Most people are aware of the critical importance of dental hygiene, but what isn’t so well-known is the danger of overdoing it. While routine brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining dental health, brushing too vigorously and too often can actually harm your teeth and gums.
Regularly brushing your teeth is an important part of dental health, but you should be careful not to overdo it. Photo: James R. Mattingly, D.D.S. (2014)
Whether you brush too fast, too hard or too often, over-brushing can lead to several adverse effects, including enamel abrasion, which is when a tooth’s protective enamel layer breaks down. Continue reading “The Hazards of Over-Brushing” »
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With the right application, going off-grid with solar power can be an advantageous option. Photo: Freedom Solar (2014)
With the growing popularity of solar power, more and more homeowners are making the switch to this affordable, environmentally-friendly energy source. However, many are unaware of the scope of their options, particularly in regard to on- and off-grid systems. While the majority of solar power systems are connected to the main utility grid, off-grid installations remain independent of central power, which, according to Jerry Shafer, owner of Affinity Solar Energy, can be a beneficial option under the right circumstances. Continue reading “Going Off-Grid with Solar Power” »
Since plumbing is an often-overlooked aspect of home maintenance, it’s no surprise that the majority of service calls are remedial rather than preventative. Most people tend to ignore their homes’ plumbing until an issue arises, but it’s far more cost-effective to be proactive about inspection and maintenance. For the average homeowner, however, this can seem like a daunting task. Besides being one of the most neglected systems in the home, plumbing is also one of the most intricate, consisting of a varied network of interconnected components.
Having a service agreement with a local plumbing company provides several advantages, including preventative care and reduced rates. Photo: Gotelli Plumbing Company (2014)
If you’re intimidated by the prospect of maintaining your plumbing system, consider contracting a service agreement with a local plumbing company. Continue reading “The Benefits of a Plumbing Service Agreement” »
Consumer Reports has come up with a list of the marketing tactics that bother consumers the most. Did your top gripe make the list?
An often-overlooked aspect of home safety is proactive maintenance of systems, appliances and other integral components. Photo: Carmen Miranda – Alain Pinel Realtors (2014)
Above all else, your home should be a safe place, which is why it’s important to stay up-to-date with changing safety code standards. However, while devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) provide protection from potential hazards, other aspects of home safety often go ignored or unnoticed. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Maintenance to Increase Home Safety” »
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By taking a proactive approach to maintenance, you can make the most of your vehicle investment. Photo: Faxon Garage (2014)
Let’s face it: in this day and age, a vehicle is more than just a means of transportation—it’s an investment, and a substantial one at that. From the price of engine repair and body work to ongoing fuel and insurance costs, owning a vehicle constitutes a major financial obligation, which is all the more reason to be proactive about maintenance. With this in mind, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to weigh in on key areas where maintenance matters most. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance for Optimal Performance” »
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Gum recession is a unique condition in the realm of oral health. Since there’s no associated pain or irritation, it can progress gradually over time without being noticed. Also, unlike issues such as cavities and misaligned teeth, there’s no simple way to reverse the effects of gum recession. While missing gum tissue can be restored through a surgical procedure, a technique for naturally regenerating tissue has yet to be discovered.
Gum recession isn’t easily remedied, which makes proactive prevention all the more important. Photo: Richard F. Sellman, D.D.S. (2014)
Due to its subtle yet permanent nature, it’s crucial to take preventative steps against the various factors that contribute to gum recession. Continue reading “How to Prevent Gum Recession” »
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