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Never Forget To Smile - International Day of Happiness

Keeping in mind all the things you are grateful for is extremely important – and while we tend to forget the million reasons we can be happy during a bad day, the International Day of Happiness was created to make up for all those arduous days, when you just run out of motivation. Learn more about this important day and make the most of it with these easy ideas and tips!

Happiness Day (20th March) was created to raise awareness globally about the importance of peace, well-being and joy. Founded in 2012, by the United Nations General Assembly, this day focuses on the positive side of life. - "At this time of grinding poverty and other manmade causes of suffering, the International Day of Happiness is a global chance to assert that peace, well-being and joy deserve primacy."

The Organization’s 10 Keys to Happiness

Besides creating this international day for us, the organization also gathered the ten most important aspects that will help you overcome your sadness and cherish happiness around you.

Awareness – Being aware of all the positive aspects in your life is the first step to happiness and being able to be aware of others around us.

Trying Out – Never stay in your comfort zone for too long and don’t be afraid to try out new things! Always wanted to try out yoga or a new hair color? 20th March is the perfect time to do that!

Giving – Trust us, giving feels amazing. That dress that has been sitting in your wardrobe for three months with its tag on or that old microwave you know you’ll never use anymore…it’s time to find new homes for them!

Relating - Being aware of not only your situation, but others around you will help you relate to them and understand your environment better.

Exercising – Fit body, fit mind. Working out might not be that fun, but spend 1 hour with your favorite work-out routine (even if it’s dancing around in your room) during the International Day of Happiness!

Direction – It’s absolutely okay to feel lost sometimes, but make sure that you spend time with thinking about your motivations and goals in life. These will give you that little extra direction you’ll need for happiness.

Resilience – Show the world how tough you are by standing up, no matter what happens. Don’t let bad moments ruin this day for you!

Emotions – Whether we like it or not, we can’t make our emotions disappear, so instead of ignoring them, appreciate your feelings.

Acceptance – It might sound a bit of a cliché, but acceptance is probably the best way to overcome all your anger.

Meaning – Accepting things without thinking about their aims and meanings is almost impossible.

Celebrate This Day Like a Queen

Make this day count and do anything that will bring a smile to your face. Besides saying goodbye to all your fears and insecurities (at least for this day), try to look on the positive side of things and celebrate your own joys and happy moments in life! Instead of taking your espresso as a shot in the morning, spend 10 extra minutes with your breakfast before going to work. Choose an outfit that makes you feel confident and don’t forget to constantly remind yourself of every little detail that you are grateful for. You love the area where you live? You have an amazing co-worker? You can’t wait to go to that dance class after work? These are all small details that can contribute to your personal happiness. Empower others as well – this day is about everyone.

The Importance of a Bright Smile

Who could forget to smile on the International Day of Happiness? Showing off your pearly white teeth will not only show that you are confident, but will also make other people smile.

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The Good Teeth Guide

We’ve all heard the saying that your body is a temple so you need to treat it well. Taking care of your health is important, and while medical science is making great strides, that doesn’t get you off the hook when it comes to daily maintenance. One of the best ways to make sure you stay healthy and feeling good is to take excellent care of your teeth. Having a healthy smile will keep you feeling confident, and help you avoid the complications that come with poor oral hygiene. Here are some great ways to make sure you are taking the best possible care of your teeth.

Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

Throwing toothpaste on a toothbrush and running it across your teeth just is not enough. There are a lot of people who assume that a quick brush once a day is sufficient, but it isn’t. Here is how you really should brush your teeth:

  1. Choose the right tools – The toothbrush and toothpaste that you choose are the basis for your brushing routine. There are tons of options out there of both types. In terms of toothbrushes, you can get a manual brush or an electric one, and you can choose soft, medium, or hard bristle types. The American Dental Association (ADA) weighs in on the issue saying that either option can work, “Whether you decide on manual or powered, choose a toothbrush that you like and find easy to use, so that you’ll use it twice a day to thoroughly clean all the surfaces of your teeth.”
  2. Brush those teeth – As noted above, the ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day. Here’s what the Mayo Clinic says about the best way to brush your teeth, “Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle — aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum. Gently brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue.” A complete cleaning takes a few minutes, but it will help you ensure that your entire mouth is clean.
A Guide to Flossing


