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When frigid winter days have you longing for spring showers and their magical flowers, there is no need to suffer in silence.
When frigid winter days have you longing for spring showers and their magical flowers, there is no need to suffer in silence.
There's still one month of summer left. Before those lazy, hazy days come to an end, use our get-things-done list to make the most of this fleeting season in the sun.
These cooler-weather prepping tips should begin creeping into your consciousness as the dog days tick by.
Bad ExperienceI try to be objective when selecting a company to perform a service for me. I look at their ratings from other customers through various review sites, whether they are registered with the BBB, whether the services they advertise are as advertised and their work is within their competitors price range and finally when I do select them that they are fair and do the job right the first time.So where to begin:This Company Ratings: On an avg 3 depending, but with a bunch of 5's as of late on one site only.Member of the BBB: NoAdvertised: 24 hour emergency service. Nope. I called roughly at 2:30 a.m. for an emergency service request with no reply. Called at roughly 7:30 AM and a person answered, said the office didn't open until 8, took my information down and stated that someone will call me back. Called roughly at 9:30 because I yet to have been called back. Got scheduled for an afternoon appointment.Discounts: offered, but you have to ask for each one.Service: Issue identified that a part on a item purchased 3 yrs ago required to be replaced, Cost for the replacement part and service fees was in the " thousands" which roughly equated to 85% of the value of the entire item when purchased brand new.Unfortunately, despite the cost, I agreed to have the very needed service to be done, since I was still awaiting call backs and time was of the essence due the local weather conditions. A work order was placed and the technician left. Shortly after that, the call backs occurred and to my shock, I discovered for what work needed to be done, it could be done in the hundreds, NOT THOUSANDS of dollars.What would you do?I called roughly an hour later to cancel the work order with the expectation of being charged for the tech coming out for a service call. NOPE: I got the entire cancel fee charged to me totaling several hundred dollars. Note: read the contract Cancel fee then get several quotes before agreeing to their contract.Finally, the other companies that had called back did provide both feedback, estimates and a willingness to come by. Last company came at 9 pm. Provided a temporary fix and was scheduled for a follow up the next day.Final Result:A correct diagnosis was identified and I was educated on what caused the problem. A warranty for year for current work and prorated as a difference in the event that what was diagnosed by A-1 would come to fruition, 24 hr call service ( both by the owner and s tech on call) and a bill for less than the cancel fee charged by A-1.Hmmm now that's what I call service. A-1 you gotta some serious competition to which I will be sending them referrals
Normally I go to Dupre's, however, they were all booked on the Saturday I had free to have my hair re-colored and cut so I called "Hair We Are". Upon my arrival I was greeted with friendly faces and was asked if I'd like anything to drink. Check in was simple. My stylist (Lilian) was extremely outgoing and a pleasure to have. I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome of my hair and the relaxed, but family friendly atmosphere. Customers were coming in with their children of all ages, customers of all backgrounds even. I was very pleased seeing as normally I felt I had to be "dressed to impress" each time I went to Dupres. It felt like a down home, good, relaxing, come as you are, place. My appointment was at 2, but I did not get finished until about 530. (My hair was a wreak) My stylist said she got off at 5 and was going out of town that evening, however, did not give me that "let's hurry up and get this over with" feel at all. She made me feel like I came first, which I appreciate! (being in the customer service field myself, I know how important it is to make the customer feel that way and she A'ced it!) The turn out of my hair was hands down the BEST I've ever seen it! AND it was about $150 cheaper than I paid at the previous salon I went to!!!! Granted, at the old salon, I felt they pressured me into purchasing something each and everytime I went in, which I caved into doing. That could have led to a larger bill a bit.... All in all, I will stick with Lilian at Hair We Are and recommend her and this salon to everyone I know! YOU WILL NOT REGRET THIS PLACE!
We had a problem where our sink was not draining at all. I called around to plumbing companies in the area and A-1 had the best rates and the most friendly people on the phone. I booked an appointment right there on the line and they were wonderful and flexible with the schedule as I wanted my husband home for the appointment. John and Larry were our technicians and called before they arrived (a half hour before) to let me know that they were almost at my house. Upon arriving they came in, looked at not only the problem sink but the bathroom we were concerned about as well. Right away they were able to tell what the problem was and approximately where it was at. They went over 2 different ways that they had to fix it and the cost before we moved forward. They also told us about the discounts they had and how we could get them. With their combined knowledge and expertise we felt more than ok to let them fix it, and fix it they did! I cannot believe how quickly they were done once they began, especially since my husband and I had tried for 2 days to fix it on our own. Our drains have not sounded that good since we have owned this house. I cannot say enough good things about the company or the men that did the work, we will be using them in the future.
