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Local lawyer beats doctor, dentist in big East Geelong auction sale

East Geelong has again proved a beacon for professionals with a doctor, lawyer and dentist contesting the auction of a renovated character home that sold for $90,000 above reserve.

The local lawyer outlasted the competition to buy the four-bedroom house at 1 Darling Street for $892,000.

It’s the highest price ever recorded in the street, eclipsing the previous top sale by $40,000, CoreLogic records show.

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McGrath, Geelong agent David Cortous said bidding moved quickly past the $800,000 reserve price at Saturday’s auction.

He said the trio of bidders were all attracted to the low-maintenance lifestyle on offer.

“There was a doctor, a lawyer and a dentist, you could not have written a better script and the local lawyer bought it,” Mr Cortous said.

“The house was basically rebuilt eight years ago and it was just beautifully presented, well-built home with nothing to do.”

A rear open-plan living zone was the centrepiece of the renovation and includes a quality kitchen with Caesarstone benchtops and European appliances.

It provides easy access to a covered deck and compact landscaped backyard.

Mr Cortous said the confident bidding was a great sign for real estate in Geelong.

“There is certainly plenty of depth in the market, even without the Melbourne buyers,” he said.

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Dr. Aaron Cruthers Voted the Best Dentist of Racine County

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RACINE, WI / ACCESSWIRE / October 20, 2020 / After two-week selection process, Dr. Aaron Cruthers, DDS was voted the Best Dentist of Racine County by the readers of the Journal Times.This summer readers of the Journal Times of Racine, Wisconsin …

RACINE, WI / ACCESSWIRE / October 20, 2020 / After two-week selection process, Dr. Aaron Cruthers, DDS was voted the Best Dentist of Racine County by the readers of the Journal Times.This summer readers of the Journal Times of Racine, Wisconsin …

RACINE, WI / ACCESSWIRE / October 20, 2020 / After two-week selection process, Dr. Aaron Cruthers, DDS was voted the Best Dentist of Racine County by the readers of the Journal Times.

This summer readers of the Journal Times of Racine, Wisconsin were asked to choose the best businesses, dental and medical groups in Racine County.

In this voting process, readers may choose to vote online or by filling out a paper ballot published in The Journal Times. The Best of Racine annual project includes winners in more than seventy different categories, including attorneys, medical doctors, accountants, and dentists.

Dr. Aaron Cruthers, member of the Racine Dental Group, has a long list of education accomplishments to go with his high level of experience, technical skill, and “chairside manner”.

Dr. Cruthers earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Minnesota, 2000 Advanced Education General Dentistry Residency, U.S. Navy, 2001 Esthetic Dentistry Residency, University of Minnesota, 2006 Implant Surgery and Restorative Residency, McGarry Implant Institute, 2010 Associate Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

His purpose as a member of the dental profession is simple: “My goal as your dentist is to give you a great experience and to exceed your expectations each and every visit. Attention to detail, comfort and your well-being is our staff’s priority. Staying current with the changing technologies and utilizing the latest advancements where it is safe and appropriate, is my obligation and commitment to you. As a second-generation dentist serving Racine, I am proud to be able to continue a long tradition of quality care.”

Second place in the Journal Times vote went to Dr. Paul Elcano, also of the Racine Dental Group. Third place was awarded Dr. Ashley Berghuis a member of the same group of highly qualified and caring dentists.

Dr. Aaron Cruthers wishes to thank his team for helping him achieve this honor. “It takes a great team of clinicians, managers, technicians and support staff to deliver the best care to our patients, and I’m proud to work with such wonderful and caring people.”

The core values of Racine Dental Groups: excellence, integrity, empathy and teamwork are what we believe in and are reinforced every day with our staff, which is instrumental in providing the best patient centered care in our area.

In addition, providing a wide variety of specialty services and having the latest technologies available all under one

Marie Benoit’s Diary: Chronicles of a dentist caught in the pandemic

Dr Klaus Vella Bardon is a dentist and has a twin brother. There is also a younger brother, eight years their junior. They had an idyllic upbringing in St Paul’s Bay, throughout the Fifties, where their father was the village doctor.

