What is Asphalt Seal Coating and Why Should I Care?

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You’ve probably heard again and again that you should have the right seal placed on your asphalt driveway or parking lot. If you’re most people these days, though, the last thing you want is another expense on your plate that you’re going to have to fund. Wondering if you should even bother? Take a moment to learn more about this essential step before you call your paving company and cancel your appointment.

Understanding the Basics

At the very heart of it, asphalt seal coat is a material that was created to help keep the binder in asphalt together. Over time, oxidation, chemicals, and even just the normal aging process can all degrade the asphalt in your parking lot or driveway. As a result, water and other contaminants can creep beneath the surface, slowly eroding your driveway and creating cracks and potholes, eventually rendering the surface almost un-drive-able.

Are They All The Same?

While any type of seal coating is a must, there are a number of choices out there. Coal tar is one of the most popular, but many companies also use asphalt emulsions and acrylics to help protect your surface. While they all have certain advantages, your contractor will choose the best one for the job based not only on the fact that you’re in Austin, but also on the level of traffic you see from day to day. It’s also important to note that produces like coal tar coatings aren’t the eco-friendliest choice you could make these days, so you may want to look into green-friendly options if that’s part of your overall marketing strategy so you can keep your image as consistent as possible.

How Does It Work?

Seal coating is a fairly individual process, depending on the company you hired to help you out. Most companies use a pressurized sprayer to help apply the coating. Others, though, have invested in a self-propelled squeegee machine to get the job done. Still others handle the entire task by hand, depending on the size of the overall lot. To make certain the sealer is mixed well, though, the paving company has to continually agitate it, or at least have a machine that handles that task. There’s a two coat application process, and no one can touch the lot for at least 24 hours after the coating has been applied. Before anyone applies coating, the surface has to be as clean as possible.

Why Bother?

Still don’t think you need a seal coat? Think about this. If you neglect that driveway or parking lot, it’s going to cost you about five times more to fix it after the damage is done. More than that, though, a good seal coat means your space is going to look phenomenal, immediately.
Now that you know a bit more about the importance of asphalt seal coating, it’s time to head to http://www.bennettpavingtx.com/asphalt-seal-coating-services/to schedule that appointment your driveway so desperately needs.

Bennett Paving Inc.
23004 Windy Valley Road
Leander, TX 78641
512-740-8603

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Hurricane Season: Be Prepared!

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The Eastern pacific hurricane season is upon us and will be for several months. According to federal resources, this season kicks off on May 15th and runs through November of each year. With the potential for heavy rains and damaging winds, it is important to know what to do if faced with the lashing Mother Nature can give. Hurricane preparation is something that should be consider long before any actual threat is detected.

Before storms approach, you should ensure that your home has proper insurance coverage – homeowner’s insurance and possible flood insurance. Water damage repair, whether in Honolulu, Hawaii or Watsonville, CA can get expensive, especially when considering the need to replace many material items should mold have time to take hold. So, save yourself financial ruin and sign up for the policies before the storms kick up the destructive forces. Once a storm has been spotted and is reported to hit your area, the insurance companies will likely turn down your request for additional coverage.

Preparing for a hurricane can take some time, which is why the experts suggest that you do as much as possible in advance. For instance, emergency kits can be packed and stored long before any threat is present. To put together an effective emergency kit, you will need the following items:

Food Without it, the body becomes weak and the mind will be quickly muddled. To be save, store away at least three days worth of non-perishable food items for each person living in the home. It is also a good idea to have a manual can opener stored with this food. Infants and toddlers may require baby food and formula and don’t forget family pets as you stock up.

Water Again, it is an essential item, so stash at least three gallons per person. This is the equivalent of three days worth

• Medical Supplies Injuries can happen when winds are whipping debris about, so be sure to have a first aid kit close at hand, a whistle to alert others when help is needed, dusk masks for everyone, and all necessary medications.

Hygienic Goods Unfortunately, flood waters can destroy sewer systems and ruin all paper products in the home. It is a good idea to have plastic bags, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, and diapers for infants and toddlers on hand in an emergency situation.