I recently experience an incident that created heat and frustration with our home A/C unit. When I got home, our new puppy had chewed the wires on the A/ C unit. Of course, this would only happen on the hottest day of the year so far. Now, keep in mind, I know that if I call my home warranty company, I would get the standard, "we will send someone out in the morning". See, this happened at 8:00pm. Well, I called A-1 American and they not only responsed within 45 minutes. When Joe came out, he was extremely professional, executed the repairs very quick, provided us with some pointers on how to combat the "wire biting dog" challenge, and also discuss preventive maintenance based on our unit condition. This service stood out to us because as consumers, we continue to run into marginal professional service. A-1 American is far above an average service providing company. Their professional approach toward service will ensure I reference their company if I ever need A/C service again.
I recently had my make-up done with Sabrina, The make-up I was happy with but the hair I had to re-do on my wedding day.... I guess trials are must do. I am upset for a couple of reasons the first time I contacted her I asked her what a minimal hairstyle and minimal make-up would cost since I was trying to keep it very simple; she told me 35-50 for hair and same for make up. The second I met her she moved it up to 100.00 for both by then she found out it was for a wedding, on the day of the wedding she charged me 175.00 for a side-braid pony tail with no blow out and for make up I even brought my own eye lashes. I find that she runs this business with lack of ethics as she should've honored what she priced me with. My advice to all brides don't tell the hairstylist or makeup artist its bridal or that you are the bride they will charge you more and walk out the same as your bridesmaids.. I was mortified when I saw the back of my head it looked like a birds nest.
I have never had issues with Ameristar to the extent that I would say stay away. There are pros and cons to every property management company. If I ever come back to the Hampton Roads area I would rent from them again. Pros: I really liked my property manager. She was upfront about maintenance issues and responsive. My AC broke in the summer and while I had to wait a bit to get it fixed, I had a whole new HVAC unit put in. I expect it to take a while if you're replacing the whole HVAC unit. Also, she offered to bring me a window unit during the maintenance time. I had some unexpected issues that affected my tenancy and she worked with me. I'm not sure if the other comment from the OP had the same landlady as me, but I definitely didn't go three months without AC. Cons: you can't pay rent online. It made it inconvenient, at least for me, to drive out to VB. I guess I could have mailed a check, but the way my finances are I couldn't do that.
We started going to the Janaf location and the first two visits were fine in spite of very long waits. However the hygienist that attempted to clean my sons teeth in February ( his six month cleaning) made him never want to go back. Fortunately we found this location and miss Barbara was amazing. Our first two visits there we got in right on time ( that never happened at the other place). Then Thursday we had to go back for my son to have a filling. We had to wait forty five minutes due to a conference call pulling away tone of the dentists. My son was hungry as it was a 4:00 appt and it could have been another bad experience. But the assistant and dentist were awesome and filled two teeth on opposite sides of his mouth (one side with no Novocain ) and he was in no pain. So far all our experiences at this location have been great!
Back in 2007 Jim saw me and told a friend that he could help me with my hair. I went to Jim and was already doing the Biotin, but the best advise he gave me was to not only wash my hair but the also shower in a cool shower instead of a hot one. I now have a full head of hair and it grows so fast that I can't believe it's down the middle of my back. The people at the Image are absolutely wonderful! I would recommend Jim any day, night, or whenever to do someone's hair. I even had Jim do my hair for my wedding, which turned out beautifully. I received several compliments on my hair, not only at the wedding, but every day now. I can't say enough about Jim or the crew at the Image. I will go no where else for my hair to be done and my spouse also has Jim do his hair. Thanks again to the Image at Haygood and especially to Jim!