 Klaus graduated in Malta in 1970 and then studied at the dental school of Dundee 1970/71. He opened a clinic in Malta in 1972 and worked in Libya and did locums in Abu Dhabi for a brief period. He found that the vast expanse of sand and sea had a great impact on his spiritual maturation.

His wife Susan and himself have been married for over 44 years and they have been blessed with four children.

He has worked on various committees and associations and is now involved with Life Network Malta.

Klaus loves music and is a skillful player of the accordian. He is also a regular and followed contributor to the local press.

How were his lockdown days?

“As news of the Coronavirus pandemic intensified, my wife Susan and I were visiting our daughter in Ghent, Belgium. We were enjoying mild late winter weather in early March and most of the days of our short ten-day holiday were remarkably sunny. Due to their central heating, living indoors in Belgium is much more congenial than it is back home. Although at the time, Belgium seemed totally indifferent to the pandemic, Susan was getting alarming messages of the looming pandemic from Malta on her smartphone. I persist on using a basic cell phone and thus live in blissful ignorance unlike so many others who spend every waking minute scrolling through the endless information that floods the Internet.

On a positive note, together with our daughter, we were able to visit a Ghent museum and see the splendid exhibition of Van Eyck as people had started to cancel their bookings. There would otherwise have been no chance of visiting this highly regarded event as it had been booked up for weeks.

The gravity of the pandemic struck us very suddenly as Susan and I were on our return trip to Malta on the 12th of March. We were hoping to travel home before any measures were taken. We were hit by the new measures as we were trooping down the tunnel towards the awaiting Air Malta plane. The passengers were all ordered to stop and wait. Wait we did for almost two hours, standing up in close proximity. A young Italian stood in front of me and being aware that Northern Italy was starting to be really badly hit by soaring mortality rates, it was rather worrying. No official bothered to show his face. The reason was obvious. They were scared out of their wits and were awaiting instructions as we stood and waited. It always amazes me how people will meekly put up with inconvenience when gripped by fear of the unknown. I was furious, and when we were cheerily greeted as we went aboard the plane without even

ADA says patients could spend more at the dentist due to pandemic


People could spend more money at the dentist because of the pandemic. The American Dental Association says many offices are thinking about adding fees to stay afloat. We spoke to a dentist who told us it all comes down to comfort levels and coronavirus cases in the area.

“I do think some people are afraid of going to the dentist,” Dustin Sundquist said.

Sundquist said he feels safe at the dentist, but he understands why not everyone does.

“They are inside your mouth,” Sundquist said.

The ADA says dental offices are still 20% below usual patient volume.

“Personally, I haven’t noticed a 20% decrease,” said Dr. Grady Scott with Bonita Beach Dental. “But, if I do compare this year to last year, there is a slight decrease.”

Scott says, although they have not seen a 20% decrease at their office, they could be busier.

“The pandemic making people more cautious of leaving the house,” Scott said.

The ADA shows 20% of the dental practices will consider closing down if patient volume does not increase. The ADA says, if patients don’t return to the dental offices, fees could rise.

Many understand why.

“There are some offices I am sure that are struggling and do need that,” Crystal White said. “So by all means, PPE equipment is very expensive, and it’s a lot of work.”

“I don’t think they should do it, but I can understand the economic downfall,” Sundquist said.

But Dr. Scott says he is not worried.

“Is dentistry going to have a giant raise in the fee? I don’t see it,” Scott said.

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Local dentist, activist Dr. Elenora Woods enters 2021 Chattanooga mayoral race

Dentist and activist Dr. Elenora Woods entered the 2021 race for mayor of Chattanooga Monday, promising opportunity, criminal justice reform and comprehensive homeless services if elected.

Woods, a single mother of three raised in the housing developments of the Westside of Chattanooga, said her rise to a successful career as a dentist and community activist have primed her for the role.

“I was born a little project girl on the Westside. And you know my favorite saying is, ‘it’s not where you come from, it’s where you’re going and how you get there,’ right? So one of the things that we’re going to continue to do is to make sure that we have opportunities for those who just need a hand up.

