Dr. Yasser Sadek Co-Writes Newly Released Dentistry Book

PALMDALE, CA: Dr. Yasser Sadek, (http://palmdalechildrensdental.com/), a University of Southern California trained dentist practicing in Palmdale, CA, has co-written a newly released book on dentistry called “A Reason to Smile: Fixing Broken Confidence With Cosmetic Dentistry.”

“A Reason to Smile” provides a look into the cosmetic dentistry industry and offers insights from some of the leading experts in the field. There are 12 professionals who contributed to the writing of the book and were selected for their dedication and integrity in seeking the best dental solutions for their patients.

Dr. Sadek has been practicing dentistry in California since 1995. From the beginning, he was concerned about the number of children and adults with a fear of the dental chair and set about developing an approach to eliminate fear from dentistry. Dr. Sadek currently operates a pediatric practice in Palmdale, CA where his methods are successfully empowering young patients and helping them receive dental treatment happily. Dr. Sadek connects with children by treating them as smart little people who are capable of making the right decision once they have been educated on dental health. With age-appropriate communication and changing the children’s emotional state from fear to excitement, Dr. Sadek can have even the youngest of patients choosing to have their teeth fixed. Additionally, Dr. Sadek wrote a children’s book on dental health called “A Bug Named Yuk” to help educate children on the importance of dentistry.

“The whole idea is never to force treatment on a child, but to get the child’s permission to fix his teeth,” stated Dr. Sadek.

A customer who read “A Reason to Smile” mentioned, “Great resource to help me understand the rapidly changing field of cosmetic dentistry. Professional descriptions, but very readable and practical for the average consumer.”

Dr. Sadek provides a full range of dental care services for children at Palmdale Children’s Dental in Palmdale, California. Dr. Sadek has over two decades of dental experience, including pediatric, endodontics, orthodontics, implants and cosmetic dentistry. You can visit the dental practice’s website at http://www.palmdalechildrensdental.com, their blog can be seen at http://palmdalechildrensdental.com/blog/, and A Reason to Smile can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Reason-Smile-Confidence-Cosmetic-Dentistry-ebook/dp/B071GTC4Y5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499815921&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Reason+to+Smile.

BigTreeSupply.com: How to Protect Trees from Construction

By Nancy Penrose

Trees are an important part of any home landscape as they provide shade in the summer and shield against the wind and snow during the winter months. The leaves clean out the dust and pollutants from the air and add shelter to wildlife. Not to mention, they add beauty and value to a community.

Unfortunately, trees are often damaged during construction and may even die shortly after construction has been completed. This causes the homeowner to remove and replace the damaged trees, which adds expense and time. It’s important to protect trees from construction as much as possible, for both the trees’ and homeowner’s sake.

Types of Construction Damage

There are a couple of types of construction damage and when trees aren’t taken care of during construction, the following can occur:

• Environmental changes, such as soil compaction or equipment driving over roots, due to the construction site.
• Physical wounds due to careless use of construction equipment. While trees can repair small injuries, they have a harder time and become stressed with larger wounds.

Protecting Trees During Construction

The very first thing one should do to protect trees during construction is to determine which trees should be saved and prioritize those trees. Trees that are undesirable or already in a state of decline can be marked for removal. But for trees that you want to keep, which will probably be the majority, protecting the roots is very critical. By putting a fence around the tree to prevent construction crews from accidentally damaging the roots or the upper part of the tree, one can ensure these trees will remain healthy. Or if necessary, a tree specialist could help with moving trees out of the construction area.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at http://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on big trees care or installation go to arboristblog.com. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEP1vudflm0 and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

Dr. Larry Finn Offers Treatment for Periodontal Disease

WARREN, MI – Dr. Larry Finn (http://www.dr-finn.com), is informing the public about his service to help treat and prevent periodontal disease, a very common gum infection that damages gums and can result in jawbone decay.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common disease that can be prevented and treated. The cause of periodontal disease is usually poor oral hygiene. If not treated, it can result in tooth loss, along with being a risk for heart and lung diseases. The symptoms of periodontal disease include: toothache, very red gums, receding gums, tooth loss, tender gums, bad breath, and loose teeth.