Life Lines Part of every great emergency kit is a list of contacts. It is a good idea to have the phone number and address of a friend of family member living outside the immediate area that can be contacted and visited in such a situation. You should also have a charged cell phone, a gassed and ready vehicle, a battery powered radio, and flashlight with extra batteries to be sure you can make a quick escape if necessary. It is important to note that pets are not allowed at public shelters, so you will also need to plan for their safety in advance.

Warmth, Comfort, and Entertainment If recent natural disasters have taught us nothing else, we should have learned how long people can go without basic comforts after they occur. To keep your family as comfortable as possible, be sure to have blankets, cash, matches, extra clothing, toys, books, and magazines packed and ready to go. You may also need rain gear, plastic bags, tarps, tape, and rope.

Once your emergency kit is packed and you know that you have some place to go should you need to evacuate, it is time to consider how you will secure your property. To keep windows safe you will need to cover them with storm shutters or plywood. If relying on the latter, it is a good idea to have the necessary materials on hand and cut to appropriate sizes for quick installation. You will also want to prepare and test your generator, so you know that it can be relied on in an emergency.

When news of a possible storm breaks, bring in outdoor furniture, decorations, toys, garbage cans, grills, and anything else that is prone to high winds and rain. Always have a television or radio turned to local station to know if and when emergency evacuation is recommended.

Once the storm has passed, you may need help cleaning up. Visit our website to learn more about water damage repair services in Santa Cruz, CA.

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Best Gift Ideas for Roofers

Is there a man or woman in your life that spends a great deal of time ten-, twenty-, thirty feet or higher off the ground? Roofers must overcome many obstacles in their profession. They must contend with bad weather, repairing shoddy craftsmanship, multiple trips up and down ladders, and, of course, working on a slant. So, when it comes time for a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or other special occasion, you want to show you care. Below is a list of items that every roofer would appreciate when contending with this line of work.

Sunglasses Most roofing days are designated as those when the sun is shining bright and the air is dry. That means that Katy TX roofers are all too familiar with the bright, hot sun of this southern state. There is a lot of direct light and glare to contend with atop a roof, so sunglasses are always appreciated by these hard workers.

Water Bottle If you are looking for something little, but meaningful to give the roofer in your life, then why not pick up one of the many insulated water bottles on the market today. Having a drink by his or her side is very beneficial, when the alternative is climbing down the ladder to find a drink at ground level. To contend with the hot sun and hard work, constant hydration is very much appreciated.

Cotton Clothing It doesn’t necessarily have to be cotton, but a breathable fabric is highly desirable in this industry as workers put in many hours in the intense heat of the Texas sun. Clothing isn’t a bad option, either, because these men and women put their clothes to the test as they climb, stand, sit, and kneel in awkward positions, undoubtedly snagging, ripping, or staining clothing as they go. No one ever said that roofing repair was a clean and tidy profession.

Sturdy Ladder Some companies will provide the ladders, others won’t, and some roofers go it on their own anyway. A sturdy ladder that will hold up to the constant abuse placed on it by the roofing professional is always a great gift idea.

Rubber-Soled Boots Roof Repair in Cy-Fair, Texas, requires that workers climb, walk, and work at odd angles. When traversing a sloped work surface, one wants a shoe with good grip, which is exactly why roofers appreciate rubber soles. Better yet, a work boot with a steel toe provides added safety against accidently dropped hammers, power nailers, shingles, and more.

Engraved Hammer Were you hoping to give your loved one something a little more personal without getting overly ‘mushy’? Then, you might consider purchasing a heavy duty roofing hammer and having it engraved with a personal message. While still ‘manly’, it can be a nice reminder of home while he is on the job.

Tool Belt They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles today, so you can truly pick the perfect look with just the right amount of functionality for the roofer in your life. You can rest assured that this is a gift that will be used and appreciated for a long time to come.

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Caring for Canker Sores

Have you ever had a small painful sore on the inside of your lip or along your gum line? Chances are good that it was a canker sore. These small ulcers form for unknown reason in the mouths of millions of people each year. They can make simple acts, such as brushing one’s teeth, eating a meal, or even talking painful, depending on their location and severity.

