcare, including dental healthcare.

In the past, this column has addressed the connection between good dental health and good overall health. There are very practical aspects to this connection. As a person ages and his world gets smaller, so does his enjoyment of life.

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Big changes in home buying effective October 3rd, 2015

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

If you’re buying a home and getting a mortgage to do so, or if you’re selling a home to a buyer that needs to obtain a mortgage, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) has instituted new rules designed to protect the consumer, which go into effect on October 3rd and can significantly impact the closing process.

The most impactful change is that now the Buyer must receive and review a new form called a Closing Disclosure no later than three days prior to the closing date. This review period may NOT be waived and if they don’t have it in time, the closing date WILL be delayed.

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The link between diabetes and periodontics

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

In previous columns, the connection between heart disease and dental health has been discussed. Another health connection, which certainly warrants your attention, is the link between diabetes and periodontitis.

Simply put, periodontitis is an advanced stage of gum disease. The early stage of gum disease is often referred to as gingivitis.

Gum disease is a chronic infection in the oral cavity, leading to a myriad of dental problems and potential overall health issues. Caught early, gingivitis can be reversible for diabetic patients. If allowed to develop without intervention, gum disease can become a lifelong issue, with many complications.

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Is your dentist ethical?

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

How do you know if your dentist is an ethical dentist? By dealing with your dentist over years and observing his interactions with you and others, you can make an assessment of his ethics. Additionally you can ask if your dentist is a member of the American Dental Association.

When a dentist joins the ADA, he agrees to abide by a specific code of ethics. He is also subject to action taken by the organization against him when it is shown that he has not followed this code.

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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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