Dr. Larry Finn and his team can deliver treatment for mild to advanced gum disease; they treat all stages of periodontitis. Additionally, treatment can include professional cleaning of the pockets around the teeth in order to prevent damage to the surrounding bone. Advanced cases may require more treatment. After treatment has been completed, the patient will be given instructions on how to care for their teeth and mouth in order to prevent gum disease in the future.

Dr. Finn stated “Our staff provides comfortable dental and periodontal care, and we are very sensitive to our patients’ needs. Our motto is ‘We cater to cowards,’ which is really just another way of saying we can handle the needs of anyone, even those who experience anxiety or fear of the dental chair. No matter what type of dental service you need, we work to make the entire experience as easy and pleasant as possible.”

Dr. Finn and his team offers a variety of dental services including periodontics, endodontics, family dentistry, root canals, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. He has over 30 years of experience performing minor and advanced procedures in dentistry. For more information on painless dentistry from Dr. Larry Finn, visit http://www.dr-finn.com, or call (586) 772-3540.

Atkinson-Baker Provides Legal Videographers

LOS ANGELES, CA: Court reporting firm Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters (http://www.depo.com/) is currently offering legal videographers as an aspect of their deposition services.

The Atkinson-Baker team provides legal videographers to assist in trial preparedness and during a trial. A video deposition highlights a witness’s demeanor and behavior, which proves useful during a trial, as the subtleties can be lost on a jury when reading a deposition transcript should the witness not be available to testify. Additionally, during the final stages of trial planning, reviewing video depositions can help attorneys plan their cross-examination strategy.

At Atkinson-Baker, the standard legal videographer package includes: One set of master tapes for archive and duplication; mics on deponent, taking attorney and opposing counsel; additional lighting; backdrops to meet code requirements; notarized affidavit for tapes; and being on site in advance of scheduled start time. Each videotape is synchronized with the reporter’s transcript and is captured on a CD, which includes software that allows the user to review the video, create clips, and export them to presentation programs.

A client of Atkinson-Baker states, “Your firm is dependable. We have had you cover complicated assignments with multiple court reporters and conference rooms with many changes, and it was smoothly handled.”

Atkinson-Baker’s headquarters are located in Glendale, CA, with 17 branch offices around the country. Ms. Sheila Atkinson-Baker has been a professional court reporter for over 35 years, five of which she served as a court reporter in the federal district court. In 1992 and 1993, the company made the prestigious Inc. 500 list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the US. They have also been listed four times in the annual Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the United States.

You can visit the company’s main website at http://www.depo.com, their blog can be seen at http://depositionreporters.com, and a few of their branch websites include http://atkinsonbakersanfrancisco.com, http://courtreporterssandiego.com, and http://courtreporter-chicago.com. They can be reached at 800-288-3376.

Big Trees Inc. Helps with a Significant Tree Screening Project

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales nursery and transplant company, was approached by a new client to help with a significant tree screening project, and plans have been made to help insulate their property from a large scale development.

A customer came to Big Trees in a state of disbelief that their home’s privacy would soon be compromised by a significant development that is set to break ground by the end of Summer 2017. Their property has been sheltered by a forest to the east of their backyard since they purchased their property a decade ago. The customer was given notice of the upcoming development and soon realized that their 6-foot tall fence was all that would remain between them and the noise and construction. This lead them to come to Big Trees, desperate for a solution for this calamity in their home lives. To help the customer gain back their privacy, Big Trees will be planting around nine large Excelsa Cedar trees on an elevated berm that will help to add even more height and privacy.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, mentioned: “Anytime we get to make such a dramatic enhancement to a property, with these kind of large trees, it’s a rewarding and unbelievable process. Even our well accomplished crew members will stand back and take it in. Watching the undesirable view disappear with each new tree placement is a very, very satisfying series of events.”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Brite Smiles Introduces Dr. Lisa Edstrom

APPLE VALLEY, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care (http://www.britesmilesdentalcare.com), in Apple Valley, is introducing Dr. Lisa Edstrom, who recently returned to the practice after a maternity leave, and has long been an integral part of the treatment team at Brite Smiles.

