How dentists help you maintain healthy gums

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

The goal of good and ethical dentists should be to help their patients maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime. Because teeth are attached to the gums, it is necessary to maintain healthy gums in order to hold on to those teeth.

The dentist has many procedures and tools at his disposal to aid in achieving this goal. One of them, gum grafting, has proven to be very successful. Gum grafts are routinely performed by specialists (periodontists) and also general dentists who have taken advanced training. Several issues indicate that a gum graft may be in order.

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Low inventory and high demand of homes in Bucks County

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

The trend in our local Bucks County market of low inventory and high demand is continuing. The gap between ready, willing and able buyers and available homes to sell them is continuing to widen.

In many cases where homes are priced properly and in good condition, we’re consistently seeing multiple-offer situations, buyers paying above appraised value and/or asking price, and homes selling in less than 10 days in our local market.

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Tongue-tied? Maybe you need a frenectomy

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

Occasionally a patient will show up at the dental office needing a frenectomy. This procedure is not a cause for alarm, but a fairly simple solution to a potentially troublesome condition.

A frenectomy is the removal (surgically with a scalpel or with a laser) of a frenum in the mouth. The lingual frenum connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth while the maxillary labial frenum connects the inside of the upper lip to the gums, just above the upper two front teeth.

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How do you know when it is time to take down a tree?

submitted by Joe McIlvaine, owner, Joe McIlvaine Tree & Lawn Service, Inc.

As spring arrives and the yard work begins, questions may arise about the health and status of the trees on your property. They could be getting taller than you thought they would or look like they have seen better days. Now the question arises, “Do I take it down?”

This can be a tough question for those who cherish their trees and the many benefits they bring. In these cases, it is beneficial to contact an ISA Certified Arborist to help with your decision.

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Top eight list of showing “DON’TS” for home sellers

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

  1. Don’t follow buyers through the house and try to “sell” them on all its wonderful features – get outta Dodge!
  2. Don’t leave out your bowling trophies, stuffed dead animals or plastic encased doll collection complete w/ certificates of authenticity. The goal is for prospective buyers to look at your space, not your stuff.
  3. Don’t dismiss the importance of Staging – it’s a critical step in a successful home sale.
  4. Don’t dismiss the importance of a deep clean – both inside and out. It is probably the single most important factor when showing your home.
  5. Don’t think that just because you can no longer smell it, your house doesn’t stink! Ask a good friend to come over for a “smell test” as unpleasant odors are a deal killer.
  6. Don’t keep up your wedding picture with the bad hair from the 70’s – or worse yet, the glamour shot with the provocative draping on the fake bear rug that hangs in your bedroom.
  7. Don’t make it difficult to show your home! When you refuse a showing and ask that they come at a different time, it often isn’t possible to re-route the entire itinerary, and you’ll be taken off the list.
  8. Don’t think a “lived in” look is going to cut it. Piles of dirty laundry, globs of toothpaste stuck in the sink, toilet seats in the up position and unmade beds are unacceptable.
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Tips on buying and selling a house in today’s market

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

The housing market has continued its recovery and continues to be one of the strongest sectors in the US economy, with 2015 sales up 6.5% – the best year in nearly a decade. Bucks County outpaced the national average and saw the number of settled units rise 14.74%. Northampton Township wasn’t far behind at 14.4%. While home prices rose 6.5% nationally, the local markets didn’t keep pace, with the average sale price in Bucks County rising 1.49% and Northampton Township’s at +3.2%.

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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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