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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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Movie Star Chic on the Cheap

From the classics of Monroe and Hepburn, to the Meghan Fox and Jennifer Lawrence lookalikes, the Hollywood Movie style is a true fashion art we all want master.

It’s probably a lot easier with a group of stylists, makeup artists and personal wardrobe keepers around you; choosing the best leggings for your 'haven't even tried’ look, to contouring your feet for a pair of Gucci open top heels. Who even knew contouring feet was necessary?!

Without an entourage of experts, and a hefty pay check, the stylish look of Hollywood movie stars can be difficult to attain.  But, there are plenty of ways to look movie star chic on the cheap!

That's right, step aside Emma Stone, we've got this covered.

Tan

First things first, you'll need that all American glowing tan that anyone who's ever passed through LA or California is gifted with.

This perfect tan gives you a fab base coat for any makeup you'll be doing later. Whether you're opting for sun beds for a gradual build up, or a quick fake tan, be sure to sparkle and glow like Kylie Jenner in her 4am dawn photoshoots. 

Using a fake tan like Benefit’s Hoola Zero Tanlines (around $24) will provide a smooth coverage so you don't have to worry so much about streaks and uneven lines down the back of your legs...Plus, it has the sweetest smell!

Teeth

Nothing says Hollywood Celebrity like a Simon Cowell white toothy smile. There's only one way to get those pearls looking so pristine; teeth whitening. Whilst the stars may be able to afford the highest quality teeth whitening services, an at home teeth whitening kit can provide that gleam without you emptying your bank account.

Once you've had your teeth whitened, keep up the cleaning and flossing every day and stay away from food and drink that is prone to stain your teeth. 

Nails

Though we're not sure how they manage every day activities like driving or texting, Hollywood stars are pros at wearing the longest nails known to mankind. 


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Opting for false nails and gel polishes will give you a stable and indestructible look for a couple of weeks.

Not only are gels available at the salon, you can also buy a DIY nail art kit like the ones on offer by MoYou that have everything you need from a variety of gel polishes, stamps and image plates so you can design your own pieces of art on your fingertips.

Hair

There's a whole array of hair styles the celebs use, and we're not even sure which our favourites are. We love the braids that are a must when chilling at home or going to the gym, but red carpet chic is also a winner with so much variety.

Stepping back to the basics however, you'll need to start with deep hydrating conditioners and a strong shampoo to give you a sleek and shiny look.

Many movie stars have to look on point every day, so their hair stylists use a number of quirky and elegant styles - most start with a centre parting and this will also create a sophisticated and sassy look even when left down. 

The best thing about hair salons these days is that you can buy the products they use or head over to the supermarket to grab a few (hundred) bottles. The smell alone is glorious and the benefits of a good hair regime are endless.  

Pick up a stylist shampoo like Toni & Guy or Tresemme (an ultimate fave) and see the difference it makes to your hair. 

As for styles, Pinterest! Be strong; there's nothing those hair whizzes can do that you can't! With hairbrush in one hand and Kirby grips in the other, transform your weave into a glorious 'do ready for the catwalk. 

Make up 

Contour, strobing, smokey eye; is it all really over for the new 'no make-up makeup trend?' Absolutely not. Whilst the no make-up trend is beautiful, not one celeb could possibly say there's not a little contouring that goes into the look.

Using tiny amounts of rose gold highlighter like Topshop’s Chameleon Glow will perk up the skin, whilst a little powder will go a long way for smoothing out skin tone and leaving a matte finish. 

Simple 

... but you're unlikely to see any of them attending award ceremonies without getting their face on, so learning to strobe, eyeline flick and plenty more of your classic makeup tricks will help you out when persuading the squad you've just been scouted by Hollywood.

If you're heading in the classic Hollywood direction, opt for a porcelain fresh look with a strong coverage level so block out any unevenness and imperfections. You need a totally blank canvas to operate as the most iconically beautiful women of history!  With a strong focus on those brow peaks, and liner flicks, you're set to go - without forgetting that all important red lip pout that'll make the fans weak. 