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A lot of people dread that awkward moment when their dentist asks how often they floss. Why do they keep asking? It’s because flossing really is important. There are little gaps and spaces between your teeth that need to be cleaned out regularly. Brushing your teeth can’t get into those tight places, so that’s where flossing comes in. Using dental floss regularly helps to prevent gum disease as it removes pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth that normal brushing can’t reach. When plaque is allowed to build up, the bacteria can cause inflammation and irritate the gums.

WebMD recommends that you floss twice a day, but if you can only fit in one session then choose to floss a night because, “’Your salivary flow is very low when you're sleeping,’ Srivastava says. ‘So for those 7 or 8 hours you're in bed, you're not washing away the bacteria teeming in your mouth.’” Don’t sleep with a bacteria-filled mouth, instead take a minute and floss before your head hits the pillow.

Mouthrinses Can Help


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Even though your teeth probably feel extremely clean, there is another step that can be really beneficial. Again, we turn to the ADA for details on why mouthrinses and mouthwashes can help, “Mouthrinses are used for a variety of reasons: to freshen breath, to help prevent or control tooth decay, to reduce plaque (a thin film of bacteria that forms on teeth), to prevent or reduce gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease), to reduce the speed that tartar (hardened plaque) forms on the teeth, or to produce a combination of these effects.” With all of those benefits, it’s hard to justify not using a mouthwash.

One thing to remember is that you shouldn’t rinse right after you brush as you will be washing away all of the benefits that your toothpaste can provide. This includes rinsing with mouthwash, as it will remove all the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth. To get the most out of your mouthwash, choose a different time to use it, for instance after lunch. Mouthwashes can be a great way to keep your entire mouth healthy, just make sure you stagger your use so as not to counteract the benefits of your toothpaste.

Taking excellent care of your teeth just makes sense. You’ll have fewer dentist visits, healthier teeth, and a better chance of preventing cavities and decay. Make oral hygiene a standard part of your daily routine, and you will be on track to keep your teeth healthy and sparkling white for many years to come.

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How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?


 

If you’re looking to whiten your smile and let the new you shine, the question you’re probably most curious about is the cost. Depending on your situation, there are a number of different routes you could take towards having a brighter smile. Each option varies in overall price and affordability. Luckily for you, we’ve listed them all for you here. No matter your situation, you can find the right whitening process that fits your budget and grants your wish for dramatically whiter teeth.

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

Type of Teeth Whitening Cost
Laser Teeth Whitening $900 - $ 1,500
In-Dentist Teeth Whitening $200 - $1,000
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits $29 - $79
DIY Natural Whitening Methods* $10 - $20

*Note that user experience with Natural Whitening Methods varies greatly, and this article does not endorse any untested methods.

 

Laser Teeth Whitening

 

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One of the most innovative methods for teeth whitening is becoming more and more popular with average Americans. Laser whitening is a quick and easy option without the hassle of strips, trays, or at-home application. However, most dental insurance programs do not offer coverage for laser whitening procedures. Since laser whitening is generally the most expensive method available, it can be a pricey procedure. Typically, the average cost of laser whitening in the U.S. is close to $1,500. If you’re interested in this option, check with your insurance provider or dental professional. If you aren’t covered for laser whitening, there may be a payment plan available to you to help cover the cost of the laser treatment.

 

In-Office Professional Dental Whitening

 

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The next most expensive option is to visit your dentist for a traditional, in-office whitening. This is an easy procedure that can sometimes be covered by dental insurance when it qualifies as preventative care for larger issues. The price will vary, but you can expect to spend the same or slightly less than you would on an advanced laser procedure. You might spend anywhere from $200 - $1,000 depending on your dentist. Another option is to make the transition to a new dentist for your whitening and cleaning. Oftentimes, new dental offices or offices looking for new clients will offer free or reduced whitening to new sign on customers. If you’re looking to change your dentist, or you’ve recently moved, try looking into what is being offered to new clients from dental offices in your area.