“I’m worried about your job and your community. I’m worried about the small business people that are struggling every day because they can’t pay this or can’t pay that. They’re taking from here, putting it over there,” she said. “The small business person runs this city, and that’s who I’m going to advocate for because I’m a small businesswoman myself and I understand what you go through every single day.”

Woods says she’s answering the call of community members who asked her to run with a promise of fighting to provide assistance for those in need.

“I’m sick and tired of seeing the statistics in education where Black and brown children are at the bottom of the list all the time. I’m sick and tired of that. I’m sick and tired of seeing homeless people on the streets of the city of Chattanooga, and everybody’s just walking over them like it’s OK. I’m sick and tired of all of the discrimination that goes on in our communities,” she added, also mentioning discrimination against women and poor communities.

To address these inequities, Woods said she will establish a veterans service office, invest in early childhood development, create a trade school and similar opportunities in the city and will invest in diverse and low-income neighborhoods to ensure equity in the city budget.

Woods said she would also “reorganize” the police department, up to potentially replacing the current police chief, and would incentivize the recruitment of Black officers.

Woods, who has led peaceful racial justice protests and served as president of Chattanooga’s NAACP chapter, said she would not defund the police but would seek a charter amendment to ban chokeholds.

“What we’re going to do is reorganize the police department and get rid of bad cops. And if that means a police chief, then we may start a new search, then so be it. So be it,” she said. “But we need police officers, we need them to protect you if something happens in your house. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters?”

Asked about her ouster from the NAACP last year, Woods said she was limited on what she could say on the advice of her attorney.

“But like I said, it’s a wonderful organization. It’s the oldest and largest civil rights

Your Dentist Probably Doesn’t Approve of Your Ice Chewing Habit

a hand holding a glass of wine: Your Dentist Probably Doesn’t Approve of Your Ice Chewing Habit

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Your Dentist Probably Doesn’t Approve of Your Ice Chewing Habit

a hand holding a glass of wine: Your Dentist Probably Doesn’t Approve of Your Ice Chewing Habit

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Your Dentist Probably Doesn’t Approve of Your Ice Chewing Habit

Every morning before I sit down to work, I fill up a large mason jar with ice water. And after I finish the liquid (and give myself a pat on the back), I go to town chomping on the ice. I realize that the sound of ice on teeth might make some cringe, but it’s never bothered me – I’ve always figured that I’m just consuming more water.

Much to my surprise, though, my dentist probably wouldn’t be too thrilled about my ice chewing habit.

“When I’m asked to name a food that has a high potential to cause trouble, I call out chewing ice as an issue,” Dr. Matt Messina, DDS, an ADA spokesperson, says. “Ice is a crystal and tooth enamel is a crystal. When you push two crystals against each other, one will break.”

The somewhat good news is that Dr. Messina says that most of the time, the thing that breaks is the ice – however, sometimes it can be a tooth or a filling. “And that’s a self-inflicted injury,” Dr. Messina adds.

Along with unpopped popcorn kernels, Dr. Messina says ice is the most common culprit for broken teeth. “However, most of the time, a broken tooth or filling was in the process of failing and whatever you were eating was just the last straw.” Basically, you’re taking a risk.

Not going to lie – for me, that pile of ice on the bottom of my mason jar isn’t so appetizing anymore. Looks like I’ll be letting it melt, or leaving it out entirely, from now on.

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Extra toothbrushing could help protect against coronavirus, dentist claims

From wearing a mask to regularly washing your hands, there are several things you can do to reduce your risk of coronavirus.

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Brushing her teeth

Now, one expert has claimed that extra toothbrushing could also help to protect you from Covid-19.

Professor Martin Addy, a dentistry professor at the University of Bristol, has called for toothbrushing to be promoted alongside hand washing.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he explained: “Toothpaste contains the same detergents as those found in handwash gels recommended.

“The antimicrobial action of toothpaste in the mouth persists for three to five hours and, thereby, would reduce the viral load in saliva or infection by viruses entering the mouth.”

