George Garlin

RV’ing – Make sure You Always Have Propane

This Blog was posted by Coastal Breeze RV Resort in Rockport Texas

When you have a gauge for your RV propane tank, checking on the level of gas remaining in the tank is quick and easy. With just a glance, you can determine how much fuel you have left, and you can decide if you need to refill or if you can wait for another day. However, not all RV propane tanks have gauges in place. If you are traveling without a RV Resortsgauge, you will need another option for determining how much propane is left.

Not to Worry

Fortunately, it is not only possible to check out much propane you have even without a gauge – it is actually quite easy as well. To do so, you are only going to need a small container full of hot water. When you wish to check on your propane level, fill a container with hot water from the tap. You certainly don’t need boiling hot water to do this test, so just use the hot water side of a faucet and you will be set to go. More Information on this website @

With water in hand, head over to your propane tank and open up the compartment so you have access. Away from the valves of the tank, pour the water down the side, starting at the top. You are going to let the water just run down the side of the tank and drop off back to the ground. Pour all of the water you have onto the tank – it should take a few seconds to complete this part of the job.

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Feel for the Line

Once the water is poured, take your hand and place it on the side of the tank where you have poured the water. By quickly running your hand over the metal tank, you should notice there is a significant temperature difference at some point along the way. Part of the tank is going to feel warm, while part of the tank will feel cold. The warm part of the tank will be where there is air behind the metal, while the cold part of the tank is where the gas remains. So, by finding the point where warm metal turns to cold, you can figure out exactly how much gas remains inside.

Once you find the ‘line’ between hot and cold, look at that spot in comparison with the tank as a whole. Do you have half of your tank left? More? Less? Whatever the case, you will now know within a very small margin of error how much propane remains to be used by your RV. If you are rather low, it may be time to head to a refilling station in order to top off the tank and prepare for your travels to come.

Be Smart

Of course, it is always important to keep in mind that propane, as a compressed gas, should be kept in a tank that is in good physical condition. If your tank is showing signs of age, you may wish to consider a replacement at some point in the near future. With a healthy propane tank along for the trip, you should be ready for a great vacation.

Life With Braces – Orthodontic Treatment

Life with Braces

Eating with Braces
What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! If you’ve wanted to drop a few pounds, the first-week
wearing braces is just your chance! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

orthodontistFoods to Avoid

Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
Sticky foods: caramels, gum
Hard foods: nuts, candy
Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

Loosening of Teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new – corrected – positions.

Loose Wire or Band

Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.

Care of Appliances

To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear, or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.


It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontistorthodontic treatment.

Common Issues with Braces

Sore teeth – Teeth are usually expected to be sore after braces are placed and after each adjustment visit. You can take common over-the-counter analgesics such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen and the likes to help relieve the discomfort. A warm washcloth can be placed over the jaw can help relieve the discomfort
Wire irritation – a wire may shift and cause irritation. Use the eraser end of a pencil or a cotton swab to move the wire away from the irritated area. Also, cover the end of the wire with a piece of wax given to you by the office. If the wire is long, a clean nail clipper can be used to cut off the long end.
Loose brackets – if a bracket comes loose, leave it alone and call the office to schedule a longer appointment to repair it. Brackets and bands are expensive to replace. If bands come off, please bring them to your follow-up appointment for repair.
Loose separators – if a separator comes loose, you can try to re-insert the separators yourself as instructed by the doctor or you can call the office to have it replaced.
Sports/Athletics – a protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. You can buy a mouth-guard from your local pharmacy store or from our office.

Types of Braces We Provide

The Damon System

We are pleased to offer our patients new Damon System braces and treatment techniques.

Damon System braces allow your teeth to move more comfortably and easily than traditional braces. Thanks to these innovative new braces, achieving your perfect smile will be faster and easier than you ever thought possible.

Better Results in Less Time
With the new Damon System braces, we can achieve terrific results and finish your treatment faster. Depending on your case, this may mean saving many months. After analyzing your specific needs, we will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that will have you smiling soon!

orthodontic treatmentSimplified Procedures
Damon System braces are very precise and effective. With this system, we can reduce the need for many time-consuming and complicated procedures used with traditional braces.

Fewer Visits to the Office
Because Damon System braces work more efficiently, fewer adjustments are required. As a result, your appointments will be faster and fewer in number.