A leaking Water Main Line under the crawlspace was causing me a real headache, not to mention a rising water bill. I called the A-1 Emergency Line and withiin 2-hours, Bryan Baines was at my front door. What a professional he is...curtious, easy to talk to, and very knowlegable. He provided a written estimate and explained the entire procedure for the replacement. I also acquired two additional quotes from two other competitors (which had better reviews on Angie's List) but Bryan's professionilism and price won the day. He arrived the next morning with his side-kick Nick (his son), and they completed the job in a timely manner. I must say, that if A-1 American relies on their technicans to provide excellent service and customer Satisfication, Bryan gets A-plus in all categories. Thanks Bryan for a job WELL DONE!
First- let me say I was new to the area 3 yrs ago. Finding a new salon was a nightmare in itself. I've had my fair share of salon horror stories in the past. Due to that, I would put off going to new places, the next salon was always just as bad as the last. Fast forward - when I walked into Chez I was greeted by smiles from a friendly staff. Everyone was so nice and welcomed me. Louanne was my stylist. She had some work cut out for her when I sat in her chair. She fixed all the mistakes. From all the previous salons and made me feel so much better about myself. She was very in tuned to what I needed done and where to start. She changed my color, style and confidence. I absolutely love this place and will continue to get my services through them. I will definitely recommend this salon to all my girlfriends!!
The human mouth is a complex biological system, and no two individuals have the same oral care needs. Here are some of the more common dentists people seek out to improve their oral health:
These dentists generally serve as the primary provider of dental care. If you need your teeth cleaned, crowns and bridges placed or any number of cosmetic procedures, book an appointment with a general dentist. Though not as common, these dentists will also provide more specialized services, including some forms of oral surgery - chief among them root canals and restorative care - fitting patients with a mouthguard and counseling people on how to stop smoking and what constitutes proper nutrition.
To become an endodontist means undergoing an additional two years of training beyond dental school. As a result, these specialized dentists perform more specific procedures beyond general teeth cleaning and repair work. While a dentist may perform a handful of root canal treatments in a week, an endodontist may end up working on 20 or more in the same timespan. Your average endodontist also repairs teeth damaged by trauma and performs endodontic retreatments, which is repeat root canal procedure. Their added training also means that the endodontist is much more adept at utilizing complex dental equipment - especially ultrasonic instruments or microscopes. Most of that equipment is used to improve the health of teeth that are affected by disease and even congenital deformities.
Proper oral care starts when you're young, and that's why pediatric dentists are so important. These dentists treat people under the age of 13, though there are exceptions based on a child's unique dental background. Pediatric dentists face unique challenges, because they must treat newly teething babies and children losing their primary teeth.
Though cleanings are an integral part of their job, pediatric dentists are mostly concerned with planning ahead. That means working to ensure the child has straight teeth and correcting an improper bite. However, they also help address more child-specific conditions of thumb sucking and an over-reliance on pacifiers. As a result, pediatric dentists usually require an additional two-year residency working with infants and children.
Pathology refers to the study of disease, specifically as it presents in tissue. Oral pathologists, then, are responsible for studying the diseases that affect the tissue of the mouth and other surrounding muscle groups. These experts are considered to be true specialists, having focused their work on very niche areas of both dentistry and pathology. Though oral pathology is rather specialized, it's a vital component of the oral health industry. By analyzing tissue taken from biopsies, oral pathologists can help diagnose and eventually treat a number of oral diseases, including leukoplakia, cementoma and squamous cell carcinoma, among others.
Similar to the endodontist, periodontists receive several additional years of training beyond dental school. However, whereas endodontists study advanced treatments, periodontists generally have a very specific field of interest. Your average periodontist focuses less on cleanings and more on diagnosing and treating gingivitis, periodontitis, which is an untreated form of the aforementioned ailment, and other periodontal diseases. Periodontists treat patients with more complicated oral care backgrounds, those people who require root planing - where dentists clean any infected surfaces - and root debridement, or the removal of dead tissue. Periodontists are especially concerned with proper gum health, including painful recession and teeth alignment.
Most of the aforementioned dentists are concerned with the health and well-being of a patient's teeth. While that is important to cosmetic dentists, they specialize in a number of different treatments meant to enhance the look or aesthetic of your teeth. To begin the average appointment, cosmetic dentists will examine your teeth for any imperfections or irregularities, and then suggest ways to make your teeth more white or properly aligned. The most popular such treatments are bleaching - where special chemicals are used to whiten your teeth - placing veneers or caps to alter the appearance of teeth, and bonding, where dentists fill unappealing gaps with structural replacement material.