There are two different types of canker sore, actually. The simple canker sore is what most people will experience, at least once, during their lifetimes. They are most common in the earlier years of life, especially between the ages of ten and twenty years. However, a less common form does exist. It is referred to as the ‘complex canker sore’. Unfortunately, for those prone to canker sores, these larger, more severe sores could be in your future. They can appear one at a time or in clusters and may take longer to heal than the simple variety. If there is concern over the length of the healing time, it might be wise to speak to a dentist in Waco, as it might point to some other type of complication.

As mentioned above, the reason for the appearance of canker sores is not entirely understood. There are theories that the mini ulcers are linked to certain types of acidic foods or even to stress. There is some evidence that irritation of the skin, such as what might be caused by a sharp braces wire, could lead to the formation of a canker sore. In some instances, the worst sores – those of the complex variety – are linked to underlying health conditions, which is why a trip to the Waco dentist is advised if the healing times drag out. It could be a sign of a failing immune system or certain nutritional deficiencies.

If you discover a painful sore within your mouth, there are a few things that you can do to relieve the discomfort. Over the counter pain medications, such as Tylenol, and topical antiseptics, such as Orajel or Anbesol, can ease the discomfort while the sore heals. Avoiding acidic foods and drinking cold water can also keep the pain to a minimum. If they are not healing in a timely manner, continue to form repeatedly, or are particularly large and painful, there are some treatments that a dentist can perform. These include prescription strength antimicrobial mouthwashes and corticosteroid ointments. You should definitely make an appointment to be seen, if the sores are larger than usual, they seem to be spreading, if they last more than three weeks, if you notice the onset of a fever in conjunction with them, or if they make it difficult to drink

Although it is not possible to completely prevent canker sores, there are a few measures that might be taken, if you are prone to them. For instance, avoiding acidic or overly spicy foods, brushing with a softer brush, quitting the use of tobacco products, and having any concerns about dental equipment (i.e. dentures, braces, etc.) addressed immediately, can mean eliminating some of the potential causes.

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Getting Ready for Bikini Season

Lose the Extra Pounds – Probably the biggest concern of any woman dragging her feet on the way to the swimsuit section of the store is the excess weight around the midsection, hips, or legs. Shedding those unwanted pounds in time for the summertime pool party won’t be easy; may not even be possible. However, a person can now safely shed many of those pesky pounds in a relatively short amount of time with the help of hCG. This naturally occurring hormone occurs in women during pregnancy. However, it is also thought to encourage the release of fat stores, so the body can process them and dispose of whatever remains. That means that fat is shed faster than with diet along. A large percentage of those who have tried this diet plan report the loss of the first pound on the very first day, and go one to report the shedding of three or more pounds per day thereafter, for the duration of time when the drops are used. It is recommended that anyone considering this dietary aid, purchase it from a trained professional, familiar with the body and its response to the hormone.

Don’t Rely on Foundation - It’s not just the body that will receive attention while enjoying the sun and sand. A person’s complexion is also on display, often more so than it would be during the winter months. Why? Make-up cannot be relied on so heavily when jumping in and out of the pool, lake, or ocean. Rather than relying on foundation for smooth skin, this might be the perfect time to consider a trip to the local spa for a photofacial. This is a very common procedure that can wipe away the signs of broken capillaries, fine lines and wrinkles, assist in the fight against acne, and even erase brown spots. It is believed that the treatment, which involves carefully concentrated LED light encourages collagen growth, which means that the skin develops a tighter, more youthful appeal as well. IPL photofacials, or those that use intense-pulsed light, as opposed to LED, are even more affective at creating a more even color on the face.

Lose the Unwanted Hair – Whether it is on the legs, arms, pits, face, feet, or bikini line, unwanted hair can be a major issue during swimsuit season, when so much skin is revealed. Finding a way to attack the issue and enjoy super smooth and beautiful skin is key. Shaving is the most common approach, but can leave some areas irritated and less attractive. Waxing will last longer, but also involves a degree of pain that some aren’t prepared to endure. For a more permanent approach to the problem, you might consider laser hair removal. This is the most popular time to have the procedure done and many laser spas will offer discounts, which is great news for those excited for the warmer temperatures to come.

With summer just months away, are you doing enough to get yourself in the best possible shape for days and nights on the beach?

