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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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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 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 ]

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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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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Pre Valentine’s Day Beauty Tips and Tricks to Set the Romance Meter to RED


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If you’ve got a new boyfriend, a hot date, or a tried-and-true love, Valentine’s Day is almost like Christmas. You daydream about the sappy possibilities for this most romantic of holidays like a little kid anticipating the gifts waiting under the Christmas tree. Will your beloved send you flowers at work? Will you find one of those oversized teddy bears and a heart shaped box of assorted chocolates waiting on your doorstep? Will he take you to dinner? A concert? A romantic moonlit picnic? Will you get the kiss of your dreams at the end of the night? Take a second to sit back and picture your fantasy Valentine’s day date, and don’t hold back all the cheesy details. Now, in your mind’s eye, how do you look when you greet your beau on Valentine’s Day? Maybe you’re a vision of classic beauty, all soft curls and glittery eyes. Or you’re edgy and vampy in dark lipstick and leather. Whatever the concept, we have some tips that will help you prep your desired look for the occasion and help your V-Day fantasies come true.

Skin


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As you probably know, a canvas of fresh, bump-free skin is the best way to achieve the makeup look of your dreams. Right now, we’re absolutely obsessing over the healing powers of ginger, which is a life saver for eradicating acne scars, reducing wrinkles, and even soothing untimely pimples. Guess what, you don’t have to break the bank for this fix. DIY masks might be a little extra effort, but you probably already have many of the ingredients in your kitchen. Besides, a little extra effort is worth it for the most romantic of holidays. Here’s the recipe for an at-home ginger face mask that will give you the skin you’ve always dreamed of, just in time for your Valentine’s date.

Perfume


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The perfect perfume is extra important on Valentine’s Day. It’s a fool proof way to entice your man to lean in just a bit closer, and linger next to you for just a bit longer. Maybe you already have a signature scent or maybe you’ve been thinking of trying out something new. Take Valentine’s Day as the excuse you’ve been waiting for to buy a new perfume or cologne. Mist your perfume (don’t douse it) just around your wrists and hair– you’ll give off little, tantalizing whiffs of the scent as you move, leaving him gasping for more.

Hair

While there’s really no wrong way to do your hair for Valentine’s Day, there are a few mistakes that could really ruin your evening. First off, if the style you’re planning relies heavily on hairspray, save that look for another day. Valentine’s is about romance, sure, but it’s also about touching, closeness and intimacy. No one wants to go in to stroke your hair only to run their hand through a crunchy lump of gunky, hair sprayed curls, no matter how visually appealing. In addition, any hair style that requires you to stay still for long periods of time to stay coiffed could really put a damper on your fun and should not be attempted on Valentine’s. For these reasons, we recommend simple sleek ponytails which can be easily fixed and retied if need be, or classic straightened hair for your date.

Nails

As with hair, nails that impede your ability to touch, move, and enjoy should be avoided like the plague on Valentine’s Day. Instead of gluing on long acrylics, which look glamorous but are not conducive to actually using your hands, go short and polished. But short and polished doesn’t mean boring! The color and design is where you can really have fun. You don’t have to adhere to the Valentine’s theme of reds and pinks, though you certainly can if you like. Dark blue or purple is unexpected and fun. How about flecks of glitter, dark, rich tones, matte or metallic nails? The choice is yours.

Teeth

For the all-important Valentine’s Day kiss, white teeth are not only recommended, they are a necessity. This step requires a bit of advance planning, depending on how dazzling you want your smile to be. You can either opt for some classic whitening strips, or try a professional home whitening system to really show off those pearly whites.

Now you’re ready for that all important Valentine date, or you could choose to pamper yourself and stay in with your favorite movie crush! Ahh, bliss!


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What Does Your Smile Say About You?

What’s in a smile?

A great deal apparently, especially if you have a great big, bright smile. It could be your ticket to a better career and improved love life. Sound farfetched or too good to be true? Well, not according to researchers.

Oral B recently conducted a study with over 2,000 men and women and determined that a great smile with whiter teeth made people seem more attractive and also appear younger.  It was revealed that individuals with “beautiful smiles” were viewed to be much more attractive than their counterparts.

You have only seconds to make that first impression and the initial impressions you make actually have significant impact. The impressions and perceptions that result are powerful. Research has proven that people with beautiful smiles are perceived to be brighter, healthier, wealthier and more desirable than their smile challenged counterparts.

These positive impressions about your attractiveness have a direct impact on your successful interpersonal interactions both socially and professionally. There is a validated link between your smile and success.

To put it simply - a nice smile is more likely to get you the job and get you your Prince (or Princess) Charming!

A lovely smiles makes you seem more attractive

Dr. Gordon Patzer, Ph. D. has dedicated his career to researching this phenomenon, aptly named the Physical Attractiveness Phenomenon (PAP), which underscores the premise that physical attractiveness greatly benefits the individual and that the reality is that what you look like – and more importantly, how your looks are perceived by others – impacts your life in numerous positive ways.

A beautiful smile is one of the first things people notice about you and it has a direct correlation on how others view you and make assumptions about you. These perceptions include, but are not limited to, increased attractiveness, intelligence, health and heightened social status.

Studies conducted by Kelton Research at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California validated that individuals with whiter and brighter smiles had better outcomes in both romance and employment.

That cheesy grin can get you a better job


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University of California researchers published a research study in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Economic Psychology that noted how a beautiful smile translates into a more successful career, which proves that people perceived as “more attractive” make more money (12.7%) than people perceived to be less attractive.

