How dental implants can improve your smile

By on 5-20-2015 in Health

Your self-confidence impacts the way you interact with others in public, at work, and in social settings. Having confidence in your smile is important. Damaged or missing teeth can drastically reduce your self-confidence. You may feel like there are no reliable options for fixing your smile. Thankfully, dental issues are much easier to deal with today than they were in the past. For people with damaged or missing teeth, dental implants may be the right option. The success rate for dental implants is high (around 98%), and the number of people getting implants annually is about half a million. Implants can give you a brand new smile that you can be confident in. I recently started researching dental implants to learn more about how they work, how effective the procedure is, and how many people actually have had this procedure performed. I wanted to learn more about this procedure and how the final results look when the procedure is completed. Ultimately, I researched the two types of implants and when they are used, which I’ve described below. 

There are two primary kinds of implants that are used today. Depending on the scope of work that is needed and the patient involved, different dentists will use one of the following kinds of implants to achieve their goal. One common type of implant is the endosteal implant. Endosteal implants are planted directly into the jawbone via a surgical procedure. The procedure is performed in a two-fold process. Once the first step is done, some time is taken off to allow the gum to heal and let the post connect with the implant, and the second step is when the tooth or teeth are added. The second method is a little different but aims to achieve the same ends. Sub-periosteal Implants involve fitting a metal frame on to the jawbone with a particular process. After the frame is affixed, time is allowed for the gums to heal and secure the frame to the jaw. The posts which the artificial teeth will be attached to stick through the gums from the metal frame underneath. The result is very similar, allowing the patient to live a healthy life with new teeth.

These procedures might sound complicated, but they’re not. According to this New York dentist, there are only a few very key things that a patient should take care to do to maximize their chances for success. So long as you avoid smoking in general, do not have diabetes or leukemia, or have not taken any bone-loss drugs, your chances of making to the procedures are high, and your gums’ ability to heal should be great. No time has been better than now to get dental procedures done. There’s no need to be self-conscious about your appearance or suffer discomfort with lost or damaged teeth. By consulting an experienced dentist, you may be able to have dental implant procedures done to improve your smile and regain your confidence.

We Must Get Used to the Image of Nursing Homes: They’re our future

By on 5-20-2015 in Health

When you hear the word “nursing home,” what image immediately comes to mind? For me, I imagine the nursing home in Cloud Atlas from which the character Timothy Cavendish must escape. In the book, Timothy Cavendish is tricked into signing himself into a nursing home called Aurora House from which he cannot leave. The title of the chapter, The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish, says it all.    

While most nursing homes are not so horrible, the story does serve as a reminder that you do not want to end up in a situation, not of your own making. The elderly often are sent to a nursing home after they are unable to take care of themselves, and many spend their final days in a nursing home because they were unable to afford long-term home care. It’s never too early to start thinking about where you will end up as you get older. Peck Ritchey, LLC, suggests discussing nursing home concerns while estate planning so those family members are not struggling to pay for nursing home expenses.

One way to pay for a nursing home is through Medicaid, a federal-funded and state-run joint program to assist both low-income families and individuals with long-term medical and custodial care costs. Before you can qualify for Medicaid, you may have to “spend down” your assets, according to lawyer Bonnie Kraham. Kraham explains that you cannot make gifts to children or other people in the five years before applying for Medicaid without a “penalty period.” This penalty period means you would have to pay for your long-term care out-of-pocket for a specific amount of time-based on the size of the gift.

Kraham lists a number of ways to legally spend down your assets so that you can apply for Medicaid, including paying off a mortgage or home equity loan, a car loan, credit card bills, medical bills and any taxes you owe and making repairs and renovations to your house. It takes some time and planning to spend down your assets without paying the penalty fee.

While the law does protect the spouse of the person who needs a nursing home, the spouse who first needs the nursing home or an unmarried person needs to plan ahead. Kraham suggests having long-term care insurance to cover long-term care costs. If you do not have or cannot afford long-term care insurance, Kraham advises creating a Medicaid asset protection trust (MAPT), which protects assets from nursing-home costs.

According to the Ettinger Law Firm, MAPT is known as an “income only” trust, meaning that the MAPT “names someone other than you or your spouse as trustee and limits you to the income.” MAPT has a five-year look-back period, meaning all the assets in the trust are protected if you need nursing home care after five years. If you need care before five years, you will only pay the remaining time. For example, if you need nursing home care after three years, then you would only have to pay for two years that are left.

Indecent Exposure Defense

By on 5-20-2015 in Health

Sex crimes are often the most controversial ones, but not all of them are in the level of rape and sexual assault. There are other sex crimes that are not as heinous and therefore often overlooked, such as indecent exposure.

According to the website of Horst Law, indecent exposure is the intentional exposure of a person’s genitalia or butt to another person or exposing unwilling bystanders to any manner of sexual contact occurring between two or more participants. There are possible factors that may influence defense to indecent exposure charges, such as the following.