Using a foundation in a paler colour will help to replicate Monroe's renowned look. And sponge tipped eyeliner is perfect when trying to smoothly finish the eyeliner flick that so many of us have been defeated by in the past.

Color in those eye brows to add a shape that sassily says 'excuse me?' without words. And you're good to go for a walk over some air vents with your dress wafting along the way... 

But if you're enchanted by the 21st Century styles of our favourite movie stars, strobing is the game they play. Offering an added sparkle with each and every camera flash, strobing has become a way to accentuate your stardom.                                                    

Using Benefit’s Watts Up! Highlighter, cover the main sparkle points on your cheekbones, Cupid's bow, nose, brows and forehead to glow like a magical star.

Opt for a light, yet sultry smokey eye with silvers and light greys, rather than the typical charcoal shades.

For the rest, it's really your choice: bronze, foundation, lip colour and eyeliners are your playing field; go forth make up warriors!

Clothes

For your red carpet appearance there are only two options: tight or flowy. There's really no in between. 

Your choices will reflect your body confidence and a tight dress, clinging in all the right places is bound to get people talking and wondering 'what is her exercise regime?!'

Celebrity style shops like My Bandage Dress or ASOS are the perfect way to find an outfit ideal for your body type without the eyewatering designer price tag. 

If you want to make a statement and stand out from the crowd like Beyoncé or JLow, you'll have to look for the flowiest attire you can find. These experts in red carpet fashion pull out all the stops with their designer dresses and everlasting trains. 

Once you've found your own favorite celeb style tricks, add them all together to create your Hollywood Movie look in minutes. All you need now is an event, an award and a Zac Efron to hold your handbag. 

 

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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. Heres 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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Ultimate Toothy Sayings List

Every year new expressions and sayings enter the public vocabulary, and old ones lose popularity and fall by the wayside. But some idioms have immense sticking power and have kept kicking around for hundreds – if not thousands – of years. Many of these old-timers allude to the most fundamental of human concepts: our own bodies.

And teeth, being that one strange part of our body that almost everyone will eventually lose yet manage to live without, are a particularly potent icon. Like bones we can see, our overall health can sometimes be inferred from how we treat and care for these important tools. In this era of dentures and teeth implants, we may forget how pivotal teeth were to the many generations of humans that came before us.

With that in mind, let’s take a glance at the origin and meaning of the long-lived and hard-hitting sayings that reference our teeth to describe how we interact with the world. You may find some surprising or enlightening, while others may be downright distasteful!

A Tooth For A Tooth

This classic expression has stood the test of time due in large part to its inclusion in the Old Testament. Along with the eyes, demanding a tooth be given for each one taken was a visceral demand for compensatory justice; an idea that was later made more grisly with Shakespeare’s “pound of flesh”. In essence, you not only must be punished exactly proportional for your crimes (but no more than that either), but punished out of your own body if needs be.

Getting Long In The Tooth 

It’s not human teeth this particular saying refers to, but horses. For a long time it was believed you could tell the age of a horse by its teeth due to a shallow groove that appears around 10 years old, and slowly travels down the length of the tooth as it appears to “grow out”, until it disappears again in the horse’s old age. Therefore, someone whose teeth have grown that long, must be pretty darn old. In reality, receding gums and a horse’s natural teeth variation play havoc with this system of aging, but a best guess is often better than none.

As Rare As Hens’ Teeth

Well, that’s simple enough, as hens don’t have teeth. The saying might have been on more shaky ground if it had been about geese teeth – dentists would disagree that these structures on a goose’s beak count as teeth, but if you were bitten by one I’m sure you wouldn’t appreciate the difference!

By The Skin Of Your Teeth

Most wouldn’t recognise this as another saying with biblical origin, where the first instance of it was used to describe an escape with nothing at all, except one’s life. Since then, it has come to mean something avoided or achieved by an almost infinitesimally tiny margin. If you want to consider enamel the “skin” of your teeth, you will appreciate just how thin a margin that must be.

