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    Titanium Dental Implants: The Luxury & The Pain

    The agony and the ecstacy has always been something that Geminis in particular understand. The bipolar individuals have a number of plus-sides – they can usually see both sides of an argument – which makes them indecisive. They embrace progressive ideas and creativity – which can land them in all sorts of trouble – and they tend to have mixed feelings about titanium dental implants – do they get the dental chasm filled so they can return to near-perfect teeth, or do they just focus on other things, don’t worry about the missing tooth or teeth, and live happily ever after with $4000 still in their pocket?

    With the advancement of dental implant technology around Australia, most dentists are proud to offer dental implant procedures, by their experienced clinicians at what they call an affordable rate. Well of course a perspective on costs depends on how much money you have.

    All dentists understand that costs play a significant role when making a decision on your health; and as such, they encourage our patients to think about a few questions such as:

    What are the quality of the implants & materials used?
    Is there enough bone for implant surgery or is bone grafting required?
    Are the titanium implant crowns natural looking or fake looking?
    Does the clinic use local team of master technicians or do they outsource their work overseas?
    What are the long term health costs of NOT going ahead with the implant procedure?
    How experienced is the dental implant surgeon?

    On the positive side, one Geminis have already thought about, titanium is compatible with bone so your dental implants will usually be accepted by the immune system.

    When teeth are lost because of disease or an accident, dental implants may be a good option. You may want to choose dental implants if you:

    hide your smile because you have missing teeth
    wear dentures that are uncomfortable
    are dissatisfied with your removable partial dentures
    want to keep your other teeth intact
    Many people choose implants to replace a single tooth or several teeth or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are posts surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. They replace the root of one or more missing teeth.

    Dental implants are made of titanium (a strong, lightweight metal) and other materials that are well accepted by the body. More than 5 million implants are placed each year by dentists in the USA. Per capita Australian dental implants are more commonly used than all other OECD nations. You should always read up by checking out a range of dentists’ websites as well as reading independent medical journals where you bypass the positive sales speak and find out the cons, not just the pros.

    Benefits of dental implants

    Implants offer firm support to dental prosthetics. Dentures, bridges or single teeth attached to the implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth-a very important benefit when eating and speaking.
    This secure fit also helps dental prosthetics feel more natural than typical bridges or dentures.
    Some people may find implant-supported dentures more comfortable than dentures that do not use implants.
    Where teeth are missing, dental implants also help keep the jawbone from shrinking.
    Implants are a good value, because they can last a lifetime with good care.

    Dangers/risks of Dental Implants

    Just one of the risks of a number of them is corrosion as outlined in the article:

    Corrosion is defined as the spontaneous and progressive loss of material and is caused by the surrounding environment. Pure titanium is corrosion-resistant within controlled environments and in the absence of load. However, under oral conditions and in combination with cyclic loads, titanium can corrode, thereby affecting the mechanical stability of the implant. In addition, metallic debris produced after implantation may induce an enhanced inflammatory response or contribute to a hypersensitivity reaction. There are many types of corrosion associated with metallic implants, such as galvanic, fretting, pitting, and crevice corrosion.

    Galvanic corrosion often occurs when two different metallic devices are connected by an aqueous path (e.g., saliva), and it can greatly affect the mechanical stability and ultimate outcome of dental implants. The basic unit of electrochemistry is the electrochemical cell, which is composed of an anode (titanium screw), a cathode (metallic fill), and an electrolyte (saliva). The electrodes connected in a circuit equalise their potential difference. Consequently, electrons are both generated and consumed. The current produced by the ion flow is used to measure the corrosion rate of a metal and is directly related to the material lost. The products yielded by corrosion may have cytotoxic or even neoplastic effects on the tissue surrounding the implant.

    Fretting corrosion arises due to disruption of the protective layer on titanium screws. Pitting corrosion results from the spontaneous breakdown of the passivating film on a flat or overexposed area. Crevice corrosion is associated with uneven surfaces.

    Corrosion of metallic implants may jeopardise the mechanical stability of the device, as well as the integrity of the surrounding tissue. Moreover, metal traces originating from implants have been proven to disturb homeostasis (e.g., DNA synthesis, mineralization, and mRNA expression of alkaline phosphatase). They have been found within the liver, the lungs, the lymph nodes, and the bloodstream. The electrical implications of corrosion on the surrounding tissue remain unclear. However, it has been shown that electrical currents generated during corrosive events are amplified by cyclic loads (i.e., chewing; biting). It is suggested that the surrounding tissues are chronically exposed to abnormal electrical signals.

