If you want to know what the difference is between a general and cosmetic dentist, all you need to do is take a look at the various procedures they have been trained to perform. While general and cosmetic dentists both undergo formal training, a cosmetic dentist does so for a longer period of time, enabling him to specialize in various procedures that some general dentists do not perform.
General and cosmetic dentists have differences in their skill sets regarding dental procedures with a cosmetic dentist having a wider range and focus. Cosmetic dentists strive to help patients achieve a beautiful smile that restores their self-confidence, while also repairing broken or missing teeth. General dentists focus on preventive care that includes bi-annual teeth cleanings, dental examinations, and x-rays for diagnostic purposes as well as for the identification of problem areas.
Any patient who is concerned about the status of their teeth can make an appointment with a general dentist or a cosmetic dentist, however at Georgia Dental Group we offer both General and Cosmetic services. Patients who are concerned about the condition of their teeth as well as how their smile looks might want to go to a cosmetic dentist, who will be able to provide a wider range of dental services.
Both general and cosmetic dentists can perform regular exams and cleanings. They can also repair broken teeth and complete a root canal. The point at which the path of a general and cosmetic dentist diverges involves the completion of dental procedures that are done primarily to enhance the aesthetics of a patient’s mouth. These procedures often include teeth whitening, dental bonding, implants, Invisalign®, and porcelain veneers.
While the initial training for both general and cosmetic dentists is the same, the additional training needed to perform cosmetic procedures differentiates professionals greatly. While general and cosmetic dentists can perform many of the same procedures, the educational background required to specialize in cosmetic dentistry enhances necessary skills.
Also known as Yule, the winter solstice celebrates the shortest day of the year. An ancient pagan holiday, it is one of the very oldest winter celebrations, and falls every year on December 21st . Although, the actual shortest day of the year can be one of two days either side of this date.
The primary way of celebrating the winter solstice celebration is by holding an outdoor party. While this is traditionally thrown at the precise time of the solstice, it can be earlier if younger children will be present. The winter solstice was originally a day for feasting. As such, abundant food is always available at the celebration. All those attending will have candles, which represent light. Attendees usually form a circle and talk of what they’re thankful for, tell solstice legends and sing traditional songs.
Those who celebrate the winter solstice generally give presents to their friends and family to mark the occasion. Many Pagans consider store bought gifts to be impersonal and think they drive consumerism, so instead handmade gifts are more often given. Families may make these presents together as a precursor to the celebrations.
Natural decorations are the order of the day for the winter solstice. Sprigs of ivy, holly and mistletoe are used as symbols representing parts of the feminine and the masculine. The continuity of life is symbolized by hanging evergreen garlands. Yule logs are perhaps the most important decoration for the winter solstice. The log itself is adorned with ivy, pine cones, mistletoe and holly, before being sprinkled with flour and burned in the hearth.
On the morning of the winter solstice, celebrators will go for a walk in search of a appropriate piece of wood to be used as a yule log. In addition, they will pick up other natural decorations, particularly holly, ivy and mistletoe. Families or friends usually take this walk together. In order to give nature the proper respect, they will generally only pick up items that have already fallen.
This year we’ve put together a backpack with items such as toiletries, socks, gloves, a gift card etc.
This year’s goal is to gather 275 backpacks for homeless youth ages 16-24 to give them the Christmas they deserve.
Tooth decay doesn’t happen overnight, but once it starts, it can progress until you face serious oral health issues. The condition produces cavities, something that anyone with teeth is susceptible to, according to the Mayo Clinic. Tooth decay is most common in children, teens and adults, but even infants can suffer from it. It’s vitally important to take steps to prevent tooth decay right from the start. Not only does this protect primary and adult teeth, but it also sets the stage for making healthy oral decisions for life.
No, infants don’t always have teeth, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care for their gums and future teeth. Before the first tooth erupts, wipe your baby’s gum with a damp, warm washcloth after she eats. At the same time, don’t transfer your own saliva into your little’s one mouth, advises the American Dental Association. This means you shouldn’t sanitize a dropped pacifier with your own spit. You should also refrain from sharing eating utensils or straws. This prevents bacteria in your mouth from getting into your baby’s mouth, which is an easy way to prevent tooth decay at an early age. Once your baby begins to get teeth, use a fluoride-free toothpaste until she can brush without swallowing it.