Laser Studio
4613 Bee Caves Rd #105-B
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 337-2466

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How Can You Alleviate Your Chronic Pain? Weighted Blankets

Do you wake each morning feel exhausted and sore? Do you struggle during the day with pain that disrupts your work? Have you sought out a variety of possible cures in hopes that you will one day know life without pain? If you have answered ‘yes’ then you are like the more than fifty million Americans who have been forced to face chronic pain head on. The statistics about this long term pain are astonishing. With as many as one in three individuals in this country losing at least one hour of sleep each night due to pain, the effort to spread the word about weighted blankets (also known as weighted blankets for ADHD) is worthwhile. However, with each of the fifty million sufferers missing, on average, at least one day of work per year as a result of chronic pain, much more must be done to address the growing problem. Currently, it is costing the American public more than $100 billion each year to medically address pain.

Rethinking the Workspace What surprises many people is the fact that a large percentage of the chronic pain sufferers in this world are not athletes and may not be very active at all. The pain does not necessarily stem from an injury and can even present in an area of the body far from the pain’s origin. Chronic pain is often a symptom of bad posture and it doesn’t have to be the slumped over shoulders that feel the brunt of the discomfort. Instead, the arms, hands, feet, or lower back can feel the burn as a result of excessive slouching. In order to alleviate the discomfort, sometimes a person can simply redesign his or her workspace. This may mean a better chair, an elevated desk, a repositioned keyboard, or changing the tilt of the computer screen. All of these small changes can promote a healthier posture and less pain.

Movement to Heal While some movement can be dangerous during injury, the right sort can often help to stretch tight muscles and promote easier movement in the joints, thereby cutting down the discomfort felt. For instance, a simple lunge, done with one leg set flat on the seat of a chair can provide a very gently stretch to the back of the legs. Adding a very slow rotation, back and forth, can also loosen up the hips and help to alleviate back soreness. Reaching one’s hands over head and holding them there can help to elongate the spine and stretch the shoulders. Finally, to stretch the chest muscles and help to cut down on neck pain, a simple exercise is to place an outstretched hand on a door jam and slowly rotate away from it. Light stretching in the right way can make for big improvements in pain management.

Diet to Heal There are many foods that can help reduce the inflammation that is often responsible for chronic pain. This is a fact that many overlook when searching for relief. A diet that is rich in Omega-3, fruits, vegetables, and protein is great for muscle health and decreased inflammation. Omega-3 is commonly found in fish, seeds, avocado, nuts, and canola oil. Proteins, such as lean meat, poultry, fish, soy, and seafood are wonderful for muscle healing after injury and between workouts as well. While these foods are recommended, those high in Omega-6 fats and sugar are likely to promote increased pain.

Sleep to Heal Mentioned above, weighted blankets for anxiety are often recommended for chronic pain sufferers because there is a hugely significant link between sleep loss and pain levels. If a person is having difficulty sleeping, then it could very well be caused by the pain or by the stress of having to live in pain. Asking a doctor ‘What is a weighted blanket’ can be the very best question if one hopes to reduce pain and related symptoms. Cutting down on caffeine consumption, finding better ways to deal with stress, and maintaining a ‘no technology’ rule in the bedroom can also help a person get more productive rest overnight.

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Life Insurance 101: The Truth About Tobacco

Terrifying Statistics It is common knowledge that smoking and tobacco use is bad for a person, but many individuals remain in the dark regarding how serious this problem really is. Did you know that male smokers are nearly twenty five times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers? In fact, smoking causes nearly ninety percent of all lung cancer-related deaths. In addition to lung cancer, there is increased risk of several others, including oral, esophageal, pancreatic, kidney, bladder, and cervical cancers. Approximately half a million people, in this country alone, die each year as a result of tobacco-related illness, yet, despite growing awareness, nearly twenty percent of the American population still smokes and an even large population uses some form of tobacco daily.

What Does this Say to Insurance Companies? The best term life insurance companies know that there are forty known carcinogens in each cigarette. All of the increased risk of death that comes with lighting up or packing a chew translates to increased risk for the insurance provider. So, it should come as no surprise that they would tack on added fees to the premiums quoted for non-smokers whenever addressing tobacco users. This is not just true of life insurance. Long term care insurance is much more likely to be used by those who have been smoking or chewing for years and have compromised areas of their bodies as a result. Thus, those premiums as well as the ones attached to critical illness insurance policies have to be punched up as well.

