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How a Sparkling White Smile Could Change Your Life

Can a whiter smile really affect our personal and professional lives?

It takes just 7 seconds to make a first impression!  Whether we like it or not, we're judged by our smile, and is one of the first features noticed by those who meet us.  We're sure at some point most of us have looked at a photo and wished we had a whiter, brighter smile.  But, did you know having a whiter smile can actually change the course of your life.  How?  Keep reading to find out more.  

 

Crest Whitening Strips commissioned a study of the effects of a whiter smile conducted by Keltor Research. Professor Dacher Keltner, a smile psychologist and Professor of Psychology at University of California in Berkeley,  said:  “This study provides some of the first findings that speak to the powerful benefits of having a whiter smile.”   The study was conducted in three parts: 

  1. a simulated first date;
  2. a simulated job interview; and
  3. an online qualitative online questionnaire of more than 1000 people. 

 

How a whiter smile can impact your job prospects?

A whiter smile can really impact your prospects at work - both in getting your dream job and of being rewarded with a raise or promotion.  How? 

 

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After having their teeth whitened, and as part of the simulated job interview component of the study, it was found: 

  • 58% of respondents felt they were more likely to be hired;
  • 53% of respondents felt they were more likely to receive a raise or be promoted;
  • 65% of respondents felt they were more likely to be seen as confident; and
  • 64% of respondents felt more confident. 
Further, in response to the more broad question in relation to a person's appearance, participants reported:
  • 68% felt it would lead to greater professional success; and
  • 64% greater financial success. 

There's no doubt about it, a whiter smile can definitely impact your job prospects and help you land the job of your dreams, as well as promotions. 

Read more: Do Good Teeth Make You More Employable?

How can a whiter smile lead to your dream date? 

Dr. Keltner says a white smile is, “the intense focus of what other people look at, and a sign of our warmth, confidence, and health.”

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A smile is one of the first features we notice when meeting someone new.  So, it stands to reason a whiter smile will impact your first date, but just how? 

In the simulated first date, after having their teeth whitened, the Kelton study for Crest Whitening Strips found: 

  • 59% of participants were viewed to be more outgoing; and 
  • 52% of participants were viewed to be more trustworthy. 

While many people believe white teeth appear healthier and cleaner, some scientists also guess that having white teeth is a sign of good genetics, which is attractive to potential mates.

How can a whiter smile impact your life generally? 

Still not convinced? now let's take a look at some more statistics gathered by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found:

  • 99.7% of adults believe a whiter smile is an important social asset;
  • 96% believe a whiter smile makes you more attractive to the opposite sex
  • 74% believe an unattractive smile can impact your job prospects

A whiter smile has been found to give you the appearance of youth and vitality.  A whiter smile will make you much more confident when you smile and meet people. 

How can you increase your confidence with a brighter, whiter smile?

Traditionally teeth whitening has consisted of either whitening toothpaste or expensive whitening in the dentist’s chair.  Over the last 20 years statistics have shown that tooth whitening treatments offered by dentists has increased by more than 300% - wow! Fortunately these days there are many options to brighten your smile. With so many options on the market, we've put together a few of the more popular options and a list of the pros and cons of each treatment. 

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Option

Pros/cons

Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes

  •  Pro – it’s one of the cheapest options.
  • Con - can be abrasive on tooth enamel.
  • Con - takes time to see results.

Over the counter teeth whitening kits / or whitening strips

  •  Pro – choices to suit each budget depending on which kit/strip option you go for.
  • Pro – whiten your teeth when and where it suits you best.
  • Con – can cause sensitivity.
  • Con – generally takes 3-4 treatments to see a noticeable difference to the color of your teeth.
  • Con – you have to mold the mouth tray and do all the work yourself.
  • Con – the formulations are generally not as strong.

Dental whitening treatment

  • Pro - Stronger formula than over the counter kits.
  • Pro – FAST results, generally with one treatment.
  • Con – more expensive.
  • Con – you need to visit the dentist, so less flexibility when and where you whiten.

 

No matter which option you choose the best smile is a healthy smile, so remember, teeth whitening will remove stains from your teeth that have built up over time, but it is really important to have a positive dental care routine and take great care of your teeth every day.  Now it's over to you to change your life with a sparkling smile!

So, as you can see, a brighter, more sparkling smile really can have a positive effect on your life and, these days, there's so much choice in how, where and when you whiten, along with how much you spend.  Here's to you enjoying the benefits of a Pearly White smile!

 

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Oral Hygiene Tips to Keep Your Teeth Whiter

Getting that whiter smile isn’t as difficult as you might think. There are so many whitening options and dental care tricks you can use to make sure your teeth are stunningly white. Some of the options are a bit more time intensive, while others you can do during your normal everyday routine. The option you choose will probably have a lot to do with how stained your teeth actually are at this point. If they are only a little bit dull, they won’t need an intense whitener. However, if your teeth are really yellow and stained, you could need a bit more whitening power to get them looking dazzling. Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to some of the best ways to get and keep your teeth white.