Orthodontists are responsible for treating most dental irregularities, which includes everything from misaligned jaws - like an under or overbite - to overcrowding teeth and even certain cosmetic issues. Following dental school, the would-be orthodontist then has another three years of schooling, most of which is clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. To properly diagnose and treat most dentofacial issues, the orthodontist relies on a collection of corrective gear. That includes braces, retainers and various facemask configurations. Though orthodontists work with people of all ages, the bulk of patients are young children and teens.
Similar to the field of orthodontics, the average prosthodontist receives an additional three years of training following dental school. And though prosthodontics is something of a cosmetic field like orthodontics, it's primarily concerned with replacing missing teeth. Prosthodontists have a number of teeth-replacing procedures to implement, including filling veneers, onlays and inlays, bridges, crowns and complete or partial dentures. Beyond their work in implant dentistry, these experts treat a number of other mouth-related ailments, namely snoring, post-cancer jaw reconstruction, traumatic injuries and pain related to lock jaw and other temporomandibular joint disorders.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist
Similar to endodontists, these specialists - one of nine such unique fields recognized by the American Dental Association - utilize machinery to treat and diagnose patients. Specifically, these dentists make use of radiographic imaging to treat those diseases and ailments that impact the teeth, mouth and the maxillofacial region, which consists of the face and jaw. While X-rays are a popular option, OMRs also rely on plain and computed tomography, MRIs, ultrasounds and other forms of digital imaging. OMRs are among the first adaptors of new technology, using innovations in the field of imaging to find increasingly effective ways at understanding the impact of oral disease and what that means to patients.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Your primary dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you experience facial pain, or if he or she suspects you have some variety of oral cancer. OMSs are also your primary source when planning most oral surgeries, like tooth extractions, cyst repairs and removals, and dental implants. However, an OMS can also treat a number of other ailments and diseases related to the maxillofacial region. For instance, malformations in your facial bones can cause sleep apnea, and an OMS can perform corrective surgery that removes or shapes bone. Many of these experts are also involved with more cosmetic procedures, performing or assisting with facial implants and rhinoplasty, in which the nose bone is modified.
Dental Public Health Clinics
These clinics are available in most cities across the U.S., and they're meant to offer affordable health care to many low-income families and individuals. Though it differs depending on the specific clinic, the average clinic offers only the most essential oral care services, including X-rays, teeth cleaning, basic root canals and repairs, and tooth extractions. The fees an individual pays depend on a number of different factors, and most clinics have a sliding-fee that is determined equally by income and family size.
There are several different kinds of dentists, each one with his or her own specialty. However, there are a core group of ailments all dentists treat. Conditions include:
Tooth Decay: When your teeth fall out or begin to disintegrate in your mouth, improper brushing is often to blame. Certain infections also cause tooth loss or decay. One of the most affective ways to prevent tooth decay is with regular brushing and flossing right at home.
Bad Breath: As your teeth fall out or you don't brush properly, your gums and teeth begin to break down and cause foul odors. Other causes of bad breath include gum disease and oral infections. As with tooth decay, brushing and flossing are vital, as is regular tongue scraping and the use of mouthwash.
Teeth Sensitivity: Some people are born with teeth that are naturally sensitive to cold. A lack of brushing can also comprise your teeth's natural protection. The best method to help protect otherwise sensitive teeth is to use specialized toothpaste geared toward people with worn or damaged teeth.
Dry Mouth: Certain medications will cause your salivary glands to stop producing spit. This in turn can harm the structure of your teeth and gums. There are several at-home measures you can take to combat dry mouth. These include regular hydration, chewing sugar-free gum, which also hydrates your mouth, and avoiding mouthwash with alcohol in it, which dries out your entire mouth.
Teeth Grinding: For many people, grinding their teeth - also known as bruxism - is a subconscious behavior, usually the result of stress. It can eventually damage your teeth. The only way to treat your grinding habit is to meet with an endodontist, who will fit you with with a bite plate to mitigate the damage to your teeth.
Mouth Sores: Also called canker sores, these painful bumps are the result of irritation to the soft tissue of your mouth. These sores can make brushing almost impossible. There are a number of different causes for sores, including anemia or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. As a result, your primary physician will have to examine the bump, find its root cause and then help develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.