Researchers also found that during job interviews the individual deemed “more attractive” was perceived to be a better candidate for the position even if they were technically less qualified. Again, remember that one of the most important elements in judging someone’s “attractiveness” was their smile. Simply put, a beautiful smile can help you be more successful.

A smile is in the eye of the beholder

So, let’s put this all into perspective. Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you and research supports that a pretty smile is core to being viewed as attractive. If you are perceived as “attractive” then people make certain inherent assumptions about you based on this.

The perceptions that are made about you based on your great smile can be instrumental in getting a job and increasing your desirability and getting that first date. Ultimately, this has the potential to have a huge impact on your personal and professional life.

Smile your way to a happier life

So what does your smile say about you? It says more than you could have even imagined. It starts a non-verbal dialogue the minute someone encounters you.

A great smile also has the ability to create and sustain self-confidence. A great smile can give you opportunities whether due to the Physical Attractiveness Phenomenon or due to your bolstered self-confidence.

Obviously, a great smile is not the only thing that matters. You are going to have to do the , whether it is in the workplace or in your personal life, but your amazing pearly whites and that great friendly smile can give you that “leg up” and advantage. Couple that with your confidence and you can rule the world.

A great smile also appears to show reflection of inner happiness and contentment. A recent study followed up on a group of women thirty years after their yearbook pictures. They focused on women who appeared to have a genuine smile versus women who did not. The study concluded that the women who appeared to have genuine beautiful smiles went on to have happier marriages and greater well-being than those who did not have great smiles.

There is a saying by an unknown author that sums it up: 

“Life is like a mirror. We get the best results when we smile at it.”

 

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Do Good Teeth Make You More Employable?

Going to a job interview can be pretty stressful, you’re trying to sell an employer on the fact that you are capable of doing a stellar job and would be a better choice than the other candidates who may have similar experience and qualifications. You have already gotten your foot in the door with that updated CV and great references, but as you probably know there’s more to making that first impression than what’s written on your resume. You’ve likely chosen your interview-day outfit carefully, because you know that looking your best is important, but have you thought about your smile? Closing the interview with a strong handshake, direct eye contact, and a winning smile can be the difference between hearing, “You start on Monday,” and “We decided to go in another direction.”

What Your Smile Tells an Employer

Think it’s all just in peoples’ imagination? Nope! In fact, the impact is so great that numerous scientific studies have been conducted showing the links between dental hygiene and employment. The British Dental Journal published a summary of a report covering this issue. The evidence from this report is pretty clear – the way your teeth look has an impact on the way people perceive you. More specifically, the summary stated, “The study found that participants gave the faces with discoloured teeth poorer ratings for social competence (how popular, friendly or trustworthy they appeared), intellectual ability, relationship status and psychological adjustment (how introverted, happy or self-confident they appeared). Whiter teeth also received more positive appraisals, suggesting that tooth colour does have an influence on social perceptions.”

Did you catch that? When participants were given pictures of people with discolored teeth they actually rated that person as having lower intellectual ability. If you smile at an employer with discolored teeth, they might subconsciously assume you’re less intelligent than your competition.

It’s About Perception

NBC News also covered the problems having bad teeth can cause for job seekers, “In America, most people – including employers – make instant judgments based on appearance, including someone’s smile and teeth…Those views can prevent potential employers from recognizing potential assets, said Lindsey Robinson, a dentist and current president of the California Dental Association.” A bad smile can distract employers from seeing your true potential. But why?

Historically, society has a deeply rooted belief that bad teeth can indicate other bad qualities in a person. In a National institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research report they stated, “The link between diseased teeth and weakness, impotence, and even moral turpitude and sin has been analyzed by scholars exploring the vast legacy of dental themes in art and literature.” While physical appearance is a big factor, there is a deeper underlying issue here. Teeth have historically been viewed as an indicator of overall health. There are numerous diseases and illnesses that can present themselves by impacting the teeth and gums. That means that having bad teeth can cause people to think that you are sick in other ways as well.

Nice Teeth Can Be the Key to Success

In yet another study, this one was conducted by Kelton for Invisalign, the researchers came to the same conclusion, “When looking at images, Americans perceive those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience.  They are also seen as 58% more likely to be successful, as well as 58% more likely to be wealthy.” This strong correlation between crooked teeth and lack of success means that when you smile an employer might judge how well you’ll do in the role based on your teeth. They might not be doing this consciously, but these studies make it pretty clear that many people subconsciously link a good set of teeth to successful employees.

Another big issue with having bad teeth is that sometimes people try to hide them. We’ve all met someone who tends not to smile. Sometimes they are just reserved, but in some cases they are simply trying to cover up bad teeth. Employers can misinterpret this behavior and assume they are not friendly or personable. This can be extremely damaging to a person’s employability. It becomes even more problematic if you are looking for a job where you are working directly with the public or interacting with others a great deal. These positions won’t work out if you aren’t comfortable speaking up or smiling because your teeth make you self-conscious.

Your Smile Says a lot about You

 

All of these factors combine to mean one thing: your smile says a lot about you whether you like it or not. Unfortunately, what it says might not reflect you’re many great attributes or impressive skill set, and having poor dental hygiene will eventually catch up with you when it comes to employment. If you have healthy teeth, it will keep people focused on your qualifications and the work you do, instead of allowing them room to give in to their underlying or subconscious perceptions about what your bad teeth might mean.

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