Talk to Your Dentist

First, you should chat with your dentist about your concerns. They can help you figure out the source of your discolored teeth and also let you know if your teeth are in good shape for whitening. With teeth that are super stained (for instance if you smoke) your dentist might recommend professional whitening. This is typically done in just one visit to the dentist’s office. They’ll apply the bleaching formula that will get your teeth white, and will supervise your progress. This is also a great option if you are worried about getting even results, have sensitivity issues or underlying oral health problems, or if you worry about using teeth whitening products without a dentist’s supervision.

Try Something Natural

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Some people prefer to look for a more natural way to get their teeth a bit whiter. There are a few popular ways to do this, and some bloggers absolutely swear by them. One method is called coconut oil pulling. We all know coconut is a popular health food. From the water to the oil, health experts are always telling us just how great it is. You probably didn’t know that coconut oil is great for more than just cooking. It is widely used for its dental care benefits too, and has been for a long time. Pulling just means you are moving it around in your mouth, getting it around all the tight spaces and covering every surface of your teeth. You are going to want to do this for several minutes a day, some people recommend up to twenty minutes of coconut oil pulling. Then you should spit out the oil.

Another natural option that has gotten a lot of attention recently is brushing your teeth with activated charcoal. It’s not just normal charcoal, activated charcoal is oxidized. For this process you will need a separate toothbrush since it does darken your brush and your teeth. Brushing with activated charcoal is natural and many people love the white results they see from brushing with this dark powder.

Get an At-Home Whitener

The term “at-home whitener” can mean many things. Once again, this will depend on how badly your teeth are stained as well as how much you want to spend. You can spend just a few dollars to close to a hundred (or more) depending on the method. If you are looking for an inexpensive and simple way to get your teeth whiter, try a whitening toothpaste. Lots of big oral care brands are adding whitening to the list of benefits from brushing with their toothpastes. Instead of adding yet another step to your morning and nightly routine, get your teeth whiter doing something you need to do anyway – brushing your teeth! Some brands even make whitening mouthwashes too, giving you another inexpensive way to keep those teeth stunning.

If you want a bit more of a dramatic whitening result in less time, you should look into "at-home teeth whitening kits". These kits come with a powerful whitening gel that will help most users to see visible results in a short period of time. The gel is put into trays that are shaped to fit your teeth. You slide the tray snugly over your upper and lower teeth, and wait for the allotted amount of time.

Another popular tooth whitening option is whitening strips. These are little plastic strips that pack a whitening punch because they have a bleaching formula on one side. Simply place the formula coated side snugly around your teeth (you will get a strip that fits on your upper and lower teeth) and wait a bit. Once you have completed the treatment time, just take off the strips and throw them away.

Start Smiling!

Getting whiter teeth has never been simpler. You have tons of options to choose from, and you are sure to find one that is best for you, and your budget! No matter what you choose, you will likely be pleased to see a brighter smile that you love showing off to everyone. Whiter teeth and a more confident smile? Sign us up!

Whether you choose to whiten your teeth naturally at home, head to the dentist for a more supervised and faster treatment or whiten with strips or a kit in the comfort of your own home, it’s important to have great oral hygiene.  Read more on the Good Teeth Guide and How To Get Into a Positive Health Care Routine.

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Keeping Your Smile Pearly White During Easter

With all the candy, chocolate and traditional, delicious Easter feasts, we want to forget about calories and our pearly white teeth for a second and enjoy all the treats, but it’s important to take care of our teeth during this time of the year as well.  It’s okay everyone, have a little bite of candy and chocolate – but to help your teeth remain strong, healthy and white, make sure to incorporate these tips into your daily routine.

Tips for taking care of your teeth

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When should I brush?

  • Knowing when and how to brush your teeth while eating candy is a great way to protect your teeth from all the sweetness on Easter Sunday. While most of us think that brushing our teeth properly is enough to keep them white and healthy, the timing is actually really important as well. According to various dental care clinics, brushing your teeth before eating chocolate is actually helpful. It sounds a bit weird at first, but it all makes sense: when teeth are clean, they have had a protective blast of fluoride and less of the bacteria that cause the damage, so it will prepare your teeth for all the chocolate and candy.

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Brushing your teeth before eating candy is very beneficial, but after the feast…skip brushing for a few hours. The enamel of your teeth is the most vulnerable after eating sweets and if you brush them, you will just be causing more damage than it would otherwise. Instead, rinse out your mouth with water or with a mouthwash (which will restore the balance in your mouth) and wash your teeth after a few hours to protect them.

[Read more about dental care here: Good Teeth Guide ]

What should I avoid?

  • Try to avoid consuming something hot and cold at the same time. Eating a hot brownie while having an ice cold milkshake will do way more damage, as it will cause tooth sensitivity and smaller cracks in the tooth’s enamel surface.