Intention

One of the main ideas behind indecent exposure is that it is intentional. If the exposure is accidental, and there is no evidence that may prove intent, it can be argued that the act is already beyond the official definition of indecent exposure.

For example, if you are engaging in sexual behavior in a parked car and you have been accidentally seen by a bystander, you can say that the exposure is not intentional even if you are in a public space, because you are clearly inside a vehicle where the view can be blocked.

Place

Another core idea behind indecent exposure is that is has been done in a public place – in other words, a place where an unwilling bystander may witness the exposure. A possible defense against indecent exposure is questioning the place, whether it is truly a public space or a private space.

If it is actually a private place, like when you are at home and you have accidentally exposed your genitalia through a window, you may have a viable defense.

Identification

If the indecent exposure is merely an accusation by a witness, it may be much easier to defend yourself using proper identification as a factor. Are you truly the person the witness has seen to indecently expose himself? Is this person in a proper physical and mental condition to be a viable witness?

Mental Condition

Your mental condition can also be a factor that can influence the viability of an indecent exposure charge against you. If you are mentally impaired during the act, either permanently or temporarily, and therefore have no means to know what you are doing or judge whether what you are doing is right or wrong, you may have a viable defense.

Dog Biting Incidents

By on 5-20-2015 in Health

Dog Biting Incidents

Animal attacks should not be common, because we do not live in the wild where we can be vulnerable to them. But animal attacks become more common because of pets, and this is particularly true for dogs.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been injured because of a dog biting incident have legal options. Dog biting incidents can be personal injury or premises liability claims. Personal injury because you might have been hurt because of the negligence of the dog owner. Premises liability because you might have been hurt because of the negligence of a property owner with an attacking dog.

But why do dogs attack? There are three general reasons:

  • A medical condition makes the dog not in the mood to interact
  • Someone is trying to acquire its possessions, such as its food and puppies
  • Something makes it feel threatened, like someone accidentally stepping on its tail

These three reasons have one thing in common – they are responses to stimuli. Therefore, it can be argued that the absence of these stimuli may prevent dog biting incidents. Of course, dog and property owners, as well as visitors, should all make the effort of ensuring that dog biting incidents will not occur. This can be done in various ways.

For dog and property owners, the core idea they need to enforce is to make the dog inaccessible. They can tether it in a strategic place so it doesn’t attack visitors and passersby. They can tether it in an immovable object that is away from walkways.

For visitors and passersby, the core idea is to not engage in stimulus that can make dogs respond in a violent way. Do not try to get its possessions or act like you are a threat. As much as possible, stay away from the dog, especially if this dog has the following signs:

  • Growling
  • Looking away
  • Raising its fur
  • Showing the white of its eyes
  • Stiffening of its body

Preventing dog biting incidents also means that you are avoiding legal and medical issues, which can cost a lot of time and money.

Possible Additional Punishments Awaiting Those Who would be Charged with Felony DUI

By on 5-20-2015 in Health

Drunk-driving or alcohol-impaired driving is the cause of at least 10,000 fatal car crashes in the U.S. (total yearly fatal crashes number to more than 32,000). Records from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics show 1.4 million individuals arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or both.

In all U.S. states, driving with a 0.08% (or higher) blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is a crime. A first offense DUI is usually treated as only a misdemeanor; it is considered a more serious offense if the alcohol-impaired driver injures or kills someone, or if his/her BAC level is higher than the 0.08% limit.

Many federal and state authorities are determined and overzealous in catching violators of the anti-drunk driving law, thus, they are sharp and focused on observing any signs of drunk-driving, such as braking erratically, driving too slowly, swerving, stopping for no apparent reason or zig-zagging across the road. For the same end, they set up sobriety checkpoints to check on alcohol-impaired drivers, as well as measure their BAC level.

A DUI felony is punished with costly fines and at least one year jail time. In some states, a felony leads to other heavy sentences, such as:

  • Mandatory installation of an Ignition interlock, which is a device that will prevent a vehicle from starting if it detects in the driver a BAC level that is higher than what is considered a safe level (about 0.02%);
  • Administrative license suspension (ALS), a law that gives law enforcers the authority to confiscate a driver’s license if the driver fails a chemical test. This can last for 90 days – 180 days, during which driving privileges may be limited to/from work;
  • Open container law. This law, which is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the he National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), requires states to prohibit the possession of open alcohol beverage containers, as well as the consumption of an alcoholic beverage, in the passenger area of a motor vehicle on public highways.

Understanding how serious a DUI charge is should make a person think twice before sitting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. However, there are just instances when impairment gets the better of a driver. It will require a seasoned Columbia DUI defense attorney if you get charged with a DUI offense, more so if the charge is a felony.