    Peri-implantitis will always be a risk especially with second molars and there are further risks such as Biofilm and metal hypersensitivity. Titanium-induced hypersensitivity can lead to symptoms of implant rejection. Corrosion and biofilm formation are additional situations in which these symptoms may occur. For medical purposes, it is important to define and discuss the characteristics of metals used in implantable devices and to ensure their biocompatibility. To avoid hypersensitivity reactions to metallic dental implants, precautionary principles for primary prevention should be established.

    However overall and in the majority of cases, dental implant therapy currently promises a good long-term result without impacting health.

    Single tooth implants

    The single tooth implant replaces the missing tooth’s roots. A single tooth implant is a stand-alone unit and does not involve treating the teeth next to it.

    If you are missing one or more teeth, there are many reasons why you should replace them:

    You may not like how the gap looks when you smile.
    Missing teeth may affect how you speak.
    A missing molar tooth can make it harder to chew.
    When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the teeth around it can shift.
    Bone loss can occur around the missing tooth. This may cause the remaining teeth to become loose over time.
    Loss of teeth and bone can change your facial structure making you look older.

    Implant-supported bridges and dentures

    Dental implants can be used to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. The implant-supported bridge replaces the lost natural teeth and some of the tooth roots. Unlike traditional bridges, an implant-supported bridge does not need support from the teeth next to it. If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture can replace the missing teeth and some of the tooth roots. Because the dental implants integrate (or “fuse”) with the jawbone, an implant-supported denture tends to be comfortable and stable, allowing you to bite and chew naturally.

    So if you’re any other zodiac sign that’s not Gemini, you’ve probably been able to read this article and form an opinion of whether to proceed or forget it. For Geminis, however, the search for certainty goes on.

    Shopify vs Woocommerce: Which is The Best Platform For Online Retail?

    Shopify vs Woocommerce: Which is The Best Platform For Online Retail?

    Today, we are all shop keepers to some extent. The modern world is turning plenty of Australians into small businesspeople. You may have a penchant for recognising the stylish and can merchandise to your fellow traveller on the road to nowhere. There are influencers being paid to show off their taste or lack thereof to armies of insecure consumers out there. Thus, you may have established a blog on a topic close to your heart and are now considering monetising your site. Shopify or Woocommerce: Which is the best platform for online retail?

    Transparency & Impartiality Vital When Researching a Topic

    The first rule of researching any subject on the web is to ascertain whether the source is truly impartial or pushing their own paid agenda. So, when you search Google on this question dig around a little for signs of whether the material you are reading is coming from an authority with your best interests at the top of their agenda. Yes, some web designers offer both Woocommerce and Shopify development, which can be a good sign. Transparency on the internet is important if you are going to get the good oil on any topic.

    Shopify Easier for Non-Coding Savvy Clients

    Straight up Woocommerce is free to install on your website or blog. Whereas with Shopify clients are paying a monthly fee for the service. However, Shopify is already hosted so you do not need a site for which you are already paying for hosting, as is the case for Woocommerce. Shopify is easier for non-coding literate clients to set up a great online retail store. Shopify does charge transaction fees if you don’t use its gateway exclusively. Apps can be costly, and it is easy to incur substantial yearly expenses via these apps. Shopify provides excellent 24/7 support. Plus, its multichannel integration makes selling on Amazon, Facebook, eBay and Pinterest easy.

    Woocommerce offers limitless customisation because it is an open source platform. It, also, provides a huge amount of flexibility when setting up your online retail store. Woocommerce is reasonably priced when it comes to extensions and better value for money. It is, however, not made for beginners and you may require the professional assistance of a web designer, which costs money, of course. In addition, and by comparison an information-only site is better off on WordPress. So, if you want quick and easy and are willing to pay for it go Shopify for best results. You will have a fantastic looking online retail store in no time at all. Woocommerce is better for skilled web design folk and those willing to go slower and learn on the job, as they build a great online retail shop.

    White Wedding Dresses: Are They White Privilege At Work?

