Sports Mouth Guards- Protect your investment

April 05, 2012

Getting your braces off can be one of the most momentous occasions in your life. You are so excited to show off your new smile to your friends and family. Now that your smile is perfect, you want to keep it that way for your entire life. So how do you do that? Two ways: 1. Wear your retainers as instructed by Drs Adams and Gimlen and 2. Wear a mouth guard when you participate in any sport where you could be hit in the mouth/jaw.
Mouth guards protect your teeth, lips, jaws and gums; and current research suggests that they also may aid in reducing the incidence of concussions. Anyone who plays a sport where they can suffer trauma to the mouth/jaw should have a custom fit mouth guard. This would include any sport using a ball, gymnastics, martial arts, hockey, etc…
At Duffin, Adams and Gimlen Orthodontics we want to protect the smiles of our patients and our community’s athletes. We fabricate custom mouth guards at an extremely affordable price. All we need is a simple impression to create a customized mouth guard in your choice of colors. Please give us a call 310-545-6525 or visit our website for additional information.

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April 05, 2012

Making a difference for millions of children around the world could be easy as taking off your shoes

On Tuesday, April 10, TOMS will ask the world to go without shoes for its annual One Day Without Shoes event. This is the day each year that TOMS raises awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. Last year, people went without shoes at over 1,000 events in over 25 countries around the globe.

Millions of children around the world live without proper footwear, exposing them to injury and disease every day. TOMS was founded on the premise that with every pair of shoes someone purchases, a pair of new shoes will be given to a child in need. One for One™. The idea of One Day Without Shoes came about as a way to call attention to the need for shoes around the world and the issues surrounding that need.

Duffin, Adams and Gimlen Orthodontics is proud to partner with TOMS, for their day
without shoes event. We would like to invite our patients, families and members of the community to join us in an awareness walk from our office to El Segundo High School, on April 10th at 11:45 am.The office is located at 512 Main Street in El Segundo. One lucky participant will win a pair of TOMS sunglasses.

About TOMS:

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Just last year,
TOMS evolved from a shoe company to the One for One company, now addressing an entirely new need in addition to shoes through eyewear, helping give sight to people in need.

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Dental X rays and Increased Incidence of Benign Tumors

April 11, 2012

There was a new study released showing a relationship (not a cause) between the number of dental X-rays (taken 30 years ago when dosages were higher) and a benign form of brain tumors.

The video is also informative from a patient point of view. We always try to minimize the radiation dosage we expose our patients to by reducing the number of dosages and utilizing the most advanced cutting edge digital technology. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr Gimlen. It is important for our patients, families and community to stay informed

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Audit Red Flags

April 30, 2012

Presented by Eric C. Pritz, CFP®, CMFC

What raises eyebrows at the IRS?

After tax filing, there are many individuals living in fear of an IRS Audit. This fear may be overblown – according to Internal Revenue Service data, just 1.6 million taxpayers were audited in 2011. The agency reviewed about 1% of returns sent in by taxpayers making less than $200,000, and no more than 12% of millionaires had their returns scrutinized.1,2

Still, no one likes extra stress courtesy of the IRS. Self-employed individuals seem to be magnets for audits – in fact, IRS data indicates that people who work for themselves and earn from $100,000-$200,000 yearly are five times more likely to get a second look from the agency than the typical employee.1

Below are some red flags that might get you extra IRS scrutiny.

A Schedule C that hints at some odd bookkeeping. Schedule Cs get a close look annually as the IRS seeks to remedy the tax gap (the difference between federal taxes owed and federal taxes paid). As Schedule Cs are often filled out by solopreneurs and small business owners themselves, the chances increase for claiming substantial deductions that may be hard to substantiate.1

Taxable income of $1 million or more. Millionaires work with accountants for a reason – generally speaking, returns prepared by tax professionals raise far fewer red flags than DIY ones. If you will make around $1 million this year, look back at the first paragraph of this article and consider whether or not it might be wise to defer some potentially taxable income into 2013.1

Bad math. Calculators are readily available and they can be as crucial as software when it comes to filing your federal return. The IRS does spot mediocre mathematics in returns. It has even recalculated taxes to save people money in years when special tax credits were available, such as the Making Work Pay credit. However, it also finds unreported and underreported taxable income through the same scrutiny. In fact, the IRS found 4.2 million math errors last year on tax returns for 2010.1,2

Huge deductions. Is your money-losing small business venture truthfully just a hobby? Did you really donate $4,000 worth of office supplies to a charity, and do you have the receipts to back that up? The IRS routinely checks returns for deductions that seem outlandish.1

Living large. Does the IRS peruse social media? Yes it does, just as many people do. The IRS has done good detective work for years; its investigators know to check out DMV and employment records to get a better picture of an errant taxpayer. Today, photos and posts on Facebook and MySpace and Twitter can telegraph potentially valuable nuggets of information, particularly about young taxpayers who have come into wealth that their returns don’t seem to show.1

If you’re reading this, you’re paying more attention than many others. That claim really isn’t so grandiose – a staggering number of Americans pay scant attention to their federal taxes. According to the 2012 Taxes and Savings Survey from Capital One Bank, 11% of American taxpayers choose to file at the last minute. For that matter, about 5% of Americans (that’s 7 million people) don’t file federal returns at all – and in some cases, it isn’t just because they don’t earn enough taxable income.2

P.S.: you or someone you know might be eligible for some money. The IRS has more than $1 billion in unclaimed refunds just waiting for U.S. taxpayers who didn’t send in federal tax returns for the year 2008.

Eric C. Pritz may be reached at 310-712-2349 or

The information presented is not intended as tax, legal or financial advice, and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. You are encouraged to seek such advice from your professional advisors. The content is derived from sources believed to be accurate. Neither the information presented nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Article written and provided by, Inc. Copyright 2011, Inc. Registered Representative/Securities Offered through Signator Investors, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC, 2121 Ave of the Stars, Suite 1600, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (310)712-2323. SEIA, LLC and its investment advisory services are offered independent of Signator Investors, Inc. and any subsidiaries or affiliates. SEIA 12012011-00725.

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