Dental Implants : The Complete Guide

The world of dentistry sure has evolved over the years and these changes are mostly for the good of the patients. Dental implants have taken the dentistry world by storm as they happen to be very effective and help people in regaining their lost self-confidence. There are many things to note about a dental implant as no important detail can be missed out. First of all it has to be noted that implants can be done on single tooth and the whole jaw too. Other than that the whole process of implants can be a bit of the expensive side but it is definitely worth it.

Dental implants are permanent dental treatments and the implanted tooth or teeth looks and feels like real teeth. The process of implants help the patients in ways more than one as they help them live a good life that involves many attractive smiles on the way. What exactly is an implant anyway? A dental implant primarily is metallic root that is inserted in order to support the replaced tooth. A dental implant is generally made of titanium which is a metal that can conveniently go with the human body. When one makes up his or her mind for getting an implant then it becomes very important to gather all the required facts and also the myths related to the process.

Some people consider dental implants only for some exclusive set of people but that is certainly not the case. It is the dentist who will decide and advice the patient that he is fit for the process or not. There are many dental clinics which offer implants services to the people. One must not make a hasty decision while choosing the dental clinic for getting the implants done. The dental clinic must have qualified and experienced dentists on its panel and only experienced hands can carry out this process in the right manner.

Other than that the dental clinic must be transparent about the process and must attend to all the queries the patient or his family has. Some clinics offer some discounts for the implants treatment so one must confirm every single detail beforehand. There are several kinds of implants one must know about and many advantages can be associated with the entire implants process. These benefits appeal to the people as an implant offers a good and normal life to the people who have missing or broken teeth. Implants are quite durable in nature and can be regarded as a smart investment.

Other than that an implant can also help in stopping the loss of jaw in the future. Dentures are definitely becoming the thing of the past as the implants help people smile in a much more confident manner. After getting the implants done the patient can lead a normal life and there will be no restrictions on which food to chew and which one to avoid. Implants certainly are a good decision and that is why their popularity is growing …

fitness, health

Health and Fitness: 3 Exercises to Strike Overall Body Balance

For anyone who makes a great effort to lose weight and keep that weight off, this article offers help. One of the simplest ways to achieve both the benefits of health and fitness is by ensuring that as you perform your workout and exercise routine on a regular basis, you likewise make it a point to protect your body from breakdown. It is a known fact that an individual has a dominant side that is naturally stronger. That is the reason why it pays that your strong side has to make up for the weak side. However, doing so will only result to physical injuries in the process. With this major predicament laid before you, it is best that you look for an exercise that will foster both the gains of having a fit and healthy body and a stronger and sturdier physique, which strikes balance to your overall body in general. 

To somehow make your left and right sides generate equal work, here are the following exercises that you can include in your strength routine: 

1. The Dual Warrior Exercise – This specific strength exercise targets the shoulders and the glutes. All you have to do is grab a pair of dumbbells preferably one that weighs 8-10 pounds. Commence your position by standing with you right toe on the ground. Next, as you try to lean your upper body forward with your right hand pointing upward, slowly raise your right leg behind you. This stance is akin to a flying position, but this time, it’s your other leg (left) supporting your entire body weight. Finally, bend your knee into 90 degrees. Do 20 reps more, and make sure to rest in between sets.  

2. The Half Squat Leg Raise – To properly exhibit balance brought about by health and fitness exercises, this particular routine works the upper and lower body by and large. All you have to do is grab a pair of dumbbells (this can be between 5 to 10 pounds) and stand with your right toe on the floor. On the other hand, slowly bend your left knee and your other leg behind you as high as it can get. However, as you do this specific routine, it is important that you do not lose your balance, as this serves as the essence of the entire exercise. Perform 15 reps and complete a total of 30 reps for both sides. 

3. The Sphinx Position – If you want to work your core, this strength exercise is the right one for you. With this workout, you need to have a stability ball to properly execute the routine. Start off by kneeling and facing the stability ball with both your forearms and hands positioned just above the ball. With clasped hands, slowly roll the ball forward with the entire support relying on your forearms. Brace your abs as you roll the ball with the use of your forearms and hold to the position for 15 seconds. Make sure …

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What Do I Look For In A Pilate's Studio, And Yes I Own A Pilate's Studio

What do I look for in a Pilates studio? (and yes I own a Pilates Studio in Carlsbad, California).