    Every day in the media we hear about ‘woke’ – which has become a pejorative to slam those seen by some as too politically correct. Those too aware of issues pertaining to social justice and racism within our communities. Usually, older white males ranting in a bid to protect their overly large slice of the cake. No privileged domain is big enough for these blokes – they want it all. Language is something most people don’t think about until someone tells them that a few words they might use are threatened by their association with social injustice. Thus, the premise that white wedding dresses might be an example of white privilege at work is not so very far-fetched.

    Colours Have Never Been More Dangerous

    Well, white wedding dresses: Are they white privilege at work?  I can see young brides clutching at their silk and taffeta creations to ward off any woke fundamentalists in the neighbourhood. There are lots of people who just don’t want to consider the plight of anyone but themselves and their ilk. They care about their traditions to the exclusion of all else, even if they are built on bastions of unfairness and injustice. Nothing matters as long as the bride feels luxurious on her special day. The political association with terms like white and black has come sharply into focus in 2020 and beyond. Colours have never been more edgy and potentially dangerous.

    Can’t They Take a Joke!

    Blokes think to themselves can’t these socially marginalised groups take a joke. Scrabble has banned a list of offensive words like Paki, Fenian, and Shiksha from their official rules of the game. The world is turning and many white, well fed folk are up in arms at these mooted changes. How dare they remove these offensive terms from the modern lexicon. Will the white wedding dress be next for the chop? The virginal potency of a white wedding gown stands out like a flapping flag.  Are virgins racist by their uniform and association? The fact that colours have been weighted down by cultural associations is a topic within itself, but those affronted take them on face value. A slur is a slur whether it be logical or not. Guilt by association is a part of the laws governing conspiracy.

    Master bedrooms and bathrooms are slave terms and an insult to those who were debased by this institution, which lasted for millennia. It was only a 150 years ago, which is nothing in historical terms, that slavery flourished in the United States of America. The Masters tournament in golf should likewise change its name. ‘Cakewalk’ is another slave term referring to a dance performed by black slaves. Lynching, uppity, black mark, blackball, and sold down the river are all terms still used, which are deeply insulting to African Americans. If your ancestor was abused through slavery or another institutionalised injustice you would not want to be reminded of that via everyday language, whether the people using these terms were conscious of it or not.

    LED Downlight Installation is Sydney’s Lifestyle Look

    LED Downlight Installation is Sydney’s Lifestyle Look

    I am an LED fan or, some in my house might say, fanatic. I simply love being able to change colour and tone in the lighting of my abode. I have learned new terms like ‘ambience’ and ‘atmosphere’. My mood can be assuaged or catered for by the lighting in the rooms I inhabit. Life is too short to live in boring old white light. I come home after a hard day out in the world and want to work some magic in my man cave. LED downlight installation is Sydney’s lifestyle look par excellence my friend.

    Sydney is the Lifestyle Capital

    Perhaps, our predilection for LED lighting sets us apart from the lesser cities in Australia. Could it be that smaller regional cities like Melbourne struggle with their dimmers? Just like they do with things like contact tracing and speedy lock downs. Of course, installations of downlights require an LED expert to avoid nasty shocks and accidents. If you want the best results get a qualified electrician in, one who knows his or her way around the LED spectrum. Sydney is the lifestyle capital of this nation and lighting is an essential part of the modern equation.

    Red & White Were Joined by a Rainbow

    It is best to check social media for the trendiest sparkies. Peruse their Facebook page for mentions of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. LED downlights are so socially inclusive and colourful. Lighting up the lives of Sydneysiders across this amazing city of ours is the MO of downlighting in 2021. The SCG was ablaze with exotic colour and bright lights and deemed a great success. Red and white were joined by a rainbow fiesta of stunning colour and style. LED downlight installation is Sydney’s lifestyle look beyond the Opera House and out into homes and bars everywhere.

    If style is important to you and your time on this planet, then, LED downlighting is the only way to go in 2021. Here in Sydney, we know what true stylishness is all about. We march toward a pinnacle of panache down streets and back alleys. We take inner city living out into the suburbs because very few can afford to live there. We shine a coloured light on some of the most banal lives. We stand strong together safe on the streets in whatever we choose to wear. Gender equality and sexual preference diversity are written in ink upon our bodies and souls.