Discoloration: Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Proper brushing can usually prevent discolored teeth before they happen. However, if your teeth become worse, many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.
Proper oral care begins at home. The following are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They just may reduce your time spent in your dentist's chair.
Remember Your Angles
When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle. That way, you're able to hit every surface of each tooth.
Don't Forget the Tongue
Within your mouth, your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Be sure to brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.
Brushing alone isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy, and that's why flossing is so important. Each time you floss, be sure to have at least 18 inches of floss available, which is what you should go through if you use proper technique. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
Watch What You Eat
Sugar, alcohol and coffee all contain phosphorus. While some can prove beneficial, too much of this chemical can eat away at your teeth and gums.
Keep in Mind the Mouthwash
Though not a requirement, mouthwash can be helpful if used to supplement proper brushing and flossing. Most mouthwash brands contain chlorine dioxide, a chemical that targets the majority of oral bacterial strains. However, don't overuse mouthwash, as it can cause a number of ailments.
Proper oral care is an integral component of your greater well-being, which highlights why having the right dentist is of the utmost importance. Consider the following as you make an effort to find a dentist who will fit your unique medical history:
Find a Recommendation
It's important to use a dentist whom you feel comfortable with. Because that's difficult to achieve by simply choosing names out of a phone book, you should always seek out a recommendation. Whether it's a friend, family member or co-worker, this individual can offer intimate details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care. Be sure to always ask plenty of questions.
Vet Your Dentist
Once you get a recommendation from a friend, don't simply book your first cleaning right away. Instead, meet with any prospective dentists to conduct a series of pretreatment interview. During this session, you can ask them about what treatments they perform most often, procedures they're not as familiar with, what accreditation they have or any organizations they belong to and how their offices handles insurance and payments. Just be aware that booking this time can be difficult based on a dentist's schedule.
Consider Accessibility and Other Factors
Perhaps you've met a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. Not only that, but this dentist's payment options are suitable for your finances. However, don't be so quick to make a final decision, as other factors may influence your choice. Is the dentist's office nearby, or do you have to drive out of your way? Is the office open at a time that will fit the rest of your schedule? How much flexibility will the dentist's staff offer in booking appointments? Though seemingly trivial, these factors are nonetheless important.
Check With Your State Board
One of the last things you should do before coming to a decision is to check with your state's dental board. Dentists must abide by different rules and regulations depending on where they practice, and the state board can outline what requirements your candidate must meet. These organizations can also offer information about any discrepancies in the dentist's background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.
As with other forms of health care, insurance is a great way to both reduce associated costs and ensure you and your dependents receive the best care possible. However, you don't want to simply buy the first such plan you see. Here are some factors to consider when shopping for dental insurance:
Pick Your Plan
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all dental insurance plan. Instead, most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers. An indemnity or fee-for-service plan is just as it sounds and means you'll have to pay for annual deductibles and co-insurance payments out of pocket. A preferred provider organization is less costly, and you choose from a network of dentists. However, PPOs have some limitations and accompanying deductibles. Similarly, a dental health maintenance organization plan limits you to just a few choices of dentists, and one doctor handles all of your oral care needs. However, these HMO are usually much less costly.
Examine the Networks
As noted, PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs compared to other insurance plans or payment options, it also means you don't have quite as much say in the dentist who can treat you. That doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, especially if you know who is in the network. Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. Do research on each doctor - just as you would when picking a dentist otherwise. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.
Consider Your Coverage
Sometimes, it's not just the doctor that you want to consider. For many people, even the plans with the best doctors are deemed a bad choice. The reason? The coverage is less-than-stellar. When picking a plan, you need to look at just how much you'll pay for each and every service. For instance, some plans won't cover your fillings or X-rays, while others may charge more or less for a crown or tooth extraction. Knowing just what you'll be responsible for is important, as you don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges. Depending on your employer, a human resources specialist can walk you through specific coverage options.
Make Your Plan Work for You
It's a sad fact that the dentist you want most might not be covered by the plan you've purchased. However, that doesn't mean that you have to look for dental services elsewhere. If you're truly comfortable with a dentist and you feel he or she can be an ally in your ongoing oral care regimen, then consider signing a plan to just keep that dentist available. That means potentially deal with costs and other insurance-related factors that you might have wanted to. If need be, you might be able to work with the dentist's office to address some of the plan-specific concerns.