 

Whitening Trays

This is more of a midway option between the professional and at-home treatments because this procedure can be done in both places. Whether you are having a dental professional whiten your teeth in an afternoon, or using the trays at home over the period of a month or two, this method is an effective way to bring the brilliance back to your smile. The price can range from $100 to $1,000 depending on whether you use custom trays from your dentist or an at-home method. Either way, whitening trays are a bit more involved than using strips or pens. However, if your stains require an extra boost, this method is a strong contender in terms of effectiveness on stubborn stains and cost. Your dentist can help you decide if you should go with a custom tray treatment or try an at-home variation.


At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

 

If you’re uneasy about visiting the dentist or your insurance or budget is an inhibiting factor, then home treatments might be for you. Popular items include home whitening kits, whitening strips and pens that let you apply the whitening agent in the comfort of your own home. The downside being that instead of a one-day appointment, these kits will often take you through a regimen of whitening over time. However, if you’re looking to cut cost and you’re not in a hurry, at-home whitening is a simple process that produces real results.

 

The Pearly Whites range costs from just $29 and can be done with no special tools or prior experience. The advantages being that you do the whitening on your own time and with budget friendly materials. Some dentists believe that at-home teeth whitening can actually be more effective on certain stains than an in-office procedure. You should consult with you dentist to see if this low cost option is right for you.

 

DIY Natural Whitening Methods

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Some people with sensitive teeth or gums respond poorly to the whitening agents contained in most in-office and at-home teeth whitening procedures. If you’re worried about the cost or the chemicals of the more advanced methods, there are a few natural ways to whiten your teeth as well. Besides simply cutting down on stain producing foods like coffee, wine, and soda; there are certain foods and natural items that can help. Coconut oil mouth rinses and brushing with baking soda are options some believe help fight stains and produce stronger enamel. Of course, you should be careful when trying any at home remedy and be sure to consult with a doctor, dentist, or natural health professional before proceeding. Natural options are likely to be the cheapest option available ($10 - $20), but may require more repeat usages than at-home whitening kits, if they work at all.

 

The teeth whitening solution you choose is completely up to you, and will probably depend on the budget you have as well how discolored your teeth actually are. Take the time to decide which option is best for your individual needs, and don’t forget to consult your dentist, especially if you have any underlying oral health issues or sensitivity.

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Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day, 28th February

A fun day to celebrate, especially if you have smaller children in your family is the National Tooth Fairy Day, on the 28th February. This day is all about taking proper care of your pearly whites – so it’s not just a good lesson for the kids, but also for you!

The Tradition of the Tooth Fairy

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It all started in the mid-1920s, as a way to encourage and remind children to take care of their teeth, eat in a healthy way and get a good night sleep. The Tooth Fairy actually came to life in 1927, when a small booklet about oral care for children was first printed out. After that, nothing could stop the imagination of people and the tooth fairy rumours became real for children all around the world. This also encouraged children to overcome the trauma of their teeth falling out as they are promised a small reward from the tooth fairy.

Fun Things to Do On National Tooth Fairy Day If You Have Children:

It’s important to raise awareness and “celebrate” this day with your kids or little cousins. Explain to them about the importance of having healthy teeth and taking care of them by eating healthy food and cutting down on sugar. To make it more fun for them, here are a few things that every 2-6 year old will enjoy:

  • Making Healthy Snacks: Fresh vegetable sticks with hummus and sour cream dips and their favourite movie is a great plan for this day
  • Reading a Book about The Tooth Fairy: There are various books available related to the tooth fairy and dental care. If your children are smaller, they will definitely enjoy a story about the adventures of the tooth fairy
  • Tooth Fairy Colour Books: If they are obsessed with colouring, print out a few tooth fairy images they can colour in while chatting about the importance of the keeping their teeth healthy

Things You Can Do For Yourself

For adults, National Tooth Fairy Day is all about realizing the importance of taking care of your teeth properly. Besides looking great on photos and feeling more confident about your smile, dental care is also important for your own health. No one wants to deal with sensitive and bad teeth or sensitive gums, and with a few minutes each day, you can make sure to avoid these problems.

Brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day, flossing, using mouth water, cutting down on sugary snacks and drinks and avoiding eating too hot and too cold food that can make your teeth sensitive is all on the list for proper oral care. Another thing you can do during this is visiting your dentist for a regular dental check.

Spoil Yourself…

…with a teeth whitening session. What better day can you imagine for a teeth whitening session than the national day for dental care? Invest in an at home teeth whitening kit to get those teeth pearly white.

So enjoy National Tooth Fairy day by taking care of your teeth, and remember to say CHEESE!

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Hollywood Stars and Their Pearly Whites

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It’s awards season in Hollywood, and we’ve spent countless hours clicking through red carpet photos, coveting the haute couture looks worn by our favorite starlets. We’ve noticed that from the Golden Globes to the Oscars, every exquisite outfit has one accessory in common: dazzling white teeth. In fact, pearly whites just might be Hollywood’s favorite accessory. They’re more frequent on the red carpet than choker necklaces and designer bags. So, just how far do celebrities go to get stain-free teeth? And how can you get the same result at home without spending a fortune? We did an insanely detailed investigation and discovered celebrities favorite teeth whitening strategies from the predictable (like sipping all your drinks through a straw) to the straight up weird, to the must-try. Here’s what we found.

 

A Mouthwash That Gets You Drunk?

Okay, so Hollywood is full of incredibly weird beauty trends, and that includes teeth whitening methods you have never before considered. Manhattan-based celebrity dentist Jennifer Jablow DDS, who is responsible for the super-white smiles of many Victoria’s Secret models, has said that several of her clients swear by a concoction of vodka, fresh mint leaves, lemon, and cinnamon to freshen breath and prevent staining. However, this homemade mouthwash probably will not give you the results you desire, and we’ve concluded that the vodka is better left at the bar where it belongs. In the words of Dr. Jablow, it will “dry out the mouth and give more bad breath.” Next!

A Banana Peel a Day Keeps the Dentist Away

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Here’s an unexpected home teeth whitening method that’s worth a try, which uses one fruit you’re almost sure to already have in your kitchen: bananas! After you enjoy your yummy, healthy snack, don’t throw away the peel. Instead, New York-based cosmetic dentists Marc Lowenberg, Gregg Lituchy, and Brian Kantor recommend taking a piece and rubbing it on your teeth, one minute on the top and one minute on the bottom. When you’re done, hold your lips open for ten minutes then brush, and voila! Your teeth are a touch whiter and protected against stains. Be warned, as with all teeth whitening regimes, you will probably have to repeat this every day for a few weeks before seeing results.

Retainers Aren’t Just For Kids

If you’ve had braces, you know that retainers are the one way to preserve the straight teeth that resulted from years of painful, expensive orthodontia. They might be annoying as heck but they work. The rich and famous know that you’re never too old to get straight teeth, just look at the ever beautiful Faye Dunaway for inspiration.

No Need to Go Pro

It goes without saying that every celebrity we see on the red carpet is crazy rich and has plenty of money to spend on the absolute best dentists in the country, taking advantage of cutting edge whitening technology. If you don’t have that kind of dough, you will be ecstatic to discover that you can get the excellent result at home without breaking the bank. There are at-home professional quality LED whitening kits on the market which don’t take much effort, cash, or know-how. You can get your own and have this teeth whitening technology at your fingertips whenever you need it.

 

The Power of Lipstick

Guess what? You can get the appearance of whiter teeth just by choosing the right makeup. We know that bold lips are a red carpet mainstay, and here’s one reason why. Some bold lipstick shades have the power to make your smile appear as white as freshly fallen snow. The secret is choosing a lipstick with blue undertones which will make your teeth appear whiter by contrast. If you were looking for an excuse to add to your makeup collection, here it is!

 

So there you have some top tips to get your smile red carpet ready, so get whitening today to get that perfect celeb look!

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