    Teeth Whitening: Blanca d’ Orala Dentata

    In the past, dentists’ treatment for gum disease was hydrogen peroxide mouth rinses and it was noticed that teeth became whiter over time following its use.

    So teeth whitening was found quite by accident.

    Choosing professional teeth whitening from a Sydney dentist or dental cosmetic business is a choice that can be made, as well as over-the-counter products for home use.

    There are gels, strips, toothpastes, mouthwashes and dental curing light kits.

    So which is best and safest?

    Once called teeth bleaching because the active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide, whitening is somewhat controversial; different countries have different rules regarding the permitted concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and allowable methods of administration.

    With an Aussie smile the instant indicator of socioeconomic status, employability, and one currency of self worth, only a dental practitioner can provide products containing more than 6 per cent hydrogen peroxide; some in-chair whitening systems use 35 per cent where it effectively permeates deep into the enamel structure. Weaker concentrations act upon only the enamel surface of the tooth.

    For New Zealanders, non-professionals can apply up to 12 per cent.

    In the United Kingdom it’s illegal for anyone other than a dentist to use concentrations higher than 0.1 per cent.

    There is little evidence of harm revealed in these vastly different policies.

    While hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in most whitening products, some gels contain carbamide peroxide or sodium perborate, which both break down and release hydrogen peroxide.

    So is there a difference between professional whitening in a cosmetic setting, and do-it-yourself home kits?

    The lines has blurred between these options somewhat with dentists now offering take-home treatments, while non-professionals now also offer in-chair treatments with blue light activation.

    Both methods work the same way: by releasing hydrogen peroxide; but in-chair systems release higher levels, and most particularly systems preferred by dentists. Dentists take a dental mould in order to create a whitening tray designed for the treatment to touch enamel only and not gums, negating burns that can be caused by strong hydrogen peroxide solutions.

    Research suggests in-chair whitening by dentists increases the strength of tooth enamel, making resistance to acid erosion while home whitening kits show a loss in enamel mineral content, which leads to tooth weakness over time.

    This suggests home systems should be used with the supervision of a dentist.

    There are teeth whitening claims of ‘peroxide-free’ treatments which is a little like those moments when white privilege is equating Covid masks to slavery. These can be free of peroxide before use, but activate then release of it. Any product genuinely not containing hydrogen peroxide in any form is unlikely to be only moderately effective.

    Enamel that is bleached by DIY whitening products may be vulnerable to damage from abrasive toothpastes, hard bristled toothbrushes and heavy handed scrubbing, instead of gentle, even pressured circular movements.

    Teeth don’t have to be continually whitened, but the effects will gradually fade over 6-12 months depending on the level of oral care and diet.

    There is a range of home remedies for teeth whitening, from rubbing banana peel on your teeth, to brushing with a mixture of lemon juice and bicarb soda.

    Be mindful that some home remedies simply don’t work. Others contain acids, sugars and damaging abrasives, which leads to tooth damage and declining dental health when used inappropriately and routinely.

    The use of activated charcoal has increased in popularity in recent times and is considered beneficial for oral health and teeth whitening.

    A recent review in the Journal of the American Dental Association found, however, insufficient evidence in support of these claims, and further research must be done.

    In the interest of good dental health, prior to undergoing any course of teeth whitening, it is imperative to have a check-up establish a healthy mouth, able to manage the temporary sensitivity caused. It will also predictably identify any teeth that simply will not whiten, thereby avoiding an unsatisfactory result.

    Australians Seek Out Tag Along 4WD Outback Tours in 2021

    Australians Seek Out Tag Along 4WD Outback Tours in 2021

    Aussies are foregoing the experiences of aquaplaning the canals of Venice and base jumping from the Eifel Tower in Paris to spend some extreme dollars in their own backyard. On average the denizens of the lucky country spend $50 billion a year on overseas travel. A certain global pandemic has put paid to this past time and demanded a redirection of these funds elsewhere. This has seen Australians seek out tag along 4WD outback tours in 2021. Terms like “tag along tours” are entering the modern lexicon for the first time.

    4X4 Tagalong Australia

    Tag Along for an Extreme Outback Adventure

    Recreating folks can experience tag along guided outback tours in a wide variety of locales. How much fun can you fit into an adventure in the Land of Oz remains an unanswered question until you try it. Australia is a mighty big place with a tiny population. There are pockets of indigenous people still left from centuries of neglect, disease, and conveniently forgotten historical massacres. There is our unique flora and fauna, which have borne the bushfires, drought and floods. This is a land fit for survivors in more ways than one. Tag along and see the sights with a real sense of outback adventure.