Dr. Lisa Edstrom joined the Brite Smiles Dental Care staff in 2010. Dr. Edstrom grew up in Burnsville, MN and after graduating from Apple Valley High School attended the University of Saint Thomas for her undergraduate work, along with participating on the volleyball team. After three years of attending UST, Dr. Edstrom was accepted into the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s early admission program where she obtained her doctor of dental surgery degree.

Dr. Edstrom stated “I strive to provide a relaxing and fun environment for all of our patients. I understand that going to the dentist can be difficult and uncomfortable for some, which is why I really try to ensure that all of my patients are as comfortable as possible. It is my goal to reshape my patients’ perceptions of the dental office and to provide an exceptional experience to all of our patients.”

Dr. Edstrom places a high priority on continuing education and considers it to be of the utmost importance to stay current in the continually changing dental field. She has received extensive additional training in orthodontics, implantology, soft tissue grafting, occlusion (bite) issues, root canals, extractions, and treating sleep apnea and TMJ.

Dr. Dennis Simmons, owner of Brite Smiles, stated “Brite Smiles Dental Care has been an excellent fit for Dr. Edstrom because of the tremendous amount of technology we have to offer, as well as the variety and multitude of services that are available to our patients. And her spirit and attitude have been a real addition to our practice.”

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then, he has participated in over 3,000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on dental services from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit http://britesmilesdentalcare.com, or call 952-891-8484.

Budget Cuts May Kill California’s Earthquake Warning System

The early earthquake warning system, which has received approval from elected officials in both parties, may be facing another bump in the road.

The system, which was set for limited release early next year, is on President Trump’s chopping block, thanks to newly proposed budget cuts.

Luckily, both Republicans and Democrats have rallied behind the early earthquake warning system and are working to save it.

Both parties are asking for a reversal of these budget cuts, and requesting that Congress disregards President Trump’s latest budget proposals.

Thanks to a House of Representatives subcommittee, Congress is expected to approve a new budget plan that would continue funding for California’s early earthquake warning system.

In May, congress appointed $10.2 million for the warning system’s present budget year … and President Trump has allocated zero dollars for next year’s budget.

The early earthquake warning system is estimated to cost $16.5 million a year to run and operate and a total of $38.2 million to build.

The earthquake warning system could give as much as a minute’s notice before the shaking of a major quake makes its way to densely populated cities and public areas.

The system would allow places like classrooms, offices, malls, amusement parks, hospitals, police stations and fire stations to have access to these alerts, saving many more lives with extra seconds to drop and cover.

Other countries around the world have already implemented similar earthquake warning systems, like Mexico and Japan.

For now, it’s important to make sure you’re doing everything you can to prepare for the next “Big One.”

“The Big One is coming,” USGS research geophysicist Ken Hudnut told the L.A. Times. “The threat of the Big One on the southern San Andreas fault – the Coachella segment, where they have the big concerts down near palm springs – that threat is especially real.”

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles earthquake retrofitting, foundation inspection, foundation repair and foundation replacement. As the founder of Julian Construction, Julian and his company have inspected over 15,000 structures.

Julian Construction routinely works with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more seismic retrofit work in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

Everything You Need to Know About Earthquake Retrofitting

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As a California resident, you know that earthquakes pose a real threat.

As we saw with the devastating Northridge earthquake of 1994, large seismic quakes can cause serious damage to buildings and homes. Thanks to advances in structural engineering, earthquake retrofitting is one of the most efficient ways to prevent massive damage to your home – injuries and even death – in the event of a massive earthquake.

When the earth shakes, buildings are more likely to be displaced from their concrete foundation or collapse if they are not properly secured to the ground.

Earthquake retrofitting increases a building or home’s resistance to this side-to-side motion, thus incurring less damage and destruction.

There are few measures you can implement to retrofit a structure, depending on the type of construction of the building needing reinforcing.

Foundation bolting is when bolts are added, either with or without plates, to the existing wooden framing known as a sill plate. Bolts are typically attached to the wood that sits on top of the concrete. Whether the foundation is lacking bolts or if the older existing bolts are already in place and in good shape — but too far apart — careful installation of new foundation bolts will add strength to the structure. During the Northridge earthquake, homes lacking foundation bolts slid off their foundations and collapsed.