Bare Your Teeth

Some people smile without showing a sign of their pearly whites, but others are blessed with gummy and toothy smiles, and proud to flash them around. What appears to us humans as an expression of friendly openness is almost universally a bad sign in the animal kingdom. Showing another creature your teeth is a sign of extreme aggression, because it suggests you’re about to use them!


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Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Is there anyone out there that hasn’t experienced the origin of this amusing saying for themselves? Often with a big piece of cake or ice cream, and hopefully not with a huge chunk of leathery steak. What was expected to be a delightful mouthful becomes an arduous undertaking flavoured with regret.

As Bad As Pulling Teeth

Fairly self-explanatory! Anyone who has had the misfortune to experience pulled teeth will surely have a shudder of pity for those put in any remotely similar situation. This is often said about occurrences that are only a truly awful experience, but also likely to be irreversible once they’re done. Though sometimes, people look at the silver lining that once the offending teeth are pulled and gone, they can’t cause any more pain and suffering.

Give Your Eyeteeth For It

The eyeteeth are another name for the canines, and were once believed to be connected by nerves to the eye itself. Your canine teeth are particularly important for the cutting action of tearing your food into bite-sized portions, before the molars come into play to grind it down into digestible paste. Losing your canines makes your bite more impotent, your smile particularly silly-looking, and was believed to be bad for the eyes as well, hence anything you would lose them for would have to be very important indeed.

Lie Through Your Teeth

In the present day, this idiom usually means a lie told through a smile; in other words the act of a very practiced or unrepentant liar. Sometimes it is a forced grin that is referred to. In its origins in the 14th Century, however, the saying was not referring to the liar’s teeth but those of the person they spoke to. Thus one lied in someone’s teeth, just as we would not say lied in (or to) someone’s face.


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To Fight Tooth And Nail

To fight with ones teeth and fingernails is the last defence a human has after all other weapons are lost and swinging room for punches has diminished. It’s the brief and fragile moments that decide if you live or die, and it can all come down to how willing you are to use your teeth on a living creature; another example of how potent an image teeth provide.

Sink Your Teeth Into It

You may be surprised to learn that the human jaw has an average crushing power of about 170 pounds (85kg)! And your teeth are the point where all this force leaves your body and enters whatever unfortunate thing you’re biting. Indeed, the strength of your teeth is the deciding factor in how hard you can bite; the pain of unfamiliar pressure will put you off long before your jaw muscles give out. Putting your teeth into something wholeheartedly is a great way to make an impact.

Set Your Teeth On Edge

Another figure of speech with an old, biblical and Shakespearian lineage, something that sets your teeth on edge is readily recognised to be something incredibly annoying or vexing. But the original usage referred to the sensation of acid on the teeth, such as when eating acidic or vinegared foods like citrus and pickles. Perhaps the connecting factor is that when you tense up your jaw and mouth in annoyance, your teeth may tingle or become a little numb – similar to when you’ve eaten a particularly sour grape!


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Got Teething Problems?

It’s a painful thing for a baby’s first teeth to grow out, and sometimes even for the adult teeth that come in sporadically in later years. ‘Teething problems’ is the term used for problems, annoyances and hiccups that occur as someone begins to do something new to them, which are expected to go away as they become accustomed or experienced with the task in question.

A Kick In The Teeth

You may be more familiar with an alternative expression with the same meaning – to be kicked while you’re already down. The only way someone’s foot is going to easily come in contact with your teeth is if your head is on the ground. And kicking you at that point is very unsporting, not to mention probably extremely painful. This is a saying often reserved for life’s worst moments.

Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth

This analogy refers to the practice of checking a horse’s teeth to determine their age and thus its value. When receiving a gift, you should be thankful for it rather than be seen to be wishing for more by assessing its worth.

To Have a Sweet Tooth

This figure of speech refers to the craving or desire to eat large amounts of sweet things like candy, cakes, ice cream, pastries or anything with a sweet flavour. An example would be if you just can’t seem to get enough chocolate or lollies.

We hope you enjoyed this list of teeth idioms, proverbs and sayings and understand a little bit more about where they originated from and what they mean. If you have any more you would like to see added to this list, feel free to contact us.