    Aussie Girls & Boys Seek Endorphin Pumping Experiences

    TRACKS 4x4 Tagalong

    The travel market is researching keywords and keyphrases thoroughly in their hunt for their perfect adventure. Human beings cannot live exclusively on the couch forever, even, in the time of Covid. They must venture out into the wild to feel alive. Aussies crave experiences of untrammelled nature and endorphin pumping plunges into the unknown. Good times are novel. Novelty stimulates neurotransmitters. Experiential stuff powers us up and floats our boats. Oh, to be a pioneering trekker for a little while. To ride the rapids and forge a river. To go boldly where no suburbanite has gone before.

    TRACKS 4x4 Tagalong

    “Nothing ventured nothing gained!”  “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” “At the core of our living spirit is our passion for adventure.” “All of our lives end the same way. It is only the details of how we lived and died that distinguish us from another.”  “Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.” These quotes and misquotes from Ma Jian, Ernest Hemingway, Christopher McCandless and Bob Bitchin are reminders of why adventure is an essential part of our humanity.


    Is Your Bedroom Furniture Compatible with Your Home Design?

    Is Your Bedroom Furniture Compatible with Your Home Design?

    If you’ve never really thought about it you will now; and even as you comprehend the sentences in front of you, there are incalculable things going on in your mind as you’re doing it. Images. Sounds. Childhood recollections and countless yesterdays. Songs. Your voice. Instructing, reminding, talking to itself. Other voices. Long ago conversations, hurtful insults; assertions of the living, utterances of the dead; words of the loved and the loathed. The minutiae an impossibility to describe or explain were someone to ask. No combination of intensive creative dance training, a Second City improv course, certification in neuro linguistic programming and the artistic skill of Pierre–Yves Riveau would cut it. All still akin to putting a hippo in a tutu in anticipation of Swan Lake.

    This is how powerful and mysterious the mind is. It is everything we are, and yet in very coarse terms, in and of itself it is nothing but gelatinous weight. Just under a kilo-and-a-half. Consisting of nerve cells and glia, sixty percent fat, 75% water, with a forebrain, a midbrain and a hindbrain. Its viscosity such that without chemical hardening you can’t pick it up; nor could you pick your own brain in a line-up if you’d borrowed someone else’s to do it.

    This eminently fragile thing, common to us all, yet incredibly unique to every one of us, enables us to be in this life. From breathing and blinking to marketing yourself on Tik-Tok by dancing in your bedroom. It all happens because encased in our noggin, is a blob of jelly-like substance, floating serenely in a protective bath of cerebral fluid. Like priceless haute couture kept in old-school wooden bedroom wardrobes. You can’t take it out, but you can bring it out; you can’t show it, but you can express it well.

    5 Easy Hacks To Transform Your Backyard Using Decorative LED Lighting

    5 Easy Hacks To Transform Your Backyard Using Decorative LED Lighting

    Summer evenings are better when they are spent outside, especially in a cozy backyard. Barbecue parties, outdoor dinners, late nights at the pool – they are all instantly better when your backyard looks like it’s just been taken out of a Home & Garden magazine. 

    The easiest and most inexpensive way to obtain this is by lighting everything up with some LED light strings and party festoons perfect for backyard celebrations. Don’t know where to start? Below are 5 ways you can use decorative LED lighting to give your backyard a quick, fairytale-like upgrade. 

    Light up the trees

    Light strings are very versatile and can instantly turn anything into a real art installation. Trees are beautiful on their own, and they can make any backyard look instantly better, but when you add lights to them, that’s when they can really shine. 

    Get a bunch of LED light strings and wrap them around the trunk and branches of the trees around your backyard, and you’ll be instantly teleported to Fairyland. A few of these are enough to light up an entire tree and change the scenery entirely. 

    Glass lanterns

    If you have a lot of glass bottles or jars stacked away in your garage, put them to use and beautify your garden. Give your glass jars a good cleaning, tie some rope around them to make a handle so that you can hang them around, then stuff them with LED lights. The result is going to be a glass lantern ready to light up an outdoor family dinner or a romantic night. 