My Experience

Would you consider a person who owns a Pilates studio to be good source about how to pick a Pilates studio? Yes, I’ve owned and operated California Pilates Center in Carlsbad, California since 2003. I’ve also owned a couple of Pilates Studios in different areas of Los Angeles and I’ve been a practitioner and Pilates Instructor for over 25 years. Well obviously I know something about the subject, but in addition to owning a studio in I’ve been to a lot of Pilates studios across the United States and Canada. I continue to visit different Pilates studios often, as a matter of fact I take regular classes at a studio that is not my own. There are awesome Pilates studios all over, with wonderful teachers and this is what I look for.

Students Bodies

When making a recommendation to a student one of the first things to consider is where is the person’s body at? Is this person a Pilates’ beginner or a very advanced enthusiast? Are they in shape or not? Does the Pilates studio in question offer different levels of instruction, do they offer beginning but not advanced classes? Do the instructors have experience working with disabilities or pregnancy? Call first or visit the Studio’s web site and explore the offerings.


Pilates grew very rapidly during the last twenty years and the experience level of some of the instructors was quite frankly sometimes lacking. That there is now a Pilates’ industry and overseers of the Pilates work is a good thing. There exists a grouping of very qualified programs that instruct “instructors” how to teach and verify the person is qualified to teach the Pilates method. The studios should publish on the studio’s web site or printed material the qualifications and certifications of the instructors. If not call the Studio and ask. You can then explore those on your own. Furthermore does your instructor continue to update their knowledge and experience with additional education, workshops, etc.

Certified, but in what?

First does your instructor have a Pilate’s certification? I was at a trade show years ago in San Francisco and because it was at a general fitness themed event we had different types of fitness professionals in attendance. Two ladies who had taken a 20- minute demonstration joked that they were now qualified to teach Pilates. The most basic question should be are they qualified to teach Pilates and by whom?

How do you know what is a good certification program? Not all Pilates’ programs are created equal, or even have the same basic philosophy. There exist different schools of thought about what to do with the volume of information Joseph Pilates left to the world. It seems most fall into either a Classical approach (follow the Pilates method as they understand Joseph Pilates taught), a more Contemporary approach (honoring what Joseph Pilates created and building …

health, medicine

Traditional Nursing Vs. Holistic Nursing

As more people are searching for ways to be and stay healthy, there has been a growing interest in holistic treatment methods within the healthcare industry. Especially with conditions such as various cancers or where patients need long-term care. Though the actual results and the benefits are often debated by medical professionals, most admit that when a patient is in a good place emotionally, it only enhances their treatment. Thus, the popularity of holistic treatments is growing and there is an increasing demand for holistic medical professionals. This is especially true in the nursing profession as nurses usually have more interaction with patients.

Holistic nursing is broadly defined as using nursing knowledge and practices in conjunction with other psychological, spiritual, social, interpersonal, and biological skills to treat the whole patient as in mind, body, and spirit (in contrast to traditional nursing which only focuses on treating the medical condition). To some degree, all nurses can be seen as holistic practitioners due to the nature of the profession. All nurses give comfort and help their patients understand what is happening to them. However, there are distinct differences between holistic and traditional nursing.

Though both traditional and holistic nurses are required to be licensed by their state nursing board, holistic nurses usually have (and in some cases are required to have) additional training. This training is geared toward the techniques that promote psychological, spiritual, and mental health. The training of Holistic nursing promotes wellness through means other than exercise, medicine, and nutrition. They also promote stress free and a calming atmosphere, working through emotional issues and setbacks, and finding inner peace. In addition, like other nursing specialties there are certifications for holistic nursing.

Traditional nursing is often limited in the methods that can be used in order to treat a patient. Typically, there are policies and procedures that guide the actions, responses and behavior of a traditional nurse. To be more specific, aside from medical treatment, comfort, advice, and kindness there is little else that a traditional nurse can do to treat their patients. On the other hand, a Holistic nurse is encouraged to use creativity in their methods of treating patients. A holistic nurse is free to use treatment methods that include but are not limited music therapy, calming techniques, guided imagery, art and animal assisted therapy, an anxiety reduction, as well as a host of other techniques to treat their patients. These techniques fall within one of a few categories or modalities of holistic nursing. Holistic nurses can become specialized in one of the modalities or use a mixture to treat patients. The most common modalities are manipulative and body-based practices such as massage therapy, mind-body medicine like yoga, biologically based practices that include herbal therapy, and energy medicine such as magnetic therapy.

Aside from the methods and ideology, the other major distinction in traditional nursing and holistic nursing is the types of patients that they treat. Traditional nurses treat all types of patients with various backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicities, social …