Once your child is able to successfully brush his teeth without ingesting most of the toothpaste, switch to a product that contains fluoride. This nutrient is important for preventing tooth decay in kids and adults of all ages. Use a pea-sized amount and brush all surfaces of the teeth, twice a day. Let your child brush his own teeth, but check them when he’s done to make sure he did a thorough job. The Mayo Clinic also recommends brushing after meals, if possible. Use fluoride mouthwash daily as well, which helps remove additional food and bacteria from your mouth.
Children and adults should floss once daily to remove germs and bacteria from between the teeth. Most people don’t fully remove debris with a toothbrush alone, so flossing is an ideal way to prevent tooth decay at any age.
Regular dental appointments are extra insurance against tooth decay. We can give you a professional cleaning once or twice a year to remove plaque buildup and protect your smile. We can also give you tips and tricks for taking good care of your teeth and can detect tooth decay in its beginning stages, which helps keep it from getting worse. We can also apply dental sealants, which create a barrier between bacteria and your teeth.
Changing your eating and drinking habits is another easy way to prevent tooth decay, according to the Mayo Clinic. Drink tap water rather than bottled because the former contains fluoride. At the same time, limit sugary foods, such as candy and soda, and avoid snacking all day, which increases the amount of bacteria on your teeth. Eat cheese and plenty of fruits and vegetables, foods that help keep your teeth healthy. Chewing sugar-free gum is a good way to increase saliva production, which rinses harmful bacteria from your teeth.
You play the largest role in preventing tooth decay. It only takes a few minutes each day to do what’s best for your teeth. Take steps to get started and soon you’ll have formed a dental habit that you can benefit from for life.
When it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations, it can be easy to go overboard. After all, there are so many themes and characters to choose from. But if you’re not careful, you can add so many decorations to your yard or porch that it’ll look overwhelming.
Instead of trying to add a bit of everything, it can be helpful to decide on a theme for your outdoor Christmas decorations. Start by deciding which holiday characters are your favourites. Have you always loved Charlie Brown and Snoopy or is the sinister Grinch more your style?
By thinking through what you want to display, you can save time and money. But the theme isn’t the only thing you want to consider. You also want to think about the size of your yard. If you have a tiny lawn, then displaying several giant Christmas decorations will make your yard appear crowded.
Another thing to think about is how other houses in your neighbourhood decorate. If you live in an older neighbourhood where decorations tend to be traditional, then you may want to stick with tradition to avoid fighting with your neighbours. But if most of the homeowners in your area go all out for Christmas, then don’t be afraid to join in the merry fun.
Keep in mind that some neighbourhoods have a housing association. This association may have rules about which type of decorations are allowed. If you’re not sure if your association has any rules, you’ll want to ask. You don’t want to inadvertently offend your housing association.
When it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations, it can help to create a plan. Grab a friend and some measuring tape. Together, you should measure around doors, windows, and any landscaping like trees or bushes.
When you’re done with the measurements, take a sheet of paper and sketch your yard and porch. Then sketch in where you’d like to place decorations. By doing this ahead of time, you’ll have a better idea of what decorations will go well with your yard.
If you want to go for a conservative yet simple look, think about decorating with all white lights. This can make a home seem warm and welcoming. If you’d like to go for something modern while keeping your look simple, you can use red and green lights or lights of that are all one colour.
Not sure what you want to do for your yard or porch? Try this: find one item you like and make it the centrepiece. Then choose lights and decorations to match your centrepiece. For instance, you could display several large snowflake decorations on your roof. Then you’d use white or blue lights to complement your snowflakes.
Choosing the right Christmas decorations for your yard should be an enjoyable holiday project. It can be a great way to express your personality. It can also be a great bonding experience when you invite loved ones and friends to help with the decorating!