    Give your fence an upgrade

    If you’d like to give your separating fence a little more purpose, use it as the canvas for your light art piece. Use LED light strings and tie them around the fence for an instant upgrade. You can either place the lights at the top of the fence or create interesting light patterns using multiple strings and mapping them out in intricate patterns all over your fence. 

    Freestanding string lights

    The less time-consuming option to revamp your backyard with LED light is by tying light strings up above your backyard using poles. Four to six poles around your backyard should give you enough support to create a real light web above your head. To do so, simply tie the ends of the light strings to the poles and let them freely intertwine. It will be an instant upgrade to your backyard, and, looking up, it will feel just as if the stars decided to come closer to Earth for a while. 

    Make everything glow

    Although this may sound a bit like overdoing it, there’s nothing keeping you from using LED light anywhere in our garden. The versatility of these lights allows you to instantly light up any corner in your garden and experiment with any type of design you may want.

    Give your bushes an instant glow by hiding some fairy lights inside them. This way, it will look as if the glow is coming from inside the bushes, instead of covering them.

    A Typical Sydney Day

    A Typical Sydney Day

    Living in Sydney is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is far from home and not at all like it. But that is partly why it’s so ideal! Not so much the expensive part. But for a 40+ single Asian woman, it’s better than some of the alternatives.

    What on God’s green Earth? It’s another beautiful Sydney day! Well, of course, one must grumble and find fault at least once a day. Might as well get it over with. Don’t get me wrong, it is one of the finest places. A typical Sydney day would be one with plenty of sunshine, fabulous spots to go, activities to do or choose not to do. 

    You wake up. Get coffee or whatever poison of your choice, look outside and mull over things to do for the day. Then you decide to go outside and let the world see you. Outdoors is always better than inside. Hordes of people minding their own business. But there’s always something happening a few blocks away. If you are not careful, you might run into a couple surprise vacation care events.


    Sydney is still a stunner and will always be. The ferries, the coffee and the new year skyline and the barbie that’s just a few of Sydney’s crowd drawers. Sydney weddings are a daily occurence. You might walk into a celebration or reception practically anywhere. Sydney makeup artists and photographers seem to zero in on perfection for a Sydney wedding everytime! Then you snap out of your daydream long enough to remember you’re almost late brunch meeting at 2PM and he is even later than you are. So you end up people watching which is one of the nicer things to do on a lazy afternoon. It’s a mixed selection of surfers, dog lovers, sneaker wearers with their wine, lattes, matchas and chai drinks. 

    Galleries, museums and miles upon miles stretch of beach. It’s the sunsets really that captures Sydney and Sydneysiders best. It’s always going to be changing but it will stay breathtaking.

    10 Things to Do to Keep Your Car in Good Order

    10 Things to Do to Keep Your Car in Good Order

    As a car owner, it is your responsibility to take care of your car and maintain its good condition. It may be time-consuming or tedious at times, but your car is likely one of the most significant investments you had made, so it would only be right to keep it in good order. Doing this will also allow you to minimize your repair costs and ultimately save more in the long-run, so the extra trouble is worth it.

    Every year, many people visit the mechanic for some of the most common car repairs, which range in price depending on the complexity or severity of the issue. Most of these repairs, however, can easily be avoided through proper maintenance and care for your vehicle. Thus, there are huge benefits to taking some time regularly to check all the essential parts of your car to see if everything is functioning correctly.

    Clean the Windshield

    Keeping your windshield clean and clear will give you a better view of the road, which will prevent you from running into any hazard. If you are just coming back from a long drive, then it is the perfect time to give your windshield a clean since it is most likely filled with dust and other dirt. Using your wipers, in this case, may only cause all the dirt to smudge, making your road view worse. Thus, it would be better to use a sponge and cleaning products to be sure that you can get rid of all the dust that has accumulated.

    Check Your Tire Pressure

    Your car’s tire pressure can change as you drive long distances and the temperature fluctuates, so make sure to keep an eye on it regularly. Add air to tires that may be improperly inflated to avoid running into issues with stopping and to maximize your fuel efficiency. If your vehicle has a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), it will signal you at times when you need to inflate your tires. 

    To know the proper tire pressure for your car, you can check your owner’s manual or ask a mechanic for help. Knowing this is important since you will need to fill your tires up to this level and not up to the maximum pressure that the tires can carry.

