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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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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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8 Ways to Celebrate National Brush Your Teeth Day

The day after Halloween is often celebrated for its huge sales on unsold candy. But before you rush off to Target to stock up on caramels, did you know November 1st is also National Brush Your Teeth Day?

While slightly less exciting than half off chocolate bars, National Brush Your Teeth Day comes at the perfect time of year to talk about dental hygiene.  Whether you’ve eaten your share of the Halloween goodies, or you’ve chugged red wine just to get you through the costume party madness, your teeth have likely taken a ghoulish beating this Halloween season. Step away from the plastic pumpkin and check out these fun ways you can celebrate National Brush Your Teeth Day and erase that candy-coated guilt.

1. Treat Yourself to A New Toothbrush

Did you know it’s suggested you change your toothbrush every 3 months to keep germs at bay? If you can’t remember when you bought the toothbrush you’re using, it might be time to upgrade. Try something electric like an Oral-B to really knock out the damage done by your Halloween binging.

2. Sip Green Tea Instead of Coffee

You may think you need that dark, caffeine loaded goodness to wake you up after a night of celebrations, but a nice mug of green tea can also do the trick. Besides its energizing properties, scientists have found that green tea can actually reduce the amount of plaque in your mouth and freshen your breath.

3. Plan a Spa Day for Your Teeth

It is a holiday after all. Why not make some time to spoil yourself with an at-home teeth whitening kit? Relax with a good book or find someone to give you a massage as you let whitening strips undo the damage. Self-care is an important tactic for surviving the stress of the holiday season. Don’t be afraid to pamper yourself and your smile.

4. Share a Smiling Selfie

Brush Your Teeth Day is definitely one of the lesser-known holidays on the calendar but confidence and body positivity are always trending. Show some love for yourself and your gorgeous smile with a joyful selfie. Tag it with #BrushYourTeethDay to show your support for dental hygiene and flaunt those pearly whites.

5. Drink Fruit Infused Water

It’s hard to make sure you get the recommended amount of water into your daily drinking habits. Coffee and sodas may be tastier, but they can take a serious toll on the health and on the appearance of your smile. Make a one-day commitment to drink healthy, fruit infused water to help curb those sugary, staining habits. Try some cucumber slices, frozen grapes, lemon wedges, or strawberries and mint to add color and taste to your water.

6. Make A Snack That’s Smile Worthy

Sugars and sticky treats are known to lead to cavities and other dental nightmares. Try filling your plate with a snack your smile will thank you for. Make yourself a healthy meal including crunchy vegetables and calcium rich items such as nuts, cheeses, and fresh greens. Not only will these foods help you feel amazing, they will also help build up your enamel and fight gum disease.

7. Invest In A Water Pick

We all know the shame that comes with answering the dentist’s favorite question. No, you probably haven’t been flossing regularly but maybe investing in a water pick will motivate you to begin. Finding a quality water pick you enjoy can add an extra burst of clean to your daily hygiene routine. If you’ve tried flossing before and found it uncomfortable or difficult to manage, a water pick is perfect for you.

 8. Swap Your Red White For White

There’s a reason you always see red wine in those late-night carpet cleaning infomercials. The drink is one of the leading causes of teeth staining and shares an equal amount of guilt with our beloved coffee. If you’re a wine lover, consider making the occasional switch to white wine. With fewer stain causing food items in your diet, your teeth are sure to see an increase in brilliance.

However you choose to celebrate it, #NationalBrushYourTeethDay is a great reminder to start thinking about taking care of your body as we approach the holiday season. Not only is your smile an important part of your overall health, it also is the first feature you’ll notice when you start getting tagged in all those holiday party photos.  We all want to look our best, and have something to smile about. Following these eight simple tips can help you celebrate your smile and have a happy holiday season.

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