Greater Comfort
Due to the unique design of our new braces system, we can move your teeth into their correct positions with much less discomfort than traditional braces. Also, Damon System braces are small, very comfortable, and easy to keep clean.

Orthodontic’s Appliances
Orthodontic appliances can be used to correct the jaw shape and direct the growth toward an ideal relationship between the upper and lower jaws. Because children are growing rapidly, they can benefit enormously from an early interceptive phase of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic appliances are often used to correct these early orthodontic problems in the mixed dentition stage. We utilize a wide variety of removable and fixed orthodontic appliances in this early phase of treatment.

There are two basic types of tooth movement appliances, removable and fixed. Removable appliances are made of wires and plastic and can be removed from the mouth by the patient. Their success is totally dependent on the patient’s compliance in wearing the appliance exactly as instructed. Fixed appliances are attached directly to the teeth. There is better control of tooth movement with fixed appliances. However, cooperation from the patient in maintaining excellent oral hygiene while wearing fixed appliances is essential in preventing cavities and gum disease.

Braces do most of the work moving teeth into place. But you may also need to wear dental appliances to help move and protect your teeth. Learn how your braces and appliances work, and the know-how to take care of them. Wearing your equipment the right way is the fastest way to straighten teeth.

Braces put steady pressure on your teeth to move them into place. As your teeth move, your orthodontist will adjust the braces.

Retainer Instructions

Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
Take your retainers out when eating…and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers remove the plaque and eliminate odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used, but do not take the place of brushing.
When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
Retainer replacement is expensive…with proper care, they will last for years!
Remove retainers when swimming.
Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, washing machine, and napkins. More information on this website @

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Systems

Reverse osmosis filters are systems that are used to purify and improve the quality of drinking water, as well as being used in many health care applications—such as dialysis—as well.

The reverse osmosis filter works by applying pressure to one side of a solution while pushing the pure solvent through to the other side through a protective membrane. This filters out the larger ions and particles—unwanted substances such as heavy metals and salt (reverse osmosis filters are often used to purify salt water) while purifying the remaining water for everyday use such as drinking and washing clothes or the body.

Reverse osmosis works differently than simple filtration. Filtration works primarily by simply straining out the larger unwanted particles and is not dependent on water pressure or microscopic concentration within the fluid. In contrast, reverse osmosis filtering works by diffusing the solution, so it is more dependent on the solution pressure, concentration, and the rate of solution flux. Basically, reverse osmosis filtration works by relying on the principle of osmosis: fluids moving through membranes in order to reach a state of equilibrium. In reverse osmosis, the process is shifted by applying pressure and forcing a high concentration solute through a membrane to reduce it to a low concentration solute, the opposite of osmosis that seeks simple equilibrium. Therefore, the concentration separation must be more active than simple reliance on the natural process of osmosis. In order to actively separate high to low concentration, the solution must pass through a tough, heavy membrane at high pressure, thereby forcing the solution to literally break down into its purest form—again, most often, drinking water.

water purificationReverse osmosis filters are used in many different ways. The most common application is installing a reverse osmosis filter in your home in order to purify drinking water. This is particularly useful in rural areas where water is not subject to a municipal environment’s built-in filtering systems. Reverse osmosis systems can be purchased at a variety of home building stores and are certainly available on the Internet. The system will fit under the sink without problem and can be easily installed by the home owner, as the system will come with explicit instructions and trouble-shooting tips to ensure it is safely and properly installed. Choosing to purify your water through a reverse osmosis system will also eventually save a good deal of money, as there will no longer be the need to purchase purified bottled water.

Other applications for reverse osmosis filters are also used in urban areas to purify both waste-water and rainwater. This process is usually done in power plants and is performed by boiling water and using pressure to force purification at a very large scale and then distribute the purified water back to the residents of the cities. Finally, reverse osmosis filters have the health care applications mentioned above, particularly in the process of dialysis, where the blood is purified of harmful toxins such as urea through reverse osmosis and then forced back into the body where it can effectively nourish the body minus the damaging bodily waste-products.

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Water purification filter with activated charcoal and other filter substrates

Using a reverse osmosis system is one of the easiest and surest ways to ensure that you are consuming purified water. The systems also assist in numerous other ways, as mentioned above. And considering the benefits of using water and other substances that have been purified through the process of reverse osmosis, the cost of using such systems is very well justified.