    Check Your Oil

    Motor oil will keep your car running, so failing to check on this can lead to a road trip that abruptly stops midway. You can ask your mechanic for some help on how to check your oil and how often you need to change it, but generally, you should only use the same oil for up to 5,000 miles or 8,000 kilometres. Depending on your driving frequency, you can check the oil once a week or more often if you tend to drive long distances in a short time.

    Clean the Interior

    Most of the time, it is easy to overlook the inside of the car since most of the vehicle’s lifeblood is not there. The cleanliness of your interior, however, can be a significant factor in determining the value of your car if you ever decide to sell or trade it. Clean and vacuum the inside regularly to prevent dust from piling up, and check your CD player to see if it is still working since this may also affect the value of your car.

    Look for Mechanics

    Do not wait until you run into an issue with your car before finding a reputable mechanic to help you. From the start, look for nearby mechanics maybe on Service My Car who can put you in contact with experienced and reliable professionals. Once connected, you know who to call if you need expert help. Having a contact ready can keep your car in tiptop shape and prevent problems from becoming worse, effectively saving you money.

    Maintain the Car Body

    Taking care of your car body is equally important, so your vehicle looks neat and tidy. Try to get a car wash from time to time and double-check to see if there are any dents or scratches that can be fixed. Doing all these will also help you preserve the value of your car for a longer time, especially if you intend to exchange or sell it for a replacement in the future. Maintaining your car body may also extend the life of your vehicle, as long as you take care of its other parts as well.

    Change Coolants

    Aside from your engine oil, you also need to check your transmission and differential oil levels, as well as your coolants, from time to time. Generally, you need to change the transmission oil every 30,000 miles, but this may differ from one car to another, so it will be best to check your manual. Although you have a larger interval for every time you change your coolants, it will still help to check on it from time to time. During the hotter season, you may need to change your fluids more often due to the temperature.

    Change Your Air Filter

    Similar to your oil supply, you also need to change your air filter once you reach about 12,000 miles of driving. Doing this will increase your fuel efficiency and prolong your engine life, so you do not run into problems in the future. If your area tends to be more dusty or polluted, you may need to change your air filter more frequently since the dust will accumulate more often.

    Protect From the Weather

    Extreme temperatures can be damaging to both the interior and exterior of your car, so you need to be careful during these days. In the hot season, always try to park your car in a shaded area or one that is covered. You can also apply UV protectant or have a window deflector screen ready for times when you cannot find a shaded parking area.

    The colder weather can be equally dangerous and is known as one of the most common causes of car damage. Try to have a space in your garage that can protect your car from the cold. Getting a ton of snow on top of your vehicle can cause the inside and outside of your car to freeze, so try to keep it protected as much as you can.


    You need to lubricate parts of your car regularly so they can work efficiently and perform at their best level. Start with the chassis of your vehicle since this takes up the bulk of your car. In terms of frequency, you can do this after every other oil change or when you reach about 10,000 miles. You will also need to lubricate other parts like the door hinges and seals, window tracks, and other moving parts to prevent any problems while on the road.

    Service My Car Directory

    One very useful online tool is Service My Car directory to assist check on the cost of car servicing including a breakdown of the task. The Blog Chicks team have no hesitation in recommending this Australian car servicing directory:

    Selecting A Divorce Lawyer

    Selecting A Divorce Lawyer

    Whether you are getting a will done or setting up a trust, buying or selling real estate or getting a divorce, it is important to select the best lawyer possible. To find out what tips you can use to make sure that you are picking the right one for you.

    Interview Lawyers

    Many legal firms offer an initial consultation free of charge. Take advantage of this. Use the meeting to determine whether you feel the lawyer is sincere about looking after you and forthcoming. Instinctively, some people have the ability to determine an individual’s character within a few minutes of interacting with the person; however, there are a few personality traits that can also tip you off.

    For example, is the lawyer looking you in the eye when speaking with you, or is he or she looking at the ground? According to some body language experts, people who don’t maintain eye contact usually have a problem with the truth. Also, ask what kind of cases he or she has litigated in the past.

    Ask the attorney about your case’s chance of success or failure. If the lawyer sounds unusually optimistic and doesn’t tell you any of the risks or downplays the costs associated with the case, he or she is probably not being honest with you. Remember, there are downsides and risks to almost every case!