Of course, each insurance company differs slightly in their approach to assessing the added risk of tobacco use. In some instances, there might be differentiation made for those who use the dangerous substance only on occasion versus those who are very frequent smokers. However, the truth still holds, then when it comes to life- and disability insurance, tobacco users are going to pay more than those who avoid it.

Lying Won’t Work Not only will most policies require a physical exam that is likely to detect the substance, many companies also access medical history records. It is also a major risk to lie to the insurer. After all, you are signing the policy, agreeing that the information you provided was honest and accurate. If you die – especially of a condition caused by the bad habit – there is a chance that the policy could be rescinded.

What if I Quit? This is a very frequently asked question. After all, with the invention of products like nicotine lozenges, gum, patches, and medications like Chantix, quitting is a more realistic possibility for many users than ever before. However, it should be noted that when a person quits does matter to the insurance company. The length of time that has lapsed since the use of tobacco is the true determinate when re-evaluating the cost of the premium. Those who have only recently given up the bad habit are not likely to be cut a break. However, if you quit one, three, five, or more years ago, the price of your policy will likely be reduced. Of course, whether it affects the price right away or not, quitting is always high recommended. After all, is it the cost of the insurance policy or the opportunity to extend your life expectancy that matters most?

Insurance 360
2023 Denton Drive, Austin, TX 78758-4503
(800) 327-2866 ‎

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Life Insurance – When Do I Need It?

Insurance can be a great asset to both you and your family. When something tragic does happen, insurance is worth its weight in gold. One of the most basic questions is when do I need to buy insurance? It is hard to decide when to buy insurance, but there are some key times in life when it is definitely necessary.

STARTING A FAMILY

This is an important part of life for many couples. Children are a big decision. They take a lot of care and a lot of money. When you decide to start a family, one of the first things you should look into is insurance. One of the first types you will need to have is disability. Insurance companiesprovide this coverage, but it is also provided by Social Security. However, Social Security benefits on how long you have worked and how much you have paid in Social Security taxes. But, this insurance is key anyway. If something should happen to you and you are not able to work, the benefits would give you a partial wage. This income can be invaluable to you and your family.

Another great insurance to have is critical illness insurance. Quotescan usually be found online. If you ever have to hear the words ‘you have cancer,’ this insurance will help lift the financial burden. This allows you and your family to worry about the more important things rather than money.

WITH A FAMILY

When you have a family, these insurances are both important, but there is one that is even more important: life insurance. If something fatal should happen to you, your family needs to have the best: term life insurance. Companies offer this as a non-permanent type of insurance. During your coverage period, your family will be compensated if something should happen to you. This is best for people who have small children who still need to be cared for. You could also choose a permanent life insurance where you will always be covered, but these plans are more expensive.

FOR YOURSELF

One type of insurance you need just for yourself is long term care insurance. When you are older and unable to care for yourself, this insurance provides you with permanent care. It will pay for assisted living, stays in care facilities, and community living.

Although this is primarily for your benefit, your family will rest easy knowing that you have all the help you need to continue living your life. They will not have to worry about you completing simple daily tasks because you will have help available whenever you need it.

SO WHEN?

There are different times in your life when you definitely need insurance. However, it is always nice to have for ‘just in case’ as well. You can find affordable insurance to meet your family’s needs and some places you can name your own price and get only what you can spare. Every little bit can help so get what you need before you actually need it.

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Would Your Dentist in Austin Recommend Keeping Your Wisdom Teeth?

They grow in – usually between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five – and for many people they never even break the surface. Wisdom teeth are a big source of stress for a large portion of the population. For those who suffer impacted teeth, the discomfort can become unbearable if not pulled soon enough and even for those who see them grow all the way in, there can be another source of concern.

Aside from those who are fortunate enough to never develop the third set of molars, those who have the teeth grow in straight and unhindered are likely considered the luckiest among us. After all, it certainly is a better fate than having to be put under anesthesia so the orthodontist or dentist in Austin can go beneath the gum line to dig the teeth out. Yet, having the wisdom teeth in place doesn’t guarantee that the dental office trip is avoided. Many patients are now asking, ‘Is it okay to keep my wisdom teeth?’