Cripple wall bracing is typically used to retrofit structures that have a wood-frame foundation in addition to a concrete foundation. The crawl space area located under the property and can be just a few inches in height to a few feet, and is the area below where the floor of the home is connected to its foundation. In large earthquakes, cripple wall failure was the main source of structural damage causing the first floor of a building to collapse to the ground level. During a retrofit, the cripple wall is braced to keep it from giving out during a quake. By adding structural grade plywood framing to the wood framed foundation (known as a shear wall) the house will be able to withstand the side-to-side or back-and-forth shaking of an earthquake.

Soft story retrofits are typically used on multi-family apartment structures, condominiums and homes that have a large open space, like a tuck-under parking, located below the first floor living area. They’re referred to as “soft stories” because there is not enough reinforcement to protect the structure from the movement of an earthquake. In some soft story retrofits, a contractor will install plywood to brace the walls or install a steel moment frame to secure the area.

If your home was built prior to 1950, there’s a good chance your foundation is not seismically sound. Therefore, it’s important to contact a foundation specialist to inspect the area.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

New Maps Show Major Fault Lines Run Under L.A.’s Most Expensive Real Estate

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New fault boundaries have raised concerns for some of the priciest parts of Los Angeles.

According to new fault maps – which were released on Thursday – Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Westwood and Century City have been included in the Newport-Inglewood fault zone.

While this isn’t news for certain areas of the Westside, the remapped fault boundaries affect some of the highest-priced real estate in L.A. and, as a result, could thwart future development of those areas because building on a fault line is restricted.

“It is important to not build on faults,” Tim Dawson, senior engineering geologist for the California Geological Survey, told the L.A. Times. “Building foundations will tend to break when the earth moves beneath them, damaging the building in the process.”

This is the first time the California Geological Survey has released official maps of these earthquake fault lines, connecting the Hollywood fault (which runs under Hollywood and Beverly Hills) to the Newport-Inglewood fault (which runs through Culver City, Pico-Robertson and Mid City).While the new fault boundaries could halt future development of these areas, it will not affect the current structures that already sit on or along these fault lines.

Buildings that are constructed on fault lines have a much higher risk of damage or collapse in the event of an earthquake.

The remapping of these fault lines is part of Los Angeles’ earthquake safety initiative, aiming to create more seismically safe structures and earthquake awareness throughout the city. Once these fault maps have been finalized, developers will need to hire a geologist to determine the viability of certain parts of Los Angeles before starting construction on land near or directly on these faults.

“Extra precautions should be taken to ensure new buildings are not located on the trace of an active fault,” Dawson stressed. “The purpose of the investigation is to identify if there are active faults present, and if there are, then they must be avoided.”

If your home was built prior to 1950, there’s a good chance your foundation is not seismically sound. Therefore, it’s important to contact a foundation specialist to inspect the area.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

Julian Construction Offers Helical Piles

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company, is offering helical pile services in the Los Angeles area.

Helical piles are a foundation solution, a steel shaft with blades attached in a spiral pattern, similar to a wood screw. The pile is attached at the foundation on one end and screwed into the ground on the other. Not only do helical piles stabilize a structure, they also increase load bearing capacities in a retrofit.

There are several benefits to be had when helical piles are used. Some of the benefits homeowners can expect include:

• Quick installation; faster to install than standard concrete foundations.
• Small footprint, which means you can use helical pile foundations in restricted areas.
• Can be installed in any ground, whether it be soft ground, rocky or clay.
• Flexible design; helical piles are designed specifically for your project, taking in consideration the available space and type of soil.

Peter, a past client of Julian Construction, stated, “Julian Construction repaired my foundation and bolted my house down to it. The work was scheduled for just a couple of days after receiving the proposal, completed on time and passed inspection with no problem. The price was great too. Would definitely recommend Julian Construction to anyone.”

Julian Construction has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years. Julian owns its own company and is built on a “no middleman” model – no salesman, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323-733-3377, by fax at 323-733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/ or http://anchorla.com/blog/.