The antimicrobial effect of toothpaste wears off after a few hours

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The antimicrobial effect of toothpaste wears off after a few hours

Professor Addy advises that people should brush their teeth every time they leave the house.

He added: “For the vast majority, the timing of tooth brushing should be focused when they are about to go out of their homes for exercise or shopping.

“Ideally, tooth brushing frequency should be increased.”

This isn’t the first time that Professor Addy has promoted the idea of extra toothbrushing to reduce your risk of Covid-19.

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In a previous letter to the British Dental Journal, Professor Addy said he was surprised the dental profession had not been promoting teeth brushing as a preventative approach to coronavirus.

He added that the recommended oral hygiene practice of brushing twice a day for two minutes should be reinforced.

Mr Addy said many of those who are not doing this are some of the most vulnerable to Covid-19, such as elderly people in nursing homes who rely on carers to brush their teeth.

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What to Expect at the Dentist during COVID-19

What to Expect at the Dentist during COVID-19

The world is still a
very different place than it was at the beginning of 2020. Despite having to
adapt to our new normal, many health services, like dental care, are available
to us again. A few months ago we answered some important dental health questions
in our article Keeping Your Teeth Healthy During COVID-19. As we all adjust to living long-term with
COVID-19, we’d like to revisit this topic to help support your overall health.

Dental offices are back open! Is it business as usual?

Yes, as of the end
of May, the governors of Vermont and New York declared that dental offices
could reopen. There are very stringent guidelines in place for dental offices,
all with an effort to help keep the staff, patients, and greater community
safe. Here at UVM Medical Center Dental and Oral Health we opened up slowly so we could closely monitor the
viral case loads and trends within the state. We have altered our schedule to
allow for added cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Some of our appointments
have been altered to reduce producing any unnecessary aerosols, or airborne

What should I expect for my first appointment back?

Some processes are a
little different. First, we ask that people call our office when they’ve
arrived in the parking lot. This allows our staff to ask some COVID-19
screening questions prior to being permitted in the building. Plus, this helps
to reduce cross traffic from individuals checking in and out at the same time.

Upon entering our
office, everyone’s temperatures are taken and recorded. Also, our patients are
asked to wear masks when entering the building and to keep them on until they
are safely seated in their treatment room and our staff asks them to remove it.
The dental healthcare professionals are wearing all of the recommended personal
protective equipment to keep them and the patients safe. Once the procedure is
finished, the patient puts their mask back on. Then, insurance info, payments
and future appointment scheduling are now completed in the treatment room, so
our patients can head straight to the exit when they are finished.

How is dental health connected to overall health/immunity?

The mouth is the
“gateway” to the rest of the body and has a huge connection to our overall
health. Our body functions through many intricate systems of checks and
balances. If our immune system is suppressed due to a sickness or health
condition, then it’s not working at full capacity in other areas. Since our
mouth is connected to our body, the goal is to keep the bacterial load within
normal to help maintain a healthy balance. Just as washing our hands keeps
bacteria at bay, so does brushing and flossing.

Why is oral bacteria a concern for the rest of our body?

There is evidence of
a specific link between oral health and heart disease. Recent studies show that
if you have gum disease in a moderate or

Dentist Dr. Frank Roach Atlanta Explains the Field’s Most Common Area of Practice, Centered Around Preventive and Restorative Care

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ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / October 9, 2020 / Focused on preventive and restorative services intended to promote optimum oral health, general dentists make up more than two-thirds of the profession. A popular dentist based in the so-called Peach State of Georgia, Dr. Frank Roach Atlanta explains more about the field.

“Often I’m asked, ‘What is general dentistry?’” says Dr. Frank Roach Atlanta, speaking from his office in the Gwinnett County city of Norcross.

According to Dr. Frank Roach Atlanta, as many as 80 percent of all qualified individuals-those using their dental degree in some fashion-in the United States are considered general dentists. “Distinct from those who are focused primarily on one area of dental practice, such as periodontics, general dentists handle an array of different services, vital to the continued oral health of their patients,” he explains.