There is reason for that question to be asked. If the teeth only partially grew in, then there is risk that a pocket could open between the gum and the tooth, inviting bacteria to work its evil magic. This can result in infection, gum disease, tooth decay, or worse. In fact, bacteria that take root under the gum can spread to other areas of the body and have even been linked to the developing of heart disease.

For those whose teeth did grow in properly, the cause of worry stems from their deep placement in the mouth. Wisdom teeth, which are the furthest from the front of the mouth, are also the toughest to keep clean. There is often little space around the tooth for the brush to get in and get the surface clean. Failing to reach those areas can, once again, allow the pesky bacteria to build-up and spread. Many of the same fears are realized. The person has a drastically increased risk of gingivitis and periodontitis, among other complications. Even an Austin mercury free dentist will rarely fill a cavity that has formed in a wisdom tooth. The recommendation is almost always to pull the tooth.

If you are unsure if you should keep your wisdom teeth or are unsure if you even have any, it is a good idea to schedule a dental visit. In the same office as you would have a regular cleaning, a filling, or an Austin teeth whitening procedure done, you can receive the x-ray examination that will give a better picture of tooth placement. This is how the dentist will determine whether or not you have three, four, or even five wisdom teeth. It might also be required to ensure the teeth have fully erupted through the gum and have grown in correctly.

At that point, he or she will give a recommendation of whether or not your teeth are being cleaned well enough and whether or not they present increased risk of oral complications. It will be you and your dentist (or orthodontist) who will make the final decision on whether or not the teeth should be extracted.

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The Importance of Eye Exams

Why should you make an appointment with an ophthalmologist or optometrist? You don’t wear glasses, your eyes feel fine, and your vision is as sharp as ever. Many people skip their yearly exam, thinking that they’ll just go when, and if, there is a concern. The problem with this type of thinking, however, is that by the time we notice symptoms of an eye condition, often it has progressed significantly. Who needs eye exams? You. No matter how old you are or what your general health is, you need to keep an eye on your eyes.

You or your child may have a vision screening as part of a routine physical or at school; is this good enough? A vision screening can be a valuable tool in that it can identify whether you are at risk for eye problems. It is not a substitute for a complete eye exam by an Austin optometrist or ophthalmologist, who can detect early signals of eye conditions that can impact your vision and your health. From there, you may be referred to a corneal, retinal, or glaucoma specialist. Or you may be told to come back in a year for your regular exam.

During an eye exam, your doctor is checking more than just how well you see. He is checking the structure and anatomy of your eyes. He will look for refractive error, which could be nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, amblyopia, which requires different prescriptions for each eye, eye alignment and teaming, focus, and diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and more. Interestingly, he may be able to detect general health problems, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, by looking at your eyes’ blood vessels, retina, and other structures.

Depending on the findings of your exam, a line of treatment will be developed. For instance, if you have an astigmatism, you may want to learn more about LASIK surgery. This is a remarkably effective procedure that has steadily grown in popularity in recent years. Your doctor will be able to help you determine if it is a good option for you, and whether you are a candidate for bladed or all laser LASIK. Surgery is not always the treatment of choice, though. You may simply need a new prescription for your glasses, for eye drops, for multivitamins, of other noninvasive therapies. Sometimes, all that is needed is better lighting.

A comprehensive eye exam typically costs between $50 and $100 dollars, and there are programs available to help allay the cost. Many doctors’ offices offer financing and many insurance policies cover at least part of the cost of a visit, so it is important not to let the cost stop you from protecting the health of your eyes. It is well worth it if you can prevent vision disturbance.

It is worth taking the time to find the best eye doctor in Austin. Cataract surgery, intensive glaucoma treatment, vision loss, and other serious consequences can many times be avoided if we have regular exams.