    Prior to entering into any formal relationship it is important to feel secure in the knowledge that your lawyer is an honest individual. After all, there’s nothing worse then being in an extended court battle and not having confidence in the person on your side – particularly one who is willing and able to communicate your chances of prevailing. It would be equally disturbing to find out that the attorney representing you is hurting your case because of his or her questionable reputation or methods.

    Thorough and Responsive

    The initial meeting or conversation with the attorney can also help you to determine whether he or she is detail oriented and will be responsive to your needs. Again, your instincts should serve as your guide. Be sure to ask the attorney if it’s OK to call them throughout the case to discuss any concerns you may have. If he or she balks at the idea, it may indicate that you’ll have trouble relaying your thoughts and obtaining answers to your questions once the case is up and running.Other questions that should be asked include:

    • Will I be given periodic updates on the status of the case in writing or by phone?
    • Will they be the main point of contact, or will communications be delegated to a paralegal?

    There is nothing worse then having an attorney who won’t respond to your inquiries, or hear your concerns. To that end, be sure to retain an attorney who is communicative.

    In Your Price Range

    Finding the right attorney for you means finding one who provides services you can afford. With that in mind, all individuals should inquire about costs at the outset of the initial meeting. After all, it would be horrifying to find out (after the fact) that the attorney is charging you per letter, per hearing, or in some other manner that only encourages him or her to drag the case out and to rack up fees.

    Also, try to obtain an estimate of what the case will cost to litigate in writing. Then, again in writing, try to secure a contract that will spell out the maximum costs associated with trying your case. This will prevent any unwanted surprises.

    What is a “fair” price? That depends upon your individual legal tasks. For example, some property conveyancing typically range from $700 to $1,200, while complex matters can easily cost much more. Simple commercial transactions, such as buying a local business, often range from $2,000 to $4,000, but if the process takes longer than expected, this will also increase the price. The same is true in a divorce proceeding: if your soon-to-be “ex” doesn’t contest, the matter could be solved for a few thousand dollars, but if a drawn out fight ensues, it could easily run into tens of thousands of dollars.

    Most attorneys looking to avoid disagreements with their clients will insist that a contract be signed by both parties at the outset. If your attorney does not offer a contract, make sure that you obtain something in writing, preferably on letterhead stating likely and maximum charges.

    Seek Those With Experience

    While it is important to have an attorney that you can trust, it is equally important that he or she has extensive experience in the area of law for which you require their services. For example, you should you use an attorney with estate planning experience to draft your will, a divorce attorney to draft divorce papers and a trial lawyer to defend you in a criminal case. General practitioners are good for basic real estate transactions, or other non-complex matter, but their lack of detailed knowledge and experience in a given field can hurt your case. So, its important to check on their particular experience in the field you require assistance with as mentioned earlier.

    Consider the Size of the Firm You’d Be Dealing With

    There are advantages to hiring a lawyer from a small firm. In most cases, you receive more personalized, prompt attention. In addition, the lawyer representing you will probably have a fairly large amount of time to dedicate to your case. This may not be the situation at large firms, where attorneys must often juggle numerous cases and may have many responsibilities to the firm and its partners that could draw their attention away from your needs.

    However, large firms also have advantages. After all, many judges and opposing attorneys respect large reputable firms for the cases they’ve won, and their ability. Large firms also typically have greater resources in terms of money and manpower to research your case and to craft strategy.

    In short, weigh the pros and cons of having a small or a large firm to try your case before signing a contract.

    Where to Look for a Divorce Lawyer

    There are several sources for finding a lawyer with the right qualifications to represent you.

    In Australia, you can ask the local law society for their list of lawyers operating in your area. Doyles Guide rate lawyers in particular  fields of expertise which is helpful.

    In addition to the phone book and on line directories, its also a good idea to ask a friend to recommend a lawyer, they tend to tell you quickly ones to avoid which can be insightful.

    The Bottom Line

    Selecting the right lawyer can make your case, while selecting the wrong one can doom it, so do your homework, look at their social media pages and check their Google & directory reviews.

    If you are looking for legal representation on a family law matter in Sydney, the Blanca team endorse the work of Justice Family Lawyers and are the Divorce Lawyer that Sydney residents trust. You can learn more about them and view their website here:

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