The general dentistry field, Dr. Frank Roach Atlanta goes on to illustrate, primarily covers preventive and restorative services. “General dentists may also take care of cosmetic procedures,” adds the expert, “as well as overall health concerns, such as in the case of obstructive sleep apnea.”

For many people, the one healthcare provider that they see more than any other is their dentist. Invariably, this will be a general dentist, says Dr. Frank Roach Atlanta. “As general dentists, we are the primary providers of dental care to patients of all ages,” he points out.

Routine visits, Dr. Frank Roach Atlanta suggests, to a family dentist, are the most common occurrence in a general dentistry practice, followed by professional cleaning, and, in the presence of decay, the process of filling an affected tooth.

The majority of patients are advised, Dr. Roach says, to visit their dentist at regular intervals to keep their pearly whites in tip-top condition. “Anywhere from quarterly to once or twice per year should be the norm for a typical patient,” proposes Dr. Frank Roach Atlanta, “although a quick conversation with your chosen dentist will provide a more concrete idea.”

All general dentists, Dr. Frank Roach Atlanta reports, have successfully completed four years of education at an accredited dental school. “They will also have fulfilled the requirements of their local state licensing board,” he explains, “including testing and, in some instances, continuing education.”

Proudly practicing dentistry for more than two decades, Dr. Frank Roach is based in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan statistical area city of Norcross. Norcross, in turn, is located in Gwinnett County – a suburban county of Atlanta in the north-central portion of Georgia. Home to almost a million people, Gwinnett County is the second-most populous in the so-called Peach State after Fulton County.

In addition to general dentistry, Dr. Frank Roach Atlanta also focuses on dental implants, veneers, and teeth whitening, among a number of other services. In his spare time, Dr. Roach is a keen scuba diver, an avid tennis player, and is the proud guardian

Computer analyst, dentist sent Bengaluru youths to join IS: NIA

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has named a dentist and a computer applications specialist as key persons involved in sending a group of six to seven youths from Bengaluru to Syria in the 2013-14 period to join the Islamic State.

The NIA registered its case on September 19 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or UAPA and named dentist Muhammad Tauqir Mahmood (29) and computer applications specialist Zuhaib Hameed alias Shakeel Manna (28), both of whom earlier lived in Bengaluru but are currently reportedly based in Saudi Arabia.

The two are alleged to have built contacts with IS through a schoolmate from Saudi Arabia — where Tauqir and another NIA suspect, Shihab, studied during their school years.

The existence of the group who travelled to Syria came to light after the August 17 arrest of Abdur Rahman, a 28-year-old ophthalmologist from Bengaluru, on charges of conspiring with a Kashmiri man arrested in Delhi in March, for alleged links to an Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) unit in India. The agency’s investigation of Abdur Rahman revealed that he had travelled to Syria in 2013-14 with the assistance of Tauqir and Hameed.

As part of its investigations, the NIA on October 7 arrested business analyst Ahamed Abdul Cader (40) from Chennai and rice merchant Irfan Nasir (33) in Bengaluru for allegedly funding “the Bengaluru-based ISIS module”.

“Accused Ahamed Abdul Cader, Irfan Nasir and their associates played a very significant role in radicalization of the members of the group and arranged funds through donations and own sources for visit of accused Abdur Rahman and other Muslim youth of Bengaluru to Syria to join ISIS. Two of such youth got killed in Syria,” the NIA said after the October 7 arrests.

The two killed in Syria have been identified as Faiz Masood, an MBA degree-holder, and Abdul Subhan, who was working in Yemen before joining IS.

Investigations by the NIA and other agencies have revealed that an orthopaedic doctor and an aeronautical engineer were among the youths who travelled to Syria in 2013-14. Both are reported to have returned to India within a short span of their stay in Syria after witnessing heavy violence at close quarters.

A senior police officer said, “There seem to have been many youths who travelled from Bengaluru to Syria at the time. Some returned to India after short visits while some seem to have died there. The identities of all those who went are being unearthed now.”

Investigations since the arrest of Abdur Rahman and the questioning of two of his associates who travelled to Syria have revealed that they met Masood, one of the youths killed, in a town called Atme when they crossed over from Turkey in 2013.

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