Tech Ridge Vision
500 Canyon Ridge Dr # L350
Austin, TX 78753-1641
(512) 837-3200


About the Author: Mark Masters has authored may pieces on the eye care & surgery industry and enjoys keeping his readers up to date in this field

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The Differences Between an Austin Dentist and a Cosmetic Dentist

There are more technical names floating around now than ever before. For instance, have you heard the term “cosmetic dentist”? Cosmetic dentists have been around for awhile, but now more than ever people are starting to throw the phrase around. The average person isn’t even sure what a cosmetic dentist is, much less how they differ from a regular dentist. So what is the difference between your average Austin dentist and a cosmetic dentist? As it turns out, there is a lot of difference between the two!

A Regular Dentist

Most of us know what to expect from a visit to a regular dentist. We know that a dentist works to keep our teeth clean and healthy. The average person visits a dentist twice a year to have cleanings done, and occasionally they may need to visit a bit more often, if they need to have fillings filled in or something else similar done. A dentist can do a large number of things for your teeth aside from cleanings, however, such as root canals, fillings, extractions, and various other details. One of the biggest things to remember about a regular dentists office is that you will find dental services there that related to the health of your teeth first. Dentists are first concerned with the health of your teeth, not the look of them. That’s why a dentist may recommend that you have an extraction done instead of a root canal, or why they would be unconcerned with whether teeth were perfectly straight or not as long as you could chew adequately.

Cosmetic Dentist

A cosmetic dentist, on the other hand, is worried about looks first and functionality second. Most cosmetic dentists will look into making sure that the teeth are functional, but they do so much more than a traditional dentist does. If your teeth are stained, for instance, an Austin cosmetic dentist may offer to whiten your teeth for you. White teeth have absolutely nothing to do with functionality, but it does have to do with how your teeth look. Most regular dentists do not offer teeth whitening. Then there are veneers. Almost all cosmetic dentists offer to put on veneers, which are a thin piece of material that go over your existing teeth to give your smile the look of being perfect without you actually having to go through serious orthodontic treatment. While the veneer doesn’t alter the functionality of your mouth, it does alter the look, which is why you would visit an Austin cosmetic dentist for this type of procedure instead of visiting a traditional dentist.

When you’re looking for a dentist, and are trying to decide between going to a cosmetic dentist or a traditional dentist, think first about what needs you have. If you simply need to have your teeth cleaned, then go for the traditional dentist. If, however, you’re looking to get more services than that, then you may want to look for a cosmetic dentist office that can serve you.


About the Author: Bobby Milton has worked in the dental industry for over 20 years and writes and lectures on many different dental topics

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Tips for Events in Austin

Living in Austin has a number of benefits. You have everything you could ever want in a very close proximity to your home, or your work, and you’re able to have a great deal of fun on the weekends thanks to all of the events that happen in Austin. But many times people find that dealing with some of the Austin events can be frustrating. They find that they’re not able to find parking, or that they didn’t know that it was going to cost a specific amount to go to the event that they were interested in going to. If you’re looking to go to an event in Austin, here are a few tips that can help you to make sure that you’re prepared for almost everything.

Being Prepared

The first thing that you should do is to make sure that you always have a first aid kit on you. This may sound strange, but it can come in extremely handy. If you’ve got a purse, or are bringing a vehicle, put a small first aid kit into the vehicle or into your purse (or both). You never know when it will come in handy. You may find, for instance, that you need sunscreen for a concert in the park, or that you hurt your leg when you join a spur of the moment baseball game in the park. Having a first aid kit is definitely a must.

If you want to have a great weekend, do your research ahead of time. Find out about all of the events that are going on during the weekend and look at not only the times, but how long it will take you to get from place to place. This way you’re not scrambling when you’re trying to go from one place to another. Also, make sure that you know exactly where an event is taking place. If you see an address, enter it into your GPS, or into an online map, so that you can find out exactly where it is. All too often residents of the city assume that they know where the event is only to get lost and to miss it.

Make sure, when you’re doing your research, that you find out how much an event costs. Unless you specifically see the price, or the words “free”, then assume that it costs something. Don’t be afraid to call the event coordinator or the location where the event is taking place to ask how much the event costs. Another great tip is to plan your parking! If you’re not taking public transportation, make sure you do a search before you head to find the parking locations available to you. A bit of extra searching and you can find the free parking spots, making it even more affordable to enjoy yourself in downtown Austin for the evening. With a little bit of planning and research, you can enjoy yourself in Austin every weekend, or every week, of the year!

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