Switch It Up

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  • Try to add some “healthy treats”, by adding savory snacks like vegetables and fruit into your Easter feast and make sure that you get enough Vitamin D and calcium to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. There are lots of ways to make some healthy treats looks absolutely adorable, and really add a splash of color to your Easter meal.

Not So White?

  • Don’t worry if you feel like your teeth are not that shiny, pearly white anymore – you can easily fix that with our teeth whitening kits on sale now for Easter! Our starter packs and professional whitening kits are the perfect choice for you. This kit contains everything you need for stunning results and a pearly white smile – whitening gel, moldable trays, LED light, color chart, desensitization gel and an instruction manual to ensure a quick and efficient whitening process. Our professional kit can be used for 12-15 treatments and will help you get white teeth without making them sensitive or irritated.

Remember, if you are eating more chocolate than you usually do, your teeth will need extra care, so follow our dental care tips and don’t forget to try out a quick whitening treatment for instant results.

Happy Easter everybody!

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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.

Mouth rinses 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 mouth rinses and mouthwashes can help, “Mouth rinses 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 to Get into a Positive Dental Care Routine

If you’re concerned about the health of your teeth, then you’re likely thinking about ways to improve your dental care routine. After all, just brushing your teeth might not be enough to ensure they stay healthy. Here are some tips to help you find your dental care groove, to help you take better care of your teeth and learn good oral health habits that will last a lifetime.

1. Find a toothpaste you love

If you hate your toothpaste, you will avoid using it. Even if you don’t hate the taste but aren’t thrilled with it, you could be creating a barrier to a good dental care routine. Buy a few little sample tubes or traveltoothpaste and see which one leaves your mouth feeling the freshest. There are a larger variety of flavors on the market than you probably expect, so try them all! If you enjoy brushing your teeth, then you are more likely to do it consistently. Consumer Search has a helpful list of consumer reviewed toothpaste if you’d prefer to do some research before picking out a new toothpaste. The list even contains handy buttons you can click to place an amazon.com order for the products that sound best to you. That way you don’t even need to leave home to get a new toothpaste!

2. Get a cool toothbrush

While manual toothbrushes are good, they might not provide much incentive to brush your teeth. If you invest in a high-quality electric toothbrush, the chances that you will use it often will likely increase. When you invest in something, you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Getting a sleek electric toothbrush can help you to be more excited about brushing. Electric toothbrushes also get the job done more effectively as WebMD discusses, “An electric toothbrush can cover a larger area faster, so you clean more surfaces in the same amount of time. When you brush by hand, you make about 300 strokes per minute. Compare that with the thousands -- in some cases tens of thousands -- of strokes per minute a power one makes.”


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3. Brush at the same time each day

Make brushing your teeth a habit by doing it at the same time every day. This will help you to develop a routine and stick to it. You need to make sure to brush your teeth every morning and at night before you go to bed. Another option if you work in an office, keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your desk and brush after lunch. The more you keep up with the routine, the more it will become a normal part of your day. If you have trouble doing this, enlist a brushing buddy. It can be your spouse, kids, or sibling. Anyone you live with can join in the routine to help you make it a standard part of your day.

4. Find a dentist you like

A lot of people rank visiting the dentist as one of their least favorite things to do. This probably has a bit to do with the physical pain that is associated with dental treatments (just the sound of the drill makes some people cringe). Another factor that impacts how much people avoid the dentist is if they actually like their dentist. If you find a dentist with good skills and a winning personality, then you’ll be less likely to avoid going when you know you should. Finding a dentist you like will increase the chances that you will visit them to prevent dental problems instead of just going when there is something wrong. WebMD recommends doing a thorough search of dentists in your area, “Contact your local or state dental society. The ADA provides a list of local and state dental societies on its website, www.ada.org.”

5. Keep floss on hand

If you ever think “I should start flossing” you’re right! You really should. Mouth Healthy explains, “The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing may also help prevent gum disease and cavities.” But it’s hard to incorporate flossing into your routine unless you keep it around. The next time you go to the store, put it on your list and buy a pack or two. It’ll be harder to ignore if you have actually gone to the trouble of buying the dental floss. Then, make sure you store the floss you can be reminded to actually use it - experts recommend somewhere easy to see in your bathroom.  You can even splurge on some floss flavors that go beyond the standard waxed mint to encourage you to use the floss.

6. Keep your teeth white

Avoiding certain drinks like coffee, tea and red wine, or foods that have are likely to stain your teeth and cause discoloration is a great way to help keep your teeth nice and white. To keep your smile even brighter you can also try over the counter whitening toothpaste or a home teeth whitening kit for added gleam.

Creating a positive dental care routine takes time and patience. Like anything, you need to be committed to the routine or it will fall by the wayside. Talk to your dentist to see if they have any suggestions on ways you can improve your oral hygiene and be sure to incorporate their suggestions into your daily routine.

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