 

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Caring for your Teeth During the Sweetest Season of the Year

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family and indulge in some of your favorite treats. But during this festive time of cheer and goodwill, you still need to take care of those teeth, or you could end up looking like the Grinch!

What Holidays and Candy Days Are Coming Up?

If you think we are just talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’re wrong! There are tons of holidays throughout November and December that provide you with ample opportunities to enjoy some holiday sweets. Just some of the special National Days that revolve around candy are:

  • November 4th - National Candy Day
  • November 7th - National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • November 10th - National Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • November 11th - National Sundae Day
  • November 17th - National Baklava Day
  • November 26th - National Cake Day
  • December 1st - National Pie Day
  • December 4th - National Cookie Day
  • December 7th - National Cotton Candy Day
  • December 8th - National Brownie Day
  • December 12th - Gingerbread House Day
  • December 16th - National Chocolate-covered Anything Day
  • December 19th - National Hard Candy Day
  • December 25th - National Pumpkin Pie Day
  • December 26th - National Candy Cane Day
  • December 28th - National Chocolate Candy Day

And that isn’t even a complete list of the sweet days you can look forward to in the coming weeks! Check out the National Day Calendar website for more delicious days to celebrate with your favorite treat.

Protect Your Pearly Whites!

While it might be fun to sample the delicacies of the season, it’s important to remember that you will need to pay extra attention to your teeth. There are a few things you can do to care for your teeth during the sweetest season. Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Don’t Slack on Brushing - Harmful bacteria grows in your mouth, especially during the night. It might be tempting to crawl straight into your cozy bed after a boisterous holiday party, but you absolutely must brush your teeth before bed. Otherwise, all of those delicious party treats will start hurting your teeth, and could even lead to significant dental problems. The bacteria in your mouth love to feast on food residue so you need to remove their food source, “Brushing regularly will clear away food residue and starve the bacteria, keeping its growth in check. In the absence of brushing, the carbohydrates that linger the longest can cause the most damage.” Brushing your teeth only takes a few minutes, but it will do a lifetime of good! To help deal with any surface stains on your teeth, you can also incorporate some teeth whitening strips into your routine.
  1. Choose Your Treats Wisely - Some holiday goodies can contribute to stained teeth that will last a lot longer than the season does. According to WebMD, you need to avoid foods that are packed with any of these three components, “Chromogens -- compounds with strong pigments that cling to enamel, Tannins -- plant-based compounds that make it easier for stains to stick to teeth, Acids -- these make tooth enamel softer and rougher, so it's easier for stains to set in.” Things like coffee, dark teas, and berries that are all popular during the holiday season can create unsightly stains on your teeth. If you don’t want to watch what you eat, you may want to consider looking into some ways to whiten your teeth like toothpastes or kits, to use once the holiday season is over.
  1. Avoid Old Habits (or Break Current Ones) - Sometimes, people use the holidays as an excuse to fall back into old routines like smoking. Remember, these habits can lead to yellow or brown teeth and do a lot of damage as Colgate’s website explains, “…half of periodontal (gum) disease in smokers is caused by smoking? Chronic (long-term) gum disease can lead to the loss of your teeth.” Don’t use the season as an excuse to revert to unhealthy ways.
  1. Start a Healthy New Routine - A lot of people use the New Year to start living a healthier and happier life by making resolutions. Why not resolve to keep your teeth healthier this year? A great way to do that is to start including flossing in your oral hygiene routine. As per the UK’s NHS, “Dental floss helps to prevent gum disease by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth.” Flossing is a simple way to protect your teeth and gums from bacteria, decay, and disease. Also, just in case you need a goal date to start your new flossing routine, the day after Thanksgiving is designated as National Flossing Day. After the turkey is gone and the dishes are done, it’ll be the perfect time to start flossing.

Enjoy the holiday season, and take advantage of everything it has to offer! Just don’t forget that your teeth will require a little extra care during the next few months to make sure they stay healthy and strong during this deliciously sweet season!

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